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    October 15, 2002
    Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce & Collette Vacations
    2019 Chamber Trips
                  Spain  ~ April 4-14       
     Colorado Rockies ~ July 19 - 27   
    South Africa  ~  October 2019 
    Informational & Registration Meeting for all 3 Trips
    October 30, 2018
    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.

    Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana
    October 2 - 15, 2019 - $8199 per person, based on double occupancy.  Single $9249 per person

    Trip includes:  Round trip air, transportation to and from Logan, air taxes and fees, hotel transfers, 23 meals (12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners)
    Highlights:  Cape Town, Table Mountain, Stellenbosch, Choices on Tour, Entabeni Conservancy, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, and 7 Wildlife Safaris

    Your trip starts in Cape Town, nicknamed, “The Mother City”, it will captivate you.  Discover a melting pot of Dutch French and German architecture that embolden the horizon.  Explore Alfred and Victoria Waterfront, a Cape Town hotspot and one of the South Africa’s most compelling destinations, from heritage sites to historic landmarks, market, shops and restaurants.

    In Cape Town, you will revolve at an altitude of over than 3,000 feet in a cable car atop incredible Table Mountain. Rise gently over the South African landscape, rich in views of Cape Town, Lions Head and historic Robben Island.  Step in to a kingdom of natural wonders, where thousands of plant and floral species thrive.  Return to the city via Table Bay.  Pass through the Moorish Malay Quarter and pause at Milnerton Lighthouse.  Tonight, experience an unforgettable cultural aperitif, a true African dining experience starring a host of culinary specialties and delicacies.

    The drama of Cape Peninsula’s halcyon landscape leads you to Cape Point on the southwestern tip of Africa.  Marvel at nature’s color wheel – shades of green that blanket rocky outcrops and cerulean waters that form into waves and crash into a brilliant lavender blue.  Bartolomeau Dias, the first European to reach the Cape, named it the Cape of Storms, but it was re-named Cape of Good Hope by Portugal’s King John II when it opened a sea route to the East.  End at Boulders Beach for the rarest of black tie events – a rendezvous with endangered African penguins!  This evening you will find yourself an honored guest for dinner at a Capetonian family’s home.  

    The winelands of Western Cape await you.  In Stellenbosch, among rolling vineyards where historic Cape Dutch architecture dots the landscape, enjoy the afternoon at leisure.  In the evening, enjoy a wine tasting and end with dinner created with locally sources ingredients.

    Onto Johannesburg, arrive in “The Place of the Mountain”, Entabeni Conservancy.  Then, it’s time to go where the wild things are.  In a place where the lions reign as kings, head out in a 4x4 on a search for the “Big 5” across the marshlands and craggy landscapes.   Drive by the big cats as they prepare for the hunt.  Under the night sky, indulge in a braai.  From the Afrikaans meaning “grilled meat.” A braai is a unifying tradition of an old-fashioned, round the fire bbq, a lot of sausage, spice and fun!

    One more quest for the “Big 5” this morning and then off Victoria Falls, an awe-inspiring wonder of the world.  When you arrive, check in to your lodge that boasts African elegance in the form of a vast open plan tree house, where herds of buffalo, elephant, hyena and kudu gather at a central watering hole.  In the afternoon, witness the awesome power of Victoria Falls.  Bombard the senses tonight with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of the Boma, a feast of fun under the stars featuring a cultural milieu of traditional dancers and drummers that celebrate the warmth of the Zimbabwean culture. 

    Later, get ready for the experience of a lifetime.  Greet African elephants, spend some quality time interacting with them in their own habitat and learn some of the unique behaviors.  This evening, you might decide to join an optional sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

    Arrive in Chobe – game-viewing country.  During a breathtaking safari cruise along the Chobe River, spot elephants and hippos that linger and swim along the shores and crocodiles basking in the sun.

    Enjoy an unforgettable, chef-hosted farewell dinner.  On your last night, learn the secret to cooking a traditional braai, complete with some local favorites and delicacies.  In the morning you will fly to Johannesburg to end this incredible memory making trip. 

    Bobbi Vandenbulcke, Travel Coordinator
    603-772-2411 x3