Geneva and the Swiss Alps with Paris and Rome options

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May 29 – June 6, 2020

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We have reserved a chalet in the small village of Chateau D’Oex, in the high Alps. If you’ve never experienced this part of the world, this is the time, and this is the place! Chateau D’Oex is where Charlie Chaplin lived out his last years and it is straight out of a postcard.

Total cost including air from most cities, 2 nights in Geneva, and 5 nights in the chalet in the alps is $2,989 (double occupancy. single upgrade $340)
3 nights in Paris prior to the trip: $475 (double occupancy. single upgrade $225)
3 nights in Rome after the trip: $475 (double occupancy. single upgrade $225)

Itinerary:

For Paris option:
May 26 – Overnight flight to Paris
May 27 – Arrive in Paris AM and ceck into hotel. Balance of the day on your own. Dinner as a group.
May 28 – Visit to Montmartre, Eiffel Tower, Tomb of Napoleon, Seine river cruise
May 29 – Visit to Louvre, Isle de la cite, Sainte Chappell, and Notre Dame, dinner at the Moulin Rouge
May 30 – Check out and take train to Geneva

Switzerland:
May 29 – Overnight flight to Geneva.
May 30 – Arrive in Geneva and check into Hotel N’vy, 4-star hotel in city center. Balance of the day on your own.
May 31 – Geneva city tour, dinner as a group
June 1 – Check out and take train to Chateau D’Oex. Transfer to our private chalet.
June 2 – 5 – Five glorious days exploring the alps in summer. Planned excursions include:
* Train excursion through the alps to Interlaken
* Multiple hikes in the area and between villages
* Montreux and Gstaad
* River rafting optional
June 6 – Check out, take train to Geneva and fly home

For Rome option:
June 6 – Check out and take train across Alps to Rome and check into Hotel Damaso near Colosseum and the Vatican.
June 7 – Visit Colosseum, Forum, and ruins of ancient Rome. Dinner together.
June 8 – Visit Vatican, Vatican Museum, Saint Peters Basilica.
June 9 – Check out and fly home

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May 29 – June 7, 2020

$2,989

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-London, London-New York
  • Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • 3 nights London
  • 1 night Bath
  • 1 night Liverpool
  • 2 nights Edinburgh
  • 1 night Leeds
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†♦
  • 11 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

* Tour Stonehenge, the best-known prehistoric monument in England and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
* Visit the 2000 year old Roman Baths and Georgian pump room with its natural mineral water
* Tour Edinburgh Castle, where you can see the Crown Room, Royal Palace and St. Margaret’s Chapel
* Visit the Gothic style York Minster, a world renowned masterpiece of architecture and design

Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday – Depart for England
Depart for England

