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Tour Newsletter Dated April 15, 2014
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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
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river cruises, and among the top sellers of escorted tours and basic
air-and-hotel packages. If you browse our sites, you'll find travel
options for every interest and budget.
on megaships to
safaris in Africa
we're here to help you see the world at the lowest possible price, in
whatever style you choose.
Today, I'll tell you about some of the best and most trusted companies
throughout the travel industry, leaders in their segments, along with
special discounts and deals for Vacations To Go customers. Some of the
cruise line offers include free shipboard credits, which are as good as
cash on board and can be used to pay for almost anything not included in
the upfront cost of the cruise, including alcoholic beverages, boutique
items, spa treatments and shore excursions.
Just click any link for more information.
offers one of the best selections of vacations around
the world, delivering an incredible value and an authentic insider
experience you just can't get traveling on your own.
For one price, you'll receive high-quality, centrally located hotels,
transportation between cities by luxury coach, a Welcome Reception with
drinks, daily breakfasts and many dinners. Admission to popular
attractions is included -- and with preferential access, you won't wait
in long lines.
Trafalgar's itineraries offer the perfect balance of included
sightseeing, optional experiences and free time. Choose from several
travel styles, including the popular
These hassle-free vacations are designed to help parents, kids and
grandparents discover the world together. Enjoy fun-filled activities
like visiting a gladiator school in Rome, experiencing cowboy life on a
dude ranch in Wyoming or walking through a verdant rain-forest canopy in
Costa Rica. Young travelers can save up to 10%
off the company's
Trafalgar also is offering the following specials to Vacations To Go customers:
Save $400 to $500 per couple
($200 to $250 per person) off the air-inclusive price of guided
vacations in Europe when you book by May 15
Save up to 5%
off itineraries in Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, Mexico, the continental U.S.
and destinations in Central America and South America. Book by April
For a complete list of Trafalgar's trips,
Norwegian Cruise Line
is known for its Freestyle Cruising
concept, which emphasizes complete flexibility on board. Guests can
choose to eat when they want and with whom they want. With a "resort
casual" dress code, there's no need to bring the tux and evening gown,
though optional formal nights are offered at least once on every
Norwegian's newest ships,
take innovative cruising to a whole new level. From a spectacular
entertainment lineup -- including a dazzling fireworks display at sea
and the Latin-inspired dancing of "Burn the Floor" -- to more than two
dozen dining experiences, these blockbuster vessels offers passengers an
array of choices to tailor their voyage.
Norwegian is offering our customers terrific discounts -- save up to
80%. Plus, receive exclusive shipboard credits of up to $300 per cabin
on select sailings aboard the Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway and
Pride of America (which sails year-round in Hawaii) in 2014. Book by
for dates and prices.
for itineraries, dates and deeply discounted rates for all Norwegian
Cruise Line ships.
sails in destinations worldwide with a fleet of
ships ranging in size from the
which carries just 98 passengers on cruises of the Galapagos Islands, to
which accommodate more than 2,800 guests.
The newest Solstice-class ship is the
It has popular Solstice-class features, such as the AquaSpa and the Lawn
Club, a top-deck expanse of real grass, as well as newer venues such as
the Lawn Club Grill, an interactive, outdoor grill experience; The
Alcoves, a cabana-style retreat; and the Art Studio, with hands-on
instruction in subjects like painting and drawing.
The Solstice ships have proved to be so popular that Celebrity has
"solsticized" its four
Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Summit and
Celebrity Millennium. They now boast such features as the Blu restaurant
and AquaClass spa staterooms, which provide access to spa amenities.
is offering Vacations To Go customers savings of up to
77%. Plus, book ocean-view and higher cabin categories on select
sailings and receive your choice of one of the following three offers:
1) free drinks, including alcoholic beverages, 2) free gratuities or 3)
shipboard credits of up to $300 per cabin. Book by April 30.
for dates and prices.
for links to all of Celebrity's ships.
American Queen Steamboat Company
specializes in overnight
sailings along America's most famous rivers, providing a unique
perspective of the country's history, culture and natural beauty.
