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Rivers of Wine Cruise on the Columbia and Snake River

Space is filling fast – please do not delay contacting me if you would like to join us on this wonderful Wine Cruise. We have extended our exclusive $350 per cabin discount until May 31st!   
No passports required! This is Wine Cruising USA style on the beautiful Columbia and Snake Rivers tracing the footprints of Lewis & Clarke and visiting fabulous wineries in Oregon and Washington State!

The wine country in Oregon and Washington is situated on the same parallel as Burgundy and Bordeaux in France. The climate, soil and long growing season (April to October) make this part of the Northwest a great host for grape vines. The countryside is varied, ranging from the arid, golden hillsides of eastern Washington to the lush, moisture-rich slopes of Oregon. Winemaking there has surged in the last decade, with 850 wineries in Washington and nearly 700 in Oregon — many of them boutique operations producing award-winning wines. Oregon is known for its pinot noir and pinot gris while Washington is associated with big reds like cabernet sauvignon and syrah and whites such as riesling and chardonnay.
Won’t you join us for this fantastic voyage next October. Space is extremely limited on this small ship so please contact me as soon as possible to secure your cabin.

Unforgettable Events

Tauck Events

What happens when you combine Tauck’s 87+ years of travel expertise
with once-in-a-lifetime, history-making experiences?

Unforgettable Events, Impossible to Replicate, Uniquely Tauck – Filling Fast

Imagine making it possible for you… to dine in an exclusive art-filled gallery in the Vatican Museums traditionally reserved for heads of state or church officials… or ring in the New Year with a gala dinner in the ballroom of a famous star-studded Hollywood hotel that annually hosts the glamorous Golden Globe Awards… or listen to a keynote address by The Civil War filmmaker Ken Burns during a cocktail reception and a private after-hours tour of the National Archives in Washington, DC…

You can do this and more by booking a Tauck Event where once-in-a-lifetime experiences make Tauck Events, including the Celebration of RosesRoman Holiday and The Civil War Event, one-of-a-kind anywhere in the world.

Unique travel experiences based in one destination and built around cultural, historical or sports-oriented themes, Tauck Events showcase what Tauck does best – offering authentic, theme-driven experiences that inspire learning and create an emotional connection with the topic and destination. Small group sightseeing tracks – featuring Tauck’s uncommon access to places and experiences you can’t have on your own, behind-the-scenes insights from noted experts, and personalized service by Tauck Directors – are highlighted with extraordinary gala evening events in places not privately accessible to the public – and virtually impossible to replicate.

Limited space is still available, but is filling fast. Book today!


Celebration of Roses
Celebration of Roses,
featuring a gala New Years
Eve Party in Beverly Hills,
Grandstand Seats at the Rose
Parade and optional tickets to
the Rose Bowl

Dec 9, 2012 – Jan 2, 2013
4 nights, priced from $3790
per person, double

Roman Holiday
Roman Holiday,
highlighted by Taucks private
dinner in the Vatican Museums,
visits inside private palaces and
cocktails and dinner in Ancient
Rome at Cinecitt Studios

October 25 – 30, 2012
5 nights, priced from $4,990
per person, double

The Tauck Civil War Event
The Tauck Civil War Event,
featuring an evening with
Ken Burns at the National
Archives, and a lecture by
historian Harold Holzer at the
National Building Museum

October 14 – 18, 2012
4 nights, priced from $3,990
per person, double

Tauck World Discovery Tauck Small Ship Cruising Tauck Riverboat Cruising
Tauck Bridges Tauck Events Tauck Culturious


Just back from Travel Weekly conference in lovely Seattle. After some great seminars and meetings with very interesting suppliers, I took time to visit the beautiful Fairmont Olympic Hotel (a Virtuoso preferred property which gives our clients special rates, VIP amenities, free breakfast, complimentary upgrades and more) . I then took the great little monorail to the Space Needle for fabulous views of Mt. Rainer, the Cascade Mountains, Olympic Peninsula and San Juan Islands – this city certainly is in a stunning location! At the foot of the Space Needle, the incredible Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit is a definite must see for all visitors to this beautiful city.

California Dreamin' on bike or on foot...

If you are looking for some activity on your next vacation, one of these biking or hiking programs will have you enjoying every minute and feeling fit! Call us for full itinerary details and more information…..

California Dreamin’
Big Sur Biking Trips NEW! Big Sur Coast: Monterey to Santa BarbaraSuspended above the Pacific and hugging the edge of the continent, this is one of the most spectacular routes in the state. And a ride that every cyclist should experience. From dramatic coast and majestic redwoods to historic missions and charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, a breathtaking adventure awaits.

