26 February 2016
On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100!
America has completely transformed since 1916, but our roots still lie in the marvelous natural wonders of our national parks and the historic national monuments that illustrate our cultural heritage. Few of the world’s parks can mimic the diversity of the United States national park system. As we approach this momentous milestone, we welcome you to discover America’s backyard. Read on to learn about a few of the most visited National Parks and find out how you can enjoy them on an escorted tour.
Great Smoky Mountains
Established in 1934, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park, welcoming more than 9 million visitors per year. Stretching across the North Carolina and Tennessee border, the park is home to over 100 species of native trees and shrubs, 66 species of mammals, over 240 diverse bird species, and dozens of fish and reptiles. The densest black bear population east of the Mississippi river can be found here and has come to symbolize wildlife in the Smokies.
Visitors can enjoy leisurely river tubbing and whitewater rafting in the summer, downhill skiing in the winter. Miles of maintained trails and numerous historic buildings wait quietly to be explored and breathtaking scenery abounds. Visit Gatlinburg at the foot of the mountains and drive along spectacular Newfoundland Gap Road to Clingman’s Dome on Globus’ SIGHTS & SOUNDS OF THE SOUTH WITH ATLANTA.
The Grand Canyon National Park contains one of the most recognized canyons in the world, attracting approximately 5 million visitors annually. Located in northwestern Arizona and named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, is up to 18 miles wide in some areas, and realizes a depth of over 6,093 feet (one mile). Native Americans have inhabited the area for thousands of years and some considered it a holy site. The park contains several major ecosystems and the area has some of the cleanest air in the United States.
Visitors can enjoy everything from causal sightseeing to rafting, camping, hiking and helicopter tours. The Hualapai Tribe opened the glass-bottomed Grand Canyon Catwalk in 2007 and welcomes thousands of visitors each year to a 500-800 foot vertical drop view of a side canyon. Relax in sought-after lodges within the park, listen to a geology expert give an ecological talk on the Grand Canyon’s rim, take a private Lake Powell dinner cruise and more on one of Tauck’s favorite journeys in the world – AMERICA’S CANYONLANDS.
Home to one of the world’s largest petrified forests, Old Faithful and the majority of the world’s geysers, Yellowstone National Park has the honor of being the nation’s first National Park. Established in 1872 mainly for the preservation of the geysers, Yellowstone is primarily located in the state of Wyoming and extends into Montana and Idaho.
Visitors are treated to sensational landscapes and what is widely considered to be the finest megafauna wildlife habitat in the lower 48 states that includes grizzly bears, lynx, wolves, free-ranging elk and bison, moose, pronghorns, and mountain lions, to name just a few of the close to 60 species of mammals to be found. Recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, bicycling, boating, skiing, and horseback riding can all be enjoyed. You can relish in the unique beauty that is comprised of canyons, rivers, lakes, and mountain ranges while on Insight’s lively AMERICAN PARKS TRAIL escorted tour.
For more information on National Parks tours Pavlus Travel can arrange for you, please call 800.528.9300 and speak with one of our travel planners.
11 September 2015
Thinking of traveling alone? Solo travelers of all ages are embarking on cruises, tours and river cruises more and more each year.
29 July 2015
Capture Nature’s Beauty on Your Camera with Regent Cruises
Alaska, in all its raw beauty, is a photographer’s dream. Imagine majestic views of snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers in the distance—the type of scenery that are often showcased in postcards. Even the small towns and villages are picturesque in their own right. If you’re looking for the best landscape shots, check out what Regent Cruises has to offer.
When in Alaska, be sure to visit Denali National Park, a national preserve situated at Denali or Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America. Some of the landscapes worth capturing on your camera here are Sable Pass, Polychrome Pass, Teklanika River, Wonder Lake, and the ranges of Mount McKinley. If you schedule your visit around September to April, you may be lucky enough to catch the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis dancing across Alaska’s night sky.
Another park you can visit care of a Regent Cruise to Alaska is Kenai Fjords National Park, which is popular among tourists for its tidewater glaciers. Harding Ice Field also offers a rare breathtaking sight, being one of four remaining ice fields in the United States. Landscape photos taken here are sure to capture nature’s ethereal beauty, whether it’s a panoramic shot of Aialik Bay and the hanging glaciers in the background, or the numerous floating icebergs in Bear Lagoon.
