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This just in. Lower prices on the Lake Tahoe and Ogden ski trips. Lake Tahoe's advertised cash price was $1529 per person and is now $1399. The Odgen long weekend trip advertised cash price was $1239 per person and is now $1139.

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Friday, December 8, 2017
Location is Holiday Inn Westshore, details to come.

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Whistler Blackcomb – FSC

Added bonus – Friday night at
The Fairmont in DT Vancouver!
January 23, 2016 - January 30, 2016

NORTH AMERICAS # 1 RESORT AND SKI AREA

The Details

Price: $1689 - early flight or $1499 - late flight Per Person
Based on Double Occupancy in a "Traditional Hotel Room"

See the Lodging section below for details and the complete Price Chart.
We offer three trip application options:
Download a PDF, a Word doc, or apply online.

To pay by Credit Card contact your trip leader for instructions.

The Trip Leaders

Karla McKenzie Trip Leader
Karla McKenzie
3092 Braeloch Circle E
Clearwater, FL 33761
727-244-2036
Email

Nancy DelGatto Trip Co-Leader
Nancy DelGatto
3206 Taragrove Drive
Tampa, FL 33618
813- 334-6844
Email

Trip Highlights

WHISTLER IS PERFECT FOR SKIER AND NONSKIER ALIKE; CONSISTENT SNOWFALL- 459”, BUT MILD TEMPERATURES; EVERYTHING WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE; LOW ELEVATION AT BASE, 2,124 FT; MORE TERRAIN THAN YOU CAN COVER, 8,100 ACRES; And AN ADDED BONUS AT END OF TRIP IN VANCOUVER A NIGHT AT THE FAIRMONT DOWNTOWN.

Whistler BlackcombWHISTLER-BLACKCOMB is consistently ranked the # 1 Ski Resort in North America by Ski Magazine. “Located in the Coast Mountain Range of British Columbia, Canada, Whistler Blackcomb consistently offers the most reliable snow conditions, receiving an fsc-logo-florida.png snowfall of 11.91 meters / 469 inches / 39.1 ft per year.”

Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort is in a class of its own and is justifiably considered one of the hottest ski destinations in the world. It is on every skier’s BUCKET LIST!! The Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort is massive, and it offers amazing terrain diversity and a very efficient lift system. Whistler, Canada is so much more than just the skiing and snowboarding; it offers an abundance of off-slope activities such as snowmobiling, dog sled rides, zip lining and other winter activities for everyone to enjoy.

Aava logoThe Aava Whistler Hotel is located adjacent the Whistler’s pedestrian Village where restaurants, bars and shopping are all within minutes of your door, yet far enough away from the hustle of the night life. Less than a five minute walk will get you to the lifts of both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains to access skiing and snowboarding. Aava is perfectly positioned to ensure not just a good nights’ sleep, but access to everything you expect from this world class resort. Aava’s highly trained personable staff can share their local knowledge for the best spot for a casual drink, a 5-star dining experience or an activity at any level for the next day’s adventure.

Aava HotelThe Aava Hotel is located on the edge of the Whistler village. Contemporary guest rooms feature 32” LCD HDTV w/cable, a Keurig coffee/tea machine, mini fridge, in room safe, AVEDA bath amenities/robes, hair dryer, and complimentary in-room wired and wireless internet. Enjoy the stunning views of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains from the outdoor swimming pool and hot tub or workout in the fitness room then relax in the dry sauna. Take advantage of the complimentary ski storage and ski boot drying service.

 

Lodging

Aava roomAava bedroomWe will be spending Friday afternoon/evening at the Fairmont Vancouver Downtown Hotel, a luxury hotel in the heart of Downtown Vancouver's and just 20 minutes away from the a Vancouver International Airport (YVR). This will make our early-morning departure much easier (no need to depart Whistler at 3am to catch early flight). The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is known as the 'Castle in the City’ and reflects timeless luxury and history. Holding a prime downtown location, steps from Vancouver’s shopping and entertainment district, it is the perfect place to enjoy Vancouver's vibrant atmosphere. The hotel features breathtaking views, diverse dining choices, health club, and spa. So enjoy Friday sightseeing and beat the crowds at one of the many wonderful restaurants in Vancouver. If you prefer to ski Friday you can take the 4pm shuttle from Whistler to Vancouver… If you depart on the 10am shuttle you will have all afternoon and evening to enjoy Downtown Vancouver! There are so many things to do in Vancouver… shopping, visit Stanley Park, stroll along the shore, visit Grandville Island, art galleries, museums, etc. Visit Tourism Whistler, the official destination website.

Aava Hotel at Night
Fairmont Hotel at Night
Whistler Blackcomb Trail Map

The Mountain

Whistler-BlackcombWhistler-Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America and the biggest ski area in the world outside of Europe. Whistler -Blackcomb ski resort consists of the interconnected Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, and it has an incredible 8,171 acres of terrain, a huge vertical drop of over 5,000 feet, over 200 marked trails, and plenty of off-piste opportunities. The Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort is so big that instead of having a trail map, they have an atlas!

The Whistler-Blackcomb skiing and snowboarding terrain varies incredibly from gentle slopes and wide groomed cruisers to tree skiing, steep alpine bowls, and terrain parks. No other resort offers so much variety. Whistler Resort is suitable for all types of skiers and snowboarders, from first-timers to extreme riders who want to ride hair-raising steeps.

Whistler GondolaWhistler-Blackcomb has super long runs. With a base elevation of 2,214 feet and a summit elevation of 7,000 feet, you can forget about altitude sickness!! There's so much to do in Whistler that you can’t possibly ski the entire mountain in one week, but we can try. There are 12 bowls and 3 glaciers offer more adventure than you could ever dream of. The Peak to Peak Gondola is now a reality, the longest and highest lift of its kind.

