"EUROPE CALLS EVERYONE BACK TO THEIR ROOTS AND IF YOU ANSWER THE CALL YOU WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR TIME THERE! YOU WILL BE HOOKED AND WANT TO RETURN!"
"Everywhere in Europe it feels like a fairytale land come true! The beautiful landscapes and cities are amazing. It is so unbelievable how these old buildings and landmarks along with castles are still standing. You have to see it for yourself. Taste and enjoy the excellent food and drink from all the local little towns and you will always feel at home", says Gayle Zielke, MCC president of First Choice Travel and Cruise.
To contact one of our First Choice Travel and Cruise's EUROPEAN Specialists call 262-542-5955 and ask for a specialist that is certified by the country/destination you are interested in. Email
Here are some of our European Success Stories from our VIP Clients!
SCOTLAND with GLOBUS
The trip exceeded our expectations. We were constantly on the move. Saw a lot of castles (palaces). We had a wonderful tour guide and driver.
I would recommend this tour to anyone who wanted to see Scotland in depth.
Thanks for all your work in putting this tour together.
Al & Sharon Marifke
SPAIN & Portugal was where Walter and Esther spent their Anniversary!
INSIGHT ITALY TRIP
It was a trip of a lifetime but DO hope to go back. Chris and Bob
Chris and Bob
EUROPE IS A GREAT PLACE FOR A HONEYMOON!
Our honeymoon was great! We had a great time in Europe. We will like to share some favorites.
1. Venice: It was great just walking around the little streets and getting lost. We really enjoyed that! The guide was great since she took us to the main attractions in the square. We arrived during an important celebration in Venice, so we got to see fireworks at the St. Mark Square!
2. Rome: Rome is great for sightseeing. Everything wasn't too far from our hotel and it was easy to take the metro and get around the city. We visited the Vatican although we had to get there very early in order to not wait in line. The roman forum and the Coliseum are a must! FYI, visitors should go to the roman forum first since the ticket for the roman forum is also valid for the Coliseum and the ticket is valid for 24 hrs (the coliseum line is very long, while the roman forum has a much smaller line and less wait). We spent a lot of time walking the streets of Rome, sightseeing at night is great! Plaza Naveno is also a great place to hang out and appreciate the artists of Rome.
3. Paris: We bought a 2 day pass for about 32 Euros, which includes tons of museums and you're allowed to skip the lines if you have this pass. The pass allowed us into the Arc del Triumphe, the Louvre Museum, Notre dame, etc. This helped us save a lot of time in lines and enjoy our trip more. The Eiffel Tower is a must! It was very close to the hotel n what we enjoyed the most was buying a glass of wine and some snacks and sitting by the tower and watching it light up at night. We did go up the tower, although we had to be there extremely early since the wait is extremely long.
4. Madrid: The city was amazing and everything was walk able from the hotel. The Plaza Mayor is very nice, there was a performance when we were there. The car tour definitely helped us out a lot since we got to see more of the palace and where the bull fights take place. Shopping is also very accessible, and the nightlife is very fun!
5. Barcelona: The city is very big, it required a map and lots of walking. We visited La Sagrada Familia and we really enjoyed it. The car tour was also very convenient due to the size of the city, however, we were not able to visit as many attractions due to the traffic. The city is great for shopping, there are shops everywhere.
Overall, the hotels were amazing and the trains were great too! All the food we tried was amazing.
A quote that would describe our trip: Trip of a lifetime! Nothing more romantic than sharing a bottle of wine by the Eiffel Tower.
Thanks for putting all this together for us!
Jessica and Jesus Aquino
IRELAND is one of the most reasonable destinations in Europte to visit. Ask a EUROPE SPECIALISTS at First Choice Travel and Cruise. Call: 262-542-5955 or
Go visit and join in the fun in IRELAND like this group did.
