Travel Chronicles

Hello Travelers,

Today’s chronicle will compare a fast-paced tour versus a leisurely one.

It is important to carefully consider the tour operators indication of the pace of a tour. They have many reasons any many passengers who have categorized the tour at the directed pace.

The Image Tours, Inc. Heart of Europe Grand Tour is an eight country, 22 Day adventure with two-day stops in eight of the twelve cities. Seemingly that would seem to be enough of a breather in each city to feel a slower pace, not only with the tour group but also with free time. However, if you should choose to embark on every ‘Optional Excursion’ offered during the tour, whether it is an all-day excursion to Venice or a Dinner & Cabaret show in the evening, you will be on the move.

In contrast, the Germany, Austria, Switzerland Tour also offered by Image Tours spends 14 days in only those three countries. This means that you are 2-days in every stay and traveling distance is less and more focused on a specific area. But don’t worry; you will not be at a loss for an adventure or activity to participate in!

Everyone has their own speed when it comes to enjoying a vacation. Stroll around the city with a brisk walk or slow stroll with your free time, or a structured and guided excursion to all the monuments & sights.

Active, or leisurely, it’s all about how YOU want to experience the adventure!

Don’t forget, you have plenty of time to sleep on the plane ride home!
Your Travel Agent

8-day Canyon Country Adventure

 

8-day tour featuring Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Las Vegas and more…

On this popular Southwest vacation, discover the unique landscapes of Arizona and Utah as you travel through three national parks—as well as Lake Powell and Monument Valley—and lots of beautiful scenery. Begin your trip in Scottsdale and travel north through cactus-studded scenery to Sedona. In Sedona, see the massive red-rock formations that make the area infamous. Your hotel is located near the rim of the Grand Canyon, giving you a rare opportunity for great views and extra time to explore the trails. Photographs cannot adequately do justice to the amazing landscape; you must witness it in person!

Tour pricing starts at $1,959 p.p.d.o.

Departures Available: April through September 2015

14-Day The Scandinavian Tour

 

14-day tour featuring Copenhagen, Arhus, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Karlstad, Lillehammer, Bergen, Geilo and more…

This Scandinavian getaway offers sparkling lakes, spectacular fjords, and more. From Copenhagen you’ll travel to Arhus, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Karlstad, Lillehammer, Flam, Bergen, Geilo, and Oslo. All special Globus features are included, like Tivoli Gardens (open mid-April to mid-September), Hans Christian Andersen’s home, and Den Gamle By in Denmark, as well as a special dinner at a local restaurant in Arhus to try out local specialties; Stockholm’s City Hall, and a highlight visit to Gripsholm Castle in Sweden; Lillehammer’s Maihaugen Open-Air Museum; Frogner Park in Oslo, Norway; and more. Also try out the local apple cider at a Norwegian farm.

This vacation offers a great variety of transportation, including a ferry crossing from Denmark to Sweden, a beautiful cruise on Sognefjord and Naerøyfjord, and the spectacular view at Stalheim, while enjoying coffee and pastries as a special treat. In Oslo, a farewell dinner celebrates the success of your vacation.

Tour pricing starts at $3,769 (Tour only) p.p.d.o.

2015 departures available April through August

5-Day Mysteries of the Mayan World

 

5-Day tour featuring Cancun, Chichen Itza, Uxmal and more…

On this 5-day vacation, we’ve arranged your hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, two lunches, three dinners, sightseeing, and transportation. Plus, a one-of-a-kind feature is the Monograms Local Host®, someone there for you throughout your vacation to guide you, answer questions, offer suggestions, and generally help you get the most out of your trip.

Tour pricing starts at $1,149 (Tour only) p.p.d.o.