  • Stats:
  • 200 + trails
  • 8,171 acres  (Bigger than Vail by nearly 3000 acres)
  • Beginner - 20% (35+ trails)
  • Intermediate - 55% (110 trails)
  • Advanced/Expert -  25% (50+ trails)

Please join Karla and Nancy as well as the other Florida Ski Council clubs for a week of FUN!!! In addition to skiing, there are activities such as snowmobiling, dog sled rides, zip lining, and other winter activities for everyone to enjoy.

Price Chart

Use the following chart for the cash pricing of your group:

Number of
Occupants
Early Flight
Late Flight
1
$2289
$2099
2
$1689
$1499

The bedding is two queens or one king bed for either option.

Inquire with the trip leader for a Resort Only price.

Prices are per person. Accommodations are assigned in order deposits are received. No space is held without a $350.00 per person deposit. Early commitments get first choice! All prices reflect a cash discount. There is a 3% convenience charge for credit card transactions.

Sign Up Details

Price Includes:
Round trip airfare, motor coach transfers, six (6) nights lodging at the Whistler Aava Hotel, (1) night at The Fairmont Downtown Vancouver, Aprés, TBSSB dinner, and applicable taxes. Plus Florida Ski Council (FSC) events!

Lodging:
Traditional Hotel Rooms at the Aava Hotel (Traditional Queens or King). Standard rooms at The Fairmont.

Trip Size:
76 lucky people

Deposit:
$350.00 per person with a completed and signed trip application. Valid passport required.
See above for trip application options.

Cancellation Date:
All cancellations must be received in writing by October 15, 2015.
See cancellation policy on the back of the TBSSB trip application.

Balance Due:
October 18, 2015

Payment:
Make checks payable to "TAMPA BAY SNOW SKIERS and BOARDERS" and mail to: Nancy DelGatto at the address above.

Deposit and balance of trip costs may be paid with a major credit card. You will be billed later for the final payment. At that time you will be able to order lift tickets. To pay by Credit Card contact your trip leader for instructions.

TRIP PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO ANY NEW TAXES OR FEES IMPOSED BY EITHER THE GOVERNMENT, AIRPORT, AIRLINES OR AGENCIES INVOLVED.

 

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Heart of Germany from Bamberg to Mainz
Bike and Barge Tour

September 23 - October 1, 2016
Berlin Extension returns on October 4

The Trip Leaders

Barb Shank Trip Leader
Barb Shank
11340 Harbor Way #1643
Largo, FL 33774
727-596-3247
Email

Craig Bachelor Trip Co-Leader
Craig Bachelor
P.O. Box 66189
St Pete Beach, FL 33736
727-367-5227 ext 11
Email

Itinerary Map

Trip Description

MerlijnBiking and Barging is just about the best way to see Europe and the most fun you can have if you are not on a ski trip! This trip is a quiet giant. There is so much to see in this area you will come away with a better appreciation for Germany. Highlights of the trip include: launching in the historic bishops’ town of Bamberg, sometimes known as little Venice. Over the next few days we will pass through river valleys and explore chapels, churches, town halls, a leaning tower, the beautiful town of Würzburg, vineyards, monasteries, breweries, castles and the birthplace of the Brothers’ Grimm. Truly a visit to old Europe. We will be traveling along the Main River.

If you have never seen Europe by river and bike, you are in for a real treat. You are guaranteed to see things that you would not ordinarily have access to, you will be in the country, in the towns and riding along quiet river paths. We anchor the boat at night which allows us the ability to partake of the local flavor, and we cycle during the day, typically riding between 25 and 35 miles a day.

We depart Tampa on Friday September 23 and arrive in Germany the next morning. We’ll have time to tour the city, and then board one of two barges. Then get ready for the next 7 days to see the beauty of Germany up close and personal as we pedal through the countryside. Then, if you are so inclined, we will do an optional 3 day extension to another great location.

Trip Highlights

Bamberg, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its authentic medieval appearance, is the starting point for this once in a lifetime bike and boat tour in Germany. It is home to such wonders as the Bamberg Cathedral. The varied itinerary includes Kitzingen, famous for its leaning tower. Legend has it that the tower was built during a severe drought, and, because of the absence of water, builders had to use wine to mix the mortar. Apparently the workers had a little too much wine for themselves!

You will be able to witness such artistic masterpieces as Maria im Weingarten and Madonna im Rosenkranz by Tilmann Riemenschneider in the charming town of Volkach, as well as enjoy wine from local vineyard. At the stop in Würzburg, you are in for a real treat: a look inside the Fortress Marienberg. The mighty Fortress Marienberg is a symbol of the strength of Würzburg and the majesty of the prince-bishops who lived there for nearly five centuries. From the top of one of its four towers offers an extraordinary view of the landscape.

During the overnight stay in Miltenberg, it is an absolute must to have a drink in the oldest pub in Germany, as well as stroll through the meandering alleys and market square. Johannisburg Palace, located on the banks of the Main River, will be the first thing you see as you enter Aschaffenburg as it is the grandest of all Renaissance palace complexes. The upper levels of this castle serve as the town library where you can read scripts from past centuries, and the lower levels are art and science museums. The last stop of this tour is Mainz. The afternoon before departure, there will be time to explore this interesting city full of attractive town squares, impressive churches, and half-timbered houses; a perfect way to end a perfect tour!

The Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bamberg
Guests are greeted on board the Merlijn with a welcome cocktail. The afternoon is free, allowing time to explore Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage City that not only embodies a thousand years of art and culture, but also remains vibrant and young at heart.
Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Bamberg – Schweinfurt, 22 miles (35 km)
Departing Bamberg, you will cycle Germany along the Main River passing the famous pilgrimage church Maria Limbach and the town of Eltmann. The day’s destination is in Hassfurt, famous for the late gothic Ritter chapel and church full of valuable paintings such as ‘John the Baptist’ and ‘Maria with Child’ by artist Tilmann Riemenschneider. From Hassfurt, the Merlijn will cruise to Schweinfurt, a cozy little town full of museums, galleries, and artificial ‘Schweine’ (pigs).
Dinner and overnight stay in Schweinfurt.
*If you would like to bike the entire trip to Schweinfurt, it will be approximately 12 miles (20 km) more.

Day 3: Schweinfurt – Marktbreit, 35 miles (56 km)
The Merlijn sails you to Wipfeld, where your bike tour will start. We head for a cultural highlight: the pilgrimage church ‘Maria im Weingarten’ and the famous ‘Madonna im Rosenkranz’ by Tilmann Riemenschneider. You will cycle through vineyards passing villages that all are very well known to wine connoisseurs like Volkach, Nordheim, Sommerach, and Dettelbach. You will bike further along the Main river, passing Kitzingen that’s famous for its leaning tower, of which the story goes that’s its leaning because the builders, who because of water shortage, mixed the mortar with wine instead of water, had too much wine while mixing.
Dinner and overnight stay in the charming village of Marktbreit.

Day 4: Marktbreit – Gemünden – Lohr, 29 miles (45 km)
Breakfast will be enjoyed en route to Würzburg, the Baroque town on the river Main. Here, cyclists can disembark and explore this beautiful city. For a magnificent view of the historic center of Würzburg, climb the steps to the huge Fortress Marienberg. From Würzburg, the bike tour to Gemünden will start. The tour will lead you further along the river Main via Zellingen and Erlabrunn and into wine country. You will be able to see hills full of vines and ride through charming wine villages like Eibelstadt and Sommerhausen.
From Gemünden, the barge cruises to Lohr during dinner.

Day 5: Gemünden – Miltenberg, 31 miles (50 km)
Today’s bike tour starts in Gemünden and goes through historic monuments like the Triefenstein monastery, and half-timber castle Homburg, through the varying landscape with both wine mountains and afforested mountain slopes with bizarre rocks, passing Lohr am Main and its Gothic and Baroque buildings. You will arrive at Wertheim, situated right where the rivers Main and Tauber meet. From Wertheim, the Merlijn will cruise to historic Miltenberg. The city has a certain charm due to its meandering streets and alleys, old restored half-timber houses, and the monumental market square. Here, you can enjoy a beer at the oldest pub in Germany. Tonight, dinning at your own expense, you can explore this unique town.
Overnight stay at Miltenberg.

Day 6: Miltenberg – Aschaffenburg, 25 miles (40 km)
Following the river, you will pass several small villages. Groszheubach and Klingenberg are famous for their fine red wines. Continuing via Bürgstadt to Freudenberg and further on to Aschaffenburg, you will be able to experience museums, churches, and of course the beautiful castle that is situated on the river bank.

Day 7: Aschaffenburg – Mainz, 28 miles (45 km)
Today’s bike tour leads through Kleinostheim and Dettingen. After crossing the River Main on a small ferry, the tour continues to the small and romantic city of Seligenstadt with its windings alleys, wood framed houses, and basilica. Further along the river to Klein-Krotzenburg, Hainstadt, Kleinauheim via Steinheim to Hanau, the town where the famous Grimm Brothers were born. Via Mühlheim, you will ride to Offenbach where the Merlijn will be waiting. You will cruise from Frankfurt to Mainz, your final destination.

Day 8: Mainz
Departure after breakfast.

What's Included

  • 7 nights’ accommodations on board the Merlijn
  • Daily cabin cleaning service
  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches, and 6 x 3-course dinners
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate & water on board
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle, including a bike bag, towel, and a universal sized helmet
  • Route Information
  • Tour Guide
  • Complimentary water bottle
  • Ferry fares en route
  • WiFi on board
  • Tour through a brewery and beer tasting in Miltenberg

What's Not Included

  • Local transportation and airfare
  • 1 dinner
  • Wine tasting
  • Organized city tours
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance

BERLIN EXTENSION

Included in the the price of the extension is:

  • Transfer from Mainz to the Frankfurt Airport
  • Flight from Frankfurt to Berlin round trip
  • Round trip transfer from Berlin Airport to the Wyndham Excelsior Hotel with 3 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily at the hotel
  • Half-day city tour of Berlin including coach and English speaking guide
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

This trip is limited to 44 travelers. Hurry and sign up now before it’s too late!!

Price Chart

Use the following chart for the cash pricing of your group:

Number of
Occupants
Double Occupancy
Ground Only
Single Supplement
Barge Only
$3199
$1750
$1500
Barge & Berlin Ext.
$3599
$2150
$169

Sign Up Details

CASH PRICE:
$3199, Double Occupancy.

Price Includes:
Round trip non-stop air from Tampa to Frankfurt, transportation to and from the barge, seven nights on board the Merlijn and her sister ship the Quo Vadis, with daily breakfast and a three-course dinner (for 6 nights), and Happy Hours on the boat. Also included; the use of a high quality 21-gear bike, a helmet, a bike bag, free water bottle, a daily biking guide, brewery tour and beer tasting in Miltenberg. See Price Price Chart above.

Deposit:
$1,000.00 (Non-refundable if space goes unfilled) with a completed and signed trip application and copy of picture page of passport. Note: passport must be valid at least 6 months past final travel date.

