Travel Chronicles

Hello Explorers!

Delores Jones was packing for her European trip and became distraught over what to bring for her 15 day tour.
She called me, and we calmly discussed the best clothing options for her to bring.

“When planning your wardrobe, always keep comfort in mind.” I told her. “Choose basic colors that mix and match easily, and a raincoat or light jacket is important for any season. There is no need to dress up, however if you would like to bring one fancier outfit for an evening meal, you may do so, but it is certainly not necessary.” Since she was traveling in mid-September, I told her to be sure to pack clothes that she can layer for colder weather or evenings, and wear separately for warmer weather during the midday.

After our discussion, she felt much better about what to bring for her trip.
In my next chronicle article, I will discuss my very next phone call with Delores regarding her suitcase and how exactly to pack the clothes that she did decide to bring.

Happy Traveling!

Sincerely,

Your Travel Agent

15-day New Zealand Cruise & Auckland Highlights

 

15-day tour featuring Sydney, Melbourne, Milford, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, and more…

Sail across the Tasman in Luxury on a 12 night cruise which allows you to do as little or as much as you choose as you enjoy the attentive service that is second to none. Finish in style with an extended stay in Auckland – a cosmopolitan city with vibrant sophistication.

Tour pricing starts at $3,668 p.p.d.o. if booked by 9/03/2014.

Rate applies to the following departures: November 3 & 27, 2014 and January 27, 2015

8-day Normandy, Brittany & Chateaux Country

15-day tour of Paris, Caen, Normandy, Angers, and more…This trip is the perfect way to see the highlights of Paris plus the World War II landing beaches in Normandy, and Brittany, and the Loire Valley in a short amount of time.

In Paris, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, followed by an orientation drive through the “City of Light.” Visit magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, and ascend to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower during your guided sightseeing. Travel to Rouen, and walk through this pretty town; hear about Joan of Arc, and admire the cathedral.

Enjoy a cider tasting, before arriving in Caen, where World War II comes alive at the fascinating Memorial Museum for Peace, and the Normandy American Cemetery with its visitor center at Omaha Beach where you can sign your name in the visitor’s book. Also enjoy a guided visit of the famous Abbey of Mont St. Michel, before arriving in the Loire Valley, where a special “châteaux day” has been included: visit the jewel of the French Renaissance, Château Chambord, and Catherine de Medici’s lovely Chenonceau.

Also enjoy a wine tasting at the Père Auguste wine cellar in Civray de Touraine to learn about the local wines. Highlight is a two-night stay in the grounds of famous Château du Breuil. To top it off, you’ll explore Chartres’ Cathedral, and back in Paris, there is time to join an optional excursion to the Louvre Museum.

Tour pricing starts at $2,466

Departures available: April through October, 2015

13-day Maritimes Adventure

 

13-day tour featuring Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor, Baddeck, Caribou, Charlottetown, Halifax and more…

On this fascinating vacation, get acquainted with the local culture and the seafaring traditions of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Maine. Start your trip in Boston and head north via New Hampshire’s shoreline and along Maine’s rocky coast to Portland. Spend time in Bar Harbor, Maine’s oldest summer resort, and visit Acadia National Park, one of America’s most visited national parks.

Travel into Canada and enjoy a catamaran ferry to Digby, a popular summer resort. Continue to Peggy’s Cove, a charming fishing village with a famous lighthouse perched on a massive granite ledge, and Halifax, where you tour the city with a Local Guide.

Then visit Sherbrook Village, where renovated buildings recall the 1860s. Via the Canso Causeway, cross over to Cape Breton Island. In Baddeck, visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum; enjoy a drive along the Cabot Trail, the area explored by John Cabot in the late-15th century; and see picturesque Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

A ferry whisks you over to Prince Edward Island, where you’ll enjoy a 2-night stay in Charlottetown before traveling through New Brunswick to Saint John. Visit the summer home of FDR and pass quiet fishing villages along the coastline into Maine. Your vacation ends back in Boston.

