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Travel Happiness: Ways for Family Travel to Europe 2

Travel Happiness
Ways for Family Travel to Europe
Part Two of Two

Britain--is strong on a family travel list. There is an 8-day "West Country & the Cotswolds" tour where the family can share a host of adventures from the magical stone circles of Stonehenge to Tintagel and a ruined castle that's purported to be the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur, as well as the town of Glastonbury, Arthur's alleged burial place.
Families also experience the beautiful British countryside as they tour the Cotswolds, visit the famous university in Oxford, enjoy the Roman Baths and Georgina architecture in Bath and a whole lot more.
Occasionally, of course, price can be an issue with family travel to faraway places like Europe. We can do "SuperSaver" Britain and Europe offering what they call "first-class touring on a budget". Our "SuperSaver" provides first-class touring at affordable prices that appeals to a broad spectrum of clientele.
The differences from the first-class product are minimal, such as an increase in group size of up to 53 people instead of the maximum of 40 offered in their first-class programs. Fewer meals and sightseeing inclusions also help keep costs down, but there's still plenty of free time for clients to pursue their individual interests.
In fact, you'll find a 15-day European Highlights program in that "SuperSaver" takes family clients through seven different countries on what is designated as a Discovery Tour because of the multi-country touring.
European Highlights begins in London and ventures to some of Europe's most treasured cities and regions such as Amsterdam, Rhineland, Innsbruck, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lucerne, and Paris. Highlights of this tour include a visit to Big Ben in London, Amsterdam's Dam Square, Germany's Cologne Cathedral, Innsbruck's Imperial Palace, Juliet's balcony in Verona, the Roman Forum and Collosseum, Vatican City and the Eiffel Tower. 2006 departures begin this month and conclude in December.
For another European family pick, Highlights of Greece program, is priced from just $727 per person. It includes a 4-day cruise through the beautiful Greek Isles and a stop at a Turkish port town.
Children of all ages get the opportunity to enjoy an in-depth experience in a country credited as being the seat of modern civilization with visits to the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum in Athens. Families can also elect to take an optional tour to Delphi or Argolis with visits to Mycenae and Epidaurus, or a 1-day Saronic Isle Cruise to Hydra, Aegina and Poros.
On the cruise, families sail from Piracus to Mykonos with time to explore the lively harbor town of take an optional cruse-tour to the island of Delos before sailing on to Rhodes in the evening, which allows for a full day on the "Island of Roses," famed for its medieval Old town and site of the Colossus of Rhodes. There's also an optional visit to Lindos and the majestic Acropolis over-looking the bay. The next morning, the ship arrives at Patmos where St. John the Divine received The Revelation as found in the last book of the New Testament. Here, there's an optional excursion to the Monastery and Grotto before sailing to the Turkish port of Kusadasi later in the afternoon, where families can take an optional excursion to ancient Ephesus. That night they sail back to Pircus and a morning disembarkation for the return to Athens and then home.

Art Richards is the owner of Richards World Travel, Inc. in Hagerstown. (www.richardsworldtravel.com)

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