Cancellation Date:
All cancellations must be received in writing by May 15, 2016.

Balance Due:
Full payment due on or before date May 15, 2016.

Payment:
Mail completed & signed trip application with your check or credit card application to: Barbara Shank, 11340 Harbor Way #1643, Largo, FL 33774.

You will be billed later for the final payment.

TRIP PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO ANY NEW TAXES OR FEES IMPOSED BY EITHER THE GOVERNMENT, AIRPORT, AIRLINES OR AGENCIES INVOLVED.

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Croatia National Parks Cruise and Cycle Tour

May 11 - 21, 2017
Optional side trip to Split and Dubrovnik May 20 - 24, 2017

The Trip Leaders

Trip Leader

Pattie Housewright

10008 Bentley Way
Tampa, FL 33626
813-601-2502
Email

Pattie Housewright
 
Nancy DelGatto

Trip Co-Leader

Nancy DelGatto

3206 Taragrove Drive
Tampa, FL 33618
813-334-6844
Email

 

Trip Description

Princeza Diana
Princeza Diana

Croatia has been said to be the next big tourist destination with estimates stating it will be a Top Vacation choice by 2020 – which means the price is sure to rise. Come with us before that happens!!

This trip has it all!! We fly into Zagreb and spend the night in the Croatian capital before boarding a luxurious motor coach to see the country’s interior on our way to the port in Trogir. We then hop aboard our home for the week: the Deluxe Class, 3-mast motor yacht Princeza Diana. First launched in 2011, she has 16 cabins, plenty of outdoor decks and indoor spaces along with a platform for jumping into the Adriatic Sea on a hot day.

On this tour, we will bike the National Parks of Dalmatia and see its stunning landscape. We will see fjords, waterfalls, colors you cannot even imagine…

We will see Zadar, with its 3000 year old history; the Koronati National Park, with its crystal clear waters; take a bath under the Krka waterfalls; taste olive oils and honeys, abundant and popular items of the area.

We will see cathedrals, old towns, resorts areas. We will bike along the Oceanside. The trip is both relaxing and full of natural beauty.

Prinzeca Diana by Night
Prinzeca Diana by Night
Sheraton Steamboat Resort Bedroom
Waterfalls

THE ITINERARY

The National Parks of Dalmatia has approx. 97 biking miles.

Croatia Map
National Parks of Dalmatia Croatia Map

The bike routes require a basic level of fitness (level 1 – 2), which you should have acquired by occasional or daily cycling. The routes can reach an altitude of 328 ft./ 100 m – 985 ft./ 300 meters. The daily routes, of 9 to 30 mi. (15 to 50 km), cover hilly terrain and can be completed without time constraints. You will also come across some rather steep climbs, where walking your bike is of course permitted. The roads are mostly asphalted and there is little traffic outside of holiday periods. Helmet use is mandatory on all bike tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Rental helmets are available in limited numbers (reservation requested).

1st Day (Sat) Trogir – Rogoznica arrival to Trogir
After checking in on the motor yacht between 2 and 2:30 pm in Trogir our first cruise starts at 3 pm leading us to Rogoznica - a village on a small island which is connected to the mainland by a dam.

2nd Day (Sun) Rogoznica - Primošten - Šibenik - Skradin (aprx. 20 km/12.5 mi.)
In the morning we cycle from Rogoznica to Primošten. From there the boat takes us to the city of Šibenik to the delta where the Krka River flows into the Adriatic Sea. After visiting the famous cathedral and the lovely old town we set off again. On the cruise we pass the lower course of the river Krka following the river bend until we reach Skradin.

3rd Day (Mon) National Park of Krka - Šibenik - Vodice (aprx. 15 km/8 mi.)
The magnificent port of Skradin is today’s starting point for our excursion by boat and on foot to the most famous part of the Krka National Park with its unique waterfalls. In the early afternoon our boat takes us to a landing place close to Šibenik. From here we cycle to Vodice, a wellknown and lively resort on the Dalmatian mainland.

4th Day (Tue) Vodice - Island of Murter - Nature Park Telašćica (aprx. 27 km/16 mi.)
We cycle from Vodice to Murter Island, connected to the mainland by a swing Bridge at Tisno, until we reach a small landing place from where the boat takes us on a cruise through the Kornati National Park. This archipelago, set in crystal clear water, is known for its rich aquatic realm. Our destination is the nature park, Telašcica. In the evening a walk through the park leads us along the stunning cliff s of the island to the famous Silver Lake.

5th Day (Wed) Island of Dugi Otok – Zadar (aprx. 30 km/19 mi.)
During today‘s ride we’re treated to countless unforgettable vistas of the islands in the deep blue sea. We meet our ship for lunch. Afterwards the ship takes us to Zadar, which, for centuries, was the political, cultural and spiritual centre of Dalmatia. Our tour guide takes us on an extensive walk through the lanes of the lively old town centre with over 3,000 years of history.

6th Day (Thu) Islands of Pašman and Ugljan – Island of Zlarin (aprx. 35 km/21 mi.)
During breakfast the boat crosses to the island of Ugljan across the channel from Zadar. Today we have plenty of time to explore the islands of Ugljan and Pašman, recently joined by a bridge, by bike. We cycle along the east coast, offering us beautiful views to the mainland and the ocean. Afterwards our boat cruises to the coral island of Zlarin.

7th Day (Fri) Island of Šolta (aprx. 15 km/9 mi.)
In the morning our motor yacht takes us to the island of Šolta. The smell of lavender and rosemary will follow us throughout the whole tour around the silent island until we reach the village Grohote. During mid-day our last cruise takes us back to Trogir. Here we have enough time to visit the world cultural heritage old town.

