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Vibrant Portugal & Spain: Classical Music Cruise April 28 – May 11/13, 2017 (14/16 days)
Join mezzo-soprano & noted media personality Julie Nesrallah and internationally-renowned pianists Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann for another glorious Classical Music Cruise orchestrated by impresario George Zukerman, OC, OBC.
Savour 3 nights in Lisbon, 2 in Madrid and 7 cruising the famed wine regions of the Douro River aboard the luxurious river cruise ship AMAVida. Optional 2 night extension includes Segova and Toledo. The program includes 10 exceptional concerts and music events both on board featuring our guest artists and noted European musicians, and abroad in some of the grand performance halls of Portugal and Spain. This journey offers a captivating cultural program combining the finest in music, art, history, wine and cuisine in a setting known for the warmth of its people and climate.
Lisbon – Sintra – Cascais – Fatima – Porto – Guimarães – Penafiel – Regua – Lamego – Pinhão – Figueira da Castelo Rodrigo – Salamanca – Madrid – Segovia – Toledo
The Majestic Alps May 23 - June 06, 2017 (15 days)
We'll explore breathtaking Alpine vistas and four rich cultures on this top-of-the-world tour of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Fairytale towns and castles, soaring Alpine slopes, exclusive resort towns and ancient castles can be found throughout, but each distinctive in its character and traditions. The famously stunning Glacier Express train route to Zermatt will be unforgettable, as will the days spent in the gorgeous idyll of the Italian Lake towns. Join us and delight in the extraordinary scenery and diversity of these countries bordering the Alps!
Munich – Oberammergau – Linderhof – Fuessen – Neuschwanstein – Innsbruck – Salzburg – Zermatt – Lago Maggiore – Lake Como – Bellagio – Verona – Abano Terme – Venice
Iceland, Scandinavia and Baltic Cruise June 13 - 24/27, 2017
with optional Oslo extension
An extraordinary journey of discovery awaits, filled with surprising extremes and unique beauty. From the most primal forces which shaped our world on display in Iceland's volcanoes and geothermal pools to Europe's fastest growing economy, giving rein to bleeding edge contemporary architecture. We'll go from ancient lands of Viking songs and Russian folktales, to the serene cosmopolitan capitals of Scandinavia and then back to their beautifully preserved scenic villages and traditions of living close to the land. There are colourful hamlets perched on shores and the crowning achievments of an Imperial age spanning whole archipelagos in one city. These are landscapes which have inspired artists to the greatest heights for centuries, and we can sample them all from the comfort of a floating hotel room.
Reykjavik, Iceland – Stockholm, Sweden – Helsinki, Finland – St. Petersburg, Russia – Tallinn, Estonia – Oslo, Norway
Enchanting Ireland September 26 – October 9, 2016 (14 days)
Delve into the extraordinarily rich history and culture of the Emerald Isle, from prehistoric megaliths to medieval castles and the vivacious and enthralling modern culture famed for its music, dancing and storytelling. Figures of history and legend will come alive through our engaging city and site tours, interactive displays and special cultural events. The spectacular beauty of the landscape and warmth of the welcome assure our journey will be full of wonderful memories!
Dublin – Wicklow – Powerscourt – Glendalough – Kilkenny – Rock of Cashel – Dingle – Blasket Island centre – Gallarus Oratory – Cliffs of Moher – Burren – Galway – Aran Islands– Dun Aengus – Drumcliffe – Donegal – Grianan of Aileach – Antrim – Dunluce – Giants Causeway – Carrick-A-Rede – Belfast –Carrickfergus – Newgrange
Amalfi Coast, Sicily & Malta September 26 – October 11, 2016 (16 days)
Join us for two weeks on the glorious Mediterranean Coast. Exploring the richly historic towns and sites, we'll get to know some of the locals - skilled artisans and wonderful characters, weathered in their craft. These historically influential regions retain distinct cultures and the rich residues of their past. The wonderful small towns and villages we will visit offer a wealth of ancient Greek ruins, gorgeously decorated churches, picturesque alleys winding through hiltop villages, grottoes and glorious beaches fringed with jewel-coloured waters.
Naples – Sorrento – Amalfi – Positano – Pompeii – Capri – Monreale – Palermo – Agrigento – Piazza Armerina – Enna – Caltagirone – Siracusa – Taormina – Birgu – Mazieb – Mgarr – Mdina – Mosta – Naxxar – Tarxien – Marsaxlokk
Extraordinary India October 30 – November 17, 2016 (19 days)
Experience the extraordinary heritage and artistry, rich culture and incredible diversity of India!
We begin in another world of extremes, Dubai, to explore this vibrant city balanced between the futuristic and ancient, allowing us to acclimatize and journey in easy stages. While there we will tour both the metropolis and head off the beaten track to enjoy an evening on the dunes in a traditional-style Bedouin campsite.
Then it's one adventure after another as we fly to Delhi, and after exploring that, on to Udaipur. Later we'll cruise on Lake Pichola, take a jaunt by elephant, participate in a scenic game drive in Ranthambore Park, train to Bharatpur for the Taj, Agra Fort, and theItmad-ud-Daula tomb. Our next train takes us to Jhansi and the exquisite temples of Khajuraho, next we fly to sacred Varanasi, where we can witness the ceremonies at waterside and cruise along the Ganges, before finally flying back to Delhi and later home. Throughout we will enjoy enlightening and engaging tours of historic centres and monuments with local guides, and unique opportunities to engage with the wonderful people and culture this incredible country offers!
