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The Real China Adventure

71 Beichang St

May 20th - June 2nd 2020 E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/china-group-tours/ Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club have invited us to another cultural and life changing adventure to China! Check out all the excitement below and E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! * 13 nights/14 days throughout the real China * Private local guides throughout * Breakfast Everyday * 3 lunches, 2 Dinners (Welcome and Farewell Dinner Celebrations) Beijing (3 Nights) – Temple of Heaven – Tiananmen Square – The Forbidden City – Huttong Alley Adventure by Rickshaw The Great Wall: Walk the stunningly beautiful, and much less visited, Mutianyu section of the Great Wall Guizhou Province: Guiyang & Huangguoshu (2 Nights) → Li Bo & Xi Jiang (3 nights) – Huangguoshu Waterfalls: This is the largest waterfall in Asia and stretches to a height of 243 feet. – Little & Big Seven Caves: Visit the Small Seven Hole Bridge – Li Bo Town: This town is surrounded by the beautiful Karst mountains which have recently been added into the World Natural Heritage List. – Encounter the Miao People: Known for their hospitality and etiquette Guilin & Yangshuo (3 Nights) – Day Trip to Longsheng & the Longji Rice Terraces – The Yao Tribe – Li River Cruise to Yangshuo Explore West Street: Yangshuo’s oldest street, with a history dating back over 1400 years, has also been this region’s confluence of eastern and western cultures since the 1980s. – Bike Tour to Moon Hill: Rice paddies, centuries-old farmhouses, limestonekarst formations, orchards, and of course the stunning mountains serve as your backdrop as we ride along narrow country roads and the banks of the beautiful Li River. Shanghai (2 Nights) China’s commercial and financial hub pulses with its own unique energy. Its futuristic skyline alone is enough to merit a visit to this thrilling city, but its fascinating museums, spectacular gardens, world-class restaurants, and stunning hotels will make it hard to leave! – Stroll Through Yu Garden & Old Town Bazaar – “The Bund” and Nanjing Road: The Bund is the famous waterfront regarded for hundreds of years as the symbol of Shanghai. – Tianzifang – Optional Day Trip to Suzhou & Tong Li Water Town : * Tiger Hill: Nicknamed the “Leaning Tower of Pisa” of China, this tall structure was built for the emperor Helu by his son along with 300 swords * Humble Administrator’s Garden: This is the largest and most renown of Suzhou’s famous gardens * Tong Li Water Town: Originally named Futu (meaning a rich land), Tongli is an age-old but very well preserved water town with a history of more than 1,000 years. * Optional Shanghai Tower Sky Deck Visit: The world’s tallest sky deck is a must see if you’re leaving on an evening flight on our final day or staying an extra night(s) in this great city. Aside from amazing panoramic photographs to be taken of the entire city, there’s a fascinating exhibit about the world’s mega skyscrapers before heading to the top. * Tour Leader and photographer to help those who want to learn more about using their camera’s, taking better pictures, etc throughout these China group tours. (PhotoFly Travel Club adventures are laid back when it comes to photography. They are not workshop style based tours and you do not need to be an avid photographer to join. All are welcome!) * International Airfare is not included. We are happy to help you find a good flight as always! (Flying into Beijing (PEK) & flying out of Shanghai (PVG) ) * All Taxes, Fees, & Transfers Included E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! Join Us! *For our solo travelers, we will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement: $595.00 OR Deposit: $600 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/china-group-tours/

