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Press Releases

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Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
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Gateway Destinations Introduces Spring and Summer Through European Festivities

Tucson, Arizona – March 27, 2013

Traveling to Europe in the spring and summer months is always exciting because tourists have the opportunity to experience varied cultures through celebrating and observing their traditional festivities. Travel Specialist, Gateway Destinations urges its clients to experience one of the many scheduled festivals this spring and summer 2013.

Europe is renowned for its rich cultural traditions and the festivals honoring those traditions. Midsummer’s Eve is a Scandinavian tradition honoring the summer solstice, when the sun is at its most powerful. This year it begins June 21, 2013 and includes traditional song and dance, the raising of the Maypole and great traditional foods and drink like pickled or smoked herring, and schnapps. The Spanish observe La Feria De Abril (April Fair), which has been a long standing celebration that takes place two weeks after Easter and lasts approximately a week. Travelers can expect to enjoy late nights that include traditional costume, flamenco dancing, horseback processions, and amusement park and bullfighting. This celebration is so popular it can draw close to a million people throughout the week! And don’t forget the daring Festival of San Fermin or Running of the Bulls in July, a Spanish Basque favorite. The Swiss celebrate the onset of spring with fun and colorful parades, with participants adorning traditional as well as innovative costumes.

Hundreds of music festivals can be found in Europe throughout the spring and summer months, but there is more than just music that brings people together. Art festivals including the infamous Cannes International Film Festival located draws huge crowds to this scenic and exclusive coastal area of the French Rivera. Greece boasts one of the most famous theatrical events in Europe, extending from June into August. Each performance is held at an ancient theatre, including the theatre of Delphi and the 2,000 year old Odeon of Herodes Atticus. For the elitists, the Bayreuth Festival in Germany offers exquisite performances of operas composed by Richard Wagner. This festival has been taking place since 1876 and tickets are exceptionally hard to come by, expect about a six to eight year waiting list!

For travelers that are interested in the beauty of native horticulture, spring and summer in Europe offers travelers an exceptional display of flowers. The Netherlands are famous for its tulips and hosts a spectacular tulip festival each year – from April 18 to May 5 in 2013. Feast your eyes on more than 2,000 varieties of tulips during the garden show, take a carriage ride, and enjoy local dining along the way. April is also a great month to travel to France to experience the beauty of pink and white cherry blossoms that are scattered throughout the city of Paris. Provence, France is home to stunning fields of lavender that start to bloom in June and can last into late September.

For further information on events and festivals in Europe this spring and summer, contact Jan Acorn with Gateway Destinations, 520-529-1242. You may also visit their website at http://www.gateway-destinations.com.

About Gateway Destinations
Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations, specializing in Europe. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, primarily guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Travel Specialist, Gateway Destinations, Reveals How to Protect Travelers Driving Abroad

Tucson, Arizona – March 21, 2013

Driving abroad can be fun yet sometimes stressful, and knowing important rules and regulations for each country can be difficult. Gateway Destinations prides itself on creating unforgettable dream vacations to Europe and beyond by preparing comprehensive travel documents before departure and educating clients on proper requirements. Travel Specialist, Jan Acorn, reveals how acquiring something as simple as an International Driving Permit, can assist in a worry-free journey.

According to the National Automobile Club, an International Driving Permit (IDP) provides an official translation of your U.S. driver’s license into nine foreign languages and is acknowledged as valid identification in 174 countries around the world. Obtaining an IDP will help travelers communicate with foreign law enforcement, alleviating suspicions of forgery or possible detainment to investigate the validity of the identification.

“I love to drive in the countryside and small towns in Europe, but having an International Driving Permit makes smart sense to me. It gives me added peace of mind in case something should happen on the road,” suggests Gateway Destinations’ owner, Jan Acorn.

Is the International Driving Permit necessary? Most countries do not require travelers to carry a permit, but it is beneficial to obtain one as a U.S. driver’s license is not a valid international form of identification. Laws in both Italy and Greece require foreign drivers to carry an IDP; however, it is not always a material requirement for car rentals. Countries such as Brazil and Uruguay do not recognize the International Driving Permit. Travelers are advised to check each country’s regulations prior to departure to help ensure a hassle-free adventure.

There are only two organizations authorized to issue an International Driving Permit: the National Automobile Club and the American Automobile Association (AAA). Obtaining an IDP is simple. It costs $15, plus shipping and handling and is valid for a year from the issue date. Travelers must:
• Be 18 years of age or older
• Fill out an application (found online at the above mentioned companies)
• Have a valid U.S. license
• Supply two passport photos

For further information about International Driving Permits, contact Jan Acorn with Gateway Destinations, 520-529-1242. You may also visit their website at http://www.gateway-destinations.com.

About Gateway Destinations
Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations, specializing in Europe. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, primarily guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Gateway Destinations Promotes Protecting Your Vacation Investment By Purchasing Travel Insurance

Tucson, Arizona – February 25, 2013

Vacations can be a significant financial investment which is why Gateway Destinations informs clients about the benefits of travel insurance to protect their investment, especially when traveling to foreign destinations where personal medical insurance typically does not cover, and Medicare does not. “Remember the slogan – Don’t leave home without it? This is particularly true for vacations. I have seen too many instances where my clients experienced an unexpected event – a missed flight due to weather, illness or injury causing a trip to a local doctor, car accident before leaving home, and a broken bone or sprained ankle due to tripping to name a few – and it was a relief knowing that they had adequate protection to cover the expense and an easy way to handle the situation while traveling” states Jan Acorn, owner of Gateway Destinations.

Travel insurance is primarily intended to cover emergency medical needs while traveling and reimbursement for non-refundable, pre-paid expenses when a trip has to be cancelled or cut short due to covered illness or injury, but often includes other benefits such as lost baggage or a missed flight connection. Insurance companies offer several travel plans to better suit every vacationer’s needs. Premiums vary depending on factors such as cost of the trip, length of the trip, and the traveler’s age or pre-existing conditions.

“It gave me such peace of mind knowing that we had travel insurance when my mother fell and broke her hip in Spain on the second day of our family vacation. We called their international phone number and they helped us make all the arrangements to transport her back to Barcelona to have surgery. It would have been a financial nightmare to not have travel insurance,” recounts one of Gateway Destinations’ clients.

As a custom vacation planner, Gateway Destinations also encourages travelers to do some research with their existing medical coverage. Some credit card and personal health insurance companies may provide some benefits while traveling; however, they may be too limited to provide adequate protection. Knowing the benefits of existing coverage will help vacationers decide what level of travel insurance to purchase, as well as which policy inclusions are needed.

