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This meetup is for Singles looking to meet new people, make new friends, or find that significant other in Chicago. as well as explore some new places and events. Events will range from game nights, shows, pubs, Nightlife, stand up and more. For ages 21- 59.

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Meetup on The Orient Express Paris, Venice, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul!!

The Orient Express...you have heard it many times. The romance, the mystery, the adventure! Of course with the opulence too!

You will visit Paris, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Istanbul.

This trip brings back the romance and adventure of train travel, along with the mystery of new cities and countries. Brought back in a special way; adding value and removing inflated expense of excessive opulence by replacing it with service and contemporary refinement. The journey will mirror elements of the original Orient Express route from Paris to Istanbul.

The trip starts in Paris and has a full two days there. Also staying two full days in Vienna, 1 3/4 days in Budapest, with full days in Venice, Prague, and two full days in Istanbul. Included: guided tours in each city, at least one meal a day, museum entrances, wine tasting and much more!

In addition, many other options and extras are included. We travel as a group, and also have the flexibility of hop-on, hop-off tours and museum passes with "skip the line" so you enjoy a complete independence. You are free to do your own thing, cater to your special interests, visit other sights and locations in the cities, while still being guided and helped with all the arrangements. You can do it independently, or you can join new friends traveling with you, and do it together. The idea is come alone, meet new like-minded people and make lifelong memories...without being stuck with the "one size fits all" tour formula.

The Orient Express was long-distance passenger train service that began in 1883 with the original endpoints being Paris to Istanbul. In Istanbul the Pera Palace Hotel, built in 1892 as the accommodations at the terminus.

The original name became synonymous with intrigue and was a showcase of luxury with comfort at a time when traveling was still rough and dangerous. The route changed many times and was eventually shortened to Bucharest, and later to Budapest as the endpoint. And again shortened to either Venice or Vienna. By 2007 The Orient Express was only Paris to Strasbourg, and in 2009 stopped service altogether. With the train cars being updated all along they way too. So the real Orient Express is but a memory.

With this trip, we visit more cities, with guided tours included in each, a meal a day, as well as all transfers and hotels with concierge quality service. Give in to the lure of the rails with adventure, tempered with value resulting in memories of a lifetime.

EVERY aspect of this trip is epic. Visit picturesque and storied cities. Enjoy four night trains and experience the enchantment of the rails. We are even staying in the original destination of Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul with it's grandeur and opulence.

Includes:
* 4 night trains with sleeping compartment accommodations
* 6 nights in 4-star or higher hotels with best central locations
* all transfers
* guided tours in each city
* entrance to museums in each city
* at least one meal a day
and more...

The only way to secure your spot is a $500 deposit. Fully refundable to 90 days before the event. Final payment due 60 days before

$500 deposit plus the $2,990 final payment = $3,490 total cost.
Limited capacity of 24 total. This trip will fill up extremely quickly.
Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it !!!

Covid: Originally this adventure was May 2020. We moved to Sep 2021 with the info that Vaccine being widely deployed and available for general public. We are now taking deposits on Sept departure. NOW is the time to firm up your attendance and take care of deposit.

Got general or specific questions on the trip? Send me a message.
https://secure.meetup.com/messages/?new_convo=true&member_id=273063881

For Deposit PM to Anna directly. She takes care of all the deposits as well as flights, hotels and etcetera.
https://secure.meetup.com/messages/?new_convo=true&member_id=131297062

Main group hosting https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/266194400/

RSVP there for discussions.

Everest Base Camp!!!! Nepal Trip!!! The most amazing hangout ever.

O'Hare International Airport

This is definitely a bucket list type adventure. It is also tempered with safety and do-ability.

This event embodies adventure and the romance of traveling to far off places.

First of all. . . this is NOT going up to the top of Everest (29,000). This is going to Everest Base Camp (17,600) also called EBC. Our starting elevation will be in Lukla at 9,400'.
With all that said . . . this is VERY doable at any age. You do not need to be a marathon runner. The truth is if you can manage walking 3-6 hours a day, up and down a hill, while carrying a light pack, you will be OK!
Professional guides and Porters to carry your gear are included. All that is left for you to carry is your water, snacks and camera.

But I don't have the needed gear?!
Our trip includes providing you with a North Face sleeping bag and parka, rated to -4F. As well as walking poles. So you don't have to buy them or pack in your suitcase.

Does this include food?
Yes. All meals are included.

What is lodging like?
We are sleeping in a series of "Tea Houses" along the route. You will have bed in a shared room with roommate (from the group). Sorry, a solo room will not be available on this trip. We will pair up everybody.

How dangerous is this? What if I get sick or hurt?
This is NOT the summiting Everest with people dying from bad choices. We will be walking on an established, well used trail the entire time, and NOT on snow or ice. Stats from past years show that 30,000 people a year do the EBC trek. With all that said, . . . Our trip INCLUDES emergency insurance. For instance: this will cover a helicopter if needed.

