Europe Escorted Tours

Discover Croatia, Slovenia and the Adriatic Coast

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Join us and explore Croatia and the countries of the Adriatic.  This is a “must see” region filled with ancient cities, medieval architecture, intriguing cultures, rolling hills and stunning coastal scenery.  Croatia is one of the most popular tourist spots now.  You need to see it before it becomes overrun with tourists.

Our journey to Croatia and Slovenia takes us to Opatija on the Istrian Peninsula to Dobrovnik, Plitvice Lakes (shown above)and Split Croatia.  Then on to Ljubljana and Lake Bled, Slovenia and Zagreb, Croatia. I have also included an excursion into Kotor, Montenegro, a most beautiful coastal city on the Adriatic.

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Give me a call at 919.708.8217 for more information about this exciting and “different” destination.  I have interest in Croatia, so I decided to research it.  I am so glad I did.  This is a region I would love to visit myself.

 

If you prefer, you can email me at cruiselikeavip@windstream.net or facebook/cruiselikeavip and leave me a message.

#croatia#slovenia@dobrovnik#lakebled#dalmatiancoast#kotor#opatija#plitvicelakes#split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Classic Spain

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This week we are visiting Spain with Collette Tours.  I have been to Spain, but only briefly and would like to revisit this amazing country.  On this tour, we will be visiting Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Toledo and Madrid.

I chose this 13 day tour that combines the best of Spain with tours included.  What an amazing itinerary.

 

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Be sure to call me for more details about this cultural immersion of Spain at 919.708.8217 or cruiselikeavip@windstream.net.  You can also check out my facebook page at facebook/cruiselikeavip.

 

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France Magnifique

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This week we are staying in Europe and enjoying Paris and the Normandy Beaches along with visits to the beautiful Loire Valley, Avignon and Marseille.  Bask in the rich culture and romance of fascinating France on our tour that explores captivating Paris, picturesque Provence, historic Normandy and breathtaking Le Mont St. Michel.  Also, we will be taking a train from Paris to Avignon for two nights and enjoying the beautiful countryside of Provence.

Here are some of the places we will be visiting.  Hang on, this is going to be a wonderful ride.

If this tour is stirring your soul to visit France, then give me a call at 919.708.8217 or e-mail at cruiselikeavip@winstream.net for more information.

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

#paris#normandybeaches#louvre#eiffeltower#avignon#marseille#france

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Shades of Ireland – The Emerald Coast

The-Cliffs-of-Moher-and-the-StackFrom vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast and onwards to Derry, experience all of the charms of Ireland on this magical tour of the Emerald Isle.  This is a Collette Vacations escorted tour.  I have traveled with Collette before and they are an excellent tour company.  You will be sure to enjoy this 13 day grand tour of Ireland.

Our stops on this grand tour of Ireland are:

Ring of Kerry – Cliffs of Moher – Waterford – Killarney – Blarney – Dublin – Belfast – Derry – Giant’s Causeway – Glens of Antrim – Donegal Town – Enniskillen.

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For more details about this Shades of Ireland Grand Tour, please give me a call at 919.708.8217 or cruiselikeavip@windstream.net.

Current rates:  $4924.00 per person. Inclusions: Round trip airfare, round trip transfers, home/airport complimentary pickup, hotels, included tours in each city, 17 meals including a Medieval castle feast.

 

#ireland#belfast#dublin#ringofkerry#blarney#cliffsofmoher#waterford

 

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Switzerland – Alpine Lakes and Scenic Trains

 

 

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I am so excited to share one of my favorite destinations with you all,  Switzerland, a beautiful, scenic country with hospitable people and one of the cleanest and pristine countryside’s you will ever visit. The pictures below are of the Swiss Alps, and the world famous Matterhorn. The mountain range stretches across 8 different countries: France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria and Slovenia.

I visited Switzerland several years ago and always wanted to go back, so now I get a chance to re-visit in 2018.  The tour I selected includes three 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 us into Italy.  We also cruise across two of the most scenic lakes in the world, Lake Como and Maggiore.  We stay in stunning and exclusive resort villages including Zermatt (my favorite), St. Moritz and Lago Maggiore, Italy.  In Lucerne you will see for yourself why it is called the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.”  Lucerne is truly spectacular.  Our dates are August 27-September 5, 2018.  Hope you can join me!

