Travel Chronicles

Hello Travelers,

 

Today I want to discuss the quandary of time versus money.

 

If you are planning a multiple country European vacation to see as much as possible, keep in mind that if you have the time, you may want to consider similar itineraries that may allow you to see more with only a little longer trip.

For example, the 15-day Heart of Europe Tour is a fabulous itinerary, and shows you a lot for your time and money, however, if you have the time, you may want to consider the 17-day Heart of Europe with London tour.  This slightly longer tour includes all of the same sights, but an extra day in Paris, the Eurostar train from Paris to London, and 2 days in London.

 

You will see that by ‘increasing’ your itinerary, you will incur the difference of two land costs.  However, when you consider the cost of another air ticket to get to Europe, you are really saving thousands of dollars!

 

In addition to the itinerary itself, most tour operators offer the opportunity to extend your stay in either the starting city or ending city, yet another way to get the full benefit of your air ticket.

 

Again, each vacation situation is different, but I want you to consider all of the options for each trip you take, if you have the time, why not?!

 

Happy Travels!

9-day Ultimate Canyonlands

 

9-day tour featuring Torrey, Moab, and more…

Visit 6 National Parks, 6 State Parks & Cruise Lake Powell
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Tour pricing starts at $1,919 p.p.d.o.

Rate applies to the following 2015 departures: May 14 & September 21

5-Day Vancouver, Victoria & Whistler

 

5-Day Tour featuring Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler and more…

Explore the highlights of three scenic cities, with breathtaking landscapes, majestic mountains and the sparkling ocean.

Tour pricing starts at $1,099 p.p.d.o.

Departure Dates Available: May 2015 – September 2015

15-day HEART OF EUROPE Circle Tour

15-day tour featuring Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and more…Going on its 55th 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 1/7/2015. Featured Departure Dates: May 18 & 27, 2015

9-day Scenic Norway

 

9-day tour featuring Oslo, Lillehammer, Geirangerfjord, Fjaerland, Sognefjord, Bergen, Telemark and more…

Immerse yourself in the land of thundering waterfalls, gleaming glaciers, and charming stave churches. A full circle from Oslo to Oslo, ending with two nights in this amazing city, shows you this breathtaking country in a most scenic way.

Highlights include the 1994 Winter Olympic city of Lillehammer, with a guided walking tour of the Maihaugen Open-Air Museum, followed by lunch with local specialties and wine.

Also enjoy cruises on the Geirangerfjord, Sognefjord, and Naerøyfjord; visit the excellent Norwegian Glacier Museum; Låtefoss, the star among waterfalls; Vemork, scene of the daring sabotage action celebrated in The Heroes of Telemark; Frogner Park; and the City Hall in Oslo. Sample aquavit, the traditional Christmas schnapps, and local apple cider at a Norwegian farm.

Included are overnight stays in Bergen, the most picturesque of all Scandinavian towns, and unspoiled Telemark, as well as a farewell dinner in Oslo.

Tour pricing starts at $2,529 (Tour only) p.p.d.o.

2015 departures available May through September

11-day The Classic Lodges & Parks of the West

 

11-day tour featuring Rapid City, Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Salt Lake City, and more…

On this fun-filled vacation, discover the majestic parks and historic lodges of the American West. Begin your trip in Rapid City, South Dakota, gateway to the Black Hills. Enjoy an orientation tour and visit to Badlands National Park with its stunning scenery.

Spend two nights in Custer State Park at the historic State Game Lodge, a gracious stone and wood lodge set in a beautiful mountain valley that served as the “Summer White House” for President Coolidge.

Here, enjoy a buffalo safari and chuck wagon cookout. Visit the world’s largest mammoth-remains excavation site in Hot Springs, spend free time exploring Custer State Park, and visit Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial.

Tour pricing starts at $2,599 (Tour only) p.p.d.o.

2015 departures: May through September

13-Day Cruising Costa Rica & Panama

 

9-day tour featuring San José­, Arenal, Gamboa Rainforest and more…

A perfectly balanced tour of Central America awaits you on this land and sea adventure in Costa Rica and Panama. Landing in San José, head to Arenal, most recently active until 2010, where the imposing volcano serves as your backdrop.

Generating dozens of hot springs, surrounded by hanging bridges and nature trails, bodies of water, and caves, Arenal is a place of mystic beauty and adventure. After several nights on land, take to the sea!

Embarking in Los Sueños on the Variety Voyager mega-yacht, get ready for seven nights of cruising past pristine white beaches, hundreds of wildlife species, and lush national parks and rainforests.

You’ll have the opportunity to see three-toed sloths, howler monkeys, and iguanas in Manuel Antonio, endangered bird species, red-eyed frogs and ocelots, and maybe even whales and dolphins off the coast!

Tour pricing starts at $3,969 (Tour only) p.p.d.o.

2015 departures available: January 2015 through March 2016

12-day London, Paris, & Rome

12-day tour featuring London, Paris, Lucerne, Rome, Pisa, Florence, Tuscany, and more…Cosmopolitan flair combined with unique style characterize the ever-popular cities of London, Paris and Rome. Complementing these exciting cities is the stunning Swiss Lake Region, Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa, the architecture of Florence, and the splendid scenery of Tuscany.Tour Price $2,940 p.p.d.o. if booked by 1/7/15. Rate applies to the following 2015 departures: June 24 & September 16

Travel Chronicles

Hello Travelers!

 

Today I would like to explain the reasons, and the need, for a tour company’s ‘Optional Excursions’.

Jean from Saint Louis, MO called me last week because she was looking for a tour that included everything, even the optional excursions.

 

I explained that it would be very difficult to find such a tour and it really wouldn’t be in her best interest as she would end up spending even more money!

 

There are many reasons that Tour Operators offer clients ‘Optional Excursions’ on their escorted tours.  The first and foremost being that not every passenger wants to do every optional tour.  This allows the traveler to kind of personalize their experience based on what they are interested in (or not interested in) or how active they want their vacation to be.

 

For example, it is optional to take a cogwheel train to the summit Mt. Stanserhorn in the Alps because some people cannot handle the high altitude.  If they were to include this in the cost of the tour, these passengers would have paid for something that they couldn’t do.  It is the same situation with an entrance to The Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp; some people would prefer to view the memorial, however some find it too emotional and do not wish to participate.

 

After I had explained these points to Jean, she widened her tour search and was able to find the perfect combination of included features and optional excursions to create her perfect vacation!

 

Happy Traveling…….

Your Travel Agent

New Deadline Extension!

We have been informed today that the $200 per person discountpromotion has been extended on all Image tours until January 7, 2015.The space is limited and a few dates are already sold out.We know that once this extended promotion is over, prices will be going up!
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