Experience culture up close and personal on a river cruise

Travelers are finding river cruises more and more attractive because they offer a great immersive experience into the local culture. GetAway Travel offers a great group trip on one of the industry’s premier river cruise lines. There’s more information here — https://getaway.travel/unique-getaways/spring-city-wine-house-burgundy-river-cruise

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This river cruise slated for 2022 takes you through some prime wine country in France. You can sit on the deck in your recliner and catch some sun with vineyards and great cities and villages rolling by like a travel movie.

Entertaining, relaxing and intimate

If you haven’t taken a river cruise, at GetAway Travel we can whole-heartedly recommend one, because we’ve taken many. There’s a lot to like about a river cruise and a lot to enjoy!

There is a smaller group of people on board the ship and you can make new friends. Everyone gets a room with a view. Because you are traveling on a river, there are no buffeting waves like you’d experience on the ocean.  And everything is just a short walk from your cabin.

Wi-Fi is free so you can share your experiences real time with family and friends.

Once you dock, no pressure

Once you dock, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the city with plenty to do and see.

Excursions are included in the cruise package and you can pick your activity level. Choose a tour with an activity level that is gentle, regular or active. Do you want to take a walking tour with a guide? You get your own personal headset and it’s a local guide with plenty of local insight into the area and the culture.

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Did you need a reason to go to Lyon France? OK, well here’s a few.

Lyon, France is one large UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a very large renaissance era old town and Roman ruins.   The city was founded 2,000 years where the Rhône and Saône Rivers meet. 

Lyon built its fortune on the silk trade.  During the 16th century it was estimated that there were at least 180,000 looms in the city.

The Fourvière Basilica is a magnificent church, ever visible on the hill to west of the city.  In December, the famous Fête des Lumières takes place in praise of the Virgin Mary, to whom the Basilica is dedicated, for protecting the city from the bubonic plague in the 17th century.

On the left bank of the Saône is the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière, which even after 2000 years is still being used as a performance venue.

At the Lyon Cathedral, many of the stain glassed windows you see are from the 1300’s.  They were taken down and packed away during WWII to save them from bomb damage.  

The word “FUN” is found in Funicular.  This one will take you from the river to the top of the Fourvière hill.

This is really just a small bit of highlights you’ll enjoy in Lyon.  

To see them all – why not join us in November of 2022 on our exclusive Spring City Wine House Burgundy & Provence River Cruise.  Lyon is just one of the many stops during our week that you will enjoy.

See our web page for more details

Here is how accessible the city is from a River Cruise – parked right in the heart of the old town area – amazing!  We look forward to seeing YOU in Lyon.

World of Travel Opening Up – Again

If travel were a toddler, it would be past the toddling stage and into elementary school. In some cases, even into junior high. The pent-up quest for adventure means as travel restrictions ease up, access to prime locations and tours are booking up.

To keep the toddler analogy going, it’s time to start planning for that “college” vacation. GetAway Travel is ready to tailor a vacation to your needs.  For more ideas –  take a look at our fabulous selection of 2022 group tours on our website.

Confusing restrictions and requirements

Sure, there seems to be a lot more rules governing when you can get to a location and what you need, but that’s where a good travel agency is important. We stay on top of those rules and restrictions for you.

Which country needs a test 24 hours before, seven days before, do you need a vaccination passport, is there a quarantine period, a limit on stays and what documentation is required?

We can help with all those questions.

And, as time goes by, more and more countries are relaxing and streamlining their requirements. That’s another reason why you should be planning your trip for the end of 2021, but probably into 2022 right now.

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A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! 

Wow! – What a year it has been!  Never in our lifetimes has the whole world faced such challenges as it has in 2020.   Like many industries, the world of travel was absolutely turned upside down, with every possible facet feeling the effects of shelteringinplace and closed borders.  Much of the world is still closed to us now, but that will eventually change as we move through 2021.  The desire for new experiences motivates us even now to look into the future with great anticipation of our next great travel adventure. 

Here’s a great quote from travel writer Bill Bryson –

 

 “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” 

Unfortunately, much of this year has been Groundhog Day – over and over again with the scenery rarely changing, as we patiently and hopefully – safely wait for our next opportunity to experience everyday things as if for the first time.  

Many of us have had more than our share of challenges and tragedies in 2020.   We’re not complaining though as we’ve also had more than our share of blessings this year!   

The travel business is still in a severe downturn, yet we remain steadfast in our resolve to go beyond our current circumstances and get to a brighter future.  We are look forward to the great reward that travel truly is and we know you are doing the same.  Despite the obstacles, we remain open, available, willing and more than excited to help you plan your next great adventure.    

We know many of you are waiting for the world to return to normal before making plans.  We get it.  Don’t forget though that travel brings joys before during and after your trip.  The joy of sharing travel memories with friends and loved ones, the great joy of the journey itself and the joy of anticipation from planning your next great trip. 

When you’re ready again to take that first step – planning – give us a call, we’re here for you – same as we’ve been for the last 21 years. 

