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I am so pleased to welcome you to Country Travel DISCOVERIES’ expanded selection of travel opportunities for 2013 – and our first full year of business. We think of ourselves as the “40-year-old start-up”. For decades our team of proven travel experts has hand-crafted and refined the kinds of unique, smooth-running, off-the-beatenpath tours that devotees of World Wide Country Tours and Reiman Publishing’s countrythemed magazines had come to expect from us – and rewarded with a satisfaction rating that makes us proud. Yet, when WWCT’s parent company decided to exit the business in 2012, what began as a heady celebration of the 40th anniversary year turned into the inaugural year of Country Travel DISCOVERIES. Challenged to “do more with less,” we were determined to maintain the same high level of quality with a smaller staff and fewer resources, and even launch a handful of new discovery tours. We were certainly kept hopping by the inevitable whirlwind of start-up activity: making business course corrections and tour readjustments, reassuring customers and responding to concerns, solving technical glitches. We were buoyed by the overwhelming support of our longtime and loyal customers, who inspired us with hundreds of calls, emails and letters, and stepped up to help our launch with sold-out tours to the Coastal Carolina & Georgia Shores and Alaska and the Yukon, followed by a highly successful series of Rail & Sail-themed summer discoveries across the Northeast, Upper Midwest and Canada. It was exciting and exhausting and nervewracking and magical. It felt a little like having a wedding: Putting together “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” and hoping that everything went off without too many hitches. Then it’s off to the honeymoon, and only then a chance to breathe, settle in and ask, What’s next? We’re thrilled to have a chance to honor and continue what Roy Reiman started 40 years ago, but we’re also blessed with an opportunity to make a good thing better – not just refine our classic North American and European discoveries, but to do something new and innovate. With the hustle and bustle of that first year behind us, we’ve had a chance to focus on several exciting new travel experiences for 2013: Panama & Panama Canal; Palm Springs Winter Oasis; Louisiana & Mississippi’s Southern Charm; Mt. Rushmore to Yellowstone; Christmas in November; Discover Scandinavia; and Our Iowa...and Yours, Too! We’re also moving forward with new ways to let travelers keep in touch, get updates and share feedback, online and offline. We invite you to “Like” our new Facebook Page, www. Steve Uelner on a review of facebook.com/traveldiscoveries, request our print or e-format the Niagara Falls & Western newsletters, and visit CountryTravelDiscoveries.com to NY Discovery access travel deals information and special content online. Whether your “speed” is our far-ranging rail & sail discoveries or single-destination “traveling staycations,” we hope you agree that re-connecting with the people and landscapes of our wide world is one of the best things you can do for yourself all year. Please join us in 2013, and share your love of travel with others who value vacation experiences that are personalized, different, real.
Don’t miss 2013 EarlyBird Special Offers! Page 63
Regards, Steve Uelner
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2013 Discoveries Quick Reference Guide Discovery Name
More info see page
Palm Springs Winter Oasis
Texas Ranches & San Antonio Trails
Feb 24-Mar 2 | Apr 14-20 | Oct 6-12
Panama & the Panama Canal
Feb 28-Mar 7 | Mar 7-14
Louisiana & Mississippi’s Southern Charm*
Hawaii’s Hidden Gems
Coastal Carolina & Georgia Shores*
Apr 14-20 | Apr 21-27 | May 5-11 | Oct 13-19
May 1-11 | Sep 4-14
Grand Canyon & Red Rocks
May 5-14 | Sep 15-24
Germany, Switzerland & Austria
May 6-17 | Sep 3-14
Alaska & the Yukon
May 31-Jun 13 | Jul 5-18 | Jul 19-Aug 1 | Aug 2-15 | Aug 16-29
Covered Bridges & Indiana Treasures
Jun 2-7 | Sep 15-20 | Sep 29-Oct 4
Mt Rushmore to Yellowstone
Jun 14-22 | Jul 18-26 | Aug 22-30 | Sep 16-24
Ohio’s Amish Country
Jun 23-27 | Oct 7-11
California’s Coastal Redwoods and Rails
Jun 30-Jul 6 | Sep 4-10
Niagara Falls & Western New York
Jul 7-13 | Sep 8-14 | Sep 15-21
Colorado’s Vintage Railways*
Jul 14-20 | Aug 11-17 | Sep 1-8
Lake Superior Shores & the North Woods
Jul 14-20 | Aug 4-10 | Sep 22-28 | Sep 29-Oct 5
Great Lakes & America’s Heartland Shores*
Jul 14-21 | Sep 8-15 | Sep 15-22
Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park
Aug 4-10 | Aug 17-23
Our Iowa...and Yours, Too!
Aug 6-12 | Sep 24-30
West Virginia’s Mountain Railroads
Aug 20-26 | Sep 24-30 | Oct 13-19
Ireland: A Celtic Jaunt
Sep 3-13 | Sep 17-27
Best of New York
Sep 22-28 | Sep 29-Oct 5
Norman Rockwell’s New England
Sep 27-Oct 2 | Oct 4-9
Autumn in New England
Sep 28-Oct 5 | Sep 29-Oct 6 | Sep 30-Oct 7 | Oct 5-12 | Oct 6-13
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta*
Christmas in November (Canada)
Opryland Christmas & Nashville
Rose Parade Holiday*
Dec 29, 2013-Jan 2, 2014
* Pre-/Post-Tour Extensions Available. See tour description for extension pricing and details. ** Price includes airfare from U.S. gateway city. Land-only tour pricing available; see tour page for details. For additions, extensions, or updates see our website at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com or call us toll-free at 1-855-744-8747
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2013 DISCOVERIES DISCOVER USA Alaska & the Yukon early-bird special!............ 32 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta......................................... 40 Autumn in New England............................................... 54 Best of New York............................................................. 57 California’s Coastal Redwoods and Rails................. 38 Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park.............. 30 Coastal Carolina & Georgia Shores............................. 14 Colorado’s Vintage Railways........................................ 37 Covered Bridges & Indiana Treasures....................... 51 Grand Canyon & Red Rocks......................................... 28 Great Lakes & America’s Heartland Shores............ 43 Hawaii’s Hidden Gems New!.........................................8 Lake Superior Shores & the North Woods.............. 45 Louisiana & Mississippi’s Southern Charm New!..... 16 Mt Rushmore to Yellowstone New!........................... 29 Niagara Falls & Western New York............................ 39 Norman Rockwell’s New England.............................. 56 Ohio’s Amish Country.................................................... 49 Opryland Christmas & Nashville................................. 60 Our Iowa...and Yours, Too! New!................................ 47 Palm Springs Winter Oasis New!............................... 10 Rose Parade Holiday...................................................... 62 Texas Ranches & San Antonio Trails........................... 12 West Virginia’s Mountain Railroads............................ 36
TRAVEL TOPICS Winter Escapes..................................................................6 Unpack Once ................................................................... 11 Southern Charms............................................................ 15 The Best of Europe....................................................... 18 Traveling Abroad............................................................ 18 World Heritage Sites.................................................... 21 National Parks & Treasures....................................... 26 O, Canada!........................................................................ 31 Rail & Sail Discoveries................................................. 34 Frontier Discoveries...................................................... 41 Heartland Living............................................................. 42 Discover the Amish Way of Life............................... 50 Northeast Fall Foliage.................................................. 53 Seven Wonders of the Modern World................... 58 Holiday Escapes............................................................. 59 Special Offers.................................................................. 63 Terms & Conditions....................................................... 64 Day-by-Day Itineraries Supplement....................... 66 NEW Discoveries for 2013!........................................ 94
Look for “luggage tags” like these while browsing the catalog to quickly zero in on specific travel interests. Amish Country
Alaska & the Yukon......................................................... 32 Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park.............. 30 Christmas in November New!.................................... 61 Niagara Falls & Western New York............................ 39
Frontier/ Old West
DISCOVER EUROPE Discover Scandinavia New!......................................... 22 Germany, Switzerland & Austria.................................. 19 Ireland: A Celtic Jaunt.................................................... 24
DISCOVER CENTRAL AMERICA Panama & the Panama Canal New! early-bird special!.........................7
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About Country Travel DISCOVERIES Headquartered in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, Country Travel DISCOVERIES (CountryTravelDiscoveries.com) was formed in 2012 by staff members of World Wide Country Tours, which was closed by its parent company after four decades. Country Travel DISCOVERIES’ founding president and Travel Experiences: Personalized, Different, Real owner, Steve Uelner, served as WWCT’s Director for 25 years. Uelner and his team of travel experts are dedicated to providing the high quality, service, and unique experiences their customers have always enjoyed in favorite destinations throughout the world. Country Travel DISCOVERIES for Groups At Country Travel DISCOVERIES, we appreciate the unique pleasure of solitary travel: opportunities to go where you like, see what you want, engage as long as it interests you, enjoy chance encounters and meeting new people from backgrounds different than yours. But some discoveries are ideal when experienced with a group—creating bonds of shared memory, strengthening connections. Whether it’s a family or class reunion, a trip with friends, or business or organization travel, we love to work with groups of all sizes. We can even customize a travel experience for you to your dream destination. Maybe it’s a California food experience, small ship cruise to Alaska, polar bears in Canada, steaming down the Mississippi, Hawaiian plantations, soccer matches in England...we will put it together for you. Call us at 855-744-8747 (U.S. and Canada) or see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/groups
Country Travel DISCOVERIES’ Approach PERSONALIZED Our dedicated team of travel discovery experts loves to scout for locations you can’t go to on your own. We delight in going “off the beaten path” to places like an Alpine farm in Austria, an Amish home for a homemade breakfast in Ohio, and a logging camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It’s these Personalized stops that past travelers fondly recall about their travels with us...we bring our destinations to life!
DIFFERENT Before any guest departs, our tour planners carefully travel the day-by-day route to make sure that every detail is arranged. We don’t get lost, we stay on time, and our tour hosts personally know us before we visit. This all combines into a perfectly executed tour backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Now that’s Different!
REAL Our itineraries navigate a country’s oftenforgotten back roads. We cherish exchanges that are frank and real with locals who jump aboard a tour or warmly host us at home. We enjoy the best regional entertainers, such as storyteller Karen Vuranch, whose “Coal Camp Memories” vividly recalls West Virginia mining life. We meet topic experts such as Tommy Cairns, a judge whose insights illuminate the Tournament of Roses in new ways. All add up to a travel experience that feels refreshingly Real.
Traveler Talk We are so excited to learn that Steve has started up a new tour company. We were saddened to learn that World Wide Country Tours had closed, as we had traveled with them on nine tours and really enjoyed them all. We loved how well they were organized and loved traveling the back roads. We met so many wonderful people on those tours. I know Country Travel DISCOVERIES will be just as great. Can’t wait to book our next tour. – C.E. & J.E., Indiana
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Join Us for a Wonderful Getaway to “Not-Winter”
Here in the Upper Midwest by the Great Lakes – around Minnesota and Wisconsin, where Country Travel DISCOVERIES is headquartered, we’re fond of observing that our region has two seasons: Winter and not-Winter. With an odd sort of pride, we console ourselves that, well, our winters build character. But, by the time we emerge on the other side of February, our pale, demoralized images looking back at us in the mirror have character up to here. Open windows, living surroundings, sunlight on skin are what we need – for our sanity! For our fellow snowbirds, sunworshippers and sanity-seekers, we’re pleased to add three new Winter Escapes to our 2013 catalog. Join us on one or more of these fun and restorative getaways, from the Pacific bliss of Hawaii’s Hidden Gems (Page 8), to the desert luxury of Palm Springs Winter Oasis (Page 10), to the oncein-a-lifetime, Ocean-to-Ocean passages of Panama & the Panama Canal (Page 7). Winter’s “escapees” can also saddle up with us for a newly added February departure for our far-ranging, gulf-tofrontier discovery of Texas Ranches & San Antonio Trails (Page 12). Also, our annual getaway, Rose Parade Holiday (Page 62), lets you kick off the New Year festively, brilliantly, in Southern California. See the famed Tournament of Roses, escape by catamaran to gentle Catalina Island, tour Hollywood, and relax at your home-base waterfront beach resort in beautiful Huntington Beach. Relish unscheduled time unwinding on the beach, digging your toes into the sand by the bonfire, listening to the waves and gulls. What better way to fortify yourself for the rest of winter?
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Panama & the Panama Canal Experience the thrill of passage through what has been called one of the “Seven Wonders of the Modern World”! Enjoy excellent views while traversing the famed 51-mile shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and its series of locks, by land, rail and sail. You’ll also learn about the region’s Spanish colonial past through its classic forts, churches and old cobblestone streets, visit working fruit and sugar cane farms, and enjoy a warm lunch reception and native cultural presentation by Embera Indians. Free time is left for your own explorations, recreDesi Burgos ation, or optional side tours such as Fort San Lorenzo & Chagres River Nature Tour, Zip Liner, or fishing on Gatun Lake. 8 Days • 7 Nights • 16 Meals
HIGHLIGHTS • Sail from Amador on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage beneath
Feb 28-Mar 7 | Mar 7-14 Price Per Person: Double: $2,897; Single: $3,495
Land-only*: Double: $2,597; Single: $3,195 the Bridge of the Americas, past the Miraflores Locks, Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $188/night Pedro Miguel Locks, the Gallard Cut and Gatun Locks until Depart/Return: Miami, FL disembarking at the Port of Cristobal on the Atlantic side (*Airport transfers not included with Land-only tour. For more details • Receive a personalized Panama Canal certificate confirming on Air/Land tour airport, add-on, and price inclusions, see Page 18.) completion of the Panama Canal Transit • Tour of historic Spanish colonial sites in Portobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including Forts Wonder of the Modern World San Geronimo and Santiago de la Gloria, and the Church of San Felipe, famous for its Black Christ Begun in 1881 and completed in 1914, the Panama • Scenic train ride along historical gold-rush route, Canal was one of the largest and most difficult passing canal locks and through the Gallard Cut engineering projects ever undertaken. According to • Visit working sugar cane and pineapple plantations, the American Society of Civil Engineers, which named enjoy tasty samples, and learn about traditional the Canal one of the “Seven Wonders of the Modern farm methods World” and a “Monument of the Millennium”, the • Embera Indians warmly welcome you with a ride in Canal’s construction by some 42,000 workers under dugout canoes, presentation of native dances, lunch the direction of U.S. Col. George Washington Goethals, served beneath a thatched palapa shelter “moved enough earth and rubble to bury the island of Manhattan to a depth of 12-feet, or enough to open a More details on page 67 and online 16-foot-wide tunnel to the center of the Earth.”
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Hawaii’s Hidden Gems A Dazzling Winter Escape to the “Paradise of the Pacific” Each of Hawaii’s islands has its own allure, but like gems in a precious jewelry setting, their collective brilliance is all the more dazzling. This artfully paced, island-hopping adventure is designed to showcase the diverse natural, cultural, and culinary wonders of three islands – Oahu, Hawaii and Maui. Marvel at the world’s only “drive-in” volcano, rainbow-studded waterfalls, black sand Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Sri Maiava Rusden beaches, rainforest lagoons, and the most stunning natural and resort settings on earth. 10 Days • 9 Nights • 12 Meals Savor scents and tastes as only found in Paradise, from your morning Mar 10-19 Kona coffee to blooms of the award-winning Green Point Nursery to Price Per Person: Double: $2,997; Single: $3,795 a richly sensory gourmet lunch at a lavender farm on the slopes of Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $198/$278/night Mt. Haleakala. Depart/Return: Oahu/Maui, HI Spend four magical days based at Maui’s famed Kaanapali Beach Hotel by the old OPTION: Oahu Circle Tour & Polynesian Cultural Center whaling town of Lahaina. A balanced itinerary allows for Join a Circle Tour of Oahu’s most popular scenic attractions and tour both guided discoveries and stimulating exhibits, performances and activities celebrating South Pacific abundant free time to see Maui nations including Samoa, your way: ride a helicopter, Aotearoa, Fiji, Hawai’i, play golf, snorkel in crystalline Tahiti, Tonga and Rapa Pacific waters, or set sail to find Nui. From its large lagoon Maui’s most famous return and “erupting” volcano to visitor, the humpback whale. island games and cooking Thrilling Native drums, hula demonstrations, the and “fire knife” dances, and an Center vividly illustrates authentic tropical feast make Polynesian life and cultural Old Lahaina Luau a perfect traditions across the farewell before saying “Aloha!” centuries. Lunch included. to a winter escape you’ll never $135 per person Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson forget. 8 Travel Experiences: Personalized, Different, Real | www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com
HIGHLIGHTS • From the comfort of Honolulu’s Sheraton Princess Kaiulani,
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explore Waikiki Beach and dine at a restaurant honoring “The Big Kahuna” Duke Kahanamoku, father of modern surfing Visit fascinating historical sites from the moving USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor to Puuhonua O Honaunau, an ancient “City of Refuge” Ascend the slopes of Big Island’s Mauna Loa, and lunch at Volcanoes National Park Hear dramatic tales of survival and devastation at Pacific Hilo Tsunami Museum Sample the wares at an exclusive stop at the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, and learn about cultivating and cooking with vanilla from the owner at Hawaiian Vanilla Company
OPTION: Amazing Maui While on Maui, join our optional Whale Watching Cruise ($50 per person) or view the waterfalls, forests and beaches on the famous Road to Hana ($140 per person).
HEALTH/WELLNESS OFFERING: New TravelWell Hawai’i Wellness & Yoga Discovery Apr 21-28 Vacationing in Hawaii is always fun and restorative, but this unique springtime tour is downright transformative! Over 8 days and 7 nights, experience its most magnificent sites not just as colorful attractions, but as the inspirational setting for a renewed, healthful focus on you. Unpack your flip-flops, unroll your mat, and enjoy expertly guided travel to unforgettable destinations, harmoniously arranged with individualized yoga practice, optional wellness sessions, and free time to explore, shop and recreate. From a morning Energy Balance class over Hilo Bay beneath mighty Mauna Kea, a HypoFusion class at a lavender farm at Mt. Haleakala, yoga and wellness sessions are led by Ultimate Mind & Body Professional Lisa Eurich, and set against some of Hawaii’s most magical backdrops. A healthful, fresh and rewarding new way to experience Paradise, TravelWell Hawaii runs to/from Los Angeles, CA April 21-28, 2013. For more information, call CTD reservations or visit http://CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/wellness. Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
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Hilton Palm Springs
Palm Springs Winter Oasis Private “Me Time” and Thoroughly Planned Activities in a Perfectly Balanced Winter Getaway Whether your speed is aerial adventures or 18 holes, hiking desert trails or touring homes of the stars (or all of the above!), few places offer the blend of scenic beauty, amazing year-round weather, historic interest, resort comfort and stimulating, short-excursion attractions you’ll find in Palm Springs. “Golf Capital of the World,” playground of Hollywood Joshua Tree NP/NPS stars and iconic industrialists, and healthful desert oasis boasting over 300 days of sunshine a year, Palm Springs is an ideal vacation hub especially for snowbirds and city refugees seeking a variety of activities without quite so much mileage. You’ll enjoy excellent accommodations, spa and sports amenities at the Hilton Palm Springs hotel, a gorgeous desert retreat conveniently located in walking distance from downtown. From this comfortable base, explore the area’s bountiful entertainment venues, scenic locations, and outdoors activities, from the 7 Days • 6 Nights • 11 Meals nearby Village street fest to stunning mountain trails and amazing Feb 17-23 golf courses.
HIGHLIGHTS • Visit San Gorgonio Wind Park and learn about
technological evolution and challenges in green energy industries Follow the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and see dozens of celebrities’ homes, from Dean Martin and Liz Taylor to Debbie Reynolds and Marilyn Monroe Palm Springs Air Museum, featuring one of the largest collections of flying WWII aircraft Journey through the Living Desert, a specialized zoo and botanical gardens spotlighting the wildlife in the deserts of North America and Africa Learn about irrigation and agriculture in the Coachella Valley, renowned for its citrus,
Price Per Person: Double: $1,697; Single: $2,245 Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $198/night Depart/Return: Palm Springs, CA
Did You Know…? Joshua Tree National Park is a sanctuary for desert wildlife including coyotes, eagles, and Big Horn sheep. It is also renowned for its plant diversity, with 813 species of vascular plants growing over its 550,000 acres. Crisscrossed by hundreds of faults, including the famed San Andreas Fault at its southern border, the Park provides excellent vantage points for seeing the effects of faults and earthquakes over millennia, from raising mountain ridges to opening natural springs that form oases.
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Unpack-Once “Traveling Staycations” At Country Travel DISCOVERIES, we relish (and specialize in) making travel discoveries by many means, in many tour formats. From vintage railways to mountaintop gondolas, international oceanliners to dugout canoes, we delight in taking unusual routes to a wide range of real, memorable and different discoveries across a region. The city stickers collected on our luggage are badges of honor, commemorating the “extra life we’ve lived,” the miles we put in. But sometimes, we know, what you most need is a vacation that lets you unpack once at great accommodations, and dig in to explore a single destination at your pace. Some destinations are just too big, too rich with things to see and do in a multi-leg tour. Other times, it’s more unscheduled “me time” you crave, punctuated by short, guided outings – and the convenience of having all arrangements handled for you. For these times, our select “hub and spoke” getaways are just what the doctor ordered. Based in world-class hotels and resorts, discoveries marked with the “Unpack Once” tag in this catalog are designed to treat travelers to a balance of unstructured time and discretionary activities, plus expertly prearranged short-range, special-access and optional excursions. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (Page 40) Opryland Christmas & Nashville (Page 60) Palm Springs Winter Oasis (Previous Page) Rose Parade Holiday (Page 62)
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grapes, bell peppers and many varieties of dates, which we’ll sample at a working garden Celebrate music, dance and comedy of years gone by with the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies at the historic Plaza Theatre, an extravaganza in the Ziegfield tradition featuring performers over age 55 Visit Sunnylands, famed western home of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, now housing their world-class art collection Taste samples and learn about cultivation of wine grapes at Leoness Cellars and a variety of olives at Temecula Olive Oil Ranch Ride Palms Springs Aerial Tramway, with the world’s largest rotating tramcars, almost 6,000 feet up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon Photos: Hilton Palm Springs
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Texas Ranches & San Antonio Trails Experience the Thrill of Frontier Life in the Lone Star State Howdy! Pack your cowboy boots for an exciting vacation bursting with Texas flavor, frontier adventure, and Southwest art. Visit five Texas ranches, including the gigantic King Ranch, the LBJ Ranch where our 36th President was born and is buried, and the Y.O. Ranch. Walk in the footsteps of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and other imNPS mortal frontiersmen. Settle in for 3 nights at our well-appointed hotel with rooftop pool on the banks of the San Antonio River, perfectly situated for exploring the city’s famed River Walk. Stroll among the tropical walkways, gourmet restaurants and rare boutique shops, and hop aboard a water taxi for easy transport and unique views 7 Days • 6 Nights • 11 Meals throughout the city. Feb 24-Mar 2 | Apr 14-20 | Oct 6-12 Head up into hill country to stay at an authentic Mayan Dude Price Per Person: Double: $1,427; Single: $1,755 Ranch in Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of the World! Enjoy TexasPre/Post-Tour Hotel: $148/night style entertainment, a world-class dinner and the down-home hosDepart/Return: San Antonio, TX pitality of the ranch’s owners, the Hicks Family. Come morning, a cowboy-style breakfast cookout is the thing to fortify you for an easygoing horseback ride in the hills or a stroll by the Medina River. Together, it’s a wonderful experience of the West, Old and New, that you’ll remember for years to come.
HIGHLIGHTS • Tour San Antonio’s historic landmarks, from
the legendary Alamo to the Mission San Jose (at right), known as the “Queen of the Missions” • Delight at the elaborate, faux-finished interior hiding beneath the deceptively simple wooden facade of one of the famous Painted Churches of Texas 12 Travel Experiences: Personalized, Different, Real | www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com
• Overnight on the Gulf of Mexico at the Best Western
Marina Grand, overlooking the sparkling waters of Corpus Christi Bay View the rare, oversized art pieces at Benini Galleries and Sculpture Ranch Explore the cattle ranch where Lyndon B. Johnson was born and is buried, including a ranger-guided tour of the “Texas White House” (at right) Military history buffs will love the National Museum of the Pacific War, visiting the legendary aircraft carrier USS Lexington, and piloting a jet fighter flight simulator Sample the deliciously sweet apples produced by the rare, six-foot-tall dwarf trees of Love Creek Orchards, pioneers of Texas apple industry
The River Walk For three evenings, we’ll stay along the famed San Antonio River Walk – the number one tourist attraction in Texas. This is a charming and vibrant network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River. Lined by shops, restaurants, hotels and historical sites, the River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel, park-like sidewalks. For a festive experience, we’ll hop on one of the many boats that ply the waters of Rio San Antonio.
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Coastal Carolina & Georgia Shores Rediscover High and Low Country Traditions among the South’s Most Beautiful Beachfronts Experience the best of coastal South Carolina, Georgia, and parts of Florida as you step back in time to enjoy the rich history and culture of the Colonial, Antebellum and Turn-of-the-Century South. Visit Charleston’s stately plantations and magnificent formal gardens, and relish the scents and flavors of small island farms including Ambrose Charleston Area CVB Family Farm & Market and Charleston Tea Plantation. Over two relaxing nights at a beachfront resort on Hilton Head Island, see historic lighthouses and cruise past the lairs of dolphins, egrets, and pelicans. Learn about colorful Gullah culture and dine at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club. Discover Savannah, one 7 Days • 6 Nights • 12 Meals of America’s oldest cities, whose gorgeous squares, fountains and architecture make it also one of “America’s most beautiful Apr 14-20 | Apr 21-27 | May 5-11 | Oct 13-19 places to visit”. You’ll remember this soul-stirring mixture of Price Per Person: Double: $1,497; Single: $1,865 Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $148/$128 night high and low country living for years to come!
Depart/Return: Charleston, SC/Jacksonville, FL
• Visit Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation and
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Gardens, and add an optional Plantation House tour to see family heirlooms Traveler Talk Savor a low country-style meal at Roastfish Coastal Carolina & Georgia Shores is a great value! We did & Cornbread by Chef David Vincent Young, so much! With a variety of activities, eating spots, it was Gullah descendant; dine at Lady & Sons, stress free for us, no driving, no reservations, no decisions. operated by Food Network star Paula Deen; Wonderful, congenial, cooperative fellow travelers. and sample scrumptious pralines and brittle at – L.J., Ohio Savannah Candy Kitchen Tour the WWII aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown, affectionately known as “The Fighting Lady” On Jekyll Island, see the grand “summer cottages” of America’s prominent families of the early 1900s, including the Rockefellers and Macys, and visit a hospital and rehabilitation center for the island’s many species of sea turtles Board an Old Savannah Trolley for a guided tour of the National Historic Landmark District Explore Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, home to alligators and some 400+ other wildlife species, visit Folkston Depot and nearby Train Museum
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Southern Charms Discover Traditional Hospitality and True Country Life in the Southern U.S. What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Southern Hospitality”? Beyond cliché, this phenomenon is something we’ve found woven throughout our travels to southern parts over the years. But one of the nicest, simplest ways of putting it that we’ve heard was posted on an online Nashville travel forum recently: “Southern hospitality is good manners, good food (and never letting anyone go hungry), and a place to sleep if they need one.” That sums up nicely the common denominator among our otherwise highly varied discoveries in Dixie in 2013: the wide-ranging survey of southern life and cultures in Coastal Carolina & Georgia Shores (Page 14); the festive opulence of Opryland Christmas & Nashville (Page 60); the renowned culinary, musical and architectural richness of Louisiana & Mississippi’s Southern Charm (Page 16); or even the small, scenic mountain areas dotting our exploration of West Virginia’s Mountain Railroads (Page 36). Being made to feel at home in amazing accommodations, encountering folks who are welcoming and true, tasting a rich variety of regional cuisines both haute and pure country, experiencing beautiful natural settings at any easy pace – these make each of our 2013 SouthNatchez, MS Plantation, Public Domain/Dennis Adams, ern Charms Discoveries a vacation to remember! courtesy Byways.org
OPTIONS: See More Of Old Charleston Explore Charleston from the decks of a double-decker Harbor Cruise boat for a leisurely 1-1/2 hour cruise ($20 per person) or one-hour Carriage Tour cruise ($25 per person). Whichever vantage point you choose, you’ll enjoy wonderful views of Charleston’s mansions, churches, parks and streets, along with narrated details about the people that make Charleston what it is.
Post-Tour Extension 1 Day • 1 Night • 2 Meals Apr 20-21 | Apr 27-28 | May 11-12 | Oct 19-20 Price Per Person: Double: $207; Single: $275
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Louisiana & Mississippi’s Southern Charm Experience the Sights, Sounds and Flavors of the Gulf Coast — from Bay to Bayou to the Mighty Mississippi “Southern Hospitality” is just what you’ll find in this exploration of the Gulf region’s diverse cultural, culinary and natural attractions. Savor delectable meals in the Big Easy, including a lunch and cooking Justin Watt/Wikimedia demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Explore historical life in towns and plantations along the Mississippi, meet bayou country locals who earn a living from land and sea, and take a thrilling excursion into the heart of Cajun country!
HIGHLIGHTS • Explore historical life along the Mississippi and visit Vicksburg
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National Military Park, one of the country’s most famous Civil War sites Tour Greenwood Plantation with its impressive Greek Revivalstyle mansion and live oaks draped with Spanish moss Delta Music Tour of Frogmore – Laissez les bons temps rouler! Cruise the mighty Mississippi aboard the Steamboat Natchez Turn up the heat at the one and only TABASCO Pepper Sauce factory!