Dubai – Delhi – Udaipur – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Bharatpur – Agra – Taj Mahal – Jhansi – Orchha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi
Denmark & Sweden: Garden History & Innovation May 27 – June 11, 2017 (16 days)
Prominent Vancouver horticulturalist Egan Davis leads us on a verdant path of discovery! We'll see innovations in gardening and landscape design, visit spectacular gardens of ancient estates, medieval castles and villages, colourful cities, and fascinating museums. Enchanting traditions, unforgettable scenery, and serene secret gardens await!
In addition to tours of extraordinary private and public gardens, we'll attend the famous Malmo Garden Show!
Copenhagen – Hillerod – Oresund – Malmo – Kivik – Helsingborg – Halmstad – Gothenburg – Stockholm – Uppsala
New Zealand Garden & Nature Spectacular October 25 – November 12, 2017 (19 days)
Master Gardener Roger Phillipswill be our guide on this exploration of the breathtaking landscapes and lush gardens of New Zealand. Soaring mountains form a backdrop to surreal turquoise waters, pristine beaches, colourful hot springs, and volcanic soils burgeoning with plants and blossoms.
Amongst our gorgeous garden tours, we'll also spend two luxurious days at the Taranaki Garden Festival!
From beautiful Maori cultural traditions to charming colonial-era towns and modern cityscapes on the edge of habitation - or Hobbiton - this is sure to be a journey of a lifetime!
Auckland – Coromandel – Rotorua – Lake Rotomahana – Waimangu – Wai o Tapu – New Plymouth – Queenstown – Lake Wakatipu – Milford Sound – Arrowtown – Lake Wanaka – TranzAlpine Train – Christchurch – Akaroa
Classical Music Rhone Cruise: France to Spain October 10 – 25, 2016 (16 days)
Cruise through the South of France along the Rhone, enjoying a breathtaking program of concerts, fine cuisine and great art set against a spectacular landscape. Our 16-day sensual feast has been designed by noted impresario George Zukerman, OC, OBC in concert with Special Travel to enthrall lovers of the Arts and la dolce vita. Includes 3 nights in Lyon, 7 aboard the luxurious river cruise ship AMADagio, and 4 nights in Barcelona, with musical performances both on board and in some of the great performance halls of Europe.
Lyon – Annecy – Belleville – Oingt – Vienne – Tournon – Viviers – Grignan – Avignon – Les Baux – Arles – Perpignan – Figueres – Barcelona
VIMY: 100th Anniversary and Northwest Europe Tour
March 28 – April 10, 2017 (14 days)
A unique opportunity to honour the 100th Anniversary of the Battle for Vimy Ridge, one of the first occasions where Canada asserted itself as a unified nation, and a potent symbol of nationalism, fortitude and sacrifice ever since. With a special focus on the military history of the region, our itinerary allows us to visit a number of battlegrounds, historic sites and cemeteries significant to both World Wars as we tour through France and Belgium, culminating in the official commemoration ceremonies at Vimy. Join us and the families of our veterans for what will be a deeply affecting, fascinating journey through beautiful towns and countryside and a chance to mark history at a site revered in Canada's evolution as a nation. Hosted by a military historian to provide special insights and context, our group will enjoy numerous special events, access and unique opportunites to talk to locals and those affected by the fighting and intervening decades of recovery.
Paris – Rouen – Normandy – Caen – Landing Beaches – Juno Memorial – Dieppe – Calais – Dunkerque – Ieper – Passchendaele – Mons – Cambrai – Arras – Vimy – Amiens – Beaumont Hamel
Footsteps of St. Paul Pilgrimage Tour + Cruise October 10- 21, 2017 (12 days)
Explore the extraordinary history and sites significant to the life and teachings of the Apostle. With both a land tour and cruise into the Greek Isles to Ephesus, you can experience these fabled locations in ease and comfort.
We'll see the spectacular hilltop Byzantine monateries of Meteora, the temples and museum at Delphi, the House of the Virgin Mary and magnificent ruins of ancient Ephesus, lovley Rhodes, Lindos and the Bay of St. Paul, the Minoan Palace at Knossos, the whitewashed villages of Santorini, ancient Corinth and glory of ancient Greece, Athens.
Thessalonika – Philippi – Kavala – Berea – Kalambaka – Meteora – Delphi – CRUISE to Mykonos – Kusadasi/Ephesus – Patmos – Rhodes – Lindos – Heraklion – Crete – Santorini – Corinth – Athens
Experience a cultural safari in Uganda, less well-known than its famous cousins to the south but no less impressive. We visit a number of parks and game farms where you'll see wildlife at its very best, and travel through majectic landscapes and small villages. As the highlight we have a chance to be close to the incredible gorillas - an experience of a lifetime!
This special tour will be restricted to a small group of 12-14 people maximum, so if you're interested in more information, contact us today! The small group size minimizes our impact on the fragile flora and fauna, and will allow us closerinteraction with the wonderful culture.
Includes accommodation, transportation, guides, most meals, and fees (for Gorilla trek, etc.)
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