|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…fashionable Milan, the canals of Venice, Pisa’s Leaning Tower, the Tuscan countryside, the Duomo in Florence, Rome’s Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and St.Peter’s Square. This is the very best Italy has to offer in a 12-day tour.
Tour Price w/Air & Air taxes:
Save $400 per couple if booked by March 9, 2016
15-day tour of Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Holland
This tour provides a wonderful “taste” of Europe’s most popular countries, making it the perfect choice for a first trip to the Old World. Highlights include Heidelberg, Medieval Rothenburg, Bavarian Munich, the Alps, Olympic Innsbruck, Verona of Romeo & Juliet fame, Lucerne in Switzerland, fabulous Paris, Flemish Antwerp, the Dutch lowlands and a boat ride on the Rhine River. 22 meals are included.
Tour Pricing starts at $2,590 p.p.d.o.
Departures Available: September 1 & 5, 2016
Tour Price w/Air & Air taxes: From $4190 to $5,140 (depending on departure city/date)
Save $400 per couple if booked by March 23, 2016
8-day Tour from Reykjavik to Reykjavik
Iceland is a country known for its natural wonders: glaciers, active volcanoes, black-sand beaches, geothermal areas, roaring rivers, majestic waterfalls, and beautiful lakes. On this Iceland tour, you will start and end in Reykjavík, and you’ll witness these natural wonders while enjoying fun and unique experiences.
Scenic highlights include mighty Gullfoss waterfall and Goðafoss, known as the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Take pictures at Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe (road conditions permitting). Drive by Eyjafjallajökull volcano, well known for the eruption that generated the massive ash cloud in 2010, and through the national park at Skaftafell to Vik. Enjoy a scenic drive to the lovely blue Lake Mývatn. In one of Iceland’s prettiest areas and with volcanic craters throughout the lake, it is teeming with bird life and is known for its geothermal activity. Also watch how Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, flows into Lake Jökulsárlón, forming icebergs.
Globus has also included some out-of-the-ordinary experiences to make your Iceland vacation special. In Thingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, walk through the rift valley that marks the separation between the North American and European tectonic plates. In Geysir, walk with the chef of the Geysir restaurant through the geothermal areas, where you’ll taste freshly baked bread cooked using the heat from the hot springs. You’ll wash it down with a glass of geysir schnapps. Another unique and unforgettable experience Globus offers is a boat cruise to see whales in their natural habitat!
These are just some of the many highlights of this Iceland tour. Be sure to bring your camera so you can to capture the stunning scenery and fun experiences on this wonderful vacation.
Tour Pricing starts at $3,429 p.p.d.o.
Departure Dates available: May – October, 2016
11-day Tour from Las Vegas to Las Vegas
Discover the captivating canyonlands on this unforgettable National Parks tour! First, experience Grand Canyon National Park with its spellbinding landscapes that will excite your senses. Your Grand Canyon hotel is located near the rim, giving you a wonderful opportunity to witness great views and have more time to explore this amazing place. In nearby Lake Powell, enjoy a leisurely cruise among the beautiful canyon walls and leisure time to relax or to pursue your favorite activities.
Overnight in Navajo country at the secluded Goulding’s Lodge in the heart of Monument Valley—a special feature of your Globus vacation. In Monument Valley, Globus has arranged a couple of unique experiences for you. Enjoy a Navajo cookout while you admire the majestic beauty around you. Have your camera ready for some spectacular shots during your 4-wheel-drive, Navajo-guided tour of mystical Monument Valley.
Enjoy a wine tasting and a relaxing 2-night stay at Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, located beside the Colorado River at the foot of the dramatic red-rock cliffs—another special feature offered on this Globus vacation. From Moab, visit Arches National Park with its 2,000 natural sandstone arches, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park. But that’s not all…visit Bryce Canyon National Park, where the slow erosion of ages has created fantastically sculptured rock formations resembling castles. In Zion National Park, enjoy the beauty and peace offered at this park with its massive canyon walls ascending toward the blue sky.
Photos—and even movies—cannot adequately depict the stunning beauty and breathtaking geological formations offered in these destinations; you must experience them yourself. So grab your camera, sit back, and let Globus handle all of the details and driving on this National Parks tour.
Tour price: $2,969 p.p.d.o.
