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After 25 years of owning a brick-and-mortar travel company, Great Getaways Travel has decided to work remotely and become a “virtual” travel company, joining the 21st century finally! We are still a thriving company and are here to help you with your travels. Our phone number remains 913-338-2244 and we look forward to talking to you.

One of our favorite sayings is “Don’t let the good get in the way of the better and don’t let better get in the way of best.” We practice that philosophy in everything we do personally and professionally.

Because our objective is to create the most memorable vacations possible for you, we’ve decided to affiliate with Largay Travel, in Waterbury, Connecticut. It’s great, greater, and greatest news!

GREAT: We now have even more support and resources.

GREATER: Largay will handle all the pesky back office details freeing us to devote 100% of our time to planning your travel.

GREATEST: By affiliating with Largay Travel we are able to give you increased benefits when you travel, as we now have preferred status with several hotels, cruise lines, and tour companies.

PRICELESS: We are still very active and proud to be part of Virtuoso — you’ve experienced the benefits of that association.

So, where do you want to go in 2017? Give us a call, 913-338-2244, and start packing!


No words … heartfelt prayers

#Pray for Nice

Boundaries divide – Travel unites

When I meet someone, whether from another city or another country, I have the opportunity to be a citizen ambassador. Interacting with another human being, looking into each other’s eyes has a lasting effect and perhaps it will counter anything negative that they might have heard about me, about my country. Traveling is a privilege to share who I am and to gain more insight into others. I believe with all my heart this helps foster peace.

We pray for Nice and for the world. Spread love. Help others. Live in peace.

Find out what’s NEW with Crystal Cruises

Please join us to visit with Tim Rinkoski, Sales Director for Crystal Cruises. Did you know they have ocean cruises, river cruises, yacht cruise, and new ships coming and air cruises, too?

Learn the latest!

March 3, 2016

5:30 – PM – 6:30 PM

Great Getaways Travel

4600 College Blvd, Suite 103


913-338-2244 or email Alison

Free dinner and drinks? We’re in!

Holland America Line

FREE drinks? Check. FREE dinner? Check. FREE or reduced fares for 3rd/4th guests PLUS 50% reduced deposit? SIGN US UP!!

Rarely do I blog about a vendor’s offer. It seems so “selly” and self-serving and perhaps this post is a bit of that. Read on, though, and you’ll discover why I believe this offer is worth sharing with you.

As a child I experienced the golden age of cruising, when masquerade parties, dance lessons, bingo, and formal dinner attire were the norm. I remember my mom packing a huge trunk of clothes for our family, my shiny party shoes and favorite stuffed animal included. Cruise ships left from New York bound for the Caribbean and we gathered on deck throwing streamers and cheering as our ship left the pier and those ashore calling out, “Bon voyage!”

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I’m the young lady on the left

Cruises have, of course, changed with the times, a good thing, right? The dress code is more relaxed, dining venues abound, and coffee bars and computer labs have replaced the dance lessons and Bingo. Unfortunately, some cruise lines have sacrificed service and quality in the name of corporate profit. Not so with the cruise lines we recommend!

With that nostalgic intro ( yes, I am of the age of dinosaurs and telephones with cords), I share with you a great offer from one of my personal favorite cruise lines, Holland America Line.

With more than 500 sailings a year to all seven continents, Holland America has 15 elegant, mid-sized ships set to meet your every whim and want.

Now, for only a short time, you can book January 2016-April 2017 cruises and receive all four of the following offers with your booking: FREE signature beverage package (up to $1400 value), FREE Pinnacle Grill Dinner ($58 value), FREE or Reduced Cruise Fares for 3rd/4th guests, and 50% reduced deposit. PLUS….book a suite and receive the above four offers WITH $300 onboard spending credit per stateroom and a FREE Canaletto dinner.

Don’t miss this incredible offer which ends on October 30, 2015! Call Great Getaways Travel now at 913.338.2244 to book your once-in-a-lifetime Holland America Cruise.


Big, big news for cruise lovers!

If you love luxury cruises, you need to read this! It’s been some time, 12 years to be exact, since Crystal Cruises added new products to its fleet. Enter a new owner with grand vision and a keen sense of the consistent luxury experience offered by Crystal and, voila,  the beloved winner of best luxury cruise line year after year will add: 3 1000-passenger ships, to arrive in 2018; 2 new luxury riverboats, debuting in 2017; a new Boeing 787 airplane to be designed to hold only 60 passengers instead of the usual 300 and offering 28-day itineraries, and a 62-person yacht, the Crystal Esprit, which will begin sailing in December, 2015.

Crystal Cruises new yacht, Crystal Esprit

“We really came up with a global strategy to become the world’s premier luxury, hospitality and lifestyle brand portfolio,” Rodriguez told USA Today. The CEO also said that the new offerings were decided upon based on current Crystal customer demand.

Read about what Crystal has in store to redefine the meaning of luxury here: Crystal Cruises Major Expansion

Take a tour of the new yacht here: Photo Tour of Crystal Cruises new yacht

Have you experienced Crystal Cruises? I am very excited about the broad offerings of this brand. What do you think about the expansion?