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Let Loose with Oklahoma’s Legendary Landmarks on Route 66 Looking for new novelties, nooks and crannies to explore? Guide your group off its usual beaten path to Oklahoma! Meet Myrtle, a quirky, two-story-tall kachina doll at Elk City’s National Route 66 Museum. Then, wander ‘round the Arcadia Round Barn, a historic icon built in 1898. Next, blast off to Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios to see the space cowboy with a steely gaze. And what better place to wrap things up than Tulsa’s East Meets West: Symbolic Route 66 Midpoint? Watch the past and present collide through these bronze statues depicting travel — by carriage and car.
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hen people leave their comfortable routines to step onto a plane, they venture into the unknown. They choose adventure over the everyday to walk through a European castle, stare at a geologic wonder or steer a train. These bucket-list-worthy tours from Travel Alliance Partners take guests to different cultures, natural treasures and memorable experiences. The excitement of each comes not from physically daring excursions but from the thrill of exploring some of the world’s most incredible destinations.
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Custom Holidays travelers step into the pages of a fairy tale on the company’s Europe’s River and Castles luxury river tour. Groups will sail past castle after castle on a river cruise with partner AmaWaterways. The cruise journeys along the Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers past medieval European towns in Germany, France and Luxembourg, each with its own character, cuisine and scenery. Guests can immerse themselves in every stop, with plenty of time in port to relax or choose from several planned excursions. Those wanting an active vacation can book bike rides at most stops. Historic walking tours also reveal the history and heart of each destination. Customers report that their favorite day involves sailing on the Rhine Gorge. The trip’s cruise director hands every passenger a map and points our approximately 15 castles along the way, some close to the boat. Passengers can also opt for gondola ride over the vineyards of Rudesheim to the Niederwald Monument. After admiring the imposing statue, participants sample local wines and enjoy the stunning scenery. During the Germany portion of the cruise, groups also learn the art of pretzel-making in Wertheim, sample Cochem’s famous mustard and discover the country’s ancient Roman past in Trier.
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With snow-capped mountain peaks rising 8,000 feet above a tropical canyon floor, Mexico’s Copper Canyon is one of the largest canyons in North America. The gorgeous sight takes visitors’ breath away on FancyFree Holidays’ Incredible Copper Canyon of Mexico tour. After a cruise on the Sea of Cortez and a stop at a pearl farm, groups arrive in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains at Alamos. Declared a National Historic Landmark, the town preserves its cobblestone streets and Spanish Colonial mansions. Dinner with traditional music, dancing and costumes introduces guests to the local culture. After exploring Alamos, groups board the Copper Canyon Railroad for a journey known as the “train ride in the sky.” The train provides the only access to Copper Canyon’s untouched wilderness. The dramatic railway travels through 86 tunnels and more than 37 trestles. Once groups arrive at Posada Barrancas, they watch a presentation on the culture of the Tarahumara indigenous group to learn about the seminomadic cliff dwellers who still call the area home. The Copper Canyon Aerial Tramway descends into the canyon for unparalleled views. Travelers choose between hiking, horseback riding or simply relaxing, with great views of the canyon.
Groups take home an authentic cowboy hat and memories of one of the world’s most famous events on DeNure Tours’ Calgary Stampede tour. The Canadian rodeo event features thrilling competitions such as the GMC Rangeland Derby, where 36 chuck-wagon drivers and 216 horses race for $1 million in prize money. Onlookers stay on the edge of their seats watching the bold and skilled riders compete in barrel racing, bareback riding, tie-down roping and steer wrestling. Acrobatic dancing, musical performances and fireworks also add to the celebration. Groups watch everything unfold from premium seats reserved by DeNure Tours. The tour also includes upclose bleacher seats for the Calgary Stampede Parade, one of the largest parades in the world. Guests stay at a downtown hotel with easy access to local transportation around Calgary. The 10-day tour goes beyond bucking broncos with sightseeing in Calgary and the region. On day four, guests venture out to Dinosaur Provincial Park, a rocky landscape that resembles the badlands. Groups keep watch for birds and wildlife while learning about the dinosaur species that called the habitat home 75 million years ago. Other excursions include a hike around Lake Louise; a gondola ride in Banff, Alberta; and a tour of Calgary’s Heritage Park Historic Village.
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Century after century, geological forces formed aweinspiring natural wonders in Utah and northern Arizona. Because of their proximity, Western Leisure’s Canyon Country Experience visits eight extraordinary national and state parks in seven days. The tour includes several bucket list destinations like the Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley and Arches National Park. Groups begin the trip in Las Vegas before heading to the legendary Grand Canyon National Park. The 1.2 million-acre park offers breathtaking views, wildlife and hiking trails. From there, groups learn about the area’s Native American culture at the Explore Navajo Interactive Museum. Next, they visit Monument Valley, with an iconic landscape made famous by its appearance in scores of famous films and television shows. The evening ends with a presentation on Navajo culture, food and entertainment.
