Historical

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“If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.”– Henry Miller


The history of a country can be seen through its landscapes and architecture and is the driving force of making the country what it is today. By visiting forts, monuments and temple ruins you can see the fortresses which a region used to protect itself with and learn about its heroes to who the people pay homage. Histororical tours tell the story of the land and of its people.

Sample Itineraries:

Sacred Bhutan–Thimphu Tsechu Festival (9 days)

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Departure September Space is limited This pilgrimage is meant for those persons who seek inner solace through Buddhist values and philosophy. You will have the rare opportunity to visit all the important Buddhist temples and get blessings from important Lamas and Rinpoches. Be a part of the Thimphu Tsechu, one of the largest tsechus or [...]

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Mandela’s Journey (9 Days)

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Departure: October – April This well crafted tour takes you back through a historical journey into one of the world’s greatest African leaders. Nelson Mandela was a legend in his own time both in his home country of South Africa and the world at large. The safari begins in Pretoria visitng South Africa’s Historical Landmarks, [...]

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Turkish Riviera History & Cuisine (13 days)

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Departures May – October Did you know that by 7th century BC nomads had already started to form settlements in what we now know today as the Turkish Empire? That’s how old this country is which straddles Europe and Asia! Now you can discover the ancient Ottoman’s contributions and the culture which has evolved through [...]

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Nepal Cultural Photo Tour with Mani Lama

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Visit A Different Perspective for current photo tours led by Mani Lama Mani Lama shares his expertise on both Nepal’s diverse culture and photography on this escorted tour to Nepal. Even if you have visited before, these activities have been handcrafted so you become a part of Nepal. Meet Paubha painters & woodcarving artists. See [...]

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Myanmar Monsoon Photo Tour w/ Win Kyaw Zan (12 Days)

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Departure Upon Request Nature is mesmerizing during the August monsoon in Myanmar! The photography is amazing with rain, umbrellas, colorful clouds, sky, trees, clear air, farmers working in the fields, busy rivers and amazing reflections of life everywhere. Win Kyaw Zan takes you on a photo adventure unlike any other. It rains about 30 minutes [...]

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Clarke’s Odyssey

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Departure: September – May Following the footsteps of Arthur C. Clarke, this tour takes you “out of this world” on a one of a kind adventure in Sri Lanka. Clarke, co-writer of 2001: A Space Odyssey, called Sri Lanka “home” from 1956 until his death in 2008. The draw for him was scuba diving and [...]

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Ladies Sri Lanka

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Departure: Upon request For all you ladies who want a getaway of culture, scenic beauty and relaxation the island of Sri Lanka has it all. Visit Colombo and Leslie’s house, the former home of Arthur C. Clarke. Explore the ancient towns of Anaradapura and Polonnaruwa to see ruins of former palaces and temples. Learn about [...]

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Cambodia & Private Andaman Sea Yachting

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Departure November – February Join culture with outdoor adventure and you get a wonderful experience in Cambodia, South Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Visit Cambodia’s great temple city, Angkor Wat. By the time you leave you will feel a part of this ancient civilization. Drive through Cambodia’s countryside along the Kulen mountains to the forgotten [...]

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Discover Colorful San Miguel de Allende (10 days)

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Departure: Upon request San Miguel de Allende has a reputation as a haven for artists. Since the 1950s, when Diego Rivera worked there, San Miguel de Allende has attracted painters, sculptors and printmakers. On the streets, it is not unusual to see someone sketching people on the street. Stroll beautiful streetscapes with narrow cobblestone lanes [...]

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Discover the Art of San Miguel de Allende w/Workshop (12 days)

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Departure Upon Request San Miguel de Allende has attracted painters, sculptors and print makers since the 1950s, when Diego Rivera worked there. Discover the art of this colorful town and learn about its exciting history. Visit local artisans and hear their insights and secrets into how they create their paintings and sculptures. Meet expatriates and [...]

