THE DESTINATION GAZETTE-FALL
The fall season came a little later
than expected here in the Midwest, but, when it came it did not
disappoint. I drove past lovely colors of red and orange maple
trees, saw countless squirrels scurrying to gather food for the winter
and smelled the scent of wood-burning fireplaces. It has been a
great month as I attended several seminars to learn about new and
exciting travel products for you. Our fall newsletter highlights
New Zealand, Britain, exciting travel options for the independent and
go-as-you-please traveler, small ship cruising to Alaska, the beautiful,
undiscovered country of Malta and the 200th anniversary of the famous
Christmas carol "Silent Night". I wish you and your family a
wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.
NEW NON-STOP FLIGHTS O'HARE TO AUCKLAND WITH AIR NEW ZEALAND.
New Zealand is almost
always a "bucket list" travel destination. Air New Zealand is
making it even easier for travelers from the Midwest to discover the
best of New Zealand with the launch of three non-stop flights per week
from Chicago to Auckland, New Zealand staring November 30, 2018.
Operated by new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, passengers traveling from
Chicago can expect a truly enjoyable flight that includes the
award-winning Economy Skycouch, luxury leather Premium Economy seats and
lie-flat beds in Business Premier. Flights going westbound to
Auckland are approximately 16 hours in length and about 15 hours in
length on the return flight to O'Hare.
A new feature on the 787-9
Dreamliner is the Economy Skycouch which creates a flat, flexible space
for passengers to enjoy however they want. It is a great option for
families, couples or those who want a little bit of extra personal
space. Passengers can choose the setup to suit their individual needs.
The Economy Skycouch is a row of Economy seats which can be used as
seating, a couch or even a play area for children. Bedding and pillows
are included to be able to lie flat and relax. Furthermore, when you
upgrade to Economy Skycouch, you receive the entire row to yourself. If
you are a family, the Skycouch Infant Harness, Belt & Pod will be
available on all Air New Zealand 787-0 Dreamliner longhaul aircraft. It
provides additional comfort and protection for infants and peace of mind
for parents or caregivers.
I recently had the
privilege to meet the Director of Sales from Down Under Answers, Jeff
Adam, as well as, many representatives in the travel and tourism
industry from the North Island of New Zealand. It was so wonderful
to meet these professionals who were so excited about what their regions
in New Zealand have to offer. Down Under Answers has designed
quality vacations for over 26 years. Their experienced destination
specialist can customize vacations for independent travelers to suit
style, taste and budget. Also, Down Under Answers, offers pre and
post cruise itinerary packages, shore excursions, escorted tours,
destination weddings and honeymoons and private experiences for groups.
The North Island of New Zealand is beautiful & scenic, full of history &
culture, a place for peace & rejuvenation and a playground for thrill
seekers and adventurers. Travel to Rotorua, a volcanic wonderland with
a variety of geo-thermal attractions or where visitors can also do a
tree walk amongst giant redwoods. Do a raft, kayak or paddleboard
excursion to see the magical glow worms at Waitomo. At Taupo, cruise
past ancient Maori rock carvings or take a jet boat ride to the base of
the magnificent Huka Falls. Visit two beautiful National Parks in the
alpine region of Ruapehu where you can experience the Tongariro Alpine
Crossing with canoe, bike and multi-day treks, white water rafting
adventures, raft fishing and mountain biking. Visit the Hawke’s Bay
region known for its premier wines, the art deco city of Napier and
beautiful Te Urewere National Park and Lake Waikaremoana. The Bay of
Plenty offers 90 miles of white sandy beaches, fishing, boating and
excursions to see dolphins, whales, seals, turtles and sun fish.
Whether you want to travel to the North or South Islands of New Zealand
or a little of both, Down Under Answers and I will help you plan a
memorable vacation to this incredible part of the world. Choose from
customized vacations, private charters, wedding, honeymoon or romantic
getaways, rail journeys, small ship cruising, special interests or
escorted travel. Please contact me if you would like to receive either
the Down Under Answers 2018-2019 printed or electronic brochure to help
plan your exciting vacation to New Zealand.
There are many travelers who have already experienced the major sights
of London and now want to see more of Britain’s less traveled towns &
villages, dramatic coastlines, rolling hills & valleys and the tranquil
settings. Wonderful experiences are awaiting you in less traveled
destinations throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Globus and Cosmos
present in 2019 their new and exciting “Undiscovered Britain” tours.
There is a lot to love about Britain and now you can do it with an
experienced tour operator who knows where to stay, what to see, and how
to get around. Let Globus and Cosmos take care of the logistics so you
can truly enjoy being in the moment on your vacation. Take a peek at
where a new “Undiscovered Britain” tour can take you.
Please click on the
link below to view the new Undiscovered Britain brochure. Let me
know if you would prefer to have a paper copy.
Save 10 percent on
select 2019 Britain tours plus save $300 per couple air credit.
Book by November 27, 2018. Subject to change, based on
availability and restrictions apply.
