Alan Darcy Cruise - Hot Sax on the High Seas

Sunday, February 4, 2018 ~ 7 Night Western Caribbean

Gaylord Palms

Friday, December 15 and Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Biloxi and New Orleans Bus Trip

Tuesday, January 23 to Friday, January 26, 2018

Lets Eat Fresh Cooking Class

Monday, January 29, 2018

Tampa Bay Downs

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Capones Dinner and Show

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Blue Man Group

Sunday, March 4, 2018

 

Thank you Pat!

 
 
I just want to thank you for a truly enjoyable day today in the Cooking Class.  From the time we got on the bus in Brownwood, the ride up to Ocala, the very personable Mother and Daughter team teaching us the cooking recipes and sharing their ‘cooking secrets’, enjoying the meal and right down to the ride home, everything was top rate.

 

The people attending this cooking session were so friendly and conversations flowed.

I look forward to taking another Cooking Class and attending another of your trips.
 
Pat Myers. The Villages, FL

Travel Tips – Guided Tour Vacations

Carol’s Travel Tips – Guided Tour or Tour Alone? 

I know many of you have taken a guided tour vacation and probably loved it, but for those of you who never been on this type of holiday, let me give you a few facts and hopefully, you will take an escorted trip in the near future.

Many times we go to destinations that are unfamiliar to us and this can be scary. You don’t know where to stay, where or what to eat, don’t speak their language and the list is endless. By taking a guided tour, 90% of your concerns are gone. 

There are so many benefits related to these types of tours.  You will spend less time planning your trip and you will also know the entire cost of your vacation up front with the exception of souvenirs and tips.  All your transportation, transfers, hotel stays, and excursions will be planned for you and are included in your price – as well as 90% of your meals.  As a treat, many of your meals will feature local cuisine. 

Did you know that when you arrive at your first hotel there will be a professional Tour Manager to greet you?  This person knows a lot about your tour and the destinations you’re visiting. From the moment you meet this key player you’ll know you’re in good hands.  With their rich travel backgrounds, as well as their useful information about the language, currency and all things local, you can relax and enjoy the ride.

How do you get from one location to the next? 

Depending on where you are visiting will determine how you get to your destinations.  Many times a motor coach is used, but in some instance, you might travel by rail or boat.  The tour operators use only reliable and insured transportation companies.  Just think, you don’t need a GPS, maps or directions.

Do you hate standing in lines? 

This won’t happen when traveling with a group.  Your Tour Manager and the vendor have a scheduled time for your visit which makes everything easier for you the traveler.  Many times these types of tours are given by the locals who are very informed about their country and want to make sure you have a wonderful experience.

Visiting a destination also gives you a taste of the local culture.  But imagine actually becoming part of that culture.  Staying overnight in an Irish castle and being treated like royalty or feeling the cool waters of the Great Barrier Reef as you snorkel in its turquoise paradise.  How about rolling dough with an Italian chef to make that perfect pizza?  Just imagine the great photo opportunities you will see and get.   

Another nice feature, regarding a guided tour vacation, is meeting people from all over the world.  Many of my clients come back and tell me they met some wonderful folks and became really good friends.  In fact many of them start planning their next trip together.  

Will you have free time? 

Absolutely!  Everyone needs and likes a bit of free time so each itinerary offers you the just the right amount.  You could spend it exploring, eating, shopping or relaxing or maybe you just might want to take a short nap and be refresh prior to your evening festivities.  Whatever you decide to do with your free time is totally up to you.  Enjoy!

There are numerous escorted tour companies out there, but one needs to be careful who they pick.  Many companies may go to the same areas or countries, but each of their packages will be different.  This is one of many reasons you should use a travel agent.  A good travel agent will listen to you but will also ask you questions.  He or she needs to find out exactly where you want to go, what you want to see and do as well as your budget.  Then it time to start working on your dream vacation.

With all this being said, we in the travel industry try to do everything to ensure your escorted vacation is worry and hassle free, so you can relax and enjoy the cultures, sights, and people you meet during your travels.

As we say at Carol’s Trips, LLC – “It’s Time to Go!” To learn more about Day Trips and Cruises from The Villages and Leesburg, Florida area, visit http://www.carols-trips.com

 

My Talk Radio Debut – All Your Travel Questions Asked & Answered!

