Uniworld’s 100th Anniversary Celebration Event SALE

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Uniworld River Cruises is part of The Travel Corporation, which is why they’re celebrating a special 100th Anniversary!

This means a fabulous 30% discount on select 2020 voyages!!

Join a Uniworld cruise in celebration on any of these amazing departures in 2020 –>

30% OFF: 

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Enchanting Danube, 8 days to Budapest to Passau

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Rhine, Moselle & Blissful Baden-Baden, 12 Days from Baden-Baden to Frankfurt

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Gems of Northern Italy, 10 days from Milan to Venice

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Alluring Amsterdam & Vienna, 15 Days from Vienna to Amsterdam

And many more up to 30% off!

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Call Willamette Intl Travel to find out if a Uniworld Cruise is right for you. 

503-224-0180 | inquiry@wittravel.com

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Why Uniworld?

Uniworld was named #1 River Cruise Line for Families by Travel + Leisure readers for several years in a row!

Respondents noted Uniworld’s “beautiful, one of a kind ships,” “excellent food,” and “impeccable service” (it claims the highest staff-to-guest ratio in its class). One reader simply commented, “Uniworld sets the standard.”

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Uniworld offers cruises around the world, on the Danube, Ganges, Mekong, Nile, Yantze and many more!

Their one-of-a-kind ship collection is famous for their excellent food, impeccable service, fantastic family cruises, and experiential lectures into history, culture and geography.

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Travel News: Eurail Pass adds Latvia & Estonia

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Rush My Passport. There is a new passport courier service that may serve you time when ordering your passport. RushMyPassport can expedite the delivery of your passport from 1-18 days for a fee. It’s even authorized by the US Customs and Border Protection. Got a trip departure and just noticed your passport is due to expire? Learn more at Rush My Passport.

Gatwick Airport in UK is installing permanent facial-recognition for all passengers in addition to passport checks. The tech is supposed to lead to easier traveling, less stress, and faster boarding, and due to roll out in 2022.

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In Sustainable News, Norwegian becomes the first major cruise line to eliminate plastic bottles!

American Airlines has become the first airline to introduce the Google Assistant’s Interpreter Mode technology in its airport lounges, namely its Admirals Club lounges at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The tech translates 29 languages, including Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Amsterdam is now on the growing list of cities increasing their city taxes. From Jan 1, Amsterdam now asks for an additional 3 euros per person per night, on top fo the current 7% tourist tax.

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The Eurail Pass has added even more countries! As of Jan 2, 2020, the ongoing list of countries now includes Estonia and Latvia. There’s never been a better time to explore Riga and Tallinn! You can also save up on 50% on international ferries such as between Riga and Stockholm, or Tallinn and Helsinki. No seat reservations required! WIT Agents issue various Eurail Passes for your trip to Europe. Ask your agent the details. 

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When is the Best Time to Visit Ireland?

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Celebrated Experiences recently published great tips on how to do Ireland right – and when! So we thought we’d share it with our readers.

Does it rain a lot on Ireland?

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The rumours are true, Ireland’s weather has a lot of rain! Though it can be challenging to predict when the rain will fall, remember that the rainiest months are in the winter. It rains about 150-225 days per year.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that when it rains, the rain lasts all day. Showers often come from the Atlantic and quickly across the country. Plus, don’t forget: without rain, you can’t have rainbows!

When is the Best Time to Visit Ireland?

Ireland has a mild climate, and the weather changes rapidly. Since it’s an Ireland, the country doesn’t suffer from extreme heat or cold.

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In spring and autumn, temperatures generally range from the high 40s to the low 60s (Fahrenheit).

In summer, temperatures average in the 60s, but it can definitely get warmer. In winter, temperatures rarely drop below freezing.

While these temperatures are “averages,” it’s not uncommon to see two, three or even four seasons in a day!

Celebrated Experiences is one of our recommended tour guides in Europe. They curate vacations to your tastes, with trips to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy. Stay in a castle or a small bed and breakfast. 

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What should I wear to Ireland?

After the weather, the most thing people want to know about is what to wear in Ireland. Since the weather changes a lot and temperatures vary, pack in layers so you can always put on or take off a sweater as needed. Sweaters, pullovers, fleeces and similar items are smart choices. Lightweight jackets or raincoats are a must!

The Irish tend to dress more casually than other European countries. but if you’re dining out in a fine restaurant, it’s more common to wear slacks with a jacket and blouses with skirts or paints.

When visiting religious sites, more conservative dress is appropriate–long pants and covered shoulders.

