The Mart for July 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;, 7-1219

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 & more. 10 years’ experience with repeat customers. “A Trip of a Lifetime” personalized and customized to your individual needs. Great culinary experiences. Approx. $3,500 + air. JUNE MORROCCO, 233 Morewood Lane, Grants Pass, OR 97526; 971/706-9328, 719

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;; 7-819

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 München, Germany; +49 176 23 898 956, 519-520

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,, 7-1119

EDUCATIONAL VIETNAM (Feb 23-Mar 8, 2020). Enjoy traveling in a small & private group with a bent on education. We offer an all-inclusive sightseeieng program. Our mantra, if it is worth seeing, it’s included. (Extension to Angkor available.) NAWPAQ EXPEDITIONS, 325 Surrey St., San Francisco, CA 94131; phone (WhatsApp) 619/249-4948 or +51-989426572,, 719

TODAY’S WOMAN TRAVELLER — Make friends, make memories, discover hidden gems in beautiful places like Italy, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Africa, Turkey, Vietnam, Galapagos, Ecuador, Iceland, Thailand, England. 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;, (TICO# 50022628) 6-819

SIMPLY NICE TOURS TO WALES: ALL Wales, 16 days, 15 nights. Cardiff, Tintern Abbey, St David’s, St Fagan’s, Snowdonia, Portmeirion, Anglesey — $3,976 ppdo. STEPHEN HUGHES, 250 S Pitt Street, Carlisle, PA 17013; 717/243-5112, 719

BAVARIA, GERMANY & SALZBURG, AUSTRIA: Sept. 9-24, 2019. Small group (maximum 16): 14 nights deluxe accommodations: Munich (2); Salzburg (3); Mittenwald (2); Füssen (3); Rothenburg (2); Regensburg (2). Gourmet dinners; wine & beer tastings; Oberammergau; Mozart’s childhood home; fairy tale castles; expert local guides. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 719

BACK ROADS & WINES OF PORTUGAL: Oct. 9-23, 2019. Small group (maximum 16): 13 nights deluxe accommodations: Lisbon (2); Guimarães (2) Pinhão (3); Marvão (1); Évora (2); Sintra (3). Gourmet dinners, cooking class, wine tastings, Douro River cruise, village markets, royal palaces & gardens, our fabulous tour leader & guide, Carla! OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 719

PANTANAL: Jaguars, Birds & much more! Contact Frank for more info. TUNDRA RIVER ADVENTURES, 4168 Wyman Way, Roseville, CA 95747; 541/441-2016, info@tundrariver, 719

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

TUSCANY, UMBRIA & CINQUE TERRE: Sept. 5-19, 2019. Small group (maximum 16): 13 nights deluxe accommodations: Florence (1); Spello (3); Montepulciano (2); San Gimignano (4); Lerici (2); Lucca (1). Gourmet dinners; wine & olive oil tastings; cooking class; Renaissance art & architecture; Etruscan ruins; expert local guides. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 719

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 2020 departures. DACEY TOURS, 687 Hoyt Ave W., St Paul, MN 55117; 651/484-4689,, 7-919



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, 2521 Buckeye St., Newport Beach, CA 92660; 949/433-5110;; 3-919

LAUREL LODGE, Mercia Marina, Willington. Heart of England, self-driving tour. 3 bed, 2 bath, sleeps 6. 7 nights, $1,000; 5 nights, $750. STEPHEN HUGHES, Carlisle, PA. For details 6-719



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; 719

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, 719




“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




NEW EUROPE VACATION DISCOUNT PASS for car rentals, sightseeing in many cities, guided bike, walking, Segway trips, London, Paris river cruises, London theatre tickets & many more. Visit for details. Email for free “Simplify Planning Your European Vacation” course with pros & cons of products, tips, warnings. TRAVEL TO EUROPE, PO Box 439, Lexington, MA 02421. 719