- Classic Machu Picchu & Cusco
Have you always wanted to visit Machu Picchu? Join us August 31-September 8, 2019 for a trip of a lifetime! Experience the majesty of Machu Picchu, learn about the ancient city of Cusco, and soak in local culture through the Inca trail hike or a no-hike option with excursions in the Sacred Valley. Join our community & culture focused journey to one of the most iconic sites in South America. We'll start off by adjusting to the elevation while learning about Andean culture, local foods, and the Quechua language. Then, the hikers in our group will embark on on the 4-day classic Inca trail hike with our local guide Edwin. The rest will explore the Sacred Valley, visiting the ancient sites of Pisaq, Salineras salt mines, Moray and more as well as enjoy a farm lunch and cookout. On September 6th, the hikers and non-hikers will meet at Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the city to learn about Incan culture. It will be a trip to remember! What's included? All Itineraries: 8 nights’ accommodations in boutique, centrally located hotels • Daily breakfast, 6 dinners, 3 lunches (hiking) or 1 lunch (non-hiking) • Transfers to/from Cusco airport • All transportation between Cusco, Ollantaytambo, and group excursions • Cultural exchange with our community partner to learn about the preservation of the Quechua language + contribution to their organization • Entry fee to Machu Picchu + bus to/from Aguas Calientes + train to Ollantaytambo • Healthy, nourishing meals using traditional ingredients and local sourcing • Small group experience, max 16 people Hiking option: 4 days/3 nights hiking the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu • Healthy, nourishing meals prepared by our on-site cook, starting with breakfast on departure day to breakfast on last day of the hike • Clean, potable water throughout the hike • A team of local porters to carry provided tents, chairs, food, medical emergency kit and other equipmentSleeping mat provided (you will carry) • Entry fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes + train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo • Option for a full or half porter to carry some or all of your suppliesLocal guides 24/7 Non-hiking option: Continued stay in Ollantaytambo • Excursions & entry fees to the Moray ruins, Salineras salt mines, and Pisaq artisanal market • Organic farm lunch with a visit to a local rum distillery and brewery • Optional visit to Chinchero to learn about traditional textiles • Train to/from Aguas Calientes + bus to/from Machu Picchu • Entry fee to Machu Picchu + guided tour • Traverse representative 24/7 See the full itinerary and inclusions here: https://traversejourneys.com/machu-picchu-peru/
- Iconic Italy
September 14th - 22nd (or 26th), 2019 For more info and to secure your spot: https://traversejourneys.com/italy/ Join us for an 8 or 12 day exploration of Italy's iconic Ligurian and Tuscan regions. From stunning seaside villages to breathtaking art, and picture-perfect countryside vistas to restaurant feasts fit for a king, our Italian adventure has everything you're looking for. Starting in Milan, we'll explore the Ligurian coast of Cinque Terre, the incomparable Tuscan countryside, Florence's unending sights, as well as the picturesque towns of Lucca, Siena, Parma and more! This trip has been put together and will be led by an Italian native and you will traverse the stomping grounds of her home region. She will be there every step of the way, to lead you through regions and experiences in Italy that most tourists would not know to explore. This truly is THE trip to Italy, that all other trips hope to be! TRIP INCLUDES: Accommodations 8 or 12 nights in clean, comfortable and central 3- or 4-star hotels Transportation Transfer to/from Linate airport on arrival and departure day Private ground transport between Milan hotel and Monterosso hotel All train tickets in Cinque Terre, from Monterosso to Lucca, & Lucca to Florence Private rental vehicle from Florence onwards until the end