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Christmas in July


July 13, 2013 • Fenny Peiffer

tournament of roses parade

Picture strolling through more than 200 wooden stalls at one of the oldest Christmas Markets in Nuremberg, Germany, and be as delighted as its first visitors were in 1628. Board the Showboat Branson Belle, dating back to 1890s, for a festive show on this historic paddlewheel riverboat while cruising through Missouri’s Table Rock Lake. Celebrate a grand tradition, with prime seating during the 125th anniversary of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade. 

The holidays are special for so many reasons. Much like an extraordinary travel experience, they are a time that has us remembering the past and looking toward the future. Bring these two joys of life together with leading tour operator Collette Vacations. Its variety of travel packages are perfect for showcasing the rich holiday history across the US and Central Europe, with plenty of glittering lights, spiced desserts, and festive spirits. Which tour will you choose?

• Classic Christmas Markets, 9 days/11 meals: Experience the holiday spirit in Germany, Austria and France. Sip mulled wine and collect unique handicrafts, hand-made ornaments and toys at some of the largest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe. Let local residents guide you through the streets and cultures of these impressive cities: Strasbourg, Wurzburg, Nuremberg, Munich and Innsbruck.

New York City Holiday, 5 days/5 meals: Enjoy the incredible Christmas Spectacular featuring the high-kicking Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Embark on a harbor cruise viewing the Statue of Liberty, and the city’s skyline and waterways. Venture out to exhilarating Times Square to take your seat at a Broadway show! 2013 TournutcrackerNY

San Antonio Holiday, 5 days/7 meals: Savor down-home cooking and relish in some cowboy entertainment at an authentic dude ranch beautifully decorated for the holiday season in Bandera, the “Cowboy Capital of the World.” Cruise along the famous Paseo del Rio and soak in 122,000 vibrant lights that illuminate San Antonio’s famed River Walk.

• Southern Charm Holiday, 6 days/8 meals: Stay two-nights in Jekyll Island Club, once described as “the richest, most exclusive club in the world.” Receive a guided tour of this historic hotel, gorgeously ornamented for the season. Visit Charleston’s James Island County Park where over 500,000 lights provide an enchanting three-mile drive, too.

tournament of roses parade• Branson Musical Holiday, 5 days/6 meals: Get in the holiday spirit with performances by musical greats such as the Hughes Brothers and Doug Gabriel. Enjoy hilarious tales and witty perceptions with Yakov Smirnoff, the famous Russian comedian.

• California New Year’s Getaway, 5 days/6 meals: Attend Bandfest, featuring selected bands from all over the country that will perform in the parade. Celebrate the season with a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Dance, with live entertainment and a champagne toast.

Tour dates for the above tours are available November – December.

Save up to $250 per person!*
Offer is valid on new bookings only made between 7/1/13 – 8/31/13 for travel 11/1/13 – 12/31/13 on the Collette’s holiday tours. Offer savings of up to $250 per person is arrived at as follows: Save $100 per person on Branson Musical Holiday, San Antonio Holiday, Southern Charm Holiday, California New Year’s Getaway and New York City Holiday. Save $250 per person on Classic Christmas Markets. Offers can expire earlier due to space or inventory availability. Space is on a first come, first served basis. Offers are not valid on group or existing bookings or combinable with any other offer. Other restrictions may apply. Call for details.
For reservations call 877-277-1679 and mention promotion code BVS0-AX1-918.

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