Wow today was an adventure.... Trump has tightened the rules for Cuba travel. The main changes affecting travel are a prohibition on individual "people-to-people" trips (travelers will have to go as part of a licensed group tour); prohibition on transactions with companies controlled by the Cuban military (which controls as much as 80 percent of Cuba's tourism economy according to some estimates); and stepped-up audits of Cuba trips to ensure Americans are complying with existing rules.
So what does that mean? That means you need to make sure you book with a travel professional who ensures you are following the law. It also means that you can't just go to Cuba like you can any other country. Additionally, you have to keep a logbook of who you meet, where you go, on what date and for how long you were there. Yup full documentation! And you need to keep this for 5 years as you can be asked for this at any time.
The information below comes from the American Society of Travel Agents:
These changes are not yet in effect – the directive instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to begin the process of issuing new regulations within 30 days, with final regulations issued "in the coming months." Until then, the current rules apply. In terms of how this applies to trips paid for but not taken yet, an OFAC FAQ document says "Provided that the traveler has already completed at least one travel-related transaction (such as purchasing a flight or reserving accommodation) prior to the President's announcement...all additional travel-related transactions for that trip...would also be authorized."
The Department of Treasury has provided FAQs that are listed below. However, if you need help just ask! We can help make sure your travel to Cuba is legal!
I recently created this itinerary for some clients who wanted to explore Argentina.
Check in at Hotel Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires - Hotel Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Afternoon on own
7:30 PM Buenos Aires by Night Private City Tour
AM Depart from Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP) - Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP)
PM Arrive at El Calafate Airport (FTE) - El Calafate Airport (FTE)
PM taxi to hotel
Check in at Xelena Deluxe Suites Hotel El Calafate - Xelena Deluxe Suites Hotel El Calafate - breakfast included
PM Arrive at Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP) - Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP)
PM taxi to hotel
PM Check in at Hotel Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires - Hotel Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Free Evening - suggest a Tango evening event or Tango classes
PM car service pick up at hotel lobby
PM Depart from Ministro Pistarini Airport (EZE) - Ministro Pistarini Airport (EZE)
So recently, I took a 4 day trip to Nova Scotia, Canada, and let me tell you, it was beautiful. The sights were priceless and I have memories with my family that I'll never forget. Before I show you all the pictures, let me just tell you a bit about the two favorite things I saw: Peggy's Cove and Cabot Trail.
Peggy's Cove is a a series of rocks that you club over in order to see the sea. It's not a huge club but does require some endurance! But I can ensure you the climb is worth the sights you will see! The locals call it "The Ocean Playground".
Cabot's Trail is a miles long drive through some of the most beautiful sights you'll see in Canada.
Please see information below as many airlines are moving terminals in Los Angeles.Highlights:
While lounging on one of Hawaii's beautiful beaches may be the ideal family vacation for some, there are countless other ways to appreciate and explore the natural beauty of the Islands. In addition to the many trails, gardens and scenic lookouts found statewide, Hawaii is home to numerous national and state parks, sites and monuments appealing to all ages. All of these make the Hawaiian Islands the perfect place for families to connect with nature and each other. A few of our favorite places you can begin your exploration are listed below:
Haleakala National Park (Maui): Although this national park may be best known for its sunrise views from the summit of Haleakala volcano, its Kipahulu District section on Maui's southeast coast offers visitors an entirely different experience. Encourage clients to travel to Kipahulu, just beyond the town of Hana, to treat their families to sweeping ocean vistas, cultural areas and hiking trails revealing dense bamboo forests and awe-inspiring waterfalls.
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (Oahu): Clients looking for an educational experience rich with the history of Hawaii's involvement in World War II's Pacific War are encouraged to visit this collection of historic sites at Pearl Harbor. While many visitors tour the monument daily, few elect to dive deeper into educational programs offered by the sites. We recommend reserving a Passport to Pearl Harbor - an enlightening tour allowing visitors to experience the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, Battleship Missouri Memorial, and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.