of trip Activities 3-hour guided walking tour around Florence All costs for Florence Duomo complex, Academia in Florence, & Siena Duomo in 9-day trip All costs for Bagno Vignoni hot springs, Parma Ham farm tour, Parma cheese farm tour, San Gimignano, and Parma city sights in 13-day trip Meals Daily breakfasts at our accommodations Multiple group dinners (4 dinners on 9-day trip, 6 dinners on 13-day trip) Additional Visit to our local community partner to learn about sustainable agriculture in Italy + donation to their organization Dedicated Italian-native guide and 2nd Traverse guide for groups of 6+ Traverse representative assisting you from booking to departure Small group experience, max 10 people For more info and to secure your spot: https://traversejourneys.com/italy/
- Discover Nepal
Join us for a 12-day venture through the mountains & jungles of the Land of the Himalayas, complete with temples, trekking, yoga, and art in Kathmandu, Lumbini, Pokhara & the Annapurna circuit. A carefully curated itinerary for an immersive, active experience in Nepal complete with 2x daily yoga with Austin-based instructor Gigi Mao. September 17-28, 2019 Trip includes: 11 nights’ accommodations: 6 nights local 3-star hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara with 4-star boutique hotel upgrade option; 1 night Lumbini boutique hotel; 2 nights mountain retreat cabin; 2 nights trekking guest house Daily breakfast, Welcome & Farewell dinners + multiple additional meals throughout Guided tour & entrance fees of Kathmandu valley to see Hindu & Buddhist cultural & UNESCO heritage sites including Durbar Square, Buddha Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple & more Guided bicycle tour through Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha Tea time with a monastery monk to learn more about Buddhism Guided tour options in Pokhara Valley to see Devi’s Falls, Fewa Lake, Gupteshore Cave, Bindabashini Temple & more. 3 days, 2 nights trekking through terraced fields and local villages in the Annapurna mountain range (4-7 hours hiking daily) with all meals, assistant guide and porters 2-night retreat in Nagarkot with 4 yoga sessions, and Aryuvedic workshop, an included spa session, fresh healthy meals, optional hiking, and a peaceful mountain setting Thangka art workshop with our local community partner + trip donation to their program 1 local Nepali guide + 1 Traverse guide 24/7 Domestic flights from Kathmandu-Lumbini-Pokhara + airport transfers Airport transfers & transit between local excursions Small group experience, max 9 people For complete trip details and registration information see here: https://traversejourneys.com/nepal/ We would love to have you along!
- Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
September 29th - October 6th, 2019 MORE INFO HERE: https://traversejourneys.com/ireland/ Join us for an 8-day journey along Ireland's ruggedly beautiful West coast. Starting from Cork city, we'll take in County Cork's scenic coastline, Kerry's rugged beauty, & Clare's unique heritage,. This trip will be led by guides intimately familiar with Ireland, ensuring that you are provided an authentic and immersive experience throughout the journey... well beyond the tourist trail and cookie-cutter sights/routes. Come immerse yourself in the luring magic of this wee country's Western shores! This is a small-group trip, promoted in several Meetup groups and cities across the US, therefore RSVP numbers below do not reflect actual guest count on the trip. Get in touch or RSVP below to receive more info! INCLUDED: Accommodations- 7 nights in clean, comfortable and locally-run boutique B&Bs Transportation- Transfer from Dublin or Cork airport on arrival and to Dublin, or Shannon airport on departure Ground transport between each destination in private vehicles Activities- Guided walking tour of Cork City Visit/entry to Blarney Castle, Killarney National Park, Muckross Abbey, Gleninchaquin Park, & Ross Castle with guided tour Explore the Cliffs of Moher and the Coastal Walking Trail