Cosmos Lite, from the
Globus Family of Brands, offers the world's finest first a la carte tour
style. Essential features of city to city transportation, hotel
accommodations, daily breakfast and a local tour director are combined
with a personalized approach to daily itineraries. Cosmos Lite
offers hassle-free travel with the freedom to tailor your itinerary to
your own interests, budget and pace. Whether your're an early bird
or a night owl, Cosmos Lite offers later morning excursions and tours to
suite your schedule. Also, you will have local information at your
fingertiops with the CosmosGO mobile app and the MyCosmos optional
excursions ready for purchase. Choose from vacations to Spain,
Portugal, Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland or along the Danube River.
CosmosLite is free of commitments, but, full of possibilities.
MONOGRAMS YOUR WAY
Monograms vacations were created so you can tailor your vacation to your
specific likes, interests and travel style. YourWay takes the
Monograms concept one step further by allowing you to choose the number
of nights you wish to stay in select European cities. With
Monograms YourWay, you can customize your stay from two to five nights
in these popular cities: London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice,
Barcelona and Madrid. Beyond the included sightseeing, Monograms
YourWay allows for a lot of free time (assisted by your friendly Local
Host) to explore your interests and passions as you would like. If
you wait until your're on vacation to purchase activities & excursions,
don't worry, just see your Local Host to find out which activities can
fit better in your vacations.
SMALL SHIP SAILING IN ALASKA WITH OCEANIA CRUISES
Next summer pack a little extra
wonder and excitement when you and your family cruise with Oceania
Cruises to Alaska. For a limited time, your third and fourth guests
sail free on select voyages. Share the awe-inspiring adventures in
Alaska with family. Plan your voyage today for unforgettable memories.
Please note this offer is capacity controlled. Guests must be 17 years
old or younger and occupy the same stateroom. Oceania Cruises offer the
“Alaska Explorer Youth Program” for guests travelling with children.
The program offers the opportunity to experience the excitement of
exploring the Northwest Coast and Alaska in an enriching way. Designed
for ages 5 to 12, the program is supervised by enthusiastic youth
counselors and includes games, activities and Alaska-inspired special
events. You can experience a variety of Alaska sailings which depart
from both Seattle and Vancouver on the beautiful Regatta. The Regatta
features four unique, open-seating restaurants, a world-class fitness
center and spa, eight lounges and bars, a casino and 342 lavish suites
and luxurious staterooms of which 70 pct. feature private verandahs.
The Regatta offers a high staff to guest ratio; 684 guests with 400
professionally trained European staff. Please contact Pam as soon as
possible to check availability and cost for summer 2019.
Journeys, a division of the historic Perillo Tours offers an 8 day,
6 night, "Live Like a Local in Malta". Do you dream of immersing
in another culture and living as the locals do? Join Learning
Journeys and learn how to live like a local in relaxed environments,
accompanied by a wide variety of optional adventures focusing on
cultural arts, culinary and language.
The Maltese know how to
throw a party, and seem to have happed into the secret of enjoying life
to the fullest. In fact, Valetta was chosen to be the European
Capital of Culture in 2018. It is no wonder the Knights of St.
John so fiercely protected this Mediterranean jewel. Some of the
oldest Megalith temples are here, dating back more than 7,000 years.
A sense of well-being permeates the Maltese islands. Live like a
local and choose your optional activities: food and wine immersion with
hands on cooking classes, ancient historical temple visits, boating in a
grotto, spa and wellness options, a jeep safari on the island of Gozo or
enjoy a Game of Thrones experience. You will be treated like
royalty during your stay at the 5 Star Palace Hotel. Please
contact Pam for complete details on this itinerary. Below please
find a wonderful video from the United States Tour Operators Association
on art and culture in beautiful Malta.
Malta, a pristine nation
located only 58 miles off the coast of Sicily, blends sea, history
historic and modern culture, rich Mediterranean cuisine and warm people
who welcome guests with open hearts and over 300 days of sun each year!
Most visits to Malta begin in the
capital city of Valletta (a 2018 European Capital of Culture), built by
the Knights of St. John. Special points of interests are: the 16th
century Co-Cathedral of St. John where you will find the only signed
painting by Caravaggio; “The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist”.
There are pre-historic temples and the Hypogium, a Neolithic
subterranean structure which dates back some 6,000 years. Mdina, “The
Silent City”, is full of history and the island of Gozo offers beautiful
villas and excellent gastronomy. The Maltese restaurants are renowned
for their fresh seafood.
Art and Culture in Malta-video
“SILENT NIGHT” IN AUSTRIA: THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
FAMOUS CHRISTMAS CAROL.
I am very excited to be in Salzburg this December to partake in the
special celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the famous
Christmas Carol “Silent Night”. Joseph Mohr, a parish priest at St.
Nikola Church, had written a poem about the nativity and approached a
music teacher, Franz Xaver Gruber to create a melody to accompany his
words. The two performed the song for the first time the night of
December 24, 1818. I will visit many special exhibitions and museum
openings in and around Salzburg pertaining to this celebration. I look
forward to sharing many special travel moments with you on Facebook.