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Give the gift of travel

Give the gift of travel
By Damien Martin

     Perhaps someone on your Christmas list who’s impossible to shop. Or maybe they’ve been dropping hints all year about how they need to get away. It could even be a white elephant gift you’re hoping ends up back in your hands. Whoever it’s for, the gift of travel will make for a lifetime of memories. You can contact us at or 800-322-9481 to get your gift certificate. In the meantime, here are some suggestions for what to use it on.

European cruise

     Set sail for the enchanting cities of Europe and immerse yourself in history. You can get a taste of several different cultures in one fell swoop or select a cruise that concentrates on one area, such as Italy or the Greek Isles. A longer departure can bring you from one end of the Mediterranean to the other, from the charms of Lisbon in the west to the ancient cities of the Levant in the east. In the interior, river cruises can take you through Eastern and Central Europe, the heartland of Germany, down the Rhine, up the Seine or along the Douro. Head north and sail the Baltic just like the Vikings of yore -- well, in a little more comfort. Themed cruises can make for a special treat for the beer or wine enthusiast in your life.

Tropical paradise

     Kick back and lie in the sand with a cold drink and soak up the sun. Who could say no to that? There are gems throughout the Caribbean, each with something unique to offer. Go kitesurfing in Turks and Caicos, diving in the Caymans or hike St. Lucia’s iconic pitons. Farther afield, the islands of Hawaii offer myriad activities without the need for a passport. In the South Pacific, Fiji and French Polynesia are the stuff of dreams. In the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles make the perfect complement to an African safari, while the Maldives pair excellently with a trip to India or the Middle East. Which island will you choose?

Active adventure

     Satisfy the wanderlust of your favorite traveler by planning an active adventure to just about any destination in the world. Trek along the Great Wall of China, bike through the Dolomites in Italy, heli-hike in the Canadian Rockies. You name the adventure, and we’re sure to know just who to turn to in order to orchestrate it. Even if your favorite adventurer wants to be dropped in the middle of nowhere and find the way back, we can handle that. Whether you have a destination in mind or need some suggestions, your travel advisor will collaborate to customize the perfect vacation. Not only will you make it a merry Christmas for someone you love, you’ll have a well-earned reputation as a great gift-giver.

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