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San Francisco and Wine Country Delight
I recently took the “San Francisco and Wine Country Delight” tour from Trafalgar Tours. This Trafalgar tour far exceeded my expectations! Of the Trafalgar tours I have been on, this one is one of my favorites! Our tour was a 3 night stay in San Francisco and a 4 night stay in Napa Valley.
Upon arriving at the San Francisco Airport, all of my travel arrangements were taken care of. The Super Shuttle transfer from the airport to the hotel was complimentary and went smoothly. The Hyatt Regency hotel was just as impressive. Decorated in a beautiful, contemporary style, the lobby was breathtaking.
All of those taking the tour met for a meet and greet reception with our tour director. This included wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres. Most of the guests on the tour were wine enthusiasts, so this was a great beginning and we all loved the wine.
Having just the two hotels gave us plenty of time to settle in and relax. Which we really needed since the tour days were fully-booked and give you more bang for your buck!
During our stay in San Francisco, we took tours of all the “must see” parts of the city. We toured the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight-Ashbury and Chinatown. Our tour guide at Haight-Ashbury was a hippy, who better to give a tour of the Grateful Dead house than a San Francisco local?! While in Chinatown, we visited The Golden Gate Cookie Factory. This was a fortune cookie factory and we were able to get free samples!
Many of our meals were included and were so yummy! We also had one free day to take optional tours or sight-see on our own. For those adventurers who like to set out on their own, everyone was given a “hop on/hop off” bus pass that covered all the areas of San Francisco. This was a great time and money saver. This was also particularly beneficial for those that needed a brief rest prior to the Napa tour. San Francisco is a beautiful city that I can’t wait to revisit.
On the 4th day our group headed to Napa Valley. It is considerably much warmer in the valley than the Bay area of San Francisco. We arrived at The River Terrace Inn and settled in for the next 4 nights. Upon check in, we were offered bikes to check out at no extra charge. Mark was amazing! He always had these unexpected treats and surprises for us. He was nice, cheerful and always smiling. He never showed impatience. Since Mark lived in the area we were also able to see his house along the tour.
I absolutely loved Napa Valley! We pretty much ate and “wine tasted” our way through the area. There were several wineries on the tour and I always had a wine glass in my hand! I learned about the different types of grapes used to make wine as well as how the wine making process works.
We took a tour of the Castello di Amorosa castle. It was so beautiful. I have seen many castles in Europe and it looked exactly like them. I had no idea there were European-style castles here in the United States. We had lunch in Calistoga.
Just as in San Francisco, we had one day in Napa Valley to explore the city on our own. My friend and I took full advantage of the bikes and rode all over the Napa area near our inn. It was, just so scenic, aromatic, and the FOOD…words can’t seem to do it justice.
If you are a wine enthusiast, this is the perfect tour for you! Overall it was a wonderful vacation and a great value for all that it included. Honestly, I can’t think of a single thing that could make it better.
Escorted Tours to Europe, Greece, Italy, France, Africa, Australia
TrafalgarTourstoEurope.comis a travel agency specializing in guided travel to Europe, Africa, South America, the Mediterranean, China, and many other worldwide destinations. Through partnering with some of the biggest tour suppliers in the industry such as Trafalgar Tours, TrafalgarTourstoEurope.com is able to offer significant discounts on guided tour vacations.
Houston, TX- In response to the growing popularity of guided travel vacations, TrafalgarTourstoEurope.com (http://www.trafalgartourstoeurope.com) has announced the launch of an initiative to specialize in the sale of escorted tour vacations. With an ever-growing number of options available to the leisure traveler, escorted tours offer an affordable and hassle-free way to get the most out of one’s vacation. Escorted Tours are guided vacations led by a tour director who supervises the tour according to an itinerary. Intra-tour flights, hotels, transportation, transfers, most meals, and many sightseeing excursions are typically included but may vary depending on the tour operator and particular tour. Most tours travel by motor coach and may be fast or slow paced depending on the itinerary.
