The Mart for September 2019

 

Tours
Places to Stay
Travel Gear
Books/References

 

Tours

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; info@dancing-bear-tours.com, http://dancing-bear-tours.com 7-1219

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); www.petersommer.com 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 and more. 10 years’ experience with repeat customers. “A Trip of a Lifetime” personalized and customized to your individual needs. Great culinary experiences. Approx. $3,000 + air (includes all meals). JUNE MORROCCO, 233 Morewood Lane, Grants Pass, OR 97526; 971/706-9328, www.toitalywith lovetours.com 919

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; natalya.german@tzar-travel.com; www.tzar-travel.com 9-1219

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), anzlindsey@
earthlink.net
(CST 2059428-40) 519-520

DISCOVER AMAZING MYANMAR (BURMA) with a private car/driver/guide for Highlights of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake for 10-14 days. Contact TONY HLA SHWE (Tour organizer), No.11, 6th Floor, Thazin Street,Yay Kyaw, Pazundaung Township, Yangon, Myanmar; +95 9 795418728, tonyhlashwe@gmail.com, www.theamazingmyanmar.com 8-919

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 2020 departures. DACEY TOURS, 687 Hoyt Ave W., St Paul, MN 55117; 651/484-4689, daceytours@gmail.com, www.daceyscornishtours.com 7-919

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, saseg-reisen@gmx.de 519-520

PRIVATE BULGARIA TOURS — Ultimate Balkan experience going far beyond your expectations. PATRICK PENEFF, 3A, Benkovski, 9000 Varna, Bulgaria; bulgariaprivateguide@gmail.com, www.guide-bg.com 219-220 

BAVARIA, GERMANY & SALZBURG, AUSTRIA Sept. 9-24, 2019. Small group (maximum 16), 14 nights deluxe accommodations: Munich (2); Salzburg (3); Mittenwald (2); Füssen (3); Rothenburg (2); Regensburg (2). Gourmet dinners; wine & beer tastings; Oberammergau; Mozart’s childhood home; fairy tale castles; expert local guides. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163; itn@ipswichtours.com, ipswichtours.com 919

PANTANAL: Jaguars, Birds & much more! Contact Frank for more info. TUNDRA RIVER ADVENTURES, 4168 Wyman Way, Roseville, CA 95747; 541/441-2016, info@tundrariveradventures.com, www.tundrariveradventures.com 919

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, ukwh@bargedirect.com, www.bargedirect.com 7-1119

TWO WEEKS IN ANDALUCIA SPAIN w/BARCELONA EXTENSION — April 3-18, 2020. 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 comfortable vans, 2 meals daily. Extension, April 18-21. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, www.driftersister.com 9-1219

TWO WEEKS IN RENOVATED 12th CENTURY CASTLE w/PARIS EXTENSION — Sept. 26-Oct. 10, 2020. Small Group. Affordable. Chateau 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. 22-25. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, www.driftersister.com 9-1219

LOIRE VALLEY & BURGUNDY (with optional Paris add-on) — Sept. 12-25, 2019. Small group (maximum 16), 12 nights’ deluxe accommodations: Paris (1); Truyes (4) Avallon (2); Beaune (3); Lyon (2). Michelin-starred dining, French cooking class, wine tastings, Chartres Cathedral, historic châteaux, local markets, medieval villages. OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163; itn@ipswichtours.com, ipswichtours.com 919

TWO WEEKS IN ISRAEL/JORDAN — March 14-29, 2020. Small Group. Israel: secular theme to historic, biblical and archeological sites, including Caesaria, Galilee, Capernium, Golan Heights winery, Dead Sea, Masada, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem in depth and much more. Jordan: Jerash, Um Qays, Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum. “Catch The Wind Tours,” DRIFTER SISTER LLC, PO Box 60042, Boulder City, NV 89006; 702/294-4365, www.driftersister.com 9-1219

BACK ROADS & WINES OF PORTUGAL: Oct 9-23, 2019. Small group (maximum 16): 13 nights deluxe accommodations: Lisbon (2); Guimarães (2) Pinhão (3); Marvão (1); Évora (2); Sintra (3). Gourmet dinners, cooking class, wine tastings, Douro River cruise, village markets, royal palaces & gardens, our fabulous tour leader & guide, Carla! OLDE IPSWICH TOURS, 8 Herrick Dr, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978/356-5163; itn@ipswich tours.com, ipswichtours.com 919

WORLD’S COOLEST CARNIVAL! Ride the rails through Canada with AFS Feb 3-9, 2020. Cultural tours in Ottawa, Montreal & Quebec City. Highlights: Culinary tour, dog sledding, epic festivities of Carnival de Quebec. Land, $1,895. ADVENTURES FOR SOLO TRAVELERS, 1907 Daniel Green Ct., Smyrna, GA 30080; 770/432-8225, www.afstravelers.com 9-1119

EXCLUSIVE WINDSTAR 5-COUNTRY VOYAGE Feb 12-20. One-time luxury sailing to Panama, Colombia, Belize, Honduras, Mexico. Enjoy Mayan treasures of the Yucatan on a 4-masted yacht. Cabin choices from $2,299. ADVENTURES FOR SOLO TRAVELERS, 1907 Daniel Green Ct., Smyrna, GA 30080; 770/432-8225, www.afstravelers.com 9-1119

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Places to Stay

PRIME OFF-SLOPE CONDO on Whistler Mountain, BC, Canada. Very special. Model Unit. Looking to trade Christmas time. Legs won’t let me ski.delmonte@juno.com 919

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@gmail.com; www.parisianapartment-2to5.com 3-919

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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; www.lunatecgear.com 919

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, www.lunatecgear.com 919

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Books/References

“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 Amazon.com 918-919

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