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2018 Schedule

 

 

They say travel is an education. Join us as we make lifelong learning through travel a reality and have fun doing so! Community Education Travel is part of District 214 Community Education’s effort in Building Learning Communities. You don’t have to live in the district or be an employee of District 214.   Everyone is welcome!  CET Tours are hassle-free.  We provide parking in our lot during the tour and take you to/from the airport.  We have a meeting before the tour to discuss money, temperature, packing, etc.  We help you through airport check-in and explain security procedures.  We obtain boarding passes, seat assignments and pay the fees to check your bag.  If the place you visit requires a Visa, we obtain the Visa for you.  You just have to book early, relax and enjoy the trip! CET TOURS INCLUDE roundtrip airport transportation Forest View Educational Center (FVEC), 2121 S Goebbert Rd/O’Hare (free parking in our lot permitted for duration of tour), roundtrip air, deluxe accommodations; meals, sightseeing and admissions as listed in itinerary; CET Host (minimum numbers required), local tour director/guides, deluxe motorcoach transportation throughout tour, pre-departure informational meeting, detailed final documents, destination information, CET Rewards, baggage handling/airline fee for one bag per person, government fees and taxes. Cruises also include port charges and roundtrip transportation airport/ship. Day trips include gratuities for driver and guide.

IT’S NOT TOO EARLY TO BOOK!  FOR MULTI-DAY TOURS, WE RECOMMEND YOU MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT AT LEAST 6 MONTHS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE IN ORDER TO INSURE AVAILABLE SPACE AND BEST AIR SCHEDULE/CRUISE CABINS.  BOOK DAY TRIPS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE—THEY SELL FAST!.

DETAILED BROCHURES providing day-by-day itineraries, pricing and inclusions are available for the following tours.  Call or email and we will send/email the brochures to you.

 

2018 TOURS

 

FEB 9-17 LOS ANGELES, PALM SPRINGS & SAN DIEGO California here we come!  Warm sunshine, clear blue southwestern skies, swaying palm trees, desert mountains and Pacific Ocean views will greet us on this special extended, nine day trip to the best of Southern California! Be dazzled with all the celebrity and glitter of the LA scene: Hollywood and Beverly Hills, Warner Brothers Studio, Catalina Island, The Queen Mary, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.  Then relax at the lush green oasis of Palm Springs known for its perfect climate, stunning mountain desert scenery, and history as a haven of the rich and famous! Be pampered at the fabulous Renaissance Palm Springs Resort featuring a stunningly attractive pool area accented with flowers, stately palm trees and mountains in view from your poolside lounge chair. Learn of the area’s flora and fauna at The Living Desert. Ascend the heights on the Mt. San Jacinto Aerial Tram to take in the spectacular mountaintop view of the valley below. Return to the coast with a visit to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Mission San Juan Capistrano and scenic ocean drive to San Diego. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of charming Humphrey’s Half Moon Bay Resort located on San Diego Bay. Guided tour of San Diego and free time to enjoy the resort or optional visits to Sea World or San Diego Zoo. Talk about your change of scenery - this trip will truly refresh the soul and rejuvenate the spirit.

 

FEB 22-MAR 2 PANAMA BY LAND Explore the colors and natural beauty of Panama – a land between the seas. Cruise through the canal aboard the Pacific Queen on a partial transit and stay at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Travel via dugout canoe to meet the indigenous Emberá people. Explore bustling local markets. Visit the historic district in Panama City, Casco Viejo, and the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center. Hike along rainforest trails to a waterfall. Stay in Anton Valley, a community nestled entirely within a volcano crater. Meet the locals and learn about Panamanian folklore, artisan crafts, and rum distillation in Chitré. Complete your Panama experience with a final night in your resort overlooking Playa Bonita.

 

MAR 3-11 CHILE AND EASTER ISLAND:  Santiago sits between the Andes and the Chilean coastline and is lively, cultured and full of surprises. We’ll spend three full days here exploring the city and its environs including wineries, mountain scenery and seaports before we fly off to Easter Island.  Considered the largest open-air museum with over 400 Moai statues, ruins and temples, we’ll earn the various legends behind these fascinating stone carvings and see them in various stages of completion.  CET Manager Linda Kerr will join you on this tour.

