Travel Chronicles

2014-12-22T13:18:06+00:00

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!

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9-day Ultimate Canyonlands

2017-05-12T16:57:23+00:00

 

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

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5-Day Vancouver, Victoria & Whistler

2017-05-12T16:57:23+00:00

 

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

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9-day Scenic Norway

2017-05-12T16:57:23+00:00

 

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

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11-day The Classic Lodges & Parks of the West

2017-05-12T16:57:23+00:00

 

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

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12-day London, Paris, & Rome

2017-05-12T16:57:24+00:00
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
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Travel Chronicles

2017-05-12T16:57:24+00:00

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

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10-Day America’s National Parks

2017-05-12T16:57:24+00:00

10-day tour of Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, Deadwood, Black Hills National Forest, Mount Rushmore, Salt Lake City and more…

Experience the wonders of the West through its best-known national parks, gold-mining towns, and old saloons on this colorful vacation.

If you are interested in seeing stunning scenery and amazing wildlife, this tour is for you. Visit Yellowstone National Park and view the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and impressive Lower Falls, almost twice as high as Niagara Falls.

Hear the roar of the water and stand in awe as you view the glorious falls. Witness Old Faithful as it explodes into the air and admire the herds of bison, elk, and other wildlife as you explore the park. Similarly, in Grand Teton National Park, enjoy beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake and the rugged mountains—a dramatic sight indeed.

Get back to nature and allow a sense of peace to envelope you as you take in the scenery.

Tour pricing starts at $2,219 (Tour only) p.p.d.o.

2015 departures available: May through September

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9-day Ultimate Canyonlands

2017-05-12T16:57:24+00:00

 

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

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14-day Parks & Canyons Spectacular

2017-05-12T16:57:26+00:00

 

14-day tour featuring Rapid City, Deadwood, Sheridan, Little Bighorn Battlefield, Cody, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Salt Lake City, Bryce Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, Painted Desert, Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas, and more…

Marvel at the West’s premier natural wonders on this multi-state vacation. Your trip starts in Rapid City, South Dakota, with visits to the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Tour Tatanka and Deadwood, once a wild gold-mining town. Visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana and tour the battlegrounds where Custer was defeated. Continue to Cody, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park to see magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon, Lower Falls, and world-famous Old Faithful Geyser. Journey into breathtaking Grand Teton National Park for a delightful walk along glacier-fed Jenny Lake, and experience a chuck wagon cookout, Wild West show, and free time in Jackson.

Tour pricing starts at $3,279 p.p.d.o.

2015 departures available May through August

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