• EGYPT & NILE CRUISE, Nov 18-28, 2017
    BACK BY POPULAR REQUEST--our NUMBER ONE FAVORITE TRIP OF ALL TIME!!! EGYPT & THE NILE, NOVEMBER 18-28, 2017 There will never be a perfect time to go, so if it's on your bucket list, do it now with the safety of a group! We found NOVEMBER weather to be absolutely perfect, so that's when this one is planned in 2017! This trip begins in a hotel that was formerly a palace and it also offers the optional opportunity to see Alexandria--something we missed the first time! Sail through 5,000 years of history on this incredible Nile river cruise tour. In Cairo, marvel at King Tutankhamun’s treasures and masterpieces of ancient art, visit the enigmatic Sphinx, and see the Great Pyramids of Giza. Drive to the ancient capital of Memphis to see the 40-foot statue of Ramses II. Fly to Luxor, one of the greatest cities of ancient Egypt, and embark your 4-night Nile River cruise to Aswan. Along the way, visit the Luxor Temple, Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of Kings and Valley of Queens, the Temple of Isis, and Aswan Dam. Ride through Edfu to the Temple of Horus, built in the time of Cleopatra roughly 2,000 years ago. Sail across the water on a felucca, visit colorful local bazaars, and enjoy an exclusive lecture on this ancient civilization by your Egyptologist. Return to Cairo for the conclusion of your trip—it’s a vacation of a lifetime! IMPORTANT: Please note that this tour will not run tour if it is deemed unsafe to travel to Egypt. If cancelled by our tour company, you will receive a refund. In addition, trip insurance provides an extra layer of protection and I recommend adding it! ITINERARY Day 1...Depart USA (Nov. 18th to allow one buffer day for tour! This means a pre-hotel night will be added.) Day 2...Arrive Cairo A country rich in wonders and mysteries. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo ***A FORMER PALACE CONVERTED TO A HOTEL*** Meet your Egyptologist and traveling companions 8 am. Sightseeing in and around Africa’s largest metropolis starts with a close-up look at one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the guardian of the great pyramids, the enigmatic SPHINX, and the daunting PYRAMIDS OF GIZA. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built. Then, drive to the ancient Egyptian capital of MEMPHIS, where you can admire the 40-foot statue of RAMSES II and the ALABASTER SPHINX. On to Sakkara, a vast desert necropolis built for kings and nobles, and its “STAIRWAY TO THE SKY,” the oldest of all pyramids. Tonight, enjoy a SOUND & LIGHT SHOW at the pyramids that will put these wonders of the ancient world into an easily understandable historic context. (Breakfast) Day 3...Cairo, The Citadel and Egyptian Museum Begin your city sightseeing at the world-famous Egyptian Museum. Starring among its attractions is the amazing treasure recovered from Tutankhamun's tomb. Sightseeing continues at the Citadel where you enjoy breathtaking views over the whole city. Salah El Din started the Citadel in the 12th Century, but it owes its present outline to Mohammed Ali, whose Great Alabaster Mosque you'll visit next. Then free time to enjoy as you wish. In the evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel. Later, take your seats at the magical Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids which literally illuminates the history of Giza - an unforgettable introduction to the world of ancient Egypt. Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo Buffet Breakfast, Welcome Reception Day 4...Cairo and the Great Pyramids of Giza Experience Gain a deeper understanding of the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World during a visit to Giza with a Local Expert. Meet the enigmatic Sphinx crouching at the foot of Chephrenís Causeway and venture inside one of the magnificent pyramids. Nearby lies Memphis, capital of the Old Kingdom, see the colossal statue of Rameses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara, view the Step Pyramid of Zoser I; dating from 2,686 BC, it's the oldest in the world. Then free time this afternoon. Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo Buffet Breakfast Day 5... Fly to Luxor and then Transfer to your ship for Nile Cruise Day 5 to 8... Cruise the Nile After lunch onboard, visit Luxor Temple unearthed by Mariette in the 1860s. Continue to the huge temple complex of Karnak. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall. The following morning, relax as you gently cruise along the Nile, past palm-fringed villages and irrigated fields, to exotic Aswan. Before leaving Luxor, there is an experience by coach to the west bank, which includes a photo stop at the Colossi of Memnon and visits to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, as well as some of the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Also visit a working bakery to witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread. As you cruise upstream, stops are made at ancient sites along the way. These include Kom Ombo Temple and a delightful horse and carriage ride to the magnificent Temple of Horus, dedicated to the Falcon God in Edfu. On arrival in Aswan, included sightseeing shows you the High Dam and unfinished obelisk in the granite quarries. It also includes a motorboat ride to the Philae Island Temple complex and sailing in a traditional wooden Nile felucca. