International Adventures 2017-2018
Return to Cuba-2017
Havana & Vinales Valley, Cuba
October 22-29, 2017
The island-nation remains a mystery to all but the most adventurous Americans. The emphasis of the trip will be cultural interaction with the Cuban people. Our expert guides will give us a privileged behind the scenes view, seldom granted to American visitors. The vibrant contemporary art scene will play a prominent role in our itinerary.
BIENVENIDO A BARCELONA - A NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION
Thursday, December 28, 2017 through Wednesday, January 3, 2018
$3800.00 per person INCLUDING AIR; $600.00 additional for SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
LAND ONLY: $2800.00 ($1,000.00 air credit)
Join us on our ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S TRIP to Barcelona. The Catalonian capital greets the traveler with an exuberant sense of style—from hip new fashions to cutting-edge interior design, to the extravagant visions of star-status Postmodern architects—giving Barcelona a vibe like no other in the world. Barcelona is Spain’s most-visited city, and it’s no wonder: it’s a 2,000-year-old master of the art of perpetual novelty.
Israel: Timeless Wonders!
October 10-21, 2017
12 days for $6,184 total price from Newark
($5,395 air & land inclusive plus $789 airline taxes and fees)
* Subject to change
Discover a land of transcendent beauty and belief, of history and hospitality. Begin your singular 12-day small group journey in Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural capital, where touring includes Independence Hall and the “White City” district. Visit ancient Jaffa, followed by the artists’ village of Ein Hod. In Galilee, your hotel sits on the grounds of a kibbutz. Encounter important biblical sites: Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes, and Nazareth. Continue to Jerusalem for a five-night stay at the legendary King David Jerusalem Hotel. Your extensive touring includes the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, the Israel Museum, the Old City with the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the New City, and nearby Ein Karem. Travel to the Dead Sea to explore the Qumran Caves, and view Masada’s ruins. Discover Jordan with visits to “rose-red” Petra and Amman on an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour extension.
October 9-17, 2017
from $4,295 if booked by 3/24/17 (+ VAT + air)
Cruise the ancient trade routes of Phoenician, Roman and Moorish mariners
aboard the Five-Star small ship M.S. LE LYRIAL on this comprehensive itinerary to
the coastal jewels of the Iberian Peninsula.
The exclusively chartered M.S. LE LYRIAL exemplifi es the advantages of
Five-Star, small-ship cruising: elegant accommodations, an exclusive itinerary
carefully crafted with a specially arranged excursion in each port, the ability
to dock in small ports of call inaccessible to larger vessels, and no long lines
for tenders and touring. This state-of-the-art small ship features only 110 Suites and
Staterooms with distinctive French sophistication, so you can travel in style during
the unique opportunity to cruise into the heart of Seville on Spain’s legendary
The Italian and French Riviera Cruise
October 2-10, 2017
from $4,595 if booked by 3/17/17 (+ VAT + air)
Join us on this exclusive small ship voyage along the splendid coastlines of the French and Italian Rivieras and their stunning landscapes, ancient villages and idyllic islands that became a favorite retreat for artists, writers, nobility and gourmands. Experience the dynamic history of contending civilizations and their legacy—some of the world’s greatest art and architecture—and travel through the timeless cradle of the Renaissance between two great cultural capitals. Cruise from Rome to Barcelona with one port of call each day and opportunities to visit fi ve UNESCO World Heritage sites on this unique itinerary featuring small, off-the-beaten-path destinations along with incredible legendary ports. Visit Carcassonne’s French medieval fortifi cations and the awe-inspiring Italian cliffside villages of the Cinque Terre. Experience the stylish glamour of St. Tropez, explore the legendary principality of chic Monaco, walk through historic Marseille and its vibrant sixth-century Vieux Port, enjoy Corsica’s ancient port of Bonifacio and choose to admire the Renaissance treasuresof Florence or the historic Tuscan monuments of Lucca and Pisa. Rivieras and Islands pdf
October 14-11, 2017
from $3,695 if booked by 3/16/17 (+ VAT + air)
Join us on this exclusive specially designed, ninde-day soujourn in the south of France amid the unpoiled landscapes, traditional French villages and lofty Cathar fortresses of the rich historical provinces of Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees-a well kept secret of alllure and intrigue-recently redesignated the Occitania region. France PDF
TRADITIONAL PEARLS OF ITALY
Pearls of Italy featuring the Lake District, Venice, Florence, Tuscany & Rome
October 7-18, 2017
from $4,595 if booked by 4/18/17 (+ VAT + air)
A land of sparkling glacial lakes, Renaissance cities and one of the world’s most influential ancient civilizations, Italy has a wealth of natural beauty and culture. This journey showcases the best of Italy as you travel by train to four different regions. Begin in the Italian Lakes District in northern Italy. Cruise Lake Maggiore, and travel to Milan to marvel at Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” Continue to romantic Venice on the Adriatic Sea. See the Piazza San Marco and other historic highlights. Travel south to Tuscany, and explore Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Venture to Chianti to sample its renowned wine. Then, as they say, all roads lead to Rome, and your journey concludes in the Eternal City. See the ancient ruins, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Local guides provide fascinating insight during included excursions. Enjoy a small group of fellow travelers, first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, plus wine with dinner.