Refurbished for 2014, the American Empress
serves as a floating
boutique hotel as guests travel into the heart of the Pacific Northwest
on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The rolling hills, soaring mountains,
deep canyons and open fields appear now just as they did to Lewis and
Clark in 1805 -- magnificent and unimaginably beautiful.
The 432-passenger American Queen
was built to resemble the paddle
wheelers of the Mark Twain era and is the largest vessel on the
Mississippi. The ship is filled with contemporary comforts, yet its
staterooms and public areas reflect 19th-century elegance, with rich
woodwork, antiques and Tiffany glass. Staterooms are outfitted in
antebellum charm, and some have private verandas or French doors that
open to the deck.
Every sailing includes a Champagne reception, complimentary bottled
water and soft drinks throughout the voyage and complimentary wine and
beer at dinner. There's also 24-hour room service available at no
to view all American Queen Steamboat Company departures, as well as all
special promotions, such as this one:
Companion cruises for free
on select trips on the Columbia and Snake rivers.
Deluxe line Azamara Club Cruises
offers an immersive experience
in its cruising destinations, with longer stays and more overnights in
port. Its twin, boutique-style ships carry 694 guests each and provide a
sophisticated yet relaxing onboard ambience.
Your Azamara fare includes a wide selection of free spirits,
wines and beers available throughout the day in each ship's bars,
lounges and restaurants. Gratuities, bottled water, soft drinks, teas
and specialty coffees also are included. Butler service is provided to
guests in suite accommodations.
One complimentary AzAmazing Evening is included on every voyage (except
during trans-Atlantic crossings). For example, enjoy wine and dessert
and listen to an opera singer at a chateau in France's Provence region,
or take in an exciting samba show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
is offering our customers big savings, with rates reduced
by up to 73%. On select 2014 voyages, receive a free upgrade from an
inside cabin to a balcony stateroom. Plus, balcony cabins for select
2015 departures have been significantly reduced in price.
for dates and prices.
to see all dates and prices for Azamara Club Cruises.
has seven beautiful, all-inclusive properties
along the Yucatan coast of Mexico. You'll enjoy unlimited food and
beverages, nightly entertainment and a variety of amenities and
activities. Accommodations come with in-room double whirlpool tubs,
liquor dispensers and minibars. It's all covered in your prepaid
Moon Palace recently completed the $22 million renovation of 120 guest
rooms, food and beverage outlets, a gym and more. This updated section,
called Nizuc, now features an authentic Irish pub that provides a
mouthwatering bar menu complimented by top-shelf liquor and beer.
A new mini-golf course and kids club have been added to the resort. The
Playroom boasts 11 different game rooms -- including an Xbox room --
plus a beauty salon, arcade zone, full kitchen and creative area. Kids
also have a theater with plush seating and concessions, playgrounds and
a mini soccer field.
receive up to $1,500 in resort credits
These can be used toward room upgrades, spa treatments, golf outings,
dolphin swims, scuba diving and more. The amount of the credit depends
on the length of your stay: receive up to $1,500 per room for stays of
five to eight nights, up to $750 for four nights and up to $500 for
Guests who do not use all their credits can roll them over to their next
stay or give them to family or friends who are planning a Palace
vacation. The balance must be redeemed within 12 months of the original
kids 12 and under stay free
when sharing a room with an adult at select Palace resorts. This applies
to stays of three or more nights from June 1 through August 31 and is
combinable with the resort credit offer.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
is a six-star line known for top-notch
service, fantastic gourmet cuisine and wonderful enrichment programs.
The upfront price of a Regent cruise includes all beverages, including
wines, beers and spirits. Free prepaid gratuities also are included.
There is no charge to dine in the specialty restaurants or for 24-hour
room service; you even can enjoy in-suite dining served course by course
during restaurant hours. In each port of call, Regent provides unlimited
complimentary shore excursions.