Departure Dates available: May – October, 2016
20-day Tour from Toronto to Vancouver
This breathtaking tour crosses Canada using the historic railroad. It features spectacular scenery, including an excursion to Niagara Falls, where you’ll enjoy a cruise to view the falls from the river level; an excursion from Jasper to Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake in the Canadian Rockies, where you’ll cruise to Spirit Island; a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on the 1,000-foot-deep Columbia Icefield; a stop at stunning Lake Louise with its green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria; and much more.
In Toronto, board the art deco cars of VIA Rail’s® The Canadian train for the highlight of this Canada tour…your 3-night rail journey through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Watch the scenic countryside, lakes, and sun-dappled forests from your windows as you relax in first-class, refurbished cars from the 1950s. Enjoy premium service, exquisite cuisine, and amazing views as you sit back and enjoy this marvelous train journey.
Enjoy ferry rides between Vancouver and Victoria. On Victoria, Globus has arranged a unique experience for you. Learn why Victoria is considered Canada’s most haunted city during a private presentation by a storyteller and historian. Another fun experience Globus has included on this Canada tour is a wine tasting in British Columbia’s wine-growing region.
But that’s not all…enjoy a 7-night cruise through Alaska and the stunning Inside Passage. Watch for soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife. Marvel at glaciers and witness the amazing spectacle of thunder and spray as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. Soak in the local flavor of Juneau, Alaska’s capital, and see the world’s largest totem collection in Ketchikan. This is an excellent choice of vacation if you want to experience the best of Canada via rail and see the majestic beauty on an Alaska cruise.
Tour Price starts at $4,919 p.p.d.o.
Departures available: May through September, 2017
It’s that time of year when you begin to prepare for your much anticipated vacation. Here’s what you need to know about the passport you just pulled out of the safe, especially if you haven’t traveled abroad lately.
In a normal year, passports can take from 4 to 6 weeks at a cost of $110. The number of applications in 2016 will rise from 16 million to 20 million in 2017. This increase could easily make processing your application 6 to 8 weeks the norm.
To avoid undue stress “renew at once” if you have six months of validity remaining. If your passport has 1 year remaining you should consider renewing now as well, especially if you plan on multiple trips this year. Starting in 2016 you will also no longer receive page inserts overseas. You will need at least two empty pages. If you do not, renew now.
Doing so now would help avoid unpleasant surprises or last minute cancellations of your vacation due to an expired or full passport. Even though your passport is valid, many countries are now requiring at the very least six months of validity remaining. I can’t stress enough, if in doubt, renew.
Mail is the quickest and cheapest route to renew; you can find all of the forms and requirements on the State Department’s website.
If you just realized your passport is expired, or under six months, you will need to use the expedited service. This process should take under 3 weeks, but that is not guaranteed. Besides the application fee of $110 you will also pay an additional $60 to speed things along.
If at any point you pause to think, “Is 4 to 6 weeks enough time”? EXPEDITE!
No passport. No vacation.
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16-day tour featuring England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland
A showcase tour of Britain and Ireland awaits you. Discover historically rich and entertaining attractions while traveling across alluring countryside. Two-night stays in five of the overnight cities allow for a comprehensive focus on the many highlights of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Tour Pricing starts at $3140 p.p.d.o.
Departures Available: May – September 2016
Tour Price w/Air & Air taxes: From $4490 to $5740 (depending on departure city/date)
Save $400 per couple if booked by March 9, 2016
17 Day Tour from Seattle to Seattle
Breathtaking beauty and fun experiences sum up this Glacier National Park, Hells Canyon & Washington Wine Country tour with an Alaska cruise. Your tour begins and ends in Seattle with overnights along the way in Whitefish in Montana; Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston in Idaho; and Spokane and the Washington Wine Country in Washington.
A tour highlight is stunning Glacier National Park with its pristine forests, rugged mountains, alpine meadows, and gorgeous lakes. You’ll board a vintage 1930s red Jammer bus and drive along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of North America’s most spectacular roadways. Hugging the mountainside, you’ll witness breathtaking scenery along the way. Words and photos cannot capture the beauty—you must witness it in person!
More scenic beauty awaits you in Coeur d’Alene, where you’ll enjoy a cruise on the picturesque lake; in Mount Rainier National Park, where you’ll witness breathtaking views of its 14,000-foot peak; and in Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge. With more than 200,000 acres of high mountain peaks, ominous canyon rim-rocks, breathtaking vistas, and incredible wildlife, Hells Canyon is nothing short of spectacular! Here, you’ll enjoy a cruise as well as a BBQ lunch along the river—a special experience offered by Globus. But that’s not all…you’ll also witness breathtaking scenery on your 7-night Alaska cruise. Marvel at the slabs of ice breaking off into the sea and enjoy visits to Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria.
