So Much To Do In Alaska!

Alaska, a beautiful land full of adventure and fun waiting to be had! Contrary to many beliefs, Alaska has so many fun activities to offer visitors of all ages! While Alaska can be cold during the winter months, during the summer months temperatures in Alaska range from 60 degrees to 80 degrees! Take a step outside the box and take yourself on the adventure of a lifetime in Alaska!

Take A Glacier Cruise!XFG

Sail away to the excitement of seeing 26 different glaciers in Prince William Sound! Including a complimentary ride from Anchorage and Whittier, lunch, and the best view of every glacier. Having taken this tour themselves, the Ambassador Travel staff highly recommend this for all ages! Not only will you see glaciers, but you are also very likely to see some sea otters relaxing atop the glaciers as well and maybe even see a moose or two on land! Enjoy the wonder of Esther Passage and so many more amazing spots on this cruise!

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

Take a step indoors for a tour of Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum! Learn the history of the Automobile and its story in Alaska! Hear about the unusual challenges motorists in early times faced while learning to navigate an automobile in Alaska. Take yourself back in time while seeing cars from all different time periods! Fountainhead allows you to tailor your tour to what best fits you and your group. Sign up for a self-guided audio tour, a Fountainhead Antique Auto guided tour, or a group tour!

Learn the Culture!

For those interested in learning more about the culture of Alaska, Alaska Native Heritage Center is perfect! This cultural center shares the heritage of Alaska’s 11 major cultural groups! Ambassador Travel agent, Cindy, said that being able to see the heritage and history of the people of Alaska was great! Located in Anchorage, this Heritage Center is meant to be more than just a museum. Guest are encouraged to engage and interact while on their journey through 10,000 years of Alaskan history!

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Why stay on land when you can take a helicopter to see the most breathtaking views of Alaska! Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Dogsledding Experience allows visitors the unique opportunity to not only see Alaska from a different angle, but to also take part in some fun Alaskan sports! Take a helicopter flight over Juneau Icefield and then land at camp for a scheduled Dogsled ride! Feel like you’re a part of the movie Snow Dogs, while learning to dogsled!

Enjoy the Beauty of Mt. Alyeska

Join Salmon Berry Tours for the Turnagain Turn Tour! This tour will take you on a scenic drive along the Seward Highway to the small town of Girdwood. After finishing the car ride, Cindy states that you will then take a tram to the top of Mt. Alyeska! As if that isn’t neat enough, Cindy said that while she was at the top, it was snowing! Once back down, Cindy took a quick tour of the Mt. Alyeska Hotel. “It was beautiful and a great place for anyone who likes to ski!”

Grab a Bite At the Bake Shop!

A tour of Mt. Alyeska is sure to work up an appetite! Located in Girwood Alaska, the Bake Shop is known for its excellent breakfast and lunches! While there, Cindy was able to indulge in their famous Clam Chowder and homemade sourdough roll! With this, she enjoyed a homemade cinnamon roll and lemon glaze. Travel tip: The Bake Shop does not accept credit card but will gladly accept any traveler’s checks, cash, or local checks!

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Also located in Girwood is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. This sanctuary is dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife. See animals such as bears, moose, musk, and ox while touring by foot or in car! These animals are able to graze and roam through the spacious preserve while you watch! Visitors say that being able to see these types of animals in their natural habitat is an amazing thing that you don’t often get to experience anywhere else!

Wilderness Jet Boat Adventure!

While in Alaska, our travel agent Cindy was able to go on a Wilderness Jet Boat Adventure! Located in Talkeetna, just 3 hours north of Anchorage, this 2 hour boat ride travels across 20 miles of rover! Your tour guise will discuss the history and rivers of the area along the way. Lucky enough, Cindy was able to see nesting bald eagles and beaver activity during her boat adventure! Once arrived at the Adventure Site, you will take a half mile nature walk where you will see a Dena’ina Indian Encampment!

Take a Tour and Get Some Brew!

Take an in-depth tour of the Denali Brewing Company! While on a guided tour, walk through and learn about the brewhouse, cellar, packaging lines, winery and distillery! What’s a brewery tour without a beer? At the start of your tour, you will receive an 8oz beer and enjoy along the way. Throughout your tour, you will have 3 4oz tastes of their specialty craft beer!

Take the Kids to the Zoo!

With Gray Wolves, Black Bears, Snow Leopards and more, the Alaska Zoo won’t disappoint! Let your kids see some of the native Alaskan animals in one of the most exciting zoos! Not only can visitors get up close and personal with some of the animals, but this zoo also hosts events such as yoga in the zoo and music nights!

 

Meet The Agent

Cindy, a travel agent here at Ambassador Travel, took a trip to Alaska this past May and can’t say enough great things about it! Often times, Ambassador Travel agents will take what is called an FAM (Travel agent familiarization trip) in order to help them better know the area and its activities. Doing so allows our agents to fit each client with the perfect experience! From touring hotels to doing every activity in between, these trips do so much not only for the agents but also for our clients as well! Cindy’s FAM to Alaska was by far her favorite trip. She says that the views we breathtaking and recommends it to anyone who has yet to visit!

