Newsletter J Upcoming Tour Previews

October 2014
Greetings Travelers!
like the warm days of
J ust
summer and early fall,
you’ll no ce in these pages
that our 2014 tours have
pre y much disappeared.
It’s all about the new year at
this point, and we have lots
of great things in store for
you. This month, we’ve added a great tour of France, an
adventure in the Galapagos
Islands, a tour that really
hits all the high points of
Germany, our first Alaska
tour for the new season,
and another terrific river
cruise that covers not one,
but four rivers.
Our 2014 day tours are also
winding down, although we
have a nice selec on of holiday-themed tours coming
up. Next month, our last
issue of the year will introduce some of our day tours
coming up in 2015 (hint-lots
of great Chicago theatre).
We’re hoping to see you on
a tour soon!
Elaine and Kathy
Globus Europe
Thu, Oct 16, 6:30p
Burkhalter Office
Preview the new line-up
for 2015 and get up to
$1,000 per couple off!
Avalon River
Tue, Oct 21, 6:30p
Find out how you can
save up to $1,300 per
couple on a 2015 cruise!
● Upcoming Tour Previews ●
Unless otherwise stated, all of our tour previews are held at our office at
6501 Mineral Point Road in Madison, beginning at 6:30p. RSVP’s are required.
Please call 800/556-9286 or 608/833-1525 ext 260 or ext 261 or email:
[email protected]
The Best of Italy/Northern Italy
Wed, Oct 22, 6:30p-Burkhalter Office
A end and learn about the terrific Italy
tours we are offering in 2015. For spring
travelers who want a shorter tour, the
April 13-21 tour of northern Italy, with an
extended stay in the Lake Como area, fits
the bill. The is also a great second tour if
you’ve already done the “big” tour that
covers all of Italy. For those of you who
haven’t been there, the more comprehensive Best of Italy tour from September 26October 7 is probably just what you’re
looking for. You’ll travel from Rome to
Tuscany, Venice and Assisi before you
come back around to the south to see
Pompeii and Naples and to spend two
glorious nights on the island of Capri!
$500 airfare discount available!
The Best of Spain and Portugal
Thu, Oct 23, 6:30p-Burkhalter Office
Ever wonder why so many European tours
leave out Spain and Portugal? Perhaps it is
the sheer size of Spain - it has the geographical diversity of several countries in
one, and Portugal is quite a distance from
the rest of Europe. This March 20-April 4
tour is your chance to immerse yourselves
in two different cultures on a tour that
covers both countries extensively. Find
out why so many Europeans spend their
vaca ons in Spain and Portugal. Whether
it’s warm and beachy Costa del Sol or
Algarve, historic ci es like Madrid or
Lisbon, the vineyards of the Duoro or the
citrus groves of Valencia, there is no shortage of things to do and see in the beau ful
Iberian Peninsula!
Extended Tours
October 2014 - P 2
Featuring five nights in Las Vegas!
March 8-13, 2015
If you love Las Vegas, but want the op on of exploring
beyond its fabulous strip, this may be the tour for you!
Your evenings are free, but during the day, you have
the op on of more free me or touring nearby sights
like the fascina ng Hoover Dam, Death Valley Na onal
Park-the largest na onal park south of Alaska, Zion
Na onal Park-one of the na on’s oldest parks, and
more. This is a very flexible tour-you get to choose!
$1,616 from Chicago. ► $45 cash discount!
March 20-April 4, 2015
This in-depth, 16-day tour travels from Spain’s elegant
capital of Madrid to its 16th-century university town of
Salamanca. Cross into Portugal to visit its port wine
capital along the magnificent River Douro. See Fa ma’s Great Basilica, and walk inside the ancient walls
of Obidos. Discover the historic capital of Lisbon and
see its mighty Monument to the Discoveries. Cross
back into España, visit the grave of Christopher Columbus and enjoy a fiery flamenco show. See the Rock of
Gibraltar en route to the stunning Costa del Sol, along
the Mediterranean Sea. Con nue up the coast past
colorful orange groves to Valencia, and travel into
Barcelona, an incredibly beau ful city that you’ll never
want to leave. From $4,583 from Chicago. ► $160 offpay in full by Oct. 31!
