2021 TOURS

“I’d rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff.”

 

Kato and I cannot begin to express our delight at the great response to our tours. We took a risk avoiding the popular touristy locations in favour of what we find to be interesting and genuine. Our success has fueled our desire to be even more creative in our planning, and little did we know that small group travel would afford us opportunities to create the type of exciting events and special meals we love arranging for friends.

Although we are returning to the same places, rest assured we are not coasting. We ‘up our game’ each year by adding new discoveries, (often three or four) and making tweaks. As we know, it’s the small things that make the day.

Hotel and transportation prices in Europe have gone through the roof, but we believe that our tours still provide excellence at a reasonable price. Frequently we are told that we over-deliver for the price, and this is possible by doing all the organizing ourselves (every detail!) and not incurring the expense of local operators.

We offer what’s known as “land tours” – so the dates below reflect the first day in the country, not the departure date from Canada.

We are very pleased to be working with our excellent travel agents at Ellison Travel & Tours, our official partner with TICO #2392471 : Kelly Richards and Melanie Treasure.

Hope you decide to join us for our adventures in 2021, and share our labour of love. Expect to eat, drink and laugh a lot – and adore every minute. It may be the best party you ever attended.

 

“It may be illegal to have so much fun in such a short time.”  V. Taylor

 

 

SOUTH OF FRANCE: THE LANGUEDOC
May 25 to June 1, 2021

A winery to call your own for the week in the south of France.
Indulge your senses!
Bucolic scenery, historic towns, and fantastic wine and food.

READ DETAILS ABOUT OUR SOUTH OF FRANCE TOUR HERE

 

 

IRISH SPRING TOUR
June 12 to 25, 2021

Scenic HIKES, Perfect PINTS & Delicious DINNERS!
2 weeks in the south of Ireland, at the best time of year.

This would be my advice to the group in your next Ireland trip:
Expect the unexpected.
Be ready with your cameras for some fabulous photo ops.
Be willing to go where no other tourists go.
Pack stretchy pants because you’re in for a culinary treat.
Bring sweaters and rain gear.
Expect to learn so many different things about a very special place.
Brush up on your Irish because you’ll be talking with the locals.
Get used to being blown away.
And drink Guinness.

Lesley Hazeldine, Gabriola, BC

READ DETAILS ABOUT OUR IRISH PINTS & HIKES TOUR HERE

 

 

PIEDMONT, ITALY
September 3 to 13, 2021

Three nights in the classical city of Turino, and 7 nights in a fairy-tale hilltop town.
Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and Billy!

READ DETAILS ABOUT OUR PIEDMONT, ITALY TOUR HERE

 

 

IN LOVE WITH PORTUGAL
September 15 to 27, 2021

We’ll explore vibrant Lisbon, the charming coastal town of Cascais, the ‘underdog’ Dão region, the breathtaking Douro Valley and historic Porto.
The ultimate Portuguese experience – at a great time of year. Come see why we are smitten!

“Wise is one who enjoys the show offered by the world. ” Fernando Pessoa

READ DETAILS ABOUT OUR TOUR TO PORTUGAL HERE

 

P.S.
A NEW TOUR to Portugal’s beautiful ALENTEJO region is in the works! Dates for this “chill out” rural luxury tour are the last week of September and early October, 2021. Stay tuned! Details coming late summer/early fall.

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you rich.”

READ TESTIMONIAL FROM PAST TRAVELLERS HERE.