 

Here’s our daily itinerary:

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Day 2: Lucerne, Switzerland – our tour begins

Day 3: Lucerne

Day 4: Lucerne, Golden Pass Train, Montreux, Zermatt

Day 5: Zermatt

Day 6: Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz

Day 7: St. Moritz, Bernina Pass Train, St. Moritz

Day 8: St. Moritz, Lake Como, Italy, Lago Maggiore, Italy

Day 9: Lago Maggiore, Italy

Day 10: Lago Maggiore -our tour ends in Milan

I have to tell you, these pictures do not do justice to the beauty of Switzerland.  The air is fresh and clean, the people are friendly, and above all Switzerland is a neutral country which is one of the safest places we can visit in Europe.

Really look at these pictures and then give me a call for more details on this photographic journey through the beauty of Switzerland.

Rates:  $5705.23 per person. Price includes round trip airfare,  airport transfers,home pickup and return, hotels (resorts), tours included in each stop, 3 train excursions and 12 meals included.

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

#switzerland#zermatt#matterhorn#lucerne#stmoritz#lakecomo#lagomaggiore#gstaad

 

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Welcome to the Emerald Isle – Ireland

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Welcome to Ireland, beautiful land of Emerald Green.  I chose this Classic Irish tour because it gives us a good introduction to the entire country of Ireland, and not just the “highlights” that we would get if we did a combo tour. For anyone who has always wanted to visit Ireland, this is a wonderful tour to take.

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This is a 12 day/11 night escorted tour which includes 21 meals and excursions in each town/city we visit. Just to see the amazing scenery is worth the trip. This tour really immerses us in the Irish culture and we see so much of Ireland.  Hope you can join me on this Irish adventure next year.

Our itinerary takes us from Dublin to Belfast, Derry and Giants Causeway, Donegal and Westport, Bunratty and the beautiful Cliffs of Moher, Killarney and the Dingle Peninsula, Waterford (save up for the crystal) and then back to Dublin.  I have attached the itinerary and map so you can see how amazing this tour is.

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Tour Includes:

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 11 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 8 dinners (D) including
    – Bunratty or Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet
    – Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
    – 6 table d’hote dinners
  • 2 lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of Dublin and Belfast
  • Walking tours of Belfast, Derry, Westport, Galway and Waterford
  • Sheepdog trials with farmhouse tea and scones
  • J. B. Keane’s Pub in Listowel for tea and scones
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Irish coffee and music session at the Marine Bar in Dungarvan
  • Visits and admissions to Dublin Castle, Down Cathedral, St. Patrick Centre, Ulster Folk Museum, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Donegal Castle, Westport House, Ballintubber Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, House of Waterford Crystal and Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Audio headsets and group photo
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

Tentative July, 2018 departures. Price per person – $4300.00 which includes round trip airfare/round trip transfers and all listed above.

#ireland#blarneycastle#cliffsofmoher#bunratty#killarney#ringofkerry#dublin#belfast

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Romance Is In The Air In Paris

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones.  What better way to celebrate than in the City of Light, Paris.  This week we see the dramatic highlights of Paris on this Spotlight tour.  Check out this amazing itinerary.  It features the must see places and gives you plenty of time to explore this magnificent city on your 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.

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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
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
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Day7
Paris – Tour Ends

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

  • Breakfast

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We can add pre and post days if you would like to explore more of the surrounding area.

Give me a call at 919.708.8217 or e-mail cruiselikeavip@windstream.net for more details, with dates and rates for this Collette Vacations Spotlight on Paris tour.

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Je vous remercie!

#Paris#France#Romance#Eiffel#Louvre#Versailles

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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.”

  • Breakfast

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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Greek Island Hopper

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Imagine stunning scenery, sun-soaked beaches, the crystal-clear Aegean Sea, and tasty Greek cuisine..on this Greek Islands tour, you will experience all of this and more!

This 10 day tour gives us 3 nights each in Athens, Mykonos and Santorini.  As I just returned from Mykonos and Santorini, I can tell you first hand these islands are spectacular.  Several of the people on our tour want to return to these islands.

Take a look at the stunning photos and see for yourself why the Greek Islands should be on your bucket list.

Give me a call at 919.708.8217 or e-mail at cruiselikeavip@windstream.net for more details and prices on this amazing tour.

#greece, #santorini, #mykonos, #athens

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