CHARLOTTE, NC, January 8, 2017 – In a world filled with turmoil and strife, it hardly seems logical to speak of travel in the same breath. Yet, we live on large, beautiful planet where chaos can erupt in virtually any venue.
To limit your wanderlust spirit is a declaration that we have lost in the current battle of civilizations.
Based in Charlotte, NC, the Magellan Travel Club will not be deterred from offering a selection of marvelous travel opportunities in 2017 among which are visits to locations in Croatia where “Game of Thrones” is filmed and a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in Germany led by Martin Luther.
Here is a list of tours for the upcoming year in chronological order. We invite you to participate.
Great Britain has a rich heritage of rail travel that once linked every nook and cranny of the island nation.
Begin in Edinburgh, Scotland and travel south to London with a stop at York in between.
Tour the Royal Mile and explore the famed Edinburgh Castle in the city where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote “Treasure Island,” “Kidnapped” and “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
York is a medieval walled city that traces its roots to the Vikings. It is home to the famed York Minster with its stained glass windows that are larger than a tennis court. It also boasts a superb transportation museum.
London, of course, is London and needs no introduction.
Croatia’s tourism suffered in recent years, but today it is making a comeback and justly so. Medieval architecture, tranquil lakes and Croatian charm will delight you on this tour which features the walled city of Dubrovnik and the sites where King’s Landing comes to life in the popular HBO series.
This “must see” region with it ancient cities, unique culture, rolling hills and, best of all, its stunning coastline.
By the way, this is a culinary tour, as well.
From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast and onward to Belfast, experience all of the charms of Ireland on this 13-day magical tour of the Emerald Isle.
Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. Visit the new House of Waterford Crystal factory. Choose from a selection of Killarney’s & Derry’s best restaurants with our “Diner’s Choice” program.
See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Tour the walled city of Derry. Stand on the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry.
Have coffee and scones at a working farm. Explore Dublin with a local guide, either by foot or on a panoramic city tour – it’s your choice! See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone!
This tour includes Northern Ireland which is rapidly becoming a traveler’s favorite and you will not want to miss the Titanic Museum.
Immerse yourself in the magic of Myanmar. This fascinating country is home to endless natural beauty and impressive architecture. Its deep history is astounding, and its culture is captivating.
Discover the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar, the Shwedagon Pagoda. Take a private motorboat on the tranquil Inle Lake and be surrounded by one of Myanmar’s most spectacular panoramas. Observe leg-rowing fisherman and discover their floating gardens.
Visit local markets, cottage industries and villages to come face to face with a more traditional way of life. Ascend to a height of over 3,000 feet above sea level to the visit charming Pyin Oo Lwin, a town that blends the East and West. Board a train for a scenic journey across the Gokteik Viaduct and travel over a nearly 100 feet deep gorge. Discover Pindaya Cave, home to more than 8,000 Buddha statues.
In Bagan, pause to take in the unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples. Discover Mt. Popa, an imposing sight of sheer rock topped with golden stupas from the monastery that sits on its peak.
We travel five centuries back in time to visit the sites where the Protestant Reformation began. Wittenberg is the town where Martin Luther posted the historic 95 Theses that changed the world forever.
Just last week, Rome released an announcement saying, “After centuries of mutual condemnations and vilification, in 2017 Lutheran and Catholic Christians will for the first time commemorate together the beginning of the Reformation.”
The itinerary also travels to Berlin and Dresden.
River cruising and the European Christmas Markets are two of the fastest growing things to do on a Traveler’s Bucket List. On this tour we sail the famed Blue Danube aboard the MS. Emerald Destiny.
We begin in Nuremberg where the World War II trials took place before making calls in Regensburg, Passau, Linz and Vienna. Each market has a similar flavor yet somehow each captures its own personality. This is the one trip you will ever take where bad weather adds to the fun.
Enjoy a cup of hot mulled wine and savor Christmas the way it used to be.
If you can remember the joys of Christmas as a child then this tour is for you. We will travel Germany’s Fairy Tale Road where the Brothers Grimm wrote down the famous stories we have known and loved for generations.
We then travel the Romantic Road with its half-timbered medieval villages and majestic castles including Neuschwanstein. Ludwig II’s masterpiece is the most visited castle in Germany and winter makes it all the more magical.
Along the route, we will visit some of the best and most popular Christmas markets in the world including Munich, Berlin, Hamburg and, best of all, Rothenburg.
If the true spirit of Christmas doesn’t captivate you here, then you need to join Ebenezer Scrooge in London.
That’s our list. We welcome you to join us for travel the way it used to be.
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About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
His goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.
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