Other unique experiences Globus offers on this Glacier National Park, Hells Canyon & Washington Wine Country tour are a tour and tasting at a winery in Washington’s Wine Country and a hayride, cowboy sing-along, and old-fashioned ranch BBQ in Whitefish.
This is just a sampling of the many highlights offered on this tour through Glacier National Park, Hells Canyon and Washington’s Wine Country—with an Alaska cruise.
Tour pricing starts at $3,709 p.p.d.o.
Departure Dates available: July – September, 2016
19 Day Tour from Auckland to Sydney
Australia and New Zealand—two countries with breathtaking and unique scenery, as well as vibrant cities. On this Australia and New Zealand tour, you’ll have an opportunity to see Australia’s and New Zealand’s scenic highlights and most popular cities, including Auckland, Queenstown, Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney.
Words simply cannot describe the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, with its clear, tropical water and explosion of colors. You’ll get to see it in person and even snorkel in it or take a watercraft tour! Similarly, photos do not adequately depict the magnificence and amazing size of Ayers Rock (Uluru) in Australia’s Outback. You must stand before it to get a true perspective of its size and to see the changing colors of the rock at sunset. On this tour, you’ll have that opportunity and you’ll learn about Uluru’s significance to the Aboriginal people. In New Zealand, more breathtaking scenery awaits you at Fiordland National Park, where you’ll cruise on the fjord and witness the extraordinary beauty and sheer cliffs.
On this Australia and New Zealand tour, you’ll also experience sophisticated, yet laid-back, cities. In Melbourne, soak up the city’s atmosphere and discover its boutiques, cafés, and world-class dining. Globus has also arranged some fun experiences for you here…a treat at a local café and lunch aboard the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Sydney offers a spectacular harbor; the world-famous Opera House, which you’ll visit during your sightseeing tour; fabulous shopping; and cosmopolitan cuisine. Known for adventure, Queenstown is a marvelous city set in the magnificent landscapes of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Here, enjoy a cruise on Lake Wakatipu.
From the sun-scorched desert of the Outback to the tropical Great Barrier Reef and from the smaller destinations in New Zealand to the cosmopolitan cities in Australia, this is a dream vacation!
Tour pricing starts at $5,109 p.p.d.o.
Departure Dates available: April – December, 2016
14 Day Tour from Copenhagen to Oslo
Stunning scenery, cultural treasures, exciting cities, and fun experiences await you on this Scandinavia tour through Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Your tour begins in Copenhagen and ends in Oslo with overnights also in Arhus, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Falun, Lillehammer, Flam, Bergen, and Geilo.
Guided sightseeing in the cities includes Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue and Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest amusement park; Stockholm’s City Hall, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held; Lillehammer’s Maihaugen Open-Air Museum, where you’ll learn about life in Norway over the past 500 years through a re-created rural town; and Oslo’s Frogner Park, with Gustav Vigeland’s 200+ bronze and granite sculptures. You’ll also visit Hans Christian Andersen’s childhood home in Odense; the Uppsala cathedral, where several coronations of Swedish monarchs took place; Torpo’s stave church, a wooden church erected in 1160; and more.
No Scandinavia tour would be complete without seeing some of Scandinavia’s spectacular scenery. You’ll drive through Sweden’s scenic Värmland, home to 10,000 lakes dotting the forested landscape; cruise on spectacular Sognefjord, Norway’s longest fjord, and Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; witness Vøringfoss, Norway’s mightiest waterfall with water thundering down a 475-feet sheer drop; enjoy a ferry crossing from Denmark to Sweden; and much more.
Globus has also arranged some unique experiences for you. You’ll visit a Norwegian family farm and meet the family that has owned it for eight generations. While you taste their apple cider, they’ll tell you about their history and how cider is made. Be sure you bring your camera because Globus has included another special experience…a drive through Norway’s beautiful landscapes to Stalheim, where you’ll witness a dazzling panoramic view over Nærøydal Canyon and enjoy coffee with a pastry.
Tour pricing starts at $3,399 p.p.d.o.
Departure Dates available: April – September, 2016