Day  1
Charleston, SC

 

The port city of Charleston is known for its cobblestone streets, gas-lit lamps, and pastel antebellum houses. The scene of Revolutionary War naval battles, legendary pirate tales, and Civil War sieges, the city is considered by many to be a living museum. Visit historic Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shots of the Civil War rang out. Learn how Charleston’s African-American heritage has contributed to the city’s history and unique culture. Enjoy the beauty of the area with a stroll through magnificent parks and gardens

Day  2
Beaufort, SC

 

 

Beaufort’s history includes European explorers, Native American cultural influences, British settlements and Civil War battles. Today, horse-drawn carriages clatter along the narrow streets of this historic district, past 18th and 19th century homes famous for unique Beaufort-style architecture. View historic forts and elegant homes and discover Day  3
Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head is a first class resort known for its championship golf courses and miles of scenic beaches. A boat tour of The Sea Pines Forest Preserve gives you a close-up view of Hilton Head's indigenous plant and animal life, including the American Alligator

 

Day  4
Savannah, GA

 

 

 

With its emerald tree canopy, quaint cobblestone streets and majestic architecture, Savannah is still a bustling seaport with renowned historic districts that preserve its phenomenal 19th century wealth and opulence. Join a narrated tour of Savannah’s “Historic and Victorian Districts," brave an evening Ghost Walk, or explore the area's magnificent shops.

Day  5
Sapelo Island, GA

 

 

 

Discover the natural beauty of Amelia Island, with its miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, now harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, with 50 blocks of restored 19th Century Victorian homes and shops.

 

Day  6
St. Simons Island / Jekyll Island, GA

 

Discover the compelling history of Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island. Today, Jekyll Island is part of Georgia’s Sea Isles and boasts “Millionaire’s Village," 240-acres of extravagant homes and winter cottages, now recognized as a National Historic Landmark. St. Simons Island offers guests a view of he area's past including the momentous 18th c entury battlefields and sprawling, antebellum plantations

 

 Day  7
Cruising to Amelia Island, FL

 

 

 

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Discover the natural beauty of Amelia Island, with its miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, now harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, with 50 blocks of restored 19th Century Victorian homes and shops.

 

Day  8
Jacksonville, FL Area (Amelia Island)

 

 

Take in the beautiful weather of northern Florida as you disembark from your tour of the South. Jacksonville offers a number of wonderful activities, including a tour of Cummer Art Museum, which houses an exclusive collection of art, including rare porcelain.

  • Barbados

    12/23/2013 3:09:04 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    My Trip to Barbados 2013

    I truly loved my time in Barbados and reall7 enjoyed the tradewind that were present for most of my stay. Some basci facts about Barbados are:

    Barbados has over 65 miles of gorgeous beaches.  There are coral reefs with sunken ships for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts. There are beautiful golf courses and hiking trails. The National sport is Polo. They also have the Mount Gay Rum distillery with tours and The Caribbean Cigar Company.

     

    One of my favorite things about Barbados was how clean and beautiful the entire island is.  The Barbadians are very friendly and helpful.  Barbados has a very high literacy rate and standard of living. And last but not least, my resort-The Crane.  Not only was it beautiful, but I had my own washer and dryer in my suite!

     

    One of our days in Barbados was spent visiting some of their Historical sights, and they have many.  We went to the Garrison Historic District (A Unesco World Heritage Site) and saw the changing of the guards and visited the house George Washington stayed in for 6 weeks during 1751as a young man visiting his sick brother.  It was Washington’s only trip outside the continental US.  Then we went and saw the garrison itself, St Annes Garrison built by the British in 1789.  In November of 1966, when Barbados achieved its full Independence from Britain the Garrison raised the Barbados Flag. They have a very large collection of historical cannons preserved at the fort.

     

    On another day we went to the Barbados Concorde Experience, which frankly I wasn’t too excited about.  But I was wrong.  In addition to having the original jet, (that flew from London to Barbados) all set up to tour, they also had a mockup of the waiting lounge and the cockpit.  I was both educational and fun.  That same day, a small group of us went to Harrisons Cave.  Another awe inspiring excursion.  You ride down into these massive caverns, covered with stalagmites and stalactites that are breathtaking, little rivers and pools dotting the areas.  While on the tour they explain how the island was formed, and where their water supply comes from.

