FCRE Member Services-Tours sponsors a continuing series of domestic and international tours tailored especially for members and their guests. In addition, a number of day tours are also offered to area buildings, museums, events, and programs. All programs are announced in the FCRE Advocate mailed to all current members.

Travel Notes

*  All tours are funded by participants only, not by membership dues.
*  A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve each tour space.
*  Each non-member guest pays a $50 guest fee for each tour.
*  All rates are per person, double occupancy (pp/do). Supplementary costs apply for those travelling alone. Travelers are responsible for arranging for their own roommates.
*  Not all locations or sites are handicapped accessible.
*  Persons with disabilities wishing to reserve space for any tour program should enclose a letter describing their needs with their initial reservation deposit so that FCRE Member Services and tour suppliers can determine if those needs can be met.

Please remember that all prices quoted are tentative and subject to change because of the changes in the price of oil.

For more information on any of the tours listed below, email Doris Patteson, Director of Member Services-Tours, at
dwpatteson@gmail.com; or call FCRE at 703-923-9877. And, if you would like to take any trip offered by Collette that we are not booking as a group, Doris can arrange those trips and give you discounts!

Upcoming Trips
April 26-May 8, 2019 - Portugal and Its Islands

This is a great trip which not only allows you to visit the special attractions of Portugal (Lisbon, Sintra, Nazare, Obidos, Estoril, Cascais and Fatima) but also have the opportunity to visit its islands (Madeira, known as the “Pearl of the Atlantic” and St. Michael, the largest of the Azorean islands). You will learn the secrets of Azorean cuisine with an interactive cooking demonstration. You will celebrate your Madeiran adventure with entertainment and a traditional dinner known as an “espetada.” You will visit botanical gardens, enjoy a Fado dinner show, visit a pineapple plantation and see some spectacular scenery and historical sites. Cost is $4124 pp/double and includes air fare and 18 meals. Deposit of $500 is due October 19.

NEW! May 15, 2019 - SHILLELAGH TRAVEL CLUB is oferring a day trip to LONGWOOD GARDENS
First stop is lunch at Brandywine Prime Restaurant (choice of spinach & grilled chicken salad OR crab cake BLT sandwich + Caesar salad or soup + dessert + soft drinks), then on to Longwood Gardens with its acres of elaborate displays, gardens, meadows and fountains.  Price of $129 includes bus transportation, lunch, admission to Longwood, taxes and meal gratuities.                 

RESERVATIONS: Call Shillelagh’s at 703-242-2204 from Monday to Friday. Payment can be made by credit card or by sending a check – the office can explain the procedure. Please mention you are an FCRE member when making your reservation.


8:15am Depart 100 East St, SE Vienna, VA (parking available)      

9:00am Depart Grosvenor Metro, Rockville, MD                       

6:45pm Arrive back in Rockville, MD

7:15pm Arrive back in Vienna, VA

NEW! June 5, 2019 - Day trip to Monticello and Highland with Shillelach Travel Club.
First stop is Jefferson’s Monticello and a guided tour followed by a hearty lunch at Michie Tavern.  Then a tour of Highland, the residence of James Monroe.  Price of $135 includes bus transportation, the tours, lunch, taxes and meal gratuities.
RESERVATIONS: Call Shillelagh’s at 703-242-2204 from Monday to Friday. Payment can be made by credit card or by sending a check – the office can explain the procedure. Please mention you are an FCRE member when making your reservation.

August 1-14, 2019 - Spectacular Scandinavia. This trip features Copenhagen, Stockholm, a high-speed train to Oslo, Viking Ship Museum, Flam Railway, Sognefjord, Briksdal Glacier, Geirangerfjord Cruise to experience the beauty of the fjords and spectacular waterfalls. Contact Doris for a brochure.

October 10-17, 2019 - Islands of New England  The red sugar maples in New England are unbelievable with their radiance in the fall. The highlights of this trip include Providence, visit to one of the castles in Newport, Boston, Cranberry Bog, Plimoth Plantation, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Lobster dinner, Provincetown, a choice between Hyannis and Nantucket plus much more. Deposit/insurance date is April 3. Contact Doris for a brochure.

NEW! December 1-5, 2019 - Spotlight on San Antonio  A new trip for the holiday season! The lights and decorations on the River Walk are lovely during the holidays. Our hotel is located on the River Walk and convenient for visiting many of the local sights. Our trip includes: Mission San Jose, The Alamo, LBJ Ranch, choice of South Texas Heritage Center or San Antonio Botanical Gardens, El Mercado, and a Paseo del Rio cruise. Deposit/insurance date is May 24, 2019. Contact Doris for more information.


March 15-29, 2020 - Cultural Treasures of Japan A visit to Japan during the time the cherry blossoms are blooming.

NEW! April 18-26, 2020 - Spotlight on the French Riviera  Spotlight trips are the ones where you stay in the same hotel for 7 nights and venture out from there. This trip goes to Cannes, Nice, Monaco and spots along the Riviera.

NEW! July 17-26, 2020 - Charming French Canada  This trip includes Montreal and Quebec City as well as visits to some of the quaint towns along the St. Lawrence. You stay in three of the Fairmont Hotels including the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec!

NEW! August, 2020 - Colorado Rockies Includes Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Junction, Arches National Park, Colorado National Park, Mesa Verde, Canyonlands, Durango and rides on the Narrow Gauge Railroad, Royal Gorge, and Garden of the Gods.

August 3-15, 2020 - Germany's Cultural Cities & the Romantic Road with Oberammergau Passion Play

This may seem a long way out, but the tickets are selling out quickly and it is necessary to book early. Collette has 7 different trip options that include the Passion Play and many of them are completely sold out. Collette is the #1 Passion Play Tour Company and sold the largest allotment of tickets in 2010. This play only takes place once every ten years. Oberammergau presents this play in appreciation for the fact that their village was spared from the Black Plaque during the Thirty Year War in the 1600’s .They present this play to honor the last days of Christ. The performers are all native to this village and they start growing their hair and beards more than a year in advance. Collette promises 4-star accommodations and the best available seating options at the play. This enchanting tour offers the best of Germany. You will travel to some of the country’s most iconic cities. A few of the gems that you will enjoy include a guided tour of Hamelin with a flute-playing “Pied Piper”, a local guide will lead you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg, you will explore the Hanseatic town of Lubeck, discover Rothenburg, a medieval gem in the heart of Franconia, and tour Neuschwanstein Castle, the most photographed castle in Germany. Cost is $6749 pp/double and includes air fare and 19 meals. Deposit of $750 is due by September 8, 2018.

NEW! October, 2020 - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta