Destinations Magazine - Fall


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It’s Exciting, Enticing & Extraordinary!

The “world” of exotic travel is not only exciting, enticing and extraordinary – it should also be authentic, inspiring and unforgettable! Indeed, the “world” of exotic travel is filled with endless options and opportunities. This edition, we’ll highlight exotic, upscale and luxury travel options to pique your interest and curiosity about incredible destinations around the globe – each filled with adventure, learning, new customs and cultures. But most of all…your exotic travel experience will be brimming with life-long memories and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Our destination specialists and travel experts know all about luxury exotic adventures, off-the-beaten path journeys, enticing and unique itineraries – and all to be enhanced with fun, relaxation, laughter, and the wonderful opportunity to make new friends – as well as the “luxury” to travel with those you love. After all… a true vacation encourages you to relax and open up to new experiences. As we help you define what your “world of exotic travel” will be, please remember… it’s not just what we discover… it’s how we discover it. And as always, where ever you want to go…we can get you there!


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CRUISING...What's on the Horizon?



CRYSTAL CRUISES (click to see the ad)

Motivated by a single goal “to provide you with the finest experiences – not only in cruising – but in all of luxury travel,” Crystal Cruises has done it again by winning Travel+Leisure Magazine’s award as “Top Large Cruise Ship” for the 20th consecutive year! No one is above Crystal Cruises in this category. And whether you are a long-time Crystal Cruises’ guest or whether you’ve been considering this line – we can think of no better time than now to experience a Crystal cruise. “What’s on the horizon” for 2016 are three exceptional sailings to the romantic and historic Mediterranean region for Summer 2016. Please call us or stop by soon. We look forward to sharing with you why – when you sail with Crystal Cruises – the “difference is Crystal Clear!”
• 12-day Mediterranean “Goddesses & Gladiators” sailing aboard Crystal Symphony from Istanbul, Turkey to Rome, Italy – departing May 1, 2016. Itinerary includes an overnight stay in both Istanbul and Rome. This is a Crystal Wine and Food Festival sailing and renowned chefs and wine experts will share their talents at lectures, during special meals and tastings – both onboard and ashore!
• 10-day “North Sea Medley” sailing aboard Crystal Symphony from Berlin/Hamburg, Germany to Amsterdam, Netherlands – departing July 2, 2016. This itinerary is highlighted with an exceptional 3-night land package in Berlin/Hamburg (June 29 - July 2) that precedes this cruise and is included in your fare, as well as three 1-night overnight stays: Berlin/Hamburg, Edinburg/Queens Ferry Landing, Scotland; and Amsterdam. Also, “Kids sail free” on this itinerary! We have all the details.
• 12 days “Journey to the Holy Land” sailing aboard Crystal Symphony from Rome, Italy to Istanbul, Turkey – departing September 3, 2016. Two 1-night overnight stays highlight this itinerary: Haifa, Israel and Istanbul, Turkey. This is your opportunity to explore the treasures of the Holy Land – from Jerusalem and Bethlehem to Nazareth and Galilee.

SILVERSEA CRUISES – Launches New Asia All-Inclusive Program aboard Silver Shadow (click to see the ad)

Silversea has just made cruising to the exotic Far East even more inclusive than ever before. Beginning in 2016, their outstanding “Asia All-Inclusive” program aboard the luxurious and intimate 382-guest Silver Shadow, will now include free Silver Shore select excursions, free WiFi (from one hour daily per guest to unlimited access, contingent on stateroom category), complimentary economy roundtrip air from selected gateways (with economical upgrades to business class easily arranged), transfers between airport, hotel and ship; and a two-night pre-cruise deluxe 5-Star hotel stay. Silversea offers “more Far East sailings than any other cruise line.” Whether you choose to follow the spice route to the stunning pagodas of Myanmar (Burma), tour the mysterious islands of Indonesia and the Philippines, visit Vietnam, China, Korea or Japan – regardless… with Silversea Cruises you’ll experience and enjoy these exotic destinations even more due to the unmatched onboard luxury and amenities that you will come “home” to after every excursion. Look forward to spacious suites with butler service, open seating in each dining venue (including specialty restaurant), complimentary champagne, wine and spirits served throughout the ship; in-suite bar stocked with your preferred beverages and gratuities pre-paid. Plus, now with the addition of complimentary shore excursions, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy even more of the top attractions, absorb more local culture and experience more local customs. Please give us a call or stop by. Your luxurious cruise through the exotic Far East – it’s just a phone call away!


REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES (click to see the ad)

The mystery and intrigue surrounding certain Far East continents and islands seems to lure us towards exploration. And if you’re feeling that “pull,” there’s never been a better time than now to experience and explore the exotic regions of Asia, Africa, India, or the South Pacific with Regent Seven Seas Cruises®. If you’re intrigued with Asia’s exotic destinations that are best known for ancient dragons and jade landscapes, or you’ve always wanted to see majestic Indian temples, walk through a spice-scented bazaar, visit a Buddhist temple, spend time in one of the world’s most beautiful cities – Cape Town, South Africa; or simply look forward to sampling a variety of authentic Asian and African cuisine – then we’re encouraging you to do that now. Now, because Regent Seven Seas Cruises has special offers such as a free 3-night (pre- or post-cruise) land program for Africa and Asia sailings and free business class air on select voyages. Not only will you see the best of the best that each of these exotic destinations has to offer by taking advantage of Regent’s free unlimited shore excursions, but your onboard experience will also be the best of the best. In addition to luxurious suite accommodations – all with private balconies, you’ll enjoy superb spa services provided by Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, complimentary amenities as dining in the specialty restaurants, unlimited fine wines/premium spirits onboard, open bars and lounges throughout the ship, plus in-suite mini-bar replenished daily, pre-paid gratuities, WiFi throughout the ship (minutes that are complimentary contingent on stateroom category and length of cruise), and transfers between airport/ship. Please don’t delay – give us a call or stop by soon, we have all the details.


The summer of 2016 will showcase the launch of the “most luxurious ship to sail the seven seas,” and also the moment when you can “experience the new standard in elegance and sophistication.” We think one of the most exciting new initiatives is their Culinary Arts Kitchen that will provide you all the ingredients to expand your culinary skills and all presented in a welcoming environment – reminiscent of the finest, most prestigious French cooking schools. Enticing themes include Everything FrenchHealthy Cooking, and Light My Fire to Who Wants Dessert and TeaTime at the Abbey. Just one more reason to choose the Seven Seas Explorer® for your 2016 cruise. Please call us for availability and itineraries.

AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES (click to see the ad)

Why do we like Azamara voyages and why do we encourage you to sail aboard one of their two 686-guest club-like, mid-sized ships that take you to some of the world’s most amazing destinations? There are a lot of reasons… Truly offering a “voyage for those who love travel,” Azamara’s unique Destination Immersion® program focuses on offering you more in depth and interesting land experiences than any other cruise line. Next, their accommodations feature great comfort and a variety of amenities. Their many inclusive amenities such as pre-paid gratuities, select standard spirits, international beers and wines, bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees, teas (and more) are enhanced with the unique and complimentary AzAmazing Evenings events, incredibly friendly staff and crew and an ambience that feels just like “home.” Right now, we’re featuring six outstanding itineraries for 2016 that also include the very special Mariner Club benefits – offered exclusively to American Express Travel clients. Mariner Club amenities include a professional Mariner Club host, two private cocktail receptions and an exclusive shore event. Please call soon about one of these exceptional sailings: 12-night “Aegean Sea to Rome” aboard Azamara Journey, Istanbul/Civitavecchia (Rome). (June 4, 2016); 12-night “London to Baltic Voyage (Golf)” aboard Azamara Quest, Southampton, England/Stockholm, Sweden. (June 11, 2016); 11-night “Irish Sea & British Open (Golf)” aboard Azamara Quest, Dublin, Ireland to Southampton, England. (July 11, 2016), with this itinerary highlighted by the incredible opportunity to be in attendance at the Sunday final round of The British Open at Royal Troon; 10-night “Classic Greek Isles Voyage” aboardAzamara Journey, Piraeus (Athens), Greece/Istanbul, Turkey. (July 19, 2016); 11-night “Greek Isles and Adriatic Voyage” aboard Azamara Journey, Istanbul, Turkey/ Venice, Italy. (August 29, 2016); and a 7-night “Pearl of the Adriatic Voyage” aboard Azamara Journey, roundtrip Venice, Italy. (September 9, 2016.)



For the first time ever in 2016, AmaWaterways will offer 22 “Taste of Bordeaux” departures to this famed wine region of France. Sailing the Dordogne and Garonne rivers aboard the lovely AmaDolce, you can be among the first to experience and enjoy this delightful new cruise that showcases Bordeaux’s famous chateaus and vineyards with stops at Cadillac’s Roquetaillaide Castle, a Medoc wine tasting in Pauillac, an excursion at Château de Montaigne in Libourne and much more. Ten of the 22 departures will be special hosted wine cruises – each led by expert wine owners and featuring additional immersive excursions. You can also extend your stay in this spectacular region with an optional pre-or post-cruise land package that includes 2 nights pre-cruise in Paris, 2-night stay in LoireValley (Amboise), with an additional 1-night stay in Paris. Panoramic city tours of Paris, additional chateau visits and wine tastings in the Loire Valley are included in this package. For those of us eager to take part in one of these special hosted wine cruises, you can look forward to onboard discussions, interactive tastings and multi-course menus featuring gourmet cuisine perfectly paired with hand-selected vintages. Special excursions will include tours of historic wine cellars, learning traditional methods of wine making and taking part in local epicurean traditions. Here is just a sample of AmaWaterways exceptional new spring sailings: First, a 7-night Tulip Time cruise. Sail Dutch and Belgium waterways roundtrip from Amsterdam – March through May. A 7-night The Romantic Danube cruise. Sail from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary, with an optional 3-night pre-cruise extension in Prague. This is a great itinerary for first-time river cruisers as you’ll journey through the heart of Europe (five countries/four capital cities.) Note: The Melodies of the Danube cruise is the same itinerary in reverse, with optional 3-night extension in Munich or Prague. Or, a 7-night Legendary Danube cruise. Sail from Nuremberg, Germany to Budapest, Hungary, with a 3-night pre-cruise land extension in Prague. Note: The Blue Danube Discovery cruise is same itinerary in reverse, with 2-night pre-cruise stay in Budapest; 3-night post-cruise stay in Prague. Please call us or stop by soon. Have us book your cruise by January 31, 2016 and save up to $2,000 on select 2016 spring departures.

