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Tour Newsletter Dated April 27, 2015
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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
Today, I'd like to share
12 special tours that offer unique wildlife-watching experiences
Click any link for more details, including dates and prices.
Journey to the "Polar Bear Capital of the World" -- the town of
Churchill in the Canadian province of Manitoba -- with Natural
. On the six- or seven-day
Classic Polar Bear Adventure
guests spend two days on the tundra near Hudson Bay, in heated polar
rovers, observing these ivory-furred animals. The bears congregate here
for six to eight weeks each fall, waiting for the bay to freeze over so
that they can resume their hunt for seals across the vast ice pack.
More than 100 pandas live at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda
Breeding in China. The facility is dedicated to the survival of this
species, and dozens of cubs have been born at the center. You can spend
a few hours with the cuddly looking creatures on a nine-day itinerary
In Pursuit of Pandas
with Wendy Wu Tours
Coastal Central & South America during the Whale Migration
is a 13-day cruise with Haimark Line
between Lima, Peru, and
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica. View humpback whales off the coast of
Ecuador and scarlet macaws and harpy eagles in the rain forests of Costa
Rica. Isla Gorgona, Colombia -- which sheltered pirates in the 1700s and
housed prisoners in the 20th century -- now is a refuge for sloths and
white-headed capuchins. Guests travel aboard the 210-passenger MS Saint
Several hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands
are home to species found nowhere else on Earth. The upscale Celebrity
Xpedition sails to these amazing isles year-round, carrying up to 98
passengers on the 11- or 12-day
Galapagos Experience Cruise
designed by Celebrity Cruises
. Scheduled stops include Isabela
Island, inhabited by 5-foot-long land iguanas and giant tortoises;
Bartolome Island, home to Galapagos penguins; and Santiago Island, where
you'll see Galapagos fur seals.
Spend two nights in Denali National Park and Preserve, arriving via the
Alaska Railroad, on the 10-day
trip from Globus
. Join a guided expedition in search of grizzly
bears, caribou and moose in the 6 million-acre reserve, and take day
cruises in Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords National Park, where
you'll spot seals, orcas, humpback whales, sea otters and a variety of
About one-quarter of Costa Rica is designated as a national park or
conservation area. Trafalgar
guests learn about the biodiversity
of the Central American country on the eight-day
Costa Rica Eco Adventure
In Tortuguero National Park, visit a green turtle research facility and
take a cruise in search of howler monkeys, crocs and toucans. Traverse
six suspension bridges strung through the treetops of Monteverde Cloud
Forest, where you might spot the colorful, long-tailed bird known as the
Venture to Antarctica with Hurtigruten
The Land of the Penguins
a 13-day expedition aboard the 318-passenger MS Fram. The ship departs
from Ushuaia, Argentina, and navigates the rough waters of the Drake
Passage to reach Antarctica. Onboard lectures focus on the history,
environment and animals of the continent, and travelers go ashore in
Polarcirkel boats for up-close views of gentoo and Adelie penguins,
seals and whales.
Track rare and endangered mountain gorillas on
Uganda & Rwanda in Depth
an 11-day adventure from SITA Tours
. Experienced guides lead you
through the thick forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and
Volcanoes National Park to family groups of mountain gorillas, which
you'll be able to observe from just a few feet away. You'll also visit
safari parks where chimpanzees, rhinos, elephants and lions dwell.
Get up close views of some gentle giants on the six-day
Swimming with Mexico's Whale Sharks
offered by Natural Habitat Adventures
. Averaging 40 feet in
length, whale sharks are the world's largest fish. From May to
September, the docile, plankton-eating creatures migrate to the waters
off the Yucatan Peninsula, where guests can swim within arm's reach of
from Alluring Africa
spends time in some of the continent's
premier safari reserves, such as Serengeti National Park. Join game
drives in Tarangire National Park, known for its large population of
pachyderms, and Ngorongoro Crater, home to more than 25,000 large
animals and the world's greatest concentration of mammalian predators
(you're likely to see the "big five" here -- lion, leopard, buffalo,
rhino and elephant).
Yellowstone National Park is best known for that reliable geyser, Old
Faithful, but it also boasts the largest concentration of wildlife in
the lower 48 states. Guests spend two nights in the park as part of the
American Parks Trail
offered by Insight Vacations
. You may spot some of the more than
60 types of mammals that live here, like grizzly bears, bison, elk and
white-tailed deer. Travelers also overnight in Grand Teton National
Park, another preserve that's rich in wildlife.
Seek polar bears, walruses and rare seabirds during the 11-day
Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic
a cruise offered by Quark Expeditions
. Spitsbergen is a
Norwegian island that lies high above the Arctic Circle, and you'll
cruise to its fjords and glaciers in an ice-strengthened ship, either
the 117-guest Sea Adventurer or the 78-guest Ocean Nova. There is no
fixed itinerary; the captain and crew select destinations for optimal
Here are this week's Top 20 Tours
. All prices are per person,
based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.
