Some of us only get two- or three-week vacations each year. It means we should experience as much as possible in a short period of time. One company that puts together 7-day tours is Tauck. I’ll give you their phone number later in this article.
One tour I can recommend if you have never visited London and Paris puts the two cities together and is beautifully planned by Tauck Tours.
First, the weather is much milder in the fall season and the crowds are less at the major sightseeing points and often the air fares and hotel rates are reduced from those in the summer.
After arriving in London, you are taken to your hotel which is the Hyatt Regency, London. You will visit Windsor Castle, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and the British Museum. Also included in the itinerary is a ride on the famous Eye, the world’s largest Ferris wheel. Also scheduled is an afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason and enjoy an unforgettable night on the West End with theatre thrown in.
On the 4th day, you will take the 2-hour, 15-minute ride on the Chunnel train to Paris. Here you will enjoy walking the streets of the City of Light with the colorful stalls of Montmartre and the masterpieces of the Louvre Museum. Another day will take you to Versailles and spend an evening at a legendary brasserie on the Champs Elysees. In Paris you will reside at the Paris Hilton Arc de Triomphe which is perfectly located for the traveler. Prices run from $3,890. per person for the 8 days plus air fare. Phone: 1-800-468-2825.
How about a week in Florence, Tuscany, Cinque, Lucca and an opportunity to have a cooking lesson? In Florence you enjoy a riverside dinner across from the Ponte Vecchio, visit galleria and museums housing world famous art pieces, see a few workshops in action and later visit points in Tuscany for more art viewing and later move on to a La Cucina Italiana Cooking Lesson using wine, olive oil and other items followed by a feast. You will stay in sprawling villas and fine hotels for this visit of Italy. Tauck Tours has priced this at $3,990 per person, plus air fare.
Maybe a week in Ireland would suit your vacation taste. You would begin your week’s trip with a two-night stay in a castle that was once the ancestral home of Gaelic royalty and explore the other worldly landscapes of The Burren and breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. You will be awed by the stunning views from the Caha Pass in County Killarney, then kiss the Blarney Stone before landing in the charming seaport town of Kinsale. You will be able to see the exceptional craftsmanship of Waterford Crystal and explore the ruins of an ancient monastery in Wicklow. You will have an opportunity to explore the ancient ruins of some old castles and enjoy traditional music, dance and storytelling of the Irish. There will also be time for exploring the local pubs. City sightseeing will be included in Dublin. Rates for this week’s outing are $3,690 for 8 days plus air fare.
Perhaps you would rather spend a week in Scotland. You arrive in Glasgow for sightseeing, visit the Stirling Castle and Glenturret Distillery, and then venture out in to the countryside for a visit to Loch Ness, The Great Glen, Fort Augustus, Cullonden, Cawdor Castle and Inverness. Then, move on to Blair Castle, Edinburgh, Holyrood House and St. Andrews. This will be a week you will never forget. The cities are fascinating and the countryside is beautiful and green with so much history around you. If you do not wish to join a tour, do these destinations on your own perhaps with a rented car or join an organized tour after you arrive at your destination.
The Tauck’s one-week tour of Scotland is priced at $3,690 per person plus your airfare. Tauck also has other tours lasting one week in length. Pull them up on the web at www.tauck.com or phone 1-800-468-2825. The tour company also has itineraries lasting a week in Spain and other locations.
On another note, how about a week in New England for fall colors? Several tour companies are offering tours here as well as Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. There still may be space left. Consult your travel agent for suggestions and assistance in booking.
Maybe a week in the Caribbean with a cruise or on one island to simply relax and get back in tune with the world we live in. Numerous cruise lines can bring you here and many resorts are available to welcome you and yours.
If you are into fishing, consider a week in Alaska. Some companies will fly you out into the boonies and leave you to set up camp and fish for a week, then, pick you up for the return to modern civilization. Again, consult the web to identify companies that will do this. There are several. Colder weather settles in rather early in the Northland so don’t wait too late this fall to do this.
Some enjoy Costa Rica in the fall season. The weather here is mostly mild year-around so the time of year to visit is actually not important. The rainy season is not bad so enjoy the beaches, forest and cities here.
Late this fall, Florida is not so hot and is actually a wonderful state to visit. You might want to rent a car after you arrive in perhaps Orlando and tour both the east and west coastal areas. Wonderful beaches await with fine hotels and resorts plus the wonderful theme parks which must be visited. Adults can enjoy these also.
Most of South America has the reverse seasons as the U.S. since so much of its land mass lies below the equator. I just received a “mailer” from a cruise line I have sailed with several times, Discovery Cruises. They are placing into service a very modern 15,000 gross ton ship that carries only 540 guests. The ship is the “Voyager” and will be circumnavigating South America between January and March next year. The cruise line is selling portions of this cruise and I call your attention to what I consider the best part of the long cruise. You can board the Voyager in Buenos Aires, Argentina and spend 20 days cruising to Puerto Madryn, Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, to Ushuaia at the bottom of the Continent and the most southern city in the world sailing up the Pacific Ocean to Punta Arenas, Puerto Chacabuco, Chile and leave the ship at Puerto Montt, Chile, then fly home from Santiago. Fares for the 20 days sailing begin at $2,899 per person for an interior room. Air fare is extra.
This is some of the most scenic area of South America and should be seen in one’s lifetime. The ship Voyager is much smaller than most of today’s cruise ships but not high priced as most smaller ships are. Small ships are like smaller resorts and can offer more personal service. The cruise line is English owned and staffed with British officers and Filipino service crew.
You will find this ship very friendly as we have in the past on the same companies “Discovery” which holds 650 guests. You would cruise with people from the British Isles, Canada, Australia and United States. Phone Discovery Cruises at: 1-866-623-2689 or consult your travel agent.
Fall is a good time to travel as is our winter period in Florida, Southern California and the Caribbean.
Have fun planning your trip.