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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
Today, I'll cover tours that focus on special events and seasonal
, such as the performances of bagpipers and drummers at
the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the colorful spectacle of the Albuquerque
International Balloon Fiesta and the Christmas markets of Germany and
Availability is limited for these popular vacations, so I recommend
booking soon. Click the links for more information, including dates,
prices and all available discounts.
(July 7-16) in Alberta, Canada, is one of the largest rodeos in North
America, where you can watch bull riding, barrel racing and chuck wagon
racing, and see the livestock shows and concerts.
The sounds of bagpipes and drums fill the air at the
Edinburgh Military Tattoo
(August 4-26), which showcases Scottish regimental bands and performers
from other countries. Many tour operators have secured tickets to the
Tattoo, which takes place in front of Edinburgh Castle.
Organizers of the
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
(October 7-15) in New Mexico claim that it is the world's most
photographed event. Highlights include the early morning mass ascension
of more than 500 balloons and the nighttime "balloon glow," when pilots
fire their burners at the same time.
Most of our
tours take in the autumn colors and crisp weather of scenic New England
locales like the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Maine coast.
But you'll also find fall foliage trips elsewhere in the U.S. (such as
along the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon) or in eastern Canada.
Join the revelry of the 184th
(September 16-October 3) in the German city of Munich as visitors gather
under tents to sample a variety of beers and traditional fare. Most of
our Oktoberfest departures are offered by Contiki, which caters to
travelers ages 18 to 35.
In October and November,
the polar bears of Canada
congregate on the shores of Hudson Bay near Churchill in Manitoba
province, waiting for it to freeze over so they can begin their winter
hunting. Tour guests ride in heated tundra buggies equipped with viewing
platforms for close looks at the creatures.
European Christmas markets
are a longstanding tradition in Germany, Austria and other countries on
the continent. At the outdoor bazaars, vendors sell toys, ornaments,
nutcrackers and creches, and shoppers snack on grilled sausages,
gingerbread and hot mulled wine called glühwein
Ring in the new year
in Vegas or Edinburgh, or while on a romantic European river cruise. We
also offer a
Chinese New Year Tour
in February 2018.
tours in Southern California include reserved spots in the grandstand at
the 129th Rose Parade on January 1, 2018.
Some Brazil-bound itineraries immerse guests in the festivities of
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
one of the largest pre-Lent festivals in the world. It takes place over
a few days before Ash Wednesday, starting February 9 in 2018.
Iditarod in Alaska
is the world's most famous sled dog race, and it's the focus of a couple
of itineraries departing in February 2018. Meet four-time Iditarod
champion Martin Buser at his kennels, enjoy the festivities at the
Musher's Banquet and attend the ceremonial start of the race in
Anchorage on March 3 (and, if weather and trail conditions permit, the
official restart in Willow on March 4).
Tulip time in Holland
is celebrated on springtime river cruises that reveal colorful floral
displays and green countryside dotted with windmills. A highlight is a
visit to Keukenhof Gardens, planted with more than 7 million bulbs.
Each year, nearly 2 million animals move through Tanzania and Kenya,
driven by seasonal rain and drought in what is known as the
Wildebeest, zebras and gazelles make up the largest populations of the
migrating herds. Their path follows a general pattern, and safaris timed
to coincide with this ritual offer an experience unlike any other.
Seek out the elusive
in the northern reaches of Canada or Scandinavia. During long winter
nights, swaths of green, blue and red lights sweep across the sky; they
are most visible from September through March.
itineraries include tickets to the famed Passion Play that's performed
in Germany's Bavarian Alps every 10 years, drawing hundreds of thousands
of international visitors. A few tour operators have already lined up
their 2020 Oberammergau departures.
Finally, here are a few more celebrations around the world that you can
experience on an escorted tour:
in Montego Bay, Jamaica (July 2017, 2018 and 2019)
in Naples (September 2017)
International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
in Springfield, Illinois (September 2017)
Cambodian Water Festival and Longboat Race
in Siem Reap (October 2017)
Pushkar Camel Festival
in Rajasthan, India (October 2017 and November 2018)
Iceland Airwaves Music Festival
in Reykjavik (November 2017)
Harbin Ice Festival
in China (January and February 2018)
Japan Winter Festivals
in Sapporo and Otaru (January and February 2018)
in Venice (February 2018)
Rabaul Mask Festival
in Papua New Guinea (April 2018)
the Inca Festival of the Sun in Cusco, Peru (June 2018)
a celebration of nomadic culture in Mongolia (June and July 2018)
Here are this week's Top 20 Tours
. All prices are per person,
based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.