SOUTHERN AFRICA -- LUXURY SAFARIS, ROVOS RAIL & CAPE TOWN
January 23-February 7, 2018
From $7,245 plus VAT plus air
Travel to southern Africa on an adventure that will exceed all expectations and reveal stunning contrasts, fascinating tribal cultures and cities firmly established in the modern age. From Cape Town, visit Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula and beyond to the Cape of Good Hope. Visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Thrill to sighting big game with naturalist guides from Thornybush Nature Reserve. Visit Soweto Township to meet young people engaged in a local youth center. Travel through South Africa and Zimbabwe aboard the vintage Rovos Rail luxury train. Marvel at the power of Victoria Falls and feel its spray. Track local wildlife and explore the rich ecosystems of Chobe and Hwange national parks. Travel with a small group of 28 travelers, enjoy deluxe accommodations and an extensive meal program including wine with dinner. All beverages are complimentary on Rovos Rail.
DURING THE GREAT MIGRATION*
Enjoy Deluxe SERENA SAFARI LODGES and a remarkable tented camp experience
February 17–28, 2018
From approximately $8,295 plus international air
During this 12-day journey of a lifetime, observe one of Earth’s greatest natural spectacles—the annual Great Migration—by land and air, the best way to experience Africa’s premier safari destination. Visit four of Tanzania’s finest game parks—Lake Manyara, Tarangire and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater—with deluxe accommodations in Serena Safari Lodges and a comfortable tented camp in Tarangire. Enjoy unique perspectives aboard a privately chartered flight from Arusha to Serengeti and daily game drives revealing vast herds of elephant, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and Cape buffalo, as well as magnificent lion, cheetah and leopard.
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INDIA: SPLENDORS OF THE SOUTH
January 31–February 15, 2018
$5,274 - air inclusive from JFK
Experience fascinating India off the beaten tourist path on this distinctive small group journey with just 24 guests. Begin your 16-day trip touring Mumbai, including visits to Mani Bhawan, Mahatma Ghandi’s headquarters; Dharavi slum, the “city within a city;” and Crawfish Market, the huge Raj-era arcade. Journey to Mysore and visit splendid Mysore Palace. Proceed to Coorg and your resort on a coffee and spice plantation, where you take guided walks. Travel next to your Kabini riverfront eco-lodge, setting out on boat and jeep safaris through Nagarhole National Park. Tour Calicut, “City of Spices,” then fly to the port city of Kochi, where you spend two leisurely days cruising the canals of the Arabian Sea. End your journey back in Kochi, attending a Kathakali dance performance and exploring Kochi’s Old Town. A 5-day/4-night Delhi and Agra pre-tour option is available, as well as an optional 5-day/4-night Sri Lanka post-tour extension.
RIVER LIFE® ALONG THE DUTCH WATERWAYS*
Exclusively Chartered, Deluxe, Small River Ship M.S. AMADEUS BRILLIANT
April 25-May 3, 2018
From approximately $2,995 plus air
Come celebrate the beauty of Holland and old-world Flanders in springtime. Cruise for seven nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe, small river ship M.S. AMADEUS BRILLIANT when the picturesque Dutch tulip fields are in bloom. Meet local residents during the exclusive RIVER LIFE FORUM® for a personal perspective of daily life and cultural heritage in the Low Countries.
