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Tour Newsletter Dated May 20, 2013
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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
Today, we'll look at some of the tempting tours that include special
events or seasonal attractions such as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in
Scotland, the famous balloon festival of Albuquerque, the turning of the
leaves in New England and the Christmas markets in Germany and
Availability is limited for these popular vacations, so I recommend
booking soon to avoid disappointment. Just click the applicable link for
more information, including dates, prices and all available
Nova Scotia International Tattoo
-- This presentation of more than
2,000 international military and civilian performers takes place in the
Canadian city of Halifax. It's a fast-paced show of bagpipers, highland
dancers and military traditions, plus acrobatic acts, contemporary dance
performances, videos and modern music. The event takes place June
-- One of the largest rodeos in North America, the Stampede marks its
101st anniversary this year. Watch bull riding, barrel racing and chuck
wagon racing, and see the livestock shows, craft exhibits and concerts
during this Wild West event, which takes place July 5-14.
Edinburgh Military Tattoo
-- The sounds of bagpipes and drums fill the air at this perennially
sold-out event, scheduled for August 2-24. Each performance displays the
talents of Scottish regimental bands and other performers from around
the world. Many tour operators have secured tickets to the Tattoo, which
takes place in front of Edinburgh Castle.
-- Seek out the elusive aurora borealis in the northern reaches of
Alaska, Canada or Scandinavia. During long winter nights, swaths of
green, blue and red lights sweep across the sky; they are most visible
from September through March.
-- Join the revelry of the world's largest public festival in Munich.
During September 21-October 6, visitors gather under large tents in the
Bavarian city to sample a wide range of beers and traditional fare. Many
of our Oktoberfest departures are offered by Contiki, which caters to
travelers ages 18 to 35. On the company's camping itineraries, guests
stay in two-person tents and share facilities in Contiki's tent village
in the heart of Oktoberfest territory; departures that use hostel or
hotel accommodations also are available.
The International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
-- This itinerary follows legendary Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles
and overnights in Springfield, IL, during the festival, which will be
held September 27-29. Hundreds of classic cars and vintage motorcycles
fill the streets, and musical performances take place on outdoor
International Balloon Fiesta
-- Favorite events at this New Mexico
extravaganza include the early-morning mass ascension, when all
participating hot-air balloons go aloft, and the nighttime "balloon
glow," when pilots fire their burners at the same time. It began in
1972 with 13 hot-air balloons taking off from a shopping mall parking
lot. Now, several hundred balloons and their pilots gather at a 78-acre
launch field. Several tour operators have lined up departures for this
year's event, October 5-13.
Fall Foliage in New England
-- Hues of orange, purple, gold and crimson blanket the Northeast
landscape in autumn. These tours take in the brilliant colors and crisp
weather of scenic locales like the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the
Maine coast and pretty towns such as Stowe, VT, and Stockbridge, MA.
Some river cruise operators also offer fall foliage sailings elsewhere
in the U.S., like along the Mississippi River or Hudson River; click
to see these departures.
The Polar Bears of Canada
-- The area near Churchill in Manitoba is home to a large population of
polar bears that congregate on the shores of Hudson Bay, waiting for it
to freeze over so that they can begin their winter hunting. On these
trips in October and November, participants ride heated tundra buggies
equipped with viewing platforms for close looks at the creatures.
European Christmas Markets
-- Called Christkindlmarkt, the Christmas market is a longstanding
tradition in towns across Germany and Austria. The Salzburg market dates
to the 1400s, while the large market in Nuremberg, which now has about
180 stalls, can be traced to 1628. Vendors sell holiday crafts, toys,
ornaments, nutcrackers and creches, and shoppers snack on grilled
sausages, gingerbread and hot mulled wine called glühwein as they browse
the stalls. Departures also can be reserved for 2014 Christmas market
-- A few trips celebrate the holiday season in Paris or Amsterdam, in
U.S. locales like San Antonio and Branson, or even in the Galapagos
Islands or Antarctica.
New Year's Eve
-- Ring in the new year in an exciting destination like Edinburgh, Vegas
or Miami, or while on a romantic European river cruise. Some departures
celebrate both Christmas and New Year's in the same itinerary.
The Rose Parade
-- These tours in Southern California include reserved spots in the
grandstand at the 125th Rose Parade on January 1, 2014.
Carnival in Rio
-- Some Brazil-bound itineraries immerse guests in the revelry of
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, considered to be one of the largest pre-Lent
festivals in the world. It takes place February 28-March 4 next
-- Springtime river cruises through the Netherlands and Belgium reveal
colorful floral displays and lush, green countryside dotted with
windmills. A highlight of these itineraries is a visit to Keukenhof
Gardens, an 80-acre park planted with more than 7 million bulbs. Tulip
trips depart in March, April and early May, when the flowers are at
The Great Migration
-- Each year, nearly 2 million animals move through Tanzania and Kenya,
driven by seasonal rain and drought in what is known as the Great
Migration. Wildebeest, zebras and gazelles make up the largest
populations of the migrating herds. Their path follows a general
pattern, and safaris timed to coincide with this stunning ritual offer
an experience unlike any other.
Here are this week's Top 20 Tours
. All prices are per person,
based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.
1) The Best of Italy
11 days with Globus
. Begins and ends in Rome with stops in
Florence, Venice and Capri. Starting at $2,979. Departures from June
5 through October 27, 2013.