Plain and simple, safety is our primary goal. We will have an experienced guide and porters, and we will be along the entire way too.

How much does this cost?

INCLUDING AIR departing from LA the TOTAL cost is:
18 days for ONLY $3,480

If you want a breakdown to try and find a better flight, OR if you wish to use miles, OR if you wish to upgrade your flight, OR you are not flying out of LA

Everest Base Camp Trip $2,290 (15 Day, land only)
The (group) air portion $1,190 (departure LA)

A Refundable Deposit of $250 to hold your space. Balance due by Feb 18, 2022.
PayPal Link for the Deposit: https://py.pl/BQ6wm

More is available upon request. Please call 8I[masked], or RSVP, or PM or post a comment.

Apr 16: Depart 6:30PM
Apr 17: Flight time across time zones
Apr 18: Arrival in Kathmandu 10:30 AM(4,377') Night at hotel
Apr 19: Scenic flight to Lukla (9,383')(45 minutes) and trek to Phakding (8700/4-5 hrs/5mi
Apr 20: Trek to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi)
Apr 21: Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Syanboche (12,575')
Apr 22: Trek to Tengboche (12,664'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi)
Apr 23: Trek to Dingboche (14,469'/5-6 hrs/5mi)
Apr 24: Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Nagarjun Hills (16,676'/2 hrs)
Apr 25: Trek to Lobuche (16,207'/ 5-6 hrs trekking/4.4mi)
Apr 26: Lobuche to Gorakshep (16,942')- Everest Base Camp (17,600') (Everest summit is 29,029') and trek back to Gorakshep (7-8 hrs/9.3mi)
Apr 27: Gorakshep to Kalapathar (18,514') and trek to Pheriche (14,340'/ 6-7 hrs/9.3mi)
Apr 28: Trek back to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/9.3mi)
Apr 29: Trek to Lukla (9,383'/6-7 hrs trek/5.6mi)
Apr 30: Scenic Flight back to Kathmandu (45 minutes flight). Last minute shopping
May 1: Contingency Day
May 2: Drive to Kathmandu airport (20-30 minutes’ drive) and fly back to the home.
May 3: Arrive LAX Apprx 5PM

This is the adventure of a lifetime.
It is done in a safe manner and includes lots with no surprises.
For a compete list of what is included, and what is not included AND/OR for a Detailed Daily Itinerary and detailed packing list: RSVP, PM or post in the comments.

Note: correct end date May 3rd, not May 1st. Meetup limits event posts 14 days max

Important links:
Deposit Link https://py.pl/BQ6wm
Host https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/266193501/
Our Website https://www.ismyoyster.com/events/everestbasecamp

St Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Krakow Wieliczka: Epic Eastern Train Adventure!!!

O'Hare International Airport - Terminal 2 arrivals Departures

Let's make a plan to get out of town and Meetup!!

This trip is an AMAZING Eastern European journey.

It has all the best elements.

The basic thumbnails are St Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Krakow and Wieliczka.

We will be visiting at the top of summer - a time called "White Nights" The sun never really sets. It's amazing!!!

Add to this:
We will be taking Night Trains from St Petersburg to Moscow and then from Moscow to Warsaw. This brings in the romance train travel of a bygone era.

We start in St Petersburg. A city dripping with history.
First of all . . .there is the Hermitage. And there is the rest of the amazing city too (rsvp or message us to find out city options)

After our time in St Petersburg we travel by night train to Moscow.
In Moscow we will have two full days to soak in the city with guided tours. (rsvp or message us to find out city specifics)

After our fill of Moscow we make our way by Night Train to Warsaw. If you don't know much about Warsaw . . . you will, after we get there.
It is truly a historic city. (rsvp or message us to find out city options)

We continue to Krakow. This may very well be the gem of the entire trip.
From Krakow we do take a day trip to Wieliczka. This is NOT to be missed.

Here are links that give a small taste of each place
"White Nights https://tr.im/WhiteNightsVid
St Petersburg https://tr.im/StPetersburgVid
Moscow https://tr.im/MoscowVid (this underplays what is there)
Karkow https://tr.im/KrakowVid1 and https://tr.im/KrakowVid2
Warsaw https://tr.im/WarsawVid
Wieliczka https://tr.im/WieliczkaVid

Itinerary
Day 0 Jun 17
Departure to St Petersburg

Day 1 Jun 18
Arrival. Sit down kickoff dinner (included) Hotel Petro Palace

Day 2 Jun 19
First day of Miracles of St Petersburg. City Tour. Lunch Included in tour. Hotel Petro Palace

Day 3 Jun 20
Second day of Miracles of St Petersburg. City Tour. Night Train St Pete/Moscow