8 Days • 7 Nights • 14 Meals Mar 10-17 Price Per Person: Double: $1,597; Single: $1,985 Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $138/night Depart/Return: New Orleans, LA
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Extend Your Stay In The Big Easy $247 per person (Double); $315 (Single) Mar 9-10: Kick off your day with a Jazz Brunch Buffet at the landmark Court of the Two Sisters restaurant. Dine with live music, browse the artistsâ€™ wares and street performances in Jackson Square, and visit the National WWII Museum.
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The Best of Europe Discover the Fabled Beauty and Old World Charm of Traditional Europe
If you’ve yearned to experience old world and modern Europe, off-the-beaten-path and up close, now is the time to book the vacation you’ve always desired! Visit medieval cities and enjoy gorgeous country scenery, explore Alpine vistas or ancient fjords, rolling green glens or lush vineyards. We make it easy and safe to see Europe. And we do it in a wonderfully intimate way. On our Germany, Switzerland & Austria (Next Page) tour, meet horse breeders Hedwig and Oswald Hochfilzer and spend an afternoon in their Alpine home. On Ireland: A Celtic Jaunt (Page 24), sample homemade scones at Tom and Lily Murtagh’s farm, and learn to dance a jig! As part of Discover Scandinavia (Page 22), added for 2013, take a draught of beer in the Norse and local traditions at Norway’s Ægir Brewery, and visit the long-time farming families and their neighbors at Bleietunet Farm, in the fertile area of Hardanger known as Norway’s Garden. These are a few of the behind-thescenes exclusives you’ll experience on our discoveries, along with famed “bucket list” landmarks from the Blarney Stone to magnificent fjords to Heidelberg Castle. It adds up to a European vacation you’ve always dreamed of– personalized, different and real.
Traveling Abroad with Country Travel DISCOVERIES Air/Land Tour Air-Inclusive Pricing Unlike many travel companies, our prices include round-trip flight from a convenient U.S gateway city, plus government imposed taxes & fees, airport fees and fuel surcharges at the time of printing. Additional special Air AddOn pricing is available for transport from your hometown to the gateway city (Chicago O’Hare International Airport for European Discoveries, or Miami, FL for Central American Discoveries). Travel with Comfort CTD guests come from diverse backgrounds and rich life experiences–and a shared love for country travel. You will meet your traveling companions right away. Meet your tour group as we fly abroad together. Then get a chance to socialize at our first night Welcome Reception.
English Language A CTD representative travels with you from the U.S. to Europe, where you will meet your friendly and knowledgeable Englishspeaking Travel Director. A Room with a View Stay in quality lodging perfectly situated within charming villages with ease of included luggage handling. Taste the Local Flavor Savor delicious meals that highlight regional cuisine. Dependable Transportation Professional drivers escort you aboard safe and reliable deluxe motorcoaches along your itinerary. No Hidden Costs Little things that “add up”, like entrance fees and meal gratuities, are included in the tour price.
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Germany, Switzerland & Austria Get to Know Old World Europe … Like a Fairy Tale Come True! By water and gondola, train and foot, you’ll discover legendary Central European sites right out of classic tales: Germany’s Black Forest and France’s Alsace wine country, Austria’s Tyrolean region and the stately Swiss Alps. Stroll the flower-lined streets of Rothenberg, learn how to make traditional apple strudel, and visit charming Liechtenstein, the world’s sixth smallest country. From ancient, fortified castles to storybook-quaint markets, farms, and crafts shops, you’ll feel like a guest in a fairy tale come true!
HIGHLIGHTS • Visit the medieval cities of Nuremberg, Rothenburg,
Heidelberg and Rattenberg • Visit a family-owned brewery in the Franconia region for an in-depth (and tasty) presentation on beer-making • Stay in Germany’s legendary Black Forest and take a train to Heidelberg Castle, a massive fortress above River Neckar that dates back to the Middle Ages • Border-hop to France for a river cruise around historic Strasbourg, capital of the beautiful Alsace region, and visit a local winery
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SWITZERLAND LIECHTENSTEIN Italy
• Skirt Lake Lucerne to Swiss country highlights
including the Rhine Falls of Neuhausen, a cuckoo clock shop and a cheese dairy Ride gondola and cable car to take in the soaring mountain views, from Kriens to Frakmuntegg, then descend by the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to join a relaxing lake cruise to historic Lucerne Pay respects at the WWII Memorial Site on the grounds of the former Dachau concentration camp See Munich’s Nymphenburg Palace, Olympic Area, Marienplatz Square and perhaps the f amous Glockenspiel View the famed Basilica of Wilten and “Golden Roof ” in Innsbruck, “Pearl of the Alps” and twotime host of the Winter Olympics In the festive, musical city of Salzburg, marvel at the Great Festival Hall, the gardens at Mirabell Palace, St. Peter’s Abbey, more
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Among its many noble charges, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) works to create “conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values.” Just one application of this principle is its World Heritage Sites effort, encouraging the identification, appreciation, protection and preservation of sites of cultural and natural heritage. More than just local or even national landmarks, UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites – including many travelers may see in our 2013 Discoveries – are thought to be of truly global importance. These are considered to be of such outstanding value to humanity that they “belong to all the peoples of the world” and are deemed worthy of protection, irrespective of where they are located. We can only imagine: Had the World Heritage concept existed in ancient times, perhaps the Great Pyramid at Giza would not be the sole remaining monument of the Seven Wonders of Antiquity! As travel lovers, we seek out the one-of-a-kind, and value the impulse to see, preserve and share what is beautiful and distinctive across a wide world. We are privileged to have introduced travelers to so many UNESCO World Heritage Sites over the years, and welcome you to join us in appreciating a number of these treasures in this year’s discoveries. Panama & the Panama Canal (Page 7) Portobelo, as well as Panama Viejo and Historic District of Panama City Discover Scandinavia (Page 22) Drottningholm Palace (Sweden), Elsinore, setting to Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet (Denmark), and Bergen and Western Norwegian Fjords (Norway) Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park (Page 30) Canadian Rockies National Parks, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay & Yoho, Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Alaska & the Yukon (Page 32) Kluane National Park, part of the transnational complex of parks recognized by UNESCO, Kluane/Wrangell-St. Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek Best of New York (Page 57) Statue of Liberty Colorado’s Vintage Railways (Page 37) Mesa Verde National Park
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Discover Scandinavia Discover Nordic Culture, Historical Adventure, and Timeless Natural Beauty in Lands of Midnight Sun Venture deep into the heart of Nordic Europe and spend elongated days discovering the timeless beauty of these “Lands of Midnight Sun”. Explore Norway’s mythic fjords up close, by ship, bridge, tunnel, optional rail, and right from your hotel balcony in idyllic Flåm, surrounded by mountains, roaring waterfalls and tranquil valleys. You’ll visit Scandinavia’s major capital cities and cultural centers, including regal Stockholm, the “Venice of the North”; Oslo, a nature lover’s paradise with bountiful parks, beaches, and ski slopes; and Upsalla, original Viking capital and Scandinavia’s oldest center of higher education. Tour a 16th century palace and estate of Sweden’s royal family, board an optional train ride among the mountaintops of Norway, see the site of 1994’s Olympic Games in Lillehammer, learn about the once-powerful Hanseatic League that dominated regional trade for centuries, meet and dine with friendly local farmers and brewers, and walk in the footsteps of the hardy Vikings. You can’t go wrong extending your vacation in Denmark, “the happiest country in world”! 11 Days • 10 Nights • 24 Meals HIGHLIGHTS May 1-11* | Sep 4-14* • In Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, tour City Hall, Cathedral Price Per Person: Double: $4,497; Single: $5,045 Storkyrkan, and Drottningholm Palace, a royal family residence Land-Only*: Double: $3,497; Single: $3,995 Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $138/night and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Depart/Return: Chicago, IL • Optional visit to Skansen Park, the first “outdoor museum” in (*Land-only tours begin one day later; airport transfers not the world included with Land-only tours. For more details on Air/Land • Northern city Sigtuna with quaint handicraft shops tour airport, add-on, and price inclusions, see Page 18.) • Cultural museums including Maihaugen, depicting traditional Norwegian farm life, and memorials to such renowned 19th century artists as painter Carl Larsson and composer Edvard Grieg • Province of Dalecarlia, rich in folklore, to visit the makers of the wooden Dalecarlia horses • Enjoy the hotel and spa in Mora, on the shores of Lake Siljan • Architectural treasures including a wooden church in Borgund dating from the 12th century, and a medieval cathedral in Uppsala
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• Optional tasting at Ægir Brewery
on the Flåmsbrygga wharf, blending Norse and local traditions • Lunch, fruit sampling, and hard cider tasting with friendly farmers in fertile Hardanger, called “Norway’s Garden” • Overnight in small mountaintop village of Geilo, famous for its alpine skiing • Viking Ship Museum with artifacts of early Viking society, including three recovered vessels and objects from burial rites extending back before the year AD 800
Copenhagen, Denmark Extension 4 Days • 3 Nights • 5 Meals May 11-14 | Sep 14-17 Price Per Person: Double: $997; Single: $1,245
Starting with a magical Scandinavian Seaways overnight cruise, including dinner, entertainment, and buffet breakfast, extend your discovery to Denmark. A three-hour English tour introduces you to the capital city of Copenhagen, with highlights including the famous “Strøget” pedestrian shopping district, the Amusement Park Tivoli, the Glyptotek New Carlsberg and more. A second day excursion heads through the finest of the Danish countryside and history, along the coastal road known as the “Danish Riviera” to Elsinore, setting to Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet, and an UNESCO World Heritage site. Erected between 1574 and 1585, the famed castle offers a breathtaking view of the Sound, the waters between Denmark and Sweden. From its glittering royal palaces to its ultraclean and highly cultured capital, you’ll love this peaceful, friendly country – voted in 2010 the “world’s happiest”!
Other Highlights Palace of Christiansborg, seat of the Danish Parliament Kings New Square, home to the Danish Royal Theater and ballet Royal residence at Amalienborg Palace and the Renaissance-style Castle of Rosenborg The famed “Little Mermaid” statue immortalized in the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen Fredensborg, a royal summer residence built in 18th century Italian style Frederiksborg Castle, built in 1625, today housing a splendid collection of antiques and art, as well as an impressive chapel used for royal marriages • Optional: The National Museum, Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history • Optional: Guided canal tour from Gammel Strand • • • • • •
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Ireland: A Celtic Jaunt Discover the Colorful History and Proud Traditions of the Emerald Isle From the traditional food, music and dancing to the breathtaking scenery and bustling cities, this route through Ireland and Northern Ireland is nothing short of magical. Hold your breath as you travel along the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the 60 million-year-old “lunar” landscape of the Giant’s Causeway, often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Take a historical tour of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, offering awe-inspiring views of the Lagan River Valley, and the famous Falls and Shankill Road regions. Relive the days of colorful chieftains and kings at historic Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the famed 11 Days • 10 Nights • 18 Meals Blarney Stone for luck. Equally wonderful are encounters with the Sep 3-13* | Sep 17-27* many folks proud to share their skills, stories and local traditions, Price Per Person: Double: $3,247; Single: $3,695 from baking and weaving to glass-cutting and woolcraft. Land-only*: Double: $2,277; Single: $2,725 It’s an unforgettable introduction to the cultural traditions of the Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $138/night Emerald Isle – high and low, north and south, urban and pastoral, Depart/Return: Chicago, IL (*Land-only tours begin one day later; airport transfers not but always uniquely Irish.
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• Visit Dublin’s lush Phoenix Park, Europe’s
largest city park, plus Trinity College, home to the famous Book of Kells • Join folks at Causey Farm for delicious regional foods, traditional Irish music, hurling and jig dancing! • Visit master manufacturers of worldfamous Irish crafts including Parian China, Magee’s tweed, smoked Irish salmon, fine crystal, and milled wool • Relish gorgeous pastoral scenery – rolling hills, crystal-clear streams and lake-lapped valleys – of Sligo, Connemara, Galway and Killarney 24 Travel Experiences: Personalized, Different, Real | www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com
Hexagonal basalts at Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland, by Chmee2
• Explore Burren National Park, with ruins dating to
the 12th century • Watch gifted sheepdogs round up herds and even
try your hand at shearing at the Adopt a Sheep Farm • Take tea as well as a tasty lesson in making scones at
the Ashford’s Ballyknocken Cookery School Giant’s Causeway
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National Parks & Treasures Preserving the Greatest Natural Treasures for All
“There is nothing so American,” said President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “as our national parks. The fundamental idea is [that] the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us.” In 1872, Yellowstone National Park (pictured left) was established as America’s – and indeed, the world’s – first formal national park. It came about from a recognition of the region’s unique splendor and lasting value. Its diverse natural attractions were not merely curiosities or exploitable resources, but part of a great national experience to be at once prized, protected and shared. With no states to safeguard these treasures (Wyoming, Montana and Idaho at the time were territories), the federal government was obliged to assume direct responsibility for its management. Thus began the first of our national parks, and what author Wallace Stegner has called, “The best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” Following this precedent, several other important, perhaps even sacred sites – from vast areas such as Yosemite to smaller monuments such as Fort McHenry – were added over a few decades, necessitating the creation of the National Park Service to administer them. Today, the U.S. National Park System comprises 397 protected areas, from specific parkways and individual monuments to entire forests, mountain ranges,
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volcanoes and riverfronts. However, only 58 sites are marked by the scope, variety, and unique significance to our national heritage to merit an Act of Congress authorizing federal protection for their perpetual public use. These include several magnificent U.S. sites that we are honored to feature in exciting discoveries for 2013. Grand Canyon & Red Rocks (Page 28) Astonishing tour of 5 great parks across Arizona and Utah red rocks country: Grand Canyon, Arches, Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef National Parks Mt. Rushmore to Yellowstone (Page 29) See some of America’s most famous and inspiring monuments, plus the world’s first national park, Yellowstone! Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park (Page 30) Borders dissolve and nature’s on full display in this transnational circuit visiting Montana’s Glacier as well as Canada’s gorgeous Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. Hawaii’s Hidden Gems (Page 8) Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park and Maui’s Haleakala National Park are among the greatest wonders in this island chain that’s full of them! Colorado’s Vintage Railways (Page 37) Includes optional excursion deep into Mesa Verde National Park (above) to learn about Anasazi Indians. Joshua Tree NP/Doug Dolde Palm Springs Winter Oasis (Page 10) Discover Joshua Tree National Park (at right), a wildlife sanctuary that’s home to coyotes, eagles, bighorn sheep, and the haunting, twisted tree that is the park’s namesake.
Alaska & the Yukon (Page 32) Marvel at the majestic landscapes of Kenai Fjords National Park and Denali National Park and Preserve, plus Canada’s Kluane National Park. Call toll-free: 1-855-744-8747 (U.S. & Canada)
Grand Canyon & Red Rocks Discover Ancient Desert Wonders in Five Great U.S. National Parks Explore spellbinding Red Rock Country—including the 4,000-feetdeep and 277-mile-long Grand Canyon! Sunset at the canyon is simply spectacular! You’ll also thrill to towering rock formations in Sedona… the natural rock bridges of Arches National Park…grand mesas, buttes and pinnacles in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks… radiant NPS cliffs at Capitol Reef National Park, which the Navajo called “sleeping rainbows”…and a visit to an ancient Pueblo village in the heart of Navajo Country. The textures, colors and contours of these vibrant desert landscapes across five national parks will take your breath away!
HIGHLIGHTS • Discover the geologic wonders of the Grand Canyon, learn its • • •
history at Mather Observation Point and stay at a park lodge See 710-feet-high Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell Browse Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village and eclectic shops of peaceful Sedona See ancient Native dwellings in Anasazi Indian Village State Park and Montezuma Castle, learn about WWII’s famed “Code Talkers” and watch Navajo crafts demonstrations Enjoy “cowboy” entertainment and dinner by hosts Shannon and Jenifer Steed in the desert town of Escalante
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We’ve arranged for many optional excursions to explore these amazing settings in even more depth, at your speed: Day 2, see peaceful Sedona by trolley ($20 per person) or private Jeep tour ($65 pp). Day 4, cruise Lake Powell ($50 pp). Day 8, join a fourhour Colorado River jet boat cruise ($80 pp) or “extreme” off-road Hummer adventure ($85 pp).
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Mt. Rushmore to Yellowstone Frontier Adventures and Geologic Treasures in Big Sky Country Marvel at wonders both natural and manmade in the wide frontierland extending from Wyoming to South Dakota. See the famed Mt. Rushmore. Watch the creation of the Crazy Horse Memorial now in progress. Walk in the footsteps of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill… and grizzlies, mammoths and dinosaurs, to boot! View geysers and NSBO/Katie Armstrong otherwordly rock formations of Yellowstone, discover the moving history of Heart Mountain Internment Camp, and more in this once-in-a-lifetime survey of some of America’s most storied western settings and famous National Parks.
HIGHLIGHTS • See the amazing Old Faithful geyser, and other geothermal
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and geologic wonders of Yellowstone, a UNESCO World Price Per Person: Double: $1,847; Single: $2,325 Heritage Site and the world’s first formal National Park! Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $138/night Explore the rugged terrain and unique rock spire Depart/Return: Rapid City, SD formations of the Badlands View famed National Monuments including Mt. Rushmore and Jewel Cave More details on page 78 and online Relive the Wild West in Cody, home to the legendary at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/ Buffalo Bill and other frontier figures Time-travel back millennia for a rare dinosaur tracksite tour led by its discoverers! Visit a third generation, family-run buffalo ranch and a surface coal mining operation Join TV’s Dan Miller (right) and his “Empty Saddles Band” at Dan’s Cowboy Music Revue, a western music, comedy and poetry extravaganza at the historic Cody Theatre ARS/Jack Dykinga Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue
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Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park An Astonishing Journey Along the Continental Divide Through Five National Parks Revel in the stunning mountain vistas and crystal-clear lakes of the Canadian Rockies as you travel through five National Parks, and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Alberta’s Head-Smashed-In Glacier Park, Inc. Buffalo Jump. You’ll see powerful waterfalls, emerald lakes, gorgeous meadows and snow-capped peaks, and travel back in time to Gold Rush days. The scenery is magnificent on this relaxing journey along the Continental Divide as you visit Canada’s Banff, Yoho, Kootenay and Waterton Lakes National Parks, plus Montana’s famous Glacier National Park. Don’t miss it!
HIGHLIGHTS • Stay in Montana’s Many Glacier Hotel, a National Historic •
Landmark, and cruise the deep, glacier-fed Lake St. Mary Spend three nights in Banff, one of Canada’s most popular recreation areas, prized for its mountain scenery, glittering Lake Louise, and abundant outdoor activities Travel the Columbia Icefields Parkway, one of North America’s most scenic drives Ride the amazing “Ice Explorer” onto the vast Athabasca Glacier Take a drive on Going-tothe-Sun Road aboard a 1930s vintage “Red Bus” touring coach Travel back to the 1800s in British Columbia’s Heritage Town of Fort Steele, established Travel Alberta during the Kootenay Gold Rush Behold the grandeur of Yoho National Park’s towering Takakkaw Falls, one of the More details tallest waterfalls in the world!
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Option: Banff Gondola See the Canadian Rockies from the eagle’s-eye view of the Banff Gondola, a fully-enclosed, four-passenger cabin that climbs 2,292 feet to the top of Sulphur Mountain. The view is absolutely breathtaking! $35 per person
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O, Canada! If you’ve never had an opportunity to explore Canada, you may be a little overwhelmed by the vast natural and cultural treasures waiting to be discovered in the world’s second largest country! With more than 100 national parks and historic sites (16 are inscribed on the UNESCO Travel Alberta World Heritage Sites list), it offers travelers unforgettable landscapes and attractions for virtually any season, climactic zone, and personal interest. In 2013, we offer four wonderfully varied discoveries in Canada. Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park (opposite page) takes you on an astonishing journey along the Continental Divide through five national parks. On Alaska & the Yukon (Page 32), scale breathtaking mountain passages into the majestic Yukon Territory and visit Kluane National Park. With Niagara Falls & Western New York (Page 39), we’ll cross the border for lunch among fragrant vineyards in Niagara on the Lake, often called the loveliest town in Ontario, and enjoy riveting views of the Niagara River from Queenston Heights Park. And, newly added in 2013 is our Christmas in November (Page 61), a pre-holidays getaway to Jasper’s luxurious mountain resort, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, nestled on the shore of Lac Beauvert. Along the way, you’ll visit Gold Rush frontier towns, stop at fertile fruit orchards and syrup farms, encounter diverse wildlife and cultural traditions. Above all, you’ll take in the most stunning views of mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, forests and big sky – all making your Canadian discovery with us one to remember all your lifetime! Also See: Traveling Abroad with Country Travel DISCOVERIES (Page 18)
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Alaska & the Yukon Discover Glaciers, Grizzlies and Gold-Rush Dreams in the Great North
Come strike “gold”—golden memories to last a lifetime! Cruise pristine waterways…travel amid magnificent glaciers and mountain peaks…and relive the exciting days of the Gold Rush. Sail the beautiful Inside Passage aboard Holland America’s gorgeous ms Zuiderdam, a scenic coastal route passing the islands of British Columbia, north to Alaska’s panhandle. Government of Yukon Climb the captivating White Pass Trail on an old-fashioned narrow-gauge train, then ride an Explorer Coach™ into Canada’s majestic Yukon Territory and visit Kluane National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel the legendary Alaska Highway to Fairbanks, where you may on some departures experience magical days of 22-hour daylight. Watch for whales, birds and sea 14 Days • 13 Nights • 25 Meals otters – or even a tidewater glacier calving – on a full-day cruise around May 31-Jun 13 | Jul 5-Jul 18 | Jul 19-Aug 1 | Aug 2-15 | Aug 16-29 Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords Price Per Person: Double: From $3,447*; Single: From $5,595* National Park – a thrilling conclusion Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $148/night Depart/Return: Seattle, WA to this discovery of frontier history (*Prices vary based upon date and stateroom category – Inside, Outside or Verandah – selected.) and natural splendor in the land of the midnight sun!
HIGHLIGHTS • Ride the McKinley Explorer®
domed train to a 2-night stay in vast Denali National Park, home to Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest mountain peak • Enjoy ms Zuiderdam’s onboard activities, from cooking demonstrations and naturalist talks to Broadway reviews and fitness facilities • Tour and dinner at Jewell Gardens, at a historic farm near 32 Travel Experiences: Personalized, Different, Real | www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com
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the famous Gold Rush town of Skagway • Visit Rika’s Roadhouse, a gathering spot for frontier travelers since 1909, cruise Chena River aboard an authentic sternwheeler riverboat, and explore Alaskan culture at the Museum of the North • Experience up to 22 hours of summer daylight in Fairbanks (dependent on date selected)
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See More Ashore Throughout your trip, you may choose among a variety of optional shore excursions. These range from simple park ranger talks to nature walks to river rafting trips, a trip to awesome Mendenhall Glacier or a “flight-seeing tour” of Mt. McKinley. These options are offered directly with Holland America, and may be booked online at www.hollandamerica.com or by calling the Shore Excursion Desk at 888-425-9376. A booking number provided on your invoice by Country Travel DISCOVERIES is required to reserve excursions.
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“Lands Of The Midnight Sun” A natural seasonal phenomenon, “midnight sun” affects travelers seeing it for the first time in a unique, primal and lasting way. Energizing the body and expanding the spirit, the effects of a sun that never sets remind us how connected our health, mind and mood are to our environment. Collectively, the proverbial “Land of the Midnight Sun” refers primarily to those areas of human settlement near, north of and crossed by the Arctic Circle, including parts of Canada, the U.S. and northern Europe. In 2013, travelers can experience elongating days filled with natural wonders in some of our early-summer departures to Alaska and the Yukon, as well as the new Discover Scandinavia (visiting Norway, Sweden, and Denmark).
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Get “Off-Road” to Travel and See Differently
For decades now, the travel experts behind Country Travel DISCOVERIES have specialized in producing unique road trips on little-known back roads across North America, Central America and Europe. Yet, in researching and planning these unique itineraries for you, we’ve especially come to cherish the portions that allow us to get “offroad” and on the railways and waterways. Whether it’s snaking through the peaks, gullies and tunnels of West Virginia’s Mountain Railroads or Colorado’s Vintage Railways, steaming through the sparkling mists of Niagara Falls, or sailing past the playgrounds of whales and lairs of grizzlies off coastal Alaska... excursions by ship or locomotive offer wonderful, uncommon vantage points often inaccessible by car or motorcoach. This can help us discover anew natural and cultural treasures hidden throughout our diverse destinations and in our past. We richly imagine prairiefrontier adventures from Paul Bunyan days in Lake Superior Shores & the North Woods; we relive the thrill of the Gold Rush fever in the Yukon, and the slow exploration of California’s Redwoods; we feel suspended in the slow march of glacial time in the shadows of Montana’s Glacier National Park; we better appreciate the enormity of the engineering marvel that connected ocean to ocean while navigating the locks and banks of the Panama Canal. So, we try to plan for variety not only in the attractions we show you, but also in how we get
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you to them. Traveling by rail or sail with us doesn’t just get you to a vacation destination or tourist spot. At its best, it can transport you to another, simpler time marked by very different ways of viewing and moving through the world. It helps us to not just see the sights, but also experience the pace and learn the nuances of our destinations. We’re pleased to share our love of these different modes of travel with you in many discovery tours in this catalog. Look for the Boat or Train tags noting opportunities to ride the rails or get out on the water in the featured discoveries listed here. Panama & the Panama Canal (Page 7) Discover Scandinavia (Page 22) Alaska & the Yukon (Page 32) West Virginia’s Mountain Railroads (Page 36) Colorado’s Vintage Railways (Page 37) California’s Coastal Redwoods & Rails (Page 38) Niagara Falls and Western New York (Page 39) Great Lakes & America’s Heartland Shores (Page 43) Lake Superior Shores & the North Woods (Page 45) Our Iowa…and Yours, Too! (Page 47) Covered Bridges and Indiana Treasures (Page 51)
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West Virginia’s Mountain Railroads Be Transported to a More Adventurous Time on a Unique Selection of Authentic, Vintage Locomotives
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Ride the rails back to the glory days when mighty steam- and dieselpowered trains were the fashionable way to travel. You’ll journey on five rare, vintage trains past scenic countryside, rolling mountains, lazy rivers and impressive architectural sights including the New River Gorge Bridge! Relive the heydays of thriving coal and lumber towns, and reminisce about the days of horse-drawn vehicles at the Thrasher Carriage Museum. All aboard!
HIGHLIGHTS • Ride a steam-powered Shay locomotive; the Durbin
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Rocket, powered by a rare Climax-geared logging locomotive; the classic diesel locomotive of the Cheat Mountain Salamander; the 1950s-era diesels of the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad; and an authentic steam locomotive of Western Maryland Scenic Railroad View unparalleled mountain greenery over New River Gorge, home to the world’s highest singlespan, steel-arch bridge Guided journey through Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine in authentic, track-riding “man cars” Shipbuilding exhibits at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park Tamarack Arts Center, renowned showcase for talented artists, musicians and chefs
7 Days • 6 Nights • 14 Meals Aug 20-26 | Sep 24-30 | Oct 13-19 Price Per Person: Double: $1,497; Single: $1,845 Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $158/night Depart/Return: Charleston, WV
Traveler Talk Places you show us are unique. I hardly believe we would see these on other tours. Keep up the good work! - K.H., Kentucky
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Colorado’s Vintage Railways A Scenic Travel Adventure from an Era When the Iron Horse Ruled the Frontier All aboard! Travel back to the Old West and the days of the “Iron Horse” set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. You’ll journey on five vintage trains over high mountain passages and through breathtaking gorges. Along the way, see history come to life with stops at an old stagecoach town (where you’ll explore the last coal Lisa Cush tipple in the country), an old mining camp, plus a visit to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum. A “must-do” epic adventure for nostalgia and train buffs alike!
HIGHLIGHTS • Ride five famous, Old West-style passenger trains past gorgeous national forests including San Isabel and San Juan, • • • •
and Colorado’s tallest peaks including Mount Massive, Mount Elbert, and Pikes Peak See the stunning Garden of the Gods, whose abundant wildlife and red sandstone formations combine in a captivating park at the base of Pikes Peak Relive 19th-century life in authentic pioneer mining towns 7 Days • 6 Nights • 11 Meals Hear dramatic tales of the west by Native American storyteller and musician Leon Joseph Littlebird Jul 14-20 | Aug 11-17 | Sep 1-8* Visit a fruit farm in the lush valley where the Colorado and Price Per Person: Double: $1,497; Single: $1,825 Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $118/night Gunnison Rivers join
TRAVELER TALK Option: Pikes Peak Cog Railway Feeling extra adventurous? Sign up for a thrilling 8,000-foot ascent to the top of majestic Pikes Peak. ($35 per person)
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*Extend Your Western Vacation! Sep 1-8 • 8 Days • 7 Nights • 12 Meals Price Per Person: Double: $1,697; Single: $2,055
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California’s Coastal Redwoods & Rails Ride the Rails into Gold Rush History and the Amazing City by the Bay California, here we come! This Discovery is perfect for travelers who delight in riding the rails! Start your adventure in the City by the Bay, where you’ll enjoy the famous sights including Fisherman’s Wharf and Tom Myers the Golden Gate Bridge. Wind your way along the Pacific coast, through stunning Muir Woods and old-growth redwood forests, into the heart of Old Sacramento. Along the way, you’ll experience travel on an authentic cable car and three “Old West” trains, including the classic logging-era Skunk Train; the converted Sierra Railroad’s gourmet dinner train; and the Sacramento Southern Railroad’s riverside steam locomotive. Come take a seat and enjoy the ride!
