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									Destinations with Donica!
  2010 World-wide group adventures…
                      Donica’s Travel Notes

                   I was lucky to have found my passion for travel soon
                   after high school. I loved the excitement that came
                   when looking through the travel brochures, making
                   plans and anticipation the departure date…knowing
that in a matter of a few hours I could be arriving to a place where
the people, food, scenery was entirely unknown! During the last 30
years I have been planning and escorting trips; the same feelings of
wonder and excitement – the thrill of the unknown is still very much

Our trips are designed for everyone and have a good
combination of “group” and “free” time to discover on your own.
Some of our best memories of vacations have been the places
we’ve stayed, the unique restaurants found for lunch and/or
dinner and the people we have met along the way.

Dare to explore…discover the many treasures in our world!

Safe Journeys,

        Wherever your travels take you, the heart will always
                     find the pathway home.

            Wish you were here!
         Hawaiian Holiday Adventure

Oahu and Maui with an optional day trip to the Big Island of
Hawaii for an up-close view of the volcanic National park!

Highlights: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, Polynesian Cultural
Center, Whale watching Expedition, Polynesian Luau Dinner & Show,
beautiful hotels…

Day 1: We depart Central Illinois’ wintery weather and fly
nonstop to beautiful sunny Honolulu! Upon arrival we’ll be
transferred by limousine to the Waikiki Beach Marriott for 4

Day 2: After breakfast, we depart for Pearl Harbor and visit the
USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri. Time will also be
available at the Pacific Aviation Museum. A city tour of Honolulu is
included. (B, D)

Day 3: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and time on your own this
morning. This afternoon we travel to the Polynesian Cultural
Center to learn more about the customs and traditions of the
natives from various Islands. Following dinner we’ll see the
amazing show Horizons! (B, D)

Day 4: Today is yours to enjoy…take a walk on the beach, shop, or
join me for an optional trip to the Big Island –Hawaii and a tour of
the Volcanic National Park! (B)

Day 5: We depart this morning for a short flight to Maui, one of
the most beautiful and popular islands. Here you’ll visit the Iao
Needle before arriving at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa.

Day 6: This will be an exciting day as we board a boat for an
informative whale watching expedition. During February
endangered humpback whales come to Hawaii to mate and give
birth! The afternoon is free to browse through the shops of
Lahaina, soak up the sun on the beach or visit the Maui Ocean
Center for an up close view of Hawaiian Marine Life. (B, D)

Day 7: Enjoy another day in paradise! As
the sun begins to set we will enjoy a
farewell dinner at a special Polynesian
luau (B, D)

$3789.00 per person/ double occupancy
Deposit $250.00 with reservation • Final
due Dec.9, 2009

Includes: Round-trip airport transfers
from Mattoon & Champaign, airfare
to/from Hawaii, all sightseeing, first class hotel accommodations,
11 meals, professional tour manager/ Optional cancellation
waiver & insurance: $140.00 per person

         Call or email today for detailed itinerary!
                                            Eco-Adventure in
                                               Monarch Butterfly


 The Aztecs believe when we die our souls become butterflies …

Highlights: Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, visit silver & goldsmith
artisans, archeological site of Zirahuato, sightseeing in Morelia, touring
                                                     ch Butterfly
of villages located along Patzcuaro Lake, stop in Quiroga for shopping of
arts & crafts, visit Patzcuaro, & Tlapujahua.         Sanctuary

Day 1: Depart Central Illinois for the airport and our flight into
Mexico City. Meet our English-speaking guide and drive to the city
of Zitacuaro and check into the Villa Monarca Hotel. (D)

Day 2: After an early breakfast we will visit the Monarch Butterfly
Sanctuary and learn more about the lepidopteron which travels
more than 2400 miles to breed. The conditions are excellent in
this area for the butterfly’s hibernation and reproduction. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Today we learn about the filigree silver and goldsmith
artisans in Zitacuaro. We will also visit the San Francisco Coatepec
old church built in 1535, the Poinsettia nursery in San Felipe de los
Alzati and the archeological site of Zirahuuato. (B, L, D)

Day 4: This morning after breakfast we visit the city of Morelia,
capitol of the state of Michoacán and UNESCO World Heritage
Site. We’ll continue our tour to some of the villages located along
the Patzcuaro Lake.

 Our first stop will be Quiroga, a place to shop for arts and crafts.
After lunch, we will depart to Tzintzuntzan where we visit the ex-
convent of San Francisco.
Later we arrive at
Patzcuaro, a true colonial
gem. After a tour of the
village, we check into the
hotel Posada de Don Vasco.
(B, L, D)

Day 5: We depart for
Mexico City stopping at the
magical town of
Tlapujahua, where they
make Christmas ornaments and quarry stone artifacts.

Arrive in Mexico City and check into the hotel Camino Real for our
farewell dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 6: After breakfast we check in for our flight and return home
with amazing memories! (B)

$2285.00 per person, double occupancy
Deposit: $250.00 with reservation • Final Dec30

Includes: Round-trip transfers to airport, round trip airfare to
Mexico City, professional travel escort & English speaking guide, 5
night hotel lodging, all transportation & sightseeing within
Mexico, all meals, taxes and gratuities, cancellation waiver and

         Call or email today for detailed itinerary!
            Springtime in the Old South
                          March 18- 25

Costumed guides, mint juleps, and gardens bursting with azaleas

Day 1: Motor coach to Tunica, Ms. and overnight at Harrah’s
Grand Casino Hotel with dinner included at Paula Deen’s buffet.

