Hi, I’m Elizabeth Klitzka, a travel advisor in our Sheboygan office who specializes in travel to many European destinations! When it comes to picturesque landscapes, rich history, and vibrant cultures, few regions in Europe can compare to the enchanting trio of Holland, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Each of these countries offers a unique blend of experiences, making them a perfect choice for your next European adventure.
Let’s dive into what makes Holland, Luxembourg, and Belgium so special!
Holland often used interchangeably with the Netherlands, is a country known for its iconic windmills, fields of vibrant tulips, and network of meandering canals. The capital city, Amsterdam, is a bustling hub of art, culture, and history. Explore world-class museums like the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, or take a stroll along the picturesque canals, discovering charming neighborhoods like Jordaan and De Pijp.
But Holland is not just about Amsterdam. Venture beyond the capital to discover the charming countryside adorned with windmills, cheese markets in towns like Edam and Gouda, and the stunning Keukenhof Gardens, where millions of tulips bloom each spring in a rainbow of colors.
Nestled between France, Germany, and Belgium, Luxembourg is often described as a hidden gem of Europe. Despite its small size, this country boasts a wealth of natural beauty, medieval castles, and a rich history. The capital city, Luxembourg City, is a UNESCO World Heritage site with its impressive buildings and picturesque old town.
Explore the Mullerthal region, also known as Little Switzerland, for its dramatic rock formations and lush forests, perfect for hiking and outdoor adventures. Visit Vianden Castle, a beautifully preserved medieval fortress atop a hill, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
Belgium is a land of art, chocolate, and beer. Brussels, the capital, is a cosmopolitan city home to the iconic Atomium and the enchanting Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Savor mouthwatering Belgian chocolates and indulge in some of the world’s finest beers, from Trappist ales to lambics.
For history buffs, explore the medieval cities of Bruges and Ghent, where cobblestone streets wind along picturesque canals and medieval architecture transports you back in time. Don’t forget to try traditional Belgian dishes like moules-frites (mussels and fries) and waffles at local eateries.
Whether you’re drawn to the charm of Holland, the fairytale landscapes of Luxembourg, or the culinary delights of Belgium, this trio of European treasures offers a diverse and captivating journey through the heart of Europe. With each country offering its unique allure, your adventure promises to be a memorable one filled with culture, history, and unforgettable moments. Start planning your trip today and let the magic of Holland, Luxembourg, and Belgium unfold before your eyes.
Join Fox Group Vacations in 2024 on our Holland, Luxembourg, and Belgium tour from July 19 – 28! We can’t wait to explore the Heart of Europe with you!
Hello, fellow adventurers!
I’m Lindsey Schultz, one of your trusted travel advisors based in our Oshkosh office. While embarking on a European adventure is exhilarating, it’s the pre-trip puzzle of packing that often leaves many travelers feeling overwhelmed. If you’ve ever found yourself pondering the age-old question, ‘What should I pack?’—worry not! Join me as I unveil the essential five items that deserve a spot in your suitcase for your next trip to Europe!
1) Outlet Adapters
Don’t forget that Europe has different outlets than ours! Also, keep in mind that different European countries require different adapters, make sure you have each type you need if you’re traveling to more than one country on your trip.
2) Money for bathrooms
The public bathrooms in Europe aren’t free! Make sure you carry around some Euros, British Pounds, or other European currency while out and about. Some restrooms accept credit cards but not all of them!
3) Comfortable Walking shoes
Europe is known for being home to many cities with cobblestone streets & lots of stairs. To make sure you’re prepared to walk around all day, leave the heels at home and pack comfortable shoes to walk in.
4) Versatile Clothing
Europe has a reputation for being very fashionable. Each country and region has their own style but one thing they all have in common is their lack of athleisure attire. Although you can wear whatever you are most comfortable in, we suggest maybe saving the sweatpants and leggings for the gym when packing.
5) Anti-Pickpocket Backpack or Bag
Unfortunately, Europe also has a reputation for pickpocketing. To keep belongings safe, we strongly recommend purchasing an anti-pickpocketing backpack or bag. Never leave your belongings unattended and wear your bag or backpack at all times.
Inspired to travel to Europe now? Join us in 2024 on one of our Fox Group Vacations Europe trips! You won’t want to miss out!
Hi, I’m Grace, one of Fox’s Iceland specialists! Iceland, a land of fire and ice, is a breathtaking destination that captivates travelers with its otherworldly landscapes and unique natural wonders. From cascading waterfalls to dramatic geysers and stunning glaciers, Iceland is a land of unparalleled beauty. Check out my list of “must-see’s” while you’re in this icy paradise!