2015 departures available March through December

15-day Spain & Portugal Tour

15-day tour featuring Lisbon, Seville, Algeciras, Costa del Sol, Granada, Córdoba, Baeza and Madrid…A fascinating tour of two colorful countries. Learn about ancient cultures, explore modern cities, and relax in the delightful climate of the Iberian Peninsula. During this tour, we will adapt to the later customary time schedule of Spain by departing at 9:00 a.m. and having dinner at 8:00 p.m. on most days.

Tour Price $2,790 p.p.d.o. if booked by 3/25/2015

Rate applies to the following 2015 departures: September 3 & October 8, 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 $2,640 p.p.d.o. if booked by 3/25/2015. Featured Departure Dates: May 27, June 3, September 2, 2015

5-Day Incredible North Shore of Lake Superior

Lake Superior is the largest fresh water lake in the world and it’s an international seaport 2,300 miles away from the nearest ocean. Duluth is the farthest-inland freshwater seaport and one of the leading bulk cargo ports in all of North America. North Shore is incredibly beautiful drive and a voyage through some of America’s most unspoiled lands with breathtaking views, endless opportunities to enjoy nature, historic sites, attractions, parks and villages. The North Shore Scenic Drive is designated as an All American Road and always in the Top Ten of America’s most beautiful drives.

9-Day Best of the Canadian Rockies Eastbound

Travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada on this fully escorted journey from the stunning Pacific Coast through to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Travel Chronicles

Hello Travelers!

 

 

Today I would like to break down the weather conditions you may run into while on your vacation, and how to prepare for them.

 

The weather in Europe is similar to The United States.  Take for instance the Northern countries like the United Kingdom and France, which have warm summer days and cool fall nights just like the northern portion of the United States. Italy, on the other hand, is further south and would be more on par with the southern states like Florida.  So, if you are traveling during the summer months, t-shirts, shorts, or a polo shirt will do for most occasions.  If you plan on traveling in early spring and fall you may want to add a sweater and some long sleeves for the cooler evenings.

 

Similar to France, northern Spain and Portugal also enjoy mild summer days, and often cool fall evenings, so a light jacket will definitely come in handy.  However, be sure to carry sunblock with you when traveling to southern Spain, which enjoys a very different climate from it’s counterpart to the north.  Here, late spring all the way through early fall is known for scorching temperatures, so sunglasses and a hat are valuable accessories to have readily at hand.

 

If your adventures take you on the Heart of Europe Grand Tour spanning seven countries be prepared to experience every condition.  Starting in Holland and on to Germany this will be your more moderately cool temperatures. This is where t-shirts for some may be fine, and for others a long sleeve is needed.  Dressing in layers is usually a great idea, as it will allow you the most flexibility in varying temperatures.

 

Don’t take the weather for granted no matter what country you travel to, because if one thing is certain around the globe, it’s that the weather can always throw an unexpected curve ball.  Just as at home, a warm summer day could turn to stormy conditions, or a cold fall day could surprise us with a high in the 60’s or 70’s.

The most important thing to remember is to have a good time, rain or shine!

 

Happy Traveling!

Your Travel Agent

13-day Great Canadian Rail Journey

 

13-day tour featuring Toronto, Niagara Falls, Banff, Jasper, Victoria, Vancouver and more…

This breathtaking vacation crosses Canada using the scenic railroad. Your trip begins in Toronto with an orientation tour and excursion to Niagara Falls. Board a Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise for a thrilling boat ride to view thundering Niagara Falls from the river level. Back in Toronto, board the Art Deco cars of VIA Rail’s The Canadian train for your 3-night rail journey through Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Watch the scenic countryside, lakes, and sun-dappled forests from your windows as you relax in first-class, refurbished cars from the 1950s. In Banff, visit Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the Banff gondola with panoramic views of Banff’s spectacular scenery. Next, enjoy a wine pairing and dinner at a local winery in Kelowna, then catch a ferry to Victoria for a visit to Butchart Gardens and free time on your own. Your Canadian vacation ends back in Vancouver.

Tour pricing starts at $4,656 (Tour only) p.p.d.o.

2015 departures available May through September