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For 47 years, Cloud Tours has offered high quality independent tours at competitive and affordable prices. Cloud Tours specializes in Independent Tours & Groups to their European destinations creating unique travel experiences. They recognize the fact that you can select from many tour companies to handle your clients’ travel plans and respect that you have contacted them. Your clients work hard and deserve to have an unforgettable and incredible vacation. Cloud Tours will customize their itinerary to meet your clients’ travel dates, budget, interests and desires – all at affordable rates.  After all, their vacation is for them and about them! Read the rest of this entry »

Anyone who loves the feel of fresh powder under their skis, the bite of frigid air on their cheeks, and the smell of pine in the air will adore St Moritz. This Alpine resort town is the perfect winter getaway to stretch your legs and pump up your adrenaline, all while enjoying some of the most enchanting snow-frosted scenery in Europe. If you’re not looking to burn calories in the snow, then make sure to check out the delicious local gourmet food scene and the intriguing museums and galleries.

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Fraser Island received its name from Captain James Fraser and his wife Eliza, who were shipwrecked off the western coast of the island in 1836. Shortly after their arrival, James died and Eliza was left to live with the native Butchella people until she was rescued by a convict, John Graham.

The island was previously named K’gari by the Butchella people, which translates to “paradise”, due to the sparkling, deep blue freshwater lakes, creeks and sandy white beaches. Fraser Island is a marvel, as it is one of the only places where a rainforest can grow in the sand.

Created by sand drifting from the coast of Australia over thousands of years, Fraser Island is heritage-listed and is considered to be the largest sand island in the world.

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Xiamen Airlines (MF), a proud member of the SkyTeam Alliance since 2012, was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in the city of Xiamen in Fujian Province on the southeast coast of China.  MF operates an all-Boeing fleet of 153 aircraft, with an average age of 4.8 years, one of the youngest in the industry, and carries more than 23 million passengers per year.

From its main bases in Xiamen, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Beijing, Tianjin, and Changsha, Xiamen Airlines operates 4,000 flights per week, serving 78 destinations, including the key cities of Greater China, Southeast Asia, and Northeast Asia.  Intercontinental flights are also offered to Seattle, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Sydney, and Melbourne. Read the rest of this entry »

Kyoto is a fantastic juxtaposition to its sister city of Tokyo: where Tokyo is filled with everything bright, colorful, modern, and electronic, Kyoto has quietly continued to keep its traditions and cultural icons the center of attention in the city. It has its quirks, like every city does, but its love of the simpler joys of life, tea, nature, and beautiful temples, are what truly bring out the best of Kyoto and its people.

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Before social media, the Internet, and cell phones, there was Sky Bird Travel & Tours. With over four decades on the front lines of the travel industry, they’ve forged solid relationships with over 90 major airlines from all over the world. These airline partners trust Sky Bird to pass along their best deals to their community of trusted travel agents. Competitive net fares from Sky Bird Travel & Tours provides financial advantages to travel agents, giving them the ability to offer incredible airfare deals while simultaneously securing higher commissions. Read the rest of this entry »

Crete is one of the many roots of ancient Greece, and a one of the country’s cultural and historical treasures. From museums to ancient ruins to gorgeous natural landmarks, Crete has a site for everyone to immerse themselves in. Between its sun-drenched beaches and its role as the place where mighty Zeus grew up and eventually vanquished his jealous father Cronos, it’s no wonder Crete continues to bring in visitors by the thousands every year.

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Katie Fravel, Founder and CEO of Fravel Travel

KF - Cape Chignecto (1)Born and raised on a dairy farm in Virginia, Katie Fravel always had a sense of adventure, with a love for nature and travel. She began in the travel industry in 2008 working for a ticketing company, followed by a job with a supplier that specialized in the British Isles. At the end of 2013, she embarked on her biggest adventure to date, with the launch of Fravel Travel.

Beginning with just Ireland, Katie would later add Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to her specialties.  These places are known for their gorgeous, natural beauty. They remind her of where she grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, a place where stunning scenery and friendly people are abundant. With Fravel Travel she is able to connect with clients, sharing the places she loves and helping them to plan a memorable getaway. Read the rest of this entry »

SIT Italy was founded in 1999 by Giuseppe Aloi, a native Italian entrepreneur from the southern region of Calabria, with a background in the hotel business and a vision for the future.

