GOSH! Summer is near, but our spring has been so nice and cool! Why can’t it just stay that way???
AS YOU CAN WELL IMAGINE, it has been another busy year so far at Travel Time Tours, and we have all of you to thank for it!! Already this year we’ve been to Laughlin, Monterey via Big Sur, and everyone enjoyed our Mesquite Music Festival in February! In March we had 20+ travelers visit Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Death Valley, and Las Vegas. Among April’s trips were New Orleans (56 travelers!!) and two beautiful weekend Yosemite tours. In May, it was New York City, back to Laughlin, NV for another nice three days, our ever popular Grand Alaska Land Tour (we’re offering it again in the Fall), and then 45 travelers (!) joined us in Washington, D.C. at the end of May.
Our first 5-Day Amtrak Getaway left on June 12, with 55 travelers, and our 2nd departure on June 26 already at a wait list. Brother . . . . . . I told you we have been busy!
Still to come is our Yellowstone & Mt. Rushmore tour (July), Las Vegas (July), and our two Grand Canyons departures in August (hurry on this one as our first date: 08/02/17 has already filled). I am sorry, but our day trip to Pageant of the Masters in Laguna has already gone to a waitlist, too. But we still have room on our Mammoth Mountain Cooler tour and our Laughlin Getaway, both in August.
From September on we are going back to Alaska, followed by our most popular tour all year: Eastern Canada/Fall Foliage. October finds us in Sedona, Arizona & the Verde Canyon Railroad, the beautiful fall colors of Yosemite National Park and then (!) San Francisco & the Napa Valley Wine Train in November (even that date is already half full!) Whew!!!
WE GET LETTERS: Virginia Z. of Oxnard emailed us a nice note, “The Copper Canyon (Mexico) was terrific and our Tour Director, Augustin, kept us laughing from start to finish.” Robert G. of Whittier wrote, “Your Grand Alaska Land Tour exceeded my expectations....the tour was well-planned out with excellent highlights and nice hotels!” Sally P. of San Clemente upon returning from Washington, D.C. wrote to say, “Want to thank you for a wonderful trip. So nice to have everything so organized…You do a great job!” Lamberto and Araceli S. of Brea sent a text to Ralph at the conclusion of the D.C. tour stating, “I am the type of person who was trained in Management to always look for ways to run operations more efficiently. After spending 5-days with you, and observing how you run the show, I am happy to say that you do it so efficiently that I could not come up with any more suggestions. We enjoyed our trip so much and we will check out your next month tours…” And lastly (boy, did everyone seem to enjoy our nation’s capital), Susan P. of Brea sent a letter which said, “I just want to thank you for a great tour of Washington, D.C. I have been reviewing the brochures from the trip and shaking my head in amazement at all the sights we were able to take in over those few days…The Cambria was a very nice hotel, the breakfast buffets were very nicely presented…the room was very comfortable…” Terrific! Thank you, everyone, for taking the time to write!
BUSINESS NOTE #1: READ YOUR ITINERARY BEFORE THE TOUR: As you know, on all overnight tours we mail out an itinerary to you 7-14 days prior to the tour. In some cases the departure time has changed slightly from your receipt. It is very important for you to verify departure times, etc. Always go with the times listed on our itinerary! We’d hate for you to miss the tour!!!
BUSINESS NOTE #2: TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE: If you are considering Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance (and TTT strongly recommends it on all overnight tours), we suggest you take it out within 14 days of your original reservation. By doing so the insurance company will “waive” any pre-existing conditions you may have. And that is very good for you! Any questions, just call our office . . . . we’re always happy to help.
BUSINESS NOTE #3: A WORD ABOUT ROOM MATES: If you would like to travel with us but need a roommate, please don’t be shy . . . just ask us. Sign up for the tour and as soon as we have another same-gender traveler looking for a roommate, we will contact each of you and exchange names and telephone numbers. Give them a call and check ‘em out. It usually always works out. But if we are unable to find you a roommate and you do NOT want to go as a single, your deposited monies are FULLY refundable. You have nothing to lose . . . . come on, call us today.
BUSINESS NOTE #4: THE NIGHT BEFORE OR MORNING OF A TOUR: If you have an “issue” kindly CALL or TEXT your escort (cell # on your itinerary), not our office number.
BUSINESS NOTE #5: ID ON LUGGAGE A MUST: You’ll notice that recently on many of our Overnight tours, we are using stick-on luggage decals (instead of luggage tags) to indicate your pickup point for the bus driver. But it is VERY important to have your own ID tag on each piece, especially your carry-on. Thanks for your cooperation . . . . . . this is for your benefit.
BUSINESS NOTE #6: CHANGES AFTER ITINERARY RECEIVED: As of April 2017, once our itineraries have been mailed to you, a $25.00 change fee will be imposed on most changes. That refers to name changes, roommates and pick-up points, etc.
I KNOW YOU’VE SEEN OUR BUSINESS NOTES BEFORE, but we can’t stress them enough.
My Warmest Wishes to All . . . . Mary