Future Adult/Family Tours:

TWO NOW AVAILABLE:

June 15-26, 2019 Iceland, Norway and Sweden, with a St. Petersburg extension

Cruise through the fiords of Norway

Our 2019 Tour begins in Reykjavik, Iceland.  After our over-night flight, we get to relax at the Blue Lagoon and spa on Day 2, before visiting the city.  Stops include the Hofoi House, Perlan Restaurant, presidential residence, and the Hallgrimskirkja Church.

 

On Day 3, we travel the Golden Circle, a ring of some of Iceland's most magnificent natural wonders, including Thingvellir National Park, the Great Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall.

 

On Day 4, we fly to Bergen, Norway. 

 

On Day 5, we'll tour Bergen and see the Bergenhus Fortress, figh and flower markets, Custom House and harbor, Fantoft Stave Church, and Edvard Grieg Museum.  In the afternoon, we'll take a cable car ride to the top of Mount Ulriken and have a beautiful view of Bergen's city center.

 

Day 6, we take a cruise through narrow fiords, surrounded by steep cliffs.  We'll disembark at Flam and explore the Flam National Railway Museum, then take a scenic train ride along one of the steepest rails in the world.

 

Day 7.  Fly to Oslo, Norway and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city.  A local guide will introduce the group to Oslo's Viking traditions and landmarks.  Visit Oslo's City Hall and Viking Ship Museum.  Stroll through Vigeland Sculpture Park and the local Mathallen Market.

 

Day 8.  Flight to Stockholm.  Free afternoon in the city, or add an optional Stockholm Archipelago tour on a sailing ship.

 

Day 9.  Sightseeing tour of Stockholm, including City Hall, site of the annual Nobel Prize Banquet.  Visit the Vata Museum, the medieval Old Town and see the Royal Palace.  Free afternoon or add an optional excursion to Drottningholm.

 

Day 10 and 11.  Visit picturesque town of Sigtuna en route to Uppsala.  Visit Uppsala Cathedral, Gustavianum Museum, and Gamla Uppsala archeological site.

 

Day 12.  Flight home, or fly to St. Petersburg, Russia for a three day extension, which includes Palace Square, St. Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral Church, Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, and the Hermitage Museum.  Free day on last day, or an optional excursion to the Peterhof.  Cost of extension:  $999 includes flights, breakfasts, hotels, entrance fees. 

 

Cost of the 12 day tour without extension:

 

$5,999 includes hotels, all flights, all breakfasts, 6 dinners, admission to all listed events, 24/7 tour director, local guides at designated places, porterage at hotels. 

 

Not included:  lunches, some dinners, passport, (no visa requirements unless doing St. Petersburg extension), charter bus to Dulles Airport near Washington DC.

 

To sign up for this tour, go to:  https://www.grouptoursite.com/tours/barbarasimpson

 

There are currently 4 openings left.

 

There was an introductory meeting at Bethany Covenant Church, DuBois on September 19, 2017.  Address:  26 E. Long Ave. DuBois, PA  15801.  A future meeting will be held in the spring of 2019.

 

 

2020  Sept/Oct Sicily and Southern Italy, featuring Puglia, Amalfi Coast, Blue Grotto, Naples, Rome.

15-Day Tour of Sicily and Southern Italy.

Sept. 24-Oct. 8, 2020

 

Day 1  Flight to Palermo, Sicily

Day 2  Arrive in Palermo, free afternoon to meet tour director, exchange money, and explore before joining other group members for a welcome dinner.

Day 3  Sight-seeing tour of Palermo, Cathedral, Monreale.  Optional tour in the afternoon to the ancient ruins of Segesta

Day 4 En route to Syracuse, stop for a tour of Piazza Armerina and view the mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale.  Dinner and overnight in Syracuse.

Day 5  Guided tour of Syracuse, Greek theater, Paradise Quarry and gardens, Roman amphitheater, Island of Ortygia, Temple of Apollo and Syracuse Cathedral.  Optiona afternoon tour of Baroque City of Noto

Day 6   Travel to Taormina, Cathedral, Palazzo Corvaia, Greek theater, view Mt. Etna, dinner and wine tasting at a local vineyard.

Day 7  Flight from Catania to Naples, then transfer by bus to east coast of Italy.  Dinner and overnight in the Bari Region of Puglia.

Day 8  Explore Bari with a local guide.  Bari Cathedral, Old Town, Castle, Piazza Mercantile, Piazza Ferrarese, Basilica of St. Nicholas.  Optional late afternoon excursion to coastal Trani , then the groves of the Galantino Estate.  Visit an ancient oil mill and sample famous olive oils.

Day 9  Visit Pompeii, ancient city that was covered with volcanic ash when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.  Continue on to the Sorrento Coast for dinner and overnight.

Day 10   Sail across the Bay of Naples to the Isle of Capri.  Boat around the islands, caves and grottoes.  Stroll through Capri, then funicular ride to Capri's upper town and the Gardens of Augustus.

Day 11  Full-day excursion to the Amalfi Coast, offering magnificent views of the sea.  Stops at Amalfi Cathedral, Madonnina viewpoint, Positano, Vietri sul Mare.  Visit an agriturismo, typical Italian farm, then savor an aperitif of prosecco, followed by a four-course meal, complete with a wine tasting led by an experienced sommelier.

Day 12  Tour city of Naples.  Visit National Archeological Museum, including statue of Hercules.  Stop at Cameo Factory de Paola and learn how cameos are made.  Visit gift shop.

Day 13  Travel to Rome.  See the Piazza Venezia, Roman Forum, Arch of Constantine, Temple of Venus and Roma.  Enter the Colosseum and explore on your own.

Day 14.  Full free day to explore Rome, or an optional tour of the Vatican, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, Michelangelo's famous sculture "La Pieta". Farewell Dinner this evening.

Day 15  Flight back to the USA.

 

Cost of this trip is $5,239 if enrolled by 10/4/18.  Will be $5,339 afterward. 

 

Informational meeting to be held at Bethany Covenant Church, 26 E Long Ave. DuBois, PA  15856 on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  Park behind the DuBois Public Library and come in the back entrance of the church, due to remodeling.

 

You can enroll on-line at www.grouptoursite.com/barbarasimpson, or call Go Ahead's Customer Service # at 800-438-7672, 9 AM to 8 PM Mon-Fri, and 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday.

 

 

Our future tours in the works:

 

2022 Antarctic Cruise, including 1-2 days in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

2023 Spring tulip time in Amsterdam Holland, Hamburg Germany, Denmark

 

Where else would you like to go?

We are constantly looking for new destinations that would interest the folks of our Tri-County Area and beyond. Just send us an email with your suggestions to barbsimpson@hotmail.com.