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With the deadline for cities to submit their official bids to host the 2020 Summer Olympics coming up on September 1, 2011, I thought I’d share some of the historical and cultural highlights of one of the official bidders, the city of Rome, Italy.  Read More

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In this video, Cunard Line invites guests to explore Tallinn in-depth, on an escorted walking tour.

Unlike many other European cities, we know bafflingly little of Tallinn’s early history. In 1154 what is now Tallinn was first marked on a map by an Arab cartographer, however the first reliable account of Tallinn’s history comes from The Chronicle of Latvian Henrik, wherein Henrik describes the landing of the Danish fleet, led by King Valdemar II, in June of 1219. The Danes quickly snapped up Tallinn as their own and built a large fortress on Toompea Hill. The name ‘Tallinn’ is actually derived from the Estonian words ‘taani linnus,’ meaning ‘Danish castle.’  Read More

Omar Silingardi’s post entitled “In Search of Marco Polo” on Princess Cruises Travel Bucket List of Essential Experiences caused me to reflect on how Marco Polo’s travels had a great influence on the culinary world as we know it.  Omar tells us how annual trips to his ancestral town of Modena, Italy involve visiting with family and enjoying traditional Italian home cooking.  I don’t think life gets any better than great cooking enjoyed in picturesque settings like Modena.

If you like the sound of that, you might enjoy a culinary adventure of your own in Tuscany!  Check out our sample itinerary….At Celebrations International Travel, we customize all culinary tours to suit your needs, preferences, budget, and timeframe.  Who knows?  Maybe you’ll even consider combining a Princess cruise with a custom culinary tourContact us for more information.

Voterra in Tuscany, Italy

“They don’t care what you do!” my BNI (Business Network International) trainer emphasized repeatedly.  He was referring to the fact that in most cases, your profession emphatically implies what you do.  He wanted to impress upon us the fact that it’s not what you do, but the benefits you can offer people that captures their interest.

With that in mind,  you all know that travel agents help arrange travel. 

Here are some things that you may not know that some travel agents do, including myself and my agency, Celebrations International Travel:

– Meetings/Events at Sea or On Location:  My agency can help you organize a meeting or event on a cruise, or at an all-inclusive resort or a hotel in the city of your choice and take care of the details!

– Group Pricing Without A Group:  Who says you always have to travel with ten of your best friends to qualify for group rates?  At Celebrations International Travel, we’ve reserved space on many popular cruise sailings that allow us to offer the savings of group rates to our clients, whether you’re traveling as a couple or bringing all your friends and family along.  With some notice, similar arrangements can be made at all-inclusive resorts or for escorted tours.

– Fundraising:  That’s right….You can help raise funds for your favorite charity or cause through your travels.  Contact us to find out more.

– Itinerary Planning:  Even if you have a good idea about where and when you want to travel, a good travel agent can provide you with good tips and advice on things to see and do (and the best days/times to do them), the best ways to get around, and good places to eat and shop.  Especially for international destinations with which you aren’t familiar, your agent may be able to give you practical advice on currency exchanges, taxi services, money-saving ideas, and general travelers’ safety.

– Special Occasions & Celebrations:  We believe in Celebrating Life Through Travel!  If you’re celebrating a special occasion on your trip, let your travel agent know so that he/she can do their best to help you celebrate!

Happy New Year!

“Celebrations travel” is a term that has been coined in reference to travel that takes place because of any type of special occasion.  That’s why at Celebrations International Travel, our motto is Celebrating Life Through Travel.   What will you celebrate in 2011?  Birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, family milestones, retirement, create your own list!

Here are just a few travel ideas to consider:

Cruise the rivers of Europe during Tulip Time or to visit the Christmas markets.

– Take an oceanliner cruise to a part of the world you’ve always wanted to visit.  If there’s an ocean, a cruise ship can take you there!

– Take in the beauty of New England’s fall foliage with a Canada/New England cruise.

