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  • New Year’s Travel Resolutions

    12/28/2018 11:05:17 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

     

    What’s your new year’s travel resolution for 2019? An all-inclusive luxury resort? A safari in Africa? An over-water bungalow in the South Pacific? A river cruise in Europe? Make 2019 the year you start crossing off travel dreams from your bucket list!

     

     

    Let us know your travel wish, and we will start helping you to make that wish come true. But start planning now, while you’re making your new year’s resolutions—or you might not get the trip of your dreams in 2019. Experts tell us that the hardest part about keeping new year’s resolutions is getting started. For travel resolutions, that’s the easy part. Just give us a call!

     

     

    As we say good-bye to 2018 and reflect on all the fantastic places our clients have gone this past year, we say thank you for the opportunity to help you expand your horizons, have adventures of a lifetime, discover new places, and make memories together through authentic travel experiences. Many of you have great travels planned for 2019 and beyond. We look forward to continuing to work with you in the coming year and making your travel dreams come true!

     

     

     

  • Season’s Greetings!

    12/21/2018 4:18:31 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

     

    To help you enjoy the upcoming Christmas holiday, we share these pictures from our recent Christmas Market cruise to help get you in the spirit of the season.

     

    Antwerp Christmas Tree:

     

    Luxembourg Christmas market:

     

    Strasbourg:

     

     

    Santa visits the AmaKristina:

     

    Christmas in Riquewihr:

     

     

    Bakery window in Lucerne:

     

    Christmas rainbow in Lucerne:

     

    No matter where your travels take you this holiday season, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

     

     

  • Thinking of Strasbourg

    12/14/2018 4:37:52 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

     

    You’ve probably heard about the recent terrorist attack at a Christmas market in Strasbourg on December 11. It hit especially close to home for me and all of us who went on the Globe Travel Christmas Markets on the Rhine cruise two weeks ago. We were in Strasbourg visiting the Christmas markets on December 1, just 10 days earlier.

     

    Strasbourg was probably my favorite stop on the cruise. The city is charming, with its medieval half-timbered buildings on quiet canals. Building owners in Strasbourg really go all out for Christmas. I like to think they were rolling out the welcome wagon for visitors who come to their Christmas markets. Take a look at some of these elaborate storefronts and building decorations we saw in Strasbourg.

     

     

     

     

     

    During our visit to Strasbourg, we stayed in the Old Town area that is called the Grande Ile. Dating to as far back as the 15th century, this historic area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, the first time an entire city center has received that designation. In the Grande Ile alone, there were 10 Christmas markets! Needless to say, we were very busy doing Christmas shopping on our day in Strasbourg.

     

     

    Our hearts break for the people of Strasbourg as well as for the visitors who come from all over to its Christmas markets. We wish them peace, healing, and resilience as they come out stronger after this attack.

     

     

  • It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

    12/7/2018 4:47:12 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

     

    …especially when you’re on a Christmas Market river cruise! I’ve just returned from Globe Travel’s Christmas Markets on the Rhine cruise with AmaWaterways. What an outstanding vacation! When you combine the ease and luxury of river cruising with the magic of the holiday season and the special, limited event Christmas Markets, you get this rare opportunity to experience a unique cultural aspect of Europe.

     

    Each market has its own personality. We loved the variety of merchandise AND the variety of food options at the different markets. Each one brought something unique, and was like unwrapping a new gift. My favorite stalls generally were ones that sold beautiful jewelry, unique Christmas ornaments and decorations, handmade gifts, and local delicacies like gingerbread, sausages, and cheese. We came home with something for almost everyone on our lists.

     

    This cruise was about more than just Christmas markets. We also got to experience the sights of the area as well. We took a canal cruise in Amsterdam, got city tours in each of our ports, went to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and learned context and history that brought each city to life for us.

     

    If you haven’t been on a river cruise yet, it is time for you to go! The cabins on AmaWaterways’ ships are spectacular. Our cabin had a wall of sliding glass doors with beautiful views of the river. The bathrooms are incredible. (I swear, my cabin bathroom was bigger than the bathroom in my first apartment; by cruise industry standards, it was huge!) And the food, oh my goodness, the food. It is fantastic! And it typically reflected the area we were cruising through, so it added a cultural element to the overall experience too. The best part about an AmaWaterways experience is the crew: the level of service is exceptional.

     

    I just returned yesterday, so I haven’t gone through my pictures yet. Stay tuned for pictures of this fantastic vacation! And join us next time we put together a group so that you can take part in the fun too!

     

  
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