Meredith Travel Program – 2017 Tours

Mark your calendars now for these Meredith Travel Program opportunities. Join us on wonderful tours to Cuba, France, and Canada.

Cuba: People-to-People Cultural Discovery, March 11-19, 2017

We have had so many requests for this trip that when given the opportunity to reserve the maximum 20 guest spaces, we jumped on it. Travel by our own private coach will take us from the streets of picturesque Havana to golden beaches and back, passing through an agricultural landscape in the Vinales Valley that is so lush with distinctive flora and fauna that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. In accordance with State Department policy, only people-to-people visits from the U.S. are allowed at this point and the people you meet and their lives and stories will rival the landscape in their range of diversity. And yes, there is Cuban food, also served in a variety of venues, including the famous, small “restaurants” that are often in local homes. This is a very special time to visit Cuba and we hope that you will join us for this moving, personal journey. Departure to Cuba will be through Miami. Since the number of spaces on this trip is smaller than usual, reserve your space early!

France:  Provence to Paris, a River Cruise, June 15-27, 2017

After a great deal of research the Meredith Travel Program is pleased to announce the dates for the French River Cruise you asked for—June 15-27, 2017, with a possible very affordable extension either before in Paris or after in Nice—or both. Prices start at $3,595 (double occupancy, without airfare).

The river cruise line we have selected, Grand Circle Travel, is highly awarded in travel polls—including being voted the Top River Ship winner of 2015 by Conde Nast Traveler. In fact our 46 passenger ship, the Provence, was voted second among the world’s top 40 in a 2014 Conde Nast poll.

The tour cities where French river cruise lines stop between Paris and Nice are fairly standard from company to company—Paris, Beaune, Macon, Lyon, Tournon, Viviers, Avignon, Arles, and Nice—but what impressed us with this itinerary was how much more content was included without incurring additional “special tour” fees. Also of note is the fact that this tour is not 8 or 10 days, but a full 13 days—yet offered at a price that is very appealing when compared to other lines.

The flight price offered by Grand Circle is competitive with what you might find on your own, unless you are using points, of course! When you consider that the transfer to your Paris hotel will be included if you book the combination of flight and cruise, it is worth consideration. Grand Circle will book you from the arrival and departure cities you choose and on your preferred airline. With a very low single supplement, and none at all for the extensions, this particular tour seems to offer the best combination of enrichment, leisurely travel through gorgeous countryside, and wonderful experiences with French cuisine.

If this sounds like an experience you cannot miss, sign up now. Space is limited. There are big discounts available for those who act fast, so reserve your space today. Please be aware that you sign up with Grand Circle directly. It is essential that you mention this CODE when booking: G2-27271.

When you are ready to sign on, call Toll-Free: 1-800-597-2452, Press 2

Cabin preferences, Grand Circle air inclusive packages, and trip extension options should be considered at time of signing.

Fall Color in Canada:  The Maritime Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Sept. 27 – Oct. 7, 2017. 

Just in time for peak fall color, this custom Meredith College tour to the Maritime Provinces will take us from the sophistication of Charlottetown and Halifax, to the stunning, isolated beauty of the Cabot Trail in far north- eastern Nova Scotia. We will have experiences that encompass the Native American, Celtic, English, Colonial French, and French Acadian past and present. This cultural immersion will, of course, be accompanied by appropriate food, music and story-telling traditions. With two ferry rides, the Bay of Fundy– where the tide varies 50 feet in a day, Anne of Green Gable’s house, and lobster fixed in a dozen ways, it should be a tasty trip!  Look for more information regarding pricing in the future.

Melyssa Allen

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