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        Community Education Travel

                     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

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!

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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