 

MAR 3-8 CUBS SPRING TRAINING, MESA See your favorite World Series Champion Cubs - Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber, and the rest of the team - for three spring training games in sunny Arizona. Blue skies and warm sunshine await you in beautiful Arizona! Panoramic mountain vistas, stately giant saguaros, famous historic landmarks and wide open spaces offer picture-perfect postcard scenes of the American Southwest. Highlights: 3 Chicago Cubs Spring Training Games, 5 night stay at Embassy Suites Tempe, Guided Tour of Phoenix, Apache Trail, Canyon Lake Cruise, Arizona Opry, Phoenix Botanical Gardens, Musical Instrument Museum, Old Town Scottsdale, Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass & more!  Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the Chicago Cubs in Arizona!

 

MAR 5-15 MEXICO’S COPPER CANYON Set in the Sierra Madre Mountains, Mexico’s Copper Canyon consists of multiple canyons that, when combined, are larger than the Grand Canyon and deeper in some places. The area is home to the indigenous Tarahumaras and one of the world’s most breathtaking train rides. On this Copper Canyon tour, you’ll explore this area, experience beautiful scenery, and learn about the native cultures. You’ll overnight in Phoenix, San Carlos, El Fuerte, Cerocahui, Posada Barrancas (Copper Canyon), and Nuevo Casas Grandes. The highlight of this tour is your train ride on the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad. Named an engineering marvel by National Geographic, you’ll travel from sea level to almost 8,000 feet as you wind through rugged terrain and cross deep ravines on bridges—it is nothing short of spectacular! You’ll get to immerse yourself in the peaceful beauty of Copper Canyon when you overnight at the Mirador Hotel in Posada Barrancas. Located on the canyon’s edge near the highest point, all rooms have a magnificent view overlooking the canyon. Other tour highlights include Urique Canyon, the deepest canyon in the western Sierra Madre Mountains, and Paquime, Mexico’s northernmost archaeological site where you’ll see the ancient pyramids and adobe-style apartments. Enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Cortez with a chance to see dolphins, seals, and exotic birds. You’ll hear a presentation on the Tarahumara Indians, descendants of the Northern Mexico tribes who fled from the Spanish conquest and made the remote canyons their homes. In El Fuerte, founded in 1564, you’ll enjoy a Mexican party, where you’ll learn about Zorro and maybe even meet him!

 

MAR 12-19 FLYAWAY MYSTERY TOUR Get ready for the most creative, fun trip ever – CET Travel Partner American Classic’s Flyaway Mystery Tour - where you won’t know where you are going from one event to the next. Imagine being seated on the plane without a clue as to where you are headed! Then you arrive at your mystery destination filled with plenty of sunshine, warm temperatures, and blossoming flowers. After a long, cold midwestern winter, this change of scenery will be the perfect cure for cabin fever, providing rejuvenation for both body and soul. You will experience exceptional scenery, hotel accommodations, cuisine and attractions all at a relaxing, comfortable pace. Not only are you visiting interesting places, but you're doing so amidst a special theme complete with witty clues, giveaways, games, costumed tour directors, unique entertainment and festive activities. This tour is of the first class quality you've come to expect from and trust in CET and American Classic Tours, Inc. And all the added themed mystery extras make this tour a great value. See you at the airport!

 

MAR 20-27 SAVANNAH & CHARLESTON Get an early start on spring by visiting America’s southern colonial coast. Spring is already in full bloom with gardens ablaze in color, grass and trees freshly green and warmth provided by the southern sun. This first-class trip features elegant hotels, superb cuisine and variety of quality attractions. The comfortable, well-paced itinerary with periods of free time provides the perfect opportunity to fully appreciate the charm of each community. In addition to these springtime pleasures are the scenes of an historic past: cities of preserved antebellum architecture, parks, plazas, gardens and markets. Highlights include: Charleston, Savannah, Beaufort, Jekyll Island, the Omni Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, Dolphin Watching Cruise, Parris Island Marine Base, horse drawn carriage ride, Fort Sumter boat cruise, Drayton Hall Plantation, Magnolia Gardens and Charleston Tea Company’s Field & Factory Tour.

 

APR 3-5 LINCOLN’S HOMETOWN BY AMTRAK & MOTORCOACH Amidst the grand prairielands of central Illinois is a treasure-trove of important American historic sites…Springfield – Mr. Lincoln’s Hometown. Travel to Springfield via Amtrak to see the following highlights: Old State Capitol, New State Capitol, Governor’s Mansion, Lincoln’s Tomb, Lincoln’s Home, Illinois Military Museum, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana Thomas House. Special feature will be a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  This state of the art museum will carry visitors on twin journeys from a crude Indiana cabin to Ford’s Theatre and a reproduction of the House Chamber in the Old State Capitol where Lincoln’s casket lies in state. The museum also features Lincoln artifacts, “Lincoln’s Eyes” – a screen presentation and “Ghosts of the Library” – a unique holographic theater presentation. Abe Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln impersonators will entertain at dinner. Return home via motorcoach with wonderful memories of Mr. Lincoln’s Hometown!