Akaka Falls State Park (island of Hawaii): If an easy adventure for the family is on your wish list, we recommend the short tropical rainforest hike through this state park to overlooks with stunning views of two of the island's most exquisite waterfalls. Akaka Falls (442 feet) and Kahuna Falls (100 feet) always offer breathtaking backdrops for fantastic family photos.
Kokee State Park (Kauai): For those with families who don't want to hike but are interested in taking in views of Kauai's famed Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon, suggest a drive with stops at the roadside lookouts of Waimea Canyon Drive and Kokee Road. Waimea Canyon Lookout, Puu Hinahina Lookout and Kalalau Lookout each offer magnificent views sure to captivate the whole family. Add an educational element to the drive by encouraging a stop at Kokee Natural History Museum to explore its exhibits and shop for Kauai-made items.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (island of Hawaii): With 333,086 acres of active volcanoes, craters, lava tubes, trails and rainforests, this park will keep the entire family excited and entertained for hours (or even days). Upon entering the park, we recommend a stop at the Kilauea Visitor Center followed by a spin on Crater Rim Drive. The drive offers the best views of the active summit caldera of Kilauea volcano and access to scenic stops and trailheads. From there, the possibilities at the park are seemingly endless, with itineraries conveniently dependent on the amount of time you have to explore it all.
So we've all seen and heard it... United did an awful job at handling their situation. However, when we as customers purchase a ticket from the airlines, we re under their rules. We don't own the seat. As per ASTA, here is the best information we can share as travel professionals:
"As a reminder, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) overbooking is not illegal, and most airlines overbook their scheduled flights to a certain extent in order to compensate for no-shows. Passengers are sometimes left behind or "bumped" as a result. When an oversale occurs, DOT requires airlines to ask people who aren't in a hurry to give up their seats voluntarily, in exchange for compensation. Those passengers bumped against their will are, with a few exceptions, entitled to compensation.
Below are two resources to help you deal with these issues:
If you need more information or just want us to explain this further, drop us a note or give us a call.
A city like no other, Vancouver combines the excitement of a modern city with the invigoration of the outdoors. Every day here can be different. Imagine a waterfront breakfast at the Granville Island Public Market and after a full day of activity, a cocktail at sunset on a mountain top patio. With all of our suppliers, we offer a wide array of hotel options, excursions and services, the possibilities are endless.
For the adventurous, a kayak adventure is a must and for those who like to browse quaint shops, shopping is abundant. It is truly a city for several tastes and is relaxed and laidback at the same time. And, you will never have to choose between city and nature as both are in great supply.
Here are some things you can do while visiting Vancouver:
Imagine racing beside steep cliffs, exploring caves, and viewing harbor seals at play. Points of interest are Pam Rocks, a harbor seal hangout, normally complemented by majestic bald eagles soaring overhead. Cruising into The Strait of Georgia allows for stunning views of Vancouver. Clients will certainly enjoy the return to Horseshoe Bay, highlighted by views of gorgeous waterfront homes around West Vancouver.
Granville Island Market Tour
Noisy and chaotic, yet irresistibly atmospheric, Granville Island is Canada's second most visited destination, behind Niagara Falls, and Vancouver's destination for lovers of food, art and culture. This is where travelers rub elbows with local chefs shopping for the day's menu. Clients will savor a cornucopia of fine foods from independent farmers and food artisans throughout Vancouver, from smoked salmon and cheeses to locally made charcuterie.
Victoria and the Butchart Gardens
Victoria and the Butchart Gardens is the best tour to visit the provincial capital and the world-renowned Gardens in just one day. It's perfect to save time and money, by turning a potentially difficult transfer between Vancouver and Victoria into an easy, fully narrated day tour. With plenty of free time in downtown Victoria and at Butchart Gardens, this will be a day to never forget.
