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2018 Top Travel Picks: Globus Family of Brands | Acendas Vacations

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by Sara Jane Crane  —

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Relationships are at the heart of everything we do. When you entrust an Acendas Travel Advisor to create your family vacation, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, a cherished honeymoon or even just a restful getaway, we take that trust seriously and work hard to provide an enriching and stress-free experience.

Throughout 35 years of travel planning, Acendas Travel has formed many strong partnerships with vacation providers around the globe. It is through these valued relationships that we are able to craft seamless vacations for our clients.

We asked one of our best partners with the Globus Family of Brands, to share her top travel picks for 2018. 

Top Travel Picks

“My love of travel started at a very young age and has provided me with a wealth of experiences.  All of my adventures must touch my sense of becoming a better citizen of the world.  I enjoy learning about other cultures, tasting local favorites and taking in the beauty that surrounds me.  With these goals in mind, here are my top 5 picks for the Globus Family of Brands, featuring escorted, independent and river cruise experiences.”  — Robin Pieper


1. Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience    15 days from $5769 

On this escorted Globus vacation, you will experience a vacation like no other.  This once in a lifetime experience includes 18 game drives throughout Kenya and Tanzania and includes visits to Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi and Kenya’s Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Stays include luxury tented camps and safari lodges along the way.  You are sure to enjoy the small group discovery, just 20 passengers in a group led by your Tour Director and local guides.

2. Great Resorts of the Canadian Rockies with Rocky Mountaineer     10 days from  $4659

This leisurely paced escorted vacation is the perfect mix of luxury and beauty. Start in Calgary and visit Lake Louise, Columbia Icefield, Jasper National Park, Yoho National Park and Banff National Park and then extends to Kamloops and Vancouver via the famed Rocky Mountaineer. You are sure to enjoy the famed Fairmount properties in Jasper, Banff and Vancouver.

3. Costa Rica Wonders with Guanacaste   9 days from $1349

If you are looking for an active vacation, think Costa Rica.  This independent style package allows you to explore city life in San Jose, the hanging bridges and volcano in Arenal, cloud forest in Monteverde and the beaches of Guanacaste. Your local host is there to help you along the way as you fill your days will be filled with zip lining, horseback riding and spelunking and evenings at leisure.

4. Active Discovery on the Danube  9 days from $3349

Bike, hike, canoe, learn and engage your way through Europe as you sail from Linz, Austria to Budapest, Hungary.  Avalon Active Discovery is a fresh spin on river cruising that introduces you to the people and places of Europe in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable.  You can explore an ice cave, take an archery lesson, descend into an underground salt mine, or ascend a mountain during a guided climb.  Conduct your own orchestra, play nine holes of golf or take a cooking class.  Each port offers a world of possibilities as you interact with the locals and choose the dynamic, interactive activities that appeal to you most.

5. Italian Vista   8 days from $1549

This tour is perfect for first timers to Italy.  Starting in Rome with visits to the Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and the Colosseum all with VIP “skip the line access”.  Your journey continues with visits to Assisi and Florence before enjoying time in Venice.  Along the way you will experience local favorites including a private boat ride to visit the picturesque Bellagio and tasting of local pastries.  Your trip will end with two nights in Milan where you will visit Juliet’s balcony and La Scala Opera House and the glass-domed Galleria.


To make one of these adventures part of your life in 2018 or beyond, contact Acendas Travel to start planning today. 



With nearly 90 years in travel, the award-winning Globus family of brands – consisting of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways – creates vacations that offer travelers culture-rich experiences featuring must-see sights, the stories behind the scenes and countless joy-filled memories in more than 65 countries on six continents across the globe.