8th Day (Sat) Trogir (Disembarkation)
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.

What's Included

  • Round trip air transportation between Tampa and Zagreb via Lufthansa Airlines
  • Transfer between Zagreb Airport and Zagreb Hotel via private coach
  • 1 night accommodations at a 4 Star Hotel in Zagreb
  • Breakfast buffet in Zagreb
  • Transfer between Zagreb and Trogir via private coach to join the ship
  • Transfer between Cruise and Zagreb Airport
  • Medical Insurance coverage that includes all of the following: (This does not cover Cancellations)
  • Trip Delay up to $750.00 ($150.00 per day)
  • Baggage and personal effects up to $1,500.00
  • Baggage delay up to $400.00
  • Accident & Sickness Medical Expense of $50,000.00
  • Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of $250,000.00
  • Accidental Death and dismemberment of $25,000.00
  • Worldwide Emergency assistance Services
  • (Please note that this insurance does not cover refunds for cancellation or reimbursement for lost travel days due to trip interruption.)
  • All local taxes
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharges

7 Day cruise on the ship selected
including all of the following

  • Breakfast daily
  • 4 lunches
  • Dinner daily
  • Tour guide / on-board manager
  • Visitors tax of $45.00 per person
  • Standard 21-speed Trekking bike
  • Bike insurance
  • Harbor fees
  • Bed linens and final cleaning
  • Daily biking tours with guide
  • Maps and other items necessary

OPTIONAL TOUR

Dubrovnik and Split

May 20:
Transfer between Trogir Sea Port and Split via private coach including City tour.

2 nights accommodation in Split at a 4 star hotel with Breakfast and dinner.

Transfer between Split and Dubrovnik via Mostar with city tour and entrance into Turkish House.

May 23:
2 Nights’ accommodations at a 4 star hotel in Dubrovnik with breakfast and dinner daily.

City tour of Dubrovnik. Lord Byron baptized Dubrovnik "the pearl of the Adriatic" because of its incomparable architectural heritage. The gleaming marble streets of Dubrovnik are lined with baroque buildings punctuated by beautifully sculpted Renaissance fountains and facades. Dubrovnik's walls are the most intact and impressive in the Adriatic and clearly head the long list of Dubrovnik's essential sights. If you are fan of the HBO’s Game of Thrones, many scenes are filmed in Dubrovnik (i.e. King’s Landing).

May 24:
Transfer between Dubrovnik Hotel and Airport via private coach for flight home.

Sign Up Details

CASH PRICE $3,569
Double Occupancy

Post Trip to Dubrovnik and Split: Approximately $690
Double Occupancy

Resort Only (No Air) Deduct $1,175

Price Includes:
Round trip air, two nights in Zagreb, seven nights aboard the breathtaking Princeza Diana, breakfast and dinner daily, most lunches, transportation to and from the ship. Also included is the use of a high quality 21-speed bike, a bike bag, a daily biking guide, and tours. Trip Insurance (all but trip cancellation) and more.

Deposit:
$1,000.00 (Non-refundable if you cancel and your seat goes unsold) with a completed and signed trip application and copy of picture page of Passport. Note: passport must be valid at least 6 months past final travel date. Download the trip application PDF.

Cancellation Date and Balance Due:
February 11, 2017

Payment:
Make checks payable to TAMPA BAY SNOW SKIERS and BOARDERS. If you wish to pay by credit card the Credit Card Authorization Form is available as a PDF download. A fee will be added to all credit card transactions. Mail completed & signed trip application with your check or credit card application to: Pattie Housewright 10008 Bentley Way Tampa, FL 33626

You will be billed later for the final payment

TRIP PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO ANY NEW TAXES OR FEES IMPOSED BY EITHER THE GOVERNMENT, AIRPORT, AIRLINES OR AGENCIES INVOLVED.

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Valle Nevado, Chile

Thursday, July 20 to Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Details

Cash Prices begin at $4699 Per Person
Double Occupancy

at the 4 Star Hotel Puerta Del Sol in Valle Nevado (7 nights) and at the 4 Star Hotel Crown Plaza in the Bellavista region of Santiago (2 nights) including daily breakfast (Valle Nevado and Santiago), 7 nights dinners at Valle Nevada, 7 days lift, 1 massage session, half day city tour of Santiago with local guide, transportations and air from Tampa to Santiago and Back.

The Trip Leader

Toufic Moumne Toufic Moumne
9909 Woodbay Drive
Tampa, FL 33626
813-545-3369
Email

Lodging

Hotel Puerta Del Sol (7 nights)
The Hotel Puerta del Sol is 4 star hotel that is perfect for families, friends and couples. Rooms face north (ski terrain view) with outdoor terraces, or south (resort view) with a bay window. For families, the hotel has rooms with connecting doors, and a 2-story, loft-style room for 4 people. The hotel is centrally located and has direct access to the outdoor pool, as well as a Kids Zone, internet center, the Bar Puerta del Sol, and the Mirador del Plomo restaurant.

Guestrooms that face north come with terraces overlooking the resort and outdoor pool.

Room types:

Double North

  • Surface area: 247 ft², plus balcony
  • Orientation: View of the ski slopes
  • Distribution:
  • One bedroom with two twin beds and a fold-out sofa for an additional occupant. This room can be connected to another north side double room. Only two double north rooms can be adjoined per floor.

Double South

  • Surface area: 215 ft², no balcony
  • Orientation: View of the Andes
  • Distribution:
  • One bedroom with two twin beds and a bay window which converts into an additional bed for children of up to 8 years of age. This room can be connected to another south side double. Only two double south rooms can be adjoined per floor.

