The Mart for April 2019


EXPLORE ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA with a small, local, family-owned company — art, history and everyday life with an experienced guide with excellent recommendations from American clients. DANCING BEAR TOURS, Tipanov str. 34/3-26, 196233 St. Petersburg, Russia;, 518-619

EXPERT-LED CULTURAL TOURS: Archaeological tours, food tours & family tours. Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey & the UK. Specialising in escorted gulet cruises & charters. PETER SOMMER TRAVELS, 102 Monnow St., Monmouth NP253EQ, UK; 855/443-3027 (toll-free); 318-419

TO ITALY WITH LOVE TOURS. Specializing in small groups. Two-week trip to enchanting Sperlonga. Day trips to lovely quaint villages, gardens, castles, islands, local markets, Rome, Pompeii, Amalfi & more. 10 years’ experience with repeat customers. “A Trip of a Lifetime,” personalized and customized to your individual needs. Great culinary experiences. All-inclusive, apprx $5,000 with air! JUNE MORROCCO, 233 Morewood Lane, Grants Pass, OR 97526; 971/706-9328, www.toitalywith 419

ST. PETERSBURG WITH TZAR TRAVEL: Private & small group tours, shore excursions by Natalya German-Tsarkova. Explore St. Petersburg with my personally-vetted expert guides. TZAR TRAVEL, Engels pr. 43-12, St. Petersburg 194017, Russia;; 4-619

SOUTHEAST ASIA, AFRICA & BEYOND plus MAXIMISE MILES SERVICE: Bangkok- & Hanoi-based Swiss owner Myriam and her travel experts (ITN: Jun ’03, p.52; May ’06, p.36; Jan ’13, p.24; May ’14, p.48; May ’17, p.20) offer the ultimate experience to now more exotic destinations. Her personalized service, own handcrafted itineraries, her devotion to travel with class and in style makes your journey unforgettable. Bhutan & Laos are among her clients’ top travel picks. Check out her 2019 very special deals: 6 days Bhutan (Easter & Autumn) Escape $1,325. Experience Vietnam’s gems embarking on your own handcrafted tour. Ask for Myriam’s new African series and her new airline booking service, which helps you maximizing air miles and points. 38c, 209 Alley, Doi Can str, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam;, www.,

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND ~ UNIQUE & UNUSUAL — planning customized vacations to Australia & New Zealand for 30+ years for independent travelers and small groups – nature, history, self-drive, adventure, wine and food, Aboriginal and Maori culture and more! We work closely with you to design the trip of your dreams, from moderate to very upscale! Having lived “down under,” we know the South Pacific and islands well. Please call or email with phone number and best time to call. SPRINGBOARD VACATIONS, PO Box 927136, San Diego, CA 92192; Direct 858/550-9622, 858/550-9696 (PST), (CST 2059428-40) 418-419

MUNICH, BAVARIA, AUSTRIA, NORTHERN ITALY Professional guide available for Munich city walks, driver-guided tours hourly, daily or weekly by private limousine/minibus services in Munich and Bavaria (Kingscastles, etc.). Discover also the mountains on narrow winding roads through Austria, Switzerland and northern Italy, away from the tourist crowds. For skiers: working out and guiding of your private ski vacation in the Alps, essentially cheaper than in US/Canada. ERNST GARTNER, Eisvogelweg 35, 81827 München, Germany; +49 176 23 898 956, 418-419

TALL SHIP THAILAND COASTAL DISCOVERY — March 14-21 & 21-28, 2020. Two 7-night sailings, back-to-back, along the north and south coasts combined for an incredible 14-night adventure. Enjoy complimentary onboard lectures with renowned artist and photographer Fred Krakowiak, who will be sharing tips to capture these stunning surroundings with your camera and your heart! Max 170 passengers in 85 cabins. Exceptional dining, service and activities. Rates start at only $1,630 pp/week, double occupancy, including port and gratuities. Travel with grandeur in comfort and style aboard the Star Clipper! Also ask about our Sept. 2019 Rome-to-Amalfi-and-Sicily tall ship adventure and our popular inclusive Tuscany programs. Contact GINA RUGGIERO, WHERE TO WORLD, 2399 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101; 623/680-0853, 866/590-9595,, (CST 2135965-40) 419

PANTANAL: Jaguars, Birds & much more! Contact Frank for more info. TUNDRA RIVER ADVENTURES, 4168 Wyman Way, Roseville, CA 95747; 541/441-2016,, 419

TODAY’S WOMAN TRAVELLER —small group tours to beautiful places: Italy, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Africa, Vietnam, Galapagos, Ecuador, Portugal, Thailand, England, Paris. Share experiences, make travel friends. BBB Accredited, Guaranteed Share Rates, Early Booking Bonuses. Exchange discount for US$ on all Cdn$-priced tours. 1049 Sydenham Rd, Kingston, ON, K7M 3L8, Canada; 888/830-5324,, (TICO# 50022628) 2-519

