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Dublin is one of my favorite cities in Western Europe. Nestled on the coast of Ireland, the capital Dublin is a beacon of culture and history. With its rich tapestry of tradition, modernity, and warm hospitality, the Irish capital fascinates visitors from around the globe. From its iconic landmarks to its lively pubs echoing with the sounds of traditional music, Dublin offers an experience like no other.

Dublin Castle, Ireland - Leisure Travel Enterprises

 

Dublin’s history is as diverse as it is fascinating. Founded by the Vikings over a thousand years ago, the city has witnessed centuries of turmoil, resilience, and transformation. Its medieval roots are still evident in the cobblestone streets of the Temple Bar district (wonderful food, drink and music)  and the grand Dublin Castle, which has stood as a symbol of power for centuries.

You can explore deeper into Dublin’s past with a visit to Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university, where the ancient Book of Kells is proudly displayed. This illuminated manuscript, dating back to the 9th century, is a masterpiece of medieval artistry and a testament to Ireland’s scholarly heritage.

 

The National Art Gallery of Ireland building in Merrion Square, Dublin City Centre - Leisure Travel Enterprises

Dublin’s cultural scene is as lively as it is varied. The city boasts a wealth of museums, galleries, and theaters showcasing everything from ancient artifacts to contemporary art galleries. The National Gallery of Ireland houses an impressive collection of European masterpieces, while the Dublin Writers Museum celebrates the literary giants who have called the city home. The Irish Whiskey Museum is one of my special stops. 

 

Temple Bar in Dublin old town, popular tourists attraction - Leisure Travel Enterprises

For a taste of Dublin’s famed hospitality, visitors need look no further than its lively pubs and taverns. From the historic Brazen Head, Ireland’s oldest pub, to the lively hangouts of Temple Bar, these establishments offer not only a pint of the black gold (that’s Guinness for you non-beer drinkers) but also a chance to plunge oneself in the sounds of traditional Irish music and the warmth of the local community.

Dublin is a city of contrasts, where the ancient and the modern coexist in harmony. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of the Georgian Quarter, with its well-designed townhouses and manicured squares, before immersing yourself in the cutting-edge architecture of the Docklands, where sleek skyscrapers rise against the backdrop of the River Liffey.

Dublin is more than just a city; it’s an experience. Whether you’re captivated by its rich history, enchanted by its vibrant cultural scene, or simply drawn in by the warmth of its people, Dublin has something for everyone. So why not embark on your own Dublin adventure and discover the magic of Ireland’s cultural gem? If you’re planning an Ireland vacation don’t forget to spend some extra days in my favorite city –  Dubin.

Give one of Leisure Travel Enterprises Ireland specialists a call on (803) 866-4801

Don Iorio Jr
President and CEO
Leisure Travel Enterprises

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Travel with the X

Dear Travel Friends,

Welcome aboard our latest edition of ‘Yak About Travel’! Today, we are setting sail into the world of Celebrity Cruise Lines and will explore why it’s one of Leisure Travel Enterprises’ favorites.

One of the hallmarks of Celebrity Cruise Lines is its impeccable service. From the moment you step on board, you are greeted with warmth and professionalism that sets the tone for your entire journey. The staff goes above and beyond to ensure your every need is met, creating an atmosphere of fun and relaxation.

 

Luminae Breakfast - Leisure Travel Enterprises

If you are a foodie like me, Celebrity is renowned for its outstanding culinary offerings. With a variety of dining options ranging from fine dining (like a three-Star Michelin restaurant) to casual options, there is something for everyone. From mouthwatering steak dinners in “Fine Cut” to exotic international cuisines, prepare for a culinary adventure like no other. While the food options are unmatched, the wine selection in my opinion could be improved. Thankfully, I have received word that they are working on expanding their included wine options.

 

The Retreat by Celebrity Cruises - Leisure Travel Enterprises

Prepare to be pampered in style with Celebrity’s luxurious accommodations. Whether you opt for an award-winning Retreat level suite or travel in a cozy stateroom, you will find yourself surrounded by elegance and comfort.

