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I am not belittling the brave pioneer men, but the sunbonnet as well as the sombrero, has helped to settle this

glorious land of ours.

Edna Ferber

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August 2011
Journeys of Exploration & Discovery


The 2012 season is taking shape.  You'll see some old favorites in the lineup as well as some exciting new programs. Read about our newest Vanishing Trails Expedition, El Camino Real, in this issue.


But there's still plenty of opportunities for travel adventures this fall.  Check them out below - and we'll see you on the trail!


John Brown Bleeding Kansas

If you've been thinking about booking this unique learning adventure, you couldn't find a better way to discover the causes of America's greatest national crisis.  Here was where the Missouri Compromise came unraveled, and the seeds of civil war took root. Living history re-enactments, lively discussions, special programs and speakers bring the subject to life for participants.  Don't miss this great opportunity to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

El Camino Real

April 19-25, 2012

El Camino Real


The itinerary for our newest Vanishing Trails Expedition is now posted online and we are accepting bookings.  We are very excited about the New Mexican experts and interpreters we have lined up to provide a cultural experience unlike any other we have ever offered.  Check it out here and make plans to follow El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro next spring!

Holiday Favorites


Rose Parade
It may be the Dog Days of August but it's not too early to start thinking about that special holiday trip.  Our TAP Partner's Rose Bowl Parade package is a wonderful Bucket List experience but it sells out early, so don't delay! Choose between five and six day packages. 
And don't forget the ever-popular Spring Cherry Blossom Festival in our nation's capital.  This year's itinerary includes a visit to the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.  2012 will be the 100th Anniversary of this event so you'll need to book early to ensure your spot on the roster.
Panama Canal Cruise

Holland America's StandendamJanuary 5-19, 2012


We're so proud to offer this classic Carribbean voyage from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean aboard Holland America's ms Statendam.  Highlights include 13 nights aboard the ship, 5 wonderful ports of call, and seven relaxing days at sea.  Begins in Ft. Lauderdale and ends in San Diego.  From $2,290.  $600 deposit due with reservation.  Final payment due October 17, 2011.

TAP Tours

Undecided on your next destination?  Choose from over 500 scheduled and guaranteed departures on the TAP Guaranteed Departures website:

Guaranteed Departures

Feel free to contact us with any questions at 800-888-8306.


We look forward to seeing you on the trail this season.


Happy Trails! 
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