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This group is for women and men 40+ (this age is a guideline, only) who love learning about the culture and cuisine of a region while traveling. I am a travel organizer and will post my tours for those who are interested in immersive cultural and culinary travel. My tours are small (no more than 15 guests). Some tours are co-ed and some are for women only. These trips are unique experiences involving the history, culture, food, wine, art, architecture and traditions of a region. They are immersive tours. Two local guides also go on these trips. These tours are more like a group of friends traveling together than a traditional tour. This group is ideal for solo and retired guests, friend getaways, family reunions, co-workers, etc. Calling all those who love adventure, learning and those who love food & wine!

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ECUADOR: Quito & The Galapagos Islands

Ecuador

TRIP DATES: January 27 - February 3, 2022

Experience Quito, a capital city and UNESCO World Heritage Site high in the Andes. This is a warm and relaxed city with a traditional vibrant culture stemming from its long and rich history. Take in the highlights of Quito with its narrow streets, colorful colonial architecture and lively plazas. Ride the Teleférico to Pichincha Volcano for spectacular views over Quito’s mountainous landscape. Then, fly to Baltra Island to begin a 6-day/5 night luxury catamaran cruise through the Eastern Galapagos Islands. Situated in the Pacific Ocean roughly 620 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the 19 islands and surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution. At the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galapagos archipelago is a melting pot of marine species. Explore these volcanic islands only accessible by water with an onboard naturalist. Spot sea birds such as blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds with their bright red pouches to attract females. Snorkel in turquoise waters amongst tropical fish and sea turtles, come face-to-face with land and marine iguanas and stroll along white-sand beaches alive with sea lions. Observe giant tortoises in their natural habitat. This is the Galapagos…cruising lets you slow the slow pace, relax and take in this world-renowned nature sanctuary.

Highlights:

* Quito Teleférico Ride to Pichincha Volcano
* Colonial Quito Walking Tour with Lunch
* Gourmet Welcome Dinner at Neuma Restaurant
* 5 night/6 day Eastern Galapagos cruise onboard 16-passenger luxury Alya Catamaran

Eastern Islands include:

North Seymour Island
South Plaza Island
Santa Fe Island
San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center, Lobos Island
Expañola Island: Gardner Bay, Suarez Point
Floreana Island: Cormorant Point, Alieri Hill
Santa Cruz Highlands

* An onboard naturalist guide who leads two excursions/day on land and water
* Hiking, snorkeling (equipment provided), panga rides, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding
* San Cristobal Interpretation Center (permanent exhibit of the history of human presence in the Galapagos)
* Santa Cruz Highlands to observe the Galapagos Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat

Included:

* 2 nights accommodations at Illa Experience Hotel in Quito
Teleférico Quito
* Colonial Quito Walking Tour with lunch
* Gourmet Welcome Dinner at Neuma Restaurant
* 6 day/5 night cruise onboard the luxury Alya Catamaran
* Service of a naturalist guide who leads two land or water excursions/day
* 3 meals/per day
* All activities onboard the catamaran: snorkeling (equipment provided); panga boat rides, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding
* Naturalist lectures in the evening
* Domestic airfare: Quito-Baltra-Quito (value: $[masked])
* Galapagos National Park Fee & Transit Control Card
* San Cristobal Interpretation Center
* Santa Cruz Highlands
* All transfers
* Wyndam Hotel Quito (day use of a room before the late-night flight home)

Excluded:

* International airfare
* Travel insurance
* Gratuities
* Alcoholic beverages

Cost: $ 6420 - based on double occupancy

** NOTE: There is one single cabin on the catamaran (contact us for more information)

NEW ZEALAND'S NORTH & SOUTH ISLANDS: March 1-17, 2022

RESCHEDULED TO 2022 DUE TO CONTINUED BORDER CLOSURE..

This guided tour is an exploration of New Zealand’s North and South Islands. You will experience this amazing country with those who know it best. New Zealand is a land of diverse and stunning beauty – jagged mountains, steep fiords, pristine lakes, raging rivers, scenic pastures, crystal clear beaches, glaciers, rainforests, active volcanic zones and much more! This is a unique itinerary that will explore these regions while focusing on the history of the native Maori, the culture of New Zealand today, the premier wine regions on both islands and New Zealand’s culinary world. This trip is not to be missed with some exciting off-the-beaten-path experiences. If you have always wanted to go to New Zealand, this is THE trip!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

* Auckland’s Sky Tower & Welcome Dinner at The Sugar Club
* America’s Cup Sailing Adventure in Auckland
* R/T Ferry to Waiheke Island from Auckland
* Waiheke Island Guided Wine Tour with Lunch at Mudrick Vineyards
* Kauri Tree Forest
* Coromandel Boat Trip with Snorkeling
* Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach
* Hobbiton Guided Tour
* Te Puia Mudpools & Geyers
* Kahukiwi Luxury 4WD Rotorua Experience
* Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
* Rotorua Māori Cultural Performance & Hangi Dinner
* Ferry Crossing from North to South Island via Cook Strait
* Amisfield Winery Tour & Tastings
* Abel Tasman National Park Sea Kayaking
* Franz Josef Glacier
* Rock Ferry Winery Tour with Lunch & Cloudy Bay Winery Tastings
* Milford Sound Cruise/Fiordland National Park
....and much more!

INCLUDES:

* 15 days service of certified New Zealand tour guide who will travel with the group
* 15 nights accommodations in 4 & 5* hotels (properties feature super city, mountain, lake, rainforest and beach locations)
* Gourmet meals at select restaurants, cafes, wineries and picnics (as per Daily Itinerary)
* Breakfast in the hotel daily
* Private transportation by coach
* Ferry crossing from Wellington to Pichton (North to South Island) via Cook Strait
* All site entry fees and activities
* Winery tours & tastings
* Free time built into the itinerary to relax or explore on your own
* The donation of a large native tree – a sustainability initiative to offset carbon emissions

NOT INCLUDED:

* International airfare
* Some meals (two full meals provided per day)
* Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter – optional excursion
* Alcoholic beverages
* Travel insurance
* Gratuity for the guide

Tour starts in Auckland and ends in Queenstown. Daily Itinerary and pricing are at www.packafork.com. Ask about flight details. Contact Patty at[masked] or by email at [masked].

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