 

APR 15-21 ASHEVILLE & THE BILTMORE BY MOTORCOACH Welcome the colors of spring at the Biltmore Estate’s annual Festival of Flowers. Spring awakens the heady scents and glorious sights as blooms burst forth from a variety of flowers, and 1000 native & hybrid azaleas add pastel colors to the garden’s palette. Marvel at George Vanderbilt’s extraordinary estate which comprises 8,000 acres fashioned by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Tour the castle-like mansion, America’s largest home, with 4 acres of floor space containing 65 fireplaces, 43 bathrooms, 34 bedrooms and 3 kitchens! Enjoy a four-night stay of Vanderbilt hospitality at the Biltmore Estate’s new Village Hotel located on the beautiful grounds of the Biltmore Estate near Asheville NC.  Stroll the colorful gardens, tour Biltmore Winery, shop at Antler Hill Village and partake in the special activities and programs offered by the Estate. Other highlights of this trip: Blue Ridge Mountain scenery, Asheville city tour, Lake Lure cruise, legendary Chimney Rock scenic overlook, Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Kentucky Horse Park & Parade of Breeds and more!

 

APR 17-21 KENTUCKY WITH NOAH’S ARK BY MOTORCOACH Kentucky: the birth­place of Abraham Lincoln, home of the Kentucky Derby, world-famous bourbon, the Mint Julep and fields of bluegrass, is a state full of unbridled spirit. But it’s not just the symbols of Kentucky that make it so appealing - it’s the scenery & the people, too. Where else can you see rolling green pastures decorated with white fences and glorious stallions in their blazing beauty? Take picturesque scenery & mix in southern hospitality, stir in nostalgia and top if off with a bit of class and you have Kentucky! This springtime getaway features: Louisville, Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs Tour, Ohio River Dinner Cruise, Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum, Derby Dinner Theater, My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown, Heaven Hill Bourbon Distillery, Lexington's Kentucky Horse Park & Parade of Breeds, and famous Montgomery Boathouse Restaurant in Cincinnati area. SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT:  Kentucky’s newest attraction - Ark Encounter - a full-size Noah’s Ark.  This modern engineering marvel is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high! ALSO: The state-of-the-art Creation Museum with its stunning exhibits.

 

MAY 2-13 PORTUGAL Join CET Manager Linda Kerr to see Portugal at a relaxed pace, thanks to the well-planned, 2-night stopovers in Lisbon, Oporto, and the Algarve, and overnights also in Tomar, Viseu, and Evora. Throughout this tour, you’ll visit the must-see attractions including the Ossuary Chapel in Evora, with its walls covered with thousands of human bones and skulls; the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, a pilgrimage site where apparitions of the Virgin Mary were reported by three local children in 1917; the Church of Sao Francisco in Oporto, the city's most important gothic temple with construction beginning in the 14th century; and Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon. Built in the 16th century and now regarded as Lisbon’s most important landmark, it was traditional for Portuguese seafarers to pray in the chapel before their departure to the unknown. Enjoy the Roman ruins of Conimbriga, tour the excavations, view the well-preserved mosaics, and visit the excellent museum. Spend time in the Algarve, Portugal’s most popular vacation area, and take an excursion to the Promontory of Sagres, where Henry the Navigator lived and planned his overseas expansion. Enjoy an olive oil tasting in Belmonte (birthplace of Pedro Alvares Cabral, discoverer of Brazil) and a wine tasting at a Port wine cellar in Oporto. This and much more await you on this in-depth Portugal tour!

 

MAY 16-20 NEW YORK CITY It’s springtime in the city! Highlights of tour include:  four-night stay at the lovely Sheraton Manhattan, three Broadway Shows, guided city tour including Central Park, Fifth Avenue, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Times Square, Ground Zero, Lower Manhattan, Greenwich Village, Soho, Financial District, Wall Street, and Chinatown. Special attractions: Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NBC Studios Tour, United Nations, National September 11 Memorial & Museum & more!

