The Mart for February 2019


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

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;, 1-319

PANTANAL: Jaguars, Birds & much more! Contact Frank for more info. TUNDRA RIVER ADVENTURES, 4168 Wyman Way, Roseville, CA 95747; 541/441-2016,, 219

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, 1-319

10-DAY VICTORIA FALLS/BOTSWANA ADVENTURE w/CAPE TOWN EXTENSION — Aug 21-31, 2019. Victoria Falls: Helicopter flight over the Falls & 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 Kenya Wildlife Safari. Aug 17-21, Cape Town extension: Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, helicopter flight, penguin colony, Cape of Good Hope and more. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 1-319

TO ITALY WITH LOVE TOURS. 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. All-inclusive, apprx $5,000 with air! JUNE MORROCCO, 233 Morewood Lane, Grants Pass, OR 97526; 971/706-9328, www.toitalywith 219

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, 418-419

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 2019 very special deals: 6 days, Bhutan (Easter) Escapes, $1,325. 38c, 209 Alley, Doi Can str, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam;;; 219

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

SICILIAN SMALL GROUP TOUR: May 17-27, June 7-17, Sept. 20-30, 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 $2,765 pp. Call Paola, ANDIAMO TOURS, PO Box 8907, New Haven, CT 06532; 888/313-6380,, www.andiamotourscom 219

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

EGYPT: A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME —13-day exciting journey through Egypt. Cairo (4 nights), Nile Cruise Luxor to Aswan (4 nights), Abu Simbel (1 night) and Alexandria (2 nights). Small groups. BESTWAY TOURS & SAFARIS, 206-8678 Greenall Ave., Burnaby, BC, V5J 3M6 Canada; 800/663-0844, 219 

EGYPT & JORDAN —18-day “Journey Through Antiquity” starts in Egypt, visiting Cairo with the Nile Cruise, Sharm el Sheikh, St. Catherine, entering Jordan at Aqaba, visiting Wadi Rum, Petra, Amman and Jerash, continuing to Jerusalem. BESTWAY TOURS & SAFARIS, 206-8678 Greenall Ave., Burnaby, BC, V5J 3M6 Canada; 800/663-0844, 219 

TWO WEEKS — CROATIA SMALL SHIP CRUISE IN COMBINATION WITH MONTENEGRO LAND TOUR — May 10-25, 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, 1-319

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, 1-319

TALL SHIP SAILING FROM ROME TO AMALFI COAST & SICILY, Sept 21-28, 2019, 8 days aboard the majestic Royal Clipper boasting 5 masts and 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/do including port charges & 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) 219

EXPERT LOCAL CUBA GUIDE + INDIVIDUAL & SMALL GROUP INDEPENDENT TRAVEL SERVICES IN CUBA FOR ITN READERS. I work as the preferred Cuba guide with ITN Far Horizon Editor Randy Keck when he leads People to People groups to Cuba. Work directly with a Cuban in Havana for the best value guide, and 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, 219

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) 2-519

NORTHERN ITALY FOOD & WINE TOUR: Oct 4-14. 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 & wines. Visit the regions of parmigiano, prosciutto, balsamic and pesto. Starts in Bologna, Parma, Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Alba, Barolo, Lake Ortad, $3,245 pp. Call Paola, ANDIAMO TOURS, PO Box 8907, New Haven, CT 06532; 888/313-6380, info@andiamo, 219

BORDEAUX & DORDOGNE, FRANCE: May 15-28, 2019. Small group (16 max). Feel at home in France! On this very special tour, spend 4 days with a wonderful French family at their sheep farm turned elegant country inn. Explore medieval villages and castles. Hunt for truffles with an expert and his dog, and enjoy a cooking class. Take a hot air balloon ride over a picturesque valley and an enchanting journey by boat to an underground lake. Visit authentic prehistoric cave paintings and the largest monolithic underground church in Europe. Experience the world-renowned cuisine of the region, from a traditional French picnic with foie gras and pastries, to a wine-tasting lunch, to Michelin-starred fine dining. Finish your trip in a grand château with a farewell dinner fit for royalty. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 219

TWO WEEKS IN TUSCAN VILLA W/CINQUE TERRE EXTENSION: June 1-15, 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 May 27-June 1. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, www.driftersister.com1-419

THE BALKANS — BOSNIA, SERBIA, KOSOVO, MACEDONIA (14 days) + EXTENSION TO ALBANIA & MONTENEGRO (7 days): April 26, 13 nights. Escorted by Croatian-born Rea Franjetic. We explore numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, fascinating towns, absolutely precious monasteries. Overnight in one monastery, meals in rural settings right from the farm, spectacular train rides and overnight in beautiful Ohrid Lake, $4,895 double. Main tour, 14 days. COSMOPOLITAN ADVENTURE TOURS, since 1965, PO Box 3652, Larkspur, CA 94939; 415/924-4627, 800/569-6228, full itinerary 219



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

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 44 20 7376 7646; 219, 519, 819




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 219

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, 219





“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