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  • 2019 Chamber Trips - Spain ~ Colorado Rockies ~ South Africa - Informational & Registration Meeting

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    July 24, 2018
    Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce & Collette Vacations
    presents
    2019 Chamber Trips
                  Spain  ~ April 4-14         Colorado Rockies ~ July 19 - 27   
    South Africa  ~  October 2019 (Dates to be announced)
    Informational & Registration Meeting for all 3 Trips  will be held on Monday, September 17 
    Exeter Town Hall
    9 Front Street in Exeter
    6:00 pm

    Spain - $3999 per person, based on double occupancy    Single - $4599 per person
    11 Days ~  Trip includes:  14 Meals (9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners), round trip air from Logan Airport, transportation to and from airport, air taxes and hotel transfer.

     Highlights:  Madrid, Royal Palace, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville,   Flamenco Show, Granda, The Alhambra, and Valencia.

     You are on your way to a colorful cultural adventure featuring the best of Spain, with an overnight flight.  Arrive in Madrid and start your tour!   Welcome to Madrick, Spain's lively capital and largest city.  Enjoy a   welcome dinner and the end of your first day.

    During a locally guided tour of Madrid's historic center,  see the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, where events have been held since the 17th century.  An expert-led tour of the monumental 18th-centurey Royal Palace reveals lavish halls, banquet rooms, the throne, room, royal armory and the impressive courtyard.  in the afternoon travel to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the capital of medieval Spain until 1560.  A comprehensive tour highlights the magnigicent Gothic cathedral and the 13th-century synagogue, a testament to Toledo's Jewish heritage.  You'll stop at the Church of Santo Tome to view El Greco's masterpiece painting, The Burial of County Orgaz.

    Day 4:  Travel to the extraordinary Moorish city of Cordoba.  Embark on a walking tour of the Mezquita.  This UNESCO site, an architectural marvel build by the Moors in the 8th century as a magnificent mosque, was converted into the city's cathedral in the 16th century.  Continue your exploation of Cordoba in the city's well-preserved and historrical old Jewish Quarter. 

    On Day 5 of your travels you will see Columbus' tomb, the ornate cathedral (UNESCO) and the Giralda Bell Tower.  Wnjoy a walking tour of the quaint old Santa Cruz Quarter with its bright flowers, white-washed buildings and winding streets; then continue to Plaza de Espana and the beautiful Maria Luisa Park, one of the loveliest in all of Europe.  In the evening, enjoy an authentic flamenco show featuring Seville's top performers.

    Travel along the peaceful Sierra Nevada to Granada, the last great capital of the Moors in Spain before it fell to the Catholic monarchs in 1492.  Join a local expert on a tour of the world famous Alhambra, an immense hilltop palace.  In addition, tour the Generalife, meaning "garden of the architect," where the grounds are beautifully designed with waterfalls, courtyards and smaller secret gardens.

    Day 7 you will see amazing landscapes, rolling hills dotted with olive groves while en route to the Mediterrancean coast.   Arrive in the City of Valencia, a treasure trove of Toman and Arabic archtecture, surrounded by citrus groves.  

    While in Valencia - Paella Experience - Valencai - It's Your Choice!  Take a walking tour of historic Valencia to see the ornate 14th century Serranos Tower and imposing 15 century Quart Tower; then arrive at the bustling central market, one of the largest in Europe, where you will shop side by side with the locals. Or, explore the impressive City of Arts & Science, an ultramodern, multi-faceted educational institution, followed by a tour of the Lladro City of Porcelain to learn about he histosry and creative process of the worldd-famous handmade Lladro figurines.  Later, gather together for a board ride on the canals surrounding rice fields plantations; a visit to a traditional fisherman's home known asa  barraca; a paella-making demonstration and an authenic paelaa lunch. 

    Barcelona is the next stop, one of Europe's most beautifl and exciting cities, where you will explore the city at your leisure. The next day, your panoramic tour showcases the Columbus Monument, Parc de Montjuic, Antoni Gaudi's UNESCO World Heritage sites includingLa Sagrada Familia, Batllo House and the unconventional Casa Mila building with a guided visit to Parc Guell. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of your unforgettable trip to Spain. 



    Colorado Rockies - $3429 per person, based on double occpancy    Single - $4429 per person
     9 Days ~ Trip includes: 12 meals ( 8 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners), Round trip air from Logan Airport, transportation to and from airport, air taxes, hotel transfers and experienced tour guides

    Highlighs:  Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorade National Monument, Grand Junction, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa, Verde National Park, Choice on Tour, Royal Gorge Route Railroad or Garden of the Gods.

    Tour begins with the towering peaks and rolling meadows of Colorado and Utah.  this tour (which features four national parks) opens in the "Mile High City" of Denver where you will gather for a welcome dinner with fellow travelers.

    Travel through Boulder, a scenic university town, known for its iconic landmark, striking, reddish-brown foothills known as the Flatirons.  You will stop at Estes Park,  montain resort and home of the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for Stephen King's, "The Shning."  Your Rocky Mountain Adventure starts on the Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved continous highway in North America.  At Rainbow Curve  you will marvel at the majestic mountains that stand in contrast to the deep, rugges canyons.  

    In the morning, you will make your way to Grand Junction, the journey also takes you to one of the grand landscapes of the American West  - Colorado National Monument.  You will continue along Rim Rock to see a colorful panorama of deep, sheer-sided canyons and high rock towers.   Gather for dinner at a favorite local hangout  in Grand Junction, a town that attracts outdoorsmen, foodies, and all manner of free spirits.

    In Arches National Parks, see the world's largest concentration of natural sandstone arches.  Up next is the landscape of gorges carved by the might Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park.  You will top off the day at the Island in the Sky mesa resting on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding  terrain.

    Day 5:  Head south to Silverton, a former silver mining town and now a National Historic Landmark.  Hidden high in the San Juan Mountains, this town blends spectular scenery, Victorian charm and historic architecture.  Then it's 'all aboard" the Durano & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 1881 coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive made its name hauling silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountains, but you will soon realize it is the niew that is its mos precious assets.

    An incredible day awaits in Mesa Verde National Park, home of the ancient Ancestral Puebloan civilization.  Then, its your choice for the rest of the day.  Join a local guide on a drive through the park making several photo stops including views of the famous Spruce Tree House,  and Cliff Palace, the largest preserved cliff dwellings in the park. OR, if you a re feeling more adventurous, join a National Park Ranger on a short hike down the canyon into one of the cliff dwellings; as you walk, soak in views of the  valley along with some of the 600 homes carved along the cliffs.  And in the evening, experience an Old West adventure, filled with traditional cowboy cuisine and entertainment.

    Sit back and relaz during a scenic ride to Colorado Springs, as you make your way across Wolf Creek Pass, a section of the Continental Divide that would take pioneers two to three weeks to cross.  Continue through the Rio Grande National Forest, a vast expanse of wilderness named for the 1800 miles of Rio Grande River that cuts through the forest.  

    Depart for Canon City, home of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.  Get ready for a memorable train ride that follows the tumbling Arakansas River deep within the soaring 1000 foot granite cliffs of Colorado's grandest canyon.  Later, travel to the Graden of the Gods to tak in the niew of towering sandstone formations that dot the landscape set in the backdrop of majestic Pikes Peak.  Tonight, you will join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner and celebrate your adventure.



    South Africa Trip Information Coming SOON!  
    Contact:
    Bobbi Vandenbulcke, Travel Coordinator
    603-772-2411 x3