Tour pricing starts at $3,135 (Tour only) p.p.d.o.

2015 departures available June through September

12-day Treasures of Italy Tour

 

Venice, Italy

12-day tour featuring Milan, Verona, Venice, the Tuscany Region, Pisa, Florence, Rome, and more…

So many of the famous sights that you’ve seen in pictures are found in this storied country . . . the Roman Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Square, the Duomo in Florence, Pisa’s Leaning Tower, the Canals of Venice, and fashionable Milan. This is the very best Italy has to offer in a 12-day tour.

Tour Price $2,390 p.p.d.o. if booked by 9/03/2014

Rate applies to the following departures: May 5, September 15, & October 6, 2015

15-day HEART OF EUROPE® Circle Tour

15-day tour featuring Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and more…Going on its 54th year, our signature tour remains as popular as ever. This itinerary offers seven countries, enchanting cities, spectacular scenery, and lots of local flavor. It is an ideal choice for first-time travelers to Europe or anyone desiring a taste of the Old World at a great value…Tour Price $2,590 p.p.d.o. if booked by 09/30/2014. 

Featured Departure Dates: All 2015 dates!

Travel Chronicles

Hello Explorers!

I have clients tell me again and again that one of the most rewarding parts of their tours, are the people they meet while traveling. The group dynamics in the tours we offer are remarkable. By the end of a tour, the group participants truly become like a “family”. You will share many wonderful experiences with the folks you travel with and many travelers have made life-long friends with people they have met on the tours.

I have a client, Ruth, who recently returned from her tour. Ruth called and asked me if I could contact the tour operator for her and obtain the contact information of one of her traveling companions, as she had misplaced it. The two women had become close friends on the tour and Ruth was upset at the prospect of not being able to get back in touch with her new friend.

Please keep in mind that, due to privacy concerns, neither Escape World Travel nor the Tour Operators we work with can share any type of personal information regarding our clients. If you do meet people on the tour who you would like to keep in touch with and you most likely will! – remember to get their contact information before you part ways and keep it in a safe place until you return home. When you do arrive home, immediately add the information to your address book or email list.

Fortunately, for Ruth, this story had a happy ending. I contacted the tour operator who in turn contacted the other traveler and the two were finally able to get back in touch, as the other traveler still had Ruth’s information.
Other instances may not turn out so well. You may even want to consider bringing a small address book with you on the tour so you can add your new friend’s information on the spot!

In Travel,
Your Travel Agent

 

15-day New Zealand Cruise & Auckland Highlights

 

15-day tour featuring Sydney, Melbourne, Milford, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, and more…

Sail across the Tasman in Luxury on a 12 night cruise which allows you to do as little or as much as you choose as you enjoy the attentive service that is second to none. Finish in style with an extended stay in Auckland – a cosmopolitan city with vibrant sophistication.

Tour pricing starts at $3,668 p.p.d.o. if booked by 8/20/2014.

Rate applies to the following departures: November 3 & 27, 2014 and January 27, 2015

16-day Capitals of Central Europe Tour

 

16-day tour featuring Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic and more…

Marvel at the timeless beauty and charm of the capitals of Central Europe: Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Prague, and more. These jewels of the old world also thrive as modern centers of European culture.

Tour Price $2,890 p.p.d.o. if booked by 09/30/2014

Rate applies to the following 2014 departures: May 4, June 29, & September 7, 2015

15-day HEART OF EUROPE® Circle Tour

15-day tour featuring Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and more…Going on its 54th year, our signature tour remains as popular as ever. This itinerary offers seven countries, enchanting cities, spectacular scenery, and lots of local flavor. It is an ideal choice for first-time travelers to Europe or anyone desiring a taste of the Old World at a great value…Tour Price $2,540 p.p.d.o. if booked by 09/30/2014.

Featured Departure Dates: All 2015 dates!