Cape Town and the African Safari January 14 - 23, 2015 Enjoy the cosmopolitan Cape Town, with rugged beaches, Table Mountain, African penguins, Cape of Good Hope, and wine touring. Then spend time at a luxury private game reserve in the Sabi Sand area of the Kruger National Park on a world-class safari and track the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino). This tour is guaranteed to become a highlight of your life. ONE ROOM LEFT
ZIMBABWE AND BOTSWANA
Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park
January 23 - 28, 2015
See the magnificent Victoria Falls up close from the Zimbabwean side, enjoy the Zambezi River sunset cruise and the Boma dinner experience with African dancing, drumming and entertainment, while staying at the magnificent safari lodge overlooking the endless expanse of the African savannah and the watering hole with visiting monkeys, baboons, warthogs and elephants. Then continue to Botswana’s Chobe National Park, famous for its large herds of elephants and zebras and enjoy the unique river safaris conducted in boats as well as in jeep while staying at a luxury safari lodge on the banks of the Chobe River.
Hidden Treasures and Beaches February 11 - 21, 2015
Thailand, the Land of Smiles, is Asia at its most welcoming. From cosmopolitan Bangkok and jungle elephant safaris to cooking classes, long-tailed boat rides and stunning beaches, you'll be immersed in exquisite experiences that reveal the magnificent culture of this land. You’ll experience the traditional Buddhist rituals, the exotic hill tribes’ customs, tranquil islands, lush rainforests, bamboo rafting, superb cuisine and fabulous artistic achievements. Optional tour to Luang Prabang, Laos (February 21 - 24, 2015). ONE ROOM LEFT
Serengeti Great Migration Safari March 10 - 16, 2015 Witness Africa's legendary "Circle of Life" on daily safaris following the giant herds of elephant, zebra, antelope or wildebeest across the Serengeti Park with the backdrop of snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro, as lions and cheetahs lounge in the shade. Visit a local Maasai village, descend to the floor of magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, and see the Olduvai Gorge, the "cradle of humanity,” before flying to the Arabian-infused Zanzibar with its beaches and worldwide reputation as the Spice Island. Optional Tour Zanzibar Island (March 16-21, 2015).
Deserts and Oases April 1- 12, 2015
Experience the exotic beauty of Morocco, as you ride camels from a lush oasis to a Berber camp in the Sahara Desert, take a Moroccan cooking arts class, stay at luxury riads and ancient kasbahs. Tour Majorelle Gardens, hike the High Atlas Mountains, indulge in Moroccan spa treatments, stroll the oceanside promenade of Casablanca, through medieval souks and medinas of Fez and the palm groves of Marrakech. THIS TOUR IS FULL AND CLOSED
Andalucia, Madrid and Barcelona
April 13 - 22, 2015
Explore the enchanted and culturally diverse Spain as you tour the architecturally stunning Barcelona, the artistic and royal Madrid and the perfectly medieval Toledo. Then relax on the achingly beautiful Mediterranean beaches of Costa del Sol, give in to the drama of flamenco, the Andalucian white towns, the Moorish architecture of the Alhambra Palace in Granada and Seville's Alcazar.
Lisbon and the Silver Coast
April 23 - May 2, 2015
Enjoy the magical landscapes of glorious beaches rimmed with golden cliffs, Moorish fortresses and Knights Templar castles, fairytale walled towns, baroque palaces and fantastical Manueline architecture. Attend a fado music performance, paint ceramic tiles following the Moorish patterns, visit Fatima and Sintra, and indulge in amazing Portuguese seafood and wines.
HOLLAND AND BELGIUM
Masters and Artisans tour to Holland and Belgium May 3 - 11, 2015
Fall under the spell of the glorious Dutch springtime, with colorful carpets of tulips and imaginative flower displays, beautiful cathedrals in fairytale medieval cities, windmills set in green, lush countryside, and the romantic canals lined with traditional houses. View magnificent art collections of Amsterdam, cutting-edge architecture of Rotterdam and Delft pottery, taste local cheeses and chocolate and discover the uncommon beauty and the history of the Netherlands. THIS TOUR IS FULL - WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS
The Ultimate New York City
May 10 - 14, 2015
Experience the ultimate New York City: tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Rockefeller Center, take a private architectural walking tour, watch a Broadway musical and enjoy a classy jazz dining cruise around the night-time Manhattan. Take a carriage through the Central Park and enjoy an elegant luncheon on the lake. Visit the 9/11 Memorial, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and explore the culinary delights of this cosmopolitan city.