 

 

Queensland, Australia – Virtual Vacation Thursday – June 18, 2020

Queensland calls itself the ‘Sunshine State’, and enjoys semi-tropical weather, thousands of miles of beaches, and an easy going life-style. Queensland occupies approximately 25% of of Australia, so there’s lots of space for you to explore. In the north the tropical region has rain-forests, gorges, islands, and massive rivers which cut access to many places after rains. In the south, the climate is more moderate with cooler nights and clearer days. It is divided east-west by the Great Dividing Range which closely follows the coastline. West of the range the ‘Outback’ is cattle country with sparse vegetation and in the more remote areas nights will be below zero in winter and days can reach over 100° in summer. The region features some of Australia’s most iconic tour attractions including the Great Barrier Reef and the Gold Coast.

You have 3 options for this virtual vacation join one or join them all – click on the links below to register.  You will be asked for your Travel Advisors Name (Sue Adams) and Agency (GetAway Travel LLC) when registering.

 “The Fun is the Planning. So Join in and Let the Fun Begin!”

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  SESSION 1

10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET 

SESSION 2

12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

SESSION 3

2pm PT, 3pm MT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET

 

We look forward to “seeing” you in Queensland!

June 2020 Virtual Vacations

They say that failing to plan is planning to fail. If we want to see and do things in our life, we have to make a list of them. While we are still waiting for this pandemic to be over, now is a good time to create your Travel Bucket List.

Our June Virtual Vacations will take you to some amazing destinations in Asia, Africa and Australia. Each offering a completely different experience and possibly another must do and see destination to add to your bucket list.

Will you be tempted by Thailand, the jewel of Southeast Asia, or perhaps escaping on a Botswana safari, to Africa’s gem of the Delta. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and friendly koalas will be calling you to Queensland, while the land of the rising sun, Japan, offers some truly unforgettable experiences and breathtaking moments.

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These sessions are hosted by our friend Jeff Adam from Down Under Answers

You have 3 options for each session – join one or join them all – click on the links below to register.  You will be asked for your Travel Advisors Name (Sue Adams) and Agency (GetAway Travel LLC) when registering.

 “The Fun is the Planning. So Join in and Let the Fun Begin!”

Thailand June 4

 SESSION 1

10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET 

SESSION 2

12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

SESSION 3

 2 pm PT, 3pm MT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET

Botswana June 11

  SESSION 1

10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET 

SESSION 2

12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

SESSION 3

2pm PT, 3pm MT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET

Queensland June 18

  SESSION 1

10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET 

SESSION 2

12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

SESSION 3

2pm PT, 3pm MT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET

Japan June 25

 SESSION 1

10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

SESSION 2

12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

SESSION 3

2pm PT, 3pm MT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET

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Kenya Safaris – This weeks Virtual Vacation

Within the borders of a single country, you will find savannahs rich with big game, timeless cultures unchanged by the modern world, pristine beaches and coral reef, equatorial forests and mighty snow-capped mountains, searing deserts and cool highland retreats and endless opportunities for adventure, discovery, relaxation; more than you would ever expect.  This country is Kenya..

Join us on Thursday May 28

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KENYA is the birthplace of the safari experience and the movie “Out of Africa” can lay claim to triggering North America’s interest in East Africa safaris. We are also drawn to the Great Migration of wildebeest seen on National Geographic documentaries with cunning carnivores in hot pursuit.

You have 3 options this Thursday, May 28 to hear more about travel to Kenya – click on the links below to register.  You will be asked for your Travel Advisors Name (Sue Adams) and Agency (GetAway Travel LLC) when registering.

Session 1 

10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET 

Session 2

12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

Session 3

2pm PT, 3pm MT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET

We hope you join us!

Virtual Visit – This week – South Africa

South Africa is an incredible destination in so many ways – it is the kind of destination that will touch all of your senses in a myriad of ways, and once all is said and done you probably won’t be the same again. The incredible diversity is a key attraction – from the deserts of the Kgalagadi to the lush green forests of Tsitsikamma to the unspoiled beaches of the Wild Coast to the vibrant nightlife of Cape Town – South Africa really does have it all.

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You have 3 options this Thursday, May 21 to hear more about travel to South Africa – click on the links below to register.  You will be asked for your Travel Advisors Name (Sue Adams) and Agency (GetAway Travel LLC) when registering.

Session 1  – 10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

Session 2 – 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

Session 3 – 2pm PT, 3pm MT, 4pm CT, 5pm ET

South Africa truly is a ground-breaking destination for explorers and adventurers who want to experience life in all its fullness. South Africa is a destination that allows you to scratch below the surface and experience endless possibilities, and to walk away the richer for having been here.

South Pacific Virtual Vacation

The South Pacific is incredibly vast and blue, covering 11 million square miles stretching from the top of Australia to the Hawaiian Islands. Celebrated by artists and writers, from Paul Gauguin to James Michener, these thousands of tiny coral and volcanic-stone dots are home to fascinating peoples and cultures.

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