Thank you for your interest in our company and welcome to our website! Our tours include breakfast & dinner daily as well as all tipping. Our maximum group size is 24…These are our current tours:
Havana, Bay of Pigs, Trinidad, Santiago
2015: December 1-10
2016: February 9 -18 Nov 29- Dec 8
The largest Caribbean island, Cuba offers breathtaking mountains and coastal scenery, fascinating history and rich musical culture. The real Cuba is a country caught in a time warp, theoretically Marxist, a supposedly – Communist country in the middle of the Americas, Havana was once one of the world’s most fashionable cities. We witness the impact Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and Ernest Hemingway have had on this remarkable little Island and the pressures for change pushing in on the country in the 21st Century.
Taipei, Sun Moon Lake, Yangon, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Bagan Temples
January 6 – 26, 2016
Travel here is like stepping back in time. Steeped in history, Myanmar remains virtually untouched by the Western world. Now that a decades-old travel ban has been lifted, the people of this enchanting land are once again welcoming travellers. Our Myanmar tour takes you on a journey from Irrawaddy River villages to Buddhist shrines, with diversions away from the main sites and into the heart of the country to discover the peaceful rhythm of Burmese village life.
Taiwan is a large island off the south-east coast of mainland China, first known in the West as Ilha Formosa – “Beautiful Island.” The east coast is dominated by rugged cliffs exposed to the open Pacific Ocean, while the populated west coast faces the Taiwan Strait which separates this island nation from mainland China.
Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh, Saigon
November 8- December 2 2016
Our international airfare includes two nights accommodation in Bangkok on the way over to Vientiane, Laos….
Vietnam is long, thin and mountainous so we fly some sections of our route so we can cover more areas of the country. However, we travel overland by our own air-conditioned coach on several sections. This allows us to see more of the countryside. Due to the poor road conditions in Laos and Cambodia, we fly to and between the sites in these countries. Where possible, we try to spend more than one night in an area. Most of our hotels on this tour are of an excellent, Western 4 star standard. Our tour captures some of the highlights of this beautiful region of the world: we spend a night on a house boat in Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the coast is dotted with limestone pinnacles rising vertically from the azure-blue sea We board an overnight sleeper train to Lao Cai in the mountainous north-west of Vietnam where we learn about the local tribal peoples. No visit to Cambodia would be complete without a visit to Angkor Wat, one of the seven wonders of the world.
Paros, Mykonos, Delos, Naxos, Santorini & Crete
May 10 – 25 2016 (can be combined with our tour to Northern Italy: May 10- June 11 2016.)
On our relaxing tour of the Greek Islands we spend 3 or 4 nights on each island, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the islands lifestyle and culture.- an experience not possible on a cruise ship. We travel between the islands by large, sea-going ferries, as the locals do. During our 4 nights on the little-visited island of Paros, we tour this lovely rural island and visit the islands of Mykonos, Delos and Naxos. We enjoy 3 nights on the picture-perfect island of Santorini, including a guided tour of 4,000 year old Akrotiri and a boat trip to two tiny volcanic islands. On Greece’s largest island, Crete, we spend 4 days travelling the gorgeous mountains and coasts, in Athens, we enjoy a guided tour of the city that is the “soul of Western civilization”.
House boat in Kerla, Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur, Bombay, Taj Mahal, Goa, Khajuraho
(+optional 3 day post tour extension to Nepal)
We visit some of the lesser-known UNESCO world heritage sites of South India as well as the famous highlights of the North. We fly most sections of our route so we can explore more areas of the country. However, we travel overland by our own air-conditioned coach on some sections. This allows us to see more of the countryside and typical villages. Hotels on this tour are mainly of an excellent, Western 4 and 5 star standard. We also stay in a former palatial home that has been turned into a hotel. We also spend one night on our air-conditioned houseboats exploring the waterways of Kerla. No visit of Inda would be complete with out a visit to the World Famous Taj Mahal! . Our pre-tour extension of Sri Lanka captures the ‘essence’ of this ancient country as we explore renowned Buddhist sites [many of them world heritage sites] and enjoy spectacular scenery. Our post tour extension to Nepal witnesses the majesty of the Himalayas & cultural highlights of the Kathmandu Valley.
The Game Parks of Kenya to the Coast of the Indian Ocean (Limited to 12 participants) 2015:
2016: February 6-26, July 9-29 & October 1-21,
Kenya & Tanzania in 2015
This is the trip of a lifetime! Kenya is the ultimate safari destination. and the ‘jewel of East Africa’. Over the years,we have designed our tour to maximize our time in the best game parks Kenya has to offer. Our safari highlights the Masai Mara, Samburu, Amboseli and Tsavo [among others!] and finishes in Mombassa on the Indian Ocean Coast. We stay in First Class lodges and travel in special safari vehicles with only 6 people per vehicle for the best game viewing & photography experience.
Tuscany, Umbria, The Lake District & Venice
May 26 – June 11 2016 (you can combine this tour with our tour to the Greek Islands!)