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE (click to see the ad)

Get ready to take your place in history! Holland America Line’s newest vessel – the ms Koningsdam will set sail this February, 2016 – and we encourage you to be among the first to experience this new class of Holland America Line vessel. Not only is she the latest in Holland America’s prestigious fleet, but the 2,650-guest ms Koningsdam will be the first of a new class of Holland America Line ships and will usher in a new era of Pinnacle-class cruising. Defined as ‘high point,” her debut will, indeed, be a high point in HAL’s 141-year history and will raise the bar for 21st century elegance. One of the most exciting new innovations: The debut of an evolving culinary vision with all new dining and eatery concepts. Indeed, taken to new heights, you can embark on a “culinary adventure” that will showcase different cuisines in a variety of venues (including a stunning new French seafood brasserie.) Highlights include an immersive dining experience in the re-imagined Culinary Arts Center (presented by Food & Wine Magazine), a re-designed casual Lido Market with themed serving stations, relaxing cafes, a unique interactive culinary-themed walkway and all in addition to the main dining room. The new ms Koningsdam will also be the first in Holland America’s 15-ship fleet to offer staterooms for solo travelers, staterooms for families that include two bathrooms and accommodations for up to five guests, as well as the largest number of staterooms with verandahs in the Holland American Line fleet with a total of 912 (available in Verandah to Pinnacle Suite categories.) Right now, we’re featuring three select itineraries on the magnificent new ms Koningsdam for your consideration: 7-day Premier Voyage (April 8, 2016 departure); 14-day Voyage of the Midnight Sun (two departures: May 29 and July 17, 2016) and a 14-day Northern Isles sailing that departs August 14, 2016. We have all the details. Please call or stop by soon. We want you, too, to be onboard to take your place in history!

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE (click to see the ad)

We’ve said it before… and we’ll say it again: It’s time to escape to new discoveries aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship Norwegian Escape! And escape to the ultimate in superb accommodations with The Haven by Norwegian®. Here’s the perfect opportunity to bask in your own “private enclave” as the new 4,248 guest Norwegian Escape will offer the largest Haven yet – with 95 luxuriously-appointed staterooms – hidden away at the top of the ship. Special amenities and services include personal butler and concierge services, private pool and sundeck, private restaurant and lounge, priority embarkation/debarkation services, priority boarding for tender service, and priority reservations in the ship’s dining rooms. In other words… The Haven provides you with your own ship within a ship for a vacation not likely to be forgotten. And, in addition to all this marvelous personal service and special amenities, you can look forward to fun adventure aboard the exciting new Escape! Beginning this November, you can spend seven glorious days sailing through the Caribbean and enjoying spectacular sunsets along The Waterfront; exploring new tastes at The Food Republic by the Pubbelly Boys; singing 80s hits with For the Record (inside the exciting The Supper Club) and that’s just the beginning. Norwegian is certainly turning “cruising inside out” with their newest ship! You’ll be closer to paradise with two famous Jimmy Buffett venues and closer to the spotlight with such Broadway favorites as Million Dollar Quartet. In addition, Norwegian Cruise Line will soon be launching their innovative new Norwegian NEXT™. Give us a call or stop by, we have all details. We want you to experience for yourself how Norwegian Cruise Line is dedicated to making your best vacation even better.

PAUL GAUGUIN CRUISES – South Pacific! (click to see the ad)

Is a cruise through the exotic and mysterious South Pacific islands of Tahiti and French Polynesia on your horizon? If so, we can think of no better way to experience the very best this spectacular destination has to offer than aboard the intimate, award-winning 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin. First, the Paul Gauguin was specifically-built and designed to navigate the islands of French Polynesia. Her small size ensures that she has access to lagoons that bigger ships can’t navigate and further ensures that you will experience countless memorable opportunities to explore these beautiful waters that other cruise passengers only get to imagine from afar. Additionally, 70% of the ship’s suites and staterooms have balconies. Onboard, you’ll enjoy both casual and fine dining, exceptional lecturers and speakers, lively local entertainment provided by a troupe of Tahitian entertainers, a fully-outfitted watersports marina, luxury spa, and inclusive amenities as select wines and spirits and onboard gratuities. If you’re considering a family vacation during summer or the holidays, one of the most important programs offered for youth (ages 9-17) is their innovative Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program created by oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau. Your young Ambassador(s) – under the supervision of expert Ocean Future Society naturalists – will explore coral reefs, hike rainforest trails, experience Polynesian culture and visit ancient Polynesian temples (marae.) Please call us or stop in soon. In addition to complimentary round trip air from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti, there is so much more to share with you about these superb 7-14 night, all-inclusive voyages that truly showcase the spectacular best of Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji and the South Pacific.

