Staff Adventures: Williamsburg & Washington With Tauck Tours


Williamsburg & Washington With Tauck Tours
Kayla Walker

Travel Consultant
Toll Free: (800) 935-2620 x 188
Direct: (281) 269-2688
Fax: (281) 269-2690

Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a great adventure out East, this tour will leave you with wonderful memories and great stories to tell.

For starters, I arrived into the “City of Brotherly” love greeted by my delightful private driver named Paul. He was awaiting my arrival inside the airport, retrieved my luggage and escorted me into our SUV. Along our route from the airport to the Four Seasons, I enjoyed the mix of architecture and waterways. Once settled and refreshed all the passengers gathered for a 6 PM meet-n-greet dinner to start our “Day 1“. The pre-dinner mixer featured a well stocked open bar and the most delectable Philly Cheese steak Spring Rolls. Then, the evening progressed into a 3 course dinner hosted by our tour director. Beth, the tour director, did a phenomenal job making everyone feel welcomed and we had a nice round of ice breakers to meet all the other tour guests, particularly those at our table. After a good meal and plenty of laughs, we retired for the evening.

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Staff Adventures: Melodies of The Danube


Melodies of The Danube
Terri Baxter
Sr Travel Consultant & River Cruise Specialist
Toll Free: (800) 935-2620 x 117
Direct: (281) 269-2617
Fax: (281) 269-2690

AMA Waterways’ Melodies Of The Danube is a lovely sailing from Budapest, Hungary to Vilshofen, Germany. I was fortunate enough to join this cruise in March of this year. What a magnificent cruise line and crew. Although the ship was beautifully appointed throughout, one of my favorite features was the amount of personal space allocated to the stateroom bath – a unique feature in my experience of river vessels.

Our first night on the cruise was enchanting. After a gourmet dinner, we enjoyed an evening cruise on the Danube River, enjoying the spectacle of the city in lights. Budapest is a charming city with its two names spread on both banks of the Danube River – Buda and Pest. Our timing was perfect for crowd-free sightseeing though the weather was a bit on the chilly side. We were given tours of both sides during the morning of our second day and set sail in the evening for the City of Music, Vienna, Austria. Vienna is also home of the famed Vienna Prater amusement park and of course, the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a must see that is steeped in European history.

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Staff Adventures: Tulips of Northern Holland With Avalon Waterways


Tulips of Northern Holland With Avalon Waterways
Kat Duncan
Travel Consultant
Toll Free: (800) 935-2620 x 148
Direct: (281) 269-2648
Fax: (281) 269-2690

When I was a child, I would tell my mother “Flowers are my favorite things.” Years later I still feel that way. This past spring I had the pleasure of visiting Holland, a country famous for its flowers during the height of the blooming seasons. As it turns out, flowers are only the tip of this iceberg when it comes to the charms of Holland. Traveling with my friend and coworker, Linda Wilson, we began our adventure with a nonstop flight from Houston to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. Optional excursions were made available right away but we opted to get a quick overview of Amsterdam on our own. We took advantage of the easy and fast direct train service from the airport into Central Station in downtown Amsterdam. The station was conveniently located close to our river cruise ship.

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Staff Adventures: The Southern Supreme With CIE

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The Southern Supreme
Riley Ae, CTA

Senior Travel Consultant
Toll Free: (800) 935-2620 x 110
Direct: (281) 269-2610
Fax: (281) 269-2690

The CIE experience can best be summarized in the word “authentic.” Before taking this trip, that would not have meant as much to me. But now, having had the experience of delightful Irish folk in the capable company of CIE, I find it hard to imagine a combination of country and company that so amlessly meld into a premium travel experience. CIE has managed to do this with apparent ease. And as anyone in our business can tell you, when it comes to the business of travel, it only looks easy. That seamless experience is a collection of well-executed details and CIE has done that with a deft touch in the Southern Supreme.

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Staff Adventures: Insight ~ Boston, Cape Cod & The Islands


Insight Vacations: Boston, Cape Cod & The Islands
Lesa Caden

Quality Assurance Manager
Toll Free: (800) 935-2620 x 644
Direct: (281) 269-6644
Fax: (281) 269-2690

Sunday September 7

Our tour begins in one of Boston’s more luxurious hotels … The Langham, Boston … The Langham, Boston, blends the legendary hospitality of the original Langham grand hotel with the classic architectural elegance of Boston’s former Federal Reserve Bank building. It was beautiful!! From the pink pens, the wonderful grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough bread with yellow tomatoes, fabulous!

It was also nice to wake up with the temperatures slightly cooler … certainly more tolerable that hot, humid Houston.

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Staff Adventures: Uniworld Castles along the Rhine Amsterdam to Basel


Uniworld Castles along the Rhine Amsterdam to Basel
Christine Wittle
Travel Consultant
Toll Free: (800) 935-2620 x 186
Local: (281)269-2686
Fax: 281-269-2690

To sail with Uniworld River Cruises aboard the SS Antoinette is to experience a level of cruising opulence normally reserved for ocean going vessels.  The SS Antoinette offers an array of unique cabins and suites, many with individual design themes, all with a rich interpretation of classical aesthetics.  The first of the Uniworld super ships, the Antoinette is home to the rivers’ first and only movie theater, a mosaic-tiled  This lovely hotel on the river is home to only 159 pampered guests in 74 cabins and suites.  But the Uniworld experience is more than the ship on which we sailed.

The arrival  experience was executed flawlessly. We were met at the airport and transferred to the ship, not touching our luggage after meeting our transport captain until we were
ensconced in our stateroom.  Arriving early, we were checked-in and directed to the luncheon room on the upper level while the rooms were being prepared for the new  arrivals.

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Staff Adventures: Magic & Make Believe With Trafalgar


Magic & Make Believe With Trafalgar
Luis Herrera
Travel Consultant – Cuba Specialist
Toll Free: (800) 935-2620 x 622
Direct:  (281) 269-6622
Fax: (281) 269-2690

My friends and I recently had the opportunity to take part in Trafalgar’s Magic & Make Believe Family Experience this past summer, which is a 9 day program focusing on London and Paris. This tour is ideal for families who want to experience the main sights these two royal cities have to offer with their young ones during a short time frame.

My friends and I were met by a Trafalgar representative at the London Heathrow Airport and transferred to our centrally located hotel, the Thistle Marble Arch. If first impressions mean anything nowadays, I can tell you that this hotel property had all the qualities of a distinguished regal hotel accommodation. Located right off the main shopping strip of Oxford Street, the Thistle Marble Arch Hotel was within a few minutes’ walk to Hyde Park where we visited Speaker’s Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial fountain. A great benefit of this hotel was its proximity to the Marble Arch tube station which we took to get just about anywhere we wanted to be within London.

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