New Departure to "the Land of Ice and Fire" Plus Early Booking Savings
With only limited spots left on the first departure of this very popular discovery tour, Country Travel DISCOVERIES has added a new Aug 28-Sep 6, 2014 departure for the popular Wonders of Iceland (with Greenland extension).
You'll visit such stunning architectural landmarks as Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral (pictured right) while strolling the quaint, art-lined streets of Reykjavik, see the famed Icelandic horses, and refresh yourself in the mineral-rich, rejuvenating waters of the Blue Lagoon. You'll see glistening icebergs, grand waterfalls, spouting geysers, geological wonders, and a unique, otherworldly landscape as mysterious as when Vikings first arrived here. This "Land of Ice and Fire" is truly a "bucket list" destination that you'll never forget. Plus, there's limited space to also experience the quiet beauty of Greenland, just a short distance south of the Arctic Circle, in an optional pre-tour extension.
AND, for this new departure only, we have a short opportunity to pass on to you a special early-bird discount.
Country Travel DISCOVERIES is pleased to announce the late-year addition of an exciting holiday-themed entertainment extravaganza, Branson Christmas Countdown, all-new for 2014. From dozens of spectacular theater productions to down-home country music, brilliant lighting displays to theme park activities, "the New Nashville" is just the place to kick off an exhilarating holiday season! Country Travel DISCOVERIES travelers will unpack once and settle in to catch the spirit in special holidays productions by some of Branson's biggest acts, from Shoji Tabuchi (pictured right), Yakov Smirnoff and Ireland's Daniel O'Donnell to Christmas shows by music legend Kenny Rogers, the Hughes Brothers and the Brett Family. Amazing early shopping opportunities, wonderful street scenes, tasty dining and good company will round out this festive new discovery tour package!
Journey to the Last Frontier...for Less
Country Travel DISCOVERIES is pleased to announce our early-bird discount for the Alaska & the Yukon Discovery, with four planned departures open for summer 2014. Enjoy savings of up to $400.00 per couple ($200.00 per person) when making a reservation before February 28, 2014.
As Operations Director Nan Delwiche writes in an article on our blog: "[Alaska & the Yukon] can move you and create memories to last all of your days. The mountains are among the most spectacular sights you’ll ever see, anywhere. You’ll never forget the mighty glaciers, amazing wildlife, and the friendly, hardy people who call this rugged land 'home'."
Fall 2013 Newsletter Now Available in Print and PDF
Country Travel DISCOVERIES is pleaseed to announce the release of our latest newsletter. Organized around the twin themes, International Discoveries & Winter Escapes, its first article covers both of those. "Fall in Love with Costa Rica & Panama" by Geri Whowell recounts highlights of two amazing featured winter escapes to Central America: the all-new "Costa Rica Winter Paraiso" (Feb 27-Mar 6) and "Panama & Panama Canal" (Mar 6-13). Both are culturally rich explorations of these friendly tropical countries, mostly in rural, off-the-beaten areas, and they are scheduled so they can be taken back-to-back. (That sounds pretty good about now, here in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, with the thermostat dipping into the 20s tonight!)
Early 2014 Getaways
JOIN US ON one or more fun and restorative seasonal escapes, from the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica Winter Paraiso, to the desert luxury of Palm Springs Winter Oasis, to the once-in-a-lifetime, ocean-to-ocean passages of Panama & the Panama Canal.
Winter’s “escapees” can also saddle up with us for our far-ranging, gulf-to-frontier discovery of Texas Ranches & San Antonio Trails. or delight in the true, down-home hospitality of Louisiana & Mississippi's Southern Charm, or thaw out on some of the South's most beautiful beachfronts along the Coastal Carolina and Georgia Shores.
New Search, Sorting Options Added to CTD Website
In our latest upgrade to the site, we've added a new travel interest "tagging" system to our Destinations pages, providing visitors with the ability to not only search by main Travel Interest found in our print catalog, but also by Region, by Departure or by Season. Additionally, each Discovery Tour page in our Destinations section is now followed by a quick tags section and special readings of related interest section. Try it now in DESTINATIONS.
Also Updated: Specials Section
We've updated our Travel Deals & Specials with details of new promotions and vaue opportunities for 2014 including escalating multi-tour discounts, our referral bonus, special small groups rate, and more.
Featured Travelogue by Bridget McMahon
Just eight weeks into my new position as the Administrative Coordinator with Country Travel DISCOVERIES, I was excited to go on my first discovery with the travel group visiting Coastal Carolina & the Georgia Shores (May 5-11, 2013). I took part as a regular traveler, and wrote about my experiences here every day of the trip. I really enjoyed meeting new people, learning more about the coastal Carolina and Georgia shores regions, and just having a relaxing and good time!
Early Opryland Christmas and a Snowbird’s Rose Parade New Year
"My Discoveries" Guest Post by Donna Hackler
As a Discoveries Director with Country Travel DISCOVERIES, I’ve had the great fortune to guide hundreds of travel enthusiasts and vacationers on many scores of departures for some 30 wonderful tours arranged by the team at CTD and the former World Wide Country Tours. The diversity of destinations, local cultures and settings, seasonal experiences, and my fellow travelers makes my job one of the most stimulating and gratifying imaginable. But over the years, I’ve really come to appreciate and look forward to the special feeling and flavor of our Holiday Discoveries.