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Why You Need a Travel Advisor Now More Than Ever

Having a good relationship with your personal travel advisor is much like having one with your family doctor. Except with us, your “checkup” results in a weekend getaway, your questions are about travel destinations and dream-fulfilling itineraries, and in case of emergency, we provide 24/7 advisor access to assist you with your travel needs. All joking aside, using a travel advisor is more beneficial than ever. 


Save Valuable Time

We know your time is precious, so why waste it sorting through the clutter of information offered online? Whether it’s an extensive international trip, a cruise, or weekend getaway, we can take care of all the details so that you can relax and enjoy the moment.

Personalized Itinerary

Your itinerary is more than just making the connections, it is connecting with the neighborhoods you stay in, restaurants that make you fall in love, and special off-the-beaten-pathexperiences that are waiting for you. Whether you love to do-it-yourself or are looking for someone to take the reins, when you collaborate with your travel advisor, your trips will be tailored to your needs, interests, and budget.

Value Added Travel – Get More Than You Pay For

When you book online, you get what you get. When you book with a travel advisor affiliated with the leading luxury network, Virtuoso, you receive more. Connections like ours create opportunities that make a trip truly extraordinary, and often result in value-added perks—like bonus cruise amenities, spa credit, room upgrades, and private tours. We have been arranging the “above an beyond” part of experiences for a long time.

Why Take the Chance?

No one likes (bad) surprises when they arrive, and there is no guarantee when you make a reservation online. Contact Santa Barbara Travel and you tap into a wealth of travel knowledge. When you contact one of our advisors, they have probably been to the destination you want to travel to and have a relationship with the hotel or travel company you want to book. They also know what questions to ask. Like your beds soft? We will make sure you sleep well at night.

We Are In Your Corner 

Santa Barbara Travel is committed to excellent customer service. When something unexpected happens in travel, such as a canceled or delayed flight, we have a vested interest.  Have you ever tried calling your online travel company for a refund or alternate route?  With Santa Barbara Travel Bureau you’ll never end up 10th in line on the phone or waiting on hours end at the airlines’ customer service counter. We have you covered, and are available to assist you to get you to where you need to be… no matter where in the world!

A Modern Solution

While travel advisors are by no means new to the industry, the last 15 years threatened their existence. Santa Barbara Travel Bureau not only adapted to and evolved with the unprecedented challenges in the industry, but also thrived with the opportunity. Whether it’s a vacation or a business trip, a sports team, or a multi-generational family reunion, we offer a personalized, professional solution to your unique travel equation. The landscape may be ‘ever changing in the travel industry, but our dedication and commitment to our clients is not.

 

Do you have a favorite experience made possible by your Santa Barbara Travel Advisor? Please share your comments, testimonials, and travel photos by emailing info@sbtravel.com

The Year of Small Ships & Luxury River Cruises

A Letter from Charles de L’Arbre, President & CEO

River cruises are one of the fastest growing segments in the travel industry, and it’s no surprise. They allow seamless and effortless travel into the heart of a country while providing a luxuriously inclusive home base. I love the idea of traveling in a small ship along historic waterways, as you are taken along a journey of history and culture without having to pack for every new destination… and you know what it will cost you before hand.

If you are looking for a unique experience close to home, American Cruise Line, Tauck, or Pearl Sea Cruises offer wonderful choices. Cruise the Mississippi River via paddle boat, take in the Northwest via the Columbia & Snake Rivers, enjoy uncommon access in Alaska or the Galapagos, explore the majestic Great Lakes, or visit the 1,000 Islands Region of Canada. Or, travel abroad on a luxury cruise through Europe, Asia or South America. We can match your desires to the perfect trip.

Whichever you choose, river cruises are, by nature, an intimate, relaxed, easy and wonderful way to experience parts of the world. A highly recommended way to travel, we have dozens of itineraries for voyages of every nature in 2016 and 2017. This year is nearly booked, and now is the time to think of next year.

Wherever your journeys may take you, call an agent at Santa Barbara Travel. We will save you valuable time and money through our global connections and partnerships, while offering the very best service, experiences and industry expertise. We can manage the details, research the options, and optimize your travel experience.

Let us do what we do best so you can get on with life.

