Canadian Rockies and Glacier Park

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Spectacular beauty – the best description for the majestic Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park.  Beginning in the Canadian province of Alberta, our tour combines the best of the prairies, the majesty of the Canadian Rockies and the beauty of Montana’s Glacier National Park, giving us a superb overview of these U.S. and Canadian wonderland’s.  This itinerary is packed with everything you will need to see.  This is a photographer’s dream trip where we enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Canadian Rockies.

Here are some of the spectacular places we will be visiting.  Calgary, Waterton Park, Glacier National Park, Montana, Banff, Lake Louise, Maligne Lake, Jasper Park, Icefields Parkway and then back to Calgary.

And here are some of the things we will be doing on this trip.

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We will be on this Caravan tour September 23-October 1, 2017.  I will be posting pictures daily for you to enjoy.  I will organize another Canadian Rockies tour for 2018.  Hope you can join me again in 2018.


Give me a call at 919.708.8217 for more information about this tour and to get your name on the list for the 2018 tour.

As always, thank you for being my faithful readers.  I appreciate each of you.



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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.  On this amazing tour, we take two daytime cruises on the Panama Canal, one through the canal locks and another on Gatun Lake.


The Isthmus of Panama links North and South America.  See both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans on this tour.  We will explore rain forests and sandy beaches, and meet the friendly Embera natives living in the jungle.


Here’s our itinerary:



  • 3 nights Panama City
  • 2 nights Gamboa Rainforest
  • 2 nights Playa Bonita Beach Resort
  • 2 Panama Canal Transits
  • All Meals
  • All excursions included
  • Round trip airfare/round trip transfers
  • Caravan escorted tour
  • Insurance



Hope you can join us on the 8 day, 7 night tour of Panama .  I enjoyed the Panama Canal when I visited a few years ago.  You will get to experience the new Panama Canal extension.



Date and rates:

Tentative date: March 18, 2018  Approximately $2500.00 per person based on current airfare.

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Contact me at 919.708.8217 or for more details.


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Join Me On A Mexican Riviera Cruise


We are back on the ocean this week with a cruise to the Mexican Riviera.  If some don’t know where the Mexican Riviera is, think Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. We are sailing out of Long Beach, California for a fun filled week in Mexico.

While in Cabo San Lucas, be sure to visit El Arco (Land’s End) where the land actually ends on the Baja Peninsula.  A very beautiful site.  There are two beaches at Land’s End – Lovers Beach and Divorce Beach. Both accessible via boat.  A great way to get away from it all.

Mazatlan:  Known for it’s famous Malecon (boardwalk) and it’s world class fishing.

Puerto Vallarta:

This place has it all, from beautiful beaches, water sports and a vibrant nightlife scene. Some of the interesting sites are the ornate Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe church, boutique shops and range of restaurants along the El Malecon with contemporary sculptures lining the boardwalk.

What we will be eating in Mexico:

Information about our trip.

We depart Long Beach pier on April 21, 2018 and return April 28, 2018.  Rates are:

Balcony Cabin: $862.94 per person – Ocean View Cabin: $732.94 per person – Inside Cabin: $642.94 per person.  Price does not include airfare estimated at $500 per person and gratuities are additional $90.65 per person.

Call 919.708.8217 or if you are interested in joining us on this Travel Club Cruise.  I will be sailing with you on this cruise.


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Paris Is Calling Our Name


This week we are taking an in-depth Spotlight Tour of Paris, France.  Paris has an allure like no other city in the world.  We will see all the dramatic highlights of Paris, have dinner at the Eiffel Tower featuring wonderful French cuisine while taking in the breathtaking views of Paris.  We will glide down the famous Seine River on a romantic river cruise surrounded by the glittering city skyline.  We can explore priceless treasures of the Louvre Museum.  Another highlight is a visit to Versailles, one of the world’s most magnificent royal palaces with the most complete example of 17th century architecture.