These are just some of the magnificent views Alaska has to offer. If there are other tourist spots you’d like to include in your itinerary, feel free to contact us about it and we’ll do our best to accommodate your requests. If you’re still on the fence about going due to the cost, know that Pavlus Travel has the best deals on Regent Cruises that you won’t find anywhere else. We offer the lowest unadvertised prices, guaranteed!
For huge markdowns and last-minute deals on tours and vacations, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-528-9300; our travel planners will be more than glad to assist you.
27 July 2015
Viking River Cruises to Russia: Explore Off-beat Attractions in Moscow
Moscow is a beautiful and fascinating city that offers way more than the usual tourist spots people are familiar with—The Kremlin, Catherine Palace, and Lenin’s Mausoleum on Red Square. To truly get a feel of what the city is all about, Viking river cruises to Russiaallow its passengers to explore the following off-beat attractions in Moscow:
Located at the corner of the Garden Ring and Pokrovka Ultisa, 35 MMhas been frequented by Soviet and Russian film aficionados for decades and is considered a historical landmark in Moscow. Named after the first film made which was 35 mm wide, the cozy and intimate art house cinema hosts film festivals and offers regular screenings of foreign, alternative, non-commercial, and independent movies.
For fans of classical music, the MMDM(Moscow International House of Music) is the biggest music center in the country and home to the National Philharmonic of Russia. The concert hall is centrally located on the Moscow River Bank just off the Garden Ring, and features some of the highest-caliber classical musicians and orchestras worldwide. After watching a concert, ballet, or performance at the MMDM, locals say that the late-night menu at the café is also worth checking out.
If you’ve had too much vodka to drink the night before, visit a _banya_or bathhouse to get rid of your hangover and experience an authentic Russian tradition. Part spa, part social club, bathhouse therapy exposes the body to hot and cold, clearing the pores and improving one’s overall well-being. Try one of Moscow’s most luxurious banyas, Sandunovskiye Baths, which has separate sections for men and women.
By bookingViking river cruises to Russia, travelers can see and experience popular and off-beat attractions in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as the towns of Yaroslavl and Uglich at affordable rates. For more information, call us at 1-800-528-9300 today.
24 July 2015
Discounted Family Getaway with Tauck Tours’ Affordable Deals
Going on a yearly family vacation helps keep the family bonded and encourages communication on a more personal level. Although planning a family getaway has its challenges, especially since you would have to come up with activities for the entire family, it’s nevertheless rewarding. Tauck Tours, through Pavlus Travel, can help you make that happen, specifically if you don’t have the time to plan everything to match your time and budget.
Pavlus Travel offers discounted tours to various parts of the world through its partnerships with various vendors.
Tauck Bridges is a tour program designed especially for families. Offering various packages at affordable rates, you and your family can go on an adventure of a lifetime through carefully-planned itineraries. Whether you wish to explore Europe, Asia, or any other part of the globe, Tauck Tours’ Bridges packages have something in store for every member of the family.
For each city in your itinerary, sightseeing tours and activities will be included. If there are specific places that you wish to visit, you may also discuss your options with your travel planner.
To give you an idea of what is included in a family vacation package from Tauck Bridges, here is a sample itinerary for a European holiday:
London, Paris, and Rome in 11 Days
The trip starts in London, where the kids will surely love going on a Harry Potter adventure as they visit King’s Cross Station, ride the Knightbus and explore the rest of Harry Potter’s world. You can also ride the London Eye and take a guided walking tour around the city.
From London, you will explore the English Channel via the Eurostar and head straight to your next destination, Paris. A visit to the Louvre and a private tour of the shop of a famous chocolatier may be included in your fun activities to do here.
Finally, in Rome, apart from visiting famous landmarks like the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, the kids can go on a guided “safari hunt” for animal sculptures around the city.
This is but a sampling of what you can expect from a well-planned family tour package designed by Tauck Tours. If you wish to get started on planning for your family holiday, please contact Pavlus Travel at 1.800.528.9300.