Seven Seas Voyager
Seven Seas Mariner
each pamper 700 guests in all-balcony, all-suite accommodations. The
Seven Seas Voyager emerged from a drydock last fall with new interior
decor and spruced-up exterior decks; meanwhile, the Seven Seas Mariner
just completed its own multimillion-dollar refurbishment this month. The
Seven Seas Navigator
carries just 490 passengers in all-suite, ocean-view accommodations,
most of which have private balconies.
is offering our customers savings of up to 70% and
exclusive shipboard credits of up to $800 per cabin on select voyages.
In addition, receive free unlimited shore excursions, free prepaid
gratuities, free unlimited beverages including fine wines and premium
spirits and free unlimited Internet on select sailings (valued at $30 a
day). Customers paying with American Express Platinum or Centurion cards
qualify for an additional $300 to $500 in shipboard credits per cabin.
for dates and prices.
for links to Regent's luxury ships.
specializes in unique voyages along the beautiful
coast of Norway. The company's first voyage departed Trondheim, Norway,
in 1893. Today, the line has 11 ships that regularly navigate the iconic
fjords and ports of the Norwegian coast between Bergen in the south and
Kirkenes in the Arctic Circle.
Every Hurtigruten trip offers an abundance of history, culture, locally
sourced cuisine, wildlife and spectacular scenery. You can choose a
12-day round trip or a shorter six- or seven-day one-way itinerary to
some of the 34 Norwegian ports the line visits. Daily departures are
available year-round, and each season provides a stunning backdrop to
On a summer sailing, experience the true meaning of the Land of the
Midnight Sun. North of the Arctic Circle, the sun stays above the
horizon around the clock. This is the most popular time to visit
Norway's coast and take in the picturesque scenes of narrow passages,
deep fjords, flower fields, cascading waterfalls and flowing rivers.
Highlights include visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as
Bergen's Bryggen District, Geirangerfjord, the Meridian Column
(Hammerfest) and the Vega Islands.
Right now, Hurtigruten is offering Vacations To Go customers savings of
up to 40% on eligible cruises departing this summer.
To view all Hurtigruten itineraries and discounts, including expedition
cruises to Antarctica, the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland and continental
In addition to its worldwide oceangoing voyages, Holland America
offers Alaska cruise tours. These package a sailing through the
Inside Passage and along the Gulf of Alaska with a multiday exploration
of some of the state's most popular inland sights. The tour portion
includes your hotel accommodations, transportation to the tour
destinations, baggage handling, some sightseeing and activities and the
expertise of a Holland America Journey Host.
On the land portion, you can travel via a comfortable, domed railcar to
Denali National Park and Preserve, where you might spot grizzly bears,
wolves, bald eagles and moose during your stay. Holland America cruise
tours also venture to the Yukon, where guests visit historic gold rush
towns, hear tales of early prospectors and ride the White Pass &
Yukon Route Railroad.
Holland America is offering Vacations To Go customers exclusive
shipboard credits of up to $200 per cabin on most upcoming Alaska cruise
tours. Plus, past guests may see better rates on some sailings.
for dates and prices.
Here are this week's Top 20 Tours
. All prices are per person,
based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.
1) Wonderful France
10 days with Trafalgar
. Begins and ends in Paris with stops in
Avignon, Monaco and Nice. Save $400 couple off the air-inclusive
Starting at $2,650. Departures from May 2 through October 24,
2) Celtic Sampler
8 days with CIE Tours
. Begins and ends in Dublin with stops in
Belfast, Edinburgh and Liverpool. Save $400 per couple.
at $1,448. Departures from May 10 through November 8, 2014.
3) The Scots Irish Tour
11 days with CIE Tours
. Begins in Edinburgh and ends in Shannon
with stops in Inverness, Derry and Galway. Save $250 per couple.
Starting at $1,938. Departures from May 11 through October 19, 2014.
4) 6 Day Touch of Japan Escapade Experience
6 days with Pacific Delight Tours
. Begins in Tokyo and ends in
Kyoto with visits to Mount Fuji, Owakudani Boiling Valley and Nijo
Castle. Save $500 per couple.
Starting at $2,149. Departures from
June 4 through November 5, 2014.
5) National Parks Wonders
9 days with Trafalgar
. Begins in Salt Lake City and ends in Rapid
City with visits to Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park
and the Black Hills. Save up to 5%.
