Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands.

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Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

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This week we are small ship cruising to the Galapagos Island.  We will discover and explore the natural wonders of this region and get up close and personal with the wildlife.  From penguins and flamingos sharing the same beach, ancient tortoises and iguanas that swim, colorful birdlife that forgot how to fly, and the diverse marine world teeming with life, these dramatic volcano islands are truly a
“laboratory of evolution.”  Your time in the Galapagos will be filled with shore excursions, lectures, exploration of the marine reserve by snorkeling, glass bottom boat, or even kayaks-and of course lots of relaxation!

Included features: 4-night cruise in an outside stateroom cruising the Galapagos National Park.  Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, and guided sightseeing daily with a local Naturalist.

First, our adventure begins in Equador.

Day 1: Quito welcomes you to South America.mountain n equador

Day 2: Quito-Sightseeing with a local guide, Legislative Palace, San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, Workshop & Museum of Oswaldo Guayasamin, and Equatorial Monument; welcome dinner.

Day 3: Quito-Baltra-Galapagos Islands-Finch Bay Eco Hotel-Fly to Baltra in the Galapagos, visit a Giant Tortoise Reserve, two nights to relax and explore the Galapagos.

Day 4: Finch Bay Eco Hotel-day at leisure.

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Day 5: Galapagos Islands (Embarkation) Cruising-Visit Santa Cruz Island, Puerto Ayora & Charles Darwin Research Station.  Enjoy a welcome dinner and expedition lecture.

Day 6: Galapagos Islands Cruising-Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands, Naturalist-guided walks, snorkeling and kayaking, expedition lecture.

Day 7: Galapagos Islands Cruising-North Seymour & Santa Cruz Islands. Naturalist-guided walks, snorkeling, expedition lecture.

Day 8: Galapagos Islands Cruising-Bartolome & Santiago Islands. Naturalist-guided walks and panga rides, snorkeling, farewell cocktail.

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Day 9: Galapagos Islands (Disembarkation) Baltra-Quito-today fly to Quito.

Day 10: Quito-Our Galapagos adventure ends today.  You can continue your vacation with an optional stay in the Amazon.

Cultural Highlight: Special experiences by local entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Learn from a Galapagos Expert how the cold and warm water currents of the Galapagos have influenced evolution on the islands.

**Special offer** – $500.00 discount per couple for early booking.

If you are interested in the Amazon extension:

3 nights at the Napo Wildlife Center in the Ecuadorian Amazon; guided Amazon cruises and nature walks by expert Naturalists, canopy tower walk, nighttime dugout canoe excursion, and a visit to local village and school.

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#River Cruises, #Amazon, #Galapagos Islands, #Small Ship Sailing

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Wine Cruise of Burgundy and Provence

AS_2011_Rhone_038Wine Cruise of Burgundy and Provence

Opportunities abound on this delightful vacation to learn about France and the French.  Our adventure begins with three overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, the “City of Light.” Then we ride the TGV train to Dijon, where we continue on by motorcoach to fascinating Beaune for a Burgundy wine tasting or you may chose to visit Hotel-Dieu.  Next, we will board our ship in quaint Chalon-sur-Saone and set sail for lovely Tournus, Macon, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles.  Before we disembark our ship in Arles, we will sail through the peaceful Carmague area. Our journey ends with an overnight in the French Riviera, also known as the Cote d’Azur where will will have time to visit Monte Carlo and Monaco.  This cruise vacation has it all-historic sites, delightful towns, picturesque wine country, and so much more!!!!  Seeing is believing.

This is a Wine Special Interest Cruise sailing on October 26, 2014.  On this cruise, a distinguished wine authority explains how grape varieties are cultivated, and teaches us what to look for in a good wine from each region we sail through.  We will mingle with others who share the same passion for wine and enjoy onboard wine tastings, wine and food paring dinners, and  visits to a local vineyard where we meet the winemaker.  Check out this amazing itinerary.

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Days 1-3 Paris: welcome to France; guided sightseeing on Day 2 and 3.

Day 4 Paris–Dijon–Beaune–Chalon-sur-Saône (Embarkation)–Tournus: TGV train from Paris to Dijon; choice of visit of the Hôtel-Dieu or Burgundy wine tasting in Beaune; onboard welcome reception

Day 5 Tournus–Mâcon: guided sightseeing of Tournus, visit the abbey of St. Philibertravenna

Day 6 Beaujolais Region–Lyon: guided sightseeing in Lyon, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; onboard lecture

Day 7 Lyon: day at leisureenhanced-buzz-25863-1308928054-8

Day 8 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate tasting; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 9 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes

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Day 10 Camargue Region–Arles: sail through the Camargue region during breakfast; guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater

Day 11 Arles (Disembarkation)–Côte d’Azur: evening in Côte d’AzurCote_dAzur_West

Day 12-13 Côte d’Azur: your vacation ends on day 13 and we travel home with a heart and head full of memories.

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Learn “all about the French” at an onboard lecture, and attend a lively performance  of gypsy music.

#River Cruises, #Moulin Rouge, #Paris, #Burgundy Wine, #France

BONUS:  Early booking discount of $500.00 per couple

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Added Bonus:  Moulin Rouge theatre and dinner show in Paris compliments of Cruise Like A VIP

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SPLENDORS OF NORTHERN ITALY, VENICE, FLORENCE & ROME

SPLENDORS OF NORTHERN ITALY, VENICE, FLORENCE & ROME.

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Old Fashioned Holiday Cruise on the Mississippi River

Old Fashioned Holiday Cruise on the Mississippi River.

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Normandy Beaches celebrating D-Day

Normandy Beaches celebrating D-Day.

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Normandy Beaches celebrating D-Day

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If you would like to be a part of history, then Normandy is the place to be next June, 2014.  There will be numerous celebrations commemorating the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, France, and we are going to be there to learn first hand what our soldiers endured to liberate the world from the German occupation.

Since I am a river cruise specialist, of course a river cruise is the perfect way to see all the sites in France.  Our exciting cruise starts on the river Seine in Paris.  From there, we visit towns and cities along the way learning about the culture of each, eating regional specialties, and meeting the locals.  Since our ship docks overnight right in the heart of each town, we have an opportunity to learn about the local history and see the culture for ourselves and not be on a strict timetable.

The most impressive visit on this cruise will be to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery.  Some of my friends and travelers just returned from Normandy and they told me it was a moving and humbling experience to actually see what our soldiers went through, most who are buried there.

Save the date next June 10th for a once in a lifetime historical experience.         normandy

#River cruises, #Travel, #History, #D-Day

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PARIS AND THE HEART OF NORMANDY

PARIS AND THE HEART OF NORMANDY.

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