Paris and London - An Introduction

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September 3 – 10, 2020

$2,159

Escorted Trip. Departs Nov. 26, 2019.

Join us as we explore two of the world’s most exciting cities. This is an ideal trip for those who haven’t yet experienced Paris or London.

Escorted Package Includes
Flights New York-Paris, London-New York
6 nights accommodations
3 nights Paris
3 nights London
Breakfast daily
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Services of local guides in Paris & London

Total cost from New York is $2,159 including air. To reserve, email [email protected]

Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday – Depart for France

DAY 2, Friday – Arrive in Paris
Transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and enjoy Paris.
Overnight: Paris

DAY 3, Saturday – Paris City Tour
This morning, take a guided city tour of Paris, including a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. View the Eiffel Tower, the Latin Quarter, and the lively Opera district. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or join the optional tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace, extravagant State Apartments, and magnificent gardens.
Optional: Palace of Versailles (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday – Full Day in Paris
Today, you have a full day to explore Paris on your own. Countless delights await your discovery! Perhaps join the optional tour of the Louvre Museum* where you will enjoy the expertise of a professional guide, and fast track access. See masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. In the evening you may wish to join the optional tour of Montmartre & Sacre Coeur with dinner. Walk through the cobbled streets of one of Paris’ most charming districts where you will savor a delicious meal at a French bistro before enjoying breathtaking views of Paris from the Sacre Coeur Basilica
*The Louvre Museum Optional Tour may not be available on select dates.
Optional: Louvre Museum (AM)
Optional: Montmartre Walking Tour & Sacre Coeur with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday – Travel to London via the Chunnel
Today, transfer to the train station for your trip to London via the Chunnel, the 31-mile-long tunnel is the longest underwater tunnel in the world. Upon arrival, meet your coach and guide and start your panoramic tour of London. Begin with a drive through fashionable Kensington with its elegant squares and parks. Pass Harrods store and continue to view Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and famous Big Ben. Continue to view Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Her Majesty the Queen
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday – Full Day in London
Spend the day at leisure to further explore London. With countless sightseeing opportunities, cosmopolitan London offers more in one place than almost any other city on Earth. You may take a ride on the London Eye, visit Tate Modern, Madame Tussauds, or the British Museum. This morning, perhaps join the optional tour of the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral
Optional: Tower of London & St. Paul’s Cathedral (AM)
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday – Full Day in London
One more day to enjoy all that London has to offer! Maybe go for a shopping spree at the famous Harrod’s department store, stroll the world famous Hyde Park, or see the iconic Tower Bridge. Perhaps, join the full day optional tour to see Stonehenge & Bath, two of the premiere sights in all of England. First see Stonehenge, the great megalithic monument over 5,000 years old. Continue on to the charming city of Bath, founded by the Romans as a thermal spa. Admire the Georgian architecture of the imposing 18th-century terraced houses of the Royal Crescent, graceful Poultney Bridge, and the preserved 2,000-year-old Roman Baths with its natural mineral springs
Optional: Stonehenge & Bath (AM)
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday – Depart England
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast


Bali Off the Beaten Path

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Fall, 2020

$5,000+

Escorted Trip.

One of our club members lived on the island of Bali, Indonesia for several years and has offered to lead a 12-day trip there this fall to explore some of her favorite off-the-beaten-path locations. We’ll spend some time in the mountains, and some time relaxing on the beaches. We will stay in ultra-high-end accommodations, and eat in some world-class restaurants rarely frequented by tourists.
Dates are an estimate at this point, and pricing has not yet been finalized, but plan on something around $5,000+. This will be a unique experience and limited to 10 maximum adventurous souls. If you’re interested, I can put your name on a tentative list and you’ll have first right of refusal.