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Duplex:

Duplex North

  • Surface area: 344 ft², plus balcony
  • Orientation: View of the ski slopes
  • Distribution:
  • One bedroom on the first floor with two twin beds and one double bed on the second floor. One full bathroom.

Duplex South

  • Surface area: 301 ft², no balcony
  • Orientation: South-facing view of the Andes
  • Distribution:
  • One bedroom on the first floor with two twin beds and one double bed on the second floor. One full bathroom.

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The luxury rooms includes:

  • Ski room
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas: Lobby, Bar Puerta Del Sol and at Mirador del Plomo restaurant
  • Free Internet access in the hotel lobby (cyber café), subject to availability of PCs

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Crown Plaza in the Bellavista region of Santiago (2 nights)
With a location near all of the most popular attractions and convenient access to public transportation, Crowne Plaza® Santiago makes it easy to experience everything the city has to offer. Complete any last-minute tasks at our 24-hour business center, dine with 24-hour room service and rest well with our Sleep Advantage® program. As a hotel near downtown Santiago, Crowne Plaza makes it easy to explore the city. Venture to the Plaza de Armas and marvel at its architecture. Taste world-renowned wines at nearby vineyards. Discover the Chilean National Zoo before climbing San Cristóbal Hill for sweeping views from the highest point in the city. Located near museums like La Chascona House, the National Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Visual Arts. While here, be sure to try authentic Chilean cuisine at our restaurant, Caruso. Play a game of tennis on our outdoor courts, then relax in the whirlpool. And at Trafalgar Bar, listen to live music with your favorite drink to end a perfect day in Santiago.

The luxury rooms includes:

  • Double beds
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Breakfast

Price Chart

Advertised Cost

Number of Occupants
Cost
Single South
$5969
Single North
$6299
Double South
$4699
Double North
$4969

LAND ONLY PASSENGERS (No Air) DEDUCT $1115

Use the pricing table for cash pricing of your group. Prices are per person. Accommodations are assigned in the order deposits are received. No space is held without a $350 per person deposit and a completed and signed trip application. Early commitments get first choices! All prices reflect a cash discount. There is a convenience charge for credit card transactions. Its 3.5% for Visa and MC and 4% for Amex

LAND ONLY PASSENGERS:

As indicated, there is a reduction for anyone purchasing Land Only packages and making their own land arrangements. Such passengers are considered “Participants Pursuing Personal Itineraries” or PPPI.

PPPI: It is imperative that any and all people falling under this category be fully aware of the following facts pertaining to the tour program:

  • Transfers between airports and hotels are always arranged for the main group and are coordinated with the main group’s flight itineraries.
  • The transfers also pick up and drop off only at airport terminals that are in the main group’s itineraries. Transfers do not stop at alternate terminals for pick-ups or drop offs.
  • It is the responsibility of such PPPI passengers to coordinate their flights with the group and for them to be at the appointed place and time that the group is being picked up.
  • There can be no special arrangements made for PPPI passengers for alternate pickups or drop offs by the transfer companies involved.
  • All of the above is equally applicable to any luggage that such PPPI passengers are bringing.

The Mountain

Visit the Valle Nevado Interactive Trail Map
at the Valle Nevado website

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Screen Shot Portion of Trail Map

TRAIL INFORMATION:

Valle Nevado has trails for all levels, divided into:

  • Green, for beginners (10%)
  • Blue, for intermediate (36%)
  • Red, for advanced skiers (33%)
  • Black, made especially for experts (21%)

Furthermore it has alternative terrains, backcountry, where experts can enjoy the adrenaline slithering through virgin snow, through the slopes of the Andes; and the Bumps area where it is possible to overcome obstacles and enjoy the adrenaline in the snow.

SKI LIFTS:
The lifts consist of chairs and tele ski, allowing you to reach most corners of the Andes Slopes. They have boarding carpets that allow the chairs to always maintain the operating speed. 11 (1 high-speed detachable quad chairlift, 3 chairlifts, 6 tele ski, 1 tele cord)

SNOWPARK:
Valle Nevado has one of the best snow parks in Latin America, specially developed for beginners and experts. It is located next to the Candonga ski lift, between the base of Cima Prado and Andes Express. It also provides the possibility of having a class with ski or snowboard instructors to learn or perfect the techniques.

It has three parts: the beginner has a course with rollers, mini risers and mini boxes; intermediate, with two drawers, 3 jumps of 6 to 10 meters, and a rainbow; and advanced sector, with two rails and a kink of 9 meters a quarter pipe for jibbing 2 step up style jumps.

TECHNICAL DATA
Take full advantage of each day at Valle Nevado exploring this tremendous White Mountain range encompassing 23 miles of slopes for all preferences and levels, for beginners, intermediates, advanced levels and experts.

We take utmost pride in the Andes Express Chairlift at Valle Nevado since it is the only high-speed detachable quad chairlift in Chile and one of the most modern chairlifts in the world. This lift is combined with a network of lifts that allows you full access to every corner of our marvelous, white wonderland.

