2020-2021 Tour Summaries

Japan: Farther Afield

May 9–19, 2023
A sequel to our popular Japan highlights tour, this new itinerary will take in destinations that are a bit less visited: the natural beauty of Hakone; the city of Kanazawa with one of Japan’s most famous gardens; Japan’s other major metropolis, Osaka; Himeji Castle; Bizen pottery; the contemporary art of Naoshima Island; Hiroshima; charming Miyajima Island; and more!

Insights to Portugal

September 7–15, 2023
Portugal — the European continent’s “west coast” — has become fashionable in recent years. It’s understandable with its hundreds of miles of shore and a California-type climate. Beyond that it’s an ancient compact land with a rich history, pretty villages, monumental architecture, excellent food and wine, hospitable people, and a laid-back lifestyle. Five hundred years ago Portugal set out to explore the world. Now the world is coming to them!

Savoring New Zealand

March 3–13, 2024
After an extended closure during the pandemic New Zealand is open — and hot again as a destination! We’ve redesigned our previous itinerary to focus less on the thrill-seeing adventure activities in favor of the country’s excellent epicurean scene and some of its natural splendors. From Waiheke Island to Wellington, from Dunedin to Queenstown, this is a terrific cross-section of what this beautiful country has to offer.

Occitanie & Provence

Straddling the famed Rhône River we explore two delightful regions in the south of France —Occitanie to the west of the river, Provence to the east — while using one hotel base for the week. This sun-baked territory is rich in history and rich in its culinary offerings. Join us as we explore Nîmes, Arles, Montpellier, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and much more!

Mexico City & Oaxaca

Join us as we explore two fascinating and very different cities in Mexico. Kicking it off in Mexico City we’ll cover pre-Columbian sites, trendy neighborhoods, Frida Kahlo’s home, and the best archeological museum in Latin America while also savoring the city’s excellent food scene. Then to Oaxaca city and its surrounding areas where Indigenous cultures prevail along with an outstanding arts & crafts scene, great restaurants, mezcal bars, colorful buildings, stunning churches, and a significant archeological site.