Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Suggested Itinerary: Bridgerton Experience - Small Group Tour
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
The Expedition of a Lifetime Awaits - Join Us in 2023
Friday, June 4, 2021
Norway! Come Travel with Us
Venture to a place where the crashing ocean meets craggy mountains, forging the awe-inspiring majesty of the Norwegian fjords. Come discover the HIGHLIGHTS OF NORWAY!
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
NOW OPEN...Iceland! Welcoming Visitors Once Again in 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Discover the USA... Christopher's GET OUT & EXPLORE Suggestions
Suggested Itinerary: CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'
(This one is SPECIFICALLY for adventurous ones in the 18-35 set. Similar yet different opportunities are available for those beyond that range)
This trip (and others like it across the US) is exclusively for young travelers 18-35, and while you get to enjoy cool accommodations, tasty and authentic meals, and incredible experiences, you'll also create something very special that money can’t buy: friendship. It’s something you often miss out on if you travel independently. Call it a cliché, but it’s the truth, and the equation isn’t complicated. You + a coach of other young travelers + shared experiences + a new part of the world = lifelong friendships and memories.San Francisco | Sonoma Valley | Muir Woods | Bass Lake | Yosemite National Park | Palm Springs | Santa MonicaINCLUDED EXPERIENCES• Picnic lunch in Muir Woods• Wine tasting in the Sonoma Valley• Entry to Yosemite National Park• Yosemite base camp orientation• Yosemite park shuttle• Yoga by the pool in Palm Springs• Afternoon pool party with DJ (seasonal)• Brunch at a local caféOPTIONAL EXTRAS• Hot Air Ballooning in Sonoma• Bike rental in Sonoma• Forest Flight Tour Ziplining in Sonoma• Food & wine pairing dinner in Sonoma• Parasailing in Santa Monica• Surf Lesson in Santa Monica6 Nights/5 Days • 5 Breakfasts & 1 Lunch
This itinerary has MULTIPLE Departures available May 24 - August 30From $1,607 pp. You can join us as a 'solo' traveler, with a partner, or in a group.
Interested? Ask me, and let's get you booked! Know someone who might be? Share it! I love helping people of all ages get out and explore on land vacations!
Suggested Itinerary: CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'
Monday, March 15, 2021
Vaccinated & Ready to Travel?
Then It's Time To Book a Trip With Your Trusted Travel Advisor!
Are you about "done" or "over" this whole covid pandemic and the assorted stay-at-home situations facing many Americans? After more than a year of "two weeks to flatten the curve", it's time to start living your life again and making memories. While we still might not be able to travel abroad due to assorted travel restrictions, there are many GREAT options to discover the USA while waiting on international borders to reopen! Here are just a few options to consider. All of these are things that any member of our team of travel experts can help you book.
Beach Rentals | Mountain Cabins | Escorted Tours | Hawaii | Alaska | Rail Vacations | Ski Trips | Theme Parks
PLUS! We have a number of fantastic SHARED GROUP TRAVEL EXPERIENCES available that you could reserve as well. These shared travel experiences are specific date-departure packaged itineraries with a limited number of seats available. They feature destinations both domestic and international, where you'll discover fascinating places coupled together with a rich full complement of cultural and culinary experiences. And the best part is that you could make some new friends along the way. Each experience title is a link to learn more!
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Group Travel Experience - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - AVAILABLE NOW!
Friday, March 5, 2021
Travel is Coming Back!
I shared this as a FacebookLive today, but also want to add it here. Travel is coming back, and our agency is booking once again! Woo hoo!
For some reason that I'm not sure about the video cut off, so I started again which is why there are two parts to it. Check out the two-part video to learn more, and about a special ask for a specialized travel experience...the Holy Land! At this point, Israel is the fastest nation on earth to be vaccinated its citizens with about 30% of their entire population having been inoculated, and plans to have the entire nation taken care of by the end of May.