March 10-16, 2015 - Hosted by Jeff Epping of Olbrich
Botanical Gardens
During this people-to-people cultural experience, you
will tour Havana, home to the largest collec on of
Spanish Colonial architecture in the Americas; visit the
home and workshop of famous ar st, Jose Fuster;
enjoy performances by a local dance troupe and choir
members of the Cuban Music Ins tute; tour a rum
factory and visit a tobacco farm; explore the scenic
Vinales Valley; stop to see Hemingway’s Farm; and
check out the San Jose CraM Market and Art Center to
interact with local ar sts. Talk with a former Cuban
pro baseball player and meet with an Old Style Car
Club. $4,449 per person from Chicago.
2015 Value Tour - New Orleans, Lake Charles, Memphis
March 21-28, 2015
A major theme of the next Value Tour will be highlighted meals featuring incredible southern cuisine. In
addi on to touring in New Orleans, you’ll do a li le
cooking (and ea ng) at the New Orleans School of
Cooking, and visit the fascina ng Na onal WWII
Museum, one of the best in the U.S. Admire the
gorgeous historic homes in Lake Charles, explore the
Creole Nature Trail, and visit the Mardi Gras Museum,
where you will decorate a King Cake. Wrap it up in
Memphis with a tour including Graceland, and enjoy
the fantas c food at Alfred’s on Beale. $1,339 from
Madison. ► Ask about available discounts!
For more informa,on, call 800/556-9286 or 608/833-1525; Kathy ext 260; Elaine ext 261; [email protected]
Extended Tours
P 3 - October 2014
Fields at
Civil War Anniversary Series, Part 5
April 6-14, 2015
In the fiMh and final tour of this Civil War series, you
will visit the sites where the final ba les of the Civil
War were fought. From Washington, DC, travel south,
stopping in Fredericksburg, site of the Civil War’s first
urban combat in 1862, and Spotsylvania to learn about
the two-week ba le there. In Richmond, visit several
sites associated with the Confederacy and learn about
the Ba le of Cold Harbor and the Siege of Petersburg,
both of which led to Lee’s surrender at Appoma ox.
Wrap it up with a visit to the small town where Lee
met Grant to surrender on April 9, 1865. $1,898.
► Ask about available discounts!
April 13-21, 2015
Discover the fascina ng ci es and incredibly beau ful
scenery in the north of Italy - all while enjoying a seven
-night stay in one fabulous hotel on Lake Como! Your
group will tour Milan and see its cathedral, which is
the fiMh largest in the world. You will visit Verona,
where the pastel villas and cobbled streets inspired
Shakespeare. Spend an en re day in fabulous Venice, a
city sprawled over 117 islands. Visit nearby Lugano,
Switzerland and enjoy spectacular views of the Alps as
you ride the Monte Bre Cable Car. You will have two
days that are en rely free for independent exploraon, or you can sign up for op onal tours. $4,498 from
Chicago. ► $100 cash discount!
Verde Canyon Railroad
April 6-14, 2015
Cruise from Amsterdam in the Netherlands along the
Rhine River to Basel in Switzerland while enjoying the
delighPul flowers and plants that the spring weather is
bringing to life. The real lure of the Rhine is its fairytale
castles and the charming small towns that line its
banks. See the drama c Rhine Gorge, said to be the
most beau ful stretch of the river. Get a taste of the
Dutch, German, French and Swiss cultures you encounter as you cruise onboard your luxury ship. From
$4,330 from Chicago. ► Space is very limited!
April 26-May 1, 2015
Enjoy five nights at a resort hotel in the beau ful and
funky ar st community of Sedona, Arizona, set among
the red-hued rocks of Oak Creek Canyon. From
Williams, travel aboard the Grand Canyon Railway for
a nostalgic two-hour journey to the South Rim of the
awe-inspiring na onal park. From Clarkdale, the Verde
Canyon Railroad will take you on a spectacular fourhour journey between two na onal forests, past crimson cliffs, over old-fashioned trestles, and through a
680-foot tunnel. Amazing! $2,499 from Chicago.
For more informa,on, call 800/556-9286 or 608/833-1525; Kathy ext 260; Elaine ext 261; [email protected]
Extended Tours
October 2014 - P 4
Jekyll Island Club
Liechtenstein castle
May 6-13, 2015
Travel along America’s scenic southern coast to discover its historic ci es. Begin with two nights in charming
Charleston, sure to be burs ng with colorful flowers at
this me of year. Embark on a guided carriage tour in
picturesque Beaufort before landing for two nights in
Savannah, the Georgian city that Sherman declared
“too beau ful to burn.” Watch for dolphins on a cruise
from St. Simons Island to Jekyll Island, where you’ll
spend two nights at the delighPul Jekyll Island Club.
