Burgundy and Provence French Cruise 2019

Happy 2018!

Many of you have traveled with me in the past, or maybe wanted to travel
with me. I am once again planning a trip, but not until fall,2019. The
wait is so Steve can have his knees fixed. Why am I telling you this so
far in advance? This trip can only accommodate 46 travelers, so deposits 
need to be made quickly to ensure you can travel with us, and this trip
tends to fill up.

The trip we are going on is quite a departure for us. We are going to
spend a few days in the French Riviera city of Nice. We will then travel 
to the Camargue, a wilderness and rural delta south of the provencal town of 
Arles. Arles is not only the place where Van Gogh had some of his most
productive painting years, but also the home of many Roman ruins, 
including a sizable amphitheater. In Arles we will board our ship and begin 
a week's cruise up the Rhone River stopping in Avignon and several tiny 
villages as we make our way up to Lyon in the Burgundy region. We will 
then board a scenic bus to Macon, and our final destination, Paris, for 
a few days at a centrally located hotel near Gallerie Lafayette and the 
Paris Opera House. I have booked this trip early, prior to the published 
dates for next year. It looks like the date to start the trip will 
be November 5, but the final decision will come out in mid April. There 
will be only one sailing in that month. The weather will still
be quite good, and the cost savings is tremendous. If we went in the
month of October we would spend about $1400 more per person, and if we
went in September, the cost would be almost double.There will be a pre trip
options to the Italian Riviera and Cinque Terra, and a post trip option in 
Paris, with 3 additional days.

Because there are only 23 cabins on the boat, and only 1-2 single rooms,
even though the trip is so far off, you will have more options if you
make up your mind in a timely manner. Our group has already booked 4 rooms.
Other than your deposit, final payments will not be due until August next 
year, unless you want to participate in Grand Circle's discount program that 
applies to cash transactions. By looking at this year's trip, you can get 
some idea about the price for the trip next year.

I will, as always, make souvenirs for our fellow travelers, have tote
bags, a class, most likely a small version of Van Gogh's Yellow House, 
and a mini sales opportunity on board. We will scope out
minis where ever we can find them on the trip.

Until I visited the Seine several years ago, I had no idea how much I
would love France. Paris is an incredible city with all the beauty and
history you could ever imagine.However, going out of the city down to
the south was even more of an eye opener. The charming towns, the
magnificent hills covered on the top by tiny villages like ice cream
melting down the slopes, the lavender, the vineyards, the red soil in
some areas, the Roman buildings,bridges and roads, the artist homes and
views they painted, the quaint markets and local shops, and  the
friendly people all made this area of the country a place I will never
tire of visiting.

As early as this is to consider, if any of this sounds good, I encourage
you to visit the Grand Circle site, view some of the videos, check out
the layout of the ship, and sign up. If you are only interested in a
single room, sign up to share a room, and when the trip officially opens
a few more single rooms may open up as they are currently blocked in
the system. Here is the link to the details of the trip from this year.
I do not anticipate next year's trip to vary greatly.

https://www.gct.com/trips/river-cruises/europe/cruising-burgundy-and-provence-to-the-cote-d-azur/2018/itineraries?i
cid=global:smallshiprivercruises:rivercruises:ron2018

If you decide to join us, please call the booking department
(877-220-2540) and ask to join the Cruising Burgundy and Provence to
Cote D'Azure, 2019 with MiniFab, Group code G9-24896. Deposits are $500
per passenger.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at my email address
or give me a call. I look forward to seeing you at upcoming mini events.

Sue Herber, sue@sueherber.com, 425-454-2399