Travel is Coming Back... Part 1
Travel is Coming Back... Part 2
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Group Travel Experience - America's Music Cities - AVAILABLE NOW!
We Have Another Shared Group Travel Experience to Consider! AMERICA'S MUSIC CITIES
Time for a Land Vacation?
After a year of covid, if you're ready to get out and explore once again, I'm ready to help you plan your next adventure. Now booking, land trips all across the USA (including theme parks, cabins, beach vacations & condos, Alaska, Hawaii, & much more), along with cruises for when they start sailing again. Caribbean & Mexico getaways and all-inclusive resorts too!
Monday, February 22, 2021
Group Travel Experience - Colorado Rockies with National Parks & Historic Trains - AVAILABLE NOW!
Adventure lovers...we've got another incredible opportunity to explore this beautiful country of ours in the very early fall (late September early October). It's a Colorado Rockies tour, complete with National Parks and historic trains. This one is also a little shorter in duration than our National Parks tour posted earlier. There aren't very many seats left on the train...so if this one appeals to you and you'd like to get out and explore a nice part of the western US this year...sign up soon!
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Group Travel Experience - America's National Parks - AVAILABLE NOW!
NEW GROUP TRAVEL EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE NOW.
Monday, February 24, 2020
Discover Viking Cruises - Cruise Night Event In April
Join us to discover why Viking has been voted the #1 River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler readers, and rated Best for River Cruises by Cruise Critic members.
Traveling by river, beyond the reach of roadways, you will discover the true nature of fascinating lands and the people who call them home. You will travel with ease, unpacking just once and enjoying the ever-changing scenery along the banks as you are gently carried on board an elegant, intimate ship to your next destination. Here is just a small sample of where a Viking river cruise will take you:
- Vienna’s elegant boulevards and Hapsburg treasures
- Budapest’s historic Castle District
- The lush vineyards of France
- Storybook villages and hilltop castles of Germany
- The charming windmills of The Netherlands
- Glittering palaces of St. Petersburg, Russia
- Germany’s spectacular Saxon Switzerland region
- Portugal’s rolling vineyards of the Douro Valley
- Ancient temples along Egypt’s timeless Nile River
- China’s breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze
- Cambodia’s sprawling Angkor Wat complex
- Vietnam’s lush and fertile Mekong Delta
Enjoy some wine and lite refreshments while together we discover what makes Viking a great choice for you to journey into the heart of Europe, Russia, Asia, Egypt, and beyond on a culturally immersive scenic cruise.
Special promotional offers will be available for those who attend.
RSVP REQUIRED. Seats are limited.
Friday, November 15, 2019
Suggested Itinerary: HOLY LAND
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Suggested Itinerary: IRISH ADVENTURE - October 2020
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Suggested Itinerary: SCENIC RAILWAYS IN THE SWISS ALPS AND ITALY'S LAKE DISTRICT - 8 DAYS
This is a group suggested vacation but can easily be customized to fit your individual travel needs.
This 7-night itinerary kicks off with an unforgettable rail journey through the heart of the Swiss Alps on the legendary Bernina Express. After enjoying incredible views of glaciers, dramatic mountain passes, verdant valleys, pristine lakes, and magnificently constructed bridges, your group will arrive at the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland for a healthy dose of Mediterranean temperatures, interesting sightseeing, and relaxation on Lake Lugano. From there you will continue into Italy and spend three nights on the shores of Lake Como before finishing up in Milan, the fashion capital of Italy.
