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20 11, 2019

Flying high with fine champagne and superb service on Air France

By |2019-11-12T18:37:04+00:00November 20th, 2019|Destinations, Dining, Stuff|0 Comments

Reminiscing about a fabulous first class flight on Air France By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva For the jet-setter who appreciates comfort and style…. We were returning from a Seabourn cruise in the Med a few years ago on Air France. It was our first flight on French carrier in awhile. And it was all good. [...]

14 11, 2019

Trafalgar tours and riverboat cruises offering big Black Friday specials

By |2019-11-14T20:33:26+00:00November 14th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Riverboat Cruises, Ships|0 Comments

The busiest online shopping days of the year are around the corner By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva   There are lots of deals to be had on tours, riverboat cruises and other travel options and Pavlus agents can steer you in the right direction. In the meantime here's a sneak peek of some of the [...]

7 11, 2019

Tauck River Cruises introduces the stunning ms Andorinha Riverboat due out next year.

By |2019-11-12T17:51:45+00:00November 7th, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Stuff|0 Comments

The Douro Riverboat embraces the essence the region By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva A full-fledged sybarite the first thing that caught my eye when I saw photos of  Tauck's new Andorinha riverboat was the sparkling pool and deck. Wowie. Take a look. Photos of Andorinha deck and pool courtesy of Tauck According to [...]

6 11, 2019

Silversea steps up the plate to help preserve the Galapagos and the planet

By |2019-11-06T17:18:51+00:00November 6th, 2019|Destinations, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Luxury cruise operator opens fund for Galapagos preservation By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva  As most of us know the planet is in dire straits unless we take action. And that's exactly what Silversea Cruises is doing. The luxury and expedition ship operator has set out to save at least a part of it--the precious Galapagos. [...]

5 11, 2019

Skate, shop and stay in the City by the Bay

By |2019-10-28T22:57:28+00:00November 5th, 2019|Destinations, Dining, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

 Pair of San Francisco hotels gift-wrap packages for holiday visitors By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Tis the time to start thinking about your holiday travel plans. Stores are already streaming Christmas music and putting up decorations. And San Francisco hotels are creating fun packages for your holiday happiness. The Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc [...]

1 11, 2019

Costsaver offering irresistible 13-day tour of France

By |2019-10-29T18:25:29+00:00November 1st, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours|0 Comments

Visit historic sites, vineyards and gay Paree By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Imagine spending just 13-days touring France for a little over $150 a day. Having driven through France many times I can tell you it's a special adventure. I loved waking up to flaky croissants and sipping rich French coffee in the morning.  Then after [...]

27 10, 2019

Get your Viking on in 2021 exploring Scandinavia and more

By |2019-11-14T19:55:00+00:00October 27th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Riverboat Cruises, Ships|0 Comments

Follow the courses of the early Vikings By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva “Vikings were Scandinavians.  From the late 8th to late 11th centuries they raided and traded from their Northern European homelands across Europe,and westwards to Iceland, Greenland, and Finland.” Contemporary Vikings Currently Viking is a premium cruise line with six ships. But come  2021  [...]

21 10, 2019

Silversea creates dream escapes with 197 new cruise itineraries

By |2019-10-21T17:03:37+00:00October 21st, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

 Luxury fleet explores Antarctica,  Australia, Iceland, the Med and more By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Muse and moon Celestial Silversea Silver Moon photo by Richard Pietschmann Every Silversea feels like a dream voyage. Ships  are all suites with balconies.  Butlers pamper you silly. The food is heavenly. All wines, spirits, champagne, sodas etc. [...]

19 10, 2019

Join ‘The Party’ on Belmond’s Venice Simplon-Orient Express

By |2019-10-19T19:08:47+00:00October 19th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Iconic train roars into the 1920s By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Looking for something off ‘the beaten track”? How about a ride on Belmond’s iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. A subsidiary of the world's leading luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton,  the 40-year-old Belmond ranks as a  pioneer of luxury travel. And now the company is offering [...]

18 10, 2019

Looking for life-changing experiences try forest bathing in magical Mendocino

By |2019-10-18T16:40:25+00:00October 18th, 2019|Destinations, Stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Communing with nature in a Zen-like way By Patti Pietschmann In Japan Shinrin-Yoku refers to a preventative-medicine healthcare ritual. Here we call it forest bathing and it's fast becoming a buzz word among people seeking solace from trying times. I decided take a departure from tours and cruises and focus on outside the box experiences.  [...]

