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Asia with Avanti Destinations

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This is the time to book travel to Southeast Asia, for travel in November to March as the dry and temperate season rolls in, and the Chinese New Year seems to awake everyone up out of their wintry reverie.


We’re excited to be working with Avanti Destinations as one of our reputable tour guides in Asia. Avanti makes it simple to book hotel, transport and tour packages with local guides, and their customizable itineraries just shave off the hassle of travel planning.

Let Willamette Intl Travel design Asian itinerary for you and your travel companions, complete with flights and a personalized package. Whether you need an affordable hotel package, or would like to build in some unique culinary or outdoor escapades, Avanti offers a hassle-free way to build it into your existing Asian itinerary.


Want to leave it to the professionals? Avanti can take care of you from the moment you step off the plane to your last spectacular evening in Asia.

Or perhaps you like planning hotels on your own, but need a fun tour of downtown Ho Chi Minh and not sure where to start looking. Not sure how to make friends in the rice terraces of Sapa? Avanti’s got you covered:


Thailand: Discover the “Land of Smiles” on the bustling streets of Bangkok, to the famous temples of Chiang Mai, to the achingly gorgeous beaches of Phuket.

China: As part of an Asian cruise, spend 1-3 nights post-cruise in Hong Kong exploring Kowloon. Or build in a stop at the ancient port city of Shanghai, now one of the most technologically advanced cosmopolises in the world.

Myanmar: Looking to explore the blooming country of Myanmar? Go back in time to a simpler Asia with Avanti’s Myanmar Essentials: Yangon, Bagan and Manadalay.


Singapore: Explore Singapore Highlights, such as Kampong Glam, Chinatown, Majestic Gardens and Little India, experiencing a one-of-a-kind after dark wildlife safari adventure–on your way to connect to Bali.

Taiwan: Uncover the sleeping, hidden gems of Taiwan, its ornate temples, beautiful lakes and stays in the countryside.

River Cruises: Enjoy ancient waterways with a Mekong River Cruise, Halong Bay Cruise or Yangtze Upstream Cruise.

And Many More Destinations: Japan, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, etc. 

Our Agents at Willamette Intl Travel can design your Asian adventure from start to finish. Call us 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com. 

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Our Top 4 Reasons why you should head to Guatemala this Winter

It’s that time of the year to start thinking about winter vacation — and where else to go for a fun blend of culture and sun but Central America? Peak season is December to May, before the rain starts and school’s out, especially during the holidays—Christmas, New Year and Easter. Why not try Guatemala for a change?

Guatemala, home to fertile lowlands and dynamic volcanoes, has been occupied for millennia. It was the birthplace of the magnificent Mayan empire, culminating in splendid cities, healthy population and countless temples and palaces when Europe was still in its Dark Ages. Its rich Mayan and successive Columbian heritage have made for a unique blend of architecture, markets, food and language. Here are our top five places to visit in Guatemala:


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1. Tikal. Tikal is a large archaeological site in Petén, and once one of the largest Mayan cities. Designated a UNESCO site in 1979, the area has been painstakingly restored. The stone temples and pyramids, lying deep in remote jungles, are marvelous testaments of architectural majesty. Tikal has been ranked in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelers’ Bucket List.


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2. Antigua. Artsy Antigua is a charming city and great place to practice your Spanish. The coffee industry fuels a sophisticated cultural scene. Visitors are sure to spend a few afternoons here exploring sweet shops, admiring the city’s parks or delving into the ruins of an old convent.


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3. Lake Atitlan. Atitlan means “where the rainbow gets its color” in Mayan. This stunning lake covers 50 square miles and is renowned for its beauty—surrounded by volcanoes and many thriving villages. Here you can ease into adventure slowly by hiking one for the many lakeshore trails, or dive right in by paragliding, zip lining, or scuba diving.

4. Chichicastenango. At this famous market you can find an array of colorful wares: everything from handicrafts and textiles to food, pottery, candles, herb, limestones, machetes and incense. Operating on Thursdays and Sundays, the market is also where you’ll stumble on traditional masks used in traditional events like the Dance of the Conquest. Next to the market visitors can wander into the 400-year old Church of Santo Tomas.


CC (c) Adam Baker

Our longterm partners at Avanti Destinations organize custom packages in Central and Latin America—give Willamette Intl Travel a ring to learn more about options to Guatemala.

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All Aboard to Europe with Avanti Destinations!

On the lookout for a quick getaway to Europe this year? Our friends over at Avanti Destinations, a Portland-based travel operator, offer several rail packages to choose from! Here are some sample itineraries to inspire! Call Willamette Intl Travel for more options, general questions, or to book one of these fabulous European escapes. 

Norway in a Nutshell—Explore Oslo, Flåm and Bergen by Rail & Ferry (3 nights)rail3

During this 3-night excursion, take the scenic rail journey from Oslo to the mountain station of Myrdal, and transfer to the Bergen Railway for a stunning natural experience. This train moves slowly so you can take in the spectacular scenery of Norwegian waterfalls, mountains and fjords.

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Culture and Tradition—Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Granada (8 nights)

Spin away for a week to the land of flamenco dance and tapas. Rail is the best way to explore Andalucia, and the major cities: the grand capital Madrid, architecturally exquisite Cordoba, artistic Seville, and the Moorish Granada.

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Majestic Mountain Experiences—Tops of Switzerland (4 nights)

The Tops of Switzerland rail and hotel package includes 5-days of camera-ready rail travel through the lofty splendor of Switzerland, including excursions to two renowned mountaintops. You’ll visit the unforgettable alpine wonderland, Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest-altitude railway station with a 100% guarantee of ice and snow and heart-thumping, panoramic views as far as the Vosges Mountains in France to the Black Forest in Germany. Then it’s on to Lucerne and a unique rail trip up Mount Pilatus – via the world’s steepest cogwheel railway

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Cosmopolitan Adventure—London and Paris (6 nights)

Steeped in tradition and history, these world-class cosmopolitan cities are easily accessible by high-speed rail. Experience trendy London’s cosmopolitan energy and three delicious nights in Paris, the City of Lights.

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rail2Prefer a Roadtrip? Try Avanti’s jaunt through Three Romantic Roads in Germany.

Who is Avanti Destinations? They offer fully customizable tours in a range of destinations in Europe and Latin America. Read more about them in our previous blog post.


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