Upcoming Trips

Holland Tulip Festival and Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel

Holland Tulip Festival and Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel

Seven Days - Nine Meals

Departure Date:  May 3, 2014

$2,799 Double Occupancy ... Single Supplement $750

For a detailed itinerary, click the link below.

Mackinac Island, Holland Tulip Festival, the Grand Hotel and much more!




Pacific Northwest Gardens Tour

Pacific Northwest Gardens Tour

Featuring Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Victoria, BC, Canada and Vancouver, Canada

APRIL 27 – MAY 3, 2014

7 Days & 6 Nights

$1,999.00 Per Person, Double Occupancy

$2,499.00 Single Occupancy

Tour Price Includes:

  • Airport transfers, baggage handling
  • Round Trip airfare
  • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • 6 nights’ accommodations
  • 2 Dinners, 6 Breakfasts     
  • Admissions to over a dozen gardens!


Day 1, Apr 27 - Our journey into the majestic gardens of the Pacific Northwest begins when we land today in Portland, OR. We will hit the ground running and immerse ourselves in three beautiful sites right off the bat. The Pittock Mansion, a stunning illustration of Portland’s architecture on equally stunning grounds, the Portland Japanese Garden, which is known as one of the top five ‘most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan,’ and the Portland Rose Gardens, which include the International Rose Test Garden and an exceptional variety of roses. The day will conclude with a warm and inviting Welcome Dinner! Overnight in Portland, OR. (D)

Day 2, Apr 28 - Following breakfast, we will visit the Lan Su Garden which is the culmination of the creative collaboration between Portland and Suzhou, China. We will then bid farewell to Portland and hop on the deluxe coach bus and head to Seattle via Federal Way. Here we will view the elegant and calming Weyerhaeuser Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection which houses over 60 unique bonsai, and the Rhododendron Garden which has more than 700 varieties of Rhododendrons on display from around the world. Overnight in Seattle, WA. (CB)

Day 3, Apr 29 - After enjoying breakfast, we will spend an exciting day immersed in Seattle's history! We will start with a visit to the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks where we will see a one-of-a-kind processional of ships and learn of the locks’ history. Next up is a true taste of Seattle: the famous Pike Place Market with shops and an experience like no other. Time permitting, we will get to learn even more about the city with a Seattle City Tour, and we will do our best to make Seattle’s Underground Tour an available option as well.  Additionally, those who are interested may also visit Space Needle on their own. In the afternoon we will have a truly unique experience with a taste of artful gardens combined with extraordinary blown glass at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Overnight in Seattle, WA. (CB)

Day 4, Apr 30 - Following breakfast on Day 4, grab your passport as we continue on our journey! We will take the scenic ferry route from Tsawwassen into Victoria, BC, Canada. Upon arriving in Victoria, we will visit our first Canadian garden at the Finnerty Gardens at the University of Victoria, which are marked by their wide variety of Azaleas and Rhododendrons. Overnight in Victoria, BC, Canada. (CB)

Day 5, May 1 - Waking up to a delicious breakfast in Victoria, Day 5 is packed with extraordinary gardens. We begin at the world-renowned Butchart Garden with an exquisite variety of the world’s most striking flowers, followed by the secluded serenity of the Abkhazi Home and Garden. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Government House Grounds and Gardens, highlighting flowers native to British Columbia; as well as the Hatley National Park whose distinctive quality is the large number of impressively-sized heritage trees. Time permitting, we will also view the Empress Hotel and Grounds, especially their roses. Overnight in Victoria, BC, Canada. (CB)

Day 6, May 2 - Our final full day begins with breakfast to prepare us for a full day of gardens and travel, beginning with a trip to our final destination of Vancouver, Canada. Upon arriving in Vancouver we will visit the beloved Queen Elizabeth Park, which is exquisitely maintained and the highest point in Vancouver, promising stunning views both in and around the park. Next we will come to the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, made unique by its extraordinarily soothing and meditative feel created by the simple harmony of rock, water, plants and architecture.  The day concludes with a farewell dinner; a culmination of the adventures and friendships forged this week. Overnight in Vancouver, Canada. (CB, D)

Day 7, May 3 - It may be the final day of the trip, but it's not over just yet! Following breakfast, we will have the pleasure of visiting the picturesque Van Dusen Botanical Garden known for its vast landscape. Finally, we will visit the unique Nitobe Japanese Memorial Garden which will transport you to Japan with its intricate and unique take on a classic set of plant life. From there we will head to the airport, where you will board your flight home; your mind filled with images of the unforgettable gardens you have seen, and unforgettable friends you have made. (CB)

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P.O. Box 69

Sunland, CA 91041

(818) 353-7726


Lake Havasu Balloon Festival 2015

Lake Havasu Balloon Festival

January 15th-17th, 2015

$TBA this summer

This is a tour that your travel club offers every year.  Watch your newsletter for a detailed itinerary. 