1) The Balkans & Venice
14 days with Trafalgar
Begins in Zagreb and ends in Venice with stops in Sarajevo, Dubrovnik
and Ljubljana. Save up to 5%.
Starting at $3,197. Departures from May 22 through October 2, 2015.
2) Best of Ireland South
7 days with CIE Tours
Begins in Dublin and ends in Shannon with visits to Blarney Castle,
the Dingle Peninsula and the Cliffs of Moher. Save 7%.
at $1,139. Departures from May 14 through October 31, 2015.
3) Classic Italy
10 days with Keytours
. Begins in Rome and ends in Venice with
visits to Vatican City, Siena and Florence. Save $500 per couple.
Starting at $2,125. Departures from May 7 through November 26, 2015.
4) The Classic Autumn Voyage North
7 days with Hurtigruten
Begins in Bergen and ends in Kirkenes with stops in Alesund, Trondheim
and Tromso. Save up to 30%.
Starting at $2,292. Departures from
September 1 through October 31, 2015.
5) In Pursuit of Pandas
9 days with Wendy Wu Tours
Begins in Beijing and ends in Chengdu with visits to the Great Wall of
China, the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian and Leshan. Receive two free
pre- or post-tour hotel nights.
Starting at $2,340. Departs May 16,
23 & 30, 2015.
6) Best of Germany
11 days with Insight
Begins in Berlin and ends in Frankfurt with stops in Dresden, Munich
and Heidelberg. Save $500 per couple off the air-inclusive price.
Starting at $2,359. Departures from May 28 through October 8, 2015.
7) Southern Italy & Sicily
16 days with Cosmos
Begins and ends in Rome with visits to Pompeii, Capri and Syracuse.
Receive $200 per couple in air credit.
Starting at $2,479.
Departures from May 15 through October 9, 2015.
8) Good Old Summertime
8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company
Begins in Cincinnati and ends in St. Louis with stops in Louisville,
Cape Girardeau and Chester. Companion cruises for free, plus receive
free shore excursions and more.
Starting at $2,699. Departs July 12,
9) Christmas Time Cruise
8 days with AmaWaterways
Travels between Budapest and Nuremberg with stops in Vienna, Passau
and Regensburg. Save $2,000 to $3,000 per couple.
$2,799. Departures from November 23 through December 21, 2015.
10) Enticing Douro
8 days with AmaWaterways
Begins and ends in Porto with stops in Barca d'Alva, Salamanca and
Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. Save $1,500 per couple.
Starting at $3,499. Departs July 14 & 21 and August 11 & 18, 2015.
11) Scottish Highlands, Islands & Cities
14 days with Brendan
Begins in Edinburgh and ends in Glasgow with visits to Loch Ness, the
Orkney Islands and the Isle of Skye. Save up to 5%.
Starting at $3,465. Departures from May 17
through September 13, 2015.
12) Complete Galapagos
10 days with Intrepid Travel
Begins and ends in Quito with visits to Isla Floreana, Isla Genovesa
and Caleta Tortuga Negra. Save 15%.
Starting at $3,835.
Departures from May 12 through October 27, 2015.
13) Icons of Britain
16 days with CIE Tours
Begins in Glasgow and ends in London with visits to Loch Ness,
Liverpool and Stratford-upon-Avon. Save 7%.
Starting at $3,946.
Departures from June 12 through October 9, 2015.
14) Gardens of the River
8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company
Begins in New Orleans and ends in Memphis with stops in St.
Francisville, Natchez and Vicksburg. Companion cruises for free, plus
receive free shore excursions.
Starting at $3,999. Departs May 23,
15) Tulips & Windmills
10 days with Viking River Cruises
Begins and ends in Amsterdam with visits to Antwerp, Bruges and
Keukenhof Gardens. Companion cruises for free plus save $1,000 per
couple off airfare.
Starting at $4,149. Departures from March 25
through May 6, 2016.
16) Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong
15 days with Uniworld
Travels between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with visits to Angkor Wat,
Phnom Penh and Cai Be. Save $400 per couple.
Starting at $5,099.
Departures from July 19 through December 30, 2015.
17) Traditional Grand European with Extended Stay in London
22 days with Globus
Begins and ends in London with stops in Vienna, Rome and Paris.
Starting at $5,729. Departures from May 17 through
September 27, 2015.
18) Tanzania: A Grand Family Safari
10 days with Tauck
Begins and ends in Arusha with visits to Tarangire National Park,
Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Travelers age 11 and
under receive $500 per person off family departures.
Starting at $6,740.
Departures from June 12 through August 14, 2016.
19) Discovery Down Under
12 days with Adventures by Disney
Begins in Cairns and ends in Hobart with visits to the Great Barrier
Reef, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Sydney. Travelers age 11 and under save
$380 to $420 per person.
Starting at $7,599. Departures from June 24
through December 16, 2015.
20) Epic High Arctic: Baffin Island Explorer
13 days with Quark Expeditions
Begins in Toronto and ends in Montreal with visits to Beechey Island,
Pond Inlet and Sisimiut. Save 15% to 25%.
Starting at $7,995.
Departs August 26, 2015.
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