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#MakeMemoriesMonday  |  March 19th, 2018


Our experts spotted a great tour showcasing "England in a Glass". _

You are sure to make plenty of unforgettable memories with this unique tour!

While there are many beverages associated with England, surely beer, gin and tea rank near the top. This itinerary allows you to sample all three while visiting two historic cities, originally founded by the Romans.


• 4 Nights London
• 2 Nights York
• City of London Gin Distillery Tour & Tasting
• London's Meantime Brewery Tour & Tasting• Afternoon Tea Lesson
• London Oyster Card
• London City Guide
• Afternoon Tea Tour of York• Yorkshire Breweries Tour
• 1st-Class Rail Between Cities with Seat Reservation
• Daily Breakfast

Tour Starts at $1,800 per person***. Contact Us today for more details, or to start the booking process!

***The price above include fees and taxes. For Published Air, a fee may be added at the time of processing
and some fares may require immediate purchase.



Claim your bags and make your way to your hotel on the Underground, using your Oyster Card. You have the rest of the day to explore London on your own. 


Today you have the morning and most of the afternoon free for personal exploration of London. In the late afternoon, make your way to 22-24 Bride Lane, near St. Paul's Cathedral. This is the home of the City of London Gin Distillery. Here you'll have a tour of the distillery while discovering the history of gin in London and learning about the small-batch gin making techniques used by this distillery, which opened in 2012. A 3-flight gin tasting follows the tour. After this experience, you have the evening at leisure. 


You have the day at leisure for shopping or sightseeing. In the late afternoon, make your way to Blackwall Lane in Greenwich, to the home of Meantime Brewery. Your two-hour tour starts at 7 p.m. Following the tour you will have a tutored tasting of a selection of their award-winning beers, including London Pale Ale.


Now that you've sampled gin and beer, it's time for tea. This morning make your way to Giuliana's Kitchen at 10 Acacia Place near Regents' Park (nearest Underground station: St. John's Wood). In your afternoon tea class, which starts at 10am, you will receive step-by-step instructions and recipes for making scones, shortbread, and specialty sandwiches. After the baking and preparation, you sit down with the instructor and enjoy a full afternoon tea in the sitting room. At the end of this excursion, you'll receive a six-page booklet containing recipes and step-by-step instructions. Following the tea class you have the rest of the afternoon free to explore London further. It may be of interest to learn that the famous Abbey Road Studios are very near the teashop! 


This morning, travel by Underground to Kings Cross Station, where you'll board your first-class train coach for the two-hour journey to York. After finding your hotel, you'll just have time to find the starting point for your Afternoon Tea Tour of York. This 3½ hour guided tour will show you the best places for tea in the city. In addition to having a full tea and cheese-pairing workshop, you'll learn a few things of archaeological interest about the city, visit some specialty retailers and tea purveyors, sample sweet and savory treats including Middle Eastern delicacies, and find the best scones in York.


This is your last full day of this program, so let's make is special by taking a guided tour of three local breweries. Your tour begins at 11:30am when you're picked up at the York Rail Station. You'll see some beautiful countryside as you visit three local breweries selected for their excellent products. This 3½ hour tour will make you an expert on Yorkshire brews! Rest of the day at leisure. 


After breakfast, it's time to start your journey home or continue on to your destination!




#TravelQuoteTuesday  |  March 20th, 2018




It's #TravelQuoteTuesday!

"Travel is the only thing you buy that you makes you richer."

There really isn't anything better than riches of traveling. Learning and experiencing culture from a different angle is life changing!










#DestinationWednesday  |  March 21th, 2018


The Colors of Provence


Cruise through the Rhone River and experience an unforgettable journey with AmaWaterways!


Book with us and jump in on an exclusive offer to receive up to 

$300.00 Shipboard Credit! 








From romantic cities to foodie havens and artistic epicenters, this itinerary enlivens all your senses. Starting from Lyon, France’s culinary capital, savor the beauty of legendary vineyards and imbibe in local vintages like Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. Enjoy hunting for truffles, refining your Provençal cooking skills, and learning how to pair chocolate with wine. Trace the steps of famous artists in Arles and Avignon and be inspired!


On this cruise, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. With a large variety of activities, you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.



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#TravelTipThursday  |  March 22nd, 2018


Tips For Getting Into Airport Lounges


Airports can test the nerves of even the most well-balanced traveler. There are places, however, where calm and tranquility reign – where a comfortable seat is always available, fresh coffee and snacks await, and a glass of prosecco can be had a moments’ notice. We are talking, of course, about airport lounges. Rack up several hundred thousand air miles on the same airline, and you’re sure to get an invitation to join the club. For these rest of us, there are other options, and given the benefits, they’re worth exploring.


1. Join a Lounge Network
Depending on how often and where you fly, joining a lounge network such as Priority Pass might be your best option. Priority Pass offers access to over 1,000 worldwide lounges for an annual fee of $99 with a per visit fee of $27 (alternatively, an annual fee of $399 gets you unlimited access).


2. Buy a Day Pass
Have you ever been stuck at an airport for hours on end? Next time, a day pass to a lounge might be your saving grace. Prices vary considerably between airlines, but for around $50 you can have a day’s worth of food and drink, free Wi-Fi, and a quiet little corner to call your own.


3. Use Your Credit Card
Several credit cards, including the American Express Platinum card and the United MileagePlus Explorer card, offer free or reduced-cost lounge access. The drawback is that these cards often come with higher annual fees, but added benefits such as travelinsurance, priority boarding and free checked bags might make the upfront payout worthwhile.


4. Upgrade Your Ticket
Buy an international business or a first-class ticket and more than likely you’ll also receive complimentary lounge access. This can be a particularly nice perk on long haul flights, as most international airport lounges have private shower rooms where you can freshen up after your flight.


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#FoodieFriday  |  March 16th, 2018


Beef and Guinness stew - **St. Patricks Day Special**

This is a classic Irish dish that is perfect for feeding a group of people. With the distinctive flavor of Guinness, it makes a good alternative to Irish stew.


2.25 lb/1kg of stewing beef (shin, flank or rib, trimmed and cut into 1in/2.5 cm cubes

1oz/25g flour

1 onion, peeled and sliced

2 carrots, sliced thickly

1 large or 2 small parsnips, peeled and cubed

1 pint/600ml Guinness, or beef stock

Quarter bottle/225ml prune juice or to taste (optional)

Bouquet garni or mixed herbs

Half celeriac or 3-4 stalks celery, trimmed and cubed

Half an orange, left whole (optional)


Season the beef and toss in the flour to coat. Heat a little oil and butter in a heavy pan and brown the meat in batches, then transfer to a casserole dish. Add the onions and other vegetables, and sweat gently for a few minutes in the same pan.

Transfer to the casserole dish. Add any remaining flour to the pan, stir to absorb whatever fat is left, then cook for a minute before stirring in the Guinness (or stock and prune juice if using). Add the liquids to the casserole (enough to cover the main ingredients) as well as the bouquet garni or mixed herbs and the orange. Season, stir to mix well, cover and cook in the oven for about 2 hours, or until the beef is tender.

Remove the orange and bouquet garni, check seasoning, and add two prunes soaked in Guinness (optional). Serve with mashed potatoes and garnish with chopped parsley.































































































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