Magnificent Cities of Central & Eastern Europe
14 days with Collette. Begins in Berlin and ends in Warsaw. Save $600
Starting at $2,649. Departs September 10, October 1 and
November 4, 2017.
Venice, the Lagoon, and the Po Delta
6 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Venice. Enjoy reduced
rates. Prices shown reflect discount.
Starting at $1,000. Departures
from July 6 through August 27, 2017.
Highlights of Bohemia
15 days with CostSaver by Trafalgar. Begins and ends in Frankfurt.
Starting at $1,795. Departs September 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2017.
Highlights of Spain & Portugal Winter
13 days with Trafalgar. Begins and ends in Madrid. Save up to
Starting at $2,012. Departures from October 29, 2017 through
March 25, 2018.
Classic Canadian Rockies and Whistler
5 days with Rocky Mountaineer. Travels between Vancouver and Jasper.
Receive one free pre- or post-tour hotel night.
$2,213. Departures from July 3 through October 9, 2017.
7 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Memphis and ends
in New Orleans. Save $1,400 per couple, plus receive free shore
excursions and more.
Starting at $2,299. Departs December 23, 2017.
Best of Italy Winter
13 days with Trafalgar. Begins and ends in Rome. Save up to 7.5%.
Starting at $2,493. Departures from November 4, 2017 through April 1, 2018.
Glories of China
14 days with Wendy Wu Tours. Begins in Shanghai and ends in Beijing.
Companion flies for free.
Starting at $2,590. Departures from
July 22, 2017 through November 17, 2018.
The Classic Summer Voyage North
7 days with Hurtigruten. Begins in Bergen and ends in Kirkenes. Save
up to 25%.
Starting at $2,601. Departures from July 3 through August
Mysteries of India
15 days with Collette. Begins and ends in Delhi. Save $400 per
Starting at $2,749. Departs November 8, 2017 and February
15, March 1 and April 19, 2018.
14 Day Rockin' Britain & Ireland
14 days with CIE Tours. Begins in London and ends in Dublin. Save
Starting at $3,150. Departures from April 6 through October 19,
Costa Rica: Jungles & Rainforests (BBC Earth Journey, For Families)
8 days with Tauck. Begins in San Jose and ends in Liberia. Young
travelers receive $200 per person.
Starting at $3,245. Departures
from March 11 through December 27, 2018.
Road to Rome Winter
15 days with Insight. Begins in London and ends in Rome. Save up to
Starting at $3,446. Departures from November 4, 2017 through
April 4, 2018.
Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls
12 days with Globus. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Victoria Falls.
Starting at $4,199. Departures from January 7 through March
Affordable South America
12 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Santiago and ends in Buenos Aires.
Starting at $4,205. Daily departures from July 6 through December 7, 2017.
Chateaux, Rivers & Wine
8 days with Viking River Cruises. Begins and ends in Bordeaux.
Companion cruises for free, plus fly from $395 to $695 per
Starting at $4,598. Departures from March 31 through
November 3, 2018.
Galapagos & Peru Adventure
24 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins in Quito and ends in La Paz.
Starting at $5,930. Departures from July 6, 2017 through December 22,
The Complete South Pacific
27 days with Collette. Begins in Cairns and ends in Auckland. Save
$500 to $1,000 per couple.
Starting at $6,999. Departures from
August 19, 2017 through April 14, 2018.
Introduction to Spitsbergen
9 days with Quark Expeditions. Begins and ends in Longyearbyen. Save
$3,000 to $5,000 per couple.
Starting at $7,295. Departs June 4 &
Adventure to the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica
15 days with Hurtigruten. Begins and ends in Santiago. Save $4,000
per couple when you book a suite.
Starting at $9,055. Departs
November 7 & 20, 2017.
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