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2019-07-05 Newfoundland

Newfoundland

July 5 – 19
Gettysburg

There’s not another destination like it! With a richness of unspoiled land and native wildlife. Newfoundland has significate history and distant culture. The dramatic shoreline is home to puffins and whales.

Package Includes:
  • 14 Nights Lodging
  • 43 Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • Local guide
  • Ferry with private berth
  • Tours and admission fees for St. Johns City Tour, Signal Hill, Cape Spear, Johnson Geo Centre, Coastal Railway Museum, Hawthorne Cottage, Ye Olde Stone Barn, Cupid’s Museum, , Long Point Lighthouse, Barbour Living Heritage Museum, Terra Nova National Park Trinity Historic sites, Random Passage, Bonavista Lighthouse, Ryan Premises National Historic Site, Matthew Lagacy, L’Anse Aux Meadows, Norstead, Grenfell Mission Historic Properties, Port au Choix, Corner Brook Museum & Newfie Bullet Bay Bulls, Nature Cruise & Trout River Boat Cruise, Gros Morne National Park with Discovery Centre & Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse
  • Baggage handling for one suitcase per person
  • Premier coach transportation
Pricing:
$4,999 Double | $6,725 Single

2019-07-30 Maine

Ogunquit Maine

July 30 – August 1
Highland Games

Day 1: Travel by motorcoach to the Maine coast where we will kick things off with a lobster dinner. Then take the afternoon to explore downtown Ogunquit, take a dip in one of the hotel pools or hot tubs, lay on the beach, or stroll Marginal Way. Everything is within walking distance to the hotel. Everybody will reconvene for dinner and then spend your evening as you wish.
Day 2: Early risers may want to watch the sun rise over the ocean. Breakfast is at your leisure in the hotel before we head out. This morning we will tour the coast on a boat cruise and maybe learn a little about lobstering. Next we head to up the coast to Kennybunkport where we well have a great lunch by the ocean and you will have a chance to explore another charming Maine town. Tonight features an elegant dinner and then off to the Ogunquit Playhouse to see a performance of Mr. Holland’s Opus.
Day 3: After breakfast we board the motorcoach and say goodbye to Ogunquit but there is still plenty to do on our way back home. All of the cameras will be out as we stop to see Nubble Lighthouse on Cape Neddick. Then satisfy your sweet tooth or just bring home some goodies from our stop at a candy store with over 10,000 pounds of treats on display. Save your appetite thought as the next stop is an upscale steak house for a meal you will remember. Just in case the big meal is not enough to facilitate your northbound nap we will be making one more stop for a tour and tasting at a winery.

Pricing:
$999 per person | $1,199 Single

2019-08-09 Alaska

Alaska Land & Sea

August 9 – 25

If you’ve ever talked to anyone who has been to Alaska, they’ve raved about it! This is your chance.

Package Includes:
  • Round-trip airfare and transportation from Vermont
  • 2 Nights in Vancouver and city tour before boarding ship
  • One week cruising by glaciers up the inward passage and stopping at coastal towns, some don’t even connect to the mainland
  • One week inland headed up to Fairbanks visiting Denali National Park and admiring the wild life and the tallest mountain in North America at 20,310’
  • Tundra Wilderness Tour, Riverboat Glacier cruise, McKinley Explorer dome train from Anchorage to Denali
  • All meals, including special VGMT Salmon bake & dinner theatre at the McKinley Chalet & dinner theater at Palace theatre in Fairbanks
  • Transfers, ship gratuities, taxes, fees, port charges
Pricing:
Double
$5,798 Inside Cabin | $5,865 Ocean View | $7,350 Verandah
Single
$7,000 Inside Cabin | $8,000 Ocean View | $9,000 Verandah

2019-09-14 Badlands

Badlands, Dakotas, National Parks, Mackinac Island, Amish Country, Naigara Falls

September 14 – 28
Gettysburg

There are over 30 points of interest on this 15 day road trip.

Package Includes:
  • 14 Nights Lodging
  • 43 Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • Visit the Henry Ford museum
  • Stay in a German Village
  • Appreciate the pomp and opulence of an overly formal dinner
  • Revel at the size of the Mall of America the largest mall in the USA
  • Watch herds of buffalo roam the great plains
  • Envision life as a roughrider in Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Or a gunslinger in Deadwood
  • Explore Wind Cave National Park and surrounding Custer State Park
  • Compare Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Admire the Badlands and National Grasslands
  • Stay in Amish Country and learn the simple ways of life
  • Marvel at the power of Niagara Falls
  • Premier coach transportation
Pricing:
$4,400 Double | $5,800 Single

2019-10-05 Fall Foliage

Fryeburg Fair, Hobo Railroad, Foliage Tour

October 5 – 6
Highland Games

People from all over the world travel to regions like ours to admire the beauty of foliage season. We’re lucky enough to live in one of the best areas for it and that makes it easy and affordable to enjoy an experience that is out of reach for most. We will travel across northern Vermont into New Hampshire where we will embark on the Hobo Railroad. A scenic train ride in the White Mountains providing spectacular views, entertainment and a tasty turkey dinner. We then continue east to Maine and the Fryeburg Fair. A classic New England tradition since 1851 this agricultural fair covers 185 acres. You’ll find everything you’d expect and more. The pig scramble is sure to make you smile as you watch a group of children chase after piglets eager to fill their burlap sacks with one. Don’t worry about trying to squeeze the whole fair into Saturday evening, because after a night at the hotel, we’re back again on Sunday.