Day 4 Jun 21
Moscow Private 2-Day Tour. Sit down dinner (included)
Hotel Metropol Moscow

Day 5 Jun 22
Moscow Private 2-Day Tour. Night Train Moscow/Warsaw

Day 6 Jun 23
Warsaw Hop-on, Hop-off Tour. Sit down dinner (included)
Hotel Bellotto

Day 7 Jun 24
Day at leisure to explore (night in) Hotel Bellotto

Day 8 Jun 25
Warsaw to Krakow with sightseeing on the way. Extra stop Monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, home to the Black Madonna painting. Metropolitan Boutique Hotel

Day 9, Jun 26
Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow (Lunch included) Metropolitan Boutique Hotel

Day 10 Jun 27
Farewell Dinner (included) Metropolitan Boutique Hotel

Day 11 Jun 28
Flight Home

Add to all of this . . . we will be staying in 5 star hotels that are in the heart of the city and in the center of all the sights and culture.

Hotels
St Petersbug https://tr.im/StPetersburgHotel
Moscow https://tr.im/MoscowHotel
Warsaw https://tr.im/WarsawHotel1 or https://tr.im/WarsawHotel2
Krakow https://tr.im/KrakowHotel

This event is cross-posted to several like-minded groups.
The main group coordinating is
https://tr.im/MoreToExplore

Total cost is $2,990.
Per person, Double Occupancy.
We will provide roommate matching.

Solo Room supplement is $1,100 (if you want the hotel room and train cabin to yourself)

Round trip air is not included. This is the "land" portion cost.

Deposit of $500.00 to secure your place ASAP.

Deposit refundable up to 90 days prior to departure.
Balance due no later than April 17, 2020.

We will walk you thru obtaining a Russian Visa. There is an additional cost.

Here are other upcoming events:

May 15
Ensenada Weekend Cruise
https://tr.im/Ensenada

Apr 18
Everest Base Camp
https://tr.im/BaseCampEverest

Sep 18
Meetup on The Orient Express
Paris, Venice, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul
https://tr.im/OrientExpress2020

May 8
Sequoia National Park
https://tr.im/SequoiaCamping

May 22
Yosemite Memorial Day Weekend
https://tr.im/YosemiteCamping

Jul 2
July 4th Weekend: Big Pine Lakes
https://tr.im/July4thCamping

July 4th Weekend in Washington DC - The Nation's Capital!! FIREWORKS & TOURS!!!

July 2 - July 6, 2022: $1,095*

Celebrate America’s Birthday in Washington DC, The Nation’s Capital!
You’ve learned about America’s capital in textbooks, but there’s nothing like seeing Washington DC up close for those craving a look at history, culture and architecture.

Vacation Day 1: Thursday - 5 PM Start time.
Night Tour Explore the famous monuments of DC by the moonlight and experience seeing the great memorials illuminated at night.

Vacation Day 2: Friday
U.S. Capitol
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Guided tour of the U.S. Capitol. Including Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall.
Smithsonian Museum of American History
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
In addition you can visit the Albert Einstein Planetarium, Lockheed Martin IMAX® Theater and the Public Observatory.
Tonight enjoy our (included) Welcome Dinner near to the hotel.

Vacation Day 3: Saturday, July 4 - Independence Day
After breakfast we'll walk over to Constitution Ave to secure our spot for America's best and biggest Independence Day Parade.
The Parade consists of invited bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams, VIP’s, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants.
After the parade it is time for lunch and to load up our included picnic sacks. Then we'll walk over to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to get our piece of the lawn for the concert and to watch the flyovers.
The annual concert at the Capitol Building begins at 8:00pm.
The National Park Service and partners host a spectacular Independence Day fireworks show in the heart of the nation's capital. View a colorful fireworks display that will illuminate the sky using DC's iconic monuments and memorials as a stage.

Vacation Day 4, Sunday
In the morning included guided tour of Ford's Theater (President Lincoln’s assassination) and free afternoon after.
Later is Farewell Dinner at a local DC restaurant. (included)

Vacation Day 5, Monday - Depart Washington DC
After breakfast, as time permits have a final farewell stroll along the National Mall. Then check out our hotel 12:00pm and make your way to the airport.

Please message https://secure.meetup.com/messages/?new_convo=true&member_id=131297062 for a more detailed Day-by-Day itinerary.

Price: $1,095* includes
* 4 Nights Accommodations
* Breakfast Daily
* Welcome and Farewell Dinners
* Goodie Bag: insulated food bag, American Flag & More
* Tour Leader
* Guided Tours
* Activities and Admissions per itinerary
* All Taxes

*The price per person is for a double room. We provide free roommate matching so there is no need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $600

Not Included: Airfare, Airport Shuttle, Gratuities, some meals, optional tours

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