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Looking for professional, active women and men, mid-30s to 50s, to expand our Peninsula Friends Group. If you're interested in making new friends doing fun activities such as hiking, movies, bike rides, wine bars/wineries, dining out, potlucks, performances and/or other events, this group is for you! We have two events a month, within easy distance of mid-peninsula.. So come on out!

Upcoming events (3)

Epic Machu Picchu THREE WAYS-Salkantay Route, Inca Trail AND Train!!

San Francisco International Airport

There are THREE ways to get to Machu Picchu. All of them are stunning and storied. WE ARE DOING ALL THREE!

The Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests. It is less travelled than the Inca Trail, with breathtaking vistas! Considered by many the better alternate to get to Machu Picchu. It is also not that heavily regulated with government taxes and fees. Hence, the good price!

The Inca Trail is the "tourist" route. We are doing the 2-day hike, which is the second half of the classic Inca Trek. It is shorter and less difficult than the Salkantay. The view is mostly rainforest canopy and some ancient historic sights.

The Train is just as it sounds. No long hike. Travel by rail and with less effort. This is intended for those with either less mobility or those that wish to glamp it a bit.

Peru (and Machu Picchu) is OPEN for travel!!! This interim moment between the whole world opening up and all back to normalcy is the PERFECT opportunity for this dream escape!

Some want the stunning hikes. (Salkantay)
Others want "The Classic" (Inca Trail)
And still others may have mobility issues, or just want luxury (The Train)

We are doing this trip 3 different ways to be able to be more inclusive of all.

Addionally we are
Certified Wilderness First Responder/Wilderness First Aid

This event INCLUDES Med-Evac Insurance

ALL THREE groups will be limited to 12 people max to keep smaller and high quality.
ALL THREE will begin together with a few days in Cusco but will reach Macchu Picchu - the culmination, in different ways!

Option 1: Machu Picchu via Salkantay Trail
Aug[masked] nights/8 days
Per person double occupancy $1190
Per person single Occupancy $1440
Deposit $251 per person to reserve
(secure deposit link) https://py.pl/jpDrE

Option 2: Machu Picchu via Inca Trail (short version) w/Rainbow Mountain
Aug[masked] nights/8 days
Per person double occupancy $1650
Per person single occupancy $2095
Deposit $252 per person to reserve:
(secure deposit link) https://py.pl/2aN2YVfJeOu

Option 3: Machu Picchu by TRAIN w/The Maras Moray Salt Mines
Aug[masked] nights/8 days
Per person double occupancy $1485
Per person single occupancy $1930
Deposit $253 per person to reserve
(secure deposit link) https://py.pl/1gW52a

Two Added Days in Lima Add-On
half-day sightseeing tour of Lima w/ 2 added nights hotel
Per person double occupancy $250
Per person single occupancy $312

The flights US Lima and Lima to Cusco are not included.
Flight prices vary by date, departure location/time. Additionally some wish to use to use airline credits, miles or points.
We can provide you an exact airfare quote at time of reservation, and book it for you.
All hotel to airport transfers are included.
This way you will get the flight that works best for you. We all meet as meetup starting at our hotel in Cusco.

To receive detailed itinerary, inclusions, and to ask any questions about Flight, Deposits, Hotels or anything else: Fill Out This Google Form https://forms.gle/cssFjQ6Jz49cgUus9
It will get all the info needed to give you the best answers possible

To see the main link for this event

We are ALSO doing a live zoom Q & A on THURS at 7PM
where you can meet us AND ask all the questions and get filled in on all the info.

We do other fun social adventures. For example:
Everest Base Camp April 18, 2022 (April is the bet month to go, and also less pandemic by then)

We look forward to you joining us on our travels.

If interested in Machu Picchu THREE WAYS Fill Out This Google Form https://forms.gle/cssFjQ6Jz49cgUus9

To join and see our other fun and amazing social events:
https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/join/ events/

Sep 10 Meetup on The Orient Express Paris Venice Prague Vienna Budapest Istanbul

San Francisco International Airport

The world is re-opening. We had our reservations in place before. Now is THE time to go!

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

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 by replacing it with service and contemporary refinement. The journey will mirror the original Orient Express

Paris, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Budapest & Istanbul.

The trip starts in Paris for full two days. 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.

Want more info? Fill this out https://forms.gle/cQdqYw74gAYqphXX8

Here is a basic thumbnail:
** Paris for two full days.
* Night Train Paris to Venice
**Venice for a full day
* Night Train Venice to Vienna
**Vienna for two full days
* Night Train Vienna to Prague
** Prague for a full day
* Night Train Prague to Budapest
** Budapest for two (almost full) days
* Late flight Budapest to Istanbul
** Istanbul for two full days.
* Hotel nights in Paris, Vienna, Budapest and Istanbul

The Orient Express began in 1883. Original endpoints being Paris to Istanbul. In Istanbul the Pera Palace Hotel, built in 1892 as the accommodations at the terminus. It 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. In 2009 service stopped and 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.

* 4 night trains with sleeping compartment accommodations
* 6 nights in great hotels in prime central locations
* all transfers
* guided tours in each city
* entrance to museums in each city
* at least one meal a day
and more...

Want more info? Fill this out https://forms.gle/cQdqYw74gAYqphXX8

We have TWO departures to chose from
Sep 21-Oct 2 https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/278927777/

$3,490 total cost.
Limited capacity of 24 total. Only 4 openings left.

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
Secure Deposit Link https://py.pl/1imcPZ
You can use any credit or debit card.

Questions? Ask at our Zoom this Thurs at 7PM

To join in on the other fun events we do
https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/join/ events/

Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it!

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

San Francisco International Airport

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

Day 0 Jun 15
Departure to St Petersburg

Day 1 Jun 16
Arrival. Sit down kickoff dinner (included) Hotel Petro Palace

Day 2 Jun 17
First day of Miracles of St Petersburg. City Tour. Lunch Included in tour. Hotel Petro Palace

Day 3 Jun 18
Second day of Miracles of St Petersburg. City Tour. Night Train St Pete/Moscow

Day 4 Jun 19
Moscow Private 2-Day Tour. Sit down dinner (included)
Hotel Metropol Moscow

Day 5 Jun 20
Moscow Private 2-Day Tour. Night Train Moscow/Warsaw

Day 6 Jun 21
Warsaw Hop-on, Hop-off Tour. Sit down dinner (included)
Hotel Bellotto

Day 7 Jun 22
Day at leisure to explore (night in) Hotel Bellotto

Day 8 Jun 23
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 24
Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow (Lunch included) Metropolitan Boutique Hotel

Day 10 Jun 25
Farewell Dinner (included) Metropolitan Boutique Hotel

Day 11 Jun 26
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.

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

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, 2022

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

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