Galapagos Islands Cruise and Ecuador

Join us as we visit the Glapagos Islands (on everyone's bucket list!). As an added bonus we'll explore the magical land of Ecuador.

$5,399 (this is a steal; check around) includes all of the following. To reserve your spot email info@worldtravelandadventure.com, and pay $1,500 reservation to reserve. Balance is payable at $1,000 per month. Hurry this trip will sell out.

  • Flights Miami-Guayaquil, Quito-Miami
  • All intra-flights: Guayaquil-Baltra & Baltra-Quito
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • 16 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guides in the Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card fee of $20

The trip features:

  • Discover Guayaquil, a sprawling and vivacious city with striking architecture
  • Visit Parque Historico and learn about the history & culture of the region
  • Journey to the "beginning of time" as you travel to the astonishing Galapagos Archipelago
  • Snorkel/Swim on magnificent white sand beaches with astounding marine life
  • Observe areas with blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, Galapagos penguins and sea lions
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station's giant tortoise Breeding Centre
  • Explore Quito with its treasures of art and architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stand at the Middle of the World monument, situated at latitude 0º

The Itinerary:

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Ecuador
Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador's sprawling, and vivacious port city; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city's many museums, botanical gardens or stroll along the lively riverfront promenade
Overnight: Guayaquil

DAY 2, Wednesday - Guayaquil City Tour & Parque Historico
Your discovery of Guayaquil begins at the main square, with its stirring memorial to the Heroes of the Independence, symbolizing the triumph of the Republic against the Spanish. Continue to Seminario Park (Parque de las Iguanas), a favorite place for bird watchers and home to arboreal Iguanas. Next, experience the many ethnological influences present in Ecuadorian culture by viewing the contrasting architecture of a Neo-Gothic Cathedral, a Moorish clock tower, and La Rotonda Monument. Continue to the lovely riverside Garden of Malecon and Santa Ana Hill where the city was founded in the 16th century. Continue to Parque Historico and learn about the history & culture of the region. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Thursday - Galapagos Islands, Embarkation on the M/V Santa Cruz II
Embark this morning on a journey to the "beginning of time" as you transfer to the airport for the flight to the astonishing Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Arrive at Baltra Airport, meet your naturalist guides and transfer to the pier to board the M/V Santa Cruz II. Lunch on board with time to settle in before this afternoon's excursion to Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) in the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. Begin your introduction to the Galapagos with a walk that passes a brackish water lagoon teeming with shorebirds, ducks, and flamingos. Further along, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands, as well as the chance to see marine iguanas. Return to the ship for an evening briefing and dinner
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - Isabela Island, Fernandina Island
An early start this morning as you explore the coastline on a panga, while your naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, nesting place for the flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, and fur seals. Depending on weather conditions, time to snorkel along the cliffs in this area rich with marine life seasonally visited by green sea turtles and oceanic sunfish (Mola mola). The afternoon is dedicated to exploring Fernandina, the youngest island of the archipelago. The unique environment encourages a high density of marine iguanas, who share their space with sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorants. In the evening after dinner, a presentation by the naturalist guides on tomorrow's adventure
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Puerto Ayora, Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
An extraordinary visit today to the Charles Darwin Research Station's Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, situated within an impressive prickly pear cactus forest home. This is the world-renowned headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation, and the National Park administration. Following the visit, travel to the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem. After lunch, there are several options available for the afternoon, such as mountain biking, kayaking in Tortuga Bay, hiking and more. At the end of the day, return to Puerto Ayora to board your ship in time for dinner and an informative lecture
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Baroness Tower, Post Office Bay, Champion Islet, Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)
In the morning, enjoy a panga ride along the maze of narrow channels on Floreana's north shore. Continue to Baroness Cove with its astonishing views of Floreana. At Post Office Bay, a short walk leads you to the historic barrel that has served as a post office for over two centuries and where postcards are traditionally left for guests from other vessels to hand-deliver to their destinations. After snorkeling off the beach, head back to the ship. Following lunch and a perhaps a siesta, you take the pangas and glass-bottom boat to explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano, regarded as one of the best snorkeling spots in the entire archipelago. From there, it's a wet landing on the olivine-crystal beach at Cormorant Point. An easy walk takes you to a brackish water lagoon where bird species such as greater flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and others gather and to the white-sand beach, where sea turtles seasonally emerge from the sea at night to nest. Bid goodbye to the crew, the naturalist guides and your new-found friends at the Farewell Dinner tonight
Overnight: Galapagos Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Disembarkation, Balta Island, Flight to Quito
Disembarkation at Baltra Island. Then, proceed to the airport for the flight to Quito through Guayaquil. Arrive late afternoon in this historic city in the high Andes at the base of the Pichincha Volcano and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to discover this charming city independently
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Tuesday - Quito City Tour & Visit to the Middle of the World
The morning's tour begins with a visit to the colonial section of Quito to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and feel the charm of 16th-century Quito. See the Independence Plaza, the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, and the Archbishop's Palace before visiting La Compañia de Jesus Church, with its beautiful gilded interior or the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive facade and atrium. Afterward, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Wednesday - Depart Ecuador
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 9 and will require a transfer on Day 8. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time
Meals: Breakfast