Athens and the Greek Isles
May 16 - 25, 2015
Encounter history where it was made while enjoying the paradise surroundings of the Aegean Sea. Tour the Acropolis, the Agora and the ancient temples of Athens. Then, sail on a private yacht and walk on the volcano of the mythical Atlantis, as you enjoy the black sand, the azure seas and the spectacular sunsets of Santorini. From your base at a luxury resort, discover the Minoan civilizations, the beaches, foods and wines of Crete. This tour can be extended by one day for an optional tour of Crete's Most Beautiful Beaches (May 25 - 26, 2015).
THIS TOUR IS FULL - WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS
Paris and Provence
May 27 - June 5, 2015
Fall in love with Paris, the City of Light, as you visit the Notre Dame, Louvre and Versailles. Take a cruise on the Seine and a culinary gourmet walk through the Left Bank. Enjoy a Moulin Rouge show and dinner atop the Eiffel Tower. Then travel to a luxury villa in Provence and visit Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Pont du Gard, Provencal villages and vineyards. Take a wine appreciation class and a private cooking lesson. THIS TOUR IS FULL - WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS
The Jewels of Eastern Europe (Budapest, Vienna and Prague)
June 3 - 12, 2015
Experience the spa culture of Budapest, the champagne night-time cruise on the Danube and the mighty Buda Castle. Then travel to Vienna, immersed in the Old World elegance, Viennese pastries and coffee, Mozart and waltz music and the mighty Danube weaving through it all. End the tour with the dreamy cityscape of Prague's winding lanes, stone bridges and delicate spires, set in the legendary Bohemia. Enjoy the best in classical music, Art Nouveau architecture, and the Black Light Theatre.
Geysers and Glaciers
June 15 - 21, 2015 True North Optional Extension
June 21 - 24, 2015
Enjoy hip Reykjavík with its vibrant music scene, the beautiful Blue Lagoon, boiling mud pools, spurting geysers, glaciers and waterfalls in this Northern adventure playground and geological marvel. Iceland's breathtaking landscape is an inspiration to artists and photographers and it spells its magic with pure, unpolluted and truly magical landscapes. THIS TOUR IS FULL - WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS
Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast June 24 - July 2, 2015
Discover the Pearls of the Adriatic: the white marble Dubrovnik, facing the sea and surrounded by formidable walls, Split with Emperor's Diocletian Palace and the medieval Trogir. Make silk with local women, visit the lavender covered island of Hvar, stroll among the blue-green terraced Plitvice lakes and waterfalls and sail among the lemon-scented Adriatic islands with tiny, red-roofed villages spilling to the sea. TWO ROOMS LEFT
Krakow and the Tatra Mountains
July 15 - 23, 2015
Delight in the unique blend of "fairytale come alive" scenery, warm and passionate locals and the ever-present sense of history. Visit Renaissance palaces and medieval castles, attend Chopin's piano recital and Klezmer music concert, enjoy world-class art, the underground salt mine and the communism utopia tour, the spectacular Tatra Mountains, colorful Highlander culture and excellent cuisine. Old and New Warsaw Optional Tour (July 11-14, 2015); Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial Optional Tour (July 23-24, 2015)
London and the English Countryside July 17 - 25, 2015
Enjoy the urban chic of London, sprinkled with the magic of royalty, art and gardens. See a West End theatre play, ride on the London Eye, tour the Tower of London, the British Museum, and take the Thames River cruise. Then venture to the picture perfect Cotswolds, discover the hidden Oxford, look for Jane Austen's heritage in Bath and visit the prehistoric Stonehenge.
Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands July 26 – August 5, 2015 Find Scotland’s magic, as you explore Edinburgh, tour castles, palaces and villages lost in time, enjoy the rugged beauty of the Highlands, and learn about the legacy of its clans. Discover the mysterious prehistoric sites in the Orkney Islands, take an easy hike in the historic Glencoe, cruise on Loch Ness, ride the Jacobite Steam Train and enjoy a full-day excursion of the evocative Isle of Skye. Stay at a lovingly restored castle and then in a small hotel on the water's edge of Loch Linne. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters, the Aberdeen Angus beef, the smoked salmon from Dumfries & Galloway, and the peerless malt whiskies. THIS TOUR IS FULL - WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS
Dublin and the Emerald Glens
August 5 – 14, 2015
Steeped in the mist of history and woven into a rich tapestry of arts and literature, Ireland offers magnificent landscapes of vibrant mossy hills and dramatic coast strewn with castles, prehistoric monuments and manor houses, as well as a fascinating Celtic heritage. Follow in the footsteps of Irish writers in Dublin, see the wind-swept Cliffs of Moher, the rock-encrusted Burren, the translucent Killarney lakes, the spectacular Ring of Kerry seascapes, then join in a singalong in a local pub.
