Just Got Back: Europe


Rosie Agbulos, Corporate Travel

Where did you Just Get Back from? Lusanne Geneva, Bern Switzerland , Annecy France , Bilbao Spain, San Sebastian Spain and St Jean De Luz France

When were you in Europe? June 2016

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived: We took a tour to Annecy France, south of Geneva, which is their little Venice in France. It was so beautiful and we couldn’t wait to see everything!

Where did you stay? 

  • Geneva- Le Richemond Hotel
  • Bilbao- Melia Bilbao
  • We also enjoyed dinner and a hotel tour at the Hotel D Angleterre in Geneva. They have a great safari themed bar ( Leopard bar ) and safari themed rooms as well.
  • Also note, The rooms at both Le Richemond and Melia were large rooms by European standard. Modern but not too much, and still homey!

With whom would you recommend staying at these hotels? Both hotels are good for corporate or leisure travelers and centrally located. In Geneva, Le Richemond is across from Lake Geneva, and within walking distance to tours, local buses and train stations. In Bilbao, Melia is across the street from the river and within walking distance to the Guggenheim museum. Both hotels offered a buffet breakfast.

Tempt us- Name the most special place you discovered on this trip: In Switzerland, we had a Swiss rail pass and took the train to both Lusanne and Bern. Bern is such a special place both for sightseeing and shopping. We then took a tour to Annecy France for the day, their version of Venice, which was so beautiful.  In Bilbao Spain, we drove an hour away to San Sebastian – a beautiful coastal town with an abundance of shopping and food. From San Sebastian, 30 minutes away is St Jean de Luz on the border of France in Basque country- similar to San Sebastian. So much shopping, such great food and so little time.

Name the most special place you discovered on this trip (e.g.: restaurant, shop, beach, architectural interest, spa etc) I loved San Sebastian for the beautiful coast. It’s an old town with fabulous shopping and delicious food.

What’s the best time of year to go in your opinion? June/July

If you’re interested in traveling to Europe,then book your trip with Altour – New York Travel Agency.For booking contact Rosie at rosie.agbulos@altour.com.



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Just Got Back: New Zealand


Lee Thomas, EVP ALTOUR, President of The Travel Authority

Where did you Just Get Back from? Queenstown, New Zealand

When were you in New Zealand? May 2016

Words to describe what you felt when you first arrived: When I first landed it almost felt like I just landed in a vibrant ski town that was full of life and excitement.

Where did you stay? Sofitel Queenstown Hotel

With whom would you recommend staying at this hotel? I would say that this hotel is best suited for people who love the outdoors. It had a great atmosphere that would be great for couples, and both small families and larger extended family. A very friendly, welcoming, & outdoorsy atmosphere that is sure to please all guests.

Tempt us- Name the most special place you discovered on this trip: One of my favorite activities that I was able to participate in during this trip had to be bungee jumping off the Kawarau Bridge, which is known as the world’s first bungee jump! They are also the only place in Queenstown that will allow you to do a tandem bungee jump — if you bring a partner that’s brave enough.

What’s the best time of year to go in your opinion? It really depends on what you are most interested in as they have all 4 seasons. I was there in May and the ski resorts were scheduled to be open soon. Mornings were chilly and the afternoons cool. I would suggest a little earlier in the year for water lovers.

Book your next New Zealand trip with Altour – New York Travel Agent.send us an email at contactus@altour.com and we’ll put you in touch with one of our travel experts!



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Industry News: U.S. Airlines Approval to Havana, Cuba

Classic blue car on the beach in Cuba

The United States has recently lifted the ban on traveling to Cuba, making it easier for travelers to catch a glimpse of the beautiful island. The Obama Administration released a statement indicating which carriers will be able to fly from the US to Cuba’s colorful capital, Havana. The airlines are: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and United Airlines. We think it’s a great time to take advantage of the low airfare and would be delighted to help you plan your next excursion to Cuba!

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