HIGHLIGHTS • Visit San Francisco’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli
Square, The Cannery, Pier 39, and such areas as Chinatown, Nob Hill, Union Square and Golden Gate Park Enjoy amazing views of Bay attractions including Alcatraz, Bay Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge, an engineering masterpiece named one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World Ride the Skunk Train from 1885, whose open-air observation cars provide astonishing views of the majestic “Redwoods Route” See a reconstruction of the western terminus of America’s first transcontinental railroad, circa 1876, at the California State Railroad Museum Experience the legendary past of California’s capital, from the Gold Rush to today, on a rail excursion along Sacramento River powered by Sacramento Southern Railroad’s authentic steam locomotive SFCVB Dine in high style aboard the old Sierra Railroad, a Gold Rush-era line known today for one of the most More details luxurious, gourmet dinner trains in the West
7 Days • 6 Nights • 11 Meals Jun 30-Jul 6 | Sep 4-10 Price Per Person: Double: $1,697; Single: $2,265 Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $228/night Depart/Return: San Francisco, CA
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Niagara Falls & Western New York Experience the Erie Canal, Finger Lakes, and Niagara Falls from Both Sides of the Border Cruise through awesome locks and stunning scenery on the iconic Erie Canal into the heart of New York State! From the sparkling waters of the Finger Lakes through to the powerful cascades of Niagara Falls, breathtaking maritime beauty awaits you. Experience the Falls from amazing perspectives, on the U.S. and Canada sides. The observation tower above Niagara Gorge, the Maid of the Mist cruise ship below, and the AAA fourdiamond hotel Marriott Gateway on the Falls just 200 yards from the brink – we just know you’ll be mesmerized by every view! Along the way, travel off the beaten path to meet fascinating folks—horse trainers, dairy and fruit farmers, glass artisans and more—who share the colorful past and present of their communities.
HIGHLIGHTS 7 Days • 6 Nights • 11 Meals country. Jul 7-13 | Sep 8-14 | Sep 15-21 Relive the start of the Women’s Movement in Seneca Falls Price Per Person: Double: $1,527; Single: $1,945 (believed a model for Bedford Falls from It’s a Wonderful Life) Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $158/night Lunch and tasting at scenic vineyards of Finger Lakes Winery Depart/Return: Buffalo, NY Learn how the EquiCenter at the William and Mildred Levine Ranch is enriching lives of people with developmental disabilities by training them in Passport to the horsemanship “Loveliest Town in Ontario” Recall the life of beloved comedian Lucille Ball at the On Day 6, we will cross the border to view the Lucy-Desi Museum Falls from the Canada side and tour famed sites Learn about Roque, a rare, early 20th century version of historic Niagara on the Lake, including Queens of croquet Royal Park, Fort Niagara, and Brock’s Monument. View amazing crafts sites including Original American We’ll lunch at North America’s oldest golf course, Kazoo Company, the world’s longest model train set at picturesquely situated along Lake Ontario. A valid Medina Railroad Museum, and a church with dazzling passport will be required. windows by world-renowned Tiffany craftsmen Experience the majesty of the Erie Canal, Finger Lakes and Niagara Falls all by boat on three uniquely More details on page 84 and online different cruises at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/
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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta A Once-in-a-Lifetime Celebration of Ballooning and Exploration of Diverse Southwestern Cultures Marvel at the sight of hundreds of brilliantly-colored hot air balloons set against the Southwestern sky! Visit with pilots from around the world and stroll the 78-acre launch field as crews prepare the balloons for launch. You may even wish to try an optional balloon ride yourself! Don’t forget to bring along your camera for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of hot Jay Blackwood air ballooning! Your hotel in historic Old Town Albuquerque is a perfect base for experiencing the area’s unique blend of Native American, Mexican, 6 Days • 5 Nights • 11 Meals Spanish and Western cultural traditions. You’ll learn about Native Oct 3-8* American cultures with tribal guides, discover culinary secrets of Price Per Person: Double: $1,497; Single: $2,165 the Southwest chile, visit a working goat dairy, and much more. An Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $218/night optional post-tour extension lets you explore enchanting Santa Fe!
Depart/Return: Albuquerque, NM
• Stay in Hotel Albuquerque,
a landmark hotel in historic Old Town, settled in 1706 • Ride the longest passenger tramway, rising to 10,378 ft., for a panoramic view • Discover traditional culture and living history of Acoma Pueblo with tribal members, and meet native dancers and crafters of every sort at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center • Visit a family-run Turquoise Museum with a
*Extend Your Fiesta Vacation! Oct 8-10 • 3 Days • 2 Nights • 4 Meals Price Per Person: Double: $537; Single: $675
Spend two extra days in Santa Fe, the oldest capital city in the U.S.! Take an open-air tram tour, visit Loretto Chapel and its famous “miraculous” staircase, and lunch at La Casa Sena in the heart of Old Santa Fe. On Day 2, choose between two optional excursions. Option 1: Native Cultures Feast and Float ($98 per person): After a half-day float trip through the attractive Rio Grande Valley, a traditional “feast” is prepared and served at the end of the trip by Pueblo Indian families. Option 2: Santa Fe Southern Railway ($45 per person): Take the Day Train on the historic Santa Fe Southern Railway, running 16 miles to the Galisteo Basin overlook for a panoramic view of this geologic uplift. Dine at the trendy Santa Fe School of Cooking. Return to Albuquerque for your flight home the next day.
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mock mine tunnel, rare specimens collection and a lapidary display Enjoy a private demonstration of chile roasting at a classic New Mexican restaurant Observe, or join, an outdoor Mass and procession for San Isidro, patron saint for farmers, as the priest blesses the fields accompanied by the villagers of El Rancho de las Golondrinas/“Ranch of the Swallows” Watch (and participate in) the crushing of grapes for wine by foot, burros grinding sorghum to make molasses, the stringing of chiles, and more Visit the Unser Racing Museum for a guided tour of Unser family – and auto racing – history More details on page 85 and online Exclusive, owner-led tour of South Mountain at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/ Dairy, producer of pasteurized goat milk and yogurt
Frontier Discoveries Have you ever wanted to make a real getaway into yesteryear? Then travel with us to a more adventurous era, when wide-open plains and towering mountain ranges stretched out, seemingly forever, into the horizon beneath big sky. For decades, our travel planners have specialized in crafting tours that bring a region’s history to life. From the rocky peaks of the Yukon to red desert canyons of the southwest border states, get off the highways to discover North America’s most scenic landscapes as they felt when our continent’s modern chapters were still unwritten. Recall times when primeval forests stood untamed and ancient herds roamed freely, when small settlements sprouted from unspoiled earth, or when there was “gold in them thar hills”! In 2013, you might overnight in historic hotels, or stay at an authentic dude ranch in Texas Ranches & San Antonio Trails (Page 12). Travel by old-style conveyances, from horse-drawn wagons to native watercraft to vintage trains from back when the “Iron Horse” ruled. Marvel at the perseverance that bridged canyons, scaled mountains, and built America’s transcontinental railroads aboard Colorado’s Vintage Railways (Page 37) and California’s Coastal Redwoods and Rails (Page 38). In Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park (Page 30) and Alaska & the Yukon (Page 32), time-travel back to the 1800s in such heritage towns as British Columbia’s Fort Steele and Alaska’s quaint Skagway, preserving traditional life amidst Gold Rush fever. Or, walk in the footsteps of legendary figures including Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill and Calamity Jane in 2013’s new Mt. Rushmore to Yellowstone (Page 29)! Meet local expert guides, farmers, ranchers, and traditionkeepers to learn about indigenous and settler societies, from the ancient Anasazi to Spanish missionaries to contemporary Navajo, in Grand Canyon & Red Rocks (Page 28). In Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (Previous Page), take a half-day Rio Grande Valley float trip to a traditional “feast” hosted by Pueblo Indian families. And, discover the vibrant world hidden within the “Living Desert” in Palm Springs Winter Oasis (Page 10). So come, put on your travelin’ boots, grab a-hold, and get ready to pick up a little trail dust on the adventure of a lifetime Buffalo Bill Historical Center in this year’s Frontier Discoveries!
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Heartland Living Fall in Love with the Upper Midwest and Discover What Makes the Great Lakes Region Great!
Okay, being headquartered in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, maybe we’re a little biased. But for 2013, Country Travel DISCOVERIES is especially proud to present an expanded array of special upper Midwest discoveries – close to home and close to our hearts, hand-crafted to showcase the unsung wonders of the region we love. With departures starting in June and extending deep into harvest season, our Heartland Discoveries are designed to provide travelers with uncommon access to the hidden treasures of the Great Lakes and upper Mississippi River area. Traveling by back roadways — and waterways, and railways — you’ll experience County Highway “A” and “local-only, favorite” spots of our Midwest, the way we see it...by rail and sail, by coach and carriage – and even gondola! Along the way, you’ll appreciate the agricultural bounty and industrial muscle of our region, and meet the friendly, straightforward folk who have worked our farms and factories, lakes and woodlands, often for generations. On the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, you’ll witness grain and goods beginning their worldwide journeys from a major shipping terminal in Our Iowa… and Yours, Too! (Page 47) In Great Lakes & America’s Heartland Shores (Page 43), you’ll follow a circuit passing from Wisconsin through the Upper Peninsula and Lower Michigan, at the intersection of three Great Lakes that have been a vital “crossroads” of cultures and nations over the centuries. In Lake Superior Shores & the North Woods (Page 45), you’ll discover natural splendor and fascinating histories surrounding the greatest Great Lake, from the peaceful Apostle Islands to the rugged Great River Road! You’ll appreciate the nostalgic charm of Covered Bridges & Indiana Treasures (Page 51), and relish the pace of a simple life honestly lived in Ohio’s Amish Country (Page 49).
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Great Lakes & America’s Heartland Shores From Lumberjacks and Shipwrecks to Mackinac and Happy Days This circuit of three Great Lakes brings vividly to life the varied scenery, dynamic histories, and diverse influences of this region. For centuries, these lakeshores have served not just as industrial and agricultural trade routes, but as a “crossroads” of cultures and countries meeting over the centuries, both in conflict and in peace. French, German, Nordic, Icelandic, Polish, Slavic, Southeast Asian and other immigration waves imprinted themselves on these shores, which we’ll explore by back roads. En route, we’ll enjoy sitdown conversations with frank, friendly people who still make a proud living off the land and the lake. Travel by back roads from beautiful Milwaukee up Lake Michigan’s western coast to explore Wisconsin’s famed dairy country and maritime history. Head over to the Lake Superior side, then pass into Michigan’s rugged Upper Peninsula to learn about its Native and fur trapping history, logging traditions, “haunted” and active lighthouses, maritime misadventures including the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, and more. 8 Days • 7 Nights • 15 Meals A carriage tour of automobile-free Mackinac Island and its Jul 14-21 | Sep 8-15 | Sep 15-22 magnificent, Old World-style resorts will transport you back to Price Per Person: Double: $1,497; Single: $1,855 grander time when a getaway was a getaway! Cross the “Mighty Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $118/night Mac” – an amazing five-mile suspension bridge – back into Lower Depart/Return: Milwaukee, WI Michigan. Enjoy rustic sites from your balcony suite on a lovely Lake Huron beach in Mackinaw City, then sail the great steamship back to Milwaukee – with a new appreciation for what makes the Great Do You Yoop? Lakes great! Did you know that “Yooper” is a strong dialect of North HIGHLIGHTS Central American English spoken on the Upper Peninsula • Experience the magnificent scenic, cultural of Michigan (“U.P.” for short) and Northeastern Wisconsin? and culinary diversity of three Great Lakes This dialect combines linguistic influences of settlers that • Sail Lake Michigan aboard the 410-footcame together in the area, including those of Finnish, French plus S.S. Badger—the last American coalCanadian, Flemish, Scandinavian, German, and Native fired passenger steamship on the Great American descent. Lakes Call toll-free: 1-855-744-8747 (U.S. & Canada)
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• Two-night suite stay on the beautiful shores of
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Lake Huron and lunch at the world famous Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island Visit historic Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers (Packer schedule permitting) Take a scenic dune ride on the white sands of the Michigan shore Treat your “inner Viking” to an authentic “fish boil” in quaint Door County – the “Cape Cod of the Midwest” Meet adorable cubs at Oswald’s Bear Farm
Milwaukee Pre-Tour Extension 1 Day • 1 Night • 2 Meals Jul 13 | Sep 7 | Sep 14 Price Per Person: Double: $247; Single: $295
Tour this all-American city on Lake Michigan, home to Miller and Harley, the Brewers and the Fonz! Marvel at the animated museum design by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, visit the mansion built by beer baron Frederick Pabst, explore Mitchell Park Conservatory, consisting of dome-enclosed desert, rain forest and floral gardens, and more. Relax back at your comfortable hotel by the airport before the evening’s welcome reception.
Option: Jack Pine Lumber Show! July departure only: Marvel at the feats of lumberjack strongmen preserving the woodman’s traditions of yore! Cheer for your favorite in a fun, fastpaced competition of chopping, chainsawing, pole climbing, log rolling and more. $22 per person (includes boxed dinner)
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Lake Superior & the North Woods Discover the Greatest of America’s Great Lakes! Discover the diversity of cultures, landscapes and attractions of the upper Midwest, from the pristine shores of Lake Superior and charming shops of Stillwater Main Street to Wisconsin’s Amish country, North Woods, and Great River Road. A wealth of natural beauty awaits you in the ancient “glacial potholes” of the St. Croix River Valley and Mississippi River vistas, or cruising around the Apostle Islands. You’ll also discover the agricultural bounty of this highly fertile region, and the spirit of the good folks who staff working farms and orchards such as Cain’s Orchard in Hixton—including 20 acres each of apples and highbush cultivated blueberries. Crafts enthusiasts will love visiting St. Croix Falls’ quaint Pins ‘N’ Needles Quilt Shop, with thousands of bolts of fabric and all sorts of sewing notions, or the exclusive 7 Days • 6 Nights • 14 Meals demonstration by skilled basketweaver Joanna Schutt. Jul 14-20 | Aug 4-10 | Sep 22-28 | Sep 29-Oct 5
• Visit working farms, orchards and agricultural centers,
including America’s top cranberry growing region
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• Ride the North Shore Scenic
Railroad past crystal-clear Lake Superior • See historic sandstone quarries, shipwreck sites, and lighthouses including the nostalgic Split Rock Lighthouse, restored to its 1920s grandeur • Sample the brewcraft at one of Wisconsin’s celebrated classic Germanic breweries, Leinenkugel’s of Chippewa Falls • Cruise among the 22 breathtaking Apostle Islands on the Island Princess Call toll-free: 1-855-744-8747 (U.S. & Canada)
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Cruise among the breathtaking Apostle Islands
“Big Catch” at the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame! Ontario
Two Harbors Duluth
Sandstone St. Croix Falls Stillwater Minneapolis Stockholm Fountain City
Bayfield Apostle Islands
Upper Michigan Hayward Rice Lake Chippewa Falls Hixton Warrens Onalaska Gondola: Lutzen Mountains
• Thrill to the stunning vistas above Moose Mountain from the Midwest’s only mountain gondola • Watch the moonlight glisten on the waves as you dine aboard an old-time Mississippi River paddlewheeler, the La
Crosse Queen • Explore classic pastimes from summer freshwater fishing to winter curling, country quilting to antique toy and car
Warrens Cranberry Festival What does the world’s largest cranberry festival look like? Travelers on our September 22-28 departure will have the good fortune to find out at The Warrens Cranberry Festival, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012 and has grown to host over 110,000 attendees each year, with 850 arts & crafts booths, 350 flea market booths, 100 farm market vendors and 100 food vendors.
Traveler Talk I think all the trips I have gone on have been wonderful. There has been a lot of beautiful scenery as well as so many interesting stops along the way. You get to see so much that you would never get to see if you went on your own, as well as learning a lot of interesting facts and stories. - D.D., Indiana
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“Photo courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange.”
Our Iowa...and Yours, Too! The U.S.A.’s 29th State Proudly Presented in Conjunction with Our Iowa Magazine The Sioux got it right when they named our uniquely blessed state Iowa… meaning “beautiful land”. You’ll agree as you explore the idyllic rolling hills of southeast Iowa, the mighty and majestic Mississippi, scenic “Little Switzerland” of northeast Iowa, and some of the world’s most fertile farmland or our vast prairies. Plus, you’ll get acquainted with people you’d never meet on your own—including an Amish buggy maker, a Mississippi River lockmaster who’ll explain the workings of the river locks and dams system, and a modern family farmer who’ll fire up his $250,000 tractor for you.
HIGHLIGHTS • Meet colorful folk including a “grave witch” who helps people •
locate unmarked graves and a friendly candy maker Savor a traditional Amish breakfast at Joe and Esther Yoder’s home, and enjoy a community dinner hosted by the congregation of the Bloomfield Mennonite Church Relive the glory days of steam power among the massive displays of the Midwest Old Threshers Museum and aboard the famed Midwest Electric Railway Explore fascinating boatyard, steamship and maritime exhibits at the Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, a Smithsonian affiliate Stay at historic Hotel Julien Dubuque, once a hideout of Al Capone Marvel at the Seed Savers Exchange, where thousands
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7 Days • 6 Nights • 14 Meals Aug 6-12 | Sep 24-30 Price Per Person: Double: $1,447; Single: $1,775 Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $128/night Depart/Return: Des Moines, IA
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A Partnership of Discovery Roy Reiman-after launching a number of national magazines (Country, Farm & Ranch Living, Reminisce, etc.) —learned a long time ago that his readers wanted to visit the interesting people they read about in his magazines. I was honored to have Roy hire me back in 1987 to put together several of his fascinating travel programs. Along the way, Roy brought on Jerry Wiebel as Editor of Country – and Roy, Jerry and I together created several of our “off-the-beaten-path” tours...what a fun time that was! Today, Roy and Jerry together publish Our Iowa magazine – one of the finest magazines in the country. I’m ecstatic to again join with both Roy and Jerry to develop this brand-new discovery tour of Iowa. The three of us have picked some of the finest backroads spots to visit across the state – travelers will be amazed at the unique stops we’ll make…astonished at the brilliant scenery along the way…and awed by the friendly and warm welcomes they receive at each stop. We hope you’ll join us in 2013 on this inaugural itinerary to Iowa – Roy, Jerry and I know that you won’t be disappointed! Steve Uelner, President Country Travel DISCOVERIES
of varieties of heirloom plants and seeds are maintained • See the nest of the Decorah eagles as featured on webcam and on PBS (Mother Nature permitting), the unique creations at Spilville’s Bily Clocks Museum, and Patrick Acton’s amazingly detailed matchstick models of famous landmarks • Hear a mini-concert on the original pipe organ at St. Wenceslaus, the oldest Czech Catholic Church in the U.S., and join a sing-along at the renowned Little Brown Church in the Vale outside of Nashua • Take a lawn tractor-powered tram through John Deere’s Waterloo Tractor Works Plant
Take an optional ride up the Fourth Street Elevator, aka the shortest and steepest railroad in the world
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Ohio’s Amish Country Discover the Warmth, Pace and “Simple Life” of the World’s Largest Amish Settlement Hitch a ride to the world’s largest Amish settlement. You will have an opportunity to visit Amish farms, businesses and marketplaces, enjoy traditional, home-cooked meals made with farm-fresh ingredients, and share experiences with welcoming host families. Settle in at the comfortable Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek, built by Amish woodworkers and carpenters. Holmes County Tourism Bureau Meet local artisans for exclusive demonstrations in handcrafting quilts, baskets, candles and buggies. Learn about the cultures and histories of diverse Anabaptist communities, witness wedding traditions reenacted, and swap delicious recipes — experience the pace of life at 5 Days • 4 Nights • 8 Meals horse-and-buggy speed! Jun 23-27 | Oct 7-11
HIGHLIGHTS • Enjoy delicious cooking demos and taste traditional Amish
Price Per Person: Double: $1,097; Single: $1,325 Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $118/night Depart/Return: Cleveland, OH
recipes prepared exclusively for you at the homes of local families Visit the inspirational “Behalt”, a 265-foot c yclorama illustrating the background of Ohio’s “Plain People” at the Mennonite Information Center Tour Keim Lumber, an exclusive building center, and Wendell August Forge, a leading producer of handcrafted metal giftware See a livestock and produce auction in action Marvel at Earnest “Mooney” Warther’s creative carvings, Sharee Basinger/publicdomainpictures.net including hundreds of intricately detailed trains, called “priceless More details on page 89 and online works of art” by the Smithsonian Institute at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/
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Discover the Amish Way of Life For many of us, the Amish are a people apart – known only at a distance. Hardly do we see on the road ahead the reflective orange triangles at the rear of plain black carriages, tugged by a workhorse stout and muscular from hauling the cart and the plough…than we zip past them at distance in our cars, and they are gone. What little we know of their way of life may be through popular culture – films such as Witness or the books of Beverly Lewis – or brief interactions at a public farmer’s market. Although easily romanticized, the “simple life” led by the Amish is also rigorous and demanding: early-tobed, early-to-rise, working with bare hands close to the land and its raw materials, without many of the conveniences and automating Holmes County Tourism Bureau technologies we take for granted. Over decades now, our team has been privileged to create and lead discoveries that introduce travelers to Anabaptist communities – Mennonite as well as Amish – across the U.S. From Wisconsin to Indiana to Pennsylvania, we have shared wonderful experiences with many host families – hardworking farmers, skilled craftsmen, healthful cooks – striving to maintain their traditions in the face of modernizing pressures, as well as strict religious faith. We’ve learned how they maintain their gardens and bring fine handcrafts, fresh produce, and succulent baked goods to market with hard labor and integrity. We’ve had the honor of being invited to dine in family homes and witness traditional wedding reception ceremonies– Maudie Raber’s Soft and on rare, lucky occasions, we’ve even been onButtermilk Cookies Recipe hand for a barn-raising! In today’s world of 24/7 buzzing, bleeping, bustling Maudie Raber has treated us to wonderful meals and blaring, it’s no wonder so many of us find the and desserts over the years, always made with notion of a simplified life tucked away from actual care and amazingly fresh ingredients. She was and technological superhighways at once mysterious, kind enough to share a few quick recipes with fascinating, hard-to-fathom and perhaps a little past travelers in a handwritten letter a while back. enviable. That’s what makes our Amish Country Soft Buttermilk Cookies by Maudie Raber stops such memorable parts of our discoveries, 4 ½ c. flour 4t. baking powder whether it’s the specific community focus of Ohio’s 2c. sugar 4t. baking soda Amish Country (Previous Page), just one segment 1c. butter or margarine 1t. salt of more varied tours such as Lake Superior Shores 1c. buttermilk 1t. vanilla & the North Woods (Page 45) or Covered Bridges & 3 eggs Indiana Treasures (Page 51), or 2013’s all-new Our Mix ingredients together, then store in reIowa…and Yours Too! (Page 47) with stops at two frigerator overnight. When ready to bake, roll Amish sites and a meal at a Mennonite church. out dough and cut with favorite cookie cutters. A wholesome dinner at Maudie and Andy Rabers’ Leave unused dough in refrigerator while rolling home or a craftsman’s demonstration at Raber’s out each batch of dough. Do not roll dough too Wheel Works are rare opportunities to respectfully thin or cookies will become hard. Bake cookies at exchange know-how, recipes, and anecdotes about 350 F for 10 minutes or until set when touched. the joys and challenges of a lifestyle that’s remarkably Ice or decorate as desired. Cookies may also be “unplugged” in this era—hands-on, “high-touch,” dropped by spoonfuls and baked. deeply connected to the land and to a close-knit community “where a handshake is a contract”.
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Covered Bridges & Indiana Treasures Discover Nostalgic Treasures of the “Crossroads of America” In this nostalgic six-day discovery of the Hoosier State, learn about the historic – and endangered – 19th century bridges in picturesque Parke County, “Covered Bridge Capital of the World”. A local guide will introduce several bridges considered the most innovative for their time and most beloved for their captivating stories. At the luxurious French Lick Springs Hotel, enjoy a moonlit carriage ride, the pool complex and spa, or a game at Pluto’s Bowling Alley. In Indianapolis – the friendly capital city known as the “Crossroads of America” – visit the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the “Indy 500” race, where you’ll see classic cars, and even get a chance to ride around the iconic 2.56 Days • 5 Nights • 10 Meals mile oval racetrack! Jun 2-7 | Sep 15-20 | Sep 29-Oct 4 Relive a simpler, bygone era in Daviess County, home to one of Price Per Person: Double: $1,297; Single: $1,625 the 10 largest Amish settlements in the U.S. Meet friendly owners of Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $138/night thriving family businesses started with a dream, and take in amazing Depart/Return: Indianapolis, IN views of bald eagles, limestone hills, and rolling countryside.
HIGHLIGHTS • Dine with the troops at Camp
Atterbury, a training site for all branches of today’s military • Sample wholesome, old-fashioned preserves and fruit butters at Dillman Farm in Bloomington, and some of the 340-plus delicious popcorn varieties prepared by hand at the “Not Just Popcorn” factory • Savor a scrumptious meal in an Amish home, and learn how Raber’s Wheel Works builds horse carriages and farm equipment Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association; visitindy.com
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The Bridges of Parke County Known as the “Covered Bridge Capital of the World”, Parke County is home to 31 classic covered bridges, and host to an annual Covered Bridge Festival celebrating these classic structures. Mostly built in the 1800s, at costs ranging from $1,200 for the Crooks Bridge to $8,000 for the West Union Bridge, Parke County’s bridges were constructed of abundant poplar or white pine, with abutments of sandstone (or later concrete). All but one of the bridges uses a Burr Arch design, named for Theodore Burr, the “Father of American Bridge Building” who patented it in 1820. Bridges were covered both to protect the floorboards from the elements, and to ease crossing by skittish farm horses fearful of open bridges allowing them to see and hear rushing water. It’s easy to guess how they also came to be known as “kissing bridges”, advantageous for courting couples seeking privacy for stealing a quick kiss! Interest in preserving some of these bridges as local and even national historic treasures have gained popularity in recent years.
• Tour the West Baden Springs Hotel, an extraordinary National Historic Landmark with its one-of-a-kind domed
atrium (pictured below) spanning 200 feet and design
• View the distinctive building styles in small-town Columbus, ranked sixth in the nation for architectural innovation • Cruise the calm, sparkling Patoka Lake and watch for island eagles, ospreys, herons and loons • Relive American history at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and the Living Historical Farm, with
reenactments of Hoosier life in the early 1800s • See year-round holiday attractions in Santa Claus, Indiana, including the Official Santa Claus Post Office
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Northeastern Fall Foliage Explore the Rich Cultures, History and Landscapes of the Northeast at Its Autumnal Zenith
From breezy and rugged old Atlantic coastal towns to the magical Berkshires, from Revolutionary War flashpoints to palatial mountain resorts, Country Travel DISCOVERIES’ excursions to New England and New York are always fascinating and memorable explorations of Americana. But our three fall escapes across the Empire State and six gorgeous New England states – Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island – are experiences of a wholly different order! They bring America’s colonial and industrial histories vividly to life, against a backdrop of unparalleled autumnal beauty. In high foliage season, from late September to mid-October, the trees are ablaze with such hues – from evergreen to lemon to copper to crimson to blood orange to burnt umber! Harvest silos, cider mills and pie ovens, lobster traps and syrup taps, are brimming with plenty. Combined with rolling hills, white-capped waves, and the deep-blue sky, the sights, scents and flavors of autumn in the Northeast will imprint themselves on you indelibly, for years to come. Best of New York (Page 57) Autumn in New England (Next Page) Norman Rockwell’s New England (Page 56)
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Autumn in New England Experience the Region’s Harvest Bounty and Natural Beauty while Rediscovering Our Nation’s Beginnings Explore the classic New England of storybooks and history – the rugged seafaring towns and the revolutionary spirits, the granite character and mountain splendor. You’ll be transported back to the 18th century in the authentically recreated Old Sturbridge Village, dine at the Salem Cross Inn, stand in the footsteps of the famed Minutemen of Lexington & Concord, then head into old Boston to visit landmarks from America’s founding. Navigating the scenic north shore, you’ll stop for a traditional lobster bake in the salty mariners’ town of Gloucester, then hug the rocky Atlantic coast up towards Maine’s charming Ogunquit. Head inland for a scenic back-roads journey 8 Days • 7 Nights • 14 Meals we’ve charted to maximize fall’s colors! Sep 28-Oct 5 | Sep 29-Oct 6 | Sep 30-Oct 7 | Oct 5-12 | Oct 6-13 Have your cameras at the ready for our Price Per Person: Double: $1,557; Single: $1,965 passage through the mountainscapes of Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $138/night New Hampshire, and thrill as we cross the Depart/Return: Hartford, CT 2,860-foot Kancamagus Pass. Marvel as
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you walk along the Flume Gorge on wooden walkways, past waterfalls and 90-foot-high rock walls, or soar over the fiery gold treetops on an aerial tram ride to the summit of Cannon Mountain.
