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Where We’ve Been: May 2017

See where other planners have taken their groups in the May 2017 issue of Where We’ve Been.


Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau

Walnut Creek, California

Trip: Croatia, Pearl of the Adriatic

Tour Operator: Jet Vacations

Date: October 2016

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce explored exotic Croatia for nine days in October. The group added a pretrip jaunt in Montenegro and a posttrip journey to Venice, Italy. In Croatia, the tour stopped at numerous cities, among them Dubrovnik, Ston, Split and Motovun.

“We were overwhelmed by the treasure trove of historic architecture and preserved works of art in Croatia. The tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park was a magical display of waterfalls and dense forests. The spectacular hilltop views from Motovun appear to have changed little since the 12th and 13th centuries. We even found time to hunt for truffles in the Mirna Valley. The spectacular coastline of Croatia is something everyone should see.

— Marcie Hochhauser, Senior Vice President

Southwest Bank

Fort Worth, Texas

Trip: Magnificent Michigan and Mackinac Island

Tour Operator: Cruises and Tours Worldwide

Date: June 2016

For five nights, the Southwest Club learned why Michigan often wins praise for its stunning scenery. Besides Mackinac Island, the group toured Frankenmuth and Traverse City.

“Our travelers are still talking about this trip. Our stay at the Grand Hotel included a horse-drawn-carriage tour of the charming, unspoiled Mackinac Island. There were numerous highlights, including the Henry Ford Museum, Castle Farms of Charlevoix, Leland’s Fishtown and beautiful Lake Michigan.”

— Jill Ball, Assistant Travel Club Director