 

MAY 20-28 PACIFIC NORTHWEST’S COASTAL TREASURES FEATURING THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS Surround yourself in a region with stunning natural beauty, charming towns, and a colorful atmosphere. Delight in a two-night stay in the captivating city of Seattle. Your sightseeing tour includes a visit to lively Pike Place Market, the famous fish and vegetable market. Embark on an incredible adventure as you cruise around the breathtaking San Juan Islands. Stay overnight in the quaint little village of Friday Harbor. Savor a two-night stay in Victoria, one of Canada’s most exhilarating cities and where the views of ocean, gardens and mountains surround you at every turn. The choice is yours! Choose to explore Victoria independently utilizing an included Hop On, Hop Off trolley, or explore Butchart Gardens followed by a local sightseeing tour of the city with your guide. Stay in Port Angeles, WA, a charming art town steeped in history considered to be the “authentic Northwest.” Marvel at the rainforest inside Olympic National Park where a local naturalist takes you on a leisurely hike. This tour will engulf you in all of the allures of the spectacular Pacific Northwest.

 

JUN 3-18 GREECE WITH ISLANDS Stunning scenery, sun-soaked beaches, the crystal-clear Aegean Sea, and tasty Greek cuisine…on this Greek Islands tour, you’ll experience all of this and more! Your tour starts in Athens with guided sightseeing and a visit to the Acropolis, dating back to the 5th century BC and a symbol of Athens’ power and wealth at its greatest peak—the Golden Age. The tour ends with a flight to Athens and an overnight. In between, sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea and spend three nights on the island of Mykonos and three nights in Santorini. Mykonos, Greece's most famous jet-set island, has a beautiful seafront village, sandy beaches, famous windmills, and whitewash houses. Here, you'll visit the Church of Agia Kiriaki, renowned for its beautiful icons, and have plenty of time to relax on the beach, walk through the network of narrow streets, sample local specialties, and take optional excursions. In Santorini, still an active volcano, stroll along the cobblestone streets, enjoy the beautiful beaches, savor the local specialties, enjoy tastings at famous wineries, and witness the stunning views. A Greek Islands tour would not be complete without sampling the local cuisine. On both islands, you'll dine at a local restaurant, where you'll sample the local specialties. Also included are special treats: a traditional Mykonian dessert, Amygdalota, and a traditional Ouzo, Greece’s most popular drink, in Santorini. If you are looking for a fantastic Greek Islands vacation, look no further.

 

JUN 12-25, 2018 ALASKA Journey to Alaska to explore America’s last frontier by land and by sea. Marvel at majestic mountain peaks, glacial fjords, deep forests, blue waters and open skies. See grizzly bears, Dall sheep, humpback whales, sea lions, bald eagles, moose and caribou as you voyage across some of Alaska’s most unfettered terrain. Discover this land of sled dogs, fur traders, gold miners, lumberjacks and unique native cultures. Highlights: Deluxe Dome Railcar to Denali National Park, Tanana Valley Railroad Gold Dredge Tour, Sternwheeler Cruise on Chena River, Fairbanks, Tundra Wilderness Tour, Dog Sled Team, quaint town of Talkeetna, Anchorage, Earthquake Park, Lake Hood, Seward, and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.  Board Holland America’s luxurious MS Westerdam for a 7-day cruise of Alaska’s Inside Passage to Glacier Bay, Juneau, Ketchikan. Included shore excursions: Alaska Raptors & Bald Eagle Foundation; Whale-Watching, Mendenhall Glacier, Auke Bay, Stephens Passage & Orca Point Lodge on Colt Island; Beaver Clan House, Saxman Village & Totem Park and Lumberjack Show. Arrive in Vancouver for a guided city tour, dinner and lodging with return flight to Chicago the following day. Join us for this magnificent adventure of a lifetime to Alaska!

 

JUN 27-29 MISSISSIPPI RIVER MAGIC Delight in the beauty of the Mississippi River Valley on a full day, 100-mile cruise aboard the Celebration Belle. Cruise from Dubuque to Bettendorf while enjoying a full breakfast, lunch & prime rib dinner as well as narration by the captain, live entertainment and activities.  Travel through three locks & dams and view majestic bluffs. Other tour highlights include: Lunch at Fried Green Tomatoes with free time in Galena and the new National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque. We’ll also step back in time during a visit to charming Bishop Hill Colony, IL. This “prairie utopia” was established by industrious Swedish immigrants in the mid-1800s. Take a guided tour to see the colony’s historic buildings and enjoy a Swedish lunch. Free time to visit the heritage shops here. Don’t miss the boat as we cruise the mighty Mississippi!

 

JUL 6-14 PARIS NORMANDY RIVER CRUISE FOR WWII HISTORIANS This fabulous river cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy. This cruise focuses on WWII History and you will be joined onboard by an expert who will share his knowledge and expertise at lectures.  Embark on your adventure in Paris and sail to Vernon where you’ll choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” An excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, includes Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery. In Rouen, best known as the home of Joan of Arc, choose a guided walk focusing on the French resistance, or a more traditional guided tour that visits gothic Rouen Cathedral. From Conflans, go on an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise, associated with several famous artists, including Vincent Van Gogh or to visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure would not be complete without some time in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided walk through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité, where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight. Alternatively, you may prefer to visit Les Invalides dedicated to the liberation of the city.