HIGHLIGHTS • Witness the colorful fall foliage spectacle across five
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states as the trees are ablaze autumn hues – from lemon to copper to crimson to blood orange to burnt umber Relive our nation’s courageous beginnings: from the site of the Boston Tea Party to Faneuil Hall’s “Cradle of Liberty,” Paul Revere’s home to the Old State House, Old North Church to Lexington and Concord’s “shot heard ‘round the world” Experience a life at sea from a Maine lobsterman, plus savor an authentic New England lobster bake Savor a “sweet” visit to a rustic cider mill for oldfashioned cider and fresh cider donuts, and a maple syrup farm that follows centuries’ old traditions Learn about mining traditions at the world’s largest granite quarry Enjoy delectable fragrances at the renowned Yankee Candle Company Explore the life of famed illustrator Norman Rockwell in his hometown of Stockbridge
Franconia MAINE Notch North Conway
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Norman Rockwell’s New England Discover the Life and Art, Influence and Inspirations of America’s Beloved Illustrator Over six days, we’ll follow in the footsteps of one of America’s most renowned illustrators. Starting from Rockwell’s birthplace in Albany, NY, you’ll journey to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., additional museums illuminating his extraordinary life and illustration craft, and the spectacular, open-air Cathedral of the Pines—featuring © SEPS (Saturday Evening Post Society) plaques designed by Rockwell. En route, you’ll also experience the settings, flavors and people that inspired his iconic slices of American life – and even meet one of his living 6 Days • 5 Nights • 10 Meals models! You’ll enjoy New England’s harvest bounty with a slice of Sep 27-Oct 2 | Oct 4-Oct 9 pie at Lost Acres Orchard, where over 20 kinds of apples make for Price Per Person: Double: $1,447; Single: $1,775 amazing pies...and savor Boston’s ethnic background with a lunch Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $148/night stop in the old Italian North End. Tour the famed mansion, The Depart/Return: Albany, NY Breakers, spend a nostalgic day in the historic quarters of old Boston, and much more.
HIGHLIGHTS • Visit the Norman Rockwell
Tracing its origin to Benjamin Franklin, The Saturday Evening Post has endured for nearly 300 years, thanks to the vision of its writers, editors and artists. The Post continues to distinguish itself through its covers, the most famous of which were painted by Norman Rockwell. We’re proud to team up with The Saturday Evening Post to explore the life and times of Norman Rockwell. Enjoy a trip into our past!
Museums in Stockbridge, MA and Rutland, VT, and the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, RI • Learn the stories behind famous images such as The 4 Freedoms, First Love and Saying Grace • Explore the life and legacy of our 35th president at the official JFK Presidential Library • Marvel at the grandeur of The Breakers, a 70-room Italian-style palazzo built by the Vanderbilts
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Central Park in Fall/Sookietex
Best of New York State From the Big Apple to the Adirondacks, There’s No Place Like the Empire State in Fall!
Our Empire State adventure has it all—beautiful mountain peaks and gorgeous river valleys…grand mansions and charming small towns… fascinating history and all the excitement of New York City. For friendly faces, famous places, fall color and more, join us this autumn for the “Best of New York State!”
7 Days • 6 Nights • 11 Meals Times Square, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Lincoln Center, Sep 22-28 | Sep 29-Oct 5 Price Per Person: Double: $1,497; Single: $1,885 Wall Street, and Ground Zero Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $148/night Sail from Battery Park to Ellis Island, en route catching a Depart/Return: Albany, NY spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty Experience the vibrant color of the Hudson River Valley and the Adirondack Mountains in autumn In Hyde Park, visit the home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the stately Culinary Institute of America Relive the history of “America’s pastime” at Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame Feel the living tradition of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point Visit a retired thoroughbred breeding farm in the Victorian town of Saratoga Springs, home of the oldest thoroughbred race track in America Cruise the pristine waters of Raquette Lake and learn about the upstate mountains Dinner and a Broadway Show region at the Adirondack Museum Join us for the delightful musical, Newsies. Set in turn-ofthe-century NYC, this is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teen aged “newsies,” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. $150 per person West Point/USMA
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Seven Wonders of the Modern World The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World may have all but vanished, with one glorious exception. But, the human spirit has always strived to build the monuments of surpassing glory, and reach unreachable heights. In 1994, the American Society of Civil Engineers conducted a worldwide survey to identify, and pay tribute to, the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The projects ASCE recognized pay tribute to the greatest civil engineering achievements of the 20th century, including three that can be viewed in our 2013 Discoveries. • Channel Tunnel (UK) • CN Tower (Canada) • Empire State Building (at right) – CTD’s Best of New York (Previous Page) • Golden Gate Bridge – CTD’s California’s Coastal Redwoods & Rails (Page 38) • Itaipu Dam (Brazil/Paraguay) • Netherlands North Sea Protection Works (Netherlands) • Panama Canal – CTD’S Panama & Panama Canal (Page 7)
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Holiday Escapes The Festivity of the Holidays, the Relaxation of a Vacation
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At Country Travel DISCOVERIES, we have the great fortune to accompany hundreds of travelers on dozens of tours each year. The diversity of destinations, local cultures and settings, seasonal experiences, and our fellow travelers makes our work just about the most stimulating and gratifying imaginable. But over the years, we have really come to appreciate and look forward to the special feeling and flavor of our Holiday Discoveries. Whether it’s indulging in the festive opulence of Opryland Christmas (next page) in Nashville, or learning from top professionals to cook, decorate and entertain in high style at our new Christmas in November (Page 61), getting a stress-free head start on Christmas is something you’ll wish you could do every year! Or, celebrate the New Year with our Rose Parade Holiday (Page 62) getaway. Escape winter at our beautiful waterfront resort at Huntington Beach, and enjoy amazing, behind-the-scenes access to all aspects of the world-renowned Tournament of Roses! Certainly, we love traveling in any season. Yet, it’s especially wonderful to be with people who seek – through travel – to experience something special in an already-special season, and who want to share it with others.
Gaylord Opryland Resort
Opryland Christmas & Nashville Kick off the Holidays Early in One of America’s Most Spectacular Resorts, in Country Music’s Capital City Join us in Nashville, Tennessee for a spectacular country Christmas that’s sure to create wonderful memories! You’ll enjoy four days of entertainment in this picturesque “Music City.” For festive warmth and sheer opulence, nothing compares to an Opryland Christmas put on by Gaylord Opryland Gaylord Opryland Resort Resort®. Its size, decorations, and breadth of activities and amenities are hard to beNashville City Tour lieve. Unpack once, settle in, and explore this magnificent resort’s Our optional driving tour includes world-renowned spa, two swimming pools, one-of-a-kind restauMusic Row—home to recording rants, glass “atrium gardens” lush with tens of thousands of plants, studios, music publishing officesand and even an “indoors river” – all in full holiday decor. While you’re hundreds of other sites related to country, here, enjoy a lunch cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat... gospel and Christian music—Nashville’s and even a romantic carriage ride and a photo with Santa, if you historic and Victorian warehouse districts, choose! A fantastic way to kick off the holidays early and revel in and the State Capitol. A visit to the Ryman Christmas festivity before the hectic rush of the real thing! Auditorium, one of Nashville’s signature HIGHLIGHTS country music landmarks, and home to the • Explore the dazzling range of personal services, family, Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974 will entertainment and golf options at the Gaylord Opryland complete our tour. Resort®, an amazing city within a city! • See the famous Rockettes® at a Radio City Christmas Spectacular® 4 Days • 3 Nights • 5 Meals • Stress-free early Christmas shopping at the Nov 25-28 Resort’s many wonderful stores plus the Price Per Person: Traditional Double: $1,197; Single: $1,395 Treasures for the Holidays art, craft and antiques Premium Garden View Double: $1,297; Single: $1,595 show Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: Traditional: $228/night; Premium: $278/night • Enjoy a special Christmas Dinner & Show, and Depart/Return: Nashville, TN holiday-themed attractions including a life-sized ice-sculpting exhibit, the awe-inspiring “Parade of Wooden Soldiers” and “Living Nativity,” and a To learn more about this tour, visit fly-over by Santa himself! www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/ 60 Travel Experiences: Personalized, Different, Real | www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com
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Christmas in November (Canada) Learn the Art of Holiday Entertaining from the Pros in a Fun, Luxury Setting Get an amazing head-start on the holiday season with this pre-Christmas escape at one of Canada’s grandest hotels, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Educational, interactive and festive, Christmas in November combines hands-on seminars and informative demos about holiday entertaining with the best parts of a relaxing mountain resort vacation. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Learn from top chefs, mixologists, and other expert presenters on “how to cook, decorate and entertain like a professional” without stress. Unwind with yoga classes or luxurious spa experiences during the day, and raise the holiday cheer in lavish nighttime receptions and gala dinners. Get a jump on making this year’s holiday gatherings the best ever at the 2013, 25th anniversary special event!
HIGHLIGHTS • Take a break to shop on the Promenade, relax fireside in The
Emerald Lounge, or hike around Lac Beauvert • Hone your palette at expert-led food, wine and beer tastings • Enjoy a full range of spa services and customized treatments, from fir-infused stone massage to a maple-butter body wrap to a thermal mineral bath • Cookbooks, accessories and decorating tools used by presenters available in Christmas in November Store
6 Days • 5 Nights • 10 Meals Nov 3-8 Depart/Return: Edmonton, AB Prices available after Feb. 28, 2013.
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2005 Tournament of Roses
Rose Parade Holiday Escape to an Unforgettable New Year with Pomp, Pageantry and a Beachfront Experience the pageantry of the world-famous Tournament of Roses Parade, up close and personal! Let the music echo through your body, the fragrance swirl around you in a way that is palpable and exciting. You’ll be astonished to discover how wholly different the real Rose Parade Grauman’s Chinese spectacle is from any televised event. Enjoy amazing street-level access for Theater/Carol M. Highsmith/LoCPPD watching the floats go by and prizewinning bands perform, and even opt to arrive early and help decorate one of the floats yourself! After a day of pomp and festivity, or touring the glamorous sights of Tinseltown, you’ll feel like royalty at your 4-Diamond Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, where every room overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has easy beach access for free-time fun. Enjoy plenty of unstructured time and flexible side options to build a perfect stress-free holiday and sunny winter getaway you want, at your pace.
HIGHLIGHTS • Dinner cruise from stunning Newport Beach aboard a ship once owned •
by film star John Wayne 5 Days • 4 Nights • 8 Meals Exclusive presentation by Dr. Tommy Cairns, Tournament Judge, past Dec 29, 2013-Jan 2, 2014 President of the American Rose Society, and author of The Ultimate Rose Depart/Return: Huntington Beach, CA Book Prices for this tour and options will be Lunch aboard the legendary Queen Mary in Long Beach, then tour this available after Feb. 28, 2013. magnificent luxury linerturned hotel Option - LA, Hollywood Join The Parade! and Dolby Theater Red Carpet Tour: Beverly Hills, Dec 27-29, 2013 Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Don’t just watch the parade – be a part of it! Arrive early, roll up your sleeves, Chinese Theatre (above), and help more than 4,000 Petal Pushers® volunteers decorate floats you can more. $98 per person see featured in the Tournament of Roses Parade live and on television. The Option - Huntington exhilaration of then watching your own beautiful creation glide through the Library & Botanical Gardens, procession cannot be described!! San Marino: Delight in 120 acres of beautiful gardens,
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three art galleries, library and relaxing English tea in the Rose Garden Tea Room. • Option - New Year’s Eve Celebration: After a delicious dinner and a 9:00 p.m. New Year’s Toast in the hotel ballroom, enjoy dancing to the music of Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and many more.
Traveler Talk ...money well spent on good travel fun, fellowship with wonderful people and safe travel. - M.K., Michigan
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“Catalina Island” Post-tour Extension Jan 2-3, 2014
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Stay another day to sail a high-speed luxury catamaran to the enchanting seaside village of Avalon on Catalina Island. Board a private tour of the beaches and hillside nature reserve, then visit famed Avalon Ballroom to relive big band swing’s heyday and dine at a quaint seaside restaurant.
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Solos Share Program Country Travel DISCOVERIES, LLC welcomes solos of all kinds, on all tours: friends, siblings and singles. We would be happy to “pair up” solo travelers of the same gender, qualifying you both for the per person double occupancy price. If we cannot match you with an acceptable roommate prior to your final payment due date, you can travel at the single occupancy price or receive a full refund.
“A great way for women alone to travel. Can count on having a good time and being safe.” – M.F., Ohio
Deposits: Each reservation must include a $250 per person deposit which will be credited against your final payment. Final Payment is due 60 days prior to your departure except for the Alaska & the Yukon, which is due 95 days prior. You will receive an invoice stating the exact due date. If final payment is not received by the due date, a $50 per person late fee will be assessed or your reservation may be cancelled. Payment can be made by check or credit card. Final Documents will be sent 2-3 weeks prior to departure. Travel Prices: The 2013 travel prices listed in this catalog are based on currency exchange rates in effect as follows: 2013 Canadian & European Destinations: July 18, 2012 All travel prices are subject to revision in the event of a fluctuation in tariff, currency rates, or other factors which are beyond our control. In addition, fuel surcharges and departure taxes are subject to revision until time of airline ticketing which is approximately 30 days prior to departure. Every effort has been made to publish accurate pricing. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are quoted in U.S. dollars. Arrival and Departure: You can either fly or drive to your tour’s departure city. Many starting hotels offer complimentary round-trip shuttle service from the airport to our hotel. In addition, many U.S. tours will offer complimentary parking at the starting hotel. Most tours conclude with a stop at our starting hotel and a stop at the airport for those flying home. Transportation to/from Destination: Airline and other transportation arrangements should not be purchased until you receive our “Get Set” Mailing which includes the required arrival times into our starting city on the day your tour begins and suitable departure times on the final day of our tour. Country Travel DISCOVERIES, LLC (CTD) will not be responsible for change fees, including any non-changeable airline or other transportation tickets that are purchased at any time, unless a change in itinerary is announced by CTD after the Get Set mailing arrives. Pre/Post Travel Lodging: Extend your vacation in the tour’s Depart/ Return city, or arrive early to avoid any unforeseen travel delays. This cost will be added to your invoice. Documentation Requirements: A valid U.S. Passport is required for travel to/from the U.S. U.S. citizens need to present a valid U.S. Passport, a U.S. Passport Card or a WHTI-Compliant Travel Document for travel to/from the U.S. Passport applications are available at your local post office or online at http://travel.state.gov. If your passport is other than U.S. issued, please advise us in writing as other documentation may be required. Some countries require a minimum period (generally 6 months) from scheduled return date of your trip until passport expires. Failure to present proper proof of citizenship can result in denied entry, and you may not be able to join and/or continue with our tour. Country Travel DISCOVERIES, LLC will not be responsible for the accuracy of your citizenship documents or any additional costs incurred due to incomplete documentation. All passengers should check with the appropriate consulate for entry requirements.
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Eligibility & Mobility: To fully enjoy your travel experience, you should be in good physical and mental health. If you have any physical or mental limitations, please advise us of your situation when making your reservation. Travelers who require assistance must be accompanied by an able companion who will provide all necessary assistance. To be fair to all travelers, we reserve the right to decline or remove anyone whose health or behavior impacts the safety, welfare or enjoyment of the group. Please be aware that there are times when a good deal of walking is involved in our tours. Those who have difficulty walking should consult with their doctors before deciding to travel. Due to the nature of our tours, we are unable to accommodate travelers using mobility devices.
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Change & Cancellation Policy If you need to make a change to your reservation such as departure date or traveler name, a $25 per person transfer fee will apply. If this change or a change to your pre/post-tour hotel is made within 65 days of departure, you will also be responsible for any penalties or fees imposed by our suppliers. All changes are subject to availability. Optional excursions become non-refundable 14 days prior to departure. In the event you need to cancel your reservation, we must receive your cancellation notice in writing, and it will become effective only when received by Country Travel DISCOVERIES, LLC (CTD). Refunds will be processed within 15 business days upon receipt of written cancellation. The cancellation fee per person will be determined by the number of days remaining until your tour departure date (day of departure is counted as Day 0) and are as follows: U.S. and Canada Destinations (except Alaska & the Yukon, Hawaii’s Hidden Gems, Christmas in November, and Opryland Christmas) 45 or more days..................................................................................................$100 44-31 days...........................................................................................................$200 30-15 days............................................................................... 25% of the tour price 14-8 days................................................................................. 50% of the tour price 7 days or less............................................................................................. No refund Alaska & the Yukon, Hawaii’s Hidden Gems, and Christmas in November 91 or more days..................................................................................................$100 90-61 days...........................................................................................................$250 60-31 days............................................................................... 50% of the tour price 30-16 days............................................................................... 75% of the tour price 15 days or less........................................................................................... No refund Opryland Christmas and Panama & the Panama Canal 90 or more days..................................................................................................$100 89-61 days...........................................................................................................$250 60 days or less........................................................................................... No refund
Europe 91 or more days..................................................................................................$100 90-61 days...........................................................................................................$250 60-31 days...........................................................................................................$500 30-15 days............................................................................... 50% of the tour price 14-8 days................................................................................. 75% of the tour price 7 days or less............................................................................................. No refund If you leave a tour in progress, you will not receive any refund. In the event of cancellation by CTD prior to departure, you will receive a full refund of the monies paid, which is processed within 15 business days. On chartered cruises, CTD reserves the right to release any unused cabins back to the cruise line for general public sale.
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Panama & the Panama Canal..................................................................... 67 Hawaii’s Hidden Gems................................................................................68 Palm Springs Winter Oasis..........................................................................69 Texas Ranches & San Antonio Trails........................................................ 70 Coastal Carolina & Georgia Shores.......................................................... 71 Louisiana & Mississippi’s Southern Charm............................................ 72 Germany, Switzerland & Austria................................................................ 73 Discover Scandinavia................................................................................... 74 Ireland: A Celtic Jaunt.................................................................................. 76 Grand Canyon & Red Rocks....................................................................... 77 Mt. Rushmore to Yellowstone.................................................................... 78 Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park............................................ 79 Alaska & the Yukon.......................................................................................80 West Virginia’s Mountain Railroads.......................................................... 81 Colorado’s Vintage Railways......................................................................82 California’s Coastal Redwoods and Rails...............................................83 Niagara Falls & Western New York..........................................................84 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.......................................................................85 Great Lakes & America’s Heartland Shores..........................................86 Lake Superior Shores & the North Woods............................................ 87 Our Iowa...and Yours, Too!..........................................................................88 Ohio’s Amish Country..................................................................................89 Covered Bridges & Indiana Treasures.....................................................90 Autumn in New England............................................................................. 91 Norman Rockwell’s New England............................................................92 Best of New York...........................................................................................93 Opryland Christmas & Nashville...............................................................93 Christmas in November (Canada)............................................................93 Rose Parade Holiday....................................................................................93
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Panama & the Panama Canal Feb 28-Mar 7 | Mar 7-14 Depart/Return: Miami, FL. Price Per Person: Double: $2,897; Single: $3,495. See more details of this tour on page 7 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/PPC
Day 1–Miami/Panama City Meet your friendly representative in Miami before flying to Panama City. From your hotel on the Panama Canal, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the giant cargo ships and the Bridge of the Americas. Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites, Panama City.
World Heritage Site. Later, visit Fort Sherman Forest Reserve, where the U.S. military once conducted jungle training. Price: $139 per person Option – Fishing on Gatun Lake: Enjoy a guided fishing excursion on Gatun Lake. Price: $129 per person.
Day 2–Panama City This morning, we’ll visit Old Panama, Day 5–Portobelo/Panama Rail Today we’ll drive to Portobelo founded in 1519 by a Spanish conquistador, for a guided tour for a tour of the preserved Spanish forts and churches. We’ll of the ruins. You’ll have time to see the artisan shops with their explore Fort San Geronimo and Fort Santiago de la Gloria, and beautiful hand crafts and molas. We’ll continue on to Casco Viejo then the Church of San Felipe. This 19th-century church’s most (Old Quarter) for lunch and a walking famous relic is a carving of Jesus which, tour along the charming cobblestone because of its dark wood, is known Portobelo Chagres streets learning about the fascinating River as “The Black Christ.” We’ll enjoy a history of the area. Later, enjoy a Colon Caribbean-inspired lunch and then head presentation on the canal’s history at Panama for the railway station in Colon for an City Miraflores Locks’ diorama. From the La Chorrera unforgettable train ride. Enjoy the scenery observation platform, you’ll watch in as you relax in your elegant passenger awe as oceangoing ships are tendered coach. Accommodations: Country Inn & Anton through huge locks with only inches Suites, Panama City. Meals included: B, L, D. to spare. Accommodations: Country Inn & Day 6–Anton Today we’ll visit a Suites, Panama City. Meals: B, L, D. sugarcane plantation and a pineapple Day 3–The Panama Canal Get set farm! You’ll sample homemade sweets and for a once-in-a-lifetime thrill! At juicy pineapple fresh from the field. Then, Flamenco Island Marina on the Pacific return to the hotel in time to freshen up Ocean side of Panama, our boat awaits us for a memorable fullfor dinner on your own. Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites, day, full-length crossing of the Panama Canal. Country Travel Panama City. Meals: B, L. DISCOVERIES guarantees a daytime crossing, so you won’t Day 7–Chagres River This morning we’ll travel to the shores of miss a thing! It will be an unforgettable experience as our boat is Madden Lake where we’ll board motorized dugout canoes for a raised and lowered through each of the locks on our way to the ride along the Chagres River and Alajuela Lake. We’ll meet the Atlantic. Accommodations: Melia Panama Canal, Colon. Meals: B, L. Embera Indians, whose customs have not changed for centuries. Day 4–Melia Panama Canal After a full breakfast, enjoy These delightful people live under thatched roofs, cook over open a day at leisure or you may join one of the optional tours. fires and sleep in hammocks. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner. Accommodations: Melia Panama Canal, Colon. Meals: B, D. Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites, Panama City. Meals: B, L, D. Option – Fort San Lorenzo & Chagres River Nature Tour: See Day 8–Panama City/Miami Today we’ll say goodbye to this keel-billed toucans, three-toed sloths and howler monkeys. We’ll enchanting country and return home, where you’ll be eager to explore Fort San Lorenzo, a stone Spanish fortress and UNESCO share your incredible Panama Canal experiences. Meals: B.
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Hawaii’s Hidden Gems A Dazzling Winter Escape to the “Paradise of the Pacific” Mar 10-19 Depart/Return: Honolulu, Oahu/Kahului, Maui. Price Per Person: Double: $2,997; Single: $3,795. See more details of this tour on page 8 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/HAW Day 1–Honolulu, Oahu Upon arrival on the island of Oahu, transfer to our first-class hotel, the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. Tonight, chat with your fellow travelers during a lighthearted welcome reception. Accommodations: Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Oahu. Welcome Reception Included. Day 2–Pearl Harbor/Waikiki Beach We’ll start the day with a tasty breakfast at Duke’s Waikiki, a restaurant named for Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing and the “Big Kahuna” himself. Then we’re off on a city tour of Honolulu. This afternoon, the awe-inspiring USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor and the battleship Missouri awaits. Tonight, enjoy a stroll on Waikiki Beach or take in the hotel’s free nightly shows. Accommodations: Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Oahu. Meals: B. Day 3–Haleiwa/Polynesian Cultural Center A mouthwatering breakfast buffet on Waikiki Beach starts your day. Spend the day enjoying the hotel’s amenities, including nearby dining and shopping opportunities and worldfamous Waikiki Beach, or join us on an optional excursion! Accommodations: Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Oahu. Meals: B. Option – Polynesian Cultural Center: Join us for a tour of Oahu’s most popular scenic attractions and a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Meals: L. Price: $135 per person. Day 4–Big Island of Hawaii/ Volcanoes National Park This morning we’ll fly to the Big Island of Hawaii, where we’ll arrive in Hilo. Our first stop is an exclusive visit to award-winning Green Point Nursery before heading into the slopes of Mauna Loa. Later we’ll visit Volcanoes National Park, home of the only “drive-in” volcano in the world! Accommodations: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Hawaii. Meals: L. Day 5–Hilo/Kona A fascinating tour awaits us this morning at the Pacific Hilo Tsunami Museum. Learn about devastating tsunami waves and hear fascinating survivors’ stories. We’ll travel along the lush Hamakua Coast to Hawaiian Vanilla Company, the only farm in the U.S. that grows vanilla commercially. Owner Jim Reddekopp will take us on a tour and share the history of the Hamakua Coast. Next, Bob and Pam Cooper at the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory give us the inside scoop on another tasty treat—cacao. We’ll relax for two nights in Kona, truly a slice of paradise. Accommodations: Royal Kona Resort, Hawaii. Meals: B, L.
Day 6–Kona/City of Refuge An eye-opening tour of Kona Coffee Farm starts the day. See how this delicious pick-me-up goes from the field to your favorite mug. From here, we visit Puuhonua O Honaunau, “City of Refuge,” where in ancient times Hawaiians came to be absolved of crimes against the gods. Accommodations: Royal Kona Resort, Hawaii. Meals: B. Day 7–Maui/Lahaina This morning we fly to our third island, Maui, where we’ll enjoy a gourmet lunch and a garden tour at the Alii Kula Lavender Farm. Over 30 different varieties of sweetsmelling lavender will amaze your senses. We’ll enjoy lunch at the farm, including a cooking demonstration. This evening, you’ll have the chance to relax in the historical whaling town of Lahaina, where you’ll stay for three restful nights at the Royal Lahaina Resort. Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui. Meals: B, L. Day 8–Maui Today is at your leisure. Take in some of Maui’s top recreational activities—get a bird’s-eye view of the island on a helicopter ride, explore the ocean on a snorkeling excursion, set sail on the beautiful Hawaiian waters or join us on a breathtaking, all-day excursion. Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui. Meals: B.
Option – Road to Hana: Join us for an all-day excursion on the “Road to Hana.” This breathtaking tour along Maui’s famous roadway offers stunning scenery around every turn - all 600 of them. Definitely off the beaten path, but not for the faint hearted. Price: $140 per person.
Day 9–Lahaina/Luau Enjoy a day on your own: the spectacular beach, a trolley ride to Lahaina’s shopping district, or an optional excursion. Accommodations: Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui. Meals: B, D. Option – Whale Watch: Experience the thrill of watching Maui’s most famous return visitor, the humpback whale! Price: $50 per person. As the sun sets beyond the reef, the pounding of native drums will welcome you to the Old Lahaina Luau. Native dancers take you on a musical journey to the lyrical sounds of the tropics. It’s the perfect way to end this magical vacation. Day 10–Maui This morning we’ll say “Aloha!” Enjoy breakfast, then head home, taking many tranquil island memories with you. Meals: B.
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Palm Springs Winter Oasis Private “Me Time” and Thoroughly Planned Activities in a Perfectly Balanced Winter Getaway Feb 17-23 Depart/Return: Palm Springs, CA. Price Per Person: Double: $1,697; Single: $2,245. See more details of this tour on page 10 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/PSP Day 1–Palm Springs Welcome to Palm Springs, a desert oasis. Upon arrival, check in and settle into your comfortable room at the Hilton Palms Springs hotel, conveniently located within walking distance to downtown Palm Springs and numerous restaurants and shopping. Tonight, you will meet your fellow travelers and learn about activities for the next week. Accommodations: Hilton Palm Springs Resort. Welcome Reception Included.
for at least 5,000 years. You will see 1.5 billion year old rock walls thrust up by the San Andreas Fault. This wildlife sanctuary is home to coyotes, eagles, and bighorn sheep. Return to Palm Springs and enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Accommodations: Hilton Palm Springs Resort. Meals: B, L
Day 3–Coachella Valley This morning it’s off to the Living Desert. We will discover bighorn sheep, cheetahs, leopards, golden eagles, and Mexican wolves in a remarkable zoo and botanical garden representing the deserts of North America and Africa. Then it’s on to Coachella Valley, which is among the largest crop-growing regions in the state, renowned for its dates, citrus, grapes and bell peppers. At Coachella Valley Water District we will learn about the distribution of water to the local farmlands. We will visit a working date garden, home of the superb Medjool date and many other interesting and delicious date varieties. You will learn about the date’s history and cultivation and get to taste some delicious samples. Accommodations: Hilton Palm Springs Resort. Meals: B, L
philanthropists. Learn more about the Annenbergs, their lives, and their commitment to serving their country, to education, and to the arts. You can also stroll through the gardens, inspired by the Annenberg collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. Then it’s on to Temecula Valley. We will stop at Temecula Olive Oil Ranch, where you will meet co-owners Tom and Catherine and learn about the planting, growing and harvesting of a wide variety of olives. You will get to taste some too! At Leoness Cellars you will learn about growing grapes, harvest, crush, fermentation and barrel aging, which ultimately produce wines of incredible depth and flavor. Spend some free time strolling through Old Temecula. Accommodations: Hilton Palm Springs Resort. Meals: B, L
Day 5–Palm Springs This morning, we will depart for Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. We will rise 2 ½ miles, taking a tenminute ride up to the mountains on the world’s largest rotating Day 2–Palm Springs This morning after a delicious breakfast, tramcars and experience the threshold of the Santa Rosa and we will visit the San Gorgonio Wind Park, a mature project San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Then we will boasting four generations of technology and over two dozen explore the historic palm tree-lined Palm Springs Walk of Stars. types of turbines in We will walk among the operation. Your expert golden palm stars of guide will discuss a Marilyn Monroe, Bob Twentynine host of environmental Hope, Chevy Chase and Palms Palm issues, such as bird others, embedded in the Springs Joshua Tree strikes, bat kills, noise, sidewalks. This afternoon National Park land use, and more. we will have fun by Palm Then you will learn catching the Fabulous Desert Coachella the history and facts Palm Springs Follies at about the playground the historic Plaza Theatre. Temecula of the stars. You will This razzle-dazzle song see dozens of celebrity and dance extravaganza homes all right in the is presented in the style City of Palm Springs. of old Ziegfield Follies. Dean Martin, Liz Taylor, This evening enjoy a local Debbie Reynolds, experience where every Marilyn Monroe and dozens more came to bask in the warm Thursday evening, Downtown Palm Springs transforms into sun and soak in the free and easy desert lifestyle. Then, visit the Palm Springs Village Fest. You will experience a diverse array of Palm Springs Air Museum, which features one of the largest artists, artisans, entertainers and food. Accommodations: Hilton collections of flying WWII aircraft. Our veteran guide will Palm Springs Resort. Meals: B, L share his experiences and will emphasize the importance of the Day 6–Temecula Valley This morning we will visit Sunnylands Air Power in the victory of WWII. Accommodations: Hilton Palm Center and Gardens. Sunnylands was the home of Walter Springs Resort. Meals: B, L and Leonore Annenberg, entrepreneurs, ambassadors, and
Day 4–Joshua Tree National Park/Palm Springs Today we will visit nearby Joshua Tree National Park. Humans have occupied the area encompassed by Joshua Tree National Park
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Day 7–Palm Springs Today, after breakfast, we will say farewell to our fellow travelers and this desert paradise. Accommodations: Hilton Palm Springs Resort. Meals: B.