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May 15 – June 7, 2020

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Ready for the experience of a lifetime? Switzerland! We will be renting a large 5 bedroom chalet high in the swiss Alps outside of Geneva from May 15 to June 7. You pick when you want to come within those dates, and when you want to leave. Stay as long as you want, but we do want a 5-night minimum. Once you pick your dates we’ll arrange round trip airfaire. Limit is 10 people double occupancy at any time.

Double Occupancy rate is $89 per person per night

Single Occupancy is $178 per night

Typical air from Nashville to Geneva during this time ranges from $650 to $1100 depending on the connections.

$500 down saves your dates. Air must be paid when booked. Other than train and food, there should not be any other expenses unless you travel elsewhere during this time. Thus total trip package for a week would be under $2,000 for air, lodging, and incidentals. Exact amount will depend on your specific dates.

The chalet is located in the beautiful alpine village of Chateau D’Oex, on the train line from Geneva. The picturesque journey is 2.5 hours and is about €35. There will be a fairly heavy itinerary for each day which you can either choose to participate in or not.

The group will either make meals at the chalet or eat out in one of the many great local restaurants. If enough people are interested we can contract with a local cook to make meals for about $35 per person per meal.

Itinerary

Monday – hike alpine meadows. Difficulty level will be determined by participants. Lunch in a café overlooking the Alps.

Tuesday – Take the train into either Interlaken or Montreux to explore. Group decides.

Wednesday – Explore Chateau D’Oex and surrounding area. In afternoon hike to the next village and return.

Thursday – Do one of the local activities – river adventure raft tour, Artisan and Folklore Museum, Disc golf on the meadow, or visit Mike Horn Park.

Friday – Take the train into Geneva and overnight. Cost of hotel is on your own.

Saturday – Relax in the chalet and greet arriving travelers. Hike surrounding meadows. Adventurous ones can kayak the local rivers or go horseback riding. 

Sunday – Take train to either Paris or Rome to overnight 1 or 2 nights. This trip would only be feasible for those staying longer than a week.

Book soon as this trip will surely sell out and rental chalets at this time of year are hard to come by. So it’s very doubtful we could trade to a larger chalet.

