Croatia, a country with a long coastline with over thousand islands, attract visitors from all over the world. Time Travels inc. is offering itineraries for this summer or fall until May 31st. Choose from a selection of three luxry, small ships and enjoy an itinerary such as this:
Day 1, arrive Dubrovnik, Saturday You will be transferred from Dubrovnik’s airport or your Dubrovnik hotel to Gruz Harbor, where embarkation begins at noon. Meet your fellow travelers and your Cruise Manager later at an on-board Welcome reception. This evening, you can relax or take a walk through Dubrovnik’s vibrant streets.
Day 2, Dubrovnik – Mljet – Korcula, Sunday Start the day with a walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic” and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy before returning to the boat for lunch. As you dine, set sail for Mljet Island. Mljet National Park features five types of forest, many species of birds, and two deep lakes, Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake). After time to enjoy the spectacular scenery, continue cruising to Korcula, believed to be the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. Dinner tonight is on board.
Day 3, Korcula – Hvar, Monday This morning, a walking tour of Korcula town takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets and includes a visit to the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark. Board your boat for lunch and a swimming stop as you cruise. Late this afternoon, arrive in Hvar. On a sightseeing tour, see the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK), the Franciscan Monastery and much more. Your evening is free in Hvar. You can explore more and dine on your own at one of the many restaurants in town.
Day 4, Hvar – Bol – Split, Tuesday Sail to Bol, home to one of the best beaches in Croatia, the Golden Horn. This vast, golden pebble beach is unique in that it changes shape and position depending on the winds. Over lunch on board, continue sailing to Split. Here, a walking tour shows off the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral. Your evening is free in Split.
Day 5, Split – Trogir – Sibenik, Wednesday In the morning sail to the UNESCO-listed city of Trogir. Your time here is free to explore on your own. Back on board, enjoy lunch as you cruise to Sibenik, with stop on the way for a swim. Arriving in Sibenik, a walking tour shows you the highlights of the city, then your evening is at leisure.
Day 6, Sibenik – Sali, Thursday The Sibenik area is home to two National Parks: Krka, with its breathtaking waterfalls, and Kornati, comprised of more than 140 islands. Your day is devoted to these scenic destinations before you sail to Sali. Tonight, enjoy captain’s dinner with live entertainment on board.
Day 7, Sali – Zadar, Friday As you cruise this morning, stop for a swim (weather permitting). Late this afternoon, arrive in Zadar. A walking tour shows you Zadar’s historical center with the defensive walls built in 16th century, the ancient Port Gate where the Venetian lion still stands guard, the Square of the Five Wells, Church of St. Donat, Roman Forum (1st century BC) and the largest cathedral in Dalmatia, St. Anastasia. Your evening is free in the city.
Day 8, depart Zadar, Saturday Disembark after breakfast, bidding your boat and crew farewell. You will be transferred to Zadar or Split airport for your flight home. You might want to join a post-cruise trip to Italy.
I had the opportunity to visit Ireland this past week via Brendan Tours and it was grand. This was my first escorted deluxe tour and I really enjoyed myself. No stress, great service, deluxe accommodations plus unique local experiences that Brendan Vacations offers. Every guide was educational & entertaining. I couldn't have been more comfortable in the new Volvo coach. I saw much of southern Ireland while being wined & dined. If you want to immerse yourself in a destination, having a tour director is truly an asset. Learning about Ireland without having your face in a tour book is refreshing.
One highlight of this trip was hiking the cliffs of Mohr & then driving to Dromoland Castle for the last night. (I would suggest 2 NTS here) I did the Falconry experience on the grounds of Dromoland Castle, with the leather glove & the falcon perched or flying. This hunting technique of kings may go back 15,000 years.
The Emerald Isle lives up to its name; rolling green hills, ruined castles, stone terraces, quaint towns & a very lively Dublin.
Ireland can be seen by car i.e. self- drive or chauffeured, rail and or escorted tours. You can reside in B & B's, Hotels, Manor Houses & Castles. Whatever your style, I will match the itinerary & style to your Irish dream.