The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is a classic tourist route that encompasses three iconic sites: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall. Thingvellir’s geological significance, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, is a marvel to behold. Geysir Geothermal Area introduces you to the mesmerizing bursts of Strokkur, a geyser that shoots water high into the air. Gullfoss, the “Golden Falls,” is a magnificent two-tiered waterfall that will leave you spellbound.
Nestled in a volcanic landscape, the Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa renowned for its milky-blue waters and therapeutic properties. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you take in the surrounding lava fields and inhale the pure Icelandic air.
Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls
Iceland is dotted with incredible waterfalls, and Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss are two of the most picturesque. Seljalandsfoss offers the rare opportunity to walk behind the cascading water curtain, while Skogafoss impresses with its sheer power and rainbow-adorned mist.
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Located in the southeastern part of the country, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is a surreal spectacle of floating icebergs and serene waters. Marvel at the dance of blue ice against the backdrop of Vatnajokull Glacier, and don’t miss the chance to explore the nearby Diamond Beach, where ice chunks glisten like precious gems on the black sand. This is also where my husband proposed and I got my own diamond!
Iceland’s vibrant capital, Reykjavik, offers a charming blend of modernity and tradition. Stroll through the colorful streets, visit Hallgrimskirkja, a unique church that resembles volcanic basalt columns, and explore the city’s museums, galleries, and cozy cafes. Don’t forget to immerse yourself in the lively Icelandic culture and cuisine.
Are you dreaming of embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will leave you in awe of nature’s greatness? Look no further than the untamed wilderness of Alaska and the Yukon. These northern territories are a treasure trove of breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and unique experiences.
Hi! I’m Colleen Alsberg, one of our Fox Group Vacations Tour Managers. Having been to Alaska over 35 times, I’ve come to know all about the best places to visit. From the towering peaks of Denali to the charming streets of Dawson City, this extraordinary journey promises to awaken your sense of wonder and leave an indelible mark on your soul. McKinley Chalest and Denali National Park: Nestled amidst the wilderness, McKinley Chalets provide a tranquil base to explore the wonders of Denali National Park. Venture into the heart of the park and witness the awe-inspiring Denali, the tallest peak in North America. As you traverse the rugged terrain, keep an eye out for grizzly bears, moose, and Dall sheep. The vast expanse of wilderness and the crisp mountain air will invigorate your spirit, leaving you feeling alive and connected to nature.
Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” Ketchikan offers an authentic taste of Alaskan coastal life. Stroll along Creek Street, a historic boardwalk perched on stilts over the water, where you can glimpse salmon swimming upstream during the spawning season. Immerse yourself in the rich Native American culture at the Totem Heritage Center, where intricately carved totem poles tell stories of the region’s past.
The capital city of Alaska, Juneau, is a vibrant mix of modern amenities and natural wonders. Take a breathtaking helicopter ride to the Mendenhall Glacier and witness the awe-inspiring blue ice formations. For a truly unforgettable experience, go whale watching in the nearby waters, where humpback whales breach and bubble-net feed. The rugged coastline and dramatic fjords will leave you marveling at the raw power of Mother Nature.
Prepare to be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring beauty of Glacier Bay National Park. Witness the spectacle of calving glaciers as they release enormous chunks of ice into the sea. Cruise through icy channels, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and serene wilderness. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a sanctuary for wildlife, with opportunities to humpback whales, sea otters, and bald eagles.
Step back in time as you visit Skagway, a historic gold rush town that has retained its old-world charm. Walk the same streets that Klondike Gold Rush prospectors once traversed in their pursuit of fortune. Relive the past on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, a vintage train that winds through breathtaking landscapes and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
Seward is a gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, a realm of glaciers, icefields, and abundant marine life. Embark on a boat tour and witness tidewater glaciers calving into the sea, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle. The park is also home to diverse marine wildlife, including sea lions, orcas, and puffins.
Step into the Gold Rush era as you arrive in Dawson City. This quaint town, frozen in time, exudes a unique charm with its wooden boardwalks and historic buildings. Experience the excitement of gold panning and immerse yourself in the captivating tales of fortune seekers who once flocked to this remote outpost.