     

    That night we went to Oistins fish Fry.  Every kind of food under the sun, live bands, with dance floors set up and all types of local crafts, jewelry and toys for sale in little booths.  For more upscale restaurants and clubs, you can’t go wrong with St Lawrence Gap.  There are also some awesome shopping opportunities on Barbados.

     

    There truly is something for everyone in the family on this Island.  There are some all inclusive resorts here and some adults only resorts too, As a matter of fact, Barbados is the location of the newest Sandals resort!

     

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    Family Vacations, Hiking trails, lush, Nature Reserves, Paradise, Scenic routes, tours

    Experience it for yourself with Adventures by Disney

     

    Norway- Fjords, Bergen & Oslo

    Experience all the beauty and majesty Norway has to offer as you explore the quaint villages and majestic landscapes that make up this scenic country that served as an inspiration for the animated comedic-adventure, Frozen. You and your family will follow in the filmmakers' footsteps as you hike, raft and traverse the awe-inspiring terrain.

    Call Islands for more information 805-933-9534

  • The Cook Islands

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    The 15 islands of the Cooks lie halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii in the South Pacific, scattered across 2.2 million square kilometres of a seductive, sensual ocean. Boasting rare beauty, an idyllic climate, warm welcoming people and a pace of life unsurpassed for peace. The Cook Islands is an Island Paradise shrouded in traditions and legends handed down from generation to generation since the arrival of the Polynesians - believed to be around 800AD.  The Northern Group of islanders are thought to be from Samoa and Tonga and the Southern Group largely from the Society Islands and the Marquesas; and are part of what was believed to be the last great wave of Polynesian migration from Asia, which began as far back as 1500BC.

    It was also around 800 to 1000AD that Raiatea in the Society Islands became established as the centre of culture and religion in the Pacific and dispatched voyagers to Hawaii, the Tuamotu Archipelago and also the Cooks, to rule over the islands. It was they who brought the religion, cultural traditions, medicine and the language – which was Maori.

    Indulge in the pleasure of Pacific food – listen to the strums of the ukulele, the beat of the drums or swing with the sway of dancing hips. Discover the great outdoors and fish, snorkel, dive, paddle and swim in a brilliant blue sea.
    Climb the magnificent peaks lush with native vegetations and alive with song birds. Or simply stroll through the pearly sands and stop awhile to look at the twinkling sunbeams on a white crested reef.

     

     The Northern Group of islanders are thought to be from Samoa and Tonga and the Southern Group largely from the Society Islands and the Marquesas; and are part of what was believed to be the last great wave of Polynesian migration from Asia, which began as far back as 1500BC.

    It was also around 800 to 1000AD that Raiatea in the Society Islands became established as the centre of culture and religion in the Pacific and dispatched voyagers to Hawaii, the Tuamotu Archipelago and also the Cooks, to rule over the islands. It was they who brought the religion, cultural traditions, medicine and the language – which was Maori.

  • Grenada

    6/3/2013 12:43:52 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    Home to both black sand and white sand beaches with water so blue and clear that coral formations can be spotted from the air, Grenada's volcanic origin has created a landscape of great beauty and variety, with rainforests, a 13-acre crater lake, cascading cliffs, and hot springs-the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway to Sandals Resorts. Explore the natural splendor of the lush terrain and discover the history of the Island of Spice with visits to historic forts or the underwater sculpture park. Located in the southeastern Caribbean just north of Trinidad and Venezuela, the tri-island state of Grenada is made up of three islands, Grenada being the largest, occupying 133 square miles.

     The Island of Spice

    The distinct and pungent aroma of spices will assail your nostrils. There are more spices in Grenada per square mile than any other place in the world! Cloves, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cocoa, nutmeg, and mace grow in abundance here. Nutmeg is the country's biggest export, producing one-third of the world's supply. Used to season anything from meats and vegetables to cocktails and Grenada's national dish, Oil Down, this super spice, is so revered that it even has a place on the country's flag.

