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Munich's Oktoberfest and Danube River Cruise

Munich’s Oktoberfest & Danube River Cruise

Featuring 2 Nights in a Bavarian Village & 7 Nights aboard the Amadeus Queen

October 2nd-12th, 2018 (11 Days)

A deposit of $500 is due with reservations. 

Final payment is due by July 2nd, 2018.

Booking Discount—Deposit by February 28th, 2018, and make your final payment by check prior to July 2, 2018 to receive a $100 per person discount.   

Category E—$4999 per person (Double Occupancy)

Category D—$5299 per person (Double Occupancy)

Category C—$5795 per person (Double Occupancy)

Category B—$5999 per person (Double Occupancy)

Category A—$6199 per person (Double Occupancy)

Cities & Ports:

Bavaria, Munich & Oktoberfest

Bavaria is one of the oldest states in Europe, dating back to the 6th century A.D.  Home to 12.5 million inhabitants, Bavaria is a land rich in natural beauty, cultural heritage, lively traditions and cozy hospitality.  The picturesque villages, medieval towns and the Bavarian capital city of Munich are the epitome of authenticity.  We’ll travel to Munich & Oktoberfest, and begin with a Munich City Tour, featuring views of Olympic Park and a visit to the famous Marian Platz, home to the fourth largest glockenspiel in the world.  We’ll stop at a local Bavarian Restaurant & Beer Hall for a traditional lunch with an included ‘bier.’  After lunch your motorcoach will take you to experience Munich’s legendary Oktoberfest at your own pace.  They’ve been brewing ‘liquid bread’ here for 3000 years and they do it better than anyone else.  Enjoy time on you own to stroll the festival grounds and indulge in the unique and amazing atmosphere of Oktoberfest.  Be sure to sample the brew and feast on Bavarian food and specialties, as you discover an array of Munich’s history and culture. 

Passau

Passau is one of Germany’s oldest cities.  Situated at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers, Passau is a beautiful fairy-tale town with a history dating back more than 2,000 years.  During an included walking tour, admire graceful arcades, cobblestone streets and see the Baroque Cathedral of St. Stephen.

Regensburg

Situated in Eastern Bavaria, Regensburg, founded by the Romans in 179 A.D., is one of Germany’s oldest towns.  Today it is a prosperous city with three universities and many landmarks dated to the Middle Ages.  Enjoy a Regensburg Walking Tour through one of the most visited cities in Germany and its Medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Vienna

For over 6,000 years, the magnificent baroque capital city of Vienna was the seat of the mighty Hapsburg Emperors, a heritage that has bestowed it with many dazzling palaces and monuments: the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House and the majestic Ringstrasse.  The capital is also known as the “City of Music” for having once been the home of composers such as Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart and Johann Strauss.  On your included city tour, see some of the famous sights of this impressive city.  Later enjoy some time at leisure, or maybe visit the Schoenbrunn Palace. 

Bratislava

On an included panoramic tour of the city, see the imposing Bratislava Castle built more than 1,000 years ago, the National Slovakian Theatre and Blumenthal Church.  After passing through the Vienna Gate, discover Bratislava’s charming old quarter on foot.

Budapest

One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Budapest straddles both banks of the Danube, and is linked by seven bridges; including Chain and Elizabeth Bridges.  An included sightseeing tour presents you with a fantastic opportunity to become acquainted with Hungary’s beautiful capital.  Enjoy a photo stop at Gellert Hill, see historic Buda Castle, 500-year old Matthias Church, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the distinctive Fisherman’s Bastion and the marvelous Royal Palace. 

Inclusions & Highlights:

¨ Roundtrip Airfare

¨ 2 Nights Hotel-Bavarian Village (outside Munich)

¨ 7-Night Cruise—Outside Cabin

¨ 23 Meals (9-B, 7-L, 7-D)

¨ PWD Tour/Cruise Manager

¨ Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks with Onboard Dinners

¨ Welcome & Farewell Dinners

¨ Ship Staff

¨ Baggage Handling

¨ International Air Taxes/Fuel Fees & Port Charges

¨ Hotel & Ship Transfers

¨ 7 Included Shore Excursions/Tours

¨ Munich’s Oktoberfest & City Tour with Bavarian Restaurant and Beer Hall Lunch

¨ Passau Walking Tour

¨ Regensburg Walking Tour

¨ Melk Abbey, Durnstein Tour & Wine Tasting

¨ Vienna Tour

¨ Bratislava Tour

¨ Budapest Tour

¨ 4-Themed Onboard Entertainment Events

¨ Viennese Quartet Performance

¨ Oktoberfest Night

¨ Gala Farewell Dinner

¨ Hungarian Folklore Show 

Day One:  Depart US—Overnight Flight

Day Two:  Arrive Munich 

Meet our PWD Tour/Cruise Manager.  Transfer to your hotel for 2-night Bavarian Village stay outside of Munich. 

