What we're about

Our name couldn't say it better. We love food, wine, chocolate, & travel. Join our local bay area events which range from eating out, chocolate & wine tastings, hiking, foodie events, & local and international excursions (of course we indulge in the first three on these bigger trips too!)

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Colorful Cuba

Havana

Colorful Cuba

January 2 - January 10, 2022

Join Here: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/cuba-small-group-tours/

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Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club are relaunching their Colorful Cuba tour. It is an excellent program full of surprises, fun, and off the beaten path sights - and it is 100% legal! Take this once in a lifetime trip to this undisturbed Caribbean gem!

* 8N/9D throughout the best of Cuba with amazing off the path experiences!
* One-of-a-kind "casa particulares" (small converted homes & guesthouses!)
* Privately guided adventures and local experts throughout
* Breakfast every day
* 3 Dinners, 4 Lunches INCLUDED
* Legal, licensed & permitted program with all USA compliance requirements met under the SCP Program

Email us directly at [masked] to receive a detailed daily itinerary!

Havana

* Old Havana: Privately guided walking tour including many of the historical sites

* "Fusterlandia" & Jaimanitas Fishing Village: Colorful fishing village made famous by local artist, Jose Fuster, outside Havana

Soroa

* Unesco Biosphere Reserve

* Callejon de Hamel: Street art project where resident Salvador Gonzáles Escalona has decorated and painted in vibrant colors a pedestrian alleyway with scrap objects

* Las Terrazas: Mountain community was built as a reforestation project in the 1960s and is now part of the same UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

* Orchid Garden: Specialized botanical garden, with a collection of 20,000 specimens and more than 350 species of orchids

Viñales

* Sustainable Farm Discovery: Cuban farmer and his family who'll show us around their organic farm and explain the methods they use to grow their produce without pesticides or artificial fertilizers

* Valley Walking Tour & Tobacco Plantation: A beautiful walk through the valley to a local tobacco farm to learn about the making of Cuba’s famous cigars

* Cuban Cooking Class: Learn to cook Cuban-style with a cooking demonstration of 'platos tipicos'.

Cienfuegos

* Bay of Pigs: Scenic drive along the site where the Bay of Pigs occurred in 1961.

* Sinkhole or Ocean Snorkel: Stop for a swim and snorkel in the ocean or by a sinkhole which resembles a huge natural tropical fish tank.

* Guided Orientation Walk & Palacio de Valle : A short walk to see and learn the local landmarks followed by a visit to the Palacio de Valle, an "Arabian Nights" like aspiring restaurant with a fantastic terrace bar.

Trinidad

* Guided Trinidad Walk: Cultural tour of numerous churches, museums, and many colonial buildings

* Learn to Bartend: Bartending demonstration and discussion of the history behind Cuba’s most popular cocktails.

* Salsa Lesson: Visit a local dance school for a demonstration and lesson in the dances of Cuba

* Salto de Javira Waterfall: An easy hike to this beautiful waterfall, perfect for photos and a dip to cool off.

* Dinner on the Beach: Weather permitting, we'll celebrate this amazing journey together with a feast on the beach!

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!

Price: $2,295.00
Single Supplement: $695.00

Check out our club's official trip page: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/cuba-small-group-tours/

Astounding Antarctica

Antarctica

January 25th - February 6th, 2022

Our friends at Photofly Travel Club ( https://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have planned an unbelievable adventure to Antarctica!

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/antarctica-group-tours/

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!

This "lost world" truly is like traveling to another planet! The unbelievable landscapes, animals, colors, and light make Antarctica a premiere destination for photographers, adventure travelers, nature lovers, history buffs, & just about every other type of traveler out there! Our travel club has partnered with the best specialized operator in the industry taking groups to the Arctic and Antarctic for over 25 years!

P.S. It's obviously quite expensive getting to the most remote place on earth, but we encourage you to research other options out there so you can see how incredible our value is!

Getting There...(~3 nights)

* Night 1: We sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.
* Day 2-3: Crossing the Drake Passage. Along the way we'll enjoy fascinating lectures by experts in marine biology, mountaineering, Antarctic research, & more.

- Wildlife Along the Way: Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds we might see.

