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THE KENTUCKY DERBY

derby

May 1 - 4, 2014

And down the stretch they come! The majesty of Churchill Downs and Louisville, KY are on full display for one amazing weekend in May. Experience the most exciting two minutes in sports with a Kentucky Derby travel package.

PORTRAIT OF ITALY

Portrait of Italy

May 24 - June 9, 2014

From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this leisurely tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery. You’ll stay in unique accommodations in the Tuscan countryside and a medieval village. Our 17-day journey showcases ancient sites, vivid ruins, priceless art, outstanding cuisine, and unique lodgings, including a restored Tuscan villa.

EUROPEAN TAPESTRY

european tapestry

June 24 - July 1, 2014

Encounter remarkable and evocative cities in Portugal, Spain and France as you weave your way through the colorful tapestry of Western Europe aboard the elegant and intimate Oceania Cruises Nautica. Depart from Lisbon and sail up Portugal’s coast to Oporto. Continue north along the Atlantic coast to La Coruña, Spain, and view Europe’s oldest working lighthouse, or take in Santiago de Compostela with its legendary cathedral marking a 9th-century pilgrimage route. In Bilbao, witness amazing modern and contemporary art at the Guggenheim Museum. Complete your European tapestry with two days in Bordeaux, France. Spend a day
sailing along French shores and into the English Channel before arriving
in England and the port of Southampton.

NORMANDY: 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY

Normandy

July 1 - 9, 2014

Walk through history on this exclusive journey through Normandy. Visit Omaha Beach and the sobering cemeteries, memorials and landmarks of the Allied victory. Then cast your eyes to France’s other beautiful and historic landmarks on full-day excursions to the incredible granite island of Mont-Saint-Michel and Claude Monet’s studio at Giverny. Feast on regional fare and wines as your French adventure takes you to the hills that have seen history change course.

ALASKAN FRONTIERS & GLACIERS

Alaskan Cruise

July 14 - 24, 2014

Depart from Seattle and sail through the scenic Inside Passage along Canada’s coast to Alaska’s small wilderness outpost of Ketchikan. Next is Alaska’s cosmopolitan capital, Juneau, where an exhilarating blend of nature and modern culture await. Take in the spectacular sight of Hubbard Glacier, the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska, followed by a visit to Icy Strait Point nestled in the lush, seemingly endless northern forest. Continue to Sitka, a picturesque city known for its many historic attractions, and Wrangell, one of Alaska’s oldest towns. Sail south to
Victoria, Canada’s former British colony, famed for its charming houses,
lovely gardens and colonial heritage, before returning to Seattle.

 

DISCOVER SWITZERLAND

Switzerland

July 16 - 31, 2014

Guided walks of varying levels of ease provide opportunities to view the splendor of alpine meadows, iridescent glaciers, crystal lakes and broad vistas. Visit captivating Swiss villages and their historic Old Towns. Against the incredible backdrop of the majestic Alps, traverse scenic mountain trails and verdant pastures. Soak up magnificent panoramas as you sail Switzerland’s glassy lakes. From mountain summits to the lush valleys below, the majesty of Switzerland’s landscape unfolds before your eyes.

 

THE BEST OF THE BRITISH ISLES

best of british isles

July 23 - August 2, 2014

Depart Southampton and head to Edinburgh, Scotland’s hypnotic capital. Explore the maritime port of Invergordon or travel into the famed Scottish Highlands. Visit Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, or head to Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old village. Cruise to the Isle of Skye and find Portree, a picturesque harbor town and home to the Dunvegan Castle. Next venture to the Emerald Isle, first stopping in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Then discover Ireland’s capital, Dublin, a cosmopolitan city that still exudes the charms of the 18th century, before visiting Cork. Sail to England’s dramatic Jurassic Coast and discover Portland, before
concluding your enchanting voyage in London.

BALTIC TREASURES

baltic treasures

August 22 - September 1, 2014

Discover distant monarchies, Baroque palaces and stunning harbors as you cruise the Baltic Sea to Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Sweden. Beginning in Copenhagen, sail to the delightful German port of Warnemünde, or take a short drive to Berlin. Cruise to Lithuania, and then on to Latvia’s capital Riga, dubbed the “Paris of the East.” Head to the Finnish capital of Helsinki, a renowned international design mecca. Soak up St. Petersburg, or perhaps head south on a day trip to Moscow. Before concluding your journey in Stockholm, visit Estonia to admire medieval architecture.

SICILY & THE AMALFI COAST

Sicily & Amalfi

September 19 - 28, 2014

Strategically situated between Europe and Africa, the island of Sicily is a cultural crossroads paved by legendary Mediterranean civilizations. Discover sun-bleached Greek temples, Roman ruins and ancient theaters amidst lively towns. Then continue to the divine Amalfi Coast, where mountains erupt from the waters of the Mediterranean and pastel-painted buildings cascade down their sides. Travel the Amalfi Road, the fabled, serpentine ribbon of that bridges unforgettable destinations. Along the way, gain historical perspectives and take in the breathtaking views that have inspired countless artists and poets throughout time.

BLACK SEA SERENADE

black sea serenade

September 22 - October 2, 2014

Aboard Oceania Cruises’ elegant Riviera, see Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia and Turkey. Depart from Istanbul for Bulgaria. Then, continue to the Romanian city of Constanta and explore Roman-era relics and Histria. Sail to the Ukraine and stop in Odessa, home to the Potemkin Steps and a stunning cathedral. In Sevastopol and Yalta, you can view lovely architectural monuments. Continue to Russia and the lovely resort town of Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, before cruising to Turkey. Visit Sinop and admire its harbor and ancient fortifications. Explore the famed ruins of Ephesus at Kusadasi with its remarkable Library of Celsus
and Temple of Artemis—one of the Seven Wonders of the World and
conclude the trip in Athens.

ACCENT ON THE ADRIATIC

accent on adriatic

October 21 - 28, 2014

Set out from Venice and sail to Split, Croatia’s jewel along the Adriatic Sea. Stroll the pink-paved streets that wind through Montenegro’s coastal port of Kotor. Spend time in Durres, where remnants of its ancient past surface in a 2nd-century amphitheater and the columns of an amazing Byzantine forum. Discover the verdant island of Corfu, among the lush emerald hills and white sand beaches. Sicily’s timeless town of Taormina offers a blend of ancient Greek and Roman ruins and vibrant modern shops. Explore the charming trove of cobblestone streets and stunning panoramas of Sorrento, or travel to Capri, a lovely island of stunning
panoramas, quaint villages and ancient villas, before concluding
your Adriatic adventure in Rome.

The Masters Tournament 2015

Masters

April 8 - 11, 2015

Masters Tournament Champion. Three words never meant so much to a golfer. Sooner Sports Travel invites you to take in the beauty of Augusta National, as we find out who will don the Green Jacket in 2015. Click here for more information.

The Kentucky Derby 2015

Kentucky Derby

April 30 - May 3, 2015

Recognized as one of the “top ten events to experience in a lifetime”, the Kentucky Derby is the leading stakes race for three year old thoroughbred horses. From the horse capital of the world to historical Churchill Downs, the 141st Kentucky Derby promises to be the trip of a lifetime!  Experience the Garland of Roses, the Mint Juleps, the elaborate hats, the Twin Spires and the thrill of horse racing first hand. The Kentucky Derby, “the most exciting two minutes in sports” truly is a must see special event. Click here for more information.