Vancouver is a great city not only to see on its own, but also pair it with an Alaska cruise.
A century later, the French countryside remains impacted by the devastation of World War I. While sites are somber, it’s important to remember those who have fallen for the path to peace. Next year marks the 100-year anniversary of the Great War, which the French will commemorate with a variety of events. If you are interested in the history of World War I, we recommend travel next year while France prepares for the anniversary. An in-depth tour can take travelers to some of the museums, monuments and memorials dedicated to WWI.
Below are some suggested locations where you will find sites of World War I historical significance.
Stop one from Paris: Compiègne
In Compiègne, visit the Armistice Museum which has a French Cannon out front along with an FT17 Tank. The remains of the Armistice Wagon, the wagon the Armistice was signed, can be found here after its long destructive history. The museum also boasts images from infantrymen and items used during the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
Pictured above is the Château de Compiègne, a royal residence remodelled by Napoleon I as a surprise for his wife, Marie-Louise. The Château has a vast collection of items from World War I, including a replica of Marshall Foch's car and an image series of a soldier's life in the trenches.
Stop two: Somme
The Battle of Somme in 1916 was the first great offensive of World War I. The British lost 58,000 troops, a third of its troops at the time, the first day of the Battle. Ultimately, 1.5 million Australian, German, French and South African men lost their lives in the Battle. The Battlefields now serve as a memorial along with the Lochnagar Mine Crater that exploded the first day of the Battle, and Thiepval memorial which is dedicated to missing soldiers.
Stop three: Arras
The Battle of Aras was a major offensive by the British Army. To not arouse suspicion, New Zealand miners created tunnels under Arras so the French could take the Germans by surprise. Visit the limestone tunnels at the Memorial to the Battle of Arras: Wellington Tunnels to see where over 20,000 troops hid. The Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery is also a solemn reminder of the tragedy that took place with nearly 36,000 graves from the Battle.
Stop four: Verdun
After nearly a year of fighting, the Battle of Verdun was one the costliest battles of war ever. There were over a million casualties from both sides that devastated the region. The Verdun Battlefield is a moving experience that is well maintained and enlightening. On site sits Fort Douaumont, Bayonet Trench and the Verdun Memorial. Of the 9 small villages destroyed in the area, you can wander through what is left of the village of Fleury. Inhabitants, mostly farmers, had to abandon their homes and the risk of explosions prevented the rebuilding of the villages. We recommend spending a full day on the Verdun Battlefield, as there is much to see and learn.
A bit outside of Verdun is the site of one of the most significant battles involving Americans, which helped bring an end to the War. In 3 hours before the attack, more ammunition was fired than the two sides managed to fire throughout the four years of the American Civil War. The cost ended up being one million dollars per minute. Meuse-Argonne ended up being one of the deadliest battles in US history, but sadly, much forgotten. The Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial serves as a great reminder of those that lost their lives during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive which must be visited if you plan on staying in Verdun.
This picture is taken with our colleague Lisa, her jaw dropping open behind the baby gorilla in the jungles of Rwanda. As a Bucket List trip, we'd like to entice you with this extraordinary opportunity; the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see black and white rhinos in the wild or witness the Great Migration in person while on safari in Africa!
Our partner Zegrahm, offers carefully-crafted overland itineraries featuring unique multi-country and single-country expeditions, providing clients with a true cultural immersion into the diverse regions of Africa. To ensure you enjoy an authentic safari experience, Zegrahm selects high-caliber safari camps that highlight the best each region has to offer.
Take a peek at a few of the camps we are most excited to offer in the coming months.
May 16, 2017 13 Days From $9,980 Additional Departure: May 15, 2018
At Botswana’s Lebala Camp, you’ll relax in your own, custom-designed tent set in the wide open plains of the Linyanti Marshes, famous for its high concentrations of elephants. Each tent comes with its own viewing deck, private en suite bathroom, and luxurious double outside showers.
