What we're about

This group is for anyone likes to travel or wants to learn about traveling. Whether you like to explore local gems, national treasures, or far off lands, we want to hear your stories. We have a variety of people such retired travelers sharing history, not-yet travelers gathering information, wanderers constantly between trips, and more! It doesn't matter whether you are a solo traveler, couple, family or friends - all are welcome!

How this group works:

• Happy Hours - Stephanie organizes monthly happy hours, generally at Bar Louie. These usually alternate between Mondays and Wednesdays since those are the times easiest to get a table for a large group. These are casual, social occasions where we swap stories, travel trips, etc and build friendships. There's no requirement to arrive on time or stay for the entire event, feel free to drop in for as long as you are interested or to bring a friend.

• Adventure Travel Trips - Kevin posts the more popular tours run by GEC Travel (http://www.gectravel.com). These trips are booked independently of this Meetup and include people from around the country, so the RSVP list only shows a subsection of the people on the trip. GEC has many more tours and dates available than what is posted, Kevin is just kind enough to showcase some options in travel Meetup groups to make it easier for travelers like to coordinate.

• Other events - Have a trip that you want people to join you on? Want to get a group together for a local event? If there's an event that you would like to see and run, suggest it in the Proposed section of the Meetup events. This is a collaborative group, so as long as there's someone willing to run an event, I'm willing to put it on the list. Past examples include a team for Ann Arbor Field Day and a wine dinner at a local restaurant.

Why I started this group:

I used to be a part of the Chicago Adventure Travel Club, which prompted me to finally turn my travel dreams into actions. The members had a wealth of information and were eager to share. It also introduced me to GEC Travel by having a similar model of popular trips being posted as Meetup events. Upon moving to Ann Arbor, I had few friends, Meetup had few groups, and I missed having happy hours with my old group. So, I replicated the model here and the group quickly grew!

Upcoming events (5+)

RUSSIA: Luxury River Cruise - St. Petersburg to Moscow (optional Land Extension)

RUSSIA: Luxury River Cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow (Sept 1 - Sept 7, 2019) With optional Moscow & St Petersburg Extensions (Aug 29 - Sept 10, 2019) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1249) to book your spot. Join fellow travel club members from all over and experience a luxury ship-based exploration of Russia! Starting in St Petersburg, traveling up the Volga River all the way to Moscow in 5* style and comfort! Before & After the cruise, why not join the optional land-based 8d/6n Pre & Post trip extension to further tour the highlights of St Petersburg and Moscow? This package includes 5* hotels and fully guided city tours in each location – 4 days/3 nights in St Petersburg before the river cruise & 4 days/3 nights in Moscow after the cruise. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: * 7d/6n Russian River Cruise on a Russian 5* level ship * Ship Based Expedition Leaders * Local guide for optional activities * All shore landings per the daily program * Daily sightseeing in small groups, never more than 20-25 guests * All meals aboard the MS Volga Dream include house wines, beer and soft drinks * Diverse range of cultural activities aboard the ship * Formal and informal presentations by the ship's Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled Included in the Optional St Petersburg & Moscow Land-Based Trip Extension 8d/6n Pre & Post 5* Hotels & City Tours (4d/3n St Petersburg & 4d/3n Moscow) if purchased: * 6 Nights accommodation in 5-star hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg * Daily sightseeing in small groups, never more than 20-25 guests * Moscow visits include: the Kremlin, Red Square, the Armory and the Tretyakov Gallery * St. Petersburg highlights: the magnificent Hermitage, Peterhof and Catherine's Palace ----------------------------------------------------------------- GET THE SCOOP! Want to see what other Meetup members are saying? Then check out the GEC Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php). ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pricing and Booking: BASE PRICE: $2,399 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1249) to book your spot. NOTE: a meetup RSVP does NOT reserve your space. For prices, details and to book your space on this tour, please CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1249) to book your spot on the trip. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Need help booking your airfare? Just email me or give me a call at[masked] Click Here For Complete Details and Booking (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1249) Places Visited: Russian River Cruise, Russian River Cruise Group Tour, St Petersburg, Moscow, Volga River ---------------------------------------------------------------- The GEC (http://www.gectravel.com/) is a group of fun-loving Meetup travelers looking for other like-minded people to travel the world with. The travel club started over 10 years ago with just a handful of meetup members and has grown into one of the largest travel groups in the country. Check out the GEC’s Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php) to see what other Meetup members are saying about these trips. Of course, if you have any questions you can always contact me or one of the other organizers through meetup message or via phone at (617)[masked] Make Friends. Travel the World.

