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Tour Newsletter Dated June 19, 2017

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

Today, I'll cover tours that focus on special events and seasonal attractions, such as the performances of bagpipers and drummers at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the colorful spectacle of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and the Christmas markets of Germany and Austria.

Availability is limited for these popular vacations, so I recommend booking soon. Click the links for more information, including dates, prices and all available discounts.

The Calgary Stampede (July 7-16) in Alberta, Canada, is one of the largest rodeos in North America, where you can watch bull riding, barrel racing and chuck wagon racing, and see the livestock shows and concerts.

The sounds of bagpipes and drums fill the air at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (August 4-26), which showcases Scottish regimental bands and performers from other countries. Many tour operators have secured tickets to the Tattoo, which takes place in front of Edinburgh Castle.

Organizers of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (October 7-15) in New Mexico claim that it is the world's most photographed event. Highlights include the early morning mass ascension of more than 500 balloons and the nighttime "balloon glow," when pilots fire their burners at the same time.

Most of our fall foliage tours take in the autumn colors and crisp weather of scenic New England locales like the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Maine coast. But you'll also find fall foliage trips elsewhere in the U.S. (such as along the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon) or in eastern Canada.

Join the revelry of the 184th Oktoberfest (September 16-October 3) in the German city of Munich as visitors gather under tents to sample a variety of beers and traditional fare. Most of our Oktoberfest departures are offered by Contiki, which caters to travelers ages 18 to 35.

In October and November, the polar bears of Canada congregate on the shores of Hudson Bay near Churchill in Manitoba province, waiting for it to freeze over so they can begin their winter hunting. Tour guests ride in heated tundra buggies equipped with viewing platforms for close looks at the creatures.

European Christmas markets are a longstanding tradition in Germany, Austria and other countries on the continent. At the outdoor bazaars, vendors sell toys, ornaments, nutcrackers and creches, and shoppers snack on grilled sausages, gingerbread and hot mulled wine called glühwein.

Ring in the new year in Vegas or Edinburgh, or while on a romantic European river cruise. We also offer a Chinese New Year Tour in February 2018.

Rose Parade tours in Southern California include reserved spots in the grandstand at the 129th Rose Parade on January 1, 2018.

Some Brazil-bound itineraries immerse guests in the festivities of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, one of the largest pre-Lent festivals in the world. It takes place over a few days before Ash Wednesday, starting February 9 in 2018.

The Iditarod in Alaska is the world's most famous sled dog race, and it's the focus of a couple of itineraries departing in February 2018. Meet four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser at his kennels, enjoy the festivities at the Musher's Banquet and attend the ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage on March 3 (and, if weather and trail conditions permit, the official restart in Willow on March 4).

Tulip time in Holland is celebrated on springtime river cruises that reveal colorful floral displays and green countryside dotted with windmills. A highlight is a visit to Keukenhof Gardens, planted with more than 7 million bulbs.

Each year, nearly 2 million animals move through Tanzania and Kenya, driven by seasonal rain and drought in what is known as the Great Migration. Wildebeest, zebras and gazelles make up the largest populations of the migrating herds. Their path follows a general pattern, and safaris timed to coincide with this ritual offer an experience unlike any other.

Seek out the elusive Northern Lights in the northern reaches of Canada or Scandinavia. During long winter nights, swaths of green, blue and red lights sweep across the sky; they are most visible from September through March.

Oberammergau itineraries include tickets to the famed Passion Play that's performed in Germany's Bavarian Alps every 10 years, drawing hundreds of thousands of international visitors. A few tour operators have already lined up their 2020 Oberammergau departures.

Finally, here are a few more celebrations around the world that you can experience on an escorted tour:

Reggae SumFest in Montego Bay, Jamaica (July 2017, 2018 and 2019)
Pizzafest in Naples (September 2017)
International Route 66 Mother Road Festival in Springfield, Illinois (September 2017)
Cambodian Water Festival and Longboat Race in Siem Reap (October 2017)
Pushkar Camel Festival in Rajasthan, India (October 2017 and November 2018)
Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in Reykjavik (November 2017)
Harbin Ice Festival in China (January and February 2018)
Japan Winter Festivals in Sapporo and Otaru (January and February 2018)
Carnival in Venice (February 2018)
Rabaul Mask Festival in Papua New Guinea (April 2018)
Inti Raymi, the Inca Festival of the Sun in Cusco, Peru (June 2018)
Naadam Festival, a celebration of nomadic culture in Mongolia (June and July 2018)

Here are this week's Top 20 Tours. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

1) Magnificent Cities of Central & Eastern Europe, 14 days with Collette. Begins in Berlin and ends in Warsaw. Save $600 per couple. Starting at $2,649. Departs September 10, October 1 and November 4, 2017.

