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Summer has just begun...
can't bear to see it end?

Posted by Cindy Clarke on 6/18/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Canada, Christmas Markets, Cuba, Europe, Family Travel, Hawaii, Hotels, Manitoba, Travel

There’s nothing quite like a summer holiday to bring people outside to enjoy the warm weather. Days are brighter longer. Nights invite stargazing. Dining al fresco tempts with views and farm-fresh meals. Walks in the wilderness invite with wonders naturally inspiring, and garden strolls flower with possibilities. You can bike, hike and boat without a coat. You can swim and snorkel in oceans blue and bask on sands pearly white, casting your cares to the balmy winds that make everything feel all right. If you’re like me and take endless delight in a sunny season, you probably can’t bear the thought of summer’s end.
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So how can you make this summertime reverie last when the temperatures outside plummet and snow slips up your outdoor dreams?

hawaiiThe sun shines all year round in Hawaii and if you plan a travel tour there in December, you can trade in your winter scarf upon arrival at the airport for a lei garland, handcrafted and fragrant with blossoms indigenous to the islands. Think orchids, delicately hued in a rainbow of colours, that grow on trees in rainforests on the garden isle of Kauai, on Maui in the spectacular Iao Valley, in Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island and throughout the lushly manicured grounds of resorts, like The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii…along with intoxicating gardenia-like tuberoses, and sweetly scented carnations, ginger blossoms and plumeria, prolific and growing wild everywhere in Hawaii.

Next, imagine settling into an ocean-view room at iconic beachfront hotels like The Royal Hawaiian, reigning right on the sun-kissed sands of Waikiki Beach. Wake up to views of surfers riding the waves and outriggers plying the waters, then come aboard for a ride out into the glistening surf… or the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort which has a spa destined to replace the winter blues with holiday aahhs… or The Fairmont Kea Lani, freshly spruced up after a $70 million renovation to cater to your comfort in unabashed style! With accommodations that are as inspirational and inviting as the scenic beauty you’ll find on all the Hawaiian islands, you may just want to wile away the days in relaxation bliss, but if you go there with Tauck, you’ll also get the opportunity to take a gourmet cooking class with a renowned Hawaiian chef, feast on island specialties at a torch-lit luau, watch the sunset aboard a private catamaran and head off into the rainforests where you really can stop and smell the flowers!
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cuba_2Cuba, tropical, culturally rich and totally in vogue, is rolling out the welcome mat along with those cigars for visitors looking to bask in treasures long barred to Americans. The heat is on to go there soon to immerse in authentic experiences and boutique hotels that celebrate a way of life virtually unchanged since the 1950s before the chain stores and mega resorts move in. US citizens still can’t go there easily on their own but if you book a Tauck travel tour this fall, you can see the island the way it’s meant to be seen… through the eyes of the people who live there. It may be cold back home in November and December but the weather here hovers in the 70s and 80s, perfect for heading out to an organic farm for a true taste of local fare, walking through Habana Vieja, a UNESCO World Heritage Site lined with 500 years of history, enjoying a rooftop dinner under the stars, visiting a tobacco plantation, a fishing village, Hemingway’s haunts, artist workshops… seeing dance performances, meeting art students and applauding musicians who welcome you with the beat of the island. And lest you worry about flight cancellations or delays, Tauck has arranged a private charter flight to take you there and back from Miami!


ManitobaIf chilly temps don’t matter and you want to head someplace cool, then think about taking a polar expedition to Manitoba for an opportunity to see those great white polar bears lumbering across western Canada for a feast they’ve waited for all year! October and November are mealtime for polar bears in Manitoba who can’t wait to welcome area seals to dinner! You can enjoy a front-row seat in a warm and toasty tundra vehicle as you view this annual spectacle up close and learn the inside scoop about their tastes from naturalists who accompany you in the Arctic wilderness. You can even try your hand at sleigh riding in Churchill, letting “eskimo” sled dogs do
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Christmas_MarketsDecember holidays can cheer up travellers to Europe thanks to Old World traditions and Christmas markets all along Europe's storied rivers. Come aboard a Tauck riverboat for a Christmas Market River Cruise and you’ll find gingerbread treats, hot mulled wine and roasted chestnuts to warm you body and soul. You’ll see candle-lit squares with tapered candle crafts, plum dolls and carved Santas and elves eager to go home with you. You’ll hear music and carols. See trees meticulously decorated and gaily lit. And find friendships aboard ship that make your holiday traditions richer still.

Want your family to experience the true meaning of the holidays this year? Share the heartfelt gift of family travel and take the opportunity to celebrate together in Italy… what could be more inspiring than visiting the Vatican in December on a special after-hours tour that lets your family savor the treasures inside without crowds? Tauck Bridges holiday holidays in Italy are custom crafted for every age and generation to enjoy, with fun activities like pizza baking in Florence, mask making in Venice, a gondola ride with singing, Tarantella dancing and more that will turn memorable moments into cherished memories that truly last lifetimes.
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Wow… when you think of December in terms of where you can go with Tauck, wintertime doesn’t seem so forbidding after all!
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