Gorillas & the Great Migration: Rwanda & Tanzania
August 24, 2017 | 16 Days From $20,980
Tanzania’s Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje, with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River. The rooms are designed to maximize the panoramic views, and each room comes with an expansive veranda.
Wildlife Along the Zambezi: Zambia & Zimbabwe
September 18, 2017 17 Days From $18,980
Located in a private concession of Hwange National Park, Linkwasha Camp is modern, open, and airy. With contemporary interiors and upscale amenities, each tent overlooks the surrounding plain while the main area gazes over the abundant waterhole, home to hundreds of mammal and bird species
Land only double occupancy pricing starting at $1395 per person
Day 1 – San Francisco, California
See the very best of the Golden State on a fun-filled one week vacation. Fly to San Francisco, the romantic city by the bay. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at your hotel near Fisherman’s Wharf. Rooms are available for check in after 3:00 p.m. Join your guide at 6:00 p.m. welcome briefing. Evening is at leisure to explore San Francisco.
Day 2 –Muir Woods, Wine Country
After breakfast, enjoy a brief morning sightseeing tour of San Francisco highlights. See Union Square, Chinatown and Nob Hill. Then, head over the Golden Gate Bridge, an engineering masterpiece. Next, visit Muir Woods National Monument. See majestic coastal redwood sequoia trees. Continue to Sonoma wine country. Enjoy a wine tasting at a local vineyard. On your return to San Francisco, stop at the Golden Gate Bridge Overlook. The remainder of your afternoon and evening are at leisure. You may wish to ride a historic cable car, cruise on San Francisco Bay, or dine and shop on Fisherman's Wharf.
Day 3 – Yosemite National Park
Head east this morning into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Pass through the historic gold mining towns of the great California Gold Rush. Arrive at Yosemite National Park. Established in 1890, Yosemite’s 1,000 square mile park is an enduring legacy to the conservation efforts of naturalist John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club. Free time for lunch. Enjoy an open-air tram tour of the wonders of Yosemite Park. During this valley floor tour, your park ranger guide will describe Yosemite Valley's history, geology, and plant and animal life. Look for waterfalls, including Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Falls. Marvel at the two towering granite monoliths known as Half Dome and El Capitan. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure to explore Yosemite Park. Hike the nature trails through giant cedar, pine and fir trees or just simply relax in the splendor of Yosemite Park. Overnight at Yosemite View Lodge.
Day 4 – Monterey, Big Sur, Carmel
This morning, pass through the fertile San Joaquin Valley and by the San Luis Reservoir, part of the vast California irrigation project. Visit Monterey, home of John Steinbeck, who chronicled the adventures of this colorful fishing village. Enjoy free time at Cannery Row. Next, wind along the coast on Pacific Grove's Sunset Drive. Then, enjoy Monterey's famous Seventeen Mile Drive. See natural wonders, including Seal Rock and the Lone Cypress. Drive by the Pebble Beach Golf Course. Next, a spectacular drive on the Big Sur, one of the world's most awe-inspiring coastal drives. On one side is the sparkling turquoise Pacific Ocean with its pounding surf, dramatic cliffs and endless horizon, and on the other is the Santa Lucia Mountain Range. Drive over Rocky Creek Bridge and Bixby Bridge. Photo stop at a Big Sur scenic viewpoint. Return north via the Big Sur for a second opportunity to see dramatic vistas. Drive through charming Carmel By The Sea. Overnight on Monterey Bay.
Day 5 – Hearst Castle
This morning, stop and look for Elephant Seals resting along a Pacific Ocean beach. Then, enjoy a visit to Hearst Castle. During the 1920's and 1930's, politicians and Hollywood movie stars were frequent guests at William Randolph Hearst's castle. Movie star Cary Grant considered the pool one of the most romantic spots on earth. Continue south. Photo stop at Morro Bay, the Gibraltar of the Pacific. Overnight along the Central Coast, in Pismo Beach.
