The Mart for December 2017



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;, 1217-518

AMAZON & ANDES EXPLORATIONS: Educational adventures of discovery since 1992!  Rainforest safaris, jungle lodges and treetop canopy walkway! Amazon riverboat cruises! Cuzco and Machu Picchu! EXPLORATIONS INC., 27655 Kent Rd., Bonita Springs, FL 34135; 800/446-9660, 1117-318

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;, 917-118

TWO WEEKS IN IRELAND W/N. IRELAND EXTENSION: June 2-16, 2018. Small group. Affordable. In depth. Dublin, Kilkenny, Killarney, Doolin, Inish Mor, Connemara, New Grange and so much more, including Cobh, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, castles, archeology, trad music. Extension June 16-20. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 10-1217

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); 317-318

PRIVATE BULGARIA TOURS — Ultimate Balkan experience going far beyond your expectations. PATRICK PENEFF, 3A, Benkovski, 9000 Varna, Bulgaria; bulgaria, 1217-1218

TWO WEEKS IN TUSCAN VILLA W/CINQUE TERRE EXTENSION: May 12-26, 2018. 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 26-31. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 10-1217

TWO WEEKS IN ANDALUCIA, SPAIN W/BARCELONA EXTENSION: April 14-28, 2018. Small group. In depth. Affordable. 3- & 4-night stays in haciendas in Granada, Ronda, Zuheros and Arcos de la Frontera. Daily excursions. Five city tours. Andalucian Horse Show and more. Transportation in luxury vans, 2 meals daily. Extension April 28-May 2. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 10-1217

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 2018 departures. DACEY TOURS, 687 Hoyt Ave W., St Paul, MN 55117; 651/484-4689,, 1017-118

TWO WEEKS IN RENOVATED 12th CENTURY CASTLE W/PARIS EXTENSION: Sept 29-Oct. 13, 2018. Small group. Affordable. Château stay, transportation in luxury vans, breakfast and evening snacks, 10 lunches and one catered dinner provided. Rural, wine-country setting. Daily excursions to Narbonne, Montpellier, Coullioure, Albi, Carcassonne and more. Extension Sept 25-29. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 10-1217

TODAY’S WOMAN TRAVELLER — for women who enjoy small group tours to beautiful places: Azores, Slovenia, Galapagos, Iceland, Africa, Peru, India, Greece, Antarctica, Italy, Vietnam/Cambodia, Morocco. Share experiences, make travel friends. BBB accredited, guaranteed share rates, early booking bonuses. Approx. 20% exchange discount for US$ on Cdn$-priced tours. 1049 Sydenham Rd, Kingston, ON K7M3L8, Canada; 888/830-5324,, TICO #50022628 10-1217

THE INCREDIBLE AROUND AUSTRALIA TOUR 26 days, 23 nights, Sep. 19-Oct. 14, 2018, Group size limit 24. Tour led by ITN Far Horizons columnist Randy Keck. Highlights: Sydney, Hobart, Pt. Arthur, coastal Tasmania, Melbourne, Adelaide, Murray River 2-night cultural & wildlife cruise, Perth, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Darwin, Kakadu National Park & Wildlife Cruise, Hervey Bay, Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island, Fraser Island, Brisbane, Gold Coast, 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 10 wildlife excursions, indigenous Aboriginal cultural visits. The tour includes: 14 nights in spacious 4-star apartment-style hotels, 7 nights in 4-star hotels, 2 nights in 3.5-/4-star inns in coastal Tasmania, 2 nights on riverboat Proud Mary in spacious cabins, 39 meals, $8,295 land and Australia domestic air. (Int’l air not included.) Single supplement, $1,595. Please visit our website for full tour details. Also see our display ads on pages 35 and 53. ASI TOURS, 80 America Way, Jamestown, RI 02835; 800/925-7122;, 1217

PANTANAL: Jaguars Guaranteed photographer’s and birder’s paradise, 400+ species of birds, pre- and post-trip excursions available — July 28-Aug 7, 2018 or Sep 28-Oct 8, 2018. Contact Frank for more info. TUNDRA RIVER ADVENTURES, 4168 Wyman Way, Roseville, CA 95747; 541/441-2016,, 1217

WINE & FOOD LOVERS TOURS in France, Greece & Italy 2018: Don’t just taste French, Italian and Greek wines — experience them! Join Wine Lovers Tours in 2018 for 6 great wine vacations to France (Loire Valley), Italy (Tuscany & Puglia/Calabria) and Greece (mainland & islands.) VIP wine visits, gourmet meals, truly memorable experiences. Try us; you’ll love our award-winning style. Request info today and receive a FREE cookbook plus SAVE $250! Over 30 years’ experience. WINE LOVERS TOURS, 1211 Quinnipiac Ave., New Haven, CT 06513; 800/256-0141. Free brochure 10-1217

CUBA EXPLORATION BY LAND & SEA on 177-foot yacht. Open to USA citizens under People-To-People cultural exchange. Since 1992, EXPLORATIONS, 27655 Kent Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135; 800/446-9660, 1117-318