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Groups then visit Arches National Park before taking a Sunset Jet Boat Ride on the Colorado River past red rock canyons. The tour stops for lunch next to ancient petroglyphs at Capitol Reef National Park before arriving at Bryce Canyon. A tour of the unusual rock formations of Bryce Canyon is followed by time to explore Zion Canyon’s waterfalls and sheer red cliffs.
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To escape religious persecution, monks in 14th-century Greece climbed to heights where few would follow. They built monasteries in cliffside caves and other high places in Meteora. Groups visit these historic monasteries perched precariously on gray rock pinnacles on Ed-Ventures’ tour Greece: In the Footsteps of Paul. The religious-themed tour will run as a custom departure in 2020 but can be repeated and altered by other groups. The tour follows the apostle Paul’s journey through Greece by stopping in various cities Paul visited while also including Greece’s other historic attractions. Groups first explore Kavala, where Paul first landed in Europe. The tour includes stops at other places where he preached in Thessaloniki, Veria and Athens’ Mars Hill. Historic churches also play a prominent role in the trip. For example, a walk through St. Demetrios Church in Thessaloniki showcases the church’s valuable mosaics and frescoes. After the monasteries at Meteora, groups begin a three-day cruise of the Aegean Islands. Picture-perfect beauty captivates visitors at stops in Mykonos, Crete and Santorini. A final visit to Athens allows guests to see the ruins of the Parthenon, the House of Parliament, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympics were held.
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Location, location, location. And food. Just an hour from Devils Tower between Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone, Gillette and Wright are a dream stop-over destination for any motor coach tour. If you’re not licking your chops yet, we’re a regional up-and-coming food destination with gourmet food and drink to fuel your guests through their whole trip.
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Everyone remembers their first time driving a car, and their first time driving a train can be just as thrilling. Participants on Leisure West Tours and Cruises’ You Are the Engineer tour in Nevada operate a steam locomotive for an adrenaline-filled experience. With one hand on the throttle and the other hand on the whistle, groups take turns controlling a powerful 19th-century locomotive. Participants feel the heat of the coal-banked fire and watch the steam fill up the sky as they operate the train. Groups also take charge of a diesel locomotive for the sounds of steelon-steel and panoramic views on the Nevada Northern Railway. The authentic experience requires participants to read the Nevada Northern Railway Train Service Rule Book and pass an open-book exam. Groups divide up so everyone who qualifies takes turns driving either the steam or diesel locomotive. While one part of the group is guiding a train, the other will explore the rail yards on speeder cars or wander through the historic towns of Ely and McGill. The next day, the groups switch so that each participant gets a chance to drive both the diesel and the steam locomotives.
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rom a walk through an above-ground cemetery to an after-hours tour of a palace, city tours with Travel Alliance Partners tour operators fascinate guests. These itineraries go beyond the generic for a well-rounded look at each destination. Groups can explore iconic cities that vary in size but retain their own distinct cultures, attractions and charm with these TAP tours.
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Even before their marriage, Chip and Joanna Gaines felt an itch to remodel houses. By the time HGTV came knocking to make a reality show, they had renovated enough homes to have developed their farmhouse-chic style, which became incredibly influential in home design. “Fixer Upper” was an instant hit when it aired in 2013. Advance Tour and Travel’s trip HGTV’s Fixer Upper Tour showcases the places featured in the home renovation program as well as other top attractions around Waco, Texas. The first day of the tour starts with Spice Village, an eclectic shopping experience. Shoppers can wander through 30,000 square feet of more than 60 local shops that offer a wide variety of items. The next day, participants depart on a driving tour of Waco past houses, shops and other sites featured in “Fixer Upper.” The tour ends at Gaines’ Magnolia Silos store for lunch and time to shop. Participants can choose to head out on their own or to antique shop with the group at LaSalle Shoppes. Everyone meets for dinner at Vitek’s BBQ , a local favorite Texas barbecue restaurant that has appeared several times on “Fixer Upper.” The April tour includes the Rootstock Wine Festival and a VIP dinner on the historic Waco Suspension Bridge. Groups can customize the four-day tour to add a tour of Dallas.