For further information about travel protection coverage, contact Jan Acorn with Gateway Destinations, 520-529-1242. You may also visit their website at http://www.gateway-destinations.com.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations, specializing in Europe. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, specializing in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Gateway Destinations Reveals How Vacation Photo Albums Have Transformed Through Technology

Tucson, Arizona – January 31, 2013

Traditionally, vacation photo albums or scrapbooks are created after endless hours of compiling photos. The enjoyment of reflecting on the photos is often short-lived as albums are quickly forgotten once placed on a shelf. Physically sharing photos with friends and loved ones often proves difficult because of distance. The internet has dramatically transformed the ability to share savored memories with ease, and in a number of creative ways.

Websites such as Snapfish, Picasa and even Walgreens offer quick and easy photo sharing and album creation from home with a few computer clicks. Photos can be organized by trip, date, destination, event, or genre. Each album can be customized with features such as borders, color preferences, comments, and graphics, resulting in a virtual version or traditional bound album. Additionally, these companies allow for further creative use of photos such as calendars, coffee mug, mouse pads, and other merchandise.

Gateway Destinations introduces MyTravelSite, as an additional way to record precious vacation memories. This free and unique electronic platform is used as a personalized travel website to capture unforgettable moments. Share photos and blog with family and friends via email and social media. Features of the website include:

• Upload photos
• Blog in real time
• Create a travel wish list
• Categorize content by trip
• Search for travel information
• Track your travels worldwide on a map

“My family members have vicariously experienced my travels through the use of MyTravelSite. They can read about my adventures before I even return home,” shared Jan Acorn, owner of Gateway Destinations. Check out Jan’s personal travel website at http://www.MyTravelSite.com/GatewayDestinations ; follow the simple instructions to create a unique travel blog free of charge!

For further information or questions contact Jan Acorn with Gateway Destinations, 520-529-1242. You may also visit their website at http://www.gateway-destinations.com.

About Gateway Destinations
Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, specializing in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Gateway Destinations Introduces Air Travel Tips for the Physically Disabled

Tucson, Arizona – January 30, 2013

Air travel can be stressful due to the large number of travelers and increased security, but it can be especially frustrating for passengers with physical disabilities. Gateway Destinations has compiled some information to help make flying smoother and more relaxing for travelers with special needs, disabilities, and health conditions.

According to the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 (ACAA), airlines are prohibited to discriminate on the basis of disability and in 2000, the ACAA was further expanded to include foreign airlines that operate within the United States. Following these guidelines, airports should provide services such as:

• Access to parking near the terminal
• Accessible restrooms and drinking fountains
• Medical aid station
• Specific accommodations as needed on an individual basis

Travelers with disabilities may, but are not required to, notify an airline in advance of their intention to travel; however, certain accommodations that require preparation (i.e. using medical oxygen on the plane, connecting to a respirator, etc.) may require 48-hour notification. If passengers opt for aid, specific needs can be arranged while booking the flight or during check-in. Assistance can include seating arrangements on the plane, transportation via wheelchair to/from terminals, and help with baggage collection.

Medical equipment such as crutches, wheelchairs, and canes are all approved equipment to take onboard the plane following security clearance. The flight crew will help stow the equipment in a TSA approved location for the duration of the flight. Medical equipment that must be stowed in the belly of the plane, such as motorized wheelchairs/scooters, take priority over all luggage and they are not counted against the passengers checked luggage.

Please visit the Transportation Security Administration(TSA) website, which includes a list of links that describe what passengers with different disabilities and medical conditions should expect when being screened at the airport. Passengers can also download a Disability Notification Card for Air Travel to help notify airport officials of a specific medical condition.

For further information or questions contact Jan Acorn with Gateway Destinations, 520-529-1242. You may also visit their website at http://www.gateway-destinations.com.

About Gateway Destinations
Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, specializing in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Gateway Destinations Empowers Women Through Launch of Chairwoman’s Circle

Tucson, Arizona – December 18, 2012

Jan Acorn, owner of Gateway Destinations, serves on the board of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Tucson Chapter and has been a member for over five years. She is very excited to announce the creation of the the Chairwoman’s Circle, an elevated membership level of NAWBO.

The re-design of the Chairwoman’s Circle membership structure was led by Jan Acorn and recently introduced to the Tucson chapter. Its mission is to provide a professional forum where established NAWBO members and executive managers can actively and confidentially exchange ideas and discuss business methods and concerns to advance their skills and promote their effectiveness as leaders in their respective businesses. Small and non-competitive discussion groups (maximum 10 women) allow for active interaction and networking opportunities and confidentiality.

“Since promoting personal growth for women through travel has been a large part of what we offer through Gateway Destinations, I felt strongly that my NAWBO organization needed to provide opportunities and experiences for its members to foster continued personal and professional growth” commented Jan Acorn, the Tucson Chapter’s Board Liaison for the Chairwoman’s Circle. “Similar to the experience women have on our women-only tours in Europe, members of the Chairwoman’s Circle form deep bonds with other like-minded women through dialogue and share experiences in a fun and safe environment” she added.

For further information about Gateway Destinations, contact Jan Acorn, 520-529-1242. You may also visit their website at http://www.gateway-destinations.com.

About Gateway Destinations
Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, specializing in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Gateway Destinations is Excited to Present the Ultimate Yoga Bliss in Costa Rica

Tucson, Arizona – December 4, 2012

Gateway Destinations teams up with Kim Bowens of Self-Centered Yoga & Fitness to present Ultimate Yoga Bliss in Costa Rica.

The beaches of Tango Mar, Costa Rica supply guests with a tranquil location to rejuvenate the Mind, Body, and Spirit. Travelers will spend several hours of their day with a private yoga instructor practicing meditation, mantra and traditional movements that help transform their inner Self. Guided self-care techniques assist guests in achieving additional stress-coping mechanisms.

The relaxation continues as guests explore the lush tropics of Costa Rica. A trip to the Cuvu Biological Reserve offers travelers an adventurous hike, exotic animals, and surf lessons. A gourmet chef gives guests a lesson in creating fresh meals that will nourish the body and vitalize the mind, giving travelers the ingredients to complete one’s transformation.

For further information about the Ultimate Yoga Bliss in Costa Rica and other specialty tours, contact Jan Acorn with Gateway Destinations, 520-529-1242. You may also visit their website at http://www.gateway-destinations.com.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, specializing in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Gateway Destinations Prepares To Discover The French Basque Region

Tucson, Arizona – November 26, 2012

Gateway Destinations is preparing for the upcoming travels that 2013 will bring! Dates for the Pays Basque & French Pyrénées women-only tour have been finalized and owner, Jan Acorn, is looking forward to personally escorting a small group of ladies through this unique southwest region of France.

The Basque region, tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrénées Mountains, is enchantingly different from other parts of France. Travelers will discover structures of white facades with dark wood accents that are the traditional architecture dating back to the 17th and 18th century. Shopping treasures such as colorful local linens can be found in the charming coastal city of St. Jean de Luz, made famous by the marriage of Louis XIV and Maria Teresa in 1660. The rich history of this region continues when visitors explore Biarritz where Napoleon III and his Spanish wife Empress Eugenie built their palace, today a luxurious beachfront hotel.

