PO Box 13349 Des Moines, IA 50310-0349
(515) 287 3170

The Travel Center, LTD

Holiday Travel


Holiday travel season is here and it's stressful for everyone!

Tips for airline travel:

  • Bring lots of patience!  The people behind the counter are just doing their job.  Be kind.  Be courteous.  And remember everyone has a cell phone and you can end up going viral for all the wrong reasons!
  • Don't bring wrapped gifts.  The TSA has to check everything and your gifts may get unwrapped.  Use gift bags with tissue paper instead.
  • Make sure to carry all medications and required travel forms...like passports, visas...with you.  DON'T put anything in your checked luggage that can't be replaced.
  • TSA PreCheck doesn't always happen, even when your numbers are in your reservation.  Has your enrollment expired?  Does your name in your reservation match your PreCheck enrollment exactly?  Did you give an incorrect TSA number?  Find out before you go!  Visit the folowing website to check your status:

       Service Status | TSA Enrollment by IDEMIA (dhs.gov)

Wherever your travel takes you, we hope you have an amazing trip!



The main thing to know about travel is that rules/regulations/policies change.
Before you book, please contact us and we can keep you informed about current travel policies.
Join Stan & Joanie Olson
 & Penoach Winery 

Flavors of Italy Tour

 Venice, Tuscany & Rome
March 20-31, 2023


Priced from $4650* per person, land only.

If you enjoy custom-designed tours; a small, intimate group size; traveling with friends; private coach transportation; visits to local artisans; leisurely, flexible schedules and great wine, this tour is for you!

Highlights Include:

  • Venetian islands of Burano & Murano
  • Wine tasting in the Prosecco region
  • Local Balsamic producer in Modena
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese manufacturer
  • Famous Antinori & Verrazzano Wineries
  • Market Day in Greve
  • Deruta Ceramics Factory
  • Etruscan town of Orvieto
  • Food & Wine Walking & Tasting tour in Rome
  • Ancient Roman Colloseum & Vatican City



  • Private transport in one or two modern minibuses with A/C and services of experienced multi-lingual guide for six days. Local transportation in Rome for included tours.
  • Ten overnights in selected 4-star hotels (3-nts Venice, 4-nts Tuscany, 3-nts Rome.
  • Breakfast daily. Four multi-course dinners and two lunches. Wine included at Welcome and Farewell meals.
  • Sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees to various museums and sites as per itinerary.
  • All taxes and service charges at hotels and at restaurants for included meals.
  • Basic gratuities to driver/guides and to local tour guides.
  • All advance reservations and complete tour documentation and planning.

*Price is based on two persons sharing a room.  Group size 16 including tour guide.  Price may be adjusted if the group size falls below 16.  Single supplement:  $900 additional.  Airfare to/from Europe is additional and can be arranged from any city.

For more information, contact:

Lew or Judy Boehnke

Phone:  515.220.2236

Email:  jboehnke@ttcdsm.com


International Travel

Here is the link to current CDC guidelines with FAQ's for airline travel:

Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States | CDC

Many countries have dropped their covid testing/entry requirements. Here is a link to the Sherpa website which provides up-to-date information about curent travel requirements.

Travel Restrictions (joinsherpa.com)


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