Expert-led excursions include the historic canals of Amsterdam, storybook Bruges, the world-class Kröller-Müller Museum, famous Keukenhof Gardens, Hoorn, Maastricht and Antwerp. The Hague, Delft and Kinderdijk Pre-Cruise Option and Amsterdam Post-Cruise Option are offered. This comprehensive itinerary is continually praised as the ideal Dutch and Flemish experience. Brochure [PDF]
VILLAGE LIFE® AROUND THE ITALIAN LAKES
Lake Como ♦ Lake Maggiore ♦ Lake Orta
April 28-May 6, 2018
From approximately $3,995 plus air
Immerse yourself in the true essence of life in northern Italy’s fabled Lake District for one full week, with charming accommodations in the PALACE HOTEL in the heart of lovely Como. Cruise by private boat on Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta. Excursions feature Bellagio, Villa del Balbianello, Stresa, the Borromean Islands and the Sacro Monte di Orta. Visit Milan’s Duomo and Teatro alla Scala and see Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Enriching lectures and the exclusive VILLAGE LIFE® FORUM with local residents bring personal perspectives of the region’s modern life and cultural heritage. Verona and Venice Post-Program Option. Brochure [PDF]
CHANGING TIDES OF HISTORY
CRUISING THE BALTIC SEA
Featuring Guest Speaker Lech Wałęsa, Former President of Poland
Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star, Small Ship M.V. STAR BREEZE
June 11-19, 2018
From approximately $6,495 plus air
Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states, the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg and the luminous “White Nights of Summer” on this remarkable five-country, seven-night Baltic Sea cruise. By special arrangement, enjoy enriching presentations by former President of Poland Lech Wałęsa and noted author and scholar Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of Soviet Union Premier Nikita Khrushchev. Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star M.V. STAR BREEZE from Stockholm, Sweden, to Copenhagen, Denmark, visiting Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; and the Danish island of Bornholm. Spend two days in St. Petersburg. Splendors of Stockholm Pre-Cruise and Wonders of Norway Post-Cruise Options. Brochure [PDF]
ALASKA’S GLACIERS AND THE INSIDE PASSAGE
Juneau to Vancouver
Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star, All-Suite, Small Ship M.V. STAR LEGEND
July 5-12, 2018
From approximately $4,295 plus air
Join this one-of-a-kind, exploration-style cruise through the Inside Passage from Juneau, Alaska, to Vancouver, British Columbia, during the long days of summer aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, all-Suite, small ship M.V. STAR LEGEND. Navigate isolated inlets inaccessible to larger vessels for superior views of Alaska’s spectacular scenery. During naturalist-led Zodiac excursions and from the comfort of your own spacious, ocean-view Suite, see Arctic-blue glaciers, rarely observed marine life, untouched coastlines and abundant wildlife. Call at the historic towns of Sitka, Wrangell and Ketchikan, where you will step back into the gold rush era. Fairbanks and Denali National Park Pre-Program Option and Vancouver Post-Program Option.
ROMANCE OF THE DOURO RIVER
July 12-23, 2018
From $3,395 if booked by 10/24/17, plus VAT plus air
Portugal led the world during the Age of Discovery. Now it is time for the world to rediscover Portugal’s stunning beauty, rich tradition and warm people. Spend three nights in Lisbon and walk in the footsteps of the world’s greatest explorers before launching a five-night cruise of the Douro River aboard the exclusively chartered MS Gil Eanes. Your journey concludes with two nights in vibrant Porto. Visit Lisbon’s Hieronymite Monastery and the Tower of Belém. Discover pretty Coimbra and the esteemed university in Óbidos. Explore Douro Valley wine country, which produces rich port wine. On several days, enjoy a choice of excursions that allow you to sample port, explore historic cities and delve into the local culture. Expert lecturers enhance your experience with scholarly and cultural insight. This well-crafted journey includes first-class accommodations in Lisbon and aboard the ship. All meals are included during the cruise and include beer and wine with lunch and dinner. For solo travelers, there is no single supplement.
August 16–26, 2018
From approximately $6,497 - air inclusive from Newark
Discover Iceland’s remarkable natural history and rich cultural heritage on this 11-day small group tour that traverses an astonishing land. Begin your journey in Borgarbyggo’ scenic environs, touring the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its lava field, fishing villages, bizarre rock formations, and nesting cliff birds. Enjoy three nights in the region’s charming capital, Akureyri. Call on a farm featuring famed Icelandic horses. View one of the world’s natural wonders, Lake Myvatn, and its bubbling mud flats, lava fields, and lunar-like volcanic craters; and stop at Godafoss, “waterfall of the gods.” Encounter Glacial River Canyon National Park and Dettifoss, Iceland’s “Niagara.” Embark on a bird-watching cruise to Puffin Island where, based on seasonality, you may see thousands of seabirds. Visit fascinating Thingvellir National Park; Seljalandfoss, Iceland’s most visited waterfall; Skogafoss waterfall with its rainbows; and the Skogar Folk Museum. Conclude your journey with two nights in Iceland’s sophisticated capital, Reykjavik.