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Hidden Sardinia: Guided Walking tour

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Departure: late spring (Guided by Simon Tancred, Hidden Italy) This guided walking tour of Sardinia is a rare chance to immerse your self in Italy’s “forgotten island”. Explore Sardinia’s pristine natural beauty. Stone megaliths binds the island together from north to south. Cuisine is full of flavors not used elsewhere. The Sardinians are hard-working but [...]

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Discover Historical Normandy on Motorcycle

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This riding tour is rich in cultural and historical discoveries, without being a cookie cutter tour. Your guide introduces you to every secret nook and corners of this region known as the land of horses that is blessed with an amazing natural beauty. Normandy is also known for being the region where the Allies troops [...]

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Inside Moscow with Golden Ring/St Petersburg (11days)

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Departure on Friday (May 15-Aug 15 2016) On this magical journey to the exotic land of Russia, you see sites which are unlike any others in the world. Learn about Moscow’s colourful history and culture. Discover the Golden Ring, the ancient towns that preserve the memory of the most important and significant events in Russian [...]

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Vietnam Art & Textiles Adventure

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Departures September to May Now you can be an insider in Vietnam learning about its art and textiles! This tour has been carefully designed to offer you Vietnam’s must see places as well as activities which immerse you into the arts through meeting locals with options for hands on workshops. Begin your travel in Ngoc [...]

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Luxury Golden Triangle

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Departures mid-September – May Live like a King and a Queen while experiencing the trip of a lifetime! India’s Golden Triangle enthralls you with its amazing cultural sites as you travel in luxury. Diversity makes this trip unique because this area is home to a variety of cultures and religions. On this tour, we will [...]

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Silk Route to Bukhara (25 days)

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A cultural tour of China, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan The Silk Road was probably the most important development in human history, which brought close trading and subsequently cultural contacts between the east and the west. Silk Road to Bukhara traces the Silk Road from the place where it started in Xian and the follows its caravan [...]

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Rwanda Gorilla Tracking & Safari

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Departure June Rwanda is a prime destination to visit for you seasoned travelers wanting a once in a lifetime trip. Volcano-studded landscape and gorilla-filled rainforest are prime highlights of this tour along with attractive vistas around Kigali, a perfect place from which to begin your trip. Track gorillas and discover the world of chimpanzees. Visit [...]

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Black Necked Crane Festival w/ Bumthang(11 days)

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(Departure November) Colorful festivals are very much part of life in Bhutan and the festivities held to celebrate the annual return of the black-necked cranes to the Phobjikha Valley from their summer breeding grounds high on the Tibetan plateau are ones not to be missed. Held annually on November 12, this “welcome” festival for the [...]

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Discover: Lost Kingdom of Mustang (23 days)

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The Kingdom of Mustang has always been known as a mysterious and forbidden land until just recently. Now the Upper Mustang region of Nepal is open but for a limited number of trekkers. Lo Manthang (Mustang) is located north of the main Himalayan chain of peaks and is an amazing high altitude desert with its [...]

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The Balkans Mosaic

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Departures: May, July & September The Balkans is a land of such great diversity and textures that one gets the blown up by the colors, cultures, hospitality, food, landscape and above the ethnicities. We trace the scene of medieval Europe and the diverse nationalities originating from Serbia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania. A visit [...]

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Tribal Myanmar Photo Tour W/ Win Kyaw Zan (12 days)

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Visit A Different Perspective for current photo tours led by Win Kyaw Zan Tribal Myanmar remains exotic and mysterious and to visit its remote regions you need a knowledgeable guide. Add a guide who knows the tribal culture in depth, travel and photography and you have a one of a kind tour. While the name [...]

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Silk Road Textiles of Turkey (10 days)

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Departures May, September, October No where else will you discover colorful handmade ceramics, woven Caftans made on traditional looms and Sultan’s leather slippers except by traveling the Silk Road in Turkey. Visit the Turkish Arts Museum and learn about Turkish nomadic life along with seeing the magnificent Topkapi Palace. Discover the elaborate silk costumes and [...]

