Why I love CIE Tours

For tours of Ireland and the United Kingdom, I love to recommend CIE Tours. I’ve personally toured with CIE on itineraries covering Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland.

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An escorted coach tour with CIE Tours can be a great way to cover a lot of ground and see the main sites people crave. Great drivers, guides, food, coaches, hotels make it all seamless.

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For people that like to see a lot on a vacation, this is the way to do it. You will see and do a lot. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation with no schedule…this may not be for you. But, CIE does offer SELF DRIVE tours where you can do the driving and set your own schedule.

Many options and choices to be had. The beauty of these countries is amazing. The history of these countries is incredible. An unforgetable experience awaits you. All you need is someone to set you up with the itinerary that fits your travel style. That’s where we come in. We are trained and experienced in these tours and our assistance comes to you for FREE!

Contact us today to get started on your long awaited trip to Ireland and the U.K. We help you every step of the way. We are certified Ireland and Scotland Experts!

Pete Larson, CTC, DS, LS

Owner, Jolly Mon Vacations & River Cruise Guru

pete@jollymonvacations.com

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WHAT IS A PASSPORT CARD, EXACTLY?
It’s a wallet-sized plastic card (think the size of a driver’s license) that was “designed for the specific needs of northern and southern U.S. border communities with residents that cross the border frequently by land.” It’s been in production since July 14, 2008. Each passport card is valid for the same amount of time as a passport: ten years for adults, and five years for minors under age 16.

WHERE CAN I USE IT?
A passport card only applies to land or sea travel to certain locations internationally, which is noted on the back of the card. More specifically, it can be used when entering the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Despite some confusion on the part of airport employees, passport cards cannot be used for international travel by air, which means that while you may get through security in one airport, it’s unlikely you’ll slide through without issue everywhere you go.

Also of note: Some Caribbean nations—including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, St. Barts, and St. Martin—do not accept the passport card for entry into their country, so should you be traveling there by ship, confirm with your cruise line ahead of time what documents you need.

Jolly Mon Vacations will assist you with your passport and visa questions when we do your planning.

Contact:

Pete Larson, CTC

Certified Travel Consultant

pete@jollymonvacations.com

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Why Use a Travel Agent?

In the age of DIY and Google, here is why you still need a travel agent:

You’re Tired of Wasting Time:

Ever been down the overwhelming rabbit hole of researching a vacation?

Save time and go with an expert who has been trained in your destination.

You’ll cut through the junk and get what you want.

You’re Tired of the Fine Print:

I’ve seen those online deals. “$99 Flights to Europe! All inclusives At $5 A Day!”

Read closer and they aren’t what they seem. A skilled travel agent can help

you decipher the clues. Is that a direct flight, or will you have a three-leg 25

hour journey? Are transfers included? Is that resort under construction?

Is the beach filled with seaweed? Ask a travel agent and you’ll know.

You’re Tired of Buyers Remorse:

Have you ever clicked “buy now” and then immediately felt anxious? Don’t settle

for wondering if you’ve done the right thing. Travel agents have endless resources

at their fingertips to answer any question you might have. Trust me, we’ve heard it all.

Agents network and share resources. If we don’t know an answer, we will find someone who does.

I recently read a quote that I love: “What’s the difference between a travel agent

and the internet? A travel agent can talk back.” The best part of my job is asking

questions. A good travel agent won’t make blind recommendations.

A good travel agent will ask questions, dig in for detail and really understand

what works best for you and your family.

Your vacation days and travel dollars are precious, so why put your faith

in a faceless, nameless website? You deserve expert advice and value for your dollar.

Go retro and use a travel agent.

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Larson of Jolly Mon Vacations Earns CTC

NEWSBRIEF:

Larson of Jolly Mon Vacations Earns CTC

Peter Larson, owner of Jolly Mon Vacations in Grand Forks, ND, has recently earned the Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) designation from The Travel Institute. This designation is awarded by The Travel Institute to travel professionals who complete a comprehensive, exam-based training program, demonstrate extensive industry knowledge and experience, and exemplify the highest standards of professionalism.