Itinerary

DAY 1, Tuesday – Depart for the United Arab Emirates
Depart for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

DAY 2, Wednesday – Arrive in Dubai
Arrive in Dubai, the quintessential land of opulence, wealth and astonishing skyscrapers that stand alongside traditional mosques. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the adrenaline-charged tempo of this city and your new time zone
Overnight: Dubai

DAY 3, Thursday – Old Dubai Tour
A fabulous day discovering Dubai, one of the world’s most futuristic cities with its dramatic skyline, once a tranquil port of Bedouin traders and pearl divers. We start with a visit the Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort, which has survived for two centuries. Continue the tour through the cloth markets and end up at the Abras, where local water taxis will take you across the Creek to the area of spice and gold souks. Walk through the bustling alleys of these souks and allow the mystical aromas of numerous spices tantalize your senses. The jewelry on sale, varies from the traditional to the latest designs at amazingly affordable prices. Afterward, to Bastakia area where old wind-towered houses of wealthy merchants can still be seen. While in the area, you’re invited to the important Sheikh Mohammed Centre in the heart of the old Bastakiya area for a specially arranged local Emirati lunch and meeting. Enjoy an open discussion and learn more about Emirati culture and local traditions. Return to the hotel for free afternoon before an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Dubai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday – New Dubai Tour*
Begin with a photo stop at Dubai’s signature landmark, Burj Al Arab, the celebrated sail-shaped hotel facing the Persian Gulf. Continue to the Jumeirah Palm, a man-made island, which was built in the shape of a palm tree, known for its posh residential buildings, villas, and luxury resorts. Upon entering the island, board the Palm Monorail which will take you to the far end of the palm. Marvel at the stunning views of the island as you ride high above the ground. The next station will be close to Atlantis hotel for a photo stop before you continue via Sheikh Zayed road to the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa. Here, while at the top, a guide will help answer all your questions from your vantage point on level 124 of the building. Free time for lunch in Dubai Mall before returning to your hotel. Tonight, a very special evening with a chance to see the skyline of Dubai from the Creek. Dhows have been the traditional ships used in the UAE for many centuries and tonight you have the chance to board one of these vessels and enjoy a sumptuous buffet while you quietly cruise by the landmarks of this city *Tues, Nov 5 departure: The Dhow Cruise & dinner will be moved from Day 4 to Day 6 due to local holiday.
Overnight: Dubai
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday – Full Day in Dubai
Morning and afternoon at leisure for further exploration of this vibrant city. Or, participate in the optionaltour to Sharjah in the morning, a cultural center of the Emirates, known for its major museums, distinctive landmarks, and elegant mosques. As you begin your tour, you will have the opportunity for a photo stop of the cultural square. Then, visit the Islamic Museum, housing over 5,000 artifacts from all over the Islamic World and the Heritage Museum depicting Sharjah’s rich and diverse heritage. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city or join the thrilling optional Desert Safari this afternoon. Board a 4X4 vehicle in Dubai and head out towards the highest sand dunes of the surreal surrounding desert. Feel the thrill of “dune bashing” as you spiral up and down the enormous golden dunes. Upon your arrival to the Bedouin campsite, you’ll be welcomed with traditional Arabic coffee and will have the option to ride a camel. Then, enjoy a barbecue dinner, specially prepared. Later, enjoy a Tanoura dance show, then watch as a captivating belly dancer enchants you with her swirling dances before returning to Dubai
Optional: Half Day Sharjah Tour (AM)
Optional: Half Day Desert Safari with dinner (PM)
Overnight: Dubai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Sunday – Abu Dhabi City Tour
Start off the day with a city tour of the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, also known as the Arabian Jewel. Begin at the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi. Drive through al Bateen area, also known as the Royal and Presidential District. Stop at the Zayed House for a fascinating sneak peek into the life of the late Sheikh Zayed, ‘Father of the Nation’. Continue to the Emirates Palace and the Etihad Towers for a photo stop. Continue along the city’s glamorous Corniche, with blue waters glittering on one side and shimmering skyscrapers lining the other. At the Breakwater, pause to take photos of the city’s fabulous skyline. After Lunch, admire cultural art at the Arab World’s first universal museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Head back to Dubai via Yas Island, the home of the F1 Circuit and Ferrari World Theme Park
Overnight: Dubai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday – Depart the United Arab Emirates
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast


Machu Picchu with Peru tour, Cusco, Lima, and Puno for under $3,000

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April 25 – May 3, 2020

$2,739

Escorted Trip. Departs Nov. 26, 2019.

Join us as we tour Machu Picchu and Peru! Land only price is $2,049. Price including air from Miami is $2,739. Email [email protected]
Escorted Package Includes:
Round trip flights Miami-Lima, Lima-Miami
All in-country flights: Lima-Cuzco & Juliaca-Lima
8 nights First Class accommodations
3 nights Lima
3 nights Cuzco
2 nights Puno
11 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager and local guides
Price does not include air to and from Miami.

Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday – Depart for Peru
Depart for Lima, Peru; arrival and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Lima

DAY 2, Sunday – Lima City Tour
This morning’s tour of Lima, with its 2000 years of history, begins at the colonial center of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Monday – Fly to Cuzco, Cuzco City Tour
Depart Lima this morning by flight to Cuzco in the Peruvian Andes. This ancient capital of the Inca Empire is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in this historic city. In the afternoon, depart for a tour of Cuzco.
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday – Discover Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the Sacred Valley’s Ollanta Station to board the Vistadome Train that travels through misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu*, the “Lost City of the Incas”, designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu was virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham’s rediscovery in 1911. Spend the morning viewing the unforgettable wonders of this 15th century retreat, abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the conquistadors. See the highlights of the site including the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this significant archaeological site will be a long-lasting memory. Return to the Sacred Valley in the early evening and transfer to your hotel in Cuzco for overnight.
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday – Full Day in Cuzco
Spend today at leisure in the “Imperial City” of Cuzco. Take time to explore some of the city’s stunning sights or shop for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a 3-course set dinner, featuring delectable Andean specialties.
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday – Raqchi & Puno
Depart Cuzco early in the morning on a long drive today. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you drive through the Andes mountain range and the Andean plains to Puno on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. En route visit the 15th century Temple of Wiracocha, with its elaborate stonework, the largest Inca temple ever discovered. This is the highest navigable lake in the world and South America’s largest freshwater lake.
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Friday – Excursion to Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
This morning, an excursion by boat transports you from Puno to the fascinating Uros Floating Islands where the indigenous people of the area, the Uros, live on islands that dot the lake. These islands are completely man-made structures, using the totora reeds from the lake to build the islands and houses. Return to Puno for the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday – Fly to Lima, Farewell Dinner
This morning transfer to the airport in Juliaca for your flight back to Lima.
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday – Depart Peru
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your departure flight.
Meals: Breakfast


Italian Cooking School in Abruzzo, Italy with Master Chef

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School runs Sunday to Sunday May to September. Call for availability

$3,950 with air

Escorted Trip. Departs Nov. 26, 2019.

A friend introduced me to the owner of this cooking school in Carunchio, Abruzzo, a medieval city east of Rome near the coast. He’s made our group an incredible offer. Trip includes
* Round trip air from Birmingham or Nashville
* Airport transfers to and from the school
* Accommodations for 6 nights in the cooking school’s private villa
* All food and wine
* All guided tours
* All cooking classes

Cost is $3,950 double occupancy. single occupancy available.. 3-day add-on in Rome before school for $750.

Here is the itinerary:
Day 1 – Airport pickup

Day 2 – After a short morning walk around the old-town, we get started on our first class. We’ll explore the basic ingredients of traditional Abruzzo cuisine and make some flavourful sauces for pasta dishes. The theme for this lunch will be “quick and healthy homemade meals”. You’ll see how delicious, easy, and healthy Abruzzese cooking can be. We’ll lunch on our tasty creations in traditional Italian style, slowly and in good company!

After lunch, you’ll rest up for the afternoon activities. Next, we will visit an organic olive oil press, where the owner of the farm will show us the traditional ways of making the “real extra virgin olive oil”.

Day 3 – Learn how much fun and delicious making pasta can be, in a variety of colours and shapes. We’ll teach you all the tricks so it turns out great every time. You will be amazed by the variety: pasta alla chitarra, gnocchi, cavatelli, stuffed pasta and so on. After lunching on your creations and a well deserved break, our own sommelier will show you wine sampling techniques and you are going to learn all about Abruzzo wines.

Day 4 – The day starts with a visit to the curious trabocchi fishing houses, a unique piece of art that is available only on this small strip of the Adriatic. Lunch at the best restaurant in town, serving a seafood sampling feast. After lunch we’ll have the opportunity to do some window shopping in Vasto: shoes, lingerie, jewelry, clothes and much more . Dinner at the palace.