Package Includes:
  • 1 Night lodging
  • 2 Day admission to Fryeburg Fair
  • Train ride with lunch
  • Premier Coach transportation
Pricing:
$349 Double | $449 Single

2020-01-10 NCL Western Caribbean Cruise

Western Caribbean Cruise

January 10 – 22, 2020
Highland Games

Escape winter and explore the islands on one of Norwegian Cruise Lines newest ships. This itinerary is filled with beautiful beaches but for those who enjoy immersing themselves in an underwater world of coral and tropical fish it features several of the best snorkeling spots in the world! Stop first at Great Stirrup Cay, NCL’s 250-acre paradise in the Bahamas. Go parasailing, kayaking, or relax on the pristine beach. Nearby Nassau also offers incredible reef access, beautiful beaches and great shopping. In Ocho Rios, you can make the exhilarating climb up the limestone-terraced steps of Dunn’s River Falls, 600 feet of beautiful cascades and pools surrounded by lush Jamaican rainforest, or find your way to the blue hole. Sure you can open a bank account in Grand Cayman but it’s a lot more fun to swim with rays at stingray city. In Roatan it is possible to swim with sharks but if that sounds too intense perhaps riding a dolphin is the experience you’re looking for. Harvest Caye is NCL’s premier resort-style destination in Belize for fun in the sun where you can cool off with a drink at the swim-up bar. Then head west to Cozumel on the coast of Mexico’s beautiful Yucatán Peninsula. Here you will have an opportunity to visit an ancient Mayan temple, explore the jungle in an ATV or just relax poolside at a beach club. The last port of call is Cozumel where you can find out for yourself if the famous beaches live up the hype.

Package Includes:
  • Roundtrip airfare between Burlington, VT and Orlando, FL
  • Ground transportation
  • 1 night hotel in Cape Canaveral
  • 11 nights on Norwegian Breakaway
  • Taxes, fees and port expenses for ship
  • All meals
  • All tipping and gratuities (except your VGMT tour guide)
Pricing:
Inside room: $2,185 Double | $3,150 Single
Ocean-view room: $2,475 Double | $3,960 Single
Balcony: $2,840 Double | $4,480 Single

2020-??-?? South America

South America

Early 2020
Highland Games

From Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires to the Natural Wonder of Iguazu Falls, and Brazil’s marvelous Rio de Janeiro, delve into the vivacious sights and sounds of South America. Spend three nights in fantastic Buenos Aires. Discover the best Tango show in Buenos Aires and stroll the famed 9th of July Boulevard as you explore life in this vibrant city. Spend a day in the Argentinian countryside featuring a traditional asado lunch and gaucho horse show at an estancia. Behold the power of the Iguazu Falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian vantage points and explore Iguazu National Park. Learn how to craft the famous caipriniha cocktail. Eat and dance with the locals at a dinner and music show in Rio de Janeiro. Ascend Corcovado by train to Christ the Redeemer, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Step behind-the-scenes at Carnival. Finally, indulge in a Brazilian-style barbeque at one of Rio’s top churrascaria restaurants. Continue on with an adventure to the Brazilian Amazon to enjoy three nights at a rainforest eco-lodge. With your naturalist guide, travel via canoe as you search for capybara and caimans; visit the Monkey Jungle Reserve; hike to the Botanical Garden spotting howler monkeys, agoutis, and toucans along the way; fish for piranha; and cruise to the famous “Meeting of the Waters.”

Package Includes:
  • Flights to 5 different destionations
  • 11 nights lodging
  • Ground transportation
  • All meals
  • All tipping and gratuities (except your tour guides)
Pricing:
$7,499 Double | $8,349 Single

2020-08-14 Oberammageau

The Alps and Oberammageau Passion Play

August 14 – 27, 2020
Highland Games

Behold spectacular Alpine vistas and enjoy a performance of the famed Oberammergau Passion Play on this journey through Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. Begin your tour with a stay at Lago Maggiore in the amazing lakes region of Italy at the foot of the Alps. Next travel into Switzerland and visit Zermatt where you will marvel at the Matterhorn as it towers over the city from the distance. Next climb aboard the Glacier Express for an unforgettable train ride through the Alpine scenery of majestic mountains, verdant valleys, picturesque canyons, glistening glaciers and snowcapped peaks. After a stay in St. Moritz we will make our way across the border of Austria to Innsbruck. From there we will visit Salzbrug for a tour featuring the birthplace of Mozart and Mirabell Gardens, before treating your taste buds to a scrumptious dinner and Mozart concert at the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant. The tour then leads into yet another country as we make our way to Germany’s Bavarian capital of Munich. The city tour here will highlight the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel and the Olympic Park. Your final destination Oberammergau, a quaint village nestled in the Bavarian Alps, is where you’ll witness a performance of the world-renowned Passion Play, whose origins date back to 1634. Watch as the entire village comes together to fulfill their vow to perform a play every ten years in honor of Christ’s life if they were spared from the Black Plague. This is an event that will not happen again until 2030, so don’t miss it while you have the chance. Our last day of touring features a pair of properties beyond your dreams. The Linderhof Palace is pure opulence and over the top ornate in every room. The Neuschwanstein Castle perched on top of a steep rock hill seems straight out of a fairy tale for good reason, it was inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

Package Includes:
  • Round trip airfare
  • All ground transportation – motor coach and train
  • All meals
  • Ticket to the Oberammageau Passion Play
Pricing:
$8,710 Double | $10,520 Single

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