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A HISTORIC CHURCH IN IRELAND
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CAPITALS OF CENTRAL EUROPE IMAGE TOURS
Groups have exclusive experiences at the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, as they arrive after hours, without the crowds. During private tours, local guides share the history of the place, then give visitors time to wander on their own. Travelers immerse themselves in palace life on Image Tours’ 16-day Capitals of Central Europe tour. History and modern culture blend together during five two-night stays in Old World Europe’s imperial capitals at Berlin; Vienna; Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Prague. At each capital, groups discover the city with an overview tour from a local guide, then get to choose whether to continue exploring on their own or join in on optional guided activities. One of the most memorable of these optional tours is one to AuschwitzBirkenau, Poland. Though sobering, this Holocaust site stays with visitors because of its emotional and historical significance. In Budapest, groups can join the trip to the city’s Parliament for insight into Hungary’s history and government. That evening, the optional Danube Dinner Cruise showcases the Budapest skyline. Other possible tours include a trip into the Krakow Salt Mines, a full-day excursion to Melk Abbey and a Czech Folklore Show and Dinner in Prague.
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Live Cajun music welcomes guests to New Orleans on Joy Tour and Travel’s tour The Best of the Big Easy. The custom tour’s first dinner showcases music and Cajun food at Mulate’s for a lively evening. Groups learn the history of the intriguing city on a tour of the Garden
District, St. Charles Avenue and the St. Louis Cemetery, the oldest above-ground cemetery in New Orleans. Next, guests walk into a world of color and sparkle at Mardi Gras World. Guides discuss the history of the parade, show various floats and teach groups how to make their own Mardi Gras masks. A horse-drawn carriage turns back time for a guided tour of the French Quarter. The history continues at Oak Alley Plantation, a sugarcane plantation with well-kept grounds, self-guided exhibits and an imposing 1839 main house. Afterward, the wilder side of New Orleans comes out on a private swamp boat tour. The next day’s activity is often voted as the favorite stop. The National World War II Museum tells the story of America’s war experience with interactive features and oral histories. BB’s Stage Door Canteen lunch and USO-type show uses songs and dances from the war era. A steamboat ride down the Mississippi River ends the day with style.
MAKING MUSIC IN NASHVILLE: THEN AND NOW ON MUSIC ROW LET’S GO TRAVELIN’
Music is everywhere in Nashville, Tennessee. Songs spill out from restaurants, bars and even some museums for a toe-tapping experience. Groups can feel the musical heartbeat of the city on Let’s Go Travelin’s tour Making Music in Nashville: Then and Now on Music Row. The custom trip follows the city’s growth into one of the world’s most musical cities. Over 100 recording industry businesses still line the streets in the city’s historic area. Guests can see the places that shaped the early careers of pop artists like Neil Young and contemporary Christian artists like Amy Grant. Even recent stars like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift have ties to Nashville. The tour explores Music Row at historic sites, such as RCA’s famed Studio B and Studio A. Nearby, the Country Music Hall of Fame highlights country music’s roots, stars and techniques. Groups can even record their own musical renditions at one of the site’s interactive exhibits.
NAVY VS. NOTRE DAME IN DUBLIN, IRELAND SPORTS TRAVEL AND TOURS
The longest continuous intersectional rivalry in college football is coming to the Emerald Isle on August 29, 2020. Groups can watch this exciting sports spectacle on Sports Travel and Tours’ eight-day Navy vs. Notre Dame in Dublin tour.
Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will host the 94th match. The teams previously played in Dublin in 2012, when more than 35,000 people came from the United States to watch college football and witness the beauty of Ireland. The success of the earlier event led officials to choose Dublin again as a host city for 2020. The guaranteed departure tour highlights the football game while also incorporating some of Ireland’s most stunning destinations and culturally significant sites. Groups spend two full days in Dublin touring the capital city’s major attractions, such as the Georgian Squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and Trinity College. Before the big game, participants explore the Guinness Brewery, founded in 1759. Visitors finish the tour sipping on a pint of Guinness while looking over the city at a 360-degree rooftop bar. After the game, groups discover Ireland’s cultural treasures at the Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, the Dingle Peninsula, the Cliffs of Moher and Galway City.
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MARDI GRAS MASKS
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CHARLESTON AND SAVANNAH: SPRINGTIME IN THE OLD SOUTH SHENANDOAH TOURS EXPLORING KRAKOW
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The fragrance of magnolia and hibiscus fills the air on Shenandoah Tours’ Charleston and Savannah: Springtime in the Old South. Garden blossoms deck the two cities in color every April, making it a great time to visit.