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Visit the Valle Nevado Website

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SKIABLE AREA

Length of average season 112 Days
Number of Trails 37 Trails
Lifts 11 (1 high-speed detachable quad chairlift, 3 chairlifts, 6 teleski, 1 telecord)
Vertical drop 2,657 feet
Tres Puntas Summit 12,038 feet (maximum elevation)
El Prado Base 9,381 feet (lowest elevation)
Average snow coverage 5.64 feet at base
Average annual snowfall 26.73 feet
Average clear skies 80%
Runs with snowmaking coverage 6
Inter-connection to other centers La Parva and El Colorado
Vertical drop for Heliski / Helisnowboard 8,200 feet
Elevation of Resort 9,922 feet
Snowboard runs Half Pipe and Border Cross

Sign Up Details

Price Includes:

  • Round trip air transportation between Tampa and Santiago via AA Airlines
  • Transfer between Santiago and Valle Nevado via private coach
  • 7 nights accommodations at the 4 Star Hotel Puerta Del Sol
  • Breakfast buffet daily
  • 4 or 5-course dinner daily. (Choice of restaurants after the first night)
  • 7 days (lift tickets) unlimited access to ski area
  • 2 Free interconnecting tickets to the neighboring resorts of La Parva and El Colorado
  • Welcome drink the Saturday after arrival
  • Après-Ski Function daily from 5PM – 6PM at the Puerta Del Sol Bar
  • Access to fitness center, sauna and exercise room
  • Complimentary use of the outdoor heated pool, game room and planned activities
  • 1 Full body massage (basic treatment – 25minutes) per person
  • Free use of the heated ski room
  • Transfer between Valle Nevado and Santiago Hotel via Private Coach
  • 2 nights accommodations at the 4 Star Hotel Crown Plaza in the Bellavista region of Santiago
  • Breakfast buffet daily in Santiago
  • Half Day city tour of Santiago with local guide
  • Return transfer between hotel and international airport
  • Return flight to Tampa via AA Airlines
  • All local taxes, air taxes and Fuel Surcharges

Lodging:
7 nights accommodations at the 4 Star Hotel Puerta Del Sol in Valle Nevado and 2 nights accommodations at the 4 Star Hotel Crown Plaza in the Bellavista region of Santiago

Partying:
Enjoy partying and skiing with all the Tampa Bay Snow Skiers and Boarders

Trip Size:
32

Deposit:
$350.00 per person with a completed and signed trip application and photo page of passport.

Cancellation Date:
All cancellations must be received in writing by January 1, 2017. See options on the TBSSB trip application.

Balance Due:
Full payment due on or before date January 15, 2017

Payment:
Make checks payable to "TAMPA BAY SNOW SKIERS and BOARDERS" and mail to: Toufic Moumne, 9909 Woodbay Dr., Tampa, FL 33626

Deposit and balance of trip costs may be paid with a major credit card. You will be billed later for the final payment. At that time you will be able to order lift tickets. To pay by Credit Card contact your trip leader for instructions. The Credit Card Authorization Form is available as a PDF download. A charge of 3% will be made for credit card convenience

TRIP PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO ANY NEW TAXES OR FEES IMPOSED BY EITHER THE GOVERNMENT, AIRPORT, AIRLINES OR AGENCIES INVOLVED.

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CROATIA CYCLE AND SAIL – THE ISLAND HOPPER!!

May 4 - 15, 2017
Optional Post Trip to Split and Dubrovnik May 15 - 18, 2017

The Trip Leaders

Trip Leader

Lynda Weaver

6 Idlewilde Dr
Safety harbor, FL 34695
727-421-0845
Email

Lynda Weaver
 
Karla Mckenzie Newan

Trip Co-Leader

Karla Mckenzie Newan

9416 Silverthorn Road
Largo, FL 33777
727-244-2036
Email

 

Trip Description

Princeza Diana
Princeza Diana

Croatia has been said to be the next big tourist destination with estimates stating it will be a Top Vacation choice by 2020 – which means the price is sure to rise. This trip has it all; we fly into a major Croatian city before boarding a luxurious motor coach to see the country’s interior on our way to the port in Trogir. We then hop aboard the Deluxe Class, 3-mast motor yacht Princeza Diana. First launched in 2011, she has 16 cabins, plenty of outdoor decks and indoor spaces along with a platform for hopping into the Adriatic Sea on a hot day.

On our tour we will bike the Outer Islands Southern Dalmation (approx. 130 miles) which is rated as a Level 2/3 difficulty. on the scale of 1-5 . We will visit unique harbor towns and beautiful island landscapes as we explore many exceptional islands. We embark from Split and sail to Cetina Canyon, Brac Island, Korcula Island, Islands of Vis & Hvar, Solta Island and disembark in Trogir.

Come Sail & Bike with us on this AMAZING trip!
Your ship is sailing. Will you be on it?

Prinzeca Diana Deck
Prinzeca Diana Deck
Croatia Map
National Parks of Dalmatia Croatia Map
Prinzeca Diana Sun Deck
Prinzeca Diana Sun Deck

THE ITINERARY

Tour B Southern Dalmatia (more distance-approx 130 miles, harder, hillier rides)

Saturday Trogir, embarkation at 2 PM. Sailing to Split
Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split airport, which is about 3 mi./5 km away from the harbor of Trogir. After check in on the motor yacht between 2 and 2:30 pm the first short cruise starts about 3 pm from Trogir to Split. There we can go on a walk through the old town of Split, which is built adjoining the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian and is a world heritage site.)

Sunday Split - Cetina Canyon, 25km or 45km. Sailing to Hvar island
During breakfast we cross over to Omiš, an old pirate stronghold on the Croatian mainland. During the morning we explore the valley of the Cetina River which has been deeply etched into the rock. On minor roads and through varied landscapes we return to Omiš. Optionally there is the opportunity to participate in a two hours rafting tour on the river Cetina (not included into the tour price). From Omiš we set out to Jelsa on the island of Hvar.

Monday Hvar Island and Korèula Island, 25km or 45km
We start our cycle tour after breakfast in Jelsa leading us to the easternmost corner of the island (Sucuraj). Alternatively we can shorten the trip and meet the boat halfway at the small port town Pokrivenik. Our destination is the island Korèula with its island capital of the same name. We have enough time to wander through the beautiful old town with its fishbone-like alleys. The town also competes with Venice for the honor of being the birthplace of Marco Polo.