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$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
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  • 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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$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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Hotel porterage
All transfers
18 meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour managers
Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

Attend the Maori Cultural performance at Auckland Museum
Enjoy a scenic cruise of Milford Sound with stunning views of Mitre Peak
Tour Dunedin with its magnificent Victorian and Edwardian architecture
View many of Sydney’s highlights, including the famous Opera House
Explore Melbourne’s lively and cosmopolitan neighborhoods

Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday – Depart for New Zealand
Depart for New Zealand

DAY 2, Thursday – En Route
Cross the International Date Line en route to New Zealand and skip a day ahead

DAY 3, Friday – Arrive in Auckland
Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, known as the “City of Sails.” After a late breakfast with your fellow travelers, transfer to the hotel. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a Welcome Drink and an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Auckland
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday – Tour Auckland’s Museum, Maori Cultural Performance
This morning’s tour of this multicultural city begins at the renowned Auckland Museum, housed in one of New Zealand’s outstanding historical buildings. Here, you’ll see the monumental carvings, canoes and taonga (treasures) of the Maori people along with an impressive collection of artifacts and exhibits depicting the growth of the country. Afterwards, enjoy the Maori Cultural performance at Auckland Museum. The afternoon is at leisure to discover the many diverse delights of this fascinating city or, join the optional tour to Sky Tower. Standing at almost 1,100 feet tall, it is the highest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere and has become an iconic part of Auckland’s skyline. From the top, see breathtaking views of the sparkling harbor, the city and beyond. Savor delicious kiwi-inspired dishes at the restaurant that feature the best local and seasonal produce
Optional: Sky Tower Experience with dinner
Overnight: Auckland
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday – Flight to Queenstown
Depart Auckland on a flight to Queenstown, named for Queen Victoria. The town, nestled on the shores of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu, is considered New Zealand’s adventure capital. Its fabulous outdoor attractions and resort like atmosphere are enjoyed by international travelers and locals alike. Upon arrival, check into the hotel, then take a short walking tour of Queenstown, before having the rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday – Discover Milford Sound
Enjoy a full day tour to Milford Sound! Travel to World Heritage Fiordland National Park, rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. En route to Milford Sound, stop at Te Anau and the glacier hewn Eglinton Valley before embarking on the cruise out into the fjord with scenic views of temperate rainforest, stunning Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Possible wildlife viewings include seals, birds and occasionally even dolphins or penguins. Late afternoon, return to Queenstown
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Tuesday – Full Day in Queenstown
Spend time on your own discovering always picturesque Queenstown. Walk along the streets of the sophisticated downtown area, with its trendy shops and restaurants or, be adventurous and ascend on the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak, high above the city for magnificent views of Queenstown, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, and Lake Wakatipu. Alternatively, participate in the optional Skippers Canyon adventure that follows this rugged road into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley. During the tour, visit many historic sites and stop at Deep Creek to try your hand at gold panning at one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world. Return to Queenstown along Skippers Road, with views of some of the “Lord of the Rings” film locations. Later, join the optional Sheep Farm & Kiwi Birdlife Park Excursion. Tour a family-run sheep farm and learn about raising sheep and producing wool. Afterward, visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, a wildlife sanctuary where you observe more than 20 endemic species, including New Zealand’s namesake, the kiwi
Optional: Skippers Canyon 4WD Adventure
Optional: Sheep Farm & Kiwi Birdlife Park Excursion
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday – Queenstown to Dunedin
This morning, visit the charming gold rush village of Arrowtown, nestled among the peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. Time to walk along the tree-lined avenues of this colorful town filled with 19th century miner’s cottages, or enjoy the delightful shops filled with New Zealand crafts, art galleries and lovely cafes before continuing to an area known as the ‘Valley of the Vines’, because it is sandwiched in a valley surrounded by rugged mountains and running along the rocky Kawarau River gorge. This area produces superb wines, with worldwide recognition and an avalanche of international awards for the Pinot Noir. While here, visit a winery and enjoy a two-course lunch with wine tasting before continuing past the picturesque and historic townships of Cromwell, Clyde and the huge Clyde Dam to Alexandra. Later, drive along the Clutha River and past the multiple orchards that define this area as New Zealand’s fruit bowl before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand’s oldest city, well known for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture and its close proximity to amazing wildlife
