A Glimpse at Grand Hawaii 2016

Select Group Vacations offer a unique opportunity to experience new destinations while traveling with other travelers from the Midwest and beyond.  These custom experiences are designed to take care of all the details for you and many are accompanied by a professional Tour Manager from Fox World Travel.  Hawaii tours are among our most popular itineraries in the collection and below you’ll see a glimpse at our Grand Hawaii 2016 adventure.  This tour, escorted by Globus, highlighted sightseeing on 4 different islands (Oahu, Maui, The Big Island and Kauai).  Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Opaeka`a Falls, Waimea Canyon, scenic inter-island flights, relaxing days on the beach, group dining experiences and so much more were all among the highlights of this fascinating trip.

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Novy-Woelfel Wedding

Liz Novy & Tyler Woelfel were married at the beautiful Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico. As you can tell from the pictures, the wedding was exquisite, breathtaking, stunning, we could go on and on and on…

Here are some words from the bride and groom…
“The word that we continually use to describe our wedding is “perfect”. Sure, there were hiccups but they truly didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. It was seriously our dream wedding. You did AMAZING working with our large, spread out, crazy crew!! Seriously, everyone had wonderful things to say about working with you and if I hear anything about someone looking to book travel or a destination wedding, I’ll send them your way without hesitation. As we suspected, this resort was ideal for our group of 97 – there was plenty to do for all ages (7 months to 65 years old). Take it! Photo – awesome photographers. Super fun, young couple who had an artistic and emotional style of capturing moments. They are also reasonably priced for including a trash the dress session.”

We loved your pictures and are proud to share them! Congratulations! If you are interested in planning your own destination wedding please contact Laura Pierce here at: http://bit.ly/11RXyv7
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The Best Ice Hotels in the World

Have you ever thought about staying in a hotel that’s made up of ice and snow?! Take a look at 6 popular ice hotels from around the world!

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Cozy sheepskins and expedition-quality sleeping bags ensure a warm night’s sleep at the Iglu-Dorf. The igloos range in size from doubles to six-person family accommodation, each carved out of the ice in a slightly different way. The Iglu-Dorf also has its own whirlpool and offers complimentary night-time snowshoeing sessions, so you can work up an appetite before tucking into a cheese fondue at the restaurant.

Arctic Snow Hotel, Finland

If you’re looking to maximize your chance of spotting the Northern Lights, this hotel within the Arctic Circle is for you. Check into one of the two-person snow rooms, where all the furniture is made fromarctic snow hotel, finland snow and ice (the beds are padded with warm bedclothes) and ask for the Northern Lights alarm – staff will wake you if the Aurora are spotted. Visitors determined not to miss the phenomenon should alternatively try the glass igloos, which let you watch the lights from bed.

Hotel de Glace, Canada

This icy abode is located only a few minutes from downtown Quebec City, and you can start your hotel de glace, canadastay will a taste of ice cider, served in an ice flute. Chilly rooms come with sleeping bags for a comfortable night’s slumber, and premium suites even have their own fireplaces. Guests receive complimentary access to the hotel’s spa, and you can also take a behind-the-scenes tour, which shows how the snow building is made, or learn how to craft your own ice cocktail glass.

The SnowCastle of Kemi, Finland

This 21-room snow castle, at the northern end of the Gulf of Bothnia, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015. Every season it is rebuilt, but it always features a chapel, a restaurant and a kemi,finlandhotel. Guests can enjoy a meal around glistening ice tables, with specialities such as reindeer soup. The temperature inside is a brisk –5C but rooms come equipped with sleeping bags that have thermal fleece linings. A stay also includes breakfast in the slightly warmer Castle Lounge.

Le Village Igloo, France

A new addition to Avoriaz, this collection of igloos opened its icy doors in December. Glide straight off the Bleue d’Arare piste or come on foot via the Stade chairlift to spend a night in one of the threele village igloo, france bedrooms, with their carved ice walls and sleeping bags designed for polar expeditions. There is also a grotto decorated with snow and ice sculptures, and a bar with a sun terrace, should you want to warm up.

Icehotel, Sweden

The Icehotel brand is celebrating its 25th year with a new construction in the village of Jukkasjarvi. A total of 1,600 tons of snow and ice from the nearby Torne River went into constructing the hotel, which is expected to last until March. Guests spend a night in whimsical rooms made from ice andicehotel, sweden snow, before transferring to “warm” chalets or hotel rooms. The ice-block beds come covered with thick mattresses and reindeer skins, with the room temperature guaranteed not to drop below a nippy –7C.

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Bree Moede’s Trip to China (Gallery)

Bree Moede, of our Appleton Office, shares some beautiful pictures from her recent trip to China!