We had a magnificent time! What a lovely country and to be able to see it
with family was wonderfu! The tour was great - couldn't think of a thing we
would change. We took Airport Connection to O'Hare and from the minute they
picked us all up at our house till they dropped us off, everything went
perfect. I would recommend CEI tours to anyone! Our tour director Michael
was great - entertaining and very informative and helpful.
Thanks again for all your help with this trip. I included a picture of all
of us that you might enjoy!!
Sharon & Pat
It was funny that you emailed me today, as I was just on your website earlier looking at vacation options - I'm getting the itch to travel again!
Hope all is well,
Margaret and Justin Rooney
(with a name like Rooney they might have been looking for their roots and found a lot of fun along the way)
All went well and all enjoyed the trip. Comments about accommodations. Hopefully you have the names because I am a little foggy about those (now):
Dublin – Great place to stay. Very convenient. Staff was very helpful and made our stay enjoyable. We recommended that some friends stay here last month and they found it the same. Breakfast and the hotel bar were both good. Good “Irish” feel
Waterford – Good place to stay also. We were only here for one short day and night.
Kinsale B&B – OK place, since it’s a family’s house, they had some activity of their own too. Relatively close to town.
Killarney – Good place to stay. Not a very “Ireland” feel though more American, seemed to be very new.
Enistimon (sorry about the spelling) – I would not recommend this place or town. Although it appeared to be the best accommodations in town, there wasn’t much too this town including restaurants. We did enjoy the pubs here though, very Irish feel so all was not lost.
Dublin – Really enjoyed the big city sights, sounds, museums, eateries and pubs.
Waterford – The crystal tour was well done and very informative. We were not originally planning on taking it but changed our minds and glad we did. Had a fun time ourside of town. Went looking for distant relatives only knowing to find a pub, ask for a certain person who was supposed to direct us to another that would have the “book” containing the history/ancestory of the area. Only found the pub but asked around and everyone seemed to know someone that knew someone, lots of stories and they broke out in Gaelic songs while we talked, very enjoyable.
Kinsale – Beautiful town and surrounding area. Wished we had more time here but too much to see and not enough time. Great dinner spots with pubs, enjoyed the people. Great fort in town but we spent too much time here.
Killarney – Very busy downtown with lots of restaurants/pubs. We didn’t do the Ring of Kerry but did drive around the Dingle Penninsula. Really enjoyed this. Great scenery. We ran across a beach, think it was called Inch. We were able to drive our car on it. Lots of hills, stone walls, sheep, etc to see.
Enistimon – Took a ferry out to Aran Islands (the closest one). I have been on lots of boats but we picked a rough day to take the trip, dreary, windy, wavey but nothing that a few sea sickness bags couldn’t help. Anyway got to the island and we were really sure what to do. Walked to one of the three pubs and had our first beer by 10am (not our usual schedule). Walked out about an hour later and the same “tour guides” were still waiting for us. Not knowing what else to do, we took it. It was very enjoyable and a great way to meet the driver and spend an hour with him. City of La Hinch seemed like a fun spot, had dinner there.
Roads were better than I imagined. At the last minute I upgraded to a slightly larger van with automatic. All went well except on one rainy, dreary day while rounding a left turn/curve on a highway. Seemed like the weight of the rain made a trees lining the road bend excessively over the road and a car was coming around the curve at the same time, anyway I took the curve a little tight and well the mirror wasn’t the same after that. No worries, all was ok at check-in.
Mike & Deb Czarnecki
Have you ever dreamed of a Scotish Wedding? Kerri Lapointe and Michael Webber tied the knot near a castle in Scotland. Family and friends joined them for the ceremony and the festivities. These two sure know how to "live the dream"!!!
Globus's Alpine Countries tour for this fun group
Globus's Alpine Countries tour for this fun group
I wanted to send you a message to say Thanks! Thank you so very much for all of your hard work and careful planning for our European adventure. Every place we stayed was lovely and we had a wonderful time. I am happy to report that all of our travels went off without a hitch and everyone enjoyed the trip very much.