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy colonial-style high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, a favourite haunt of Agatha Christie, who is said to have penned ‘Death on the Nile’ over the cafés signature drink. While cruising, breakfast (BB), lunch (L) and dinner (D) are served daily and one night you get to celebrate Egyptian-style at a galabeya party and dinner. Hotel: MS Miriam/ MS Giselle/ MS La Boheme (or similar) Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Afternoon Tea, Signature Evening Day 9...Free Time in Aswan and back to Cairo (Relaxed Start) Why not join an optional experience by air to the magnificent Temples of Rameses II at Abu Simbel? THIS IS A MUST SEE!!! PLEASE ADD IT TO YOUR BUDGET. Otherwise, spend the morning as you wish. There is lots to enjoy; the Botanic Gardens, Elephantine Island, the Aga Khan Mausoleum or soak up the African atmosphere in the Nubian bazaar. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo for the night. Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo Buffet Breakfast Day 10...Depart Cairo Your journey ends after breakfast with transfers to the airport. Buffet Breakfast TOUR & CRUISE: $2,203.00 excluding ALL AIRFARE Pre Hotel Night: $132 double/$216 single occupancy SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $560 on request basis only AIR WITHIN EGYPT: $375 approx. (not yet available/tour company will book for us) AIR FROM USA: $999 approx. INSURANCE: $249 OPTIONAL ABU SIMBEL EXCURSION: $295 **PLAN TO ADD THIS OPTIONAL EXCURSION, IT IS A MUST SEE!!!*** IMPORTANT: Please note that tour will not run if it is deemed unsafe. If the tour company cancels, you will receive a full refund. There was unrest when we went last time and at no time did I feel unsafe. In addition, trip insurance provides an extra layer of protection and I recommend it on every trip! SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING • Cairo: Gaze upon the most recognizable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewellery – Tutankhamun's treasures. • Giza: If only these walls could talk! Oh, but they do at the audio visual Sound & Light Show at the Great pyramids • .Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man. • West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread. • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet the captain and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.Philae Island: Board a motorboat to the temple complex. • Aswan: Like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie before you, enjoy the sunset and high tea in colonial English-style at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel. • Giza: Meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the Pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife. AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS • Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party. • Included Quality Dining: 1 Welcome Drink (WR), 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 High Tea (AT), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 7 Lunches (L) and 6 Dinners (D), plus bottled water, tea or coffee with included lunches and dinners while cruising. STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES • THE MARRIOTT IN CAIRO was formerly the Gezirah Palace (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gezirah_Palace) built for the Khedive (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khedive) Isma'il Pasha (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isma%27il_Pasha) in 1869. The Palace and site was converted to a hotel by Marriott International (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriott_International) into a modern hotel. It was made much larger and is one of the tallest buildings (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Cairo) in Cairo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairo). It is located in the Zamalek (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zamalek) district on Gezira Island (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gezira_Island), situated on the Nil (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nile)e, and just west of Downtown Cairo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downtown_Cairo), Egypt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt) • Cruising: Cruise the Nile in style aboard your traditional Nile cruiser with its spacious cabins, bars, shops, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool. ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'. • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort. • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries. • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel. • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels. • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi. • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination. • Included airport transfers to and from your Insight Vacations hotel.Deluxe hotel in Cairo. • 4 night Nile cruise on MS Medea or MS Sapphire or MS La Boheme (or similar) including all cruise boat gratuities. • Scheduled air travel Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo.Services of Insight's Representative in Egypt. Optional experiences Most Insight tours already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change. • Karnak Sound And Light Show Enjoy the fabulous Sound and Light Show arranged in Luxor at Karnak Temple: While strolling