Day 5 – Learn some recipes of the old world, the peasant food. What it used to be peasant food is now super gourmet. And it satisfies all the palates because it is a vegetarian dish. For dessert we will be making the best almond biscotti ever made, with an Abruzzo twist. In the afternoon you’ll be free to walk around town and enjoy the peaceful environment in the small village of Carunchio or enjoy a nice hike to a close by trail. We also offer, if weather permits or available: truffle hunting, massages and more.

Day 6 – In the morning, we will head to Agnone, in the region of Molise, where you can watch real family production of mozzarella, burrata and caciocavallo. Agnone is famous in the area for its quality cheese, especially caciocavallo, which is a gourmet version of provolone. Then we will visit a historic artisan bell foundry which still makes church bells manually for the Vatican. We will learn about the manufacturing phases. Lunch will be a gourmet street food and that is a porchetta sandwich, pair with a fine Italian beer.

In the afternoon after a small rest, we will be making pizza, in our woodfired oven. Stretching pizza dough, top it with fresh ingredients and throw it in an artisan wood-fired oven. The result is a crunchy, thin crust, flavorful pizza.

Day 7 – Airport transfer and ride home!


Burgundy and Provence River Cruise

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April 15 – 23, 2020

$4.395 with air!

Fully Escorted Trip.

Join us as we take this amazing river cruise through the heart of France.
$4,295 per person double occupancy. Suites and larger rooms are available. Prices range from $4,395 to $5,695. All prices include air from Nashville or similar. Birmingham $100 extra.

$500 reserves. Balance by January 13, 2020. Paris extension is $895, Switzerland extension is $795. To reserve your spot email [email protected]

Features:
•Ship is the Amadeus Provence, built in 2017
•All meals onboard included
•Roundtrip Airfare
•7 Night Cruise – Outside Cabin
•20 Meals (7-B, 6-L, 7-D)
•PWD Tour/Cruise Manager
•Regional Wine with Dinners
•Welcome & Farewell Dinners
•English Speaking Ship Staff
•Baggage Handling
•Int’l Air Taxes/Fuel/Fees & Port Charges
•Hotel & Ship Transfers
Included Excursions/Tours & Highlights
•Maconnais Wine Region
•Wine Museum
•Beaune Walking Tour
•Burgundy Wine Tasting Experience
•Lyon City Tour
•Avignon Walking Tour
•Avignon Palace of Popes
•Arles Walking Tour

Optional Extensions
PRE-Cruise 2 nights Paris & POST-Cruise 2 nights
Switzerland
Optional Excursions
Versailles, Cluny Abbey, Brancion & Cormatin,
Ardeche Gorge, Pont du Gard & Uzes, and
Camargue Nature Park

Day 1 & 2 Depart US – Overnight Flight to Europe – Arrive Lyon
Arrive Lyon & meet your Representative – Transfer to board the MS Amadeus Provence for 7 nights – Welcome Dinner Onboard
Meal – D Overnight – Amadeus Provence

Day 3 Mâcon
Excursion to Burgundy – Maconnais Wine Region & Wine Museum
Afternoon Optional Excursion to Cluny Abbey
Meals – B,L,S & D Overnight – Amadeus Provence

Day 4 Chalon sur Saone – Beaune – Tournus
Excursion to Burgundy – Beaune Walking Tour & Wine Tasting Experience
Afternoon Optional to Brancion and Cormatin – Ship arrives in Tournus
Meals – B,L,S & D Overnight – Amadeus Provence

Day 5 Lyon
Morning Lyon City Tour – Ship departs Lyon & heads south towards Avignon
Meals – B,L,S & D Overnight – Amadeus Provence

Day 6 Avignon
Morning Avignon Walking Tour including Pope Palace
Afternoon Optional Excursion to Pont du Gard & Uzes
Meals – B,L,S & D Overnight – Amadeus Provence

Day 7 Arles
Morning Arles Walking City Tour
Afternoon Optional Excursion to Camargue Nature Park
Meals – B,L,S & D Overnight – Amadeus Provence

Day 8 Châteauneuf-du-Rhône/Ardeche – Le Pouzin
Relax Onboard/Leisure Day – Morning Optional Excursion to Ardèche Gorge. Midday ship stops in Le Pouzin – Afternoon Cruising – Gala Farewell Dinner
Meals – B,L,S & D Overnight – Amadeus Provence

Day 9 Lyon – Flight Home
Transfer to the Lyon Airport* to fly home or join Switzerland Extension
Meal – B