PERU: Group Trek to Machu Picchu (with Optional Amazon Rainforest)

Machu Picchu Trek (with optional Amazon extension) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1162) to book your spot. Join members from all over on this incredible Group Trek to Machu Picchu in Peru! 2019 DEPARTURE DATES: -- September 7-14, 2019... optional Amazon Sept 14-16 A classic 'must do' for any adventure traveler, join a group of fun, like-minded people on a 8-day group trek to Machu Picchu. On this fully supported and fully guided group trek, we'll travel along the less crowded and touristy, but more beautiful Salkantay Trail (rated as "One of The 25 Best Treks in the World" by National Geographic Traveler Magazine) through the Andes Mountains on ancient Incan trails to Machu Picchu, one the 7 Wonders of the World. Camp 1 night next to an active glacier, view snow-capped mountains up close, soak in natural hot springs along the trek, and take a scenic train ride that follows a river through dramatic mountain valleys. It's an adventure that just can't be missed! After the trek, why not join the group on an optional 3d/2n visit to the Amazon Rainforest! NOTE: On this trek, we'll have a full support staff, including cooks, local guide, and porters (with horses) to carry all our gear and setup our camps. You just need to walk and enjoy! ----------------------------------------------------------------- GET THE SCOOP! Want to see what other Meetup members are saying? Then check out the GEC Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php). ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pricing and Booking: BASE PRICE: $1,899 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1162) to book your spot. NOTE: a meetup RSVP does NOT reserve your space. For prices, details and to book your space on this tour, please CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1162) to book your spot on the trip. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Included in the awesome adventure: * Expert English speaking local guide * 8 days: 3n camping & 4n excellent hotels * Hot Springs visit during trek (subject to schedule & being open – entrance fee extra) * Guided tour of Machu Picchu * Entrance fees to Machu Picchu * Fully supported 4 day trek to Machu Picchu, including: -- Porters and cooks -- All meals on trek & breakfast in hotels -- Filtered or boiled water during trek -- Horses/mules during trek to carry gear -- All camping gear, including tents & inflatable mattress (except sleeping bag - can rent) -- Dinning tent, cooking tent, bathroom tents ----------------------------------------------------------------- Need help booking your airfare? Just email me or give me a call at[masked] Click Here For Complete Details and Booking (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1162) >Places Visited: Group Trek to Machu Picchu, Peru, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, optional Amazon Rainforest ---------------------------------------------------------------- The GEC (http://www.gectravel.com/) is a group of fun-loving Meetup travelers looking for other like-minded people to travel the world with. The travel club started over 10 years ago with just a handful of meetup members and has grown into one of the largest travel groups in the country. Check out the GEC’s Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php) to see what other Meetup members are saying about these trips. Of course, if you have any questions you can always contact me or one of the other organizers through meetup message or via phone at (617)[masked] Make Friends. Travel the World.