Bree Moede recently returned from a whirlwind, two week trip in China. She had this to share about her journey: “I just crossed my number one bucket list trip off my list! I spent two weeks in China in November.  My husband and I planned our trip around a four night river cruise up the Yangtze River. This was an amazing cruise, the views were incredible. We were surrounded by mountains, with small towns perched on the sides. We saw fisherman in homemade wooden boats casting their nets. The cruise stopped every day for excursions that included small villages, the Three Gorges Dam and Ghost City to name a few.

After the river cruise we spent four days in Shanghai. A very noisy city! The food was interesting to say the least. Sea Horses, star fish and scorpions on a stick anyone?  We also spent four days in Beijing. The highlight of course was the Great Wall. We arrived very early, so we had the whole area to ourselves for the first hour! We hiked for about six hours. In some areas we had to crawl up the steps because it was so steep! It is so much more rugged and beautiful then any pictures I have ever seen. We took a ski lift ride to get to the top and rode a toboggan to get back down. This is a great trip, the culture is so different and worth experiencing!”

You can learn more about Bree’s trip or contact her for guidance planning your own vacation to China by contacting her online here.

Tricia Robinson’s Trip to Italy

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“This was my first trip to Europe, as well as my first trip overseas.  I was so excited to see the Colossuem, the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, all these amazing sites I had only experienced in books.  Our first stop was Rome, the Eternal City.  The first night was spent at a Welcome Reception where we got acquainted with our Tour Director and travel companions.  The next day, we explored St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon.  It was a great overview of Rome and a great start to our Italian Holiday!  Next, we hopped aboard the motor coach to Venice.  Along the way, we stopped at the hilltop Mediterranean village of Assisi, where we took a walking tour and visited the Basilica of St. Francis.  Once in Venice, we explored St. Mark’s Square, watched a glassblowing demonstration at a local factory, and enjoyed a cruise through the Grand Canal.  I also tasted my first cannoli!  But my favorite part was our gondola ride through the city.  Our third and final stop was the beautiful city of Florence.  Here we visited the Duomo, the Baptistery, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Basilica of Santa Croce.  A few of us even climbed the 463 steps to the top of the Duomo, where we experienced an amazing view of the city.  After wrapping up the afternoon with some early Christmas shopping, it was time for Trafalgar’s exclusive “Be Our Guest” dinner at a local winery.  We met the chef, who served us an authentic Italian meal, including bread and oil, two kinds of pasta, wine, and tiramisu.  Finally, we headed back to Rome, where we got to gaze in awe upon Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.  We wrapped up the tour with a Farewell Dinner before saying “Arrivederci!” to Italy.  Overall, it was a very cultural, historical, and inspirational trip.  Definitely the trip of a lifetime”

Tricia Robinson, Fox World Travel Appleton

Jungle Maya Tour with Paula Bursa

Paula_Bursa_TSO_54115Paula Bursa, a travel specialist in our DePere office recently returned from her 15th trip to the Riviera Maya, Mexico and it was amazing. She and her husband went on an excursion called the Jungle Maya Tour which included repelling into a cenote and snorkeling the underground rivers (which is actually the locals’ drinking water). They then zip lined from one cenote to another. This is a very popular tour and we recommend booking it ahead of time with your travel agent!

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Meet Our Destination Wedding Specialists

Destination Wedding travel is very exciting! The destination wedding planners at Fox World Travel have years of experience specializing in all-inclusive destination wedding packages and more. All-Inclusive beach weddings are especially popular right now in destinations like Mexico and the Caribbean.

In addition to All-Inclusive weddings, we can plan packages to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Europe and beyond. Group travel can be complicated, but when you work with Fox World Travel we make planning a destination wedding as hassle-free as it gets! View a few of our destination wedding testimonials from brides and grooms we’ve worked with in the past.

Many couples are now combining their wedding and honeymoon to create the perfect destination wedding. The many advantages this flexible wedding style has made it a growing trend with a lot of appeal. It is also a popular option for couples who want something a little less traditional for the second wedding or for vow renewals.

Find a Destination Wedding Specialist today!

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Spain & Portugal Travel

Spain is a mix of old and new, modern and traditional and offers something for everyone. For the tourist, Spain may be defined as Spain - Barcelonabullfights, massive cathedrals, world-class art, Muslim palaces, vibrant folk life, whitewashed villages, and bright sunshine. Yes, you’ll find those things…but this country’s special charm lies in its people and their unique lifestyle. From the stirring sardana dance in Barcelona to the sizzling rat-a-tat-tat of flamenco in Sevilla, this country creates its own beat amid the heat.