I think Lido was the favorite… Hotel and especially the beach! We spent a whole day just lounging on the beach and swimming and relaxing, which was amazing. One thing I did want to let you know about the hotel in Lido – they have no ground level floors and they have no elevator. Susie ended up being just fine, but if someone was traveling with a wheelchair it would be a real problem. I just wanted to make sure you know for booking in the future that the hotel is lovely and we really enjoyed our time there, but it is absolutely not handicap accessible as the first floor is up two flights of stairs.
Again, thank you so very much we had an amazing time and I know that First Choice Travel and Cruise has some new #1 fans after this vacation. Have a great day!
Everything was great. The time went by way too fast, as always!
Attached is a picture of us in southern Spain, along the Mediterranean. That's Africa in the background!
Thanks for all your help,
A GIFT THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER
Pastor Verne and Lynnette Hagenbeck were given a European trip of a lifetime by their whole First Assembly of God congregation when he retired.
Verne said it was awesome! Everything worked out good. They really enjoyed the Globus tour ( Rome to London) and the trip to Noway before the tour worked out really well. It was a TROUBLE FREE VACATION!
Verne and Lynnette
Girl trip to Paris and Nice France!
Check out the Girls in France!!!
Mother and Daughter trips of a lifetime!
We are still talking about our trip!
We are sure London and Paris will not be the same after all these women of all ages experienced the trip of a lifetime!
Tammy Luther, Cookie Brock, Gayle Zielke, Robbie Geboy and Margo Bucholtz shopping and touring in Paris! Just a couple of the 34 women that went to London and Paris with the Mother/Daughter/Sister group.
Comments from Cathy Eickhoff on her trip to PARIS!
What a fantastic city!!! Contrary to most opinions, the French people we encountered were very nice and offered to help. Restaurant tip: If the check is 10.3 Euro- leave 11 Euro and that's very accepted. Also, when eating at these really neat little bistros which are on every corner, the prices usually increase as you move from sitting outside to inside the restaurant where prices are the highest.
A MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE IS THE WAY TO SEE MANY PORTS OF CALL IN EUROPE
The Med Cruise group in Mykonos, Greece. A wonderful time was had by all. We visited all over the Mediterranean and Mykonos was one of our HIGHLIGHTS! We all totally relaxed and enjoyed the day running around town and we took no tours here. Sometimes that is the best way to have a great time is to go out and explore on your own.
Don and Nancy Andrews, Audrey Lehner, waiter, Esther Van Lare and Gayle Zielke in Mykonos, Greece.
Pictured below are Gary Zielke, Richard Parrillo, Andy Lehner and Brian Ewald in Mykonos, Greece. The women were off shopping again!
Gary and Gayle Zielke, Brian and Betty Ewald, Rich Parrillo and Esther Van Lare, Chris Jahn, Doreen Katers and Audrey (hidden) and Andy Lehner.
Pictured here are Geri Murphy and Christine Jahn in Mykonos, Greece.
Thanks for everything you did to make the cruise a fabulous expericence!
Thank you so much for all your hard work in arranging "the trip of a lifetime". My beautiful memories of other people and the scenery will last forever!
Pictured above is part of the group in Mykonos from our Med Cruise group!
More great Celebrity Cruises
Steve and Pat Busalacchi from Muskego cruised the Mediteranean on Celebrity Cruise Lines in the fall and loved it! They took hundreds of pictures of scenery. Every one was better than the last, but I had a hard time finding one of the both of them. Here is Pat in Santorini Greece enjoying the sights! They both agreed that Nice, France (Southern France) was their favorite, Italy was second and Spain was third on the list of many favorites. It was hard to choose.
