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Hilltop Villages of Sicily September 21- October 6, 2015 (16 days)
Join us for two wonderdul weeks in the Mediterranean as we take an in-depth look at Sicily, both its famous highlights and charms found a little more off the beaten track. Exploring the richly historic towns and sites, we'll get to know some of the locals - skilled artisans and wonderful character,s weathered in their craft. This distinctive Italian community offers a wealth of ancient Greek ruins, gorgeously decorated churches, picturesque alleys winding around hiltop villages, and glorious beaches fringed with jewel-coloured waters.
This tour will be escorted by Arlin McFarlane. Arlin has an eclectic background as a theatre director, short film-maker and owner-operator of Almost Home Bed and Breakfast. The personality and organization required for these also make her a natural tour leader. She fell in love with Sicily during a film project and is thrilled to be sharing her knowledge of the enchanting hill top towns with others. Arlin has a particular interest in digital storytelling and she is hoping to share that with anyone who wishes to know how to make short fun films using photographs and either narrative or music. Her work can be found at www.arlinmcfarlane.com and www.thecuriousgardener.ca
Rome – Palermo – Monreale – Corleone – Agrigento – Enna – Piazza Armerina – Caltagirone – Ragusa – Siracusa – Taormina – Etna – Catania
Costa Rica: Natural Beauty Jan 21 – Feb 4, 2015 (15 days)
A spectacular land of jewel tones, tropical scents, exotic creatures and breathtaking beauty, Costa Rica has remained a hidden gem for many. In just one day you can enjoy luscious fresh produce with your locally-grown morning coffee, take an amazing photo safari through vast nature preserves, and end your day with a ride through lush foliage toward a blissful soak in natural hot springs. Just think what two weeks in paradise can do to rejuvenate you!
San Jose – Poas Volcano – La Paz Waterfall Gardens – Monteverde – Selvatura Park – Arenal – Rincon de la Vieja – Guanacaste – Nicaragua – Manuel Antonio Park – Palo Verde National Park
Dubai Cruise: United Arab Emirates & Oman February 9-20, 2015 (12 days)
Explore this colourful region of extremes, from verdant oases and ancient desert cultures to the cutting-edge urbanity of Dubai. Explore Dubai's surreal blend of historic and ultra-modern man-made landscapes, and savour a dhow dinner cruise and Bedouin-style desert evening with dinner, entertainment and sunset over the sand dunes. Then depart for a cruise to Muscat and Khasab in Oman, an extraordinary world apart, rich with tradition. Setting sail again for the Emirates return to Dubai via Abu Dhabi, capital of the 7 Emirates, with wonderful opportunities to explore the cities, bazaars and cultural heritage all the way.
Dubai – Muscat – Khasab – Abu Dhabi – Dubai
Hidden Gems of England May 29 – June 12, 2015 (15 days)
London – Kew – Hever Castle– Royal Tunbridge Wells – Penshurst – Biddenden Vineyard – Hastings – Alfriston – Scotney Castle– Great Dixter House – Portsmouth – Southampton – Winchester – Lymington – Salisbury – Stonehenge – Bradford on Avon – Bath – Cheddar – Glastonbury – Lacock – Malmesbury – Tetbury – Painswick – Windsor
June 1 – 17, 2015 (17 days)
Our exceptionally beautiful itinerary begins in the heart of Italy and curves up around the apex of the Adriatic, through centres of Empire and the Renaissance, hilltop castles and ancient healing springs. From the the breathtaking Italian lake district we visit the scenic Austrian Alps and extraordinary landscapes of Slovenia and the Croatian Coast before completing our journey in Venice.