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Groups begin their five-day tour on a horse-drawn-carriage ride through the oak-lined streets of Charleston, South Carolina. Architecturally significant churches and homes remain immaculately preserved throughout downtown. Lunch and shopping at the old City Market builds in time to wander before groups head out to the Charleston Tea Plantation. Participants explore the tea fields while learning how tea became ingrained in Southern culture. Moss-laden trees, antebellum homes and museums fill the next day’s tour of Savannah, Georgia. An informative trolley ride rolls past the major attractions, such as the Juliette Gordon Low House, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the Cotton Exchange. Lunch at the Pirates’ House adds some fun before guests board the Savannah Queen Riverboat for striking waterfront views. Afterward, groups troll the waterfront’s cobblestone streets for shopping, art galleries and restaurants. The tour ends with a day of gardens and history at Middleton Place plantation and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
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ood can tell you a lot about a place. Museums and driving tours are wonderful, but there’s no travel experience more personal and impactive than getting to know a destination by sampling its signature cuisine. On these Travel Alliance Partners tours, guests can discover the incredible culture and history of each region by dining on famously delicious food.
PHILLY FOOD TOUR ALL AMERICAN TOURS
When Italians ventured to Philadelphia in the late 19th century, the immigrant community began to miss their homeland’s cuisine. In response, shops to cater to the new population quickly opened on Ninth Street.
Guests can taste the city’s Italian flavors on All American Tours’ oneday Philly Food Tour. The guaranteed departure trip explores the Italian Market and its more than 100-year history. A local guide walks groups through the market, where they can shop for a variety of fresh foods. South Philly is considered a foodie paradise not only for its Italian roots, but also for its history of outstanding comfort food. Groups can sample some of the area’s hot spots at iconic restaurants like DiBruno Brothers, Fante’s Kitchen Shop and Anthony’s Chocolate House. Participants can choose their own culinary adventure during a lunch on their own at Reading Terminal Market. The 114-year-old institution remains a vibrant public market with more than 75 independent businesses. Groups can opt for a cheesesteak, a hoagie or another Philly favorite. Afterward, visitors can walk through the 40-foot-high Chinese Friendship Gate at the entrance to Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood. Groups can tour a fortune cookie factory to learn how the ubiquitous snack originated.
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Guests can enjoy a Cajun buffet lunch in a 19th-century plantation cottage on Talbot Tours’ New Year’s in Vieux Carre trip. The tour explores the long-heralded New Orleans cuisine with stops in the city and the surrounding scenic plantations.
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market and the Duomo, which comprises a Benedictine abbey, the Royal Palace and spellbinding mosaics. Next, groups wander through Erice, a charming medieval town where groups sample almond pastries. Lunch in a salt museum, wine tasting in Marsala and lunch in a local farmhouse also entertain before visitors arrive at Taormina, one of the most popular towns in Sicily. Guides lead a walking tour of the town’s narrow streets past the ancient Greek Theatre, boutique shops and small restaurants. There are plenty of opportunities for gelato treats along the way. From there, groups discover Siracusa’s Baroque buildings, Catania’s fish market and Mount Etna’s active volcano.
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Groups begin the four-day tour at a quintessential Southern plantation: Oak Alley. After admiring the site’s alley of 300-year-old oak trees and mansion, guests can dine in the plantation’s cottage on a selection of Cajun and Creole dishes. Participants spend New Year’s Eve at a gala in the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel. Music, dancing, cocktails and scrumptious food carries travelers into the new year. On New Year’s Day, the group meanders through the French Quarter. An optional hop-on/hop-off tour takes guests to the area’s main highlights. The third day offers groups a choice between a tour of the National World War II Museum and Pontoon Bayou Swamp Tour or the New Orleans School of Cooking and Mardi Gras World. For those who want to bring home the skills to prepare their own New Orleans-style meal, the New Orleans School of Cooking presents a culinary demonstration with lunch. The tour ends with a farewell dinner at one of the city’s finest restaurants: Arnaud’s.
Mid Atlantic Receptive Services offers Maryland’s culinary highlights and hidden gems on the seven-day tour All Things Crabby: Maryland’s Diners and Dives. The tour begins in Baltimore, recently known as the location for the television show “Charm City Cakes.” Groups start with a meat course at Chap’s Pit Beef, which originally opened in a compact shack. More than 20 years later, the restaurant attracts customers and frequent features in food-themed shows like “Man v. Food.” The tour also includes Cross Street Market shopping, Baltimore’s Little Italy, the National Aquarium and a progressive meal in an eclectic Baltimore neighborhood. The rest of the trip travels along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. St. Michaels’ Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum highlights the area’s rich oyster- and crab-collecting history. On a boat cruise, passengers experience the crabbing culture themselves by grabbing a pot and catching crabs with a captain. In Crisfield, visitors sample cake, cruise around Tangier Island and dine on a typical Eastern Shore lunch at Hilda Crockett’s. After a crab processing tour, the trip culminates with a meal at the Red Roost, listed as one of the largest crab houses in the region.
