President's Picks August 2022 | Craig Travel

President's Picks August 2022

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As summer heads into fall and with travel very much on the minds of travellers wishing to head to warmer climes and experience exciting new destinations, which adventures might be on your short list? I have several excellent options to consider in my President’s Picks this month.

High on the list is Japan, a country that is often overshadowed, but has so much to offer. Its culture, exquisite architecture, treasured customs and historic sites are unique from anywhere else in the world. From snow-topped mountainous regions, to alpine villages unchanged from centuries past, to pristine ultra-modern cities, stunning Japanese gardens, state-of-the-art trains and an overnight stay in a Japanese ryokan (inn), these are just a few of the many reasons to choose Japan. Our tour departs March 21st, at the height of sakura cherry blossom time when the blossoms turn cities pink. You do not want to miss it!

Our ever-popular Australia and New Zealand adventure departs February 8th for 22 days, and without a doubt, this journey should be on everyone’s bucket list. There are many highlights, but just a few include a delightful Maori cultural experience and the famous Waitomo caves in New Zealand, a day cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s most spectacular undersea garden; a rainforest excursion on the narrow-gauge Kuranda rail, a spectacular sunset evening in the outback for a very special “Sounds of Silence” dinner and so much more! This is only a small taste of what’s in store on this once-in-a-lifetime journey, so be sure to peruse the complete itinerary on our website.

Looking a little further ahead, we are very excited to announce David and Roslyn’s annual Chairman's Cruise “Grandeur of Norway and Icelandic Fjords” next June. We begin this journey with two hotel nights at the legendary “Hotel New York” in Rotterdam, before embarking on a 21-day roundtrip Rotterdam voyage on Holland America's majestic ms Zuiderdam. Take in the snow-dusted peaks and rolling pastures in Norway and marvel as you witness the magnificence of its jaw-dropping fjords. Experience the sights of one of the world's unique destinations, the Svalbard archipelago deep inside the Arctic Circle and home to the elusive polar bear. Visit Iceland’s lava fields and soak in natural hot springs. Sail through picturesque fjords and the polar icecap; soak in Reykjavík with an overnight stay and view Scottish castles and craggy coastlines. Very exciting, right? There is no better way to experience the splendour of Northern Europe than on this incredible itinerary. Book early for the best stateroom availability!

Finally, a reminder that if you are still looking to get away this fall, we have very limited space on these departures, but you must book now….

Morocco October 16 – November 1, 2022
Peru, Land of the Incas November 4 – 19, 2022
Costa Rica November 6 – 20, 2022
Upper Mekong River – Thailand and Laos March 8 – 26, 2023 - Must book soon on this March departure!

Enjoy a safe, happy fall everyone.

PS. Our website is being updated constantly as new journeys are finalized, so be sure to check in often for all of the latest additions and new adventure surprises!

Happy Travels,
Robert Craig, President