BAVARIA, GERMANY & SALZBURG, AUSTRIA — September 9-24, 2019. Small group (maximum 16), 14 nights deluxe accommodations: Munich (2); Salzburg (3); Mittenwald (2); Füssen (3); Rothenburg (2), and Regensburg (2). Gourmet dinners, wine and beer tastings, Oberammergau, Mozart’s childhood home, fairytale castles and expert local guides. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 419

PRIVATE BULGARIA TOURS — Ultimate Balkan experience going far beyond your expectations. PATRICK PENEFF, 3A, Benkovski, 9000 Varna, Bulgaria;, 219-220

CARCASSONNE, FRANCE TO BARCELONA, SPAIN — September 23-October 6, 2019. Small group (maximum 16), 11 nights deluxe accommodations: Toulouse (1); Carcassonne (2); Bélesta (2); Puigcerdà (2), and Barcelona (4). Gastronomic dinners, cheese tasting, Catalan cooking class, vineyard visits, flamenco dancers, Pyrenees mountains, Gaudi’s architecture and much more. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 419

TWO WEEKS IN TUSCAN VILLA W/CINQUE TERRE EXTENSION: June 1-15, 2019. Small group. In depth. Affordable. Villas, rental cars and gas, breakfast and evening snacks, and some meals provided. Daily excursions to well known hill towns such as Cortona, Siena, Florence, San Gimignano, Volterra, Arezzo and hidden gems like La Verna, Stia, Colle Val d’Elsa and more. Extension May 27-June 1. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 1-419

EXPERT LOCAL CUBA GUIDE + INDIVIDUAL & SMALL GROUP INDEPENDENT TRAVEL SERVICES IN CUBA FOR ITN READERS. I work as the preferred Cuba guide with ITN Far Horizon Editor Randy Keck when he leads People to People groups to Cuba. Work directly with a Cuban in Havana for the best value guide, and general- and special-interest travel planning services with a focus on getting behind the scenes to truly experience local life on the island. Contact MARTHA IBIS, 419

DON’T JUST TASTE WINES, EXPERIENCE THEM! Join Wine Lovers Tours in 2019 for great all-inclusive wine vacations to Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Croatia & Georgia. VIP winery visits, gourmet meals, truly memorable experiences. Try us; you’ll love our award-winning style. Request free brochure today and receive a FREE Italian cookbook plus save $250! Over 30 years’ experience. WINE LOVERS TOURS, 1211 Quinnipiac Ave, New Haven, CT 06513; 800/256-0141, 2-619

LOIRE VALLEY & BURGUNDY (with optional Paris add-on): September 12-25, 2019. Small group (maximum 16): 12 nights deluxe accommodations: Paris (1); Truyes (4) Avallon (2); Beaune (3), and Lyon (2). Michelin-starred dining, French cooking class, wine tastings, Chartres Cathedral, historic châteaux, local markets, medieval villages. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 419

BARGING IN CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE on hotel barge Merganser. Experience tranquil scenery, vineyards, village boulangeries, regional attractions & magnificent cathedrals. Six-night cruises inclusive en-suite cabins, first-class food, wines and visits. No single supplement. Brochure & DVD from UKWH, Ltd., 31 Wellington St., Hertford SG14 3AN, UK; phone +44 1992 550616,, 3-719



Places to Stay

PARIS: BEAUTIFUL 1-BR/STUDIO APARTMENT OFF CHAMPS-ELYSEES – Sleeps 2/5. Safest area, near Presidential Palace. Large, beautifully appointed, equipped for comfortable stay. Typical Parisian building, air conditioning, parquet floors, antiques, rugs, marble fireplace, designer fabrics, phone, Internet, printer, CNN, queen bed+. Double+. Kitchen, bath, washer. From $200/night. MARIE LEFEBVRE, 2521 Buckeye St., Newport Beach, CA 92660; 949/433-5110;; 3-919




Travel Gear

LUNATEC’S® AQUABOT® turns water bottles into misters and high-pressure sprayers. Cool you and your pets, clean gear and hydrate. LUNATEC®, 7929 Silverton Ave., 610, San Diego, CA 92126; 419

TREKR® SELF-CLEANING TRAVEL WASHCLOTH! Rinses clean, dries fast and stays odor free. Our dishcloths are even more amazing. LUNATEC®, 7929 Silverton Ave., 610, San Diego, CA 92126; 858/653-0401, 419





“PLANET EARTH’S LEGACY: UNESCO World Heritage Sites” by David J. Patten. Includes articles on 50 UNESCO sites, UNESCO’s Heritage program, UNESCO and the USA, ecotourism and the future. 55 color photographs; 308 pp. Available on 918-919