 

JUL 7-13 STRATFORD, SHAW THEATRE & NIAGARA FALLS  Receive the royal treatment on this holiday to the heart of British-inspired Canada. A major highlight of this summer sojourn will be world-class entertainment at two internationally acclaimed theatre festivals: Shakespeare Festival in Stratford and Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Canada’s Stratford resemblance to Stratford-upon-Avon England is deliberate and is showcased in its manicured parks and Victorian downtown. Here enjoy two professional theatre productions, a guided city tour and the Costume & Props Warehouse Tour. Next up is sparkling and sophisticated Toronto with a very special two-night stay at the elegant Fairmont Royal York Hotel located in downtown Toronto. While in Canada’s largest city enjoy a Lake Ontario Boat Cruise, Majestic Casa Loma Estate and dinner atop the CN Tower. Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens – largest botanical gardens in Canada – during July blooming. Step back in time as you enter Niagara-on-the-Lake known as the “prettiest little town in Canada.” During the American Revolution, Loyalists to the British Crown flocked to this town located not far from the United States border. Today the town retains the ambiance of its English heritage as witnessed in her Victorian charm and magnificent flower gardens. Nestle into the lap of luxury for two nights at the historic Prince of Wales Hotel - a refined oasis of Victorian elegance filled with 21st century comforts. While in the Niagara region, enjoy a Niagara Falls Boat Cruise, Journey Behind the Falls, British Fort George and a professional production at the Shaw Theatre Festival. Experience merry old England without crossing the pond on this summertime delight!

 

JUL 25-AUG 2 YOSEMITE, SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS  Discover the magnificent scenery of northern California. Cross the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Marvel at Yosemite’s incredibly rugged landscape of deep canyons and lofty mountains including El Capitan, Glacial Point and Half Dome. View the cascading waterfalls of Vernal, Bridal Veil and Yosemite. While in the valley visit the Ansel Adams Gallery. Stand in the shadows of ancient Giant Sequoias at Mariposa Grove. Relish a two-night stay in Sequoia National Park at Wuksachi Lodge with a naturalist guide session on the flora and fauna of this pristine natural environment. Fall in love with the city by the bay: San Francisco with its cable cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge and a two-night stay at the iconic, elegant Westin St Francis Hotel on Union Square. Also included: Cruise the sparkling waters of Lake Tahoe and tour Victorian Virginia City, Nevada with a train journey past historic gold mines of the Comstock Lode Era. The beauty and history of our American West will unfold before your very eyes!

 

AUG 6-9 MINI MYSTERY TOUR By Motorcoach  Get ready for the most creative, fun trip ever--where you won't know where you will be going from one event to another. Not only will you be visiting interesting places, you'll be doing so amidst a special theme complete with witty clues, giveaways, games, costumed tour directors, unique entertainment and festive activities. This tour is of the first class quality you've come to expect from and trust with CET and our travel partner American Classic Tours, Inc. Excellent dining, deluxe hotel accommodations, fascinating attractions, fine services of a professional Tour Director, and all the added themed mystery extras make this tour a great value.

 

AUG 21-28  AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS—GLACIER, YELLOWSTONE & GRAND TETON Marvel at the rugged beauty of America's majestic national parks: Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier. View snow-capped mountains, wildlife, dramatic waterfalls, and landscape sculpted with canyons, cirques, craggy peaks, clear alpine lakes, winding rivers and virgin forests. Ride the Rendezvous Mountain Aerial Tramway, cruise the Snake River and Gates of the Mountains, and see the famous geyser, Old Faithful. Take one of the most magnificent drives in the world along "Going to the Sun Road" on the famous Red Jammer Buses. Join us on this unforgettable trip!

 

SEP 5-13 SWITZERLAND With its stunning mountains, fascinating old towns, beautiful lakes, and long history, Switzerland is the perfect vacation offering something for everyone. On this Best of Switzerland tour, you will experience some of its most beautiful scenery and interesting cities with overnights in Zürich, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt, Lake Geneva, and Lucerne.  No tour to Switzerland is complete without seeing the stunning scenery. You'll enjoy a scenic drive following Lake Zürich and Lake Walen through the high Alps to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. You'll also drive into the Swiss Engadine, a valley considered by many as the most beautiful mountain area in the world, with deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages. Here, enjoy St. Moritz, one of the world's most famous resorts. Other mountain scenery awaits you in Täsch, where you’ll board a mountain train to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the famous Matterhorn. If it’s lakes you desire to see, you'll enjoy Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, stunning Lake Geneva, and Lugano, the popular subtropical resort on the shores of Lake Lugano. You'll also visit some of Switzerland's famous cities, including Zürich, Berne, and Lucerne. You'll enjoy lunch at a traditional Swiss working farm in Berne. Another true Swiss experience is a trip to the top of Mount Pilatus to enjoy heavenly views and an alphorn demonstration.  Of course, Switzerland is known for its chocolates, and on this Switzerland tour, you'll taste traditional chocolate pralines.

