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Save The Date August 31, 2016

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What's on Your Bucket List?

A bucket list allows us to map out our dreams and live life to the fullest. It’s an inventory of the must see, must do in our lifetimes. For Baby Boomers, travel is right at the top of their lists. As the “Can-Do” generation, Baby Boomers believe they can achieve anything, and they view travel not as a luxury in life, but as a requirement. They realize the power of exploring the world. Now is the time! Take a break from the everyday stresses and find your perfect expedition. Whether you just want to relax and rejuvenate on an island getaway, take a grand trek to uncover the marvels of Antarctica, spend some quality time with your grandkids while they are still kids, or even relive the travels of your youth, Pavlus Travel can help you start marking your great adventures off your bucket list. See below for a sampling of the extraordinary destinations that await you.


Keukenhof Gardens
Known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is one of the world’s largest gardens and is a great stop along your Viking Tulips & Windmills river cruise. Holland’s floral splendor only happens in the springtime, late March to mid-May. Come see the rainbow of colors, and visit some of Belgium’s most beautifully preserved medieval cities for the ultimate 10-day spring journey in the Low Countries.


Antarctica
Embark on the adventure of a lifetime to a land unspoiled by humans. This frozen landscape offers stunning experiences and incredible scenery that compares to no other place on Earth. On Abercrombie & Kent’s Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands, you will spend 17 days on luxurious ‘Le Boreal’ for an adventurous expedition across the Southern Ocean, stopping at wildlife-rich South Georgia, the unspoiled Falklands and the vast, wild shores of Antarctica.


Port Douglas/Great Barrier Reef
Between the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas provides the perfect gateway to adventure. Explore this area of the South Pacific and many more when you go down under to Australia & New Zealand with Princess Cruises.


Machu Picchu
Built atop the Andes Mountains in Peru is the breathtaking Inca city of Machu Picchu. It is believed to be a sacred religious site for Inca leaders dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. The site features more than 3,000 stone steps over several levels. Insight’s Luxury Gold Treasures of the Inca’s will take you through the mysterious world of the Inca Empire in style. From the pulsating capital of Lima, to the mist-cloaked mountains and Halcyon waters of South America’s largest lake, you will be captivated by the local culture and held spellbound by the stunning scenery.


Multnomah Falls & Gorge Waterfall
The number one attraction in the Portland area, with nearly two-million visitors a year, is the Multnomah Falls & Gorge Waterfall Tour. Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States. With American Queen Steamboat Company’s Portland, OR (Vancouver, WA) to Clarkson itinerary, you will voyage on the American Empress through the Pacific Northwest viewing the bounty and beauty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region.

What ever you may have on your list, give us a call - 800.528.9300 - our experienced travel planners can help find the best vacation at the best price!

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Best Spring Travel

Spring. A time of resurrection and rejuvenation. And if you are anything like me, the first bug you encounter on these deliciously bright and sunshiny days is the travel bug. Here are a few of the top places for spring travel.


New York & Washington DC
Many will tell you spring is the best time to be in the Big Apple. New productions open on Broadway, the Empire State Building gets colorful in honor of the New York Spring Spectacular, and you can catch free concerts every Thursday at Trinity Church. And a few hours away, the US capital, Washington DC, positively explodes with flowers in April. With over 3,000 cherry trees in bloom near the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin, it is a floral display that simply can’t be missed. Cosmos can help you hit all of the major attractions on their New York, Niagara Falls & Washington DC tour, which also includes two nights in beautiful Niagara Falls and an overnight stay in Philadelphia.


Tokyo
Head further East and celebrate spring with a Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) picnic in one of the many parks, or better yet enjoy viewing them at Matsumoto Castle, one of the most beautiful and complete original Japanese castles. With Trafalgar’s Splendors of Japan tour you can also spend a day at Mt. Fuji, two nights in the beautiful hillside town of Takayama in the Japanese Alps and enjoy a special lunch at a traditional ryokan nestled in the peace and quiet of Mt. Yoshida in Kyoto, and more on this journey of discovery.


