New York City & the Hudson River Valley 6 Day Tour

September 29, 2017
Included in Price: 
Roundtrip Airfare – SJC, Roundtrip Transfers – SJC, 8 Meals (6-B & 2-D),Professional Tour Director, Admissions per Itinerary, Comprehensive Sightseeing, Baggage Handling, Hotel Transfers, Deluxe Motorcoach
Highlights: New York City Tour, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Broadway Show, One World Trade Center Observation Deck, Rockefeller Center, Times Square & Central Park, West Point Tour, New Paltz & Historic Huguenot Street, Hyde Park – FDR Historic Site, Crown Maple Syrup, Boscobel House & Gardens, Hudson River Cruise, Kingston
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Christmas on the Danube – featuring a 6-night Danube River Cruise

December 3 – 11, 2017
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from San Francisco Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
Highlights:  Vienna, Vienna Opera House, Hofburg Palace, Wachau Valley, Glühwein Party, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Christmas Markets, Rothenburg, Würzburg
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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

October 10 – 15, 2017
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from San Francisco Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
Highlights: Balloon Fiesta, Old Town Albuquerque, National Museum, of Nuclear Science & History, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Turquoise Trail, Santa Fe, Santa Fe School of Cooking
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Tropical Costa Rica – with Optional 3-Night Jungle Adventure

February 17 – 25, 2018
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from San Francisco Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
Highlights:  San Jose, Coffee Plantation, Guanacaste, Monteverde, Cloud Forest, Hanging Bridges Tour, Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal, Cruise, Cooking Demonstration, Cano Negro Refuge, Zarcero, National Theatre
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Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park

June 24 – 30, 2016

Highlights… Calgary, Waterton Lakes National Park, Glacier National Park, “Going to the Sun Road”, Banff, Columbia Icefield

Day 1: Friday, June 24, 2016 Calgary, Alberta – Tour Begins
Get ready for an adventure that brings together the beautiful expanse of the prairies, the soaring majesty of the Canadian Rockies and the brilliance of Montana’s Glacier National Park. Your tour opens in the province of Alberta.

Day 2: Saturday, June 25, 2016 Calgary – Waterton Lakes National Park
This morning, journey south to the prairie lands while enjoying the distant views of the spectacular Rockies. Visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, one of the world’s oldest and best preserved buffalo jumps, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Head-Smashed-In, in the foothills of the Rockies, has been used continuously by Aboriginal people for over 5,500 years. Continue traveling south to Waterton Lakes National Park. En route, pass through quaint villages and travel along roads sometimes traversed by grizzly bears, black bears, mountain goats, cougars, wolves, moose and elk. Arrive at the Prince of Wales Hotel, a National Historic Site of Canada. Enjoy some leisure time to explore the grounds and capture some photographs to show your friends back home. Tonight, enjoy dinner overlooking Waterton Lake. (B, D)

Day 3: Sunday, June 26, 2016 Waterton Lakes-Glacier National Park, Montana, USA-Waterton Lakes, AB
Today we experience Glacier National Park. A naturalist’s paradise, Glacier preserves over one million acres of forests, Alpine meadows and lakes, and is home to over 70 species of mammals and 270 species of birds. Enjoy a ride aboard one of its famous Jammer cars – built in the 1930s – over one of the
most breathtaking roads in North America. “Going to the Sun Road”* stretches across the Continental Divide and offers incredible views of the valley and Glacier National Park. (B)

Day 4: Monday, June 27, 2016 Waterton Lakes National Park – Banff, Alberta
This morning, relax during your journey to Banff and soak in a backdrop of wonderful wildlife and the majestic Canadian Rockies. Arrive at the grand The Fairmont Banff Springs, known as the “Castle in the Rockies,” for a luxurious three-night stay. Tonight it’s Diner’s Choice…your dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of The Fairmont Banff Springs’ great restaurants. (B, D)

Day 5: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Banff
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Banff area including stops at the lovely Bow Falls and the fascinating Hoodoos, also known as the “Land of Sleeping Giants.” Next, visit a local ammolite specialist and learn about this rare gemstone that is found only in Alberta. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps you will choose to browse through the shops and museums or just take in the natural beauty of the area. (B)

Day 6: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Icefields Parkway – Choice of Glacier Experience or Glacier Skywalk
A wonderful day of sightseeing awaits as we set out along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and behold lofty waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and snowcapped mountain ranges. Stop at the Columbia Icefield and choose a fun ride** across this mass of glacial ice which is over 1,000 feet thick – the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle; or, take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk to experience the breathtaking views of the Sunwapta Valley and witness the dramatic landscape from the glass-floored platform. This afternoon, stop at stunning Peyto Lake, a turquoise glacier-fed lake that evokes pure serenity. Be on the lookout for bears and stately elk on your return to Banff. Join your fellow travelers this evening at a farewell dinner where you will toast the end of a wonderful trip. (B, D)

Day 7: Thursday, June 30, 2016 Banff – Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of your outstanding journey to two of the world’s most beautiful areas: the incomparable Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park. (B)


Irish Splendor

October 19 – 26, 2016

Highlights… Dublin, Brazen Head Pub, Guinness Storehouse, Farm Visit, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Diner’s Choice, Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher, Dromoland Castle, Whiskey Distillery

Day 1: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Overnight Flight
Experience a true taste of “Irish Splendor” on a trip that combines fabulous accommodations, stunning scenery and sumptuous food. Join us and return to times gone by during your unforgettable tour of the amazing Emerald Isle.