Exploring Antarctica...(~5-6 nights)

"Antarctica’s surreal remoteness, extreme cold, enormous ice shelves and mountain ranges, and myriad exotic life forms invariably challenge you to embrace life fully...Antarctica is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary species. Some, such as the enormous whales, migrate from afar, while others, including the Weddell seal and emperor penguin, remain close to the continent. Antarctica possesses an unnameable quality. Call it inspiration, call it grandeur…it is simply the indescribable feeling of being a small speck in a vast, harshly beautiful land. To let our minds soar in a place nearly free of humankind’s imprint: this is magic." -Lonely Planet

Neumayer Channel: Great for multiple basecamp activities from the protected waters around Wiencke Island. We can enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea with Zodiac and kayaking trips, possible snowshoe hikes, and soft-climb mountaineering options farther inland.

Pléneau & Petermann Islands: Sail through the stunning and world famous Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. Also a good chance we'll encounter humpback, minke whales, & leopard seals here! Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious mountaineering trips are the potential activities of this location.

Neko Harbor: An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbor offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay: We have the chance to make camp here like a true polar explorer enjoying a supreme overnight Antarctic adventure!

Activities & Adventures

*Shore excursions and Zodiac cruises to enjoy wildlife and nature experiences
*Overnight camping opportunity with gear provided
*Hiking
*Kayaking (optional)
*Photography workshops
*Mountaineering (optional)
*Onboard interactive workshops
*International airfare not included

*Don't forget to e-mail us for the daily itinerary for our Antarctica small group tours ([masked])

Available rooms:

Quad Cabin (4 twin beds/both bunk beds; 2 portholes)
Twin Cabin Porthole (2 twin beds; 2 portholes)
Twin Cabin Window (2 twin beds; 2 windows)
Twin Cabin Deluxe (2 twin beds; small sofa; 3 windows)
Superior Double (1 double bed; 1 sofa bed; 2 windows)

*For our solo travelers, we will pair you up with same sex UNLESS single occupancy is requested to have your own room. Prices begin at $9,395, please message directly for pricing and availability.

Amazing Australia

Sydney

The Land Down Under
April 1st - April 12th 2022

Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (http://www.photoflytravel.com/) have invited us to this amazing new adventure!

Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/australia-group-tours/

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* 11 nights/12 days throughout the best of Australia
* Breakfast daily
* 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners

Sydney: 3 Nights

As Australia’s largest city, Sydney embraces its harbor, taking the sea and natural waterways to its heart. The grand style of the Sydney Opera House has made the city the landmark of the South Pacific.

- Privately Guided City Tour through highlights of Sydney (Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge, Darling Harbor, The Rocks district, Parliament House, Kings Cross, Watson’s Bay, Bondi Beach)
- Free time to explore

Port Stevens & Nelson Bay Full Day Adventure:

* Discover the beautiful North Coast region of Port Stephens
* Port Stevens Dolphin Watch Cruise: Search for pods of bottlenose dolphins
* 4WD Sand Dunes Adventure: Experience the grandeur and tranquility of this local desert wilderness and try sand- boarding

The Whitsunday Islands & Great Barrier Reef: 4 Nights

A great way for you to experience everything the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

- Great Barrier Reef Full Day Adventure: adjacent to Hardy Reef, numerous ways to explore the reef, from the underwater viewing chamber, to the semi-submersible submarines, or snorkeling & diving! Morning tea, afternoon tea, buffet lunch, and included snorkel gear (fins & mask, wetsuit) included. Intro and certified diving options available (additional cost)
- Scenic helicopter flights (additional cost)
- Whitehaven Beach Cruise and Island Exploration: See the very best of the Whitsunday Islands National Park on our fully guided half day cruise.
- Explore Hamilton Island
- Entry into “Wild Life Hamilton Island” (research zoo)
- Relax and explore the beaches of Hamilton Island
- Use of catamarans, paddle skis, windsurfers, and snorkeling equipment
- Use of gym, spa, & sauna
- Unlimited use of the scheduled shuttle

Melbourne: 4 Nights

Simply stated, Melbourne is friendly elegance and Australia’s cosmopolitan and sophisticated lifestyle capital.

