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Europe Tour Special: HEART OF EUROPE Circle Tour!

Posted by Editor3
26 Apr 2014 11:47 AM

Rothenburg, Germany
We are currently promoting: Save $300 per Couple for our HEART OF EUROPE® Circle tour. The discount applies to the Sept. 12 & 17 departures if you book by May 14th, 2014. If neither of these dates match your schedule, don’t panic! You can easily visit our dates & prices page to check out more options that are available, and also request a free brochure containing all of our tours.

Travel Chronicles

Posted by Sue Smith
25 Apr 2014 11:46 AM
Hello!

My name is Sue Smith and I am a travel agent at Escape World Travel.  We are starting a new series, describing short stories about some of our recent bookings.  They may help answer some questions you might not think to ask.

The first in this series is about D.D. of Salt Lake City.  D.D. had some questions while she excitedly prepared for her Heart of Europe Grand Tour departing in May.

One question regarded her concerns about packing for a 22-day trip. D.D. was worried that she wouldn’t be able to bring enough articles of clothing with her and wondered if laundry facilities were prevalent in Europe.

I explained that many other travelers have expressed similar concerns on this tour. Really, how do you fit 22 days’ worth of clothing into one suitcase?

Remember that everyone traveling with you on this tour will be in the same predicament. No one will take notice or care if clothes are re-worn throughout the trip.

Bring clothes that are comfortable and can be layered. One suggestion is to bring several shirts that may be worn with the same pair of slacks. Bringing along a neutral colored sweater is another trick used to mix and match as few articles of clothing as possible.  Add in a few thin scarfs, and you will have a fluid wardrobe.

While laundry facilities are not common in the areas visited, you will have the ample opportunity to hand wash some of your clothing. There will be several stops on this trip that include a two-night stay at a hotel. Simply pack a bottle of liquid cold water detergent (like Woolite®) and you’ll be good to go!

Remember, when traveling, one stain can ruin one of your garments so don’t forget to bring that spot remover pen or the new stain erasers (such as Tide to go®).  Remember anything could happen, so plan ahead!

If you would be interested in taking a 22-day trip to Europe, please give me a call at 800-968-9089.  We have immediate pricing with air-fare from over 100 departure cities.

In Travel,

Sue Smith.

New Europe Special! - HEART OF EUROPE Circle Tour

Posted by Editor3
09 Apr 2014 10:11 AM

Heidelberg Castle
We are currently promoting: Save $300 per Couple for our HEART OF EUROPE® Circle tour. The discount applies to the Sept. 12 & 17 departures if you book by May 14th, 2014. If neither of these dates match your schedule, don’t panic! You can easily visit our dates & prices page to check out more options that are available, and also request a free brochure containing all of our tours.

Escorted Tour of Europe - HEART OF EUROPE Circle Tour

Posted by Editor3
03 Apr 2014 11:00 AM

Rothenburg, Germany
We are currently promoting: Save $300 per Couple for our HEART OF EUROPE® Circle tour. The discount applies to the Sept. 5 & 10 departures if you book by April 9th, 2014. If neither of these dates match your schedule, don’t panic! You can easily visit our dates & prices page to check out more options that are available, and also request a free brochure containing all of our tours.

Goethe, Schiller and Classical Weimar

Posted by Wendy Brunner
02 Apr 2014 11:00 AM
The city of Weimar is a wonderful place to spend the morning on your Central European tour. The late 18th and early 19th centuries were a time of great artistic development in the Thuringian town of Weimar. Thanks to the support of Duke Carl August, the vibrant city attracted many academics, artists, and philosophers

Weimar was home to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, two of the most famous German writers and poets. In fact, Weimar’s classical period was really the result of the earnest collaboration of these two men beginning in 1799.  Other artists and writers who have lived in the city include Franz Liszt, Walter Gropius, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Johann Gottfried Herder.

It is remarkable that after World War II, with much of the city’s historic buildings being damaged or ruined, great steps were taken to reconstruct them as authentically as possible. Whenever feasible, original materials were used to rebuild, referencing detailed drawings and paintings of the original structures used as guides.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has named a group of twelve properties in Weimar as World Heritage buildings. It is evident from the artistic quality of the buildings and gardens that this reconstruction period was a special and culturally effecting time. In its day, the city was a cultural center of Europe known for its support of the many artists and writers. Thanks to the painstaking efforts to restore the ruins to their previous glory days, the city has a high authenticity rating.

Weimar: a City of Contrasts

Weimar is all too familiar with the delicate balance between good and evil. Though famous for Goethe and Schiller and enlightened views on mankind, it still has a gloomy neighbor. A Nazi concentration camp known as Buchenwald is located just over the hill from Weimar in Ettersberg. The trip can be a sobering experience and is essential for those interested in the Nazi era.

Several sites are worth a visit which exude the classical and glorious past of Weimar. On one such location, The Park on the Ilm, sits Goethe’s renowned Garden house.

Both Goethe’s town house (a Baroque building constructed in 1709) and Schiller’s house are now museums. They are furnished with some original items, as they would have been during the lifetime of these two great men.

The Dowager's Palace is home to a group of buildings including the Princes Tomb and the Historic Cemetery where members of the royal family are buried, as well as Schiller and Goethe.

Whether you have a full day or just a few hours, Weimar is easily toured and visitors can readily experience the glory days of what was once one of the most important cultural centers in Europe.

 

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