Welcome Drink at hotel.  Overnight —Bad Gogging

Day Three:  Munich City Tour & Oktoberfest 

Morning Munich City Tour and Bavarian Restaurant & Beer Hall Lunch.   Afternoon experience Munich’s Oktoberfest

at your own pace.  Meals B & L  Overnight—Bad Gogging

Day Four:  Passau—Board MS Amadeus Queen 

Travel via motorcoach and enjoy a Passau Walking Tour.  Board the MS Amadeus Queen for 7 nights—

Welcome Dinner Onboard.  Meals B & D  Overnight MS Amadeus Queen

Day Five:  Regensburg

Regensburg Walking Tour.  Afternoon at leisure in Regensburg—Weltenburg Monastery Optional.  Onboard Oktoberfest Night—Bier Garden, Bavarian Entertainment & Dinner.  Meals—B, L, S & D  Overnight MS Amadeus Queen

Day Six:  Danube Crossing

Danube Crossing or Salzburg Optional Full Day.  Morning stop in Passau—Ship departs for Linz. 

Meals—B,L,S & D  Overnight MS Amadeus Queen

Day Seven:  Melk & Durnstein-Vienna

Melk Abbey, Durnstein Walking Tour & Wine Tasting.  Afternoon Cruising to Vienna.  Evening arrival in Vienna—

Vienna by Night Optional Tour.  Meals—B,L,S & D  Overnight MS Amadeus Queen

Day Eight:  Vienna

Afternoon at leisure in Vienna—Schoenbrunn Palace Optional.  Viennese Quartet Performance Onboard. 

Meals—B,L,S & D  Overnight MS Amadeus Queen

Day Nine:  Bratislava

Morning Bratislava City Tour.  Afternoon at leisure in Bratislava—Gala Farewell Dinner Onboard. 

Meals—B,L,S & D  Overnight MS Amadeus Queen

Day Ten:  Budapest

Morning Budapest City Tour.  Afternoon at your leisure in Budapest—Budapest Horse Farm Optional. 

Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Lights Cruise.  Meals—B,L,S & D  Overnight MS Amadeus Queen

Day Eleven:  Budapest—Flights Home

Disembark Budapest & Transfer to the Budapest Airport or Prague Extension.  Meal—B

B-Breakfast  L-Lunch  D-Dinner Onboard w/local Wines/Draft Beer/Soft Drinks 

S-Snacks Onboard afternoon and/or evening  

 

 

 

 

Highway 12 The All American Road and Grand Escalante National Monument

Highway 12 All American Road & Grand Escalante National Monument

September  5th-7th, Tuesday-Thursday

$468 (Based Upon Double Occupancy)

Day One:  We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee & goodies on our way to Cameron Trading Post for lunch on self.  A true Travel Club favorite, Cameron Trading Post—nestled along the Colorado River and just 30 minutes south of the Grand Canyon, has been catering to Arizona tourists since the early 1900’s.  They serve great food at moderate prices, and they have a huge menu with something for everyone.  After lunch it’s back on the bus and we’ll hit it for Kanab, Utah—an incredibly scenic drive that takes us through Navajo land with views of Marble Canyon, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam and more.  After checking into our hotel, we’ll take a little time for a refresh, before heading out to round up some dinner on self, and later we’ll enjoy a free evening. 

