Unique All-In-One California Wine Tour and Cruise Scheduled for May 2005 - Wine Tasting, Sightseeing, Making Friends and Having Fun

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West, Owner and Professional Tour Director said, Â?We are excited about offering this all-in-one extended-day California vacation, a Wine Tour AND Cruise scheduled for May 2005. It is a 3 night motor coach wine tour and 4 night cruise."

Donna West of Lighthouse Travel & Tours and Alan Rosenbaum of CruiseOne have combined forces to offer a unique all-in-one “Wine Tour & Cruise” in May 2005 with a focus on California wine and sightseeing along the California coastline.

West, Owner and Professional Tour Director said, “We are excited about offering this all-in-one extended-day California vacation and I will be personally escorting the trip. It is a different type of an adventure, short and very economical for our guests.”

West has built Lighthouse on a strong foundation of customer service for the day tours she organizes in the San Francisco Bay Area of which she recently won “Best Guided Tour” per the Silicon Valley Concierge Association at their April 2004 Hospitality Awards. As a result, each tour has an individual flair, depending on the tastes of the client and the personal stories provided by the local tour guide.

West’s most popular day tours are her Wine Tours of the Santa Clara Valley and Santa Cruz Mountains. These tours inspired the idea to the next level: an extended day wine tour discovering the Central Coast Wineries. The tour finishes in Los Angeles where the clients will enjoy going aboard a ship for a relaxing cruise.

“This is a great way to learn about the many different wineries that are so popular on the Central Coast,” adds West. “The vacation allows people to have a real look at Alta and Baja California.”

The tour departs from San Jose, CA and will explore California’s other Wine Country by motor coach for 3 nights. Some wineries that will be visited are Harmony Vineyards, Firestone Vineyards, and Fess Parker Vineyards. Other attractions included are Hearst Castle, Mission San Luis Obispo De Tolosa, Pismo Beach, Solvang, and a tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. The tour will then go aboard Monarch of the Seas for a 4 night cruise to San Diego, Catalina, and Ensenada.

Is it an educational or leisure trip? It is both. People will enjoy learning about wine tasting and sightseeing of California. They will also be able to relax and enjoy with their friends letting the professional tour directors do the work.

“There will be another Professional Tour Guide present during the motor coach portion – thus offering the guests the added customer service they deserve,” says West.

“My best ideas have come from listening to what people want. I try to focus on what our guest truly wants by creating unique experiences and memories off the beaten path or within familiar areas. It is definitely important to give our guests time to explore on their own,” West added.

It is also through her unique partnerships, like with CruiseOne that West has created, that allows her to be able to offer these unique ideas to visitors of California and residents as well.

Anyone interested in receiving more information and pricing may call Donna at 408-244-7325 or Alan at 408-258-1759. The actual itinerary may be viewed on http://www.lighthouse-tours.com. There is limited space available and reservations are going quickly. Deadline for reserving is February.

About Lighthouse Travel & Tours

Lighthouse Travel & Tours is a registered seller of travel in California that specializes in creating personalized services for San Jose and Greater San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors. The dedicated staff works with clients from the planning stages to the event follow-up to ensure the most efficient and high quality tours. Lighthouse Travel & Tours recently won Best Guided Tour at the Silicon Valley Concierge Association Hospitality Awards in April 2004.

Founder and owner of Lighthouse Travel & Tours, Donna West, has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. She is certified by the International Tour Management Institute and has degrees in Education and Travel.

Contact: Donna West, Lighthouse Travel & Tours

Phone: 408-244-7325

1556 Halford Ave. #230

Santa Clara, CA 95051

CST # 2053373-40

Contact: Alan Rosenbaum, CruiseOne

Phone: 408-258-1759

3470 San Pablo Avenue                

San Jose, CA 95127    

CST # 2006278-40

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