Monthly Archives: March 2017

Panama Canal Cruise, Rainforests and Beaches

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Welcome to fun, vibrant Panama, home to the Panama Canal, the most important waterway in the world.  We take two daytime cruises on the Panama Canal on this itinerary.  One through the canal locks and another on Gatun Lake.  The Isthmus of Panama links North and South America where we will see both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.  We will also explore rainforests, sandy beaches and meet the friendly native Embera tribe living in the jungle.  This is a great way to see the Panama Canal, but more importantly to explore the Panamanian country.  I already have a small group of people interested in this March 2018 tour.  I am also planning to be on this tour with you.  I was on a Panama Canal cruise a few years ago, but did not get to see the country, so this is a wonderful opportunity to immerse ourselves in the Panamanian culture.

La bienvenida a Panama.

Our itinerary:

3 nights Panama City

2 nights Gamboa Rainforest

2 nights Playa Bonita Beach Resort

2 Panama Canal Transits

All Meals

Round trip airfare/round trip transfers

Insurance

Caravan escorted tour

 

Rates and tentative date:

March 18, 2017

Approximately $2300.00 per person

Contact: Malynda Mize 919-708-8217 or cruiselikeavip@windstream.net for more details. These trips sell out fast, so call soon to get your name on the group list.

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Panama Canal Cruise, Rainforests & Beaches

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Welcome to fun, vibrant Panama, home to the Panama Canal, the most important waterway in the world.  We take two daytime cruises on the Panama Canal on this itinerary.  One through the canal locks and another on Gatun Lake.  The Isthmus of Panama links North and South America where we will see both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.  We will also explore rainforests,sandy beaches and meet the friendly native Embera tribe living in the jungle.  This is a great way to see the Panama Canal, but more importantly to explore the Panamanian country.  I already have a small group of people interested in this March 2018 tour.  I will also be on this tour with you.  I was on a Panama Canal cruise a few years ago, but did not get to see the country, so this is a wonderful opportunity to immerse ourselves in the Panamanian culture.   La bienvenida a Panamá.

Our itinerary:

3 nights Panama City

2 nights Gamboa Rainforest

2 nights Playa Bonita Beach Resort

2 Panama Canal Transits

All Meals

Round trip airfare/round trip transfers

Insurance

Caravan escorted tour

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Rates and tentative date:

March 18, 2017

Approximately $2300.00 per person

Contact: Malynda Mize 919.708.8217 or cruiselikeavip@windstream.net for more details.  These trips sells out fast, so call to get your name on the group list.

#panamacanal#emberatribe#gamboarainforest#gatunlake

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Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

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Welcome to Canada’s Atlantic Coast and the Canadian Maritimes, a land blessed with stunning natural beauty and a relaxed way of life.  Our adventure this week visits all three of Canada’s Maritime provinces-Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick.

Breathtaking ocean scenery unfolds as we follow the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Visit Alexander Graham Bell Museum, the Fortress of Louisbourg, the crown jewel of the Canadian Park Service to the enchanting world of Anne of Green Gables where we visit her house in Cavendish.

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We visit the idyllic finshing villge and artists’ retreat of Peggy’s Cove.  This village is a picture perfect depiction of the Canadian Maritimes.

Here’s our itinerary:

Day 1 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
Welcome to Canada’s Atlantic Coast and the Canadian Maritimes, a land blessed with stunning natural beauty and a relaxed way of life. Visit all three of Canada’s Maritime provinces – Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Transfer from Halifax Stanfield Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle. Rooms are available for check-in after 3:00 p.m. Join Caravan for an 8:00 p.m. welcome briefing.

Day 2 – New Brunswick, Bay of Fundy
Cross rivers, streams, and marshlands on your morning journey to the Province of New Brunswick. Visit the Flowerpot Rocks at Hopewell Cape. Observe the gradual rise or fall of the Bay of Fundy tides, an average change of 6 to 8 feet per hour. The Fundy Tides are the highest on Earth and rise and fall an astounding 50 feet. Twice each day, one hundred billion tons of water flow into the Bay of Fundy, overpowering the Bay’s rivers and reversing their direction. Next, travel over the 8 mile Confederation Bridge to the picturesque province of Prince Edward Island. Pass over gently rolling farmlands en route to Prince Edward Island National Seashore. Enjoy vistas of red sand beaches and bluffs. Watch for red fox and great blue heron. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at your country inn. Dinner tonight. BD

Day 3 – Prince Edward Island
This morning enter the magical and enchanting world of Anne of Green Gables. Visit the Anne of Green Gables House in Cavendish. Stroll through Lover’s Lane and other settings from the literary classic. Mark Twain called the novel “the sweetest creation of childlife yet written.” This afternoon, join Caravan for a brief sightseeing tour of Charlottetown, followed by leisure time in the downtown. B 