AMer a visit to St. Augus ne, your tour winds down in
Orlando. $2,489 w/es-mated air from Chicago.
May 16-29, 2015
Experience mul ple European cultures on this 14-day
tour of six amazing countries. Begin in ancient Rome,
con nuing through Italy to visit Pisa, Florence and
Venice. Cross into Austria for an overnight in the Tyrol
capital of Innsbruck. Make a short stop in Europe’s
niest principality, Liechtenstein, before traveling into
Switzerland for a two-night stay in lovely Lucerne.
Next, travel into France, through its vineyards and
fields of lavender, landing in Paris. Lastly, you will ferry
across the English Channel and drive to royal London
for two nights. $3,960 from Chicago.
Caen Peace Memorial, Normandy
Alnwick Castle, England
May 12-25, 2015
If you’re Irish, ScoQsh or Bri sh, here’s your chance to
see the homeland of your ancestors. Even if you’re just
a hopeless Anglophile or royal-watcher, you are sure
to enjoy seeing the best of both Ireland and Great
Britain on this 14-day panoramic tour. Irish highlights
include Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, a visit to a
local farm, Adare, Ring of Kerry and Killarney, Blarney,
Dublin, Giant’s Causeway and Belfast. Ferry to Great
Britain and visit Edinburgh in Scotland, see Alnwick
Castle, York, Leeds, StraPord-Upon-Avon, Bath, Stonehenge and London. $4,490 from Chicago.
June 3-12, 2015
Paris is one of the most amazing and roman c ci es in
the world, but France has so much more to offer, and
you can experience it for yourself on this nine-day i nerary that begins and ends in the City of Light. Enjoy a
stop in Rouen and the cathedral that so inspired
Monet. Travel to Normandy and visit the Museum for
Peace in Caen, see the famous beaches and pay your
respects at the American Cemetery. Con nue through
beau ful Bri any to the scenic Loire Valley and visit
two of the most important castles in the area, including Chateau Chambord and Chenonceau. $4,499 from
Chicago. ► Up to $100 off-book by 10/31!
For more informa,on, call 800/556-9286 or 608/833-1525; Kathy ext 260; Elaine ext 261; [email protected]
Extended Tours
P 5 - October 2014
June 13-20, 2015
As restric ons become ghter, opportuni es to visit
the incredible Galapagos become fewer. If this des naon is on your bucket list, now is the me to go! You
will spend a day in Ecuador’s historic Quito before flying to Baltra to board your cruise ship and begin your
four-night tour of the islands. You’re likely to encounter slow and stately sea turtles, majes c marine iguanas, charming Galapagos penguins and curious sea
lions, not to men on a host of marine birds, masked
and blue-footed boobies, herons and more - truly an
unforge able adventure. $5,425 from Chicago.
June 22-July 5, 2015
If the Great Land is your dream, this 13-day journey
will make it come true. You’ll start in Fairbanks, pan
for gold and visit an Athabascan na ve village; travel
by coach to Denali Na onal Park for a two-night stay
featuring a fantas c wilderness excursion in search of
wildlife; ride the magnificent McKinley Explorer train
to Anchorage for an overnight; and travel to Seward
past the spectacular scenery of Turnagain Arm. Your
cruise then takes you to Glacier Bay, Haines and Skagway, the capital of Juneau, and Ketchikan, winding up
in Vancouver. From $3,918 from Chicago.
Medieval Rothenberg
June 14-25 2015
If you’re looking for a comprehensive tour of Germany,
this 12-day tour has something for everyone. Enjoy a
day cruise along the castle-crested hills of the Rhine
River and a journey on board a Eurocity Train to the
once-divided Berlin. Visit historic ci es like Cologne,
with its gothic, twin-towered cathedral; Leipzig, and its
Thomaskirche where J.S. Bach once worked; the university town of Heidelberg; or Nuremberg, known for
children’s toys and gingerbread. Traverse the Romanc Road to see medieval Rothenburg and the Bavarian
capital of Munich. Visit the Passion Play town of Oberammergau and learn all about the cuckoo clocks of the
Black Forest. $4,055 from Chicago. ► Lower price!
July 13-25, 2015
Cruise along four fantas c European rivers - the
Moselle, the Rhine, the Main and the Danube - and
see some of the con nent’s oldest and most beau ful
ci es. Spend two nights in Prague and stroll the cobblestone streets around Wenceslaus Square. Sail from
Nuremburg, Germany and visit centuries-old towns
like Bamberg, Wurzburg and Miltenberg along the
Danube and Main Rivers, through the Rhine Gorge and
past the spa town of Boppard, and into the Moselle
Valley reaching Remich, where you will disembark, and
later, catch a high-speed train to Paris for a two-night
stay in the City of Light. From $5,999 w/es-mated air
from Chicago.