Venice and the Italian Lakes

Venice & the Italian Lakes

featuring 7 nights on Lake Como

9 Days  November 5, 2014

Tour Highlights

•7 Nights in Lecco, Italy on Lake Como

•Milan City Tour

•Milan Duomo

•Lake Como Cruise



•Romeo & Juliet Balcony

•Verona Arena


•Venice Gondola Ride

•Doge’s Palace & St. Marks Basillica

•Lugano, Switzerland

•Monte Bre Cable Car

•Italian Motors & Flavors optional

•Stresa optional



•Roundtrip Airfare - PHX

•Int’l Air Departure Taxes/Fuel Surcharges

•10 Meals:

         7 - Breakfasts & 3 - Dinners

•Professional Tour Director

•Motorcoach Transportation 

•Admissions per Itinerary

•Comprehensive Sightseeing

•Baggage Handling



• 7 Nights First Class Hotels

7 Nights - Hotel NH Pontevecchio,

Lecco, Italy (Lake Como)




Tour Rates

$2999 per person double

$500       single supplement



DAY 1: Overnight Flight to Europe/Italy

Today board your overnight flight to Europe.


DAY 2: Arrive Milan

Arrive in Milan (MXP), meet your Tour Director and enjoy a Milan City Tour featuring the Duomo di Milano, which took 6 centuries to complete and is the 5th largest cathedral in the world. Transfer to your hotel in Lecco on Lake Como this afternoon for a 7 night stay.  This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Meal: (D)                                               Overnight: Lecco


DAY 3: Como - Bellagio

Today enjoy a scenic Lake Como Cruise to one of the most famous resort towns in Italy, Bellagio.  The village is characterized by century-old buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares. Enjoy some time to explore Bellagio at your own pace before returning to Lecco.  Tonight enjoy dinner on your own.

Meal: (B)                                                Overnight: Lecco


DAY 4: Verona

After breakfast travel to Verona where a guided tour  reveals that this city is second only to Rome in its number of Roman ruins. Pastel villas, built from rosso di Verona, the local pink limestone, line the cobbled streets.  See the famed Romeo & Juliet Balcony that inspired Shakespeare’s tale of love gone tragically wrong. Also enjoy visit to the Verona Arena, a Roman amphitheater which is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performances given there.  Tonight enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.

Meals: (B, D)                         Overnight: Lecco


DAY 5: Venice

Today travel to Venice, one of the most unique cities in the world built on 117 islands with 150 canals and 400 bridges. Start your Venice Tour with a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, the most famous square in Venice to see St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace, a pink marble Gothic masterpiece containing a precious art collection, the Clock Tower and the Bridge of Sighs. Also enjoy the quintessential Venetian experience – a Venice Gondola Ride on the canals.   Later enjoy a Venetian glass making demonstration.  The afternoon enjoy a bit of leisure time to wander through this exceptional city.  Return to Lecco and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Meal: (B)                                                Overnight: Lecco


DAY 6: Day at Leisure -

Italian Motors & Flavors optional

Enjoy the day at leisure in Lecco. Maybe stroll along city streets to shop and enjoy a tasty pizzeria lunch.  A full day Italian Motors & Flavors optional tour will be available.  Travel south to  Maranello and visit the Ferrari Museum.  The museum is a collection of history and achievement of the famed brand.  Continue and experience some of the staples of Italian cuisine.  Italy’s black gold or Balsamic Vinegar has been produced in this region for centuries using tradition recipes.  Learn how it is produced and have a chance to sample some for yourself.  Later, learn about Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese production which is also produced in the region.  Return to Lecco and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Meal: (B)                                                Overnight: Lecco


DAY 7: Lugano, Switzerland

This morning travel to Lugano, Switzerland, an Italian-style city set on the edge of a bejeweled lake with views of the not-too-distant Alps.  Enjoy a tour of Lugano and some free time to explore on your own.  Appreciate the splendor of the Bernese and Vallese Alps as seen from the top of Switzerland’s sunniest mountain as you enjoy your ride on the Monte Bre Cable Car. From the top, enjoy the stunning views of Lake Lugano and surrounding mountains from the panoramic terraces.  Return to Lecco and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Meal: (B)                                                Overnight: Lecco


DAY 8: Day at Leisure - Stresa optional

Enjoy the day at leisure in Lecco.  An optional tour to Stresa will be available.  Travel through the Italian Lake District to Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiore.  Enjoy a short boat ride to Isola Bella, perhaps the most admired destination on Lake Maggiore, derives its fame from its stunning Baroque palace and elaborate Italian gardens. Enjoy a guided visit to the palace and time to enjoy the gardens.  Travel back to Stresa and enjoy a brief tour and some time to enjoy on your own before returning to Lecco.  This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner featuring great food and wine.