Just returned from a week in Cabo San Lucas & a stay at Breathless AI Resort. If you are a desert person or boat lover then this is your beach destination.
The confluence of the Sea of Cortez & the Pacific ocean produce clear, cool blue water that teams with whales, sea lions & other sea life. ( Whale watching is from Dec – March)
I personally enjoy more humidity but the perpetual sunshine & great stretches of beach are appealing.
My sister & I wined & dined at Breathless AI Resort which is adjacent to the Cabo San Lucas Harbor & right in the center of town. Watching boats & yachts ply the harbor from the infinity pool or our 5th floor balcony was amusing. While not a large all-inclusive resort Breathless Resort did offer several excellent dining options & both Shannon & I agreed that the food was 5 Star.
One highlight of this Cabo trip was our boat excursion on the Edith 4, a boat owned by locals. They took us out on the water for a few hours at a fair price. We saw whales, the lovely coast line & Pancho the celebrity Sea Lion who hangs in & around the harbor because eating is good. He jumped on the back of our boat for a minutes to see if snacks were available.
If you need more culture than stay close to or at least visit San Jose del Cabo, a mission town established in the 1730. The town square, cobblestone streets, art galleries & unique dining options make for a slower paces then her sister Cabo San Lucas which is 20 miles away & a party town.
The Barceló Puerto Vallarta is the perfect all-inclusive resort for your destination wedding or family vacation i.e. active yet with enough quiet places to relax. The food & drinks are great & the service is excellent. For wedding couples who wish to feel special, the Barceló Puerto Vallarta only allows one wedding per day & has a prefect beach area for it. This resort has been awarded the AAA 4 Diamond award since 2008.
A 15 minute drive south of Puerto Vallarta on Mismaloya Bay, where the mountains meet the sea, the Barceló Puerto Vallarta & its secluded location will not disappoint. It is this beach area that put Puerto Vallarta on the map with the 1964 filming of The Night of the Iguana starring Eva Gardner & Richard Burton with glamorous wife Elizabeth Taylor in tow. 20 years later, Predator was also filmed close by.
Having spent Christmas 2016 here with my husband & our two teenagers on the 8th floor club level in a 2 bedroom suite, we were charmed. The 317 all suite Barcelo Puerto Vallarta is the prefect size resort. The large 2 bedroom suites are great for families. My recommendation is to splurge on the Club level suite. You reside on higher floors with amazing ocean & mountain views + access to the club lounge which offers special appetizers & higher end liquor. If you are not a tequila lover you will be after sampling the top shelf tequila in the club lounge.
The resort is built up 9 floors not spread out like many of the mega all-inclusive resorts. If you always take the steps as I did, your workout is done. Next to the resort is the small village of Mismaloya which is also fun to walk about.
For great ideas on family vacations & destination weddings, give me a call.
The island of Cuba is on the bucket list for many Americans. While relations have warmed between the USA & this Caribbean island only 90 miles from Miami; Americans must still travel on People to People Tours to legally travel in Cuba. These are considered educational opportunities that showcase Cuba’s people, places & culture. Fidel may be dead but the rules have not changed for Americans.
At this moment in time Cruising Cuba may just be the best way to see the island.
Most cruises stop in 3 ports, Havana, Cienfuegos & Santiago de Cuba. You have access to more excursions then most land tours. You can also cover more territory via the water as land travel is slow due to poor road infrastructure. There are also more modern amenities aboard these small cruise ship and let’s face it American's love nice digs.
Be one of the first to Cruise Cuba in style. Call me for information & cruise dates.
Affordable travel opportunities abound for Central & South America for fall & winter travel of this year. There is even Holiday space available for some destinations.
If you have dreamed of experiencing Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu & Peru, Costa Rica or Belize; these destinations may now be within your travel budget.
This crazy election has paralyzed our country & fear of the Zika virus has caused travelers to stay put.
Hence we are dealing with the basics of economics supply & demand. The supply is there & currently the demand is not. For the savoy traveler who loves adventure, less crowds & a travel deal your time is now.
