The Mart for December 2019


Places to Stay
Travel Gear


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, www.toitalywith 1219

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;; 6-1219

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

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 M√ľnchen, Germany; +49 176 23 898 956, 519-520

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

PANTANAL: Jaguars, Birds & much more! Contact Frank for more info. TUNDRA RIVER ADVENTURES, 4168 Wyman Way, Roseville, CA 95747; 541/441-2016,, 1219

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,, 1119-320

TWO WEEKS IN ANDALUCIA SPAIN w/BARCELONA EXTENSION — April 3-18, 2020. 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 comfortable vans, 2 meals daily. Extension, April 18-21. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 9-1219

TWO WEEKS IN ISRAEL/JORDAN — March 14-29, 2020. Small Group. Israel: secular theme to historic, biblical and archeological sites, including Caesaria, Galilee, Capernium, Golan Heights winery, Dead Sea, Masada, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem in depth and much more. Jordan: Jerash, Um Qays, Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 9-1219

TWO WEEKS IN RENOVATED 12th CENTURY CASTLE w/PARIS EXTENSION — Sept. 26-Oct. 10, 2020. Small Group. Affordable. Chateau 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. 22-25. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 9-1219

BHUTAN, CAMBODIA, CHINA, LAOS, MYANMAR, VIETNAM & AFRICA — Bangkok- & Hanoi-based Swiss owner Myriam and her travel experts offer the ultimate experience to meanwhile 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 and 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;,,, 1219

TRANSFORMATIONAL TOUR OF EGYPT: Looking for a unique, custom tour of Egypt? Join our small group March 17-28, 2020, using experienced Egyptian guides. We have many unique cultural events planned, including a private 2-hour of the Great Pyramid where we explore some acoustical sounds in the King’s Chamber, plus visits to other Egyptian temples from Cairo to Abu Simbel. ACOUSTICAL PYRAMID TOURS, 478 Boynton Ave., Berkeley, CA 94707; 510/528-4407,, 1119-120

TODAY’S WOMAN TRAVELLER, small group escorted tours. Make friends, make memories, discover hidden gems in beautiful places like Italy, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Africa, Turkey, Vietnam, Spain, Portugal, Thailand, Greece, Peru, Ireland, Ecuador. Guaranteed Share Rates, Early Booking Bonuses. Exchange discount for US$ on all Cdn$-priced tours. 1049 Sydenham Rd, Kingston, Ontario, K7M 3L8, Canada; 888/830-5324,, (TICO# 50022628)

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

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, 1219

SCOTLAND TOUR: July 27-Aug. 8, 2020. Features the writings and life of the great theologian/writer William Barclay. Attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Visit Iona and much more. FRED GRIFFIE, 1519 Crystal Rd., Charlotte, NC 2820; 704/537-8747, 1219

ROME, AMALFI COAST & SICILY: Oct 2-15, 2020. Small group (16 max) — 12 nights deluxe accommodations: Rome (2); Sorrento (3); overnight ferry to Palermo (1); Agrigento (1); Siracusa (2); Taormina (3). Gourmet dinners, wine tastings, rich history, beautiful scenery. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163, info@ipswich,

INDIA — MARCH 2020. Small group women’s tour coinciding with Holi, the festival of colors, is a unique blend of cities with their monuments, rural India with its local life, genuine encounters, wonderful culinary experiences and exposure to arts, crafts and interactive participation. $250/person savings if booked by Dec. 1, 2019. GERINGER GLOBAL TRAVEL, 395 Greens Farms Rd., Westport, CT 06880; 203/216-7106,, itinerary 1219

GREECE & THE GREEK ISLANDS: May 14-28, 2020. Small group (16 max) — 13 nights in elegant, small hotels: Athens (2); Arachova (1); Kalabaka (2); Thessaloniki (2); Agios Nicholaos (2); Santorini (2); Mykonos (2). Ancients ruins, local guides, scenic islands. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 1219

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

CORSICA & SARDINIA: May 18-31, 2020. Small group (16 max) — 12 nights in elegant, small hotels: Nice (1); Calvi (2); Ajaccio (2); Bonifacio (2); Alghero (2); Oristano (1); Cagliari (2). Archeological sites, Mediterranean views, French & Italian cooking classes. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163, info@ipswich, 1219

DISCOVER THE TRUE ITALY: Let me, an American living in Italy for over 25 years, help you discover your ideal Italian adventure! You choose the destinations (anywhere in Italy) and I’ll design a tour (2-7 guests) featuring fantastic dining, exceptional wines and unique accommodations, all personally guided at a relaxing pace. Enjoy the benefits of an insider’s experience and forget the stress of independent travel. See what your fellow ITN readers think! (References provided on request.) Maria - TREASURES OF ITALY, Via Prandone 24, 14100, Asti, Italia; call collect 011 39 0141 294 801; Facebook: Treasures of Italy – Private Tours to Italy; 10-1219



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;; 1019-320



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, 1219

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; 1219