 

SEP 14-19 OKLAHOMA– a land of no boundaries. Pull on your boots and venture into the Cowboy Culture of Oklahoma at Prairie Song Western Town, National Stockyards & live Cattle Auction, Langston’s Western Store & the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Discover a region rich with oil fields creating boomtowns and oil barons. In Bartlesville learn about Frank Phillips of Phillips Petroleum with a visit to the Phillips Petroleum Museum & the first commercial oil well in Oklahoma - the Nellie Johnstone. Venture into remote terrain at Phillips’ rustic country retreat and wildlife preserve called Woolaroc. Encounter Pioneer Spirit of technology, entrepreneurship & legend at the Will Rogers Museum, Ree Drummond of The Food Network - Pioneer Woman's Mercantile, and the NOAA/National Weather Service Forecast Office. Explore the Chickasaw Cultural Center, incorporating nature, history, heritage and life ways to tell the ongoing story of the Chickasaw people. Western charm goes metropolitan in Oklahoma’s capital city! Rope up some fun at the Bricktown Entertainment District of Oklahoma City and discover the city’s unique history on a guided tour. Witness a symbol of this city’s strength at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. So join us as we discover new horizons in this land of no boundaries - Oklahoma!

 

SEP 16-29 RHINE & MOSELLE RIVER CRUISE This exciting river cruise vacation has it all! Begin in Amsterdam with a cruise through the city’s enchanting canals. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, Luxembourg City and Strasbourg; visit France’s Metz or take an excursion to the Maginot Line; see the Roman ruins at Trier; visit Eltz Castle and the unique Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim. Sail past the legendary Lorelei rock and through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, enjoy a walking tour of pretty Bernkastel, and excursions to majestic Heidelberg and to Germany’s legendary Black Forest.

 

SEP 19-26 SCOTLAND Famous for its historic castles, fascinating and often bloody history, breathtaking scenery, lively cities, charming villages, and the legendary Loch Ness monster, Scotland fills visitors with a sense of magic and delight. On this Scotland tour you’ll get an introduction to this enchanting country, starting with a guided tour of a whisky distillery north of Glasgow and ending in fascinating Edinburgh. In between, you’ll experience some of Scotland’s most scenic areas and fascinating sights. Stunning scenery awaits you on this tour. You’ll follow the “Road to the Isles,” with its breathtaking hills, green woodlands, and spectacular beaches. You’ll overnight on the Isle of Skye, with some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery, and drive through Cairngorms National Park, with its sub-arctic mountains and varied wildlife. Be on the lookout for the mysterious Loch Ness monster in the Highlands, and take photos of stunning Loch Lomond. Learn about Scotland’s fascinating history and visit some of the famous battle sights, including the Bannockburn Visitor Centre, commemorating one of Scotland’s most notable battles in 1314, and the Culloden Visitor Centre, where you’ll learn about the battle in 1746 when Bonnie Prince Charles was defeated. For those wanting to follow in the footsteps of royalty, this Scotland tour offers Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century, once residence of Scottish monarchs, and today home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. You’ll also board and tour the Royal Yacht Britannia, home to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years.

 

SEP 29-OCT 10 CROATIA AND SLOVENIA  Croatia is often referred to as the land of a thousand islands. Located on the east bank of the Adriatic Sea across from Italy, some say that a trip to Croatia is to experience “the Mediterranean as it once was.” It is a natural and historic setting for the many activities and cultural experiences that lie ahead. Medieval architecture, tranquil lakes, local villages and Croatian charm will delight you on this tour featuring Dubrovnik, Lake Bled, Ljubljana, and the pearls of the stunning Dalmatian coast. Begin your exploration with two nights in Opatija, the “Riviera of Croatia” and an Istrian gem. Explore Plitvice National Park by foot and by boat, a place where waterfalls cascade down sheer cliffs connecting sixteen pristine lakes. Enjoy a visit and dinner with a local family outside Dubrovnik. Explore the white stone buildings, winding alleys, and massive city walls of the ancient harbor town, Dubrovnik. Step back into Roman times in Diocletian’s Palace, which comprises Split’s Old Town. Explore Ljubljana, Slovenia’s quaint capital city, and float on a “pletna” boat on serene Lake Bled.  An optional tour to Montenegro is also available.