– Go on a tour to a dream destination.  Want to see the capitals of Europe or the exotic splendors of Asia or South America?  A tour may be the perfect vacation choice.

– Get away from it all!  If a luxurious, relaxing retreat is what you’re looking for, consider a stay at an all-inclusive resort.  Choices are plentiful throughout the Caribbean and Mexico.

– For your annual family reunion, take a trip that offers something for everyone.  Oceanliner cruises, the Disney resorts, and all-inclusive resorts are a great choice.

Whatever you celebrate in 2011, mark the occasion with a special trip.  Celebrations International Travel‘s experienced agents can help make it happen!

We wish you a happy and prosperous 2011!

I think there’s a commonly-held misconception that anything “custom” or “customized” must be expensive.  Well, I’m here to dispel that myth, at least where escorted tours are concerned.

In my post entitled “Escorted Tours My Way:  No Whirlwind Bus Rides!” I talked about the fact that with many traditional group tours, the travelers’ experience can typically be described as  “on the bus, off the bus,” without doing much to actually experience the destinations.  “Standard vs. Custom Tours” highlighted the benefits of custom tours.

Delving further into the subject of tours, I want to explain how and why custom tours don’t have to be expensive.

– Custom Travel Dates: Unlike standard tours, which have set departure dates, you get to choose when you want to travel, and how long you want to be away.  Many times, moving your travel dates by even a day or two could make a difference in cost of the airfare, accommodations, and other arrangements.  Plus, if you decide the cost of your dream trip is more than you’re comfortable with, you can always cut down the number of days to save.  That just isn’t possible when booking standard tours with pre-set itineraries and travel dates.

– Spend On What’s Important to You: Not all travelers are alike.  With custom tours, you tell us what you’d rather spend your money on, and what you’d rather save on.  To some travelers, it’s most important to be able to see and do everything on their wishlist, and they’d rather stay in more moderate hotels in order to stay within their budget.  By contrast, other travelers might prefer very luxurious hotel accommodations paired with a more leisurely-paced itinerary with fewer cities or locales planned.  Whatever suits you, Celebrations International Travel can help you plan your custom tour.

Travel How You Want: On standard tours, your transportation between cities and between attractions is pre-set for the group.  However, with a custom tour, in most locales, there are choices in transportation that can save you money.  For instance, if a standard tour itinerary includes a flight between cities that can also be easily reached by train, you might choose the train ride to give you a different perspective and experience, provided you have the time.  Or, you might decide to forego a privately-chauffeured transfer from the airport if you’re familiar with the city’s metro system or prefer to take a taxi.

– See & Do What You Want At Your Own Pace: Standard tours are designed to please a crowd, they tend either offer travelers more of an “overview” visit to their destination and/or include the historical sites and attractions most popularly requested.  What if some things on a standard itinerary don’t interest you, or maybe you’ve done it before?  On a standard tour, you’re stuck with it because it’s included in the price of the tour, so you end up going with the group because the group travels together.  Why not make better use of your time and money?  With a custom tour, you tell us what you want to see and do, and if you need ideas, tell us what types of things interest you, and our destination experts can offer suggestions accordingly.  Not paying for tour inclusions that you don’t want saves you money for the things you do want!  As an added bonus, you can explore at your own pace because of the flexibility that a customized private tour provides.  You’re not being “herded” in mass!

– Choose the Services & Inclusions You Need & Want: In some destinations, you might choose to have a tour guide/translator, driver, and/or other professionals to assist you.  In other cases, you might prefer to explore on your own, or you might opt for a combination of guided and free time.  You may want meals other than breakfast or certain activities or special occasion celebrations included in your tour.  Any and all of that can be customized for you.  On a custom tour, you choose when, where, and what services and inclusions you want, instead of paying for a standard set of inclusions that you might not need.

Contact us for more information on custom tours, and see our Culinary Travel Homepage for delicious and adventuresome sample itineraries to inspire your travels!


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