Savvy Travelers summer news

Jeanette Rajamaki

The Stills, the Bogdanoffs and R. Rajamaki chill out on Bora Bora Beach!

The Stills, the Bogdanoffs and R. Rajamaki chill out on Bora Bora Beach!

Meetings are over until October 9. We meet the second Thursday of the month October to May. No meeting in June, July, August or September. Our normal meeting space is Phoenix Room at the Cottonwood Country Club at 6:30 p.m. There are no dues.

The October 9 meeting will be hosted by ISRAEL Tour Company (ISRAM); Margie Bell, District Sales Manager will be talking about Israel and Jordan and our planned land tour for 2015. If you’ve been wanting to plan a tour of Israel, having a look into different Israel tour companies on the internet could be a good start to planning your travels for the near future.

We would like to hear from you this summer on topics or information you would like to know more about to support your travels. Please contact Vic Hermann at 480-883-3897; e-mail [email protected] or contact Jeanette Rajamaki, our resident travel agent in Oakwood at 602-909-2000; e-mail [email protected]

Savvy Travelers has partnered with Free Spirit to bring you a few summer trips. How about a visit to Long Beach and overnight on the Queen Mary permanently stationed in this area? Also offered are several trips in October; Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta October 7–10 or California from Huntington Beach to San Diego October 11-14. Call Jeanette or Vic for more details or for a flyer.

Time to start your fall and holiday travel plans. Some ideas might be to think about a river cruise to the Christmas Markets of Germany – great prices and reasonable air. Royal Caribbean has some great offers for the holidays or the week before the holidays in the Caribbean. Think about sailing out of San Juan Puerto Rico, a beautiful place to spend a few days on the ocean prior to a cruise. This is just like being in a resort in the USA and the American dollar is the currency. Celebrity and Royal Caribbean have several beautiful port intensive reasonable cruises.

December 11 – Eight days – Christmas Markets in Germany

Cruise Viking River Cruises – great pricing for eight days/seven nights; $2400 French balcony with good air prices

February 1, 2015 – 14 Nights on Celebrity Millennium – Singapore to Hong Kong – with Vietnam

Great pricing with $200 onboard credit; hosted by Vic and Joanna Hermann

March 9, 2015 –12 Nights Panama Canal Cruise

Unique sailing Miami to Caldera Costa Rica with $200 on board credit, gratuities included! Water, soda, specialty coffees, wine, beer and cocktails are all included with free self-serve laundry. Also included is a special event exclusive from Azamara, an AZamazing evening March 16 in Panama City and overnight, a full day to explore Panama City then Golfito, Costa Rica overnight; Quepos, Costa Rica on the 20th ending in Caldera on the 21st.

April 10, 2015 – Africa Land Tour – 14 Nights w/Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Safari, and Chobe River

Details to come.

June 14, 2015 – Russian River Cruise Viking Rurik – 13 days, Moscow to St. Petersburg on Volga; 16 people already booked, eight people are extending to Helsinki, Finland.

September 27, 2015 – Seven Nights – West Coast

Sailing includes Monterey, CA with Royal Caribbean – Jewel of the Seas.

October 15, 2015 – 13 days/11 nights Land Tour – Israel and Petra, Jordan

Includes two nights in Tel Aviv, one night in Haifa, one night in Tiberias, five nights in Jerusalem, one night in Petra and one night in Amman

Cuba – Waiting for fall dates.