Paris and Provence Summer
August 23 - September 1, 2015
Fall in love with Paris, the City of Light, as you visit the Notre Dame, Louvre and Versailles. Take a cruise on the Seine and a culinary gourmet walk through the Left Bank. Enjoy a Moulin Rouge show and dinner atop the Eiffel Tower. Then travel to a luxury villa in Provence and visit Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Pont du Gard, Provencal villages and vineyards. Take a wine appreciation class and a private cooking lesson. ONE TWIN ROOM LEFT
Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands Autumn September 3-13, 2015 Find Scotland’s magic, as you explore Edinburgh, tour castles, palaces and villages lost in time, enjoy the rugged beauty of the Highlands, and learn about the legacy of its clans. Discover the mysterious prehistoric sites in the Orkney Islands, take an easy hike in the historic Glencoe, cruise on Loch Ness, ride the Jacobite Steam Train and enjoy a full-day excursion of the evocative Isle of Skye. Stay at a lovingly restored castle and then in a small hotel on the water's edge of Loch Linne. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters, the Aberdeen Angus beef, the smoked salmon from Dumfries & Galloway, and the peerless malt whiskies. TWO TWIN ROOMS LEFT
Venice and the Italian Lakes September 12 - 20, 2015
See La Scala and the Last Supper in the uber-chic Milan. Relax at the romantic Lake Como, with Bellagio, opulent villas, tropical gardens and the majestic Alps. Visit Juliet's hose in Verona and fall in love with the magical Venice: the mysterious canals filled with gondolas, Piazza San Marco, Doges' Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, sumptuous palazzos along the Grand Canal, La Fenice and the glorious Venetian art. Marvel at stories of forbidden love as you ride the gondola, listen to Vivaldi or watch Murano artisans produce glass masterpieces.
Athens and the Greek Isles
September 15 - 24, 2015 Encounter history where it was made while enjoying the paradise surroundings of the Aegean Sea. Tour the Acropolis, the Agora and the ancient temples of Athens. Then, sail on a private yacht and walk on the volcano of the mythical Atlantis, as you enjoy the black sand, the azure seas and the spectacular sunsets of Santorini. From your base at a luxury resort, discover the Minoan civilizations, the beaches, foods and wines of Crete. This tour can be extended by one day for an optional tour of Crete's Most Beautiful Beaches.
September 21 - 29, 2015
Spend an idyllic vacation in Tuscany, as you discover the glorious towns of Siena, Florence, Cortona and San Gimignano. Enjoy the sun, the verdant hills covered in vineyards, the wines and the amazing food. Stay in a lovingly restored luxury Tuscan villa in the Chianti hills, attend a private Tuscan cooking class and spend your days marveling at countless art treasures, perfect vistas and the unique magic of Tuscany.
September 30 - October 5, 2015
Enjoy the city of the Caesars and la dolce vita, long sunny days, endless art galleries, fountain-splashed piazzas, flower markets and gelato. Tour the ancient monuments of the Roman Empire, explore cobbled medieval streets and Renaissance domes set the stage for great wine bars, fabulous dining, sidewalk cafes and uncomparable shopping. Take insightful tours of the Vatican, Galleria and Villa Borghese and Emperor Hadrian's villa in Tivoli.
October 6 - 13, 2015
Dramatically beautiful, wild, daring and romantic, the Amalfi Coast defines an Italian luxury escape. Marvel at the dramatic Amalfi coastline with aquamarine waters, steep cliffs and lemon groves below the Vesuvius, tour Pompeii and Naples and the romantic island of Capri. Take a cooking class in the unique setting of Ravello, walk through the fragrant gardens of Positano, suspended over the sparkling sea, tour the Greek temples in Paestum, and take a private boat tour of secluded beaches, coves and grottoes of the Sorrento Peninsula.
The Secrets of Sicily
October 14 - 23, 2015
In many ways, Sicily is the ultimate Italy. Rich in art, archaeological treasures, history, creative cuisine and the breathtaking Mediterranean scenery, the island has been the crossroads between Europe and Africa for centuries. Sicily is warm, golden, and sprinkled with blindingly white Greek temples. This is where Archimedes taught, St. Paul preached and where the omnipresent Mount Etna made history.
