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All Aboard!! Travel the railways

Have you always wanted to enjoy the romance of a good train ride as part of a vacation-journey?  And you know already that Amtrak just isn’t going to cut it?  Let me suggest one of the following European itineraries, to enjoy train travel at its finest.

  • Spain:  Barcelona, Madrid, Seville (high speed trains)
  • Italy:  Rome, Florence, Venice (high speed trains)
  • London & Paris (Eurostar)
  • London, Paris & Nice (Eurostar & TGV)
  • Switzerland (too many options to list… City-City or Scenic trains)
  • Hawaiian Islands (just kidding!)
~Happy travels!  Cindy Grant, Travel Consultant at ReconnectTravel.com 972-625-6200

When to travel where…

Europe:

  • Price/Seasonality:  High season goes from June to mid September, when trans-Atlantic air is at a premium.  Low season is during the winter.  Mid season is fall and winter.
  • Weather:  Weather is best from mid Spring to mid Fall.
  • Best time to travel:  Mid September to mid-October is best in terms of pricing and weather.
Hawaii:
  • Price/Seasonality:  High season is June thru April, then Christmas/New Years Weeks, and the two weeks around Easter.  The remainder of the year is Mid season.  Hawaii has no true Low season.
  • Weather:  Gorgeous year round.
  • Best time to travel:  Any time in the fall to mid December and late Spring (after Easter).
Tahiti:
  • Price/Seasonality:  High season is June thru October, and then Christmas/New Years Weeks.  The remainder of the year is Mid season, with no true Low season.
  • Weather:  Rainy season is December thru February.  Weather is lovely year round.  Because they are in the South Pacific, our winter is their summer and is slightly warmer than the other half of the year (we’re not talking a big temperature difference).
  • Best time to travel:  November, then March thru May.
Caribbean and Mexico:
  • Price/Seasonality:  High season kicks off for Christmas holidays and continues thru Winter Break, Spring Break, and Easter.  The remainder of the year is Mid season.
  • Weather:  While year ’round tropical weather is in order, hurricane season is from June thru October.
  • Best time to travel:  May and November will give you the best prices out of hurricane season.  Hurricanes can happen on the Pacific coast of Mexico, too.
Walt Disney World/Orlando:
  • Price/seasonality:  Any time schools are out, attendance is up at the Disney Parks.  High season is during Spring Break thru Easter, Memorial Day to Labor Day (summer break), and Thanksgiving.  Peak season is over Christmas/New Years weeks.
  • Weather:  Summer is hot.  Spring and Fall is glorious.  Winter can be mild to downright cold.
  • Best time to travel:  September, October, and May.

Paradores: Intimate charm in Spain

Looking for a unique way to experience Spain?  Paradores are government-operated upscale and luxury accommodations in historic buildings such as convents, castles, and palaces.  Other properties in the collection are modern built but located in special settings.  Paradores also feature the region’s culinary specialties and range in size and property amenities.

There are 93 paradores across Spain with an average size of 63 rooms at each property.  Combine two or three paradores and a car rental to make your own custom itinerary in Spain.  But book early!  The more popular paradores tend to fill up quickly.

Here’s a sampling of the paradores you can visit:

  • Parador de Granada is a 15th century convent located adjacent to the Alhambra.  You’ll enjoy beautiful grounds and building, exceptional vistas and an excellent location.
  • Parador de Alcaniz is an imposing 12th century castle situated on a hill top.  The Castle of the Order of Calatrava also served as a convent and palace in its history.  Gothic murals and furnishings grace the interior, and there’s a lovely garden on the grounds.
  • Parador de Zamora is a 15th century Renaissance palace built over the ruins of a Roman fortress.  Gracing the public areas are tapestries and suits of armor, and rooms are furnished with canopied beds.  There’s also a pool and gardens onsite.
  • Parador de Carmona is in a 14th century Moorish citadel located near Sevilla.  This beautiful building also offers a pool, gardens, a terrace, and a lovely fountain.  The grounds and views are wonderful.

~Cindy Grant, Travel Consultant ReconnectTravel.com 972-625-6200