OCEANIA CRUISES – The OLife Advantage with Oceania Cruises! (click to see the ad)

When we think the value-added amenities can’t get any better on Oceania Cruises – it does! We are very excited to tell you about their new OLife Advantage. Offered on select 2016 itineraries sailing throughout the world, OLife Advantage amenities are available when we book your cruise in Veranda Staterooms (and above categories.) Amenities include free shore excursions, free unlimited internet/WiFi service and free pre-paid gratuities – and that’s just the beginning. You will also benefit from 2-for-1 fares, free roundtrip air (from select gateways) and bonus values of up to $6,000 per booking. We’ll highlight just a few of the outstanding itineraries being offered for 2016. If your passion is to relax on a trans-Atlantic crossing, there are seven itineraries from which to choose – including such delightful themes as the 14-day “Beaches, Blooms and Bluffs” (Miami to Barcelona, April 11, 2016.) If the intriguing and historic ports of Northern Europe and the Baltic region is your goal, Oceania is offering 7-20 day sailings with such enticing itineraries as “Nordic Quest,” “Wineries & Waterways” or “Opulence of Culture.” For those of us who love to cruise the warm and romantic waters of the Mediterranean, there’s plethora of 7-20 day cruises from which to choose. Ports of embarkation include Barcelona, Istanbul, Rome, Athens, Venice and Istanbul. Options range from a 7-day Barcelona to Rome“Jewels of the Riviera” sailing to a maximum 20-day “Moments of Time” sailing from Istanbul to Dubai, with over 40 other itineraries of 7-19-days as options. For 2016, Alaska cruises are also included in this superb promotion – many of which sail seven days round trip from Seattle, with most itineraries including their special Youth Program or a combination of the Oceania Cruises Youth Program and Discover Denali program. Indeed, the new OLife Advantage is just one more reason why with Oceania Cruises you can experience “Your World. Your Way.”Booking deadline for this exceptional promotion ends December 31, 2015. Please call or stop by soon.

PRINCESS CRUISES® (click to see the ad)

South America, Panama Canal and the Hawaiian Islands are “What’s on the Horizon” for your next Princess Cruise. Whether you want to make history come alive, delve into the local customs and cultures of your ports of call, or take off on an adventure run through a rain forest, experience a thermal river, or maybe just absorb the luxuries of the Lotus Spa® and never leave your ship – these are just a few of many options and opportunities that are yours to enjoy on your upcoming Princess Cruise. We have three itineraries to share with you. Please give us a call or stop by – we have all the details! 
• 14 days “Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan” sailing aboard Star Princess® – Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile – February 29, 2016. You’ll want to spend time in this “Paris of the South” as Buenos Aires – a place of “icy intellect and smoldering passion” is an exciting city! 
• 10 days – “Roundtrip Panama Canal” (partial transit) sailing aboard Coral Princess® – Roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Florida – March 16, 2016. Expert onboard narration will enlighten you as you pass through the locks of this colossal wonder. 
• 15 days “Hawaiian Islands” sailing aboard Ruby Princess® – Roundtrip Los Angeles – March 24, 2016. Princess’ signature “Aloha Spirit” will entice you with onboard island-inspired events as you sail leisurely from island to island and visit Maui, Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island.


UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISES – The Monarch and Connoisseur Collections from Uniworld (click to see the ad)

Just announced! We are excited to share with you two new all-inclusive cruise programs for 2016 from Uniworld – The Monarch and Connoisseur Collections – and to share with you what sets these river cruises apart from their competition. These itineraries are “each designed with a much higher degree of personalization than any other river cruise line.” First, the Monarch Collection. Specifically, you can look forward to a visit to Artstetten Castle in Austria, where your host will be Princess Anita von Hohenberg – personally sharing her royal home with you as you get a glimpse of what a lifestyle of royalty would be. Additionally, you can enjoy cocktails and behind-the-scenes views of Vienna’s Spanish Riding School – home to the world famous horse of royalty: The Lipizzaner stallion. On board, you’ll enjoy an intimate Liszt piano concert and themed dinner. Reservations are now being taken for these select summer 2016 sailings onboard Uniworld’s royal fleet: 15-day European Jewels (Budapest to Amsterdam) or 8-day Enchanting Danube (Budapest to Passau.) Next, The Connoisseur Collection sailings – offered on select summer 2016 departures in France – will give you the privileged opportunity to explore, indulge and experience the world of French cuisine by offering exclusive culinary-inspired excursions and events. You can look forward to such onshore gourmet excursions as an elegant afternoon cocktail reception at Château de Seigneurs de Tournon, a cognac tasting at Rémy Martin Estate, a sunset cocktail party on the island of Patiras, or the incredible opportunity to search for the “black diamond” at a truffle farm with the owner and his trusted canine companion. Onboard activities may include a Valrhona chocolate tasting and wine pairing or champagne sampling with the sommelier. We have all the details about these superb 8-day itineraries: Paris & Normandy (roundtrip Paris), Burgundy & Provence (Avignon-Lyon), orBordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux (roundtrip Bordeaux.) All fares are all-inclusive and include each of these very special excursions and onboard activities, as well as your luxurious river-view stateroom or suite. Also included are unlimited complimentary wines, spirits, cocktails, specialty coffees and drinks onboard; all gratuities, scheduled airport transfers, in-suite butler service, complimentary onboard WiFi/Internet access and more. Please call us or stop by soon. These are exciting, one-of-a-kind itineraries that should sell quickly.