DAY 2, Saturday – Arrive in London
Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Most flights arrive in the early morning and your room may not be ready for you. In this case, leave your luggage with the concierge and your Tour Manager will provide suggestions for you to begin to explore the city on your own. This evening, your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 pm, followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm if possible
Overnight: London
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday – London City Tour
Discover the history, pageantry and sights of the city with a half day tour of London’s West End. Begin with a drive through fashionable Kensington with its elegant squares and parks. Pass Harrods store and continue to view Piccadilly Circus Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and the famous Big Ben. Go on to view Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Your tour ends in the heart of the city to explore the afternoon at leisure. Perhaps join the in-depth optional tour of the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral
Optional: Tower of London & St. Paul’s Cathedral (PM)
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday – Stonehenge, Bath
Today, depart London and head to the circles of Stonehenge. Located in the middle of Salisbury Plain, Stonehenge is unique among stone circles and its construction still defies belief. The first stone was placed here 5000 years ago and the structure was finally completed 1400 years later. Continue to Bath’s Georgian Crescents to find elegant stone buildings with terraces, crescents, and graceful squares. Visit the original 2000-year-old Roman Baths and Georgian Pump Room with its natural mineral water. Later in the afternoon join the optional tour to the Village of Lacock. You will have time to explore the village before enjoying a delicious dinner at a historic local Inn
Optional: Village of Lacock with dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bath
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday – Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Liverpool
Drive north today into the heart of England through the villages of the Cotswolds, with its stone and thatch cottages, to the birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon, a charming market town. View Anne Hathaway’s cottage, the school that William Shakespeare attended, and Shakespeare’s birthplace. Enjoy time at leisure in this historic town, where the Bard’s plays are still performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Then, travel to lively Liverpool for a change of pace, where The Beatles were born and rose to fame. With your guide, explore the notable sights made famous in song by the Beatles – Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. View the legendary Cavern Club where the Beatles began their journey to fame and Liverpool’s stunning Albert Dock complex, a reminder of Liverpool’s history as a great and prosperous port. Dinner tonight is at your hotel
Overnight: Liverpool
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday – Local Farmhouse Visit in the Lake District, Moffat, Edinburgh
Today, travel along the shores of Windermere, the largest lake in England at the heart of the rolling hills of the picturesque Lake District, stopping for tea and fresh-baked scones at a local farmhouse. Continue towards the charming village of Grasmere, the 19th century home of the poet William Wordsworth. Next, cross into Scotland at the border town of Gretna Green, famous for its “runaway” weddings, and past Moffat, known for its high-quality wool products. Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, with its exquisite Georgian and Victorian architecture and winding medieval streets. During your stay, discover the city’s rich heritage and historic buildings. Its Old and New Town are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday – Edinburgh City Tour
This morning, join a local guide for a city tour of historic Edinburgh. The route will take you past the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace, the Museum of Scotland, the Royal Mile, and Princes Street. Also included is a visit to Edinburgh Castle, where you can see the Crown Room, Royal Palace, St. Margaret’s Chapel, and much more! The balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, don’t miss the optional evening of traditional Scottish entertainment that includes dinner
Optional: Scottish Dinner & Show (PM)
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday – York City Tour, Leeds
After breakfast, depart Edinburgh and drive through the borderlands, past the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey, and on to the Viking city of York, one of northern England’s most compelling cities. Take an orientation tour through the narrow medieval streets surrounded by the 13th century York City Walls. Also included is a visit to the magnificent York Minster, with its breathtaking architecture and spectacular gardens. After the tour, continue on to Leeds
Overnight: Leeds
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday – Cambridge, Travel to London
This morning, travel south, passing Robin Hood country and Sherwood Forest to the university city of Cambridge. Here, stop for time at leisure. Admire King’s College and its beautiful chapels before continuing to London. Celebrate your last night in the British capital with a Farewell Dinner
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday – Depart England
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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June 24 – July 5, 2020/ 12 Days

$5,499

Maximum number of 22 guaranteed.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights Los Angeles-Tokyo, Osaka-Los Angeles
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
  • 4 nights Tokyo
  • 1 night Kaga
  • 1 night Takayama
  • 4 nights Kyoto19 meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Wine with all dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Thanks to this small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Tour dazzling Tokyo, a city of ancient traditions coupled with state-of-the-art technology
  • Culinary demonstration led by a professional chef — learn the art of creating sushi and sashimi
  • Visit the serene Meiji Shrine honoring the first Emperor of modern Japan and his Empress
  • A day of breathtaking natural scenery as you drive to the National Park of Hakone in full view of Mt. Fuji
  • Board the famous Shinkansen, or “bullet train” that takes you to Kanazawa south of the Noto Peninsula
  • Travel to the UNESCO site of Shirakawa-go, known for its village of gassho-zukuri farmhouses
  • In Kagaonsen, stay at a traditional Ryokan (inn)
  • A walking tour of Takayama’s historic district reveals its traditions dating back to the 8th century
  • Discover enchanting Kyoto, founded in the 7th century, one of the early capitals of Japan
  • Visit Kyoto’s Nijo Castle, residence of the Tokugawa shoguns, and the magnificent gilded Golden Pavilion
  • Experience the cultural heritage of Kyoto at a traditional Tea Ceremony at the Gesshin-in Temple
  • Dinner and traditional Maiko (Geisha) dance performance reflects the core of Japanese culture
  • Travel to the Imperial capital of Nara, with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday – Depart for Japan
Depart for Japan