For more informa,on, call 800/556-9286 or 608/833-1525; Kathy ext 260; Elaine ext 261; [email protected]
Extended Tours
October 2014 - P 6
About Our Tour Listings
Individual brochures including reserva on forms, complete i neraries
and all terms and condi ons, are
available for each of the extended
tours listed in this newsle er. Call or
email to request a copy. Or, if you
receive the newsle er electronically,
you may simply click on the tour tle
to go directly to the brochure for
that tour. Unless otherwise stated,
the prices shown are complete per
person based on double occupancy,
including accommoda ons, admissions, some meals, taxes and fees,
and the cost of transporta on by
air , motorcoach , train
or ship
Burkhalter Travel
Agency Locations
Any of our terrific tours may also be
booked through our equally terrific
travel agents-call one today!
West Madison:
800/556-9286 or 608/833-5200
6501 Mineral Point Rd
Madison 53705
East Madison:
800/414-7166 or 608/241-7500
615A N Sherman Ave
Madison 53704
888/522-4269 or 608/441-0151
3050 Cahill Main, Fitchburg 53711
800/537-0419 or 608/835-8474
763 N Main, Oregon 53575
Stoughton/Chalet Travel:
800/733-6970 or 608/873-8133
226 S Forrest St, Stoughton 53589
800/660-8359 or 608/356-4999
141 Third Ave, Baraboo 53913
Brookfield/Olson Travel:
800/847-5921 or 262/782-0110
17550 W Bluemound Rd Suite 202
Brookfield 53045
Dubuque/Travel Headquarters:
800/383-0563 or 563/588-3456
2095 John F Kennedy Rd Suite 1
Dubuque, IA 52002
These tours are “on request,” which means the group space we were holding has
or is about to be recalled. Call now to check availability!
February 19-28, 2015
Imagine warm breezes, the scent of
colorful bougainvillea, and the
sound of graceful ocean waves
crashing against an almond sandy
beach. You can experience this paradise for the senses when you visit
the Hawaiian islands. And, you can
take away all the hassles of island
hopping by seeing Hawaii from
onboard your luxurious NCL cruise
ship. This 10-day trip includes two
pre-nights in ocean-view accommoda ons in Honolulu so you have
plenty of me to explore “the gathering place,” including Pearl Harbor, before the start of your cruise.
From just $3,470 from Chicago.
May 1-9, 2015-Small-Ship Adventure
Travel onboard an in mate 38person sailing ship and cruise along
one of the world’s most magnificent coastlines. Weave between
Croa a’s beau ful islands with
gorgeous beaches and historic
towns. Your small vessel is able to
navigate ports, harbors and inlets
that bigger ships could never manage. All meals (including local beer
and wines) and sightseeing are included. Begin in Dubrovnik, the
“Pearl of the Adria c,” stop in the
city of Split, where you can wander
along its seaside promenade, and
more!$3,749-$3,949 from Chicago.
More 2015 Tours
Here are some of the tours we are s-ll preparing for next year:
July: Best of Scandinavia, Alaska’s Best
August: Mari mes of Canada, Legendary Danube, Alaska and the Yukon,
Bonnie Scotland (with the Military Ta oo)
September: Door County Getaway, Best of Italy, In Search of Downton
Abbey (Britain), Gardens of New York (Olbrich)
October: Bohemian Dream, Colors of New England, Albuquerque
Balloon Fiesta, Cruising the Yangtze, New York Weekend
November: Southern California-Queen Mary
For more informa,on, call 800/556-9286 or 608/833-1525; Kathy ext 260; Elaine ext 261; [email protected]
OneOne-Day Tours
P 7 - October 2014
Autumn Adventure in
Green Bay + NE Wisconsin
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 - $111 (L)
Visit Pulaski’s historic church and
enjoy Polish cookies. Stop at a local
greenhouse to take in the fall color
and décor before having lunch at
the beau ful Woodfire Lodge. You’ll
also stop at a local orchard and shop
for autumn-themed giMs at Taylor
Creek in Green Bay.
The Lion King
Milwaukee Theatre
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 $145
This meless classic is the fourth
longest-running produc on in
Broadway history and a family
favorite. Simba’s colorful comingof-age story is enhanced by Julie
Taymor’s groundbreaking staging
and puppetry!
