Elite Travel

Elite Travel Specializing in cruises, all-inclusive resorts and custom tours for individuals and groups. We'll take care of your flights and your excursions as well.

We are a full service travel agency that can help you with all your travel needs. We will plan every aspect of your vacation from flights, transportation, hotel, resorts, cruise lines, to excursions and special desires such as golf tee times, private guides and drivers to help make your vacation a dream travel experience. Our clients use our services for all possible types of vacations and destinations from an expedition in the Galapagos to an African Safari, to a quick weekend getaway in Napa Valley Wine Country. Whether it is a girls getaway in South Beach or sipping Margaritas poolside at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic or Mexico, a Family Reunion Cruise or a dream Destination Wedding on the white sands of Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica; one thing is for sure – we love to plan Travel and ensure that the little details are always taken care of. Be sure to visit us online at www.itsthejourneys.com. Contact us for one on one assistance with all your travel needs. And we love recommendations too!

Guidance From A Travel Advisor1.Our Careers are Based on knowing things, places and people that you don’t know.We have...
07/03/2019

Guidance From A Travel Advisor

1.Our Careers are Based on knowing things, places and people that you don’t know.
We have spent most of our careers establishing and building relationships with our supplier and destination counterparts so that our clients can enjoy exclusive access, VIP treatment and special amenities wherever and whenever they travel. In some cases, these benefits are complimentary to the traveler—just one more way travel advisors provide superior value.

2.We know the Value of your vacation time and how to protect it.
If you can’t afford to lose everything you’ve paid for your trip—say, if you fall and break your leg two weeks before you are supposed to travel and aren’t able to go—you need to buy travel insurance. Being young and healthy doesn’t mean you don’t need insurance. And your U.S. health insurance may not offer medical coverage outside the U.S. Travel insurance is for unexpected emergencies, regardless of your age or health.

3.We Will be honest if you ask our opinion about a resort or cruise ship.
We rely on our personal experiences, not reviews on websites from people you don’t know. And if we haven’t been to your resort, we usually know someone who has and can give you first-hand feedback.

4.It’s all about you!
The more information clients can give us about their preferences and interests, the better. We can tailor tours to your interests – for example, let’s say a family is traveling to Europe and the teenage boys are really into music. We can create a tour of London that incorporates rock-themed sites, including 94 Baker Street, where John Lennon and George Harrison had a boutique clothing shop, Paul McCartney’s house, Abbey Road Studios, Hendon Street, and more.

5.When it comes to logistics, we have your best interest at heart.
Sometimes there are “cheaper” options but if we don’t mention them to you there is a reason and the money saved is truly not worth what you’re giving up.

6.We can make magic happen, but don’t ask us to beg our reps for help when you need to make changes to the “advanced pay/no changes” reservation that you insisted we book.
Most of the time clients don’t need to make changes to bookings once an itinerary is set. However, we never recommend or advertise an advanced/prepay rate to a client; it’s always that one time the client insists on a prepaid rate that changes will need to be made.

7.When we travel, it is always a working vacation – even on our personal, family vacations.
On every trip, even our own personal vacations, we are doing research for our clients to ensure that we can provide them with the best information at all times. Most familiarization trips include anywhere from 5 to 15 hotel site visits and every activity and meal is documented so that we can pass on this knowledge to our clients. While our social media accounts may look like we’re on a permanent vacation, it is hard work. Travel consulting is a profession that requires ongoing training just like any other profession and these “vacations” are part of that training.

8.Please do not base your hotel choices on web reviews.
You have no idea who these reviewers are, what their expectations are, or what their perception of “great” is. We choose hotels based on your needs and expectations. Just because a vacation was great for someone else doesn’t mean the same vacation will be great for you. Getting to know and understand my clients’ needs and wishes are my top priorities, so we can advise you on the best choices for your vacation.

9.You are leaving money on the table when you book hotels direct instead of with us.
We can often add value to your reservations with perks such as room upgrades, complimentary breakfasts, and special amenities like a spa or food and beverage credit.

10.We provide more than just an airline ticket – we provide support before, during and after your flight.
Did you know that we can help you coordinate your air travel by providing the best logical routing, by advising you about connecting times and baggage restrictions and also by assisting with canceled flights, missed connections and schedule changes?

