The Mart for April 2020


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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;, 1219-620

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); 519-520

TO ITALY WITH LOVE TOURS — Specializing in small groups. Two-week trip to enchanting Sperlonga, the pearl of the Mediterranean. Day trips to lovely quaint villages, gardens, castles, islands, Rome, Pompeii, Positano and more. 10 years’ experience with repeat customers. “A Trip of a Lifetime” personalized and customized to your individual needs. Great culinary experiences. Approx. $3,000 + air (includes all meals). JUNE MORROCCO, 233 Morewood Lane, Grants Pass, OR 97526; 971/706-9328, 420

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;; 3-420

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) 519-520

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,, 3-720

EXPERT LOCAL CUBA GUIDE works with ITN readers. Individual and small group travel to Cuba for Americans is still legal under the “Support for the Cuban People Program.” I work as the preferred Cuba guide with ITN Far Horizon Editor Randy Keck when he leads groups to Cuba. Work directly with a Cuban in Havana for the best value guide plus 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, 420

DON’T JUST TASTE WINES, EXPERIENCE THEM! Join Wine Lovers Tours in 2020 for great all-inclusive wine vacations to Italy, France, Argentina, Chile, Washington/Oregon, South Africa, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, Greece and Hungary. 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, 1119-420

SE ASIA PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS! Offering small personal tours in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand & Myanmar (Burma). Tours are “culture focused” capturing the people, food, architecture and lifestyle of the countries we visit. We work directly with the communities using local guides, privately-owned lodging and locally-owned restaurants. Your guide, Gene Tewksbury, will mentor your photography skills throughout the expedition, showing you techniques (both technical and social) for obtaining amazing cultural photos. 451 Golden Circle #303, Golden, CO 80401; 303/880-0048, 3-420

PANTANAL: Jaguars, Birds & much more! Contact Frank for more info. TUNDRA RIVER ADVENTURES, 4168 Wyman Way, Roseville, CA 95747; 541/441-2016,, 420

TALL SHIP GREECE & CROATIA ADVENTURE — Aug. 28, 2021. Act now, this popular itinerary sells out quickly! 11 nights from Athens to Venice aboard the magnificent Star Flyer visiting must-see ports in the Greek islands, Montenegro, Croatia and  ending in Venice. Enjoy complimentary onboard lectures with renowned artist and photographer Fred Krakowiak. Max 170 passengers in 85 cabins. Exceptional dining, service and activities. Rates start at $3,230 pp/double occupancy including port and gratuities. Special group benefits. Travel in comfort and grand style! We are a full service travel company focusing on special small group experiences worldwide. Contact GINA RUGGIERO, WHERE TO WORLD, 2399 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101; 623/680-0853, 866/590-9595,, (CST 2135965-40220) 2-420 

CENTRAL ASIA: ROUTE OF THE CARAVANS. Relive the times of the Silk Road caravans in this 18-day journey through the five ’Stans. Explore 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Ashgabat, Merv (Mary), Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Penjikent, Dushanbe, Almaty, Bishkek and a lot more. Five small group departures in 2020-21. BESTWAY TOURS & SAFARIS, 8678 Greenall Ave., Burnaby, BC, Canada V5J3N6; 800/663-0844, 3-420

TAILOR-MADE CULTURAL & CULINARY TOURS WORLDWIDE. Scheduled 2020 departures with expert leaders to Catalonia, Sicily, Western France & Basque Country, Bordeaux and Arachon, Greek Islands, Morocco, Slovenia, Armenia, Croatia & Montenegro, Vietnam, Portugal, Oaxaca Day of the Dead. See the world and enjoy regional gastronomy. CELESTIAL VOYAGERS, 27-28 Thomson Ave., #11, Long Island City, NY 11101; 212/203-1021,, 1219-1220

TODAY’S WOMAN TRAVELLER, small group escorted tours. Make friends, make memories, discover beautiful places like Croatia, Italy, Spain, Greece, Morocco, Africa, Egypt, Vietnam, Portugal, Scotland, Peru, Galapagos, Ecuador, United Arab Emirates and TransSiberia rail journey. Guaranteed share rates, Early booking bonuses. All tours priced in Cdn$; take advantage of the US exchange rate. 1049 Sydenham Rd, Kingston, ON K7M 3L8; 888/830-5324,, (TICO# 50022628) 4-620

NORMANDY & BRITTANY, FRANCE — May 30-June 12, 2020. Small group (maximum 16): 1 night in the medieval city of Rouen; 3 nights Honfleur; 3 nights Bayeux; 3 nights Saint-Malo; 2 nights Connelles. Gourmet dinners; boutique hotels; expert local guides; D-Day Landing Beaches historian; Mont Saint Michel, Monet’s gardens at Giverny and much more. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 420

NORTHERN ITALY FOOD & WINE TOUR Oct 2-12. A white truffle hunt in Piemonte is one highlight of this 11-day, relaxed small group (8-16 people) excursion into Italian cuisine and culture emphasizing superior regional food and wines. Visit the regions of parmigiano, prosciutto, balsamic and pesto. Starts in Bologna, Parma, Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Alba, Barolo, Lake Orta. $3,310/pp. Call Paola, ANDIAMO TOURS, PO Box 8907, New Haven, CT 06532; 888/313-6380,, 420

