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Tanzania is Africa's visual masterpiece, a country of natural splendor, astounding wildlife, archaeological sites, and geological wonders.  Africa's highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, rises from lush, grassy plains and towers over the land.  The ideal safari destination, visitors can witness the mighty herds of the Great Migration thundering across the Serengeti, following their migration northwest to the great Masai Mara in Kenya.  The Masai Mara is home to the Big Five, with vast herds of antelope and birds of every shape, size, and color.  For a few extraordinary months eacy year, the Mara's wide-open spaces are thronged with massive herds of wildebeest and zebra during the annual Great Migration across the Serengeti ~ Mara ecosystem.  A crossroads of civilizations for centuries, paired with modern principles of sustainability, your Tanzania and Kenya safari will be filled with unforgettable moments and extraordinary adventures.

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June 16 - 28, 2019

"The need to travel is a mysterious force.  A desire to go runs through me equally with an intense desire to stay at home.  When I travel, I think of home and what it means.  At home I'm dreaming of catching trains at night in the gray light of Old Europe, or pushing open shutters to see Florence awaken.  The balance just slightly tips in the direction of the aiport."                                                                                                                                                                                     ~ Frances Mayes
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
                             ~ Mark Twain
               COSTA RICA
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Experience Costa Rica, a land of overwhelming natural beauty and wonder.  This amazing country is a nature lover's paradise with its lush, green forests teeming with colorful butterflies, unique plants, and exotic creatures.  Get a front row seat for a view of active volcanoes, tropical rain forests, fragile cloud forests, and spectacular sunsets on a Pacific beach.  Meet some of Costa Rica's amazing cast of  characters from howler monkeys to toucans.  Enjoy the peaceful and relaxed lifestyle of the local "Ticos" who proudly share their efforts to preserve this tropical paradise for generations to come.
                     Easter Pageantry,
                  Castles & Cathedrals
                               Flowers & Flamenco                   
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Join us on this Springtime journey to Spain, where the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming, Experience Easter pageantry unique to Spain.  Spain is a land of massive cathedrals, world-class art, white-washed villages, historical castles, and lavish palaces.  Its unique geography and history have created a richness of cultures, languages, and traditions.  Immerse yourself in the distinct music, dance, art, food, and lifestyle of this elegant country as you travel from Madrid to Barcelona on this 14 day tour of Spain.
    "the island of memories"                           &
"the land of the brave"

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"Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life."  Experience Italy's most stunning cities: the enchantment of Rome, the artistry of Florence, the fantasy of Venice, the sophistication of Verona, the peacefulness of Bellagio, and the vibrancy of Milan.  Visit the small hill towns and sample the wines of the Romani Castelli, Tuscany, and Veneto regions.  Enjoy opera under the stars at the ancient Roman Arena in Verona, dine with a Roman family in their penthouse with views of the Vatican. View Italy's artistic and architectural wonders:  St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's Pieta and David, Da Vinci's Last Supper, and Brunelleschi's Dome.  Immerse yourself in the history, culture, and people of Italy.
Tour the two fascinating, fiercely independent countries, Ireland and Scotland.  In Dublin, enjoy a self-guided walking tour of this lively, cosmopolitan city, viewing the Book of Kells at Trinity College in the heart of Dublin.  Spend time strolling the streets and soaking up the atmosphere and relaxing in its cafes and pubs.  Visit Kilkenny, the Marble City, one of Ireland's oldest towns and rich in folklore and legend.  Stay in Killarney, a town on the edge of the astoundingly beautiful Killarney National Park and explore all the options the region has to offer:  hiking, golf, and enjoying traditional Irish music in many of the local pubs. Stay three days in Galway, a harbor city on the Atlantic Coast.  Explore the city's winding lanes with its 18th- century squares, stone-clad cafes, medieval walls, and traditional publs. Spend your last night in Ireland in a restored medieval castle. 

From Ireland, take a short flight to Edinburgh, Scotland's inspiring capital.  Visit Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny.  Follow the Royal Mile on foot to explore shops, pubs, and restaurants steeped in history.   Travel by high speed train to Inverness and stay in a luxurious manor home on 40 acres of woodland and private gardens.  Tour Loch Ness of monster fame and a 14th century castle.  View a traditional Highland Military Tattoo at historical Fort George.  With a private driver, travel through the highlands to the Oban region, staying at a restored 17th century cattle drover's inn on the shores of Loch Awe.  Take a ferry to the islands of Mull and Iona, wandering through quaint villages, pristine beaches, and ancient churches. End your tour at a five star manor house in the heart of Edinburgh.

