The Mart for January 2018

 

Tours

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; info@dancing-bear-tours.com, http://dancing-bear-tours.com 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, adventuresofdiscovery.com 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; ukwh@bargedirect.com, www.bargedirect.com 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, www.driftersister.com 1-218

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); www.petersommer.com 317-318

PRIVATE BULGARIA TOURS — Ultimate Balkan experience going far beyond your expectations. PATRICK PENEFF, 3A, Benkovski, 9000 Varna, Bulgaria; bulgaria privateguide@gmail.com, www.guide-bg.com 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, www.driftersister.com 1-218

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, www.driftersister.com 1-218

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, daceytours@gmail.com, www.daceyscornishtours.com 1-418

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, www.driftersister.com 1-218

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, info@todayswomantraveller.com, www.todayswomantraveller.com/tours. TICO #50022628 118-119

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 17 and 33. ASI TOURS, 80 America Way, Jamestown, RI 02835; 800/925-7122; info@asitours.com, www.asitours.com 118

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, info@tundrariveradventures.com, www.tundrariveradventures.com 118

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, www.adventuresofdiscovery.com 1117-318

AMALFI COAST & CAPRI, ITALY May 1-13, 2018. Small group, maximum 16. Twelve sun-drenched days along the stunningly beautiful Amalfi Coast. Boat rides, sumptuous food, breathtaking vistas. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163, itn@ipswichtours.com, ipswichtours.com 118

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; myriam
grest@gmail.com, www.myanmartravel.net, www.1bhutantravel.com
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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, saseg-reisen@gmx.de 317-418

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, anzlindsey@earthlink.net 317-318

WALES, ENGLAND, SCOTLAND with SIMPLY NICE TOURS. Small group sightseeing, gentler walking. Driver/guide & custom tours. Read reviews on TripAdvisor. STEPHEN HUGHES, 250 S. Pitt St., Carlisle, PA 17013; 717/243-5112, www.simplynicetours.com 118, 418

CORSICA & SARDINIA: May 6-19, 2018. Small group, maximum 16. A Mediterranean dream, magnificent scenery, gourmet food, luxurious accommodations. Italian & French culture & fascinating prehistoric ruins. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163, itn@ipswichtours.com, ipswichtours.com 118

SICILIAN SMALL GROUP TOUR: May 18-28, Sept. 18-Oct. 1, Oct. 19-29, 11-day excursion 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 and wines. $2,695/pp. Call Paola, ANDIAMO TOURS, PO Box 8907, New Haven, CT 06532; 888/313-6380, info@andiamotours.com, www.andiamotours.com 118

DON’T JUST TASTE FRENCH, ITALIAN & GREEK WINES, experience them! Join Wine Lovers Tours in 2018 for great all-inclusive wine vacations to Italy (Tuscany & Puglia/Calabria), Greece (Mainland and Islands) & France (Loire Valley cruise & land). 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 Avenue, New Haven, CT 06513; 800/256-0141. Free brochure, info@wineloverstours.com 118-119

NAVIGATE GALAPAGOS’ PRISTINE OUTER ISLANDS with anthropologist Manuel Arboleda. 14 passenger limit, private yacht, 6-13 Nov 2018 — reduced price! NAWPAQ EXPEDITIONS, Los Pinos 156, Apt. 702, Lima 18, Peru; phone 011 511 65 432 65 or 011 511 989 426 572, nawpaq@yahoo.
com, www.nawpaqexpeditions.com
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JAPAN: TRADITIONAL FOLK ARTS & THEIR SPIRITUAL HEART. The spirituality of traditional Japan infuses its architecture and crafted objects. Sculptor and philosopher David Orth and veteran tour guide Steve Adelsman, invite you to join them in a search for the core ideas and sensitivities that have energized traditional Japanese craft and building — and much of its contemporary art. David comes not as an academic expert, but as a practicing American artist, long-influenced by Japanese philosophy and an intuitive relationship with Japanese craft. Steve has led tours to Japan since 2002. Our destinations will include art districts, craft studios, museums and Japanese art supply houses. Our conversations and opportunities to make some art will take you inside the ancient Japanese aesthetic – including wabi-sabi, charmed functionality, crazy wisdom and experimental self-awareness. Open to artists and non-artists alike. Contact STEVE ADELSMAN, PO Box 1312, Cottonwood, AZ 86326; 928/451-9417, www.AdventuresInJapan.com 1-318

NORTHERN ITALY FOOD & WINE TOUR: Oct 5-15. A white truffle hunt in Piemonte is one highlight of this 11-day excursion into Italian cuisine and culture. Visit birthplaces of Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic and pesto. See and taste, how the real stuff is made! Bologna, Parma, Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Alba, Lake Orta. Small groups. Call Paola, ANDIAMO TOURS, PO Box 8907, New Haven, CT 06532; 888/313-6380, info@andiamotours.com, www.andiamotours.com 118

BORDEAUX, DORDOGNE & LANGUEDOC: June 11-24, 2018. Small group, maximum 16. Gourmet food, medieval towns, incredible wine! Balloon ride over Rocamadour; Toulouse Lautrec’s museum in Albi; pre-historic cave paintings. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163, itn@ipswich tours.com, ipswichtours.com 118

TAILOR-MADE PRIVATE & GROUP TOURS TO THE BALKANS: Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, etc.; Central & Eastern Europe. Guided archaeological and history tours, festivals, traditions, museum towns and villages, wine and cuisine, walking and hiking, self-drive. ACROSS EUROPE, LTD., 80, E. Georgiev Blvd., ap. 1, Sofia, Bulgaria; phone +35 929 790 330, office@across-europe.net, www.across-europe.net 1-218

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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; mariebalboa@cox.net; www.parisianapartment-2to5.com 717-518

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); renatomorbidelli@outlook.it, www.webalice.it/casadellaginestra 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.lunatecgear.com 118

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, www.lunatecgear.com 118

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.com 1-518

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, www.CorporateTravelSafety.com 1217-218

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Books/References

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

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