along the ancient avenues of Sphinxes & halls of colossal columns, you will be hearing the tales of these ancient places. Adult Price: USD 38 Code: LUX0001 • Nubian Village A scenic boat ride along the Nile brings you to a typical Nubian Village. Among the colourfully painted houses, meet the friendly locals, (quite possibly their animals too,) and experience their culture and way of life. Adult Price: USD 27 Code: ASW0002 • Sound + Light Show - Aswan The powerful tale of Isis and Osiris is one of Ancient Egypt's most momentous legends. Fanciful Egyptian gods and goddesses, as well as the fascinating history of Philae Temple is brought to life before your eyes through the magic of sound and light. The atmospheric temple setting, engaging narration by world-famous celebrities and moonlit boat ride across the lake make it an unforgettable experience. Adult Price: USD 38 Code: ASW0003 • Abu Simbel Excursion By Air***A MUST SEE*** Excursion to Abu Simbel from Aswan to visit the fabulous reconstructed temples of Ramses II and Nefertari. The journey by air takes approximately forty minutes in each direction and allows approximately seventy-five minutes at Abu Simbel to visit the temples and the impressive concrete dome. Price is subject to Airline increases Adult Price: USD 295 Code: ASW0001 • Full Day Alexandria Embark on a full day exploration of historic Alexandria. Your sightseeing tour shows you the National Museum, the well preserved Roman Amphitheatre, Roman Catacombs, Quayet-Bey Fortress and Pombey’s Pillar. Later, visit the Mosque of Abdul Abass and the gardens at Montaza surrounding a former palace of the Royal family. (Please note - This excursion is only available to passengers who have purchased extra nights in Cairo before or after their tour). Adult Price: USD 115 Code: CAI0003 • Nile Cruise & Dinner Experience Cairo from a completely different perspective during a delightful evening dinner cruise on River Nile. Once on board enjoy a delicious buffet dinner with Cairo's illuminated skyline as a backdrop. Entertainment is provided in the form of a spectacular belly-dancing and folklore show. Not to be missed! Adult Price: USD 73 Code: CAI0001

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  • Geocaching: High Tech Scavenger Hunt!
    Please join our friends, the Niles Historical Society, as they explain the finer points of Geocaching. Keith Emrikson and his Geocaching Professional Friends, will lead us to discover the adventures of traveling Geocaching. “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor adventure treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices (smart phones with app).” Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the Geocache (container) hidden at that location. 1. All you need is a smartphone and a geocaching app from any of the Smartphone app stores. (They are all free). There is Free WIFI at the Center for you to do this, no charge! 2. Come to our meeting and we'll show you what to do. There will be hand-outs to take home! 3. Then go to Geocaching.com and sign up! 4. And we'll explore finding our own Geocach at the Center! No Experience necessary! It's fun and safe for ALL ages! So come to our FREE meeting! Refreshments will be served afterwards! for more information, call (847)[masked]

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  • THE GREAT MIGRATION IN KENYA, Aug 23-Sep 4, 2017
    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!! BABY ELEPHANTS!!! THE GREAT MIGRATION!!! LUXURY TENTED SAFARI!!! SMALL GROUP - BIG ADVENTURE!!! Travel Dates: Aug. 23 - Sept. 4, 2017 (includes Labor Day holiday!) JOIN MEG ON THIS FANTASTIC ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!! A tented Camp Safari including a private visit to Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage! This is one magnificent Kenya safari that visits remarkable national parks and wildlife reserves in search of giraffe, cheetah, zebra, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, gazelle, hyena, Cape buffalo, and more —all in their native environments. Imagine the thrill of seeing these majestic animals as they sunbathe on grassy land and roam across the vast savannah grassland. Due to the small group size, no more than 22 guests--you are encouraged to sign up soon you don't miss your chance! Once in Kenya, we break into groups of 6 so everyone has a window seat in the safari vehicles. You’ll stay in elegant tented camps (photos after pricing below), a nod to Africa safari pioneers. These unique and well-appointed properties enhance the experience by helping you feel closer to nature and at one with the landscape and were a favorite part of the experience for us! ***Transportation 4-wheel-drive safari vehicles carry a maximum of six passengers, ensuring you’ll always have a window seat. They also feature a pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography--and shelter your head from sun and rain. *** ITINERARY......... Aug. 23 - Depart USA Aug. 24 is DAY 1, Thursday...........Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya Welcome to Africa! Arrive this evening, check in to your hotel, and prepare for your adventure! DAY 2.............Nairobi Start your sightseeing with a PRIVATE visit to the SHELDRICK ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE, founded and managed by Daphne Sheldrick. Here you will learn about elephant conservation and meet elephant calves orphaned by poachers before they are reintroduced to the wild. Next, visit the KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM, dedicated to the author of Out of Africa. Lastly, stop at the GIRAFFE CENTER, a non-profit organization focused on saving the Rothschild’s giraffe. Here you will learn a bit more about this sub-species and have the opportunity to feed them. (Breakfast, Lunch) DAY 3............Nairobi–Amboseli National Park Depart Nairobi for AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK, best known for spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at some 19,341 feet. After lunch, embark on an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE to begin your search for the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) DAY 4.................Amboseli Rise early for a MORNING GAME DRIVE. Amboseli affords you a great opportunity to get close to the mighty elephant. You might also spot Cape buffalo, zebra, wild dog, and more. Afterward, an exclusive BUSH BREAKFAST has been arranged for you. Sip on a mimosa as you savor every moment of the memorable experience! Relax during the heat of the day prior to an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) DAY 5..................Amboseli–Nanyuki–Samburu National Reserve Today, fly to Nanyuki (via Nairobi), then continue north by road past Mount Kenya to SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE, known for its arid landscape and unique wildlife. Due to the dry climate, grasses are sparse, making animals easier to spot. Meanwhile, the Ewaso Ng’iro River, which borders the reserve, provides a year-round water supply. These conditions make for a great game-viewing experience. After lunch at your safari camp, enjoy an afternoon GAME DRIVE, where you have the chance to see rare animals you will not see in other parts of the country. Commonly referred to as the Samburu “Special 5,” this includes Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, and the gerenuk, a long-necked antelope that feeds while standing on its hind feet. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) DAY 6................Samburu Today, enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. In addition to the Samburu “Special 5,” the reserve is ho me to an abundance of other species. Large numbers of elephant and Nile crocodile can be seen, as well as waterbuck, Kirk’s dik-dik, and Grant’s gazelle. Where there is prey, predators can be found, so lion and leopard are often spotted. The reserve is also a great place for bird watching, with more than 300 species. Between game drives, relax at your lodge. This evening, relish SUNDOWNER DRINKS in the bush as the sun sets over this stunning landscape! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) DAY 7................Samburu–Ol Pejeta Conservancy After breakfast, travel to OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY, the largest black rhino sanctuary in all of East Africa. After lunch, enjoy a GAME DRIVE in the conservancy, including a stop at the CHIMP SANCTUARY. In partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Jane Goodall Institute, the sanctuary was established to provide a long-term home for orphaned and abused chimpanzees. Here, see the chimps and learn more about their plight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) DAY 8.................Ol Pejeta–Lake Elmenteita Rise early this morning for a final GAME DRIVE in the conservancy. After breakfast, depart for your camp on the shores of Lake Elmenteita. The journey will take you through the beautiful Kenyan highlands, one of the most fertile agricultural areas in all of Africa, where farmers grow crops such as corn, wheat, coffee, and tea. En route, stop at the Aberdare Country Club for lunch. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) DAY 9.................Lake Elmenteita. Lake Nakuru National Park Excursion After breakfast, travel to LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK, famous for its population of pink flamingos that feeds in the alkaline water of the lake. Other animals you may see on your GAME DRIVE include waterbuck, giraffe, impala, and striped hyena. This is also your best chance to see a white rhinoceros, commonly spotted here. Return to your camp for lunch, followed by time at leisure. Later this afternoon, enjoy a GAME DRIVE in SOYSAMBU CONSERVANCY, home to more than 450 species of birds, elegant Rothschild giraffe, eland, zebra, and more. If you are lucky, you may even spot the elusive leopard! End the day with SUNDOWNER DRINKS from a scenic hilltop overlooking Lake Elmenteita! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) DAY 10............Lake Elmenteita–Maasai Mara National Reserve After breakfast, drive to MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, Kenya’s most famous game area. “The Mara,” as it is called by locals, is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra arrives, generally from August to early November, the population enlarges by almost 2 million. This provides a great food source for predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena. After lunch, set out on an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) NOTE: The Great Migration is a natural event, and the exact arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly from year to year. DAY 11................Maasai Mara Further explore this magical place on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. Be sure to watch for elephant, rhino, giraffe, topi, hyena, and much more. Relax at your lodge during the middle of the day. Tonight, join your traveling companions for a special FAREWELL BUSH DINNER and a TRADITIONAL MAASAI DANCE PERFORMANCE—the perfect way to end your safari! