First Announcement: Select 2019 Tours Posted February 22, 2018
We’re excited to present the first announcement of our Winter and Spring 2018/2019 small group tours, including trips to Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, and beyond. Read on for the full list.
Once and again a treasured destination, Colombia warmly welcomes visitors to experience its wealth of indigenous cultures, evocative Spanish Colonial heritage, lush landscapes, and Caribbean sun. Colombia is back – and our small group is poised to discover its many jewels, from Bogota and the Coffee Triangle to Medellin and Cartagena, with some hidden gems along the way.
In this small Central American democracy kissed by nature, our small group discovers a nation’s wealth in four distinct regions, from cloud forest to rainforest; Central Valley to Pacific Coast. As Costa Rica presents its staggering display of biodiversity – pristine landscapes, unique microclimates, exotic flora and fauna – we enjoy a relaxed yet comprehensive exploration that celebrates Costa Rica’s wide-ranging natural resources.
Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this singular small group journey through antiquity travels from vibrant Cairo and the Great Pyramids to Abu Simbel and the Upper Nile for a fascinating cruise on Lake Nasser. Then: a classic voyage along the lower Nile from Aswan to Luxor before returning to Cairo.
Small group touring and the Lands Down Under – they add up to a perfect combination as we travel from Australia’s spectacular Great Barrier Reef and the storied Outback to sophisticated Sydney; from New Zealand’s towering Mt. Cook and breathtaking Milford Sound to high-spirited Queenstown and nautical Auckland.
Once a center of Maya civilization, Guatemala today is like a living museum bridging past and present; indigenous cultures and colonial tradition. On our comprehensive yet unhurried small group tour we visit the amazing ruins at Tikal, small towns where indigenous culture thrives, beautiful Lake Atitlan, and magnificent colonial Antigua – revealing many treasures of this proud nation.
Experience India off the beaten tourist path – and in excellent accommodations – on this distinctive small group journey from Mumbai south to cultured Mysore and the wildlife haven of Nagarhole; to tranquil resorts and working farms; to cosmopolitan Kochi and the canals of Kerala, where we enjoy a houseboat cruise.
In a land of breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people, rewards abound for the thoughtful traveler. And in our flexible and congenial small group we encounter rewards aplenty on this comprehensive journey featuring all the highlights, plus the beautiful, remote Mekong Delta, where we spend two days.
Mystical and spiritual, chaotic and confounding, India overflows with riches. While staying at excellent hotels, we travel the classic Golden Triangle: bustling Delhi; Agra, home of the sublime Taj Mahal; and Jaipur, great city of the Rajput. We also search for elusive Bengals at Ranthambore Tiger Preserve; and absorb the holiness of Varanasi.
It’s a tale of two islands as our small group journeys from New Zealand’s North to its South, through lively cities and pristine fjords, past lush farmland and enchanted forests in a land where the outdoors is the national shrine. Add engaging “Kiwis” and intriguing indigenous cultures – it’s a pure New Zealand experience.
Traveling from ocean to ocean through the storied Panama Canal, and back again, our small group savors life aboard an intimate small ship. In vibrant turquoise waters and at unspoiled national parks and preserves, we encounter nature at its purest. And in Panama City and San Jose, we learn of vivid histories, both remote and recent.
Join us in Patagonia, Chile’s unspoiled wilderness at land’s end, where we explore by land and sea; where the signature Torres del Paine preside over the rugged plains and ice-blue glaciers speckle the sea. Add Santiago and the Lake District, and it’s all Chile, all the time, as our small group tours the length and breadth of this South American gem.
Enjoy the rare privilege of face-to-face encounters with two of the world’s last great frontiers; the majestic fjords and glaciers of Southern Patagonia, on a small-ship cruise; and the dramatic scenery of Torres del Paine on a three-night stay at the park. Along with visits to Buenos Aires and Santiago, we discover the remarkable diversity of South America.
Weaving together such diverse elements as the Andes, a Lake District crossing, and wondrous Iguazu Falls with the urban appeal of Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Rio, this engaging small group tour renders our neighbors to the south in all their beauty, vitality, and historical import.
Exotic, diverse, intriguing … This just begins to describe Southeast Asia and our small group odyssey. We cruise the Mekong through Laos; explore the spectacular – Angkor Wat – and the sublime – Ha Long Bay; and engage with local farmers and hill tribespeople on this comprehensive, well-paced adventure.
Journey with us to Siam of old, where art and beauty reign, Lord Buddha is revered, nature’s bounty is savored, and gentleness prevails. On this thoughtful small group tour, we encounter many of Thailand’s treasures, both renowned and remote.