June Newsletter 2019


It's hard to believe summer is already upon us. This is a great time of year to take a much needed vacation, or to start planning for Fall and Winter travel! Check out some trips below and let us know where you would like to go.

Have you ever explored Wine Country in the Sacramento Valley? Perhaps you have visited Napa or Sonoma Wine Countries, but 80% of the grapes those regions use for wine production are grown in the Sacramento Valley! Which area do you think keeps the top 20%, or the best of the crops? We visited Sacramento Valley with a group last month and just loved the wineries, tasting the delicious locally produced wines, olive oils and fresh gourmet food. Learning more about California's Capitol was a bonus.  The area has SO MUCH to offer. We are planning another trip this fall for the harvest, and hope you'll indulge yourself. See a preview below, in Coming Attractions, and be sure to read our July newsletter for dates and more details.

Enjoy the magic at sea with our transatlantic cruise from New York to Barcelona aboard the Norwegian Dawn, April 19 - May 3, 2020. Visit beautiful, exotic ports, including Ponta Delgada in the Azores, Lisbon, Seville, Ibiza and more. Scroll down for all the info!

If you've ever longed to explore the beauty and wildlife of Africa, we invite you to Join Us! on our 16 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls & Botswana tour! This trip has it all, exploring some of the area's most beautiful cities and sites. It even includes game drives in modern 10-seater safari vehicles! Fully escorted with 26 meals. Read more about it below.

Have you dreamed of taking a train tour exploring parts of the Canadian Rockies in modern and elegant style? We have begun our long-range planning for an excursion on the Rocky Mountaineer. See the Rockies like you've never seen them before! Join Us! - Fall, 2021. See full details below.

There's still very limited availability to Join Us! for the once in a decade, 11-Day escorted tour: Oberammergau Passion Play with Danube River Cruise from Budapest, Hungary to Regensburg, Germany. This incredible adventure begins on August 4th, 2020. Please see below for more details, and contact us today so we can reserve your space and assure that you can join us. If you miss it, you won't be able to see it again until 2030. We hope to see you on this exciting trip!

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There are many trips to choose from, or contact us today and we'll plan your own personalized vacation!

Happy travels,

Betty & Frank Villani

(909) 980-6040
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13 Day New Zealand Cruise
Round Trip from Sydney
September 30 - October 13, 2019
Enjoy yourself aboard the Majestic Princess (the newest member of the fleet) as you explore New Zealand on this beautiful cruise! Visit some amazing sites, including Fiordland National Park, New Zealand's largest national park, Dunedin "the Edinburgh of New Zealand" and Akaroa, with a distinctly French flair. Marvel at Tauranga on the Bay of Plenty before sailing into beautiful Auckland. All of this and more awaits you on this incredible adventure!
North Italy Tour
14 Days 12 Nights
October 4 - 17, 2019
Live your dream of experiencing Italy on this fully planned and escorted tour! You'll begin your Italian journey in Rome, with sightseeing that includes the Colosseum, Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel and more. Continue to many beautiful destinations, with overnight stays in Sorrento, Florence, Venice and Milan. This is a very special tour that will allow you to enjoy all the best of Italy!
For the complete tour itinerary, please click HERE
New England Cruise
New York to Montreal
October 19 - 30, 2019
11 Nights
The coastlines of New England and Canada are never more vibrant than in the fall, so on this voyage aboard the Oceania Riviera, you can explore historic cities and coastal towns when the shores are at their most scenic.
Visit these beautiful ports:
New York (embark)
Newport, RI | Boston |
Bar Harbor | Saint John (Bay of Fundy) New Brunswick, Canada |
Halifax | Sydney | Charlottetown | Quebec City | Montreal (disembark)
Australia Queensland Cruise
10 Days - 5 Ports
October 23 - November 2, 2019
Cruise around the east coast of Australia aboard the Ruby Princess, round trip from Sydney, visiting these breathtaking ports:
Join Us!
Eclectic Aegean
Greek Isles & Turkey Cruise
on the Celestyal Crystal
November 4 - 11, 2019
7 Nights!
Join us! on this magical cruise to the Greek isles and Turkey, round trip from Piraeus, Greece
Destinations: Istanbul (Turkey), Canakkale (Turkey), Volos (Greece), Heraklion (Greece), Santorini (Greece), Mykonos (Greece) & Piraeus (Greece)