Pete Larson, CTC, has been a travel agent for 6 years and specializes in resort and river cruise vacations. Larson said, “I match clients to the right vacation experience without charging extra fees. Earning this elite CTC status demonstrates my commitment to clients who will now be better served by my increased knowledge and skills.”

Jolly Mon Vacations specializes in all-inclusive resort vacations and river cruises. We cater to both local and international customers.

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Owner, Jolly Mon Vacations & River Cruise Guru

pete@jollymonvacations.com

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Ireland & Scotland await you!

So, you’ve always dreamed about seeing Ireland and Scotland, but thought it was too much of a hassle planning it all? I’ve got the perfect solution for you!

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This is me at the Cliff’s of Moher, 2015.

Join our fully escorted tour and leave the planning and driving to a professional. We have group space reserved on a luxury motorcoach that will take you across both of these awesome countries. Transportation, hotels, most meals, admission to attractions, cruises, ferries and much more included. We have 22 seats of our 30 reserved, so act fast!

Contact Pete:  pete@jollymonvacations.com for more details.

ESCORTED SCOTLAND & IRELAND TOUR with CIE Tours

    -Our price is nearly $500 cheaper than direct online pricing!

CIE Tours, Scottish & Irish Dream
May 13, 2016, to May 26, 2016

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-Begins in Glasgow, Scotland, ending in Dublin, Ireland.

-Jolly Mon Vacations has 30 seats reserved and 20 are now sold! (10 seats left!)

Price:  $2,965 per person, double occupancy. (land only)

-Going alone? No problem, just pay an additional $605 single supplement.

-Airfare additional.

Tour Includes:
-Sightseeing by luxury coach
-Professional tour director
-13 nights in hotels listed
-Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
-9 dinners (D) including
– Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
– Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and traditional show
– Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
– 6 table d’hote dinners
-2 lunches (L)
-Welcome get-together drink
-Tours of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin
-Loch Lomond scenic cruise
-Ferries to Isle of Skye, from Scotland to Ireland and across the River Shannon
-Blair Athol Distillery whisky tasting and tour
-Sheepdog trials in Scotland and Ireland
-Galway tour and Connemara Marble Factory tea with scones
-Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office
-Visits and admissions to Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Inveraray Castle, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle,   Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre,Blair Castle, Glamis Castle, St Andrews, Edinburgh Castle, Titanic Belfast, Dublin Castle, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher
-Headsets for walking tours
-Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
-All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
-Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

All it takes is a $250 per person deposit to reserve your seat!

Contact us today to grab this fantastic deal or get more information! Can’t make this date? No problem, we can find the perfect itinerary for your dates.

-Ask for our tour flyer with the day-to-day itinerary.

Email – pete@jollymonvacations.com

Call -​218-779-3050

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Check out CIE TOURS award winning tours, but let us do the booking for you. We’ll save you money and offer valuable advice you won’t get elsewhere.

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Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort Review

I’ve just returned from a week-long vacation in Grenada, “The Spice Island.” What a beautiful country full of warm and caring people! They are so welcoming to Americans. They love Ronald Reagan! They say, ‘he gave them back their freedom.’ (remember the invasion back in 1983?) They love us for it.

This new Sandals LaSource Resort sits right next to the Maurice Bishop International Airport and is a very short shuttle ride. The steep entrance drive is quite a fun ride during arrival. Upon arrival, you are let off at an open-air (tiny and unimpressive) lobby for check-in. If you have booked a CLUB LEVEL or BUTLER category room, you are escorted into the nearby, air-conditioned Club Sandals area for a private, more comfortable check-in process. Butler guests will be taken to their rooms for check-in. (how ‘suite’ is that!)

We had a Club Level Room in the Pink Gin Village. It’s a beautiful, beachfront building nearest the ocean. From our room we had beautiful, sweeping views of the ocean, pool area and beach. We were in the Penthouse, which is fancy for….third floor. With a vaulted ceiling and the best oceanfront view…it was worth the walk up the stairs.

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Sandals LaSource Grenada, Our view from the room.

