Effingham, IL – September 15, 2023, The Effingham County Chamber is thrilled to announce its exciting travel program offerings for 2024, inviting adventure-seekers and culture enthusiasts to embark on unforgettable journeys to Sunny Portugal and Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights.

The Chamber’s Travel Program, in partnership with national travel experts, has a stellar track record of providing outstanding travel opportunities that blend education, tourism, and cultural experiences while keeping affordability in mind.

“When you travel with the Chamber, you embark on a first-class experience starting right here at home. We handle all the arrangements, host informational meetings and webinars, introduce you to fellow travelers, and provide comprehensive insights into your destination,” said Lucinda Hart, CAE, MBA, IOM, President & CEO of the Effingham County Chamber.

One of the unique aspects of the Chamber’s Travel Program is its inclusivity – everyone is welcome to join, whether or not they are Chamber members. Over the years, the program has successfully taken more than 250 travelers to various corners of the world and within the United States. Past destinations have included China, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Peru, Rhine River cruises, New England islands, the Rose Parade in Southern California, and the scenic landscapes of Alaska.

Our first trip in 2024 will be a captivating 10-day journey to Sunny Portugal, where you’ll indulge in a culinary adventure featuring 13 delectable meals (including 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners). Our comprehensive package includes round-trip group transportation from Effingham to St. Louis Airport, seamless round-trip airfare from Lambert St. Louis International Airport, all air taxes and fees, and hassle-free hotel transfers.

Highlights of this remarkable adventure include exploring the coastal capital of Lisbon, immersing yourself in its unique charms, and stepping back in time in the medieval city of Evora, where Roman ruins await your discovery. Enjoy a leisurely 3-night stay in the picturesque Algarve region, bask in the Portuguese sunshine on a free day, and marvel at the dramatic cliffs of Cape St. Vincent. Discover the enchanting resort towns, meander through cobblestone streets, stroll along oceanfront promenades, and experience the idyllic villages that make Portugal a true gem of Europe.

For bookings made by October 14, 2023, the pricing for Sunny Portugal is as follows: Double at $3,899, Single at $4,499, and Triple at $3,869.

In the Fall of 2024, embark on a captivating 7-day journey to Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights, where nature’s wonders await. This adventure includes 11 delightful meals and offers a complete package with group transportation from Effingham to Chicago O’Hare, seamless round-trip airfare from Chicago O’Hare, all air taxes and fees, and convenient hotel transfers.

Highlights of this enchanting expedition include chasing the mesmerizing aurora borealis on an evening starlit cruise, exploring Iceland’s renowned natural wonders along the famed “Golden Circle,” and visiting iconic locations such as Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the geothermal fields of Geysir. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Iceland with a visit to the Skógar Museum, walk along the black volcanic sand beaches, and witness the awe-inspiring Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. To top it all off, indulge in relaxation amidst the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon.

For those eager to join this incredible journey, pricing options include Double at $3,699, Single at $4,299, and Triple at $3,649 (for bookings made by April 1, 2024).

Mark your calendars for the Iceland Magical Northern Lights informational meeting on Monday, November 6th, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Effingham First Baptist Church. This is your opportunity to learn more about these thrilling adventures and how you can be a part of them.

For additional information on the travel program, please visit the Chamber Travel Program online at EffinghamCountyChamber.com/chamber-destinations-2/, drop by the Effingham County Chamber at 903 N Keller Drive, Effingham, or call Effingham Travel Agency at (217) 342-3965.

Don’t miss this opportunity to embark on remarkable journeys and create lasting memories with the Effingham County Chamber Travel Program!


About the Effingham County Chamber
Since its establishment in 1917, the Effingham County Chamber has emerged as the foremost advocate and supporter of local businesses. With a commitment to fostering growth and prosperity, the Chamber offers leadership opportunities, volunteer programs, and business-building initiatives tailored to the vital needs of Effingham County enterprises. By harnessing the collective support, talent, and resources of its members, the Effingham County Chamber leads the way in driving business success and fostering community growth.