Highlights and Inclusions
>Guided tour of Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland
>Discover Alpine landscapes on the Bernina Express, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
>Free time to explore Lake Lugano and its beautiful environs
>Enjoy wine tasting and a cooking class near Lake Como
>Visit Bellagio after an invigorating day of hiking
>Panoramic sightseeing tour and free time in Milan
>Accommodations: Chur 1 night, Lugano 2 nights, Como 3 nights, Milan 1 night
>Meals: Continental breakfast daily. Lunch and dinner as noted in the itinerary
>Ground transportation via air-conditioned luxury coach
>English speaking assistants and guides
>Admission tickets as outlined in the itinerary
Chur - 1 night
Day 1: Arrive Chur. Welcome to Switzerland! Upon arrival, a local assistant will meet your group inside the arrivals hall and accompany it to the train station inside Zurich Airport. Your group will then travel by train to the city of Chur, the journey should take roughly 90 minutes. As the oldest city in Switzerland, it is believed that Chur was already inhabited over 5,000 years ago; long before the Romans established the city in 15 B.C. Not only is Chur's Old Town like something out of a storybook, but the Alpine scenery that surrounds it is indescribably beautiful.
Upon arrival at the rail station in Chur, a local guide will meet your group on the platform and accompany it to the hotel in Chur where your group can either check-in (presuming rooms are available as official check-in times are generally 3:00 pm) or store baggage with the hotel staff. You will then set off on an exciting, 90-minute walking tour of Chur's Old Town during which your group will see the Bishop's Court, the 800-year old Cathedral, St. Martin's Church, and the Town Hall. After the tour has finished, the remainder of the day is free for you to relax and continue exploring Chur on your own. For dining suggestions, please feel free to ask your guide.
Lugano - 2 nights
Day 2: Arrive Lugano. After breakfast, check-out, and a short walk to the Chur rail station; prepare yourself for what surely will be the highlight of your entire trip to Switzerland. Today your group will take the legendary Bernina Express scenic train, traveling south through breathtaking Alpine scenery. You are about to enter a stretch of unbelievably picturesque land graced with glaciers, lakes, tunnels, viaducts, valleys, and incredible mountain bridges. And as you relax during your 4-hour, picture-perfect journey from Chur through St. Moritz and Poschiavo to Tirano, your views will gradually change from mountain-capped glaciers to palm tree-lined lakes. This historic railway and the surrounding landscapes constitute an official UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After the panoramic train ride of your life, your group will take a scenic bus ride from Tirano along the shores of Lake Como to the Swiss town of Lugano, which is located on beautiful Lake Lugano. Lugano is the largest city in Ticino, the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Despite its small size (just a tad smaller than a combined New Hampshire and Vermont), Switzerland has four official languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansh. During your stay in Lugano, you will undoubtedly notice not only linguistic differences from the northern part of Switzerland but also cultural and gastronomic differences.
Upon arrival, check in to the hotel in Lugano and enjoy the evening at leisure in "Mediterranean" Switzerland.
Day 3: After breakfast in the hotel, your group will set out on a morning sightseeing tour of Lugano, a city that is home to pleasant Mediterranean temperatures, superb natural beauty, pretty architecture, and tasty Italian cuisine. The tour will feature the city's lovely Parco Civico, which lines Lake Lugano; the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, which is known for its 16th-century frescoes by Bernardino Luini; and the St. Lawrence Cathedral.
Your guided tour of Lugano will finish just before lunchtime. At its conclusion, the remainder of the day is free for you to explore Lugano on your own. For group members interested in spending the afternoon on Lake Lugano, it is a paradise for water sports fans. Windsurfing, water skiing, sailing, scuba diving, and swimming are all popular water sports in the area. Another fantastic option is to rent a bicycle and explore the tiny villages in Lugano's vicinity. This area is home to more biking paths than anywhere else in Switzerland. It is easy to rent a bike at the railway station in Lugano. Possible villages to consider visiting include Ponte Capriasca, Tesserete, Colla, Sonvico, Dino and Ponte di Valle. And should you prefer to stay and simply relax in Lugano, there is plenty of shopping to be had; check out Via Nassa if interested. No matter what you decide to do today, you really cannot err as the entire area is beautiful, invigorating, and relaxing!