Day Two:  Breakfast is included at the hotel.  After breakfast we’re back on the bus headed for Utah’s famous Highway 12, a designated All American Road—in a state that boasts 5 spectacular national parks, 7 jaw dropping national monuments, 43 state parks, two national recreation areas, and countless Bureau of Land Management recreation sites.  Highway 12 passes through red Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and over Boulder Mountain in the Dixie National Forest, finally ending near the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park.  It is 120 miles of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and the only paved road that runs through 1.9 million acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  Just to be clear, National Parks and National Monuments are both administered by the National Park Service, and are both identical in their function and purpose.  Both are types of federally protected lands, and share the common goal of preserving and protecting significant natural and cultural resources.  The major difference between a park and a monument is the manner in which they are created.  A park is established through an Act of Congress, and the land may originate from a variety of sources, including public and private land.  A national monument is established by Presidential proclamation, and this land is to be taken only from existing public (federal) ownership.  That being said, Bill Clinton designated Grand Staircase-Escalante as a National Monument, and at 1.9 million acres it is the largest National Monument in the nation.  Our plan is to make it to Torrey, Utah, gateway to Capitol Reef, for a late lunch.  We’ll stop along the way for photo ops and snacks!  After lunch on self, it’s back on the bus and we’ll enjoy a loop trip returning to Kanab on the highway.  Back at the hotel, we’ll take some time for a refresh before we head out to wrangle up some grub, and later we’ll enjoy a free evening.   

Day Three:  Breakfast is included a the hotel, then it’s bags out, and we’re headed back to the Valley with plenty of incredible scenery and great stops along the way.  This is going to be the road trip of a lifetime!  Call in your reservations and come with us. 

 

 

 

Las Vegas for the Holiday

Las Vegas Holiday Extravaganza!

December 11th-13th  Monday-Wednesday

$499 (Based Upon Double Occupancy)

Day One:  We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee & goodies on our way to enjoy lunch on self at Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner, a true Travel Club favorite!  After lunch, it’s back on the bus and we’ll hightail it for Las Vegas, where we’ll check into the newly  renovated Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino.  We’ll have plenty of time for a refresh before gathering again for the award winning buffet dinner at the Golden Nugget, included.  After dinner the fun really begins.  Las Vegas ranks high as one of the nation’s top holiday destinations.  We’ll head for the Las Vegas Strip to tour the casinos, all trying to out-do each other with holiday decorations, lights and mega trees.  We’ll spend some time at the Bellagio, where the light show is performed to Christmas music and the atrium is done up so extravagantly for the holidays.  Over 140 horticulturists design and maintain the holiday display at the Bellagio—a dazzling arrangement of lit trees, ponds lined with poinsettias, bridges manned with life-sized carolers, and gazebos decked with flowers.  Later the evening is free to enjoy as you like and you know that what happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas!

Day Two: We’ll have breakfast on self at the hotel, and then it’s back on the bus and we’re off to enjoy a spectacular scenic drive through Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.  Just 15 miles west of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon offers the most incredible views of desert beauty, towering red cliffs and abundant wild life—a stark contrast to the bright lights and glitz of Las Vegas!  The sandstone rocks in the conservation area get their color from iron oxide, that has built up over the centuries to create the vibrant crimson colors that the canyon shows today.  This gorgeous conservation area is home to about 200 different animals, which include: burros, rabbits, coyotes, bighorn sheep, red tailed hawks, golden eagles, hummingbirds, wild horses, bobcats, and mountain lions, just to name a few!   Bring your cameras, because this beautiful canyon, located in the Mojave Desert, offers many lovely photo opportunities.  From here it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to Bonnie Springs Ranch.  This colorful and entertaining tourist attraction was originally built in 1843, as a stopover for the wagon trains going to California down the Old Spanish Trail. In 1846 General Fremont stopped by the Ranch to gear up for his trip through Death Valley.  Nowadays Bonnie Springs Ranch is known for their fantastic steak house and charming cocktail lounge.  We’ll swing through there to enjoy lunch on self, and then after lunch it’s back on the bus and we’ll head to our hotel for a refresh.  Later we’ll visit The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement.  This nonprofit is dedicated to the history of organized crime and it is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas!  We’ll take an interactive journey through true stories from the birth of the mob, up until today’s headlines.    Like it or not, this is American history, the continuing battle between the Mob and the law.  Early evening, we’ll head back to the Bellagio for the incredible buffet dinner, included.  Later still, we’ll enjoy a free evening, and with so much to do in Las Vegas, you might like to take in a show, do a little gambling—you name it!  

Day Three:  We’ll enjoy breakfast on self and then it’s bags out, and we’re back on the bus headed for the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Gardens, for an all out chocolate experience!  We’ll sample, we’ll see how chocolates are made, we’ll walk the paths of the garden, all done up for the holidays!  We’ll visit Ethel’s trendy chocolate lounge, sample the chocolate collection, gourmet apples, warm fondues, and chilled beverages!   From here, we’ll club style our way home, with a stop for lunch on self, and plenty of great sightseeing along the way.  Our holiday tours to Las Vegas are always a complete blast—don’t miss out on the fun!