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Eight Ways to Travel Europe

Explore the rugged landscapes of Ireland and Britain or feel the romance of Italy with Trafalgar’s 2017 tours throughout Europe and Britain! With so many tours and so many different ways to travel, your summer is bound to be packed with fun. In order to make traveling easier for you, Trafalgar allows you to choose one of the 8 different travel options that best fit your needs. These travel options differ based on destination, group size, age and much more!

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Country Explorer

The first of the 8 ways to travel is Country Explorer. This option allows you to become quite the expert on the European country of your choice! Learn about the culture, customs, food, and its people while also learning about yourself.

At Leisure

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At Leisure trips are known for their slower pace. This is a great option for anyone with younger children or those who just don’t want to be on the go all the time. Guests will typically stay 2-6 nights per destination and allow you to explore more than one place. In addition, this form of travel allows for you to sleep in with every day rarely beginning after 9 am. Being able to do some of your own exploring away form the group is also something the At Leisure trip allows.

Discoveries

One country just isn’t enough? Then the Discoveries option is for you! Taking you on tours of multiple countries, this trip allows you to see the culture of multiple countries all in one trip. Making the most of your time, these itineraries take you from one European country to another. With that said, most of the activities on these itineraries are on a time schedule so these are great options for those who like to cover as much ground as possible. Although this itinerary seems hectic, it is very stress free. With your guides having planned most transportation and travel for you, the work is already done! Join your friends and family on this 9-31 day adventure of a lifetime.

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Cruise, Rail, and Combos

This unique itinerary takes travelers across Europe on land and over water. Always on the move, this option will use different types of transportation depending on what fits best with the destination. Get the best of both worlds while traveling all over Europe with your friends and family.

Regional Explorer

Calling all adventure seekers! Travel through 2 or more European countries while learning all about different cultures and customs. This itinerary is great for those who want to make the most of their time!

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This itinerary is fun for the entire family! Allowing travelers to explore the country at their own pace, this is great even for families with little ones! Engage in child friendly activities and see some of the most beautiful parts of Europe all at the same time.

Hidden Journeys

Get your adrenaline pumping go off the beaten path to explore the deeper aspects of Europe. Through mountains and off the trails, you’ll discover the beauty of Europe. You and your group of 26 or less will find yourselves always engaged during this amazing trip.

Special Interest

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The Special Interest itinerary is tailored to fit you! Based on your passion, you can take a trip to taste the wines of Europe, explore the beautiful art, and much more. All of your time will be spent learning about what you love.

 

Where Home Meets Adventure: Be My Guest

Trafalgar Tours has been providing customers with phenomenal international trips since 1947. With over 230 destinations to choose from, clients never have trouble finding where they will visit next. Although Trafalgar offers an abundance of activities on each of their many itineraries, one activity stands out more than most. Trafalgar’s Be My Guest Experience.

Look Into the Lives of Locals

The Be My Guest Experience provides you with a unique glimpse into the lives of locals. With this, comes the opportunity to learn first-hand about the local culture and foods of the country. You will be able to converse and bond with residents over a home cooked meal.

Make and Enjoy Local Dishes

Because we all know that dinner is more than just eating on the go (even if that is all we seem to have time for during the week), you will be able to sit down and share a meal in the home of a local family. Now don’t get too comfy! You are able to assist in the preparation of your meal. Your host will teach you step by step how to create your meal and how to serve it. Rather than paying to be a number in a cooking class full of people, the Be My Guest Experience gives you the relaxed, one-on-one time to master the preparation and serving of regional dishes. Of course, the added bonus is that when you finish preparing your dish, you get to sit down and enjoy your meal with the family.

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Bond and Learn

As if a home cooked meal wasn’t enough, the Be My Guest Experience offers the opportunity to learn about areas around your destination through the eyes of a local. Gaining exclusive insight on some of the favorite areas of your host family is just one of the unique opportunities you have when participating in the Be My Guest Experience.  The memories and friendships made while enjoying a home cooked meal and learning about the culture of your destination is something you will never forget.

Multiple Destinations, Multiple Experiences

Experience a day in the life of Beatrice in France. Visit the Tamaki family in New Zealand. Bond with the Telli Family in Italy. The list of people you can meet and places you can travel to for your Be My Guest Experience is endless! Trafalgar offers the Be My Guest Experience in various cities and in various countries, just take your pick. This is the experience of a lifetime, don’t miss it!fg s.jpg

 

Invest in Your Health…TRAVEL!

Travel Health

Need a new excuse to hit the beach or get out of town? Perfect! Travel has been proven to improve your overall health and wellness. Taking control of your health is an integral part of living your life to the fullest. Improving your overall health and mood, travel just became that much more enticing.