In conclusion, Alaska and the Yukon offer an unparalleled experience of unspoiled nature and rich history. Whether you’re an adventure enthusiast, wildlife lover, or a history buff, these destinations have something to captivate every traveler’s heart. So pack your bags, leave behind the familiar, and embrace the unknown. This extraordinary journey through the untamed landscapes of Alaska and the Yukon will not only change your perspective on life but also leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Embrace the call of the wild and embark on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure today!
Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure to the rugged and awe-inspiring landscapes of Alaska? Look no further! My name is Katie Buss, and as a seasoned travel advisor with over 12 years of experience in the industry and an Alaska Expert Certification, I’ve got you covered for an incredible journey.
From my early days of wanderlust, ignited by cross-country road trips to explore breathtaking National Parks, my passion for travel has only grown stronger. Now, as a travel advisor based in our Appleton office, I have honed my skills to help you make the most out of your Alaskan escapade.
As a seasoned explorer, I’ve ventured through Alaska’s untamed wilderness, uncovering its hidden gems and learning the ins and outs of the region. Whether you’re gearing up for a land and sea expedition or a thrilling outdoor adventure, I’ve got the tips and tricks to ensure you pack smart and travel wisely.
Layered Clothing for Variable Temperatures
Alaska’s weather is variable and unpredictable and the temperatures vary greatly throughout the summer days from 40 – 70 (F) degrees. Packing layers is essential including a lightweight shirt, a moisture-wicking base layer, a fleece, a knit hat, and a water-resistant shell. Layers help you adjust your clothing to stay comfortable. Rain gear is not mandatory; however, it can help you stay dry and fully enjoy the breathtaking landscapes without being hindered by the weather.
Pack footwear to help you move safely through terrain. Non-slip soles with traction such as sturdy hiking shoes or rubber sole shoes will provide grip through the gravel and unpaved landscape and will also help keep your feet dry.
Binoculars and a Camera
Alaska’s pristine wilderness is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts! Bring a pair of binoculars to spot distant animals and birds during your land excursions. Whether you’re exploring national parks or cruising along the coast with glaciers and marine life, you’ll be ready to capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
While Alaska is a safe destination, it’s always wise to be prepared for minor injuries or unexpected situations. Pack a travel-sized first aid kit with bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, personal medications, and a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout your journey. As you venture into remote areas, having these supplies on hand will give you peace of mind and ensure you can fully enjoy your adventures!
If you are starting or ending your Alaska journey on a cruise, don’t forget to bring your cruise attire! Recommended for Women: Capris, slacks, skirt and blouse, or a summer dress. Recommended for Men: clean denim jeans, slacks, polo shirts, collared shirts and an optional sportscoat if you desire.
I’ll admit it. The idea of an all-inclusive vacation never really appealed to me. It sounded… well… boring.
My family and I are always seeking out thrilling adventures, and the thought of being confined to a resort didn’t quite spark excitement. That is, until an all-inclusive spring break vacation to the picturesque shores of Puerto Vallarta completely changed my perspective!
If you’re anything like me – a working parent with an active family – finding that perfect vacation destination can be a daunting challenge. The myriad of options available requires extensive research to ensure a trip that guarantees your kids have the time of their lives, while still adhering to your budget.
At one point, the allure of a Florida condo seemed like a fantastic idea – until reality set in, and I found myself cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry – essentially relocating our home to a warmer climate. The “vacation” quickly lost its appeal!
But then, destiny intervened, and I stumbled upon the secret to an unforgettable family getaway. Hi, I’m Jenny Scheckel, Fox World Travel’s Marketing Manager! Last year, I, too, was an all-inclusive skeptic until my incredible travel advisor here at Fox enlightened me about the extraordinary benefits of staying at an all-inclusive resort. Trust me; this revelation transformed the way I now plan our vacations!
Join me as I reveal the hidden gems of an all-inclusive spring break vacation with your family. From indulging in world-class amenities to venturing into the heart of breathtaking destinations, there’s more to these all-inclusive havens than meets the eye. Say goodbye to the ordinary and embrace an extraordinary vacation experience that will leave you with memories to cherish forever!
What’s for Dinner?
Ugh, the dreaded question. It was such a treat to have a break from meal planning because all-inclusive resorts offer wonderful options that cater to even the pickiest eaters. That’s where all-inclusive spring break vacations come in. However, traveling with 3 kids to Mexico sounded like a challenge. It is safe? The airports are hectic. How will they manage? Honestly, it was so easy! Our non-stop flight got us there fast and we had a private car take us to the hotel. We were on the beach enjoying kiddie cocktails (and adult cocktails) by noon.
I am bored!
