16-Day Capitals of Central Europe Tour

 

Prague, Czech Republic

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 $2,940 p.p.d.o. if booked by 2/11/2014

Rate applies to the following 2015 departures: May 4 & September 14

16-day Heart of the British Isles Tour

16-day tour featuring England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland and more…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 Price $3,190 p.p.d.o. if booked by 02/11/2015.Rate applies to the following departures: June 17, September 7 & 16, 2015

16-Day Capitals of Central Europe Tour

 

Budapest, Hungary

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 $2,940 p.p.d.o. if booked by 2/11/2014

Rate applies to the following 2015 departures: May 4 & September 14

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 2/11/2015. Featured Departure Dates: June 3 & 8, 2015

12-day Treasures of Italy Tour

 

Florence, 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 12/10/2014

Rate applies to the following departures:

September 8 & October 6, 2015

17-day World War II Memorial Tour of Europe


 

17-day tour featuring Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, and more…

Revisit the dramatic history of World War II as Image Tours brings you to famous battle sites, war museums and memorials. Many scenic and cultural highlights are also included, providing an enjoyable combination of learning and leisure.

Tour Price $3,490* p.p.d.o.

Save $400 per couple if booked by December 7, 2016

Departure dates are: All 2017 Departure Dates are Available

11-Day tour Cruising Hawaii’s Paradise

10-day tour of Honolulu, Kauai, Maui, and more…

Sail through the breathtaking scenery of the Hawaiian Islands on this magical vacation.

The highlight of your trip is a 7-night cruise around the Hawaiian Islands aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America.

On this cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in many activities, or you can do absolutely nothing at all!

Maui, one of the stops on this cruise, has been voted the best island in the world, and you’ll have a chance to experience its breathtaking scenery, wonderful beaches, cascading waterfalls, and charming Hawaiian towns.

The Big Island of Hawaii offers black-sand beaches, curious lava formations, the world’s most continuously active volcano, fields of coffee and macadamia nuts, and more.

Visit both Hilo and Kona on the Big Island. Kauai, Hawaii’s oldest island, offers cascading waterfalls, golden beaches, tropical rainforest, and more.

Tour pricing starts at $2,459 (Tour only) p.p.d.o.

Departures available: January 2015 through March 2016

10-Day Discover Japan

10-day tour of Kyoto, Takayama, Tokyo, and more.

From bustling cities to quiet mountain villages, experience the distinct flavor of Japan during this amazing vacation.

Discover Japan’s culture as you try on a traditional kimono, partake in a tea ceremony, taste sake, attempt calligraphy, learn about the Yuzen dyeing technique used on kimonos, take part in a gold leaf class, browse a farmers market, and participate in a Japanese cooking class.

Beyond the fascinating structures and shrines, you’ll also have a chance to visit one of Japan’s greatest gardens—Kenroku-en.

According to the ancient Chinese book of gardens, gardens should have six different sublime qualities, but it is rare to find all six qualities in a garden.

Dating from the 1670s, Kenroku-en does, in fact, combine the six attributes of a perfect garden—spaciousness & seclusion, artifice & antiquity, and water-courses & panoramas.

At the end of your journey you’re sure to have lots of stories and photos to share with loved ones back home!

Departures April through October 2015 at $3929 per person, tour only.

Travel Chronicles

Hello Explorers!

I just got off the phone with Wilma from Fredericksburg, Ohio and she wanted to know how to be the best prepared for using her money in Europe.

During a trip abroad, I recommend the use of an ATM Bank Card for obtaining foreign currency while in Europe as this typically offers the best exchange rate and they will shoot out the cash in the local currency! ATMs are found in abundance in Europe as they are in the States and many ATM cards can be used as debit cards to make purchases, but don’t forget to notify your bank that you will be traveling in Europe. They may need to set you up with a different pin number that will work with the machines in Europe. It is always a good idea to carry a bit of cash on your person as many places will not accept credit cards for small purchase or on-the-go lunches. As a general rule, you should really only keep enough cash on you for about 2 or 3 days so that you don’t have a large amount that could get lost or stolen during your journey, plus you don’t want to have a lot of money to exchange back to US dollars at the end of your trip.

I also suggested that she bring at least two working credit cards such as Visa or MasterCard because they are typically accepted everywhere. Again, I reminded her to contact her charge card company to notify them that she is traveling to prevent them from suspecting fraudulent activity and freezing the account. American Express and Discover should NOT be the only credit card option because they are not widely accepted.
When notifying your banks regarding your travel plans, also check if there are daily limits with withdrawal amounts or number of transactions.

As a precaution, she made copies of her credit & debit cards to keep in her suitcase, with the emergency numbers for the banks so that she can contact them in the case of an emergency. Great idea Wilma!

Since traveler checks, personal checks and American Express & Discover Cards are not good options for your travels, Wilma was glad that she called BEFORE the trip to make sure that she was prepared ahead of time. This alleviated any money-related stresses from her tour, and allowed her to enjoy the great sights & scenery without worry.

I hope Wilma’s questions will also help with your future travels!

Happy Travels!

Your Travel Agent

 

Travel Chronicles

Hello Explorers!

As I promised, my next conversation with Delores is chronicled below. We were now discussing her suitcase and how she should pack.

“The first step,” I advised “is to make sure that your suitcase size fits within the requirements of the tour company and airlines. In most cases, the Tour Company has more stringent rules about size because there is less room on the motor coach than there is on the airplane. The standard weight is 50 lbs. for a checked piece of baggage, and 15 lbs. for a carry-on. Even though they say 50 pounds, really you should only pack it to about 40 so that you have enough room after your purchases and mementos so that you don’t exceed the limit on your way home.” Delores checked her suitcase measurements and her baggage fit within them if she didn’t use the ‘expand’ feature on the suitcase. I told that would be fine, but be sure not to ‘expand’ it later on the tour because if everyone did that, there wouldn’t be enough room on the bus for everyone’s luggage by the end of the tour!

“As for your carry-on bag, you really need to know what the bus requirements are. The airlines usually will allow you to take another small suitcase to but in the overhead bins. This is not the case with the European buses. Usually your carry-on bag is supposed to sit underneath the seat in front of you because the motor coaches don’t have overhead compartments.” I told Delores that she shouldn’t push the dimensions for this piece either, because it would just mean that she would have to carry it on her lap throughout the whole tour or be required to ship it home.

In the end, she used her regular ‘un-expanded’ suitcase for her checked bag, and she purchased a small flexible duffle bag/backpack for her carry-on. Since she followed the outlines by the Tour Company, she didn’t worry about her luggage at all once she started the tour because part of the benefit of an escorted tour, is baggage handling. Her preparation ahead of time, allowed her to enjoy the tour to the fullest extent!

Happy Traveling!

Sincerely,

Your Travel Agent