A great feature of this tour is we will have plenty of free time to explore Paris on our own.  Perhaps people watch at one of Paris’s many outdoor cafes’.


The stunning Palace of Versailles will captivate us with her beautiful gardens and world famous Hall Of Mirrors.

Rates:  $2099.00 per person includes round trip airfare, round trip transfers, tours included, 5 nights Le Meridien Etoile hotel.


If Paris is calling your name as it is mine, meet me July 10-16, 2018 in this beautiful City Of Light. Call for more details at 919.708.8217 or



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Classic Greece and Its Islands of Santorini and Mykonos


Discover the magnificent ruins of ancient Greece in their tranquil Mediterranean settings. This comprehensive journey explores Greece’s most important ancient monuments, like the famed Temple of Zeus, archeological site of Olympia and ancient artifacts of Delphi. Explore Athens your way – choose a tour of the incredible Acropolis, or embark on a walking tour of some of the city’s hidden gems. Visit a local farm in the countryside to see how olive oil and wine are produced. Learn how to cook traditional Mediterranean cuisine during a cooking demonstration. Wander the winding streets, vineyards, marketplaces and beaches of Mykonos and Santorini. Explore the excavations of the ancient city at Akrotiri, the most important prehistoric settlement found anywhere in the Eastern Mediterranean. In Athens, enjoy traditional cuisine, wine and entertainment at a family-owned taverna in the lively Plaka district. Learn the history of this fascinating country from local experts on guided tours of Athens, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia and Corinth.

 My favorite parts of this tour are visits to Mykonos and Santorini.  We spend 3 nights in the magnificent and magical Santorini and 2 nights in Mykonos, the whitewashed jewel of the Cyclades Islands.

All the pictures of Santorini and Mykonos were taken by me and my guests.


No visit to Santorini is complete without a taste of Ouzo and Vinsanto (my favorite).

Here’s the details.  July 8-22, 2018.  15 days, 22 meals, excursions included in each city/island.  2 day extension in Crete available. $5799.00 per person includes round trip airfare, round trip transfers (home pickup).


If these pictures have your interest in visiting Greece and the beautiful Greek Islands, please give me a call at 919.708.8217.


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Sailing the Danube River at Christmastime


This week we are doing some Christmas shopping at the world famous Christmas Markets of Germany and Austria.  And, we will be sailing on the beautiful and romantic Danube River.  Our journey starts in Vienna, Austria’s and ends in Frankfurt, Germany. In addition to shopping for gifts for our loved ones and friends, we will be exploring medieval cities, visit historic European sites, castles and of course stop at Christmas Markets at each stop along the way.  What better way to start your holiday season.

Here’s a short version of our itinerary:

Vienna, Austria, Wachau Valley, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg and Wurzburg, Germany.  Wow, what a treat itinerary we have.

If these pictures get you in the mood to go to Germany and Austria to Christmas shop and see beautiful scenery, then give me a call at 919.708.8217 or e-mail at



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Glamorous Western Mediterranean

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Join me this week as we visit the Glamorous Western Mediterranean on the beautiful Viking Sky ocean liner. France’s famed southern coast and Italy’s Renaissance treasures take center stage on this 8-day Mediterranean sojourn between Barcelona and Rome. Immerse yourself in Catalonian and Tuscan art, architecture and history during overnights in Barcelona and Tuscany.  In the South of France, call on Marseille, France’s oldest city, jet-setting St. Tropez and Monte Carlo, Monaco’s glamorous city by the sea.


Here’s our Western Mediterranean itinerary:

Day 1 & 2:  Barcelona, Spain

Day 3:  Marseille, France

Day 4:  St. Tropez, France

Day 5:  Monte Carlo, Monaco

Day 6 & 7:  Florence/Pisa, Italy

Day 8:  Rome, Italy


Included in our cruise:

930 guests – Viking Sky

8 day cruise visiting 4 countries & 6 ports with a private veranda

All onboard meals

Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard dinner & lunch

One included shore excursion in every port of call

Port taxes & fees included

Airport transfers

All this for $2199 for cruise and $795 for air (limited availability)

Call if you would like more information on this fabulous cruise at 919.708.8217.