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Takthok Festival (14 days)

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Departure July Kashmir is open once again to the world! This is the only tour you will find which combines visits to the Golden temple, Dharamshala, Dal Lake and Little Tibet. The four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple symbolize the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions and [...]

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Chile-Land of Contrasts (11 days)

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Perched between its spectacular Pacific coastline and Andes Mountains, Chile offers a wide variety of climates and landscapes ranging from the Atacama Desert, the rainiest spot on the planet with a Mediterranean landscape in the center, an Alpine district in the mid-south and fjords in the deep south. Now’s your chance to see Chile and [...]

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Tiji Festival in Mustang (19 Days)

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Departure May Trekking Nepal’s most remote region of Mustang is a rare opportunity in itself. But the Tiji Festival is your only chance to be a part of a genuine celebration in this Lost Kingdom and is not to be missed. Walk through medieval villages with spectacular views of the Himalayas to Lo Manthang. See [...]

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Hornbill Festival Nagaland

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Celebrated from 1st till 7th of December every year in the village of Kisama, Hornbill Festival is an annual cultural extravaganza celebrated by the tribal people in the state of Nagaland. The festival is named after the hornbill, a respected bird that shows up in the folklore of most of the state’s tribes. Its goal [...]

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Textiles of North India (10 days)

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Departure: Upon request Discover the vibrant and diverse world of costumes and traditions of North India learning about its textiles and symbolic designs. Now’s your chance to learn about their origin which can be traced as far back as the Indus valley civilization. Visit a craft museum and discover textile art from each state. See [...]

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Ladakh: Land of Lamas

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(The Ultimate Traveling Camp Expience in partnership with Cox & Kings)Departure: Upon request Like a dream captured in a snow globe, remote Ladakh is a wildly beautiful high desert valley set between the Kunlun Mountains and the Himalayas. On this journey you meet Ladakhi craftsmen and visit the medieval temples and Buddhist monasteries or gompas, [...]

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Tribal Gujarat w/Rann Utsav

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Departure December Annually The Rann Utsav is called “heaven on earth” because the full moon casts its light over the desert creating a white milky color over all the desert landscape enhancing a “heavenly feeling”. Add visits to the numerous indigenous tribes throughout Gujarat and you have a tribal adventure. See cultural dance, hear folk [...]

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Discover Slovenia (13 days)

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Departure May – September Slovenia is one of Europe’s best kept secrets! You will be in awe of its world famous Bled Castle. Discover Bohinj, one of the most beautiful places in the heart of the Julian Alps. See the nation’s highest peak, Mount Triglav that lies in the middle of Triglav National Park. Besides [...]

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Photographic Wonders of Turkey

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Departures: May, June, September & October Turkey is a photographer’s dream–it is a country where Europe meets Asia! This trip has been designed for you photo buffs that want more of a less structured photo tour. There are ample opportunities to shoot. Discover the must see palaces and mosques, take a private cruise on the [...]

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Discover Ethiopia

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We Do More Than Asia Ethiopia, a landlocked country located in the Horn of Africa, has a history dating back to prehistoric times and it is this country’s ancient history which makes Ethiopia one of the most fascinating travel destinations today. See “Lucy”, the 3.5 million year old hominid that has ever been found. Visit [...]

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World Heritage Colombia (15 days)

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A cultural tour of Colombia (Departure every Tuesday) Colombia has come alive again and invites you to visit. This journey not only covers the most important historical sites but the scenic sites of this fascinating South American country as well. A rich insight into the cultures and panoramas of Colombia are the main focus of [...]

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Discover the Mayans (18 days)

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This tour is a cultural mix of volcanic beauty, ancient Mayan ruins, sparkling Caribbean beaches and colorful colonial towns. Traveling from Mexico’s famous beachside city, Cancun, to the idyllic shores of Playa del Carmen, this trip combines anitquity with adventure. Experience an official new Wonder of the World, Chichen Itza, in Mexico and learn Mayan [...]

