2016’s Featured Itineraries for Dawn’s Escapades Travel

Group Travel for a Social World


It’s been a busy week getting together my group travel calendar before hopping on the NCL Breakaway for our cruise from NYC to Bermuda! It wouldn’t be so tough, except I need to have my flyers printed for the Harrisburg River Boat Wine & Cheese event on Sept 20th…which is the day we get back!  Yes, Mike and I will be disembarking, driving back to Harrisburg, getting our supplies and heading to City Island to set up on the Pride as we’ve done each month since May.   I’m pleased to say that Dawn’s Escapades Travel will be the sponsor of next year’s Wine and Cheese events on the River Boat as well!

Cheese and Wine

Regardless, friends, here’s the list so far. There will be an Ireland and Scotland, and possibly Costa Rica added soon.  Please share and I hope you find one for YOUR 2016 Escapade!

January 9-16, 2016          Star Clippers Royal Clipper Grenadine Islands

April 26-May 3,2016       Tulip Time for Essential Holland and Belgium

June 21-Jul 1, 2016          Legendary Danube Prague to Budapest

July 20-Aug 1, 2016       Taste of Bordeaux Wine Cruise

Oct 14-23, 2016                Paris and Normandy Art Cruise

Oct 25-Nov 3, 2016          Canals, Vineyards and Paris Wine Cruise

Mar 12-19, 2017                Cedar Cliff Class of ’82 Friends & Family Cruise on  NCL Getaway


* It is highly recommended to fly in at least a day early to help combat jet lag on European itineraries. Flights, pre- and post tour packages are available at an additional sum.  Travel insurance is ALWAYS recommended when traveling outside of the USA.

My Next Escapade? River Cruising!

River Cruises ~All the Cool Kids Are Doing It

You’re at a milestone birthday, celebrating a “big” anniversary, built up an additional week of vacation, or you just want to do something super special. What’s the new “in” vacation?  You’ve got it! River cruising! Wait, you don’t know about river cruising? Well, friends,  let me broaden your horizons.

Over the last few years, travelers who appreciate diverse cultural experiences, luxury accommodations,  inclusive excursions, and experiencing regional cuisine, as well as wines and beers have discovered the value of a River Cruise.

River Cruising gets you up close, and right into the cities that were the heart of Europe, Southeast Asia, South America and Africa.  Castles and Bridges, Vineyards and Medieval Villages.


I’m extremely excited about my own upcoming river cruises with Avalon Waterways  Yes. I’ll be doing TWO this year as part of my training.  In April, a friend and I are taking advantage of Avalon’s Single Supplement Waiver and will each have our own cabins without paying for double occupancy.   We’ll be lucky enough to be in Amsterdam for the King’s Day celebration the day before our cruise. Our focus for the trip will be tulip gardens and art museums (van Gogh!), as well as the Jewish Cultural centers. We’ll be cruising throughout the Netherlands and Belgium,  so beer will definitely be part of the appreciation. I’m currently using the DuoLingo app on my Samsung to learn Dutch, then I’ll work on my German and French for the summer!

In addition to spending a few extra days in Amsterdam, we’ll do a two night layover in Dublin where we’ll hang out in the Grafton Street and Temple Bar areas. Pretty darn stoked!

In July, Mike will get his first taste of Europe when he and I fly to Zurich. We’ll board Avalon’s Artistry II in Basel to cruise the Rhine and Moselle Rivers and end in…you guessed it…Amsterdam! Did you know the Rhine is the number one River Cruise destination for first-timers?  Beer, Wine, and Castles, how can you go wrong?  Now let’s talk about where to go for YOUR first River Cruise!


Tot ziens!