16 10, 2019

Regent including free First Class on eight Explorer Caribbean Cruises

By |2019-10-16T16:17:45+00:00October 16th, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Going top cabin all the way on RSSC By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Barbados Photo of morning in Granada by Richard Pietschmann First Regent Seven Seas announced it was providing First Class air for 2020 Alaska cruises. And now the super luxury line is offering the same bonus for eight Caribbean [...]

15 10, 2019

Silversea welcoming the Dawn with wonderful collection of cruises

By |2019-10-15T17:43:59+00:00October 15th, 2019|Destinations, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

The lines 10th ship sets sail in 2021 with exhilarating voyages by Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Silver Dawn is sister ship to Silver Muse and Moon, photo of Muse (above) by Richard Pietschmann Silversea fans mark your cruise calendars. The debut of the  596-passenger Silver Dawn happens in Sept. 2021. And trust us, [...]

13 10, 2019

Experience great cities of Europe in all their glory on a Costsaver jewels of Italy tour

By |2019-10-13T20:00:20+00:00October 13th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Experience all there is to see in Rome, Pisa, Florence, Verona and Venice By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Fabulous Firenze I love visiting Italy, partly because I am of Italian heritage.  But also because it’s such a warm and welcoming part of the Europe. And, you can’t beat the food. Or local wines [...]

10 10, 2019

Seven sensational photos that make you want to got to Ireland with Trafalgar Tours

By |2019-10-10T18:54:16+00:00October 10th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Dramatic coastlines, castles and luminous loughs By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva, photos courtesy of Trafalgar Tours If you've never visited Ireland, these pictures will make you want to. And Trafalgar Tours plus a Pavlus travel specialist can make it happen. See castles steeped in myth and legend, glass-like lochs (aka lakes or loughs) and amazing [...]

9 10, 2019

Need your fall foliage fix? take a Costsaver New England tour

By |2019-10-17T17:53:19+00:00October 9th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Stuff|0 Comments

Leaf peeping with Costsaver tours By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva When you live in areas such as Los Angeles, as I do, you rarely get to see the changing leaves of fall. This is why many of us head off to cooler climes where we can get our fix of Mother Nature’s art work.   [...]

9 10, 2019

Trafalgar takes you on chocolate fantasy tour of the world

By |2019-10-09T21:30:25+00:00October 9th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours|0 Comments

A chocolate lover's guide to the best in the world This article was provided by Trafalgar, an award-winning travel brand that creates dream trips around the world.  One of which is a foray into its favorite chocolate regions. Just as travel is one of life’s greatest gifts so is chocolate. Trafalgar traces the delicious candy [...]

8 10, 2019

Regent raises the bar on Alaska cruises for 2020

By |2019-10-08T19:59:35+00:00October 8th, 2019|Destinations, Dining, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

First class air, raptors, mushers, sled Dogs, the Tlingit are a few highlights By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva   Having just returned from a glorious 12-night Alaska voyage on Regent Seven Seas Mariner I can’t imagine the experience getting any better. But Regent is upping its Alaska ante for 2020 an unprecedented collection of authentic [...]

7 10, 2019

Eight good reasons to book a Silversea cruise in 2021-2022

By |2019-10-07T16:41:27+00:00October 7th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

The chic cruise line creates a world of sea-going choices By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva   Butler service for all, fine food, exciting ports, gorgeous suites and laid-back elegance define Silversea, the cruise line that continually redefines luxury. If you have yet to  sample the fare  you might want to consider booking any of 197 [...]

4 10, 2019

Princess presents decorative totem pole to honor Ketchikan

By |2019-10-04T21:56:00+00:00October 4th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Ships|0 Comments

Totem represents token of appreciation for Alaska's 50 years of support By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva It's always nice to hear about companies giving back. And that's what Princess Cruises did recently. The Santa Clarita-based cruise line had a special totem pole carved out just for the city of Ketchikan. The totem pole is the [...]

2 10, 2019

Tauck adds two new ‘exotics’ adventures to 2020 tours

By |2019-10-02T17:44:44+00:00October 2nd, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports|0 Comments

 Tauck providing seamless ways to explore Australia and New Zealand   By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Looking for some exotic experiences to put on your 2020 travel calendar? Who isn’t? Tauck has a few exciting options to consider. Next year the company’s “Exotics’ journey collection features a 15-day tour of South Austalia and a two [...]