Tuesday Korèula Island, cycle route approx. 48 km
Korèula town is the starting point of today’s cycle tour across the island. The beautiful Dalmatian island is characterized by its quiet atmosphere. Our route takes us to the small port of Prigradica where our boat awaits us for lunch. After a longer crossing in the afternoon we reach the island of Vis.

Wednesday Islands of Vis and Hvar, cycle route approx. 32 km
Vis is the furthermost island from mainland Croatia. A Greek colony called Issa has been on the island 2,300 years ago. Due to its strategic location it was a military zone until 1995 and prohibited for foreign tourists. Today we have the opportunity to explore the lovely island by bicycle. After cycling the boat takes us to the Island of Hvar where we visit the magnificent Renaissance square and enjoy the view from the Spanish Fortress which is situated high above the city.

Thursday Islands of Hvar and Braè, cycle route approx. 35km
In the morning we cycle along a 400 m high pass road, next to lavender fields and wonderful views of the neighbouring islands and the mainland. First destination is the artist colony town of Stari Grad. The town was founded as a Greek colony of Faros. After a short town visit we continue to cycle to Jelsa. Here we board the boat and cruise to a well known beach to take a long swim break. The Golden Horn is a white pebble beach. Depending on the wind its tip directs to either right or left side. The beach is published in almost every Croatian tourist magazine.

Friday Šolta Island, cycle route approx. 19 km
After crossing over to Stomorska on the island of Šolta we commence our last cycle tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the roads. The herb smells of lavender and rosemary accompanies us along our tour through this island. We load the bikes onto the ship in Maslinica and enjoy our last crossing back to Trogir where, if time permits, we can take a tour of the old town which is a world heritage site. The last evening aboard our ship follows a nice tradition. While enjoying the communal dinner in a cosy atmosphere you will have the chance for a last get-together with your crew and your tour guides.

Saturday Trogir, disembarkation 9 AM
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 AM and individual trip home or extended stay in Dalmatia/Croatia.

What's Included

  • Round trip air transportation between Tampa and Croatia via Lufthansa Airlines
  • Transfer from Airport to 4 star Hotel via private coach
  • 2 nights accommodations at a 4 Star Hotel
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Transfer between Zagreb and Trogir via private coach to join the ship
  • Transfer between Cruise and Airport
  • Basic Trip/Medical Insurance coverage that includes all of the following: (This does not cover refunds for cancellation or reimbursement for lost travel days due to trip interruption.)
  • Trip Delay up to $750.00 ($150.00 per day)
  • Baggage and personal effects up to $1,500.00
  • Baggage delay up to $400.00
  • Accident & Sickness Medical Expense of $50,000.00
  • Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of $250,000.00
  • Accidental Death and dismemberment of $25,000.00
  • Worldwide Emergency assistance Services
  • (Please note that this insurance does not cover refunds for cancellation or reimbursement for lost travel days due to trip interruption.)
  • All local taxes
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharges

7 Day cruise on the ship selected
including all of the following

  • Breakfast daily
  • 4 lunches
  • Dinner daily
  • Tour guide / on-board manager
  • Visitors tax of $45.00 per person
  • Standard 21-speed Trekking bike
  • Bike insurance
  • Harbor fees
  • Bed linens and final cleaning
  • Daily biking tours with guide
  • Maps and other items necessary

CROATIA LAND EXTENSION-IMMEDIATELY AFTER CRUISE

MAY 13-18, 2017:
Transfer between Trogir Sea Port and Split via private coach including City tour.

2 nights accommodation in Split at a 4 star hotel with Breakfast and dinner.

Transfer between Split and Dubrovnik via Mostar with city tour and entrance into Turkish House.

2 Nights’ accommodations at a 4 star hotel in Dubrovnik with breakfast and dinner daily.

City tour of Dubrovnik. Lord Byron baptized Dubrovnik "the pearl of the Adriatic" because of its incomparable architectural heritage. The gleaming marble streets of Dubrovnik are lined with baroque buildings punctuated by beautifully sculpted Renaissance fountains and facades. Dubrovnik's walls are the most intact and impressive in the Adriatic and clearly head the long list of Dubrovnik's essential sights. If you are fan of the HBO’s Game of Thrones, many scenes are filmed in Dubrovnik (i.e. King’s Landing).

Transfer between Dubrovnik Hotel and Airport via private coach for flight home.

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Here is the link for the Rick Steve’s video!

Price Chart

Use the following chart for the cash pricing of your group:

Number of
Occupants
Single
Double
Island Hopper
$4720
$3569
Post Trip
$770
$690

Sign Up Details

CASH PRICE $3,569
Double Occupancy

Post Trip to Dubrovnik and Split: Approximately $690
Double Occupancy

Resort Only (No Air) Deduct $1,175

Deposit:
$1,000.00 (Non-refundable if space goes unfilled) with a completed and signed trip application and copy of picture page of Passport. Note: passport must be valid at least 6 months past final travel date. Download the trip application PDF.

Cancellation Date and Balance Due:
February 1, 2017

Payment:
Make checks payable to TAMPA BAY SNOW SKIERS and BOARDERS. If you wish to pay by credit card the Credit Card Authorization Form is available as a PDF download. A fee will be added to all credit card transactions. Mail completed & signed trip application and copy of passport with your check or credit card application to: Lynda Weaver, 6 Idlewilde Dr., Safety Harbor, FL 34695

You will be billed later for the final payment

TRIP PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO ANY NEW TAXES OR FEES IMPOSED BY EITHER THE GOVERNMENT, AIRPORT, AIRLINES OR AGENCIES INVOLVED.