Today was my debut on WOCA Talk Radio Station 96.3 FM or 1370 AM out of Ocala, what an exciting day & I wasn’t even nervous. If you have any travel, cruise, or day trip questions, he asks them ALL during this session!  The next time I will be on “air” will be on Monday, July 10th at 10:05 am. My guest will be Alan Darcy and we will be promoting Alan’s cruise which is in February, 2018. Thanks for watching! 

Thank you Ruth and Rich

Recently we went on the Carnival Magic for our 30th Anniversary.  We had a fantastic 1st cruise and we have to thank Carol from Carol’s Trips.  We had no idea where to start and Carol took care of everything including printing out our Boarding Passes and luggage tags.  While on the ship we were looking to book another cruise but waited until we got home because we wanted Carol to work with us again.  Little did we know that if we booked it while on the ship, Carol still would have been our Travel Agent.  “Hay a lot of times cruises are what you make of them AND WE MADE THIS ONE OUTSTANDING”.  Of course with Carol’s help.

New Promotion from Holland America

Day Bus Trips Earlier This Year

Day Bus Trips With Carol's Trips

Going on day bus trips is always a lot of fun, but even more so when it is somewhere you have never been.  Maybe the trip will take you to somewhere that you have read about or someone told you about.  Well, earlier this year that is exactly what happened to several folks from our area; one group went to the Orlando Museum of Art and another group went to a small town called Ono. 

Every major city has a museum of art but the museum in Orlando is very unique.  Why?  Because every year their main exhibit during the Holiday Season is their “Festival of Trees” and what an event this is.

Pamela Webb, the President of Council of 101 was very excited because they were celebrating 30 years of the Festival of Trees, The Art of the Holidays.  A group of nearly 300 volunteers share their time, talents and gifts to bring Central Florida the season’s opening holiday event. 

This Was Such a Fun Day Bus Trip!

This was such a fun day bus trip! As we walked into the main entrance of the museum, each of us was given a raffle ticket and then entered a small theatre where over 100 gift bags were given out.  Several of ladies from the group actually won one of these special door prizes.

One could hear Christmas Music being played on a Baby Grand Piano as they were admiring the exhibits.  Every room, every nook and cranny had displays of Christmas Decorations; large and small Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Gingerbread House and so much more.  Every object was decorated beautifully, some more distinctive than others, but still breathtaking.  There was even a gift shop where you could purchase items that you saw on display.   

The only downside of this trip was that I didn’t allow enough time to really enjoy the displays.  When Irene Tuchscherer (The Village of Liberty Park) and I were putting this trip together, we didn’t realize how large the exhibit was and that you really needed a full day to take it all in.  But on a positive side, after we left the museum, John our bus driver, took us to the Christmas Tree Shop in Altamonte Springs and the ladies did some serious spending.  The bus was full of packages.

Later that same week, another group of people took a day bust trip down to Solomon’s Castle.  Again, this is another place that you really have to spend the entire day at, because there is so much to see. 

Solomon’s Castle is a hidden gem hidden among Florida’s rural landscape but is also the home, gallery, workshop and museum to artist and sculptor Howard Solomon.  Mr. Solomon designed and built his Castle out of aluminum printing sheets and other forms of materials.  Stain glass windows were everywhere.  There is a Yellow Brick Road that is not made of bricks, but a unique use of a sponge mop and yellow paint.  He also built a six (6) sided room to fit a chandelier and a one person elevator which goes to the second floor to the “Master Boudoir”.

Everyone on the trip concluded that Howard Solomon never slept because his mind and hands were always creating.  The castle and his art are a true testament of his genius as an artist.

The “Boat in the Moat” which doesn’t float, again was built by Howard.  His daughter and son-in-law run the restaurant and the portions are large, delicious and very filling.

In the past, when a guest would come to visit, your tour guide would have been Mr. Solomon himself. Unfortunately, Howard passed away in August of 2016.  Janet, my associate, had the privilege of speaking with him only weeks before, while planning this bus excursion and they were both really excited about our visit. Rest in Peace Mr. Howard Solomon.  You have made many, many people happy.

At Carol’s Trips, we’re always planning and looking for fun day trips to take on our bus excursions. We hope you’ll join us for a trip soon, because like we say at Carol’s Trips ~ It’s Time To Go!