Bucket List Trips
Have yourself a BLT!
One of a Kind Trips
Join the revellers and get the party started! In Scotland, New Year's carousing gets underway when thousands of torch-bearers join Up Helly Aa's Vikings, pipes and drums. Together, they march through the heart of Edinburgh with flaming torches, creating a river of fire down the historic Royal Mile to Holyrood Park for the finale and closing celebrations.
Join a tour of the top sites in Ireland finishing with a stay in a castle. Yes, they still make crystal in Waterford. Yes, Kissing the Blarney Stone can be fun (or fun to watch and the views from the top of Blarney Castle are pretty nice too and one stop shopping can be found at the Blarney Woolen Mills). This trip includes: a Medieval Castle Banquet, Cliffs of Moher & River Shannon Ferry, Ring of Kerry Tour & Sheepdog Trials, Blarney Castle & Cobh Heritage Centre (take your picture with the statue of Annie Moore, see the history of immigration and the stories of ill-fated Titanic and Lusitania), Waterford Crystal & 6th Century Glendalough, Dublin Sightseeing Tour & Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardes, then the tour ends at Dromoland Castle Hotel.
Enjoy the Informal Elegance of the Star Clippers as you sail from iconic Athens, then three days in three different ports in Greece, with a stop in Sicily ending in Malta where you can stay for a few extra days to explore. "On Star Clippers, you will find that there are no rigid schedules. You are free to do as you wish with your days – and evenings. To entertain you, we bring local performers on board to give passengers an authentic taste of the local music and arts."
Small ship cruises with G-Adventures to the Galapagos: "Snorkel with sea lions, soak up the sun with iguanas or marvel at the natural beauty that surrounds you – just a typical day on a Galápagos tour! Situated 965km (600 mi) off the coast of Ecuador, this isolated haven of biodiversity remains nature’s greatest science laboratory, home to a dazzling array of birds, reptiles, fish and mammals that you won’t find anywhere else."
Experience a small group (max 16 people) safari from Victoria Falls to Cape Town. "This 18-day National Geographic Journey through four African countries hits the highlights and is perfect for the adventurer who wants to discover the region’s diversity. Explore the Okavango Delta by dugout mokoro canoe, marvel at some of the highest sand dunes in the world in the Namib Desert, and meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari. Your knowledgeable CEO will take care of the hassles and planning while you recharge in hotels, local lodges, and camps for a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience you'll forever treasure."
G-Adventures is one of the tour companies that I have access to. I like them because they are small group travel adventure experts and have a philosophy of "Responsible Travel". See this page for more info: https://www.gadventures.com/about-us/responsible-travel/
Join my friends Francesca and Tom, with Castles & Kitchens, for a wonderful week in Chianti - they invite you to "Go beyond being a tourist. Get to know the people. Let them get to know you. Experience the rhythm of life in this place." "Our week in Chianti is dedicated to getting to know this unique area and its people. What better window into a culture than its kitchen table? Tuscan cuisine is as honest and down to earth as its people. Roasted and grilled meats, fresh vegetables, soups, and pastas are elevated by the sublime addition of the local olive oil." On this vacation, you can "do as much or as little as you like, on your own schedule. All your food and wine at the house is included. We have also included a day tour of Chianti, winery tours, and an offsite cooking class. You are welcome to shop with us at the markets any or every day, explore with us or on your own, and cook with us, or sleep in every morning. It’s YOUR vacation!"
PROJECT EXPEDITION - Discover and book tours and activities
Sandals Family of Brands
These links take you to Kathie's "co-branded" Globus sites. That means Globus owns the pages, including the colors that don't match this site, but they are linked back to Kathie so she will be responsible for helping you with the booking process and any help you need for your trip.
Viking River Cruises
Viking Co-Branded site.