Paris & London
As the song says “I love Paris in the springtime”. View blooming flowers in the Square Louise Michel in Montmartre, the most famous Parisian artist area, dancing water features at the Gardens of Versaille, the Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triomphe in Paris. See the Big Ben and Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace in London. Globus’ London & Paris tour will bring you to these must-see attractions and more.

Would you like to know more about top spring destinations? Call 800.528.9300 and speak with one of our expert travel planners today!

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Get Your Irish On

Ahhh St Patrick’s Day. 24 hours to kick up your heels globally in observation of Ireland’s patron saint, history and culture in general. Feasting and drinking and kissing, oh my!
History (and Google) can tell us that March 17th has been a celebrated day well before it was officially made a Feast Day in the early 17th century paying homage to Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. What the modern day public generally adheres to though is a call to anyone, be they Irish or not, to wear green (or else suffer a pinch!), enjoy some parades, stuff yourself silly on corned beef and cabbage and have a bit o’ fun.

As luck would have it, Pavlus Travel can help get you to where it all began AND keep your pockets heavy enough to buy a round of pints at a local pub - like the famous Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin where you can get a 360-degree view of the famed city and enjoy the king of all beers.


Or, spend an afternoon exploring St Patrick’s Rock of Cashel. It is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Ireland and consists of a breathtaking group of medieval buildings fixed on an outcrop of limestone that ascends 300 feet above the Golden Vale of Tipperary in Cashel.


You can also make your way along the Atlantic coastline to the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher where, if you are visiting during St Patrick’s day weekend, you can join in the festivities that typically include face-painting and local musicians and dancers and immerse yourself in Irish heritage and culture while being surrounded by astonishing views.


And no trip to Ireland would be complete without a chance to join in one of its most famous customs, kissing the Blarney Stone. Take a day to travel through County Cork to Blarney Castle then lay back, pucker up and get ready to be bestowed with the gift of eloquence. All the better to describe the fascinating people, exquisite sites and rich history of the Emerald Isle to your friends and family when you get home.


These are just a sampling of the countless wonders that await you. Be sure to join us this Thursday for a ONE DAY IRELAND SALE and discover where else you can explore on one of the many escorted tours Globus’ Family of Brands offers. Can’t wait? Call 800.528.9300 now and get itinerary details today!

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River Cruises Newest Additions

River cruising continues to grow as a favored form of leisure travel and that keeps river cruise companies on their toes, constantly revamping their fleet in order to remain fresh and accommodating to their clients needs. From refurbishing older vessels to building brand spanking new river ships, it seems each year brings something bright and shiny both new and seasoned river cruisers can appreciate and experience. See below for some of our favorites.

On March 1, 2016 Viking River Cruises launched six new Viking Longships, named “Best New River Ships” by Cruise Critic’s Editors Picks Awards, to cruise through Europe’s waterways. Four of the new Longships joining the award-winning fleet will sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers on Vikings most popular itineraries, while two will cruise the Seine.


Set sail aboard the Viking Rolf or Viking Kadlin on the Paris and the Heart of Normandy itinerary that pairs the fascination of France’s Normandy with the magnetism of Paris and experience history firsthand while visiting the site of the famous Allied invasion on D-Day, the dazzling gardens of Giverny and the cobblestoned streets of the world’s most romantic city.

The Viking Alruna or Viking Tialfi will carry you from Kinderdijk and its famous windmills, past numerous castles along the riverbanks of Germany, to the gateway of the verdant Black Forest. Experience all the highlights the Rhine river has to offer on the Rhine Getaway itinerary.

Take the Grand European Tour, Viking’s most popular itinerary, on board Viking Egil and cruise the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers on an epic 15-day voyage that includes visits to 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and offers a wealth of amazing experiences.

Explore four of Europe’s most enchanting countries along the storied Danube River; Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia while calling the Viking Vilhjalm “home” on the 8-Day Danube Waltz itinerary.