DAY 2, Thursday – Arrive in Tokyo
Arrive in dynamic Tokyo in the “Land of the Rising Sun”; transfer to your hotel. This evening, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6:30 pm with your Tour Manager on the exciting adventure that awaits you in Japan, followed by a Welcome Dinner and drinks with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 2 of the itinerary, if possible
Overnight:Tokyo
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday – Tsukiji Fish Market, Sushi Demonstration & Ginza
On today’s tour of Tokyo, witness the stark contrasts of this dazzling city of ancient traditions coupled with state-of-the-art technology. To begin, walk the lanes of the hectic Tsukiji Fish Market, famous for fish and seafood. Afterward, enjoy a culinary demonstration led by a professional Sushi Chef. Learn the art of creating sushi, or sashimi and have them for lunch afterward! Continue to the opulant district of Ginza, Tokyo’s most celebrated upscale shopping, dining and amusement area. Proceed to the serene Meiji Jingu Shrine, nestled in a beautiful forested area that honors the first Emperor of modern Japan and his Empress. Nearby, explore Harajuku, one of the world’s fashion centers and a hub for fashion-forward Japanese youth
Overnight:Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Saturday – Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, Hakone National Park and Mt. Fuji Excursion*
A full day of breathtaking scenery as you drive south to Hakone, the most famous National Park in Japan. En route, stop to visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, situated in the wooded hills along the coast of Lake Kawaguchi. Here, view exhibits of the textile artist Kubota Itchiku’s kimono creations, depicting the themes of nature and the seasons. Continue along the scenic roads of rural Japan to Hakone where a gondola takes you on the Hakone Ropeway to the Owakudani Valley’s extraordinary volcanic zone. Here, the bubbling pools cook eggs in the hot waters blackened by sulfur, and are said to prolong one’s life by at least seven years. Enjoy a relaxing cruise around placid Lake Ashi, followed by a train ride back to Tokyo. Tonight, be adventurous and explore Tokyo’s incredible variety of cuisine!
*Due to local conditions, the Mt. Fuji sightseeing might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager.
Overnight:Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday – Imperial Palace, Asakusa Kannon Temple & Edo-Tokyo Museum
Start your day with the Imperial Palace East Garden, a precious jewel of nature within the hectic city center and view the lovely Nijubashi Bridge that stretches over the moat in the outer gardens with its colorful displays of seasonal flowers. Later, travel to the imposing Asakusa Kannon Temple (Sensoji) enshrining a golden image of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy; its entrance is dominated by a massive paper lantern dramatically painted in vivid red and black tones. Walk along the centuries-old Nakamise shopping area, where everything from souvenirs to genuine Edo-style crafts is sold. Afterward, visit Edo-Tokyo Museum and learn about the history of Tokyo, formally known as Edo, through the museum’s interactive exhibits. Later, take a short walk in the buzzing shopping area of Akihabara with its plethora of electronic retailers. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant
Overnight:Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday – Kenroku-en Gardens, Kagaonsen Ryokan Experience
Board the famous Shinkansen, or “bullet train,” that takes you to Kanazawa south of the Noto Peninsula, with its winding cobblestone streets, Samurai residences, Geisha houses, lavish gardens and a flower filled open-air market. Stroll through Kenroku-en Garden, one of the country’s most elite gardens with its elaborate water fountains and designs. Continue to the Nomura Family House, where Samurai once dwelled. In Kagaonsen, an exceptional experience is awaiting you. Spend the night at a traditional Ryokan(inn), where you dress in yukata(bathrobe) that you wear to the onsen(hot spring spa.) You overnight in authentic Japanese rooms with tatamimats and sleep on a futonbed. Dinner together at the Ryokan is a full course Kaiseki Dinnerhighlighted by regional specialties
Overnight:Kaga
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday – Thatched Farmhouses in Shirakawa-go, Takayama’s Old Town
You travel from Kagaonsen to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go, known for its village of thatched gassho-zukuri(praying hands) farmhouses. Visit the historic village of Ogimachi and the ruins of its castle, dating back to medieval times. From atop the observation deck, see the amazing view of an entire settlement of thatched style houses. Lunch at local restaurant before continuing with a drive to 16th century Takayama, with its meticulously preserved Old Town. Upon arrival, visit Takayama Jinya, a historic government house converted to a museum and the Yatai Kaikan Hall housing intricately designed wooden floats brought out only for major festivals. Later, you arrive at a scenic mountain resort for dinner and overnight
Overnight:Takayama
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday – Takayama’s Historic District, Morning Farmer’s Market, Bullet Train to Kyoto
The delightful town of Takayama, with its wealth of museums, galleries, and impressive temples, is often called “Little Kyoto.” A walking tour includes the remarkably preserved Edo-period merchants’ shops and houses in the Sanno-machi Historic District. Visit the morning market along the Miya River with farmers and craftsmen selling everything from vegetables to clothing and hand carvings. Across the river lies the Sanmachi-Suji (district) of sake breweries, cafes and immaculately preserved old private houses. Travel to Nagoya and board the bullet train to enchanting and historic Kyoto, founded in the 8th century, one of the early capitals of Japan
Overnight:Kyoto
Meals:Breakfast