With thanks and warm regards,
Charles de L’Arbre
President & CEO
805.969.7746

crystal river cruises

New! Crystal River Cruises

Redefining the European River Experience
Starting July 2016, Crystal River Cruises is redefining the European river experience and offering the royal treatment. Each luxuriously appointed suite includes butler service, inclusive amenities such as onboard gratuities, airport transfers, unlimited onboard premium refreshments, plus complimentary, expertly curated Crystal Adventures shore excursions.
Learn more about Crystal River Cruises!
Call Erin at 805.969.7746 or email ezetter@sbtravel.com
2017 AmaWaterways River Cruise

Plan Early for Best Offers on 2017

AmaWaterways River Cruises
Europe, Asia, Africa Itineraries

AmaWaterways just released over 20 itineraries and 45 wine cruises for travel in 2017!  These small, luxurious river vessels accommodate a mere 150 passengers, ensuring a personal atmosphere paired with five-star service. More information
Make your reservation for big savings in 2017!
Call Tina at 805.966.3116 or email tnordholm@sbtravel.com to start the conversation
Lindblad national geographic

Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic Partnership

Lindblad Expeditions has joined forces with National Geographic to inspire the world through expedition travel. Journey to the planet’s most extraordinary places with world-renowned scientists, naturalists and researchers discovering stunning environments with state-of-the-art exploration tools.
Contact Andrew by calling 805.969.7746 or email aseligman@sbtravel.com 

Announcing the Debut of Crystal River Cruises in Europe!

crystal river cruises

Crystal River Cruises is entering the river cruise segment of the industry–one of the fastest growing segments in travel. It’s no surprise, really, as they allow seamless and effortless travel into the heart of a country while providing a luxuriously inclusive home base. River cruises are, by nature, an intimate, relaxed, easy and wonderful way to experience parts of the world… And when “The World’s Most Luxurious Cruise Line” starts offering incredible, all-inclusive river cruises through Europe, we think you should know.

We can’t wait to see Crystal™ do what they do best, now within the intimate setting of Europe’s rivers. Crystal River Cruises is introducing five state of the art river yachts, with the debut of the Crystal Mozart™ in July of 2016, followed by four cutting-edge river yachts in 2017. Enjoy intimate destinations in ports that large, ocean cruise liners cannot reach, while traveling into the heart of Europe via the original highways: the rivers. Between city visits, witness nature intimately and enjoy the bucolic scenes of Europe’s countryside.

Each luxuriously appointed suite includes butler service, superb cuisine, inclusive amenities such as onboard gratuities, airport transfers, unlimited onboard premium refreshments, plus complimentary, expertly curated Crystal Adventures shore excursions. The itineraries are more than just port stops– They are expertly curated with an abundance of overnight stays and complimentary Crystal Adventures® ashore in every port of call. Does this sound up your alley?

Early-bird specials are being offered on 2017 bookings when made through your agent with Santa Barbara Travel. Call us– We’ll make it happen for you.

Learn more about Crystal River Cruises!
Call Erin at 805.969.7746 or email ezetter@sbtravel.com

 

all images CRYSTAL MOZART
Maiden Voyage: July 13, 2016

Inaugural Danube’s Capitals & Wachau Valley, 10-night Itinerary: Vienna (midnight departure), scenic Wachau Valley & Dürnstein, Melk, Linz/Salzburg, Passau (overnight) Danube River cruising, Bratislava & scenic cruise to Budapest (overnight), scenic cruise from Budapest, Danube River cruising (overnight), Vienna (2 overnights)

CRYSTAL DEBUSSY
Maiden Voyage: June 4, 2017

Inaugural Best of Paris, Seine River & Normandy, 10-night Itinerary:Paris (2 overnights), Seine River, Honfleur (2 overnights), Seine River cruising, Rouen (overnight), Vernon, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, Seine River, Paris (overnight)

CRYSTAL BACH
Maiden Voyage: June 18, 2017

Inaugural The Classic Rhine, 14-night itinerary: Amsterdam (overnight), Antwerp, scenic day cruising the Rhine River, Nijmegen, Cologne, cruise the Rhine River to Moselle River, Cochem, Koblenz, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim (overnight), cruising the Rhine River, Mainz, Speyer, Kehl, Breisach, Basel (overnight), cruising the Rhine River, Frankfurt

CRYSTAL RAVEL
Maiden Voyage: August 8, 2017

Inaugural Bordeaux, The Wine Region & Beyond,  7-night itinerary:Bordeaux (2 overnights), scenic Garonne River cruising, Cadillac (overnight), cruising Garonne River to Gironde Estuary, Pauillac (overnight), cruising Gironde Estuary, Blaye (overnight), cruising Gironde Estuary & Dordogne River, Libourne (overnight), cruising Dordogne & Garonne Rivers, Bordeaux (overnight)

CRYSTAL MAHLER
Maiden Voyage: August 29, 2017

Inaugural Grand Europe, 16-night itinerary: Budapest (overnight), scenic cruising, Bratislava, Vienna (overnight), scenic Wachau Valley, Dürnstein, Melk, Danube Schleife cruising, Passau (overnight), Deggendorf, Regensburg, Rhine-Main-Danube Canal Locks, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Würzburg, Miltenberg, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Koblenz, Cologne, Amsterdam (overnight)