The Mart for September 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, 7-1117

WINELOVERSTOURS.COM, 2017. Our exciting wine and food destinations for 2017: New Zealand, Australia, Italy’s Adriatic Riviera, Burgundy, Champagne + England, two river cruises, gourmet meals. Over 30 years’ experience; many, many repeat travelers. Space is limited. WINE LOVERS TOURS, 1211 Quinnipiac Ave., New Haven, CT 06513; 800/256-0141. Free brochure 1116-1217

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;, 917 

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

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,, 917

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

NORTH WALES PRIVATE TOURS: Discover the very best of North Wales, Snowdonia and the Isle of Anglesey with Boutique Tours private tailor-made tour service. Enjoy staying at our own homely and comfortable 4-star quality guesthouse in the Victorian coastal resort town of Llandudno. BOUTIQUE TOURS, 23 Gloddaeth St., Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 2DF, Wales; +44 750 020 9464, 8-917 

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, Artesia Blvd., #102, Redondo Beach, CA 90278; 858/550-9622, 858/550-9696, (CST 2059428-40) 317-318

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, 317-418

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

TODAY’S WOMAN TRAVELLER — for women who enjoy small group tours to beautiful locations like Vietnam, Africa, Greece, Borneo, Peru, Bali and Europe destinations. Come together to share experiences and make lasting friendships. BBB accredited, guaranteed share rates, early booking bonuses. Approx. 25% exchange discount for US$ on all Cdn$ priced tours. 1049 Sydenham Rd, Kingston, ON  K7M 3L8, Canada; 888/830-5324, info@todayswomantraveller.
TICO #50022628 7-917

CORSICA & SARDINIA: 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 and French culture, and the ancient Roman architecture. Exclusive ITN Subscriber Early Bird Rate – Call & Quote “ITN” – OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 978/356-5163; 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938;, 917

MOROCCO AFFORDABLE LUXURY TOURS — Safe, smooth, unforgettable custom tours of Morocco’s major cities. Experienced tour guides provide private, guided tours catered to your budget and interests. Start in the capital city of Casablanca, discover the artisan hub of Fes, experience the majestic Atlas Mountains, ride a camel through the great Sahara Desert and explore the wonders of the Kasbahs of Ouarzazette. JRANA TOURS MOROCCO, Res Ahlam D 2 em APT 13, Av My Abdellah 40000 Marrakech, Morocco; +212-66-650-8858, 917

PARIS, LOIRE VALLEY & CHAMPAGNE France is at its very best in spring. Join us for a small group tour with gastronomic delights, wonderful hotels, fine wines, great companions & visits to wineries, magnificent chateaux. Exclusive ITN Subscriber Early Bird Rate – Call & Quote “ITN” – OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 978/356-5163; 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938;, 917

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,, 8-1017

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 15 and 39. ASI TOURS, 80 America Way, Jamestown, RI 02835; 800/925-7122;, 917

LONGING TO SEE ITALY… this is a good way to go. Let me take good care of you. 14 nights at Marconi’s charming B&B in enchanting Sperlonga by the sea between Rome and Naples. Small groups guided by myself. Daytrips to villages, island, castles, gardens. From Rome to Positano. Amazing lunches and dinners daily! Italy is my passion and my home-away-from-home. Eight years’ experience with happy customers! All-inclusive with airfare approx., $4,500. JUNE MORROCCO, 233 Morewood Lane, Grants Pass, OR 97526; 971/706-9328, 917

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Places to Stay

ITALY: BEAUTIFUL LARGE VILLA WITH POOL, NEAR ASSISI, BETWEEN ROME & FLORENCE — Sleeps 10 — 4-bed/3-bath, living room, dining room, kitchen, panoramic terraces. Equipped with everything, free internet. Many nearby artistic places/cities. €590-€1,390/week. E-mail for details. RENATO MORBIDELLI, Via San Gregorio 19, Bettona (PG); renato, 4-917

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; 917

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, 917

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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