MOLTO BENE!” Tour of BElgium and the NEtherlands
April 22-May 4, 2019
In Italian when you respond, “Molto bene!” to the question, “How are you?” it means that you are doing very well, indeed. Since our first tour of 2019 will be to Belgium (BE) and the Netherlands (NE) we have christened this the “MOLTO BENE!” tour because we know this customized itinerary will give you an exceptional experience in this fascinating part of Europe. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam immediately immerses visitors in the life, time, and artwork of one of the world’s most compelling and iconic artists, which is why it will be our introduction to the history and culture of the Netherlands when Meredith Travel begins our 13-day tour of Holland and Belgium. In addition, that first evening we will enjoy a gourmet dinner as we cruise through shimmering canals, past rows of quaint, gambrelled houses. We plan to equal those first experiences on every day of our tour with an itinerary that will take us to the flower auction near Haarlem, to a family farm to learn how cheese is made, to the medieval streets of Bruges in Belgium, to the inside of windmills and to an outdoor museum of Dutch life, to name just a few stops along the way. It is NOT a coincidence that the tour is scheduled when tulips should be in full bloom everywhere!
Cruise the Blue Danube: Budapest to Prague
June 18 - July 2, 2019
Back by popular demand is a cruise opportunity for Meredith alumnae and friends. We had such a splendid experience on our Grand Circle Cruise in 2017 that we want to offer you another, so we have reserved 12 spaces. This time we will start in Budapest and end in Prague, docking in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Vienna, Austria, as we navigate the Danube. Ten tours as well as three local cultural events are planned for us and included in the price. We leave our ship in Linz on Day 12 and travel by coach to Prague, where we spend our last three nights. If you are interested in extending your time in this lovely part of the world, you can do so—in advance of the tour in Budapest or afterward in Germany (Dresden and Berlin) or Poland (Warsaw and Krakow).
Highlands and Islands . . . and Castles and Cities too! Tour of Scotland
September 19-October 1, 2019
Writer Elizabeth Stuart describes autumn in Scotland as “a glorious riot of color blazing red across the moors and gleaming every shade of gold in the forests of sheltered glens ... achingly beautiful images ... painted again and again across the hills.” If you frame that image in tartan in your imagination and play bagpipe music in the background, we believe that will be a worthy introduction to our irresistible September 2019 Meredith Travel tour of Scotland.
The title, “Highlands and Islands...and Castles and Cities, Too,” gives you a taste of the variety that will be included in this tour. While we will start and end in lively Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, once voted the friendliest city in the world, we will also spend time in stately Edinburgh, the country's elegant capital. In between, we will visit the spectacular Isles of Iona, Mull and Skye and traverse the stunning lochs and glens of the Highlands. There will be 12th century abbeys, houses of the famous – like Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford in the Borders, and not one, but three castles – Eilean, Stirling and Doune, plus a day trip from Edinburgh to St. Andrews. And every day there will be lovely food – traditional pub grub as well as local seafood – and, of course, at least one round of “haggis, neeps, and tatties.”
For more information on any Meredith Travel tour, contact Denise Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (919) 760-8051.