The Mart for August 2019

 

Tours
Places to Stay
Travel Gear
Books/References

 

Tours

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; info@dancing-bear-tours.com, http://dancing-bear-tours.com    7-1219

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); www.petersommer.com    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 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, www.toitalywith lovetours.com    819

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; natalya.german@tzar-travel.com; www.tzar-travel.com    7-819

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), anzlindsey@earthlink.net (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, ukwh@bargedirect.com, www.bargedirect.com    7-1119

FRENCH & ITALIAN RIVIERAS AND CINQUE TERRE — Sept. 10-23, 2019. Beaulieu-sur-Mer (2); Saint Paul de Vence (5); Santa Margherita (2); Lerici (3). Medieval hilltop villages, wine tasting, Italian cooking class, Monaco, Nice, Antibes, Portofino, Picasso Museum, Lerici by boat, expert local guides. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163, itn@ipswichtours.com, ipswichtours.com    819

DISCOVER AMAZING MYANMAR (BURMA) with a private car/driver/guide for Highlights of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake for 10-14 days. Contact TONY HLA SHWE (Tour organizer), No.11, 6th Floor, Thazin Street,Yay Kyaw, Pazundaung Township, Yangon, Myanmar; +95 9 795418728, tonyhlashwe@gmail.com, www.theamazingmyanmar.com    8-919

DACEY’S CORNISH TOURS: Small group tours of England’s hidden treasure, Cornwall, from the delights of Port Isaac to St Ives, Land’s End & much more. Book now for 2020 departures. DACEY TOURS, 687 Hoyt Ave W., St Paul, MN 55117; 651/484-4689, daceytours@gmail.com, www.daceyscornishtours.com    7-919

LOIRE VALLEY & BURGUNDY (with optional Paris add-on) — Sept. 12-25, 2019.  Small group (maximum 16) — 12 nights deluxe accommodations: Paris (1); Truyes (4) Avallon (2); Beaune (3); 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, itn@ipswichtours.com, ipswichtours.com    819

CARCASSONNE, FRANCE TO BARCELONA, SPAIN — Sept. 23-Oct. 6, 2019. Small group (maximum 16) — 11 nights deluxe accommodations: Toulouse (1); Carcassonne (2); Bélesta (2); Puigcerdà (2); 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, itn@ipswichtours.com, ipswichtours.com    819

TODAY’S WOMAN TRAVELLER — Make friends, make memories, discover hidden gems in beautiful places like Italy, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Africa, Turkey, Vietnam, Galapagos, Ecuador, Iceland, Thailand, England. 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; info@TodaysWomanTraveller.com, www.TodaysWomanTraveller.com/alltours (TICO# 50022628)    6-819

BHUTAN, CAMBODIA, CHINA, LAOS, MYANMAR, VIETNAM & AFRICA — Bangkok- & Hanoi-based Swiss owner Myriam and her travel experts offer the ultimate experience to 30 exotic destinations. (ITN Jun ’03, p.52; May ’06, p.36; Jan ’13, p.24; May ’14, p.48; May ’17, p.20). Her personalized service, own handcrafted itineraries, devotion to travel with class, and in style, will make your journey unforgettable. Right now Bhutan, Vietnam & Africa are her clients’ preferred destinations. Check out her Bhutan 6-day $1,355 special. 38c, 209 Alley, Doi Can str, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam; myriamgrest@gmail.com, www.myanmartravel.net, www.1bhutantravel.com, www.mqjourneys.com    8, 10, 1219

PRIVATE BULGARIA TOURS — Ultimate Balkan experience going far beyond your expectations. PATRICK PENEFF, 3A, Benkovski, 9000 Varna, Bulgaria; bulgariaprivateguide@gmail.com, www.guide-bg.com    219-220 

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, saseg-reisen@gmx.de    519-520

JOIN BILL BALL, host of PBS’s “Journeys In Africa,” on a 14-day tour, Feb. 18-Mar 2, 2020, where you’ll visit the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda. Tour is all-inclusive including air, gorilla & chimp permits, first class hotels/lodges, all transportation, admissions, all meals and gratuities for only $12,849 ppdo. PASSPORT TRAVEL, PO Box 826, Grayslake, IL 60030; 847/543-6729, passporttravel@sbcglobal.net    819

PANTANAL: Jaguars, Birds & much more! Contact Frank for more info. TUNDRA RIVER ADVENTURES, 4168 Wyman Way, Roseville, CA 95747; 541/441-2016, info@tundrariveradventures.com, www.tundrariveradventures.com    819

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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; marieeastbluff@gmail.com; www.parisianapartment-2to5.com     3-919

LONDON CHELSEA: Comfortable, clean apartment. London’s best area. Suitable for two with twin beds, computer WiFi. MARIE PHILLIPS, 6 Tite Street, London, SW3 4HY, UK; 011-442073767646, wonderfulchelsea@aol.com    819

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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; www.lunatecgear.com    819

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, www.lunatecgear.com    819

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Books/References

“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 Amazon.com    918-919

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