Day 6 – Santa Barbara, Los Angeles
Morning visit to the historic Santa Barbara Mission. Sightseeing drive of downtown Santa Barbara. Photo stop at the Santa Barbara waterfront. Continue south along the Malibu coastline to Santa Monica. Free time to visit Santa Monica Pier, a backdrop for many Hollywood films and TV shows, including "Baywatch." Continue to your hotel, for a relaxing two night stay. Your hotel is in the fashionable West Side of Los Angeles, near Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills. Evening at leisure.
Day 7 – Hollywood, Beverly Hills
Explore behind-the-scenes Hollywood on your morning visit to Sony Studios. The studio is home to the popular shows “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy,” as well as many blockbuster movies, including “Spider-Man.” Enjoy a rare glimpse of old Hollywood’s glory days as you walk on sound stages where movie history was made. Then, continue to Hollywood. See the famous Hollywood sign in the hills above. Stop at the Chinese Theater (Grauman's). Here you see the imprints of Jimmy Durante’s nose, John Wayne’s fist, and Betty Grable’s legs. Stroll Hollywood’s most famous sidewalk, known as the Walk of Fame, where you see the stars of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and many more. See the dramatic entrance of the Dolby (Kodak) Theatre, home of the Academy Awards. Next, take the Sunset Strip to Beverly Hills and pass Rodeo Drive, America’s most celebrated shopping district, only one mile from your hotel. Return to your hotel, the InterContinental Century City. The rest of your afternoon is at leisure. Farewell dinner tonight.
Day 8 – Los Angeles
Departure after breakfast.
Spend a long, 4 day weekend in London! Discover all the hidden spots and secrets of the filmmaking of Harry Potter and the wonderful fanbase it has created!
Day 1: Reptile House at The London Zoo
-This is where they shot Harry's scene in "Harry Potter and The Philosepher's Stone" where he learns he can talk to snakes.
Day 2: Harry Potter and The Fantastic Beasts Graphic Art at The House of MinaLima
-Here you can see Graphic Art based on the movie!
Day 3: Kings Cross Station
-Come see the infamous Platform 9 3/4!
Day 4: Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter
-Save the best for last! Visit the studios and see what the filmmaking of the Harry Potter movies took!
The memories from this trip will last forever and is a must for any die-hard Harry Potter fan.
While the US President has been trying to impose travel bans and security restrictions, it is making all of us a little on edge and trying to figure out what exactly does what mean. The information below is always subject to change, but here is the information we are giving our clients.
So as of today this is the most information I have as a travel agent:
Happy New Year!
As I was planning my trips for 2017, I realized my passport expires in November... Oh boy... Time to get this renewed ASAP. Why? because most countries won't let you in if you don't have at least 6 months on your passport before it expires. So this is a reminder for everyone to check their passports!
And as we speak of passports, for those of you in the following states: Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington - your driver's licences will not be valid to fly domestically in 2018 as they do not comply with the federal Real ID Act. What does that mean? you will need to use your passport to fly domestically as well. You can get a passport card or a book.
So if you don't have a passport, now is the time to apply.
Now where are we going to next?
Hope everyone had a great Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa!
Traveling to see family can be fun and yet stressful! Well now that 2017 is pushing it's way in, we'd like to share with you a few ways to destress for 2017.
Remember to contact us your Travel Gurus. Why? we make planning your vacation fun and stress free!
By doing all the leg work and even finding you payment plans to meet your budget, we can make sure you take your allotted vacation time. That is a sure way to make sure you are well rested.
2017 has lots of new value options. As travel providers look to woo your business, we give you the unbiased version of what's right for you and your traveling companions. Let us filter the internet for you as well as all the travel providers out there. There are so many to choose from!
We are going to be creating some exclusive itineraries and we'd love to hear places you are looking forward to visiting. Let us know!
Happy New Year!
Inspiration and tips for an especially meaningful holiday.
