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Romance on the Rivers of Europe

When it comes to an extraordinary river cruise in Europe, Uniworld is one of our top choices for Romance All Year. This global company brings over 50 years of experience owning and operating luxury boutique hotels worldwide, but their European packages are all-inclusive, from airfare (details below), to daily on-shore excursions, to butler service, food, and gratuity. The intimate size of these ships brings them closer to a boutique hotel than a cruise ship.

tulips and windmills

You will find something to suit your travel passion, from trips themed around Holland’s Tulips and Windmills, the Castles along the Rhine, a wine-voyage through France, or the newest trip added for off-the-beaten-path travel through Eastern Europe. With over twenty options to take you and your partner down the Rhine, Moselle, Main, and Danube Rivers, or France’s Seine, Rhone, Dordogne Rivers, or Italy’s Po River, there won’t be a challenge finding the perfect itinerary, especially not with our expertise.

castles along the rhine

The beauty of a river cruise (versus an ocean cruise) is the intimacy and comfort of the setting. Consider your trip a voyage down one of Europe’s picturesque rivers in a “luxury boutique hotel” that takes you from place to place, allowing you and your travel partner to explore a new town every day without the typical exhaustion or hassle of getting there. When the day is done, step aboard.


Aboard the ship, you’ll be treated like Royalty, seriously! We are happy to report that all guests in suites onboard the European fleet (except Russia and Portugal) will have their own butler trained to the same exacting standards required by the Buckingham Palace, starting this year…You wanted to travel in style?

dining room

If you are thinking about “cruise ship food” with a cringe, don’t worry– the “Foodie” in you will rejoice. Uniworld is dedicated to farm-to-table culinary experiences, which means fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients are used to plan meals that truly embody the unique character of each region along the way.

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So, what do you think? Can you see yourself on the deck, cruising down the Rhine at sunset… waking up to the best riverside view you’ve ever seen?

Make your reservation by February 29th, and your Economy Air ticket to Europe will be FREE on most itineraries.

Contact Nancy Herrmann in the Santa Barbara Office to discuss the details of your Romantic European River Cruise by calling 805.869.1100 or emailing

Tropical Romance for Love All Year: Kauai

Kaua’i, United States

Recommended Travel Season: September & November or April to June

Best time to make your reservations: Winter and Spring.

Call Your Santa Barbara Travel Advisor or Tina at 806.966.3116 for details

The beautiful island of Kaua’i, nicknamed the “Garden Isle,” is on the top of our list for romantic vacation destinations. Take a hike along the dramatic cliffs of the Na Pali Coast, pick your own guavas hiking through tropical jungles with a waterfall as your destination, swim in the warm ocean waters, and enjoy the amenities at your resort for luxurious relaxation.


Welcome to Kaua’i! Extreme landscapes, luscious terrain, and beautiful culture

When considering Kauai, we recommend visiting between September and November or from April to June, when the climate is mellow and the prices are reasonable. If you can’t travel during that time, you’ll still enjoy Hawaii, just expect more heat or rain.

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St. Regis Princeville

The St. Regis Princeville is one of our favorite properties on Kaua’i, introducing an “unparalleled level of sophistication and serene luxury.” We love the location overlooking Hanalei Bay, and the spacious 9,000 acre resort community offers all of the best amenities you would want in reach. Together you two can ride horses along the Na Molokama mountain range, kayak the Hanalei River, go snorkeling in the pristine Hawaiian waters, visit tropical botanical gardens, Kayak, and surf. If you are bringing the kids, look forward to Ukelele lessons, Hanalei Stargazing, Lei Making, snorkeling, jungle adventures, and beachside bonfires. Or, just hang with your Pina Colada at the poolside.


Give yourself more than a long weekend– that fourth night will be free when you make your St. Regis Princeville reservation through Santa Barbara Travel Bureau by December 22, 2016. You will also receive the following exclusive amenities:

  • Upgrade at time of check-in (based on availability)
  • $100.00 Resort Credit to be used during your stay
  • Complimentary breakfast for 2 at Makana Terrace


Call your Santa Barbara Travel Advisor or Tina for details:


Santa Barbara Travel at Wedding Showcase

Wedding ShowsCecily Hendricks, advisor in our Ventura office, was the sole travel representative last Friday at a huge Wedding Showcase at Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo, California. Almost 300 prospective brides and their parents were there to sample wedding goodies, interview photographers, and hear DJs. Cecily supplied information about honeymoon destinations and the unique travel experiences Santa Barbara Travel can provide its clients.

Honeymoon Registries


What does a bride and groom really need? I recall planning my wedding gift registry and running around stores like Target  with an inventory scanning gun cluelessly zapping items that we couldn’t live without.  On other days, I’d browse the internet and choose items off websites that I thought were cool and something newly married couples should have.

Now that I’m married and have chipped most of the dishware we’ve received and baby bottles have conquered the martini set’s territory,  I wish I had known about honeymoon registries.

A honeymoon registry is just like it sounds-a website where guests can contribute funds towards a couple’s honeymoon.  The happy couple get to choose gifts like airfare, a romantic dinner, spa or diving and post these wishes on their customized registry site. What a splendid idea to create a customized registry for your honeymoon that allows your wedding guests to buy you gift experiences! Components of that magical honeymoon you and your fiancé dream about can now be a reality. Guests appreciate it too! A registry allows couples to break their honeymoon down into gift components of various prices so that guests can find a gift item that fits their budget. No more toasters and long return lines!

With a Santa Barbara Travel registry, your family and friends will have access to your honeymoon wish list to help you finance this unforgettable trip. Whether it’s a couple’s massage for two or monetary funds to offset your airfare, your every wish and desire can be added to your custom registry. When the time comes to liquidate your honeymoon registry, you can cash in or opt for the added features that were gifted to you.  Call Santa Barbara Travel and lets get started planning your memorable honeymoon trip today…805-966-3116