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Life moves a little more slowly in Italy, which means people take more time for excellent food. Groups can delight in Italy’s heavenly meals on Durgan Travel Service’s nine-day Delicious Sicily tour. Sicily has the highest value of travel in Italy because the cost is low, but the quality of food is legendary. Since the agriculture-based economy of Italy has linked Sicily’s cuisine with its history, the tour combines both for a satisfying experience. Diners enjoy healthful farm-to-table meals filled with fresh fish, meats and pasta. The trip begins in Palermo for a stroll through the city’s well-known food
Winding antebellum streets, moss-draped live oaks and cuisine that melts in the mouth entice visitors to join Wade Tours’ Southern Porches tour. The seven-day itinerary invites groups to experience the hospitality and authenticity of life along South Carolina and Georgia’s coast. Guests stay in Beaufort, South Carolina, the secondoldest city in the state. The tour’s convertible minibus ensures 360-degree views and access to the area’s backroads. The vehicle uses a retractable roof when off the
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main roads so riders can smell the salty tidal air and feel the fresh breezes. Beachcombing, ecotours and a lowcountry shrimp boil introduce participants to the area. At the Sea Island Center, a local storyteller interprets the region’s history. To get an appreciation for South Carolina’s shrimping culture, groups visit shrimp docks, where a local shrimper demonstrates how to catch shrimp. The docks served as a filming location for the film “Forrest Gump.” Once in Savannah, Georgia, a 90-minute driving tour showcases the town’s church steeples, Spanish moss and historic district. Other highlights include playing cricket at the Estate of Noble Jones, exploring the Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center, riding in a horse-drawn carriage in Beaufort and searching for wildlife on Captain Dick’s Beaufort River Tour and Dolphin Watch.
FROM ROCKWELL TO ROCKEFELLER: ART, FOOD AND HISTORY TWIN TRAVEL CONCEPTS
The Hudson Valley and Berkshire Mountains in New York and Massachusetts feature prominently in American history. From the area’s opulent Gilded Age mansions to quintessential New England towns, a wide range of history and culinary delights await on Twin
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Travel Concepts’ five-day tour From Rockwell to Rockefeller: Art, Food and History. The trip begins with a tour of Kykuit, a Rockefeller estate along the Hudson River known for its remarkable gardens, art and history. After a stop at the U.S. Military History Museum at West Point, guests return to elegant surroundings for a dinner at Rhinecliff Restaurant. Along with dinner, Oliver Kita, a master chocolatier, presents diners with a special chocolate tasting. The history lessons continue at the Vanderbilt Mansion and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Guests end the day dining on a meal prepared by the great American chefs of tomorrow at the Culinary Institute of America. At the Norman Rockwell Museum, visitors gaze at the world’s largest collection of Rockwell’s art. An in-depth tour gives visitors an overview of the famous illustrator’s life and inspiration. On a day wandering through Massachusetts’ Berkshire Mountains, guests tour the Hancock Shaker Village for a look at a simpler lifestyle. Interested groups can book a traditional Shaker dinner for a memorable experience.
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rom enormous polar bears to tiny, adorable puffins, wildlife encounters run the gamut. But no matter the animal’s size, the same excited hush quiets the group every time someone spots a new species on a wildlife tour. Groups can travel in comfort to see polar bears, African lions, sandhill cranes, buffalos, puffins and more on these fauna-focused tours from Travel Alliance Partners.
ness this boldness as the animals sometimes come right next to tundra vehicles to peek inside. The six-day Ultimate Polar Bear Adventure with Anderson Vacations explores Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world, for chances to look these massive creatures in the eye. Safe inside vehicles custom-made for the Arctic, groups can watch the bears waiting for the winter icepack to freeze on the Hudson Bay. The tour also explores the area at various historic sites such as Cape Merry. To feel one with the snowy scenery, groups ride on a two-mile dog sled excursion. If there is no snow, the dogs pull the sled on wheels. Inside a warm tent, guests sample local berry jam, bannock and hot chocolate as they hear entertaining stories about the dogs. All tours keep an eye out for the northern lights, since the night light show appears about 300 out of 365 days a year in Churchill. Groups end the tour in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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Most wildlife tours try to sneak up on shy animals. Polar bears’ spot at the top of the food chain ensures a certain amount of confidence in their demeanor. In Churchill, Manitoba, groups can wit-
American bison stand taller than most cars and weigh up to 2,000 pounds. Groups can feel the ground rumble from 1,200 buffalos running at the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup with Shebby Lee Tours. The six-day trip features the yearly South Dakota event, which the American
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FISHING SHEDS ON NEWFOUNDLAND’S AVALON PENINSULA
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tour four Frank Lloyd Wright creations, including his masterpiece, Fallingwater®, a newly inscribed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Bus Association awarded “Top Event” in 2015. The trip allows groups to watch cowboys and cowgirls brand, sort and vaccinate these magnificent beasts. The tour also explores the area’s other highlights, such as Rapid City’s downtown, Deadwood’s gaming establishments and the historic 1880 Steam Train featured in many Hollywood films. The Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival offers entertainment, arts, crafts and buffalo burgers. At the Crazy Horse Memorial, guests learn about the unfinished mountain carving dedicated to Native Americans. Groups also stand in front of the iconic Mount Rushmore for a day visit and evening lighting ceremony. The tour ends at the Badlands National Park. The otherworldly landscape inspired early explorers to describe the lands as “hell with the fires burned out.” The worldfamous Wall Drug also provides a memorable shopping stop.
