The Mart for February 2020


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 220

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;; 220

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

PRIVATE BULGARIA TOURS — Ultimate Balkan experience going far beyond your expectations. PATRICK PENEFF, 3A, Benkovski, 9000 Varna, Bulgaria;, 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, 519-520

PANTANAL: Jaguars, Birds & much more! Contact Frank for more info. TUNDRA RIVER ADVENTURES, 4168 Wyman Way, Roseville, CA 95747; 541/441-2016,, 220

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

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,, 220

THE CZECH REPUBLIC, POLAND & HUNGARY — May 7-21, 2020. Small group (16 max); 13 nights in elegant, small hotels — Prague (3), Cesky-Krumlov (2), Brno (1), Kraków (2), Eger (2), Budapest (3). Expert guides, wineries, gourmet dinners, cooking class. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, ipswich 220

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

AMAZON WILDLIFE SAFARI — Join anthropologist Manuel Arboleda G., on an “Amazon Fluvial Safari” and enjoy photographing exotic wildlife from boats and canoes (May 10-16)! Tour limited to 12 passengers and includes extension to the “Desert Kingdoms of Peru” (May 16-20). Remember, “If it is worth seeing, we include it.” For information, NAWPAQ EXPEDITIONS, Los Pinos 156 apt., 702, Lima 18, Peru. USA 619/249-4948, PERU +51 989-426-572,, 220

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, 220

TODAY’S WOMAN TRAVELLER — small group escorted tours. Make friends, make memories, discover beautiful places like Italy, Scotland, Croatia, Morocco, Africa, Turkey, Vietnam, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Peru, Ireland, Ecuador, Egypt, TransSiberia Rail Journey. Guaranteed share rates, Early booking bonuses. Exchange discount for US$ on all Cdn$-priced tours. 1049 Sydenham Rd, Kingston, ON K7M 3L8; 888/830-5324,, TICO# 50022628 1-320

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW WILLIAM BARKLEY TOUR OF SCOTLAND. This July 27-Aug 8, 2020 tour will include presentations by the faculty of Glasgow University on the life and work of the great writer, teacher, theologian William Barkley. Visits to Robert Burns’ birthplace, Pitlochry, Loch Ness, Iona, Edinburgh & more. Details: FRED GRIFFIE, 1519 Crystal Rd., Charlotte, NC 28205; 704/537-8747, 220

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

TALL SHIP GREECE & CROATIA ADVENTURE — Aug. 28, 2021. Act now, this popular itinerary sells out quickly! 11 nights from Athens to Venice aboard the magnificent Star Flyer visiting must-see ports in the Greek islands, Montenegro, Croatia and  ending in Venice. Enjoy complimentary onboard lectures with renowned artist and photographer Fred Krakowiak. Max 170 passengers in 85 cabins. Exceptional dining, service and activities. Rates start at $3,230 pp/double occupancy including port and gratuities. Special group benefits. Travel in comfort and grand style! We are a full service travel company focusing on special small group experiences worldwide. Contact GINA RUGGIERO, WHERE TO WORLD, 2399 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101; 623/680-0853, 866/590-9595,, (CST 2135965-40220) 2-420 

CORSICA & SARDINIA — May 18-31, 2020. Small group (16 max); 12 nights in elegant, seaside hotels — Nice (1), Calvi (2), Ajaccio (2), Bonifacio (2), Alghero (2), Oristano (1), Cagliari (2). Gourmet dinners; wine and olive oil tasting; cooking class. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163, itn@ipswich, 220



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

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 2073 767646, 220, 520, 820



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, 220

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; 220