Texas Ranches & San Antonio Trails Experience the Thrill of Frontier Life in the Lone Star State Feb 24-Mar 2 LIMITED SPACE | Apr 14-20 | Oct 6-12
Depart/Return: San Antonio, TX. Price Per Person: Double: $1,427; Single: $1,755. See more details of this tour on page 12 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TST Day 1–San Antonio Welcome to Texas! This evening we’ll have a private reception at the hotel. You’ll meet your friendly traveling companions and your tour director. Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel, San Antonio Airport. Meals: Welcome reception.
rare pieces of art. Then we’re off to the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch and a ranger-guided tour of the Texas White House. You’ll love the rolling hills and pastureland that LBJ roamed before becoming President of the United States. We’ll continue on to Fredericksburg, a German community complete with Day 2–King Ranch/Corpus Christi Visit Brush Country gingerbread-trimmed houses. You’re free to stroll Main Street to Cowboys Church and learn about its significance in cowboy explore the numerous specialty shops and enjoy lunch on your culture. We’ll visit the original town square on our way to King own. If you’re a WWII history buff, the National Museum of Ranch. Our next stop is big, even for Texas. King Ranch, with the Pacific War is a must-see! Tonight, enjoy all the wonderful over 850,000 acres, is one of the largest working ranches in the amenities your hotel has to offer. Accommodations: Drury Inn & U.S. We’ll settle in for a Texas-style Suites Riverwalk, San Antonio. Meals: B. barbeque lunch at a rustic camp Day 6–Mountain Home/ house. Afterward, we’ll learn about Bandera This morning we’ll drive both the history and modern-day the back roads to Mountain Home workings of the ranch. Later we’ll and its Texas landmark – the centuryhead down the trail to the Gulf of Johnson City Mountain Home old, 40,000 acre Y. O. Ranch. Meet Mexico where our hotel overlooks the “hands” who manage the world’s the sparkling waters of Corpus Schulenburg Medina largest herd of registered Longhorns. Christi Bay. Accommodations: Best San Bandera This afternoon we tour Love Creek Western Marina Grand Hotel, Corpus Antonio Orchards, pioneers of the Texas apple Christi. Meals: B, L. industry. Only six feet tall, the trees Day 3–Corpus Christi/San Mexico Corpus are small yet the fruit is delicious. Antonio After a hearty breakfast, King Ranch Christi Our finale is the Mayan Dude Ranch you’ll tour the legendary aircraft in Bandera – the Cowboy Capital carrier USS Lexington. Would-be of the World! The Hicks Family has “top guns” in our group can feel owned and operated the Mayan Ranch for 50 years and will be the excitement of a jet fighter in the flight simulator, if they delighted to welcome you to their authentic dude ranch with wish. We’ll have a change of scenery as we travel north to Fayette all the comforts of home. Enjoy Texas-style entertainment County where we’ll find one of the famous Painted Churches after a world-class dinner. Accommodations: Mayan Dude Ranch, of Texas. The term “Painted” comes from the elaborate fauxBandera. Meals: B, L, D. finished interior. Afterward, we’ll take a break and sample some
fruitcake unlike any you’ve tasted before! Our last stop of the day is exciting San Antonio, the “cradle of Texas liberty.” We’ll check into our hotel on the banks of the famous San Antonio River Walk – your home for the next three nights. Accommodations: Drury Inn & Suites Riverwalk, San Antonio. Meals: B, L. Day 4–San Antonio Start this morning with a guided tour of San Antonio and tour Mission San Jose – known as the “Queen of the Missions.” After dining at a festive spot in downtown San Antonio, we’ll experience a spectacular view of the city with a water taxi ride on the river itself. We’ll complete our day at the Alamo – as we walk in the footsteps of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and other valiant men who will live in Texans’ memories forever. Tonight enjoy the tropical walkways, gourmet restaurants and rare boutique shops lining the river. Accommodations: Drury Inn & Suites Riverwalk, San Antonio. Meals: B, L. Day 5–Johnson City/San Antonio This morning we’ll visit a different kind of “Texas Ranch” – Benini Galleries and Sculpture Ranch. The unconventional ranch is the brainchild of Italian-born artist, Benini, and his Ohio-born wife, Lorraine. Meet Benini and hear the theories and techniques behind these
Day 7–Bandera/San Antonio Today we enjoy a trail ride to a cowboy-style breakfast cookout. There’ll be eggs by the dozen, hash browns, thick-sliced bacon, cowboy sausage, biscuits and grits, plus plenty of fresh-squeezed juice and strong cowboy coffee. After breakfast, you can hit the trail for the hills or mosey down to the cool Medina River. Dude ranch horseback riding is single file at a walk – the best way to see Texas hill country. Then it’s time to pack up. Our new-found cowboy and cowgirl friends will wave goodbye as we “giddy up” to the San Antonio airport. Meals: B.
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Coastal Carolina & Georgia Shores Rediscover High and Low Country Traditions among the South’s Most Beautiful Beachfronts Apr 14-20 LIMITED SPACE | Apr 21-27 | May 5-11 | Oct 13-19
Depart/Return: Charleston, SC | Jacksonville, FL. Price Per Person: Double: $1,497; Single: $1,865. See more details of this tour on page 14 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/CCA Day 1–Charleston Meet your fellow travelers for a welcome reception at our hotel in Charleston. Accommodations: Holiday Inn Charleston Airport. Welcome Reception Included. Day 2–Charleston Known as the city “where history lives,” you’ll get a taste of Charleston’s beauty and charm on a city tour featuring carefully preserved historic homes and public landmarks. At Patriot’s Point, board the World War II aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, affectionately known as “The Fighting Lady.” Get a firsthand experience of a seaman’s life by listening to stories of heroism. Accommodations: Holiday Inn Charleston Airport. Meals: B, L, D. Option – Harbor Cruise: Experience Charleston from the decks of a double-decker boat on a leisurely 1-1/2 hour narrated cruise. Price: $20 per person. Option – Carriage Tour: On a one-hour, fully narrated tour through the streets of Charleston, you’ll see gardens, mansions, churches, and parks and learn about the people that make Charleston what it is. Price: $25 per person.
to visit.” Board an Old Savannah Trolley for a guided tour of the National Historic Landmark District. A special lunch is arranged for us at Lady & Sons Restaurant, operated by Food Network star and celebrity cook Paula Deen. Afterward enjoy a scrumptious visit to the Savannah Candy Kitchen, famous for mouthwatering pralines and peanut brittle, then browse the quaint shops along Factors Walk and cobblestone-paved River Street. Accommodations: Springhill Suites by Marriott, Savannah. Meals: B, L. Day 6–Jekyll Island Travel along the Georgia coast to Jekyll Island. One of 12 barrier islands, Jekyll Island was once the winter retreat of America’s prominent families of the early 1920s, including the Rockefellers and Macys. See the gracious historic district, stopping to explore huge “summer cottages” of America’s “Gilded Era.” Afterward, sit down to a luscious lunch at the picturesque Jekyll Island Club. The Island is also home to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, a hospital and rehabilitation center for the island’s many species of Hilton Head turtles. Accommodations: Best Western Plus, Island Kingsland. Meals: B, L.
Day 3–Charleston/Hilton Head Go back in time to the Antebellum South at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Enjoy a tram tour of the plantation’s diverse gardens, islands and ponds, plus see turtles, egrets and great blue herons.
Day 7–Okefenokee/Jacksonville Explore the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge from the safety of our tour boat. Yes, there are alligators, and lots of them, in the fresh water of the refuge’s Suwannee Jekyll Island Folkston Canal. Plus, our guide will point out Kingsland some of the other 400+ species that thrive Option – House Tour: Add the Plantation here. Next stop, Folkston Depot! Train House tour to your visit and see family buffs will revel in watching the variety of heirlooms and more. Price: $8 per Jacksonville trains and cargo that pass through this person. tiny hub, nicknamed “Folkston Funnel.” On Wadmalaw Island, enjoy a behindYou can also explore the nearby Train the-scenes look at the Charleston Tea Plantation, where more Museum, housed in a historic and beautifully restored depot. than 320 varieties are grown. Arrive at our beachfront hotel on In the afternoon, arrive in Jacksonville for your return home, Hilton Head Island, our home for the next two nights, with time feeling re-energized from salt-sea air and one-of-a-kind island to relax and stroll along the beach. Accommodations: The Beach experiences along the Southern coast. Meals: B, L. House, a Holiday Inn Resort, Hilton Head Island. Meals: B, L, D. Day 4–Hilton Head Island Start the day with a tour hosted by a native of the island and descendant of Gullah culture. Learn about this colorful mix of West African, Creole, Brazilian and Jamaican languages, traditions and foods. Stop in for a homemade, low country-style meal prepared at the Roastfish & Cornbread by Gullah descendant Chef David Vincent Young. Sail from Hilton Head Island on a narrated cruise on the Intracoastal Waterway. Pass historic lighthouses and watch for bottlenose dolphins, egrets, herons and pelicans. Accommodations: The Beach House, Hilton Head Island. Meals: B, L. Day 5–Savannah Savannah’s gorgeous squares, gardens, fountains and architecture make it one of “America’s most beautiful places
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Louisiana & Mississippi’s Southern Charm Experience the Sights, Sounds and Flavors of the Gulf Coast – from Bay to Bayou to the Mighty Mississippi Mar 10-17 Depart/Return: New Orleans, LA. Price Per Person: Double $1,597; Single $1,985. See more details of this tour on page 16 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/LMS
Day 1–New Orleans Welcome to The Big Easy! Get acquainted with your fellow travelers and meet your Country Travel Discoveries Director at tonight’s welcome reception. Relax and enjoy the first of two nights at our comfortable New Orleans hotel. Accommodations: Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, Kenner. Welcome Reception Included.
Plantation features outstanding vocalists and historical narration that will give you a glimpse of plantation life. Next, we’re off to Cajun country to visit the Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Center, featuring exhibits on Cajun culture and the history of the Acadian people in Louisiana. Accommodations: Hilton Lafayette. Meals: B, L.
Day 6–Avery Island/Houma Things “heat up” today with our Day 2–New Orleans Enjoy a day of sights in fabulous New visit to the world’s one-and-only TABASCO® Pepper Sauce Orleans. Visit the famous French Quarter, see the stately homes factory. See first-hand how this favorite spice is bottled and of the Garden District and view some of the areas hardest hit packaged. Later, explore Avery Island by Hurricane Katrina. Then enjoy Jungle Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, home a delectable lunch and cooking Vicksburg to countless varieties of exotic plants and demonstration at the world-famous wildlife. After a delicious lunch, we’ll tour New Orleans School of Cooking. After Conrad Rice Mill—the oldest operating lunch, board the Steamboat Natchez rice mill in the United States. Tonight for a relaxing two-hour cruise on Ferriday we’ll stay in Houma, gateway to the the Mighty Mississippi. We’ll travel heart of bayou country. Accommodations: from the heart of the French Quarter Natchez Hampton Inn Houma. Meals: B, L. and hear about a time when cotton Alexandria was king along this glorious river. Day 7–Houma Travel into bayou Accommodations: Crowne Plaza New communities where folks earn their Orleans Airport, Kenner. Meals: B, L. living from land and sea. See oyster, shrimp and soft shell crab operations Day 3–Plaquemine Lock/St. and meet the families who work them. Francisville/Natchez We’ll travel Then climb aboard a Mardi Gras float. west to Plaquemine Lock State Plaquemine Lafayette This evening, enjoy a wonderful farewell Historical Park. Bayou Plaquemine dinner with your traveling companions. served as a navigable artery into the New Iberia Accommodations: Hampton Inn Houma. heartland of Louisiana until 1952. Avery Island New Orleans Meals: B, L, D. Lunch today will be at the impressive Greenwood Plantation. Rick and Houma Day 8–Houma/New Orleans This Carolyn Barnes’ Greenwood home, a morning, venture into the Louisiana Greek Revival mansion set among live swamps filled with Spanish moss, Cypress oaks draped with Spanish moss, is considered to be the South’s trees, and many species of reptiles, ducks and birds. You may finest example of classic colonial architecture. We’ll continue on even see another alligator or two. After a short trip back to New to Natchez, MS, home for the next two nights. Accommodations: Orleans, head home with unforgettable memories. Meals: B. The Natchez Grand Hotel. Meals: B, L. Day 4–Natchez/Vicksburg An unforgettable “Old South” experience awaits you after breakfast today. Visit Vicksburg, known as the “Red Carpet of the South.” Explore the city’s fascinating history and tour Vicksburg National Military Park— one of the most renowned Civil War sites in the country! Enjoy lunch on your own, then return to Natchez and experience “life along the Mississippi” with a horse drawn carriage ride through the oldest city on the river. Tonight we’ll treat you to dinner at a Natchez restaurant for some of the best catfish and hush puppies in the USA. Accommodations: The Natchez Grand Hotel. Meals: B, D. Day 5–Frogmore/Lafayette Find your seat in the original pews of an 1800s plantation church for an unforgettable musical adventure! Our Delta Music Tour of Frogmore
Pre-Tour EXTENSION: New Orleans Mar 9-10 Price Per Person: Double: $247 Single: $315 Day “0”: New Orleans Arrive the day before our tour to explore the city sights of New Orleans at your leisure. Following a good night’s rest, your full tour day kicks off with a Jazz Brunch Buffet at the Court of Two Sisters restaurant, complete with live music. Browse artists’ wares at Jackson Square and visit the National WWII Museum before heading to Day 1’s welcome reception. Accommodations: Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, Kenner. Meal: Brunch.
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Germany, Switzerland & Austria Get to Know Old World Europe … Like a Fairy Tale Come True! May 6-17 | Sep 3-14 Depart/Return: Chicago, IL. Price Per Person: Double: $3,597; Single: $3,895. See more details of this tour on page 19 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/GSA Days 1–2 Chicago/Munich/Nuremberg Welcome to Germany! Our guide will meet us in Munich and escort us on the scenic drive to Nuremberg. A medieval atmosphere surrounds the city’s Old Town with its three churches, emperor’s castle and town walls. Accommodations: Arvena Reichsstadt Hotel, Bad Windsheim. Meals: D
Day 7–Lake Lucerne Today we’ll take in Lake Lucerne and its surroundings. Gondolas with panoramic views of the mountains will transport us from Kriens to Frakmuntegg in the shadow of mighty Mt. Pilatus. A cable car will carry us the rest of the way up Pilatus Kulm for impressive views. We’ll descend aboard the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, winding our way among lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams. Then we’ll enjoy a relaxing lake cruise to the city of Lucerne. Enjoy a guided tour of the Old Town with its 15thand 16th-century houses, historic wooden bridge, old Chapel Bridge and medieval Mill Bridge. Accommodations: Hotel Royal, Lake Lucerne. Meals: B, D.
Day 3–Rothenburg Germany’s romantic history comes alive in the captivating town of Rothenburg. Imagine living here centuries ago as our guide shows you imposing town gates, impressive high-gabled houses, the lively marketplace, the stunning baroque town hall and more. In the afternoon, you’ll visit a small family-run brewery in Franconia. You’ll learn about this traditional craft, hops cultivation and the GERMANY making of beer as it has Lux. The been made since the middle Rothenburg Nuremberg Czech Franconia Heidelberg ages. You will also have a Region Republic chance to try some of this Dachau tasty beer! Accommodations: Strasbourg Munich Arvena Reichsstadt Hotel, Bad Black Forest FRANCE Windsheim. Meals: B, D. Region Salzburg
Day 8–Liechtenstein/ Tyrol Today, we travel east into Liechtenstein, the world’s sixth smallest country. After an orientation tour of the capital city of Vaduz you’ll have time on your own to explore the sights. You might visit the Post Office and Stamp Museum, the Ski Museum or the lively Old Town. We’ll continue into the Tyrol region of Austria and our hotel. Accommodations: Gourmethotel Unterwirt, Tyrol. Meals: B, D.
Day 4–Heidelberg/ Option Black Forest Today, tour Rattenberg Innsbruck Heidelberg, including the Vaduz Tyrol Region Old Bridge, the Holy Ghost Lucerne AUSTRIA Lake Church and the city’s other Lucerne historic sites. Then board SWITZERLAND LIECHTENSTEIN a train for the short trip to Italy Heidelberg Castle. Looming Day 9– Dachau/Munich over the city of Heidelberg This morning, we’ll drive to and the River Neckar, this Dachau to pay our respects massive fortress dates back to the Middle Ages. Our guided at the World War II Memorial Site on the grounds of the tour will include a spectacular, panoramic view of the city. former concentration camp. A guide will share the history of Accommodations: Gasthof Hotel Engel, Black Forest. Meals: B, D. the site and tell us inspiring stories about some of the camp’s survivors. Later, we’ll head for the vibrant city of Munich. On Day 5–Black Forest/Strasbourg This morning, we’ll cross our tour we’ll see the magnificent Nymphenburg Palace and over into the Alsace region of France for a tour of Strasbourg, the the Olympic Area. A particular highlight of the day will be the region’s capital and one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Enjoy Marienplatz Square and, time permitting, we’ll see the famous a sightseeing river cruise around the historic center. After lunch Glockenspiel, Germany’s largest animated clock. We’ll return on your own, we’ll visit a local winery where you will learn about to our Tyrolean hotel for dinner. Accommodations: Gourmethotel famous Alsacian wines and sample some, if you wish. Afterward, Unterwirt, Tyrol. Meals: B, D. we’ll head back to our hotel in Germany’s legendary Black Forest. Accommodations: Gasthof Hotel Engel, Black Forest. Meals: B, D.
Day 6–Lake Lucerne Our day begins with a fun tour of a cuckoo clock shop. Then we’ll cross into Switzerland and the village of Neuhausen. We’ll board the Rhyfall Express mini-train for a quick ride to Rhine Falls, one of Europe’s tallest waterfalls. What trip to Switzerland would be complete without visiting a cheese dairy? We’ll learn how the Swiss put the holes in their cheese—and get to taste some, too! Accommodations: Hotel Royal, Lake Lucerne. Meals: B, D.
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Day 10–Rattenberg/Innsbruck Today we’ll travel along the Inn valley to the 1,000-year-old town of Rattenberg. This gorgeous medieval town is known for its glass-cutting shops and engraved crystal. While we’re in Rattenberg, we’ll stop at a local bakery and take time to learn how to make apple strudel, and sample this delicious treat! We’ll continue to Innsbruck, “Pearl of the Alps.” This 800-year-old town is a two-time host of the Winter Olympics and is known for its grand historical sites. Our tour will take us to the beautiful Basilica of Wilten,
where you’ll marvel at the gold accents and stucco work inside. We’ll also see the famous “Golden Roof.” Later, we’ll visit with the Hochfilzer family who breed and raise Haflinger horses. These beautiful blond horses, native to south Tyrol, are known for their smooth gait and quiet nature. We’ll chat with the family who runs the farm about the traditions and way of life of Alpine farmers. Accommodations: Gourmethotel Unterwirt, Tyrol. Meals: B, D.
Day 11–Salzburg Today we’ll travel to the musical city of Salzburg! A local guide will take us on a walking tour of this enchanting city. Marvel at the Great Festival Hall, delight in the gardens at Mirabell Palace, see St. Peter’s Abbey and more. Accommodations: Gourmethotel Unterwirt, Tyrol. Meals: B, D. Day 12–Munich/Chicago As you board your plane for the flight home, you’ll cherish vivid memories of fascinating places and new-found friends. Meals: B.
Discover Scandinavia Discover Nordic Culture, Historical Adventure, and Timeless Natural Beauty in Lands of Midnight Sun May 1-11 | Sep 4-14 Depart/Return: Chicago, IL. Price Per Person: Double: $4,497; Single: $5,045. See more details of this tour on page 22 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/SCN Days 1-2–Chicago/Stockholm Situated on the Baltic Sea Day 4–Stockholm/Sigtuna/Uppsala/Mora Stretch and freshwater Lake Malaren, Stockholm is one of the world’s your legs in Sigtuna, a quaint lake town known for its wellmost beautiful harbor cities that mixes the medieval with the preserved, all-wood houses. Then, explore Uppsala, the original modern. Built on 14 islands that are part of the Stockholm Viking capital of Sweden, now best known for its University, archipelago, Stockholm offers fascinating landscapes with the Carolina Rediviva Library and its impressive medieval its imposing buildings. See the fabulous 10,000-pipe organ Cathedral. After lunch you will journey into the province of and 18-karat gold-covered mosaics of the City Hall, an Dalecarlia, known for its rich folklore traditions. Visit the architectural masterpiece of the twentieth century. Travel original home of Carl Larsson, the renowned 19th century centuries-old cobblestone streets for a visit to the Cathedral painter. The picturesque journey continues with the next stop Storkyrkan. The tour will end in the old town. You will have in Nusnes and a visit to the makers of the wooden Dalecarlia free time to wander this historic section of the city and have horses. Savor our group dinner in the quaint town of Mora, lunch on your own. Later, check in at your hotel and enjoy our situated on the shores of Lake Siljan. Accommodations: Best get together and dinner. Accommodations: Scandic Sergel Plaza Western Mora Hotel & Spa, Mora. Meals: B, L, D. Hotel, Stockholm. Meals: D. Day 5–Mora/Lillehammer Today you will travel west towards Day 3–Stockholm This morning you’ll enjoy a sightseeing Norway and through forest-clad landscapes. In the lush valley tour, including a of Lillehammer, see the one hour boat ride sporting venues of the to Drottningholm 1994 Winter Olympics. SWEDEN NORWAY Palace, a UNESCO Then enjoy a guided Sognefjord Lillehammer World Heritage site. tour of Maihaugen, Mora Built in the 1600s, an open air museum Flåm Voss it is the most welldepicting Norwegian preserved royal farm life over centuries. Geilo castle in Sweden, Accommodations: Bergen Uppsala and is representative Rica Hotel Victoria, Oslo of other European Lillehammer. Meals: B, architecture for the L, D. period. Explore the Day 6–Lillehammer/ Stockholm interior and gardens Laerdal/Flåm Depart To of this palatial Lillehammer and travel Denmark residence. Later, you into the Fjords area of will return to the city Norway. The journey center where you can will take you via Fagernes before reaching Lærdal, located spend the afternoon at leisure. Step back into simpler time, if on one of the arms of the Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and you wish, at the Skansen Outdoor Museum and stroll through deepest fjord. Visit Borgund’s stave church, unique for its the reproduction of a 19th-century Swedish village. Or, visit massive timbers and medieval stone altar. After a short break Oestermalms Saluhall, a wonderful covered market dating in Lærdal, travel through one of the many tunnels in the from the 1880s. Accommodations: Scandic Sergel Plaza Hotel, Norwegian Fjord area, the Lærdals tunnel, which takes you Stockholm. Meals: B, D. through to the Aurlandsfjord, another arm of the Sognefjord,
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and then the idyllic village of Flåm. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to take a leisurely walk around this small but scenic village and enjoy the mountain scenery. Accommodations: Flåmsbrygga Hotel, Flåm. Meals: B, L, D. Option – Brewery Tour Taste Aegir’s own brews and enjoy an introduction to the art of brewing at Aegir Brewery in Flåmsbrygga. Northern and local tradition in a modern incarnation permeate the distinctive brewpub on the Flåmsbrygga wharf. Price: $58 per person Day 7–Flåm/Aurland Fjord Cruise/Gudvangen/Voss Take in the breathtaking views from our village hotel this morning, or join us for an exciting optional Flåm Railway Ride. This afternoon, cruise from Flåm to Gudvangen, amid spectacular scenery of Aurland and Næroy Fjords. Travel historic Stalheimskleiva road, known for its hairpin turns, to the Stalheim hotel where you will enjoy your lunch and the stunning views of the valley below. Continue your journey to Voss, the historic village surrounded by snow-clad mountains. Accommodations: Fleischers Hotel, Voss. Meals: B, L, D. Option – Flåm Railway Ride With twisting tunnels that spiral in and out of mountains, Flåm Railway reflects the most daring and skillful engineering in railway history. Our 12-mile ride passes through numerous tunnels and showcases views of rivers cutting through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down snow-capped mountains and farms clinging dizzily to slopes. Price: $78 per person Day 8–Voss/Bergen See and learn about the landmarks of Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city, including St. Mary’s Church, Haakon’s Hall (a medieval ceremonial hall) and Troldhaugen (the home and concert hall of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s most famous composer) on a three-hour city tour. You can also walk along the colorful Fish Market and Wharf. Afterward, explore the city on your own or join us for an optional Funicular Railway ride. Return to our hotel in Voss for dinner and relaxation. Accommodations: Fleischers Hotel, Voss. Meals: B, D. Option – Funicular Railway Don’t miss this opportunity to ride a distinctly Norwegian “cable car” and enjoy bird’s-eye views of the bustling harbor town of Bergen, plus surrounding mountains, fjords and islands. Numerous paths branching off the summit of Mount Floyen offer easy walks through beautifully wooded terrain. Price: $25 per person Day 9–Voss/Hardangerfjord/Geilo Travel to the Hardanger Fjord area, known as “Norway’s Garden,” for the temperate climate and rich soil that produces an amazing array of fruit trees. Stop at the Bleietunet Family Farm for a delicious private lunch including their famous cider. Be entertained by stories of the three families who have run the farm for generations. Meander among fragrant apple, plum and cherry orchards and an ornamental garden along the Bleie River. Then continue your journey towards Geilo, a small village situated in the mountains and famous for its alpine skiing. Accommodations: Bardola Hotel, Geilo. Meals: B, L, D. Day 10–Geilo/Oslo On your way to Oslo, take in the lush Hallindal Valley scenery, which alternates between dense forests and pristine lakes. Enjoy a narrated tour of Norway’s capital city of Oslo. Enter world-famous Vigeland Park and
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be amazed by over 200 bronze and granite fountains and sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland, Norway’s most beloved sculptor. Visit the Viking Ship Museum at the University of Oslo, which displays the world’s three best preserved 10th century ceremonial ships. Admire the contemporary architecture of the Oslo Opera House. Completed in 2008, it appears to float like an iceberg on the water. Accommodations: Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo. Meals: B, L, D. Day 11–Oslo/Chicago After fond farewells, return home with photos and memories of Sweden and Norway’s breathtaking scenery, untouched-by-time villages and warm-hearted people. If you’d like to extend your time in Scandinavia, take a look at our optional extension to Denmark. Meals: B. POST-TOUR EXTENSION May 11-14 | Sep 14-17 Price Per Person: Double: $997; Single: $1,245 Day 11–Oslo/Copenhagen Extend your vacation to Denmark, voted in 2010 the happiest country in the world! Spend the afternoon in Oslo before your cruise to Copenhagen. Board DFDS Scandinavian Seaways ferry for an overnight cruise. Enjoy dinner on board and pick your favorite evening entertainment, including live music and dancing, a film at the cinema or duty-free shopping. Accommodations: DFDS Seaways. Meals: D Day 12–Copenhagen This morning you’ll see the highlights of Copenhagen. See Stroget, the world’s longest pedestrian street noted for its colorful street musicians and shopping opportunities. Also, see Tivoli Gardens, dating from the 1843, the Glyptotek New Carlsberg and the National Museum. Learn about the Palace of Christianborg, considered Denmark’s most influential building, housing the Parliament, Supreme Court, Prime Minister’s Office and Royal Reception Rooms. Navigate the “island capital”, admiring lovely houses and vessels on Old Nyhavn channel. Stop to explore Amalienborg Palace and “The Little Mermaid” statue which is known from Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale. Accommodations: Admiral Hotel, Copenhagen. Meals: B Day 13–Copenhagen Today travel the “Danish Riviera,” nicknamed for its elaborate mansions. Delight in the copper roofs and spires and formal gardens of 16th-century Kronborg Castle, the fabulous backdrop of Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” and recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then visit Frederiksborg Castle built by King Christian IV in 1625. Today, it houses a splendid collection of antiques, art and other treasures, as well as an impressive chapel, used for Royal marriages. We’ll gather for our farewell dinner this evening. Accommodations: Admiral Hotel, Copenhagen. Meals: B,D. Day 14–Copenhagen/Chicago Enjoy time on your own to explore the National Museum of Denmark or indulge in some last-minute gift shopping. On your flight home, look forward to sharing highlights of your delightful days in Denmark and your extraordinary scenic adventures throughout Scandinavia. Meals: B.
