September 25-October 9, 2019


  • 15-day tour beginning in Minneapolis-St. Paul and an overnight at Brainerd Lakes, two nights in Ely, MN; two nights in Ashland, WI located in town on the waterfront of Chequamegon Bay; two nights at Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, a visit to Porcupine Mountain, Hayward, WI and the Mall of America and R&R with three nights in Las Vegas! 

  • This tour is scheduled during the predicted autumn season in Northern Minnesota & Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.  It is difficult to predict peak autumn season these days but we must coordinate our visits during these dates because a few of the hotels and attractions will close after the fall season. 

  • This tour is in the planning stage.  I want to include as many unique visits to the areas we are touring

  • Arrival & Departure:  Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

  • Brainerd, Minnesota

  • Ely, Minnesota (2 nites)

  • Grand Marais, Minnesota (day trip)

  • Duluth, Minnesota

  • Ashland/Bayfield, WI (2 nites)

  • Porcupine Mountain/Keweenau Peninsula/Copper Harbor, Michigan (Upper Peninsula; 2 nites)

  • Hayward, Wisconsin  Bloomington, Minnesota (Mall of America


  • 9/25, Wed, HNL/SFO, UA #724, 1:20 p.m./9:19 p.m.

  • SFO/ORD, UA #1140, 11:30 p.m./5:33 a.m. (arrival 9/26)

  • 9/26, Thu, ORD/MSP, UA #1708 6:25 a.m./7:50 a.m.

  • 10/6, Sun, MSP/DEN, UA #1683, 11:31 a.m./12:45 p.m.

  • DEN/LAS, UA #813, 1:45 p.m./2:42 p.m.

  • 10/9, Wed, LAS/SFO, UA #1647, 11:29 p.m./1:10 p.m.

  • SFO/HNL, UA #1509, 4:35 p.m./6:54 p.m.


HNL=Honolulu; MSP=Minneapolis-St. Paul; DEN=Denver; LAS=Las Vegas; SFO=San Francisco


Flight itinerary is subject to quarterly rescheduling by United Airlines


Map courtesy of Art Von Ploennies



October 31-November 15, 2019


  • Currently this river cruise is sold out but we have several travelers on the AMA Waterways waitlist.  Please note if the waitlist clears, the cost of the river cruise will be based on the cleared stateroom category that may be either Categories “E, D, B, or A”.

  • Round trip air through EM Hawaii Tours via United Airlines and Lufthansa (one segment)

  • Countries: Spain & Portugal

  • River:  Douro

  • Pre-Tour:  three nights in Madrid, Spain

  • River Cruise:  7-night Douro Cruise  from Vega Terron to Porto via AmaVida

  • Post-Tour:  three nights in Lisbon, Portugal

  • AMA Waterways Optional protection plan:  10% of TRIP COST.  Waiver of Pre-existing Medical Condition Exclusion (if purchased within 21 days of initial trip payment).  Day one is the date your initial payment is received).  Or, full coverage through Travel Insured International.

  • AMA Waterways Travel Waiver Plus:  If you are interested in this policy, it must be purchased at the time of booking, $80 per person.  Allows you to cancel your vacation for any reason and you will receive a future credit valid for 24 months from the day your cancellation is received.  Claims may be filed up to one year after the trip is cancelled.  Waivers under the Travel Waiver Plus Programs provided by AMA Waterways will only cover penalties charged by AMA Waterways.  This program does not include additional benefits.

  • Optional Group Deluxe Plan travel protection available for airline trip protection through EM Hawaii Tours & Travel Insured International. Full coverage (river cruise and airfare) is also available through Travel Insured International.

  • AMA Deposit required to confirm a stateroom:  $400 per person

  • Limited staterooms available.

  • EM Hawaii Tours Deposit:  $200 check issued to EM Hawaii Tours

  • Because of the difficulties connecting via Los Angeles International Airport, our ticketing agent confirmed our flight itinerary via San Francisco with a connection in Newark for our departure on October 31st from Honolulu.  Our return flights are via Lisbon, Frankfurt, San Francisco and Honolulu.  Our flights are with United Airlines except a flight from Lisbon-Frankfurt via Lufthansa Airlines.  United Airlines and Lufthansa Airlines are Star Alliance partners

Flight Itinerary:

We do not have a group itinerary for this river cruise but are ticketing everyone on the lowest possible airfare available at the time you are confirmed by AMA Waterways.  Last week the round trip airfare available in economy was approximately $2,300+ per person based on a round trip airfare from Honolulu.   When travelers are cleared on this waitlist river cruise, we will check on the current airfare for the above flights.


If you are on a United Airlines premier track, the Premier Qualifying Miles (PQM) based on the above flight itinerary is 21,882 miles

AMA Waterways:  Flavors of Spain & Portugal Febuary 2019 Update

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Escort:  Ellen Matsumoto—fully escorted tour from Honolulu

  • Seventeen-day tour:  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and three nights in Las Vegas; Two nights in Muskegon, MI; Duluth, MN  & three nights in Bloomington, MN (Mall of America)

  • We welcome new and previous travelers to experience a night at Mackinac Island’s  Grand Hotel, the location for This Time for Keeps and Somewhere in Time. 

  • Roundtrip travel via United Airlines;

  • Pre-tour luncheon meeting AND a post-tour luncheon in Las Vegas


Tulip Festival/Great Lakes Routing  1) Chicago, Illinois 2) Notre Dame/South Bend, IN 3) Grand Rapids/Holland, MI 4) Traverse City/Old Mission Peninsula 5) Mackinaw City/Mackinac Island, MI 6) Sault Ste Marie, MI 7) Whitefish Point/Paradise, MI

8) Marquette, MI 9) Bayfield, WI 10) Duluth, MN 11) Hibbing/Chisholm, MN 12) Two Harbors/Split Rock Lighthouse, MN 13) Bloomington/Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN 14) Austin, MN

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Tour Highlights:

  • University of Notre Dame campus tour, tour of Holland, MI and the 90th Tulip Time Festival, Dutch Street Klompen Dancers, Mackinac Island livery carriage tour and an overnight at the luxurious Grand Hotel; Soo Locks boat tour, tour a Great Lake freighter and Tower of History; Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Northern Wisconsin, Duluth western seaport city on the shores of Lake Superior; iron ore mining town; Mall of America; Minnesota State Capitol tour and Cathedral of St. Paul guided tour, New Spam Museum and a Wind-Farm Tour.  With Mother Nature’s cooperation, this tour is an excellent time for its Spring Blossoms.

  • This tour has been offered since 1996.  This year’s tour was coordinated with changes to reacquaint our previous tour members with a stay at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel!  This is another unique tour to the mid-central great lake states!

  • Complimentary Meals: continental and/or hot breakfast each morning, six lunch and  one evening meal.  Las Vegas meal vouchers include three breakfast, lunch and dinner for anyone 21 years of age and older.

  • Skycap baggage handling and check in included except for HNL & possibly MSP; roundtrip baggage handling at each hotel (afternoon check in and morning departure).

  • Optional group deluxe travel protection coverage available for tour travel dates. Schedule of Benefits include trip cancellation, trip interruption, travel delay, baggage/personal effects, baggage delay, emergency accident and sickness medical expense, etc.  Protect the cost of your tour from unexpected cancellations, i.e., last-minute tour cancellations, accidents, emergency situations, etc.