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Tour Newsletter Dated May 13, 2021
Dear Vacations To Go Customer,There's more good news on the Covid-19 front as new cases in the U.S. are down 73% since the peak on January 11 and cases in Canada are down 66% since the peak on January 9. Click here to see numbers for the U.S. and click here to see numbers for Canada.
The new, one-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson was approved by the FDA this past weekend and will be put to use immediately alongside the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. J&J has promised 100 million doses by the end of June and it looks increasingly likely that every American who wants the vaccine will be able to get it by the end of June or July. Prime Minister Trudeau has said that every Canadian who wants the vaccine will be able to get it by the end of September.
Half of Americans age 65 and older have already received at least one dose of a vaccine and that segment of the population is helping to fuel a surge in bookings at Vacations To Go.
I apologize to anyone who waited on hold to speak to one of our amazing tour specialists in the past 10 days.
This week, I'll tell you about some of the world's most extraordinary natural wonders. Guided tours and independent vacation packages provide easy access to these special places. Click the name of any attraction below to see a photo.
Carved by the Colorado River, Arizona's Grand Canyon measures 277 miles long, 4 to 18 miles wide and 1 mile deep. It offers dramatic, beautifully colored landscapes and is one of the most studied geological areas in the world. Hiking, mule rides and white-water rafting are popular ways to explore the canyon. Click here for tours that visit the Grand Canyon.
Redwood National Forest in Northern California is home to the world's tallest trees. An old-growth redwood can reach more than 200 feet tall and up to 20 feet in diameter. The average age of the redwood trees is about 500 to 700 years old. Click here for trips that include the redwoods.
The Giant's Causeway on Northern Ireland's coast is an unusual sight of about 40,000 interlocking, hexagonal basalt columns that form steps down to the sea. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is the result of a volcanic eruption, but legend says the natural wonder was built by a giant named Finn McCool. Click here for tours that stop at the Giant's Causeway.
Formed by erosion from the Atlantic Ocean, the harbor of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is the largest natural bay in the world based on volume of water. Also known as Guanabara Bay, the harbor is surrounded by monolith granite mountains, including Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Tijuca hills and Corcovado Peak (home to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue). The bay includes over 130 islands. Click here for trips that visit Rio de Janeiro.
Fed by Zambia's Zambezi River, Victoria Falls is the world's largest waterfall, based on height and width of the water sheet during the rainy period. The mist created by the falls as the thundering curtain of water plummets into the Zambezi Gorge can rise 100 feet in the air, explaining the name given by the Kololo tribe in the 1800s: Mosi-oa-Tunya -- "the smoke that thunders." Click here for vacations that take you to Victoria Falls.
One of the most incredible places on Earth is Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater. Created when the upper two-thirds of a towering volcano collapsed into its base, the Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest unbroken caldera. Often called "Africa's Garden of Eden," it encompasses more than 100 square miles of desert, grasslands, forests, lakes and streams, and it contains more than 25,000 large animals and the greatest concentration of mammalian predators in the world. Click here for safaris that spend time at Ngorongoro Crater.
Feel the spray from thundering Iguazu Falls, which spills into Brazil and Argentina. This horseshoe-shaped site measures 1.7 miles wide, and up to 275 separate cascades have been counted, the tallest plunging more than 260 feet. The surrounding subtropical rainforest is home to jaguars, howler monkeys and giant anteaters. Many itineraries view the falls from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. Click here for tours that highlight Iguazu Falls.
Seek out the elusive northern lights, or aurora borealis, in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway or Finland. This natural phenomenon is caused by electrically charged solar particles entering the Earth's atmosphere, resulting in great swaths of green, blue and red lights sweeping across the night sky. They are most visible from September through March. Click here for departures that seek out the northern lights.
The peak of Mount Everest is the highest spot in the world at 29,029 feet above sea level. This massive mountain is located in the Himalayas, on the border of Nepal and Tibet. Tours that include Mount Everest are for the truly adventurous; most include strenuous treks to Everest Base Camp, which stands at 17,600 feet. Click here for itineraries that include Mount Everest.
Here are this week's Top 10 Tours. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.
1) Irish Adventure, 8 days with CIE Tours. Begins and ends in Dublin. Save 10%, plus pay a reduced deposit of $99 per person. Starting at $1,600. Departures from May 3 through November 22, 2021.
2) Italian Scene, 10 days with Costsaver. Begins and ends in Rome. Starting at $1,645. Departures from April 16 through October 15, 2021.
3) Charms of the South, 9 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between Memphis and New Orleans. Save up to $3,000 per couple, plus receive a free $140 per cabin onboard credit. Starting at $1,999. Departures from April 17 through December 12, 2021.
4) Greek Island Hopper, 10 days with Globus. Begins and ends in Athens. Starting at $2,214. Departures from June 2 through September 29, 2021.
5) Flavors of Europe, 9 days with Insight. Begins in Rome and ends in Paris. Save 10%. Starting at $2,628. Departures from April 24 through October 9, 2021.
6) Hawaiian Explorer, 8 days with Trafalgar. Begins in Honolulu and ends in Maui. Save 10%. Starting at $2,724. Departures from May 16 through December 5, 2021.
7) Scots Irish Tour, 11 days with CIE Tours. Begins in Edinburgh and ends in Shannon. Save 10%, plus pay a reduced deposit of $99 per person. Starting at $2,829. Departures from June 1 through October 17, 2021.
8) The Complete Panama Canal, 9 days with Alexander+Roberts. Begins in Panama City and ends in Playa Bonita. Save $1,000 per couple. Starting at $3,649. Departures from April 15 through October 14, 2021.
9) Columbia & Snake Rivers, 8 days with American Cruise Lines. Travels between Clarkston and Portland. Save up to $1,200 per couple. Starting at $4,075. Departures from April 23 through November 3, 2021.
10) French Vogue, 10 days with Luxury Gold. Begins in Paris and ends in Nice. Save 10%. Starting at $5,013. Departures from May 8 through October 9, 2021.
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