Suburban Travel Agents Offer Ideas for Holiday Vacations

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), November 9, 1997 | Go to article overview

Suburban Travel Agents Offer Ideas for Holiday Vacations


Byline: Kathy Rodeghier Going Places Editor

Looking for ideas for a holiday vacation? Prices can be higher during the Christmas and New Year holidays and space is subject to availability at this busy travel time. Be flexible and book early.

Here are a few suggestions from suburban travel agents:

Bill Smedley, Hawaiian & World Travel, Palatine; (847) 358-1315. Hawaii: year-round summer, sunshine, mountains, palm trees, beaches, surf. Oahu (Pearl Harbor Arizona Memorial, Polynesian Cultural Center, Waikiki Beach, the "North Shore"); Maui (Lahaina - the old whaling village, Mount Haleakala, Hana); Kauai (Princeville - movie "South Pacific," Waimea - "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," Fern Grotto); Hawaii (Mauna Loa now erupting, Mauna Kea). Round-trip air from $600, hotels from $60 per night, condos from $70 per night per unit, cars from $168 per week.

Mary Ellen Dearhammer, Dear-Grove Travel, Fox Lake; (847) 587-9200. My recommendation for the holidays or any other time of year is a cruise. Where else can you go for wonderful weather, fantastic food, super shows and perpetual pampering? Children's programs are marvelous and ports and shore excursions make this a vacation appropriate for singles, couples and families. Prices with air during the holidays can range from $1,200 up.

Kristin Jobski-Liberty, Joyce Liberty Travel, Des Plaines; (847) 298-3970. I would recommend a four- or seven-day Royal Caribbean Cruise to the Caribbean for the Christmas and/or New Year holidays. The best value for your money, Royal Caribbean prices include round-trip air from O'Hare, taxes, meals, activities and a stateroom that accommodates up to four people. Perfect for a family vacation or a romantic getaway for two. Four-day cruises start at $599, seven-day cruises start at $1,199, with discounted rates for third and fourth passengers (does not include air fare, taxes or gratuities).

Pat Heise, CTC, All Travel Inc., Palatine; (847) 991-7300. Imagine soft, gentle tradewinds, and beautiful white-sand beaches and you have the Caribbean island of Aruba. This Dutch island is southernmost in the Caribbean, located just 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela. It offers a variety of accommodations, unique restaurants, casino gambling and great shopping! Why not enjoy the holidays in paradise? Per-person prices, which include air, transfers and hotel for one week during the holiday season, range from $1,099.99 to $2,209.99. Prices drop after Jan. 1.

Stewart Lieberman, McCord Travel Management, Des Plaines; (847) 297-1290. Britain is a wonderful place to spend the Christmas season. Both London and the countryside offer uncrowded restaurants, sightseeing and shopping. The countryside is picturesque, especially the Cotswolds, and London is always everyone's international favorite. The Christmas season is the perfect time to experience a Victorian holiday. Visit historic cities such as Windsor, Greenwich and Salisbury, home of Stonehenge, and you won't be disappointed. The prices should range from $799 per person to around $1,200 per person.

Audrey Bilek, Advance Travel, Addison; (630) 628-6996. Ever wonder how a cactus looks with Christmas lights? Find out in Scottsdale, Ariz., (a Phoenix suburb) at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch. America West Vacations offers a four-night winter special package including air fare and an intermediate-size car for around $950 per person (depending on air fare). …

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