Day 4 – Cape Breton Island
Enjoy a morning ferry ride from Prince Edward Island back to Nova Scotia. Continue to Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail, one of the most beautiful drives in the world. See inspiring mountain and coastal scenery en route to Cheticamp. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at this French-speaking Acadian fishing village, in the heart of the Cabot Trail. The fun-loving Cape Bretoners are renowned for celebrating with traditional Celtic and Acadian music and dance. Dinner tonight. BD

Day 5 – Whale Watching
This morning, enjoy a thriling whale watching cruise (weather permitting). Cape Breton Island’s rich waters are the seasonal home to many species of whales. Look for fin, minke, and pilot whales. You may also see dolphins and porpoises. Your afternoon is at leisure in Cheticamp. B

Day 6 – Cabot Trail, Baddeck
A grand adventure awaits you today on the Cabot Trail. Drive through forests, mountains and valleys in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Breathtaking ocean scenery unfolds as you follow the trail from Pleasant Bay to Cape Smokey. See rugged cliffs and wonderful ocean views. Then to Baddeck where you’ll visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, dedicated to the inventor of the telephone. Bell once said, “I have traveled around the globe… and for simple beauty, Cape Breton Island outrivals them all.” Bell made his home here. Stay a relaxing two nights in the resort town of Baddeck on Cape Breton Island. B

Day 7 – Fortress of Louisbourg
Morning visit to the crown jewel of the Canadian Park Service, the Fortress of Louisbourg. Enjoy a fun stroll through this 18th century fortress. During July and August, actors bring to life colorful characters and events from Louisbourg’s glorious past (limited services in October). Return to the charming town of Baddeck. Your afternoon is at leisure. Dinner tonight. BD

Day 8 – Peggy’s Cove, Halifax
You drive south this morning across the Canso Causeway and return to mainland Nova Scotia. Visit with the First Nation people of Nova Scotia at the Mi’kmaq heritage center. Learn about their history, legends, and present day life. Continue to the idyllic fishing village and artists’ retreat of Peggy’s Cove. Photo stop at the classic red and white lighthouse. Next, to the lively oceanfront town of Halifax. Sightseeing drive of Halifax before arriving at your ideally located waterfront hotel for a relaxing two night stay.  B

Day 9 – Halifax
Join your tour director this morning for a guided stroll along the historic waterfront and enjoy a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The remainder of your day is at leisure in Halifax to explore the many fun attractions within walking distance of your waterfront hotel. Farewell dinner. BD

Day 10 – Halifax
Your tour ends after breakfast. Caravan provides transfers throughout the day to the Halifax airport. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. B

Now for the rates and dates:

October 8-17, 2017 (a perfect time to view the stunning fall foliage)

$2800.00 per person includes 10 days/9 nights, daily breakfast, 4 dinners, accommodations, round trip airfare, round trip transfers, sightseeing each day.  This is a Caravan escorted tour, so we are sure to have a wonderful trip experience.

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Call me for more details at 919.708.8217 or e-mail at cruiselikeavip@windstream.net

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Thank you for being loyal readers.  I appreciate each of you.  Malynda

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Grand Canyon Adventure

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This Grand Canyon adventure is a great way to see the southwest and some of the magnificent parks of the United States.  Our journey starts in Phoenix. We then travel to Scottsdale and Sedona before arriving at the Grand Canyon for two nights at lodges inside the Grand Canyon National Park.  A visit to Bryce and Zion canyons will give us breathtaking views of the most magnificent scenery the southwest has to offer.  Our journey ends in Las Vegas where we have an option to stay a few days to enjoy the “city that never sleeps.” What majestic sites we will see!

Our itinerary:

Day 1 – Phoenix, Arizona
See 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, the only lodging in Zion National Park. Your 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.

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

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 far below. 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. Relax and enjoy Grand Canyon vistas, or attend a park ranger talk. Free shuttles take you to the many lookout points on the West Rim. Visit historic Grand Canyon Park buildings such as Hopi House and Lookout Studio. Hike deep into the canyon on Bright Angel Trail, or enjoy less rigorous activities offered along the rim trails, including bike rentals. Your two night stay inside Grand Canyon National Park allows enough time for a comprehensive visit. Best of all, you will enjoy two opportunities to see Grand Canyon sunsets and sunrises. B

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 Navajo guided jeep tour of the restricted backcountry of Monument Valley, a beautiful, pristine area of buttes and arches. 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 with Hollywood legends, such as Maureen O’Hara, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and James Stewart. Then, to Lake Powell Resort on the shores of picturesque Lake Powell. Enjoy a relaxing two-night stay. B

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. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy Lake Powell Resort. B

Day 6 – Bryce Canyon 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. B

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.   Or you can choose to stay over 2 nights in Las Vegas at Treasure Island Resort. B

 

 

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Map of our trip:

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Rates:  $1723.00 Caravan escorted tour. Airfare estimated $500.00 per person based

on departure airport.

Call 919.708.8217 for more details or e-mail at cruiselikeavip@windstream.net.  www.facebook.com/cruiselikeavip

 

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