I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know we had a wonderful trip to
Globus was wonderful!! Oh, the hotels were really good, too. We actually stayed in
Barb & Carl Lancelle
Carleen & Ed Michalski
We had a wonderful time on our pre, post & Celebrity cruise. The most educational, cultural, and geographically interesting vacation we've ever done. The Hotel Sofitel in Venice was wonderful, but it was quite challenging to figure out the best way to get there from the airport. We wound up on the public bus with our luggage, which was actually the best, especially at 2 Euro each. There's alot to tell about it all. We can't pick a favorite time or place as it was all good. I'd sail on that ship again just to be able to experience the Olympic Restaurant - the extra-charge one. The best dinner we've ever, ever had. Our cabin was great. Our friends' surprises were very fun. We enjoyed Barcelona in the end despite the rain. Took in a flamenco show, did a city bus tour, etc. Celebrated Bill's birthday at the Hard Rock Cafe - so nice after lots of "what-is-this" kind of food!
"Thanks to First Choice Travel for recommending this incredible Mediterranean cruise. The itinerary was spectacular and a considerable value for the price," said Carol Zeck from her new home in Arizona. Carol and Wally Zeck enjoyed the harbor in Lisbon, Portugal and when they visited Valetta, Malta.
Pat Bonesteel and the gang loved their cruise from Barcelona on Royal Caribbean
Good Morning, Gayle!
I saw Pat Bonesteel yesterday. She told me you would like to have a photo of our Mediterranean cruise group. Thanks to you and your crew for all the hard work that went into making this dream trip a reality for us. We had such a fantastic time, I can’t imagine topping this one! But keep your ideas for great escapes coming! Thanks again!
Belinda S. "Lindy" Bowers
Thanks Lindy for the photo. All of you look so nice, glad you had a ball on this trip to the Mediterranean.
No worries, I will think of something exciting for you all! Gayle
We enjoyed our trip very much. We put on a lot of miles, ate a ton of good food, and visited with many relatives. Because of this, our pictures mostly consist of people – not interesting to the average tourist. Thank you very much for handling the travel arraignments, it all ran very smoothly.
Have a good day, Linda Dschida
THE WHOLE FAMILY TOOK A TOUR THROUGHOUT GERMANY
Gayle, We had a great time! The guide was terrific and the driver also very good. I would do another Globus tour, even by myself! We needed more time at some places and less at others, but the hotels were very nice, except one or two, and the food great-except a couple of times. But it was nice with so large a group to have an itinerary planned and times set to be places so no one would gripe or slow everyone else down. I will send a few of my 847 pictures (and those are mine alone--the kids took lots, too). Had some rainy days, but the weather generally was great for touring.
The ride to and from the airport was a Godsend--thanks again!
Long flight overseas, but was able to sleep. Kids bought me a cuckoo clock as a thank-you!
There were a few people on the tour who were a real hoot!
Our flight from Chicago to Frankfurt was delayed an hour and a half, so we thought we would miss our ride to the hotel, but the tour director had called the airline and found our flight was late so he waited for us! That really endeared them to us!
So, it was a great trip and I would go again in a heartbeat!
Thanks for everything!
I received Pam's Christmas Greetings: Our highlight of our family trip to Germany! I have waited 45 years to go back there, so this summer we all took a tour of Germany. We visited Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Munich, Oberammergau, Neuschwanstein, Linderhof, Lindau, The Black Forest, and Heidelberg in 12 days. It was incredible!!!
CRUISE THE MED
A Celebrity European Med Cruise
We sailed onboard the Millenium from Venice to Barecelona. The hotel was very nice and about a 10 minute walk from LasRamblas, which is the area you want to be in or near.
Imagine starting your cruise in Copenhagen with time to explore the city! All of us enjoyed visiting these countries that none of us have seen before. We made the most out of this trip. All the history we found in Norway, Sweden, Poland and St Petersburg Russia was a great highlight of the trip. The Lehner's brought their grand daughter Aubrieanna when she graduated! What a great gift! Educational too!
Pictured are the Busalacchi's, Lehners, Ewalds, Haasch's and Zielke’s.
The Romans are coming!
