Monthly Archives: October 2015

Imperial Cities of Europe

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This is a great itinerary:
Day 1 : Prague – Arrival

You will be transferred to your hotel upon arrival. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 : Prague

Enjoy a morning tour of Prague including a drive through the historic districts of this city and a walk around Prague Castle and the Old Town square. Tonight, enjoy a Black Light Theatre performance included in your program. (B)

Day 3 : Prague – Vienna

You will be transferred to the train station for your trip to Vienna. You will be met and transferred to your hotel upon arrival. Afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 4 : Vienna

Enjoy a morning tour of Vienna which includes a drive by the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and the National History Museum. You will also visit Schonbrunn Palace. Tonight, consider an optional evening concert at the 18th century Schonbrunn Orangerie.(B)

Day 5 : Vienna – (Salzburg)

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Vienna or consider taking an optional coach tour to Salzburg. An afternoon walk through the city will acquaint you with the Cathedral, the Festival Hall and Mozart’s birth place. (B)

Day 6 : Vienna – Budapest

You will be transferred to the train station for your trip to Budapest. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B)

Day 7 : Budapest

This morning, your tour of Budapest includes Heroes Square, the Millennium Memorial, the Opera House, St. Stephen’s Church and the Parliament. Enjoy a walk in the Castle District and Fisherman’s Bastion. (B)

Day 8 : Budapest

Enjoy a full day at leisure. You may decide to take one of the many optional excursions like cruising the Danube or visiting Lake Balaton. (B)

Day 9 : Budapest – Return

You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

For more details, give me a call at 919.708.8217.

This is a Key Tours escorted tour.  A great itinerary for a very good price.

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Magnificent Mekong

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Journey to scenic lands with distinctive cultures

Explore the stunningly scenic and culturally distinctive lands that lie along the remarkable Mekong River. On this 15-day cruisetour, from Vietnam’s bustling cities to the tranquility of Cambodia, discover two countries, two cultures and two ways of life linked by Indochina’s most important river. Encounter ancient Khmer monuments at Angkor Wat and the elegant French colonial capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia; in Vietnam, visit the floating markets of the Mekong Delta, experience the intimate charm of Hanoi’s old quarter and tour dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Here you will find gracious hosts and some of the finest cuisine in the world, while enjoying the natural beauty and rich history just beyond the banks of the magnificent Mekong.

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Alpine Lakes and Scenic Trains

Charming Villages in the Heart of Europe

Experience the enchanting Alpine cultures of Switzerland and Italy as you journey through spectacular mountain scenery and picturesque towns. Ride aboard three of the legendary Alpine railways; the Golden Pass Panoramic Train from Gstaad to Montreux; the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz and the Bernina Pass Train, which takes you into Italy. Cruise across two of the most scenic lakes in the world, Lake Como and Lago Maggiore. Relax in some of Europe’s most stunning and exclusive resort villages, including Zermatt, St Moritz and Lago Maggoire, Italy. Explore Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Visit a cheese farm, enjoy a wine tasting, hike in Zermatt, or perhaps ride a cable car in St. Moritz. Enjoy traditional regional cuisine such as Swiss cheese fondue and Italian delicacies.

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  • Your tour – at a glance

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    • Enjoy panoramic Alpine views with rides on the GoldenPass, Glacier Express and Bernina Pass trains.
    • Cruise Lake Como on a traditional open-air commuter ferry.
    • Soak up the mountain air with two nights in the Alpine village of Zermatt and two nights in the resort town of St. Moritz.
    • Stroll the lakeside boulevards of Lucerne, St. Moritz and Como.
    • Walk along the streets of Montreux, located on the shores of Lake Geneva.

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    This is one of my favorite itineraries.  I have been to most of these places before and the scenery is spectacular.  To ride the trains through the mountains and valley’s is truly an unforgettable experience.

    Call for more details about this June 20-29, 2016 adventure at 919.708.8217.

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Grand Canyon and Canyon Lands Adventure – BOOKING SOON

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Grand Canyon, Sedona, Lake Powell, Bryce & Zion National Parks

Welcome to this week’s tour.  We are off the rivers again this week visiting some of the greatest national parks of America’s Southwest. Spend four nights in national park lodges, including two nights at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and two nights at Zion Park Lodge. Hope you enjoy our tour this week as we start our park visits in the magnificent Grand Canyon. Take a look at our itinerary, it’s a good one.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Phoenix, Arizona
Our adventure begins in Phoenix, Arizona. Transfer from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle to your hotel. Rooms are available for check in after 3:00 p.m. Join Caravan for a 6:00 p.m. welcome briefing.

