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2015 Tauck in America

Have you seen the latest Ken Burns seven-part epic, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History? Then you’ll love the NEW Tauck New York City Event next year October 1-5, 2015.

Co-created by Tauck and Ken Burns, the Event will feature a keynote address by Ken at Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and guests will have a chance to meet and mingle with him. They will also visit the townhouse of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, a wedding present from Franklin’s mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, which she had designed expressly so that she could move in with them.

Sharing the stories of America’s people, places, and history-shaping events is at the heart of every Tauck U.S. travel experience. Call Willamette Intl Travel at 503-224-0180 to learn more about any one of these unique and exclusive itineraries: 

THE TAUCK JAZZ EVENT, 5 days, March 25 – 29, 2015

1An encore celebration of this uniquely American music in New Orleans: Extraordinary live musical performances, small group themed sightseeing, exclusive experiences & a personal appearance by Ken Burns; French Quarter, Preservation Hall, Mississippi steamboat dinner cruise, 4 nights at Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.


 4NEW! A singular journey through the picturesque region that shaped America: Boston Common & Fenway Park, autumnal colors in the White Mountains, sustainable Vermont farming, Mark Twain’s home, Shaker influence, Saint-Gaudens’ sculptural legacy, New Hampshire wilds & Maine’s ocean views.



Following Mui3r’s stunning path from San Francisco to the Sierra Nevada: Presidio history & the Golden Gate, incredible landscapes in Muir Woods, Sequoia & Yosemite national parks, redwoods, mountains, forests & waterfalls, 2 nights each at Wuksachi Lodge & The Ahwahnee®, 3 nights in San Francisco


WONDERLAND: YELLOWSTONE IN WINTER, 9 days, a Small Group Culturious trip

2The world’s first national park at a spectacular time of year: Snow-covered valleys, mud pots, hot springs, ice bridges & ionic geysers, snowcoaches, elk, sheep, bison & wolves, fantasy landscapes in Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon & the Tetons, 2 nights at award-winning historic Wort Hotel.

Call Willamette Intl Travel at 503-224-0180 or email to speak with any of our qualified agents.

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Facts you didn’t know about the Vatican

Buon Giorno and Happy Easter Monday! The new Pope is elected and Catholics all over the world are celebrating. But did you know these little-known facts about the Vatican?

  • Vatican City is a country with its own sovereignty, passports, bank and, yes, stamps. It’s been a nation since 1929, and is the smallest in the world with only about 800 residents and 0.17 square miles.
  • The special security team that protects the popes is called the Swiss Guard. If you want to join the guard, you have to be between 19-30 years old, male, at least 1.74 meters tall and have been born in Switzerland. They can, however, get married after 3 years of service.
  • The Swiss Guard have a facebook page:
  • The museums contain one of the largest art collections in the world, with over 9 miles of pieces and 1400 rooms.
  • One of our preferred vendors, Tauck, offers an exclusive after-hours Vatican Museums tour. View the remarkable Sistine Chapel, Candelabra Gallery, and tapestries after all the crowds and lines have left for the day. Quite the memorable experience.
  • The day a Pope is elected is considered a holiday during his term in office.
  • Animals are not allowed in the Vatican.
  • The ATMs are in Latin.
  • Every Wednesday morning the Pope holds a Papal Audience and addresses the public in multiple languages. Drop by on this day to receive a holy papal blessing with the crowds!
  • The Church’s Chief Exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, claims to have expelled more than 300 demons a year.
  • The Vatican still has the letter from Henry VIII requesting the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, which they promptly refused.
  • All the artwork in St. Peter’s Cathedral are mosaics instead of common paintings, ensuring that the beauty of the chapel they would persevere through the ages.
  • Pope Francis is the first pope to come from Latin America.

Thinking of a trip to Italy? Do you prefer the hustle and bustle of Rome or the languid hills of Tuscany? Our agents have been in and around Italy several times and can advise you on air tickets, rail, villa rentals, hotels, and the best time to go! Give us a call at 503.224.0180 or email

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