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Tour Newsletter Dated April 15, 2014

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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

Vacations To Go is the world's largest seller of oceangoing cruises and 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.

From Caribbean cruises on megaships to river cruises along the Danube, Mississippi and Mekong, and from safaris in Africa to tropical all-inclusive resorts, 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.

Trafalgar 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 Family Experiences. 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 vacations.

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 30.

For a complete list of Trafalgar's trips, click here.

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 cruise.

Norwegian's newest ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, 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 April 20. Click here for dates and prices.

Click here for itineraries, dates and deeply discounted rates for all Norwegian Cruise Line ships.

Celebrity Cruises sails in destinations worldwide with a fleet of ships ranging in size from the Celebrity Xpedition, which carries just 98 passengers on cruises of the Galapagos Islands, to five Solstice-class ships, which accommodate more than 2,800 guests.

The newest Solstice-class ship is the Celebrity Reflection. 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 Millennium-class vessels: 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.

Celebrity 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. Click here for dates and prices.

Click here 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 charge.

Click here 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.

Azamara 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. Click here for dates and prices.

Click here to see all dates and prices for Azamara Club Cruises.

Palace Resorts 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 rate.

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.

Right now, 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 three nights.

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 stay.

And, 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 and 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.

Regent 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. Click here for dates and prices.

Click here for links to Regent's luxury ships.

Hurtigruten 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 your journey.

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 Europe, click here.

In addition to its worldwide oceangoing voyages, Holland America Line 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. Click here 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 price. Starting at $2,650. Departures from May 2 through October 24, 2014.

2) Celtic Sampler, 8 days with CIE Tours. Begins and ends in Dublin with stops in Belfast, Edinburgh and Liverpool. Save $400 per couple. Starting 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 credit. Starting at $2,429. Departures from May 5 through December 3, 2014.

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 more. 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, 2015.

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%. Starting at $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 in Vancouver. 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. Starting at $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 excursions. 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, 2015.

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. For a list of our other toll-free numbers worldwide, click here.

For savings of up to 82% on ocean cruises, click here.
For river cruises up to 50% off, click here.
For discounts of up to 50% at hotels and all-inclusive resorts, click here.
For the lowest rates on Africa safaris from budget to luxury in quality, click here.

Please email me your comments, suggestions and questions at alanfox@tourvacationstogo.com and I will respond the same day.

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Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO
Vacations To Go