The Mart for October 2017



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;, 6-1117

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, adventuresof 7-1117

MYANMAR, INDOCHINA, BHUTAN, CHINA, NORTH KOREA, THAILAND, MONGOLIA —Yangon- and Bangkok-based Swiss owner Myriam and her travel experts (ITN Jun ’03, p.52, ITN May ’06, p.36, ITN Jan ’13, p.24, ITN May ’14, p.48) offer the ultimate experience. Her personalized service and own handcrafted itineraries, her devotion to travel with class and in style will make your journey unforgettable. MYANMAR TRAVEL, Ltd., Shwe Pin Lon 4, Yangon/Myanmar;, 1017 

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;, 917-118

PRIVATE BULGARIA TOURS — Ultimate Balkan experience going far beyond your expectations. PATRICK PENEFF, 3A, Benkovski, 9000 Varna, Bulgaria;, 1116-1117

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;, 9-1017

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, 7-1117

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); 317-318

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, 317-318

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, 10-1217

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, 317-418

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 11 and 45. ASI TOURS, 80 America Way, Jamestown, RI 02835; 800/925-7122;, 1017

PANTANAL: Jaguars Guaranteed photographer’s & birder’s paradise, 400+ species of birds, Pre- & Post-trip excursions available. Oct 6-15 2017. Contact Frank for more info. TUNDRA RIVER ADVENTURES, 4168 Wyman Way, Roseville, CA 95747; 541/441-2016,, 1017

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,, 1017-118

ITALY, YOUR PERSONAL ADVENTURE: Americans living in Italy with over 25 years’ experience will design your perfect tour & escort your group or family (2-7 guests) to your chosen destinations anywhere in Italy and Sicily in a Mercedes van. Relaxing pace, fantastic dining, exceptional wines & unique accommodations. Travel as you wish without the worries & stress of independent travel. See, understand & savor The True Italy! Let our references speak for us! TREASURES OF ITALY, Via Prandone 24, 14100, Asti, Italia; call collect 011 39 0141 294 801, Facebook: Treasures of Italy – Private Tours to Italy, 8-1217

CHRISTMAS IN IRELAND Experience the Yuletide Season in the Emerald Isle with Rising Road Tours. Tour dates: Dec. 1-10. Join us for a small-group winter tour of rural Ireland. We specialize in creating personalized, custom excursions. Take 5% off any tour booked by Nov. 1, 2017. Like us on Facebook at RISING ROAD TOURS. 1070 Greencreek Rd., Greencreek, ID 83533; 888/648-8893, 8-1017

WINE & FOOD LOVERS TOURS in France, Greece & Italy 2018: Don’t just taste French, Italian and Greek wines — experience them! Join Wine Lovers Tours in 2018 for 6 great wine vacations to France (Loire Valley), Italy (Tuscany & Puglia/Calabria) and Greece (mainland & islands.) 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 Ave., New Haven, CT 06513; 800/256-0141. Free brochure 10-1217

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, 10-1217

CORSICA & SARDINIA — May 6-19, 2018. Small group, maximum 16. Experience Europe without the crowds. Travel in spring to enjoy the local flavor, fabulous hotels, fine dining and great wine. Italian & French culture and ancient Roman architecture. Exclusive ITN Subscriber Early Bird Rate – Call & Quote “ITN” – OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 1017

PRIVATE TOURS: We’ve been planning European tours for 23 years. Let us plan your group or family’s next trip around your budget and interests. We work with garden clubs, alumni groups, cooking schools and more. Customize your dream adventure with Olde Ipswich Tours. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 1017

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, 10-1217

TUSCANY, UMBRIA & CINQUE TERRE September 9-23, 2017. Small group, maximum 16. Gourmet food, wine tastings, vineyards, panoramic vistas, luxurious accommodations, magical hilltop towns and seaside villages. Exclusive ITN Subscriber Early Bird Rate – Call & Quote “ITN” – OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 1017

BURGUNDY, RHÔNE VALLEY & PROVENCE October 6-19, 2018. Discover beautiful Burgundy in autumn. Join us for a small group tour with gastronomic cuisine, elegant hotels, fine wines and visits to wineries and magnificent châteaux. Exclusive ITN Subscriber Early Bird Rate – Call & Quote “ITN” – OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163,, 1017

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 10-1217

TWO WEEKS IN RENOVATED 12th CENTURY CASTLE W/PARIS EXTENSION: Sept 14-29, 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 10-14. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, 10-1217

TO ITALY WITH LOVE TOURS: Specialized & customized guided tour in the central area of Italy for small groups, families & 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, 1017

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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;; 717-118

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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; 1017

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, 1017

WALKABOUT TRAVEL GEAR, 22nd anniversary. Specializing in supplying the independent traveler. The most complete adapter selection online. PO Box 1008, Neotsu, OR 97364; 917-118

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW, by Peter W. Morris. $12.95, now on 10-1117

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