DAY 9, Thursday – Kyoto’s Cultural Heritage & Tea Ceremony, Zen Meditation
Begin your exploration of Kyoto with a tour of Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603. Its ornate interior is handcrafted out of Japanese cypress. Next, familiarize yourself with Zen meditation, a calming practice deeply rooted in Japanese culture. Enjoy a traditional Tea Ceremony, where you participate in the ritualized art of preparing and serving tea, savoring the hospitality of the host in an atmosphere distinctly different from the fast pace of everyday life. Lunch is at a local restaurant, followed by a walk in Gion, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district. Continue to Nishiki Market, lined with more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Here, you will find Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles and dried seafood, as well as fresh produce, and seasonal foods
Overnight:Kyoto
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Friday – Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kimono Dressing
Discover the beautiful cultural heritage of Kyoto that has spanned the centuries. Head outside the city to Arashiyama bamboo forest. Here, take a stroll through the stunning bamboo grove, followed by a ride on a traditional Japanese rickshaw, a unique experience! Visit the celebrated Kinkaku-ji Temple, “the Golden Pavilion,” and understand why this magnificent gold leaf covered temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, dress in an authentic kimono during a visit to a Kyoto-style home. Later, attend a traditional shamisen (Japanese guitar) show. Spend the rest of the day at leisure for individual pursuits
Overnight:Kyoto
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Saturday – Imperial Nara, Great Buddha Statue, Deer Park, Kasuga Grand Shrine, MaikoDance Performance
Make a stop at Fushimi Inari Shrine, a Shinto shrine that is famous for its thousand vermilion torii gates. Afterward, travel by private bus to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara, repository of Japan’s cultural heritage, with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures, including some of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples. Arrive at the exquisite wooden Todai-ji Temple, home of the impressive Daibutsu(Great Buddha) bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high. You then continue to Nara Deer Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. Visit the famous and beautiful Kasuga Grand Shrine displaying over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Return to Kyoto and enjoy leisure time this afternoon before a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant, featuring a traditional Maiko(Geisha) dance performance that reflects the core of Japanese culture
Overnight:Kyoto
Meals:Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday – Depart Japan
Sayonara!Transfer to Osaka for your departure flight
Meals:Breakfast

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Why Visit Hawaii this Winter!

Why Visit Hawaii This Weekend

We can’t believe anyone wouldn’t want to go to Hawaii, especially in winter. Whereas most of the rest of the country is an arctic tundra, Hawaii is warm and sunny and gorgeous all year round. The white sandy beaches don’t freeze over, you won’t have to wear a puffer coat — or any coat really, and you can eat shave ice to your heart’s content without feeling chilled to the bone.

Of course, if those aren’t reason enough, The Active Times has thought of 15 more reasons you need to go to Hawaii this winter. We have highlighted scenic landscapes, gorgeous beaches, tasty drinks, good food, and amazing hotels and spas that we think are reason enough to take the trip west. These spots are some of the best in Hawaii as ranked by The Active Times.

Pack your bags or even pack a mini Christmas tree if you’re worried about missing out on the fun in the mainland, and book your flight to Hawaii. We promise you won’t need to bring coats, gloves, or even a scarf, just your aloha spirit, which is just one more of the 15 reasons you need to go to Hawaii this winter.

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The Weather

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It’s winter, so unless you live in Los Angeles, Miami, or parts of Arizona and Nevada, it’s cold where you are! However, it’s incredibly temperate in Hawaii. You’ll forget that it’s snowing in Des Moines or wherever it is you’re from while you’re soaking up the sun on a white sand Hawaiian beach with a tropical drink melting in your hand. Your friends practically freeze just walking to their cars, but not you. Not on this winter vacation.

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Ka’anapali Beach (Lahaina)

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Maui is known for its beauty, and its most beautiful beach is located in the hippest city in Hawaii, Lahaina. Now a popular beach retreat for many from around the world, Ka’anapali Beach used to be a favorite of Hawaiian royalty, and for good reason. Gorgeously clear water and a pristine white shore stretches for 3 miles in what became Hawaii’s first planned resort and later an example for many future resorts around the world. Stay until sunset for the cliff diving ceremony, in which a diver lights torches along the cliff, known as Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock, before diving off of it to reenact a legendary feat of the Maui King Kahekili.