11.We practice what we preach.
We are very well-traveled, typically having been to dozens of countries, and we share our firsthand insights with our clients. Chances are we’ve already been where you are going!

12.Book as soon as you can.
The cruise, tour or resort, dining reservations, shore excursions, etc., should be booked as early as possible. It’ll get you the best pricing and selection for what you are looking for.

13.We work for you; we do not work for the travel supplier.
I am your advocate and have no reason not to get you the best price possible.

14.Your travel agent is the expert.
We will ask the right questions, listen to your answers and offer expert advice to guide you in making the right decision regarding how to spend your vacation time. We take a critical look at the moving parts of your trip to make sure that each component fits – like a giant jigsaw puzzle.

15.If time is money, think of us as asset managers.
You can’t hit re-do on a vacation, and your time is your most precious asset. Let us take the stress out of planning – or if
you like planning – let’s do it together.

15 Beautiful castles in.......?If we told you about a land where almost all the residents speak English, the countryside...
07/03/2019

15 Beautiful castles in.......?

If we told you about a land where almost all the residents speak English, the countryside is dotted with ancient castles (more of them per square mile than any other country in the world), and there is a village with the longest name in Europe: ''#Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch'' ...
Do you think we'd be speaking of Ireland? England? Scotland? Norway?

Nope.

We're talking about one of the hottest new destinations discovered by American travelers: #Wales.

Those dreaming of knights in shining armor, powerful battlements, massive towers, and the strength of a king, look no further than these 15 amazing castles spread throughout Wales.

#CaernarfonCastle
Reminiscent of the Walls of Constantinople and built with a beautiful combination of Edwardian and Roman themes, Caernarfon Castle stands in Caernarfon, Gwynedd as a magnificent reminder of what a true highland king’s castle looks like. Designed by James of St. George, Caernarfon Castle boasts a huge outer wall that encircles the settlement, as well as series of towers and gates along the inner wall, making for a spectacular sight.

#RaglanCastle
This late medieval castle is perched on the edge of the village of Raglan, and has served as luxurious lodgings for the Herbert and Somerset ruling families and was even held on behalf of Charles I during the English Civil War. Easily a classic due to its recognizable towers, Raglan castle is a visual treasure, surrounded by water gardens, terraces, parkland, and finished off with a hexagonal keep. Climb to the top of the Yellow Tower of Gwent to see views of the moat below, delve into the cellars meant to hold hundred of casks of wine, and pay a visit to one of the last medieval castles in Wales.

#CaerphillyCastle
The towering fortress of a castle complex surrounded by extensive artificial lakes makes up the second largest castle in all of Britain, and its name Caerphilly Castle. This castle is famous for introducing concentric castle defences and large gatehouses, as well as seeing plenty of fighting on and around its grounds as Gilbert de Clare attempted to conquer Glamorgan. Even though the castle was taken apart at one point to build houses in the region, it was eventually restored in the Victorian Era by a coal baron.

#LaugharneCastle
Occupying an ideal spot right on the River Taf, the Laugharne Castle brings with it a melancholy sense of peace, and not just from the rolling fields surrounding it. It was here that Henry II of England and Rhys ap Gruffudd agreed upon a peace treaty. Unfortunately, Henry II died, and the castle was burnt down, damaged by cannon fire, and sustained a week-long siege until the Royalists surrendered. Now the castle remains a ruin, with formal gardens laid around the outside.

#ConwyCastle
The massive Conwy Castle stands as a medieval fortification that withstood years of wars, conquests, and changing ownership several times, from Edward I in 1289 to Owain Glyndwr in 1401. Classified as a World Heritage site, overlooking River Conwy, surviving several wars as well as a siege, and set against Snowdonia, Conwy Castle has been regarded as one of the finest works done by architect James f St. George, and a must-see on any tour through Wales.