This fascinating journey continues eastward to the Pyrénées Mountains which is full of history, culture and lush mountainous landscapes. This region boasts prehistoric caves, natural hot springs, mysterious Templar villages and the infamous pilgrimage site of Lourdes. A personal chef will educate travelers about France’s full-bodied regional gastronomy such as foie gras and local cheeses during an informal and interactive cooking class.

“My first visit to the Basque region of France opened my eyes to another dimension of France that I had only dreamed about” mentions Gateway owner, Jan Acorn. “It has a unique charm with different foods, architecture and people that I love to introduce to others, guests rave about the cooking class in the chocolate museum in Biarritz.”

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations, specializing in Europe. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, specializing in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Jan Acorn of Gateway Destinations Earns the Luxury Travel Specialist Designation from The Travel Institute

Tucson, Arizona – October 31, 2012

Jan Acorn, CTA of Gateway Destinations, in Tucson recently earned the Luxury Travel Specialist designation from The Travel Institute. Each of The Institute’s lifestyle programs covers the special aspects that make each of the Specialist designations unique, including special terminology, special travel considerations, and preferred destinations for a number of niche travel markets. The comprehensive, thorough curriculum and subsequent testing for the Luxury Travel Lifestyle designation assures that Jan is well equipped with the knowledge necessary to create unforgettable, customized vacations for her more discriminating travelers.

Early in her travel consulting career, Jan Acorn began designing luxury vacations to Europe, so pursuing this designation was a natural extension of her work. During this span of nearly six years, she has created a variety of tailor-made experiences for couples, families, small groups and honeymooners. Jan prides herself in providing what she refers to as “affordable luxury” vacations, which is possible by working with a number of hand-picked and vetted suppliers. As Jan states, “I love traveling to Europe and hope to live there part-time one day. I always explore a new area on each visit and am always excited to share my findings with my clients.” Gateway Destinations, located in Tucson, Arizona, also designs and escorts small group tours to Europe, specializing in guided tours for women.

For nearly 50 years, The Travel Institute has been serving as a community of knowledge and insight for all travel professionals. Through innovative educational opportunities, professional certification programs, and customized learning solutions, the Institute fulfills its non-profit mission to promote a standard of industry knowledge, professionalism and excellence. For more information about The Travel Institute, visit http://www.thetravelinstitute.com or call 800.542.4282.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, specializing in guided tours for women. For more information, please visit http://www.gateway-destinations.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Jan Acorn of Gateway Destinations Earns the Languedoc-Roussillion Lifestyle Specialist Designation from The Travel Institute

Tucson, Arizona – October 30, 2012

Jan Acorn, CTA of Gateway Destinations, in Tucson recently earned the Languedoc-Roussillion Lifestyle Specialist (LS) designation from The Travel Institute. Each of The Institute’s lifestyle programs covers the special aspects that make each of the Specialist designations unique, including special terminology, special travel considerations, and preferred destinations for a number of niche travel markets. The comprehensive, thorough curriculum and subsequent testing for the Languedoc-Roussillion Lifestyle designation assures that Jan is well equipped with the knowledge necessary to create memorable vacations to this area of France for travelers.

Jan Acorn has been a travel counselor for over five years, and has sent hundreds of clients on memorable vacation experiences. She chose to specialize in Languedoc-Roussillion to expand her knowledge of France as she personally loves to visit there frequently and enjoys sharing her findings with clients. Gateway Destinations, located in Tucson, Arizona, also creates customized itineraries and escorts small group tours to Europe, specializing in guided tours for women.

For nearly 50 years, The Travel Institute has been serving as a community of knowledge and insight for all travel professionals. Through innovative educational opportunities, professional certification programs, and customized learning solutions, the Institute fulfills its non-profit mission to promote a standard of industry knowledge, professionalism and excellence. For more information about The Travel Institute, visit http://www.thetravelinstitute.com or call 800.542.4282.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations, and specializes in small-group guided tours in Europe. For more information, visit http://www.gateway-destinations.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Gateway Destinations Announces New Industry Certification

Tucson, Arizona – September 30, 2012

Travelers have a multitude of options when it comes to deciding how and where to purchase travel. A knowledgeable travel consultant can simplify this process. Although it is not a requirement, continued education is important for travel agents to maintain an edge, creating unique and one-of-a-kind travel experiences for their clients. Gateway Destinations announces that owner Jan Acorn has attained the Certified Travel Associate (CTA) distinction from the The Travel Institute. This certification is well recognized by peers and suppliers within the travel industry.

“I feel it’s vital to stay abreast of the latest in destination and supplier product information to best serve my clients. I also feel it’s important to continually look at ways to best communicate with my clients and deliver the information and the service they need. As a result, I take advantage of the numerous webinars that are available in the industry, regularly read pertinent publications and make first-hand visits. I view attaining my CTA as a step in continuing to expand my knowledge and client recognition in the industry.”

Gateway Destinations takes pride in always striving to create extraordinary adventures that are beyond client expectations. Whether it is a boutique hotel or local bilingual guide, Jan is always searching for new and exceptional suppliers. Much of that research is done in person. For example, she will be departing October 8, 2012 for southern France where she will spend six days exploring historical sites, vineyards, hotels, restaurants and more, as well as visiting local tourist boards.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, specializing in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Themed Vacations Reveal New Travel Ideas For Seasoned Travelers

Tucson, Arizona – September 26, 2012

Themed travel tours offer travelers a new way to relish their vacations and create deeper, lasting memories. Whether it is practicing yoga in India or learning to cook exquisite regional cuisine in Provence, Americans are now indulging their favorite hobbies or exploring new interests through highly specialized vacations.

Bicycling may be an avid passion for many, but peddling through unknown lands or following the paths of the infamous athletes of the Tour de France may take it to new heights. Listening to an opera while sitting in an ancient amphitheatre in Europe may add a dimension of richness to a favorite classic never before imagined. Or perhaps a journey to discover the origins of religion will deepen one’s faith? Travel now offers an expanding number of options to satisfy even the most curious and well-traveled voyager.

Gateway Destinations responds to this demand by offering themed tours such as an all-inclusive barge cruise that introduces travelers to the beautiful Bordeaux wine region of France; a delectable culinary exploration and spa indulgence for women-only in the Chianti region of Italy; and an intimate journey into the French Basque region to discover the foods, traditions, history and scenic beauty of this less-traveled area to name a few. Ideas are endless, which is why Gateway Destinations also creates custom journeys to fit a variety of interests and passions!

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, specializing in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Gateway Destinations Offers Holiday Travel Tips

Tucson, Arizona – August 30, 2012

With the holiday season fast approaching, traveling can be stressful if you are not organized and plan ahead. Gateway Destinations is pleased to share a few travel tips that can help alleviate the stress and guarantee a smooth, enjoyable holiday vacation!

