Discovering Red Rocks Country

Southwest Adventure Highlights from Discovery Director Phil Pesch


The American West abounds with dazzling natural beauty. Perhaps one of the most iconic sites in this stunning landscape is the Grand Canyon. Over a mile deep, more than 200 river miles long, and at least ten miles wide in the narrower sections, the Grand Canyon is a not-to-be-missed part of any western journey.

“You can see a hundred pictures of the Grand Canyon, see it in dozens of movies, and that still won’t give you a sense of the sheer scale or beauty of it,” says Phil Pesch, DISCOVERIES Director for the last seven years.


Get Off the Beaten Path with a Group Tour

Yes, Even Today’s Independent Boomers Can Benefit from Professionally Organized Group Travel

riverlax.0792-1cMy in-laws are both in their 60’s and will retire later this year. After decades of the nine-to-five grind, they are eager to see the world and have adventures they’ve always dreamed of.

“We’re going to paint, rent an RV and head north to see the Northern Lights, visit all the National Parks, take dancing lessons, visit the shooting range, and even start a blog about our travels,” my father-in-law told me during a recent visit. “This is our time to try out all the things we’ve always been meaning to do.”


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.


New Tour: England Mystery Tour

thumb silhouetteFun & Exciting Literary-Themed Tour Now Open!

Love a good mystery tale? Then this trip is "Elementary"! Country Travel DISCOVERIES is thrilled to announce the addition of a very special new trip experience, England Mystery Tour 2017, presented in partnership with the editors of Annie's Fiction. Explore the settings, sites and stories that inspired such great English authors as Jane Austen and Arthur Conan Doyle; enter the worlds of Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, and Inspector Morse; see Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, plus such World Heritage sites as Bath and anicent Stonehenge, and much more! Departs Sep 17-27 from Chicago or other select cities.


Discover the settings, sites and stories that inspired such great English authors as Jane Austen and Arthur Conan Doyle; enter the worlds of Sherlock Holmes and Inspector Morse; see Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, and much more!

VIDEOS: Hot Broadway Nights on 2017 NY, NY!

Trailers for Two Sizzling Shows to Be Featured in NYC Trip This Fall

Travelers on CTD's 2017 New York, New York! discovery tour will be treated to two amazing nights of Broadway entertainment again this year...


2017 Global Getaways Travel Brochure

Go Global Travel Brochure CoverGreat Time to Go Abroad: Danube, UK, Canada, "Luther Country"

Country Travel DISCOVERIES has released our new 2017 Go Global Brochure brochure (right). The brochure features updates to a number of trips outside the U.S., including the magical Scotland, England & Wales, the exciting new Heart of the Danube Cycling Tour, and a newly opened special departure of Reformation Jubilee Journey -- the once-in-a-lifetime commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.


2017 Catalog - Final Edition Released

2017 Final Edition Tours Catalog CoverNew Departures, Last-Chance Trips, Plus Sneak Preview of Select 2018 Tours

Terrific News! The third and final edition of the 2017 Travel Discoveries Tour Catalog has been mailed to travelers' homes and the new digital issue (right) posted on our website. Spotlighted as "Last-Chance" trips  are a few excellent, classic tours designated to go on hiatus after 2017 (as we try out other new itineraries in a region), including the popular Our Iowa & the Mississippi River and New York, New York!, and two foliage-season favorites, West Virginia’s Mountain Railroads and Autumn in New England.

The edition also features "sneak previews" of select tours now being planned for 2018, plus new departures for several previously limited or sold-out seasonal tours to some of this year's most popular destinations, as follows...


New Date: Nova Scotia & PEI

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Country Travel DISCOVERIES is pleased to have added a new July 23-29 departure of our popular discovery tour, Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island, after all three of its original departures sold out.

The all-new tour of these Atlantic Provinces coincides with the nationwide celebration of Canada's Sesquicentennial. The new departure date also immediately precedes the Tall Ships Regatta in Halifax, Jul 29-Aug 1, a festive bonus for travelers who wish to stay an extra day or two.



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