#BeaumarisCastle
Beaumaris Castle took nearly 20 years to complete due to lack of funds, then lack of labor, then an uprising, then a rebellion, all holding the castle back from being completed. Luckily, this beautiful castle was finally finished in 1330, then it was promptly captured by Welsh forces in 1403. Royal forces reclaimed it two years later, and it served well until it fell into ruin around 1660. Sitting on the Isle Anglesey in Gweynedd, this beautifully designed castle boasts round towers, staggered entrances, a moat leading to the sea, and parts of the inner castle are still incomplete until this day.

#DolbadarnCastle
This fortified, tower-like castle was built by Prince Llywelyn the Great in the early 13th century, and it became an important symbol for the Welsh Prince’s power, military, and authority. It has been regarded as the best surviving example of the Welsh round tower, and was used as a manor house before falling into ruin. Now, it it a popular destination because of the tower, but also because of the amazing views surrounding it.

#PembrokeCastle
This castle was first built in 1093 as a fortification against the Norman invasion of Wales, and held strong until it was rebuilt from the same stone in the 12th century, which remains to this day. It is the largest privately owned castle in Wales, as well as the oldest and best preserved, with a restoration completed in the early 20th century. Pembroke is still open to the public though, where visitors can see staged tableaux depicting the history of the castle, as well as falconry displays and battle re-enactments.

#CarewCastle
The Carew family still owns the Carew Castle, which is where they got their name, but allow the #Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to lease it from them. Built almost entirely from local Carboniferous limestone, this Norman stronghold also boasts a dry moat, a gatehouse, three D-shaped towers, two round towers, and a powerful defensive wall that was built during the 16th century. It has since been converted into a long room with ornate windows, offering beautiful views of the surrounding landscape.

#CalidcotCastle
For those looking to step into a medieval-themed postcard, don your period gear and make way for Caldicot Castle. With 55 acres of land, amazing Victorian, Middle Ages, and Norman re-enactments, and a lovely tearoom to unwind in, Caldicot Castle is a beautiful reminder of times long past.

#ChirkCastle
There are few sights as beautiful as the sight of the Welsh-English border from the stoic Chirk Castle. Boasting elegant staterooms decorated in full luxury, elaborate plasterwork throughout the powerful medieval tower, an 18th century servant’s hall providing historic insight into the times, and even an ancient dungeon to bring the castle feel home, Chirk Castle is a sight to any who have the pleasure to visit. With a beautiful pavilion, well-maintained garden, and lovely terrace to stroll through, this castle is not one to be missed while traveling through Wales.

#CricciethCastle
Looking out over Tremaddog Bay from the vantage point of a tall hill, Criccieth Castle presents itself as a beautiful and practical example of the find work done during King Edward I’s reign. The design of the castle includes arrow slits facing out, murder holes build into passageways, and of course the tell-tale towers that adorn many castles built during the time. The castle was burned after changing hands during the Great Welsh Rebellion, but visitors are still welcome to learn about its history through exhibits and visiting the ruins themselves.

#CarregCennen
Once destroyed during the not-so-romantic War of Roses, the ruins of the Garreg Cennen in Carmartenshire, Wales are worth a visit. The castle sits atop a rugged limestone hill and surveys the town of Llandelio below. Offering insight to 12th century history and rebuilt on behalf of Edward I in the 13th century, those willing to trek to the top of the hill are rewarded with a royal taste of castle life and beautiful sweeping views of the greenery spread out below.

#CardiffCastle
With its roots buried deep in Britain's Roman occupation, Cardiff Castle has never been out of style, evolving from a Norman keep to a medieval fortress to a Gothic residence as time goes on and the rulers of Wales changed. Today, the castle sports the fabulous Gothic Revival style and operates as a tourist attraction in Cardiff, along the banks of Taff River. With both the interior and exterior available for exploration, the beautifully landscaped castle grounds and luxurious apartments make for a wonderful tour.

#HarlechCastle
Easily one of the most popular castles in Wales, this castle has been marred by time and battle, serving time both as a home for royalty in 1283 and a fortress until the 1600s. The castle is perched on a 200 foot high hill and has spectacular sweeping views of Cardigan Bay as well as the Llyn Peninsula. Roam the castle ruins listening for the ghost echoes of boisterous dining halls and the din of battle.

EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE14 DAYS  7 COUNTRIES  11 CITIES14 days from $169 pppd* l london, amsterdam, paris & more• Cruise th...
07/01/2019

EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE
14 DAYS 7 COUNTRIES 11 CITIES

14 days from $169 pppd* l london, amsterdam, paris & more
• Cruise through the canals of Amsterdam in a glass-roofed boat
• Get VIP entrance at the Vatican Museums
• Ride through the countryside in a carriage with Swiss farmers

Mountains and monuments dot your route from London to Rome. Admire Munich's musical Glockenspiel in Marienplatz, take an exhilarating journey through an Alpine highway and marvel at St. Mark's Square in Venice, with stops in Rome, Lucerne and Paris.

13 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION
16 MEALS - 12 Buffet breakfasts, 4 Three-course dinners
ON-TRIP TRANSPORT

YOUR ITINERARY
1. ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)
2. LONDON FREE TIME
3. LONDON – AMSTERDAM
4. AMSTERDAM – COLOGNE – RHINELAND
5. RHINELAND – MUNICH – INNSBRUCK
6. INNSBRUCK – VENICE
7. VENICE – ROME (2 NIGHTS)
8. ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
9. ROME – FLORENCE
10. FLORENCE – LUCERNE REGION (2 NIGHTS)
11. LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME
12. LUCERNE REGION – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)
13. PARIS ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME
14. DEPART PARIS

Contact Elite Travel for Departure Dates.
Airfare not included.

A Paradise for Couples on #Grenada's Pink Gin BeachCancun, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are all beautiful location...
07/01/2019

A Paradise for Couples on #Grenada's Pink Gin Beach

Cancun, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are all beautiful locations to spend time in during a vacation. However, travelers who have explored these popular places and are looking for something new or people wanting something a bit more remote may be interested in the island of Grenada.

Located in the Southern Caribbean, the country Grenada is comprised of the main island as well as smaller surrounding islands. The main island is lush and hilly offering stunning views both on land and below the water’s surface. It’s known as the “Spice Isle” because of the numerous nutmeg plantations.

This location can be visited during a Southern Caribbean cruise, but those travelers who’d like to stay longer than a day in port can check out #Sandals Grenada. Like other Sandals Resorts throughout the Caribbean, this hotel is an oasis for couples.

Sandals Grenada goes above and beyond the traditional Sandals design, making it one of the most unique and innovative resorts in the collection. New visitors are blown away by upon arrival, and repeat guests are pleasantly surprised by the familiarity with a twist. It has everything needed for an exceptional vacation.

Unique Rooms

There are several room categories available at this resort, so couples have no problem finding something of interest. Room options include the standard pool, tropical or ocean views, but the features have been taken up a notch.

For example, the Italian Oceanview One Bedroom Sky Pool Butler Suites w/Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub categories are just as exquisite as they sound. They are oversized Love Nest Suites with romance at every turn. Couples may never want to leave the room once they experience the solar heated plunge pool with an infinity edge overlooking the ocean.

Another category, the South Seas Honeymoon One Bedroom Butler Villa with Private Pool Sanctuary, has both a plunge pool and a whirlpool, so guests can cool off during the long sunny days and relax when evening falls.

Gourmet Dining

This resort is a must for foodies, as it offers ten different restaurants on property. Le Jardinier has delicious French cuisine, and Neptune's offers fresh seafood and Mediterranean fare. Dino's Pizzeria is on the more casual side offering up crisp, wood-fired pizzas, and Butch's Chophouse is the place to go for that perfect cut of steak.

All the restaurants are not only included, but guests can enjoy unlimited meals, drinks and snacks. Visitors staying at Sandals Grenada also have access to the best coffee, Jamaica Blue Mountain, and the finest of wines, Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks.

Unlimited Activities

Couples staying at Sandals Grenada can choose to do it all or do nothing at all during their vacation—whether it’s lounging in the sun by the pool or ocean or enjoying watersports like kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling or paddle boarding.

The resort also includes several land activities such as beach volleyball, tennis, yoga bocce ball and more. For the utmost relaxation, guests can indulge in a spa treatment at the Red Lane Spa.

Contact Elite Travel to learn more.

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