Day2-3: Arrive in Vicksburg, MS.-Guided tour of the Vicksburg
National military Park. Overnight in Natchez at the historic Eola
Hotel for two nights- Visit antebellum homes, enjoy delicious
dinners and a special evening at Monmouth Plantation. Attend
the Confederate Pageant held each year during the Spring
Pilgrimage depicting chapters from Natchez’s Old South past.
(B,D,B, D)

Day 4: St. Tour the quaint town of St. Francisville, LA. and one of
America’s most haunted homes Myrtles Plantation. We will have
a catered picnic lunch on the grounds of Rosedown Plantation
before continuing on to LaPlace, LA. and a unique Swamp Tour
adventure! We overnight in New Orleans at the Bienville House
with dinner at New Orleans School of Cooking. (B, L, D)

Day 5-6: Enjoy the popular Jazz brunch at famous Court of Two
sisters and a walking tour of the French Quarter- Travel to Biloxi
and check into the Beau
Rivage for two nights.
Sail out on Biloxi Shrimp
boat cruise, visit
Belllingrath Gardens and
later we’ll have dinner at
Aunt Jenny’s! (Brunch, D,
B, D)

Day 7: Depart for Memphis – tour of Graceland before arriving at
hotel and dinner at Neely’s BAR-B-QUE! (CB, D)

Day 8: Our southern journey comes to an end…but the
memories last a life-time. (CB)

$1365.00 per person/ double occupancy
$50.00 deposit with reservation • Final due Feb.1,

Includes: Motor coach transportation, 7 nights lodging, 15 meals,
all sightseeing, all gratuities, baggage handling, and professional
                   Tulip River Cruise
                       April 10-18, 2010

         Featuring Dutch and Belgian Waterways
Admire the colorful blooming Dutch tulip fields as we wander the
waterways aboard the MS Amadeus Princess. From Amsterdam
                                    to Ghent and Antwerp
                                    discover quaint fishing
                                    villages, classic architecture,
                                    and a world of historic

                                        Highlights Include:
                                     Amsterdam with visit to
                                    Rijksmuseum, 7 night river
                                         cruise, Volendam,
Arnhem, Middleburg, Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Kinderdijk
Windmills, Keukenhof Gardens

Day 1: Our trip begins with traveling to Chicago for an overnight
flight to Amsterdam.

Day 2: Upon arrival, we will transfer to the beautiful MS Amadeus
Princess offering newest technology, excellent cuisine including
regional wines with dinner. Enjoy an overnight stay on the ship in
Amsterdam. (D)

Day 3: After breakfast, absorb Amsterdam’s most important
sights and diverse architecture during a city tour which includes a
visit to the Rijksmuseum. Later we travel to the quaint fishing
town of Volendam. A visit to a local cheese farm is included;
learn the process of how cheese from the area is made. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Late this morning we arrive in Arnhem, the summer retreat
of the Dutch royal family. An optional excursion is available to see
the town. In the open-air museum we’ll gain insight into the daily
life of the people from 1700 to 1970. Our journey continues this
afternoon through the lovely Dutch scenery. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Today our ship docks in Middleburg, the capitol of the
Dutch province Zeeland. Over 1,000 monuments dot the
landscape. This afternoon you have your choice of excursions
which are included. The first is a locally guided city tour or you
may choose to visit the Deltaworks Project, one of the most
extensive engineering projects in the world with over 10,250 miles of
dikes and 300 structures. (B, L, D)

Day 6: This morning we arrive in Ghent, Belgium. Perhaps you will join
an optional sightseeing tour that includes St. Bavo Cathedral. This
afternoon we have included a leisurely paced walking tour of Bruges,
one of Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval cities. (B, L, D)

 Day 7: Today our ship will dock in Antwerp, Belgium, the 2nd
largest city in Belgium with beautiful Gothic and Baroque
architecture- best known for its diamond industry. Join a local
guide as we explore Antwerp’s historical sites. This afternoon is
free for shopping, exploring on your own, or an optional excursion
to Brussels will be available. (B, L, D)

Day 8: A morning stop in Kinderdijk allows you to experience
Holland’s largest concentration of windmills. After lunch visit the
world-famous Keukenhof Gardens, spanning more than 70 acres
within a beautiful park …a kaleidoscope of colors from over seven
million tulips & other flowers!
(B, L, D)

Day 9: Our tour ends as we say farewell and board our flight back
home. (B)
$3549.00 per person/double occupancy
Deposit $485.00 with reservation • Final due Dec.11

Includes: round trip transportation to airport, roundtrip airfare
from Chicago, professional escort, 20 meals, cancellation waiver
and insurance, air taxes and fees (subject to increase until paid in

                                              About the Amadeus

                                              All 76 tastefully appointed
                                              staterooms are outside
                                              and, with standard
                                              staterooms at 160 square
                                              feet, more spacious than
                                              those typically found on
                                              river ships.

                                              Public areas include
                                            the Panorama Bar &
Lounge, a library, fitness center, boutique, single-sitting dining
room and spacious sundeck. In addition to the English-speaking
staff, the vessels have a small ensemble that offers daily classical
music performances.

