The majestic blue Danube—no other river in the world flows through as many countries. And now, I want to personally invite you to join my wife Lori and me on Magical Danube & Prague (Sep. 12-23, 2015), a very special land tour and river cruise chartered exclusively for CTD travelers. By land and by ship, we'll discover four capital cities in five countries, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and wonderful scenic, cultural, rural and culinary experiences too numerous to count!
New USO Tribute Variety Show a Nostalgic Highlight
Country Travel DISCOVERIES's popular unpack-once desert escape, Palm Springs Winter Oasis (Feb 15-21), has been freshened up this year with new stops, including an exciting new program commemorating the role of the USO in lifting servicemen's (and the country's) spirits in times of war and peace. The USO Tribute Show at Palm Springs' Air Museum stars comedian Bill Johnson as Bob Hope (pictured right) and a talented cast recreating the iconic performances by the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, and many more from the WWII, Korea and Vietnam eras.
This article, courtesy USOShow.com, recounts the beginnings and lasting legacy of the USO and their cherished "Camp Shows".
Country Travel DISCOVERIES is pleased to preview its departures schedule for 2015, plus six exciting, all-new tour destinations from our Country Travel DISCOVERIES 2015 Catalog - First Edition. We are also happy to announce some excellent promotions and early-bird specials as we head toward 2015. (If you are not on the mailing list to receive our catalogs and brochures, please be sure to subscribe now.)
So, where might you be going with us in the year ahead...?
Where Will You Get Away to This Winter?
Well, it's official: The 198-year-old Farmer's Almanac predicts that most of the country east of the Rockies will face another nasty winter very much like 2014's -- the winter of tree-cracking snowdumps and polar vortex.
So we here at Country Travel DISCOVERIES in Wisconsin are hedging our bets, already posting our "Spring Forward Winter Escapes" discoveries even before our new 2015 catalog has been released. If you can't bear the thought of enduring the "sequel" this winter, we invite you to JOIN US one or more fun and restorative seasonal escapes...
Preview: Unique New Tour for 2015
For years, the folks at Nebraska Life magazine have traveled the back roads of their state in search of its fascinating people, vibrant communities, festive food, dynamic history, and intriguing cultures. Now, the travel planners at Country Travel DISCOVERIES are honored to join up with Nebraska Life Editor Chris Amundson and his staff to present a very special Discovery of our 37th state -- all new for 2015!
Similar to our successful partnership with Our Iowa magazine (we visited Iowa 10 times in 2014), we are delighted to join forces with these knowledgable local experts at Nebraska magazine to craft a truly unique, editorially rich tour illuminating the wonders of a state that many travelers have never really explored.
New Campaign Emphasizes Custom Experiences for Private Groups
Group Leaders will find they've been seeing Country Travel DISCOVERIES in a number of leading group travel publications and guides lately, including key annual planning guides such as the NTA Trip Planner 2014-2015 edition, just out now.
As the numbers of organizations reaching out to CTD for private or custom group tour arrangements has increased in 2014, so has our engagement with and outreach to Travel Club Leaders, Incentive Travel Groups, Faith-Based Organizations, Senior Activity Centers, Family Reunion Planners, and others.
Most recently, find us and other valuable group travel information in the following useful guides and magazines...
Subscribers to Country Travel DISCOVERIES travel information lists should keep an eye out for our new Head Start for the Holidays Special Offer postcard. It features a special offer on three holiday-themed discoveries coming up quickly in 2014.
- Branson Christmas Countdown (Nov. 12-16)
- Opryland Christmas & Nashville (Dec. 7-10, 2014)
- Rose Parade Holiday (Dec. 29, 2014 - Jan. 2, 2015)
Starting in September, Country Travel DISCOVERIES is being featured in a new series of travel advice radio vignettes entitled “Wanderings,” airing on Milwaukee's WRIT Oldies 95.7 rock radio station. Intended to provide short insights to help listeners get better satisfaction and value out of their leisure time and travel dollar, the series begins in September with multiple rotating spots on the themes, "Be Your Own Group Travel Leader," "Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard," and "What a Good Tour Operator Should Do for You".