Do you schedule your vacation based simply on when you can get time-off from your job, or do you plan on attending special events? Special tours and cruises are scheduled to take advantage of holidays and celebrations. Here are a few you might consider: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Calgary Stampede, Christmas Markets, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Fall Foliage, Great Migration, Kentucky Derby, Northern Lights Viewing, Oktoberfest, Rose Bowl Parade, Tulip Time in Holland. You might shop for trinkets at a Christmas market on a European river cruise, enjoy a beer with new friends at Oktoberfest or catch a show at the Calgary Stampede after visiting some of Canada’s stunning national parks. Many people go to New York in the fall for opening of new Broadway shows. Golfers might follow the golf tournaments around the country, or spend a few weeks in early spring watching major league baseball teams in their practice games.
You could plan on returning to the same general area, such as Great Britain, several vacations in a row. Tours can visit England, Ireland (also known as the Irish Republic), Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Escorted tours include a guide who travels with the group. Great Britain is a region of fascinating history, sweeping scenic landscapes and vibrant culture. In England, you would visit legendary Stonehenge, with its massive stone structures that some believe to be 4,000 years old, or Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Explore the Lake District. Take in the sights of London, from the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace to the magnificent St. Paul’s cathedral. Don’t forget the shopping and the theaters.
In Scotland most itineraries spend time in Edinburgh and travel the Royal Mile to the city’s castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels. You will want to scan Loch Ness for its mythical monster.
In Wales, see the Gothic-style Cardiff Castle in the capital city, visit Snowdonia National Park, and the imposing citadel at Caernarfon. Cross St. George’s Channel to reach the Emerald Isle for the towering Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry, which winds past seascapes and mountain peaks. In Northern Ireland, see the unusual basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway or the landmarks of Belfast.
Don’t forget you can do an English Channel crossing and continue your explorations in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal. There’s just no end to the fascinating places in Western Europe.
You just have to decide where to start! Then talk to your favorite travel agent!