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Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise

yukon vThis week we are in for a treat as we visit our 49th state – Alaska, land of beautiful scenic vista’s and wildlife you can see up close.  Our tour begins with the land portion starting in Fairbanks.  While in Fairbanks we will take a Sternwheeler Cruise down the Chena River.  Then on to Denali for 3 nights where we will have a full day in the Denali National Park viewing wildlife and majestic Mt. McKinley-or as natives call Denali.  Then on to Anchorage where we board our Princess Cruise Lines ship for 7 nights visiting Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Hubbard Glacier, magnificent Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage. Our journey ends in Vancouver where we tour the city before our overnight in Seattle.

Be sure to bring your camera for this tour.  The scenery is magnificent.  A train ride into the Yukon territory is one of my favorite tours in Alaska.

We have two options on this tour:

Cruise Only or Cruise/Land tour

This is a Collette Vacations tour which includes home pickup and return for the cruise/land tour. A great feature of these tours-no driving to the airport.

Call for more details at 919.708.8217 or


Thanks for your interest.  Alaska should be on everyone’s bucket list.  A magnificent state worth the price.

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Let’s Cruise The South Pacific


This week we are cruising the South Pacific Islands on the luxurious Paul Gauguin.  The Paul Gauguin is the most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year round basis.  Our 7 night cruise takes us to Papeete, Raiatea, Taha’a, Bora Bora and Moorea.  We also have an option to stay in Papeete and Moorea on a 3 night land extension.  This ship has it all-all meals, complimentary beverages, complimentary gratuities, complimentary room service.  For divers, the ship has an onboard dive program.

The South Pacific has some of the most breathtaking islands you will ever see.  Along with friendly people, delicious food, gorgeous crystal clear water, exciting water and land sports, it is definitely a once in a lifetime adventure.  What memories you will make!!

Imagine looking at this sunset each night.


Call for details at 919.708.8217 or email at

7 night cruise – July 28, 2018 – $6570.00 per person (estimate)

Includes round trip airfare, round trip transfers, 7 night cruise, all meals, gratuities, beverages (beer, wine, spirits, sodas, juices, coffee).

7 night cruise/3 night land package – June 27, 2018 – $7300.00 per person (estimate)

Includes round trip airfare, round trip transfers, 7 night cruise, all meals, gratuities, beverages on cruise portion. 1 night Papeete Intercontinental Tahiti, 2 nights Moorea Intercontinental Moorea, breakfast included.






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Grand Cayman Experience

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This week we are visiting Grand Cayman Island, where sunshine, great food, and friendly island people await us.  Beautiful beaches and vibrant coral reefs are the island’s hallmarks.  Located 480 miles southwest of Miami, Grand Cayman Island is only 101 square miles.  A great idea will be to rent a car or scooter to explore the island.  The Grand Cayman Islands consist of 3 islands, the other two are Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

We are staying at the all inclusive Wyndham Reef Resort on East End.  I am very excited about this resort because it is the only all inclusive on the island.  This will be a great $ saver for us.

East End is popular for windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving.    Some of the attractions we can visit will be Stingray City (I recommend this-I even did this on my first visit to Grand Cayman), Cayman Turtle Farm (some of the largest turtles in the world are here), and of course you can go to “Hell”-yes this is a real place on the island.

Take a look and see for yourself how beautiful Grand Cayman Island is.  Doesn’t it make you want to jump on a plane in August?


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Wyndham Reef resort is located at Colliers at East End.  Date:  August 30-September 3, 2017.  Rate:  $1506.87 per person includes round trip airfare/round trip transfers/4 nights ocean view suite.  Call me at 919.708.8217 or e-mail for more details.  American Airlines is the carrier for this trip.

Thank you for your interest in my trips.  I appreciate each of you.


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