Starting at $2,295.
Departures from August 5 through September 30, 2014.
6) German Highlights
11 days with Globus
. Begins and ends in Frankfurt with stops in
Dusseldorf, Berlin and Munich. Receive $200 per couple in air
Starting at $2,429. Departures from May 5 through December
7) Good Old Summertime
8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company
. Begins in St. Louis
and ends in St. Paul with stops in Hannibal, Dubuque and Red Wing.
Save $2,000 per couple, plus receive free shore excursions and
Starting at $2,549. Departs July 16 and August 2, 2014.
8) Best of Spain
15 days with Intrepid Travel
. Begins in Madrid and ends in
Barcelona with stops in Granada, Seville and Valencia. Save 10%.
Starting at $3,045. Departures from May 3, 2014 through November 14,
9) The Classic Autumn Voyage Roundtrip
12 days with Hurtigruten
. Begins and ends in Bergen with stops in
Trondheim, Kirkenes and Hammerfest. Save up to 20%.
$3,163. Departures from September 1 through October 31, 2014.
10) Enticing Douro
8 days with AmaWaterways
. Begins and ends in Porto with stops in
Barca d'Alva, Salamanca and Bitetos. Save $500 per couple.
Starting at $3,199. Departures from June 17 through August 19, 2014.
11) Classic Rail Circle
9 days with Rocky Mountaineer
. Begins and ends in Vancouver with
stops in Whistler, Jasper and Kamloops. Receive one free hotel night
Starting at $3,285. Departures from May 16 through
September 12, 2014.
12) Chateaux, Rivers & Wine
8 days with Viking River Cruises
. Begins and ends in Bordeaux
with stops in Cognac, Saint-Emilion and Cadillac. Companion cruises
for free plus save $600 per couple off airfare.
Starting at $4,549.
Departures from May 3 through October 25, 2014.
13) A China Experience
10 days with Wendy Wu Tours
. Begins in Shanghai and ends in
Beijing with visits to Wuzhen, the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian and the
Great Wall of China. Save $600 per couple off the air-inclusive
price, or save $300 per couple off the land price.
$3,640. Departs April 19, May 17, September 13 and October 18, 2014.
14) 12 Day Sicily & the Amalfi Coast
12 days with Perillo Tours
. Begins in Palermo and ends in Rome
with stops in Agrigento, Taormina and Amalfi. Travelers ages 12 and
under save $400 to $700 per person.
Starting at $3,690. Departures
from May 11 through November 9, 2014.
15) Columbia & Snake Rivers
8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company
. Travels between
Clarkston and Portland with visits to Sacajawea State Park, Stevenson
and Astoria. Companion cruises for free, plus receive free shore
Starting at $3,795.
Departs June 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2014.
16) Affordable South America
12 days with SITA World Tours
. Begins in Santiago and ends in
Buenos Aires with visits to Rio de Janeiro, Corcovado and Iguassu Falls.
Save $130 per couple.
Starting at $4,000. Daily departures from
April 29 through December 9, 2014.
17) Land of the Incas
12 days with Trafalgar
. Begins and ends in Lima with visits to
the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Save up to 5%.
Starting at $4,408. Departures from June 3, 2014 through March 10,
18) Best of South America
13 days with Brendan
. Begins in Rio de Janeiro and ends in
Santiago with visits to Corcovado, Iguassu Falls and the Maipo Valley.
Save up to 5%.
Starting at $4,898. Departures from May 2, 2014
through April 17, 2015.
19) Spain & Portugal
14 days with Tauck
. Begins in Lisbon and ends in Madrid with
stops in Seville, Granada and Cordoba. Starting at $4,990. Departures
from June 20 through October 24, 2014.
20) Splendors of Northern Italy, Venice, Florence & Rome
13 days with Uniworld
. Begins in Venice and ends in Rome with
visits to Padua, Bologna and Verona. Save $500 per couple.
Starting at $6,049. Departures from May 11 through November 9, 2014.
Customers in the US and Canada can call us toll-free at 800-680-2858.
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