Call your agent at WIT to learn more about Celebrated Experiences’ excellent customizable itineraries. 503-224-0180 or email inquiry@wittravel.com. 

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6 New Attractions Opening Up in 2020

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2020 is in full swing, and the travel industry is looking at some great new attractions opening up this year! From Game of Thrones to Marvel-themed land, here are five places you need to visit in 2020.

6. Academy Museum, Los Angeles

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is getting its own Museum, dedicated to all things cinema. The museum, when it opens, will be filled with “photographs, films, screenplays, props, and memorabilia, such as the famous ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.”

5. Avengers Campus, a new Marvel-themed land, Disneyland

Disney is welcoming new Marvel-themed rides to California! The first ride is a Spider-Man themed ride, followed next by Ant-Man and the Wasp themed restaurant, a live-action show with Doctor Strange, and a ride into Wakanda.

4. M+, Museum of Visual Culture, Hong Kong

Hong Kong welcomes its museum focusing on 20th-21st century art, design and architecture late 2020. The museum will be the centrepiece of the cultural district, West Kowloon. It will include three theatres, a roof terrace, library, multiple restaurants and 17,000 square feet of exhibition space.

3. Momentary Museum, Arkansas

It’s all about American Art in this latest exhibition space in Bentonville, Arkansas. The Momentary will open on February 22, as a contemporary art space satellite to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The space is in an abandoned cheese factory, and there are plans to host art, festivals, and culinary events.

2. Legoland New York

New York is finally getting its very own Legoland, the third in the US. It intends to open in Goshen on July 4. The park will be 150 acres, with seven lands and 50 rides and attractions.

1. Game of Thrones Studio Tour, Northern Ireland

While the show may have wrapped up in 2019, Game of Thrones is coming back with a new HBO Studio Tour. The new visitor attraction in Banbridge will give fans the chance to relive the hit series! The exhibits will include actual costumes, imagery, fully-dressed sets and original props from all over the Game of Thrones universe.

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Hike the Camino de Santiago with The Wayfarers

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Always dreamed of walking the Camino de Santiago but never had the time or resources?

Not even sure where to begin to hike the world’s most famous pilgrimage route?

Never fear! Introducing two departures – one in Spring, one in Fall 2020.

Welcome to The Wayfarers

The Wayfarers is an exceptional company for walking vacations. They combine active holidays with a thoughtful mix of ancient sights and towns. Follow your expert guide on an adventure that packs weeks of wandering on your own in a single bite-sized, week-long trip.

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Follow ancient roads marked by graceful scallop shells – the symbol of St. James – through medieval villages, chapels, sanctuaries, sweeping valleys and soaring cathedrals

Highlights of a Week on the Road

  • Begin in Burgos, the burial place of El Cid
  • Visit the Cruz de Hierro towering above thousands of pilgrims’ stones
  • Discover the unspoiled village of O’Cebreiro with its oval stone huts
  • Rejoice in Santiago’s Praza do Obradoiro.

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A Wayfarer Experience

The Wayfarers stay in historic palacios, manor houses and pilgrims’ pousada (“pilgrim pensions”). In Santiago itself, reward yourselves to a night in the oldest hotel (and one of the most luxurious) in the world! The Parador de Santiago was originally a Royal Hospital and dates back to 1499. 

The history of the Camino de Santiago goes back to the beginning of the 9th century, with the discovery of the tomb of St. James in the Iberian Peninsula. Since this discovery, Santiago de Compostella has become a pilgrimage site across the entire European continent.

Just the Facts, Sir

7 nights from $4,495 per person

Double occupancy

Departures in 2020: May 2-9, Oct 10-17

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What’s Included

  • Full-time services of two staff – a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals – with choices – (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants

Call to discuss adventure holidays and walking trips with our travel consultants. Call 503-224-0180 or email inquiry@wittravel.com.

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Travel News: Disney World’s Epcot gets an Update

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We’re back with more exciting travel industry news, and the latest travel articles to get you inspired. 

Some Destinations and Airlines are looking to make major developments in 2020: 

Puerto Rico is going all out with a new high-tech entertainment district, El Distrito. Just two years after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, the District will be a major milestone in recovering tourism for the destination. Plans include five acres of tech-savvy entertainment spot, urban zip line, LED screens, theater complex, and a performance venue for concerts and corporate events. Set to launch in early 2020 in San Juan. 

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KLM is continuing the green mission and using processed cooking oil as sustainable aviation fuel. The renewable fuel, provided by Neste, will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80%. 

The Mexico City government has launched an English-language tourism website to promote and provide information for foreigners. 

