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Experimental Art Cruise

August 29, 2018

This year’s featured artists: Staci Krupa

“Experiential travel” means using all of your senses and valuing the experiences you actually have over what you have been told you should be doing by someone else.

We all enjoy different things and our travel should reflect this.

Our preferences should be our guide.

Traveling is always a new experience, but when you feel the place instead of just looking at it, you have captured experiential travel and sometimes the simplest moments during our travels can provide the greatest memories and experiences.    Some years ago, while in Australia, I took the train into the Blue Mountains and found a lovely café with an inspiring massage painted on the wall.  This message has guided me in so many ways and I have attached a copy of the essay.

Another moment was in Dublin, two years ago, when I was bumped off my flight and enjoyed a local’s river dance festival in the park.

Daily life of the place became my greatest memory.

If you have a passion for art and painting, this would offer a wonderful opportunity to experience an art themed cruise with beautiful scenery and iconic images that truly will provide experiential travel.

Whether you are an accomplished painter or a beginner, the beautiful scenery in Europe, New England or the Mediterranean areas will provide the perfect setting.

All levels of experience is welcome and each artist can decide which venue or image they would most like to paint during their painting sessions ashore.

Some of the benefits….

  • Painting sessions ashore
  • Art Show on board
  • Private Painting venue onboard ship
  • Travel with other artists
  • Showcase your work at an art reception
  • The experience would provide a work of art that can be sold at either art shows or kept as a special memory from this experience
  • The trip may be tax deductible

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Trip To Ireland and Iceland

CELEBRITY REFLECTION
Trip To Ireland And Iceland

MAY 16 – 26, 2019

Fares are cruise only as presented, per person, based on double occupancy, capacity controlled and subject to availability.

Date/ Port/ Arrive / Depart

Thursday, May 16: Dublin, Ireland; Departs 10:00pm

Friday, May 17: Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland; Departs 9:00am and arrives 5:00pm

Saturday, May 18: At Sea

Sunday, May 19: Reykjavik, Iceland; Departs 1:00pm

Monday, May 20: Reykjavik, Iceland; Departs 3:00pm

Tuesday, May 21: Akureyri, Iceland; Departs 10:30am and arrives 6:30pm

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Wednesday, May 22: At Sea

Thursday, May 23: Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland; Departs 10:00am and arrives 6:00pm

Friday, May 24: At Sea

Saturday, May 25: Cork (Cobh), Ireland; Departs 10:00am and arrives 5:00pm

Sunday, May 26:  Dublin, Ireland; Departs 7:30am

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Viking Trip to Egypt

2020

Details TBA

Day 1 — Cairo, Egypt

Arrive in Cairo, Egypt’s exhilarating capital. This pulsating, historic city was made prosperous over millennia as a stopover for Sahara caravans on trade routes to Byzantium. Transfer to the First-Class Ritz Carlton Nile (or similar) for a 3-night stay.

Day 2 — Cairo, Egypt

This morning we take an excursion to the necropolis at Sakkara to see the world’s oldest step pyramid. After lunch, continue to the Giza Plateau to behold the only Wonder of the Ancient World still standing: the Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. There, you can experience them as the ancients did—from astride the “ships of the desert”—during a brief camel ride. Nearby, see the Great Sphinx, forever facing due east. Return to your hotel for dinner and a free evening to relax or explore on your own. (B, L, D)

Day 3 — Cairo, Egypt

Today the fascinating sights of Cairo unfold before you. Marvel at the sprawling Citadel of the Mountain and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Then tour the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and admire its huge collection of artifacts, and visit the famous gallery displaying the riches of King Tutankhamen. After lunch on your own at or near your hotel, use your free time in the afternoon to follow your own interests. Later, you might join an optional visit to Khan el-Khalili, Cairo’s most famous outdoor souk (bazaar). After an orientation from your guide, you can shop for all manner of Egyptian goods, from brassware to spices, and admire the Al-Azhar Mosque. Conclude your outing with a traditional Egyptian dinner at a local restaurant. (B)

Day 4 — Luxor, Egypt

Early this morning, fly to Luxor, the ancient city of Thebes beautifully set on the Nile River, where history will be brought to life by your expert Egyptologist. At the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, long buried beneath desert sands, walk among monumental peristyles and obelisks, and learn how ancient hieroglyphics hint at the beliefs and lifestyle of ancient Egyptians. Proceed to your Nile cruise ship for check-in and a welcome lunch. Join an excursion to the Luxor Library and Heritage Center, where the city’s past is preserved and shared in engaging exhibits. Enjoy an onboard dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5 — Luxor, Egypt

