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


Japan

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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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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.

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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.