The Mart for May 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;, 518-619

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, www.toitalywith 519

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;; 4-619

SOUTHEAST ASIA, AFRICA & BEYOND plus MAXIMISE MILES SERVICE: Bangkok- & Hanoi-based Swiss owner Myriam and 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 and in style makes your journey unforgettable. Bhutan & Laos are among her clients’ top travel picks. Check out her 2019 very special deals: 6 days Bhutan (Easter & Autumn) Escape $1,325. Experience Vietnam’s gems embarking on your own handcrafted tour. Ask for Myriam’s new African series and her new airline booking service, which helps you maximizing air miles and points. 38c, 209 Alley, Doi Can str, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam;,, 519

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

TODAY’S WOMAN TRAVELLER —small group tours to beautiful places: Italy, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Africa, Vietnam, Galapagos, Ecuador, Portugal, Thailand, England, Paris. Share experiences, make travel friends. 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) 2-519

DON’T JUST TASTE WINES, EXPERIENCE THEM! Join Wine Lovers Tours in 2019 for great all-inclusive wine vacations to Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Croatia & Georgia. 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, 2-619

CULINARY EXTRAVAGANZA FEATURING RENOWNED EATALY WORLD! Tour Florence, San Gigminagno, Monterriggioni, Volterra, Modena, Bologna. Visit wineries, leather school, balsamic lab, Grotto Giusti & more. Sep 28-Oct 6, land $2,149. • “Momma Mia, Smashing Plates – OPA!” Greece island hopping, Jun 14-22, $2,595. • “Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh,” glorious Oman & Qatar – the real Arabia with desert tents to luxury resorts, Nov 25-Dec 3, $2,398 pp/do. ADVENTURES FOR SOLO TRAVELERS, 1907 Daniel Green Ct., Smyrna, GA 30080; 770/432-8225, 5-619

IRAN A UNIQUE OFFER. Journey through Persia’s magnificent sites and the poetry that inspired them, August 21, 11 days — $2,700 pp/do, all-inclusive but for international air. Last date to receive your completed visa forms is June 15. Space is limited. Unique Arrangements since 1965, COSMOPOLITAN ADVENTURE TOURS, El Cerrito CA 94350; 415/924-4627, 800/569-6228, info@cosmopolitan, www.cosmopolitan 519

SICILY, COAST TO COAST: Oct. 1-14, 2019. Palermo (2); Marsala (2); Favara (2); Siracusa (3); Taormina (3). Experience Sicily like a native! Vineyard tours, Sicilian cooking class, olive oil mill visit, art and archaeology, Mount Etna volcano, Valley of the Temples, spectacular cuisine & local wines. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 519

FRENCH & ITALIAN RIVIERAS & CINQUE TERRE — Sep. 10-23, 2019. Beaulieu-sur-Mer (2); Saint Paul de Vence (5); Santa Margherita (2); Lerici (3). Medieval hilltop villages, wine tasting, Italian cooking class, Monaco, Nice, Antibes, Portofino, Picasso Museum, Lerici by boat, expert local guides. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 519

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,, 3-719

SWITZERLAND & NORTHERN ITALIAN LAKES: Sep. 2-15, 2019. Zurich (1); Spiez (2); Zermatt (3); Lake Como (1); Salò, Lake Garda (3); Stresa, Lake Maggiore (2). Idyllic villages tucked in the mountains, stunning vistas, excursions in the Alps by boat-train-gondola, Swiss fondue & chocolate, boat rides on Maggiore and Como. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 519

PANTANAL: Jaguars, Birds & much more! Contact Frank for more info. TUNDRA RIVER ADVENTURES, 4168 Wyman Way, Roseville, CA 95747; 541/441-2016,, 519

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



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; marieeastbluff@;

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; 011-442073767646; 519, 819




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; 519

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, 519





“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