Country Travel DISCOVERIES is pleased to preview 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...?
Get "Off Road" to Experience Fall Differently!
Autumn is a popular travel time. Fall harvest, vibrant foliage, bright orange pumpkins dotting the countryside, and warm cider create stunning backdrops for several of the Fall Foliage, Rail & Sail, Frontier and European Discoveries spotlighted in our new print and ebrochure, FALL DISCOVERIES 2014 [PDF].
Other highlights include September departures to Europe, including Germany, Switzerland & Austria, and two last-chance tours that will not be offered again in 2015: Ireland: A Celtic Jaunt and Discover Scandinavia.
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.
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...
CTD President Opens Special Tour to NYC this October
I’d like to extend a personal invitation on behalf of a couple of friends of mine, Don & Pat Bardonner from Muskego, Wisconsin. Don & Pat have asked Country Travel DISCOVERIES to arrange a 5 day, 4 night tour of New York City for this October 21-26. They’ve arranged this trip for members of their church and, because those members will take up just about half of the motorcoach, are graciously allowing us to open up the remaining 20 spaces to our audience.
The trip is highlighted by visits to two Broadway shows and the World Trade Center Memorial, including the just-opened World Trade Center Museum—a very moving experience. But, there’s much more to this program that make this such a special way to visit the Big Apple...
We are pleased to announce the release of our 2014 Travel Discoveries Catalog - Spring Edition, featuring upcoming tours for 2014, newly added departures, special offers and other changes.
Included in this edition are day-by-day details for all remaining 2014 departures, among them some newly added departures for popular discovery tours including Wonders of Iceland (w/ Greenland Extension), Our Iowa's Western Treaures, Oregon's Natural Wonders, and Germany, Switzerland & Austria. Also featured are special offers including our free hotel night offer on select summer departures, an Alaska & the Yukon discovery discount, and our Travel More, Save More promotion -- providing escalating savings reaching up to $400.00 per couple ($200.00 per person) to help travelers book one or more tours for 2014! The edition also has an expanded Groups Travel section, information about our new online reservation system, and more.
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Tour Coordinator Travelogue
Country Travel DISCOVERIES' Tour Coordinator Eva Endlich, our international discoveries expert, traveled in Europe for two weeks in May. As time from her busy work schedule allowed, she shared her experience doing the "dry lab" for the Germany, Switzerland & Austria discovery, which will run Sep 9-20 in 2014.
A "dry lab" is a specific tool our tour coordinators use to personally walk through a planned itinerary, and ensure that it will run smoothly to give our customers the best possible travel experience. As they do this, they make frequent notes and adjustments, send messages back to colleagues at the office, and occasionally blog and photograph the experience.
We've posted short notes from Eva's trip here on this blog, and some of the fun pictures that this shutterbug sent home.
1. The Largest Freshwater Lake in the World
Beautiful, powerful Lake Superior is awesome! So big it looks and feels like an ocean, this greatest of the Great Lakes stretches 350 miles…contains 3 quadrillion gallons of water…and has an average depth of nearly 500 feet. The Country Travel DISCOVERIES tour route along Lake Superior’s Minnesota and Wisconsin shores is super scenic and so rich in history. Learning about early French and English fur trade and growth of the area’s iron ore, lumber and fishing industries adds to the eye-opening experience.