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This group is for women 40+ who want to travel in a small group setting. I am an independent travel designer. I put together small group, immersive trips that are fully guided to international destinations. If you are interested in history, culture, architecture, art, wine and food focused on a part of the world, this is the right group for you. You can come as a solo traveler, yet have travel companions in the group. It's a lot of fun and everyone comes home with new friends. Join us on an adventure!

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MAINE: A Windjamming & Culinary Adventure

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DATES OF TRIP: August 14 - September 2, 2022

This adventure starts in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine. Bar Harbor is the gateway to Acadia National Park and the largest town on Mount Desert Island. It’s known for its natural beauty, rich history, celebrity residents, port scene and, of course, Maine lobster. Explore Acadia National Park: take in the views of Maine’s islands from the summit of Cadillac Mountain and hike on Ocean Path with its stunning rocky coastline. Then, on to Rockland to embark on a four-day sail on the Schooner Ladona. Originally launched in 1922, it is now one in the fleet of Maine’s historic windjammers (and she is a beauty)! Relax, enjoy the spectacular scenery as it breezes by, visit fishing villages, spot wildlife and chat with fellow travelers. Enjoy the best lobster you’ve likely ever eaten during an onshore lobster bake. The cuisine reflects the pure aesthetic of Maine with fresh, local ingredients carefully prepared by Ladona’s Chef Anna. After the sailing, visit the charming town of Camden and tour the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Finally, follow a local guide in Portland’s Old Port district to learn about its rich history, working waterfront and culinary scene. While in Portland, visit three of Portland’s iconic lighthouses. This is a classic Maine summer vacation!
Included:

  • 4* accommodations in Bar Harbor, on the Schooner Ladona, in Camden & Portland
  • A private tour of Acadia National Park on the 17-mile Park Loop Road with stops for hiking at key scenic spots: Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs and Precipice Cliffs.
  • A 4-day cruise onboard Schooner Ladona – sailing, sightseeing, onshore hikes, stops in Maine villages and exquisite fresh, gourmet meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner provided)
  • Onshore lobster bake (weather permitting)
  • An overnight in Camden with free time to discover this picturesque coastal town
  • Entrance & tour at Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens in Boothbay
  • A guided history & culinary walking tour of Portland’s Old Port district
  • Stops for Portland culinary delights you can’t miss
  • An introduction to Portland’s harbor and its sustainable seafood industry
  • A tour of Portland’s three iconic lighthouses: Portland Head Light, Bug Light & Spring Point Light
  • Service of professional, local guides in Acadia National Park and Portland (the schooner captain is also a local expert)
  • Select meals & tips at local restaurants (per Daily Itinerary)
  • Entrance fees
  • Transfers by private coach
  • Airport transfers

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Some meals during free time
  • Tips for the schooner captain & crew
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance

Note: There is one single and one double cabin remaining on Schooner Ladona

MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 14 guests

COST: $5354 Double Occupancy; $5854 Single Occupancy

More tour details are at www.packafork.com Contact Patty at info@packafork.com or[masked]

NEW ZEALAND'S NORTH & SOUTH ISLANDS, November 3-19, 2022

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RESCHEDULED TO: November 3-19, 2022

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
  • 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
  • Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
  • Amisfield Winery Tour & Tastings
  • Abel Tasman National Park Sea Kayaking, Hike & Cruise Day
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Rock Ferry Winery Tour with Lunch
  • Cloudy Bay Winery Tastings
  • Milford Sound Cruise/Fiordland National Park

INCLUDES:

  • 17 days service of certified New Zealand tour guide who will travel with the group
  • 16 nights accommodations in 4 & 5* hotels (properties feature super city, mountain, lake, rainforest and beach locations)
  • Gourmet meals in 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]

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