Como - 3 nights
Day 4: Arrive Como. After breakfast and checkout, your group will travel a short distance south along the shores of Lake Lugano to the village of Morcote, which is often called the "Pearl of Lugano" because of its truly spectacular lakefront position and baroque architecture. You will have a couple of hours to wander through Morcote. Consider visiting the historic church of Santa Maria del Sasso, which dates back to the 13th century, Scherrer Park, and the Chapel of Sant'Antonio Abata. After time for lunch, your group will reboard its coach and cross over the border into Italy. Your destination is the nearby city of Como, which is located on Lake Como (part of Italy's famed Lake District). Writers from Hemingway to Goethe have immortalized the ethereal beauty of this area, and even their words cannot seem to do it justice!
Before arriving in Como, your group will visit a villa for a tasting of locally produced wine and olive oil. After checking in to the hotel in Como, take some time to relax and freshen up before tonight's group dinner.
Day 5: Today your group will spend the day exploring Lake Como and the pretty villages that surround it. While it is certainly true that Lake Como (much like Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore, and Lake Garda) is a favorite retreat for the rich and famous, it is also a paradise for nature lovers. This is a day to get outside and experience the beautiful surroundings of Italy's northern landscape!
Following breakfast, strap on your walking shoes and travel by private coach to an area of beautiful hiking trails. You are in for some truly gorgeous views of mountains unfolding into low woodlands and sparkling lakeshore.
After soaking up the natural beauty and fresh air, transfer to the town of Bellagio where you have time on your own to enjoy a well-deserved lunch at a local cafe. Many consider this the most beautiful part of the lake. After lunch spends the afternoon exploring Bellagio before returning to Como by private coach with your group members. (Alternatively, should someone want to leave earlier or stay longer, there are ferry boats that run across the lake as well as public buses).
Enjoy an evening at leisure in Como.
Day 6: After breakfast in the hotel, today your group will learn all about Northern Italian cuisine during a private cooking class in a local restaurant. Although you can find delicious Italian specialties like pizza and lasagna all over the country, you will discover there is a wide array of local dishes worth sampling! Follow along as your chef-instructor shares the subtleties of how to prepare Northern Italian cuisine, and try to wait until the end of your demonstration before devouring this tasty feast.
Note: Regarding cooking classes, small groups can generally include these quite easily on itineraries. Simply because of classroom space, larger groups should either divide into two smaller groups; or elect to have a cooking demonstration instead (which is still very interesting).
Depending on what time the cooking class finishes if your group has time this afternoon; we recommend visiting either the town of Varenna or Menaggio with your private bus. Alternatively, if you prefer to hang around and relax in Como, you could always ride the funicular to the village of Brunate for some amazing views of Lake Como.
Your last evening on the lake is yours to enjoy as you see fit.
Milan - 1 night
Day 7: Arrive in Milan. After breakfast and check-out, your group will travel south to Milan, the financial and fashion capital of Italy. Upon arrival at the city center, a local guide will meet your group and lead it on a 2-hour panoramic tour of Milan. Afterward, the afternoon is yours to soak up the Milanese culture. If you are an art fan; consider paying a visit to the Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie. This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses Leonardo da Vinci's 15th-century mural The Last Supper. Alternatively, you could visit the Pinacoteca di Brera, one of the finest art museums in all of Italy. Inside you can see medieval and renaissance masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio, and Piero Della Francesca. History buffs should check out the Castello Sforzesco, and opera lovers can visit the museum of Milan's La Scala Opera House. Last but not least, shoppers can bargain hunt for great designer deals in one of Milan's discount outlets!
By early evening, all group members will meet in a pre-designated meeting point in Milan and board its private coach to travel to the hotel near Milan's Malpensa Airport. Upon arrival at the hotel, your group will check-in and have time to freshen up before tonight's farewell dinner in the hotel's restaurant. Enjoy your last meal in Italy.