         Call or email today for detailed itinerary!
                  3- Day Mystery Trip
                           May 19- 21

              Where we are going, I cannot say

          It’s a mystery departing the 19th of May!

        We’ll wander the roads south and then west

          To a place that’s known for the best - - - -

                   Oops- hey… I cannot say!

$395.00 per person
Deposit: $50.00 with reservation •Final due Mar 25

Includes: Motor coach transportation, two nights lodging, six meals,
all sightseeing, gratuities, and professional tour escort!

A very interesting trip with something for everyone!
                                        Discovering Ireland
                                              June 11-19

                                     From the breathtaking drop
                                     of the Cliffs of Moher to the
                                     crafted elegance of stately
                                     homes, Ireland is truly
                                     nature’s best friend…

                                      Highlights: Dublin
                                      sightseeing, Strokestown
                                      House & Galway, Connemara
                                      & Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of
                                      Moher &Killarney, Ring of
                                      Kerry Tour, Blarney, Titanic
                                      Trail tour & Waterford,
                                      Glendalough & Wicklow
                                      Mtns, with final farewell at
                                      The Merry Ploughboy Pub

Day 1: Transfer from Central Illinois to Chicago O’Hare for an
overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland.

Day 2: After meeting our driver/guide we will have an orientation
drive around the Dublin city center including O’Connell and
Nassau streets. We’ll visit Trinity College to view the 8 th century
Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the gospels. Later we
drive south of Dublin in Dun Laoghaire where we check into the
Royal Marine Hotel for an overnight stay. (D)

Day 3: Enjoy a full breakfast before we travel through the
midlands of Ireland where we will see many types of farms and
market towns. Later we journey north to Strokestown Park House
which dates from the 17th century. This fine mansion shows the
lifestyle of the affluent owners as well as the conditions of the
servants and farmers of the area during the past centuries.

Set in the stable yards, the Famine Museum tells the story of the
famine due to the failure of the potato crop in 1845-1848. We’ll
continue our drive, arriving in Galway where you will have leisure
time before dinner. We will be staying two nights at the Forster
Court Hotel, ideally located just off Eyre Square in the centre of
Galway city. (B, D)

Day 4: Today we tour Connemara – some of the strangest and most
beautiful scenery in the far west of Ireland with the sweeping views of
bog-lands and misty mountains. Stop in the quaint village of Spiddal,
which retains the Irish language and many traditional lifestyles. As we
drive along you will see lots of sheep that graze and tracts of bog land
where some people hand cut peat for home heating. Next, we climb
into the hills and wind our way to Kylemore Abbey, a 19th century neo-
gothic mansion overlooking the lake. Today it houses a convent school
operated by Benedictine nuns. Visit the chapel and restored Victorian
gardens. (B, D)

Day 5: This morning we drive around Galway Bay and through Burren
Country, a unique region of limestone hills renowned for its flora and
prehistoric stone monuments. Stop to view the majestic Cliffs of Moher
rising to a height of 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean and extending for
5 miles. Take a short ferry ride across the river Shannon Estuary to the
mountainous countryside of Kerry. Arrive in Killarney and check into the
4* hotel Killarney Towers hotel where we will be staying for 2 nights.
Enjoy a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle (built in
the late 1400s by local ruling clan the O'Donoghues Mor -Ross), for a
view of Killarney’s lakes and mountains. (B, D)

Day 6: Explore the ring of Kerry-100 miles of amazing scenery consisting
of the highest peaks in Ireland and a coastline scattered with golden
beaches and rocky headlands. Stop in the charming town of Sneem
with its brightly painted cottages that line the street. Before returning
to our hotel, we’ll stop at Moll’s Gap for a look at the Lakes of Killarney
and we will include free time at beautiful Muckross Gardens. (B,D)
Day 7: Our journey takes us into the rich farming country of Cork and
the harbor town of Cobh and a guided walking tour of the Titanic Trail.
Later we travel along the south coast to Waterford and visit the
Waterford Museum of Treasures. Check into Dooleys Hotel for an
overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 8: We will travel through Avoca and its picturesque valley to
Glendalough. Visit the 6th century monastic settlement with the ruins of
seven churches in a lakeside setting. Drive across the Wicklow
Mountains (P.S., I Love You filmed in this area) to the center of Dublin.
Tonight were staying at the Ashling Hotel in Dublin. Enjoy our farewell
dinner and traditional Irish music and dance at The Merry Ploughboy
Pub. (B, D)

Day 9: All too soon it’s time to say good-
bye; we transfer to the airport and fly
home arriving in Chicago tonight.

$2975.00 per person/ double
Deposit: $500.00 with reservation•
Final due Mar. 22

Includes: Round trip transportation to
Chicago O’Hare, round trip airfare to
Dublin Ireland, 7 nights First class hotels, 12 meals, all sightseeing,
all transportation within Ireland, cancellation waiver and
insurance, baggage handling, all gratuities, local driver-guide, and
professional travel escort

          Call or email today for detailed itinerary!
                                      Pacific Northwest
                                         June 27-July 5

                                     A unique blend of history,
                                    landscapes and natural

                                    Highlights: Portland Or. eco-
                                   tour, Newport, Gold Beach and
                                   Rogue river jet boat adventure,
Redwoods Nat’l Park, Eureka, Humboldt Redwood Nat’l Park, San
Francisco with a Bay cruise and incredible fireworks display!

