“I’d rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff.”
FRANCE May 24-31 (leaving May 23)
FRANCE June 7-14 (leaving June 6)
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.
IRELAND June 18-July 1 (leaving June 17)
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
ITALY September 2-12 (leaving Sept 1)
ITALY September 13-23 (leaving Sept 12)
Three nights in the classical city of Turino, and 7 nights in a fairy-tale hilltop town, at a beautiful time of the year.
Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and Billy!
PORTUGAL September 24-October 6 ~ (leaving September 23)
We’ll explore vibrant Lisbon, the charming coastal town of Cascais, the ‘underdog’ Dao 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
ALENTEJO, Portugal October 10-19 (leaving Oct 6)
We are SO excited about this tour – a first for us, in the country we now call home. Rich history, beautiful landscapes, wonderful wines…. Read about it HERE!
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you rich.”
“It may be illegal to have so much fun in such a short time.”~ V. Taylor
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
Hope you decide to join us for our adventures in 2022, 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.