Boost your Immune System

Believe it or not, traveling to different areas and countries is a great way to boost your immune system! Although it may take some time, by exposing you to new bacteria’s, travel boosts the strength of your antibodies. Antibodies are made to help find and kill off any harmful viruses or bacteria. So, the stronger the better! Different environments carry different bacteria’s that the native people are used to, but may be foreign to you. Being exposed to different bacteria and minor illnesses helps your body adapt. Now, don’t take this as a free pass to stop washing your hands. Practicing proper hygiene is still necessary no matter where you are. Beat those constant colds with a little traveling. Traveling more makes your immune system strong enough to fight off all kinds of bad bacteria!

Reduces Chance of a Heart Attack

Doing everything I your power to reduce the risk of a heart attack is something to take very seriously. With that said, why not lower your risk of having a heart attack by having some fun? According to the Global Coalition on Aging, travel has been linked to a decrease in the risk of heart attacks. Travel Health2One study found that as opposed to women who vacation at least twice a year has a significantly lower risk of having a heart attack than women who travel only every six years. In regards to men, they found that those who chose to skip out on their annual vacation had a 20 percent higher risk of death and 30 percent greater risk of death from heart disease than those who did go on an annual vacation. The reduction of stress felt while on vacation is a major part of why your risk for heart disease and heart attacks lowers significantly the more you travel.

Head to the Sea for Vitamin D

Believe it or not, traveling to the ocean might benefit more than just your mood. Salt water can and often is used as a medical remedy for many different health issues. Sometimes known as Thalassotherapy, using the ocean water as your medication, can improve things like Eczema (This I know form first-hand expertise). In addition, a little salt water can also help heal any small cuts or scrapes.

Travel Health 3With the sun being our main source of vitamin D, it can be difficult to get a sufficient amount of vitamin D during the summer months. Hitting the beach during the winter months is sure to improve your vitamin D levels helping you feel more energized.

Travel Relieves Stress

Getting out of the office and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life can improve your stress immensely. Enjoying a stress-free vacation on the beach or country side will give you time to relax your mind and body. One study suggests that taking a vacation can improve stress levels for approximately 5 weeks after your vacation. Being able to have a few days to yourself without any set schedule is always a healthy idea.

More Exercise

While fitting exercise into your workday is often difficult, exercise is often the main part of your day while traveling! Don’t worry, you won’t be sitting in the gym all day. Whether you are hiking through the country side of Europe, walking along the beach, or walking your way through Disney World, you’re almost always getting some type of physical activity. Without thinking about it, you’re bettering your health and getting more physical activity than you may be getting at home; what’s not to love?Travel health 4

So, the next time you need a new reason to travel, just think about all the ways your health could benefit from your adventures!

Sailing New Waters: Disney Cruise Lines’ First-Time Sailings

From the Caribbean to Europe Disney Cruise Lines are known for their many choices of destinations. Departing from places such as New York, Miami, or Texas, to name a few, Disney Cruise Lines can take you almost anywhere! With that said, they now have even more exciting news! In the fall of 2018, Disney Cruise Lines will embark on two brand-new adventures to the sandy beaches of Bermuda and the romantic city of Quebec. For the first time in over 21 years, Disney Cruise Lines has expanded its itineraries to Bermuda and Quebec City. The addition of these two destinations brings the chance for new port adventures and experiences for passengers of all ages!

Bermuda

bermuda-1514346_960_720Castaway on a 5-night cruise headed to the pink, sandy beaches of Bermuda this October. Board Disney’s oldest ship, Disney Magic, for an adventure you won’t soon forget. Departing from New York, New York on October 4th, Disney Magic will sail you to the beautiful King’s Wharf, Bermuda where you will spend two full days. As if that wasn’t enough, Disney Magic is also sailing out of New York, New York, on October 13th for a 6-night Bermuda Cruise. This adventure will allow you to spend 3 full days exploring the beautiful land of Bermuda. Known for its vast coral reefs and beautiful waters, Bermuda offers a paradise-like experience.

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King’s Wharf, Bermuda provides visitors of all ages with an alluring list of adventures. Take the family on a scuba diving excursion around the beautiful coral reefs of Bermuda. With shallow  and practically transparent waters, this activity is fun for everyone! In addition, you can take the family to climb to the top of the Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse or visit the Historic Streets of St. George. Of course, Bermuda is full of great shops for your inner shopaholic. Now don’t worry, you can always trade a day of shopping in for a day on the pristine golf courses of Bermuda. With these just being a few of the many activities Bermuda has to offer, you’ll never run out of options.

Quebec City

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Quebec City

Love romantic cities with rich history? Take on the historic streets of Quebec City. Disney is offering two 7-night cruises out of New York, New York to Quebec City. Each sailing will offer stops in Saguenay and Baie-Comeau along with two full days in Quebec City. Sail your way to endless memories this September on the ship, Disney Magic.

Quebec City Adventures

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Montmorency Falls

Discover the history of Quebec City through antique churches and beautiful stone homes in Old Quebec. Make your way to the Aquarium du Quebec to see 300 species of animals. Then, take a stroll to the outdoor park where you will see polar bears and walruses. When it comes to beautiful landscapes, Quebec City is not lacking. Take your family on a hike to Montmorency Falls where they can see a waterfall that is one-and-a-half times the size of Niagara Falls! With two full days in Quebec City, your options are endless!