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China’s Great Silk Road (13 days)

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(Departures: June – October) One of the world’s great trade routes, the exotic Silk Road has captured the imagination of many, stirring visions of a wondrous and far-off land. Bring the adventure to life on this incredible journey. Experience the rich convergence of cultures and religions as you travel from Xian to Kashgar, passing countless [...]

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Eternal Italy (14 days)

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(Departures September & October) Italy is eternal. Rome, the capital of Italy, has for centuries been a political and religious center of Western civilization as the capital of the Roman Empire and site of the Holy See but Italy’s history dates back much farther than that. Etruscan culture developed in Italy around 800 BC and [...]

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World Heritage Bolivia (14 days)

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A cultural tour of Bolivia (Departure daily) High up in the Andes is landlocked Bolivia, the Tibet of the Americas. Explore the cultural wealth of the country, as it has the highest concentration of indigenous people, who to this day maintain their traditional ways and beliefs. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the [...]

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Discover Peru with Amazon Cruise (16 Days)

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(Departure April – December) No trip can be more exciting than one which includes history, culture, adventure and transport by rail and by cruise. This concise tour to Peru is for the adventurous at heart who wishes to still travel at a comfort level. Explore the colonial heritage of Peru’s capital, Lima, before embarking on [...]

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Explore Lo Manthang

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Explore Lo Manthang (6 days/5 nights) Lo Manthang is located in the Mustang region, a desert plateau at 12,400 Ft. Dry, desolate and windy, it is a paradise like no other on earth. Mustang was off limits to foreigners until 1964 when French anthropologist and author, Michel Peissel, was granted a one-time permit into the [...]

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World Heritage Ecuador ( 10 days)

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A cultural tour of Ecuador (Departures Sep, Oct & Nov) Geographically Ecuador is a small country yet uniquely endowed with a dramatic topography and a variety of climatic zones, vegetation, birds and wildlife. Without ever leaving the country, the traveller can move in a matter of hours from jungle-rainforest to the high slopes of the [...]

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Majestic Kerala (8 days)

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(Departures May 1 – September 30) The Arabian Sea and the Malabar Coast of India have conjured up magical tales since early days of civilization. So you can see why a journey to Kerala, the state in which this area lies, is on many traveler’s “not to be missed” list. Discover Cochin’s diverse culture of [...]

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Indonesia Art & Culture (16 days)

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(Departures September – March) The Indonesian archipelago has been an important trade region since at least the 7th century, when world travelers brought culture, art, religious beliefs and cuisine to the islands. Today, you too, can experience days gone by on this tour. Explore Buddhist monasteries with their many bas relief panels along with Hindu [...]

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Day Trips: When in Rome

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Enjoy having your home base in Rome and still see it all! When in Rome is for those of you who like the continuity of beginning your day and ending your day in the same spot. Rome is a central location from which you can see the sights of ancient history, art, castles, local markets [...]

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Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival – Samois Sur Seine (9 days)

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We Do More Than Asia Django Reinhardt was a pioneering jazz guitarist and composer who invented an entirely new style of jazz guitar technique called ‘hot’ jazz guitar that has since become traditional music within the Belgian gypsy culture. The Festival de Jazz Django Reinhardt is a yearly event and is seen amongst the Gypsy [...]

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Family Italy

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Family Italy is a trip specially designed for parents with children under 12 who want a vacation which is educational as well as memorable. Children will enjoy the boats rides in Venice and see religious sites such as San Marco. A visit to a glass blowing shop shows the artsy side of Venice. Explore the [...]

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Highlights of Indochina (13 days)

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This is a small group tour Discover the diverse wonders of Indochina. On this journey explore three unique countries, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, each more magical than the last. Traverse this emerging region for an authentic Asian experience. You’ll welcome the comfort and convenience of flights between major cities, allowing you extra time to delve [...]