Visit several ancient stone circles Meals- Daily full breakfasts 3 group dinners Additional- Visit to our local community partner Irish Seed Savers + donation to their organization Dedicated Irish-native guide and 2nd Traverse guide for groups of 6+ Traverse representative assisting you from booking to departure Small group experience, max 12 people If you've ever fantasized about being in a fairy tale, then this is the country for you to explore. Ireland's rugged West Coast is especially alive with rich traditions and folklore, not to mention picture perfect vistas. For further info: https://traversejourneys.com/ireland/
- Hike Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Join for an incredible venture up the highest free-standing, walkable mountain in the world. At 19,341 feet Mt. Kilimanjaro is often referred to as the Roof of Africa and you do not have to be an expertise mountaineer to climb it. We’ll be hosted by expert guide Gabriele Brown, who has summited 9 times along with a full local team. Funds directly support local Kili portors as well as our community partner’s business vocational school, women’s co-op, and education sponsorships. See the full itinerary here: https://traversejourneys.com/trips/kilimanjaro 2019 Dates: SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 6, 2019 OCTOBER 6-13, 2019 NOVEMBER 3-10, 2019 DECEMBER 8-15, 2019 Trip Includes: • 8 nights’ accommodations: 3 nights local B&B + 5 nights camping • Daily breakfast, Welcome & Farewell dinners + full board meals during the trek • Entrance fee + transfers to/from the Kilimanjaro National Park • 5-day Machame trek with tents, sleeping mats, equipment porters, a chef, medical supplies, and full board nourishing meals • Clean, filtered water provided throughout the trek • 1 dedicated local guide + 1 Traverse representative 24/7 • Airport transfers • Small group experience, max 12 people • Optional add-ons including 3-day safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro Crater. See full details and registration information here: https://traversejourneys.com/trips/kilimanjaro
- Welcome to India
Join us for a perfect first-timer’s experience in India! We’ll explore iconic architecture in Jaipur and Agra (Taj Mahal!), a nature & temple excursion in the tiger region of Madhya Pradesh, and a visit to the world’s oldest living city, Varanasi. Get lost in market explorations, see a Bengal tiger and other wildlife, and absorb ancient history through architectural genius. October 1-11, 2019 TRIP INCLUDES: o 11 nights 3-star hotel, boutique B&Bs and 4-star eco-lodge stay o Airport transfers + train & private vehicle transit between excursions o Khajuraho -> Varanasi -> Delhi domestic flights o Full day Dehli exploration including Humayun’s Tomb, the India Gate, the President’s House and Old Delhi o Entry and guided visits to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal Palce o Exploration and guided visit of the hidden gem of Orchha, including the Orchha Fort, Chattris & Laxmi temples o Learn about ancient Hindu carvings & architectures at the Western Group of Temples at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Khajuraho o 3-day nature experience at a beautiful eco-lodge at the Panna Tiger Reserve o Tiger safari for flora and fauna viewing with a naturalist o Hiking, boat ride and village visit options during our eco-lodge experience o Varanasi experience including a visit to the ghats for the Aarti Ceremony, museum entrance, and a morning boat ride on the Ganges river o Visit to Sarnath, the epicenter of Buddhism in India o Daily breakfast, Welcome & Farewell dinners + multiple additional meals throughout o Experience with our local community partner + trip donation to their program o Traverse host 24/7 + local guides o Small group experience, max 12 people o Optional add-ons including southern India, Bhutan, Tibet and Sri Lanka This trip is designed and hosted by your Meetup organizer, Ashley. For full itinerary details visit: https://traversejourneys.com/india/ We’d love to have you along!