Yep! Not hearing those words was a nice break too. There is so much to enjoy! Water parks, splash pads, beach activities, golfing, spa treatments and so much more! Plus, the evening activities changed every night and included family-friendly evening shows and activities. Art, games, live music, desserts – even a mechanical bull riding contest. Plus, the people-watching was hilarious!
Yes, please. If you are like me, I am always searching for a good deal, and travel advisors are the best source to help find them. All-inclusive resorts are wonderful in this regard because nearly everything is included – which keeps you from overspending in destination.
We spent every day together and it was surprisingly wonderfully relaxing. Building sandcastles, afternoon pool activities, dancing to live music, exploring beach huts, drinking from coconuts, and learning to boogie board – It was a perfect combination of relaxation and fun!
Whether your family is interested in exploring new destinations or simply enjoying a relaxing break with all amenities provided, all-inclusive spring break vacations offer something for everyone. You deserve an opportunity to rest and recharge with your family! Enjoy an unforgettable vacation without spending a fortune. Book your all-inclusive spring break vacation now and get ready to create unforgettable memories.
Hello travelers! I’m Leah Heier, one of Fox’s virtual travel advisors. With 30 years of experience, I know that planning a trip can be exciting, but it can also be so overwhelming. In today’s digital age, many people turn to the internet for travel planning, relying on online booking sites and review platforms. However, a valuable resource often goes unnoticed: travel advisors.
We are knowledgeable professionals who bring a wealth of expertise and personalized service to the table, making your travel planning experience seamless and enjoyable. Read along as I talk about the top five perks of using a travel advisor to assist you in planning your trips!
#1: Expert Guidance and Destination Knowledge
One of the most significant advantages of working with a travel advisor is their expert guidance and extensive destination knowledge. They possess firsthand experience and up-to-date information on various destinations, including the best times to visit, must-see attractions, local customs, and hidden gems. Whether you’re dreaming of a beach getaway, a cultural expedition, or an adventurous trip, a travel advisor can offer valuable insights and tailor your itinerary to match your preferences, ensuring an unforgettable travel experience.
#2: Time and Stress Savings
Planning a trip can be time-consuming and overwhelming, especially if you have a busy schedule. A travel advisor can save you valuable time by taking care of all the research, bookings, and logistics. They have access to an extensive network of suppliers, including airlines, hotels, tour operators, and transportation services, allowing them to secure the best deals and handle all the intricate details of your trip. By entrusting your travel plans to a professional, you can relax and focus on anticipating your journey rather than stressing over the logistics.
#3: Customized Itineraries and Personalized Service
Travel advisors excel at creating customized itineraries that cater to your specific interests, preferences, and budget. They take the time to understand your travel goals, whether it’s a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a solo adventure. Based on your preferences, they can suggest unique experiences, recommend off-the-beaten-path attractions, and arrange special touches such as surprise celebrations or exclusive tours. With their personalized service, a travel advisor ensures that your trip reflects your individuality and exceeds your expectations.
#4: Access to Exclusive Benefits and Upgrades
Travel advisors often have access to exclusive benefits and perks that are not available to the general public. They have established relationships with hotels, cruise lines, and tour operators, which can translate into complimentary upgrades, welcome amenities, spa credits, or even VIP treatment during your travels. By booking through a travel advisor, you can enjoy added value and unique experiences that enhance your trip, making it even more memorable.
#5: Peace of Mind and Support
Perhaps one of the most significant advantages of using a travel advisor is the peace of mind and support they provide throughout your journey. In case of unexpected changes or disruptions, such as flight cancellations, natural disasters, or medical emergencies, your travel advisor acts as your advocate, assisting with rebooking, rearranging itineraries, and providing guidance. They are there to support you every step of the way, ensuring that your travel experience is as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Working with a travel advisor offers numerous benefits that can enhance your travel planning and overall vacation experience. From their destination expertise and time-saving assistance to personalized service and access to exclusive perks, a travel advisor brings value and peace of mind to your journey. So, the next time you embark on a trip, consider enlisting the help of a travel advisor and unlock a world of possibilities for an unforgettable travel experience.
Hello! I’m Katie Hock, one of the Sun n’ Fun experts here at Fox! When a client tells me they want to vacation in a tropical destination that isn’t Mexico, I immediately suggest one of the incredible Caribbean Islands!