Wonders of the Galapagos

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Guide

Our friends at Photofly Travel Club ( https://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have planned an exotic adventure to keep warm this winter! We're all invited! June 4th - June 10th 2020 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/galapagos-group-tours/ E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! * 7 days of Darwin’s Diversity * 3 nights/4 days at the unique and waterfront Red Mangrove EcoLuxury Hotel * 3 nights/4 days aboard our very own luxurious private yacht the Coral II! * MOST Meals! (6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners) * Round trip domestic flight Included (Guayaquil (GYE) –> Galapagos (GPS),[masked] USD value) * All Snorkel Gear Included throughout Part 1: Santa Cruz Island & Her Nearby Gems Santa Cruz is the most important Island in the Galapagos archipelago. * Highlands & Tortoise Reserve: Offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild giant tortoises. * Charles Darwin Research Station: An fascinating visit to give true perspective for the rest of the adventure! Day Boat Excursions *For our two full days staying on Santa Cruz, we’ll head off island on exciting day trips via boat and in search of biological wonders! * Santa Fe Island, White Sands, Cactuses, & Giant Iguanas: White sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies lined with endemic cactus forests. * South Plaza Islet, Land of Red & Yellow: An impressive cactus forest where colorful yellow and red land iguanas live. * North Seymour Island: This island is the home to large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies (awesome to photograph!). * The tours to all islands listed above are subject to availability and regulation guidelines. The park service may change regulations and rotate the islands due for access with little or no prior notice. The above islands are the most likely places to be visited and may be substituted with other nearby sites/islands if needed. Part II: Private Luxury Yacht Island Hopping We’ll board our very own private cruising yacht and embark on a journey throughout the eastern Galapagos Islands. *For this tour, rooms range from standard, standard plus, & jr. suite. The first guests to sign up will automatically be placed in the standard plus rooms. The Jr. Suites have a total supplement of[masked] USD per person (a ridiculous steal!) and first to submit deposit & request these rooms will get them. *More details on rooms within the daily itinerary- E-mail us! ([masked]) * Dragon Hill: Bright, pink flamingos thrive across a typical dry zone vegetation. * Bartolome Island: The lava bombs, spatter, & cinder cones were formed by different volcanic parasitic cones. * Rabida Island: Dark-red sand covers the unique beaches of Rabida, home to thriving sea lions colonies. * Santiago Island; “Buccaneers Cove” & Espumilla Beach: This is an amazing location due to the remains of an eroded shoreline. * Black Turtle Cove: Four species of mangrove crowd and form an internal lagoon & turtle sanctuary. * As always this entire trip will be amazing for photography and our tour leader will be on hand to help those who want to learn more about using their camera’s, taking better pictures, etc. (PhotoFly Travel Club adventures are laid back and are not workshop style based tours. You do not need to be an avid photographer to join. All are welcome!) * Round trip domestic flight Included (Guayaquil (GYE) –> Galapagos (GPS),[masked] USD value) * International airfare not included but we’re happy to help you find the best flights as always. (Flying into & out of GYE) *Don’t forget to e-mail us for the day by day itinerary of these Galapagos small group tours ([masked]) _________________________________ Join Us! *For our solo travelers, we will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement: $[masked] OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/galapagos-group-tours/

Tanzania Migration and Gorillas In The Mist - A Giving back Safari

Arusha Airport Kisongo - ARK

TANZANIA SERENGETI MIGRATION SAFARI Have 55 seconds? SEE OUR VIDEO OF THIS ADVENTURE HERE (and please like the video): https://youtu.be/01rz9lYRtxQ I have curated this unique experience, working with over 8 different partners in Africa. Now you have options to create as long or as short a Safari experience as you like, starting at $1,895 Exciting, Unique, and Safe Adventures: The great thing about traveling with us is that while it is an intimate experience, you get to have exciting adventures you would never have on your own! We partner with inspiring non-profits and scout off the beaten path journeys to take you places you only dream of. I have worked with over 8 different partners in Africa to craft a trip I am excited to check off my bucket list. This custom curated intimate adventure has no more than 15 guests in order to blend in and build community: *************************************************************** Join me for our main tour: 9 Days/8 nights of pure magic: Migration Safari (and much more) deep into the Serengeti. We will travel into the center of the migration, in true safari tents (luxurious as they may be), witnessing the Big 5 from wildebeests to Elephants, you will not be disappointed! You will spend time with the world's last hunter-gatherers, understanding humanity at its core in a way you will never be able to otherwise. We will drive deep into a bubble of life contained in the largest caldera in the world: the Ngorongoro crater, and then we will save the lives of villages by contributing to a project to eliminate smoke inhalation from the village kitchens. *************************************************************** EXTENSIONS: Rwanda Pre Extension We will start in one of the most beautiful lands I have been (Rwanda) to walk with gorillas, take river safaris, and most importantly, understand a story of forgiveness that will change the way you look at the world. Zanzibar Post Extension: When your senses have been satiated, we will take you to the magical island of Zanzibar where you will redefine a tropical vacation. Sink into a Rich culture, beautiful resorts, swimming with dolphins and turtles, and cool social projects. *************************************************************** SAFARI INTO THE HEART OF AFRICA. SNEAK PEAK ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS: Tanzania Main adventure: June 16th-24th (9 days/8 nights) * Arusha park walking safari * Meetings with the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes * Ngorongoro Crater safari * 3 days migration Safari Rwanda Pre Extension: June 10th to 16th (7 days/6 nights) * trek with silverback gorillas in the mist * 2 days Safari into Akagara park * See forgiveness through the millennial village project * Give reading glasses and a new future to a weaving cooperative. Passionate about giving back while traveling? See this short, touching Video here of my first experience doing this project when scouting for this adventure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY5yz9RVexY Zanzibar beaches, dolphins and turtles: Post Extension June 24th-28th (5 days/4 nights) *Tour of historic Stone town and seafood experience * Beach days with downtime * Snorkeling among the dolphin * swimming with giant turtles * Turtle rehabilitation project * sunset sails, spice tours, and cooking classes. Price: Starting at $1,895 JOIN ME NOW! See the details, costs, and LOTS of images here: https://www.destination-earth.org/trips/rwandatanzania/ * E-mail us for any questions & for the detailed daily itineraries at [masked] NOTE: Please sign up on this meetup AND on our website HERE if you plan on joining us: * We’d love to talk to you! Call me to chat about it:[masked] (Jud) *For our solo travelers, I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Croatia & Her Beautiful Sisters (Montenegro & Bosnia/Herzegovina)

