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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.

April in Paris – a time for love

By Alison Luengo and Barbara King

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Paris – the city of Love

It’s called the city of love and there is a good reason for it. One of the most romantic destinations we book is Paris. People love celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, honeymoons and special occasions in the City of Light. We’ve rounded up a few very special experiences in Paris that we think you should add to your bucket list for your next romantic trip to Paris.

Day 1 - Sightseeing Tour of Paris (2)

Love having dinner in the Eiffel Tower

You can absolutely not get any more romantic than booking a table at Le Jules Verne on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. The views alone will melt your sweetheart’s heart, and that’s before you taste the food. Founded by Michelin star chef Alain Ducasse, you can’t miss this restaurant when visiting Paris. The menu is just incredible with selections such as marinated gilt-head bream, pan-seared duck foie gras and truffled macaroni au gratin. You can enjoy five courses for around 200USD and six courses for around 250USD. Eating dinner at Le Jules Verne is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we highly encourage putting it on that bucket list of yours.

Another Paris restaurant to love

Recommended as one of the most romantic restaurants in Paris by one of Great Getaways’ advisors, you can’t miss this next restaurant! Often considered a sister property to Le Jules Verne is Ducasse’s bistro – Chez Allard. Once a simple wine shop, this classic restaurant has been a must in the city of Paris for nearly 80 years. However, it wasn’t until the end of World War II that it became all the rage to visit this restaurant, and it eventually sold to Alain Ducasse in hopes of keeping its original personality and character. Just reading the menu makes one’s mouth water with such dishes such as confit duck, seared scallops, and frog legs with scrumptious sides like potatoes and in-season vegetables. Top it off with a vanilla floating island, a to-die-for dessert. More reasonably priced than the chef’s other restaurant, especially with an a la carte menu — you can eat nicely for 150USD, you might just hit up this spot more than once while in Paris.

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Four Seasons GEORGE V – a hotel we love

Of course restaurants aren’t the only venues offering special packages for romance. Enjoy some quality time with your honey at the Four Seasons Hotel George V with the Romance Package. Besides the most luxurious hotel spa in Paris and extravagant accommodations offered by this amazing hotel, this package boasts daily American breakfast, one EUR 100 voucher for the spa, a bottle of champagne and a floral bouquet in your room, and one copy of Flowers by Jeff Leatham, their artistic director. It is definitely a splurge at around 1400USD/night, but well worth the investment for a honeymoon or special anniversary. This Four Seasons will sweep any guest right off their feet, and could definitely be a choice for any romantic getaway.

These are special experiences, ones that create lasting memories. You can’t go wrong with any of these suggestions, so keep them in your back pocket for that extra special surprise you have for your significant other on the extra special occasion.

We thought you’d enjoy watching the trailer for the 1952 movie, “April in Paris” followed by the song of the same name.

The Ultimate France Roadtrip

Road trip France

By Damien Martin

READY FOR A ROAD TRIP? HOW ABOUT THROUGH FRANCE?

Of course I enjoy working on every trip I plan. Working with clients to craft their dream vacation experiences is why I love coming into the office every day. But every once in a while, a trip comes along that really allows me to let my imagination run wild. I’m working on just such a trip now, and it’s got me thinking about the ultimate road trip through France. As with all things French, this one starts and ends in Paris. There are a couple of factors that make this the most convenient. No. 1, Paris has a major airport, so it’s easy to find flights in and out. No. 2, by picking up and dropping off a rental car in the same place, you avoid having to pay a one-way drop fee.
Americans today lead very busy lives. Collectively, we leave more than 400 million paid vacation days unused every year. Even when we can get away, we can go for maybe a week or two. So it’s not often that someone has 18 days to explore France. But when that does happen, it’s a lot of fun.

 

FROM PARIS TO NORMANDY

Land at Charles de Gaulle airport northeast of Paris and head to Normandy, stopping along the way in Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent van Gogh spent his last days and is buried alongside his brother, and Giverny, site of Claude Monet’s gardens. If the morning light was enough to inspire some of the greatest painter’s the world has yet seen, it’s enough to energize you after a transatlantic flight.
In Normandy, see the Bayeux Tapestry, chronicling William the Conqueror’s invasion of England, then tour the D-Day landing beaches, which tell their own tales of an incoming liberating force.
Continue through Normandy to Mont-Saint-Michel, a rocky tidal island used as a fortress and monastery throughout French history.

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MOTOR ON TO LOIRE VALLEY AND SOUTH TO LASCAUX CAVE

From there, head down into the picturesque Loire Valley, home to vineyards and chateaux that help make France the world’s leading tourist destination. By now you probably think you’ve seen some history. But as you head south, stop in Montignac to visit Lascaux Cave, home to cave paintings from the Upper Paleolithic period estimated to be more than 17,000 years old. For preservation’s sake, visitors are not allowed in the actual cave. But a replica, called Lascaux II, brings to life the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery.

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NEXT ON THE ROUTE – CARCASSONNE AND THE FRENCH RIVIERA, AVIGNON

Sip a nice Bordeaux before making your way down — and back through time — to Carcassonne and its well-preserved medieval citadel, then the Roman ruins in Arles, another of van Gogh’s inspirations.
By now you could use a beach day, which is perfect because you’re well on your way to the sunny shores of the French Riviera. Relax for a couple days in one the Cote d’Azur’s many great beach towns before backtracking through Provence up to Aix-en-Provence and Avignon, which the popes called home from 1309-1377.

CIRCLING BACK – LYON TO PARIS

Whenever you make it to Lyon, make sure it’s around lunch or dinner time. Stay at least a night in the foodie haven if only to maximize the number of meals.
Wash those meals down with a nice Burgundy or Champagne, capped with the perfect dessert: a few days in Paris.
It’s a far cry from your run-of-the-mill France itinerary, but at Great Getaways, we see the world differently. Makes you want to use up those extra vacation days, doesn’t it?

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