Ireland: A Celtic Jaunt Discover the Colorful History and Proud Traditions of the Emerald Isle Sep 3-13 | Sep 17-27 Depart/Return: Chicago, IL. Price Per Person: Double: $3,247; Single: $3,695. See more details of this tour on page 24 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/IRC Days 1–2 Chicago/Dublin Welcome to Ireland! You’ll meet up with your tour director at the Dublin airport. Your first view of Dublin will be a picturesque drive including lush Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest and most impressive city park, plus Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university and home to the famous Book of Kells. Enjoy a guided tour through the Old Jameson Distillery, gift shop and restaurant. Then we’re off to our hotel for our welcome reception and a traditional Irish dinner. Accommodations: The Gresham Hotel, Dublin. Meals: D. Day 3–County Meath/Belfast Feel “Irish for a day” when the folks at Causey Farm delight you with delicious regional foods, traditional Irish music and Ireland’s favorite outdoor activities. You’ll experience hurling and jig dancing! Next, we’re off to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, for a fascinating city tour offering awe-inspiring views of the Lagan River Valley, the historic City Hall and the famous Falls and Shankill Road regions. Donegal We’ll be offered insights into the Bay turbulent history of the city and the reconciliation of its people. Accommodations: Wellington Park North Atlantic Hotel, Belfast. Meals: B, D. Day 4–Antrim Coast/Belfast After a delicious breakfast, we’ll travel to the Antrim Coast to see majestic cliffs and Giant’s Causeway, often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Marvel at the outstanding beauty of the area famous for its local history and legends. We’ll return to Belfast for the evening. Accommodations: Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast. Meals: B, D.
craftsmen at work in the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory during a glass cutting demonstration. Accommodations: Clayton Hotel, Galway. Meals: B, D. Day 7–Buren National Park/Killarney We’ll explore Burren National Park today, which contains ruins dating back to the 12th century and is known for magnificent scenery. The highlight of our visit is a stop at the majestic Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights! Later, we’ll take a ferry across the River Shannon from Killimer to Tarbert and continue on to Killarney, where you’ll be able to savor a variety of traditional Irish dishes at your hotel. Accommodations: Randles Court Hotel, Killarney. Meals: B, D.
Day 8–Kerry/Killarney Enjoy a wee bit of Irish country life today at the Adopt a Sheep Farm. You can view gifted sheepdogs herding Giant’s Causeway the sheep and even try your hand North Channel at sheep shearing! On our way to NORTHERN Killarney, you’ll be mesmerized by IRELAND breathtaking scenery including Ladies Belfast View, Molls Gap and the magnificent Sligo Kerry Mountains. You will have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure Irish in Killarney. Enjoy live entertainment Sea and dinner at Kate Kearney’s Cottage Connemara tonight. Accommodations: Randles Court Galway Dublin Hotel, Killarney. Meals: B, D.
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Day 9–Blarney/Kilkenny Delight in a day of exploring castles and kings! Kilkenny You’ll journey to the historic Blarney IRELAND Castle, famous for its Blarney stone, which you’ll have a chance to kiss Killarney Blarney for good luck. Then we will visit the Ring of Blarney Castle Ballyowen House, where you will meet Kerry the owners and enjoy tea and scones in their elegant dining room. We will Day 5–Donegal/Sligo Discover continue to Kilkenny for an overnight how world-renowned Parian China and dinner. Accommodations: Kilkenny is molded, fired and decorated by artists at the Belleek Factory. Ormonde, Kilkenny. Meals: B, D. Take home a souvenir from the excellent retail shop or grab a Day 10–Kilkenny/Ashford/Dublin While in Ashford, you’ll be bite to eat in the cozy café. In Donegal we’ll visit Magee Tweed, treated to a tasty, hands-on baking lesson at the Ballyknocken manufacturer of the famous Irish tweed used to make topCookery School. You’ll also have time to savor their enchanting quality garments sold worldwide. Then it’s on to Sligo for more herb and flower gardens before traveling back to Dublin for an gorgeous pastoral Irish scenery including rolling hills, crystalafternoon of leisure and last-minute shopping. Later, enjoy a clear streams and lake-lapped valleys. Accommodations: Sligo Park farewell dinner at your hotel in Dublin. Accommodations: Ashling Hotel, Sligo. Meals: B, D. Hotel, Dublin. Meals: B, D. Ferry
Day 6–Connemara/Galway Relish another day of tremendous scenery! The Connemara and Galway regions feature an inspiring combination of lakes, bogs and majestic mountains. At the Connemara Smoke-House we’ll hear the secrets of smoking Irish salmon—and enjoy a tasty sample! Later, watch master
Day 11–Dublin/Chicago This morning you’ll enjoy your final Irish breakfast before heading to the Dublin airport. You’ll take home marvelous memories of amazing Ireland, the Emerald Isle. Meals: B.
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Grand Canyon & Red Rocks Discover Ancient Desert Wonders in Five Great U.S. National Parks May 5-14 | Sep 15-24 Depart/Return: Phoenix, AZ. Price Per Person: Double: $1,677; Single: $2,215. See more details of this tour on page 28 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/GCR Day 1–Phoenix We’ll begin our journey in the “City of the Sun.” At our get-together this evening, meet your friendly travel companions and hear about the excitement ahead. Accommodations: Coast Phoenix Sky Harbor Hotel, Phoenix. Welcome Reception Included. Day 2–Sedona Start your canyon experience by visiting the historic Indian ruins of Montezuma Castle, preserved cliff dwellings carved into the sandstone cliffs. Then thrill to a scenic desert drive to Sedona, a city surrounded by unbelievable towering rock formations. Enjoy a visit to Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Then explore the eclectic shops and galleries of Sedona on your own, or join us on a fully narrated trolley tour. Later, relax and enjoy the views from your balcony, or get an up-close look at the desert on our optional jeep tour. Accommodations: Best Western Inn of Sedona, Sedona. Meals: B. Option – Sedona Trolley: Take in all the best places around town on a fun-filled trolley tour, including a stop at the remarkable Chapel of the Holy Cross and a breathtaking photo stop at Airport Mesa. Price: $20 per person. Option – Jeep Tour: Sign up for this thrilling “four-wheeling” adventure and learn about the fascinating history of this region, plus get plenty of photo opportunities of the awe inspiring Red Rock formations. Price: $65 UTAH per person.
710 feet high from the bedrock and contains an amazing 9 trillion gallons of water when Lake Powell is full! This afternoon, join us for an optional cruise on the brilliant blue waters of Lake Powell. Accommodations: Best Western at Lake Powell. Meals: B, L. Option – Lake Powell Cruise: Enjoy the beautiful rock formations, painted walls and amazing colors of Lake Powell. Price: $50 per person. Day 5–Zion National Park Today we’ll tour spectacular Zion National Park, where you’ll see an unusual combination of plummeting canyons, wide plateaus and soaring multicolored sandstone cliffs. We’ll enjoy a guided tram tour along the park’s Scenic Drive. Then enjoy a peaceful evening before starting another day of geological and cultural wonders in Bryce Canyon. Accommodations: Bryce Canyon Pines, Bryce. Meals: B, L. Day 6–Bryce Canyon National Park/Escalante In Bryce Canyon National Park, pinnacles of limestone, sandstone and mudstone shoot toward the sky in fanciful formation. Then in the desert town of Escalante, we’ll meet Shannon and Jenifer Steed. Shannon will share the town’s unique history with us, and we’ll get a “taste” of life in southern Utah when he and Jenifer cook up a great meal for dinner, complete with “cowboy” entertainment. Accommodations: Prospector Inn, Escalante. Meals: B, D.
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Day 7–Capitol Reef National Park/Moab Today you’ll see the Day 3–Grand Canyon National grand mesas, buttes and pinnacles Nevada Park This morning we’ll travel of Escalante National Monument Bryce Canyon through Oak Creek Canyon, a Colorado and explore a replica of a six-room, Zion Nat’l Nat’l Park Park steep, narrow and very colorful 1,000 A.D. dwelling in an Anasazi Monument Valley Lake Navajo Tribal Park Powell gorge, then get ready for your visit Indian Village. Next you’ll soak in the Grand Canyon Nat’l Park to the south rim of the Grand radiant cliffs of Capitol Reef National Grand Canyon! We’ll head to Grand Park—the Navajo called them Cameron Canyon Canyon Village for your first view. “sleeping rainbows”—followed by Village Enjoy some free time at the rim the rock sculptures of Goblin Valley. New Sedona and maybe even do some hiking Our home-away-from-home for the Mexico if you choose. Then we’ll depart next two nights is the Moab Valley California on the park’s Sunset Tour to catch Inn. Accommodations: Moab Valley Inn, Phoenix the canyon sunset. We’ll stay the Moab. Meals: B, L. ARIZONA night at one of the park’s lodges. Day 8–Arches National Park Accommodations: Grand Canyon With more than 1,500 arches, this Lodges, Grand Canyon. Meals: B, L. geographic wonder of the world awaits! No one quite knows why this many sandstone “arches” were formed by nature Day 4–Grand Canyon/Lake Powell We’ll travel east along in this one national park. You’ll have a chance to see and the canyon’s south rim, stopping first at Mather Observation photograph dozens! In the afternoon, return to our hotel or Point. The Visitor Center there provides a detailed history of take one of the options below. Accommodations: Moab Valley Inn, the park. We’ll venture on to Desert View Watchtower for a last Moab. Meals: B, L. breathtaking look at the canyon before we continue our travels. After lunch we’ll tour Glen Canyon Dam, a vital link in the Option – Jet Boat Cruise: This 4-hour, 30-mile jet boat ride on Colorado River Storage Project, which is a series of dams and the Colorado River takes you from Canyonland National Park to reservoirs along the Colorado River. Glen Canyon Dam stands Dead Horse State Park. Price: $80 per person.
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Option – Off-Road Hummer Adventure: Experience a two-hour “extreme” ride through the beautiful remote back-country. Although these trips are off the main road, the guides are wellversed on these trails, and your Hummer, the ultimate 4x4, provides an exciting yet comfortable ride. Price: $85 per person. Day 9–Navajo Nation/Cameron Today we’ll head to the heart of Navajo Country. Get your camera ready for a picture postcard view of Monument Valley from the Navajo National Tribal Park.
In Kayenta we’ll learn about the “Code Talkers” of World War II and the important role they played in military communications. Our hotel tonight is in Cameron where we’ll see Navajo natives demonstrate their crafts of rug weaving and silver jewelry making. Accommodations: Cameron Trading Post Lodge, Cameron. Meals: B, L. Day 10–Phoenix This morning return to Phoenix where you’ll say farewell to your new found friends–and to the Southwest’s rugged natural beauty. Meals: B.
Mt. Rushmore to Yellowstone Frontier Adventures and Geologic Treasures in Big Sky Country Jun 14-22 | Jul 18-26 | Aug 22-30 | Sep 16-24 Depart/Return: Rapid City, SD. Price Per Person: Double: $1,847; Single: $2,325. See more details of this tour on page 29 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/MRY Day 1–Rapid City Welcome to Rapid City. Join your fellow travelers for a welcome reception at the hotel. Accommodations: Best Western Ramkota, Rapid City, SD. Welcome Reception Included. Day 2–Badlands National Park/Wall Drug/Mt. Rushmore This morning, you’ll head to Badlands National Park where you will see the spellbinding natural spires, buttes and pinnacles of this rugged land. Afterward, you’ll make a fun side trip to Wall Drug, the world’s most famous drugstore. You’ll have time to relax at the hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner before the highlight of the evening, Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills. Visitors from around the world draw inspiration from the colossal portraits of four outstanding presidents of the United States: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Gutzon Borglum carved his gigantic Shrine of Democracy Sculpture into ancient granite high on the southeast face of Mount Rushmore “in commemoration of the foundation, preservation, and continental expansion of the United States.” You close the day watching the spectacular evening lighting ceremony at Mt. Rushmore. Accommodations: Best Western Ramkota, Rapid City, SD. Meals: B, L, D. Day 3–Gillette & Buffalo, WY Visit a working mining operation on a guided tour in Gillette, which spawned several small coal mines around 1909. Currently there are 14 mines in Campbell County, and Wyoming coal is shipped to 36 states. You’ll also learn about the discovery of oil in the Gillette area in 1948, and the boom that followed in the 1960s and 1970s. When you step through the front door of the Historic Occidental Hotel in Buffalo for lunch, you are truly stepping back into the Old West. In fact, everywhere you walk in this famous hotel, you
will be in the footsteps of which many famous people of the Old West have stepped—Butch Cassidy and the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill, Tom Horn, the young Teddy Roosevelt...and many more. Even the bullet holes that you will see in the saloon are originals! Spend the evening in the heart of the Big Horns at Elk View Inn. This evening you are in for a real treat. Meet Calamity Jane and learn the truths and legends about this spunky frontierswoman. Accommodations: Elk View Inn, Burgess Junction, WY. Meals: B, L, D. Day 4–Dinosaur Tracks/Heart Mountain/Cody Today, you’ll meet Cliff & Row Manuel, who were exploring the Big Horn Basin in May 1997 with research geologist Dr. Erik P. Kvale, when they came upon the Red Gulch dinosaur tracksite. This site contains literally thousands of rare Middle Jurassic age dinosaur tracks embedded in oolitic limestone. After a delightful lunch, we’ll continue on to Heart Mountain just outside of Cody. Opened in August 2011, the 11,000-square-foot interpretive center includes permanent displays and exhibits showcasing how the U.S. government denied basic rights to people of Japanese ancestry following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. The exhibits are told from the perspective of the internees and highlight their prewar lives on the West Coast, forced evacuation and travel to Heart Mountain, where they settled into their barracks and lives as prisoners. Accommodations: Comfort Inn, Cody, WY. Meals: B, L. Day 5–Yellowstone National Park We’ll spend the day in Yellowstone National Park—our first national park. See snowcapped mountains, peaceful meadows, geysers, mud pots, hot springs and far-ranging forests. Feel the power of thundering Lower Falls. Marvel at the golden walls of Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon. Elk and buffalo are common along the roads, and you might spot a bighorn sheep, a gray wolf or even a grizzly bear! An expert guide will be with us the whole day and a specially prepared picnic lunch will Crazy Horse Memorial complete the experience. Rapid City Accommodations: Comfort Mt. Rushmore Inn, Cody, WY. Meals: B, Badlands National Park L, D.
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Day 6–Buffalo Bill Historical Center/Optional Afternoon/ Dan Miller Revue Explore Buffalo Bill Historical Center, which houses a collection of museums celebrating the spirit of the American West. This afternoon is yours to enjoy or if you choose, take an optional river rafting trip through the Red Rock Canyon of the Shoshone or a tour to see the Red Canyon Wild Mustangs. This evening enjoy a chuck wagon dinner before the group joins TV personality Dan Miller and his “Empty Saddles Band” at the historic Cody Theater for an evening of music, comedy and poetry featuring Wendy Corr, Ed Cook and Hannah Miller. Now in its eighth season, Dan’s Cowboy Music Revue has entertained thousands of people from all over the world. Accommodations: Comfort Inn, Cody, WY. Meals: B, D. Day 7–Worland/Ten Sleep/Wright Nestled within the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains, these sites offer the outdoor enthusiast summer activities including: boating, some of the finest fishing around, hiking, picnicking, photography, fossil hunting, camping and peaceful, contemplative moments in wilderness areas. This is the same land that was precious to Native Americans: an area the Sioux, Crow and Blackfoot Indians fought for. The highest point, Cloud Peak, is located 13,125 feet above sea level. Wildlife abounds in the region and big game hunting is a popular activity for both locals and nonresident sportsman. Elk, antelope, mule deer and upland game birds represent the diversity of habitat of the region and options for interested outdoorsmen. Along our travel route the amazing geography changes from mountains to badlands between Ten Sleep and Worland on Highway 16. In fact, marine fossils show the area had once been covered by water. Visit and dine at Durham Ranch, one the largest
bison operations in North America. Owner John Flocchini will provide insight into the family-owned operation and history before we enjoy a tasty dinner of buffalo. Accommodations: Wright Hotel, Wright, WY. Meals: B, L, D. Day 8–Jewel Cave/Crazy Horse Memorial/1880’s Train/ Keystone We travel back to the beautiful Black Hills with stops at Jewel Cave National Monument. During the discovery tour, you see two types of calcite crystals commonly named nailhead spar and dogtooth spar–the “jewels” of Jewel Cave. You also see manganese and paleofill, and learn the theory on how Jewel Cave formed as well as how the cave was discovered in 1900. We continue on to Crazy Horse Memorial, the sculptural work-inprogress begun in 1948, then to Hill City for some last-minute souvenir shopping and lunch on your own. Then it’s all aboard the 1880’s Train for a ride from Hill City to Keystone. Learn how the railroad was instrumental in the Black Hills and the vital role it played in the development of our country. Relax this evening at the K Bar S Lodge just outside of Keystone. You’ll enjoy a delicious farewell dinner with your new friends and you’ll want to be out on the balcony of the lodge at dusk to see the lighting of Mt. Rushmore one last time. Accommodations: K Bar S Lodge, Keystone, SD. Meals: B, D. Day 9–Black Hills Gold/Ave. Of President’s/Depart for Home After a hearty breakfast, we’ll make a visit to Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold. You’ll tour the factory to see and learn how this iconic jewelry is made. Discover the ancient process of lost-wax casting and how diamonds are cast in molten gold! Before we say farewell, enjoy a delicious lunch at one of Rapid City’s local restaurants. Meals: B, L.
Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park An Astonishing Journey Along the Continental Divide Through Five National Parks Aug 4-10 | Aug 17-23 Depart/Return: Calgary, AB. Price Per Person: Double: $1,797; Single: $2,345. See more details of this tour on page 30 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/CGL Day 1–Calgary Welcome to Canada! Tonight we’ll meet our traveling companions for a casual get-together. Accommodations: Best Western Port O’Call, Calgary. Welcome Reception Included. Day 2–Calgary/Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump/ Waterton After breakfast, we’ll head south to Head-SmashedIn Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On our guided tour, we’ll visit the site and the stunning interpretive center. We continue south to Waterton Lakes National Park, and get to know the park’s rolling prairies and sandy cliff sides, home to over 250 types of birds and 1,000 plant species. We cross into Montana and our home for the night, the Many Glacier Hotel, situated on the eastern shore of Swiftcurrent Lake. The largest in Glacier National Park, this rambling, five-story hotel is a National Historic Landmark. Accommodations: Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park. Meals: B, L. Day 3–Glacier National Park We’ll head to the banks of St. Mary Lake for a cruise. This deep, cold lake is fed by surrounding glaciers and is the center of activity in Glacier National Park. You’ll marvel at the crystal-clear waters and surrounding peaks
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of Mount Gould, Grinnell Point and Mount Wilbur. After lunch together at Rising Sun Motor Inn, you’re in for a real treat. We’ll board a famous Red Bus, one of Glacier National Park’s fleet of vintage touring coaches. Built in the late 1930s, these 17-passenger buses have become a symbol of the park. After our driver welcomes us with a unique “roll call” and rolls back the canvas top, we’ll head for Going-to-the-Sun Road and take in the park’s spectacular scenery. You’ll want to have your camera ready for awe-inspiring sights, including St. Mary Lake. We’ll continue on to Lake McDonald. At ten miles long and a mile wide, it is the largest in the park. Our home tonight is the Lake McDonald Lodge Motor Inn situated on the shore. Accommodations: Lake McDonald Motor Inn, Glacier National Park. Meals: B, L. Day 4–Kootenay National Park/Banff Today we’ll leave Montana behind and return north to British Columbia, Canada—and back to the 1890s! Our first stop of the day is the Heritage Town of Fort Steele. First established in 1864 during the Kootenay Gold Rush, it thrived throughout the late 19th- and early 20th centuries, until the BC Southern Railway bypassed
the town. We’ll enjoy lunch in this historic town before traveling Option – Banff Gondola: Get a bird’s-eye view of the Canadian on to gorgeous Kootenay National Park near the Continental Rockies on an optional gondola ride. The fully-enclosed, Divide. The park’s diverse landscapes vary from snow-capped four-passenger cabin climbs 2,292 feet to the top of Sulphur mountain peaks to warm, dry Mountain. The view is absolutely grasslands. Later, we’ll continue breathtaking! Price: $35 per person. on to Banff, the largest town in Day 6–Columbia Icefields Columbia Banff National Park and one of Icefields Parkway/Banff Today we travel ALBERTA Canada’s most popular recreation BRITISH along the famous Columbia Icefields Yoho Nat’l Park destinations. Every year, millions COLUMBIA Parkway, one of the most scenic Lake Louise of people visit Banff National Park Kootenay highways in the world. You’ll see Banff Nat’l Park for gorgeous mountain scenery and powerful waterfalls, emerald lakes, Calgary glittering Lake Louise. Our hotel Fort gorgeous meadows and snow-capped for the next three evenings is the Steele peaks. We’ll ride a specially designed Waterton Lakes attractive Mount Royal, perfectly “Ice Explorer” onto the huge Athabasca Nat’l Park nestled in the town of Banff. Glacier—it’s formed from snow that Swiftcurrent Accommodations: Mount Royal Hotel, Lake fell as long as 400 years ago! You’ll Glacier Banff. Meals: B, L. marvel at the incredible views of the
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surrounding mountains from the surface of this ancient ice. We’ll return to Banff and enjoy a special farewell dinner in town. Accommodations: Mount Royal Hotel, Banff. Meals: B, D.
Day 7–Banff/Calgary After breakfast together, we’ll head back to Calgary. We’ll return home with majestic memories of the great Canadian Rockies. Meals: B.
Alaska & the Yukon Discover Glaciers, Grizzlies and Gold-Rush Dreams in the Great North May 31–Jun 13 | Jul 5–18 | Jul 19–Aug 1 | Aug 2–15 | Aug 16–29 Depart/Return: Seattle, WA. Price Per Person: see below. See more details of this tour on page 7 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/ALK
Day 1–Seattle Our Alaskan adventure begins in the beautiful city of Seattle. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome reception. Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport, Seattle, WA. Welcome reception included. Day 2–Vancouver Travel in comfort by deluxe motorcoach to Vancouver, British Columbia. Here we’ll board Holland America’s luxury cruise ship, the ms Zuiderdam and sail for the Strait of Georgia, the first leg in our voyage to see the incomparable natural beauty of Alaska, Land of the Midnight Sun. Accommodations: ms Zuiderdam (ship). Meals: B, L, D. Day 3–Inside Passage Today, glide through Alaska’s spectacular Inside Passage. Our ship offers fun pastimes, such as bingo, cooking demonstrations and naturalist talks. Don’t miss the evening entertainment, which includes everything from Broadway reviews to stand up comedians. Accommodations: ms Zuiderdam (ship). Meals: B, L, D. Day 4–Juneau See immense glaciers and frolicking sea lions as we travel toward the “Gateway to the Glaciers.” Juneau, Alaska’s capital, is the only U.S. capital city not accessible by road. Here you can enjoy one of Holland America’s many optional shore excursions, such as a trip to awesome Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska’s most photographed glacier. Or, if
you’re feeling adventurous, take an optional flight-seeing tour! Accommodations: ms Zuiderdam (ship). Meals: B, L, D. Day 5–Skagway Disembark today in the famous Gold Rush town of Skagway, where we’ll take a short guided tour. You’ll also have time to relax and wander the wooden sidewalks of this quaint frontier town. Later, we’ll visit Jewell Gardens, located on the Historic Clark Farm site outside of Skagway. Savor an abundance of herbs and vegetables displayed among brilliantly colored flowers that thrive on the long daylight hours. Sit back and enjoy the bounty of the garden during a scrumptious dinner. Accommodations: Westmark Inn, Skagway. Meals: B, D. Day 6–Whitehorse Today we’ll climb the captivating White Pass Trail on an old-fashioned narrow-gauge train. You’ll see some spectacular scenery as we follow portions of the winding 110mile trek once used by gold seekers. At the top, we’ll board our Explorer Coach™ and descend into Canada’s majestic Yukon Territory and Kluane National Park. Our home this evening is Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory. Accommodations: Westmark Hotel, Whitehorse. Meals: B, L. Day 7–Beaver Creek We’ll set off along the legendary Alaska Highway (also known as the ALCAN Highway), a remarkable 1,390-mile road system built in just seven months as part of a
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Park, home of snow-capped Mt. McKinley, lush forests and crystal-clear waters. The evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Accommodations: McKinley Chalet Resort, Denali National Park. Meals: B, Snack.
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Day 12–Kenai Peninsula This morning, we’ll have one last look at Mt. McKinley before we’re off to the Kenai Peninsula. On the way we’ll pass Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm and the majestic Chugach Mountains. Accommodations: Windsong Lodge, Seward. Meals: B.
Day 8–Fairbanks Crossing into Alaska, we’ll visit Rika’s Roadhouse, a common gathering spot for Alaskan travelers since 1909 and now a historic landmark. Afterwards, it’s on to Fairbanks, where the summer sun shines for an amazing 22 hours a day! Accommodations: Westmark Hotel, Fairbanks. Meals: B, L.
Day 13–Kenai Fjords/Anchorage We just may have saved the best for last! Thrill to a full-day cruise of Resurrection Bay. Sail through Kenai Fjords National Park as you watch for whales, birds and sea otters. You may even catch a tidewater glacier calving! Afterward, head back to Anchorage and arrive in time to dine at one of the many wonderful restaurants in town or explore the shops for last-minute souvenirs. Accommodations: Hilton Hotel, Anchorage. Meals: B, L.
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Day 9–Fairbanks This morning, we’ll cruise the beautiful Chena River aboard The Discovery Riverboat, an authentic sternwheeler. After lunch, we’ll visit the amazing Museum of the North. This museum houses the art and culture of Alaska, showcasing the state’s unique qualities. Tonight you’ll have time to relax or enjoy an optional tour. Accommodations: Westmark Hotel, Fairbanks. Meals: B, L.
World War II project. To this day, it is the only route connecting Alaska and Canada to the “lower 48.” Tonight we’ll stay in Beaver Creek and enjoy a delicious dinner and relaxing evening of entertainment. Accommodations: Westmark Inn, Beaver Creek. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 10–Denali All aboard the glass-domed McKinley Explorer® for an enchanting railway journey to grand Denali National Park. The afternoon is yours to relax or choose an optional excursion, such as a nature walk, rafting trip down the Nenana River, a flight-seeing tour of Mt. McKinley or a Ranger talk at the park Visitor Center. Accommodations: McKinley Chalet Resort, Denali National Park. Meals: B. Day 11–Denali You’ll be snapping plenty of photos during a spectacular seven-hour guided tour into Denali National
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West Virginia’s Mountain Railroads Be Transported to a More Adventurous Time on a Unique Selection of Authentic, Vintage Locomotives Aug 20-26 | Sep 24-30 | Oct 13-19 Depart/Return: Charleston, WV. Price Per Person: Double: $1,497; Single: $1,845. See more details of this tour on page 36 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/WVR Day 1–Charleston Meet your fellow rail travelers for a welcome reception at our hotel in Charleston, the historic and friendly capital city of West Virginia. Accommodations: Charleston Marriott Town Center, Charleston. Welcome Reception Included. Day 2–Charleston/Beckley Board a modern motor coach and relax as we wind our way through beautiful mountain scenery. You’ll see Kanawha Falls and Hawk’s Nest overlook on our way to the New River Gorge, home to the world’s second-largest and highest single-span, steel-arch bridge. At 876 feet high and 1,700 feet long, it offers an unparalleled view of the area’s mountains and valleys. This afternoon, you’ll tour the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, which boasts 1,500 feet of underground passages. It begins with a display of mining artifacts and other features of early life in the coal towns of southern West Virginia.
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The highlight of the day is a fascinating journey below ground with an experienced coal miner in authentic, track-riding “man cars.” Later, visit the renowned Tamarack Arts Center, West Virginia’s showcase for talented artists, musicians and chefs. Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites, Beckley. Meals: B, L, D. Day 3–Cass Scenic Railroad State Park It’s “all aboard” today for our first unforgettable rail adventure. Cass Scenic Railroad State Park will transport you back to the heyday of steam locomotives and thriving logging towns. The highlight of this visit is a thrilling ride on an old-fashioned logging train. An awesome, steam-powered Shay locomotive will pull us up a logging line to the top of Bald Knob. At 4,482 feet, this is the third-highest point in the state. Accommodations: Inn at Snowshoe, Snowshoe. Meals: B, L.