Not to be missed: Bike famous 17 Mile Drive along “the greatest meeting of land and water in the world,” then test your legs on the cliff-clinging Cabrillo Highway past wind-torn cypresses.

Death Valley Trips Death Valley: California’s Mojave DesertThere’s no better way than biking and hiking with Backroads to experience the rich palette, surreal geography and many moods of this fascinating national park. Pedal across shimmering salt flats. Amble among rainbow-colored rock formations. Discover volcanic craters and giant sand dunes. Then capture the panorama—and maybe even a stunning desert sunset—from a red tail hawk’s perspective at dramatic Zabriskie Point.

Not to be missed: How low can you go? Descend to Badwater, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level.

Yosemite trips Yosemite: Natural Wonders of the Sierra NevadaWelcome to 761,266 acres of “Wow!” Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees—the grandeur of Yosemite is almost overwhelming. Exploring actively with Backroads, you’ll appreciate the park from all perspectives. Soak up jaw-dropping vistas from Glacier Point, while savoring mountain air perfumed with ponderosa and cedar. Stroll among the largest sequoias in the park. And get cozy at the iconic Ahwahnee Hotel, a National Historic Landmark.

Not to be missed: Marvel at Grizzly Giant—no, it’s not a bear, but an awe-inspiring sequoia, some 2,000 years old with a base diameter of 30 feet!

Backroads Wine Country Biking trips Wine Country: Through Napa & Sonoma Vineyards, Redwoods & CoastSavor every drop of your visit to Wine Country as you cycle, sip and Shiatsu your way through the renowned valleys of Sonoma, Russian River, Alexander, Dry Creek and Napa. Just as there’s a vintage to suit every palate here, there’s a diversion for every interest: country roads perfect for biking, welcoming wineries, sensational cuisine, chic galleries and luxury spas.

Not to be missed: Find heaven at the Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, where you’re treated to the Roman Bathing Ritual—an exfoliating shower, warm bath, hot bath, herbal steam, sauna and rehydrating drinks.

Wine Country weekend biking trips Wine Country Weekend: Through Alexander & Dry Creek ValleysJoin us for the ultimate three-day wine country getaway. You’ll side-step the crowds and savor much of what makes this pocket of Northern California one of our favorite places: gorgeous vineyard vistas, quiet country roads, gourmet meals and elegant hotels. And connoisseurs and casual sippers alike will delight in uncovering some of the region’s premier wineries.

Not to be missed: If you love fine cuisine, you won’t want to miss our dinner at the Madrona Manor, whose chef has been awarded a coveted Michelin star!

California Wine Country Singles camping trips
NEW! 100+ Singles in California’s Wine CountryBe sure not to miss out on our exclusive one-time-only Bike, Camp & Fiesta trip coming up in California’s Wine Country from September 30 to October 5. Imagine having the time of your life biking, wine tasting, hiking, dancing, dining and laughing with 100+ like-minded singles. Best of all—thanks to the camaraderie that flows naturally on every Backroads adventure—you’re sure to leave the trip with new friends. So come join us and experience it for yourself!

Your Next Amazing Travel Adventure is Here!

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Celebrate the Inaugural of a Queen

Great American Steamboat Company
Celebrate the inaugural of a Queen
7-night Voyage
Memphis to Cincinnati
Departs April 27, 2012
DAY 1:
Depart Memphis, TN
DAY 2:
DAY 3:
DAY 4:
Henderson, KY
DAY 5:
DAY 6:
Louisville, KY
DAY 7:
Madison, KY
DAY 8:
Arrive Cincinnati, OH
The whistle blows. The paddlewheel churns. The calliope plays. As the champagne flows, get ready for the celebration of a lifetime onboard the grand American Queen.

You are invited to join us and be one of the select few to experience our very special christening voyage. Together, we will be among the first lucky travelers to make history, on theAmerican Queen’s Inaugural Voyages which will be filled with many special surprises.

You will be treated as honored guests as you step aboard the most opulent and legendary riverboat ever built, the fabled Steamer American Queen. With luxurious staterooms, extraordinary dining overseen by famed American chef Regina Charboneau, superb showboat style entertainment, and an All-American crew, we think that you will agree that theAmerican Queen offers a river cruise experience like no other.