Giuseppe, with his Ph.D. in Business, had already traveled extensively when he joined his uncle to operate several Sicilian hotels in the early 90s. His financial knowledge helped boost the business and Giuseppe’s many American friends and acquaintances, from his visits to California, populated the hotels on a regular basis.

As the end of the millennium approached, Americans were flocking to Italy for the superior value, cultural experiences, and magnificent historical sites that the country offered. The trend continued into the 21st century and Giuseppe soon found himself arranging special vacations for travelers who wanted more than a seat in a coach, a more authentic travel experience in his fascinating homeland. Giuseppe’s passion for Italy, combined with a unique understanding of this new tourist, led him to devote all of his time to creating customized programs for the savvy traveler. Read the rest of this entry »

Margaret River is one of Australia’s most lush and fertile winelands. This region in Australia’s west country is still relatively quiet in the tourist circles, which has led to the continued preservation of the area’s many natural features and draws. Among these are the stellar surfing coves, smaller Australian towns full of charm and vigor, and the natural wonders that have developed for thousands, if not millions, of years.

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Cally Papas, President of Cloud Tours, Inc.

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Cally Papas is the President and sole proprietor of Cloud Tours Inc, a tour operator specializing in travel to Europe and the Middle East for over 47 years. Cally’s parents immigrated from Greece to New York City, where she grew up and has lived all her life. She graduated from Queen’s College with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, and from New York University with a Master’s Degree in Teaching English As A Second Language. She never visited Greece until she was a young adult, and once she did her life was never the same! In Greece she fell in love with the country and its people, and discovered a deep passion for travel. Upon returning from her trip, she decided to pursue a career in travel and landed a job at Olympic Airways. Cally began her career with Olympic as a receptionist and ended in the executive position of National Marketing and Sales, the third highest US position in the company. Cloud Tours was one of her accounts, and when the previous owner wanted to retire, Cally seized the opportunity to run her own business and create something new in the world of travel. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning a family vacation can be difficult. Parents want to have a relaxing time and share wonderful experiences with their kids, but finding a destination that appeals to kids and adults alike is harder than it seems… especially if you don’t want to drive all the way to the coast and spend hours in line at a theme park once you get there.

The best solution might be one you hadn’t considered yet: a Colorado adventure vacation at a dude and guest ranch!

Bringing your kids on a family trip to Colorado for a week – or even longer – can be just what you need to get a bit of relaxation, change your perspective, and pull everyone closer. To understand why, here are five things you’ll never hear your kids say while visiting one of Colorado’s dude ranches: Read the rest of this entry »

Book Your Next European Flight with Flybe

Launched in 1979 as Jersey European Airways, Flybe has grown over the years to become the UK and Europe’s largest independent regional carrier, with 218 routes serving 10 countries and operating from a total of 75 departure points – 40 UK and 35 European Airports.

With bases strategically placed around the UK at Southampton, Exeter – where the company has its corporate headquarters – Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen, the carrier offers frequent service to practically all significant population centers in Britain. Major hub cities are Birmingham (BHX) and Manchester (MAN) where flights are scheduled to dovetail into regional and international flight times to allow for seamless connections. Franchise alliances with Loganair and Stobart Air allow Flybe to extend its reach into the Scottish Highlands & Islands and Northern Europe. London is another important city for Flybe, where it uses the smaller, more convenient airports of London City (LCY) and London Southend (SEN). Both are located much closer to central London than LHR or LGW, allowing for easier and quicker commutes to the center of the city. Read the rest of this entry »

While many discoveries and breakthroughs have been made in this scientific treasure trove, Patagonia continues to hold her secrets close. This Argentinian region never stops delighting visitors with its natural wonders, from multiple towering and glistening glaciers, to waddling penguin colonies on the shores, to impassioned experts sharing their knowledge in dedicated spaces. Patagonia inspired awe and myths from the first navigators who set foot here in the 16th century, and she continues to do so today with every new visitor, be it from cruise ship or plane, who disembarks onto her shores.