    St. George's Bustling Harbor

    Named in honor of King George III of England, the capital city St. George's is home to three forts, narrow streets, a vibrant spice and vegetable market, horseshoe-shaped harbor, and historic tunnel that connects Bay Town to the Carenage. With stately Georgian architecture and fish-scale tiles decorating the town, a medley of brick warehouses, stone buildings, and painted timber houses light up this "city on a hill." St. George's epitomizes the spirit of this beautiful island, housing both colorful and unique structures and giving visitors a true sense of Grenada's historical past and extraordinarily beautiful present. St. George's has also become synonymous with maritime activities, inspiring various regattas and the annual Port Louis Grenada Sailing Festival.

  • 2/20/2013 2:14:48 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    Tulum was an ancient Mayan fortress city that rose to power toward the end of the Classic period. The most iconic of its structures, the Castillo, is perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the clear turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean. The cliff-top Castillo, with its beachfront location and lush green landscape, is the image most often associated with the Mayan Riviera.

  • 1/4/2013 3:56:21 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    All-inclusive, Aqauriams, Beaches, Butler sevice, climbing wall, Concierge sevice, dancing, Destination Weddings, Dolphin Encounter, Family Vacations, Fun, golf, Hiking trails, luxury, Music, Nature Reserves, Rain Forest, Scenic routes, snorkeling, spa, Swimming Pools, wildlife, Zip lines

    Mazatlan-

    I have been studying and testing on Mazatlan recently and was fascinated by what I learned so I thought I’d share a little.  They call it the Colonial City on the Beach because it was founded in the late 1500’s and they have recently restored their downtown area to its former glory. It’s all 19th century Spanish architecture and has shops, restaurants, museums and a theater arts Center.  Also, Mazatlan has a pre-lenten Carnaval week long street party in addition to gorgeous beaches, sport fishing, zip lining, surfing and 4 golf courses. Mazatlan also has excursions to old mining towns and a tequila plantation!  It really seems to have something for everyone and has the benefit of being really affordable as a destination.

  • 12/5/2012 12:44:13 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    Saint Lucia is the perfect destination, whether you're after romance, rejuvenation or adventure. A genuine, natural landscape of gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest and the majestic Piton Mountains, are sure to indulge every taste. Natural waterfalls, breath-taking views, friendly locals and authentic culture impress the most travelled individuals for a holiday with lasting memories.

    The perfection of this escape should be shared. Tropical weather, welcoming accommodations, and unexpected adventures await all who travel to this paradise island. Romance can be found at upmarket resorts and intimate inns. Bask together under the Caribbean sun, sail into a champagne sunset, and cuddle beneath the vast starry sky. Discover new romance and re-spark old love over a candlelight dinner on a secluded beach.

    legend has it...For those planning a family getaway, you too can visit Saint Lucia. Enjoy on-site water parks, kids' menus and evening entertainment for everyone. Adventure seekers can surf and sail in the pristine waters. ATV adventures and rainforest zip-lining are family favourites. Relaxation isn't far off either with many resorts offering kids' activities so parents can enjoy a cocktail, a quiet hour together, or a couple's massage. Grab the kids, your partner and your sunscreen; this is a family holiday that everyone will enjoy.

     

  • 9/25/2012 2:20:37 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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    I know,  I am sooo bad. I haven’t even left for my Puerto Vallarta trip yet, and I’m looking forward to my October trip_

    SandalsWhitehouse European Village& Spa 

    Islands 888-554-7526 or islandstravel@earthlink.net

     Discover the undiscovered. Journey to a forgotten Jamaica, where the natural beauty is simply unforgettable. Within a 500-acre wilderness preserve, blue mountains, lush palm groves, pristine coastlines and shimmering turquoise waters create an unbelievable backdrop for a monumental resort. Sandals Whitehouse Europe Village & Spa perfectly blends the exotic allure of the Caribbean with the refined elegance of Europe. Perched along a pristine 2-mile stretch of alabaster beach, this impressive resort features all rooms and suites set directly on the beach. Designed with European influences, its architecture including the Grand Piazza pays homage to the romantic cultures of the Netherlands, France & Italy.