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) DAY 12.............Maasai Mara–Nairobi–Homebound Flight Today, fly back to Nairobi, where your tour ends with lunch at the famed Carnivore Restaurant. We have secured a day room for you at the Ole Sereni Hotel before a transfer to the airport for your late-evening flight. Book homebound flights after 5 pm. (Breakfast, Lunch) ***Note: Most photos are from the last time we did this trip!*** ------------------------------------------------------------------- Land Price: $5600 excluding all air Pre Hotel Night: $142 double/$242 single Single Supplement: $1200 Mandatory Insurance: $279 or proof of your own policy Air Within Africa Add'l: $625 approx Air from USA: $[masked] approx (Most are on Lufthansa w/one stop each way) Nonrefundable Deposit: $350 ***ANIMALS ARE UNPREDICTABLE - A SIGNED WAIVER IS REQUIRED*** PLEASE JOIN WWW.MYTRAVELMEETUP.COM FOR MORE UPCOMING ADVENTURES!!! ----ACCOMMODATIONS----------------------------------- In Nairobi: Serena Hotel Despite its central location, the Nairobi Serena hotel is a quiet sanctuary amid the bustle of one of Africa's most dynamic cities. The interior décor reflects an entirely pan-African theme featuring art and inspiration from Ethiopia, the Maghreb, West Africa and East Africa. Offering a wide range of dining experiences, The Nairobi Serena is renowned for its 'Mandhari' fine-dining restaurant, which is universally acknowledged as one of Kenya's finest. Hotel Amenities Dry Cleaning, Free WiFi, Restaurant On-Site, Beauty Salon Bar/Lounge, Business Center, Concierge desk, Pool, Elevator Parking/Valet, Gift Shop, Spa Services, Room Amenities In-Room Safe, Climate Control, Internet Access, Phone, Mini-bar Coffee Maker, Cable/Satellite, Wake-Up Calls, Complimentary Newspaper Air Conditioning, Non-smoking Rooms, Television, Complimentary Toiletries Room Service, Hair Dryer -------------------------------------------------------- In Amboseli National Park Area: Kilima Safari Camp Kilima Safari Camp is shaded by mature black-barked acacia trees with uninterrupted views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The camp features an elegant bar, shop, outdoor pool, massage room, dining room, and an outdoor area for campfires. Electricity is provided during limited hours: 5:00 am - 9:00 am, 12:30pm - 3:00pm & 6:30 pm - midnight. Hotel Amenities Bar/Lounge, Pool, Spa Services, Dry Cleaning, Restaurant On-Site, Free WiFi Room Amenities Desk, Disabled Access / Rooms, Room Service -------------------------------------------------------- Samburu National Reserve Area: Ashnil Samburu Camp Ashnil Samburu Camp sits in Buffalo Springs Game Reserve which takes its name from an oasis of crystal clear water at the western end of the reserve. Enjoy the quiet serenity of the African wilderness and first-class accommodations in this remarkable place. Electricity is provided during limited hours: 5 am to 10:30 am, 12 pm to 4 pm & 6 pm to midnight. 24-hour power may be requested for breathing machines. Hotel Amenities Restaurant On-Site, Pool, Gift Shop, Bar/Lounge, Ice Machine, Currency Exchange Room Amenities Desk, In-Room Safe, Hair Dryer, Complimentary Toiletries ------------------------------------------------------- Ol Pejeta Conservancy: Sweetwaters Serena Camp (I loved this place!!) Sweetwaters Serena Camp is a sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Tented Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury. Hotel Amenities Restaurant On-Site, Business Center, Gift Shop, Bar/Lounge Dry Cleaning, Currency Exchange, Pool, Spa Services Room Amenities Window Opens, Complimentary Toiletries, Non-smoking Rooms Hair Dryer, Desk, Internet Access, Phone, Room Service, In-Room Safe Coffee Maker, Wake-Up Calls, Television, Cable/Satellite -------------------------------------------------------- Lake Nakuru National Park Area: Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp offers traditional safari luxury with 24 spacious tents. It is an oasis of comfort and excellent service situated strategically on a cliff near Lake Elmenteita in Soysambu Conservancy. The conservancy has been identified as a Ramsar Site, a wetland of international importance. The lake is an important stop for over 350 bird species including lesser flamingos. Electricity is provided 24 hours a day. Hotel Amenities Bar/Lounge, Restaurant On-Site, Pool, Spa Services, Luggage Storage Currency Exchange, Gift Shop, Dry Cleaning, Ice Machine, Room Amenities In-Room Safe, Desk, Hair Dryer, Complimentary Toiletries, Mini-bar Coffee Maker, Wake-Up Calls, Internet Access, Voicemail -------------------------------------------------------- Maasai Mara National Reserve: Ashnil Mara Camp The Ashnil Mara Camp property is comprised of 40 luxury tents overlooking the plains of the Maasai Mara and includes luxury ensuite bathrooms, walk-in closets and a sun deck for relaxation while watching game. Electricity is provided during limited hours: 5 am to 10:30 am, 12 pm to 4 pm & 6 pm to midnight. 