 

Celebrity Cruises offer a plethora of onboard activities and entertainment options to suit every preference. From Broadway-style shows to live music performances and comedy acts, there is never a dull moment on board. Plus, with enrichment programs, cooking demonstrations, and fitness classes, there is always something new to discover.

 

Sunset Bar, St Thomas - Leisure Travel Enterprises

Last but certainly not least, Celebrity will take you to some of the most breathtaking destinations around the globe. Whether you are dreaming of Caribbean beaches, Mediterranean charm, or Alaskan wilderness, Celebrity has a diverse range of itineraries to choose from.

It is no wonder why so many travelers, including myself, continue to choose Celebrity for their cruising adventures.

We love the X!

Don Iorio Jr
President and CEO
Leisure Travel Enterprises
Contact us today
(803) 866-4801

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Best Summer Vacations 2024 and 2025

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With the summer months soon to be upon us, attention will begin to turn to summer vacations. 

The world is full of so many stunning destinations, and sometimes it can be difficult to know what to choose.

With this in mind, the team here at Leisure Travel Enterprises has put together a guide to our best summer vacations for 2024 and 2025. So, whether you’re looking for a last-minute getaway or are planning ahead to next year, you’ll know the best places to visit.  

 

Europe 

For many Americans, the draw of Europe is too much to resist. With its range of cultural hotspots, beautiful beaches, and a plethora of delicious dishes, the continent has a diverse range of experiences to offer vacationers. 

This includes the following destinations. 

Italy

Italy - Leisure Travel Enterprises

Combining Renaissance era architecture, picturesque piazzas and, of course, copious amounts of delicious pizza and pasta, Italy is often top of the list when it comes to a European vacation. You can explore the wonders of Rome (including the Colosseum, Trevi fountain and more), take a gondola ride through the streets of Venice or enjoy a glass of Italian wine (or two) at a cafe on the cobblestone streets of Florence. 

 

France

Eiffel Tower, France - Leisure Travel Enterprises

The perfect destination whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway with that special someone, a family trip with the kids, or simply a trip with friends, France has so much to offer visitors. From the beauty of Paris to the luxury of Cannes, there is something for everyone in the nation famous for its wonderful cuisine, delicious wines and remarkable museums and galleries.   

 

Greece

Greece - Leisure Travel Enterprises

Home to one of the world’s most ancient civilizations, Greece is a country that has it all. Whether you’re someone who wants to relax on one of its many luscious beaches and many exotic islands (including Santorini, Corfu, Mykonos and more) or explore the ancient ruins of the Acropolis and Pantheon in Athens, Leisure Travel Enterprises can plan a Greek vacation that is perfect for you.  

 

North America

You don’t have to head to the other side of the world to enjoy a great summer vacation, with North America home to some of the most wonderful places on Earth. 

This includes:

 

Canada 

Canada - Leisure Travel Enterprises

Why not pay a visit to our northern neighbors during the summer? Canada is home to both wonderful natural sights including Niagra Falls, Great Bear Rainforest, and numerous stunning national parks, and bustling cities like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and more. A Canadian vacation is extremely versatile and can be tailored specifically to you and your requirements.

Alaska

Alaska - Leisure Travel Enterprises

If you want a vacation that allows you to take in truly breathtaking natural wonders, then a visit to the state of Alaska is the perfect choice for you. From awe-inspiring glaciers to being able to wonder at beautiful bears in their natural habitat, this is the perfect destination for nature lovers. 

Hawaii

Hawaii Beach - Leisure Travel Enterprises

Grab your swimsuit and get your surf on with a vacation to the exotic island of Hawaii. Home to crystal clear waters, golden beaches, and luxurious experiences, whether you want to relax or have an action-packed vacation full of exciting activities, ‘Paradise’ – as it’s known among the locals – will remain in the memory long after you’ve returned home.

 

Whether you know where you want to go or need a bit of help choosing your next vacation destination, Leisure Travel Enterprises will be by your side throughout the entire process. With more than 90 years of combined travel experience under our belts, we can create custom vacation plans that perfectly align with your requirements and preferences. We can help plan trips all over the world, with cruises and vacation itineraries created that are completely unique to you. For more information, give us a call, complete our online form or pay us a visit in our branch here in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

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7 Reasons to Choose Celebrity Cruises for Your Next Vacation

Cruising is a great way to see the world, with millions of people boarding ships each year to visit stunning global destinations. 