 Day 1: We begin our adventure flying into Portland, Oregon –
North America’s “Best Big City”! Check into our hotel for 3 nights.

Day 2: Travel to the Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center and learn about
the blast zone, etc. during an eco-tour. Visit the Johnston Ridge
Observatory for amazing views of the volcano. (B)

Day 3: Visit Multnomah Falls, the Columbia River, Vista House,
Bonneville Dam and Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood- an exciting
day that climbs from sea level to over 6,000 feet! (B)

Day 4: This morning we travel through the picturesque Willamette
Valley fertile with cherries, berries, and pears. This afternoon we
explore the rugged, scenic Oregon coast, arriving in Newport.
We’ll visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium before checking into our
hotel for the night. This evening join us for dinner. (B, D)

Day 5: Continue today to Florence for some great fun as we board
dune buggies for an exciting ride! Later we arrive at Jot’s Resort in
Gold Beach, Oregon (B, D)
Day 6: More excitement is planned as we take a jet boat ride on
the Rouge River. Later travel south to explore Redwoods National
Park en route to Eureka, Ca. for a one night stay. (B, D)

Day 7: Today we travel a portion of old Hwy. 101 with 51,000
acres of redwood groves.
The Avenue of the
Giants is surrounded by
Humboldt Redwood
National Park with the
largest remaining
redwoods in the world.
After our visit, we
continue on to San
Francisco for two nights.
(B, D)

Day 8: We become well acquainted with the city during an
included tour. Enjoy a free afternoon before dinner and an
evening cruise where we have great seats for the July 4 th
fireworks! (B, D)

Day 9: Today we say goodbye to the Pacific coast as we transfer
to the airport for our flight home. (B)

$2685.00 per person/ double occupancy
Deposit: $500.00 with reservation • Final due April 7

Includes: Round trip transportation to airport, round trip airfare,
14 meals, 8 nights lodging, all sightseeing, baggage handling and
gratuities, professional travel escort- Optional cancellation
insurance: $170.00

         Call or email today for detailed itinerary!
              Shipshewana Flea Market!
                        July 19- 1 night

              We had so much fun on our last trip;
               we thought we would go again!

Day1: Motor coach to Northern Indiana and Shipshewana where
we will check into the lovely Essenhaus Inn. Enjoy time in the
pool,walking the beautiful grounds, or shopping in their
wonderful gift shops. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel and
served family style-down- home country cooking at its best! (D)

Day2: After a delicious
breakfast which includes fresh-
baked cinnamon rolls (you can
have 2- they’re little!) we head
over to the flea market- the
Midwest’s Largest Flea
Market! Later we’ll make a
stop downtown before
heading home with a motor
coach of treasures! (DCB)

$195.00 per person
$Deposit $50.00 with
reservation • Final due May 19

Includes: Motor coach round trip, one night lodging, two meals,
all gratuities, and a whole lotta fun!
        Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons!
                           August 14- 19

                                                  The mountains are
                                                   calling and I must
                                                    go. –John Muir

                                                 Highlights:     Salt
                                                   Lake City, West
                                                   Yellowstone National
                                                 Park, Norris Geyser
                                               Basin, Mammoth Hot
Springs, Old Faithful Geyser, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson and
Jenny Lakes, Snake River Float trip

Day 1: After transferring to Chicago Midway, we fly into Salt Lake
City. If time allows, we’ll visit Bingham Canyon, site of the Utah
Copper Mines. Later we check into the Shilo Inn Hotel and enjoy
dinner at the historic Lion House, once one of Brigham Young’s
official family residences. (D)

Day 2: This morning we’ll attend the broadcast performance by
the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and have a city
tour of Salt Lake. Next, heading for Idaho, our route takes us
through Pocatello and Idaho Falls on the way to West
Yellowstone. (B, D)

Day 3: We will be visiting various sites within Yellowstone,
including the extensive Geyser Basin, filled with mud pots, geysers
and hot springs. Continuing on we’ll explore Mammoth Hot
Springs through scenic mountain vistas to the awesome 1200 ft.
deep Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Later we return to our hotel.
Day 4: Continuing our tour of
Yellowstone, we’ll visit
impressive Firehole Canyon
and Falls then head for Old
Faithful Geyser. Yellowstone
Lake, the highest large lake
in the country is next along
our route. Travelling along
we enter into beautiful
Teton National Park. We
arrive in Jackson Hole this afternoon. A fun evening complete with
dinner and Western entertainment has been planned. (CB, D)

Day 5: One of the highlights of our adventure today will be a
scenic float trip on the Snake River along the base of the Tetons!
Afterwards there’s time for some “Western” wear shopping in
Jackson before we continue South through Bridger-Teton National
forest. Entering the southeastern corner of Idaho late this
afternoon we’ll be staying in Montpelier. (CB, D)

Day 6: Before departing Montpelier we’ll visit the fascinating
National Oregon/California Trail Center then travel pass Bear Lake
en route to Salt Lake City. Arriving at the Salt Lake airport we’ll
board our flight home taking along many outstanding memories!