“Currently there are numerous promotions available on escorted tours to Europe, North America, China, South America, and many other worldwide destinations, giving the leisure traveler numerous options, “says Kim Brown, President of GlobusTourstoEurope.com.
TrafalgarTourstoEurope.com has partnered with some of the most established tour suppliers in the industry including Trafalgar Tours. These large escorted travel companies enjoy great buying power by booking travel arrangements in bulk. Additionally, TrafalgarTourstoEurope.com is able to offer clients low prices because of high sales volume with many of these operators. These relationships afford them exclusive pricing, and in turn the savings are passed on to traveler.
Discounts on escorted tours are available to worldwide destinations such as Europe, Africa, South America, China, France, Italy, Greece, and Australia to name a few. Quote requests can be made online or by calling 1-800-658-0869 to speak to a travel professional.
Escorted Tours to Europe: Top Attractions to See in London, England
London is one of the most popular cities to visit in Europe. London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans, who called it Londinium. London's ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its square-mile mediaeval boundaries. Since at least the 17th century, the name London has also referred to the metropolis developed around this core. The bulk of this conurbation forms the London region and the Greater London administrative area, governed by the elected Mayor of London and the London Assembly.[
London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion,
finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. It is the world's largest financial centre alongside New York, has the largest city GDPin Europeand is home to the headquarters of more than 100 of Europe's 500 largest companies. It has the most international visitors of any city in the world. London Heathrowis the world's busiest airport by number of international passengers. London's 43 universities form the largest concentration of higher education institutionsin Europe. In 2012 London will become the first city to host the Summer Olympicsthree times.
London has a diverse range of historic sites to visit, all with their own unique character and clues to the history surrounding this great city.
Churchill War Rooms
The underground headquarters of the British High Command served as the nerve center of Britain's war effort during World War II.
Imperial War Museum
Aside from the obvious historical importance of some of the documents (like Hitler's signed order authorizing the march on Poland) the museum has a couple of interactive sections that bring the reality of war to life in a way that exhibits in glass cases cannot do. The WWI section wants the visitor to experience what trench warfare was actually like (and you do) and the WWII interactive exhibit attempts to replicate (with great success) what life was like during an air raid for Londoners during the Blitz. One hesitates to say more because of spoiling the experience. Take the Elephant & Castle Line on the Tube and you will be there in a short walk.
The National Gallery, London houses one of the greatest collections of European painting in the world. These pictures belong to the public and entrance to see them is free. The National Gallery's permanent collection spans the period from about 1250 to 1900 and consists of Western European paintings.
Houses of Parliament
The Palace of Westminster is the seat of both chambers of Parliament of the United Kingdom and is located on the north bank of the River Thames in the City of Westminster, close to other government buildings.
Since 1859, this is the most famous and most accurate clock in the world. "Big Ben" is the nickname of the great bell above the tower officially called the "Great Bell".
Tower of London
One of London's most famous landmarks, the historic Tower houses the Crown Jewels, the prison cell of Sir Walter Raleigh, known as the Bloody Tower, and the Chapel of St. John and the Royal Armories.
The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs. The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, with the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint still at its
heart. A treasure house of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles and other artefacts, Westminster Abbey is also the place where some of the most significant people in the nation's history are buried or commemorated. Taken as a whole the tombs and memorials comprise the most significant single collection of monumental sculpture anywhere in the United Kingdom. The Library and Muniment Room houses the important (and growing) collections of archives, printed books and manuscripts belonging to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, providing a centre for their study and for research into all aspects of the Abbey's long and varied history.
Surrounded by vast parklands and gardens, this grand palace has been the Royal London residence since Queen Victoria's time, and contains priceless works of art, fine furniture and decorations that form part of the Royal Collection.
Trafalgar offers a number of tours to London including Royal Britain, Britain and Ireland Experience, and London to Rome Highlights.