As a certified Good Travels Advisor, I am delighted to share a particular magic of the season – the smiles, joy and caring that comes with giving to others.
The job of a Good Travels Advisor goes beyond superb travel advice and service – we are also guides to meaningful experiences and giving in the communities we hold dear, near and far.
Here are 6 special ways to celebrate the giving spirit this year!
1. Looking for beautiful gifts that also make a difference? Here’s a very special list of 7 items that also directly help a cause, whether its breast cancer, Cambodian girls, anti-trafficking, endangered species conservation, and more – choose one gift and cause, or all! (With exception to the rice bags, all are still available from this remarkable 2015 list.)
2. Discover the surprising way you can actually buy happiness, along with other TED Talk inspiration. Watch Michael Norton on How to Buy Happiness; spoiler alert -- the key is not to buy for yourself but to give to others, with great stories and data to prove it! Also check out Bill and Melinda Gates and their reflections on wealth and giving, starting off with an anecdote about their very first trip to Africa.
3. Find your favorite quote on giving while sipping some egg nog, scotch or tea. Peruse this list of philanthropic quotes from the National Philanthropic Trust, which includes James Baldwin: “We are responsible for the world in which we find ourselves, if only because we are the only sentient force which can change it.”
4. Give yourself and give for others. Here’s a list of 12 surprising charitable giving options that will likely tickle anyone’s curiosity and inspire you to explore and act, in addition to what you may give to your favorite organizations and in your hometown community. There’s also a shorter list for engaging your kids!
5. Use the new year to revisit your giving overall, along with your resolutions. Your guides include “How to be smart about charitable giving over the holidays” and tips from Guidestar, the national nonprofit database.
6. Think about giving back to a destination you care about, or a place following a disaster. What are your favorite places far from home, domestic or overseas? Think about the special experiences you’ve had in the last year or two and where you think you can make a difference, even with a small charitable donation. Think back to the nonprofits, museums and community organizations you encountered – or look up the local “community foundation,” a hub for local giving. It’s a great way to connect as a family and get back in touch with places you love. Alternatively, think of a place that was hit by a disaster this year; look into the latest and make a gift to the first one that comes to mind.
About Good Travels Advisors (GTA): The GTA program from Tourism Cares is a training program and learning community of travel agents committed to promoting good giving and good volunteering among travelers. Effective giving and travel fulfills the good intentions of travelers, boosts trip satisfaction and connections, and increases the benefit to local communities.
The Good Travels Advisor program is made possible by Marriott, AIG, Fathom Cruises and
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I recently had a new client who wanted to surprise his wife with Christmas in Paris. It's their anniversary as well, so we created an itinerary that allowed them for some flexibility and enjoyment of a few fun things.
Some activities not listed here that the client went with -
Dinner at the Eiffel Tower followed by a boat ride on the Siene
An intimate cooking class
A night at the opera
A night of dinner with classical music at Sainte Chapelle
A Cinderella Carriage ride
A hot air balloon and dinner for 2 at a castle
Paris for Lovers:
Day 1: Coming from CDG Airport after a long trip, it is advisable to rest a little and then, start your visit at Place de la Concorde. Admiring and taking a picture at the obelisk; take a panoramic view of the Champs Elysees ending at the Arc de Triomphe. Turn around and see to the entrance of the Jardin des Tuileries . You are at the center of Paris. It is very romantic to walk through the park holding hands. Sit at the octagonal pool and end your walk at the Arc de Triomphe de Carrrousel. In front of you will be the LouvreMuseum. The immensity of this museum requires at least a half a day. It is open every day except Tuesday.
Retrace your steps, walking through the Rue de Rivoli, where you will find a variety of shops and places to eat. Walk as far as Rue de Castiglione and make a right turn to the Place Vendome. This is where the back entrance of the Ritz Hotel is and where Audrey.Hepburn film Love in the Afternoon. A true romantic spot. Godiva chocolates as well as Guerlain and Cartier are located in this area. If you still have the stamina, walk on Rue de la Paix until you reach Place de L’Opera. Sit at le Café de la Paix, and like Hemmingway “see the world pass by”. Return to your hotel to rest.