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TOURING...From here to there


ALBEE ADVENTURES (click to see the ad)

Nicaragua (the largest country in Central America and defined literally as “surrounded by water”) is the new, exotic and trendy destination recognized as one of the “Top Ten Destinations to Watch” by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine. And Albee Adventures can get you there! Be one of the first to discover Latin America’s most exciting, emerging destination. For too long this unique jewel in Central America’s crown was hidden and often overlooked. But no longer! From a dramatic volcanic range and charming colonial cities such as Granada and Leon, to rainforests filled with unusual wildlife and all flanked by a rugged Pacific Coast on one side and white-sand Caribbean beaches and islands on the other – this is truly a showcase of nature at its best! To experience the very best this “new” destination has to offer, we are partnering with Albee Adventures to offer you a one-of-a-kind adventure to the Mukul Resort – a resort filled with a welcoming ambience that immediately makes you “feel at home.” At this very classy, intimate resort, each of the 37 guest accommodations offer spacious and private settings that “embody and compliment the natural surroundings.” Activities on which to embark from the Mukul Resort may include exploration through pristine jungles or visiting the many charming fishing villages. Other options may include taking a short flight to the Cerro Negro Volcano, further exploration of the country via seaplane, or a helicopter ride to the Pellas family’s legendary Sugar Mill and Sugar Cane Plantation. At this Plantation look forward to a private tour of the distillery where the world-famous Flor de Cana rum is produced. If you’re bringing the whole family…there’s volcano boarding, kayak tours through Lake Nicaragua’s many small islands, or discovering the Spanish-colonial capital on a private guided carriage. We are proud to partner with Albee Adventures to bring to you one-of-a-kind, upscale/luxury and exotic travel opportunities. We look forward to speaking with you soon about the “new” destination of Nicaragua!


We have something new, exciting and enticing “under the sun” to share with you: The “Evolution of All-inclusive™” at Hyatt Zilara™ (Cancun, Montego Bay) and Hyatt Ziva™ (Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Cancun & Montego Bay.) Whether you want to escape this fall and winter to a Caribbean getaway in Mexico or Jamaica – we have just the vacation for you! Options abound… Regardless of which stunning resort we book for you, you can expect lush tropical surroundings, spectacular ocean vistas, spacious rooms & suites with all the latest designer amenities, international fine-dining options for both a la carte and/or gourmet buffet venues, 24-hour in-suite dining, butler service in Jamaica, unlimited top quality spirits – accented with tequila, wine and rum sommeliers; live entertainment, locally-inspired daily/nightly activities; complimentary WiFi/internet access, fitness center, athletic courts, superb spa services, signature fire pits, beautiful pools and, at Hyatt Ziva – a fun kids’ areas. To help you plan your getaway, the Hyatt Zilara™ properties are adults-only. If you’re eager for an escape to total relaxation and peace and quiet in a sophisticated, lush tropical setting – this is the resort for you. And should you decide you’re ready for a full-day of activities and exploring on your own, this is also the resort for you. And, if you are considering a holiday getaway for all ages, then we recommend the Hyatt Ziva™ resorts that are sure to provide non-stop fun, the opportunity to enjoy local culinary delights and be immersed in local culture. But what makes this travel opportunity even more valuable to you is that when we book your Mexico or Jamaican getaway to either a Hyatt Ziva or Hyatt Zilara all-inclusive resort, we’re partnering with Funjet Vacations to make all your arrangements. With Funjet, you can take advantage of local deposit policy payment options, convenient non-stop flights from many U.S. gateways, End-to End customer care and more – all to ensure that your vacation is the best it can possibly be. Please don’t delay. Now’s the time to make plans for your fall and winter getaways. Maybe one of each! We look forward to talking with you soon.