Preparation – Planning ahead is a big key to traveling as stress-free as possible. Begin by planning your trip at your earliest convenience. This will help ensure lower airfare, a preferred airline schedule and desired accommodations. Short on time or ideas? Contact a travel consultant as they can prepare everything for you including flights, car rentals, hotel, excursions, etc. They will also organize all of your travel documents for you, creating peace of mind and a more stress-free travel experience.

Give yourself time – Winter weather can create havoc and cause delays during holiday travel. Allow yourself more time to get to the airport and for connections than you normally would. In states with icy or snowy conditions, allowing plenty of time will help make certain you get to the airport with enough time to check in and proceed through security as airports are busier with increased numbers of travelers. If possible, try to avoid flight connections in cities that often have snow and icy conditions.

Gifts – During Christmas and Hanukah, it is important to remember to pack your gifts unwrapped! Security personnel will often remove and unwrap the gifts for further inspection. Although this high level of security is to ensure the safety of all passengers, it may delay your travel plans and disturb your nicely-wrapped gifts.

Do research – If you are traveling with children, it is recommended that you learn the car safety seat requirements for the area being visited. Obtaining the necessary safety equipment in another state is far easier than in another country, so plan in advance. Laws vary widely by country. There are helpful websites such as Child Car Seats where you can read about the requirements for all countries.

For further Holiday Travel information, contact Jan Acorn with Gateway Destinations, 888-429-1242. You may also visit their website at www.gateway-destinations.com.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, specializing in escorted tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Gateway Destinations Adds River Cruising to Their Women-Only Tour Options!

Tucson, Arizona – August 23, 2012

Gateway Destinations is excited to announce a new women-only cruisetour on the beautiful 150-passenger AmaLegro for its new Paris and Normandy itinerary. This journey begins with a 7-nights’ cruise relishing the scenic countryside and exploring intriguing ports along the Seine River in the Normandy region. A grand finale to this adventure includes three days of “designed for women-only” activities in Paris, the magical “City of Lights.”

Guests will board the ship in Paris to spend an amazing seven nights on this all-inclusive river cruise where gourmet dining, ship-wide Wi-Fi, beer or wine with dinner, shore excursions in every port, and the use of bicycles await them on a complimentary basis. Passengers will enjoy rich history and scenic beauty in this northwest region of France through excursions to venues including Giverny – former home of notable artist Claude Monet, a visit to the Normandy WWII beaches, and the Auberge Ravoux or the “Home of Van Gogh” to name a few.

“Having traveled to Paris numerous times, I love sharing the highlights and secrets of this beautiful city with others,” states Jan Acorn, owner of Gateway Destinations and escort for this tour. She continues by saying “AmaWaterways is truly a premier leader in the river cruise industry and I am excited to partner with them as they introduce their Normandy itinerary.”

This cruisetour designed specifically for women, begins on September 27, 2013 and is limited to 10 guests. A minimum of only four ladies is required to guarantee departure for the 2-night Paris extension. In collaboration with AmaWaterways, Gateway Destinations is offering a time-sensitive promotion for this 10-day cruisetour until August 31, 2012 at a very special introductory price of only $3695.00 per person (based on double occupancy). An upgrade to a French balcony cabin is available for an additional $350.00 per person. Single occupancy is available and begins at an additional $1100.00 per person, based on selected cabin category.

For further information about the Paris and Normandy Cruise and other women-only tours, contact Jan Acorn with Gateway Destinations, 520-529-1242. You may also visit their website at www.gateway-destinations.com.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, specializing in escorted tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Gateway Destinations Launches New Website

Tucson, Arizona – August 1, 2012

Gateway Destinations is delighted to announce the launch of their totally redesigned travel website, viewable at http://www.gateway-destinations.com. The website welcomes guests with a unique European feel, ease of use and travel related multi-media to engage visitors in exploring travel ideas.

The new site provides visitors with an abundance of complimentary travel resource information including travel tips, a travel checklist, and the opportunity for each visitor to create their own travel website to share their memories with family and friends and even request vacation information to be sent to them based on personal preferences. If you are planning a customized vacation, you can also schedule a free 15-minute consultation by phone.

“I love how I can almost feel myself on vacation when visiting Gateway Destinations’ new website,” commented Janell Jellison of Tucson, Arizona. “It is much easier to search for information and I like how informative the drop-down listings are. It’s also great to learn that they can plan family vacations, from family heritage trips in Europe to spectacular Disney adventures and everything in between.”

Gateway Destinations’ new website is ideal for couples wanting to explore luxurious customized honeymoon vacations, solo female travelers seeking safe, fun travel with other like-minded women, families (including intergenerational family groups), couples and friends traveling together in small groups. From river, ocean, barge or private yacht cruises to escorted land tours, and their specialty of customized independent journeys, Gateway’s new website simplifies your travel search.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, specializing in escorted tours for women.

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Luxury Train Travel, a Step Back in Time

Tucson, Arizona – July 12, 2012

Train travel is being revitalized with exciting new luxury train options by offering vacationers a unique and nostalgic way to travel. Elegant yet vintage décor draws passengers back to a pastime when locomotives were the main form of transportation.

With gas prices increasing, luxury train travel has become a viable and creative way for more people to travel. Passengers have the opportunity to travel through lush, beautiful sceneries that are overlooked by flying, and can relax and spend more quality time together without the hassles and stress of driving. Often thought of as only for the wealthy, more options have become available which fits more travel budgets.

“Our train trip on the Rocky Mountaineer was first class in every way. My wife and I were delighted to discover this new way to vacation as it was a relaxing and comfortable way to enjoy the scenery of this beautiful area of Canada,” offered Jim Susa of Tucson, Arizona.

Luxury trains cover short and long distances and are available on every continent. They range from a scenic one-day ride in New Zealand to covering 6000 miles through Europe to Asia through Siberia. Well-known companies such as the Orient-Express and Royal Scotsman may be familiar to many, but there are a number of other luxury trains as well serving destinations such as South Africa, India, China and beyond. Onboard amenities often include luxurious sleeper cabins, gourmet dining served in elegant settings, 24-hour steward service, en suite washrooms, international electrical sockets, and spa and fitness centers.

For further information about Luxury Train Travel, or other custom tours, contact Jan Acorn with Gateway Destinations, 520-529-1242. You may also visit their website at http://www.gateway-destinations.com.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, specializing in women-only travel.

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CONTACT:
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Gateway Destinations Presents A Cruise Vacation To Be Thankful For

Tucson, Arizona – June 29, 2012

Gateway Destinations, in partnership with award winning AmaWaterways, is excited to celebrate the end of the autumn river cruise season in Europe by offering HALF OFF an amazing Thanksgiving Cruise! The merriment begins November 21, 2012 in Nuremburg, Germany and ends in Amsterdam, Netherlands on November 28th. Passengers can also choose an optional 3-night extension in Prague prior to the cruise, which includes transportation from the hotel to the ship.