Day 2: Start your day at the Tour Eiffel. If it is a clear day it is recommended to buy tickets all the way to the top. There is a replica of a tiny apartment where Eiffel lived. The best views are from the Second Etagere. North: Le Sacre Coeur in the Montmatre district. South: Montparnase and the Paris suburbs. West: La Defense. East: Les Invalides. There is a very good restaurant inside the tower: Jules Vernes, reservations is a must.
After visiting the tower, walk through the Champs de Mars in the direction of the Ecole Militaire. Go to the corner towards the Place de la Ecole and turn right on Avenue de Tourrvill (a couple of blocks) until you reach Les Invalides, where Napoleon is buried. Turn left at the corner of Rue des Invalides and then, make a right on Rue Varenne to visit the Rodin Museum. There is a cafe at the corner where one can drink a good espresso. Walk to Rue de La Belle, make a left and walk several blocks to Musee D’Orsay. This is a must place to visit. You can have lunch in the museum. After visiting the museum, walk alongside the Quais (next to the river). Until your reach Place St. Michel. Cross over the bridge and walk on Boulevard du Palais and visit Sainte Chapelle. (There is a concert of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on December 23. A must place to visit). Afterwards, take Rue de Lutece to visit Notre Dame de Paris. The best time to visit is an hour before the sunset, since the FAÇADE takes a pink color from the sun at the end of the day. Walk to the little park behind the Cathedral, cross the bridge an you are on I’lle St Louis. There is a very quaint brasserie called la Brasserie de l’Isle St Louis on 55 Quai de Bourbon where you can eat dinner.
Day 3: Start at the Luxemburg Palace and gardens. This is the area where Americans expatriates lived in the first part of the XX Century. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Tolkas lived together on 27 Rue de Fleurus nearby. After visiting the gardens, take Rue Sufflet and visit the Pantheon. Next to the Pantheon is the Church St Etienne Du Mont. This is a very peculiar church where the remains of St Genevieve (Patron Saint of Paris) are and it is one of the few churches in the world that have a rood screen. Retrace your steps to Boulevard de St Michelle and go downhill to the Cluny Museum. After visiting the Museum turn left on Blvd St Germain and walk few blocks to the Church of St Germain du Pres. Across the church you can spend some time at Café Le Deus Magots famous for Picasso, Sartre and many others. Around the corner from the church, find Rue de Furstemberg where the studio of Delacroix was. This is a typical street of Paris en in the XIX C. There are street vendors that sell terrific crepes!
Day 4: Start your day at the Basilique of the Sacré Coeur in Montmatre. It is better if you take a taxi, since going by metro or bus is a little complicated. Once you visit the church and admire the panoramic view of Paris, turn right towards the Place de Terre. You will be together with many other fellow tourists. Have a espresso at one of the cafes at this place and then, start to go downhill on Rue Lepic. At one point you will see the the Moulin de la Galette that inspired Renoir and Van Gogh. On 54 Rue Lepic, Van Gogh lived there with his brother Leo. Go down to Place Blanche. Take a taxi here, and spend the afternoon at the Louvre Museum.
Day 5: Start at Place de Vosgues. This is Paris oldest square. Visit the house of Victor Hugo. Then take Rue des Francs Bourgeois to Musee Carnavalet, it is the Museum of the History of Paris. Very interesting! Continue on the same street to Hotel de Soubise. At No.58, is the oldest of the mansions dating from the 14th C. Continue few blocks until you reach the Centre Culturel G. Pompidou. This is the Marais district: the Bohemian quarters and a Jewish neighborhood. Many place where you can have a good meal. The former market of Paris Les Halles have been transformed into gardens and it is just steps from the Centre.