Overnight: Dunedin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Thursday – Tour of Dunedin
A day to enjoy Dunedin, arguably New Zealand’s most spectacular city in terms of contrasting landscapes, nestled in tree-clad hills at the head of a beautiful harbor. The city flourished during the 19th-century gold rush and is now the major gateway to the Otago region. Discover the city with a morning tour highlighted by a visit to the Dunedin Railway Station, a jewel in the country’s architectural crown; Baldwin Street, the steepest residential street in the world; and the prestigious Otago University. Visit Olveston historic homestead, built in the early 1900s, a superb turn of the century house with posh furnishings and a stunning art collection. The afternoon is at leisure or, join the optional Otago Peninsula Tour with Wellers Rock Cruise. Enjoy a tour to the Otago Peninsula home to sea lions, fur seals and penguins. Travel to New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle, which was built in 1871 by William Larnach, a merchant baron and politician, featuring magnificent architecture and superb craftsmanship. Lastly, embark on a one-hour wildlife cruise with an opportunity to view the exciting diversity of wildlife which abounds on spectacular Taiaroa Head, the only mainland nesting place for Northern Royal Albatross in the world
Optional: Otago Peninsula Tour with Wellers Rock Cruise (PM)
Overnight: Dunedin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday – Dunedin to Christchurch, Flight to Sydney
Depart Dunedin, following the east coast of the South Island north through Oamaru, renowned for its stunning limestone architecture. Travel through the small rural communities of Timaru and Ashburton before traversing the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch for a flight to Sydney, Australia. Get ready for the next adventure as you’re welcomed by your new Tour Manager to Sydney. Tonight, enjoy your first dinner in Australia at a local restaurant
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday – Explore Sydney
The panoramic tour of Sydney starts at world famous Bondi Beach and historic and fashionable Paddington with its unique terrace houses. Continuing to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair and the Royal Botanic Gardens which offer extraordinary views of celebrated Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the striking Sydney Opera House poised majestically on the water’s edge, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass historic buildings including the Parliament House, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Queen Victoria Building. Then, head to The Rocks, a historic area where the city was founded by Captain Arthur Phillip and his working party of convicts. Shop for Opals at a local shop, the best in the world – Australia provides approximately 97% of the world’s supply. Spend the balance of the day at leisure. Tonight, join the optional Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise. Sail by iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, while watching the vivid colors of sunset wash over the skyline. Then, sit down for a delectable dinner of international dishes
Optional: Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Sunday – Full Day in Sydney
A last day in Sydney to pursue your personal pleasures. Perhaps, participate in the optional full day excursion to Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Blue Mountains. Featherdale is home to over 300 species of Australia’s diverse wildlife. Admire the koalas, feed the kangaroos, view the Fairy Penguins, and see the colorful parrots, cockatoos and lorikeets. For wilderness and wildlife, the magnificent Blue Mountains region is a must see for any visitor to Sydney. Travel through quaint mountain villages, past spectacular lookouts, and through the rugged Australian Bush to Katoomba Scenic World. Returning to Sydney in the late afternoon
Optional: Blue Mountains with Featherdale Wildlife Park
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Monday – Flight to Melbourne
Board your flight this morning for the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne on the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and spend the balance of the day at leisure. This evening, get together for a Farewell Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Melbourne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Tuesday – Melbourne City Tour
The tour of Melbourne this morning highlights the mingling of the city’s cultures, monuments and scenic delights, from the magnificent gardens to the riverside complexes and bayside suburbs, with elegant 19th century architecture. In the afternoon, time to stroll on your own, or join the not to be missed optional tour to Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Depart the busy city and suburbs, traveling out into the rural countryside to visit Australia’s most popular wildlife attraction and home to the one of the largest Little Penguin colonies in the world
Optional: Phillip Island Little Penguin Parade
Overnight: Melbourne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Wednesday – Depart Australia
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Honolulu/New Year's Eve

