New Orleans and Louisiana are Back on Track!

By: Luis Herrera
AffordableTours.com Tour Consultant

I’ve just returned from an awe-inspiring trip to Cajun Country Louisiana (Baton Rouge and New Orleans) where I had the opportunity to visit a few plantations and sites of historical importance. First on my lists of sites was the impressive Louisiana State Capitol building which is listed as a National Historic Landmark and built on the former grounds of LSU (Louisiana State University). Standing tall at 34 stories, Louisiana’s State Capitol building holds two proud distinctions; the tallest building in Baton Rouge and the tallest capitol building in the United States. I was surprised to learn that Huey Long, Louisiana’s 40th Governor was buried on the grounds of the capitol which was a project he championed as governor.Continue reading

Touring the U.S. South with Globus

By: Bree Rodriguez
AffordableTours.com Tour Consultant

Filled with history and music, and a dash of whiskey and race horses, Globus’ Sights and Sounds of the South introduces travelers to the hospitable culture of three states south of the Mason-Dixon line: Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina. I traveled on this memorable itinerary with my husband last June, and we were surprised at how much we learned from our knowledgeable tour director and local guides at the various sightseeing stops.

Our first hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, was right beside the trolley stop that runs directly to wonderful Beale Street. Here, brass bands play on the streets and clubs rock with blues tunes. Everyone on our tour was wowed by nearby Graceland, the palatial home of Elvis Presley. The National Civil Rights Museum was another highlight in Memphis. Located at the Lorraine Motel, site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the museum traces the Civil Rights movement.Continue reading

Celebrating Magic on the Carnival Magic

Seaside Theatre

Growing up, I was neither a big believer of magic (or wearing big red shoes). Sure, it was fun to think some of us possess extraordinary abilities to pull random objects from top hats, levitate, or split a girl in a box in half and put her back together. It was certainly entertaining to watch, but as a child, I never bought into it. However, a year after meeting my significant other, I’m starting to believe I do, in fact, have some kind of magic ability. There is no way I can be this lucky to celebrate my one year anniversary with this person without some sort of extraordinary explanation. It is for that reason that I decided to celebrate one year of magic on the magnificent Carnival Magic.

Our 7-night Western Caribbean itinerary was nothing short of breathtaking. Our three ports of call were Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico. From the very first moment you lay your eyes on this massive 3690 passenger ship, you can’t help but feel a little giddy inside. With 15 total decks and 1004 feet in length, all the onboard experiences you can hope for, and the smell of newness still in the air (maiden voyage in 2011 and as of this writing the second newest ship for Carnival’s fleet), this ship is nothing short of spectacular.

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Southern Elegance: An Insight Vacations “Gold” Tour

By:   Sandra B. Wilkins
Senior Agent, AffordableTours.com

I’ve just returned from a delightful and delicious tour of the most popular destinations in the U.S. south…Insight Vacations’ “Gold” Tour, Southern Elegance.

• Atlanta, Georgia
• Asheville, North Carolina
• Charleston, South Carolina
• Jekyll Island, Georgia
• Savannah, Georgia

The five star plus hotels used for this tour were a wonderful surprise and the buffet breakfasts and 5 included dinners were outstanding culinary affairs.

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European Traveler Tour with Trafalgar

By: Sunny Lewis
AffordableTours.com Tour Consultant

Here’s a perfect tour for anyone traveling to Europe for the first time: the European Traveler from Trafalgar. This 11-day trip covers four countries, and it overnights in six cities, from London to Rome. It’s a fast-paced itinerary, but it was ideal for my adult son, Jared, who accompanied me on this tour. He had never traveled “across the pond,” but on this vacation he got a little taste of England, France, Switzerland and Italy – whetting his appetite to return to Europe sometime soon!

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