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TANZANIA AND THE GREAT MIGRATION SAFARI CTN TRAVELS
Groups can feel like they have walked on the set of a wildlife documentary on CTN Travels’ Tanzania and the Great Migration Safari. The game drive runs from December to early March as thousands of migrating wildebeests, Cape buffaloes and zebras gather in a spectacle not found anywhere else on the planet. Safari rides come close to animals in their native environment. Elephants sometimes chase vehicles, and sightings of the Big Five game animals are common. The 12-day tour starts in Lake Manyara National Park, where guests can enjoy views of the Great Rift Valley from their lodge. The area also preserves the Olduvai Gorge, where the remains of early prehistoric man and the oldest known human footprints were discovered. Groups then enter the Serengeti for the wildlife migrations. Optional hot air balloons allow visitors to see sweeping views of the impressive wildlife event. A visit to the local Masai village reveals the local culture of the area.
At the Ngorogoro Crater, guests see some of Africa’s most stunning wildlife havens. Visitors can relax at a hotel with views of the steep crater rim. The day after arriving, groups descend more than 2,000 feet to the floor of the crater’s extinct volcano. The excursion normally includes wildlife sightings of pink flamingos and the Big Five. Tours of a local school, farm and coffee plantation show the human side of the region.
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Tens of thousands of sandhill cranes fill the skies each winter in Willcox, Arizona. Southwest Adventure Tours’ Wings of Willcox and Tucson Adventure lets groups witness these majestic birds fill the skies with their six-foot wingspans and trumpeting calls. Courtesy CTN Travels The tour focuses not only on the graceful birds but on the other ecological and cultural treasures in the area as well. Ornithologists consider southern Arizona one of the prime bird-watching areas of the United States because of its mix of species from the United States and Mexico. Scenery also varies from rugged deserts to looming mountains over the course of the seven-day trip. The trip runs in the winter for the sandhill and other bird migrations, such as hawks. Professional wildlife photographers and wildlife biologists PETROGLYPHS will accompany the group, which the tour operator limits in size so the IN ARIZONA SANDHILL CRANES ratio of guides to guests is 10 to 1. The tour begins in Tucson, Arizona, with a visit to the Pima Air and Space Museum’s 350 historical aircraft. Participants also visit Tucson’s Courtesy Southwest Adventure Tours Courtesy Southwest Adventure Tours Aircraft Boneyard, Old Tucson Movie Studios and Adventure Park, and Mission San Xavier del Bac, and explore the outdoors at the area’s Saguaro National Park and Sonoran Desert Museum. M Y R T L E B E A C H O C E A N F R O N T Groups learn the true story about the gunfight at the OK Corral on their trip to Tombstone, along with other Tombstone historic sites. The tour offers plenty of chances to admire the sandhill cranes, including at one site where participants can photograph the birds with the Dragoon Mountains as Voted most accommodating by tour groups. “Best in Hospitality” by Myrtle Beach Hospitality a backdrop. ZEBRA AND WILDEBEEST HERDS IN TANZANIA
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CIRCLE NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR ATLANTIC TOURS
Three separate boat excursions serve as cornerstones of Atlantic Tours’ 13-day Circle Newfoundland and Labrador itinerary. On each, groups encounters a different element of Newfoundland and Labrador: whales and icebergs at St. Anthony, picturesque scenery at Gros Morne National Park and puffins at Bay Bulls. For many visitors, the delightfully cute puffins stand out in the captivating tour. Only eight inches tall, the shore birds perch on cliff tops and bob on the water’s surface, much to travelers’ delight. Whales, moose, caribous and other wildlife also endear guests to Newfoundland and Labrador,
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known for both their pristine wildernesses and hospitable people. The Canadian province has been called a mix of Irish culture and Alaskan natural beauty. The trip embraces both sides of Newfoundland and Labrador. Participants discover three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, Red Bay National Historic Site and Gros Morne National Park. Groups also visit Gander, the town that served as the basis for the hit Broadway show “Come From Away.” On a tour of the quaint, historic town of Bonavista, groups discover the history of the town and learn about the difficulties encountered by lightkeepers at Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site. The old seaport of St. John’s intrigues guests as North America’s oldest city and Newfoundland’s capital. Engaging city tours point out the town’s Victorian architecture, dramatic granite cliffs and panoramic view from Signal Hill. Atlantic Tours offers 12 guaranteed departures in 2020, with more options as a custom tour that can be combined with trips to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
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TRAVEL ALLIANCE PARTNERS We are a full-service receptive tour operator for the Midwest, and a custom tour planning operator for all the US and Canada. Our specialty is customizing that one of a kind, off the beaten path, outside the box itinerary that is exclusive to only your group. We try to AdVance beyond the ordinary from traditional group travel! Each itinerary we write is hand-crafted to best fit the specific needs of your group.