2) Venice, the Lagoon, and the Po Delta, 6 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Venice. Enjoy reduced rates. Prices shown reflect discount. Starting at $1,000. Departures from July 6 through August 27, 2017.

3) Highlights of Bohemia, 15 days with CostSaver by Trafalgar. Begins and ends in Frankfurt. Save 10%. Starting at $1,795. Departs September 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2017.

4) Highlights of Spain & Portugal Winter, 13 days with Trafalgar. Begins and ends in Madrid. Save up to 7.5%. Starting at $2,012. Departures from October 29, 2017 through March 25, 2018.

5) Classic Canadian Rockies and Whistler, 5 days with Rocky Mountaineer. Travels between Vancouver and Jasper. Receive one free pre- or post-tour hotel night. Starting at $2,213. Departures from July 3 through October 9, 2017.

6) Creole Christmas, 7 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Memphis and ends in New Orleans. Save $1,400 per couple, plus receive free shore excursions and more. Starting at $2,299. Departs December 23, 2017.

7) Best of Italy Winter, 13 days with Trafalgar. Begins and ends in Rome. Save up to 7.5%. Starting at $2,493. Departures from November 4, 2017 through April 1, 2018.

8) Glories of China, 14 days with Wendy Wu Tours. Begins in Shanghai and ends in Beijing. Companion flies for free. Starting at $2,590. Departures from July 22, 2017 through November 17, 2018.

9) The Classic Summer Voyage North, 7 days with Hurtigruten. Begins in Bergen and ends in Kirkenes. Save up to 25%. Starting at $2,601. Departures from July 3 through August 31, 2017.

10) Mysteries of India, 15 days with Collette. Begins and ends in Delhi. Save $400 per couple. Starting at $2,749. Departs November 8, 2017 and February 15, March 1 and April 19, 2018.

11) 14 Day Rockin' Britain & Ireland, 14 days with CIE Tours. Begins in London and ends in Dublin. Save 5%. Starting at $3,150. Departures from April 6 through October 19, 2018.

12) Costa Rica: Jungles & Rainforests (BBC Earth Journey, For Families), 8 days with Tauck. Begins in San Jose and ends in Liberia. Young travelers receive $200 per person. Starting at $3,245. Departures from March 11 through December 27, 2018.

13) Road to Rome Winter, 15 days with Insight. Begins in London and ends in Rome. Save up to 7.5%. Starting at $3,446. Departures from November 4, 2017 through April 4, 2018.

14) Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls, 12 days with Globus. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Victoria Falls. Save 5%. Starting at $4,199. Departures from January 7 through March 18, 2018.

15) Affordable South America, 12 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Santiago and ends in Buenos Aires. Starting at $4,205. Daily departures from July 6 through December 7, 2017.

16) Chateaux, Rivers & Wine, 8 days with Viking River Cruises. Begins and ends in Bordeaux. Companion cruises for free, plus fly from $395 to $695 per person. Starting at $4,598. Departures from March 31 through November 3, 2018.

17) Galapagos & Peru Adventure, 24 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins in Quito and ends in La Paz. Starting at $5,930. Departures from July 6, 2017 through December 22, 2018.

18) The Complete South Pacific, 27 days with Collette. Begins in Cairns and ends in Auckland. Save $500 to $1,000 per couple. Starting at $6,999. Departures from August 19, 2017 through April 14, 2018.

19) Introduction to Spitsbergen, 9 days with Quark Expeditions. Begins and ends in Longyearbyen. Save $3,000 to $5,000 per couple. Starting at $7,295. Departs June 4 & 14, 2018.

20) Adventure to the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica, 15 days with Hurtigruten. Begins and ends in Santiago. Save $4,000 per couple when you book a suite. Starting at $9,055. Departs November 7 & 20, 2017.

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