Pictured above are Robert and Maria Klein from Big Bend, WI who visited Rome with 2 of their daughters (Desery Gutwein & Linda Dschida) and son-in-law Otto (taking the picture). They all had a great time in Rome and Germany. They visited the island of Capri and Pompei too!
Here they are celebrating their time in Rome, Italy!
SPECIAL 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN FRANCE, ITALY AND SWIZERLAND!
Had a great time. Hotel they moved us and billed us at the original price. We didn't get to see much of the first, but the one they put us up at The Reserve ? was great. Good location, close to a little town with great restaurants.
ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND
Garilyn and Robert went to
Barbara and Dan Sedlock with Buck and Carol Houston on a Globus tour ...The Best of Austria and Switzerland. Dan and Barb told Judi Lapointe they had a wonderful time!!!
Jennifer and Nate Walters celebrate another anniversary in GREECE! What beautiful pictures and wonderful memories they brought back!!
Celebrate in the MED like David and Corinne Zweifel did!
"The Mediterranean is a wonderful place to visit - well worth your time and money. Everyone should take a cruise like this at least once in their lifetime".
Beautiful Tuscania, Italy
Pat, It has been a wild and busy summer. I took about 2000 pictures, with a lot of editing in process. We do many senior citizen programs at nursing homes etc each year about our travels.
We had 43 people in our group. There were only 9 Americans and the balance were from
A GROUP OF 33 CRUISED THE MEDITERRANEAN AND SAID THEY WILL NEVER FORGET IT!
Pictured here are only a handful of guests First Choice Travel and Cruise hosted on the Voyager of the Seas. First Choice Travel and Cruise invited some of our usual group travelers, mothers, daughters, friends and couples. We all made some new friends on this exciting itinerary from Barcelona, Nice, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Rome, Florence, Naples, Sorrento and Palermo, Sicily and will never forget it either!
Pictured on top are Jim and Mary Ellen Webber, Geoff and Tammy Luther,
Dan Slane, Allen and Sharon Kohn, Marilyn Masar and Tammy Erdmann, Cathy Eichoff, Ron Reichert, Pat Weber, Lora Brodzeller, Gayle Zielke, Gesica Zelechowski, Roxanne Slane, Teresa Ramsey, Robbie Geboy, Arlene Reichert, Anna Restivo and Cookie Brock!
Everyone agreed it was one of the most amazing trips for all of us!
There was more to see than Palermo on this stop.
Here is Geoff Luther with all his girlfriends on the last port of this exciting cruise. Geoff said he wasn't sure he was going to be able to see all of these destinations as easily as he did in his wheelchair and he said this cruise was definately the way to do it. He was pleasantly surprised how easy it was for him and he was so happy to be able to see all these ports with such good company.
We lucked out with English speaking taxi drivers we found at each port and they were all so accomodating for Geoff and the rest of the group. We were all so impressed they did speak enough English to take us where we wanted to go.
(from left Gayle Zielke, Gesica Zelechowski, Tammy Luther, Robbie Geboy, a sailor Robbie picked up, Teresa Ramsey and Cookie Brock, with Geoff Luther in front row)
Tammy Luther said she would go back in a heart beat!!! I know Geoff would agree with her!!
"I still feel like I am living in a dream that I was able to go on such a wonderful trip. My fairy tale vacation to the Mediterranean was more than I could have ever imagined!!!!!"
Everyone here keeps asking me what was my favorite city and its so hard to answer because they each had their own special touch to them to make it so unique."
Cookie Brock agreed and said this was a Trip of a lifetime for her! So many great places to see in a week! It was amazing!
Pictured are Dan and Roxanne Slane, Geoff and Tammy Luther, Allen and Sharon Kohn, Cathy Eichoff and Anna Restivo, Cookie Brock and Teresa Ramsey, Robbie Geboy, Gesica Zelechowski and Gayle Zielke in Barcelona, Spain before the cruise! We all were happy we went the day before the cruise so we were ready for Mediterrean adventure aboard the Voyager of the Seas for a week!
