Jamaica Trip – Oct 16 – 23, 2018

Grande Moon Spa Resort in Jamaica is one of the best resorts in Jamaica.  The cost is at a fabulous discount price of $1,195 per person not including airfare.  This must be booked before the end of February.  This price includes the following:

VIP status (means better rooms and more amenities)

Roundtrip transfers

Manicure, pedicure and massage

Two free tours

$1,500 resort credits to be used for additional tours, spa services and other activities.

Call Mary Ann at 724-939-3394 or 412-302-6007 for more details or to sign up.

Costa Rica

Call Mary Ann at 724-939-3394 for information.  Trip date is May 18 for seven nights.  She will email you a brochure and registration information.

Still looking for one guy and one girl to be roommates on this trip.   We have 24 signed up so far.  Just a couple more days before I have to reduce air space, so contact me ASAP if interested.

Update on the WPSC trips

Mt Snow and Smugglers Notch is good to go.  There are 26 on the Smugglers Notch/Mt Snow trip and 40 on the Mt Snow only portion.  Currently there is room for anyone still interested. 

As far as the Banff trip, there were three air seats left…one from Pittsburgh and two from Toronto.  Also, one male roommate is needed for the trip. 

No 2018 Holiday Valley Trip

What Happened to the Holiday Valley Trip?

People have asked me if there will be a Holiday Valley Ski trip in 2018 or not. The answer is no and that is for many reasons. So, I thought I might share the reasons with those who were interested in joining us.

I don’t know if Holiday Valley always had group contract policy and it was not enforced for us or if the policy has changed. Now for Der Sitzmark to get reduced room rates and reduced ski lift tickets we have to book 10 or more rooms for the period of time we are there. About half of the folks who have joined us previously on the trip only want to ski for 3 days; drive up Sunday night and ski Monday – Wednesday. Last year a few people came mid-week to fill in some of those rooms and the resort allowed us to go a day or two without our 10 rooms being filled. The resort policy changed this year and they wanted us to sign a contract to fill all our rooms for the whole time we had booked.

Last year we only used 10 rooms at the beginning of the week. This year a few of the people who have usually joined us told me they couldn’t make it this time so I felt filling the rooms would be difficult.

So, I am not scheduling the trip this year and am planning to run it next year; planning to stay Sunday – Tuesday nights and ski Monday – Wednesday. I hope to reserve at least 10 rooms the last week in January 2019 so please put it on your schedule and plan to join us.

Dot Easter

Costa Rica Brochure and Signup Sheet

Attached is a Costa Rica Brochure and signup sheet for your use.  This trip is for “our group only” and will not involve other Mayflower clients.   We need 20 people in order for it to be a “go”. I have held group airspace for this trip.  Please note that if you book before Dec. 31, you will get a $50 per person savings.  If you have never travelled with Mayflower before, you can add an additional $25 savings.   The sooner we get to 20, the sooner we will know that the trip is a definite. You are welcome to invite friends and family to join us.
The cost of the trip including airfare is $2,492 per person.  This trip includes many extras; such as, 13 meals as well as many planned activities.
Thanks for your interest and hope to hear from you soon.
Mary Ann 724-939-3394 or 412-302-6007.   If you are depositing with a credit card, you can contact me directly.
A form is also located under the Forms menu.
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Proposed Trip to Costa Rica Through Mayflower Tours.

In order to proceed with this group, I will need commitments from 20 people.   If you are interested, please let me know ASAP.  Group space is held for our group of 20-40 participants.

Date:   May 18-25, 2018

Price:  $ 2,494 per person based on double – Single supplement      $799

$50 discount per person if booked by December 31, 2017

Insurance Optional –We will be using Travel Guard since we will not be using air from Mayflower.  Group air space is being held on Delta flights.

May 18, 2018 – Pittsburgh to Atlanta            6:00am arrive 7:46am

Atlanta to San Jose             9:46am arrive 11:46am

May 25, 2018 – San Jose to Atlanta               1:00pm arrive  7:04pm

Atlanta to Pittsburgh         10:20pm arrive 12:05am\

Three luxurious Hotels:

May 18 – Wyndham San Jose Herradula Hotel

May 19, 20 and 21 – Hotel Magic Mountain – Views of volcano and magnificent scenery with nearby shops

May 22, 23 and 24 – Hotel Parador Resort and Spa – with long stretches of white sand beaches lined with swaying palm trees, golden sunsets and turquoise waters

8 days/13 meals – The limitless possibilities that include extensive rainforests, volcanoes, rivers traveling through the mountains, beaches and natural resources safeguarded by an important organization of national parks and forest preserves will unfold before your eyes on this amazing holiday in Costa Rica.

See Poas Volcano – one of the most spectacular volcanoes in Costa Rica

Lunch at the Doka Coffee Estate with tour of Plantation

Views of the Arenal Volcano from our hotel

Visit Arenal Volcano National Park and enjoy a small hike at the base of the Volcano,

Excursion to Cano Negro National Wildlife Refuge with a local guide and lunch

Experience a Jungle Crocodile Safari with local expert.  Much, Much, More.  Contact:   Mary Ann Sarver at 724-939-3394 or 412-302-6007 or email

Oberammergau Passion Play

Hi,  Ambassador Travel Service is offering a group trip to the Passion Play in Oberammergau on August 30 – September 10, 2020.
Tour Operator is Collette Tours.
This is extremely popular and needs to be planned far in advance.   Here are a few of the details:
Date – August 30 – September 10, 2020.
*Price – $6,999 Double Occ. – Advance purchase at $100 discount per person until Jan. 3, 2018.
*Single – $8,699 – Also – advance purchase rate until Jan. 3, 2018.
Included in price:  Roundtrip air from Pittsburgh, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
12 days – 17 meals – 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners.
Highlights:  Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Fussen, Neuschwanstein Castle.
*All Rates are per person and subject to change, based on air inclusive package from Pittsburgh.
Not included in price:  Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $500 per person.
Contact Mary Ann at 724-939-3394 or by email for brochure and additional information.

Biking the Canadian Rockies

Would you let the Cycle Paths know that four of us are planning to join the Vermont Bicycle Tours group on a cycling trip in the Canadian Rockies.  Information on the trip can be found at and is listed as Cycling the Canadian Rockies: Jasper, Lake Louise & Banff – listed as “easy.”   We plan to go on the September 8-14 tour.  We can get $100 off coupons for first time VBT travelers and anyone who traveled with VBT during 2017 can get a discount for their 2018 trip.  There are already four of us and if we have a group of eight we’ll get a discount equivalent to 1/2 trip which we would divide among the eight travelers.  Anyone who would like more information, can give me a call at 412-366-1192.
Shirley Dougherty

Life is like riding a bicycle……to keep your balance……you need to keep moving!