PERU: Non-Trek Group Trip to Machu Picchu (with Optional Amazon Rainforest)

Machu Picchu Group Trip - NON-Trekking Version (with optional Amazon extension) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1191) to book your spot. Join Meetup members from all over on this incredible Group Trip to Machu Picchu in Peru! (Note: this is the NON-Trekking version – there is a September Trekking version as well!) 2019 DEPARTURE DATE: -- September 8-14, 2019 (optional Amazon Sept 14-16) A classic 'must do' for any adventure traveler, a group tour from Cusco through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. Explore one of the 7 Wonders of the World, then journey back to Cusco via a scenic train. It's a relaxed and easy adventure that just can't be missed. ----------------------------------------------------------------- GET THE SCOOP! Want to see what other Meetup members are saying? Then check out the GEC Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php). ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pricing and Booking: BASE PRICE: $1,899 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1191) to book your spot. NOTE: a meetup RSVP does NOT reserve your space. For prices, details and to book your space on this tour, please CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1191) to book your spot on the trip. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Included in the awesome adventure: * Expert English speaking local guide * 3-4* hotels * Guided tour of Machu Picchu * Entrance fees to Machu Picchu * Guided tour of Sacred Valley * Transfers during the tour * Breakfast daily * Scenic train ride to/from Machu Picchu ----------------------------------------------------------------- Need help booking your airfare? Just email me or give me a call at[masked] Click Here For Complete Details and Booking (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1191) >Places Visited: Group Tour to Machu Picchu, Peru, Cusco, Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Aguas Calientes, Sacred Valley Ollantaytambo, Optional Amazon Rainforest Eco Lodge Adventure ---------------------------------------------------------------- The GEC (http://www.gectravel.com/) is a group of fun-loving Meetup travelers looking for other like-minded people to travel the world with. The travel club started over 10 years ago with just a handful of meetup members and has grown into one of the largest travel groups in the country. Check out the GEC’s Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php) to see what other Meetup members are saying about these trips. Of course, if you have any questions you can always contact me or one of the other organizers through meetup message or via phone at (617)[masked] Make Friends. Travel the World.

JAPAN: Kyoto & Tokyo with Bullet Train

JAPAN: Kyoto & Tokyo with Bullet Train - September 9 - 15, 2019 CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1244) to book your spot. -------------------------------------------- We will be joining Meetup members from all over on an exciting group tour to Japan! Explore beautiful Kyoto, travel to Tokyo via Japan’s ultra-highspeed bullet train, and visit cosmopolitan Tokyo. This group trip is a fantastic way to see the beauty of Japan with a group of fun, like-minded adventurers. CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1244) to book your spot. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pricing and Booking: STARTING PRICE: $1,999 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1244) to book your spot. NOTE: a meetup RSVP does NOT reserve your space. For prices, details and to book your space on this tour, please CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1244). ----------------------------------------------------------------- PLEASE NOTE: These small group trips are open for anyone to join. You can sign up as a solo traveler (roommate matching is free - or you can get your own room) OR join with a spouse, friends or other family members. All are welcome! ----------------------------------------------------------------- GET THE SCOOP! Want to see what other Meetup members are saying? Then check out the GEC Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php). ----------------------------------------------------------------- Included in the awesome adventure: * 3-4 star hotels * Day tour of Tokyo * Tokyo Bay Cruise * Walking tour of Kyoto * Evening walking tour of Gion Kyoto * High-speed bullet train Tokyo to Kyoto * Guided tours as mentioned in itinerary with expert English speaking local guides * GEC English speaking Trip Leader * Excellent mid-range hotels * Breakfast daily * Entrance fees to all sites as indicated in the itinerary * All transfers and tours as indicated in modern air-conditioned vehicles Need help finding airfare? Just email me or give me a call at[masked] CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1244) to book your spot. Places Visited: Japan Group Tour, Tokyo, Kyoto, Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama, Nara, Gion ---------------------------------------------------------------- The GEC (http://www.gectravel.com/) is a group of fun-loving Meetup travelers looking for other like-minded people to travel the world with. The travel club started over 10 years ago with just a handful of meetup members and has grown into one of the largest travel groups in the country. Check out the GEC’s Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php) to see what other Meetup members are saying about these trips. Of course, if you have any questions you can always contact me or one of the other organizers through meetup message or via phone at (617)[masked] Make Friends. Travel the World.

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