Thanks for everything, Gayle. This really was a wonderful vacation!
This was, by far, the most educational trip we've ever taken! Not only did we have a fabulous time, but we learned so much about the historic significance of many of the buildings. The entire area -- Barcelona, Nice, Monaco, and all of Italy -- is beautiful. We were very impressed with how warm and friendly the people were. Luckily, almost everyone speaks English!
Roxanne and Dan Slane
The trip was fabulous! I'd highly recommend this cruise to anyone who was contemplating it. Check these pics out: http://italy.slanes.com
Rose and Joan on their first cruise...LOVING IT!!!
We had a wonderful time and everything was perfect. It would be fun to be at one port for awhile. Thanks for everything Gayle. Rose
MORE OF A GIRLS NIGHT OUT!! OR AS WE CALL IT MARTINI NIGHT!
Anna, Rose, Cathy, Cookie, Gayle and Joan celebrate at our favorite Aquarium Bar on the Voyager of the Seas!!
Gesica Zelechowski (who celebrated her 30th Birthday on board) said she loved every minute of this trip. Hugs and kisses for mom who made it possible was priceless. Couldn't say enough how great everything was. So many pictures, education, beautiful scenery and new experiences... so little time. The cab rides to the small villages were so fun. Singing "That's Amore' and other Italian songs with the whole van full of friends and family was a blast. Being able to travel to all these destinations was out of this world!!
The Trip was extremely outstanding! The best thing we did was get a local cabby to show us the highlights instead of those expensive boring tours! What a BLAST!!!!!!
I love big group vacations. Gesica
Sharon and Allen Kohn said: It was wonderful - Now we need to rest up from the trip. I have to admit it was so nice. We always wanted to go to Italy and with being on the cruise ship it just made it so much better. Like I told different people about our trip, during the day we were Spanish, French and Italian but when we went back onto the boat we were Americans. Just made the trip so very nice. We could unpack and that was our home base for the week. I just can't help telling people around here how nice our trip was, and if they ever want to go over to the Mediterranean the cruise ship is the way to go.
Jim and Mary Ellen Webber of M&W Industrial Equipment said this was the BEST trip they every had! Loved Iberia Air, loved the hotel and the cruise on the Voyager of the Seas!
AVALON RIVER CRUISE (FRANCE)
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A great vacation that met or exceeded our expectations.
GLOBUS EUROPEAN TOUR SUCCESS!
We had a wonderful time! Our tour director Anne Horsman was delightful! She was extremely knowledgeable and shared many interesting stories. I was very impressed with her ability to recite so many historical facts and dates. Our city tour guides wer equally as impressive - especially our Roman Tour guide Stefano.
Our hotel accommodations were very good as was the food. There were numerous optional excursions offered and we enjoyed all those we participated in.
We traveled with a great group of people and keep in contact with many of them. One of the young men in our group created a Facebook page so we can share pictures and keep in touch.
My personal favorite was Switzwerland. It was a bit slower paced and the scenery was breathtaking! Jeff's favorite was Italy.
We would highly recommend Globus to our friends and family and will definitely keep them in mind for any future travel plans.
Sweden and Russia vacation for Joe Leeser and Erika
Joe and Erika took a short Baltic Cruise on Royal Caribbean while they were visiting friends in Sweden. How exciting for them to travel to the BALTICS!!!
1st one is the Hermitage : Russia
Changing of the guard in Sweden
Welcome sign in Sweden and ...........Upnorth Sweden...Lingonberry picking.
The cruise was great. Got a little seasick..never been on a big boat for that long before, but no real complaints. Me and Erika both enjoyed our time on the cruise very much.
We went to the Hermitage, some 5 star resturant, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on Blood. All of that was awesome.
Gamla stan and just walked around the city. (Central Station is CRAZY!!!!)
Thanks for everything.
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