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Dec. 28 – Jan.3, 2019 / 8 Days

$2,385

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Let’s escape the winter doldrums and head to Honolulu, Hawaii to soak up some sun and to celebrate New Year’s Eve!! We’ve negotiated some good rates for a maximum of 10 people. So book early. Here are the details so far.

Itinerary

Saturday, December 28, 2019 – Depart major Eastern cities, connecting through Los Angeles to Honolulu, Hawaii. I currently have a 5 bedroom house reserved AirBnB property about 5 minutes from the beach. As the final details will be worked out as a group, we may opt to stay on the beach in Waikiki for $500 more per person. We’ll have use of a 10 person van throughout our stay.

Sunday, December 29 – On the beach

Monday, December 30 – Pick from one of a number of activities – tour of Honolulu, parasailing, half day snorkeling, or jet ski rental.

Tuesday, December 31 – Start the party at our house, and them move to Waikiki beach, or as the group decides.

Wednesday, January 1 2020 – Optional flight to Hilo, tour of Kilauea Volcano, then ride bikes to the bottom, where we’ll spend the night on the water in Hilo. This option is $685 inclusive. The rest will party on back at the ranch.

Thursday – Hilo group will arrive back in Honolulu around noon. Balance of the day is on your own.

Friday – We’ll jump in the van as a group and explore some of the lesser-known spots on Oahu. As a group, we may decide to hire a guide for the day.

Saturday – We head back to the freezing temperatures at home!

Included at $2,395:
Air from most Eastern cities
AirBnB accomodations for 7 nights
Use of van
1 excursion on Waikiki

NOT included:
Meals (in the AirBnb we have full access to the home, including kitchen)
Optional Waikiki Hotel
Optional trip to the Big Island and Kilauea Volcano excursion
Other optional excursions the group agrees to

Single supplement (AirbnB only $400)

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UPDATE: We’re now running two back to back trips on the same boat and crew. We possibly be adding a third week. current tour dates are:

May 13 – 24, 2020
May 24 – June 3, 2020

Let’s spend a week exploring the Greek Islands on our own. This is a repeat of a trip we did last year, and we all consider this the one trip of a lifetime. You and your captain will decide on your itinerary. Pick from an island of ancient ruins one day, and a quaint fishing village the next. Mykonos and Santorini are options. It’s all up to you. At each stop your cook will shop the local market based on your wishes for the next day’s meals. Typically two meals are provided daily (we would chip in for groceries – breakfast and either lunch or dinner. Enjoy the most incredible fresh Greek salads, seafood, and lamb you’ve ever tasted, all while enjoying the most intoxicating views in the world.

Weather is usually great this time of year with calm seas. It typically takes 2 to 4 hours to sail to the next island each morning, and with calm seas the likelihood of becoming seasick is small.

Total Cost including air from major gateways such as Nashville and Atlanta of $2,650 includes:

  • Cabin onboard each with ensuite bath, double occupancy
    Captain and cook
    Two nights in Athens, Greece, 4 star accommodations
    Round trip air from most major eastern gateways (including Nashville and Atlanta)
    Cost of food extra, but is not likely to exceed $20 per person, per day.

Itinerary

May 13, 2020 – depart for an overnight flight to Athens

May 14 – Arrive in Athens, Greece for 2 nights. Around noon we’ll check into our 4-star hotel at the foot of the Acropolis with a great view of the Parthenon. The balance of the day is on your own to explore individually or as a group. That evening we’ll meet for dinner at the rooftop restaurant with spectacular evening views of the Acropolis.

May 15 – Today the group will decide whether to explore the Acropolis and other ruins on our own or take a guided tour.

May 16 – In the morning we’ll take the ferry to the island of Paros, Greece to board our yacht and meet our captain and cook. The first order of business will be to sit down with our captain and plan our itinerary for the week. Meanwhile, our cook will go grocery shopping for staples and our first day’s food supply. We’ll depart mid-afternoon and head to our next island!

May 17 – May 23 – The magical greek islands stretch ahead of you. You and your friends will plan which Greek island to visit and when to go there. One day we may decide to visit an island full of hiking trails and ancient ruins. The next we may sail into an isolated lagoon for snorkeling and cave exploring. Every day the food prepared for us will be magnificent.

May 24- Return to port on Paros, and board a plane to Athens, connecting back home.

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