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The Beer

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Maui Brewing Company’s Imperial Coconut Porter won the gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival for Field Beer, and it’s been a favorite of fans and critics alike ever since. Thanks to its malted toasted coconut flavor and creamy, silky mouthfeel, this 9 percent brew goes down smoothly.

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The Mall

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Hawaii’s Ala Moana Center is the seventh largest mall in the U.S. Visitors can inhale the fragrant Honolulu breezes as they peruse the over 340 shops in this open-air mall. Plus, six days a week the Ala Moana Hula Showcase performs traditional hula dancing for the mall’s guests. Plus, it’s also a great place to pick up Christmas presents and souvenirs for your friends and family freezing back on the mainland.

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The Food

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Hawaii undoubtedly has some of the best seafood in the U.S. It can be found in amazing Hawaiian dishes like the Ono Burger at Paia Fish Market, the fish tacos at Coconut’s, and the shrimp at Giovanni’s food truck. Hawaiian fish even takes center stage when prepared Japanese-style at Sushi Sasabune, the best sushi restaurant in Hawaii. However, the same fish can be found cooked with Italian and Mexican flavors in Hawaii’s best Italian and Mexican restaurants Arancino di Mare and Alejandro’s, making you wonder whether you’re still in Hawaii at all or possibly transported to the Amalfi Coast or even a beach town in Baja California.

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The Spas

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The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa was voted one of the Top 10 Spas in the United States by both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure. This 40-room spa is the largest spa in Hawaii. Guests can experience Roman tubs, saunas, waterfalls, soothing massages, body care treatments, and five specialty baths. Be sure to eat at one of the best places for food and drink in Hawaii after pampering yourself silly. You’re worth it!

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Paia

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On Maui’s stunning North Shore rests the gorgeous town of Paia. Full of hippies, trinkets, yoga classes, and galleries, the town of Paia is easily the most bohemian town in Maui. When locals aren’t catching waves in the crystal blue waters of Ho’okipa Beach Park, many can be found showing reverence at The Great Paia Lha Bab Peace Stupa at the Maui Dharma Center. A memorial to the legacy of Lama Tenzin, this Paia landmark is a gorgeous 27-foot-high structure with hand-painted murals and a large Manu prayer wheel inside.

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Nā Pali Coast

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This is a place you can only see by kayak, and the trip is worth it. The 17 miles of ocean shores is one of the most popular attractions on Kauai. The 4,000-foot tall cliffs along the coastline are some of the most dramatic in the world. You’ll see dolphins, seals, sea turtles, sea caves, mangoes, waterfalls, and many stunning and secluded beaches. Visit the state park and hike the rugged, but beautiful Kalalau Trail. It may be tough, but you’ll never forget those views.

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Haleakala National Park

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If you only do one thing on the island of Maui, it should absolutely be a trip to see the famous Haleakala Crater in Haleakala National Park. But first, a science lesson: Unlike most craters formed by volcanic activity, Haleakala was actually shaped over eons as the result of erosion of the entire volcanic mountaintop. When the smaller lava flows back-filled the eroding valley, this built the floor of the crater, which is why it is officially called the “Haleakala National Park Summit Area” instead. For the best experience, wake up extremely early (about 3 a.m. local time) and make the drive (or take a bus tour) all the way up to the 10,000-foot-high summit, where you can view the sun rising in the distance while looking down at the crater through the clouds. It is one of the most spectacular National Parks in America. 

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The Hotels

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Say aloha to your dream Hawaiian vacation. At Travaasa Hana, programs and activities fall under the resort’s five “experiential pillars”: Adventure, Culinary, Culture, Fitness, and Wellness. In addition to full access to all of these, the all-inclusive package includes being greeted by a Welcome Banana Bread once you arrive on site, unlimited bottled water and organic fair-trade coffee, spacious and luxurious rooms, and three meals a day prepared by a chef, as well as $175 in resort credit (eligible to be used for spa services and private classes) every day for each guest. In addition to the usual water adventures, guests can also take a trail ride around the island on horseback or take to the skies on a glider adventure, where you can even pass over the world’s largest dormant volcano, Haleakala.

