Costa Rica Natural Paradise

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Welcome to the “rich coast”, the friendly land of democracy and rare natural beauty.  With naturalist guides, we see exotic birds and wildlife, hike in jungle rainforests, view volcanoes, soak in hot springs, and cruise through biological reserves.  With included excursions each day and all meals included, this place is amazing.  I hope will put Costa Rica on your bucket list.  It is an ecological dream.  This is one of my favorite tours.

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Call for details about this amazing escorted Caravan tour at 919.708.8217.

Date for this Caravan tour is February 4-12, 2018.  Rate: Tour, taxes, insurance, transfers-$1693.00 per person.  Estimated airfare for February, $500.00 per person.

 

#costarica#arenalvolcano#manualantoniopark#guanacaste#fortuna#sanjose

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Costa Rica Natural Paradise

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Welcome to the “rich coast”, the friendly land of democracy and rare natural beauty.  With naturalist guides, we see exotic birds and wildlife, hike in jungle rainforests, view volcanoes, soak in hot springs, and cruise through biological reserves.  With included excursions each day and all meals included, this place is amazing.  I hope will put Costa Rica on your bucket list.  It is an ecological dream.  This is one of my favorite tours.

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Call for details about this amazing escorted Caravan tour at 919.708.8217.

Date for this Caravan tour is February 4-12, 2018.  Rate: Tour, taxes, insurance, transfers-$1693.00 per person.  Estimated airfare for February, $500.00 per person.

 

#costarica#arenalvolcano#manualantoniopark#guanacaste#fortuna#sanjose

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Alaska Denali Explorer Cruise/Tour

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This 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 2 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.

Be sure to bring your cameras on this trip.  You will take hundreds of pictures, each port stop is magnificent.

This is an amazing cruise/tour on Princess cruise lines.  We will stay at some of the most beautiful lodges in Alaska.  Give me a call at 919.708.8217 or e-mail cruiselikeavip@windstream.net for more details.

Rates:

Inside Cabin per person $2218.30 Ocean View Cabin per person $2868.30 Balcony Cabin per person $3218.30

Gratuities additional $90065 per person cruise only

Airfare available upon request.

 

As always, thanks for reading.  I appreciate each of you.

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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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Let’s Meet In Aruba

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Welcome to my favorite island – Aruba.  It’s time to see for yourself how wonderful and friendly this island paradise is.  Aruba is a tiny Dutch Caribbean island located 15 miles north of Venezuela.  Home to beautiful white sand beaches, 82 degree average annual temperatures and since Aruba is outside of the hurricane belt, anytime is a great time to visit.  For the non-sun worshipers, Aruba has casino’s in every resort and two large casino’s in downtown Orangastad along with excellent shopping opportunities.  Aruba definitely has something for everyone.

For the golfer’s, I can arrange your tee times at either Tierra del Sol or the Links at Divi, both premier golf courses.  And, for the fishermen/women, I can arrange deep sea charter fishing.

If you take an island tour, which I recommend, you will see two diverse climates on the island.  On the tropical side, beautiful beaches and swaying palm trees with crystal clear water of the Caribbean sea beckons you.  On the desert side, you will see rugged desert, giant aloe and cactus plants along with the Arikok National Park.  This park looks exactly what you our southwest deserts look like.  You will definitely think you are on two separate islands once you see the diversity.

Now for the information about our trip to Aruba.  July 15-20, 2018.  RIU ANTILLAS Adults Only All Inclusive Resort.  5 nights Jr. Suite Ocean View, round trip airfare, round trip transfers, all meals, all beverages (sodas, beer, wine, cocktails), all taxes and tips, non motorized watersports, nightly entertainment and exchange privileges with the sister property RIU Palace next door.

RDU departures – $2110.00 per person.  CLT departures – $2108.00 per person.

Other departure gateway’s available upon request.

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Hope you can join us in Aruba next July.  Bon Bini!!!

919.708.8217 or cruiselikeavip@windstream.net

#aruba#arikoknationalpark#altovista#orangastad#depalmisland#riuantillas

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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.

#canadianrockies#banff#lakelouise#calgary#glaciernationalpark@watertonpark@morainelake

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.

Malynda

 

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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.

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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 cruiselikeavip@windstream.net for more details.

#caravantours#panamacanal#gatunlake#mirafloreslocks#panamacity#playabonita

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Join Me On A Mexican Riviera Cruise

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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 cruiselikeavip@windstream.net if you are interested in joining us on this Travel Club Cruise.  I will be sailing with you on this cruise.

#mazatlan#puertovallarta#cabosanlucas#mexicanriviera#carnivalsplendor

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Paris Is Calling Our Name

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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 cruiselikeavip@windstream.net.

 

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