Travel News for Week of October 6

By October 6, 2019Blog

Hi Everyone, Disney opened their new Skyliner at Walt Disney World this week and guests are pretty enthused about the gondolas, their designs, and the ease of using this new system.   The Skyliner connects Epcot ® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® to four Disney resort hotels: Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach, and the new Riviera Resort set to open in December.  The system treats guests to aerial views of Walt Disney World as they glide along the3 treetops and waterways aboard one of the system’s 300 gondolas. Although I have mentioned this in previous blogs, it is time to get serious.   We are now officially under a year away from the implementation of the Real ID Act.  Under this Federal Act, United States citizens boarding a domestic flight or entering certain federal facilities, military bases, or nuclear power plants must show a REAL-ID compliant document beginning October 1, 2020.   The federal standards were drafted in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.  The US Department of Homeland Security is charged with enforcement of REAL ID.   Certain states, Washington, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Vermont,  also issue enhanced driver’s licenses which are acceptable alternatives to REAL ID licenses.    REAL-ID licenses will have a gold circle with a star inside the upper right hand corner of the license.   I would urge you to apply for this license early as it will get a lot busier as we get closer to the Federal deadline. If you live in Michigan, here are the steps to take to apply for a REAL-ID compliant license when it is time to renew:

  • Visit a Secretary of State’s Office
  • Provide proof of US citizenship or legal presence by presenting your certified US birth certificate with a stamp or raised seal; an unexpired US passport or passport card or other approved citizenship or legal presence document.  If your name is different from what’s on your birth certificate, you’ll need to bring in a certified name change document such as your marriage license or court order.
  • Photocopies and faxes are not accepted.
  • Pass the vision test.  Bring your contacts or glasses if used for driving.
  • Pay the driver’s license renewal fee.

If you are not a resident of Michigan, check with the Secretary of State in your state. If you decide for some reason not to get a REAL ID, you will still be able to use a passport or ID from the government’s Trusted Traveler Program such as a Global Entry card.

2020-2021

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395 We have had a couple of cancellations for Oberammergau so if you are interested, don’t delay.   This is a much sought after, once in every 10 year, event.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  A few rooms are still available.

June 13-21 2020   Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Mesa Verda National Park. We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.  Ready for deposit.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now. Early booking discount is in effect.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.    Ready for deposit. 10% early booking discount on this trip! September 12-23, 2020    

Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Ready for deposit!  Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

October  6-14, 2020  Autumn Colors   We’ll fly into historic Boston and then head to Lexington and Concord where the “shot heard round the world was fired”.  We’ll head through the Berkshires, stopping at a historic mill and glass blowing facility.   We’ll visit the historic town of Woodstock.Sample some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at their factory before venturing into New Hampshire and and stunning of views of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast.  We’ll visit Acadia National Park and the beautiful town of Bar Harbor. On our way south we’ll journey past lighthouses, fisheries, and seaside dwellings before arriving at Portsmouth, one of the oldest cities in the United States.   This is a very popular trip that will fill quickly and currently has a 10% early payment discount so deposit asap.  

2021 

January 24- February 8, 2021 Panama Canal Cruise   This is a full transit 15 day cruise from  Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco.  We will visit Cartagena, Columbia; Panama Canal Full Transit;  Fuerte Amador (Panama City); Puntarenas, Costa Rica;  San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragu; and  Cabo San Lucas before disembarking in  San Francisco.  Taking deposits.

April, 2021    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with sant’ippolito!   Will be ready for deposit late Fall.

September 10, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden    Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers.  We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from  Frankfurt.  We are taking names now with room requests and will will be ready for deposit late Fall.

Have a great week!

Lynn