Some of our Past Adult Tours:
2015 Central European Tour
In June, 2015 we visited the countries of Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Highlights included:
Days 2-4 in Krakow, and a visit of Kazimierez, the Jewish Quarter of Krakow, Wawel Hill and Cathedral, then Wawel Castle. Excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mines, and a Guided excursion to Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
Day 5-6: Guided sight-seeing of Prague, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge, Market Square, and the oldest Synagogue in Europe. Pilsner Urquell Brewery Museum and tour. Lunch at brewery, then back to Prague for Dinner Cruise on the Vltava River.
Day 7: En route to Salzburg, Austria, we stop in Cesky Krumlov (Czech Rep.) for a lunch break and free time to shop or explore.
Day 8: Guided Sight-seeing of Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace, the Domplatz (Cathedral Square) featuring the Franziskanerkirche. Two different optional excursions in the afternoon: "Sound of Music Tour" or the "Hohensalzburg Fortress" Tour. Free time in afternoon.
Day 9: Travel via the German Autobahn to Munich, the capital of Bavaria and home of Oktoberfest and Gemütlichkeit! Walking tour of city, including the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), Marienplatz with Glockenspiel, and Viktualienmarkt (open air market). Dinner that night at the Hofbräuhaus.
Day 10: Head southwest to Interlaken, Switzerland, stopping at Castle Neuschwanstein on the way. King Ludwig II of Bavaria built this fairy tale castle in the late 1800's. Walt Disney visited the castle and used it as the model for the Magic Kingdom Castle in Disney Land. Then continue south through the Swiss Alps to Interlaken.
On day 11, we climb to the top of the Schilthorn Mountain, (featured in the opening scenes of the James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Service") by cable car. At the top, there is a revolving restaurant, and a great view of the Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger peaks of the Swiss Alps (scene on this website's home page). Option to do some hiking before returning to the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where we will visit the Trummelbach Falls. Return to Interlaken for free time in the afternoon.
Pricing details of 12-day tour Poland to Interlaken:
$5164 for adults
July 2014 Kenyan Safari
Our 2014 tour took us on a safari to Kenya Africa. Sixty of us were divided into vans of six to explore Kenya, its animals and its people. We stayed at three different lodges: The Mara Sopa Lodge in the Masai Mara, Amboseli Sopa Lodge in Amboseli National Park, and Lake Nakuru Lodge near Lake Nakuru. We timed the trip to coincide with the Great Migration, and saw literally thousands of wild animals each day, including zebra, wildebeast, elephants, lions, cheetahs, hippos, rhinoceros, baboons, monkeys, hyenas, warthogs, and others. Many of the group participated in an optional hot air balloon ride one day out over the Serengeti, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush.
If there is enough interest, we plan to do this trip again in a few years. Please let us know if you are interested!
2012 Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England
Our June 19, 2012 tour began in Ireland when 28 members from Clearfield, Jefferson and Elk Countries flew to the Emerald Isle. We started with a trip around the Ring of Kerry, southern Ireland's most beautiful scenic drive. Of course we stopped in Blarney, where we had the chance to climb the circling staircase to kiss the famed Blarney Stone and visit Blarney Woolen Mills. Then on to Waterford Crystal for a demonstration and shopping time. Last stop on the Emerald Isle was Dublin, featuring Trinity College and the Book of Kells.
We crossed the Irish Sea by ferry and arrived in Wales, surrounded by sheep country, rock walls and castles. We visited Beaumaris Castle, and during our free day in Llangolen, some of the hardy travelers climbed to Castell Dinas Bran, dating back to the 1200's. From Wales we went on to England's Lake District to visit Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage, both homes of British poet William Wordsworth.
The last few days were spent in Scotland, featuring Edinburgh with its castle and Royal Mile, plus St. Andrews, birthplace of the game of golf. Our last day included a tour of a whiskey distillery.
Adult price: $4133 included hotels, two meals/day, flights, all sight-seeing, airport fees and tour guide.
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June 2011 13-day Tour of France
We started out in Paris with all the traditional sights, then headed north to Giverny, home and gardens of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. From there we traveled up to the northern coast of France, stopping at Rouen before going on to Caen and Arromanches. We had a whole day to experience the Normandy D-Day Invasion and follow the movements of the American troops who landed to liberate the French. Highlights included the Arromanche beach itself, a museum, and the American and German cemeteries.
Sea-side towns of Honfleur, St. Malo, and Mont St. Michel followed on our itinerary; each one full of breath-taking scenery and scents as we enjoyed French cuisine at every stop. A visit through the Loire River Valley took us to the chateaux Chambord, Chenonceau and Amboise. We especially enjoyed an underground dinner in a troglydyte grotto with French wines to accompany our meal.
Our final stop before arriving back in Paris was in Chartres to visit the famous gothic-style cathedral there. Back in Paris, we spent an afternoon at the Louvre art museum, and went to the top of the Eiffel Tower just at sunset to see Paris all lit up at night.
The total cost of this tour was $3,899, which included all flights, hotels, most meals, tour bus, admission fee to all places on itinerary, and our tour guide.
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June 2011 11-Day tour of Northern Italy
In June, 2009, 69 travelers, mostly from DuBois and Clearfield, spent 12 days visiting Rome and northern Italy. We started in the Lake Como area and enjoyed the Italian Alps as we explored beautiful Bolzano in the German-speaking part of Italy. In Bolzano we learned about Ötzi the iceman, discovered high in the mountains near the Austrian/Italian border after a mysterious death over 5,000 years ago.
From there we headed south, stopping in Verona en route to Venice, complete with St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, and of course, gondola rides. We were able to observe a glass-blowing demonstration, and most of us purchased at least a few pieces of Venetian Glass.
After Venice we spent a few days in Florence, visiting Michaelangelo's statue of David at the Accademia. Some of us took an optional tour to Pisa before returning for a Tuscan dinner, complete with Italian wines, music and dancing.
Then it was on to Siena and Assisi before arriving in Rome, where we visited the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, and the Catacombs.
Total price of this tour was $3,500.
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