Vacations departing October 2019


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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta & Southwestern Tour

Introduction

This fall tour has it all: historic Western towns, out-of-this-world intrigue in Roswell, Native American culture, the incredible beauty of the desert, stunning sunsets and of course, the spectacle of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

Enjoy hundreds of colorful balloons soaring at once, floating over the picturesque Sandia Mountains in the quiet morning. The colors are luminous and rich while the technique, skill, and timing is precise. In the evening, you walk among the balloons as the propane burner’s twinkle and illuminate the aircrafts against the black sky backdrop. It happens every autumn in gorgeous New Mexico at the world’s biggest Balloon Festival, The International Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Before or after the festival, we will then take you on a journey to discover the Southwest. Enjoy the great food, and experience the rich and complex history of this hidden corner of America. From the expansive sparkling desert of the White Sands National Monument to the quirky attractions of Roswell and Tombstone, New Mexico and Arizona are waiting to be explored! With such amazing sights, history, and culture this tour is ideal for all!

10 Days from $1299 (was $1549)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

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Autumn Leaves Tour

Introduction

Imagine traveling through the heart of America’s history while witnessing the kaleidoscopic spectacle of fall colors in the Northeastern United States.  Our 14-day Autumn Leaves Tour takes you from Philadelphia to Gettysburg, Niagara Falls, along the shores of Lake Ontario, through the Adirondacks, the Green & White Mountains, Boston, Cape Cod, Bridgeport, New York City and back into Philadelphia against a backdrop of the rich colors of fall. 

Our tour begins where our nation began, in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - the cradle of American liberty, where you will see Independence National Historic Park, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Franklin Court.  Next you will travel through the colorful fall scenery of picturesque Pennsylvania Dutch Country stopping at an Amish outpost to learn about this traditional way of life before visiting historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - the most important battlefield of the Civil War.  You then continue north through Pennsylvania and New York State, stopping at the Corning Museum of Glass which showcases spectacular pieces of glass art and conducts demonstrations of glass blowing. 

You will need to bring your passport on this tour as you will cross the Canadian border to the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls where millions of gallons of water spew over the horseshoe-shaped falls creating a powerful sight and sound.  The tour continues along the shores of Lake Ontario to Kingston, home to Ft. Henry and the Royal Military College of Canada.  Then we take to the water on an included 2.5 hour boat cruise through the 1000 Islands enjoying a fascinating narrative of the area’s history and views of the fabulous summer homes of the rich and famous including Boldt Castle. 

Our tour then crosses back into the U.S. and travels through the colorful fall foliage of the beautiful Adirondacks with a stop at Lake Placid, site of the famous “Miracle on Ice” when the US men’s hockey team defeated the Russians in the 1990 Olympic Winter Games.  We then journey through the breathtaking Green and White Mountains stopping to visit Franconia Notch State Park and the magnificent Flume Gorge.  Turning south, the tour heads into Boston, Massachusetts and where you will enjoy a city tour including following the Freedom Trail, seeing the Boston Common and the Paul Revere House.  Next you follow the New England coastline to Cape Cod and visit the Cape Cod National Seashore with its pristine beaches, lighthouses and wild cranberry bogs.  There you will have the chance to join fellow travelers for an optional tour to Martha’s Vineyard before heading into Rhode Island for a visit to one of the famous Newport Mansions. Finally, you will discover the “Big Apple” - New York City, with sightseeing including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building and Central Park before continuing to Philadelphia to depart for home full of memories of a lifetime.

Check out our Travel Blog for more tips and ideas for your Autumn Leaves Tour!

14 Days from $1599 (was $1849)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

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Hawaiian Escape

Introduction

Take a week off to unwind, relax, explore, and enjoy the incredible beauty of 2 of Hawaii’s most popular islands! Your local Tour Director will take you through the best parts of paradise on Oahu and Maui, where you can immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture and bask in the Aloha spirit!
 