TO ITALY WITH LOVE TOURS: Specialized & customized guided tour in the central area of Italy for small groups, families & individuals. I’ll personally accompany you in discovering the region’s artistic treasures, natural beauties, culinary delights and everyday lifestyle.  I’m pleased to share my experience of living as a true Italian. Sperlonga on the Mediterranean, 14 nights at Marconi’s charming B&B, relaxed day trips to Rome, Amalfi Coast, Positano, Ninfa Gardens and more. All-inclusive including Airfare. Approx. $4,500/person. Owner/Guide JUNE MORROCCO, 233 Morewood Lane, Grants Pass, OR 97526; 971/706-9328, 1217

MOROCCO AFFORDABLE LUXURY TOURS – The Spring is one of the best times to visit, so plan now for a safe, smooth, & unforgettable custom tour of Morocco’s major cities. Experienced tour guides provide private, guided tours catered to your budget and interests. See the capital city of Casablanca, discover the artisan hub of Fes, experience the Atlas Mountains, ride a camel through the Sahara Desert, & explore the Kasbahs of Ouarzazette. Our guides speak multiple languages & we offer transportation by private car for groups of all sizes. JRANA TOURS MOROCCO, Res Ahlam D 2 em APT 13, Av My Abdellah 40000 Marrakech, Morocco; (from US) 978/319-3516, Morocco +212 66 650 8858, 1217

BHUTAN, CAMBODIA, CHINA, LAOS, VIETNAM, THAILAND — Bangkok- and Hanoi-based Swiss owner Myriam and her travel experts (ITN Jun ’03, p.52, ITN May ’06, p.36, ITN Jan ’13, p.24, ITN May ’14, p.48, ITN May ’17) offer the ultimate experience to now more exotic destinations. Her personalized service (she also calls if required), own handcrafted itineraries, her devotion to travel with class and in style will make your journey unforgettable. Also specialized in shore excursions throughout Asia. She will not accept future travel requests to Myanmar. 38c, 209 Alley, Doi Can str, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam;, 1217

BHUTAN, CAMBODIA, CHINA, LAOS, MYANMAR, VIETNAM, THAILAND Bangkok- and Hanoi-based Swiss owner Myriam and her travel experts (see 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 will make your journey unforgettable. Also specialized in shore excursions throughout Asia. Right now Bhutan and Laos are her clients’ top travel picks. MYANMAR TRAVEL, 38c, 209 Alley, Doi Can str, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam;,, 1217

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, 317-418

PERU & GALAPAGOS: Take the ultimate educational cruise to the Galapagos’ outer islands in a private yacht (6-13 November 2018) or explore the vast cultural & natural wonders of Peru (19 Sep-4 Oct 2018) with anthropologists Manuel Arboleda G. as your narrator. Our mantra: “If it is worth seeing, it’s included, there are no optionals.” Contact NAWPAQ EXPEDITIONS, Los Pinos 156 Apt., 702, Lima 18, Peru; 011 511 65 432 65 or (cell) 011 511 989 426 572,, 1217

ITALY, YOUR PERSONAL ADVENTURE: Americans living in Italy with over 25 years’ experience will design your perfect tour & escort your group or family (2-7 guests) to your chosen destinations anywhere in Italy and Sicily in a Mercedes van. Relaxing pace, fantastic dining, exceptional wines & unique accommodations. Travel as you wish without the worries & stress of independent travel. See, understand & savor The True Italy! Let our references speak for us! TREASURES OF ITALY, Via Prandone 24, 14100, Asti, Italia; call collect 011 39 0141 294 801, Facebook: Treasures of Italy – Private Tours to Italy, 8-1217

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND ~ UNIQUE & UNUSUAL — planning customized vacations to Australia and New Zealand for 30+ years for independent travelers and small groups, soft adventure, nature, history, 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 (CST 2059428-40), PO Box 927136, San Diego, CA 92192; 858/550-9622, 858/550-9696, 317-318

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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, parquet floors, antiques, rugs, marble fireplace, designer fabrics, phone, Internet, CNN, Queen-size bed. Double+. Kitchen, Bath, Washer. $200/night. MARIE LEFEBVRE, 4 Weymouth Ct., Newport Beach, CA 92660; 949/433-5110;; 717-118

ITALY: BEAUTIFUL LARGE VILLA WITH POOL, NEAR ASSISI, BETWEEN ROME & FLORENCE — Sleeps 10. 4 bedroom/3 bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, panoramic terraces; equipped with everything plus free Internet. Many nearby artistic places/cities. €590-€1,390/week. E-mail for details. RENATO MORBIDELLI, Via San Gregorio 19, Bettona (PG); renato, 1117-1118

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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.lunatec 1217

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, 1217

WALKABOUT TRAVEL GEAR, 22nd anniversary. Specializing in supplying the independent traveler. The most complete adapter selection online. PO Box 1008, Neotsu, OR 97364; 917-118

SMART TRAVEL ACCESSORIES — BEST SELECTION of Anti-Theft Bags, Money Belts, Luggage Locks & more: Pickpocket-Proof Bags, Purses, Totes, Wallets and Travel Accessories you can’t find in local stores. ITN subscriber discount with code “ITN717.” CORPORATE TRAVEL SAFETY, 23603 Park Sorrento, Ste. 105, Calabasas, CA 91302; 800/601-5711, 1217-218

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