THE DESTINATION GAZETTE-WINTER
A recent travel study found
what motivated Americans to make their travel decisions. You may
(or may not) be surprised on the findings. The people interviewed
wanted their travel experiences to be one of the following: a good
story to tell, to impress others, to be perceived as worldly, to look
good on social media platforms or to not be out of touch with their
I share the sentiments of the
late, Charles M. Schultz: “In life it’s not where you go.
It’s who you travel with.” So, plan a trip with the special people
in your life this year and make some meaningful memories.
Our winter newsletter features
travel experiences for beer lovers and wine aficionados, noteworthy
guided & hosted travel itineraries, Global Entry versus TSA Pre-Check,
reasons to take a guided vacation and current travel specials. Best
wishes to everyone for a “Happy Valentine’s Day”!
NOTEWORTHY GUIDED &
HOSTED TRAVEL ITINERARIES
Celtic Tours offers
exciting 4 & 5 night escorted tours from Edinburgh to see some of
Scotland‘s most beautiful and scenic islands. The Isle of Arran, Isle
of Skye and Isle of Mull offer travelers stunning scenery, picturesque
villages, an array of seafood dining and a playground for soft adventure
activities . These shorter vacation experiences are wonderful for those
travelers who are looking for a more authentic and relaxing experience.
Please contact Pam for a brochure and complete details.
Brendon Vacations has a
new 10 day guided vacation great for families called “Shamrocks &
Leprechauns”. Families will have fun at the “Winterfell Castle Archery
Range” movie set for some behind-the-scenes-insights into the
award-winning series Game of Thrones, dress in costumes from the program
and try their hand at shooting medieval arrows using ancient bows. Kids
will love to walk in the footsteps of the mythical “Finn MacCool” on the
Giant’s Causeway, stroll along the ancient walls of Londonderry,
“Connect with the Locals” and visit a sheep farm where you can learn the
art of sheepdog handling and the roll and use of wool on the farm.
There is no end to family fun on this new adventure. There are limited
departures so contact Pam as soon as possible.
Also, the new “Dublin,
Belfast, The Antrim Coast & Londonderry” locally hosted rail vacation is
great for the independent traveler. The new 7 night itinerary lets
travelers combine a visit to Dublin with an opportunity to experience
the incredible scenery of The Antrim Coast and the historic, walled city
of Londonderry in Northern Ireland. There are opportunities to
customize your package with different levels of accommodations to suit
your budget, additional nights and to upgrade to a 15th
century castle overnight stay. Please contact Pam for complete details.
Trafalgar has a new 11
day “Best of Poland” guided vacation which includes Warsaw, Czestochowa,
Krakow, Zakopane, a visit to the former concentration camp of Auschwitz,
but, also includes a visit to Wroclaw (a former European Capital of
Culture), the medieval town of Torun and the beautiful port city of
Gdansk. Poland is an amazing country to visit. On this tour there is
an opportunity to “Connect with Locals” and join a local family for a
“Be My Guest” dinner and also to immerse yourself in Torun’s tradition
of gingerbread making during a visit to the Living Museum of
Gingerbread. Please contact Pam for complete details.
TRAVEL EXPERIENCES FOR BEER LOVERS & WINE AFICIANADOS
Tauck River Cruises-New
for 2019 is the 10 Day “Autumn Along the Rhine: Munich’s Oktoberfest “.
There will only be two departures in September! The 7 night river
cruise on the Rhine River is combined with a 2 night land stay in the
heart of Munich to experience the world’s largest Oktoberfest
celebration. Highlights of the river cruise are a “Brews & Bites
Adventure” walking tour to visit the locals favorite breweries and
eateries in the heart of Amsterdam. In Dusseldorf, join a craft beer
walking tour of the Old Town which highlights local craft beer. A Tauck
Exclusive in Heidelberg includes a beer pairing lunch at an award
winning brewery in Germany’s oldest university town. The La Petite
France area of Strasbourg and its “winstubs” (traditional beer pubs)
will end a wonderful touring day in the French countryside. Your 2
night hotel stay in Munich includes lunch in a private section of an
Oktoberfest tent. Please contact Pam as soon as possible if you would
like more information on this wonderful travel itinerary.
