Wednesday, October 19, 2011


European Christmas markets are a great option for holiday travel. // © 2011 Thinkstock

For our clients who are looking for new holiday travel ideas, river cruise lines are offering a tempting array of cruises with two-for-one pricing, substantial discounts, single supplement waivers and free stays in major European cities.

Guests have the opportunity to holiday treats, caroling, tree trimming, Christmas markets and concerts while they sail by holiday lights and decorations in European ports and enjoy festive dining and New Year’s fireworks displays.

Among the offerings are Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s $600 per couple savings on holiday season cruises, including the eight-day Rhine Holiday Markets from Basel, Switzerland, to Cologne, Germany; Danube Holiday Markets from Budapest to Passau, Germany; European Holiday Markets from Vienna to Nuremberg, Germany; Classic Christmas Markets from Nuremberg to Frankfurt; and Parisian Winter Holiday, sailing roundtrip from Paris.

AmaWaterways provides a complimentary stay in Amsterdam to guests who book one of two Christmas and New Year’s cruises, which depart Dec. 20 and Dec. 22 and include two nights in Prague and an eight- or nine-night Nuremberg to Amsterdam cruise. New bookings made through Oct. 31 will receive triple savings with a $500 price savings per person on the cruise, a complimentary one-category stateroom upgrade plus a $100 shipboard credit per stateroom.

Scenic Cruises is offering a 16-day, three-river, four-country cruise sailing from Amsterdam to Budapest, departing Dec. 21 with reduced pricing starting at $5,385 per person, double occupancy. Clients spend two days in Vienna and, at the end of the cruise, they have two days in Budapest, with tours to Heroes’ Square, Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion and the medieval town on Castle Hill.

Avalon Waterways is offering a $1,000 discount per couple for bookings on holiday cruises, including the nine-day Christmastime on the Danube cruise from Prague to Vienna, Nov. 24 and Dec. 24, as well as the 12-day Christmastime cruise from Zurich to Prague, departing Dec. 17. The single supplement is waived for solo travelers.

Viking River Cruises is offering two-for-one rates on the price of a cruise and airfare for two cruises during the holiday season: the Nov. 20 departure of the eight-day Rhine Getaway cruise between Amsterdam and Basel and the Dec. 17, 11-day Winter on the Danube from Nuremberg to Budapest.

Contact us for more information and to confirm your holiday River Cruise!

Monday, October 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day in Ireland


MARCH 14, 2012

Departure from St. Louis
Fully Escorted

$2199 Per Person
Includes round trip airfare

Exploring Ireland


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8 Days ● 8 Meals: 6 Breakfasts ● 2 Dinners

Day 1: Overnight Flight

The Emerald Isle, a land renowned for its “forty shades of green,” is filled with rolling hills, warm people, stately castles and rollicking fun. Visit Killarney and Dublin as this tour introduces Ireland's natural beauty, rich history and hospitable culture. You will even have the opportunity to see how local business men and women operate.

Day 2: Arrive Dublin, Ireland - Killarney, County Kerry

Arrive on the Emerald Isle as you fly into the “Fair City” of Dublin. You proceed immediately to Killarney, located in the heart of County Kerry. This beautiful region, surrounded by majestic mountains, lakes and woodlands, is known for its rich history and the hospitality of its people. Upon arrival you have free time to relax and enjoy the city. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. Today dinner will be included.

Day 3: Killarney

Today you will be treated to a guided tour of Muckross House and Gardens, visited by Queen Victoria. Your visit offers a glimpse into the elegant lifestyle of the Victorian gentry. Explore some of the perfectly restored rooms of this magnificent mansion. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore Killarney. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 4: Killarney

Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax in your hotel, stroll around town or perhaps take an optional excursion to the Ring of Kerry, some of the most spectacular scenery in Western Europe. This optional excursion includes a stop at the Gap of Dunloe to shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Experience spectacular ocean scenery as you pass through picturesque villages. Continue on through rugged mountain passes into “Ladies View” where you will see breathtaking views of the Lakes of Killarney. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 5: Killarney - Dublin

Depart Killarney for the vibrant city of Dublin. En route, stop in Blarney where, during free time, you can choose to visit the castle, explore the surrounding area or have lunch on your own at one of the local restaurants. If you’d like, stroll up and kiss the Blarney Stone and receive the gift of eloquent speech! Arrive in Dublin, the “Fair City,” for a relaxing three night stay. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 6: Dublin

Your day begins with a locally guided sightseeing tour of Dublin. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint. Built adjacent to the famous well where St. Patrick was said to baptize converts, a church was built on this site in 1191 and the present Cathedral, a place of great architectural and historic significance, was completed in 1220. Next, continue to O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and to see the city's magnificent rows of stately Georgian town homes. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the cultural offerings of delightful Dublin on your own. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 7: Dublin

Enjoy another full day at leisure for independent exploration or perhaps some last minute shopping. Tonight, say goodbye to your fellow travelers at a fun-filled Irish evening complete with traditional entertainment. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8: Dublin - Tour Ends

Your tour ends in Dublin. Today breakfast will be included.




Overnight Flight


2 - 4

O'Donoghue Ring Hotels, Killarney


5 - 7

Stillorgan Park Hotel, Dublin

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Please Note:

Air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.

To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing Collette airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.

Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Space is limited and will be handled on a first come, first served basis, so book early!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hello and Happy Fall!

I can't believe it's Fall already. Where did the summer go?

October is National Cruise month. Many of the cruise lines are offering great specials for the Fall and 2012.

The Caribbean and Mexico are also offering great savings on vacation packages for the rest of 2011 and in to 2012. Check the facebook page and this website often to learn about vacation specials.

Now is the time to start planning your holiday and Spring Getaways.

Below is our newest Iberostar Resort property in Cancun! She will be open for guests on December 1st. If you have been to an Iberostar before, you know how wonderful these properties are.

The resort is also offering special for vacationers, including two free nights and a $500 resort credit for travelers who book six or more nights, and one free night and a $250 credit to vacationers who book three, four or five nights. Stays must be booked by Nov. 30, 2011, for travel from Dec. 24, 2011, to April 30, 2012. The 426-room, all ocean-view Iberostar Cancun will open Dec. 1.

A link to the property is:

Expansive, elegant, enticing. Welcome to Iberostar’s newest destination, IBEROSTAR Cancún. Situated on one of Mexico’s most magnificent beachfronts, IBEROSTAR Cancún features a sprawling complex where every suite is oceanview. At this remarkable hotel, the kids can live it up at the supervised Kids Club — complete with a water park — while the adults play a round of golf on the area’s only 18-hole championship course, relax in the stunning spa or wile away the hours in any of the seven pools including a spectacular infinity pool. At this all-inclusive destination, dining is a family dream. From four gourmet specialty restaurants to the casual poolside snack bar, the ice cream parlor to the cigar lounge — IBEROSTAR Cancún caters to every member of the family as only IBEROSTAR can do.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Cruise lines are offering great specials for our clients.

The below link has video from 7 of our favorite cruise lines