TUSCANY & CORTONA
August 28-September 5, 2018
$2,995 if booked by 3/13/18 plus VAT plus air
Tuscany’s rolling knolls and fertile valleys have attracted artists, writers and travelers for centuries. Discover this remarkable landscape for yourself during a seven-night journey featuring hilltop villages, famed architecture and bountiful vineyards. Unpack once and settle in to your Tuscan villa in Cortona, a village steeped in Etruscan and Roman history. Delight your senses as you savor robust wines, nutty cheeses and Tuscan vistas in the Val d’Orcia. Visit Montepulciano, brimming with beautiful Renaissance palaces and churches, and marvel at Siena’s Gothic structures and remarkable Duomo. Discover the treasures of Florence, including the Ponte Vecchio and the 14th-century Piazza della Signoria. Then immerse yourself in Etruscan legacy at the Praetorian Palace and the Museum of the Etruscan Academy. Along the way, local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and lectures. This small-group program includes first-class accommodations in a Tuscan villa and an extensive meal plan complemented by wine with dinner.
IMPERIAL SPLENDORS OF RUSSIA
August 29-September 7, 2018
$3,495 if booked by 3/13/18 plus VAT plus air
Explore Russia’s magnetic grandeur on this riveting eight-night journey to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Today, these celebrated cities offer an intriguing interplay of dramatic history, artistic treasures, and trendy restaurants, shops and nightlife. In Moscow’s Red Square, admire the colorful domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral and head underground to see the ornately decorated Metro stations. Inside the Kremlin, marvel at imperial riches, including Fabergé eggs and priceless jewelry. Then glide on a high-speed train to St. Petersburg, filled with enchanting canals and palaces. Be dazzled by Peter the Great’s sumptuous estate, and go backstage at the Mariinsky Theater, where ballet legends electrified audiences. Enjoy early access to the State Hermitage Museum’s spectacular art collection. At a country house, celebrate folk traditions with regional dishes and live entertainment. This engaging program features first-class hotels, city tours and an extensive meal plan, including wine with dinner. Delight in the ambience of small-group travel, a dedicated Travel Director and lectures on Russian culture and history.
EUROPEAN COASTAL CIVILIZATIONS
A Voyage from London to Lisbon
Featuring Dwight David Eisenhower II
Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star, All-Balcony Ship LE LAPÉROUSE
September 4-13, 2018
From approximately $5,195 plus air
Explore the historical legacies and dynamic cultures of coastal England, France, Spain and Portugal. Cruise for eight nights aboard the newly launched, exclusively chartered, Five-Star LE LAPÉROUSE, featuring private balconies for all accommodations. Enjoy a memorable cruise down the River Thames from London’s Tower Bridge. The exclusive, expert-led C’EST BON! CULINARY TRADITIONS™ program celebrates regional cuisines and wines. Special guest speaker Dwight D. Eisenhower II accompanies you to the hallowed beaches of Normandy. Explore Oporto in Portugal’s renowned wine country, walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims in Santiago de Compostela and visit the Guggenheim Museum and Mont-St-Michel. London Pre-Cruise and Lisbon Post-Cruise Options.
SYMPHONY ON THE BLUE DANUBE
Exclusively Chartered Deluxe Small River Ship M.S. AMADEUS QUEEN
September 5-14, 2018
From approximately $3,795 plus air
Visit five countries and up to five UNESCO World Heritage sites on this journey to the cultural centers that inspired classical music’s Great Masters. This unique combination of river and land travel includes three nights in Prague and a five-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe M.S. AMADEUS QUEEN. This custom-designed itinerary has been carefully orchestrated to include private classical music performances and a comprehensive schedule of guided excursions featuring magnificent Melk Abbey, the storybook village of Dürnstein, imperial Vienna and medieval Bratislava. Berlin Pre-Program and Budapest Post-Program Options are offered.
A VOYAGE FROM ROME TO MALTA
Exclusively Chartered, New, Five-Star, All-Balcony Ship LE LAPÉROUSE
September 20-28, 2018
From approximately $4,595 plus air
Discover the intriguing mélange of cultures that flourished in the wake of ancient empires. Cruise for seven nights from Rome to Valletta, Malta, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star LE LAPÉROUSE, launching in 2018 with only 92 all-balcony Suites and Staterooms. This custom-designed itinerary features the very best of this historic region, affords you the unique opportunity to travel with a small, intimate group and showcases seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. Marvel at Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast, visit the superbly excavated town of Pompeii, discover Sicily’s storied town of Taormina, and experience the rich history of Malta. Rome Pre-Cruise and Valletta Post-Cruise Options.