SPECIAL BENEFITS: 2 night luxury hotel stay in Historic Memphis,
Welcome Barbeque Dinner at Charles Vergo’s world-famous Rendezvous,
Gala Christening Ceremony and Inaugural Ball, Special Onboard Events
Hosted by Senior Executives, Commemorative Keepsake Gift
, Performances by the Harry James Orchestra INCLUDED ON ALL VOYAGES: Free one night luxury
hotel stay before your voyage
, Free shore excursions,
Complimentary wine and beer with dinner, free bottled water, soft drinks
and specialty coffees, cappuccino and espresso throughout your voyage and
much more!
Special Derby Day party at the Seelbach Hotel,
Gourmet cuisine by celebrated American, Chef Regina Charboneau,
The most opulent riverboat ever built,
The Best Value in All-American Vacations


Sail From America’s Newest Homeports

Great American Steamboat Company
Home Port Advantage
A dream vacation has never been so convenient!
Home Port Advantage


A voyage through the heartland of American has never been so luxurious nor enriching and it’s never been more convenient either. With departures from iconic cities such as New Orleans, Memphis,

St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh,

St Paul, Louisville, Chattanooga and Vicksburg, the grand American Queen is never more than a leisurely few-hours drive or train ride away.

We even offer convenient and affordable connecting luxury-motorcoach service between port cities and special rates on Hertz #1 Gold one-way rentals and Amtrak fares.

Your dream journey of a lifetime awaits – call us today for more details

A Sampling of Our Homeport Itineraries
NEW ORLEANS Roundtrip New Orleans
New Orleans April 13-19, 2012 6nts Southern Culture
May 22-29, 2012 7nts Springtime on the River
May 29-June 4, 2012 6nts Springtime on the River
June 4-9, 2012 5nts Southern Culture
June 9-16, 2012 7nts Springtime on the River
June 16-21, 2012 5nts Southern Culture
Nov. 19-25, 2012 6nts Thanksgiving
New Orleans- Memphis
April 19-21,2012 8nts Southern Culture
June 21-28, 2012 7nts Music of the ’50s
Nov. 25-Dec.2, 2012 7nts Old Fashioned Holidays
Dec. 9-16, 2012 7nts Old Fashioned Holidays
Dec. 21- 28, 2012 7nts Old Fashioned Holidays
MEMPHIS Memphis – New Orleans
May 15-22, 2012 7nts Springtime on the River
Dec. 2-9, 2012 7nts Old Fashioned Holidays
Dec. 14-21, 2012 7nts Old Fashioned Holidays
Dec. 28 – Jan. 4, 2013 7nts Old Fashioned Holidays
Memphis – St. Louis
June 28 – July 5, 2012 7nts Fourth of July
Memphis – Cincinnati
Apr. 27 – May 4, 2012 7nts Belle Race
ST. LOUIS St. Louis – Louisville
St. Louis July 5 – 11, 2012 7nts Fourth of July
St. Louis – St. Paul
Sept. 14-21, 2012 7nts Fall Foliage
Sept. 28 – Oct. 5, 2012 7nts Fall Foliage
Oct. 12- 19, 2012 7nts Fall Foliage
Oct. 29 – Nov. 5, 2012 7nts Fall Foliage
St. Louis – New Orleans
Nov. 12-19, 2012 7nts Old Fashioned Holidays
ST. PAUL Roundtrip St. Paul
St. Paul Oct. 19-22, 2012 3nts Fall Foliage
St. Paul – St. Louis
Sept 21-28, 2012 7nts Fall Foliage
Oct. 5 – 12, 2012 7nts Fall Foliage
Oct. 22 – 29, 2012 7nts Fall Foliage
Nov. 5-12, 2012 7nts Fall Foliage
starting from $1695

Call us now to plan A Fabulous vacation on the American Queen – so close to home.

Celebrate the Holidays in Style!


Lake Placid LodgeLake Placid, NY
Be Thankful at Lake Placid Lodge
Enjoy a special feast and daily activities this Thanksgiving.
Starts at $500
Cristallo Hotel Spa & GolfCortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
A Magical Christmas Offer
Spend 4 magical nights at Cristallo this holiday season.
Starts at €950
Ponta dos GanchosBrazil
Christmas with the Family in Brazil
Don’t miss this opportunity to bring the family along!
Starts at BRL 7,020
Hotel Fouquet’s BarriereParis
Celebrate Christmas and New Years in Paris
Spend an enchanting Christmas and New Year in the City of Lights.
Starts at €1020
Micato Safaris
Safari in Style This Holiday Season
Have a grand adventure with the World’s Best.
The Legian Bali
The Ultimate in Holiday Indulgence
Spoil yourself this holiday season at The Legian.
Starts at $2,700
Castiglion del BoscoTuscany, Italy
Christmas in Tuscany
Experience a traditional Italian Christmas
Starts at €1,730
Hotel Plaza Athenee, New York, New York
Classic Holiday Package
Enjoy the holiday sparkle of New York City this season.
Starts at $2,540


Sweet Southern Charm - Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans

While we do offer you opportunities for  adventures  in exotic places all over the world, we also can arrange outstanding vacations for you much closer to home all over the USA. No passports required!