$1690.00 per person/ double occupancy
Deposit: $200.00 before May 1 • Final due June 1

Includes: Round trip transportation to airport, round trip airfare,
9 meals, 5 nights lodging, all sightseeing, baggage handling,
professional travel escort and gratuities to drivers and guides!/
Optional trip cancellation insurance: $150.00

         Call or email today for detailed itinerary!
            Apostle Islands & North Shore

                          August 29-Sept.2
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a scenic archipelago of 22
islands surrounding the northern tip of Wisconsin's Bayfield Peninsula.
The islands were long home to native peoples; the Objiwe trace their
history back to the 1400s.

Day 1: This morning we begin traveling North through Wisconsin
and overnight at Eau Claire, WI. An adventure begins with a
horse-drawn ride taking us deep within 400 acres of natural
woods this evening. Upon reaching the cabins we’ll enjoy a
delicious meal in the gas lit lodge. Next enjoy the “Concert in the
woods” by an acoustic contemporary folk group. We make our
way out of the woods and back to our hotel. (D)

Day 2: Our day begins with a continental breakfast and then we
head to Duluth MN., where we pick up a local guide. Travel to
Gooseberry Falls the gateway to Lake Superiors North Shore-
known for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge and shoreline.
Visit the majestic Split Rock Lighthouse located high above the
crashing waves of Lake Superior. Travel to the Bayfield, WI area
for dinner and over night. (CB, D)

Day 3: After breakfast, we’ll take the ferry over to Madeline
Island- one of the Apostle Islands for a narrated tour. Along the
way we will visit the Madeline Museum and view the sight of the
Indian Burial Grounds. Lunch is served at The Old Rittenhouse, a
rambling Queen Anne style home with a wrap-around veranda,
massive gables and spectacular views of Lake Superior. B, L)

 Enjoy samples of wine from a nearby winery specializing in
making traditional hard ciders,
meads and country wines from
locally grown fruits and honey. (B, L)

Day 4: Over 250 folk art sculptures peer
at you from the woods and swamp at
Jurustic Park. Meet the sculptor who
has created these wonderful pieces
out of found objects- most from
antique farm equipment! Later we
will tour and enjoy samples at a
famous cheese factory. (CB)

Day 5: We’ll continue our way home with friends and wonderful
memories of our vacation. (CB)

$725.00 per person
Deposit $50.00 per person •Final due June 20.

Includes: Motor coach transportation, four nights lodging, seven
meals, all admissions and sightseeing, taxes and gratuities
                                        Atlantic Coast

                                     Highlights: Nova Scotia
                                   (Halifax, Peggy’s Cove), New
                                   Brunswick (Moncton,
Hopewell Rocks), Prince Edward Island (Summerside,
Charlottetown, Cavendish Nat’l Park), Cape Breton Island, Cabot

Day 1: We depart from Illinois and fly to Halifax Nova Scotia.
Check into The Lord Nelson Hotel for our two night stay.

Day 2: Explore Halifax’s charming downtown on a scenic tour of
the city. Later we visit the Titanic gravesite for insight into the
important role Halifax played in rescuing the survivors of this
tragic event. Continue on to enjoy a visit the beautiful and most
picturesque Peggy’s Cove. (B, D)

Day 3: We travel today to New Brunswick visiting historic Fort
Beausejour and see the exceptional views at the Bay of Fundy.
Visit La Pays de la Sagouine, a true celebration of Acadian culture.
Arrive in Moncton and enjoy an evening at leisure in this up and
coming city… a unique atmosphere that will warm your heart! (B)
Day 4: This morning travel
the sea-sprayed shoreline
to the amazing Hopewell
Rocks. These flowerpot-
shaped rocks carved by the
Fundy tides rise four-
stories high at low tide and
disappear during high tide.
Continue on to the
charming fishing village of
Shediac where we’ll join local fisherman aboard their boat and
learn the fine art of lobster fishing! (B, D)

Day 5: Today we cross the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward
Island, and arrive in charming Summerside where we will be
staying. (B, D)

Day 6: The rolling landscapes of “PEI” were the backdrop of the
acclaimed novel, “Anne of Green Gables” and today we will visit
the museum and house which Lucy Maud Montgomery lived and
based her book upon. Next we’ll learn about the island’s potato
industry as well as local berries which we will find out more at PEI
Preserves. Set off for the picturesque beaches of Cavendish
National Park. (B)

Day 7: Return to beautiful Nova Scotia this morning before
crossing the Canso Causeway to spectacular Cape Breton Island.
Enjoy a scenic drive along the pristine shores of Bras d’Or Lakes.
Later explore the variety of inventions on display at the Alexander
Graham Bell Museum, where the brilliant inventor made his
home. Travel the Cabot Trail, one of the most scenic destinations
in Canada. (B)

We’ll be staying here for two nights at the Keltic Lodge in
Ingonish. (B, D)
Day 8: Spend the day traveling the Cabot Trail with its rugged
terrain and spectacular coastline. Stop at the famed St. Peter’s
Church in Cheticamp, then take time to stroll the streets of this
traditional village. (B)

Day 9: Depart Cape Breton for Sugar Moon Farm. Meet the family
that runs the farm and learn about the unique organic methods
they use to produce maple syrup. Relax in their “sugar shack” a
charming log cabin for a tasting and light lunch. (B, D)

Day 10: Return home today with fond memories of Canada’s
Atlantic Coast. (B)

$2949.00 per person/ double occupancy
Deposit: $390.00 with reservation • Final due July 11

 Includes: Round trip transportation to airport, round trip airfare
to Halifax, 9 night hotel accommodations, 14 meals, cancellation
waiver and insurance, professional travel escort

         Call or email today for detailed itinerary!
                                      Historic Sights of
                                            Washington DC

                                     Monuments, memorials,
                                   museums, picturesque scenery
                                   and magnificent architecture!