7 Days from $1399 (was $1649)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

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Hawaiian Islands Cruise & Tour

Introduction

The islands of Hawaii encompass the ultimate vacation. Each offers an amazing mix of beautiful beaches, magnificent views and exquisite cuisine. Visit the four major islands of Maui, Hawaii (also known as “The Big Island”), Kauai and Oahu from Norwegian Cruise Line’s incredible Pride of America. This vibrant ship provides guests a collection of amenities with more than 15 restaurants and exciting nightly entertainment - a perfect combination to discover paradise and sail in luxurious style.

Cruise from Honolulu, Oahu and learn about the Hawaiian culture through the eyes of local ambassadors on board the ship. Enjoy port stops in Kahului, Maui, where you may wish to explore Iao Valley or the old whaling town of Lahaina. Next is Hilo and Kona, Hawaii, with the opportunity to snorkel along the “Gold Coast.” Then Nawiliwili, Kauai, that embraces the spectacular canyons, cliffs and waterfalls the “Garden Island” is well-known for. A special afternoon trip along the breathtaking Na Pali Coast is a final highlight and not to be missed. Sit back with a refreshing beverage and have your cameras ready for the amazing colors and incredible views that lie ahead.

A YMT Tour Director will greet you upon your return to Honolulu, Oahu. They will escort you to Pearl Harbor, where you will see the USS Arizona Memorial and the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Then enjoy sightseeing through Downtown Honolulu and a visit to Punchbowl Crater. The last two days of your vacation are free to spend at leisure. Waikiki Beach is the ideal spot to relax in the tropical climate and plenty of optional tours are available to satisfy everyone from a helicopter ride over popular Oahu sights to a luau right on the beach.

Check out our Travel Blog for more tips and ideas for your Hawaiian Islands Cruise & Tour!
 

12 Days from $1999 (was $2249)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

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Legendary China & Yangtze River Cruise

Introduction

Experience the mystique and culture of the Far East with YMT’s new China Tour which includes a Yangtze River cruise!  You’ll spend 3 nights and see all the main sights in Beijing including Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and the Forbidden City. Visit the Great Wall of China where you’ll walk along an ancient path and discover one of the world’s most intriguing architectural marvels. Then it’s on to Xi’an to see the more than 8,000 figures that make up the Terracotta Warriors. Then, fly to Chongqing to see Giant Pandas before embarking on a remarkable 3-night Yangtze River Cruise with panoramic views of the world’s third longest river, complete with three included shore excursions. The final stop is Shanghai for 2 nights and more included sightseeing featuring the French Concession and Shanghai Museum. Three internal flights in China.

Check out our Travel Blog for more tips and ideas for your Legendary China & Yangtze River Cruise!

Important notes:
 
Passports and Visas: A passport and a valid Chinese tourist visa (extra charge) is required to participate in this tour. Getting a Chinese visa is straightforward. Unless you live near a Chinese consular office, YMT recommends you use one of the many visa agencies that offer a convenient and hassle free service. Contact a local visa agency for full application requirements and fees or alternatively visit www.china-embassy.org.
 
Yangtze River cruise ships: Victoria Cruises' Victoria Jenna. All on board accommodation is superior cabin (Victoria Jenna) with private facilities. All of our tours feature cruises aboard the Victoria Jenna. Victoria Cruises have an excellent reputation and specialize in serving North American guests and, like YMT, are members of the United States Tour Operators Association. The Victoria Jenna takes up to 266 guests and ship facilities include 2 restaurants, 4 elevators, 2 lounges, 3 bars, a gym, library, and a beauty salon. Ask your travel consultant for the ship fact sheet for more information. Please note that the river cruises have a recommended additional crew gratuity of $25 p/p USD which is additional and will be added to your on board account.
 
Arranging your air travel: We recommend that you book your air to China with YMT. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.
 
Activity level: Some of the sightseeing on this tour requires extended periods of walking and standing, walking over rough or uneven ground, climbing steps, several airplane flights, getting on and off boats and buses and generally navigating busy tourist sites. While this shouldn’t pose a challenge to most guests, please consider before booking that this is an active tour.
 