The Caribbean is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, warm hospitality, and vibrant culture. With its beautiful white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and diverse range of activities, it’s no wonder that it has become a dream destination for travelers from around the world. Follow along as we explore some of the best Caribbean destinations that offer everything from stunning beaches to thrilling diving adventures and cater to a wide range of interests and budgets. Whether you’re planning a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or an adventure with friends, the Caribbean has something for everyone.
Jamaica, the land of reggae and laid-back vibes, is a Caribbean gem that captivates visitors with its stunning beaches, lush mountains, and vibrant culture. From the famous Seven Mile Beach in Negril to the cascading waterfalls of Ocho Rios, Jamaica offers a plethora of natural wonders to explore. Dive enthusiasts will be thrilled with the opportunity to explore colorful coral reefs and underwater caves. The island also boasts a wide range of accommodations, from all-inclusive family resorts to luxury boutique hotels, ensuring a comfortable stay for every type of traveler.
The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean paradise that offers a mix of pristine beaches, rich history, and diverse landscapes. Punta Cana, with its palm tree-lined beaches and luxurious resorts, is a favorite destination for travelers seeking relaxation and indulgence. For adventure seekers, the country’s north coast offers world-class diving and snorkeling opportunities, where vibrant coral reefs and marine life await. The Dominican Republic also offers a range of accommodations, from budget-friendly options to exclusive resorts, making it accessible to all types of travelers.
Home to crystal-clear turquoise waters and pristine white sandy beaches, the Bahamas is a beach lover’s paradise. From the bustling capital of Nassau to the serene Exuma, each island offers its own unique charm. Scuba diving enthusiasts will love the opportunity to explore the world’s third-largest barrier reef, teeming with colorful marine life. With a variety of hotels and resorts catering to different budgets, the Bahamas is a perfect destination for families, honeymooners, and those seeking a luxurious escape.
Aruba is a picture-perfect Caribbean island that entices visitors with its idyllic beaches, year-round sunshine, and wide array of outdoor activities. Palm Beach, with its powdery sand and calm waters, is a haven for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts. The island is a diver’s paradise, boasting vibrant coral formations and intriguing shipwrecks. Aruba offers an impressive range of accommodation options, from all-inclusive resorts to boutique hotels, ensuring every visitor can find their perfect getaway.
The Caribbean is a treasure trove of stunning destinations, each offering its own unique allure. From the vibrant culture of Jamaica to the tranquil beaches of the Bahamas, there is something to suit every taste and interest. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or a romantic escape, the Caribbean delivers. With its easy accessibility from most US airports and the ease of entry requirements for US citizens, planning a Caribbean vacation has never been easier. So, pack your bags, embrace the laid-back Caribbean lifestyle, and get ready to create unforgettable memories in this tropical paradise!
Hello! I’m Diane, the Branch Manager of our Brookfield office! With over 40 years in the travel industry and having traveled with my own family, I’ve nailed down some of the best family-friendly destinations out there! Traveling with your family is a wonderful way to create memories that will last a lifetime. While there are many beautiful destinations within the United States, sometimes it’s nice to venture out and experience a new culture. Here are five family-friendly destinations outside of the US that you might want to consider for your next family vacation.
Barcelona is a vibrant city that is perfect for families looking for a mix of culture, history, and beach fun. Children will love the city’s aquarium, zoo, and amusement park, while adults can take in the city’s famous architecture, such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. The city is also home to some of Europe’s best beaches, making it a great destination for those who want to soak up the sun.
Iceland is a great destination for adventurous families who love the outdoors. The country’s landscape is filled with waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers, and geysers. Families can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, whale watching, and even ice climbing. The country is also known for its Northern Lights, which can be seen from September to April, if mother nature cooperates!
Costa Rica is a beautiful country that offers a lot of activities for families. The country is known for its wildlife, beaches, and rainforests. Families can enjoy zip-lining, hiking, surfing, and even volcano tours. The country is also known for its eco-tourism, so there are plenty of opportunities to learn about sustainable living and conservation efforts.
Australia is a popular destination for families because of its beautiful beaches, wildlife, and outdoor activities. Families can visit the Great Barrier Reef, go surfing, explore the Outback, and even visit a wildlife sanctuary. The country is also known for its friendly people, great food, and laid-back lifestyle.
Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, is a great destination for families looking for a tropical getaway. The island boasts beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, and plenty of water activities like snorkeling, diving, and fishing. Families can also explore the island’s history and culture by visiting the National Art Gallery, the Straw Market, or the Fort Charlotte. For a fun family experience, visit the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort that offers a water park, marine habitat, and even a casino.