Relax over breakfast, or (weather permitting) join an optional early-morning hot air balloon ride over Luxor’s temples and monuments. Marvel at breathtaking views of an ancient city, the surrounding desert sands and the magnificent Nile. Later, head to the Nile’s west bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, where ancient pharaohs were entombed deep in the hillsides, and the Valley of the Queens, resting place of pharaohs’ wives. Here you enjoy Privileged Access to the tomb of Queen Nefertari, an exquisitely preserved tomb only a few visitors get to see. Among the sites is the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of Egypt’s few female rulers and most successful pharaohs. Return to your ship as we set sail for Qena; lunch and dinner are served on board as we cruise along the spectacular Nile. (B, L, D)

Day 6 — Qena, Egypt

This morning’s excursion takes you to the sprawling complex of Dendera. Remarkably, its fascinating Temple of Hathor was built not by the ancient Egyptians, but by Ptolemies and Romans in classic Egyptian style. During your tour, walk through its towering stone gate to view the columns and hieroglyphics of some of Egypt’s best preserved structures. Return to your ship after a guided visit. (B, L, D)

Day 7 — Esna, Egypt

Disembark at Esna today to explore the red sandstone Temple of Khnum. In the 1st-century Hypostyle Hall, admire its 24 columns, 6 across and 4 deep, each topped by a differently designed, intricately carved floral capital. As you explore, be sure to examine the hieroglyphics depicting Roman emperors making offerings to the gods. After a guided tour, use your free time to take in more of this fascinating site on your own. Alternatively, head to Esna Village on foot for a full tour of the town and its lively market scene. View the temple remains and stroll the covered street market, where you can witness an array of colorful fabrics. (B, L, D)

Day 8 — Aswan, Egypt

Awake in Aswan this morning, Egypt’s bustling market city. Today, you can choose to visit the Aswan High Dam, visit a local market and take a scenic Nile cruise on a felucca, a traditional Egyptian wooden sailboat. Or join an optional excursion to Abu Simbel to admire the Great Temple of Ramses II, Egypt’s longest-ruling pharaoh. It is dominated by 4 colossal statues, 60 feet high and directly facing the rising sun. The statues are all of Ramses, with his queen and daughters at his feet. Moved from its original location near Aswan to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, it was built as a tribute to the deities and Ramses II’s favorite wife, Nefertari. Make the most of your overnight stay with an optional sound and light show at Philae Temple, and discover the legend of Goddess Isis and God Osiris. Afterward, return to your ship for dinner on board and spend the night in Aswan. (B, L, D)

Day 9 — Aswan, Egypt

After breakfast, receive a warm welcome at a Nubian village, where you visit the elementary school and are invited into a local home to get a glimpse of day-to-day life. Then, visit Philae Temple—the small, elegant Temple of Isis, rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser that submerged Philae Island. This temple is one of the Nubian monuments that comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have lunch on board as you enjoy scenic cruising along the Nile. Disembark later to explore Kom Ombo. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the unusual double temple dedicated to the sky god Haroeris and the crocodile god Sobek, a protective deity thought to have created the world. (B, L, D)

Day 10 — Edfu, Egypt

This morning, ride in a horse-drawn calèche, or carriage, to the Temple of Horus. Dedicated to the falcon-headed god of light, it was built in Edfu during the Ptolemaic Dynasty. This is another of Egypt’s best preserved temples, fronted by a massive wall whose entrance is flanked by 2 falcon statues. Or, you can choose to visit Edfu market with our resident chef and hear him explain this evening’s planned tasting menu. Enjoy more Nile cruising today, marveling at the lush green riverbanks backed by hills of desert sands. (B, L, D)

Day 11 — Luxor, Egypt

Early this morning, disembark in Luxor and head for the airport for your flight back to Cairo. Check in to the first-class Cairo Citystars Hotel (or similar) for 1 night and enjoy a buffet-style lunch, followed by free time, or take an optional tour to the Coptic Quarter and Jewish Synagogue. Return to your hotel and later enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 12 — Cairo, Egypt

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, extend your journey for 4 nights in Jordan to see the ‟lost city” of Petra. (B)