This all-inclusive luxury cruise delivers premium dining including wine with dinner, daily onshore excursions, free Wi-Fi, and the use of bicycles to explore on your own. This 150-passenger ship boasts an outdoor whirlpool tub, fitness room with sauna, spa services with massage and hair salon, and lounge with bar. Travelers will experience the change of seasons of spectacular German landscapes throughout Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia while immersing themselves in the local buzz created during preparation of the Christmas markets.

“I had the delightful pleasure of cruising with AmaWaterways in southern Germany about this same time last year, and was awestruck with the beauty and charm of this region. I also gained a new appreciation for German wines!” recalls Jan Acorn, owner of Gateway Destinations. Jan continues by saying “It was exciting to see all the small towns and villages preparing for the Christmas markets. AmaWaterways was top notch in every way – from food, service, friendliness and comfort.”

For further information about this special Thanksgiving Cruise, or other custom tours, contact Jan Acorn with Gateway Destinations, 888-429-1242. You may also visit their website at http://www.gateway-destinations.com.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, specializing in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
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Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
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Generational Families Take Flight Together

Tucson, Arizona – May 30, 2012

Multi-generational travel is a flourishing trend, announces Gateway Destinations. According to the U.S. Travel Industry Association, it has been estimated that at least 5 million family vacations a year in the United States span three generations.

The Baby Boomers are the driving force behind multi-generational travel. Boomers are healthier, more affluent, living longer than past generations, more educated, and more accustomed to traveling. According to U.S. Trust, they are less concerned with leaving an inheritance, which means Boomers have more disposable income to spend on funding unforgettable family vacations. In short, they value creating memories more than leaving a tangible legacy.

Whether it is to celebrate a milestone birthday, anniversary or wedding or to simply unite the family for precious family time, multi-generational vacations bring together extended families, allowing grandparents to educate loved ones about their rich heritage and sharing new enriching experiences with their children and grandchildren. Adventures such as an African safari, beautiful beach destination, Alaska Cruise, trekking Machu Picchu, or tracing family roots in Europe are sure to excite each generation.

For further information about a Gateway custom tour that best fits your family, contact Jan Acorn with Gateway Destinations, 888-429-1242. You may also visit their website at www.gateway-destinations.com/custom-tour.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC, provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations, specializing in travel to Europe. In addition, Gateway creates custom small group tours (escorted or unescorted) and specializes in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
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www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

French Basque Country – Europe’s Gateway to the Route to Santiago

Tucson, Arizona – May 3, 2012

Gateway Destinations re-introduces a women-only guided tour to the Basque region of southwestern France. Visit the church where King Louis XIV of France married Maria-Teresa of Spain, a delicious chocolate museum and unusual seaside castle. Explore the inviting surrounding countryside, full of charming villages, sheep farms and hostels where pilgrims cluster along two pilgrimage routes traversing the French Basque region.

See modern-day pilgrims follow the Santiago route in St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France’s gateway in the Pyrenees Mountains to Spain. Another French pilgrim route meanders along the Atlantic Coast into Spain as it makes its way to the church in Santiago, Spain. Most pilgrims do this journey on foot, while others ride horses, bicycles or drive along the route.

“Come to the Basque country to experience another side of France,” suggests Eric, local bilingual guide for Gateway Destinations. He continues by saying, “This part of France is rich in history but often overlooked by American tourists, which is a missed opportunity.”

Jan Acorn, owner/operator of Gateway Destinations, is committed to seeking destinations for its clients that are unique and incorporate off-the-beaten path experiences. This tour, designed especially for women, is distinctive in style and will introduce guests to a lesser-known area to Americans

For further information about Gateway’s Pays Basque & French Pyrenees tour, or other custom tours, contact Jan Acorn with Gateway Destinations, 888-429-1242. You may also visit their website at www.gateway-destinations.com.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC, provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations, specializing in travel to Europe. In addition, Gateway creates custom small group tours (escorted or unescorted) and specializes in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

The World of Disney Explores Alaska

Tucson, Arizona – March 30, 2012

Canada and New England, Panama Canal and the Mexican Riviera as well. Tucson-based travel planner Gateway Destinations is pleased to announce Disney Cruise Line® destination of Alaska!

Disney Cruise Line® offers several 7-day sailings to Alaska from Seattle, WA in 2012, and Seattle or Vancouver, Canada in 2013. At each port of call, cruisers will have the opportunity to see incredible sights such as the Twin Sawyer Glaciers, ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, see the largest collection of 19th century totem poles, as well as visiting the state’s capital, Juneau. Travelers can opt for additional exploration choices through a wide variety of exciting Port Adventures.

Alaska is the perfect destination for a family vacation, and Disney Cruise Line® offers something for family members of all ages. In addition to an endless choice of children’s activities, Disney offers extensive adult-only activities including dining, spa, pool, theater show and nightclub and lounge options. As a result, cruising with Disney is the ideal way to travel for inter-generational groups.

For further information about Disney Cruise Line® to Alaska or other cruise options, contact Jan Acorn, Travel Consultant and owner of Gateway Destinations, 888-429-1242. You may also visit their website at www.gateway-destinations.com.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC, affiliated with Signature Travel Network, provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations, specializing in Europe. In addition, Gateway creates custom theme-based tours, including guided tours for women.

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Relax…Gateway Destinations Makes Honeymoon Planning Easy

Tucson, Arizona – February 29, 2012

Gateway Destinations has expanded their services to now include Honeymoons! Planning a wedding can be hectic enough. Don’t let the honeymoon add to that stress. Gateway Destinations makes it easy for couples to design their dream honeymoon vacation. Each package is completely customizable to suit the desires and budget of each couple. Couples can even register their honeymoon as a gift idea for their guests.

Have you been dreaming of a romantic getaway in the City of Lights? Perhaps an adventurous trek through the magical mountains of Peru? Or maybe a secluded hideaway in the Caribbean? Gateway Destinations can now bring those dreams alive! Whether it is taking your destination idea and fine-tuning it to reward you with the best results, or introducing new and creative ideas for this important journey, Gateway Destinations can make planning your honeymoon fun and stress-free

“Our honeymoon in Italy was everything we hoped for and more,” reflected Rick and Danielle from Indiana. “We enjoyed every minute of our custom honeymoon itinerary – beginning with our scenic seaplane flight leading to a romantic and delicious waterfront gourmet lunch on Lake Como, to our luxurious stay at Le Sireneuse on the Almalfi Coast, and everything in between.”

Jan Acorn, owner/operator of Gateway Destinations, is dedicated to helping clients experience extraordinary travel, and honeymoons are no exception. Clients are equipped with comprehensive and easy-to-follow travel documents to allow for smooth, hassle-free travel.

