Monthly Archives: October 2016

Let’s Party in Barbados

Barbados is awash with history, the arts, nightlife, fine dining, things to do and plenty of water activities to keep you entertained. One of my favorite Caribbean islands. Barbados is not only fam…

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Let’s Party in Barbados

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Barbados is awash with history, the arts, nightlife, fine dining, things to do and plenty of water activities to keep you entertained. One of my favorite Caribbean islands.

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Barbados is not only famous for Rihanna, but for some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and a popular island for celebrities.   The main language of Barbados is English, but Bajan dialect is widely spoken.  For example, when we say let’s have a drink-the Bajan version is leh we fire one!  We will have 5 nights to learn this version of Broken English.

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When I was in Barbados last year, the most popular beach was the Boatyard where many of the cruise ship crowd hang out.  It’s also a popular beach for visitors staying on the island.  A great place to spend the day if you want a change from the beautiful beach at your resort.

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For Friday night entertainment, I (and hope you) will be visiting Oistins for the weekly fish fry and party central..  After dinner, you can dance and sing karaoke until the wee hours. Sounds like this is the place for our final night in Barbados.

I am trying something different on this trip.  I am giving you two options for your resort stay.  Some of you love the all-inclusive options at a resort where everything is included and you don’t have any additional costs.  Some of you love to immerse yourselves in the culture of the island by visiting local cafe’s, restaurants, pubs, bars and doing your own thing.

September 11-16, 2017.

All inclusive:  Turtle Beach Resort – $1830.00 per person

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On your own:  Hilton Barbados – $1320.00 per person (complimentary continental breakfast included)

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Both options include round trip airfare, round trip transfers and 5 nights ocean front accommodations.

Excited yet? Give me a call at 919.708.8217 or e-mail: cruiselikeavip@windstream.net to learn more about this island paradise.  Who know’s you may see Rihanna, Oprah, or many celebrities that vacation and have homes in Barbados!

#Barbados; #Rihanna; #Boatyard Beach.

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“Let’s Visit The Queen”

Welcome to London, England.  Imagine the fun we will have  translating between British English and our American English.  We will get a chance to do just that on this 7 day, 6 night tour of London.…

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“Let’s Visit The Queen”

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Welcome to London, England.  Imagine the fun we will have  translating between British English and our American English.  We will get a chance to do just that on this 7 day, 6 night tour of London.  This is a wonderful tour to really immerse yourselves in British culture.  We will have a day of tours included, then 4 full days of leisure to explore all the sights of this iconic city.  Some of the sights we will see on our day tour will be Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Perhaps a ride on the Millennium Wheel or as we call it-the London Eye.  We can live like a local for 4 days and hop on “the Tube” to visit many other sights of London.

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If you would like to visit London with me, please give me a call at 919.708.8217 for dates and rates.  Who knows, we may even see some of the Royal Family!

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“Let Them Eat Cake” In Paris

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I am starting a series of spotlight tours of famous cities around the world.  This week we are starting our spotlight is aimed at Paris France.

Imagine eating your “cake” at a Parisian sidewalk cafe.  And it’s not just cake waiting for you in Paris.  It’s delicious French cuisine, fascinating architecture , chic boutiques and some of the world’s most famous monuments.  With a week in Paris, you will have time to truly immerse yourself in this enchanting city.

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On this tour, we enjoy an included dinner and wine at the Eiffel Tower restaurant. Following the dinner, we take a Seine River cruise to admire Paris’ glittering skyline as we glide along.  And this is just the first day.  Imagine what’s in store for us the rest of the week.  I selected this tour because we have lots of free time to experience the city on our own.

Day1
Overnight Flight

Set out for captivating Paris. Come to know this city famous for its world-renowned art, food and fashion. Its rich history will astound you while its style dazzles.

Day2
Paris, France – Tour Begins

Arrive in the “City of Light.” Tonight, your adventure begins with breathtaking views of the city while you enjoy dinner featuring delicious French cuisine and wine at the Eiffel Tower. Following dinner, get a different perspective of the city during a Seine River cruise. Admire Paris’ glittering skyline as you glide along.