24-hour power may be requested for breathing machines. Hotel Amenities Luggage Storage, Currency Exchange, Bar/Lounge, Gift Shop, Parking/Valet Restaurant On-Site, Dry Cleaning, Ice Machine, Pool Room Amenities Hair Dryer, In-Room Safe, Coffee Maker, Desk, Room Service Iron/Ironing Board, Wake-Up Calls, Complimentary Toiletries -------------------------------------------------------- AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK Three game drives; bush breakfast SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE Three game drives; sundowner drinks OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY Two game drives; visit the chimp sanctuary LAKE ELMENTEITA Game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park and Soysambu Conservancy; sundowner drinks MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE Three game drives; farewell bush dinner; traditional Maasai dance performance NOTES: Check with your physician regarding the latest health requirements for travel to Kenya.All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.We do not recommend this vacation to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough on some roads and game park trails in Kenya.Due to limited capacity on safari vehicles and flights, your suitcase must be soft-sided and cannot exceed 33 lbs including hand luggage.Some minor changes in your daily itinerary may be expected due to wildlife migrations and viewing.Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.

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  • Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Trip
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  • Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Trip
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  • Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Trip
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  • Sights of Cataract Canyon by Oarboat
    5 Day Sights of Cataract Canyon trip: the premier whitewater vacations and offers the perfect balance of floating, hiking and whitewater. The Oarboat places you 'up close and personal' with the river and its natural power. It's a pure wilderness river trip combining all the comforts needed to enjoy the outdoors. Deep within the boundaries of Canyonlands National Park, Cataract Canyon offers a perfect balance between serene floating, incredible hiking, and fast-moving rapids. 300 million years of rock history, abstract sculpted sandstone spires, and ancient Anasazi petroglyphs and granaries grace Cataract Canyon. There are beautiful beach camps and plenty of time to do all the great hikes and numerous camp activities. We stop daily for hikes up secret canyons only accessible by river. We'll visit Native American ruins, waterfalls in spring, incredible rock formations and simply enjoy the solitude. The longer trips allow for more hiking and time in camp. The Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park offers some of the most outstanding hikes in all of Utah. The trips in May and June in Cataract Canyon have some of the biggest and most challenging whitewater in the United States. This is a thrill seeker's dream, with stunningly powerful rapids. From: $1,550.00 To Sign up: http://sheri-griffith.resmarksystems.com/res/#search:2.5505 5 Day Sights of Cataract Canyon: Day 0 - At 5 pm (MDT) the day BEFORE the departure we meet at our office just outside of Moab Utah for a pre-trip meeting. Here you will learn what to expect and prepare for, receive your dry bags, sign Assumption of Risk forms and get a chance to ask any last minute questions. If you cannot make the meeting, please let us know beforehand. That way we can drop off your dry bags and any last minute instructions at your hotel. Day 1 - This morning you will be transported from the Sheri Griffith Expeditions office to the Potash Boat Ramp on the Colorado River. You may catch a glimpse of petroglyphs on the cliff walls, dinosaur tracks on some of the roadside boulders or fossils in the rocks surrounding the boat ramp. Once on the river we settle into the boats and begin our journey down river through the heart of Canyonlands National Park. This morning guests may visit a petrified wood bed and will pass the Pyramid Butte. The canyon walls are a beautiful, deep red which contrasts beautifully with the pristine blue sky that will be your ceiling for the next 5 days. After lunch, we settle back onto the boats and continue downstream, where we will pass Tex's Grotto, where a Grand Piano is set up for concerts during the Moab Music Festival, and Dead Horse Point, where the movies Mission Impossible 2 and Thelma and Louise were filmed. We will pull off the river to camp for the night. Guests can sit back and relax or hike the canyons while their guides setup the kitchen and dining areas. Swimming is also an option. Dinner prepared for you by your river guides. Meals are wonderful combinations that fit well into the atmosphere of your canyon dining room. Note: Meals are served from a set daily menu, but you are welcome to request, in advance, special dishes or tell us if there are particular things you would prefer not to have. Potential Hiking Opportunities: Tex's Grotto, Little Bridges, Petrified Wood. Day 2 - Wake to the smells of fresh coffee and a delicious breakfast cooking in the morning after you eat, we will assist you in taking down your tent and in preparing for the day's journey. This morning we will pass Lockhart Canyon, where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid used to hide their stolen cattle until they could move them