                                  Highlights: National
                              Cathedral, Illumination
                             Monument Tour, Mt. Vernon,
Capitol Hill, Newseum, Smithsonian Institution’s National
Museums of American History and Air and Space, Arlington
National Cemetery, National Archives, Fredericksburg,
Madison’s Home

Day 1: Transfer from Central Illinois to Chicago Midway for a nonstop
flight to Washington Dulles airport. Upon arrival we will visit the
beautiful National Cathedral. Later, check into the Crowne Plaza in
Alexandria, VA. This evening we enjoy an Illumination Monument (D)

Day 2: After breakfast we depart for Mount Vernon, the estate of
George Washington. Stop at the Ford Orientation Center & Donald
W. Reynolds Museum where displays include collections of more
than 700 objects-Revolutionary War artifacts, rare books and
manuscripts of the Washington family. Later we’ll have a photo
opportunity and narrative tour of the outside of the U.S. Capitol
Building. Visit the Newseum, offering a behind the scenes
experience of how and why news is made. Our final visit is the
Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.
(B, D)
Day3: After breakfast this morning we depart for our visit to
Arlington National Cemetery. An informative tram tour is included.
Continue our touring with a photo opportunity of the White
House. Visit the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air & Space
Museum as well as Ford’s Theatre and Petersen House. Visit the
National Archives where the original Declaration of Independence,
constitution, and Bill of Rights are on display. Tonight will be fun
as we attend the Mystery Dinner Playhouse and hear about
unsolved mysteries during a guided ghost walk! (B, D)

Day 4: Breakfast will be available at the hotel. Today we will
travel to charming & historic Fredericksburg, Virginia. After we
have had time for sightseeing, shopping and lunch we continue to
Montpelier, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains
and home of James and Dolly Madison. Enjoy dinner before
returning to our hotel. (B, D)

Day 5: We will have breakfast before transferring to the airport for
our flight home...taking home a world of great historical
memories! (B)

$1295.00 per person/ double occupancy
Deposit: $200.00 with reservation • Final due July 22

Includes: Round trip transportation to Chicago Midway, airfare to
Washington DC, 4 nights hotel, 8 meals, all sightseeing and
admissions, all gratuities for meals listed, guides & drivers,
Optional cancellation waiver & insurance: $95.00 per person
                                  The Plains of
                                            Oct.6- 20
                                       Small group adventure!

                             “On safari” seems to me the
                             ultimate travel experience!
Majestic mountains, stunning savannahs , wide skies and sharing
the land with animals in their own habitat!

Day 1 & 2: Transfer to Chicago O’Hare for an overnight flight to
Europe. Continue with flight to Nairobi, Kenya. Relax this evening
at the Norfolk hotel.

Day 3: Depart for Samburu Reserve, home to some of the
country’s most exotic wildlife. Game drive on way to way to our
riverside lodge. Evening talk by local Samburu gives us insight
into their unique culture and traditions. (B, L, D)

“This is quite the most magical place I've been too. The staff, namely
Samburu warriors are just wonderful and the trackers/guides were
phenomenal. Nothing was too much trouble for all of them.”- Oct., 2009

 Day 4: Our search for the elusive “Big 5” continues as we journey
through the rugged and dramatic Samburu region. The striking
contrast of sand, sky and bush will leave you breathless. ( B, L, D)

“We saw some of the very interesting species that are only found in
Samburu - Gerunuk, Grevy Zebra and Reticulated Giraffe, as well as
lions, elephant, pygmy mongoose, cape hare and many more.”- Oct.,
2009 traveler

Day 5: Today we arrive at the world-famous Mt. Kenya Safari Club
in the shadow of Mt. Kenya. Visit the equator and witness the
astounding Coriolis effect. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Enjoy a day at leisure…stroll through the 100 acres of
landscaped gardens, visit the animal orphanage or perhaps
embark on an optional excursion to the Sweetwater Private
Sanctuary. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Travel through the Aberdares, a beautiful mountain range
in Kenya’s highlands where rainforest yields to bamboo forests
and highlands. Enjoy a stay here at the Ark. Built on stilts in the
heart of the forest provides once-in-a-lifetime game viewing
opportunities! (B, L, D)

“It is more about the
experience and the history
of The Ark and where you
are and what animals you
are seeing than it is about
your bed, room or
bathroom. There is a
distinct sense of character
at The Ark and it is all about
the animals.”- July 2009

Day 8: Drive past the mountains via Nyahururu waterfalls, arriving
at the floor of the Great Rift Valley at Kigio, a private all-suite eco
lodge and conservancy teeming with bio-diversity. The
conservancy is a sprawling 3500 acres boasting wide ranging
habitats holding 3500 head of protected wildlife. An afternoon
nature walk allows close viewing of several species of birds. This
evening a local expert discusses conservation and community. (B,
L, D)
Day 9: Enjoy a morning walk followed by breakfast in the bush.
See many of the local projects supported by conservancy
including basket making, jewelry from recycled paper, rug
weaving and the local school. Continue to Lake Nakuru for a
picnic lunch and a chance to see thousand of flamingos! (B, L, D)

