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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.

HIDDEN GEMS OF NEW ENGLAND, 8 days

 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.

 

YOSEMITE AND SEQUOIA: JOHN MUIR’S CALIFORNIA, 8 days

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 info@wittravel.com to speak with any of our qualified agents.

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Reading List: Pacific Northwest & the Columbia River

Time for another reading list from your agents! Today we’re taking a look at some of our favorite nature and historic books on the Pacific Northwest and the Columbia River…

Robin Cody. Voyage of a Summer Sun: Canoeing the Columbia River. A canoe trip from the headwaters of Columbia to Astoria

William L. Lang and Robert C, Carriker. Great River of the West: Essays on the Columbia River. Essays from historians and anthropologists on the history, culture, and mythos of the river.

Robin Cody. Another Way the River Has. Old and new essays about life on and around the Columbia River, from Estacada to Ilwaco.

John Logan Allen, Marjorie Burns, and Sam Sargent. Cataclysms on the Columbia. All about geology of the area, Bretz floods, etc

R. Gregory Nokes. Massacred for Gold. The 1887 massacre of 30 Chinese on the Oregon side of Hells Canyon.

William Dietrich. Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River. Another engaging history of the Columbia river.

Bill Mercer. People of the River: Native Arts of the Oregon Territory. An insightful and compelling study on the rich artistic heritage of Native Americans and their unique designs, materials, motifs.

Marge and Ted Mueller. Fire, Faults, and Floods: A Road & Trail Guide Exploring the Origins of the Columbia River Basin. Fifty-three trails on and over cliffs, walls, potholes, caves, and rivers through the Pacific Northwest. Includes maps, photographs, and illustrations. 

Planning a trip to the PNW? Call us for more details! Wittravel is based in Portland, Oregon, giving us a terrific base from which to design a “naturesque” vacation just for you.

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Cars Land: A Client’s First Hand Report on the Grand Opening

Our client Larry Cerotsky celebrated his 60th birthday ago by heading to Disney’s California Adventure® Park with his wife, 2 children and 4 grandkids. They stayed at the Disneyland® Hotel and were there for the grand opening of Cars Land! Inspired by the 2006 Pixar film, Cars, Cars Land is 12 acres and includes rides like Radiator Springs Racers, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Luigi’s FlyingTires, as well as a number of restaurants. See what Larry’s daughter Darci had to say:

“We had a great time in Disneyland.  Everyone had a blast!!  The crowds were not bad in Disneyland until the day that we left.  It was definitely much more crowded than the other days.  It was nice though because the crowds made it much easier to leave.  Cars Land was really cute.  It looks exactly like the movie.  The radiator springs racer ride was fun.  We only went on it once…….we stood in line for 2 hours & 15 minutes.  We also went on the tractor ride….that was fun as well.  The wait for that was about 40 minutes.  Every so often Mater and Lightning Mcqueen would drive thru the streets. Yeah……Dad was definitely surprised by the limo.  It was fun……..it was a great way to end the vacation!!”

Interested in booking a vacation at any of the Disneyland® Parks? Come check out the new Cars Land in California! Email us at info@wittravel.com or call toll-free at 800.821.0401.

 

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Agent Picks: Our Top 2012 Destinations

This week we asked around the office for our agents’ top destinations for 2012, and here are some of our awesome picks:

photo by Hector Garcia

Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are situated between French Polynesia and Tonga, comprised of 15 islands. Summers (Nov-Apr) are warm with afternoon rains, and winters are cooler and dry. It is largely unspoiled, with pristine beaches, coral atolls, blue lagoons and white sands. With no high rise hotels and a culture firmly based in its roots—each island offers unique ways to relax and enjoy Polynesia. The visitor can enjoy a variety of activities, including swimming in resorts, visiting the famous Aitutaki Lagoon, snorkeling, scuba diving, mountain hiking or stopping for a shore excursion at Palmerston Atoll.

photo by Arian Zwegers

Baltics

Since the fall of Soviet communism, the Baltic states—namely Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia—have slowly emerged as a major travel hub. Still under the American traveler’s radar, the capitals of Vilnius, Riga and Talinn still retain their refreshing and unspoiled vibe. With old world architecture, pastel colors, and rich cultural backgrounds, the people have been called welcoming and yet still an enigma. The Baltics are also relatively inexpensive for Europe, with boutique hotels running less than 150 USD per night and private tours available for a third of the price of their Western European equivalents. From the lively cities to the icy resorts on the Baltic Sea, there’s something for nature and culture lovers alike.

photo by xiquinhosilva

 Turkey

Turkey is a less expensive option to neighboring and popular Greece—but as equally worth your time due to its rich cultural heritage and diverse landscapes—from mountains to beaches to ancient monuments and ruins. Depending on your travel tastes, spend your vacation wandering through bipolar cosmopolitan Istanbul, sunbathing on the Bodrum Peninsula, touring the fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, or unwinding in a steamy hamam. If you’re feeling more adventurous, we recommend exploring the uncharted deserts of Eastern Turkey, trekking through the Ottoman and Greek ruins, or hiking through Nemrut Dagi National Park. Above all, don’t miss the food—mouthwatering mezes, olives, kebabs, anchovies, baklava, and kanafeh (a sweet and delicious pastry). WIT works with a fantastic tour guide named Meli who provides fully escorted tours through incredible historical sites, hot springs, monasteries, and the gorgeous architectural wonders of the Aya Sophia and Topkapi Palace.

photo by Maurizio Costanzo

Ecuador/Galapagos

Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America, but features a biodiversity unparalleled in the Western Hemisphere. For decades a top destination for nature lovers, the country features volcanoes, tropical forests, Pacific coast, indigenous markets, and unique wildlife. Most popular are the Galapagos Islands, barren but beautiful landscapes ripe with giant tortoises, penguins, marine iguanas and sea lions. Due to the fragility of the islands, tourists’ access is limited and must be accompanied by a park-certified tour guide.

photo courtesy of Viking River Cruises

 European River Cruises

The European river cruise is a massively growing industry—not a destination, but a worthy travel experience in of itself. These cruises are often all-inclusive, allowing Americans to avoid high exchange rates by locking fares in dollars, and can include accommodations, remarkable scenery, meals from stellar chefs and occasionally shore excursions. The most popular routes are on the Douro River, the Rhone, the Rhine and the Danube. River boats travel at a leisurely pace of 5 mph, allowing travelers spectacular views of the countryside, vineyards, castles, and villages. They can accommodate from 200-300 passengers, and the tiniest barges as few as four—intimate yet never feeling claustrophobic Many ships offer deluxe cabins, or suites with balconies, and there is a small number of public rooms and plenty of deck space. Fall is a popular time to go—the time for grape harvesting, Oktoberfest brewing, and the polychromatic turning of the seasons.

photo by @Michael

USA National Parks

Summer is a time for parks, and no better place to check out wildlife than in America’s diverse and breathtaking national parks. The National Park Service protects 58 areas across America, so there’s no excuse not to find one for a hike! Lodges are already selling out in well-known destinations such as Bryce Canyon or Montana’s Glacier Park. In Oregon, check out Crater Lake, Fort Clatsop, John Day Fossil Beds, or the Oregon Caves—or hike a historical trail, such as the Lewis & Clark or Pacific Crest trails. Some of the tours WIT works with offer escorted park tours, like Tauck’s Southwestern canyon vacation or their Yosemite trail, both crafted by filmmaker Ken Burns.

Interested in traveling this year to a top destination? Email info@wittravel.com or call us at 503.224.0180.

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