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Road to Hana

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The Road to Hana is a must-visit on your trip to Hawaii. It means the road to heaven, and with sights like this, it’s pretty hard to argue that it’s anything but heavenly. This road is one of the most sceneic roads in America, and will take you past the scenic Twin Falls, the absolutely stunning Garden of Eden Arboretum, upper Waikani Falls, the Hana Lava Tube, gorgeous beaches, and quite a few places to stop and grab a bite to eat or take home a souvenir from your path to “heaven.”

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The Ice Cream

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Locals and visitors to Hawaii always make it a point to stop by Lappert’s, which has locations across the islands. There are Hawaiian-inspired flavors such as Hanah Road and Hawaiian Sea Salt Caramel, but there are also world-inspired flavors such as Manila Mango, Costa Rican Plantain Cajeta, Mexican Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl, and Philippine Macapuno Peach Sorbet.

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The Shave Ice

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Shave ice is a Hawaiian tradition. Yes, you can get it in other parts of the country, but it tastes best in Hawaii (where it’s actually from). The ice is softer ice than a snow cone, and the syrup tastes so much better, plus shave ice is frequently topped with sweet toppings like condensed cream, coconut, nuts, even chocolate sauce. We can’t imagine enjoying this in 30-degree weather — that’s why you have to come to Hawaii this winter to try it!

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Kalaupapa Lookout

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Located more than 1,000 feet above the Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Molokai’s Kalaupapa Lookout used to be the location of a leprosy colony. Now home to over a dozen residents, the spot is a great place to whalewatch, as humpback whales make an appearance off the coast during winter. Tell me: How many wales can you see leaping out of Lake Michigan in December?

 

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The Coffee

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Hawaii is known for its high-quality coffee. This state cultivates a few different varieties of coffee, but is most notable for its beans from the Kona region on the Big Island. Grown on the slopes of the Hualalai and Mauna Loa volcanos, Kona coffee is immensely popular thanks to its buttery finish, deep aromatics, and medium body. Starbucks recently added it to their collection, but there’s nothing quite like drinking a cup on the beaches of Hawaii’s Big Island.

Still not convinced that you need to hit up Hawaii as soon as the temps start to drop? Maybe we can appeal to your stomach.


Lonely Planet Top 10 Cities for 2020

Top 10 Cities to Visit for 2020

1. Salzburg, Austria

Drumroll, please: the Salzburg Festival is turning 100, and this heart-stealer of an Alpine city is singing about it at the top of its voice. One of the world’s greatest classical music shindigs, the festival is always a riotous feast of opera, classical music and drama – and never more so than in 2020. Salzburg will be pulling out all the stops for the centenary, with special exhibitions and events taking place all over the historic centre – concerts, plays, readings, Mozart matinees, you name it. Top billing, as always, will go to Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Jedermann, based on a medieval morality play and performed in all its glory in Domplatz. So dust off your dirndl or lederhosen, book your tickets months ahead, and get ready to rock into the summer like Amadeus (perhaps minus the wig).

2. Washington DC, USA

All eyes will be on Washington, DC, this year, as the city celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment – the law that granted women the right to vote. Iconic museums like the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Women in the Arts will have special exhibitions related to this major milestone in human rights. Tie this in to the excitement for this year’s presidential election and DC will be one of America’s most dynamic cities in 2020. Politics aside, Washington’s renaissance is in full bloom, with a revitalised waterfront, celebrated new museums and an exploding food scene. Green roofs, hundreds of newly planted trees and an innovative floating wetlands system have the city looking greener than ever.

3. Cairo, Egypt

Egypt waved Tutankhamun’s treasures off on a globetrotting tour in 2018, declaring it the last time the pharaoh’s burial-booty would leave its shores. Want to gawk at ancient Egypt’s wealth in the future? You’ll need to visit Cairo’s Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). The year 2020 is set to be the date – inshallah (God willing) – this state-of-the-art museum in Giza throws open its doors. Head here to marvel at a mind-boggling collection in what will be the world’s largest museum entirely committed to one civilisation. For Red Sea and Luxor holidaymakers, a Pyramids and GEM add-on will also become a doddle with Giza’s newly inaugurated Sphinx Airport set to operate domestic flights.

