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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, guided tours around the world temporarily
stopped operating. In July, Collette launched its first tours since
March and plans to run trips on a limited basis until normal operations
can fully resume. We will let you know when other companies are
Also in July, the European Union began accepting visitors from select
non-EU countries. The list of approved countries, which is said to be
reviewed every two weeks, includes Canada but does not yet include the
This week, I'll tell you about some of the world's most famous
. Guided tours and independent vacation packages
provide easy access to these special places. Click the name of any
attraction below to see a photo.
could hold about 50,000 people in its prime, when it served as an
entertainment venue for gladiator contests, animal hunts, battle
re-enactments and other public spectacles. Completed more than 1,930
years ago, the Colosseum has survived vandalism, earthquakes and a fire.
It's an enduring symbol of the "Eternal City," linking modern Rome to
its imperial past.
for tours that visit Rome.
Explore the hallowed grounds of
and you might experience the same mystic energy that drew the Incas here
in the mid-15th century. This was considered a sacred city, built as a
tribute to ancient gods. The Incas felt close to their revered sun from
this vantage point, perched on the edge of a cliff high in the Peruvian
Andes. Today, visitors can walk among ruins shrouded by clouds and
for tours that visit Machu Picchu.
of Giza lie just outside Cairo. Each was built to house and preserve the
mummified body of a single pharaoh for eternity. The largest, the Great
Pyramid of Cheops, was completed around 2690 B.C. It stands 448 feet
tall and has a base that covers an area of 13 acres.
for tours that visit the Great Pyramids.
Historians still dispute the significance of
the mysterious stone circle built around 2500 B.C. in southern England.
Some think it's an ancient religious site used for celebrations or
sacrifice; others believe it's an early scientific endeavor, perhaps
used to study the movement of the stars. Whatever the reason, the
efforts behind its construction are impressive, as the stones are
thought to have been transported from miles away.
for tours that visit Stonehenge.
On August 24 in A.D. 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted in a violent fury. Hell
rained down for 19 hours, burying
Herculaneum and nearby villages under 75 feet of volcanic ash and
cinders. Pompeii remained lost for nearly 1,700 years before its
accidental discovery in the 18th century. Now, the excavated site, with
its beautifully preserved buildings, frescoes and mosaics, is a popular
tourist destination in southern Italy, not far from Naples.
for tours that visit Pompeii.
Surrounded by thick jungle in the northern Cambodian province of Siem
Angkor Archaeological Park
contains more than 1,000 temples. These include Angkor Wat, the best
preserved structure, and the Bayon temple, notable for the huge,
enigmatic faces of its stone facade. The site was the capital of the
Khmer Empire from the ninth to the 15th centuries and includes Hindu and
for tours that visit Angkor Archaeological Park.
More than 2,000 years ago, Arabs known as Nabataeans carved a city from
the dusky pink sandstone cliffs of southern Jordan. Excursions to
called the "rose-red city," typically take in the treasury, the
Roman-style amphitheater and the ancient tombs. The approach to Petra is
rather dramatic -- visitors must walk through a dark, narrow gorge
called the Siq -- about a mile long and, at some points, no more than 10
for tours that visit Petra.
A collection of classical Greek buildings awaits visitors who make their
way to the summit of the
in Athens. The most iconic sight here is the Parthenon, built to honor
the goddess Athena in the fifth century B.C. In addition to a good dose
of ancient Greek history, the site offers panoramic views of the modern
for tours that visit Athens.
Stroll down a marble street and admire what remains of the ancient city
in western Turkey. It contains both Greek and Roman architecture and was
the site of one of the original seven ancient wonders, the Temple of
Artemis. That temple no longer exists, but today, the most frequently
photographed sights include the two-tiered, columned facade of the
Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the large outdoor theater.
for tours that visit Ephesus.
Here are this week's Top 10 Tours
. All prices are per person,
based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.
Canyon Country Adventure
8 days with Globus. Begins in Scottsdale and ends in Las Vegas. Save
Starting at $2,479. Departures from April 23 through October
Lisbon, Seville & Madrid
9 days with Cosmos. Begins and ends in Madrid. Save $200 per couple.
Plus, receive an additional $300 per couple discount off airfare.
Starting at $1,209. Departures from March 5 through December 26,
Highlights of the Baltics
9 days with Costsaver. Begins in Warsaw and ends in Tallinn. Save
$300 per couple off airfare, plus pay a reduced deposit of $99 per
Starting at $1,375. Departures from April 23 through
September 24, 2021.
8 days with CIE Tours. Begins and ends in Dublin. Save 10%, plus pay
a reduced deposit of $99 per person
. Starting at $1,480. Departures
from January 4 through November 22, 2021.
8 days with Monograms. Begins and ends in Lima. Starting at $1,689.
Daily departures from January 1 through December 30, 2021.
Islands of New England
8 days with Collette. Begins in Providence and ends in Cape Cod. Save
Starting at $1,999. Departures from May 7 through October 15,
Sound of Music
9 days with Trafalgar. Begins in Munich and ends in Vienna. Save 15%.
Plus, receive an additional $300 per couple discount off airfare and pay
a reduced deposit of $99 per person.
Starting at $2,054. Departures
from May 1 through October 2, 2021.
8 days with Insight. Begins in Milan and ends in Rome. Save up to
12%. Plus, receive an additional $200 per couple discount and pay a
reduced deposit of $99 per person. Save an extra $300 per couple off
Starting at $2,335. Departures from April 18 through
October 10, 2021.
9 days with Globus. Begins in London and ends in Rome. Save 10%.
Plus, receive an additional $300 per couple discount off airfare.
Starting at $2,629. Departures from April 17 through October 2,
Colors of Morocco
15 days with Collette. Begins and ends in Casablanca. Save 10%.
Starting at $2,999. Departures from May 6 through December 30, 2021.
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