Day 4–Durbin Rocket/Cheat Mountain Salamander spectacular narrow valley called “the Trough,” you’ll pass above You’ll double your railroading fun today with rides on two the Potomac River, where the water is so clear you can see the old-time trains. In historic Durbin, we’ll experience the fish! Accommodations: Holiday Inn, Cumberland. Meals: B, L. sights and sounds of the Durbin Rocket excursion train, Day 6–Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Venture into powered by “Old #3,” one of only three Climax-geared logging Maryland for more railroading and history today. At Chesapeake locomotives in existence. Sit back and enjoy the ride in an & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, authentic 1920s-era caboose as you’ll see exhibits on boat-building at Pennsylvania she puffs and whistles along the the Cumberland boatyards. You’ll also MARYLAND Greenbrier River. Next, you’ll ride Frostburg Cumberland become familiar with how the “Grand Ohio the classic diesel locomotive of Old Ditch” was used to transport coal Romney the Cheat Mountain Salamander from the Allegheny mountains, serving on a spectacular trip through one Roanoke the Allegany County coal industry. of the largest wilderness areas in Stonewall Elkins Petersburg Our final rail journey is on the popular Jackson the eastern United States. You’ll State Park Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. An glide through seemingly endless authentic steam locomotive will power WEST VIRGINIA Cheat Bridge miles of mountains situated so Durbin us through the bridge in the Narrows, Cass Scenic RR State Park remotely that few people have seen Brush Tunnel and Frostburg Depot. Cass Charleston them. This evening enjoy a group While in Frostburg, you’ll explore the Hawk’s Nest Virginia dinner and lively entertainment at Thrasher Carriage Museum. HorseState Park the American Mountain Theater. drawn vehicles from sleighs to milk Beckley Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express, wagons will take you back to yesteryear. Elkins. Meals: B, L, D. Tonight return to West Virginia to relax Day 5–The Potomac Eagle Make sure your cameras are ready for one of America’s most breathtaking train rides—the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. Hauled by a combination of four 1950s-era diesel locomotives, you’ll be treated to a narrated excursion past historic farms and lush mountain greenery including evergreens, hardwoods and wildflowers. In the
at the magnificent Stonewall Resort in Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park. Accommodations: Stonewall Resort, Roanoke. Meals: B, L. Day 7–Charleston Before you bid farewell to your new found friends, we’ll stop by the studio of Appalachian Glass. Then you’ll return home with a lifetime of happy memories of lovely West Virginia! Meals: B, L.
Colorado’s Vintage Railways A Scenic Travel Adventure from an Era When the Iron Horse Ruled the Frontier Jul 14-20 | Aug 11-17 | Sep 1-8 (additional day in Durango) Depart/Return: Denver, CO. Price Per Person: Double: $1,497; Single: $1,825. See more details of this tour on page 37 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/COR Day 1–Denver It was the Iron Horse that helped tame the Old offers interesting maps and exhibits, as well as a captivating West, bringing an entire continent together and leading to the tour of the park. You’ll also enjoy the magical town of Manitou Springs, hidden between Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. historic expansion of the United States. Now you can relive Nine mineral springs throughout the the thrill and excitement of that town are fed by the snows of Pikes Peak. historic era on our Colorado’s Vintage The Ute, Cheyenne and many other Railways Tour. Meet your fellow rail COLORADO Rocky Mtn native Americans considered this area travelers for a welcome reception at Nat’l Park Denver Dillon sacred. Accommodations: Radisson Hotel our hotel in Denver. Then get ready to Grand Georgetown Colorado Springs Airport, Colorado Springs. say “all aboard” for the rail adventure Junction Leadville Climax Meals: B, L. of a lifetime! Accommodations: Red Colorado Lion Hotel Denver Southeast, Aurora. Springs Option – Pikes Peak Cog Railway: If Welcome Reception Included. Canon City you’re feeling extra adventurous, sign up Silverton Monte Vista for a thrilling 8,000-foot ascent to the top Day 2–Denver/Colorado Springs Today we’re off to the stunning Garden of majestic Pikes Peak (14,110 ft.) taking Durango Antonito of the Gods in Colorado Springs. This in miles of mountainous scenery along Chama 1,367-acre park at the base of Pikes the way. Price: $35 per person NEW MEXICO Peak is where the Great Plains meet Day 3–Royal Gorge Railroad Make the Rockies—and is like a little piece of sure there’s plenty of film in your camera heaven! You’ll be amazed by the abundance of plant and animal today as we ride on “North America’s most scenic railroad”—the life here, as well as the magnificent red sandstone formations world-famous Royal Gorge Route! From the comfort of your such as the Kissing Camels and Balanced Rock. The visitor center Kremmling
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enclosed coach seat or open-air observation car, you’ll enjoy fabulous scenery and wildlife. Our classic, old-time diesel engine chugs along the Arkansas River and winds its way through the steep granite cliffs of the gorge. Along the way, we’ll pass under the Royal Gorge Bridge, suspended more than 1,000 feet above the tracks. Accommodations: Best Western Movie Manor, Monte Vista. Meals: B, L. Day 4–Cumbres & Toltec Railroad Return to the exciting days of the Frontier West during our trek on the old-fashioned Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. The memories begin the minute the stately steam engine blows its horn! Relax in your comfortable coach or open-air observation car as we climb high mountain passes and travel through a breathtaking gorge. Our unforgettable journey from Antonito comes to an end in the old stagecoach town of Chama, New Mexico, home to one of the last coal tipples in the country. We’ll stop mid-way in the small mining town of Osier for a delicious lunch. Accommodations: Best Western Rio Grande Inn, Durango. Meals: B, L. Day 5–Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Immerse yourself in yesteryear with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum’s memorabilia, including full-size locomotives, maps, photos and artwork. Then it’s “all aboard!” Gaze in awe as we make our way through the magnificent canyons in San Juan National Forest! Accommodations: Grand Vista Hotel, Grand Junction. Meals: B, D. Day 6–Grand Junction/Leadville & So. Railroad The junction of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers is what has made
the fertile soils around Grand Junction. This morning, we visit a fruit farm in this lush valley. Then we travel to the mining town of Leadville for our final rail excursion. This famous train will take us through the San Isabel National Forest and past Mount Massive and Mount Elbert, the two tallest peaks in Colorado. Accommodations: Comfort Suites, Dillon. Meals: B, L. Day 7–Georgetown/Denver We begin our final day together in charming Georgetown, which started as a mining camp in 1859 and still maintains much of its 19th century architecture. After a bountiful breakfast, storyteller Leon Joseph Littlebird will perform for our group. Later, say good-bye to new friends and take home happy railroading memories! Meals: B. Extend your stay: additional day in durango Sep 1-8 Price Per Person: Double: $1,697; Single: $2,055. Depart/Return: Denver, CO. Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $118/night Enjoy a leisurely extra day, between Days 4 and 5, in the western town of Durango. You may choose to explore on your own or take our Mesa Verde National Park optional excursion. Meal included: B Option – Mesa Verde National Park: Travel deep into Mesa Verde National Park to learn about Anasazi Indians. Meal included: L. Price: $47 per person.
California’s Coastal Redwoods & Rails Ride the Rails into Gold Rush History and the Amazing City by the Bay Jun 30-Jul 6 | Sep 4-10 Depart/Return: San Francisco, CA. Price Per Person: Double: $1,697; Single: $2,265. See more details of this tour on page 38 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/CRA Day 1–San Francisco Welcome to the City by the Bay and Fisherman’s Wharf—one of San Francisco’s main attractions! A short walk from our hotel, you can shop at over one hundred specialty shops and restaurants. The beautiful bay captures views of Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge, and the city skyline. Arrive early and enjoy the afternoon on your own. You’ll meet your fellow travelers for an evening welcome reception at our hotel. Accommodations: Holiday Inn, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. Welcome Reception Included. Day 2–Muir Woods/Mendocino Board our deluxe motor coach and take in the spectacular surroundings as we cross the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge on the way to John Muir Woods National Monument. When John Muir learned that a redwood forest near San Francisco was named in his honor, he declared, “This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests on the world.” Commune with nature and walk the trails which afford views of thousands of old-growth coast redwoods, the tallest living things in the world. Next, we’ll drive north through towering, old-growth redwood forests to the charming village of Mendocino, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Mendocino Headlands. We’ll overnight at the Mendocino Garden & Suites, quaintly decorated
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in the Victorian period. Accommodations: Mendocino Hotel & Garden Suites, Mendocino. Meals: B, L. Day 3–Skunk Train/Old Sacramento It’s “all aboard” for an unforgettable rail journey to yesteryear! Today we’ll board the Skunk Train, one of Northern California’s most popular attractions. Built as a logging railroad in 1885, the Skunk Train follows the same majestic “Redwoods Route” as it did back in the pioneer days. You’ll relax in nostalgic, open-air observation cars on the 22-mile trek from Fort Bragg to Northspur. In Northspur we’ll board a historic motorcar and continue 20 miles to Willits. We’ll journey across 30 trestles, through two mountain tunnels, and wind through spectacular redwood forests, stopping for a picnic lunch among these towering trees. This afternoon we’ll make our way to Sacramento, our home for the next two nights. Accommodations: Embassy Suites— Riverfront Promenade, Sacramento. Meals: B, L. Day 4–Sacramento Rail Road/Old Sacramento This morning we’ll make our way to Davis Farmers Market. You’ll have a chance to hear a brief overview of the Market and meet with local farmers selling their produce, as well as fresh baked goods. We’ll return to Old Sacramento to visit the California State Railroad Museum. You’ll learn how railroads
played a key role in the development of the West and see a the bay. Or, if you prefer, explore the many unique shops, cafes reconstruction of the western terminus of America’s first and galleries of Ghiradelli Square, The Cannery and Pier 39. transcontinental railroad as it appeared around 1876. After Accommodations: Holiday Inn, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. lunch, enjoy some free time in Old Sacramento. Then, it’s “all Meals: B, Brunch. aboard” for our second nostalgic rail journey. The Sacramento Day 6–San Francisco After a hearty breakfast together, we’ll Southern Railroad’s authentic steam locomotive will treat us take a short walk to the Cable Car Line at Fisherman’s Wharf to a delightful, six-mile round trip ride atop the levees of the to board an authentic San Sacramento River. Take your Francisco cable car to take us choice of enclosed coaches to the Cable Car Museum. or open-air gondolas and Willits Located in a cable car barn and Ft. Bragg enjoy this spectacular feast powerhouse, the museum deck Lake Tahoe for the eyes! Accommodations: overlooks the huge engines Nevada Mendocino Embassy Suites— Riverfront Davis and winding wheels that pull Sacramento Promenade, Sacramento. the cables. A local guide will Mono Lake Meals: B, L. take us on an exciting tour of San Francisco Oakdale Day 5–Sierra Railroad/San San Francisco—the “City by Francisco Our third train the Bay.” The sights we’ll see Pacific Mt. Whitney ride will definitely be a “tasty” include Chinatown, Nob Hill, Ocean one. The Sierra Railroad was Union Square and Golden formed in 1897 to connect Gate Park. We’ll end with a the Central Valley to the Gold scrumptious meal and then, Country. Today it’s known as one of the best dinner trains in you will have time to explore San Francisco on your own the West, serving mouth-watering gourmet meals in luxurious, before we return to our cozy hotel. Accommodations: Holiday Inn, old-time dining cars. Enjoy Sunday brunch as our engine chugs Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. Meals: B, L. its way through gorgeous scenery for three relaxing hours. Day 7–Home After our last breakfast together we’ll say farewell Return to San Francisco and our hotel on Fisherman’s Wharf. to delightful Northern California with a lifetime of rails, trails Unwind by the heated outdoor pool and relax to the sounds of and sails memories to share with friends and family. Meals: B.
Niagara Falls & Western New York Experience the Erie Canal, Finger Lakes, and Niagara Falls from Both Sides of the Border Jul 7-13 | Sep 8-14 | Sep 15-21 Depart/Return: Buffalo, NY. Price Per Person: Double: $1,527; Single: $1,945. See more details of this tour on page 39 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/NYE Day 1–Buffalo Welcome to Buffalo, a friendly community on Lake Erie where you will meet your fellow travelers for a getacquainted reception. Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Airport, Cheektowaga. Welcome reception included. Day 2–Buffalo/Lockport In the historic community of Lockport on the Erie Canal, see a dozen dazzling stained glass windows made by world-renowned Tiffany craftsmen at First Presbyterian Church. Next, board a delightful ferry for a cruise on the iconic Erie Canal! The 363-mile canal, built from 1817 to 1825, was an engineering marvel in its time and established New York State as the international center of commerce and finance it is today. During two unforgettable hours, we’ll “lock through” enormous locks that raise and lower ships, allowing them to pass from Lake Erie to the Atlantic Ocean. See water cascade over Lockport’s famous “Flight of Five.” Later, we’re on track for a model train exhibit at Medina Railroad Museum in the New York Central freight depot. Model train enthusiasts will admire the HO-scale model train and diorama. At 204 feet long by 14 feet wide, it’s one of the world’s longest, spread out all on one floor! We round off the afternoon with a tasty and colorful stop at Hurd Orchards, as pristine an orchard and flower farm as
you’ll ever find in upstate New York. Accommodations: Doubletree Hilton, Rochester. Meals: B, L. Day 3–Erie Canal/Seneca Falls Travel among peaceful rolling hills to the tiny town of Honeoye Falls. Stop in to visit the EquiCenter at the William and Mildred Levine Ranch. You’ll be touched by the heartwarming story of how the center is enriching the lives of people with developmental disabilities by training them in the skills of horsemanship. Afterward, board the Rose Lummis touring boat as exclusive guests for an afternoon cruise of lovely Seneca Lake, largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes. Once on the Erie Canal, we’ll transit through a lock keeping an eye out for waterfowl, shore birds and migratory birds. Later we’ll visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and learn how five women permanently changed our world. Our day ends at the historical Hotel Clarence in the heart of Seneca Falls, a friendly, small town that residents believe inspired “Bedford Falls” from the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Accommodations: Hotel Clarence, Seneca Falls. Meals: B, L. Day 4–Seneca Falls/Ellicottville Take a step back in time on our visit to the Finger Lakes Region. Our first stop, the charming village of Geneva, nestled on the shores of Seneca Lake, boasts
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the Prettiest Street in America! Later, meet a local Mennonite unusual-sounding musical instruments. Amherst will be our farm family and learn what their life is like. Ivan and Verna home for the night. Accommodations: Marriott Buffalo Niagara, Zimmerman will give us a personal tour of their Home Grown Amherst. Meals: B, L. Produce operation and treat us to tasty homemade cookies and Day 6–Amherst/Niagara on the Lake, Ontario Dating back breads. At Bully Hill Vineyard, in Hammondsport, enjoy lunch to the 1600s, visitors have been mesmerized by 2,600-foot wide followed by an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour–the winery’s Horseshoe Falls and 1,060-foot American Falls that make up picturesquely set high above Keuka Lake. In Angelica’s quaint Niagara Falls. From the 282-foot-tall observation ledge, which town circle (a scene Norman Rockwell would be proud of), we extends over Niagara Gorge, enjoy stunning views of both falls experience the old-time sport of simultaneously! Afterward, board Roque...a version of Croquet. Arrive Niagara’s famous Maid of the Mist boat Lake Ontario in the colorful ski community of for a cruise in the pool of the cascading Ellicottville–the town’s restaurant Kendall waters. Don’t worry, “rain” ponchos are Niagara on Rochester district is within easy walking the Lake provided! Our lunch stop today is the Lockport distance. Accommodations: Wingate by oldest golf course in North America, Amherst Niagara Falls Buffalo Seneca Falls Wyndham, Ellicottville. Meals: B, L. situated picturesquely overlooking
Lake Day 5–Ellicottville/Amherst the shores of Lake Ontario...and in Erie Hammondsport Visit the hometown of legendary the charming town of Niagara-onEllicottville Fredonia comedian Lucille Ball and the the-Lake, often called the loveliest museum that pays tribute to her NEW YORK town in Ontario. Then, enjoy free career. You’ll delight in vintage time and a narrated riding tour of this memorabilia and some of the most historic city, as we’ll see Ft. George, famous sets from the beloved 1950s sitcom, I Love Lucy. We Navy Hall, the Commons, Shaw Festival Theater and Butlers visit the small town of Cassadaga, New York, and its local golf Barracks. Arrive at Marriott Gateway on the Falls hotel, a worldclub, for a tasty lunch...and also stop this afternoon amongst the renowned AAA four-diamond hotel, located just 200 yards rolling, rural countryside of western New York to meet Harry & from the brink of Niagara Falls. The view will take your breath Rachel Kellogg at their six-cow Brown Swiss and Jersey/German away! Accommodations: Marriott Gateway on the Falls, Niagara Falls, Red dairy farm. Later, we’ll be “abuzz” with excitement at the Ontario, Canada. Meals: B, L. Original American Kazoo Company–North America’s first and Day 7–Buffalo Return home overflowing with wonderful memoonly metal kazoo factory. Discover amusing trivia and see how ries of Niagara Falls, Erie Canal and Western New York. Meals: B. the original 1916 technology is still used today to produce the
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta A Once-in-a-Lifetime Celebration of Ballooning and Exploration of Diverse Southwestern Cultures Oct 3-8 Depart/Return: Albuquerque, NM. Price Per Person: Double: $1,497; Single: $2,165. See more details of this tour on page 40 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/ABF Day 1–Albuquerque Begin your exciting Balloon Fiesta holiday from the moment you arrive at Hotel Albuquerque in the heart of historic Old Town–a unique blend of Native American, Mexican, Spanish and Western cultural traditions. Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers during our friendly welcome dinner. Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Albuquerque. Meals: D Day 2–International Balloon Museum/Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway Learn what hot air ballooning is all about at the International Balloon Museum. Experience the interactive exhibits and have your picture taken in one of the many historic gondolas! Enjoy lunch at the base of the world’s longest aerial tram, Sandia Peak, then glide up 2.7 miles of cable over the
rugged canyons and pinnacles. Discover the traditional Native American culture and living history of Acoma Pueblo. Tribal members lead the tour through the ancient pueblo village which sits atop a 367-ft. sandstone bluff. Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Albuquerque. Meals: B, L.
Day 3–Mass Ascension/Indian Pueblo Cultural Center This morning, witness the Mass Ascension right at Balloon Fiesta Park. Taos Meet pilots from around the world preparing to fly the Albuquerque skies. You’ll have time to stroll the 78-acre Sangre De Santa Fe launch field–side-by-side with inflating Cristo Range and launching balloons. The sight of Albuquerque hundreds of brilliantly colored balloons San Mateo Mts. in the Southwestern sky is breathtaking! Edgewood Later, we’ll make our way to a family run Turquoise Museum with a mock NEW MEXICO mine tunnel, rare specimens collection
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and a lapidary display. Lunch is a treat, we’ll feast on a handprepared New Mexican lunch, with its signature spicy green and earthy red chiles. You’ll learn all about the chiles during a private demonstration of chile roasting at the restaurant–exclusively for our group! Then it’s off to see native dancers and crafters of every sort at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Albuquerque. Meals: B, L. Day 4–Harvest Festival/Balloon Glow This morning observe a memorable event–an outdoor Mass and procession for San Isidro, patron saint for farmers. If you wish, join the procession as the priest blesses the fields accompanied by the villagers of El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Participate in the crushing of grapes for wine by foot, watch burros grinding sorghum to make molasses, the stringing of chiles, and more. Enjoy music and dancing and an array of arts and crafts during a picnic lunch in the courtyard. Tonight, relish the sight of several hundred balloons tethered and inflated just before dusk at Balloon Glow. As you stroll the field, the balloonmeister will order ignition and the burners will fill the balloons–and the sky– with a kaleidoscope of brilliant colors. Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Albuquerque. Meals: B, L. Day 5–Unser Racing Museum/South Mountain Dairy We’re off to experience the Unser Racing Museum. Take a guided tour and learn about the Unser family history, seeing and interacting with racing history as it happened. Next, we’ll be guests at South Mountain Dairy located in southern Santa Fe County. South Mountain Dairy is the only producer of pasteurized goat milk and yogurt. Donna and Marge will give you an exclusive tour of the milking parlor and share with you how their great cheeses are made. Afterwards, enjoy delicious samples of cheese, yogurt and milk. Tonight we’ll enjoy a delicious farewell dinner. Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Albuquerque. Meals: B, L, D. Day 6–Albuquerque Our holiday ends after breakfast. If you would like take an optional hot air balloon ride, this morning will be a good time to schedule it. (Information on hot air balloon rides will be included in your tour documents packet.)
Accommodations: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Albuquerque. Meals: B
POST-TOUR EXTENSION Oct 8-10 Price Per Person: Double: $537; Single: $675. Depart/Return: Albuquerque, NM Day 6–Santa Fe See more of what the Land of Enchantment has to offer. Today we travel to Santa Fe for an open air tram tour of the oldest capital city in the U.S. You’ll visit the Loretto Chapel and its famous “miraculous” staircase a site not to be missed. Lunch will be prepared at La Casa Sena– situated in the heart of Old Santa Fe. We overnight at The Lodge of Santa Fe–picturesquely situated with breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Meals: L Day 7–Santa Fe After a hearty breakfast, choose between two options. When you return, there’s time to visit nearby galleries, museums, shops and restaurants. This evening, we’ll share memories of our Santa Fe quest at one of the trendy “restaurants” in town–the Santa Fe School of Cooking! Meals: B, D Option – Native Cultures Feast and Float Our local guide will lead you on a half-day float trip through the attractive Rio Grande Valley. A traditional “feast” is prepared and served at the end of the trip by Pueblo Indian families. Price: $98 per person, minimum of 12 people participating to run option. Meals: L Option – Santa Fe Southern Railway Take the Day Train on the Santa Fe Southern Railway. Departing from downtown, the historic railroad travels 16 miles to the Galisteo Basin overlook for a panoramic view of this geologic uplift. Price: $45 per person. Day 8–Albuquerque Return to Albuquerque after breakfast. Meals: B.
Great Lakes & America’s Heartland Shores From Lumberjacks and Shipwrecks to Mackinac and Happy Days Jul 14-21 | Sep 8-15 | Sep 15-22 Depart/Return: Milwaukee, WI. Price Per Person: Double: $1,497; Single: $1,855. See more details of this tour on page 43 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/GRL Day 1–Milwaukee Begin your adventure with an evening get-together. Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport, Milwaukee. Welcome Reception Included. Day 2–Milwaukee/Sturgeon Bay Kick off the day at the century-old Homestead Range Dairy Farm, featured in Farm & Ranch Living magazine. Owners Jim and Carole Anhalt will show you around and share the story of how they left their “day jobs” to create their 500-acre dream farm. Discover Lake Michigan’s intriguing past and present at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc. Tour the USS Cobia, the nation’s most completely restored WWII submarine. Visit historic Lambeau Field, home of
the Green Bay Packers (if Packer schedule allows.) Our base for the next two nights is Sturgeon Bay. Accommodations: Stone Harbor Resort, Sturgeon Bay. Meals: B, L. Day 3–Fish Creek/Sturgeon Bay Enjoy an authentic Door County fish boil featuring Lake Michigan whitefish. Afterward, stroll the picture-perfect cherry and apple orchards of Seaquist Orchards Farm Market. Owners Dale and Kristin Seaquist will treat you to a behind-the-scenes look and tasty samples of their fruit jams and salsas. In Fish Creek, walk along historic Main Street, watching boats come and go and browsing the charming shops. Accommodations: Stone Harbor Resort, Sturgeon Bay. Meals: B, L.
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Day 4–Sturgeon Bay/Manistique Welcome to the U.P. (Upper Day 7–Charlevoix/Ludington Marvel at unique “mushroomPeninsula)! Meet Master Certified Logger Warren Suchovsky and roofed homes” built of Petoskey stones on Charlevoix’s Round visit a working logging camp. Stop in Kitch-iti-kipi (Big Spring), Lake. A local step-on guide shares stories about the resort town’s where over 10,000 gallons of water colorful past. Traverse City is our rush each minute from fissures in scenic lunch destination, and a stop Lake Superior the limestone bottom. Ride on a in Manistee is a must to admire Whitefish Point Newberry stable raft to get an upclose view the gorgeous Tiffany stained glass Mackinac Manistique of the underwater action! Next, windows of First Congregational Island Gladstone climb to the top of “haunted” Church. Top off the day on a funDoor Seul Choix Point Lighthouse for filled dune ride to the summit of County WISCONSIN Charlevoix an incomparable view of the lake. sand mountains and a spectacular Traverse Green Bay Accommodations: Grey Wolf Lodge, view of sparkling Silver Lake. City Manistique. Meals: B, L, D. Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express, Manistee Manitowoc Ludington. Meals: B, L. Ludington Lake Day 5–Manistique/Mackinaw Michigan City Start the day at Dean and Milwaukee Jewel Oswald’s one-of-a-kind “bear ranch” for rescued cubs. Stretch your legs in Tahquamenon Falls State Park and see magnificent Upper Falls, second in size only to Niagara Falls. At the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, situated on the Lake Superior shore, learn the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald. A video takes you to the depths of the coldest Great Lake and exhibits bring the shipwreck to life. Cross the “Mighty Mac”–an amazing five-mile suspension bridge–to the Lower Peninsula. In Mackinaw City, relax in your balcony suite with a view of the bridge and a lovely Lake Huron beach. For evening entertainment, join us for an optional Lumberjack Show. Accommodations: Mackinaw Beach & Bay All Suites Resort, Mackinaw City. Meals: B, L.
Option – Jack Pine Lumberjack Show Cheer for your favorite lumberjack in a fun, fast-paced competition of chopping, chainsawing, pole climbing, log rolling and more! A boxed dinner is included. Price: $22 per person. Day 6–Mackinac Island Cross the straits by high-speed ferry and explore this quaint Victorian island by horse-drawn carriage. At the Grand Hotel, enjoy the legendary Grand Luncheon Buffet. Take in a variety of sights and experiences downtown, including gorgeous Ste. Anne’s Church, and gourmet shopping. Tonight return to Mackinaw City. Accommodations: Mackinaw Beach & Bay All Suites Resort, Mackinaw City. Meals: B, L.
Day 8–Ludington/Milwaukee Hop aboard the S.S. Badger, the only authentic steamship on the Great Lakes, for our crossing back to Wisconsin. During the cruise, stroll the open-air decks, play “Badger Bingo” or shop in the “Boatique.” After a quick lunch stop in the “brat capital” of Sheboygan, arrive in plenty of time for your flight home, filled to the brim with fond Great Lakes memories. Meals: B, L.
PRE–TOUR EXTENSION: Milwaukee Jul 13-14 | Sep 7-8 | Sep 14-15 Price Per Person: Double: $247; Single: $295 Day “0”: Milwaukee Tour this all-American city on Lake Michigan, home to Miller and Harley, the Brewers and the Fonz! Marvel at the animated museum design by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, visit the mansion built by beer baron Frederick Pabst, explore Mitchell Park Conservatory, consisting of dome-enclosed desert, rain forest and floral gardens, and more. Relax back at your comfortable hotel by the airport before the evening’s welcome reception. Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Meals: B, L.
Lake Superior & the North Woods Discover the Greatest of America’s Great Lakes! Jul 14-20 | Aug 4-10 | Sep 22-28 | Sep 29-Oct 5 Depart/Return: Minneapolis, MN. Price Per Person: Double: $1,497; Single: $1,895. See more details of this tour on page 45 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/WSC Day 1–Minneapolis Welcome! Today you’ll meet your fellow travelers for a welcome reception at our hotel near Minneapolis– the renowned “City of Lakes.” Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott, Bloomington. Welcome Reception Included. Day 2–Stillwater/St. Croix River Valley/Sandstone Get ready for an exciting day as you head to Stillwater. This historic city is known for its charming Main Street district full of antique shops and boutiques. In the picturesque St. Croix River Valley,
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you’ll gaze at the awesome “glacial potholes” formed 10,000 years ago by the rushing waters of a melting ice field. If you love quilting, you’ll especially enjoy St. Croix Falls. Here you’ll have lunch and visit Pins ‘N’ Needles Quilt Shop, offering thousands of bolts of fabric and all sorts of sewing notions. In Sandstone, you’ll be treated to an exclusive visit and demonstration by skilled basket weaver Joanna Schutt. Unpack in Duluth for two nights lodging at the picturesque Inn on Lake Superior. Accommodations: Inn on Lake Superior, Duluth. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 3–Duluth/Two Harbors/Lutsen This morning, it’s “all aboard” the North Shore Scenic Railroad for a narrated ride deep into the majestic North Woods in a self-propelled BUDD Car to Two Harbors. After lunch, you’ll see the nostalgic Split Rock Lighthouse, restored to its 1920s grandeur. Then, take a thrilling ride on the Midwest’s only mountain gondola. Enjoy the panoramic view as you glide over the Poplar River valley to the top of Moose Mountain, weather permitting. Accommodations: Inn on Lake Superior, Duluth. Meals: B, L. Day 4–Bayfield/Cable Long-lasting cruising memories are in store as you arrive in beautiful Bayfield. You’ll board the 70-foot Island Princess on Lake Superior to cruise the Apostle Islands. Sail among the 22 islands, past historic sandstone quarries, shipwreck sites and fascinating lighthouses. Later this afternoon, travel to Hayward for your overnight. This resort community and the surrounding area is a bustle of activity year round. The American Birkebeiner cross country ski race draws over 10,000 folks from 30 plus countries each February, along with the Lumberjack World Championships each July to name a few. Accommodations: Flat Creek Inn, Hayward. Meals: B, D.