Nestled between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal contains striking landscapes ripe for exploration, from the exceptional beaches of the Algarve to the lush vineyards of the Douro River Valley. Beyond the Algarve’s cliff-flanked beaches, Portugal is a country of bucolic landscapes and culture-rich cities. The distant strains of fado music, scents of Portugal - Rossio Squarefreshly grilled fish and a party-loving spirit suffuse the Moorish alleys of Lisbon and Porto’s medieval Ribeira. But don’t stop there. Head inland to stroll cork and almond forests, sip port in the Duoro’s tumbling vineyards and hike in the Peneda-Gerês National Park’s Lake District. Everywhere you’ll be greeted with a heartfelt bemvindo (welcome).

Words from our Vacation Travel Consultants:

“Explore a hidden gem as a side trip from Madrid: Escorial & the Valley of the Fallen. This is an all day tour, but one not to be missed! Escorial was conceived by Philip II as a monastery but now the Royal Pantheon has become a symbol of the greatness of the Spanish Empire. Visit the Basilica, Royal Palace, Royal Pantheons, Infantes Pantheons and the Chapter Rooms. You will also have the opportunity to visit The Valley of the Fallen, a monument built as a memorial of those who died during the Spanish Civil War in 1936.” –Lynn Timmers, Vacation Travel Consultant & Branch Manager

“I have been to Central Portugal (Lisbon, Lieria and Cascais) and loved it. It’s full of winding streets and steeped in history and charm. The coastline is amazing. The food was not my favorite, however, the wine was delicious! I was totally impressed with the pottery – there were three basically different styles coming from the South, Central and Northern regions…the delicate, ornately painted pieces, the all-green leaf pattern pieces and the heavier clay-type pottery.” –Connie Rogers, Vacation Travel Consultant

Are you interested in traveling to Spain or Portugal? We have two custom Select Group Vacations traveling to this area in 2015. Our first being a land escorted tour: Northern Spain traveling July 10-21, 2015; and second a river cruise: Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley traveling August 5-16, 2015. For more information on these two trips, contact a Vacation Travel Consultant at 888-369-8785.

*Photos from 2013 Select Group Vacations Trip to Portugal

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Reveals First Ever SmartShip

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Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines introduces an all new, state of the art cruise ship to its fleet, the Quantum of the Sea. There’s only one word that can possibly sum up this ship: WOW. Newly designed staterooms, game-changing technology, groundbreaking venues and the best dining are just the start of what you’ll find onboard. Take a look at some of the first-at-sea features that only this ship offers.

North Star

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Take yourself to new heights with the jewel-shaped capsule that gently ascends over 300 feet above sea level. Breathtaking 360° views of the sea and our destinations make the North Star one of the most anticipated features on this ship.

 

 

 RipCord by iFly

Rip Core by iFlyIntroducing the first ever sky-diving simulator at sea! Experience the sheer thrill and exhilaration of flying in an air machine that lets you soar in a safe, controlled environment

 

 

 

 

Newly Designed Staterooms

Newly Designed StateroomsSay hello to your home on the high seas – now with more family-friendly modular staterooms that interconnect and the first virtual balconies at sea.

 

 

 

 

Dynamic Dining

Dynamic DiningDynamic dining re-imagines dining at sea to give you more distinct options plus total flexibility to shape your own delectable journey. There are no set dining times, no assigned seats, no required formal nights.

 

 

 

Transformative Venues

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Experience completely revolutionary spaces that transform from day to night. Play basketball, go roller skating and ride bumper cars at the SeaplexSM. Relax with a book at Two70°SM and come back at night for a spectacular aerial show.

 

 

 

New and improved boarding process

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Passengers will be able to generate boarding documents at home online, upload their own identification photo and receive digital boarding credentials. So when they get to the terminal, they can go straight on board–no check-in counter, no forms to fill out, no lines. Royal Caribbean is touting “from sidewalk to ship in 10 minutes.”
   

 

RFID Technology

wow-band-bgSmall microchips are embeddable in all sorts of objects that allow information to be transmitted wirelessly over a short distance.  RFID wristbands are the new room keys—no more demagnetization—and RFID is being used for everything from aiding passengers in navigation of the ship to allowing them to track their luggage during the boarding process.
    

 

Other WOW Factors

Advanced technology will be featured in the new Bionic Bar, where cocktails will mixed by an attentive staff of robots. This will no doubt help cultivate the Royal Caribbean mythos that is driving a lot of its success right now among casual cruisers—these are the ships with the rock climbing walls and the indoor parks and all sorts of fun things that, when taken together, make the idea of a cruise seem fun and exciting.
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staterooms-2staterooms-1QN_03QN_04Fox World Travel and Royal Caribbean International are now booking cruises aboard the Quantum.  Contact a Travel Agent for more details.