Canada’s premier tour operator of FIT, Escorted and Custom touring in Canada, Western US, Australia and New Zealand. Our Classic Tours incorporate all the popular destinations, attractions, and sites, while our Tours of Distinction features unique “off-the-beaten-track” destinations with immersive experiences for smaller groups.
From pre-planned, hosted, group motorcoach tours across the United States, to air, rail, and cruise tours, we help you to fulfill your dreams, to discover, and explore the world. A multitude of hosted, high quality group tours are offered annually ranging from one-day tours to multi-day adventures designed with exciting and unique attractions, great dining opportunities, and a friendly atmosphere.
TRAILWAYSTRAVEL.COM CTN Travels is a tour operator specializing in custom group tours. Our primary maket is bank travel clubs with a focus on senior and boomer travelers. Destinations are domestic and international. We market to about 500 banks nationally. CTN Travels offers inbound receptive services to most all southern states.
A Canadian owned and operated tour company that also owns a fleet of deluxe motorcoaches. For almost 60 years, we have been seeking out unique travel experiences in destinations throughout North America, Britain and Europe, and we have recently introduced some exotic destinations in Asia! All vacations feature a kaleidoscope of experiences designed to offer our guests a fun time with like-minded people.
We operate the perfect all-inclusive tour packages and will serve your groups from our sales offices in NY, PA, GA, MO and TX. Our collection of domestic motorcoach tours are affordable and include 3,4 & 5-star lodging, attractions, meals and a full-time local guide. These carefully planned itineraries have been tried and tested by satisfied groups for many years.
We are Atlantic Canada’s most comprehensive tour operator. Our products include custom designed group programs; guaranteed departures; step-on-guides; cruise shore excursions; motorcoach and daily sightseeing tours. Core touring products include escorted vacations of the Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador while also operating tours throughout Canada, the USA and overseas.
ATLANTICTOURS.COM We specialize in tours of the Southwest and Mexico. We have an exciting lineup of new and unique multiple day tours, as well as individual, group and custom tours to thrill and delight the most discriminating traveler. Our tours to Puerto Peñasco in Sonora are extremely popular and the most creative tour of the year award was awarded to us in Paris by the Gray Line Association for our “Border Crisis, Fact and Fiction.”
GRAYLINEARIZONA.COM Custom Holidays serves all of southeasten Michigan with local and long distance tours. We offer personalized service coupled with the best available components of a tour to make it cost effective for the individual. As a small tour operation, we give our clients very personalized service and we have a good number of repeat travelers.
CUSTOMHOLIDAYSONLINE.COM We are an award-winning European tour operator. We can customize a group’s tour to meet exact specifications and have a full slate of mostly or all-inclusive regional European vacations to choose from as well. Most domestic group and retail sales are through TAP Partners.
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W W W.TA P I N T O T R AV E L .C O M We specialize in customized group tours to 6 continents. If you can describe your international tour, we can put it together for you. Our staff speaks several languages and have over 100 years of combined tour planning experience. We are a leading source of faith-based tours, events, and pilgrimages. We look forward to making travel dreams a reality!
Image Tours is an escorted Europe specialist and has been offering tours in Europe since 1939. Image Tours offers their signature 15day HEART OF EUROPE® tour. This is an excellent panoramic view of Europe for first time travelers as well as past travelers to Europe. Image Tours is dedicated to the mantra of “Superior Value with a Personal Touch.”
IMAGETOURS.COM We arrange travel packages for groups, offer receptive services, and provide tour guides for Colorado and the Southwest. Experiential tours for birding and geology have been two of our most popular. We custom-design tours for general sightseeing, high adventure, Railroads, geology, Eco-tours, agri-tours, and just about any other special interests.
