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2016 Spring Edition Catalog Released

thumb 16.3 Cover MedFeatures Added Departures, "Last Chance" Tours, 2017 Previews

Country Travel DISCOVERIES is pleased to announce that we've shipped the third and final edition of our 2016 Travel Discoveries Catalog -- now including sneak previews of three tours upcoming in 2017. The catalog also features money-saving promotions including Travel More, Save More escalating discounts on multiple trips in 2016, combineable with our Refer-a-Friend Bonus, offering a $100.00 discount when you refer a new customer, plus savings promotions on 2016's all-new Romantic Rhine River & Switzerland and Get Active: The Sonoma Experience tours.

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Something Special for Single/Solo Travelers

Solo Travelers Share a Travel Experience, ExpensesCTD Solos Share Program Update

Country Travel DISCOVERIES has expanded efforts to help solo travelers save on the "single supplement" charged by some vendors. Through our popular Solos Share program, we can upon request attempt to “pair up” solo travelers of the same gender to room together, qualifying you both for the per person double occupancy price.

If for some reason we cannot match you with an acceptable roommate prior to your final payment due date, you can now opt to receive a full refund, or to travel as a single at $100.00 off the single supplement price. Call for more details.

Behind the Scenes of a New Tour

A Staff Dry Lab Trip Key to Building a Unique, Interesting Tour

Trappist Monks Make Fine Quality Coffins at Iowa AbbeyThe travel experts at Country Travel DISCOVERIES have always delighted in crafting tours that take us to less-trafficked, locals-only stops in a region's backroads, small towns and scenic countryside.

As a result, many a traveler has, at the end of a CTD tour, asked in surprise, "How on earth did you find these stops? We would never have seen all this on our own!"

Well, the secret is...

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Link: Travelers Blog Ireland Tour

Blarney CastleWe've discovered a wonderfully detailed, richly illustrated travel blog recounting the experiences of two past travelers on CTD's perennial favorite, Ireland: A Celtic Jaunt trip. We think Jim and Jan of Appleton, Wisconsin did an excellent job documenting a variety of the tour's off-the-beaten-path stops, and conveying a real sense of the day-by-day flow of the tour, from the initial planning and anticipation to the satisfying return home from a "wonderful trip with lots of new friends and memories!!!"

Anyone considering joining the tour this year (with two departures in 2016 before going on hiatus) can find this fun and informative blog at http://celticjaunt.blogspot.com.

Thanks for sharing, Jan and Jim!

 Drumcliffe yeats BrianLynch FailteIreland

Last Call for Texas Hill Country!

Frontier Adventure to Go on Hiatus After 2016

thumb 2015.TEX.NEWCTD's popular southwestern tour, Heart of Texas Hill Country, will go on hiatus after two more fun-packed departures in 2016. This quintessentially Texan tour departs Apr 10-16 and Oct 23-29 in San Antonio (Forbes Top Destinations 2016, Travel + Leisure Best Places to Travel, AARP Top U.S. Places 2016). Led by expert tour director Toni Sanders, it visits major sites including the San Antonio Missions (the Alamo among them), inscribed this year as a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as smaller, locals-only stops.

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Forbes List of Top 2016 Destinations

National Parks, UNESCO Sites, Outdoors Activities Celebrated

thumb Grand Canyon iStock 000022275576 800The editors of Forbes Travel Guides recently announced their list of 16 Top Destinations for 2016, highlighting several areas that our travelers at Country Travel DISCOVERIES are looking forward to visiting this year.

Among these...

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New Departure Added: Panama & the Panama Canal

Historic Panama Canal Expansion 2016 Trip Sold-Out; New Date Added

thumb Endlich PanamaCityMarina 400Country Travel DISCOVERIES is pleased to announce we've added a second departure (April 13-20) to accommodate those who missed our previously sold-out Panama & the Panama Canal.

Back for one year only, Panama & the Panama Canal features a revised itinerary celebrating the ambitious Panama Canal Expansion Project, intended to double the Canal's capacity by 2016. It also includes very special, off-the-beaten-path guided explorations of the Panamanian countryside, Native villages and tropical rainforest settings.

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Article: Traveling Safely

Know You’re Safe – and Have a Great Trip!

Has the time come for you to book that next great trip? Will it be to Europe, Central America or some other distant destination?

You want to see the world. But you also want to know whatever foreign travel you embark upon is safe. It’s a fair question: Just how safe is foreign travel in 2016?

Amazingly safe, say travel experts.

Experienced travel organizers like those at the Elm Grove-based Country Travel DISCOVERIES take the long view – and what they say is the practical view – on travel in a sometimes-turbulent world.

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