Included meals: Hotel breakfasts will generally be a mix of Chinese and international dishes. All lunches and dinners stated in the itinerary will be in local restaurants (eg. outside the hotel) and will be Chinese dishes. In Beijing and Shanghai, western style food is generally available (at your own cost); however in other areas, availability of western style food may be very limited. The Yangtze River cruise restaurants can be buffet or waiter service with Chinese and some international food.
12 Days from $1499 (was $1749)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

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Mediterranean Escape

Introduction

Take a dip in luxury as you escape to the Mediterranean. You’ll explore Barcelona before cruising the coastal waters in style aboard NCL’s Epic. See the lasting influence of the Roman empire, immerse yourself in the glamour of the south of France, and stroll through Moorish Spain.
13 Days from $1799 (was $2049)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

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New England & Canadian Maritimes Cruise and Tour

Introduction

Take an amazing 15 days to witness exciting and historic Canadian and New England sites during what is considered the best time to visit, with color-changing fall foliage! Enjoy a 7-night cruise aboard Norwegian Gem and visit port stops such as Bar Harbor and Halifax, all from the comfort of your floating hotel. On this vacation, you'll also visit iconic Cape Cod for 2 nights, tour one of Newport’s grand mansions, and explore Quebec City, one of North America’s first settlements. Discover Montreal, travel through the Green Mountains amidst colorful fall landscapes and explore intriguing Shaker Village before a city tour of Boston!

Check out our Travel Blog for more tips and ideas for your New England and Canadian Maritimes Cruise & Tour!

15 Days from $1999 (was $2249)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

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Rendezvous on the Rhone

Introduction

Springtime in Paris followed by a river cruise through the heart of Provence and French wine country. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? This quick trip is designed to give travelers and complete experience of France in just 9 nights: Paris, Versailles, Dijon, Lyon, Avignon and more!
10 Days from $1699 (was $1949)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

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Rhine & Moselle with Belgian Delights

Introduction

Journey through storybook Germany as you cruise through picture-perfect villages, grand castles, and a countryside that looks untouched by the modern world. Enjoy an escorted land tour of Belgium, including a stop in a chocolate factory and gift of the best chocolate you've ever tasted!

11 Days from $1799 (was $2049)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

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Ultimate Hawaii Tour with Pearl Harbor Experience

Introduction

Our 13-day, four-island Ultimate Hawaii Tour with Pearl Harbor Experience is packed with value and amazing sights and experiences. You’ll visit all four main islands, Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii (also known as “The Big Island”) to discover their unique features and enjoy included sightseeing and events on each of them, while carefully guided by one of our experienced local Tour Directors.  

With an extensive Pearl Harbor experience, our tour includes a full day to learn about the events that brought the USA into WWII and ultimately the events that brought the war to a close. Visit the USS Arizona Memorial and explore the exhibit galleries at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, where you will also watch a short film. Continue to the Battleship Missouri Memorial, where the Japanese signed the instrument of surrender to General Macarthur at the end of the War. And to close this day of historic insight and reflection, there will be a drive through the National Cemetery of the Pacific, situated in Punchbowl Crater.

Also included on Oahu is our full day island tour where we’ll take you away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and show you more of this diverse landscape where some highlights will include the famous surfing beaches of the North Shore, the town of Haleiwa and the Dole  Plantation.

All your inter-island flights on Hawaiian Airlines are included and the next stop after Oahu is the island of Kauai where you’ll witness stunning landscapes with every turn.  Have your camera ready to capture Opaekaa Falls; the Wailua River, during a leisurely boat cruise and the romantic Fern Grotto. The hanging ferns and tropical foliage will leave you speechless and you may even catch a glimpse of a wedding taking place.

The “Valley Isle,” known as Maui, is your next island to explore. We’ll take you to the quaint town old whaling town of Lahaina that will spoil you with art galleries and unique shops, a true delight to stroll around. You’ll stay in the resort of Kaanapali, which during the months of December to March is one of the best places in the world to spot migrating humpback whales, right from the beachfront.

Your last island-hop will take you to The Big Island of Hawaii, where you'll visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We'll also make a stop at Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitor Center and Akatsuka Orchid Gardens. On the final evening in Kona we invite you to join your fellow travelers and new found friends at the King Kamehameha’s Farewell Feast, a Hawaiian themed evening with dinner, entertainment and an open bar,  a fitting way to end this vacation of a lifetime.

Check out our Travel Blog for more tips and ideas for your Four-Island Tour!

13 Days from $1799 (was $2349)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

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