Celebrity Cruises is one of the biggest names in the cruise industry and they have recently launched new branding that reinforces its distinct identity, combining the intimacy and exclusivity of small ships, with the variety provided by bigger vessels. This elevates the entire experience for guests, with vacations delivered that allow people to both explore and restore. They always exceed expectations of what a premium vacation should be, indulging your sense of curiosity with an elevated journey. As they put it: ‘Nothing Comes Close’ to a Celebrity Cruise. 

At Leisure Travel Enterprises, our partnership with Celebrity Cruises can help you travel the world in style, providing you with access to the best destinations around the globe. As one of the most illustrious cruise lines in the world, and with the launch of the new branding, we’ve put together a list of seven reasons explaining why Nothing Comes Close to a Celebrity Cruise. 

 

Ideal for groups 

Celebrity Cruises - group travel

Whether it’s a family getaway, a vacation with friends, or a trip with your local faith or community organization, group travel is a great way to see the world. A cruise can make this whole experience easier, taking you to various destinations and getting you from A to B without the hassle of having to arrange the travel yourself. 

Plus, arrangements for accommodation, transportation, excursions, and dining will all be combined together in one place, making it easier to organize and often cost-effective.

 

Great value for money

As hinted at above, cruises offer great value for money and this is the case whether you’re traveling in a large group, as a couple, or solo. 

With Celebrity Cruises, you can tailor packages specifically for you and your needs, only purchasing what you need. As well as being able to visit various destinations on one trip, this custom experience also lends itself to great cost savings.

 

Exquisite dining experiences 

Celebrity Cruises is famed for its vast array of dining options, with every ship in its fleet home to stunning restaurants and bars. Every meal of the day is catered for with a wide range of choices to suit everyone’s taste buds and with all dietary requirements fully catered for. So whether you’re looking for a fine dining experience courtesy of the world’s best chefs or want something a little more casual, you’re sure to find it aboard a Celebrity Cruises’ ship. 

 

Galapagos expeditions 

The Ecuadorian archipelago of the Galapagos Islands is one of the most beautiful locations on the planet. Renowned for being home to a wide range of different species of wildlife, it is one of the most unique destinations you can visit. Celebrity Cruises offer trips directly to the Galapagos, with ships available for between 16-100 guests, making it one of the most exclusive vacations you can experience. 

 

Stunning staterooms

Celebrity Cruises - Staterooms

After a long day exploring, you’re going to want somewhere relaxing to lay your head. 

Luckily for you, Celebrity Cruises has a whole host of staterooms to choose from, including options that come with modern designs, personal verandas, and king-size beds. Some rooms even come with personal butlers for those looking to get the VIP treatment. 

 

Onboard entertainment 

Celebrity Cruises - Onboard Entertainment

One of the best things about a Celebrity cruise is that, even during the downtime when at sea, there is always a wide variety of things to do. 

From singers to live bands and comedians to dancers, whenever you embark on a Celebrity Cruises voyage you can be sure that boredom is one thing you’ll never experience. The crew also regularly hosts entertainment and games with options suitable for people of all ages. 

 

Customized itineraries

Celebrity Cruises head to destinations all over the world including in the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and beyond. 

No matter where you’re looking to visit, you can be sure a Celebrity cruise will be able to get you there in style. Plus, itineraries can be fully customized to suit your needs whether that involves relaxing excursions, visits to cultural hotspots, or mingling with the locals, there are options for everyone.

 

Latest Offers

Celebrity Cruises latest offer for April & March 2024

Nothing Comes Close to a Celebrity Cruise, and you’ll never want to vacation any other way. So to book yours and to see the world in style, get in touch with Leisure Travel Enterprises today. Our team of expert travel advisors can tailor cruises and itineraries specifically to you and your party, ensuring you can make the most of your Celebrity Cruises voyage without having to worry about any of the organization. Contact us to find out more and make us your guide to the globe.  

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