ACCESS-ABLE Newsletter

Issue : Vol IV Number 1 (11-Jaqnuary-2001)

Last Update: Monday, 29-May-2006 06:13:15 PDT


Dear Friends,

We would like your input.  Access-Able is in the process of updating the
look and content of the site.  One of our goals is to make the site easier
to navigate.  It has come to our attention that although we have always had
three very useful databases on the site, there are many people not aware of
that fact.  The main database, "Destination Around the World" has some five
thousand entries of access information and travel resources.  The other two
databases are on specialty travel agents and cruise ships.

We are also going to take this opportunity to add new information and
features.  If you have any suggestions were would love to hear from you.
Help us make Access-Able more useful to travelers with disabilities.


                           TOURS OF THE WEST

Access Tours, the company that for the past dozen years, has been providing
learning adventures in the West, especially for slow-walkers and wheelchair
users, is offering two trips this spring.  The first tour April 19-27, 2000
starts in Phoenix and takes in the Southwest's highlights including Sedona,
Arizona, Indian Ruins, Spanish Mission, Mexico and more.

The second tour May 6-14, 2000 starts in Las Vegas and takes in the Grand
Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.  Other stops will include
Hoover Dam, a boat ride on Lake Powell with its blue waters against the red
sandstone and Salt Lake City.

To get more information about these trips or other trips offered by Access
Tours this year contact Clint Gross, Access Tours, P.O. Box 499, Victor,
Idaho 83001.  Phone: 800-929-4811 Alt phone: 208-787-2338 Fax: 208-787-2332
or check out their web site at


                     LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT

ACCESSIBLE ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - The main aim of this site is to help
you find information about access to, access in, and the functionality of
buildings in Rotterdam. It covers hotels, museum, transport and more.

NEW ZEALAND TAXI FEDERATION, INC - They represent the taxi operators in 69
taxi organizations throughout New Zealand.  By using their web site
travelers can find and contact taxi organizations that provide the services
they require including wheelchair accessible vehicles.

BERMUDA ACCESS INFORMATION - This site is packed with access information
and resources. It is sponsored by the Bermuda Physically Handicapped
Association and is entirely for disabled people in, or visiting Bermuda.
It is written as an official website and is a fact-packed labor of love by
a disabled journalist.



Lynn Mullins, owner of Travel Discoveries, Inc. has been planning travel
for the visually impaired for five years.  Travel Discoveries, Inc. is
located in the Seattle, Washington area. Each year they offer both domestic
and international integrated tours.  Some of the trips they have taken in
the past are a river cruise in Russia, a "Grand Cruise Through Europe,"
Christmas aboard the beautiful Mississippi Queen and Alaska.

For more information on the trips that they are offering this year contact
Lynn at Travel Discoveries, Inc., 11948 Preswick Ln. P.O. Box 1428,
Mukilteo (Seattle area) WA 98275.  Phone: 1-800-909-5966.  Email:


    March 21st to April 5th, 2001  or  July 18th to August 2nd

Your Adventure begins in Los Angeles with an evening departure.  By
departing late in the evening, you will sleep through a bulk of the flight.
 (Estimated flight time 14 hours) Please note that there are accessible
lavatories on the plane for your convenience.

The Aussie Explorer takes you to three very different areas in Australia
starting with Melbourne and its surroundings, then on to Sydney and
finishing up in the Cairns area including trips to the Reef & the Rainforest.

On this fourteen-day fully accessible adventure travelers can expect to
experience a full range of what Australia has to offer.  Highlights of the
trip will include up close and personal experiences with Australia's unique
wildlife, world-class cities with incredible dining, shopping and culture.
Plus a private tour of the Sydney Opera House, a visit to one of
Australiašs premiere wineries, snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, a
visit to the rainforests, Aboriginal history & culture, and much, more.

The trip includes accommodation, all activities and entrance fees lunch or
dinner every day (often both), all ground transportation and flights within
Australia.  Comprehensive travel insurance is included free of charge and
covers all pre-existing conditions.
The group size is always kept to around 12 people (customers) plus two or
three staff, and a coach captain. Keeping the groups small ensures intimacy
and flexibility, two very important elements of their trips.  They also
offer an Aussie Outback or New Zealand extension on their trips.

For more information including a complete itinerary contact NeverLand
Adventures, 715 J Street Suite 201, San Diego California 92101.  Phone
800-717-8226  Fax: 619-696-9090  Email: or check out
their website at


                       FRANCE WITH A FLAIR
                           May 1 - 13

Your trip begins in the "City of Lights", Paris.  You will be met at the
airport and transferred to your hotel. There you will meet the rest of the
group and the Flying Wheels' Escort.  The next morning sightseeing will
begin in earnest taking in many of Paris' architectural gems. In the
evening the group will cruise on the Seine River.  Before leaving for the
Loire Valley, you will spend an entire day at the Louvre and have a morning
to relax or go to the second floor of the world famous Eiffel Tower.

Your next base will be Orleans, home of Joan of Arc, and a wonderful
cathedral.  From here you will spend a full day exploring the Loire Valley
including Chenonceaux Castle, jewel of the French Renaissance.  You will
then go on to spend some time in Burgundy Country where you will tour Nuits
St. Georges and Gevrey Chambertin affording you ample opportunity to sample
some of their fine wines.  The group will then take a morning drive to
Orange to visit one of the best-preserved Roman Amphitheaters in Europe.

Before heading to Nice, capital of the French Riviera, you will spend a
couple of days exploring the Avignon area, the former papal center, and
home of the famous bridge which inspired the children's song "Sur le pont

In Nice you will have ample time to explore the city.  The group will also
take a drive to Monte Carlo famous for its winter car rally and casino
paradise. Then, after a good nights rest you will be transferred to the
airport for your flight home.

The tour includes all transportation in France by air-conditioned
accessible coach, twelve nights in 3 & 4 star accessible hotels, twelve
breakfasts and seven dinners.  For complete information and cost contact
Flying Wheels Travel, Inc., 143 West Bridge St., Owatonma, MN 55060.
Phone: 800-535-6790 Fax: 507-451-1685 Email: Website:


NEW TRAVEL TALE - Watch for a  new a new trip report that will be up
shortly.  It is written by a couple who spent two weeks in Portugal.  Get
the straight scoop on the access or lack of access and how they overcame


THIS MONTH'S FATURED DESTINATION - is more than just a destination, it's
cruising!  Cruise Ships are a world onto themselves.  This month we
highlight who, what, how and the options in staterooms. Also, there are
tidbits about cruise lines and ships. There's, lots of new ships that make
it a pleasure to sail.


Carol Randall
Access-Able Travel Source



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