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First Time Travelers

You are ready to take the trip you have always dreamed about but you are not an experienced traveler and don't know where to start.

You have come to the right place!

Empress travel & Cruises has been helping people of all ages to realize their travel dreams.  In the last 40 years we have launched the travel experiences of thousands of people. 

The stories of first-time travelers having outstanding experiences are endless.  There is the time a young women had a dream to visit Paris but had never been outside Upstate NY in her life.  We arranged all the details for her in advance so that she had nothing to think about or worry about while in Paris.  She felt safe and was well cared for.  Then there was the time 2 middle aged men, who were history buffs, wanted to visit Pearl Harbor and vacation in Hawaii but had never been on an airplane before.  We planned a vacation for them that covered all of Hawaii's historical sites and provided a relaxing vacation that included golf.

IrelandIf you have always wanted to go to Ireland, and travel the Ring of Kerry – a tour of some of the most breathtaking of coastal scenery. Meet with an Irish family as they work their farm, and then take a coffee-and-scones-break with them. And then visit Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher. Then one of your nights spend the night in an Irish castle. Ask us about one of our fully escorted Ireland Tours.

Or maybe finding your roots in Italy has always been your dream.  Consider this escorted vacation:  Visit Rome, the Colosseum, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Chianti Winery, Venice, Murano Island, Lugano, Switzerland and Como. Experience the benefits of Whisper Headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides throughout your tour. VeniceVisit the beautiful resort town of Como in the Italian Lake District. Discover Siena’s narrow Gothic streets, magnificent palaces and historic Piazza del Campo. Departures in 2009 and 2010.  For more information or to make a reservation call 800.653.0231,

There is no travel company that has the destination expertise and enjoys walking a first time traveler through every aspect of a travel experience so that you know what to expect.  When traveling problems do pop-up.  We offer peace-of-mind knowing that we will fix whatever problems you encounter along the way. Why? Because, we take the time to learn about your unique needs.

We don't just get the cheapest vacation, but get the vacation that is right for you.