Thursday, January 24, 2019

Jan. 29 is National Plan for Vacation Day

January 29 is National Plan for Vacation Day, and one of the largest and most diverse award-winning travel companies, Xanterra Travel Collection, is offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences in some of the most Beautiful Places on Earth® at extremely value-driven prices. The possibilities range from a luxury Inn on a true American Oasis in the middle of Death Valley to cruises dwarfed by towering glaciers in Alaska, from fully restored historic dome rail cars on a private train that pulls up to the South Rim of Grand Canyon to actively experiencing the best of the world by bike or foot, including Italy, New Zealand or South Africa.

The globe-spanning range of possibilities is nearly endless and is a comfortable fit for any stage of life, be it solo, romance, adventure, family, friends or multi-generational travel. Here’s a sample of some of the possibilities and diversity of the Xanterra Travel Collection:
  • Grand Canyon National Park Lodges: Celebrate Grand Canyon National Park's centennial year with a complete vacation at the South Rim, including overnight accommodations, meals, interpretive motorcoach tours, unique shopping, and the World Famous Mule Rides. New in 2019: check out the exclusive Centennial Package, featuring overnight stays, guided tours, food and beverage options, retail discounts and more.
  • Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel: Make a grand trip grander in 2019 with Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel, departing daily from Williams, Arizona, to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon since 1901. Bundle and save with a three-night Canyon Discovery Plus Package, including roundtrip rail transportation in any of six classes of service, onboard entertainment including an attendant with great stories to share on the history of the Grand Canyon, overnight accommodations including a night inside Grand Canyon National Park, meals, guided interpretive motorcoach tour, and more.
  • The Grand Hotel: Enjoy Grand Canyon National Park's 100th anniversary celebration in style at the recently fully refurbished Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon, the only three-diamond hotel in the region and located just one mile from the park entrance. Full-service dining, indoor heated swimming pool and spa, modern business center, updated fitness facilities, and on-site shopping all lend themselves to making a stay here, well, grand!
  • Zion National Park Lodges: The name “Zion” means “a place of peace and refuge,” and as a sanctuary with over 146,000 acres of cliffs, canyons, diverse plant and animal life, and uninterrupted beauty, Zion is well-named. And Zion Lodge – the only in-park lodging in Zion National Park – features comfortable and spacious accommodations, year-round dining, narrated tram rides, bicycle rentals, and more that puts travelers in the heart of all the action.
  • The Oasis at Death Valley: Discover why an oasis in the middle of Death Valley National Park is so special. Only here can you enjoy two distinct hotel experiences that have undergone a $100 million renaissance this past year – the historic, serene and peaceful Four Diamond Inn at Death Valley and the family-friendly, adventurer-focused Ranch at Death Valley – the energetic epicenter of this true American Oasis. Stroll among lush date palms, float the day away in spring-fed pools, or disappear into the exhilarating landscape of one of America’s largest national parks, and still return in time for a memorable dinner – and an unforgettable sunset. After dinner enjoy gazing at the stars in one of the rare designated night-sky locations in the world.
  • Glacier National Park Lodges: A four-season destination inspired by the people, culture and landscapes of Montana, the new Cedar Creek Lodge and Conference Center blends the comfort of a mountain lodge with modern style just outside Glacier National Park. Guests enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free summer connector shuttle to Glacier's West Entrance, year-round indoor pool and hot tub, free wi-fi and parking, fitness and business center, in-room microwaves and mini-fridges, and more. Skiers will enjoy Whitefish Mountain in the winter.
  • VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations: VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is the value leader in active biking and walking vacations and has been rated among the “World’s Best Tour Operators” by the readers of Travel + Leisure eight times. Travelers can choose from 60 deluxe, small-group bicycling, walking and barge/sail vacations in 29 different countries and 10 U.S. states. Trips include accommodations, meals, two local bilingual trip leaders, unique facilitated cultural experiences, a VBT bicycle and helmet, ground transportation, daily maps and directions, and more, all at the lowest prices compared to any other active travel company.
  • Country Walkers: For more than 39 years, Country Walkers has provided active, fully immersive and unforgettable travel experiences on five continents, including safaris to Africa. Travelers can opt for scheduled, small-group “Guided Walking Adventures” or consider independent “Self-Guided Walking Adventures.” On tour, guests enjoy superb local cuisine, first-class expert guides, fine accommodations, and authentic cultural encounters.
  • Windstar Cruises: Award-winning small ship luxury brand Windstar is celebrating their first anniversary of sailing in Alaska and Canada & New England with up to $1,000 in shipboard credits to spend on spa treatments, beverages, wi-fi and more. With only 212 guests on their all-suite power yachts, no one else goes so far to get travelers so close than Windstar. What better way to plan a vacation than to fill the soul in with the sights and sensations of quaint coastal villages and towering glaciers? Book by Feb. 11, and receive $1,000 shipboard credit per Premium Suite ($500 per guest) or $400 shipboard credit per Standard Suite ($200 per guest) for all Alaska and Canada & New England cruises.
  • Holiday Vacations: With domestic, international, rail, and cruise guided tours, award-winning tour brand Holiday Vacations has something for everyone, including airfare from more than 100 conveniently located U.S. airports, great hotels, delightful meals and interesting sights. Through March 31, travelers can save $400 per person on one of their renowned Alaska tours, and travelers who book a trip to Hawaii by Jan. 31, will save $200 per person on three or four island holidays.
  • Sea Island: Find your way south to Sea Island, a Forbes Five-Star resort on the Georgia coast. Sea Island is home to two of the top resorts in the Continental U.S., as ranked in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. Beautiful backdrops and unique experiences, such as five miles of private beach, three stunning golf courses, a 65,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, and nature walks in search of sea turtle nests, perhaps catching a glimpse of hatchlings as they scurry to the sea, ensure a visit to Sea Island is memorable for every member of the family.
  • The Broadmoor: The Broadmoor is the longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards. Since first opening in 1918, The Broadmoor has offered guests a unique way to experience the beauty of the American West, and it continues that tradition through activities and programs for guests of all ages and interests, including the recently introduced Broadmoor Wilderness Experience. Plan your next vacation at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs – The Most Unique Resort in the World.

Plan for Vacation Day is part of U.S. Travel Association’s Project Time: Off, an effort to help Americans use their paid vacation days since, according to their industry research, more than half of American workers leave 705 million paid vacation days on the table. Xanterra’s “Soul of the Traveler” quiz and its options for life-changing travel experiences ensures that those who long to explore but can’t decide where to go can get a jumpstart on their 2019 travel plans, use all of their time off, take more vacation days at once, and enjoy greater levels of happiness at work and at home. Those who take the quiz will have the chance to enter to win a complimentary two-night stay at the newly revitalized Ranch at Death Valley in Death Valley National Park.

For complete details and to take the quiz, visit To get additional inspiration for your 2019 vacation, visit

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