Thursday, November 29, 2012

NEW TOUR! Italian Flavors – Escorted – Featuring Rome, Tuscany & Cinque Terre

Italian Flavors - with Guaranteed Departures!

An exciting new tour, bringing you the eternal city of Rome, the Tuscan countryside, and unforgettable Cinque Terre. Along with Siena, Pisa, Lucca and three wine tastings, this tour is sure to bring you the flavors of Italy!
Tour Highlights:
  • 9 Meals; Breakfast and Dinner
  • Visit Rome, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, La Spezia, CInque Terre, Lucca and Montecarlo Di Lucca  
  • Wine Tastings at Montepulciano, Montalcino, and Montecarlo Di Lucca
  • Tuscan Farm Visit
  • Great for Groups and Individuals

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

NEW TOUR! Classic Italy with Lake Como - Escorted Motorcoach Tour

Classic Italy with Lake Como - with Guaranteed Departures!

An exciting new tour of Classic Italy, featuring Rome, Assisi, Florence, Padua, Venice, Verona, Lake Como, and Milan. This tour features the best of Italy at a relaxed pace with guaranteed departures!
Tour Highlights:
  • New and exciting tour!
  • Visit Rome, Assis, Siena, Florence, Padua, Veince, Verona, Lake Como, and Milan
  • 12 Meals: Breakfasts and Dinners
  • Venice Boat tour including a stop on the island of Murano
  • Great for Groups and Individuals
  • Charming hotels throughout the tour offering high quality services and located in the historical centers of the main Sicilian towns

Monday, November 26, 2012

Top 9 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent

Ok so you're ready to book your vacation - and here comes the age old question. Do I use a travel agent or book online? We at Celtic Tours World Vacations fully believe that you should use a travel agent and here is why:

1. Save Time - Time is money. Booking travel with a Travel Agent will save you time. From destinations and flights to hotels to travel insurance, Travel Agents can help you with all your travel needs. There's no need to research each individually. Save time and let Travel Agents do all the hard work for you.

2. Save Money - The cheap hotel online may look like a good deal. But it probably isn't. Travel Agents will find you the best value for your money. Period.

3. Peace of Mind - Your Travel Agent essentially has your back. In case of a delayed flight, missed connection, weather problems, or any other potential issues, your Travel Agent is on call to help resolve them.

4. Expert Guidance - Travel Agents are experts in helping travelers get where they need to go and in helping to create possibilities most people never would have dreamed were possible. Many Travel Agents are considered experts in the area you are traveling to and have probably been to your chosen destination. They attend all sorts of seminars and classes to prepare themselves for your travel requests.

5. Choice - Travel Agents offer you an array of options and price quotes from a variety of travel suppliers, giving you the upper hand when making your final travel decisions.

6. Personal Touch - Travel Agents offer that “personal touch” to your travel planning experience – offering help and advice that a website cannot provide!

7. Less Stress - Planning a trip can be stressful. There are so many options and details to worry about. Travel Agents do the work, resulting in less stress for you.

8. Convenient One-Stop Shopping- Travel Agents can handle every aspect of your trip from lodging, ground transportation, activities, tours and much more!

- Did we mention that is it just plain easier to use a Travel Agent? It will save you time, hassle and money.

In short, the answer to your question - always book your travel with a Travel Agent. Need a recommendation, give Celtic Tours World Vacations a call at 1-800-833-4373. We will be happy to recommend an Ireland or Italy expert travel agent to you.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

NEW TOUR! Tuscan Experience with Rome- Semi-Escorted Tour

Tuscan Experience with Rome!