 

 

Camp TJ in Rodeo New Mexico

Camp TJ in Rodeo, New Mexico

October 27th-30th, 2017 Friday—Monday

$599 Per Person (Based Upon Double Occupancy)

Camp TJ just got a whole lot swankier!  We’re on way to Rodeo, New Mexico and the Painted Pony Resort—the former estate of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur—and our luxurious headquarters for the next three nights.   We’ll have the whole place to ourselves, 750 acres of Hidalgo County in Southern New Mexico, an isolated area that they call the Boot Heel.  Rodeo is nestled between the Chiricahua and Pelencillo mountains—a former boom town, offering mostly mild weather year round.  Rich with history, Rodeo’s earliest inhabitants were the Mimbre Indians around 1000 AD.  Centuries later Coronado lead expeditions through this region and by the late 1800’s Rodeo’s booming economy drew the likes of the Earp brothers, the Clanton Gang, Billy the Kid, and Curly Bill Brocius.

Day One:  We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee & goodies, on our way to Tombstone—the Town Too Tough To Die—where we’ll enjoy lunch on self at the restaurant of your choice. We’ll take a minute after lunch to explore the streets of this notorious western town, before jumping back on the bus headed for beautiful Bisbee, Arizona.  This vibrant living ghost town is home to a rich art and music scene, along with an incredibly preserved history, surrounded by natural beauty.  We’ll take a little time to explore the charming downtown streets, home to galleries, antique shops, book stores and coffee houses.  Later in the afternoon we’ll hightail it for Rodeo, New Mexico and the Painted Pony Resort.  We’ll take a little time to refresh before gathering on the courtyard for Happy Hour, followed by dinner, and it’s all included.  The evening is yours to enjoy as you like, with festivities continuing on the courtyard, and an opportunity to explore the many amenities of this fantastic estate—including a heated pool and hot tub, along with a cozy great room and a big screen TV. 

Day Two:  Wake up and smell the coffee on the courtyard, where breakfast will be served, and it’s all included.  After breakfast we’ll set out to explore Cave Creek Canyon, nestled in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona.  This is a land of such magnificent cliffs, flowing streams and wildlife, that it is often called “Arizona’s Yosemite.”   The Chiricahua Mountains makeup Arizona’s largest sky island, an area of rich biodiversity, home to animals and plants found nowhere else in the United States.  Many exotic birds from south of the border are spotted in the Chiricahuas.  Later we’ll head into Douglas, Arizona to enjoy lunch on self at The Casa Segovia at the Gadsden Hotel.  This great favorite with the locals offers a super affordable menu of burgers and sandwiches and traditional Mexican fare.  We’ll take some time to explore the 110 year old Gadsden Hotel, a true National Treasure, famous for providing gracious hospitality at a time when Wyatt Earp, Geronimo and Pancho Villa rode rough shod over the west.  A Tiffany stained glass mural runs a full 42 feet on one mezzanine wall of the lobby, one of the few western scenes created by Tiffany & Co. A gorgeous stained glass skylight looms overhead, with everything centering around the grand staircase and massive columns made of white Italian marble. Late afternoon we’ll return to the resort for Happy Hour, dinner and festivities, and it’s all included.

Day Three:  Rise and shine, because breakfast is included on the courtyard.  Later we’ll head into Silver City, New Mexico—a true Travel Club favorite destination!  We’ll enjoy lunch on self in the historic downtown area before hopping back on the bus to explore The Trail of the Mountain Spirits—an All American Scenic Byway that takes us through the Gila National Forest.  We’ll follow a trail blazed by Indians, miners, Spanish explorers, homesteaders, mountain men and cowboys—crossing the Continental Divide on our way to the Gila River.  Late afternoon we’ll head back to the resort for Happy Hour, dinner and the evening’s festivities, included.  

Day Four:  Once again, breakfast is included on the courtyard, and then it’s bags out and we’re headed for home.  We’ll enjoy some spectacular sightseeing on our way back to the Valley, with a stop for lunch on self. 

Camp TJ’s always fill quickly, and space is limited.  Don’t wait to call in your reservations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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