     

     INCLUDES 4 nights, Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa, The Luxury Included® Vacation & resort transfers. BONUSsave up to 50%. Airfare Additional

    Land Only   from   $1155.00*

  • 8/8/2012 12:29:01 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Aqauriams, Bahamas, Destination Weddings, diving, Dolphin Encounter, eco tours Dolphin Encounter, Family Vacations, Fun, Hiking trails, Lazy River, Paradise, Private island, snorkeling, Swimming Pools, The Royal Tower, Water slides

    Atlantis Beach Tower  Star Rating Information - Atlantis Beach Tower

    INCLUDES 3 nights, Atlantis Beach Tower & hotel transfers.

     BONUSsave up to 70%, Taste of Atlantis Pass & kids 11 & under stay & play free.

     Airfare  additional. 

    Land Only      from $285.00*

     

                                  Islands 888-554-7526 or islandstravel@earthlink

    Rising above Paradise Island’s pristine beaches, the relaxed ambiance of the Beach Towers at Atlantis offers vacationing families an easy-to-enjoy carefree atmosphere and a slice of the come-as-you-are Caribbean spirit. Beach Tower accommodations truly bring the legendary spirit of Atlantis indoors. Only a few steps from the doors of their guest rooms, vacationers quickly discover the haute couture shops of Marina Village, the Crystal Court, the Sea grapes Lagoon and plenty of family fun.

     

  • 7/6/2012 2:58:41 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    All-inclusive, Archeological sites, Beaches, Couples, dancing, Destination Weddings, Family Vacations, Fun, Hiking trails, horseback riding, Music, Nightclubs, Paradise, Romance, shopping, snorkeling, spa, Swimming Pools

    YOU ASKED FOR IT!!!!

    COME PARTY IN CABO-group trip (bring your friends and enemies too!!)

    RIU Santa Fe ALL-Inclusive Resort in Cabo
    3 nights October 5-8, 2012
    CallIslands(805)933-9534 for information...don't wait, rooms are going fast!!

    Starting price for land only $246.00 per person based on 2 in a room. A deposit of $100.00 per person is all that is needed to hold your room.

    The Hotel Riu Santa Fe (All Inclusive 24h) is located in the south of the peninsula Baja California and just a few minutes away from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This complex is perfect for the ones who are in search of practicing a lot of aquatic sports since this area has fantastic meteorological conditions and is close to the beach.

    There is no better way to recover than to enjoy the installations that this hotel offers. It provides of two swimming pools with fresh water, a Jacuzzi, a solarium-terrace, a gym, sauna, a steam bath and the wellness center “Renova Spa” with different kinds of treatments and massages.

    And thanks to the All Inclusive system you can enjoy the Mexican gastronomy. It has a big variety of recipes and is recognized by its distinctive and sophisticated flavors and a lot of spices. It mixes up gastronomic traditions, Mesoamerican as well as European ones, and much more. That’s why you can taste in the restaurant’s buffet and in the different thematic restaurants of the hotel the best menus and recently prepared plates.

    You will also find numerous activities and sports that you can practice during your stay. You can practice diving, volleyball, gymnastics, windsurfing, catamaran, kayak, body board, Golf and a lot of aquatic sports at the beach. At night you should not miss the different shows and live music that our entertainers have prepared for you. If you want to go out dancing we suggest you to go to the “Pacha” discotheque where the DJs put the best rhythms. Your children will have a great time together with other children in the RiuLand program, making handicrafts, doing activities and sports are just some of the free-time activities that are accompanied by our entertainers.

     

  • South Africa Trip

    6/19/2008 4:52:58 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Cape Town, Cheetahs, crocks, Dunabe, Durban, Elephants, Family Vacations, Gordons Bay, Hiking trails, Hippopotimas, indaba, Johanas Burg, Lions, Namibia, Nature Reserves, Rihnosurus, Safaris, Scenic routes, snakes, South Africa, Tanzania, The Bush, Tigers, Tour guides, water buffalo, Wineries, World Cup 2009-2010


    Trip to South Africa


     


     I am a travel agent and I work at Islands Travel Agency in Ventura County, CA.. I just came back from the most amazing trip of my life. I traveled to South Africa (SA) in May 2008. What a wonderful experience. I wanted to see what SA was like as I am planning a group trip to the World Cup in 2010. South Africa is the host for the Fifa World Cup Soccer in 2010.   I was lucky to be among a very few travel agents in the United States invited by the South African tourism board as a hosted buyer for the United States to spend some time in SA to see first hand what a beautiful place South Africa is.