SWAIN DESTINATIONS – AUSTRALIA! (click to see the ad)

Welcome… to Australia’s style capital – the cultural and cosmopolitan city of Melbourne! And, we think there is no better way to experience and enjoy the best this destination has to offer than with one of three itineraries – each carefully crafted by Swain Destinations: Vibrant Victoria, Australian Experience or Aussie Adventure. Each itinerary offers such a unique and in depth insight into this diverse corner of Australia, you may decide to enjoy all three adventures. We have all the details and will make all your arrangements… G’day! 
• Vibrant Victoria. Considered one of the world’s most livable cities, Melbourne – the capital of Victoria – literally pulses with energy. The city is home to a vibrant arts scene, historical attractions, unique walking tours and an exceptional dining scene. Just outside the city, you can experience national parks, abundant wildlife, endless wine tastings and luxurious spa settings. For those of us who want to take the road less traveled, self-drive the Great Ocean Road. When you delve further into Victoria, get ready to see plenty of Australian wildlife – including kangaroos and koalas in the You Yangs, and the famous little penguins on Phillip Island. Wine connoisseurs will delight in a visit to the Yarra Valley, while spa enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the Lake House in the spa town of Daylesford, where you will re-energize in the natural mineral waters, sample gourmet food and enjoy luxurious accommodations. This 9-night vacation includes overnight stays in Melbourne, Daylesford, Hepburn Springs and Apollo Bay. 
• Australian Experience. Get ready for excitement, adventure and culture! This itinerary includes four- night stays in each of these cities: Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney. Activities include guided city walking tours, Yarra Valley Wine Experience, Aboriginal Heritage Tour, Sydney Harbour Cruise, Bridge Climb, Great Barrier Reef excursion, Kuranda Rail, Skyrail & Tjapukai Tour; and much more. With plenty of free time to explore these three “most talked-about hubs – along with a balance of culture and adventure” – this tour is the perfect customizable itinerary. 
• Aussie Adventure. Filled with fun and active experiences, you can look forward to trekking through the Outback, getting up close and personal with Australian wildlife on Kangaroo Island, diving into the Great Barrier Reef – “nature’s largest underwater eco-system” and touring Australia’s premier cities – Melbourne and Sydney. An all-encompassing adventure that highlights the very best of Australia’s cities and iconic landmarks, this 17-night itinerary includes stays in Melbourne, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Cairns and Sydney.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS – KAUAI! (click to see the ad)

Kauai – the “tropical centerpiece of Hawaii” – is filled with outdoor activities, culture and attractions. Kauai’s “must sees” include the island’s incredible natural wonders: Napali Coast (which is only accessible by a hiking, sea tour or air tour), Waimea Canyon (“The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”), Wailua River (Kauai has the only navigable rivers in Hawaii and this river is the largest), Wailua Falls (an accessible 80-foot waterfall) and sunny Poipu Beach (aka “One of America’s Best Beaches”.) Next, take time to immerse yourself in Kauai’s local culture, history, food and the art of its small towns – such as Hanapepe Town (Kauai’s “biggest little town” and the “Art capital of Kauai”), Hanalei Town and Old Koloa Town. If you are a returning visitor, consider adding the Kauai Museum in Lihue, Kokee State Park (featuring some 45 miles of the island’s best hiking trails and home of the Kalalau Valley Lookout), the Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant), which is a legendary mountain range that resembles a sleeping giant and offers a scenic hiking trail; and the Waioli Mission House and Church. This site is a Hanalei Landmark and provides a glimpse of what Kauai was like in the early 1800s. From golf, kayaking, diving and sailing, to culture and arts, dining, and off-the-beaten-path adventures – all this and more can be found on Kaua‘i – “Hawaii’s Island of Discovery.” Please give us a call or stop by and we’ll also share with you some enticing vacations that Pleasant Holidays offers to Kauai to ensure you’ll have the time of your life!


Holiday magic will come alive at Moody Gardens – one of Texas’ premier entertainment complexes located on Galveston Island – when the “coolest holiday destination in the Southwest” again presents ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants – from November 14, 2015 through January 10, 2016. Recognized as the only venue to feature a holiday ice exhibition on the Gulf Coast, this vast and incredible display of magnificent ice creations was nothing short of amazing last year! And this year’s creations are set to become even more exciting and definitely a “frosty new addition” to Moody Gardens’ 14th annual Festival of Lights extravaganza set for November 14 – January 10, 2016. Please give us a call for more information and to make hotel reservations at Moody Gardens. If you’re considering a cruise from Galveston – this is a great time to cruise and a great time to visit one of the nation’s top leisure destinations – Galveston Island, Texas!