* One shore excursion included per port as indicated (included); all others available at an extra charge. Depending on you

 

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Garden Club Travel Program Chelsea Garden Show London Plus Dublin Bloom

May 24 – June 1, 2018

Thursday 24th May

Overnight flight to England

Friday 25th May

Arrive London Heathrow where we will meet and take you to your centrally located London hotel but not before a cup of coffee and a leg stretch around the beautiful ornamental Saville Gardens which have developed under royal patronage for over 80 years.  Once checked in the balance of the day is at leisure.  Overnight in London for 2 nights

Saturday 26th May

Starting the tour on a really high note there’s a one way transfer to a truly rewarding day at the Chelsea Flower Show.  Organized by the Royal Horticultural Society it dates back to the mid-19th century and takes place in the grounds of The Royal Hospital (near Sloane Square) with a huge display of plants and a multitude of gardening accessories and tools.  Among the offerings are new plant launches, more than 20 show gardens predicting coming trends and flower arranging demonstrations.  Awards are also given for categories such as Best Chic Garden and Best City Garden.  Stay as long as you like and the evening’s free.

 

Sunday 27th May

Leaving London, your finals destination will be at a hotel in the north Cotswold but not before a visit to see the spectacular Capability Brown landscape at Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.  During the subsequent meander through the Cotswold, the journey will be punctuated by a visit to a privately-owned garden that only opens to the general public as part of the National Garden Scheme.  We’ll choose one that’s serving tea and cakes!  Overnight in the Chipping Campden/Broadway area for the next 2 nights.

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Monday 28th May

Today’s focus will sharpen on two sensational gardens linked by a short and pleasant walk, firstly at Hidcote Manor one of England’s great gardens where you’ll discover their famous ‘garden rooms’, each possessing its own special theme and character.  On then to the plantsman’s delight at Kiftsgate Court, the creation of three generations of women gardeners dating back to the 1920s and a winner of the fiercely contested and prestigious Christies/Historic Houses Association Garden of the Year.

Tuesday 29th, May

This morning’s highlight will be a visit to the world famous Powis Castle Gardens, laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, perched high on a rock above the terrace gardens, complete with their original statues. On then to your hotel in the North Wales coastal resort of Llandudno.

Wednesday 30th May

Your final destination today is Dublin but before heading for Holy Head for the fast ferry across the Irish sea, by way of a grand finale you will spend a couple of hours at Bodnant, one of the most beautiful gardens in Britain with grand formal terraces facing the Snowdonia mountain range, the towering trees and rhododendrons in The Dell and the famous Laburnum Arch which should be in full flower at this time of the year.  With a photo op at Llanfair PG, the Welsh village with the longest name in Britain to the ferry port for the quick crossing to

Dublin.  Overnight here for the next 2 nights

Thursday 31st May

Your final day will be spent at Bloom, Ireland’s largest gardening, horticultural and food festival with numerous highly creative demonstration gardens and plant displays.

Friday 1st June

Transfers to Dublin Airport for the return flight home

TRIP INCLUDES:

  • Seven nights’ accommodations in 4-star standard hotels as follows:-

Two nights London (Millennium Gloucester or similar)

Two nights Cotswold (Noel Arms at Chipping Campden or similar) One night North Wales (The Imperial Llandudno or similar)

Two nights Dublin (Brooks or similar)

  • Full Breakfast daily
  • Private coach transportation for all services as described in the above itinerary
  • Ferry journey Holy Head-Dublin
  • Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout tour
  • Entry fees and admissions as follows:-

Saville Gardens, Blenheim Palace, Kiftsgate Court, Hidcote Manor, Powis Castle, Bodnant

Gardens

 

Special features;

  • Ticket to Chelsea Flower Show and Bloom Dublin
  • Visit to an NGS private garden
  • All taxes

Cost per person for the above tour is:

Based on a group of 20  passengers                $2,950.00

SINGLE ACCOMMODATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR AN ADDITIONAL $ 900

ROUND TRIP AIR FARE TO ENGLAND AND OUT OF IRELAND IS ADDITIONAL COST AND A GROUP CONTRACT WILL BE SECURED ONCE TRIP IS CONFIRMED

TRAVEL INSURANCE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED AND PREMIUM IS LISTED BELOW TO BE ADDED TO FIRST DEPOSIT.

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