The Mart for December 2018



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

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, adventuresof 1118-319

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

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

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;, 8-1218

TWO-WEEK WILDLIFE SAFARI IN KENYA DURING MIGRATION — Aug. 31-Sept. 15, 2019. Luxury tent camps in Samburu, Elementeita and the Mara with full board and twice-daily game drives; custom-built Toyota Land Cruisers with driver/guides (4 passengers max/vehicle); + extras like Sheldrake Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum and more. Can be done alone or with Victoria Falls/Botswana Extension. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 10-1218

10-DAY VICTORIA FALLS/BOTSWANA ADVENTURE — Aug. 21-31, 2019. Victoria Falls: Helicopter flight over the falls and sunset cruise, luxury lodge overlooking waterhole. Botswana: Six nights in Okavango Delta all-inclusive luxury lodges with twice daily game drives + sundowners. Can be done alone or with South African Photography Workshop and/or Kenya Wildlife Safari. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 10-1218 

10-DAY SOUTH AFRICAN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP INCLUDING CAPE TOWN — Aug. 11-21, 2019. Professional Photographer Albie Ventor leads a 6-day workshop in Greater Kruger National Park. Two venues, twice-daily game drives including hidden blinds and instruction throughout. Limited to six serious photographers. Four days in Cape Town prior to workshop included: Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, helicopter flight, penguin colony, Cape of Good Hope & more. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 10-1218 

TRUE ITALIAN LIFESTYLE EXPERIENCE. 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. Booking now for May 6-21 & May 20-June 4, 2019. Reserving now also for two trips in September 2019. All-inclusive, apprx $4,500 with air! JUNE MORROCCO, 233 Morewood Lane, Grants Pass, OR 97526; 971/706-9328, www.toitalywith 1218

BHUTAN, CAMBODIA, CHINA, LAOS, MYANMAR, VIETNAM, THAILAND – Bangkok- & Hanoi-based Swiss owner Myriam & 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 & in style will make your journey unforgettable. Right now Bhutan & Laos are her clients’ top travel picks. Check out her 2018 very special deals: 6 days, $1325. 38c, 209 Alley, Doi Can str, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam;;; 1218

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, info@winelovers

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, 2001 Artesia Blvd., #102, Redondo Beach, CA 90278; 858/550-9622 (PST), 858/550-9696, (CST 2059428-40) 418-419

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,, 1118-319

TWO WEEKS — CROATIA SMALL SHIP CRUISE IN COMBINATION WITH MONTENEGRO LAND TOUR — May 9-25, 2019. Montenegro: 7 nights in Budva & Perast, with daily excursions. Croatia: 7-day small-ship island-hopping cruise off Dalmatian Coast. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 10-1218

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 M√ľnchen, Germany; +49 176 23 898 956, 418-419

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,, www.todays (TICO# 50022628) 1118-219

TWO WEEKS RURAL FRANCE, IN RENOVATED 12th CENTURY CASTLE W/PARIS EXTENSION — Sept. 21-Oct. 5, 2019. Small Group. Affordable. Chateau stay, transportation in luxury vans, breakfast & evening snacks, 10 lunches & one catered dinner provided. Rural, wine country setting. Daily excursions to Narbonne, Montpellier, Coullioure, Albi, Carcassonne & more. Extension, Sept. 17-20. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 10-1218

GREAT TRANS-AFRICAN SAFARI — 21-day small group overland safari through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe. Monthly departures with BESTWAY TOURS & SAFARIS, 206-8678 Greenall Ave., Burnaby, BC, V5J 3M6, Canada; 800/663-0844, 1218

SHANGRI-LA HUNZA, PAKISTAN — 10-day small group journey to the most enchanting region of Northern Pakistan: Islamabad, Karakorum Highway, Gilgit, Hunza. Optional extension to Skardu. Daily departures with BESTWAY TOURS & SAFARIS, 206-8678 Greenall Ave., Burnaby, BC, V5J 3M6, Canada; 800/663-0844, 1218

PANTANAL: Jaguars, Birds & much more! Contact Frank for more info. TUNDRA RIVER ADVENTURES, 4168 Wyman Way, Roseville, CA 95747; 541/441-2016,, 1218

TWO WEEKS IN TUSCAN VILLA W/CINQUE TERRE EXTENSION: June 15-29, 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 June 10-15. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 1118-119

TALL SHIP SAILING FROM ROME TO AMALFI COAST & SICILY, Sept 21-28, 2019 — 8 days aboard the majestic Royal Clipper boasting 5 masts & 42 sails! Iconic ports include Sorrento, Amalfi, Taormina, Lipari and Pontine Islands. Maximum 227 guests in 114 well-appointed staterooms. Exceptional dining, service and activities. Rates start at $2,220 pp/double, including port charges and gratuities. Travel with grandeur in comfort and style! Also ask about our March 2020 Thailand Tall Ship Photo Adventure and our ongoing popular Inclusive Tuscany programs. Contact GINA RUGGIERO, WHERE TO WORLD, 2399 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101; 760/589-9900, 866/590-9595,, (CST 2135965-40) 1218

NORMANDY & BRITTANY, FRANCE — May 20-June 2, 2019. 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,, 1218

AMALFI COAST & CAPRI, ITALY — May 9-21, 2019. Small group, maximum 16. Luxurious hotels overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Gourmet dinners and all the wine you can drink — 5 nights in Amalfi, 3 on Capri, 2 in Sorrento. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 1218



Places to Stay

ITALY, FLORENCE — Spacious, beautiful, quiet 1br. apartment, first floor, in charming Santa Croce neighborhood for sublet. Fully furnished, modern appliances, WiFi and utilities included. Pictures available. One- to three-month rental. €2,000/mo. VALENCIA WOLF, PO Box 968, Bellevue, WA 98004; 1218

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, 4 Weymouth Ct., Newport Beach, CA 92660; 949/433-5110;; 1118-319




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, 1218

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 1218

WALKABOUT TRAVEL GEAR, 22nd anniversary. Specializing in supplying the independent traveler. The most complete adapter selection online. PO Box 1008, Neotsu, OR 97364; www.walkabouttravel 918-119





“WANDERLUST: TRAVEL OFF THE TOURIST TRACK” by David J. Patten. 36 exotic sites; 2 appendices on travel photography, full color illustrations. Available on 118-119

A TRAVEL LOVER’S ADVENTURE, Left at Hiva Oa is the captivating tale of an around-the-world sailing adventure gone drastically awry. 5-star reviews, Amazon. 1218-119

“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



Travel Companions

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