MICATO SAFARIS – AFRICA! (click to see the ad)

If you are ready to “explore Old Africa in style,” we have the perfect itinerary for you: Micato Safaris 14-day “Hemingway Wing Safari” is a tribute not only to this continent’s tendency to “grab hold of our hearts”, but also a tribute to the “old-fashioned and cozy safaris of Hemingway’s time.” This itinerary – a cherished favorite of the Micato staff – will begin/end in Nairobi, Kenya. Over the course of this adventure, you’ll experience 2-3 days each in the Samburu National Reserve, the Maasai Mara, The Serengeti, and Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater, before returning again to Nairobi. Your adventure begins in Nairobi and includes a welcoming lunch or dinner at Lavington – the home of Micato’s founders – Felix and Jane Pinto. After two nights in Nairobi, you’ll fly to Samburu National Reserve and experience the first of many incredible days in Old Africa at the classic Larsens Camp – set in the riverine forest of the Ewaso Nyiro. Here you can expect visits by “friendly” elephants that can be viewed from your tent’s spacious and comfortable verandah. Next, you’ll fly to the Maasai Mara. Situated on the northern reaches of the Serengeti – Maasai Mara is home to the world’s richest wildlife habitat. You’ll stay in the renowned Fairmont Mara Safari Club. Besides game drives, you’ll visit a traditional Maasai village and learn first-hand how these proud people live, work and play. Next: The magnificent Serengeti. You’ll stay for two nights at Migration Camp – situated on the “hippo-haven” Grumeti River. Also spectacular is Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater where you’ll reside in delightful Cape Dutch cottages at the Manor at Ngorongoro – adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The highlight of this venue is driving up over 7,000 feet to one of “earth’s great wonders” – the caldera of the Ngorongoro volcano. You will also see “the loveliest lake in Africa” – Lake Manyara. Frequented by over 300 migratory species, the waters are literally pink from the thousands of pink flamingos who reside on the lake. Optional excursions may include Ballooning over the Maasai Mara and Rwanda Gorilla Tracking. Please call us soon for details and to make reservations.

GLOBUS – EUROPE – THE DESTINATION FOR 2016! (click to see the ad)

We’re heading across the pond and we want you to go with us as we tour Italy and Spain with Globus. Why do we recommend an escorted tour with Globus? First of all, we think Globus’ statement that “escorted tours” are just another way of saying “perfectly planned” – truly says it all. From researching must-see attractions, organizing quality hotel accommodations and overseeing ground transportation and daily schedules – it takes highly-trained, experienced travel planners to make sure your vacation is a picture-perfect, stress-free getaway. And Globus does just that. This company is all about “hidden gems and not hidden charges.” Next, you’ll stay in hotels – right in the heart of your destination. Free time is built in and you’re not “over-scheduled.” Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides are destination specialists dedicated to making sure you are immersed in local culture and that you can take part in all those behind-the-scenes, memory-making experiences that Globus accurately refers to as: Local Favorites. Globus staff also know how to cut through the red tape. In other words, they make sure your tour avoids lines or at the very least, you’re in a short line – for the top attractions. And with MyGlobus, you can select specific optional excursions at each destination to enhance the escorted tours with activities that interest you. And last, but not least, free WiFi is offered on all motor coaches and in most hotels where you’ll be staying – so you don’t have to wait till you get back home to send family and friends that perfect wish you were here photo! For this edition, we’re highlighting three outstanding itineraries in Spain and Italy that Globus is offering: 9 days The Best of Spain. Departures February through December, 2016. You’ll visit Madrid, Seville, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona. From $1,664 pp/land only. Next, 8 days Italian Vista. Departures March through November, 2016. Visit Rome, Assisi, Padua and Milan. From $1,529 pp/land only. And, their 9 days Italian Sampler. Departures April through September, 2016. Tour Rome, Chianti Hills, Pisa, Verona Area and Padua. From $1,619 pp/land only. Now is the time to travel to Europe as the exchange rate of the US dollar to the Euro has never been better. Please call today to take advantage of these special savings and please note: Globus’ 2016 rates will be up to 10% lower than 2015 rates. Air add-ons can also easily be arranged. Please do not delay! October 15, 2015 is the deadline to save 10% per person on the land portion of your 2016 vacation to Europe.


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Welcome to our newsletter, Destinations. We hope this newsletter will feed your passion for travel, giving you ideas of where to go and helping you fulfill those trips on your bucket list.

Having grown up in “the family business,” I have spent nearly 60 years traveling the world. People always ask me, “What is your favorite destination?” They are a bit surprised when I tell them, “the next one!”

You see, to us, travel is the excitement of new experiences, new sights, sounds, smells and tastes. As much as we relish the memories of places we have been, visiting someplace new brings all of our senses to the forefront. Learning about new cultures and the history of different parts of the world is like going back to college – only without the final exams!

In a few months Bursch Travel will celebrate our 59th year of serving travelers. Help us celebrate this milestone by visiting your local office and exploring some of the dreams on your “bucket list.”

Our expert staff will save you time, add value, and offer you peace of mind before, during and after your trip. Whether your trip is an ocean or river cruise, a tour to some exotic locale, or just a relaxing beach getaway, our staff is trained to help make your travel dreams come true.

Happy travels.
Fred & Terri Bursch


The door has opened to a select few! Shrouded in mystery for the past 50 years, the island nation of Cuba is waiting to be rediscovered. You can be among the first American travelers to visit Cuba and take this rare opportunity to experience the colorful history and lively culture of this captivating country. From its beautifully adorned churches and vintage cars, to its world-renowned cigars and lush tropical climate, Cuba will transport you to a bygone era. Discover a place filled with friendly people, eager to share their heritage and culture...and equally curious to hear about the customs and traditions in the neighboring United States.