With over 100 years of combined tour and travel experience, we offer outstanding travel experiences to the most sought-after destinations. Our itineraries give time to enjoy a vacation at a leisurely pace. We provide first-class accommodations, many meals, quality attractions. Our customers continue to travel with us year after year. Come along and see for yourself!
FANCYFREEHOLIDAYS.COM We have been fulfilling travel dreams since 1985. Our primary area of expertise is customized group travel for the mature adult market. We desire to develop partnerships with our PPTP’s to create unique, exciting and affordable itineraries for our group travelers. We continue to add adventurous options to our tours as well as culinary experiences and more free time.
JOYTOURS.COM Full service quality and unique customized tours. Specializing in Tennessee and the Southern USA including Texas. We are the most fun and entertaining way to visit the South for a few days or a few weeks. Our Great Musicians and Storytellers will share the stories and their Southern Hospitality for your entire tour or just a few hours or a day. We have a lot of unique experiences to share with you.
Since 1985, we have been offering new and innovative itineraries to travelers who are looking for unique, authentic experiences. We want to connect you to new cultures and cuisines, fascinating people and out of the way places. We are dedicated to the idea that tours should go beyond just sightseeing. We believe that it’s all about having an experience that you will never forget and traveling from Main Street to the road less traveled.
We are the nation’s leading inbound operator to the Mid-Atlantic Region providing group products and services to tour and motorcoach operators visiting Washington DC, New York City, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia, and Virginia. Our outbound company – Mid Atlantic Travel Tours, LLC – provides custom group travel, and promotes TAP Guaranteed Departures throughout the world.
We are a receptive operator specializing in the historic and cultural heritage of the Great American West. We design and produce tour programs for other tour companies in the United States and Europe. Most tours are custom-designed to suit the needs of a particular client. A limited number of Vanishing Trails Expeditions are offered each year to the public at commissionable rates.
We offer first-class motor coach tours of the U.S. and Canada to retail and/or pre-formed groups. Our most popular destinations include Nashville, Pigeon Forge, Lancaster, Niagara Falls and New York City. We provide receptive and tour planning services in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Most recently we began offering local small group craft beer and winery tours within our region.
TRAVEL ALLIANCE PARTNERS We provide individuals and groups with scenic, photography, and adventure tours throughout the Southwestern US. Our specialty is that we focus on small group experiences. Usually between 14 and 25 passengers. We offer a wide range of multi-day tours and day tours from Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and other local areas adjacent to the National Parks.
We are a full-service sports travel company, run by sports fans that strives for all-star performance with every package or tour we offer. Choose from Baseball Road Trips that cover all of the Major League Parks, Gridiron Getaways for pro and college football fans, major sporting events, or Hall of Fame Travel packages so you experience the pinnacle of success with your favorite player, coach or owner.
Sun Tours offers scores of tours from near to far, from New Mexico to exciting destinations around the world. We research each tour in the United States and Canada, on location. The itinerary is then fashioned, mindful of the interests of our clients. For our overseas tours we invest the same effort into choosing both an appropriate itinerary for each destination, and a good, reputable tour operator.
Packaged Tours of the West; Cities, National Parks and Scenic Coastlines. Our emphasis is on history, people, culture, festivals, entertainment and food. Tours are from five to nine days, upper three star hotels, except our New Year’s four and five star deluxe tours. We are also tour specialists to Kenya and Tanzania.
We are a multi-dimensional company with 71 years of experience in the travel industry, offering deluxe motorcoach transportation throughout the Midwest and other parts of the lower 48. We offer an annual group of multi-day escorted vacations throughout North America by coach, air, rail and cruise.
Twin Travel Concepts custom-designs group tour programs throughout North America. We are always looking for creative niche-market ideas. Currently we are focusing on garden groups and faith-based groups to augment our standard tours. Unique and creative is what inspires us.
Wade Tours & Travel, a family owned business since 1926, serving the Northeast offering single & multi-day tours across the continental US and Canada. We provide our customers a safe and comfortable way to travel with groups of any size with our fleet of modern, state-of-the-art coaches. We believe with passion that motorcoach travel is for everyone, sharing exciting destinations, and making memories to last a lifetime!
We are your “In-house” Group Department for the West. As a receptive tour operator, we take the hassles out of designing and running tours for your groups. Use us as your “in-house” department to customize, design, operate and deliver your group tours. With over 40 years of experience taking groups to the see the natural wonders of the west, we are your National Parks specialists.
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Travel Alliance Partners is now in its 18th year of delivering diverse and creative group travel offerings that are a result of the combined...
Published on Oct 24, 2019
Travel Alliance Partners is now in its 18th year of delivering diverse and creative group travel offerings that are a result of the combined...