Prices for this cruise start at only $1595 per person/double occupancy for an outside cabin, and include:
all meals, drink package, port & service charges, gratuities and more! For full details, click here .
Join Us!
Southeast Asia
11 Days - 6 Ports
January 7 - 18, 2020
Join Us! on board the Sapphire Princess as we explore these beautiful ports of Southeast Asia!
Contact us today and don't miss this chance to experience the magnificence of Southeast Asia with us!
14 Day
Transatlantic Cruise
New York to Barcelona
April 19 - May 3, 2020
Enjoy a unique Transatlantic cruise on Norwegian Dawn, completely revitalized in 2016. Go from relaxing days at sea to discovering all of the beauty and history of Portugal and Spain. Get your camera ready for Lisbon’s Gothic cathedrals, medieval castles and quaint villages. In Malaga, be sure to visit The Alhambra, one of the finest examples of Moorish art in Spain. And when in Ibiza be sure to check out one of the many beautiful beaches along the Mediterranean Sea.
CRUISE PORTS: EMBARK New York (New York); Ponta Delgada (Azores); Lisbon 
(Portugal); Portimao (Portugal); 
Seville (Cadiz) (Spain); Granada (Malaga) (Spain); Ibiza (Spain); 
Palma, Majorca (Spain); 
DISEMBARK Barcelona (Spain)
Join Us!
Oberammergau Passion Play with Danube River Cruise
August 4 - 20, 2020
11 Day Cruisetour
aboard the Monarch Empress with Oberammergau Passion Play!
This amazing escorted tour includes 9 nights accommodations: 7 nights outside cabin aboard the Monarch Empress, and 2 nights Oberammergau region - Parkhotel am Soiersee, Bad Bayersoien, Germany, river and port charges of $190 per person, cruise and hotel porterage, 25 meals (10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners), shore excursions and entrance fees (per itinerary), and Category 1 Passion Play seating!
Land prices for for Category C & D staterooms (2nd level of the ship) start at $4199 per person. A deposit of $500 per person is required and reservations are subject to availability, so c ontact us today for reservations or more information.
Click HERE for complete details!
Once in a Decade - Oberammergau Passion Play The play that's been a tradition for the past 380 years continues, beginning in May, 2020 in Oberammergau, located on the edge of the Bavarian Alps in Germany. It's only there every 10 years! Click on the video below to see highlights from the 2010 play. Contact us today to become part of this spectacular event - it sells out quickly!

Click on the video below for more about Oberammergau:
Wine Country
Sacramento Valley, California
Fall, 2019
We loved visiting the sights and wineries of Sacramento Valley in May! Here are a few photos and fun facts. Check our July newsletter for dates and more details of the trip in the fall of 2019!

  • Sacramento is surrounded by six amazing Wine Regions including Lodi, Clarksburg/Yolo, El Dorado, Amador, Placer and Sierra with more than 250 wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms. These wineries produce approximately 80% of the grapes used in Napa and Sonoma wineries. California as a whole produces 90% of the wine produced in the United States.
  • Lodi was awarded Best Wine Region of the World by Wine Enthusiasts in 2015 and presents 125 varietals from 750 growers that grower over 110,000 acres of wine grapes.
  • Clarksburg is just minutes away and is home to Bogle winery and the Old Sugar Mill which offers 16 wineries all in one fantastic setting.
  • Known as the Farm to Fork Capitol of America, Sacramento boasts the Regions best local fresh gourmet food delivered daily to area restaurants.
  • The Sacramento River Train is a scenic and fun trip for all with 14 miles of private tracks along the beautiful Sacramento River. Enjoy dinner, social wine or beer tasting event, or even a show on the train.
  • The Region produces top quality Olive Oils, Almonds and Honey too.
  • Wine and Olive Oil tastings in the Region bring a very high quality of flavors without the crowds and offers lower prices than other California Wine and Food Regions.
  • The California State Capitol building (above) is magnificent architecturally and quite interesting to tour.
  • The Crocker Art Museum (below) in the heart of Sacramento is the longest continually-operating museum in the West and hosts one of the State's premier collections with pieces dating from the Gold Rush to modern day art.
Join Us!
April, 2021
16 Days
Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls & Botswana Tour
  • Flights New York-Cape Town, Johannesburg-New York
  • Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Cape Town-Durban, Johannesburg-Victoria Falls & Kasane-Johannesburg
  • 14 nights accommodations

  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 26 meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Game drives in modern 10-seater safari vehicles
Join Us!
Fall, 2021
First Passage to the West
Rocky Mountaineer
with Gold Leaf Service
Vancouver to Calgary
Join Us! on this elegant tour from Vancouver to Calgary aboard a Rocky Mountaineer passenger train! Marvel at the breathtaking views of the Canadian Rockies like you've never seen them before! Click on the video above for highlights of this amazing journey.
Hotels: The adventure begins in Vancouver at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel - Harbor
View Room, or the Pan Pacific Hotel - Deluxe Harbor
View Room.
In Kamloops, Moderate, Standard rooms are provided.
In Lake Louise, we’ll stay
at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel, then on to Banff where our hotel will
be the Fairmont Banff Springs. In Calgary, we’ll enjoy the Fairmont Palliser Hotel.

Experience the unsurpassed elegance of Gold Leaf Service , with a bi-level glass dome coach, outdoor open-air vestibule and world class cuisine that takes you to another level! See the video below to learn more.