The Mart for May 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;, 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, 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 518

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

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

PANTANAL: Jaguars Guaranteed photographer’s and birder’s paradise, 400+ species of birds, trip excursions available — Sep 28-Oct 8, 2018. Contact Frank for more info. TUNDRA RIVER ADVENTURES, 4168 Wyman Way, Roseville, CA 95747; 541/441-2016,, 518

CANCUN WHALE SHARK TOURS offers all-inclusive VIP private & public shared whale shark adventures. 15-year track record, #1 on Trip Advisor! Let the Whale Shark Daddy make your whale shark dreams come true! Season runs June-September. It’s an adventure you don’t want to miss in Cancun. Km 6.5 Punta Sam, Cancun, Mexico 7750; US 305/433-7523; 5-718

TUSCANY ESCORTED CULINARY TOUR: Sept. 21-30, 2018. $4,980 — Food & Wine tour, small group of approx. 12; eight nights in luxury/boutique hotels in San Gimignano, Chianti, Montepulciano and Florence. Includes all breakfasts and 9 gourmet meals with wine; RT air from Boston or NY; two cooking classes; three winery visits; expert local guides. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 518 

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

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; 38 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 19 & 39. ASI TOURS, 80 America Way, James­town, RI; 800/925-7122;, 518 

TODAY’S WOMAN TRAVELLER — small group tours to beautiful places: Slovenia, Africa, India, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Bali, 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 5-718

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

ANDALUSIA, TOLEDO, & MADRID, SPAIN: Sept. 30-Oct. 14, 2018 Small group, maximum 16. 13 overnights in gorgeous hotels in Toledo, Córdoba, Nerja (Costa del Sol), Sevilla, Cáceres, & Madrid. Gourmet dinners, expert local guides, fabulous itinerary. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 518

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,, TICO #50022628 118-119

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

PARIS, LOIRE VALLEY & CHAMPAGNE: Sept. 10-22, 2018. Small group, maximum 16. Five nights in an elegant château/B&B where you get to know a wonderful French family. Excellent wines & champagne, gourmet dinners, history, quaint villages, royal châteaux. Our longest running tour. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 518

AMAZING GLOBAL TRAVEL. Discover Egypt and enjoy a luxury private tour to the Great Pyramids of Giza, step pyramid of Sakkara. Stay in one of our luxury hotels with a pyramid or Nile view, explore the Egyptian museum with the golden treasures of King Tut. Fly to Luxor and enjoy a private tour to the Valley of the Kings and a visit to King Tut’s tomb. Explore the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Karnak and Luxor temples. Board a luxury Nile cruise and sail to Aswan with stops along the way. At the end of your tour take in the glory of the great temples of Abu Simbel. Our offer 7 nights/8 days starting from $1,750pp. For more details, contact AMAZING GLOBAL TRAVEL, 333 N. Pennington Dr., Unit 83, Chandler, AZ 85224; 480/840-1947, 518

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,, 4-718 

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

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;;; 518



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-sized bed. Double+. Kitchen, bath, washer. From $200/night. MARIE LEFEBVRE, 4 Weymouth Ct., Newport Beach, CA 92660; 949/433-5110;; 5-1018

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 

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; 518, 818




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; 518

WALKABOUT TRAVEL GEAR, 22nd anniversary. Specializing in supplying the independent traveler. The most complete adapter selection online. PO Box 1008, Neotsu, OR 97364; 5-918

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, 518





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