 

OCT 3-5 DOOR COUNTY Door County is known as the "Cape Cod of the Midwest" due to its picturesque lakeside villages, extensive shoreline and rolling woodland. This tour features a two-night stay at the beautiful Stone Harbor Resort on the Sturgeon Bay waterfront. A guided tour of Door County will highlight the charming communities of Sister Bay, Ephraim, Bailey's Harbor, Ellison Bay, Egg Harbor, Gills Rock, Fish Creek and Northport. Special visits will be made to Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant, Bjorklünden Norwegian Chapel, Cave Point, Seaquist Farm Orchard, Door Peninsula Winery, Door County Maritime Museum, cruise on the sparkling waters of Sturgeon Bay and the legendary fish boil. Come see the colors of autumn on this three-day getaway!

 

OCT 4-11 AUTUMN IN THE ADIRONDACKS Come see the autumn majesty in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.   This unforgettable fall foliage getaway will feature the best of the Empire State of New York. Relax and enjoy mountain fall foliage from the comfort of a scenic train ride along the famous Hudson River.  Marvel at stunning mountain vistas draped in autumn color in the Adirondacks. Be refreshed on two boat rides on the pristine waters of both Lake Placid and Lake George.  Highlights include: Olympic sites in Lake Placid, Saratoga Springs Guided Tour, the Culinary Institute of America, West Point Military Academy, FDR’s Hyde Park Home, Gravesite, Presidential Library & Museum, Vanderbilt and Boscobel lavish mansions, a Broadway show and tour of New York City.  Join us for this memorable autumnal getaway!

 

OCT 14-23 COLUMBIA RIVER CRUISE  Uncover a wealth of natural, awe-inspiring beauty and iconic destinations that will take your breath away as you cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the elegant American Empress from Astoria, Oregon to Clarkston, Washington. Enjoy your American Empress deluxe stateroom with private veranda, amenities and services, fine dining, professional entertainment, and shore excursions. Highlights: Portland city tour, Astoria Column with mesmerizing views of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean, The Dalles, Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Bonneville Dam, Multnomah Falls, Sacajawea State Park, Nez Perce National Historical Park, Seattle city tour, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Space Needle and more! Trace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark on this uniquely American river cruise of the Pacific Northwest!

 

OCT 18-23 SAN FRANCISCO & NAPA VALLEY The City by the Bay - San Francisco – a lively and lovely city freshened by clean Pacific breezes and warmed by the California sun. This tour features a five-night stay at the beautifully appointed Marriott Union Square in San Francisco. Guided tour of the city will highlight: Golden Gate Bridge, world-renowned Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, Chinatown, Lombard Street, North Beach, Twin Peaks, Civic Center, Seal Rocks, Victorian San Francisco architecture and more! Cruise the bay past Angel Island, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge onboard the Blue & Gold Fleet sightseeing boat. See the giant redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument, a 550-acre preserve embracing a stand of old growth coast redwoods – the tallest type of tree on earth – some up to 1,000 years old. Visit picturesque Sausalito, a quaint Mediterranean-style village. A day trip will take you to Napa Valley to sample California wines at a vineyard and to ride the Napa Valley Wine Train with a gourmet lunch on board.  Travel the Pacific Coastline on the 17 Mile Ocean Drive, Pebble Beach, The Lone Cypress, Monterey Aquarium and Carmel-by-the- Sea. Come along to beautiful northern California!

 

OCT 23-NOV 4 SICILY AND MALTA  Beautiful and perfectly placed in the heart of the Mediterranean, Sicily has been luring passersby since the time of legends. The land of the Cyclops has been praised by poets from Homer to Virgil and prized by the many ancient cultures – Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Elysians, Romans and Greeks – whose bones lie buried here. Sicily's varied landscape makes a dramatic first impression. In Catania the smoking hulk of Etna greets you; in Palermo it's the sparkling Golfo di Castellammare. Sea, volcano and mountain scenery make a stunning backdrop for all activities. Sicily is also bursting at the seams with artistic and architectural gems. In a short walk around Palermo you'll see Arab domes and arches, Byzantine mosaics and Norman palace walls. Throughout the island you'll find yourself stumbling upon the remains of Arab and Norman castles. In the Valley of the Temples be awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history.  Megaliths, medieval dungeons and Calypso's Cave – The Maltese Islands are positively mythic. The narrow meandering streets of their towns and villages lead to the main square, which is invariably dominated by the huge baroque church. As the countryside is dotted with medieval towers, wayside chapels and the oldest known human structures in the world, the Islands have rightly been described as an open-air museum.  Join CET Manager Linda Kerr on this exciting adventure.

