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No matter what your travel needs or desires, rely on the experts with the experience, passion, and knowledge to send you on your way. The staff at Compass Travel combines more than 50 years of industry expertise to help you plan a trip, choose the best value, and prepare for your journeywhether it’s a business trip, destination wedding, family vacation, or exotic adventure. We guide you through the nooks and crannies of the world, saving you time, money and unnecessary hassle.

We provide what you need and more than you’d expect. We know you have many options when it comes to purchasing travel amenities; we thank you for your trust in us.

Compass Travel is committed to your satisfactionbefore, during and after your travel.

Escorted Tours

The one thing the Internet can’t provide is personal service. When you are traveling, knowing that there is someone to call (in case of a bump in the road) is priceless! Compass Travel takes it one step further. We offer escorted toursthat means you go with us! You don’t have to worry about a thing, just get on board and enjoy the ride.

Read about our fall trip to America’s Canyonlands in our blog. To check out our recent trip to Cuba, click here. To see a photo album of our trip to Ireland, click here.

AND, there is still room on our upcoming tour:

Slovenia, Venice & Lago Maggiore
May 13-26, 2019
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Stay tuned for details on other wonderful adventures…

Debunking the Myths

Myth: Travel agents are obsolete — the Internet offers everything a traveler needs to plan a trip.

Fact: It’s fun to browse the “world” through the Internet. But the world is a big place. Are you prepared for these pitfalls: how do you narrow your search, how do you know the “testimonials” on the web are real, how much time are you willing to spend to research your options, how can you be sure you have the most up-to-date information, what happens if your computer crashes? If you have the time and inclination to scour the world through the Internet, that’s great. But, if you don’t, you will need a travel agent. And you might as well come to one of the most experienced, diversified agents aroundCompass Travel has the staff and the resources to help you truly discover the world. Click here for the full story

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America’s Canyonlands

November 10, 2018

Dear Compass Travelers,

Today, I share a travelogue from Compass traveler Lois Watts who joined us on our Western adventure to America’s Canyonlands this Fall. Enjoy!

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On September 19, a merry band of 18 travelers, hosted by Compass Travel, left the ordered world of New England behind for a 10-day tour of another world: America’s Canyonlands—ancient, primeval, surreal, untouched by time and civilization.

Our first stop was Utah, where we met up with Jennie, our fantastic tour guide and “Happy Max,” our bus driver. We began our visit in Zion National Park, a world of towering red stone cliffs that surrounded us as we set off on a hike. No words or photographs can begin to capture what rain, wind, time and the Colorado River shaped over millions of years. Suddenly, we felt reduced in size and significance entering these giant red canyon cliffs of Zion. Some of us took the difficult trails, others the easy trails with our guides. We all felt the awesomeness of this towering world that enveloped us.

Evenings we stopped to check into our hotel, the bus bursting with cheers when Holly announced, “There’s a bar in the hotel!”

Next was Bryce Canyon, a vast series of amphitheaters that unfolded ad infinitum with dazzling colors of red, pink, lavender, and orange stone shapes called “hoodoos” created by nature through the millennium. The hoodoos rose from the plateau in all shapes and sizes as if a giant had been playing in the sand. Some were shaped like castles or cathedrals, all otherworldly as the mind struggled to take in the size, shapes, and colors. There are no words to describe the majesty of this natural phenomenon created by wind, ice, and rain, eroding into fantastic shapes as far as the eye can see.

13DSC_3845We then boarded small eight-passenger planes and flew over Monument Valley, the ancestral and mysterious homeland of Navajo Indians. Upon landing, we traveled by jeep with our Navajo guide along the dusty roads through the valley. Stark red stone pillars of all shapes arose throughout the desert, standing as high as 400 feet, sentinels standing guard over this land. To the Navajos who live here, this is a sacred land, rich in the ancient traditions of their ancestors, carried on to this day.

Back on the bus, we drove to the Museum of Northern Arizona, which houses pottery, jewelry, basketry, rugs, and weaving representing the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni cultures.

The Grand Canyon is a place unto itself, stretching 277 miles long, 18-20 miles wide and 18 miles deep. The surrounding rim has many viewpoints, each presenting a unique perspective of the whole. Civilization comes close here with many hotels and lodges located near the rim. Imagine sitting on the porch of the lodge sipping a drink as the sun moves across the massive canyons turning them red, then purple, then green and then orange. An experience to savor; a moment where civilization and ancient canyons meet.

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We then began our downward trek from almost 8,000 feet, the Colorado Plateau, to our destination in Sedona, with a stop in Flagstaff for lunch along the way. Jennie said we might “feel the vortex here” and, while I never felt it, Sedona was a positively beautiful town situated in a pocket with red cliffs surrounding and protecting.

By the last day, we were all getting a bit tired and the bus had grown quieter until it was announced that our hotel had a bar. Then the cheers erupted from the back of the bus as the merry band of travelers capped off their days with a cool one.

What a fun, friendly, traveling group. Here’s to Compass Travel for organizing this unforgettable trip!

For more photos, click here.

A Costa Rican Adventure

February 15, 2016

Hello, Compass Travelers!

Here at Compass Travel, planning unique travel experiences for our clients is what we do best. We take the time to learn what you want, then provide options to help you get the most out of your time away. We could tell you all about our services, but we think it’s better for you to hear what some of our travelers have to say directly. Here is a note from a family we sent to Costa Rica on a tour with Trafalgar Tours a couple of months ago:

A Letter to Compass Travel Agent Wendy:

Our vacation was AWESOME. We had so much fun. All of our travels went smoothly. Our tour director, German Rojas, was great. It was the perfect combination of activities and relaxation—we had so many interesting things to do. Our tour group included 22 people. Traveling by bus, we saw many different parts of the country; rest stops and attractions along the way helped break up the driving.

slothThe girls’ favorite part was Tortuguero, where we took boat rides into the rain forest. We saw a wide variety of animals including sloths, crocodiles, monkeys, otters, turtles, iguanas, king fishers, toucans, and every imaginable bird, flower, and butterfly. We visited an organic pineapple plantation (delicious), stopped at a farm where we watched how hearts of palm were harvested and then tasted them in homemade tortillas cooked over an open fire, drank coconut milk and visited with a very kind and gracious couple who opened their home to us.

We visited the Arenal Volcano, walked through the rain forest on suspension bridges hundreds of feet above the ground, went zip lining (thrilling), went to a breathtakingly beautiful beach and swam in the Pacific Ocean, filmed the monkeys frolicking in the forest, visited small towns along the way, enjoyed beautiful countryside, shopped for souvenirs, sampled all kinds of delicious foods and all in all had a terrific time.

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A special treat on the tour was a New Year’s Eve Party at our hotel with dinner, entertainment, and fireworks. We would highly recommend Trafalgar Tours! Thanks so much for all of your help and hard work in arranging this trip for us. We are most certainly satisfied customers!

Jeannie

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Walking high atop the rain forest–an adventure of a lifetime!

Please contact Wendy to book this trip for your own family, or choose from a number of itineraries to Costa Rica for families or for couples!