Autumn FesDval CraE Fair
Villa Park, IL
Fri, Nov 21, 2014-$54
This popular craM market features
500+ skilled ar sans and craMspeople from 30 states. There are no
commercial vendors, only handcraMed, American-made items.
Book early if you want this one!
(L)-Lunch included.
A Christmas Story
Fox CiDes PAC, Appleton
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 - $135
This Broadway musical version of
Ralphie’s hilarious story is sure to
entertain you and everyone in your
family. The show is produced in part
by Peter Billingsley, who played
Ralphie in the movie!
Clauson Family’s Christmas
on the Farm
Coloma, WI
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 - $89 (L)
Visit the Clauson Family’s Historic
Barn Theatre for lunch and an aMernoon of unforge able holiday entertainment. The high-energy cast
of talented kids and grown-ups will
knock your socks off!
Holiday Wonderland Express,
Chicago Botanic Garden
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 - $143 (L)
Join members of Olbrich Botanical
Gardens and embark on a magical
adventure to this spectacular winter
wonderland! During the holiday
season, the Garden features
750,000 lights, along with a fantas c
miniature train display that meanders through 80 mini-replicas of
favorite Chicago landmarks. Includes a fun wreath-making demonstra on and holiday lunch buffet.
2014 Holiday
Shopping in
A en on Chicago shoppers:
This year you have two op ons!
On Friday, December 12, op on
#1 will take you to Rosemont,
where you can shop at the new
Fashion Outlets Mall, peruse for
giMs at the Woodfield Mall or
a end the Interna onal Gem and
Jewelry Show at the conven on
center. Your coach will have a
regular route between these
three places, so you can go from
one to the next if you wish.
On Saturday, December 13,
op on #2 is our regular downtown Chicago tour, with rota ng
drop-offs near Water Tower Place
on North Michigan, and near
Macy’s and the Christkindl
Market in the Loop.
Both tours are priced at just
$48 per person.
For more informa,on, call 800/556-9286 or 608/833-1525; Kathy ext 260; Elaine ext 261; [email protected]
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Madison, WI
Permit No. 1968
6501 Mineral Point Rd
Madison, WI 53705
608/833-1525 or 800/556-9286
Elaine Grenzow, ext 261
[email protected]
Kathy Brinkman, ext 260
[email protected]
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Autumn is a second
spring when every
leaf's a flower.
- Albert Camus
October 2014 NewsleIer
Burkhalter Tours At-A-Glance
Extended Tours
Branson Holiday
Sunshine State Getaway
Mekong River Cruise
Tropical Costa Rica
Cruising Hawaii
Alaska’s Iditarod
Death Valley/Vegas
Discover Cuba w/Olbrich
Best of Spain/Portugal ●
Flavors of the South
Civil War: Appoma ox
Castles of the Rhine
Northern Italy/Lake Como ●
Great Trains/Grand Canyons
Cruising the Adria c
Southern Coastal Journey
Shannon to the Thames
From Rome to London
Normandy, Bri any
Cruising the Galapagos
Highlights of Germany
Nov 05-09 on request
Nov 06-13 on request
Jan 11-24 ‘15 on request
Feb 16-24 sold out
Feb 19-28 on request
Mar 02-09 on request
Mar 08-13
Mar 08-19
Mar 10-16
Mar 20-Apr 04
Mar 21-28
Apr 06-14
Apr 06-14
Apr 13-21
Apr 26-May 01
May 01-09 on request
May 06-13
May 12-25
May 16-29
Jun 03-12 new
Jun 13-20 new
Jun 14-25 new
Alaskan Adventure
Best of Scandinavia
Central European Experience
Alaska’s Best
Legendary Danube
Canada’s Mari mes
Alaska + The Yukon
Bonnie Scotland
Best of Italy
Gardens of New York (Olbrich)
Jun 22-Jul 05 new
Jul 10-19
Jul 13-25
Jul 19-29 new
Aug 03-14
Aug 03-13
Aug 04-15
Aug 05-12
Sep 26-Oct 07
Sep 27-Oct 01
One-Day Tours
Autumn Adventure in NE WI
Amazing Grace
The Lion King
Autumn Fes val CraM Fair
A Christmas Story
Clauson Family Christmas
Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Shopping-Rosemont
Chicago Shopping-Downtown
Oct 11
Oct 25 sold out
Nov 06 sold out
Nov 15
Nov 21
Nov 22
Dec 04
Dec 09
Dec 12
Dec 13
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