Nine-Day Italy &
By T. Foster Jones
VACATIONS ARE QUESTS. Quests for
knowledge. Quests for experience. Quests for
warmth, relaxation and the perfectly blended
For the past seven years, the quest at
Costco Travel has been to bring higher quality
and value to the vacation experiences Costco
members are after. Using the philosophy
behind everything Costco offers, Costco
Travel constantly searches throughout the
world to find the best and most interesting
destinations, the leading hotels and the plushest resorts, in order to craft a wide variety of
meaningful vacation experiences families will
cherish for years to come.
Across the pond, Costco Travel offers
great itineraries to popular European countries, such as Greece, Italy, France, Spain and
England. There are optional tours to suit
almost every interest and activity level.
Whether it’s the culinary side of a country or
a cultural focus on history, art and architecture, Costco Travel has something for everyone, and hotel options to match most budgets
“With the exchange rate to consider, we’ve
been working overtime to bring that extra
A cruise to Greece (above) or a trip to
Italy (below) are just two of the many
trips offered through Costco Travel.
Member Exclusive: Package
includes savings and extras
valued at up to $1,700 per suite!
‘Costco value’ to Europe travel, and are delighted
to say that we’ve succeeded,” says Costco Travel
general merchandise manager and director of
marketing Shannon Parker. “For example, we
have created a Kirkland Signature™ Italy and
Greece package that includes terrific extras
[see ad]. This truly is an incredible way to
soak up the very best of the Mediterranean.”
Venturing into other corners of the world
can be a bit more intimidating for the average
traveler. Yet, to pass up the opportunity to see
a country such as South Africa is to miss out
on a potentially life-changing experience.
Costco Travel’s 2008 Kirkland Signature
South Africa vacation, from May 19 through
May 28, is hosted by Costco Connection columnist Pat Volchok. Fully escorted, the trip
includes four nights in Cape Town, one night
in Johannesburg and three nights in the magnificent bush land of Sabi Sabi. Extras include
excursions to Table Mountain, the Cape of
Good Hope and the Cape Winelands; a visit
to historic Soweto; four game drives; and an
unforgettable bush dinner under the stars.
When they say “the vacation of a lifetime,”
this is what they’re talking about.
If you or someone you know is seeking a
truly one-of-a-kind experience, consider this
year’s SeaDream yacht charter. Just 100 Costco
members will have the chance to join Costco
Travel president Court Newberry on a one-time-only privately chartered SeaDream yacht
vacation reserved exclusively for Costco
members. The adventure begins May 7, 2008,
with two nights at the Westin La Quinta Golf
Resort in Marbella, Spain, before setting sail
on what may just be your best travel experience ever.
One thing is clear: Whatever your quest,
chances are Costco Travel has a vacation to
make your dreams come true. C
◗ Round-trip economy-class airfare
◗ Two pre-cruise nights in Athens at
Divani Caravel Hotel, including
◗ Applicable ground transportation
◗ Seven-night cruise aboard
Seven Seas Navigator sailing from
Athens to Monte Carlo
◗ Evening concert at Ephesus with
Izmir Chamber Orchestra
◗ $400 per-suite shipboard credit
from $4,829 per person*
Ocean-View Suite (Category G)
Valid on 9/20/08 sailing.
Two nights in Athens begin 9/18/08.
Executive Members receive
an additional $100 per-suite
For prices and complete vacation details,
visit costco.com and click on “Travel” or call
Costco Travel toll-free at 1-877-849-2730.
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*Price shown is per person based on double occupancy, is valid for select
stateroom categories only, is true and accurate at time of printing and
may not include government taxes/fees and gratuities. Restrictions and
blackout dates may apply. Economy-class airfare is included in price. All
offers are subject to availability, may change or be terminated without
notice and are valid for new bookings only. Unless otherwise noted,
offers are not combinable with select rate codes, coupons or other
offers. Executive Member offer is valid for primary cardholder only. Travel
purchases are not included in the Executive Membership 2% Reward
program. Offer shown is valid on select dates. Cancellation and change
fees may apply. Costco Travel disclaims liability for any inaccuracies
or typographical errors. Ship’s registry: Bahamas. Costco Travel is a
registered seller of travel and travel agency in the following states:
Washington (WST 602042600); Ohio (8789302); Florida (Fla. Seller of
Travel Reg. No.ST32555); California (CST 2054248-50). Registration as
a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.
Nevada (Nevada Seller of Travel Registration No.
2007-0060). 08TR0501A 1/08