Trafalgar Offers Escorted Tours to Australia and the South Pacific
Australia-a country where a casual, outdoor lifestyle intersects with cosmopolitan cities and scenic beauty. It offers you so much-unique wildlife, brilliant colors in the tropics, an Outback adventure, sumptuous restaurants, lively nightlife, fun shopping, and much more-and on this tour, you'll have a chance to experience it all! But first, you'll stop in tropical Fiji, where you can pamper yourself at the spa, swim, shop, or do absolutely nothing!
Discover some of Australia's unique wildlife, including the famed Tasmanian Devil, a carnivorous marsupial with the appearance of a small, stocky dog; the iconic kangaroo, which number roughly 40 million in Australia; koala; crocodile; and Little Penguins, the world's smallest penguin, which you'll see emerge from the sea and march across the beach to their sand dune burrows during the Penguin Parade in Melbourne.
Some of the most popular sights and destinations included on many popular tours to Australia include:
Sydney (NSW): Sydney is more than just the magnificent Harbour Bridge and Opera House. No other city has beaches in such abundance, and few have such a magnificently scenic harbor. Our advice is to board a ferry, walk from one side of the bridge to the other, and try to spend a week here, because you're going to need it. Great Barrier Reef (QLD): It's a glorious 2,000km-long (1,240-mile) underwater coral fairyland with electric colors and bizarre fish life -- and it comes
completewith warm water and year-round sunshine. When you're not snorkeling over coral and giant clams almost as big as you, scuba diving, calling at tropical towns, or lying on deserted island beaches, you'll be trying out the sun lounges or enjoying the first-rate food. Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) & Uluru (Ayers Rock) (NT): This sacred, mysterious, and utterly unforgettable landscape may well be the highlight of your time in Australia. Uluru and Kata Tjuta demand at least 3 days to see everything there is to offer. Ghan Train: This overnight train journey will offer a fascinating perspective of the Outback as you travel from Alice Springs to Adelaide.
Trafalgar offers a number of exciting and activity-filled itineraries to Australia and the South Pacific region. Some of the most popular tours to Australia from the Trafalgar catalogue include: Contrasts of Australia and New Zealand Tour, Australian Exprress, and Best of Australia.
Trafalgar’s Best of Greece Tour: 2011
Trafalgar’s Best of Greece Tour: 2011
Trafalgar’s Best of Greece tour is one of the company’s most popular tour selections. The tour’s itinerary includes all of Greece’s most popular destinations including Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, and Olympia. Gorge yourself with the rich history of Greece on this fascinating tour. Visit the Acropolis surrounded by modern Athens and see the striking Temple of Zeus. Walk Delphi’s Sacred Way, home of the Oracle, and ascend to the mysterious monasteries of Meteora, perched on high pinnacles of rock.
Once known for smog, traffic and tacky architecture, Athens is a city reformed thanks to fortunes brought by the 2004 Summer Olympics. Spotless parks and streets, an ultra-modern subway, new freeways, an accessible airport and all signs in perfect English make the city easily negotiable. Meriting more than a stopover en route to the islands, sophisticated Athens sites include many pillars of Western history, from the Acropolis to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as treasures in the National Archaeological Museum.
Olympia Greecewas the site of the ancient Olympic Games, which were celebrated every four years by the Greeks. Olympia was situated in a valley in Elis, in western Peloponnisos (Peloponnesus), through which runs the Alpheus River. It was not a town, but only a sanctuary with buildings associated with games and the worship of the gods. Olympia was a national shrine of the Greeks and contained many treasures of Greek art, such as temples, monuments, altars, theaters, statues, and votive offerings of brass and marble. The Altis, or sacred precinct, enclosed a level space about 200 m (about 660 ft) long by nearly 177 m (nearly 580 ft) broad. In this were the chief centers of religious worship, the votive buildings, and buildings associated with the administration of the games.
Trafalgar offers a number of exciting and picturesque tours to Greece including “Best of Greece,” “Highlights of Greece,” and a number of tours that combine land tour vacations with cruises along the Aegean Sea. All offer different itineraries and focus on different locales and sights available in the wonderful and picturesque destination of Greece.