Rome – Tivoli – Assisi – Montecatini – Pisa – Lucca – Siena
San Gimignano – Verona – Lake Garda – Sirmione – Bolzano – Lienz
Klagenfurt – Maria Wörth – Hochosterwitz – Kobarid – Postojna
Croatia – Portoroz – Piran – Trieste – Grado – Aquilea – Venice
Croatia – Montenegro – Albania – Slovenia – Bosnia-Herzegovina
Four spectacular itineraries allow you to explore the rich beauty and history of the Adriatic coast and surrounding countryside! Choose one of five configurations including a private charter cruise along the exclusive Croatian Coast on a new small vessel; Pre-Tour and Post-Tour extensions to explore beautiful cities and wonders of the natural world; and a Land-Based tour exploring the very best Croatia and Slovenia have to offer! Five different tour configurations allow you to choose your style and length of trip, for the perfect vacation.
Dalmatian Cruise: Mljet – Korcula– Hvar – Bol – Split – Trogir – Sibenik – Sali – Zadar
Tirana – Kruje – Sveti Stefan– Budva – Kotor – Cetinje – Podgorica – Kolasin – Tara Canyon – Sarajevo – Mostar – Dubrovnik – Plitvice Lakes – Opatija – Postojna – Bled – Radovljica – Ljubljana – Zagreb
Click on the link or brochure image for full descriptions and more information. Regularly listed as one of Conde Nast's top travel destinations, this is a very desirable region and sure to book up quickly!
Best of the Baltics Sep. 28 – Oct. 12/16, 2015 (15/18 days)
Lithuania – Latvia – Estonia – Finland + Sweden – Norway with optional Stockholm – Oslo extension
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to discover medieval castles and villages, colourful cityscapes of beautiful romantic architecture, verdant countryside and waterways and and extraordinary and fascinating history. Enchanting cultural traditions, unforgettable scenery and a warm welcome await you in this part of Europe slightly off the beaten path.
Vilnius – Trakai – Kaunas – Klaipeda – Curonian Spit – Nida – Siaulai – Rundale Palace – Riga – Turaida – Sigulda – Cesis – Valmiera – Tartu – Saaremaa – Kuresaare – Talinn – Helsinki – Stockholm – Oslo
Classical Music Cruise May 1 – 15, 2015 (15 days)
George Zukerman, OC, OBC conducts a unique Danube cruise featuring a rich cultural program designed to enthrall lovers of music, travel and European history. Our 15-day feast for the senses includes three nights in each Prague and Vienna, and seven aboard the luxurious river cruise ship AMADolce, with musical performances both on board and in some of the great performance halls of Europe.
Prague – Regensburg – Vilshofen – Passau – Linz – Melk – Duernstein – Bratislava – Budapest – Vienna
70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland & Belgium Apr. 29 – May 11, 2015 (13 days)
Join us for a fascinating and poignant tour celebrating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Holland and Belgium. Historians and local guides will help provide context and a deeper understanding of the of the area's military and cultural history, and we'll have unique opportunities to engage with residents and veterans and take part in special commemorative events. A rare opportunity to walk through history with those who helped make it, and an unforgettable journey connecting the present to crucial events of the past.
This tour will be escorted by historian Ken MacLeod and a selection of expert local guides to further enrich your tour experience and interaction with local citizens.
Frankfurt – Rhine – Cologne – Ghent – Ieper – Menin Gate – Maldegem – Adegem – Bruges – Antwerp – Arnhem – Katwijk– Holten – Otterlo – Groesbeek – Reichswald – Apeldoorn – Rotterdam – Keukenhof – Amsterdam
PPCLI 100th Anniversary Private Returns Tour Apr. 29 – May 19, 2015 (8-17 day options)
In Spring 2015 join members of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, their friends and relatives to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the PPCLI on this memorable tour of Western Europe. We'll explore fascinating and evocative sites significant in the involvement of the Canadian Military in the Western European theatre, including a number of special events bringing members of the Regiment past and present together, with a highlight being the official commemoration ceremonies in Frezenberg, Belgium.
London – Frogmore – Brookwood – Winchester – Lille – Ieper – Paris – Frezenberg – Arras – Vimy – Cologne – Hemer
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 closer interaction with the wonderful culture.
Includes accommodation, transportation, guides, most meals, and fees (for Gorilla trek, etc.)
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