- Retreat to Spain
October 13th - 22nd, 2019 (6-10 day options) UPDATED Pricing and Trip Options! For full details and to secure your spot: https://traversejourneys.com/spain Get a taste of the Camino de Santiago - Spain's famous pilgrimage route - on this 9-day trip that begins in Madrid. After our adventures in Spain's vibrant capital we'll explore historical and picturesque towns like León, Valladolid and Oviedo, as well as rural vineyards in the famous Ribera del Duero and of course exquisite local cuisine all along the way. As we head into the mountains of Asturias you'll embark on a majestic hike along the Camino San Salvador. Then it's time to unwind and connect during our 5-night stay at a beautiful mountainside lodge. While there you can opt to partake in daily yoga offerings, immerse yourself in daily Spanish language practice and choose from daily hiking excursions as well as a visit to the stunning coastline nearby and the significant sites of Oviedo. Each day you'll enjoy garden-fresh meals, prepared with love by your welcoming hosts and intentional activities designed to help you make the most of your time in this uniquely special region of Spain. Option to only book the 6-day retreat portion from Oct 16-21st, and option to add on a day/night at the end of your trip. This is a small-group trip, promoted in several Meetup groups and cities across the US, therefore RSVP numbers below do not reflect actual guest count on the trip. Get in touch or RSVP below to receive more info! 6 OR 9-DAY TRIP INCLUDES: 5 nights’ accommodations at beautiful mountainside retreat All transportation between destinations & activities and airport Up to twice daily yoga on days 4-9 Daily Spanish language practice and immersion opportunities Guided hike to Las Xanas Gorge & along Senda del Oso Guided pilgrimage hike along part of the Camino de Santiago Visit to Cudillero - a charming fishing village of the Costa Verde of Asturias - and Playa de Aguilar Visit to Spain’s oldest Yew Tree, El Tiexo, planted in a sacred meadow over 1000 years ago Daily breakfasts + multiple additional meals Donation to our community partner Dedicated local guide and host Experienced yoga teacher Option to book 1-day extension after day 9 Small group experience, max 12 people 9-DAY TRIP ALSO INCLUDES: 3 nights in centrally located boutique hotels Welcome dinner in Madrid Yoga session and cooking class with our community partner + donation to their organization Vineyard tour and wine tasting in Ribera del Duero Walking tour of Madrid & León, including entrance to sites For more info and to secure your spot: https://traversejourneys.com/spain
- Nature Escape Croatia
From Zagreb to Zadar, Split to Dubrovnik we’ll traverse Croatia’s diverse & stunning natural landscapes while enjoying fantastic local cuisine, ancient historic sites, and sunsets on the Adriatic sea on this 8-day venture. Join us October 13-20, 2019. Spots are limited! The trip includes: • 7 nights’ accommodation in boutique, centrally-located hotels • Entrance to Plitvice Lakes National Park • Guided walking visit of Zagreb to learn about its historical significance with option to visit multiple museums & sites • Time to soak in the sun and salt of the Adriatic Coast • Historic walking tour of Zadar, an ancient Roman city full of unique hidden gems • Visit to Diocletian’s Palace in Split to learn about this important ancient Roman emperor • Visit to the Mostar bridge in Bosnia-Herzegovina to learn about its recent war history and time to explore the Old Bazaar • Stopover in the historic village of Ston with the option to hike the fortress wall • Historic walking visit of Old Town Dubrovnik with multiple nearby hiking options • Activity with our local community partner to learn about sustainable tourism and ocean cleanup + trip donation to their organization • Daily breakfasts + 3 dinners + 1 lunch + 1 happy hour • Ground transport between each destination in comfortable, privately rented vehicles (Zagreb>Zadar>Split>Drubrovnik) • Airport transfers upon arrival in Zagreb and departure in Dubrovnik • Dedicated Traverse guide 24/7 + & driver • Small group experience, max 10 people For complete information and booking instructions please visit: https://traversejourneys.com/croatia/ This trip is designed by your Meetup co-host, Ashley Blake. We’d love to have you along!
- Morocco Yoga & Art
Discover the magic of Marrakech, the beauty of the Sahara desert and the artisanship of the Moroccan people. We’ll do daily yoga with Jade Witham, explore the souks, get out in the desert and learn about art and culture on this 8-day adventure. Add ons to Fes & Chefchaouen or surfing also available. October 27-November 3, 2019 Itinerary includes: 7 nights’ accommodations in boutique guesthouses & desert camping 2x daily yoga with Jade Witham + meditation Excursion to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah Sahara desert excursion with 2 nights all-inclusive camping complete with camel rides, permanent structure tents with real beds, stargazing, traditional music & food and an oasis trek Visit to a traditional Berber textile women’s co-op + trip contribution to their organization Marrakech souk tour and harman spa day Daily breakfast + 6 dinners + 3 lunches Transfers to/from airport Small group trip, max 12 people 1 Traverse host and 1 local guide 24/7 + dedicated drivers Optional add-ons for Surfing or to Fes & Chefchaouen See full trip details here: https://traversejourneys.com/morocco/ This trip is designed by your Meetup organizer Ashley Blake to showcase the incredible landscape, spirit and hospitality of Morocco!