For further information about Honeymoons, or other custom tours, contact Jan Acorn with Gateway Destinations, 520-529-1242. You may also visit their website at www.gateway-destinations.com

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC, provides travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii, and foreign destinations, specializing in travel to Europe. In addition, Gateway Destinations creates custom small group tours (escorted or unescorted) and specializes in guided tours for women

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
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www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Culinary Custom Tour Introduced in the Cotswold Countryside of England

Tucson, Arizona – January 20, 2012

“Formerly specializing in women-only travel tours, Gateway Destinations’ expansion into also offering customized tours in Europe for mixed genders was prompted by an increased interest by both men and women in specialty travel experiences. Some of our married female clients told us that their husbands wanted to join them, so we responded,” stated Jan Acorn, owner of Gateway Destinations. “The appreciation for good food and good wine is shared by many and becoming more important in travel, so a partnership with a popular Tucson chef was formed to create a unique cooking experience in the English countryside,” continued Jan Acorn. Entitled Cooking in the Cotswold’s with Chef Albert Hall, this eight-day custom tour includes not only three cooking classes in an elegant farmhouse kitchen, but also numerous countryside sightseeing excursions including well-known public gardens, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Blenheim Castle and dinner in a local pub. In addition, “behind-the-scenes” dinners arranged by Chef Albert are included in London for two nights.

“Giving cooking lessons has always been one of my favorite things about being a chef,” reflected Chef Albert Hall. “Rainbow Farm, my sister’s country home in the Cotswold’s of England, is a perfect venue to relax, experiment and enjoy cooking together. This is such a rich area of the English countryside which provides endless places to visit,” added Chef Albert. “Ending our week in London with a personal kitchen tour and dinner in two restaurants gives everyone a taste of the exciting city life as well,” he continued.

Travelers interested in this unique culinary experience may learn more about this specialty custom tour, by visiting Cooking in the Cotswold’s with Chef Albert Hall or contacting Jan Acorn at 888-429-1242.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC located in Tucson, Arizona, provides custom travel planning services worldwide with an emphasis on Europe, and creates specialty custom tours in Europe, and escorted tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
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Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
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www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Women-Only Travel Is On The Rise

Tucson, Arizona – December 31, 2011

Women-only travel is a growing trend within the travel industry, announces Gateway Destinations, with more and more destinations and types of travel being offered in the U.S. and worldwide – from short girlfriend getaways to extended journeys, and luxury to high adventure tours. Many women are venturing out with girlfriends, sisters or as a mother and daughter team. According to the Travel Channel, however, over 32 million American women traveled alone in 2007 and this number continues to grow. Not always having a travel partner, women traveling solo are seeking women-only travel groups to have fun and meet other like-minded women.

Gateway Destinations hosts women-only tours that are intimate, with as few as five women and no more than 14, allowing for flexibility and ease of travel. These affordable, yet informal luxury tours, encourage women to focus on themselves and the activities they most enjoy while feeling safe in an escorted small group. Itineraries are designed to capture the essence of the local culture through a variety of unique activities and exploration with their local bilingual guide.

Gateway Destinations’ owner, Jan Acorn, speaks from personal experience. “Much of my foreign travel over the years has been exploring on my own, with girlfriends or my sister. I found that a lot of women also want to travel, which is why I decided to create and escort women-only journeys. I believe they help build a stronger sense of self, nurture an adventurous spirit, enrich one’s understanding of the world around them, and allow women to express their independence in a fun and safe environment.”

The European countries of France, Italy, and Greece are currently featured venues of Gateway Destinations for women-only travel. Jan Acorn adds “I love sharing Europe’s charm, history and beauty with other women in an extraordinary way with the help of local professionals I have come to know and trust.” Gateway also partners with other women-owned companies to offer additional venues beyond Europe. These inviting venues include a women’s safari in South Africa as well as a unique journey in Peru celebrating women’s influence on the local economy.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC, located in Tucson, Arizona, provides custom travel planning services for Europe and specializes in escorted tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Gateway Destination Makes Bordeaux Wine Education Memorable

Tucson, Arizona – October 29, 2011

Gateway Destinations, in partnership with France Cruises, is excited to announce its Bounties of Bordeaux Wine Cruise tour beginning May 24, 2012 in Bordeaux, France. This 6-night barge cruise and 3-night land tour encapsulates wine education in its greatest form by immersing clients directly in the heart of this renowned wine region.

After arrival in Bordeaux, guests will join their professional guide explore this lively city before gathering for a gastronomic welcome dinner and their first introduction to Bordeaux wines of the Bordeaux. Travelers will be charmed the following day during a full day excursion to the Dordogne River countryside. Scenic beauty collides with history while visiting local villages, a foie gras production farm, a prehistoric cave, and a local chateau to end the day with a local wine tasting.

The true wine experience begins when guests are transferred to the Mirabelle hotel barge to begin their all-inclusive, 6-night cruise along three peaceful waterways. Each day the Mirabelle will introduce guests to one of 57 vast appellations, allowing guests to discover the different personalities and characteristics that make the Bordeaux wines so legendary. Education includes information regarding topography, geology, grape variety, and recommended food selections. Guests will leave France with a greater knowledge of the various methods in which to make wine as well as the rich history of winegrowing that has shaped the Bordeaux region over the centuries.

“Cruising on the Mirabelle is truly a delicious, comfortable and relaxing way to explore the Bordeaux region. Our captainalong with his crew of six, are excited to lead us on this very unique itinerary” offered Gateway Destinations’ owner, Jan Acorn.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC, an affiliate of Bon Voyage Travel, provides travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates custom small group tours (escorted or unescorted) and specializes in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
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Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Gateway Destinations Introduces Custom Tours to Europe

Tucson, AZ – September 22, 2011

Tucson-based Gateway Destinations introduces custom tours to Europe. These specialty travel journeys offer leisure travelers a one-of-a-kind adventure designed to fit the specific interests and budget of each group. Whether traveling solo, one couple or several traveling together, or family members spending quality time together, each itinerary is tailor-made to provide travelers with an exclusive vacation experience.

These custom tours are available throughout Europe, Ireland and the United Kingdom, with an emphasis on France and Italy vacations. According to Gateway owner, Jan Acorn, “A custom tour allows for unique and “off-the-beaten-path” experiences that our clients find more exciting and enriching. They may be escorted by one of our professional tour leaders, or designed as an independent journey for more adventurous or experienced travelers.”

Perhaps summed up best by one of Gateway’s custom tour clients who recently traveled to Tuscany with her daughter, Theresa P. says “Our mother/daughter trip to Italy was everything we hoped for and more. We enjoyed a unique adventure that included time in the great cities of Florence, Siena and Rome, but also relaxing time in the Tuscan countryside with our knowledgeable personal guide, Paolo. This trip was an unforgettable memory that my daughter and I will always treasure.”

