All program and pricing information was current at the time of publication (October 2018) and is subject to change without notice.
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With four tours offered between February and April school vacation weeks, MTA Benefits’ 2019 travel opportunities include three traditional tours and one rather novel one. The
Classical Greece and Costa del Sol/Madrid tours in February and the
Florence/Venice/Rome tour in April are traditional, taking in the capitals
and many major “must-see” attractions, while the Grand Tour of Ireland in
February takes a unique look at a country that is extremely popular with
The Grand Tour of Ireland from Feb. 14 to 24 takes in many traditional
sights such as Dublin, Galway, Killarney, Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry
and the Dingle Peninsula. But due to its 11-day, nine-night length, the tour
extends into Northern Ireland, including Belfast, the Giant’s Causeway, the
Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and Letterkenny. The area around Sligo, closely
associated with the Irish poet Yeats and often overlooked on tours of
Ireland, is also included.
Of course, a trip to Rome, Florence and Venice is a timeless option. This
traditional tour from April 12 to 20 takes in all three major cities with
stays in just two hotels. Beyond the “big three,” the tour also features a
day in the Tuscan towns of Siena and San Gimignano, a visit to Assisi and
a half-day tour of the Vatican.
MTA’s nine-day, seven-night Greece tour from Feb. 16 to 24 is so classic
it’s actually called “Classical Greece.” While many tours of Greece focus
intensely on Athens, this tour takes in many other important places on the
mainland. Some time is also spent in Patras, a regional capital. This portion
of the tour includes Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Epidaurus and Mycenae. The
trip also includes a full-day boat tour to the Saronic Islands.
The Costa del Sol and Madrid — a nine-day, seven-night tour from Feb. 16 to
24 — focuses on the beautiful beach-lined southern coast of Spain. (This is an
ideal destination for a winter tour since daytime temperatures are typically in
the 60s.) The Costa del Sol portion of the trip includes Seville, Ronda, Granada
and the Rock of Gibraltar. After a stop in the city of Toledo, the trip continues
to Madrid, the capital, and a tour of the world-famous Prado Museum.
For trip details and booking instructions, visit www.mtabenefits.com.
Take a voyage through time as you learn
about a sailor’s life at war and at sea
at Battleship Cove in Fall River. MTA
members get in for free with their current
member card. The Christmas Festival of
Lights at Edaville in Carver takes you
into an enchanting wonderland filled
with lights, unlimited Christmas train rides
and unlimited use of more than 90 rides
and attractions. Discounted tickets may be
purchased through the MTA Benefits website.
Lace up your roller skates and head to
Forrest’s Family Fun Center in Taunton,
where members receive free skate rentals
and 5 percent off standard party packages!
Barnstable, Dukes and
The Cape Cod Central Railroad in Hyannis is
once again offering an MTA discount — 10 percent
off all excursions. The creative energy of America’s
oldest active art colony and the natural beauty of
outer Cape Cod come together at the Provincetown
Art Association and Museum. Members receive
free admission and a 10 percent discount in the
gift shop. Take the ferry to Nantucket and visit the
Nantucket Historical Association Whaling
Museum, open from April through December.
Members receive free admission to exhibitions
such as Paintings from the Nantucket Art Colony
and Rights and Race.
For complete details on all member discounts, visit