REIMS - FEATURING THE CENTENNIAL OF THE WWI ARMISTICE
September 25-October 3, 2018
$2,995 if booked by 3/13/18 plus VAT plus air
France’s Champagne country is celebrated for the sparkling wine that bears its name and its beautiful medieval towns. Explore Reims and its Cathedral of Notre-Dame, a Gothic treasure and UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour the acclaimed Taittinger estate and enjoy sampling its famed Champagne. See the grapevine-covered slopes of the Montagne de Reims, and stroll through the village of Hautvillers where Dom Pérignon, a Dominican monk, perfected the Champagne-making process. Discover Épernay, where bottles of bubbly are stored in tunnels carved into subterranean chalk deposits. Many World War I battles were fought in this region. Visit the site of the Battle of the Somme. Drive through the Meuse-Argonne region to Verdun to visit Europe’s largest American military cemetery, the resting place for more than 14,000 American soldiers. This engaging program includes excursions, lectures, first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan featuring wine at dinner.
RIVIERAS AND ISLANDS
Exclusively Chartered Five-Star Small Ship M.S. LE LYRIAL
September 26-October 4, 2018
From approximately $4,795 plus air
Cruise for seven nights from Rome to Barcelona aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star M.S. LE LYRIAL. This unique, comprehensive itinerary immerses you in the dynamic history, inimitable art and culture of the sun-drenched French and Italian Rivieras and islands. Visit up to five UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Carcassonne’s medieval fortifications and the picture-perfect cliffside villages of Italy’s Cinque Terre. Explore Corsica’s fortified town of Bonifacio. Visit either Florence or Pisa. Along the enchanting Côte d’Azur, enjoy specially arranged excursions in Monte Carlo and Marseille and time at leisure in St. Tropez. Rome Pre-Cruise and Barcelona Post-Cruise Options.
September 27-October 10, 2018
From approximately $5,492 - air inclusive from Newark
This 14-day program combines historic cities and mountain villages as we tour the highlights of the Swiss and Austrian Alps. We begin with a two-night stay in Lucerne, Switzerland, including an ascent to Mt. Pilatus by cog railway train and aerial gondola as well as a ferry ride along Lake Lucerne. Next, we board the Glacier Express panoramic train for our journey to the pedestrian village of Zermatt, gateway to the Matterhorn. We ascend the Gornergrat glacier by mountain railway for spectacular views of the Matterhorn. Following our two-night stay, we travel by coach to Lugano in the Italian-speaking region of Ticino, stopping en route in Stresa, Italy on the shores of Lake Maggiore. During our three-night stay, we explore Ticino with a private cruise on Lake Lugano including Morcote, the “most beautiful village in Switzerland,” as well as visits to the historic castle of Bellinzona and the colorful lakeside town of Ascona. We then drive north towards Austria, stopping to visit the oldest winery in Europe as well as the tiny principality of Liechtenstein, before arriving in Seefeld in the Austrian region of Tyrol. Our two-night stay in this charming village includes a visit to the Olympic city of Innsbruck with an ascent to the Nordkette mountains by cable car for stunning views over the city. Our tour concludes with three nights in Salzburg, home to Mozart, The Sound of Music, and the Hohensalzburg fortress, the largest and best-preserved fortification in Europe. Here we tour the city and fortress, visit our fifth country during an excursion to Berchtesgaden, Germany, home to Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” Alpine retreat, and enjoy an intimate performance by the Salzburg Mozart Players chamber orchestra.
NATIONAL PARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST
October 15-26, 2018
From approximately $4,295 (LAND ONLY); approximately $4,995 - air inclusive from Newark
It’s a land of scenes epic in scope, from the immense Grand Canyon and the sinuous Colorado to the sandstone spires of Bryce and the red-rock cliffs of Zion, which your small group – limited to just 24 guests – celebrates. Begin your 12-day journey in sunshine-blessed Tucson at the renowned 98-acre Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Tour Phoenix’s fascinating Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art. Encounter dazzling Sedona’s towering red sandstone formations with an exhilarating Jeep tour then spend a day at the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, a UNESCO site. Take a thrilling Colorado River motorized rafting excursion from the Glen Canyon Dam. Discover stunning Upper Antelope Canyon’s “flowing” rock walls, and marvel at Bryce Canyon National Park’s otherworldly hoodoo rock formations. Enjoy a day in Zion National Park’s wondrous natural world. After your immersion in outdoor grandeur, depart for Las Vegas, where you toast your Southwestern adventure at a farewell dinner.
For details on this an other 2018 Museum Trips, contact Merle Lomrantz at 973.596.6643 or firstname.lastname@example.org