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC, an affiliate of Bon Voyage Travel, provides travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to foreign destination as well as Alaska and Hawaii. In addition, Gateway creates custom small group tours (escorted or unescorted) and specializes in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

African Beauty & the Beasts

Tucson, AZ – August 31, 2011

Gateway Destinations, in partnership with African Sunrise Safaris, is pleased to announce an extraordinary journey through South Africa. Guests will be accompanied by a full-time tour director throughout this luxurious 11-day excursion filled with a bush country safari led by a licensed park guide, colorful history, rich culture, delicious wine-tasting and scenic sightseeing.

The tour begins in Johannesburg where guests will be introduced to the “Apartheid” era of South Africa’s history by visiting the Hector Pieterson Museum and Nelson Mandela’s House. Travelers will have the opportunity to shop at one of South Africa’s leading arts and crafts centers.

Guests will search for the “Big 5” during a 3-day safari in the Korangwe Private Game Reserve, home of a diverse large animal population. While there, cultural activities will include visits to an animal rehabilitation facility as well as an endangered species center. Leaving Kruger National Park, guests will relish the beauty of Blyde River Canyon, the third deepest in the world.

This safari tour ends in Cape Town where participants will enjoy shopping or a hike to the top of Table Mountain while exploring this vibrant city. A visit to South Africa’s wine country and to quaint Stellenbosch, known for its Cape Dutch architecture, will be included. Exploration of this area will also include the Cape Peninsula to discover a seal colony, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, and African Penguins.

“For first-time visitors to Africa, the Kruger National Park is the perfect introduction to Africa’s rich large game population,” according to Kiley Matthews of African Sunrise Safaris. “South Africa offers great diversity as well, with its incredible wine country, extensive beaches, cosmopolitan Cape Town and rich history in Johannesburg.”

This package is limited to 14 guests and requires only a minimum of 7 guests for a guaranteed departure. The cost is US $5475.00 (based on double occupancy). The tour begins in Johannesburg Spring 2012.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC, an affiliate of Bon Voyage Travel, provides travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates custom small group tours (escorted or unescorted) and specializes in escorted luxury tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Peru In All Its Splendor

Tucson, AZ – August 11, 2011

Gateway Destinations is pleased to announce Peru In All Its Splendor, an exclusive women’s only luxury tour this November 2011. Experience a 9-day cultural adventure that not only includes exploring Machu Picchu, but emphasizes the role that Peruvian women had on society prior to the Spanish Conquest through today.

The trip will begin in Lima at the Larco Herrera Museum, where guests will be personally escorted by the museum’s curator to view over 3,000 years’ development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history and receive a private showing of the most magnificent colonial art collections in South America, the Barbosa-Stern Collection.

Guests will be transferred to the Urubamba Sacred Valley where they will learn about the livelihood of the Peruvian women by visiting a National Geographic sponsored weaving project and a “Potato Park,” where women play a significant role in the preservation of the indigenous bio-culture heritage.

“This tour is a rich combination of past and present with an emphasis on how Peruvian women have helped shape present day Peru,” states Enrico Velasco, Jr. who is teaming up with Gateway Destinations for this exciting tour.

Travelers explore exquisite Machu Picchu with a local historian prior visiting Cuzco, a city rich in European and Andean art, Mestizo art, and Incan stonework. This journey concludes with a relaxing day at the beach participating in a local cooking class in which guests will learn how to make ceviche and the famous pisco sour.

This package is limited to 12 guests and requires only a minimum of 6 guests for a guaranteed departure. The cost is US $3650.00 (based on double occupancy) with a single supplement charge of US $650.00. The tour begins in Lima on November 10, 2011.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC, an affiliate of Bon Voyage Travel, provides travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates custom small group tours (escorted or unescorted) and specializes in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Gateway Destinations to Host a Women’s Intimate Journey to Provence, France

Tucson, Arizona – July 30, 2011

Gateway Destinations’ owner, Jan Acorn, will host a 7-night women’s only tour through Provence that will immerse a small group of women in the beauty of this abundantly rich area of southern France.

This exquisite package will have guests intrigued by the geological wonder of Roussillon with its ochre colored soil that is used for painting, and picturesque hilltop villages such as Gordes. While traveling north to Vaison-la-Romaine to explore the fascinating Roman ruins still visible today, guests will enjoy a delicious chocolate-making class at a chocolate and wine artisan shop.

Relax with live music and a four-course lunch while cruising south on the Rhone River to Arles. A local guide will then join guests for a walking tour to discover how the Romans influenced the city. Visit an essence oil factory and museum, an archeological site of a former Roman city a beautiful former Roman aqueduct and bridge. And learn to prepare regional foods in a hands-on cooking class during lunch.

“Fall is a beautiful time to visit Provence as the colors are glorious and the pace has slowed from the summer months. We will travel from the southern reaches of Provence to the northern hills near Mont Ventoux to experience all that this rich region has to offer,” said Jan Acorn, owner of Gateway Destinations.

This package is limited to 8 guests and requires only a minimum of 5 guests for a guaranteed departure. The cost is US $3950.00 (based on double occupancy) with a single supplement charge of US $600.00. The tour begins in Avignon on October 2, 2011.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC, an affiliate of Bon Voyage Travel, provides travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates custom small group tours (escorted or unescorted) and specializes in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
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Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
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www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Women-only Retreat Brings Italian Cuisine Alive

Tucson, Arizona – June 29, 2011

Jan Acorn, owner of Gateway Destinations, will host an 8-day Chianti Cooking and Tuscany Spa Retreat ending the week with a guided tour of beautiful Florence, Italy. This women-only luxury tour emphasizes cooking local cuisine with the Tuscan Mammas of Tutti a Tavola cooking school and discovering the history, beauty and serenity of Tuscany.

Guests will be transferred to the Chianti region where they will be welcomed by the owner of Podere Ciona Vineyard with a sampling of their delicious wines. This charming vineyard estate will serve as a relaxing base for the next three nights. Evenings will be spent learning to prepare family recipes to enjoy over relaxing hours of dining pleasure. Days will be full of exploring Siena and small Tuscan villages including wine tasting, a market visit, olive oil tastings, a castle tour and much more.

After Chianti, this unique tour will continue to the southern Tuscany countryside to relax at the tranquil and luxurious Adler Termae Spa Resort. This 5-star spa resort allows clients to unwind and enjoy an underground salt bath, indoor and outdoor thermal pools, exercise classes, as well as herbal, salt or Finnish steam saunas! Additional sightseeing to explore the surrounding countryside is included during the day.