Here are just a few exciting options for you to consider…….

America By EP Map 09 2011



Charleston Collage

Charleston, South Carolina is a southern gem with a storied history set in the center of Carolina low country. Known for the locals’ courtesy, Charleston has been named “Most Mannerly City in America ” so many times that it was retired from the competition.

Enjoy the Southern hospitality as you explore the rich traditions of the Holy City.

Be transported to Charleston of Rhett Butler when you visit the preserved historic homes and plantations, explore the Gullah culture distinctive to the area, and hop onto a boat for a ride around Charleston Harbor to get a view of the city’s unique skyline, dotted with steeples from the numerous churches that earned the city its nickname.

Let yourself be embraced by the hospitality of the city and its people while marveling at the beauty and history all around you.


Savannah Collage

Savannah, Georgia is often called the “Hostess City of the South”, which is no surprise thanks to her charm and warm, welcoming inhabitants.

Located along the Atlantic coast, its beautiful views and rich culture will be sure to captivate you. Come and explore all it has to offer through its historic architecture, trendy downtown, and noteworthy sites. Sip a beer on the sidewalk at one of its many micro-breweries as the sweet southern sun beats down, browse through the breathtaking art galleries, and get a glimpse into the haunted streets and buildings of the city.

Explore Savannah’s war past with trips to its most notable sites and museums, delight in some savory southern cuisine, and take in a nighttime show at one of the city’s many theaters.

Just a short ride away, be escorted to the sandy beaches of the area as you soak up the sun and beautiful scenery. Hop onto a boat for a tour of the area, complete with its forts, lighthouses and friendly dolphins.

Through this three day tour of Savannah, you will be sure to see why it is considered one of the friendliest places in the United States.


NOLA Collage

The Crescent City. The Big Easy. The City That Care Forgot. Nawlins. NOLA. No matter what you call it, the city of New Orleans, Louisiana has one of the richest and most unique cultures of any other city in the entire United States.

Roam the streets of the world famous French Quarter as you take in the sights and sounds that will bombard you. Sip on a vitalizing coffee at Café du Monde, take in a bit of shopping in the unique boutiques, and have a taste of some spicy and savory seafood as you enjoy some delicious Cajun and Creole cooking.

Soak up concerts in the many music clubs that the birthplace of Jazz boasts, get a behind the scenes look at the renowned Mardi Gras celebration, marvel at the beautiful Saint Louis cathedral, and take a tour of the unique cemeteries of the city that lay below sea level.

For your final day, wander a bit out of the city to explore the rest of southern Louisiana culture with a trip to some of the area’s most famous plantation homes.

The beauty and originality of the architecture will stun you, and the history is unparalleled. After exploring the land, slip into the waters for a tour of the famous Louisiana swamps, complete with its various animals, Cyprus trees and unique Cajun villages.

With your three day tour of the city, the good times are sure to roll!

So for a quick getaway to somewhere close to home, let us arrange a wonderful itinerary with some very special activities tailored to your  interests … we promise to surprise you!


Grand Canyon Vacation Packages

Grand Canyon Lookout
Spectacular views from Lookout Studio!
Grand Canyon Railway
The scenic Grand Canyon Railway!
Our Grand Canyon Packages include: Grand Canyon Discovery by Rail

10 days & 9 nights from $1599* per person

Explore the sites & sounds of Chicago, Santa Fe, Williams, the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff! The independent rail journey from our Amtrak Vacations brand includes rail, hotel, meals, sightseeing and more! 

Grand Canyon Experience

4 days & 3 nights from $579* per person

A fantastic way to experience the Grand Canyon and surrounding area – while not missing out on any of the important sites!  

Flagstaff Experience

3 days & 2 nights from $239* per person

A great way to travel scenic Route 66 – and a great add-on to your  Grand Canyon visit!  

Sedona Experience

3 days & 2 nights from $229* per person

The spectacular scenary of the northern Arizona red rocks will surround you in Sedona!  


In addition to the above customizable vacation packages, we can also secure the following for you:

  • Space at fantastic, unique properties like El Tovar, Kokopelli Suites in Sedona, and Little America in Flagstaff!
  • Transportation between all three destinations – or a car rental if you want to drive!
  • Amtrak coach class or sleeper accommodations to either Flagstaff or Williams from virtually any Amtrak station in the United States and Canada!
* Prices listed are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability at time of booking. 

For more details and to book your amazing Grand Canyon Vacation Package, call us to arrange all the details for you…our personalized service and individual attention to all the details assures you of a fabulous vacation experience at all times!