These exotic destination deals cannot last. Call Time Travels Inc today or click here to learn more about our Ecuador and Galapagos package.
Most people think of a villa vacation as just a villa rental, a time share condo or renting an apartment. A new concept called the Villa Vacation is much more. A Villa Vacation has the amenities & service of a 5 star luxury resort plus the extra space of a vacation rental. A Villa Vacation is a fully staffed private villa in Tuscany, Italy with a private driver, chef & staff to take care of your every need.
A Villa Vacation is a residence at the Grand Wailea Maui where friends & family rent a 3 bedroom luxury town house that is part of the resort & has access to all resort amenities.
A Villa Vacation is a luxury condo rental at the All-inclusive Generations Riviera Maya. This ocean front property offers amazing ocean views & also offers adult access to the El Dorado Royale AI Resort next door.
Villa vacations are great for multigenerational families traveling together. Villa Vacations are an excellent destination wedding option. A Villa Vacation is a great option for a group of friends that prefer more space but also demand the services of a deluxe resort.
For more information on Villa Vacation options call me today.
1)You choose the gorgeous backdrop for your destination wedding. Beach weddings are very popular but there are infinite wedding locations. (Couples love getting married by water as it is a marvelous stage.)
2)You can combine the wedding & the honeymoon. No need to book a separate honeymoon trip. The bride & groom can stay with the wedding party or honeymoon at another resort nearby. (An adult’s only all-inclusive resort is heavenly without the kiddie pool but if children are attending then a family resort with lots of amenities is a wise choice.)
3)This is a great time to spend real time with your friends & family. You will have more than a few minutes with friends as your wedding day is spread out over several days. Do not be disappointed in those that cannot make it though. Usually the guest pays for their own trip. (Keep the welfare of your guests in mind. You know your friends & family. If you want them at your destination wedding do not break their banks!)
4)Wedding couples can save a lot of money depending on their destination wedding location. Remember that you are not paying for sit a down dinner for 200 guests. Destination weddings tend to be smaller & more intimate. (Your guests are traveling to be with you. Make it special for them too. Put on a bit of a show.)
5)You can do it your way. Usually the bride is inundated with wedding advice from good intentioned friends & family. It can be over whelming. No need to listen to them. You would be wise, however, to take the advice of the resorts wedding coordinator. ( I do not suggest having a destination wedding at a resort without a wedding coordinator unless it is a very small wedding with lower expectations.)
You became engaged on Valentine’s Day. You are so in love & so excited! Now what do you do?
Depending on your finances planning a traditional wedding can be a daunting task. Not only is wedding planning time consuming & stressful but at every turn you will need to spend more money.
Deciding on a destination wedding can alleviate stress & usually saves the bride & groom lots of money! There is one caveat however; if a couple tries to plan & coordinate the destination wedding trip on their own I can assure them the fun will disperse very quickly.
Accessing the help of a travel agent knowledgeable in the destination wedding process is essential to your success. A romance vacation agent can help you choose the right destination & property that fits you & your group. We have access to wedding group promotions via our relationships with the best destination wedding properties & our wholesale suppliers. Believe it or not there are savings in numbers.
I will continue this conversation in my next blog – Why Have a Destination Wedding? Stay tuned.
For information & help planning your destination wedding or honeymoon please call.
Why travel to Italy in 2016? The dollar is strong & Italy is just too beautiful & amazing to pass up.
Most travelers to Italy visit the big three i.e. Rome, Florence & Venice. While these cities are a must on everyone’s Italy itinerary smaller cities like Assisi & Orvieto, both can be considered day trips from Rome, are unforgettable. If clients have time I suggest 1 or 2 NTS in Assisi & an afternoon in Orvieto on way to Rome. Clients who have chosen this route have loved it.
Now let’s hop the train or take an escorted tour & head south to Naples & the Amalfi coast –Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii & Postiano. The best time to visit is from April – October. Many hotels are closed doing the winter months. Check out this a video I found that really does the Amalfi coast justice:
For travel ideas to Italy & the best of Europe please give me a call.