Day 10: This morning travel to Masi Mara Game Reserve. The
Masi Mara is an extension of the Serengheti Plain, and considered
one of most magnificent game viewing spots. Your tent provides
all the deluxe amenities of a lodge – complete with the
adventure of the wild! Visit a Masai village prior to your game
drive. This evening enjoy a traditional bush dinner featuring a
Masi dance performance. (B, L, D)

“The tented accommodation was absolutely fantastic; the place is
so tranquil, with bushbuck wandering around the property and the
variety of monkeys in the
trees! All the staff were so
friendly and helpful, the
food was first class, with a
menu to die for…”- Aug
2009 traveler

Day 11: An optional hot air
balloon ride over the plains
is available early this
morning. A full-day game drive includes a picnic lunch today.
Return to camp for sunset. (B, L, D)

Day 12: After breakfast return to Nairobi. Visit the farmhouse of
Karen Blixen author of the book “Out of Africa”. Next, experience
the local wildlife firsthand and take advantage of an opportunity
to feed the endangered Rothschild resort at the Giraffe Sanctuary.
(B, L, D)

Day 13: This morning we depart for Amboseli National Park,
famous for its open plains where lions and elephants roam. The
breath-taking snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro dominates the
landscape. Game drive enroute to Ol Tukai Lodge. (B, L, D)

“The real beauty of this lodge is the setting. You can watch the
elephants pass by when you are eating or relaxing at the pool.”-
Sept.09 traveler

Day 14: Further explore Amboseli with two game drives- your last
chance to see the “Big 5” on this exciting safari adventure. (B, L,

Day 15: Return to Nairobi. An unforgettable and rewarding
experience is received when you visit the students at Tenderfeet
Education Center- a school that helps orphans and high risk
children in Riruta. A day room is available for you to freshen up
before our flight home.

$6299.00 per person/ double occupancy
$250.00 deposit with reservation • Final Aug.1

Includes: Transportation to Chicago O’Hare, Round trip flights to
Nairobi, 13 nights lodging, 37 meals, all taxes /Optional
cancellation insurance$225.00 per person

         Call or email today for detailed itinerary!
                                        Santa Fe, NM

                                  In 2009 Travel & Leisure magazine
                                     ranked Santa Fe the 5th most
                                      popular travel city in North

         The Soul of the Southwest Lies In the Heart of New Mexico!

Highlights Include: Guided walking and motor coach sightseeing in
Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Taos New Mexico- visit
Palace of Governors & Mission San Miguel, Bradbury Science
Museum, San Felipe de Neri Church, Petroglyph National
Monument, as well as the historic San Francisco de Asis Church &
storied Taos Pueblo…

Day 1: Arrive this afternoon via air in Albuquerque then travel
north to Santa Fe for a five-night stay at the ideally located Sage
Inn located in historic Santa Fe. (D)

Day 2: Today will be a combination of a walking and motor coach
tour of Santa Fe, one of America’s most picturesque cities. We’ll
visit the Palace of the Governors, Mission of San Miguel, the
renowned Plaza, New Mexico’s circular state capitol and the
outstanding Museum of International Folk Art. The rest of the
afternoon is free for time to shop and discover on your own. (CB)

Day 3: Our morning begins with a visit to Bandelier National
Monument to explore the ancient ruins of an Ancestral Pueblo
Later we have a guided tour of Los Alamos, the storied “Atomic
City” that includes visits to the Bradbury Science Museum and
award-winning County Historical Museum. Tonight enjoy dinner in
Santa Fe. (CB, D)

Day 4: Today we travel to Albuquerque to see San Felipe de Neri
Church, Historic Old Town, Rio Grande Park, and more. We will
visit Petroglyph National Monument home to more than 17,000
ancient Indiana rock carvings before returning to Santa Fe. (CB, D)

Day 5: Travelling the
Spanish “High Road” to
Taos through several
historic villages we’ll see
beautiful old Spanish
chapels and shops of
master woodcarvers,
weavers and other artisans.
Arriving in Taos explore
Taos Plaza, the historic San
Francisco de Asis Church-
subject of paintings by
Georgia O’Keefe and storied
Taos Pueblo, a complex of
ancient adobe structures, home to over 1,000 Taos Indians. (CB, D)

Day 6: After a free morning we depart for the Albuquerque airport for our
flight home! (CB)

1389.00 Per person/ double occupancy
Deposit: $200.00 with reservation •Final due Sept.2

Includes: Motor coach transportation to airport, round trip air to
Albuquerque, 5 nights hotel in Santa Fe, 9 meals, professional
escort, all taxes and gratuities/Optional cancellation insurance
         Call or email today for detailed itinerary!
                                     Recapture the wonder
                                      of Christmas at the
                                           November 16-21

Feel transported to a traditional Christmas the minute you enter
Biltmore House. Be inspired by dozens of hand-decorated Christmas
trees, including a 35-foot Fraser fir trimmed for the season! Enjoy the
magic of the Biltmore House filled with candlelight, blazing fireplaces,
storytellers, and live music…

Day 1: Our motor coach departs for the south and we arrive for one
night in Berea, folk and crafts capitol of Kentucky. Upon arrival we will
have a guided tour of historic Berea. (D)

Day 2: Following breakfast, check out a couple of the shops before
departing for Asheville, NC. (B, D)

Day 3: Enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel and meet our
local guide for a historical tour of Asheville which includes the Folk Art
Center. Later we will travel to Cherokee for a visit to Harrah’s Casino
and holiday dinner show at Carolina Night’s Theatre. (DCB, D)

Day 4: This morning we will travel to the beautiful Grove Park Inn for a
fabulous buffet breakfast. You will also have time to view the holiday
Gingerbread houses on display. Each year, gingerbread artists from
around the country, take part in the hotel’s annual competition.
Continue on to the Biltmore Estate where you will have time to
visit the winery, the Farm village, and the grounds.