to market. We will also see Indian Ruins at Lathrup Canyon. We'll pull off river for a healthy lunch and possibly a short hike. Vegetarian option is available with advance notice. This afternoon we will see picturesque Airport Tower, which rises nearly 1200 Feet above the canyon rim, and is long enough to land an airplane on. We will also see the Coffee Pot Ruin and the "Racing Stripe", a bright white stripe of Gypsum suspended midst the deep red sandstone that makes up the rest of the canyon. We will pull off river for another evening of big sandy beaches, exploration, contemplation and beautiful starry skies. After we assemble our River Side Oasis, you are welcome to sit back and relax or take a short hike up Indian Creek Canyon to see the waterfalls (spring trips only). Spend the evening in warm camaraderie as you relax and enjoy the desert wonders around you. Potential Hiking Opportunities: Lathrup Canyon or Indian Creek Canyon Day 3 - Breakfast is served in your canyon dining room. Breakfast offerings will vary throughout your rafting expedition. Hot coffee, tea and chocolate are always available, as are juices, and fresh fruit. After breakfast, clients will board the boats and we will head down river. We may take the opportunity to participate in the Loop Hike, which takes us to the top of the ridge around which the Colorado River takes a four mile bend onto itself. You will be able to see both sides of the ridge from nearly 1000 feet above the river! Enjoy another healthy and delicious Lunch, served as you visit a large sandy beach alongside the river. This afternoon we will reach the Confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. We now enter the true heart of Canyonlands National Park as we near the Confluence. If it has rained recently, the mixing of the rivers will be defined in brilliant swirls of red and green. After the Confluence, we will experience the first of the Cataract Canyon rapids, numbers 1 through 10. By now the river has doubled in size and force. The rapids are not huge, but will suffice in getting everyone good and wet before we pull off for the night. We may take a side hike to the top of the Dolls House. We will pull off river for an afternoon of hiking, swimming and yard games such as horseshoes or bocce. The crew will set up the camp as guests relax. Dinner will be served with the sound of whitewater in the background and blue skies overhead. Guides will tell stories of early explorers and of more recent experiences in the rapids that you will face the next day. Tonight we will experience a night of peaceful camping and quiet anticipation. Fall asleep to the quiet sounds of river music: quiet splashing accompanied by the high tones of crickets and the low tones of nearby owls. Potential Hiking Opportunities: The Loop Hike or The Dolls House Day 4 - This morning's fare is complimented by the sound of rushing water and the anticipation of a great day of running the famous rapids of Cataract Canyon. We will load everything back onto the boats and prepare ourselves for the exciting day at hand. This morning we will run some of the biggest whitewater in the Western United States Rapids whose names are almost as intimidating as the whitewater itself: Big Drop 2, North Seas and Capsize. Everyone will be thoroughly soaked as we take a break at midday for lunch and to catch our breath. Stop for Lunch and for some "Land Time". While the guides prepare lunch, guests are welcome to explore the canyon a bit or watch as others run the big rapids they have just been through. Once we have finished with lunch, we get back on the boats and head into the big whitewater. This afternoon we will navigate through more intimidating rapids, including Big Drop 3, Satan's Gut and Little Niagara. There may be stops along the way as the guide scouts the rapids to find the best route through the churning whitewater. We will pull off the river. After we recreate our riverside oasis, guests are welcome to kick back, relax and relive the day's adventures over and over again as the evening deepens and a bright canopy of stars replaces the blue sky. Traditionally, this last night is a "Dress Up" night. Anything goes, from formal wear to clown outfits with floppy hats. Guests are not required to participate, but are welcome to use their imagination and help celebrate an amazing trip. Your final day of rafting begins with hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate followed by a delicious breakfast, prepared by your guides. Day 5 - This morning we will pass through the final rapids. We may have some opportunities for hiking in some of the canyons previously lost to Lake Powell's waters, but accessible now that the waters in the lake have dropped. Clearwater Canyon and Dark Canyon are guide favorites. We'll climb back aboard the boats and follow the Colorado River as it pushes its way into the calm waters of Lake Powell. Here we'll be in the deepest part of the canyon, surrounded by nearly 2,000 foot cliffs. We'll see the Dirty Devil River and Piano Leg Arch. We will motor off of the lake and pull off near what used to be the Hite Marina on Lake Powell. You will be escorted to the landing strip for your return flight to Moab. As you take this scenic flight, watch for the Henry Mountains, the White Rim, the Abajo Mountains, the La Sal Mountains and nearly the entire Colorado Plateau. You will bet met at the Moab airport and transferred back to Moab.