4. Galway, Ireland

Brilliantly bohemian Galway is arguably Ireland’s most engaging city. Here brightly painted pubs heave with live music and cafes offer front-row seats to watch buskers perform. And this year all that creative exuberance is being supercharged by events marking the Galway region’s role as a 2020 European Capital of Culture – the city’s calendar is as packed with activity as the bars are with locals on a Saturday night. Expect street spectacle, live and digital art as well as world-class music, theatre and dance. Sleep might have to wait – in Galway even the buskers play late into the night. Vivid and vibrant, brimful of imagination, Galway in 2020 is home to a year-long, city-wide, arty party. And you’re invited too.

5. Bonn, Germany

Once capital of West Germany, Bonn slipped off the radar when Berlin reseized the reins in 1990. But it’s back in the spotlight with a cymbal roll in 2020, as the city gears up to mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday. What’s the score? Well, you can expect a year-round line-up of concerts drawing world-famous orchestras, soloists and conductors (among them Sir Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim). Theater Bonn is staging Fidelio, the composer’s only opera. Beyond this, there are installations and competitions tuning into Beethoven’s musical genius, picnic performances, and ‘home concerts’ where local musicians fling open their doors to the public.

6. La Paz, Bolivia

Perhaps it’s the Jetsonian capsules gliding over La Paz along the world’s largest cable-car system that are the most obvious signs of its new-found ambition. There were just three lines in 2014, but there will be 11 in 2020. Down below, the once-drab city is racing towards a more radiant and inspired future. Everyone from a flamboyant self-taught architect to the budding chefs leaving new culinary schools is thriving here – not because of some borrowed ideas and global trends, but rather due to a renewed sense of pride in Bolivia’s indigenous roots. It’s not hard to see why an increasing number of tourists are now sticking around in La Paz before they venture further afield.

7. Kochi, India

This nicely chilled city in southern India has seen the light. Grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast in Kerala, Kochi has become a shining example in renewable energy in recent years, launching the world’s first fully solar-powered airport, which snagged it a UN Champions of the Earth award. But that’s just tip-of-the-iceberg stuff. With boho cafes, intimate homestays hidden away in lazy, colonial-era backstreets, and a raft of forward-thinking galleries, this city keeps a tight grip on its heritage while wholeheartedly embracing its newfound cool. In 2020, street art comes to the fore at Kochi-Muziris Biennale, putting India firmly on the contemporary arts festival map.

8. Vancouver, Canada

This natural playground – squeezed majestically between the blue waters of the Pacific and the forest-clad mountaintops of the North Shore – was the birthplace of Greenpeace, so it seems fitting that Vancouver has been trying to lead the world in urban sustainability. And for you, the environmental benefits of its longstanding Greenest City 2020 Action Plan will only enrich your stay. Take to its vastly expanded cycling and walking network, including an unforgettable 28km section along beaches and shorefront, and comfortably hop between the city’s many sights on an upgraded public transport system. Or simply catch some shade under one of the 102,000 new trees that have been planted since 2010.

9. Dubai, UAE

The future is now in Dubai as the superlative-craving emirate launches several boundary-pushing marquee projects in 2020. Top billing, of course, goes to the six-month-long World Expo 2020, where 190 nations go all out in showcasing the latest visions in sustainability and mobility (think: flying cars) in architecturally showstopping pavilions. Also expected to open is the Museum of the Future, a cabinet of next-gen wonders in an eye-shaped building festooned with calligraphy. Meanwhile, two miles off-shore, a Europe-themed fantasy resort on an artificial archipelago called The World is gearing up to welcome its first guests to such only-in-Dubai phenomena as underwater bedrooms and year-round snow.

10. Denver, USA

Denver’s elevated position as one of the USA’s most charming boomtowns has reached new heights as the Mile High City enters its latest phase of growth, creative energy and damn good food. Construction cranes dot the mountain-studded horizon and empty lots turn into hip new hotels seemingly overnight, while new food halls such as Milk Market satisfy appetites with an eclectic mix of farm-to-table and international fare. The mind-bending Santa Fe art experience Meow Wolf has installed a psychedelic ride called ‘Kaleidoscape’ at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park as a precursor to a permanent $50-million Meow Wolf installation to come in 2021. Meanwhile, the fascinating Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art has moved into a magnetic Olson Kundig–designed building within the city’s Golden Triangle Creative District.


Why I Love Sailing the Greek Isles

Why I love Cruising the Greek Isles

How do I try to explain the fascinating adventures each day brings when cruising the Greek Islands on your own boat. I’ve done this trip twice now, each time with 8 fellow travelers, a captain and a cook. First, let me say that all of the folks I travelled with are still my close friends, and i expect them all to be for many years to come. There’s something about sharing these experiences each day, and getting to know each other in a way that’s impossible in normal daily interactions.