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On December 10, 1997, the capital of Kazakhstan was officially transferred to the city of Akmola. In line with the Presidential Decree signed on May 6, 1998, Akmola was renamed “Astana”. The new capital was unveiled internationally on June 10, 1998. In 1999, Astana was awarded the title of “The City of Peace” by UNESCO. Since 2000, the capital city of Kazakhstan has been a member of the International Assembly of Capitals and Major Cities. Astana is the northernmost capital city in Asia. At present, the territory of Astana makes up more than 722 square kilometers (279 square miles).  Read the rest of this entry »

headshotMike Melhem Jr. earned a BA from the University of Michigan before working in the Software Industry for several years. He joined CTS in 2001 and has since then supervised the technological side of the business. He spearheaded the transition of CTS from a single offline GDS to a multi-GDS operation with a major online presence, and continues to bring CTS into the technological future. Read the rest of this entry »

Australis is an expedition cruise company that specializes in exploring the “end of the world” — the pristine waterways of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego at the bottom end of South America. Catering to only around 200 passengers maximum, Australis’ ships have undertaken three-, four- and seven-night itineraries between September and April each year. Their voyages sail between Punta Arenas (Chile) and Ushuaia (Argentina) along the Strait of Magellan, the Beagle Channel, and other legendary passages, including many locations where few other cruise ships venture.

During their 25 years of sailing through the region, Australis has had the privilege to introduce more than 100,000 travelers to the glaciers, fjords, sub-polar forests, and amazing marine and terrestrial wildlife of Patagonia. Read the rest of this entry »

American Cruise Lines is the largest U.S. river cruise company and operator of the newest fleet of river cruise ships in the United States. It offers more than 35 itineraries ranging from 5 to 22 days in length, with destinations around the country including the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New England, the Southeast, and the entire Mississippi River system. The line has been continuously recognized for providing superb service to guests and travel agents before, during, and after a cruise to create a seamless and personalized experience.

American Cruise Lines’ small ship design creates an intimate atmosphere for guests looking to receive the attentive and personalized service that is hallmark to the brand. The line boasts spaciously large and comfortable staterooms, most between 300 and 600 square feet, and feature roomy bathrooms, large opening picture windows, and private balconies. World-renowned chefs prepare traditional American and regionally inspired cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. Read the rest of this entry »

Cienfuegos is not easily cowed by the popularity of her sisters, Havana and Trinidad; she has a unique identity and flavor all her own. Thanks to a hint of French thrown into the usual Cuban cultural suspects of Spanish colonial and South American influences, Cienfuegos stands apart from the rest on this warm island. From truly breathtaking architecture to a stroll through Cuban culture, Cienfuegos has as much to offer visitors as Cuba’s larger metropolises, if not more.

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Sharon-Flax-Brutus_0996-Crop-Web[1]Veteran tourism professional Sharon Flax-Brutus is the Director of Tourism for the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board, a statutory body serving as the guiding unit for the development, marketing and promotion of the destination’s image, tourism product, and training.

Sharon Flax-Brutus’ confirmation to one of the Government’s top economic pillars is characteristic of her 30 plus years of experience garnered from working in diversified posts within the tourism industry in the British Virgin Islands, the Caribbean region and the United States. 

Sharon has achieved notable accomplishments as the Director of Tourism that have been pivotal in strengthening and developing partnerships within the tourism sector regionally and internationally. Her portfolio includes sustainable and economic development initiatives along with the teaching and implementation of green practices for the accommodations sector; industry training and varied interactive tourism education programmes for youth interested in hospitality, culinary and tourism careers; the BVI became a member country of the International Institute for Peace. Read the rest of this entry »

Why choose Yampu Tours when there are so many other competent travel companies that are eager to plan your itinerary?

We know the culture; we know the people.

You’ll find the Yampu Difference throughout your journey. Yampu Tours is dedicated to international travel, which departs from mainstream tourism and seeks to create personalized experiences for our clients.   We don’t like unwelcome surprises… and we’re betting that you don’t, either.

Yampu Tours includes everything you need for your journey– and we often incorporate components that you didn’t know you needed. We’re specialists with extensive experience and are alert to what you’ll need for a flawless, immersive experience. And we put your mind at ease by making sure your luggage is safe and sound at your destination, so you can blissfully hike or head to one location, while your luggage needs to be somewhere else. We’ll make sure your belongings are waiting for you.

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