Day 6: Start all the way to the West at La Defense. Start at the Grande Arche. It is advisable if you can get a local map that describes all the buildings. Then, take a taxi to Galleries Lafayette on the Grand Boulevards. Or if you prefer, take a cruise through the Seine River. You can take one at the foot of the Quai near the Eiffel Tower. At the point where the Seine splits in two there is a Park called The Vert Galant, where a couple holds hand and kiss each other. It is a place especially for two people in love. Tonight, dine at Le Grand Vefour. It is located at the Palais Royale and it is one of the foremost restaurants of Paris. Try the ravioles de foie gras in truffle cream sauce! Reservations: a must.
Day 7: If you have not taken any local tour there are several to select from: A full day tour to some of the Castles, or a ½ day tour to Versailles. Or if you prefer, there are other places in Paris that can be visited: The Place de la Republique; the Bastille Opera House, The St. Martin quarters, the Trocadero quarters, the Rue de Mouffetard (very recommended), etc.
We salute each and every one of you who have fought for our freedoms.
Our vendors thank you too - many will give you active or retired military personnel various offers all year round and we will double our donations with your bookings of 7 days or longer.
When you speak with a Travel Guru let them know you are military so we can find you any additional discounts that are applicable to you.
Again thank you for your service, Without you we wouldn't be free.
So this is our new hot destination - the forbidden ....
The rules for American citizens are clear as MUD!!!
We still need a special visa and we must fit into one twelve categories listed below
Because of this, we only work with certified Tour operators that make sure our clients are well taken care of.
Interested in planning a trip, let's chat and put together your dream itinerary before the rules change again.
We chose to start highlighting Regent Seven Seas Cruise line because it's all inclusive.
This is cruising as it was meant to be — a sumptuous and very personal experience where your every wish, your every whim and your every want are met with gratifying luxuries, satisfying comfort and complete fulfillment of your wanderlust. Anticipate an unforgettable journey to the world's greatest destinations where everything is included, without exception and without compromise. You really can have it all aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises®.
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We have amazing itineraries to satisfy all travelers and best of all every cruise has a charitable give back at no extra cost. So you can do good when having fun!
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As you may or may not know. New York's LaGuardia airport (LGA) has begun a four-year, $4-billion-dollar redevelopment program to completely reshape the airport. Being one of the main hubs of New York City and surrounding suburbs, closing it would not have been logical, as the existing terminal B services almost 15 million travelers annually.
As LaGuardia has little public transportation, traveling to the airport has already become a trying experience for many. Last week, there were several days where it was taking two to four hours to reach the terminals, causing some travelers to ditch rental cars and walk several miles to the airport. Many carriers have been advising travelers to give themselves four hours to travel from Manhattan to the airport. Even Uber was refusing rides to or from the airport.
Also, because many travelers are arriving late for their flights, time-balanced security checkpoints are backing up, causing more angst for travelers.
Travelers flying into or out of New York's LaGuardia, please visit http://laguardiaairport.com/traveladvisories/ to stay on top of any last-minute changes to roads, parking, pick up and drop off areas and cell phone lots. From there, you can also sign up to receive emailed alerts.
To add to this situation, New York Port Authority has begun construction on the main roadway into New York's JFK Airport as well. For JFK, they are suggesting people drop off at an JFK AirTrain station versus attempting to drive into the airport.
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So today, I, Loulu Lima, one of your Travel Gurus, will share with you a little history.
Kerri Morgan and I, teamed up together through our Hotels for Hope connection. We love their concept and want to bring it to you. They give back to children's charities on every hotel room night. Our goal was to expand this to as much travel as possible and therefore Book Here, Give Here was born - Sept 2015.
We expanded by affiliating with Nexion/Travel Leaders Group to bring you the best options. Months later, here we are being able to give back to charity on any travel we earn commission on so there is no cost to you. In addition to being able to give back, we also support you before, during and after your travel.
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