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 Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef

March 14-24, 2018

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Tuesday
Apr182017

Solo Italy

Sally-I just got back last night and had a fabulous experience!  Our tour guide, Maria Pilar Roccio was fantastic (the whole group agreed).  She lives in Rome- and does tours in Italy, Greece, Great Britain, Spain, maybe more.  She works for many tour companies, but can also do private tours. She was a great planner, organizer, fun, and found off-beaten places so we could spend time with local folks trying their food and wine, and learning their culture.  She has 25 years of experience.

The cooking class you found was absolutely fabulous!!! Thank you so much for finding it and encouraging me to keep the reservation. I would very highly recommend Francesca to your clients. The taxi was expensive ($110 total) but there was a lot of traffic due to Easter celebration-lots of people in town. 

It was supposed to be a 2 hr class then dinner-but she spent 6 hours with me (I was the only student) and we had so much fun! We made 4 kinds of pasta, 2 kinds of sauces, focaccia bread, and tiramisu. She was an architect who decided to go to Le Cordon Bleu for pastries- but much of what she learned about pasta, she learned from her grandmother.

I also spent part of the day walking along Lago Maggiore-it's exceptionally beautiful here with the Alps in the background and flowers blooming everywhere. I join up with the Colette group tomorrow...

The flights went well~ was a bit tight in Brussels because I had to go through immigration, then a second security check at the gate.  The flight to Chicago- seat 21H proved to be a weird seat (the flight attendant even commented on it) that you wouldn't of known about by just looking at the seat arrangement that comes up on the screen- because it looks like an aisle seat, and it is- but it was an unusual one because there was no place to put your stuff and the tray and TV screens were like the bulk-head kind.  It wasn't worth the extra $149, so United said to contact them via their website--- unless you had another idea.

The transfers from and to the airport went great.  In Chicago- I had plenty of time- my Global Entry card breezed me through customs in about 2 minutes.  Took about 1/2 hour to get my luggage and recheck it. 

Thank you kindly Sally~ I really loved my experiences on this trip!

Kay S

Wednesday
Mar292017

Eastern Caribbean Group Cruise

We had a fabulous time on our eight day Eastern Caribbean Cruise. Thanks to our travel agent Lori, who was always available to us... and Vagabond Travel.  Our favorit island was St Martin!

Denise H

Friday
Mar172017

Annual group vacation... this year, ARUBA!

Sally, Thanks again to you and your staff for arranging another great vacation for our group!

The RIU Palace Aruba was a beautiful resort. For as large as it was, everything was very accessible, didn’t feel like we had to walk too far for anything. The rooms were great – we were in the main building “A”, rooms 902, 903 and 905 – all looking out onto the pool and ocean. Weather was perfect! Constant breeze kept everyone comfortable. 2-3 days were extra breezy and we were hit by sand gusts throughout the day, but just on the really breezy days. The reviews we read in advance said food in specialty restaurants was mediocre and buffet food was better. We only experienced one specialty restaurant – Nautilus steak house. Food was good but it took a lot of arguing to even get in. This resort (or all RIU’s, not sure) took away the reservation process for the specialty restaurants and they cannot accommodate the # of customers they have. We were told at front desk – specialty restaurants open from 6:30-9:30. Go whenever and you will be given a “buzzer”, may have to wait for ½ or so. We saw people at 8:30 that had buzzers since 7pm and had not been seated and we tried at 8pm and were told the restaurants were closed! Different stories from 5 different staff members. Dave spoke to a manager that guaranteed us a seat at Nautilus the next night and that guarantee was honored. We ate at Buffet 3 nights and then ate off premises 3 nights. Buffet was good, but not spectacular. Off premise dining was delicious and averaged $68-$85 per person with drinks, tax and 20% tip).

Transportation to and from airports was very convenient. Needed a lot of time at Aruba airport on return – we “went thru U.S. customs” in Aruba – this was time consuming, but VERY convenient when we landed at JFK.

Thanks again helping make Aruba a GREAT VACATION for us.

REPLY: THE NO RESERVATION POLICY IS A NEW "FEATURE" THAT RIU IS TRYING OUT.  SOUNDS LIKE THEY HAVEN'T WORKED OUT ALL OF THE KINKS YET.  WE WILL BE SURE TO FILE SOME FEEDBACK WITH THE PROPERTY.

Thursday
Sep222016

Las Vegas and the National parks

Our 11 day trip to NV, UT and AZ was GRAND! We stayed at the Lake Las Vegas Westin the first two nights – like a palace. We stayed there the last night too before we flew back. They let us have a very late check out on the last day. Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon were inspiring. The Colorado river raft ride was refreshing and the Hoover dam tour was fascinating.  Sleeping on the plane on night flight back wasn't something we did but it didn't dampen the awesomeness of our trip.

Thanks Again!

Sheila M

Wednesday
Sep142016

Spain and Italy combo vacation

Sally and her staff planned a SUPERB anniversary trip for my husband and myself to Venice and Barcelona. With her experience and suggestions, we were also able to see Burano, Murano and Florence seamlessly as she prepared all the necessary transfers and rail passes. Their office confirmed our flights and hotel arrangements and our name was even displayed when we went to secure the small craft transfer over to Venice from the mainland. She presented us with many day-tour options to chose from, all based on our desires and interests. From the museums to the food and wine tours our trip was everything exactly the way we wanted it to be. I will NEVER plan a vacation without using Vagabond Tour and Travel…We can't wait for our Hawaii trip in fall of 2017...when you can bet we'll be calling on Sally!

Ann & Chris B