The Mart for March 2018




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;, 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, 3-718

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

PRIVATE BULGARIA TOURS — Ultimate Balkan experience going far beyond your expectations. PATRICK PENEFF, 3A, Benkovski, 9000 Varna, Bulgaria; bulgaria, 1217-1218

TO ITALY WITH LOVE TOURS: Specialized and customized guided tour in the central area of Italy for small groups, families and individuals. I’ll personally accompany you in discovering the region’s artistic treasures, natural beauties, culinary delights and everyday lifestyle. I’m pleased to share my experience of living as a true Italian. Sperlonga on the Mediterranean, 14 nights at Marconi’s charming B&B, relaxed day trips to Rome, Amalfi Coast, Positano, Ninfa Gardens and more. All-inclusive, including airfare. Approx. $4,500/person. Owner/Guide JUNE MORROCCO, 233 Morewood Lane, Grants Pass, OR 97526; 971/706-9328, www.toitalywith 318

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, 118-119

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,, 1-418

JOIN US ON UNIQUE ADVENTURES IN 2018! March: “Punjabi Boys and the Dalai Lama” Delhi, Agra, Amritsar, Dharamshala — $2,395, land. May: “West Africa River Safari,” Senegal and Gambia; beaches, jungles, chimps and hippos, Roots Village — $1,795 land. July: “Bush & Beach Safari,” Kruger, Swaziland, Mozambique — $2,385, land. ADVENTURES FOR SINGLES, 1907 Daniel Green Ct., Smyrna, GA 30080; 770/432-8225, 2-318

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, 3-718

PORTUGAL Immersion as opposed to touring, May 21, 14 nights — 5 nights in a farm in Braga, 1 night in medieval Coimbra, 5 nights Lisbon in a historic inn, 3 nights in Evora. Farm and small inns, wine tasting, cooking class, walking beautiful Minho, $3,850 double. Unique Arrangements since 1965, COSMOPOLITAN ADVENTURE TOURS, 1335 Brewster Ct., El Cerrito, CA 94350; 415/924-4627, 800/569-6228, full itinerary 318

TODAY’S WOMAN TRAVELLER — small group tours to beautiful places: Azores, Slovenia, Iceland, Africa, India, Greece, Italy, Vietnam/Cambodia, Portugal, Thailand. 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,, (TICO# 50022628) 2-418

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,, 318

NORMANDY & BRITTANY May 26-June 7, 2018. A gourmet voyage through the fascinating history of this region — from William the Conqueror’s castles to Anne of Bretagne’s fortress to Joan of Arc’s last days in Rouen to the WWII Allied invasion. Breton oysters and cider, Norman Calvados and Camembert. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 318

SICILIAN SMALL GROUP TOUR — Sept. 21-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 & wines – $2,765/pp. Call Paola, ANDIAMO TOURS, PO Box 8907, New Haven, CT 06532; 888/313-6380,, 318

JOIN ANTHROPOLOGIST MANUEL ARBOLEDA G., as he takes you on an educational tour of Peru’s “World Heritage” sites, Sep. 19-Oct. 3, 2018; 16 days. Our all-inclusive itinerary reflects our mantra, “If it is worth seeing, it’s included.” For information, NAWPAQ EXPEDITIONS, Los Pinos 156, Apt. 702, Lima 18, Peru; phone (011-51-1) 654-3265 or 989-426-572;, 318

NORTHERN ITALY FOOD & WINE TOUR: Oct 5-15. A white truffle hunt in Piemonte is one highlight of this 11-day relaxed small group tour into Italian cuisine and culture emphasizing superior regional food & wines. Visit the regions of parmigiano, mortadella, balsamic and pesto. Starts in Bologna, Parma, Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Alba, Barolo, Lake Orta. Call Paola, ANDIAMO TOURS, PO Box 8907, New Haven, CT 06532; 888/313-6380,, 318

SCOTLAND & IRELAND:  May 31-June 14, 2018. US culture owes so much to the magical Celtic lands and traditions, so join us and experience it for yourself. Explore castles, lochs, ancient towns and singing pubs. Gourmet dinners. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 318

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 M√ľnchen, Germany; +49 176 23 898 956, 317-318

The HORNBILL FESTIVAL in NAGALAND & the SANGAI FESTIVAL in MANIPUR, plus MAJULI ISLAND & KAZIRANGA — Nov. 25-Dec. 13, 2018. Gather in Bangkok and fly together to Kolkata. Fly to Imphal for the Sangai Festival, Manipuri markets, crafts. The Hornbill Festival in Kohima is a gathering of the 16 Naga tribes; Naga music, dance, crafts. On to Majuli Island, see the Hindu Vaishnavite monastery, then to Kaziranga National Park, Shillong and Cherrapunjee. Fully guided plus escorted by Professor Robert Phillips. MEKONG TOURS, 7135 Fawcett Creek Rd., Tillamook, OR 97141; 503/842-7198, 3-618

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.
. TICO #50022628 118-119

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 2018 very special deals: 6 days, $1325. 38c, 209 Alley, Doi Can str, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam;;; 3-418

BORDEAUX, DORDOGNE & LANGUEDOC — June 13-27, 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,, 318

THE INCREDIBLE AROUND AUSTRALIA TOUR — 26 DAYS (24 in Australia), Sep. 19-Oct. 14, 2018, (two spaces remaining). Now announcing 2019 departure, Sep. 25-Oct. 20, 2019. 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 and wildlife cruise, Perth, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Darwin, Kakadu National Park and 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 in Proud Mary riverboat spacious cabins; 39 meals. $8,295 (2018); $8,695 (2019), land & Australia domestic air (int’l. air not inc.) Single supplement, $1,595 (2018); $1,745 (2019). Please visit our website for full tour details, also see our ITN display ads on pages 11 & 39. ASI TOURS, 80 America Way, James­town, RI; 800/925-7122;, 318 

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, 1-318

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) 317-318

AGRICULTURE TOURS 2018: ANDALUCIA, SPAIN (October 14-21) — Enjoy Andalucia’s beautiful beaches, hillside villages and the sound of flamenco. Visit historic monuments, the land of olives, grapes and citrus. The charming Spaniards are waiting for you. Valparaiso and Lake Region, Chile (December 9-18) — Immerse yourself in Chile’s creative architecture, explore the Lake District’s smoking volcanos, churches, national parks; talk to growers, experts and folks who love farming. 25 years organizing and conducting international agriculture tours. ANGLATIN, LTD., 4800 SW Meadows Rd., Ste. 300, Lake Oswego, OR 97035; 503/534-3654,, 2-718



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; marie;

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);, 1117-1118




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; 318

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, 318

WALKABOUT TRAVEL GEAR, 22nd anniversary. Specializing in supplying the independent traveler. The most complete adapter selection online. PO Box 1008, Neotsu, OR 97364; 1-518





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