Day 6–Warrens/Onalaska Our “fruitful” journey continues today at Wetherby Cranberry Company in Warrens. Co-owner Nodji Van Wychen will explain how cranberries are grown and harvested. You’ll also visit the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center where you’ll get to taste some products and learn what makes Wisconsin the nation’s leading cranberry producer. Later you will have a captivating visit to Wisconsin’s Amish region. Our afternoon will include a visit to a working family farm, along with an inside look at fascinating crafts handmade by the Amish. Finally, unparalleled scenery and delicious cuisine await you Ontario on a Mississippi River dinner cruise Lake aboard the old-time paddlewheeler, Lutsen Superior the La Crosse Queen. Sit back and MINNESOTA Bayfield Apostle watch moonlight glisten on the Two Harbors Islands Duluth waves as you savor a delicious dinner. Stoney Creek Inn, UpperAccommodations: Michigan Sandstone Onalaska. Meals: B, L, D.
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Day 5–Hayward/Rice Lake/Chippewa Falls Fishing fans are in for a treat at the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward. It boasts massive collections of world-record mounted freshwater fish and lures, plus classic fishing boats. A bit down the road, some friendly folks at Rice Lake Curling Club will treat us to a spirited demonstration of their fun winter sport. Next “on tap” is a tour of the Leinenkugel Brewery in Chippewa Falls. See firsthand how award-winning beers are made in this old-world Germanic brewery dating back over 140 years. Later, there’ll be luscious fruit as far as the eye can see at Cain’s Orchard in Hixton—including 20 acres each of apples and highbush cultivated blueberries. Accommodations: Best Western Arrowhead Lodge, Black River Falls. Meals: B, L.
SPECIAL: Warrens Cranberry Festival (Sept. 22-28 Itinerary Only) Day 6 will be devoted to the Chippewa Falls Warrens Cranberry Festival, the world’s Hixton largest. Stroll the three miles of arts, Warrens crafts and antiques. Tour a working Onalaska cranberry marsh and visit the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center to learn about Wisconsin’s cranberry industry. You’ll get a chance to sample treats like cranberry ice cream, chocolate covered cranberries and fried cranberries on a stick. Yum!
Day 7–Fountain City/Stockholm/Minneapolis Today you’ll journey along the Mississippi by motor coach and see sites only the locals know about! We’ll stop at Elmer’s Auto and Toy Museum in Fountain City, with its unusual displays of both real and toy classic cars, plus thousands of antique toys and dolls. We’ll also stretch our legs at Buena Vista Park on a bluff 500 feet above the Mississippi River Valley. From here you can see the coastline of both Minnesota and Wisconsin! After lunch in the quaint community of Stockholm, Wisconsin, we return to Minneapolis, where you’ll depart for home with fond northern memories! Meals: B, L.
Our Iowa...and Yours, Too! The U.S.A.’s 29th State Proudly Presented in Conjunction with Our Iowa Magazine Aug 6-12 | Sep 24-30 Depart/Return: Des Moines, IA. Price Per Person: Double: $1,447; Single: $1,775. See more details of this tour on page 47 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/OIA Day 1–Des Moines Welcome to Des Moines, Iowa. Accommodations: Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport Conference Center. Welcome Reception Included. Day 2–Des Moines/Bloomfield We’ll start out with a visit with Mary Ruth Pierschbacher, whose unique art of “grave witching” helps people locate unmarked graves. Then it’s off for an old-time candy making demonstration at Piper’s Grocery Store in Chariton. Lunch is at Honey Creek Resort State Park
on scenic Rathbun Lake. This afternoon, we’ll visit Andy & Beverly Miller’s Amish Buggy shop in Davis County. Tonight we experience a special dinner prepared by the congregation of the Bloomfield Mennonite Church. Accommodations: Cobblestone Inn & Suites, Bloomfield. Meals: B, L, D. Day 3–Bloomfield/Davenport Joe Yoder and his wife Ester will host us for breakfast this morning at their well-kept Percheron horse farm...and afterward he’ll show us his proud
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“fleet”. After, we’ll head over to the Midwest Old Thresher’s Museum for a fascinating step back into our agricultural heritage...and a surprise ride that’s sure to make you reminisce. We’ll make a stop amongst the rolling hills of eastern Iowa on the way to Davenport, where we’ll stay within easy walking distance of the Mississippi River front. Accommodations: Radisson Quad City Plaza, Davenport. Meals: B, L.
Mississippi across from where the Wisconsin River empties into our nation’s longest waterway. We’ll also visit River Junction Trading Company and travel back to the Victorian Era. Then, we’ll stop by the Seed Savers Exchange—its members have been passing on garden heritage by collecting and distributing thousands of samples of rare garden seeds. Gardeners will surely want to stock up on their favorite seeds. Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites, Decorah. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 4–Davenport/Dubuque A captivating grain elevator visit along Day 6–Decorah/Cedar Falls Off the Mississippi begins the day (fall to see the world famous Decorah eagle tours, depending on harvest schedules, nest (mother nature permitting), before may have an alternate factory tour), heading to Bily Clocks in Spillville. These then we’ll call on Isabelle Bloom for wood-crafted clocks are so astounding a behind-the-scenes visit to see how that the Smithsonian has tried to secure their world-famous figurines are several. Then we stop by St. Wenseslaus handcrafted. We’ll enjoy lunch in Catholic Church—it’s the oldest Czech Maquoketa...then explore the National Catholic Church in the country. Next, River Museum in Dubuque, so it’s the Little Brown Church in Nashua distinguished that it’s been chosen an where Pastor James Mann will host affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute. us for a very extraordinary visit...and We stay overnight at the elegant Hotel heartwarming hymn. A visit to an Iowa Bloomfield Julien Dubuque—some may wish to grain farm caps off the day—our host join on an optional trip up the world’s farmer will fire up his $250,000 tractor! shortest and steepest elevator. At the top, one can see three Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn, Cedar Falls. Meals: B, L. different states. Accommodations: Hotel Julien Dubuque. Meals: B, L. Day 7–Cedar Falls/Des Moines This morning starts with an impressive factory tour of the John Deere Tractor Works in Day 5–Dubuque/Decorah Breitbach’s Country Dining in Waterloo. Then we head to Gladbrock to Matchstick Marvels Balltown is Iowa’s oldest continuously operating restaurant— where Patrick Acton crafts towering sculptures made out of we’ll visit this morning for a mouth-watering breakfast. Scenery matchsticks. You’ll be fascinated by models such as the U.S. abounds as we head north along the Mississippi River valley to Capitol, Space Shuttle, and Notre Dame in Paris. Following Guttenberg and its Lock and Dam for a “see-how-it-works” visit. lunch, we return to Des Moines enriched by our 29th state. Have your cameras out—Pikes Peak State Park offers one of the Meals: B, L. most stunning views in the Midwest. We’ll stand high above the
Ohio’s Amish Country Discover the Warmth, Pace and “Simple Life” of the World’s Largest Amish Settlement Jun 23-27 | Oct 7-11 Depart/Return: Cleveland, OH. Price Per Person: Double: $1,097; Single: $1,325. See more details of this tour on page 49 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/OAC Day 1–Cleveland Welcome to Cleveland, an effervescent city on the shores of Lake Erie. Tonight we’ll enjoy a friendly welcome gathering. Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport, Cleveland. Welcome Reception Included.
implements for over 25 years. We’ll settle into our rooms at the Carlisle Inn for a three-night stay. Tonight, we’ll gather for a delicious family style meal at the hotel. Accommodations: Carlisle Inn, Walnut Creek. Meals: B, D.
Day 2–Smithville/Walnut Creek Riding through the rolling countryside, we’ll make our way to Amish Country. We’ll see vintage looms at work in the Mishler Weaving Mill. Then we’ll head to Lee Ann Miller’s Buggy Barn in Lehman’s Hardware for an exclusive demonstration. After lunch on your own, we’ll admire the basket making craftsmanship of a local Swartzentruber family. They will give us a private demonstration and hold a drawing for a free bread basket to one of our lucky travelers! Later, we’ll stop to meet an Amish fellow who has been manufacturing horse-drawn farm
Day 3–Berlin/Walnut Creek After a generous Amish breakfast at the home of Ada Mae Shetler, we’ll visit an Amish school in session. Then view the inspirational “Behalt”, a 265foot cyclorama, as we learn about Ohio’s “Plain People” at the Mennonite Information Center. Next, journey to Mt. Hope to see a livestock and produce auction in action. After, enjoy a buggy ride through the countryside surrounding Yoder’s Amish home. You’ll also visit Schlabach Printers, a local Amish printing company that prints hundreds of cookbooks. Tonight, we celebrate at Noah & Mary Yoder’s home and learn how an
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Amish wedding is conducted. You’ll be served a customary meal and hear their wedding day chronicle! Accommodations: Carlisle Inn, Walnut Creek. Meals: B, D.
to the WWII Servicemen’s Canteen that served 1.5 million G.I’s and was nicknamed “Dreamsville.” Next, we’ll stop at United Methodist church to hear LaVonne Dubois and Jeremiah Jones perform a moving piano and organ concert. We will return “home” to Walnut Creek so you can explore on your own. Accommodations: Carlisle Inn, Walnut Creek. Meals: B, L.
Day 4–Sugarcreek/Walnut Creek After breakfast we’ll marvel at the Smithville creativity of Earnest “Mooney” Winesburg Warther at Warther Carvings. SelfMt. Hope taught Mooney’s carvings have Millersburg Berlin Sugarcreek been called “priceless works of art” Day 5–Cleveland After breakfast Charm Walnut Creek by the Smithsonian Institute. The we’ll take a behind-the-scenes tour and collection includes hundreds of see the lumber mill of Keim Lumber–an intricately detailed trains, along exclusive building center that employs with Frieda Warther’s delightful button collection. Later, we’ll over 300 Amish folks. Our Amish country adventure concludes have lunch at Trax Diner and visit Dennison Depot. Now on with a delicious lunch at Betty Yoder’s home, and we return to the National Register of Museums, Dennison Depot is home Cleveland with delightful Amish memories. Meals: B, L.
Covered Bridges & Indiana Treasures Discover Nostalgic Treasures of the “Crossroads of America” Jun 2-7 | Sep 15-20 | Sep 29-Oct 4 Depart/Return: Indianapolis, IN. Price Per Person: Double: $1,297; Single: $1,625. See more details of this tour on page 51 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/IND Day 1–Indianapolis Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome reception at our hotel near Indianapolis—the friendly Midwestern city known as the “Crossroads of America.” Accommodations: Cambria Suites Indianapolis Airport, Plainfield. Welcome Reception Included.
for architectural innovation and design, an impressive feat alongside cities like Chicago and New York. We’ll overnight at the intimate Biddle Hotel, situated inside Indiana University’s elegant and stately Memorial Union. Accommodations: Biddle Hotel and Conference Center, Indiana University, Bloomington. Meals: B, L.
Day 2–Indianapolis/Bloomington This morning brings us to Martinsville, and a tour of the “For Bare Feet” sock factory, Day 3–Bloomington/French Lick Visit Dillman Farm in a family business that started with one antique knitting Bloomington and see firsthand how the family created a machine–and made it big. Today it produces thousands of fruitful business cooking preserves and fruit butters the olddifferent novelty socks used as fashioned way. They use only fund-raisers, to promote events select whole fruit and pure cane and support sports teams. sugar–no preservatives and no Next, things will get poppin’ in corn syrup! Listed as a National the town of Edinburgh. Here Historic Landmark, West Baden Indianapolis Rockville you’ll enjoy a special, behindSprings Hotel will amaze you. the-scenes tour of “Not Just With its one-of-a-kind domed Edinburgh Popcorn” factory and store. atrium spanning 200 feet, it’s been Terre Haute Columbus Started in 1989 with only eight called the “Eighth Wonder of the flavors, it now boasts over 240 World.” Our home for the next Bloomington uniquely delicious popcorn two nights is the luxurious French French Lick varieties, including Blueberry Lick Springs Hotel. Nestled on Montgomery Cheesecake, Chocolate Toffee 3,000 acres steeped in history and Crunch and Butternut Brittle. natural beauty, this classic resort Santa Claus Best of all, the popcorn is has been completely restored to prepared the old-fashioned its original grandeur. Explore the way–from scratch and by grounds on a moonlit carriage ride hand. Afterward, visit a former or enjoy Pluto’s Bowling Alley, the World War II military base transformed into a premier training pool complex and delicious dining options. Accommodations: site for all branches of the military–Camp Atterbury. Sit French Lick Springs Hotel, French Lick. Meals: B, L. down to a hearty lunch with the troops before exploring the Day 4–French Lick/Patoka Lake Hop aboard the 60-foot awesome 30,000-acre camp. The day winds down with a tour Patoka Voyager tour boat and relax on the calm, sparkling of Columbus, a vibrant small town ranked sixth in the nation
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lake. You won’t believe how close you’ll come to the “island eagles’ nests.” Keep a lookout for ospreys, herons and loons, too! Later, 19th-century American history comes alive at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, made of beautifully sculpted limestone. At the Living Historical Farm, experience an interactive reenactment of Hoosier life in the early 1800s. Next, it’s always Christmas in Santa Claus, Indiana, home of many year-round holiday attractions, including the Official Santa Claus Post Office. In the 1930s, the postmaster and his “elves” started the tradition of answering children’s Christmas letters. This evening is yours to browse the hotel’s unique shops, take a dip in the heated outdoor swimming pool or linger over dinner. Whatever you decide, enjoy your evening! Accommodations: French Lick Springs Hotel, French Lick. Meals: B, L. Day 5–Montgomery/Terre Haute In Daviess County, you’ll feel as though you’ve traveled back to a simpler time. With nearly 725 old-order Amish families, it’s one of the 10 largest settlements in the U.S. Savor a scrumptious, down-home meal in an Amish home, and learn about their way of life. Then continue
on to Terre Haute, on the shore of the Wabash River, for an exclusive tour and demonstration at Inland Aquatics. It’s likely the Midwest’s largest grower of saltwater aquarium plants and fish. The coral displays will amaze you! Accommodations: Drury Inn, Terre Haute. Meals: B, L. Day 6–Parke County/Indianapolis After breakfast, it’s on to picturesque Parke County, “Covered Bridge Capital of the World”. It made good sense to Indiana farmers of the 1800s to cover the bridges with barn-like roofs, originally constructed of timber, to protect them from the elements. A local guide will lead us on a narrated tour of several bridges considered the most innovative for their time and most beloved for their captivating stories. After lunch, visit the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway–home of the popular “Indy 500” auto race! On display, see more than 30 winning racecars, along with classic racing equipment. You’ll even get a chance to ride around the iconic 2.5-mile oval racetrack. Return to the Indianapolis Airport filled with fond memories of the friendly folks and colorful traditions of the Indiana heartland. Meals: B, L.
Autumn in New England Experience the Region’s Harvest Bounty and Natural Beauty while Rediscovering Our Nation’s Beginnings Sep 28-Oct 5 | Sep 29-Oct 6 | Sep 30-Oct 7 | Oct 5-12 | Oct 6-13 Depart/Return: Hartford, CT. Price Per Person: Double: $1,557; Single: $1,965. See more details of this tour on page 54 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/ANE Day 1–Hartford We’ll begin our tour near Hartford in Windsor Locks with a welcome reception. Accommodations: Sheraton Bradley International, Windsor Locks. Welcome Reception Included.
about. For lunch we’ll head to a Gloucester lobster bake! Keep your bib on–it’s messy but delicious! We’ll continue up the coast and into Maine for our enchanting overnight in Ogunquit, located near the sea. Accommodations: Ogunquit River Inn & Suites, Day 2–Sturbridge/Concord Our first stop is a trip back to Ogunquit. Meals: B, L. the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village. Day 4–North Conway/Ashland Walk through original 18th and 19th Franconia Montpelier Beauty abounds as we travel to North century homes, craft shops, meeting MAINE Notch Barre North Conway Conway, New Hampshire. At Red houses and a mill, all preserved White New Mountains Jacket Mountain View Inn we’ll enjoy to recreate an authentic colonial York Ashland incredible views as we savor a delicious town. Lunch is a special meal with lunch. Lush trees loaded with color fascinating history at Salem Cross NEW Ogunquit create a panorama beyond compare. Inn. Furnished throughout with HAMPSHIRE The sights today will make you say, American antiques and huge hearths, Brattleboro “New England in the fall is awesome!” the inn alone is worth the visit– MASSACHUSETTS Gloucester Then get your camera ready! This but we know you’ll find the food South Deerfield Concord West afternoon we’ll get a close-up view of outstanding, too! This afternoon, Brookfield Boston Stockbridge New Hampshire’s White Mountains we’ll stand where the famed Sturbridge on the Kancamagus Highway, one Minutemen stood at Lexington and East Windsor Locks Rhode of the region’s most pristine scenic Concord. The birthplace of liberty Island drives. We’ll make stops along the will inspire awe as you hear of the Hartford way to witness the beauty of fall as action that caused the “shot heard CONNECTICUT we cross the 2,860-foot Kancamagus ’round the world.” Tonight we’ll Pass before dropping into a beautiful, stay in Waltham. Accommodations: deep valley. Tonight we’ll stay in Ashland, and you can savor Embassy Suites, Waltham. Meals: B, L. the beauty that surrounds you. Accommodations: Comfort Inn & Day 3–Boston/Ogunquit From the Old North Church and Suites, Ashland. Meals: B, L. the home of Paul Revere to Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall and the Old State House, we’ll enjoy the morning by learning more of Boston’s history and seeing the famous sights you’ve heard
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through one of New Hampshire’s most scenic mountain passes– Franconia Notch–with its slopes and valleys draped in fall color. Marvel as you walk along the Flume Gorge on wooden walkways, past waterfalls and 90-foot-high rock walls. If you like, ride an aerial tram to the summit of Cannon Mountain. Our next stop is the gorgeous and grand Mt. Washington Hotel. We’ll explore this elegant hotel, then enjoy a delicious lunch in the hotel’s dining room. Later, we’ll cross the border into Vermont, where we’ll spend the night. Accommodations: Best Western, Waterbury. Meals: B, L, D. Day 6–Montpelier/Barre Today begins with a “sweet” visit to Cold Hollow Cider Mill, where apple cider is still made with a 1920s rack and cloth press. We’ll sip some cider–and sample legendary Cider Donuts! Maple syrup is “on tap” when we visit the Morse Farm to learn about their 200-year-old maple sugar tradition. Enjoy the hospitality of this friendly family and lick your lips over a maple-flavored treat they’ve prepared for us. Next we’re off to historic Barre. After a delectable lunch we’ll
visit The Rock of Ages. At 600 feet deep, it’s the world’s largest granite quarry! You’ll see the mining operation and hear some fascinating details from your guide. Later we’ll travel along the scenic Connecticut River to Brattleboro, Vermont, our stop for the night. Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express, Brattleboro. Meals: B, L. Day 7–South Deerfield/Stockbridge Back in Massachusetts, enjoy the delectable fragrances at the renowned Yankee Candle Company. In Norman Rockwell’s hometown of Stockbridge, we’ll have time to browse the shops before our visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum. A walk through the museum will bring a smile to your face as you view the works of this beloved American artist. We’ll travel to Hartford for the night. Accommodations: Sheraton Bradley International, Windsor Locks. Meals: B, D. Day 8–Hartford After breakfast you’ll head home with New England color dancing in your head! Meals: B.
Norman Rockwell’s New England Discover the Life and Art, Influence and Inspirations of America’s Beloved Illustrator Sep 27-Oct 2 | Oct 4-9 Depart/Return: Albany, NY. Price Per Person: Double: $1,447; Single: $1,775. See more details of this tour on page 56 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/SEP Day 1–Albany Your exploration of New England kicks off from the birth state of America’s most beloved painter and illustrator. Meet fellow travelers at our hotel. Accommodations: Albany Marriott, Albany, NY. Welcome Reception Included.
which portrays the life of our 35th President. You’ll savor authentic Italian cuisine just blocks away from the Old North Church in Boston’s historic North End. Plus, enjoy a narrated city tour of Boston’s colorful neighborhoods, winding up at the campus of Harvard University. Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel, Bedford, MA. Meals: B, L.
Day 2–Stockbridge/North Granby/Manchester See Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where Rockwell settled with his family and tour the Norman Rockwell Museum, home of more than 700 original paintings and drawings–the MAINE Green Mountains White world’s largest collection! You’ll also VERMONT Mountains have time to browse in Stockbridge. Rutland Later, we’ll visit Lost Acres Orchard in NEW NEW HAMPSHIRE North Granby, Connecticut where over YORK Arlington 20 kinds of apples make amazing pies! Rindge Albany Ludlow Enjoy a slice before we continue to Manchester. Accommodations: Hampton MASSACHUSETTS Bedford Stockbridge Inn & Suites, Manchester, CT. Meals: B, L. Boston Day 3–New London/Mystic/ Granby Newport Submerge yourself in Manchester nautical history at the Submarine CONNECTICUT Force Museum in New London. New London Then enjoy free time in the seaside village of Mystic, Connecticut. In Newport, Rhode Island, explore The Breakers Mansion–a 70-room Italian-style palazzo, built by the Vanderbilts. You’ll also tour the National Museum of American Illustration, featuring work by Rockwell. Accommodations: Comfort Inn at Atlantic Beach, Newport, RI. Meals: B Day 4–Newport/Boston Today, get a “taste” of Boston, New England’s largest city. We’ll start at the JFK Library and Museum,
Day 5–Rindge/Ludlow Wake up your senses with a panoramic view of Mount Monadnock, in Rindge, New Hampshire, from Cathedral of the Pines. This openair cathedral features a bell tower with plaques designed by Norman Rockwell and cast in bronze by his son, Peter. Nearby, we’ll stop at East Hill Farm for a country-style lunch before continuing to the Killington Grand Resort Hotel, situated amongst Vermont’s stunning Green Mountains. Accommodations: Killington Grand Resort Hotel, Killington, VT. Rhode Meals: B, L, D. Island Day 6–Rutland/Arlington/Albany Newport Mystic Today offers a grand finale of places and people from Rockwell’s life. Relive American history from 1911- 1978 through a chronological display of paintings in the Norman Rockwell Museum in Rutland. At the Sugar Shack in Arlington, meet a living model of the famous artist. Finally, explore the Inn on Covered Bridge Green, a former home of Rockwell, before we return to Albany to say our nostalgia-filled goodbyes. Meals: B, L.
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Best of New York State From the Big Apple to the Adirondacks, There’s No Place Like the Empire State in Fall! Sep 22-28 | Sep 29-Oct 5 Depart/Return: Albany, NY. Price Per Person: Double: $1,497; Single: $1,885. See more details of this tour on page 57 or www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/BNY Day 1–Albany Located on the edge of the Catskill Mountains, Albany is the perfect place to begin your New York adventure. This evening our group will get to know each other at a relaxed welcome reception. Accommodations: Albany Marriott, Albany. Welcome Reception Included.
Day 4–New York City Whether it’s uptown, midtown or downtown, there’s more to see in New York City. Our expert guide will show us the sights from Fifth Avenue to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Lincoln Center to serene Central Park. You’ll tour through many of New York City’s unique neighborhoods on our way to Wall Street in the Financial District and Ground Day 2–Hyde Park/Fishkill You’ll begin your day with a scenic Zero. Then board the Ellis Island Ferry at Battery Park for a drive south through countryside alive with glorious fall color. glimpse of “the lady in the harbor.” Have your cameras ready for Our destination is Hyde Park, home to the prestigious Culinary this exceptional photo opportunity Institute of America. With its Vermont of the Statue of Liberty as we glide mission of providing quality Ontario Adirondacks past on our way to Ellis Island. culinary education for careers in Accommodations: Holiday Inn Harmon Raquette food service, the CIA will treat Blue Mountain Meadow, Secaucus. Meals: B, L. Lake Lake us to an unparalleledLake diningOntario Glens Falls experience at one of the school’s Day 5–Cooperstown/Johnstown Saratoga student-staffed restaurants. At Today we’ll head deep into the heart Johnstown Springs our next stop, you will spend time of New York’s mountain country. Cooperstown where former President Franklin D. At lunchtime, we’ll stop in one of Albany Catskills Roosevelt, one of the 20th century’s upstate New York’s lovely small towns. Massachusetts most influential men, grew up and Then we’ll head for Cooperstown spent much of his adulthood. We’ll and the Baseball Hall of Fame. You’ll Hyde Park also remember the struggles and Pennsylvania revel in nostalgia as you discover Fishkill Conn. triumphs of America in the ’30s and baseball’s unique history. Our home West Point ’40s at the Roosevelt Presidential tonight is in the town of Johnstown. Library. More beautiful scenery Accommodations: Holiday Inn JohnstownSecaucus awaits as we head south along the Gloversville, Johnstown. Meals: B, L. New York City New Jersey Hudson River to Fishkill, our home Day 6–Adirondacks/Glens Falls for the night. Accommodations: This morning we’ll set out to the Hampton Inn, Fishkill. Meals: B, L. Adirondack Mountains. At Raquette Lake, we’ll board the WW Day 3–West Point/New York City This morning we’ll stop at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where you’ll tour the grounds and discover some of the school’s little-known traditions. You’re sure to love the academy’s wonderful view of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. Next stop – New York City! You’ll start your visit to the city at New York’s newest observation deck – Top of the Rock. Enjoy free time in Rockefeller Center, then take in all Times Square has to offer by joining us on tonight’s option for an evening “on the town,” or head to our hotel in nearby Secaucus, New Jersey. Unpack and relax, we’ll be here for the next two nights. Accommodations: Holiday Inn Harmon Meadow, Secaucus. Meals: B, L, D.
Option – Dinner and a Broadway Show Join us for dinner and an evening of entertainment at the delightful Broadway musical, Newsies. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teen aged “newsies,” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. Price: $150 per person.
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Durant for a relaxing cruise on pristine waters. Next, we’ll stop at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. Here, you’ll discover the history of the Adirondacks, plus learn about the region’s “camp-style” architecture. Accommodations: Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls. Meals: B, L. Day 7–Saratoga Springs/Albany After a morning visit to a retired thoroughbred farm, you’ll enjoy the day exploring the Victorian town of Saratoga Springs. Home of the oldest thoroughbred race track in America, the city attracted the wealthy and is flavored today with traditions of the past that enrich its character. After a farewell lunch we’ll head back to Albany, where we’ll say “so long” and head for home. Meals: B, L.
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After exploring the history and cultures of this amazing region, experience the thrill of certified ocean-to-ocean Panama Canal Transit, enjoying excellent views while traversing the famed canal and its series of locks by both rail and sail. Learn about the region’s Spanish colonial history through forts, churches and old cobblestone streets, visit working fruit and sugar cane farms, and enjoy a warm lunch reception and native cultural presentation by Embera Indians. Free time is left for your own explorations, recreation, or optional side tours such as Fort San Lorenzo & Chagres River Nature Tour or fishing on Gatun Lake. (Page 7)
PALM SPRINGS WINTER OASIS Aerial adventures or 18 holes? Hiking desert trails or touring homes of the stars? Whatever your speed, few places offer the blend of scenic beauty, amazing weather, historic interest, resort comfort and diverse short-excursion attractions you’ll find in Palm Springs! Unpack once and enjoy “all of the above” in this “Golf Capital of the World,” playground of Hollywood stars, and healthful desert oasis boasting over 300 days of sunshine a year! (Page 10) Hilton Palm Springs
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What do you think of when you hear the phrase “Southern Hospitality”? How about greeting folks with “good manners, good food, and a good place to stay the night if they need one”? That’s just what you’ll find in this exploration of the Gulf region’s diverse cultural, culinary and natural sites. Explore historical life in towns and plantations along the Mississippi, meet bayou country locals who earn a living from land and sea, savor delectable meals from haute cuisine to down home, and Laissez les bons temps rouler in a thrilling Delta Music Tour of Frogmore and excursion deep into the heart of Cajun country! (Page 16)
Journey through the Land of the Midnight Sun and spend elongating days discovering the natural wonders and timeless, glacial beauty of Europe’s north country. Explore Norway’s longest and deepest fjords, tour a 16th century palace and estate of Sweden’s royal family, board a Flåm Railway mountain trip, see the site of 1994’s Olympic Games in Lillehammer, and walk in the footsteps of the hardy Vikings. And, how can you go wrong extending your vacation in vibrant Denmark, recently voted “the happiest country in world”! (Page 22)
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New Discoveries for 2013! MT. RUSHMORE TO YELLOWSTONE Marvel at wonders both natural and manmade in the wide frontierland extending from Wyoming to South Dakota. See famed Mt. Rushmore and watch the creation of the Crazy Horse Memorial now in progress. Walk in the footsteps of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill…and grizzlies, mammoths and dinosaurs, to boot! View geysers and otherwordly rock formations of Yellowstone, discover the moving history of Heart Mountain, and more in this once-in-a-lifetime survey of some of America’s most storied western settings and famous National Parks. (Page 29)
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Get an amazing head-start on the holiday season with this pre-Christmas escape at one of Canada’s grandest hotels, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Educational, interactive and festive, the 25th annual Christmas in November combines hands-on seminars and informative demos about holiday entertaining with the best parts of a relaxing mountain resort vacation. Learn from top chefs, mixologists, and other expert presenters on “how to cook, decorate and entertain like a professional” without stress. Unwind with yoga classes, wine tastings or luxurious spa experiences during the day, and raise the holiday cheer in lavish nighttime receptions and gala dinners. Get a jump on making this year’s holiday gatherings the best ever! (Page 61)
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