Our new Tuscan Experience will continue to enchant you! Enjoy an independent night in Rome, the Eternal City! Followed by 5-nights at the Villa Casagrande, a wine-producing villa constructed in 1392. You will find ourselves strolling down quiet lanes bound by stone walls, cypress trees and cream-colored villas. A true Tuscan Experience!
Tour Highlights:
  • Daily touring from one location - no unpacking!
  • 8 meals; Breakfast & Dinners - with drinks included
  • See Florence and the Tuscany Region, Chianti, Sienna and San Gimignano
Your Tuscan Experience tour includes:
  • Private transfer on arrival from Rome airport to your Rome hotel.
  • One (1) night accommodation at Hotel Windrose or similar in Rome. (Upgrades to other hotels available).
  • Five (5) nights accommodations at Villa Casagrande in Chianti, Italy.
  • Private transfer from your Rome hotel to the Villa Casagrande.
  • Welcome dinner at the Villa with drinks included.
  • Italian buffet breakfast daily excluding the day of arrival.
  • Half-day English speaking guide for Florence visit (3-hours).
  • One farewell dinner at the Villa with wine and water included.
  • Full day tour excursion to Chianti region (8-hours).
  • Full day English speaking guide (6-hours) in Chianti.
  • Visit to a butcher in Chianti for Tuscan salami tasting.
  • Visit and wine tasting at Verrazzano Castle.
  • Optional Cooking Class
  • Roundtrip transfer by car or minibus for Siena and San Gimignano visit.
  • Half-day English speaking guide for Siena visit (3-hours)
  • Private transfer from Villa to Florence Airport (transfer from Villa to Rome can also be arranged for a supplement)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuscan Countryside

Tuscan Countryside Villa Stay - An ideal spot for a restful and enjoyable holiday in the Tuscan Region!
NEW for 2013, we are excited to introduce this Tuscan Countryside Package featuring the Fattoria Degli Usignoli positioned between the Arno Valley and the Chianti Hills, just 17 miles from Florence. This villa over looks a beautiful landscape of vineyards and cypress-lined fields.
This is an excellent package for both individual and group travel and has become a popular base for touring the Tuscan Region while enjoying the warmth and charm of Fattoria Degli Usignoli!
The Fattoria Degli Usignoli features two swimming pools, two bars, tennis court, playgroud, billiard rooms, and bowling green. Horse riding and mountian bike hiring is available. This property is great for families!
Tour Highlights:
  • 3 Meals: Breakfast & One (1) Dinner
  • Great for Groups and Individuals
  • Wine tasting and appetizers
Your Tuscan Countryside Villa Stay Includes:

  • Roundtrip airport transfers (from/to Florence Apt)
  • 3 Nights Accommodation at the Fattoria Degli Usignoli 
  • Italian buffet breakfast, except day of arrival
  • One (1) welcome dinner 
Note: City Tax not included and must be paid directly to the hotel

Monday, November 19, 2012

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Ireland

The Gathering, Travel Packages
We are happy to customize any travel package for your Gathering in Ireland this year.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Ireland
with these Gathering Packages

The whole world is Irish on St. Patrick's Day! And Dublin is the stage for the biggest and best St. Patrick's celebrations in the world, the St. Patrick's Festival. Experience St. Patrick's Day in Ireland with these vacation packages.
St. Patrick's Week, 2013:
This 6 night escorted tour of Ireland brings you Dublin , Waterford, Kilkenny, Cork, Killarney, Blarney and Kildare. Land from $1099 pps
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St. Patrick's Day - 2 Night Dublin City Stay:
This 2 night package puts you right in the heart of it all for St. Patrick's Day. This package is perfect for people who want a little more flexibility with planning their St. Patrick's Day vacation in Ireland. Land from $169 pps
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St. Patrick's Day - 4 Night Independent Package:
This 4 night independent package starts with 2 nights in Dublin for St. Patrick's Day. Then travelers will pick up their rental car and head to the B&B of their choice for 2 nights.
Land from $382 pps
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HURRY! These packages have limited availability and will book quickly!

*Prices and package subject to availability at time of booking.

Friday, November 16, 2012

10 Reasons Lake Como is a Fabulous Destination

It goes without question that Lake Como is a fabulous destination. All you have to do is look at the pictures! Here are a couple of really good reasons to check it out for yourself.

1. Lake Como is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy. There, we said it. It's beautiful!

2. Celebrity spotting - throughout time Lake Como has been a popular destination for celebrities. Here are just a few celebrities that have been known to bask the shoes of Lake Como: Madonna, George Clooney, Gianno Versace, Sylvester Stallone, Richard Branson - just to name a few.

