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2013 Chamber Trips
Click here to view the April 25, 2013 edition of the Travel Bug Newsletter
In China, we slept like a dead pig –or maybe a panda
by Ronni Hannaman
Tour guide: “How did you sleep last evening?”
Chorus of travelers: “I slept like a Panda.” Or, “I slept like a dead pig.” Or, maybe, “I slept like a pig.” Translation: Slept like a dead pig – a long, restful and undisturbed sleep; a pig – restful; and a panda – restless sleep that causes dark circle under the eyes.
That is how we started our lesson in Chinese folklore on our first full day in Beijing, and daily we reported our sleeping habit of the night before.
We learned much on the Chamber’s trip to the major cities in China and marveled at the building boom going on presently while our economy still remains sluggish. We dubbed the many building cranes the national bird.
Thirty five adventuresome travelers enjoyed a weeklong trip coordinated by the Chamber to the ancient cities of Beijing and Xian and then on to the more modern 400-year old city of Shanghai. Some travelers bypassed Xian to enjoy the important industrial cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou.
The all-inclusive trip did not bypass any important sites and we marched like troopers through Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and climbed the Great Wall of China and more in Beijing before splitting the group. In Xian, we saw the famous Wild Goose Pagoda now located next to a new shopping center, climbed the ancient City Wall and were awed by the Terra Cotta Warrior display, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Shanghai, we rode the amazing Maglev train, wandered through the maze in the old part of the city and cruised the river, admiring the Bund and the city lights.
We learned that the Chinese refer to Westerners as the race with the “big noses” and that we resemble 3-D characters. We did not know how to take that at first, but joked about it later.
And, most importantly, we learned about the culture and how far this country has come since the Cultural Revolution. This is not a ‘cradle to grave’ government and the citizens pay a lot now to live comfortably while still being directed by the government on how to lead their daily lives.
Though the flight was long and the pace fast, we all enjoyed our trip to this country of contrasts. We’ll be organizing another trip in April 2014. Details to follow or log on to
www.carsoncitychamber.com for information on other Chamber trips.
A good time was had by all on the Chamber’s April trip to China
Elnora Week (left) and Sarah Jevne of Carson City pose on the Bund in front of the amazingly modern buildings in Shanghai. Both participated in the weeklong Chamber China trip that returned on April 15th.
Stopping to rest as they climb the Great Wall of China just outside of Beijing are from left: Dan Helgerman of Maryland, Richard Axmear and Morris Shawen of Carson City.
35 local travelers and guests enjoyed the annual trip to China sponsored by the Chamber.
Elaine and Gregg White pose in front of the live flower wall found at the Bund in Shanghai.
Jeffrey Meagher of Gardnerville strikes a similar pose beside the statue of a copy of a Terra Cotta Warrior in Xian.
Vivian and Michael Moon of Carson City enjoyed a ride through old Beijing before having lunch at the home of a hutong resident.
Who is Citslinc? Citslinc is our tour operator to China. No one does it better or less expensive. Citslinc specializes in China and China only and those who have experienced the tours provided by this operator have been awed at the excellent service. Citslinc works only with Chambers and knows that our travelers want a first-class experience. The hotels are five-star,all meals are included as is the touring. Your trip begins in Carson City as we travel via motorcoach to San Francisco International to meet our Citslinc representative who makes certain we get on our China Air flight safe and sound. http://www.citslinc.com
Now accepting reservations for the
Chamber Mission to Thailand & Hong Kong
November 1-10, 2013
Cost: $2850 per person, double occupancy
(including transportation from Carson City if 20 plus travelers sign on)
Single Supplement: $600 per person
Deposit Due: $300 non-refundable by May 1, 2013
Final Due: July 15, 2013
Grand Circle Travel:
Cruisin' the Rhone River of the Burgundy Region
We're swapping our usual land tours in favor of cruising the famous Burgundy region of France on November 11, 2013. We've reserved some cabins on the Grand Circle Tour and invite you to go along. We'll spend a few night in Paris and Nice along the way.
Click here for Rhone River Itinerary
Click here for the Conde Nast Rating for the M/S Chardonnay
Click here for a video presentation on this trip
Why do we prefer Collette Travel? That’s a good question! There are many fine tour operators who can take our travelers to exotic destinations. We prefer to work with Collette because they have been around since 1918 and have always “delivered” the product they promote. I have had the opportunity to enjoy a number of their tours as part of our Chamber trips and have seen the job they do and the quality of their product. The hotels are excellent and the meals they include in their itineraries generally take you to local restaurants. In many destinations, the first night’s meal includes local entertainment. We have had an excellent track record with Collette. www.collettevacations.com
South Pacific Wonders - September 9, 2013*
Double $6,299 Single $7,349
***NEW America's Music Cities October 20 – 27, 2013*
Double: $2299, Single $2849
HIGHLIGHTS… French Quarter, New Orleans School of Cooking, Swamp Tour, Graceland, Grand Ole Opry Show & Backstage Tour, Historic RCA Studio B, Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, Wildhorse Saloon. Book by May 13, 2013
Click here for America's Music Cities Reservation Form
Magnificent Cities of Eastern Europe October 20, 2013*
Double $4399, Single $5149 HIGHLIGHTS....Poland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic will be the countries you visit on this magnificent tour of eastern Europe. We'll visit Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Warsaw, Vienna and more as we enjoy the history and the sites of this region that offers much history and beauty. Space available only
Christmas on the Danube December 4-12, 2013*
featuring a 6-night Danube River Cruise
Lower Outside Double: $3199.00
Middle Outside Double: $3349.00
Upper Outside Double: $3499.00
Suite Double: $3,699.00
Highlights: Würzburg, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Wachau Valley, Vienna, Hofburg Palace, Vienna Opera House, Christmas Markets. Space available only.
Prices quotes include air, early booking discounts and must be booked six months in advance of departure for discounts.
*Passengers are welcome to use their frequent flyer miles or book their own air. We can quote land only prices upon request
Coming in 2014!
Heritage of America - late Fall 2014
We've decided it's time to show a bit of patriotism and go back to our political roots to an area where America began. We'll begin in the city where if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere! There will be two nights in NYC with the second evening free to see a Broadway show on your own. Then on to Philadelphia to see the revered Liberty Bell and Independence Hall before going on to the center of the Pennsylvania Amish culture, Lancaster. Then stops in Gettysburg on the way to the Shenandoah Valley. There will be 2 nights in Williamsburg ending in Washington D.C. If you've forgotten any of your American History, it will be relived here.
CELEBRATE 2014 ST. PATRICK'S DAY IN IRELAND!
*DON'T MISS OUT! BOOK NOW!
*Book by September 9, 2013 for discount!
Highlights: Dublin, Irish Evening, Kilkenny, Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Jaunting Car Ride*, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Farm Visit, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Castle Stay.Click here for itinerary
Save $50* per person on any Collette Tour!
*coupon not valid with any other offer.
Offer valild on all tours for travel booked 8 months prior to departure through World Connect.
Must travel by 4/30/13
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