Day 2: Thursday, October 20, 2016 Dublin, Ireland – Tour Begins
Your tour begins in rollicking Dublin. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at the Brazen Head, Ireland’s oldest pub. (D)

Day 3: Friday, October 21, 2016 Dublin
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Dublin, the “Fair City.” Take in O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park, and the city’s magnificent rows of stately Georgian town homes. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which dates back to the 13th century. Your tour concludes at the Guinness Storehouse where you will learn about the brewing process that creates this beloved beverage. This is your chance to discover the training and technique needed to pour the perfect pint and to enjoy one! The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax in one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore the cultural offerings of delightful Dublin on your own. (B)

Day 4: Saturday, October 22, 2016 Dublin – Killarney
Today, experience the customs and daily life of a traditional Irish family during a memorable farm visit, complete with homemade tea and scones. Continue on to the town of Cashel for views of the historic Rock of Cashel, the reputed location where St. Patrick preached and converted the King of Munster. Next, journey to historic Blarney Castle where you have the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. You will also have time to shop at the famous Blarney Woollen Mills, the world’s largest Irish gift store. End your day in charming Killarney. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight your dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a ‘menu’ of Killarney’s great restaurants. (B, D)

Day 5: Sunday, October 23, 2016 Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Killarney
Set off this morning to follow what is perhaps Ireland’s most majestic coastal route – the stunning Dingle Peninsula. Stop at the Gap of Dunloe where you can shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Travel to the town of Dingle and then drive the beautiful Slea Head road, where some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes are found. (B)

Day 6: Monday, October 24, 2016 Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Dromoland
Depart Killarney and travel across the countryside of Kerry. Journey to the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Then, travel through the vast limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue past scenic countryside to the fairy-tale setting of Dromoland Castle, regarded as one of Ireland’s finest hotels. Overnight in this castle and toast your magnificent trip during a fabulous formal dinner. (B, D)

Day 7: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Dromoland – Tullamore – Dublin
Enjoy a relaxing morning at the castle before you return to Dublin. En route to Dublin, visit the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre where you will learn how Irish whiskey is made and enjoy a tasting. This evening, join your fellow passengers for a farewell dinner and toast the end of a wonderful journey. (B, D)

Day 8: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Dublin – Tour Endsirish
Your tour ends today. Head home with a lifetime of Irish memories. (B)


Islands of New England

September 2 – 9, 2016

Highlights… Providence, Newport, Boston, Cranberry Bog, Plymouth Rock, Plimoth Plantation, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Hyannis, Provincetown, Whale Watch or Sand Dunes, Lobster Dinner

Day 1: Friday, September 2, 2016 Providence, Rhode Island Tour Begins
Join us on a journey highlighting the natural beauty, traditional charm and friendly people of New England. Your tour begins in Providence, the capital of Rhode Island.

Day 2: Saturday, September 3, 2016 Providence – NewportProvidence
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Providence, “America’s Renaissance City.” Then depart for Newport, the “Yachting Capital of the East.” Return to America’s Gilded Age as you make your way along breathtaking Ocean Drive en route to Bellevue Avenue, which is lined with 11 extraordinary mansions. Begun in the 1800s as summer “cottages,” 7 of the 11 mansions have been designated National Historic Landmarks. Tour the Marble House, the gorgeous summer home of Mr. and Mrs. William Vanderbilt. As you explore this architectural marvel you will gain an understanding of why Newport became such a grand destination. (B, D)

Day 3: Sunday, September 4, 2016 Providence – Boston, Massachusetts – Providence
Depart Providence and travel north to the historic city of Boston. Come to know Boston’s Yankee charm during a tour that highlights Beacon Hill, the Old South Meeting House, Boston Public Gardens, the historic North End, Old North Church, the U.S.S. Constitution and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Enjoy some leisure time to stroll along part of the famed Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile walking path through the streets of Boston that
showcases the city’s historical sites; or, perhaps explore the lively marketplace at Faneuil Hall. (B)

Day 4: Monday, September 5, 2016 Providence – Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Today, delve into a traditional way of life as you tour a New England cranberry bog and learn about dry harvesting. Then, step back in time with a stop in the celebrated town of Plymouth, where the Pilgrims landed in 1620. See legendary Plymouth Rock and board a reproduction of the Mayflower, the 102-passenger ship used by the Pilgrims for the 65-day journey from England. Experience the Pilgrim way of life with a visit to Plimoth Plantation, a re-creation of a 17th-century village. Today’s lunch teaches you how to “eat like a Pilgrim.” Sample recipes from that time, learn some Pilgrim etiquette, and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast with your fellow travelers. Later, arrive at your beachfront hotel for a relaxing four-night stay. (B, L)