    I began my journey from Los Angeles to Washington DC and took a direct flight on South African Airlines to Johanasberg SA. Once I arrived in Johanasberg I took one more flight to Cape Town.


    The first few nights I stayed in Cape Town. It was beautiful, not at all what I expected. My first class accommodations were at the Commador Hotel. It is located down by the waterfront and was named after a ship. The hotel itself looked like a ship inside with the rooms that look like cabins. Everyone was very friendly and nice. Great food!! I hired a guide and took a day trip around Cape Town to see as much as possible. I heard a little about the History. I saw the Penninsula where the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean meet. This is called Cape Point. What an amazing sight to see. I was able to hike to the point where the old lighthouse is and take pictures of False Bay as well as The Atlantic and The Indian Ocean.    I also visited the wineries in Cape Town where I just had to sample some of their great wines. Cape town is a lot like San Francisco. If you talk to people who have been to San Francisco and Cape Town they will probably tell you they are very similar. I have to say though you don’t have a Cheeta Reserve, where you can actually pet the Cheetas or do you have False Bay where you can take an excursion and go into the Indian Ocean and see a Great white Shark Feeding in San Fransisco. False Bay is home to the Great Whites as this is their breeding area. Our Driver took us to Boulder’s beach where the African Penguins make their home. Yes the African Penguins (no ice needed). You can get pretty close to them you may even try to touch one, but be careful though they may peck at you.


     There are so many things and places I saw in Cape Town I would highly recommend it to anyone. The most famous attraction in Cape Town is Table Mountain. Its beauty and aroma from the wild flowers are amazing. This Mountain can be seen by hiking or by taking the cableway.


    Cape town was beautiful, but I had to be on my way to Kreuger National park for my First Safari in South Africa.


     


    I went to a game reserve in Kreuger national Park called Royal Legends. The lodge was amazing. It was completely open to the game reserve. Some of the lodges are very romantic. You can spend the night in a tree top with just you and your partner and the wild or you can go into your hut and have a bath drawn for you and candle light everywhere. There is no television in the rooms. Most of the rooms have a four poster bed with a canopy that is drawn down at night for you. Your meals can be included at some of the Lodges and others not. It is amazing to swim in the swimming pool while admiring the water holes about 40 feet from you when the animals come to drink. You had animals walking around you everywhere. At times it was a little scary but it was an amazing experience to see them in their own territory vs The zoo. We would go a game drive in a land cruiser with an open top two times a day, one time in the early morning and the second time in the late afternoon. I saw the “Big 5” that is Lions, Leopards, Hippos, Rhino, and Elephant. What a sight. We followed 2 female lions as they were hunting in the early evening. I did not see a feeding but I was told that you might or  might not see a feeding. I also got up close to giraffe and Zebra. I think the most terrifying part of the safari is when an elephant gave us a warning sign to leave him alone. He charged at us and stopped then blew through his trunk LOUD. I was able to see a couple more lodges while staying in Kreuger.  African Safari’s are a big tourist attraction in all parts of Africa. Defintely if you get a chance you have to go on a Safari.


    Kreuger National Park is a must see for everyone, but now I have to travel to my last stop. My last stop was Durban with the South Afican Tourism Board . If you have ever been to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii then you have almost been to Durban. They are very similar. The Indian Ocean is blue and clear extremely warm. The hotels are right along the beach easy to walk. I stayed at the Hilton next to the convention center.   It is a beautiful Hotel. There is so much to do in Durban. I went there to see the new stadium they are building for the Fifa World Cup Soccor. I went to Indaba which is the worlds largest trade show for all Africa. There I met up with South Afircan Tourism Board as I was one of the few hosted buyers (travel agent) in The united States they hosted for South Africa. I met many people with airlines, world cup, hotels, and also Safai’s I will be recievng all the updates on the world cup as well as the few tour companies that will be selling packages for the world cup.   


     


     


    Kerri/ Islands

  
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