Does that make you want to book your flight today? Well, not so fast. Although travel to Cuba is legal for US Citizens, you must participate in cultural experiences and have direct contact with Cuban people to learn about their culture. These “People-to-People” tours operate under a general license granted by the US Department of the Treasury. You cannot roam the country freely as a tourist and must participate in all elements of the tour. This is not the location for vacationers looking to relax on a beach with an umbrella drink in hand. However, if you are well traveled, adventurous, or are interested in history & the arts, you will absolutely LOVE Cuba!

Two of our experienced agents, Jill W & Karen K, recently visited Cuba and can make sure that your bucket list worthy trip is both spectacular and safe. Upon return, Jill exclaimed, “Cuba is a truly fascinating destination. I absolutely loved it and would return again soon!  The Cuban people don’t have much, but they are happy, welcoming, and resourceful. We have a lot we can learn from them.” To learn more about how YOU can explore this fascinating country, contact the Bursch Travel office nearest you.

To read more about Jill & Karen’s trip to Cuba go to



Northfield, MN
Monday, September 21 • 7:00 p.m. 

Northfield Golf Course – 707 Prairie St.
RSVP: 800-657-4888

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Tuesday, September 22 • 7:00 p.m.

Lake George Municipal Complex 1101 7th St. S.
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Alexandria, MN
Wednesday. September 23 • 6:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn – 5637 Hwy. 29
RSVP: 888-762-1545

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Rapid City, SD
Thursday, September 17 • 7:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn – Rapid City Rushmore Plaza, 505 N. 5th St.
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Rapid City, SD
Saturday, September 19

Market Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Black Hills Farmers Market – 
Founder’s Park, 1510 West Omaha St.
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Fargo, ND
Wednesday, October 21 • 7:00 p.m.

Contact us for location
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St. Cloud, MN
Thursday, October 22 • 7:00 p.m.

Café Renaissance
2140 Frontage Rd N. – Waite Park
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NCL Escape Cruise • January 30 - February 6, 2016
Spend a week on their newest ship, Norwegian Escape. The Norwegian Escape is the first in its class – the Breakaway Class.

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas • February 6-13, 2016
No one knows the Eastern Caribbean better than Royal Caribbean does. After all, it is their middle name. And when it comes to beautiful beaches and sparkling blue waters, the Eastern Caribbean is really in a league of its own. There are countless adventures within reach on your cruise vacation.

Omaha Community Playhouse – London • February 10-15, 2016
See Three Amazing Plays in London! Feb 10 -15, 2016. One of the highlights each year remains the backstage tour prior at the Royal National Theatre.

New Orleans Cruise aboard the Norwegian Dawn • February 18-28, 2016
New Orleans is the newest port to sail on a 7-day cruise exploring Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize City and Roatan

People to People Tour – Cuba • April 7-15, 2016
Come to know the people of Cuba and explore the cultural treasures of this island just 90 miles off the coast of the United States. This exciting Bursch Travel Cuba trip will be hosted by our own Lee and Eric Hurd! Save $100 per person if booked by November 7, 2015!

Hair Chalet Alaska Cruise • June 17 - 24, 2016
Welcome aboard Radiance of the Seas. The Inside Passage embodies the best of Alaska’s pristine nature and rugged beauty. The wildlife, rainforest shrouded in mist, magnificent fjords and the majesty of the Hubbard Glacier are among the many photo ops

British Isles with Princess Cruises • July 27-August 12, 2016
Pre-cruise three night London followed by 12 night British Isles Cruise

Alaska’s Inside Passage Cruise aboard the Crown Princess • July 29 – August 6, 2016
Ships have been sailing from Seattle to Alaska since the Gold Rush. Now it’s your turn to follow in the wake of history on a seven-day cruise vacation filled with glacier-carved fjords, forested islets and quaint ports along Alaska’s famed Inside Passage…Welcome aboard the Crown Princess.

Royal Caribbean Alaskan Adventures aboard the Explorer of the Seas • August 12-19, 2016
7-Night Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise. This trip truly has something for everyone.

Alaska Tour & Cruise aboard the Island Princess • August 20-31, 2016
See even more on an Alaska Land & Sea Vacation. Stay at Princess wilderness lodges on the doorstep of legendary national parks and enjoy the exclusive Princess Rail giving you more time in the heart of Alaska. Best of all, Glacier Bay and Denali National Park – Alaska’s top two attractions – are included on every cruisetour.

Best of Italy • October 14-26, 2016
Join Bursch Travel in conjunction with Ed-Venture Inc. on this comprehensive escorted tour of Italy, Arrival in Milan from there you will visit – Lakes Region, Venice, Montecatini Terme, Padua, Parma, Cinque Terre, Assisi, and Rome

For more information or to reserve space on one of these tours contact a Bursch Travel office near you or visit


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