The food and restaurants are great. We loved the French restaurant, Le Jardinier, the best. The service was stellar and the food delicious. No reservations were needed at this resort with the exception of Butch’s Chophouse and the Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant. Both of those were very good as well. Lobster was out of season, so shrimp was served in it’s place, at Butch’s, for the ‘Surf & Turf’ that’s very popular. “Doggies” is a new addition, it’s a hot dog cart with all the trimmings. Open for about 3 hours per day around lunch time and parked outside The Living Room. Delicious and a great addition. The buffet and Mediterranean restaurants were good as well. I don’t care for buffets and this one doesn’t have any seating that’s air conditioned. Indoor seating is quite warm and so is the outdoor seating. I preferred eating elsewhere because of it. Don’t forget the great ice cream in the Cafe! (try the Nutmeg ice cream!)

Swim-up Bar, night time

Swim-up Bar, night time

Drinks abound at this high-end all-inclusive resort. The Living Room was a popular evening hangout with nightly entertainment and fun. It’s a covered, yet open-sided area with a bar and fun ‘living room’ style furnishings. We could hear the nightly music right from our room nearby. The main pool has a swim-up bar that was popular day and night. The main beer served was Caribe, which is very good. The Tipsy Turtle Pub had many other selections as well.

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Sky Pool Butler Suite

Service was great for the most part…expected at Sandals. Love that no-tipping policy, which takes a lot of stress away. The only problem we had was with the room stewards. A few nights, they didn’t get to our rooms for service…either day or night-time turn-down. On the flip side…the concierge at Club Sandals were AWESOME! They will bend over backwards to make your stay perfect. Well done! I can’t say enough times how getting at a minumum….a CLUB SANDALS LEVEL ROOM! (entry level rooms don’t have concierge and a whole lot more!) If you take nothing else away from this blog today….take that tip! CLUB LEVEL or BUTLER ONLY! So worth it.

The beach is very nice. Not an overly long stretch, but more cove-like. White & black sand with clear water. Not overly wavy either. Nice trampolines anchored in the bay to relax on. If you walk down past the Watersports area…you can walk off-property down the beach for quite a ways. Some very cool rock formations down there…very photo-worthy! You can also see the capital city of St. George’s down the coast. (lit up nicely at night) Lots of lounge chairs and even with those ‘chair hogs that tend to get up early and throw their stuff on chairs to never return’…won’t spoil it. Lots to choose from. Lots of hammocks as well. Drink service is also available…although spotty sometimes.

Off-property beach

Off-property beach

Entertainment was good. Loved the crew’s talent performances and beach party. White Night was fun as well. I don’t go to these resorts for entertainment…so many nights we skipped it. My favorite night-time activity is to find a nice, dark beach lounger near the ocean and listen to the waves lapping the shore while watching the stars and lights of the city. Nothing more relaxing than that. Make sure you protect yourself, as sand fleas can be pesky and they bite leaving some marks! (bug repellent)

We did one excursion (Island Routes) tour. It was the half day city tour. Very informative and fun. When we got to the marketplace, some guides kind of force themselves upon you. The driver said to ignore them, but after awhile…let him guide us around. He taught us many things about his people and country. He also expedited us to the stores with items we were searching for. Of course, he wanted a bunch of money at the end of the tour…but we tipped him $40 and felt it was worth it. (although, I didn’t like his ‘non-consent’ way of getting us to follow him) Lots of fresh spices and local items in the city markets. Bargaining is the way here, but I often times gave them what they asked…and they were genuinely grateful. The view from Fort Frederick is amazing!

Grenada from Ft. Frederick

Grenada from Ft. Frederick

All in all…it was an another AWESOME SANDALS VACATION. Most flights arrive quite late into Grenada. We arrived at 8:30 PM and were at the resort eating dinner by 10:00 PM. Some opt to stay in a local hotel the first night since they arrive so late, as it’s more cost effective than wasting most of your first day while traveling.

We are certified SANDALS SPECIALISTS! We know these properties very well, and have been to most of them. Sandals prices are the same, no matter where you purchase them from…SO WHY NOT LET US BOOK YOU? YOU’LL GAIN OUR FREE HELP AND EXPERIENCE at no extra cost! We know the best resorts for you, the best room levels, best views, best beaches, best pools, best excursions…..

Pete Larson, CTA

Certified Travel Associate and Sandals Specialist

http://www.JollyMonVacations.com

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