The Mart for September 2021


Places to Stay


TRAVEL DOWNUNDER: Specializing in independent itineraries to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands for over 19 years. As an Australian, I visit my home country at least once every year and have made many trips throughout New Zealand and most of the South Pacific islands. We can customize a plan to suit your interests or book a small group tour. Wendy Schatz, TRAVEL DOWNUNDER, 100-98th Ave NE, E6, Bellevue, WA 98004; 425/454-0631,, 8-1021

PRIVATE BULGARIA TOURS — Ultimate Balkan experience going far beyond your expectations. PATRICK PENEFF, 3A, Benkovski, 9000 Varna, Bulgaria;, 821-822

PANTANAL: Jaguars, Birds & much more! Contact Frank for more info. TUNDRA RIVER ADVENTURES, 4168 Wyman Way, Roseville, CA 95747; 541/441-2016,, 921

TO ITALY WITH LOVE TOURS: Two-week small group tours to enchanting Sperlonga, the pearl of the Mediterranean, staying 14 nights at Marconi’s charming B&B! 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 & customized to your individual needs. Great culinary experiences. Approx. $4,500-$5,000, includes air. Departures 2021: Sep 14-29, Sep 28-Oct 13, & 2022: May 2-17, May 17-31, Sep 14-29, Sep 28-Oct 13. JUNE MORROCCO, 233 Morewood Lane, Grants Pass, OR 97526; 971/706-9328, 921 

NORTHERN ITALY FOOD TOUR: Oct 6-16. White truffle hunting in Piemonte is a highlight on this 11-day relaxed small group (8-16 people) excursion into Italian cuisine & culture. Visit the regions of parmigiano, prosciutto, balsamic & pesto. Includes Bologna, Parma, Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Alba, Barolo, Lake Orta. Call Paola, ANDIAMO TOURS, PO Box 8907, New Haven, CT 06532; 888/313-6380,, www.andiamo 921  

ENJOY THE BEST OF MOROCCO WITH CULTURE-INSIDER. We delight in planning your adventure to our beautiful country according to your specific interests & budget. 20 years of combined experience. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook. CULTURE-INSIDER.COM, 30000. Old Medina, Fez, Morocco; Phone/WhatsApp, 212 651714934,, 921

TEXTILE TOURS: Meet artisans, learn about natural dyes, designs, silk weaving in Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Morocco, India, Turkey, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand. Small groups & individual travel. BESTWAY TOURS & SAFARIS, 206-8678 Greenall Ave., Burnaby, BC, Canada V5J 3M6; 800/663-0844, 9-1021

SICILIAN SMALL GROUP TOUR: June 10-20 & Sept 2-12, 11-day loop of Sicily combining major attractions with lesser-known destinations. Palermo, Erice, Marsala, Valley of the Temples, Villa Romana, Modica, Taormina, Cefalu. Small groups (8-16 people), relaxed pace, emphasizing superior regional food & wines. Call Paola, ANDIAMO TOURS, PO Box 8907, New Haven, CT 06532; 888/313-6380,, 921 

SECRETS OF THE SOUTH TOUR: May 26-June 28. The regions of Puglia, Calabria, & Basilicata are three of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Travel from the heel to the toe of Italy, uncrowded & unhurried. 14-day tour includes Bari, Lecce, Alberobello, Matera, Tropea, Primitivo winery tour & more. 12 people limit. Call Paola, ANDIAMO TOURS, PO Box 8907, New Haven, CT 06532; 888/313-6380,, 921 

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND ~ UNIQUE & UNUSUAL – planning customized vacations to Australia & New Zealand for 25 years for small groups & independent travelers – nature, history, self-drive, adventure, wine & food, Aboriginal & Maori culture & more! It’s not too soon to plan! We are hopeful that borders will be open in spring and early summer. We’ll design the trip of your dreams from moderate to very upscale! Having lived ‘down under’ for 20 years, we know the South Pacific & islands well. Please call or email with phone number & best time to call. SPRINGBOARD VACATIONS, PO Box 927136, San Diego, CA 92192; Direct: 858/550-9622, 858/550-9696 (PST), (CST# 2059428-40) 921-1022


Places to Stay

COTACACHI, ECUADOR – CASA MARANO: 4 condos/rooftop terrace, 1 block from downtown, (2)2BR/2B; (2)3BR/2B. Newly finished, modern interiors w/local themes. High-speed internet, common washer/dryer. Spectacular 360˚ rooftop view. No pets, no smoking/vaping. Min. 14 nights, 2 weeks/$400, 3 weeks/$550, 1 month/$650. MARILYN, 2668 E. 1st St., Idaho Falls, ID 83401; 208/403-7792,, 521-522 

PARIS: BEAUTIFUL 1-BR/STUDIO APARTMENT OFF CHAMPS-ELYSEES — Sleeps 2/5. Safest area, near Presidential Palace. 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. And also BEST OF THE FRENCH RIVIERA right on the Med! Beaulieu/Villefranche sur Mer large 2BR/2B – park and direct access to the Mediterranée. See photos and rates on VRBO, property #4615987, then call or email for special prices from $233/night. MARIE LEFEBVRE, 2521 Buckeye St., Newport Beach, CA 92660; 949/433-5110,, 921



BOUTIQUE TOUR COMPANY FOR SALE. Specializing in small groups in Europe. Loyal client base, 20+ years in business. Nets $40,000/year (one-person operation) or could easily expand and increase net substantially. Respond to BOUTIQUE, c/o ITN, 2116 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818; 8-921