America's most romantic cities

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It's that time of year when we all start thinking hearts and flowers - and travel?

If you're tired of the same old roses and chocolate, consider planning a romantic getaway for two! But where should you go? How about someplace in our own backyard!

Courtesy of the fine folks at Travel + Leisure magazine, here is their top 10 list of America's Most Romantic Cities:

10) New York City - Horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park, the lights of Broadway, fabulous museums and romantic restaurants - New York City has it all!

9) Miami - In case you like your romance accompanied by balmy breezes and beautiful beaches - and lively nightlife!

8) Las Vegas - There must be something romantic about a town with so many places to get married!

7) San Antonio - Charming architecture and the beautiful River Walk!

6) San Diego - We 'Zonies have known about the romance of San Diego for years!

5) Santa Fe - Peaceful, romantic and charming!

4) New Orleans - The fabulous French Quarter and the charming Garden District are just some of what this city has to offer!

3) San Francisco - Haven't we all wanted to leave our hearts in San Francisco?

2) Charleston, South Carolina - Historic and charming - a fantastic combination!

And at the top of the list of America's Most Romantic Cities:

1) Honolulu - There's lots more to Oahu than Waikiki - although that's pretty terrific, too! Stay in one of the beautiful hotels and then drive to the North Shore! World-class shopping, glittering nightlife and the beauty of the island help make this city number 1!

Whether it's a weekend at a Flagstaff B&B or a week in Wine Country, travel is a great way to make your Valentine's Day special!

And now for the fun stuff…

Air/River Cruise Special!

One of my favorite river cruise companies is having a spectacular deal for folks in Phoenix!

Sail on selected Danube River and Rhine/Moselle River cruises in October and November and you'll fly free from Phoenix - what a terrific savings! You must book by February 19.

Check out these river cruise or river cruise/hotel packages:

The Legendary Danube
November 4 departure
Sail seven nights from Nuremberg to Budapest!
From $2099.00 per person, double occupancy
Add three nights in Prague to your cruise!
From $2789.00 per person, double occupancy

Paris to Amsterdam
November 15 departure
Sail seven nights from Trier to Amsterdam!
From $1999.00 per person, double occupancy
Add three nights in Paris!
From $2689.00 per person, double occupancy

Blue Danube Discovery
October 23 or October 29 departures
Sail seven nights from Budapest to Nuremberg!
From $2199.00 per person, double occupancy
Add two nights in Budapest and three nights in Prague!
From $3349.00 per person, double occupancy

October 9 - October 18
From $1999.00 per person, double occupancy!

We're down to our last seven staterooms!

I was able to get more Inside Staterooms, so let me know if that's your choice for the trip. Or perhaps consider a balcony, to take advantage of the beautiful weather!

The rate includes round trip air from Phoenix, all airport/pier/hotel transfers and a post-cruise stay in beautiful Barcelona.

We depart Barcelona on October 10 on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas - ice-skating at sea, anyone? - and we'll be making stops in some of the most beautiful ports in the Mediterranean. Check out the itinerary:

Oct. 10 -- Barcelona, Spain -- Depart: 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 -- Cruising
Oct. 12 -- Naples, Capri, Italy -- Arrive: 7 a.m.; Depart: 7 p.m. (Docked)
Oct. 13 -- Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy -- Arrive: 7 a.m.; Depart: 7 p.m. (Docked)
Oct. 14 -- Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy -- Arrive: 7 a.m.; Depart: 7 p.m. (Docked)
Oct. 15 -- Villefranche (Nice), France -- Arrive: 7 a.m.; Depart: 7 p.m. (Tendered)
Oct. 16 -- Provence (Toulon), France -- Arrive: 7 a.m.; Depart: 5 p.m. (Docked)
Oct. 17 -- Barcelona, Spain -- Arrive: 6 a.m

This cruise vacation offers incredible value - all your meals are included! - and you'll unpack one time to see parts of three beautiful countries! For more information on this trip, you can also visit my agency site: I hope you come with us!

And finally - drum roll please…

I'm delighted to announce a brand new Travelation Travelers tour!

September 5 - September 14, 2010
From $2449.00 per person, including round trip air from Phoenix!

Spend two nights each in some of Europe's most beautiful and historic cities, touring as we travel between!

In conjunction with the wonderful tour company Globus, we'll start our fully escorted tour in Berlin, traveling on to Prague and Budapest, finishing our tour in spectacular Vienna! The rate includes round trip air from Phoenix on British Airways, all hotels, many meals, lots of sightseeing and more! Air taxes are additional.

The Euro is down and the dollar is still strong against the Czech and Hungarian currency - it's a great time to take advantage of the exchange! And check out this itinerary:

Sept. 5 -- Overnight British Airways flight to Berlin
Sept. 6 -- Arrive in Berlin, Germany
Sept. 7 -- Berlin
Sept. 8 -- Berlin-Dresden-Prague, Czech Republic
Sept. 9 -- Prague
Sept. 10 -- Prague-Bratislava, Slovakia-Budapest, Hungary
Sept. 11 -- Budapest
Sept. 12 -- Budapest-Vienna, Austria
Sept. 13 -- At Leisure in Vienna
Sept. 14 -- Home from Vienna

You can also check out the complete day-by-day itinerary on my agency site, I'm limited to 24 seats, so hold your space now!

By motor coach or cruise ship, we're planning your next vacation at TravelationOnline! Give us a call at 602-252-1140, or toll-free at 888-751-2032 (outside the 602/480/623 area codes). You can also reach me directly via e-mail at I look forward to hearing from you!