Dinner will be at the Deerpark Restaurant located on the grounds
of the Biltmore. The highlight of your trip comes when we
participate in the Candlelight Christmas Evening Tour of the
Biltmore. The house will b e completely illuminated with candle
                                                      and soft
                                                      lights as the
                                                      appeared in
                                                      1895. (B, D)

                                                      Day 5:
                                                      we’ll visit
                                                      Rock Park
before we begin our trip home. We arrive this afternoon in the
Renfro Valley area where we will overnight. Enjoy dinner and
Christmas performance. (DCB, D)

Day 6: Enjoy breakfast and attend a performance of the Sunday
Morning Gatherin’ a regular live radio performance. We arrive
home this evening. (B)

$865.00 per person
Deposit $100.00 with reservation • Final due Sept.10

Includes: Motor coach transportation, 5 nights lodging, 10 meals,
all admissions and sightseeing, taxes and gratuities
              Holiday Saver Show Trip!
         Motor Coach to Lancaster, Pennsylvania
                    Nov. 29- Dec.4

Day 1: Today we depart on
a holiday adventure as
we travel east
checking into hotel en

Day 2: This afternoon
we arrive in Lancaster
for a three night stay.
(CB, D)
Day 3: We have a
guided tour of the
area and visit the
Kitchen Kettle Village. Our first show of the trip will be the “Voices
of Christmas” at the Living Waters Theatre. (CB, D)

Day 4: After visiting an Amish Country homestead we’ll enjoy
“The Miracle of Christmas” show at the beautifully decorated
Sight & Sound Millennium theatre. (CB, D)

Day 5: This morning we depart for home but not before a visit to
Hershey’s Chocolate World! Overnight en route to Central Illinois.

Day 6: Continue home relaxing and enjoying this special holiday
time with friends. (CB)

$589.00 per person
Deposit: $75.00 with reservation • Final due Sept. 23 Includes:
Motor coach, five nights lodging, eight meals, sightseeing and
shows, all gratuities

Phone: 1-888-362-5651 or (217) 321-1792
Email: donicahalcom@ymail.com.
Website: www.destinationswithdonica.com.

Deposits: A deposit must be received within one week after
making a reservation. Send payments to:

                   Destinations with Donica!
               113 C W.Tomaras •Savoy, IL 61874

Balance Payments: The balance of trip is usually due 45-95 days
before departure depending on the particular tour or cruise.

Refunds/Insurance: Deposits are completely refundable until final
payment time, except on certain cruises and air vacations. Trip
cancellation insurance is available or included. The premium is
non refundable.

Documents: Travel itineraries for motor coach trips will be mailed
no later than 10 days prior to departure. “Know Before You Go”
get-togethers will be arranged for air-trips. Documents will be
mailed if you are unable to attend.

Fully Escorted Vacations: For your convenience a dedicated and
professional Tour assistant will accompany the tours; providing
you a care-free and relaxing get away!
Transportation, Hotels, Meals: Land tours are on motor coaches
with skilled drivers, reclining seats and lavatories. We have
scheduled pick up points in Mattoon and Champaign – others as
warranted. Hotels and resorts are 3-star or better.

Delicious meals (B-full breakfast, CB-continental breakfast, DCB-
deluxe continental breakfast L-lunch, D-dinner) are included as
well as “on your own” free time for you to discover local
restaurants. Included meals are highlighted at the end of each
day’s itinerary.

Flight Information: Flights are scheduled from Chicago and St.
Louis as noted in the itinerary; however departures from other
airports can be arranged. Seating preferences cannot always be
accommodated. When making your reservation it is important to
give your legal name and it should match the name on your
passport and/or other ID.

Luggage: Due to limited space, travelers are limited to one large
suitcase – weighing no more than 50 pounds. Some airlines will
have other weight requirements. You may also bring a carry-on
bag which should fit in the overhead or under your seat.

Responsibility: Destinations with Donica! acts solely as an agent
in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, meals,
admissions, baggage-handling, and other services, and does not
assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any
act or default of any other company or person.

Destinations with Donica! reserves the right in its discretion to
make changes in the itinerary and is not responsible to any person
for expenses, loss of time, money or other happening resulting
from a change in tour scheduling. In the event a supplier adjusts
the cost of a tour component, the dollar weakens against foreign
currency, departure taxes change and fuel surcharges added,
Destinations with Donica! reserves the right to adjust the price of
                                 “With all its sham,
                                    drudgery and
                                 broken dreams it is
                                   still a beautiful

“Though we travel the
world over to find the
beautiful, we must carry
it with us or we find it
not.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Beyond the East the sunrise, beyond the West the sea;
And East and West the wander-thirst that will not let
me be.”- Gerald Gould
Destinations with Donica!
113C W Tomaras
Savoy, IL 61874



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