“I loved every part of our trip to Tuscany and I would not have changed anything about it.” said Susie of Tucson, Arizona. “Our women’s tour was filled with a tremendous variety of activities to appeal to everyone, but I especially enjoyed cooking with the Tuscan Mamas. Our guides were friendly and knowledgeable and I appreciated how Paolo shared his family and home with us to introduce us to authentic country life. Our hotel rooms were great – I didn’t want to leave Adler Spa! No details were overlooked and our journey went smoothly every step of the way.”

This package is limited to 8 guests but requires only a minimum of 5 guests for a guaranteed departure. The cost is US $3950.00 (based on double occupancy) with a single supplement charge of US $600.00. The tour begins late September – early October 2011.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC, an affiliate of Bon Voyage Travel, provides travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates custom small group tours (escorted or unescorted) and specializes in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
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Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Gateway Destinations to Host Bounties of Bordeaux Wine Cruise

Tucson, Arizona – June 14, 2011

Gateway Destinations, in partnership with France Cruises, is pleased to announce the Bounties of Bordeaux Wine Cruise this September 2011. This 11-day package has been designed exclusively to highlight the wines of the Bordeaux region in Southern France. Relax while enjoying a 6-day cruise on the Mirabelle Hotel Barge and spend 3-days exploring the beautiful Dordogne River valley.

The trip will begin with three nights at the La Ferme Lamy, a charming traditional farmhouse hotel, in the French Perigord countryside. Guests will explore the historic villages of Sarlat, Domme, and La Roque Gageac , with wine tastings and participate in a fun truffle hunt.

Guests will be transferred to the Bordeaux area to embark on a six day exploration of the Bordeaux wine region. Aboard the Mirabelle, passengers will relax while traveling the River Garonne, Gironde Estuary, and the Dordogne River with a personal wine connoisseur. On-shore excursions will include enjoying wine tastings at local vineyards and experiencing the delicious cuisine.

With a 1-to-3 staff to guest ratio while cruising, guests will be pampered as they enjoy delicious regional cuisine prepared by our personal onboard chef. Servers are English-speaking and available to assist you throughout the day, but a self-serve wine and coffee bar is also available as an added convenience.” said Jan Acorn, owner of Gateway Destinations. “The personal wine connoisseur will not only educate guests about the renowned Bordeaux wines, but also lead an in-depth discovery of culture, history, gastronomy, and traditions of this rich region.”

This package is limited to 22 guests and is only available from September 1-10, 2011. The cost is US$4625 per person (based on double occupancy) and single supplement charge of US$1775.

Fare includes 3 Nights/4 Days in Dordogne with daily breakfast & dinner and daily guided excursions including wine tasting and truffle hunting, followed by 6 Nights/7 Days aboard the canal hotel barge Mirabelle including all meals with wine and open bar, all shore excursions, wine tasting & Wine education on board.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC, an affiliate of Bon Voyage Travel, provides custom travel consulting services to individuals, couples, and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates custom small group tours (escorted or unescorted) and specializes in guided tours for women.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Tuscany, Italy, October 5 – 12, 2008

Locally owned Gateway Destinations recently led a women-only luxury tour in Tuscany beginning with a guided tour of Florence. Guests from Tucson and St. Louis joined Gateway owner, Jan Acorn, on this 8-day Chianti Cooking & Tuscany Spa Retreat tour which emphasized cooking regional cuisine with the Tuscan Mammas of Tutti a Tavola cooking school.

From their vineyard farmhouse during the busy grape harvest season, guests enjoyed guided visits to Siena and numerous Tuscan villages, an olive oil tasting, castle tour, market visit and picnic lunch and, of course, wine tasting!This fun-filled week was rounded out in a 5-star thermal spa resort where guests relaxed and enjoyed a natural hot springs pool, spa services, great food and glorious views of the countryside.

Chefs of Tutta a Tavola visited Tucson earlier this year and by popular demand, are returning for one week in March.As on their last visit, they will hold several cooking classes during private in-home dinner parties – all of which are already filled! As a former student in Tuscany and host of one of their previous dinner parties in Tucson, Jan Acorn said “I was excited to recently visit the Tuscan Mammas again and to introduce other women to their delightful personalities and cooking skills in their authentic Chianti kitchens.I look forward to bringing more guests there next year.”

For further information about this and other women-only tours, contact Jan Acorn with Gateway Destinations, 888.429.1242 .You may also visit their website at www.gateway-destinations.com.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC, an affiliate of Bon Voyage Travel, provides travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations. In addition, Gateway creates custom small group tours (escorted or unescorted) and specializes in guided tours for women. Several women-only European tours are scheduled for 2009.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Jan Acorn
Gateway Destinations, LLC
Phone 888.429.1242
Fax 520-844-2999
www.gateway-destinations.com
jan@gateway-destinations.com

Tuscany Cooking Comes to Tucson

Tucson, Arizona – January 28, 2008

Chefs from the well-known cooking school of Tutti a Tavola from Tuscany, Italy will visit Tucson February 19 – 26. Known affectionately as the Tuscan Mamas, these four lady chefs will share their regional Italian cooking tips during four private in-home dinners in southern Arizona.

Tutti a Tavola, or “Everyone to the table” in Italian, has been teaching how to prepare local dishes for 15 years from the private kitchens of each of the chefs. Chefs Mimma, Franca, Simonetta and Lele have shared cooking techniques and recipes with thousands of visitors over the years, with many returning for follow up visits. At the invitation of two Tucson residents who have thoroughly enjoyed cooking there on several occasions, Nancy Lutz and Harriet Silverman, the Tuscan Mamas are paying a special visit to Tucson before their busy season begins. Four hosts have been invited to open their homes and kitchens in Tucson and Tubac for a fun and delicious evening for 12 lucky guests. Each specially prepared menu will be paired with a variety of Italian wines.

Jan Acorn of Gateway Destinations, who is co-hosting one of the Tucson cooking classes and wine dinners, said “It is such an honor to be a part of this exciting event. These chefs are so widely recognized for their talents and it is great to have them visiting our city.” Jan is offering an 8-day women’s only tour to Tuscany on October 5, 2008. She announced, “The tour includes cooking with Tutti a Tavola. As a special treat, guests will reside three days at one of the chef’s beautiful vineyard homes.”

Since 2001, the chefs of Tutti a Tavola have been invited to share their knowledge of traditional regional Italian dishes at a number of different venues in the United States, Chile, and Australia. They have been featured on NBC’s “Taste of Tuscany” program and highlighted in many newspaper articles around the world.

For further information about Tutti a Tavola, contact Jan Acorn with Gateway Destinations, 888.429.1242 . You may also visit their website at www.tutti-a-tavola.com.

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC, an affiliate of Bon Voyage Travel, provides custom travel consulting services to individuals, couples and small groups. In addition, Gateway specializes in guided tours for women, with three European tours scheduled for 2008.

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Gateway Destinations, LLC

Contact us at 888.429.1242 or info@gateway-destinations.com for reservations or more information.