Day 8: After breakfast and check-out, take the hotel's shuttle bus to Milan's Malpensa Airport for your return flight to the USA or Canada. (Note: The suggestion to stay nearer Milan's Malpensa Airport comes from the fact that the airport is located 30 miles from the city center, and that traffic in Milan is notoriously bad. That being said, if your group has a late-morning flight and prefers
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Corporate Gatherings Onboard Ship
When it comes to corporate gatherings, meetings, or retreats, cruises offer the best overall value for businesses. Whether simply organizing an annual meeting, offsite retreat, building an incentive for the sales team, or designing a special event for the staff, partners, or clients you simply cannot overlook the nearly all-inclusive nature of cruises.
Modern mega-ships provide so much! They offer the perfect social environment for professional groups to mix and mingle; opportunities for your group to dine together in a gourmet restaurant; gather by the pool for sun and fun or other recreational activities; enjoy a Broadway-style show; comedy clubs and so much more. Additionally, cruise ships provide those participants looking to break away from the official company action for a while can find solace on a secluded balcony, retreat to the spa, or enjoy a book in a well-appointed alcove. And it doesn’t have to just be the employee either – many companies encourage their employees' families to come along too, especially since there are plenty of activities to entertain the spouse and kids on board, including extensive youth programs run by trained counselors.
When it comes to booking, groups often get the best overall value, when planned well enough in advance, particularly when you factor in special group amenities like complimentary wine or champagne, shipboard credits, cocktail parties, chocolates, casino credits, spa services, and private gatherings. Cruise lines will also work to brand your company's event at every opportunity with items such as ice sculptures of your corporate logo. For full charters, cruise lines will even let you set your own itinerary!
So what’s included in a group booking? Typically, your group will receive:
- Stateroom accommodations
- Access to business facilities and meeting rooms
- Transportation to interesting ports
- Gourmet dining
- Vegas- or Broadway-style shows
- Discos, clubs, bars
- Pool, water sports
- Fitness center, exercise classes, spa
- Youth programs
- Movies (theater and in-room)
- Business Facilities Onboard
- Large and small conference rooms with variable lighting and food & beverage services
- High-speed internet access
- Digital projectors
- Audio systems
- Showrooms for group presentations
- Informal gathering venues
- The planning process for all details
Every corporate and incentive group must sign a contract with the cruise line that covers the prices, amenities, terms, and conditions for their group booking. Cruise Planners’ industry standing provides you with strong buying power and access to competitive rates on every ship which enables us to negotiate the best contract on your behalf. We succeed when you succeed and are here to make sure that your corporate group function comes together as easily as possible. But know that all successful corporate and incentive groups require the involvement of a dedicated travel manager within the company working together with your Cruise Planners travel consultant. This professional is responsible for designing the meetings and events the company desires onboard and communicating booking details like the payment process, documentation requirements, and dining requests to all participants. Together we’ll make your event a knockout success!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Sail Away With Us 2014
Join me next January in escaping the winter cold & snowy doldrums by exploring the wonders of the Western Caribbean! Enjoy a nearly all-inclusive vacation onboard Royal Caribbean's enchanting ship, the Oasis of the Seas! Book with us and receive an amazing onboard savings coupon booklet, plus $75 Onboard Credit plus a complimentary bottle of wine in your stateroom. Starting at just $879 per person, you too could enjoy an amazing week in the sunny, warm waters of the Caribbean visiting Cozumel, Falmouth & Labadee. Sailing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, this is one winter vacation you won't forget! For more information or to register, visit the link below. Space is limited.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Welcome 2013 - Bring on the Fun
Friday, March 9, 2012
Friday Night & Bermuda is Calling! It's Time to Plan Your Next Adventure
Join us and enjoy, per stateroom, $25 in Onboard Credit so spend as you choose + 1 Bottle of Wine + 1 Commemorative Beach Towel. So get on it... space is limited... Come Sail Away With Us today as we Go to Bermuda! And tell your family and friends to join us too! Learn more about this exciting cruise here.