On relaxing tour of north central and north eastern Italy we immerse ourselves in the lifestyle and culture of the small towns and art centres we visit. Our focus is on the picture-perfect hill towns of Tuscany where we learn about the food and wines of the region, as well as visiting the great art centres of Florence and Sienna. We stay mainly in historic hotels that reflect the charm of the small towns we stay in.
On our optional pre-tour extension in In Rome, we take the opportunity to stay in a monastery close to the Vatican City. Out optional Rome tour includes the Vatican Museums, Coliseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps and Plaza Navone. See details at the end of our tour itinerary.
Milan, Asti, Barolo & Turin
May 15 – 25 2016 (you can combine this tour with our tour to Northern Italy)
On this wine & food tour of north western Italy we get off the beaten path and immerse ourselves in the lifestyle and culture of the small towns and art centres we visit. Our focus is on the world-class wines and rich local cuisine. This special tour is conducted by professional Victoria, BC Italian chef Mario Guidetti, who has not only hand-picked the dinners and restaurants we will be eating at, but shows us how to pick the best ingredients at local markets and gives us a hands-on cooking lesson at a beautiful farm in the countryside. We base ourselves for 6 nights in the medieval walled town of Asti, visiting villages, castles and wineries in the surrounding hills. We learn about the rich history of the area, enjoy the dramatic scenery of Lake Maggiore (where Mario grew up) surrounded by mountains on the border with Switzerland and explore the historic (but much-overlooked) cities of Turin and Milan.
PERU, ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS 22 Days Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu & the Amazon
November 6 – 27, 2015
Add an optional 5 day pre-tour extension of La Paz, Bolivia & Lake Titicaca, Peru] Peru’s extraordinary cultural and archaeological heritage complements its biological richness. Home to the most advanced pre-Columbian civilizations in the New World-most notably the Inca,these cultures have left behind an incredible legacy. walk among the varied fortresses and temples in central Peru and visit the spectacular mountain-top citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We also explore the Amazon Basin in Ecuador around the Napo River before we head out to our 5 Day/ 4 night cruise around the Galapagos islands. Our cruise ship holds a maximum of 16 people allowing you to get ‘up close’ to these diverse islands.
April 27 – May 13, 2015
On our relaxing tour of Sicily and Southern Italy we enjoy 2 four-night stays and spend 2 or 3 nights at as many hotels as possible, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the lifestyle and culture of the small towns and cities we visit. Sicily is like a separate country, not only being a large mountainous island but being the only part of Italy to have been occupied by the Ancient Greeks and the Norman French. The south of Italy is much more rural and traditional than the more-visited north. We drive along the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, cross the water to the Isle of Capri and explore the unique buried Roman city of Pompeii. We stay mainly in historic hotels that reflect the charm of the small towns we stay in.
This tour can be extended with 2 days in Rome which includes The Vatican before our main tour begins, for those who have not been to Rome before. See details at the end of our tour itinerary.
TOUR CAN BE COMBINED WITH THE GREEK ISLANDS (31 Days) April 27- May 27 2015
September 3 – 17, 2015
(You can also combine this tour with our tour to Scotland!)
On this tour we visit Ireland’s famous highlights, including Dublin, the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher. However, we also visit lesser-known but equally fascinating areas such as Galway and Donegal. Travelling in a small group in our own small coach we are able to get off the beaten tourist path and see something of the unhurried life of rural Ireland. Our tour is unusual in that it covers the whole country, including special places in the north such as the Giant’s Causeway and the walled city of Londonderry.
2015 Aug 26 – Sept 6
2016 June 15 – 26, Aug 24 – Sept 4
On this extremely good-value tour we drive right around the island and visit Iceland’s famous natural wonders, includingGeysir [after which all other geysers around the world are named], Vatnajökull [Europe’s largest glacier], many majestic waterfalls and the iceberg-filled lagoon of Jokulsarlon. We also learn about the traditions of this isolated Viking-originated society, including their Icelandic sagas. Travelling in our own coach we are able to experience the remote vastness of rural Iceland, which contrasts so strongly with the dynamic city of Reykjavik – where 60% of Iceland’s 320,000 people live. Set almost on the Arctic Circle, in summer Iceland has 24 hour daylight and wonderful birdlife.
SCOTLAND: Highlands & Islands - 17 Days
Lewis, Harris, Iona, Mull, Skye, the Orkneys & Shetland Islands
August 19 – September 4, 2015 (You can also combine this tour with our tour to Ireland!)
Scotland is famous for its whiskey, haggis, bagpipes, an elusive lake monster (and men who wear kilts). You will see and experience all of these things on our 17 day tour to Scotland. In the heart of the “Scotch Whisky Trail” in the valley of the beautiful River Spey, we visit the Cragganmore Distillery, then on to The Orkneys. You’ll travel from Glasgow to the Highlands, Inner & and Outer Hebredes and as far North as the Shetland Islands, see Britain’s highest mountain, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and visit the famed Loch Ness, home of the creature they affectionately call Nessie.