2) Heart of Wales and England
8 days with CIE Tours
. Begins and ends in London with visits to
Stonehenge, Brecon Beacons National Park and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Save $200 per couple
. Starting at $1,648. Departures from June
15 through October 26, 2013. Book now!
Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong
, 8 days with
. Begins in Siem Reap and ends in Ho Chi Minh City
with visits to Tonle Sap Lake, Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu and Phnom Penh.
Save $1,000 per couple off the cruise portion and receive a free
. Starting at $1,649. Departures from July 29
through October 28, 2013. Book now!
4) 17 Day Bangkok,
Cambodia & Vietnam
, 17 days with Gate 1 Travel
. Begins in
Bangkok and ends in Hanoi with visits to Angkor Wat, Ho Chi Minh City
and Ha Long Bay. Save $100 per couple
. Starting at $1,699.
Departures from September 14, 2013 through April 19, 2014.
5) Enchanting Emerald Isle Winter
9 days with Brendan
. Begins and ends in Dublin with visits to the
Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry and Blarney Castle. Save up to
7.5% when you pay in full
. Starting at $1,795. Departs December
21, 2013. Book now!
6) Baseball Legends
6 days with American Queen Steamboat Company
. Begins in
Cincinnati and ends in Pittsburgh with stops in Maysville, Point
Pleasant and Wheeling. Save $750 per couple, plus receive free
onboard credits and more
. Starting at $1,820. Departs July 27,
2013. Book now!
7) Learning Journeys:
Costa Rica Family Discovery
, 9 days with Perillo Tours
Begins and ends in San Jose with visits to Tortuguero National Park,
Arenal Volcano and the Los Angeles Private Cloud Forest. Save $200
. Starting at $1,890. Departures from October 13, 2013
through August 17, 2014. Book now!
8) Western Balkans Adventure
12 days with G Adventures
. Begins in Zagreb and ends in Dubrovnik
with stops in Split, Mostar and Kotor. Save 15%
. Starting at
$1,949. Departs June 21, July 19 and September 20, 2013.
9) Swiss Delight Winter
8 days with Trafalgar
. Begins and ends in Zurich with stops in
St. Moritz, Bellinzona and Lucerne. Save up to 7.5% when you pay in
. Starting at $1,950. Departures from October 11, 2013
through March 28, 2014. Book now!
10) Taste of Wales
& Ireland Tour
, 12 days with CIE Tours
. Begins and ends
in Dublin with visits to Snowdonia National Park, the Dingle Peninsula
and the Cliffs of Moher. Save $200 per couple
. Staring at $1,996.
Departures from June 28 through October 25, 2013.
11) Highlights of France
& Barcelona Winter
, 10 days with Trafalgar
. Begins in
Paris and ends in Barcelona with stops in Lyon, Nice and Monte Carlo.
Save up to 7.5% when you pay in full
. Starting at $2,185.
Departures from October 31, 2013 through April 10, 2014.
12) Glories of China
14 days with Wendy Wu Tours
. Begins in Shanghai and ends in
Beijing with visits to Guilin, the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian and the
Great Wall of China. Starting at $2,290. Departures from June 8, 2013
through June 28, 2014.
13) Rhine Getaway 2014
8 days with Viking River Cruises
. Travels between Amsterdam and
Basel with stops in Cologne, Heidelberg and Strasbourg. Companion
cruises for free plus save $1,000 per couple off roundtrip airfare from
select gateways when you pay in full
. Starting at $2,349.
Departures from March 21 through December 30, 2014.
14) The Classic Winter Voyage Roundtrip
12 days with Hurtigruten
. Begins and ends in Bergen with stops in
Trondheim, Tromso and Kirkenes. Save up 25%
. Starting at $2,537.
Departures from November 1 through December 31, 2013.
15) New Zealand Experience
9 days with Pacific Delight Tours
. Begins in Auckland and ends in
Christchurch with visits to Rotorua, Queenstown and Mount Cook National
Park. Starting at $2,549. Daily departures from June 11, 2013 through
March 18, 2014.
16) Discover Australia
11 days with Trafalgar
. Begins in Sydney and ends in Cairns with
visits to Bondi Beach, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Great Barrier Reef.
Receive a free Be My Guest dining experience at an exclusive
. Starting at $3,150. Departures from June 28, 2013 through
March 7, 2014. Book now!
17) Journey to the Galapagos
7 days with General Tours
. Begins in Quito and ends in Guayaquil
with visits to Espanola Island, San Cristobal Island and the Charles
Darwin Research Center. Save $1,000 per couple
. Starting at
$3,499. Departures from June 10 through August 19, 2013.
18) Great Steamboat Era
13 days with American Queen Steamboat Company
. Begins in New
Orleans and ends in St. Louis with stops in Vicksburg, Memphis and New
Madrid. Save $750 per couple, plus receive free onboard credits and
. Starting at $4,295. Departs June 23, 2013.
19) Splendors of Italy
13 days with Uniworld
. Begins in Venice and ends in Rome with
stops in Bologna, Verona and Florence. Companion flies for free from
certain gateways when you pay in full
. Starting at $5,799.
Departs July 28 & August 4, 18 and 25, 2013.
A Grand Family Safari 2014
, 11 days with Tauck
. Begins and
ends in Arusha with visits to Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater
and Serengeti National Park. Travelers age 11 and under save $500 per
. Starting at $6,440. Departures from June 15 through
December 21, 2014. Book now!
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