Celtic Tours-Savor the
experience of Scotland's finer distilleries on this comprehensive
tasting tour from Edinburgh. The 9 night escorted tour, "Whisky
Experience" is sure to please the whisky aficionado. Travel on a
small, intimate coach through scenic Scotland to Islay, Speyside and
Edinburgh. On this tour you will discover all of whisky's nuanced
characteristics in two of Scotland's outstanding whisky regions.
Begin by savoring the smoky and peaty whiskies of the Isle of Islay,
return to Edinburgh to experience an exclusive lunch at the Scotch Malt
Whisky Society and then head north for a chance to indulge in the light,
sweet single malts of the Speyside region. In between all the
delectable flavors you will get a chance to see Scotland's famous
national parks, lochs and ancient sites. It is a tour that blends
the beauty and tastes of Scotland. Call Pam for complete details
and departure dates.
Destinations-Beer lover will enjoy the 5 night “Beers of Bavaria”
independent travel package which feature 2 nights in Munich and 3 nights
in Nuremberg. One of the best ways to experience a culture is through
its cuisine and local beverages. Your package includes five nights of
accommodation, the Hop-On/Hop-Off Munich tour, one 3-course dinner in
Munich, Bavarian Beer Tour in Munich, Maisel’s Beer World Private tour
in Bayreuth, Private Bamberg tour with smoked beer sampling, a 3 day
First Class German Rail Pass and daily breakfast. Please contact Pam
for complete details.
TSA PRE-CHECK VERSUS GLOBAL ENTRY
Pre-Check expedites you through the security lines at the airport. The
program works with more than 200 airport and 50 major airlines. The
cost is $85.00. Please note some credit cards will pick up the cost of
the fee. If you travel quite often domestically you may want to
consider TSA Pre-Check.
Global Entry expedites you through customs lines when you return back to
the United States. The cost is $100.00, but, it also includes TSA
Pre-Check. If you travel frequently out of the country you may want to
consider Global Entry.
REASONS TO BOOK A GUIDED VACATION
-Ease of planning
-Well developed itineraries
-Lets you focus on what is important
-Great for singles as you travel with a group.
TRAVEL SPECIALS-Are subject to
change, based on availability and restriction apply. Please contact Pam
to check availability.
Save up to $200.00 per couple on an exclusive non-stop vacation flight
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Down Under Answers-Auckland
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Experience New Zealand’s iconic cities of
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wineries. Queenstown is New Zealand’s outdoor adventure playground
offering jet-boating, bungee jumping and heli-skiing set against a
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The 7 night air and land package includes:
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Royal Caribbean International
Receive 60% off second guest and kids sail
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Receive up to $450.00 to spend onboard and up to $450.00 cruise-tour
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Your cruise-tour must be booked by 02/28/19.
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06/30/19. You must book by 02/28/19.
their 10th anniversary of their “Be My Guest” program. In
2009, Trafalgar reshaped the travel industry with their first “Be My
Guest” experience on the hillside of Sorrento, Italy Ten years later,
guests are enjoying our exclusive “Be My Guest” experiences on every
worldwide trip. There are five reasons why you will love Trafalgar’s
“Be My Guest” experience.
-Offers travelers the best opportunity to mix one-of-a-kind experiences
with iconic sights.
-Travelers will have an exclusive experience they will not find anywhere
-Every “Be My Guest” experience gives back to the community, ensuring
the people, their cultures and traditions and the places Trafalgar
visits remain thriving far into the future.
-The “Be My Guest” experience captures the true essence of a
-The “Be My Guest” experience allows travelers to gain a sense of
perspective as they connect with their local hosts, seeing first-hand
how they live.
Save $200.00 per couple on all Italy trips. Book by 02/28/19.
Insight and Luxury Gold-Exclusive
Virtuoso Offer. Save 100.00 off per person on an Insight Vacation and
save $150.00 off per person on a Luxury Gold vacation. New bookings
only. Valid for travel now to 12/31/19 and combinable will all other
promotions with the exception of Last Minute Deals. Excludes journeys
to USA and Canada and South America. Book by 02/28/19.