Cultural Tour Consultants

Be Prepared for Airport Security

The TSA, Transportation Security Administration, sets and enforces the rules for air travel in the United States.  Airport security is a necessary evil and the lines can be incredibly long at major airports. The more prepared you are, the faster you, and everyone else, will clear...

Packing Tips

It’s a challenge to pack for a 10 day tour in a small suitcase, but believe us, you’ll be glad you packed light!  We’ve compiled some tips and resources to help you make sure you have what you need and that you leave the rest at home. How much luggage can I...

Peru – a most inviting music tour destination!

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Europe has for many years been the most popular destination for CTC tours. Recently, we have remarked upon an increasing interest among clients to discover new places. Hence, my recent trip to Peru. Those of us who enjoy travel will find virtually any place in the world to be...

Group Travel Insurance

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Unexpected accidents and illnesses happen.  Travel insurance can offer peace of mind and help reduce costs if you are forced to cancel your trip, lose your luggage, or become ill while traveling. We highly recommend that you investigate purchasing travel insurance to protect your...
Lehner Bellagio, Italy

Rob Lehner leads a wine tour of Italy in October 2017

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October 12-20, 2017, Chicago sommelier Rob Lehner will lead you through a casual discovery of wine, food, culture and fun in Italy.  For 9 days you’ll taste some of the world’s greatest wines, sample traditional foods, hunt for truffles, discover authentic towns and...
Travel Documents

All You Need To Know About Travel Documents

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It’s very important that all travelers have the appropriate and correct documents for travel outside of the United States. We’ve outlined below what you need and how to get it. Passports and Visas Passports: Every citizen of the United States is required to have a...

Wine and Truffles in Piedmont, Italy

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It’s always been on my bucket list, to hunt the elusive White Truffle around Alba, in the region of Piedmont, Italy!  Piedmont, in north western Italy, is a spectacular location in any season, but truffle season is a feast for the senses.  Known for its production of some...

Understanding Group Flights

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When a group flight booking is made, it is different from individual reservations. When we sign a contract with an airline group department, we must adhere to their rules and regulations regarding that contract. Sometimes the rules seem odd, even to us!      ...

Melissa attends IWINETC 2016

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It’s true, someone has to do it, and it was my professional responsibility to attend the International Wine Tourism Conference (IWINETC) and familiarization tour in Catalonia, Spain last week!  Seriously, the IWINETC was a fantastic opportunity to taste wines from around Europe,...