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This past October I had the opportunity to experience a guided tour with TRAFALGAR called the “European Dream”. We started in Rome and had a great sightseeing tour of this amazing city with the ancient ruins and Vatican City, especially viewing Michelangelo’s amazing ceiling. After Rome we traveled north into the beautiful Tuscany hillside and had a delicious lunch in a local castle hosted by the owners. We continued onto Florence and enjoyed all of the cultural events. Next was the exciting island city of Venice with gondola canal rides and glass blowing demonstrations.

After Venice we traveled through beautiful picturesque Switzerland to Lucerne. A must is a cogwheel rail ride up one of the mountain peaks for panoramic views. Next we ventured to Paris enjoying the rolling hills of Burgundy and scenery of beautiful France on the way. Paris is an amazing city. We enjoyed strolling the Champs-Elysees and a city tour. A must in the evening is a scenic boat ride on the Seine River with the Eiffel Tower lights glittering in the background. We then continued onto Calais where we took a ferry across the English Channel to London and experienced the heritage of this modern city.

This was a fast paced tour, but enjoyable and definitely great for first time visitors in Europe. Trafalgar does an exceptional job. Our guide was very cordial and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Trafalgar Tours.

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All the best,
Claudia Miller
Morris Murdock Travel - Draper

(801) 483-5236
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Visiting Disneyland in the Fall is a great time to experience some seasonal fun! On select dates September through Oct.31, for an extra fee you can enjoy Halloween time at either Disneyland or the California Adventure Park. Which ever park that is hosting the event, that park will close early and then it will reopen to those who bought the party tickets. The park will then stay open until midnight or 1:00 am.

These parties and costumes are so fun! It is amazing to see how creative people are with them! Even your Mickey and Minnie and several of your other favorite Disney Characters are dressed up for Halloween. Many costumes people come dressed in are Disney themed – while others include characters from movies or T.V. Scattered around the park are “Trick or Treat” stations where you may get a hand full of candy, snack crackers, raisins or fruit leather.

The atmosphere areas have Halloween themed characters, misty fog and special villain themed parades and water shows. For me the best is the Spooky Halloween Screams fireworks show! The castle and Main Street store fronts come alive with floating bats and ghosts. The show is hosted by Jack Skellington from The Nightmare before Christmas and Jack’s ghost dog Zero comes flying through the sky around the castle. There are plenty of villains who join in the fireworks show.

There are special is a special themed makeover to some of The Haunted Mansion which is turned into Haunted Mansion Holiday featuring characters from The Nightmare before Christmas. Both parks have updated theme rides to enjoy.

There are special treats and snacks, like Pumpkin Beignets, Hot Apple Cider, Hot chocolate and spooky caramel apples. There are also cool souvenirs to buy to remind you of the fun times you encountered at the Halloween Party.

This is a great event and everyone should experience once in a lifetime! If you are tired of doing the Character meals – why not give the Halloween party a try!

Safe Travels!

All the best,
Karen Gerlach
Morris Murdock Escorted Tours

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Last week I had the opportunity to go on a Danube River Cruise with Uniworld, an All-Inclusive Cruise Line. I did this trip by myself, however I shared the trip with 9 other travel advisors from Colorado, and Arizona. I was the only one from Utah. I felt so fortunate and privileged to have traveled with this cruise line. I was very impressed by the service and the all-inclusive this cruise has to offer. By the end of my cruise last week, I did not owe a single penny, even though I signed up for many shore excursions on the port of calls!

Here are the FREE excursions that were available on this particular itinerary.

In Nuremburg, Germany:

  1. Nuremburg City Tour ***
  2. Do as The Locals Do Nuremburg Walking Tour
  3. Jewish Heritage – Nuremburg and WWII ***

In Regensburg, Germany:

  1. 2000 Years in One Hour Regensburg Walking discovery tour ***
  2. BMW Factory Visit
  3. Jewish Heritage – Jewish Regensburg. ***

In Straubing, Germany:

  1. Orientation Walk into Straubing ***
  2. “Let’s Go Bike the Danube Trail
  3. Bavarian Forest village, Nature Walk and Theresienthal glass factory ***

In Passau, Germany:

  1. Passau Walking Discovery Tour
  2. Passau Geocaching Scavenger Hunt – fun game with lots of walking ***

In Engelhartzhell, Austria:

  • "Let’s Go" Bavarian River Bicycle Ride
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I recently had the opportunity to sail on the beautiful Crystal Symphony, one of the two Crystal Cruise Line vessels. Crystal Cruise Lines has consistently won readers choice award with Condé Nast for the past 25 years and Worlds Best by Travel and Leisure for 23 years. With all these accolades I was eager to experience Crystal for myself.

First, we noticed the check in process was incredibly easy and painless. No lines, just a seat on a couch in the reception area where they looked at your documents and took your luggage while offering you something to drink.

From there were pampered by incredible service, wonderful food, relaxing cabin and a ship with endless possibility of entertainment, enrichment classes and relaxing areas.

From the moment we arrived on the ship the staff was dedicated to anticipating our every needs. Staff from cabin stewards, waiters and pool attendants went out their way to learn our names, favorite beverages, allergies and more.

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I recently had the opportunity of doing a river cruise on the Danube River with AMAWaterways. I traveled with my sister, who is a recent Amputee with a prosthetic leg. This was her first trip to Europe, and in her words she was "a little hesitant to go" because of her disability. She was so impressed by the staff at how accommodating and willing to do anything to help her enjoy her trip of a lifetime.

We flew into Munich 2 days prior and stayed at the Airport Hilton. I chose the Airport Hilton, because of the convenience of being connected to the airport. Normally I would recommend staying in the city of Munich. It was easy to hop on the train from the airport to Munich, to spend the day exploring the city. There are plenty of things to do while in Munich, such as Dachau concentration camp, or Neuschwanstein Castle. We choose to stay in the Marienplatz seeing the Glockenspiel and the Hofbrauhaus *a traditional German biker beer hall, with a dark past). Upstairs in the Hofbrauhause is where Hitler first started the Nazi party. Downstairs we enjoyed a Weisswurst sausage with sweet mustard and a pretzel. Oh and did I mention the bakeries in Europe? Yum!

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