           NEW MEXICO
                   The Land of Enchantment

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* Stay in Southwest-inspired hotels near the historic Old Town Plazas of Albuquerque, Taos, and Santa Fe
*  Explore the many art galleries, museums, and historic sites in each town within walking distance to your hotel
*  Spend an optional day (or two) at a luxurious spa in Taos and Santa Fe for the ultimate stress-relieving and relaxation experience
*  Experience scenic drives with stops at historic towns and views of sweeping vistas with a private driver in a luxury vehicle
*  Choose your activity:  a cultural tour to historic Ledoux and a docent tour of the Harwood Museum of Art + a visit to Taos Pueblo; or  hiking in Rio Grande Del Norte Monument + a visit to Taos Pueblo
*  Enjoy lots of free time to relax, shop, explore, hike, dine, and savor the scenery and culture of New Mexico

* Stay in 4-star+ hotels in the historical center of the culturally rich cities of Madrid, Seville, Barcelona
  plus two exclusive Spanish Paradors, restored medieval monasteries, in Almagro and Granada
* Enjoy private tours of vineyards and wineries to taste regional wines and food in five of Spain's
   renowned wine regions:  Ribera del Duero, Valdepenas, Jerez, Malaga, and Penedes
* Dine with local hosts in Madrid and Barcelona, sampling traditional food and wine and enjoying lively   
*  Visit Spain's spiritual capital Toledo, the Roman/Moorish capital Cordoba, the cliff-perched town of
   Ronda, the sophisticated city of Jerez, and the windmills of Don Quixote fame
*  View masterpieces of the greatest Spanish artists in Madrid and Toledo and the architectural genius of 
   Gaudi in Barcelona
* Enjoy flamenco music and dance at its finest in Seville
* Experience the Andalusian Horse show, an equestrian ballet with Spanish music and 19th c. costumes
* Learn about the history of Spanish bullfighting at Spain's first professional bullring in Ronda
* Tour the magnificent palace of the Moors, the Alhambra, and stay on the grounds of the Alhambra at
   the historical Parador, once the convent established by Queen Isabelle
* Immerse yourself in Spain's unique history, culture, politics, arts, and traditions to appreciate this
   ancient country, now a modern, progressive democracy

  Savor the distinctive
food, wine,
art, architecture,
history and traditions of

October 2020

Journey through
from the small villages of
Bacharach, Baden-Baden, and
Fussen to the grand cities of
Salzburg, Vienna, and Munich

April 20 - May 8, 2019

Travel the Wine Lands of
during the festive grape
harvest season
September 2020

*Spend a full day on a walking tour of Barcelona with a local guide, visiting some of Barcelona's
  characteristic neighborhoods
*Explore Spain's Costa Brava, the "Wild Coast" stretching from Barcelona to France including the Emporda
  Wine Route, a tradition since the ancient Roman times
*Travel to San Sebastian, the culinary capital of Spain to taste local specialities and enjoy some beach time
  on Spain's most beautiful beach
*Hike along the rugged coast of Northern Spain with a food and wine tasting experience at the end
*Participate in a local wine harvest festival in the famed Rioja wine region
*Immerse yourself in the culture of Porto, Portugal on a guided walking tour through the city and on a boat
  tour on the Duoro River
*Visit the spectacular castles, churches, and plazas of Lisbon, the birthplace of Portugal, nestled between
  river and sea
*Tour the surrounding villages and wineries with your local host
*Enjoy special musical, cultural, food and wine tasting events throughout the tour
*Extend your visit to Portugal with a stay in the Algarve, Portugal's romantic Mediterranean coast

June 23 - July 3, 2019

* Spend 4 nights at Kichwa Tembo Safari Camp in the famed Masai Mara of Kenya, a land of breathtaking    vistas, abundant wildlife and endless plains
* View herds of elephants, wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, hippos, and more in their natural habitat
* Visit a Masai community and learn about this ancient nomadic culture who have been roaming the Great    Rift Valley since the beginning of time
*  Spend two days in Nairobi visiting sights in the city with a private guide
*  Stay 3 nights in Zanzibar, an archipelago off the coast of Tanzania set in the Indian Ocean
*  Explore Stone Town's labyrinth of winding alleys, bustling marketplaces, and historical Arabic,European,
  and African sights
*  Spend a day on a white sand, idyllic beach, relaxing or enjoying one of the many water activities