Our friends at Photofly Travel Club (https://www.photoflytravel.com/) have planned another great adventure and we're all invited! E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! GO HERE to Sign Up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/croatia-small-group-tour/ June 29th-July 8th 2020 From Zagreb to Dubrovnik, we’ll explore the best of the best when it comes to this Eastern European gem. And since this gorgeous country is surrounded by gorgeous neighbors, we’ll explore a few of them too: Bosnia Herzegovina and Montenegro! Our Croatia small group tour is filled with beauty for us to soak in, photograph, and marvel at. We’ve custom built this adventure to experience the highlights of Croatia and her neighbors including some of the country’s amazing islands just off the coast. * 9 nights/10 days throughout the best of Croatia and her stunning neighbors (Bosnia/Herzegovina & Montenegro) * Charming & Unique Boutique style hotels throughout *Breakfast Everyday * Welcome/Farewell Dinners, & 1 lunch included * Privately guided tours throughout (City tours of Zagreb, Split, & Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Mostar, & Montenegro) _________________________________ Croatia: * Zagreb: We’ll explore the capital of Croatia via a panoramic bus and walking tour of the historical and photogenic highlights (Trg Bana Jelacica (“main square”, Fruit Market, St. Markus Church) * Plitvice Lakes National Park: Oldest park in Southeast Europe & an UNESCO World Heritage Site. * Trogir: Explore the picturesque city known as “The Stone Beauty”, a charming stone town which takes Trogir small group tours pride in their fascinating Romanesque cathedral, churches, towers and beautiful palaces. * Split: The second largest city in Croatia and “the capital of Dalmatia”. ____________________________________ Bosnia & Herzegovina: *Mostar: As we continue south we’ll take a slight detour across the border to Bosnia & Herzegovina’s wonderland town of Mostar. _________________________ Montenegro: Often called “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”. Kotor: This medieval walled town on the coast is situated in the Bay of Kotor. ________________________________ Dubrovnik: Dubrovnik City Tour: Reclaimed, not just as a Croatian treasure but also as one of the world’s treasures. * Optional Sea Kayaking Adventure: Become acquainted with Dubrovnik from its stunning seacoast! An easy paddling kayak excursion beneath the old city walls, is a unique opportunity starting beneath the ancient Fort Lovrjenac in the small port called Pile. We’ll set off to explore caves and beauties of the mysterious Lokrum Island accompanied by our experienced kayaking guides. ____________________________ * Plenty of free time throughout to explore on our own * A range of optional excursions excellent for photography (Unique farm to table, off the path dinner at family farm in mountainous countryside, white water rafting in Split, walk Dubrovnik city walls, bike/wine tours, & more…) * Optional extra night Dubrovnik: Wind down, relax, swim, or explore more of the Dubrovnik area by staying an extra night at our resort on the coast. A roundtrip boat ride to Lokrum Island with great nature trails, swimming, & the “Game of Thrones” museum is included. Price/details in daily itinerary-E-mail to request! * All Taxes, Transfers, & Fees included * Airfare is not included but we will help you find a good flight! (Home Airport → Zagreb International Airport (ZAG) & Dubrovnik International Airport (DBV) → Home Airport) * Roommate Pairing to save money as always! * Email us to see daily itinerary at [masked] _________________________________ Join Us! *For our solo travelers, we will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement:[masked] OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/croatia-small-group-tour/

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