Greek Temples and Wildflowers: Sicily
April 16 - 28, 2013
Persephone's island is at its most enthralling in April, when wildflowers carpet wondrous landscapes steeped in history. Beginning in Palermo, the epicenter of Sicily's "Golden Age" under the Normans, enjoy dazzling sightseeing, including some of Europe's finest Greek, Roman, and medieval treasures, and experience evocative, off-the-beaten-path places not included in other tours. A thrilling excursion on Mt. Etna and three nights in Taormina's most historic hotel-with a private garden overlooking the sea-will round out our exciting journey. More > > >
Turkey: Istanbul and the "Turquoise Coast"
May 8 - 20, 2013
An astonishing number of classical sites await our discovery along the spectacular Aegean and Mediterranean Turkish coast from Ephesus to Antalya. From well-appointed hotels and a spacious private Turkish yacht, or gület, we'll explore Ionic temples, Greek and Roman theaters, Lycian tombs with temple like façades hewn into rock cliffs, Crusader fortresses, and Byzantine ruins on abandoned islands or below the surface of the turquoise sea. Fresh Mediterranean cuisine will delight us throughout the trip, and our Turkish through-guide is top notch. More > > >
Europe’s Alpine Crown: The Valle d’Aosta
September 4-14, 2013
The bi-lingual (French and Italian) Aosta Valley, on the southern, sunny side of Mt. Blanc, offers multiple opportunities to go off the beaten path to experience the grandeur of the snow-capped western Alps, dramatic cascades, ancient villages, Roman ruins, delicious regional cuisine, and easy walks along crystal clear streams and through pristine woodlands and rich pastures—from just two hotel “bases’, with four or five nights at each.
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