Disney World’s Epcot is going to make major renovations come 2020! New themes will include Ratatouille, Guardians of the Galaxy, Moana, and Mary Poppins. The Epcot VP even went so far as to say it “will be the largest transformation of any Disney park, ever.”

Uniworld is coming to the Peruvian Amazon, debuting two itineraries (11- & 15-day) in September 2020. 

the 16-suite Aria Amazon is an eco-friendly ship with floor-to-ceiling windows,  giving guests the ultimate panoramic views of the rainforest at every corner. On all sailings, guests will be joined by native born-and-raised naturalist guides who will assist in getting up close to native wildlife and meeting village locals. 

The Strike in France – Reports “On the Ground”

The strikes in France have continued to put the whole country transport turmoil. But what is it like, on the ground? We asked some of our friends in France their thoughts:

Dominique & Jim, who operate the countryside hotel La Bastide d’Eygalières in Southeast France, drove from Provence to Paris a few days ago. Trains were few and they couldn’t book one, so they were forced to take the car. Fortunately, there was no traffic on the road, and it was an easy commute.

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Christina and John’s friend Jacques V. visited the rail station in Cannes:

“Today I went to the train station, only one old man working on the floor and not very cooperative, just grouchy! They print out once or twice a day the schedule on a bulletin board and it’s not very dependable either. 

As for the bus Nice to Cannes, same problem, if the unions decide on a strike, they will do so just like sheep!

Right now the next big strike will be on Tuesday 17 December and they are calling for a general strike all over France unless they call it off which is doubtful. For other strikes, no one knows and usually they have to give a minimum of 48 hours warning.

If you wish to rent a car, no idea how many rental cars will be available either in Nice or Cannes.”

Get Inspired with Weekend Reads

Read up on the Best things to do on water in Egypt. 

Learn why the zero-waste movement is no new trend in Pakistan.

Have you ever wondered how horses travel in the air? Now you don’t have to.

Dream a little Dream: 10 Great Winter Rail Journeys in Europe. 

Great places to kick up your heels after you’ve kicked off your ski boots.

Here’s CNBC’s list on where/when to travel in 2020!

Where Should You Travel Based On Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type?

Escape the Winter Blues in Themed Igloos near the Beach.

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WIT Agent in Switzerland: Basel

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WIT Agent Lindsay rounds up her trip to Switzerland with Raileurope in Basel. Here are some of the highlights for her time in this beautiful city!

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Welcome to Basel

Located on the border of France and Germany, Basel is Switzerland’s 3rd most populous city. Its famed for its own world-renowned museums, included the first publication art collection in Europe, Kunstmuseum (1661).

The Kunstmuseum houses works from the Renaissance all the way to 21st-century Modernism, with major pieces by Cranach the Elder, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso and Cézanne.

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Vintage Tram

Trams are an indelible part of Basel life and history. In the city center, you can hop onboard a vintage tram for an aperitif for a little window into the past. Get a glimpse of what it was like to travel around Basel 100 years ago!

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A main attraction in Basel, the Market Hall was build in 1929 and now houses food stalls and Sunday market. 

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Chocolate Workshop

Delve into the world of Swiss chocolate, including a walking tour of Basel’s most irresistible confectionaries, a chocolate factory, and a connoisseur tasting session. Visitors are invited to dream up, pour and refine their own chocolate creativity.

Christmas Market Basel

‘Tis the season! Basel’s charming Christmas market is in the center of festive Old Town, where over 180 artisans offer up goods and treats in rustic wooden chalets. Nibble on waffles, Basel Läckerli (gingerbread), Swiss raclettes, and grilled sausages, plus washing it all down with classic glühwein. 

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Exhibition Tower

The Exhibition Tower soars up 105 meters over Basel, one of the highest buildings in town. For a stylish night out, head to the top floor’s bar BarRouge

Hotels – Swissotel Le Plaza & Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois

She’s staying at two hotels — the first is Swissotel Le Plaza, one of the largest hotels in the city, within easy walking to the Musical Theatre. The 4-star hotel boasts 238 spacious rooms and suites, with gym and spa facilities. The hotel even provides a complimentary BaselCard, for free use of the public transport during your stay. 

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The second is Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, dubbed Gault & Millau Hotel of the Year 2020. Les Trois Rois is one of the oldest city hotels in Europe, with an old world charm and luxury 5-star service in the historic city center overlooking the Rhine.

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Photo Courtesy of Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois

Dreaming about a trip to Europe? Call our experienced travel agents at 503-224-0180 or email inquiry@wittravel.com to make your dreams come true. 

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