Talking about people, you’ll get to know your captain and cook just as well. On each trip our cook was always the life of the party, and made incredible dishes for us each day. She learned our likes and dislikes, and made her trips into each village to find the freshest and most interesting traditional Greek dishes for us. The captain had 30 years of experience sailing these waters, and was the steady “hand at the helm”. He advised us which islands to visit, and showed us so many out-of-the-way spots most tourists never get a chance to see.

Our “boat” was a catamaran with 5 sleeping births, a kitchen / dining area, an outdoor deck, and a sun deck in the front! Steps made it easy to snorkel in the warm waters or to explore each islands trails and architectural ruins.

Which brings me to the reason for our voyage – exploring the Greek Islands on our own. We met with our captain on day one to plan a course. We set our priorities and asked his advice. Some wanted to head to Santorini. Others wanted to visit Mykonos. Each day we’d sail 2 or so hours to the next island. During the day we’d explore. Late afternoon we’d sail into that island’s port for some incredible vistas, people, restaurants, and fun! Each day brought more and different unique experiences.

Of the travelers I’ve taken this trip with so far, not a single one hasn’t used the phrase “the trip of a lifetime”. Come join us summer 2020.


Sail the Greek Islands in your own yacht with captain and cook

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May 13-August 26, 2020

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After an amazing trip last year we’ve decided this is the trip we need to make accessible to everyone. So we’ve booked this amazing boat for the entire summer of 2020 – early May through August. Ask anyone who has been on this trip and it is a trip of a lifetime. Each week, you and 7 other adventurers will sail among the Greek islands, exploring coves and hilltop ruins by day, and the island’s harbor and village that evening. If you have a group of friends looking to go somewhere special, or if you’re traveling solo looking for a roommate, we can accommodate you.

You and your group will be escorted by our Greek-registered boat captain with whom you’ll plan your itinerary. He’s been sailing these waters for 30 years and knows every little cove, ancient ruin, hiking trail, and harbor. You’ll also have your own private chef who will sail with you and will go out of her way to please your palate. Breakfast is usually eggs to order as well as a spread of cheeses, breads, pastries, and meats, all bought fresh daily. Lunch could be a huge Greek salad and bread, mousakka (to die for), or something else she’ll come up with. Usually, the evening meal is taken in the local cafe restaurant, but that’s up to you and your cook. She’ll also make your drinks and generally keep you entertained. You’ll be with her throughout the trip, so let her know what you want to try. Note: you’ll pay your cook every day or so for her to source meal ingredients on each island. Typically this totals less than $100 for the week. Weather is usually nice with calm, glassy seas, so seasickness is not an issue.

The total cost of this amazing trip is only $2,975, per person, double occupancy and includes round-trip air from Nashville to Athens.

Current dates, including 7 days on the Catamaran, are:
May 13-21 2 spots remain
May 23-31 SOLD OUT
June 1-9 SOLD OUT
June 10-18 Limited Space Available
June 21-29 Limited Space Available
July 1-9 Space Available
July 12-20 Space Available
July 21-29 Space Available
July 30-Aug 7 Space Available
Aug 10-17 Space Available
Aug 18-26 Space Available

ATHENS 2-DAY PRE-TRIP EXTENSION – $499
We’re offering 2 nights at a 5-star hotel at the foot of the Acropolis (Davini Palace or similar) with grand vistas of the Parthenon. We almost wanted to make this mandatory, but understand that some have budgetary or time issues. Single upgrade is $180. Here’s what you get:
*2 nights luxury accommodations
*Group tour of the Acropolis
*Guided tour of ancient Athens
*Dinner in the home of a local resident
* High-speed ferry to the island of Paros

SANTORINI 3-DAY POST-TRIP EXTENSION – $799
After each cruise, some of us will opt for an extra 3 days in Santorini. We’ll have plenty of time to hike, soak in the magnificent blue-domed vistas, and eat at some of my favorite restaurants on earth. This extension includes:
*Ferry to Santorini
*3 nights luxury accommodations overlooking the bay
*Tons of activities to enjoy including black sand beaches, wineries, shopping and so much more
*Direct flight back to Nashville from Santorini

To secure your reservation send an email to [email protected], or call 615-398-9527.