LeMARCHE MARVELS — BOLOGNA TO ROME – May 21-31. Small custom group lingers two nights in Bologna, Rimini, Conero, Ascoli Piceno and Frascati. Explore Ravenna, Ferrara, San Marino Republic, Pesaro, Gradara, Urbino, Frasassi, Fabriano, Loreto, Numana, Macerata, Norcia, Castelgandolfo, Nemi, Ninfa and more. Savor regional cuisine, culture, wine, scenery, history and more. Since 1979, ANDIAMO BY SBRAZZA Box 406, Santa Rosa, CA 95402;, 420

AMAZON WILDLIFE SAFARI: Guaranteed departure! Yes, join anthropologist Manuel Arboleda G. on an Amazon Fluvial Safari and enjoy photographing exotic wildlife from boats & canoes (May 10-16)! Limited to 12 paxs. Extension to the Desert Kingdoms of Peru (May 16-20) available. Remember, “If it is worth seeing, we include it.” For information, NAWPAQ EXPEDITIONS, Los Pinos 156 apt., 702, Lima 18, Peru; USA 619/249-4948, PERU +51 989-426-572,, 420

SCOTLAND & IRELAND (optional add-on to attend Edinburgh Military Tattoo) — Aug 29-Sep 13, 2020; small group (maximum 16). 14 nights deluxe accommodations: Edinburgh (1); Inverness (1); Isle of Skye (2); Oban (1); Glasgow (2); Dublin (2); Kenmare (3); Doolin (2). Whiskey tasting, Loch Ness, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, Doolin’s singing pubs, all with a local expert guide. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163, itn@ipswich,

DACEY’S CORNISH TOURS — Just a few spaces left for our 2020 departures. Small group tours of England’s hidden treasure, Cornwall, from the delights of Port Isaac to St. Ives, Land’s End and much more. DACEY TOURS, 687 Hoyt Ave W., St Paul, MN 55117; 651/484-4689,, 3-520

JAPAN & KOREA — Sept. 12-22. Highlights: Unique tours in Tokyo, Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, Seoul. Land, $2,395. ADVENTURES FOR SOLO TRAVELERS, 1907 Daniel Green Ct., Smyrna, GA 30080; 770/432-8225,, (IATAN 11716600) 4-520

EGYPT: A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME — Incredible 12-day journey covering pyramids/sphinx/Islamic & Fatimid Cairo, 5-day Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan, Abu Simbel, Alexandria with all sightseeing and excursions included. Small group departures from $2,870. BESTWAY TOURS & SAFARIS, 8678 Greenall Ave., Burnaby, BC, Canada V5J3N6; 800/663-0844, 3-420 

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW WILLIAM BARKLEY TOUR OF SCOTLAND — This July 27-Aug 8, 2020 tour will include presentations by the faculty of Glasgow University on the life and work of the great writer, teacher, theologian William Barkley. Visits to Robert Burns’ birthplace, Pitlochry, Loch Ness, Iona, Edinburgh and more. Details: FRED GRIFFIE, 1519 Crystal Rd., Charlotte, NC 28205; 704/537-8747, 420

BAVARIA, GERMANY & SALZBURG, AUSTRIA — Sep 17-Oct 1, 2020. Small group (maximum 16): 13 nights deluxe accommodations — Munich (2); Salzburg (3); Mittenwald (2); Füssen (3); Rothenburg (2); Regensburg (2). Gourmet dinners, wine and beer tastings, Oberammergau, fairy tale castles, expert local guides. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 420

MAGICAL MONGOLIA & GOBI DESERT with yaks, yurts and dancing horses — July 10-17. Highlights include the epic Nadaam Festival, Flaming Cliffs, Singing Sand Dunes, Camel Trek, upscale accommodations; land $2,575. ADVENTURES FOR SOLO TRAVELERS, 1907 Daniel Green Ct., Smyrna, GA 30080; 770/432-8225,, (IATAN 11716600) 4-520

HOLY LAND, EGYPT & RED SEA CRUISE on Emerald Azzurra, a new 100-passenger luxury super yacht, sailing Feb. 5-15, 2022. Only a few cabins remain. Contact MARY KELLY, 12654 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810; 225/939-2990, 420

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.  Individual pre- and post-tours. Passion Play Oberammergau 2020. ERNST GARTNER, Eisvogelweg 35, 81827 München, Germany; +49 176 23 898 956, 519-520

SICILIAN SMALL GROUP TOUR — Sept. 14-24, 11-day loop of the island combining major attractions with lesser-known destinations: Palermo, Erice, Marsala, Valley of the Temples, Villa Romana, Modica, Taormina, Cefalu. Small groups (8-16 people), relaxed pace, emphasizing superior regional food & wines, starting at $2,880/pp. Call Paola, ANDIAMO TOURS, PO Box 8907, New Haven, CT 06532; 888/313-6380,, 420



Places to Stay

PARIS: BEAUTIFUL 1-BR/STUDIO APARTMENT OFF CHAMPS-ELYSEES – Sleeps 2/5. Safest area, near Presidential Palace. 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;; 4-720



Travel Gear

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, 420

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; 420