  • Dinner
  • Le Meridien Etoile
Day3
Paris

Come to know the dramatic highlights of Paris your way — by coach or by Metro! You may choose to take a splendid panoramic coach tour that includes a stop to explore the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral. Or, for a truly local experience, you may prefer to join a local guide who will take you to some of Paris’ most iconic sights by Metro. Either way you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, and the magnificent Place Vendome with a local guide. The afternoon is at leisure. You may choose an optional tour that takes you to the bohemian neighborhood of Montmartre; join a local guide on a walking tour and get to know the culture, food and history of this eclectic neighborhood, and see its crown jewel – the iconic Sacre’-Coeur basilica.

  • Breakfast
  • Le Meridien Etoile
Day4
Paris – Louvre Museum

Join a local expert exploring the priceless treasures of the world famous Louvre Museum, with a collection of more than one million works of art. Originally a palace and now a landmark of Paris, the Louvre displays an array of works of art ranging from ancient times up to the mid-19th century. Behold some of the museum’s most famous pieces by the some of the greatest artist the world has seen including Raphael, Botticelli and Titian, and see the renowned statue of Venus de Milo and Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore Paris’ many hidden treasures on your own, or join us for an optional tour that showcases “Paris behind the scenes.”

  • Breakfast
  • Le Meridien Etoile
Day5
Paris – Day at Leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax and explore on your own. You may take an optional excursion to Champagne country which includes a visit to ancient Reims for a walking tour; then, stop in Epernay and visit a champagne cellar for a tour and tasting.

  • Breakfast
  • Le Meridien Etoile
Day6
Paris – Versailles

Explore the history, architecture and gardens of Versailles, one of the world’s most magnificent royal palaces and finest, most complete example of 17th-century architecture. Your local guide will recount the history of the palace and lead you through the various rooms of the State Apartments. Discover its immeasurable opulence and see its treasures including the Queen’s bedchamber and the famous Hall of Mirrors. You then have time to explore the incredible gardens, some of the most famous in the world, which took over 40 years to complete. Tonight, celebrate the end of a fabulous trip with a sumptuous dinner accompanied by French wine at one of Paris’ oldest brasseries.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Le Meridien Etoile
Day7
Paris – Tour Ends

Our tour comes to a close today. Head home with many wonderful memories of Paris, the “City of Light.”

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If you would like to experience Paris like a true Parisian, then this is the tour for you.  Red Beret optional!

Call anytime at 919.708.8217 , cruiselikeavip@windstream.net or facebook.com/cruiselikeavip for more details.

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Classic Spain

Revel in Royalty of Spanish Culture Experience Spain’s colorful pageant of art, history and culture on this 13 day Classic Spanish tour. I have been to Barcelona Spain, but was only there for one d…

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Classic Spain

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Revel in Royalty of Spanish Culture

Experience Spain’s colorful pageant of art, history and culture on this 13 day Classic Spanish tour. I have been to Barcelona Spain, but was only there for one day and toured the highlights of the city.  Several of my travel friends would like to return to Spain and this itinerary will give them an immersion into Spanish culture while visiting Madrid, Valencia, Grenada, Cordoba, Toledo and Barcelona.  I have added in two post nights in Barcelona after the tour (optional) for everyone who wants to get a more in-depth view of the city and surrounding areas.  

Here’s our itinerary:

Day 1 – Overnight Flight to Madrid

Day 2-Arrive i Madrid and start tour

Day 3-Madrid – Tour Royal Palace and Toledo

Day 4-Madrid – Cordoba – Seville

Day 5-Seville

Day 6-Seville-Granada

Day 7-Granada-Valencia

Day 8-Valencia – Paella Experience – Valencia

Day 9-Valencia-Barcelona

Day 10-12 – Barcelona

Day 13-Tour ends Barcelona

And here’s what we will be seeing:

I am excited about returning to Spain in the future. If this Spanish adventure is on your bucket list, then give me a call for more details.  Spain beckons.

Malynda at Cruise Like A VIP-919.708.8217.  Email at cruiselikeavip@windstream.net or facebook.com/cruiselikeavip.

 

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