3. Rubbin' elbows with the wealthy - Lake Como is a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people.

4. Beautiful Villas and Fabulous Gardens - Lake Como is well-known for attractive villas that have been built there since Roman times. Many villas on the lake shores have admirable gardens that benefit from the mild climate.

5. History - Lake Como dates back to Roman times when Pliny the Younger built the Comedia and the Tragedia resorts.

6. Culture - Lake Como has been described in a plethora of literature from Mark Twain to Dostoevsky. You will also find Lake Como in popular culture from Star Wars to Ocean's Twelve.

7. Fabulous and Relaxing Spas - Lake Como is known for its beautiful, luxurious and fabulous spas.

8. Watersports - Lake Como is a fine venue for watersports such as sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

9. Ferries - The Lake Como ferry service is a highly developed public transport system linking the dozens of small towns and villages dotted around the perimeter of the Lake.

10. Beautiful Landscapes - did we say this one already? Lake Como is beautiful. Shaped like a 'Y', stretching its arms into the mountainous pre-alpine territory between Como, Bellagio and Lecco. In 1818 Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote to Thomas Love Peacock: "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty, with the exception of the arbutus islands of Killarney. It is long and narrow, and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests"

Lake Como is a fabulous destination! Travel to Italy with Celtic Tours World Vacations.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Castle on the Sea

Romantics and history buffs alike can appreciate Rapallo’s Castle on the Sea. Walk along the elegant seafront promenade adorned with palm trees and flower beds, admire the breathtaking view of the bay and feast your eyes on the symbol of this small town, the Castle on the Sea.
Built in 1551 on the rocks surrounded by the sea as a guardian of the picturesque town of Rapallo from pirates. The Castle  on the Sea has been declared part of Italy’s national heritage.

Catch a glimpse of this piece of Italian romance and history on your visit to Rapallo in Italy’s Cinque Terre on your honeymoon or romantic vacation with Celtic Tours.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Taste of Tuscany - A Celtic Exclusive!

Our Taste of Tuscany Villa package features an authentic Italian Villa for three nights in the historical center of Figline Valdarno, a small town strategically located between Florence, Arezzo, and Siena. 
This is an excellent program for both individual and group travel and has become a popular base for touring the Tuscan Region while enjoying the warmth and charm of Villa Casagrande!

Tour Highlights:

  • 3 Meals: Breakfast & Dinners
  • Great for Groups and Individuals
  • Wine Tasting and appetizers* (*Wine tasting held Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday only)
Your Taste of Tuscany Villa Stay Includes:
  • Roundtrip airport transfers (from/to Florence Apt)
  • 3 Nights Accommodation at the Villa Casagrande in Chianti, or similar Tuscan Villa
  • Italian buffet breakfast, except day of arrival
  • Special welcome dinne with drinks
  • *Wine Tasting focusing on regional wines with appetizers    
Note: City Tax not included and must be paid directly to the hotel
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Italy by Rail - Vacation Package

Italy by Rail -

Your Italian adventure awaits, as you tour Italy by Rail. Visiting the historic cities of Rome, Florence and Venice. Choose between two hotel categories and your choice of *First or Second Class Eurostar Rail

Tour Includes:
  • Six nights accommodaitons; 2 nights in Rome, 2 nights in Florence, 2 nights in Venice, with 2 Hotel Packages to choose from.
  • Buffet breakfast daily, except morning of arrival
  • Rail service between Rome and Florence and Florence and Venice, which choice of *1st or 2nd class Eurostar rail
Rail Detail:
(*Upgrade from 2nd class for $86 per person)
  • Eurostar rail 2nd or 1st class: Rome-Florence with reserved seats Length of Journey 1 hour 35 min
  • Eurostar rail 2nd or 1st class: Florence-Venice with reserved seats Length of Journey 2 hours 03 min
For your comfort, Celtic Tours recommends Eurostar service between cities.

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