- Private guided city tour throughout the highlights of Melbourne (architecture of central business district, Captain Cook’s Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens, Botanical Gardens, Queen Victorian Markets, Shrine of Remembrance, St Patrick’s Cathedral)
-Unique, privately guided Lanes & Arcades walking tour

Wilsons Promontory Full Day Adventure:

Located at the southern most point of mainland Australia, this wildlife haven will inspire and intrigue even the most discerning traveler, with its panoramic views, pristine white beaches, coastal forests, cool climate rain forests and well preserved walking tracks.

- 3-4 hours of bush walking & exploring
- Wildlife viewing opportunities
- Hike through some spectacular tracks (easy – medium graded walks)
- Squeaky Beach: Be entertained by the pure white quartz squeaky sands as we walk towards Tidal River
- Breathtaking coastal views
- One of a kind Farewell Dinner at The Meat & Wine Co.

* Tour Leader and photographer to help those interested in photography throughout these Australia group tours
* 2 Domestic flights INCLUDED (Sydney –> Hamilton Island / Hamilton Island –> Melbourne)
* International Airfare is not included. We are happy to help you find a good flight as always! (Flying into Sydney (SYD) & Departing from Melbourne (MEL)
* All Taxes, Fees, & Transfers Included

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!

Join Us!

*For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $[masked]
Single Supplement: $974.00

Deposit: $600.00
*RSVP does not guarantee spot, only deposit will save you a space!

Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/australia-group-tours/

Kauai Revealed!

Kauai

We're invited to another incredible adventure with our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club!

The last 2 years, this tropical wonderland adventure sold out in a few days! Don't hesitate to sign up before it's too late!

Email us to see daily itinerary at [masked]

Sign up & Secure your spot at: http://www.photoflytravel.org/kauai-group-tours/

We’ll explore the best Kauai has to offer. This 7 day all-inclusive Kauai group tour combines great food, great photography, & exciting hikes and excursions. From the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific", to secluded beaches along the most beautiful & dramatic coastline in Hawaii, we’ll experience the incredible diversity that is Kauai!

Our Hawaii group tour offers an intimate, small group experience with two knowledgeable guides and our very own chef. The all-inclusive adventure includes meals and all you can drink non-alcoholic & alcoholic beverages throughout. Our attention to detail and carefully planned excursions to various off the beaten path locations makes this a truly unique experience.

*6 night/7 day adventure throughout the best of Kauai

*Beautiful home on the quiet side of the island (pool access, modern finishes, washer/dryer, WiFi, etc.)

*All meals included and prepared by private chef

*All tours privately guided throughout

*Visit Old Koloa Town (shop & wander the streets of this historical, quaint art town)

*Na Pali Coast lookout; scenic drive ending at this stunning photography spot

*Best snorkeling on Kauai (gear included); snorkel the renowned Tunnels Beach and check out the reefs at Poipu

*Walk the stunning Lumahai Beach; one of the most beautiful in Hawaii and famous for being filmed in the Hollywood classic, South Pacific

*Epic Waimea Canyon scenic road trip & hike; we’ll stop at the best view points of the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” and then hike along the north rim with incredible vista’s for awesome photography with a cooling, beautiful waterfall along the way

*Shipwreck Beach & Lithified Cliffs adventure; ancient limestone sea cliffs overlooking Shipwreck Beach with amazing views and a treasure trove of fossils, petroglyphs, and sacred burial grounds

*See & photograph Spouting Horn; natural blowhole caused by surging waves crashing up and out of a lava tube)

*Hidden Beaches of Na Pali Coast Zodiac Adventure - one of a kind boat ride along the dramatic & lush cliffs of Na Pali, Kauai’s most stunning coastline. We’ll stop at hidden beaches only accessible by boat for a truly off the path experience in paradise!

*Awesome optional adventures (helicopter rides, gorgeous botanical gardens, guided kayaking and snorkel adventure, and more!)

*Knowledgeable photographer available throughout to teach and offer photography tips & tricks for anyone interested (this is an amazing trip to learn the basics of photography–so many great picture opportunities with a seasoned travel photographer by our side)

*All transfers, taxes, & entrance fees Included

E-mail us at [masked] for the complete daily itinerary!

Join Us!

*For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $2,995

*Single Supplement: $895 *LIMITED SINGLE ROOMS AVAILABLE, WAITLIST

OR

Deposit: $895.00

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/kauai-group-tours/

*Deposit needed to secure spot, RSVPing does not secure your spot.

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