Day 5: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 Cape Cod – Martha’s Vineyard – Cape Cod
A ferry ride transports you to the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard. Known for visits by presidents and royalty, this summer home of many artists, writers and celebrities is full of surprises. A local guide will show you all the highlights of “the Vineyard” (as the locals call it), including quaint gingerbread-styled cottages and a once-famous whaling port, resplendent with sea captain’s homes and widow’s walks. Later, depart the island and cruise back to Cape Cod. Tonight, enjoy a wonderful dinner featuring a cooking demonstration that highlights a local specialty. (B, D)

Day 6: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 Cape Cod – Hyannis – Nantucket – Cape Cod
Your day begins with a panoramic tour of Hyannis. Catch a glimpse of the Camelot era as you travel through Hyannisport, home of the Kennedy compound, and visit the poignant Kennedy Memorial. Next, board the high speed ferry to Nantucket. Upon arrival, set out on a tour exploring this idyllic island. From cobblestone Main Street to its beaches and lighthouses, this is a place that truly lives up to its reputation. During leisure time, explore the island’s waterfront where sailboats and yachts sway in the harbor, or perhaps shop for a famous Nantucket basket. Tonight, explore downtown Hyannis, an interesting and eclectic all-American Main Street that is a wonderful place to visit, shop and dine. (B)

Day 7: Thursday, September 8, 2016 Cape Cod – Provincetown – Cape Cod
This morning we travel to Provincetown, located on the tip of the Cape. This lively artist colony remains famous for its crafts and bright seagoing flair. The choice is yours – set out on a whale watch cruise that takes you out into Cape Cod Bay in search of these magnificent creatures or embark on a scenic adventure through the iconic sand dunes of the Cape. Tonight, complete your New England experience as you indulge in a traditional lobster feast. (B, D)

Day 8: Friday, September 9, 2016 Cape Cod – Tour Ends (B)


America’s Music Cities

featuring New Orleans, Memphis & Nashville

April 3 – 10, 2016

Highlights… French Quarter, New Orleans School of Cooking, Swamp Tour, Graceland, Grand Ole Opry Show & Backstage Tour, Historic RCA Studio B, Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame

Day 1: Sunday, April 3, 2016 New Orleans, Louisiana – Tour Begins
Step back in time on a cultural getaway that opens in the “Jazz Capital of the World” – New Orleans! This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouth-watering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and an incomparable soundtrack.

Day 2: Monday, April 4, 2016 French Quarter
Enjoy a walking tour of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter where we see the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Continue on to the bustling French Marketplace where you’ll explore Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba. Stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite – beignets at Café Du Monde. Tonight, roll up your sleeves and prepare to discover how to cook New Orleans-style! During a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking, your chef will indulge you in everything that Louisiana cuisine has to offer. (B, D)

Day 3: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 French Quarter
Set out on a drive along New Orleans’ historic Esplanade Avenue. Then, journey through Louisiana’s swamp on a cruise* narrated by your captain. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem while keeping an eye out for wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators! You’ll also see houses (accessible only by boat) of the local Cajuns who have made their homes here in the bayous. Return to New Orleans and spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to discover this great city your way. (B, D)

Day 4: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 New Orleans – Memphis, Tennessee
Travel north to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Soul. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in Memphis’ cuisine with dinner at a local favorite barbecue restaurant. (B, D)

Day 5: Thursday, April 7, 2016 Memphis
This morning, embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of the city of Memphis. Local musicians board the coach and tell the story of Memphis’ musical heritage and history as you view the city’s many highlights…you may even be tempted to sing along! Then, don your blue suede shoes when you visit Graceland, the palatial home of Elvis Presley. Enter Elvis’ 14-acre estate and visit his home, original business office, trophy building and the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy this city’s vast musical offerings on your own. Dance to the live music that may fill the open air or spend the evening exploring Beale Street’s vibrant musical clubs! (B, D)

Day 6: Friday, April 8, 2016 Memphis – Nashville
Journey to the “Music Capital of the World” – Nashville. A local guide will share the history and lore of Music City during a sightseeing tour where you will view the State Capitol, Music Row and the Parthenon – a full replica of the Athenian original! This evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned “Grand Ole Opry**.” What began as a building where a local radio broadcast show aired once a week in 1925 has grown to become an entertainment complex that attracts music fans from all over the world. After the show, take a behind-the-scenes look at the music during a backstage tour of the Opry! Next, discover the history and learn about the operations of the show during a talk with the Grand Ole Opry staff. (B)

Day 7: Saturday, April 9, 2016 Nashville
Your day begins with a tour of the historic RCA Studio B for an up-close look at Nashville’s oldest remaining record studio where Elvis
Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride once recorded some of their classic hits. Learn the secrets of how each artist recorded their chart-topping music in this famous studio, where you may even have the opportunity to record your own hit! Next visit the old Ryman Auditorium***. Later, explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. The museum’s vast collections of memorabilia, costumes, recordings and instruments are artfully presented in cutting-edge exhibits