Deserts and Oases October 25 - November 5, 2015
Experience the exotic beauty of Morocco, as you ride camels from a lush oasis to a Berber camp in the Sahara Desert, take a Moroccan cooking arts class, stay at luxury riads and ancient kasbahs. Tour Majorelle Gardens, hike the High Atlas Mountains, indulge in Moroccan spa treatments, stroll the oceanside promenade of Casablanca, through medieval souks and medinas of Fez and the palm groves of Marrakech.
Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls
The sophistication and the fiery passion of Buenos Aires. Serenity and the magnificent nature at Iguazu Falls. Antarctic nature and glaciers in Ushuaia. Find Argentina's soul in the glamorous tango, excellent wines, nouvelle cuisine, Pampas horseriding and Gauchos. Enjoy tango lessons, cooking classes and designer shopping.
Through the Eyes of Women November 2015 Discover the mysterious Inca Empire, as you travel through time to the spectacular Machu Picchu, suspended in the sky. Experience the colorful traditions of this Andean region, the untouched nature, ancient cultures, culinary delicacies and the rich in cultural history of Cuzco, the Inca Empire. Sail upon the expansive Lake Titicaca, the legendary birthplace of the Incas, and known for its traditional reeds craftsmen and take in the Amazon Rainforest, home to some of the most varied wildlife in the world.
Christmas Markets December 2015 Experience the true Old World charm and heart-warming Christmas traditions, as you explore the Advent markets held in towns and villages throughtout Germany. Visit the modern Berlin, baroque Dresden, and medieval Munich, as you enjoy the romance of train travel, history, food, music and fairytale snowy landscapes.
TOURS CALENDAR 2016
Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls and the Amazon
January 2016 Experience Brazilian passion for life along with its natural and cultural diversity. From the bustling, sensual metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, filled with samba and set between wide sandy beaches and unusual mountain formations, through the panoramic feast of the breath-taking Iguazu Falls set in the lush tropical forest to the the last great wilderness on Earth, the Amazon rainforest, teeming with thousands of species of animals and plants, and populated by tribes of Indians who crisscross this vast system of rivers and streams in their canoes.
Pyramids and the Nile
Embark on the voyage of a lifetime as you tour the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut Temple, the Pyramids of Giza and camel trek past the mystical Sphinx. Visit the legendary Alexandria and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, then board a luxury Nile ship and sail to the temples of Karnak and Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel. Study the mysterious realm of the pharaohs and their hieroglyphics, as you visit their colossal monuments and elaborate tombs.
VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA
Ha Long Bay to Mekong Delta
March 2016 Sail among the thousands of limestone islands of Ha Long Bay and across the Perfume River, stroll by peaceful pagodas and Buddhist monasteries, watch colorful floating markets of the Mekong River Delta and enjoy a private cooking class. Discover the many aspects of the French colonial Hanoi and the vibrant city of Saigon. Optional Angkor Wat Tour, Cambodia.
The Gems of China
May 2016 Spend an exciting two weeks learning about the ancient and modern China and experiencing its delights: from the ancient Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an to modern Shanghai, explore China in depth, as you tour the Middle Kingdom. See Beijing’s Forbidden City, walk along a secluded section of the Great Wall, enjoy the breathtaking landscape of the Yangtze River with its dramatic gorges and the idyllic rising rice paddies, and conclude in the dazzling capital of Shanghai.
Vienna and the Alps
Experience the Old World elegance with Viennese pastries and coffee, waltz music and the mighty Danube weaving through it all. Then tour Salzburg's opulent palaces and foreboding castles, set against the majestic background of the Alps, the crystal lakes and lush meadows. Attend a Mozart concert and Lipizzaner stallions show, hike in the Alps, cruise the Blue Danube and taste new wines in Vienna Woods.
Eternal Land of the Rising Sun October 2016
Historically a land of sublime art, rich traditions, and unsurpassed natural beauty, Japan is also known for its dizzying modernity. Experience fascinating aspects of Japanese culture, from a traditional tea ceremony to staying in a ryokan, as you travel through this land of captivating contrasts on a journey through electrifying Tokyo to ancient Kyoto. Meditate in a Zen temple, ride the bullet train and delight in the natural beauty of Japan's gardens, the majesty of Mt. Fuji and a relaxing cruise on scenic Ashi Lake.