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Day 2 – Sedona, Grand Canyon
Drive through Scottsdale and along Camelback Mountain on your morning sightseeing. Next, visit Montezuma Castle, site of 12th and 13th century Native American cliff dwellings. Continue to the artist colony of Sedona, surrounded by towering red rock formations. You have free time in Sedona to explore galleries, shops and restaurants. Continue through scenic Oak Creek Canyon. Arrive at the Grand Canyon for a relaxing two-night stay. Your lodge is inside the Grand Canyon National Park, near the South Rim. Enjoy dinner at the Grand Canyon. Elevation at the South Rim averages 7,000 feet. BD

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Day 3 – Grand Canyon National Park
Enjoy breakfast at historic El Tovar Lodge on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Entire day to explore the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Almost 280 miles long, the Grand Canyon varies in width from one to eighteen miles, with the Colorado River winding below. You have a morning orientation drive of the Grand Canyon. Visit Desert View Lookout. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy Grand Canyon National Park. You can take a free shuttle bus to the many lookout points on the West Rim. You have plenty of time to hike on Bright Angel Trail into the Grand Canyon, or enjoy activities offered along the rim trails, including bike rentals. You also can visit the historic Grand Canyon Park buildings, Hopi House and Lookout Studio. Relax and enjoy Grand Canyon vistas, or attend one of the daily park ranger talks. Your two night stay inside Grand Canyon National Park allows time for a comprehensive visit. Best of all, you will enjoy two opportunities to see Grand Canyon sunsets and sunrises. B

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Day 4 – Monument Valley, Jeep Tour
Drive along the scenic East Rim of the Grand Canyon. Then, visit a Navajo and Hopi Trading Post. Here, you will find a large selection of high-quality Hopi Kachina dolls, fine Native American jewelry and handicrafts. Next, drive through the Hopi Indian Nation to the Navajo Indian Nation. Enjoy a guided jeep tour of the restricted backcountry of Monument Valley, a beautiful, pristine area of buttes and arches, with Navajo guides. John Ford, the filmmaker, discovered the rugged beauty of Monument Valley in the 1930’s. Western classics, such as “Stagecoach,” “The Searchers,” and “Once Upon a Time in the West” were filmed in Monument Valley. Hollywood legends, such as Maureen O’Hara, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and James Stewart filmed Westerns here. Then, to Lake Powell Resort on the shores of picturesque Lake Powell. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay. B

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Day 5 – Lake Powell, Canyon Cruise
Breakfast in your resort’s famous Rainbow Room with 180 degree sweeping views of Lake Powell. This morning, enjoy a scenic boat cruise through Lake Powell’s Antelope Canyon, lined with rich red sandstone walls. Rest of the day is at Leisure to enjoy Lake Powell Resort. B

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FITZROY AND BEECH TREES (Nothofagus pumilio), IN AUTUMN LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK, PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA

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Day 6 – Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park
Enjoy breakfast in the Rainbow Room. Then, drive to Kanab, known as Little Hollywood. Over 100 western movies and TV shows were filmed here including “Gunsmoke,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Wagon Train,” and “How the West Was Won.” Next visit Bryce Canyon. See the Bryce “Hoodoos,” fantastic red, orange and pink limestone spirals. Stop at Bryce Point and Sunrise Point, overlooking the stunning Bryce Amphitheater. Continue to Zion National Park. With Caravan, enjoy a relaxing two night stay at the only lodging inside the park, Zion Lodge. Stroll the beautiful grounds of your lodge ideally situated in the center of the valley floor. Marvel at the cliffs towering above. Enjoy dinner at Zion Lodge. BD

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Day 7 – Zion National Park
This morning enjoy a private tram tour of Zion Park. See a wonderland of rock monoliths. Zion features stunning scenery found nowhere else. Zion is a geological showplace with sandstone cliffs among the highest in the world. Early settlers were so inspired by Zion’s beauty that they bestowed exalted names on the park’s natural features. See East Temple, the Court of the Patriarchs and the Great White Throne. Afternoon at leisure to relax in your magnificent setting or pursue park activities. You may wish to take the free Zion Canyon shuttle or hike the Park’s scenic walking trails near your lodge. Enjoy dinner at Zion Lodge. BD

Day 8 – Zion Park to Las Vegas, Nevada
After breakfast at Zion Park Lodge, Caravan transfers you from Zion Park to Las Vegas, Nevada. Enjoy a brief sightseeing drive of the dazzling Las Vegas strip. Arrive at the Las Vegas airport at 11:30 a.m. Please schedule flights after 1:30 p.m. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan and Cruise Like A VIP. B

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I am looking at an April 23, 2016 departure.  Give me a call for rates at 919.708.8217 or you can e-mail me at cruiselikeavip@windstream.net.  If you are interested in an extended stay in Las Vegas, I will be staying over for 2 nights at Treasure Island Resort and Casino. Join me if you can.

Thank you for your interest in visiting some of our countries magnificent national parks.  The scenery is spectacular.

Added bonus:  Dinner with my compliments one evening.

Malynda

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