Tauck River Cruises also increases its Destination fleet in 2016 with the addition of two new riverboats, ms Grace and ms Joy. Adhering to the club-like atmosphere that Tauck clients both expect and relish in, each vessel affords the most space per guest on the inland rivers of Europe by accommodating no more than 130 passengers and providing a total of twenty-two 300-square feet suites (the most on any river cruise ship on any European river). Include another eight loft cabins that extend to two decks, offering more natural light and amazing views and you have a truly innovative pair of 443-foot riverboats.


Grab your sweetheart and enjoy 7 nights on the romantic Rhine River exploring medieval winetowns, snow-capped mountains, windmills and more on the ms Grace on the all new The Rhine, Swiss Alps & Amsterdam itinerary.


Pack up the whole family for an exciting, yet leisurely cruise on the Danube River on board the ms Joy. A two-time winner of Travel + Leisure’s “Top River Cruise Line” for families, the Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure takes you from Budapest to Germany via Hungary, Slovakia and Austria.

For 2017, guest can enjoy the ms Sapphire and ms Emerald, which have both been redesigned to accommodate a maximum of 98 passengers, for Tauck’s most intimate cruising experience. Cruise through the vibrant landscapes that inspired van Gogh, explore the vestiges of the Roman Empire in Vienne, France and get a taste of the good life offered on the banks of the Rhone and Saone rivers. Call for details and availability now at 800.528.9300.

AmaWaterways introduces two new Europe river ships in 2016 that will continue their tradition of unparalleled comfort, style and convenience. With a maximum of 158 passengers, the AmaViola and AmaStella offers signature Twin Balconies in most staterooms and suites, marble appointed bathrooms, and sumptuous linens while the ships themselves include fitness rooms, heated pools with swim-up bars and salon and massage services. Plus, AmaWaterways offers an array of complimentary extras you won’t find on other river cruise lines including guided bike tours, daily shore excursions tailored for different walking paces and desired times as well as alternative “Limited Edition Tours” in select locations and something special for families that is unique – connecting staterooms. Both new river ships can be enjoyed on either of the popular and enchanting trips below.


Embark in Amsterdam and discover the beauty and history of the Dutch and Belgian waterways in the spring. Admire the tulip carpets in Keukenhof Gardens. Visit one of Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Bruges. Experience Amsterdam’s distinctive architecture and vibrant nightlife. All of this and more can be found on the popular 7-night Tulip Time Cruise


Book The Romantic Danube and begin your vacation with a pre-cruise stay in Prague and enjoy a city tour that includes a visit to 1,000-year-old Prague Castle and an optional Folklore Dinner Show. Then appreciate a day on your own to explore further or just relax. Embark in VIlshofen and celebrate with the town in a special event only available to AmaWaterways guests before travelling on the Danube river through legendary destinations along the way to Budapest.

The youngest fleet on Europe’s waterways, Avalon Waterways has also presented two new additions in 2016 to their Suite Ships fleet, Avalon Passion and Avalon Imagery II. Passengers can enjoy sightseeing with certified local guides while in port and take in the amazing views through their Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows while relaxing in their stateroom. Onboard amenities include an expanded fitness center, alternative dining options, expansive Sky Deck and free Wi-Fi access.


Let European Splendor reveal the best of Europe along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers onboard the Avalon Passion. Take a canal cruise in Amsterdam, sail through dramatic Rhine Gorge and visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum as just a part of the impressive 13-day itinerary.


Embark on the Avalon Imagery II to discover some of the best-kept secrets through Eastern and Central Europe on the Grand Danube Cruise. Start your vacation in historic Prague, enjoy plenty of leisure time in Budapest and Vienna, and take in historical sights, cultural events, splendid scenery and sumptuous cuisine along the way to Bucharest on this fabulous 17-day cruise.

Pavlus Travel also guarantees great value, service, and the lowest prices in the market on the following river cruise lines: Uniworld River Cruises, Scenic River Cruises, Emerald River Cruises, A&K River and Barge cruises, Crystal River Cruises, American Queen Steamboat Company and CroisiEurope. Call today and see how we can get you cruising for less! 800.528.9300

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