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Uncover Italy (15 days)

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We Do more Than Asia (Departures February – November) Be charmed by the romantic aura of Venice city , Ride a cable car to a hilltop basilica in Gubbio, Experience Umbria’s religious heart on a visit to Assisi, Hike Mt Vesuvius, Take in sun and sea on the Amalfi Coast, Travel to Rome and discover [...]

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Delightful Tuscany

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(Departure Tuesday mornings, February – December Delightful Tuscany is a private journey through Tuscany that takes you to small, easily missed villages in the Chianti and Tuscan countryside. You home base at a quaint bed & breakfast near Panzano and are driven on day trips learning about the area’s history, discovering colorful markets, eat the [...]

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Gandhi’s India (22 days)

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Revered in India as the “Father of the Nation,” Mohandas K. Gandhi is a worldwide icon of non-violent political resistance. Gandhi was born in India, studied law in England, and then spent 20 years defending the rights of immigrants in South Africa. He returned to India in 1914,  becoming the leader of the Indian National [...]

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Historical Cambodia

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The Khmer Empire, now known as Cambodia, was one of the most powerful empires in Southeast Asia. On this tour you visit Khmer temples, architecture and historical monuments. Along with colonial architecture you explore Angkor Wat which is the best preserved example of Khmer architecture. Hundreds of other temples have been discovered in and around [...]

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Rockin’ & Rollin’ England

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We Do More Than Asia Music is universal and creates its own history. Rockin’ & Rollin’ England is an odyssey back to the 60’s. Medieval attractions are intertwined with your music adventure beginning in London with the Beatles and exploring area influences on those iconic bands to follow considered as the “British Beat”. Admire Royal [...]

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Discover Italy

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The name “Italy” conjures up images of ancient ruins , Ben Hur, Mount Vesuvius and the buried city of Pompeii. It is a country with diverse landscape and perseverance. Walk narrow paths overlooking seaside cliffs, taste the fruits of the land and learn Italian cooking firsthand from Mamma Agata. Explore the Blue Grotto in Capri [...]

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Voyages to Antiquity: The Minoan Civilization (15 days)

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The Minoan Civilization cruise to Greece (Athens, Crete) Malta and Sicily offers you the opportunity to visit some of the greatest sites of antiquity and enjoy some much needed sunshine after the long winter. Climate played a large part in the development of the great classical civilizations: the short, mild winters and long, warm summers [...]

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Pilgrimage to Sikkim

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Nestled in India’s northeast corner in the foothills of the great Himalayas bordering Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan are the small jewels of Darjeeling and Sikkim. Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples, some of the world’s finest tea and the origin of many legends and religious beliefs make this part of the region mystical and magical and not [...]

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The Grand Chateau Sommesnil

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The Chateau of Sommesnil is a historic chateau situated in the Seine Maritime area of Normandy, in the area known as The Caux – a beautiful and historical part of France. The Chateau has been restored to a very high standard and is now available for short stays or events. It is difficult to imagine [...]

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Discover Colombia

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Click here for A Different Perspective Photo Tour to Colombia led by Luz Elena Castro Colombia has changed and now is the time to discover this best kept secret South America. This tour takes you to Bogota, Zipaquira, Villa de Leyva, Medellin and Cartagena. Explore the bustling capital city of Bogota from its views of [...]

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Discover Egypt (11 days)

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Egyptian culture was among the earliest civilizations. Egypt’s capital city, Cairo, is Africa’s largest city and has been known for centuries as a center of learning, culture and commerce. The Greek historian Herodotus wrote “Egypt was the gift of the Nile”. On this privately guided tour you will explore Egypt’s marvels and bear witness to [...]

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Not all of our tours are listed. Call us to discuss your travel plans 415-331-3791 We’re like you — curious when we hear about a culture or a place and crave to see it for ourselves. That’s what we do. We satisfy your curiosity through genuine cultural and environmental interactions. We arrange private and small [...]

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