 

NOV 15-19 NASHVILLE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS Get in the holiday spirit as we visit the Music City--Nashville, Tennessee! A major highlight of this trip is a four-night stay at the Opryland Hotel. Each year Opryland creates a glittering holiday extravaganza sparkling with the brilliance of millions of lights. Nine acres of indoor gardens are lavishly decorated with amazing holiday displays you need to see to believe! There’s even the Delta River Flatboat which cruises down a scenic river inside the hotel! This trip will feature a guided tour of Nashville highlighting Music Row Recording Studios Area, homes of Country & Western Music stars, the Parthenon, Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and more. Enjoy great entertainment including: Grand Ole Opry Show, General Jackson Showboat, Opryland Hotel Holiday Dinner Show, and “Broadway In Nashville” Theater production.  Other events include: Opryland Hotel’s Treasures for the Holidays Craft Fair, Barbara Mandrell’s former Estate-Fontanel and the exciting Fantasy in Ice which is an incredible exhibit of carvings out of one million pounds of ice! Take some time out to experience the joy of the Christmas Season on this festive Tour to Nashville!

 

DEC 6-8 AMISH COUNTRY CHRISTMAS Join us next holiday season as we visit the heart of Amish Country. View beautiful Christmas decorations throughout. Relax at the charming Blue Gate Inn of Shipshewana, Indiana. Savor homemade Amish meals. At the Menno-Hof Interpretive Center learn the story of the Anabaptists: Amish, Mennonites and Hutterites and their journey from Europe to the New World. Tour the peaceful rolling countryside of the Crystal Valley with its small Amish country schools, neat Amish farmsteads, Amish folk in plain dress and black buggies. Attend three shows: Christmas in Paradise at the Blue Gate Theater, Essenhaus Heritage Theater Christmas Show and Dailey & Vincent Bluegrass Christmas Show! Shopping stops will feature Amish cheese, bakery, noodles, jams & jellies, quilts and more. In an Amish farm home enjoy a Christmas cookie making demonstration and a hearty dinner. Try your hand at woodworking as you build a birdhouse – no experience necessary! Your charming creation will be carefully boxed for you to take home as a souvenir of your visit to Amish Country. Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

DEC 28-JAN 2, 2019  TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE & LOS ANGELES California: it’s full of sunshine, movie stars and the annual Tournament of Roses Parade! An American New Year’s Day tradition, the Tournament of Roses Parade has all the bells and whistles – magnificent floral floats, high-stepping equestrians, spirited marching bands, celebrities and more! The day before the parade you will visit the pavilions to witness how each rose is put into place and how other natural elements are assembled to make the intricate floats. Then experience all the excitement of the parade from reserved seating. Other highlights: guided tour of Los Angeles & Hollywood, Catalina Island, the Queen Mary, Warner Brothers Studio Tour, Santa Monica Pier, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum and more. So take a break from our cold winter by joining us in sunny, warm Southern California!

 

 ALSO COMING IN 2018: CUBS VS PITTSBURGH (JULY)   NEW YEARS EVE CRUISE

 

CET also has Day Trips—call 847 718 7709.  CET REWARDS earned on each trip—you receive $5 in CET Rewards for every day you are on a CET Tour, which can be used toward the final payment of your next Extended CET Tour within (redemption limits apply). It pays to travel with CET because CET Celebrates Every Traveler!  CET GOLD CARD DISCOUNT—Gold Card Members receive $50 off trips over $2500, $25 off trips $750-2499 and $10 off trips under $750 (not combinable with rewards).  CET REFERRAL PROGRAM—refer a friend or relative and earn $25 Referral Dollars toward your next CET trip when that person deposits on a CET extended trip.   CET REUNIONS—Reunions with a light lunch are held once a quarter for everyone who went on a CET Multi-Day Tour in the previous three months.  CET GIFT CERTIFICATES—Looking for a great gift idea?  Give the gift of travel.  COMMUNITY EDUCATION TRAVEL, ROOM B106, FOREST VIEW EDUCATIONAL CENTER, 2121 S GOEBBERT ROAD, ARLINGTON HTS 60005 847-718-7709 email:  cetravel@d214.org Website:  www.ce214.org.  Itineraries, dates and prices subject to change.                                                Updated 11/17/17