Meals: (B, D)                         Overnight: Lecco


DAY 9: Flight Home

This morning transfer to Milan (MXP) for your flight home with wonderful memories of Italy.           

Meal: (B)

International Tour Reservation Information


Payment of the per person Cancellation Waiver (waiver fee) guarantees full refund on all payments (including deposit), except the waiver fee itself, made for tour rates in case of cancellation up to the time & date of departure due to the passenger’s personal illness (medical documentation required) or death of a member of the immediate family (official documentation required).  If the passenger must return early due to the passenger’s personal illness or death of a member of the immediate family, payment of the waiver fee guarantees a refund for the unused services. Payment of the waiver fee guarantees your return air transportation utilizing your original airlines tickets with no additional supplement.  The waiver does not cover return transportation costs other than return air transportation utilizing original airline tickets. The waiver fee is fully refundable until 180 days prior to departure.  The waiver fee does not cover any single supplement charges which arise from an individual’s traveling companion electing to cancel for any reason prior to departure. The waiver is non-transferable and valid for each applicant only. The waiver does not cover any services such as airline tickets not purchased through Premier World Discovery.  Post Departure coverage (Accident/Medical) is included.  Brief description of coverage/benefits:

Part A - Cancellation Waiver (Up to Trip Cost) 

Part B - Post Departure Plan:  Trip Delay ($100/Day-Max $500), Baggage & Personal Effects ($2,000), Baggage Delay ($100/Day-Max $500), Emergency Accident/Sickness Medical Expense ($30,000), Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation ($50,000), Accidental Death & Dismemberment ($25,000), Emergency Travel Assistance (24/7-Included).  All Cancellations, Claims & Inquiries under Part A will be handled by Premier World Discovery.  All Claims & Inquiries under Part B will be handled by the Plan B Administrator.  Full policy details available.  Please note that your cancelled check or credit card statement will serve as your receipt for the policy.

Cancellation Waiver & Post Departure Plan - $250 per person



Cancellations not covered by the waiver or if the waiver is not purchased, are subject to the following per person fees:

 - Cancel more than 180 days prior to departure:      Full Refund

 - Cancel 179-75 days prior to departure:                    Deposit or Waiver is Retained

 - Cancel 74-45 days prior to departure:                           25% of total price

 - Cancel 44-15 days prior to departure:                           50% of total price

 - Cancel 14 days or less prior to departure/no shows:             No refunds



Premier World Tours LLC dba Premier World Discovery (hereafter PWD), whose vouchers are used by respective agents for the passenger in all matters pertaining to hotel accommodations, sightseeing tours and transportation, hold themselves free of responsibility for any damages occasioned from any cause whatsoever.  PWD will not be responsible for any damages or inconvenience caused by late arrivals, departures and change of schedule or other conditions nor will they be responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time the passenger is not on board their conveyance.  The passage contract in use by the airline concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airline and the purchaser of this tour/cruise, and/or passenger.  PWD does not hold any responsibility for the conduct of any of its members, hotel, motorcoach, cruiseline, train, airline or other personnel.  PWD reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of a tour/cruise at its discretion.  PWD &/or its Tour Director retain the right to require any participant to withdraw from a tour/cruise at any time, if determined to be in the best interests of health, safety & general welfare of the tour/cruise group or of the individual participant.  Arbitration - I/We agree, any and all disputes concerning this contract or any other material concerning the trip, or the trip itself must be resolved exclusively pursuant to binding arbitration in the state of California, pursuant to the then current rules of the American Arbitration Association.  Payment of the deposit for this tour/cruise constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.  Itinerary and hotels are subject to change.          CST #2048841-40



A valid passport is required for this tour and is the responsibility of each passenger.  Passports should be valid for up to six (6) months beyond the travel dates.  All names must be submitted to Premier exactly as they appear on passenger passports.



$650 Air Taxes/Fees/Fuel Charges are included in tour rates but subject to change until paid in full.


A deposit of $500 per person is due with

reservation form to secure reservations. 

Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure. 



Venice & the Italian Lakes

November 5,  2014 / Booking #78892

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TJ’s Travel Club for Seniors                                                                                                                                TJ’s Travel Club for Seniors

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Gilbert, AZ 85234                                                                                                                                               

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