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  • NAT'L GEOGRAPHIC BALI & JAVA, MARCH 28-APRIL 14, 2017
    THERE ARE ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT!!! NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PRESENTS........BALI & JAVA AIR TRAVEL DATES FOR TOUR ONLY MARCH 30-APRIL 14, 2017 (Those departing USA on March 28th can add 2 pre nights in Singapore and 1 pre night in Java before the tour. THAT'S WHAT MOST PEOPLE ARE DOING.) Free your spiritual side against a backdrop of stunning beaches and jungles in Bali and Java! This NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPECIAL is a unique opportunity to experience an amazing culture with a small group of friends. (15 max group size.) We will travel by cycle-rickshaw to local markets and the Sultan’s Palace in Yogyakarta and find our inner peace at ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples. High tea at the Mangkunegaran Palace, strolling the coastline of unforgettable beaches in Sanur, discovering the perfect blend of beauty and Buddhist zen are all ours in this incredible corner of the world! More highlights include meeting volcanologists at Mt Bromo and taking part in a traditional Javanese dance and tea. This trip will be hosted by Jeudi! Once in Java, a National Geographic tour guide will take over for the rest of the trip. TOUR ITINERARY: (Depart 2 days earlier to add Singapore) March 30... Depart USA March 31... Cross Intl Date Line April 1... ARRIVE YOGYAKARTA - LEISURE DAY April 2 ...Yogyakarta Arrive at any time. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy an included welcome dinner. April 3...Yogyakarta Hop on a cycle-rickshaw and explore all the city has to offer, including the Sultan's Palace, markets, and the batik and puppetry workshops of Yogya. Options include shopping or taking in a Wayang Kulit shadow puppet show or a Ramayana dance performance. Meals included: Breakfast April 4...Yogyakarta Enjoy an excursion to the Buddhist Temple complex of Borobudur, travelling on foot and by horse cart alongside a local guide. In your free time, opt to visit Kraton, an 18th century palace or Taman Sari Water Castle. Meals included: Breakfast April 5...Yogyakarta/Surakarta Visit Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple complex in Java. Continue on to Surakarta, where we visit the Mangkunegaran Palace for a traditional dance class and enjoy high tea. Meals included: Breakfast April 6...Surakarta Take an excursion to the slopes of Mount Lawu including a visit to the Candi Cetho and Candi Sukuh Temples. Opt to visit the Batik Museum. Meals included: Breakfast April 7...Surakarta/Malang Journey to the colonial city of Malang. Enjoy free time to visit local parks, markets, or temples. Meals included: Breakfast April 8...Malang Take a scenic excursion to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park by jeep to catch the sunrise. We then ascend to the top of Mt Bromo, part of the Tengger Caldera, the largest volcanic range in the area. Later, visit the volcanology office at Mt Bromo and meet with one of the experts who will explain how they monitor the volcano and discuss the 2010 eruption. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch April 9...Malang/Ubud Catch a flight and transfer to Ubud, the cultural and artistic heart of Bali and our base for the next three nights. Meals included: Breakfast April 10...Ubud Enjoy a cooking class with a local chef who will accompany us to the morning markets and a visit to a rice field, helping us learn about the staples of Balinese cooking. We will later gather at our chef's home, where we'll learn how to make a traditional offering, followed by a lively cooking class and lunch. We can enjoy our afternoon at leisure. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch April 11...Ubud/Sanur Explore the spiritual side of Bali, following mountain roads through the jungle to visit Tirta Empul Temple, its bubbling springs believed to hold curative powers. Continue to Gunung Kawi, a Hindu temple complex surrounded by terraced rice fields. Eventually make your way to Kintamani, perched 1500m (4921 ft) above sea level on the edge of a crater overlooking Lake Batur, with active Mount Batur towering above. Arrive in Sanur this evening. Meals included: Breakfast April 12...Sanur Explore Sanur and enjoy a visit to the southern beaches of Dream Land and Padang Padang and the clifftop Uluwatu Temple. This evening, opt to join our CEO for a farewell dinner at Pecatu Hill, overlooking the lights of Kuta and the largest Vishnu Statue in the world. Meals included: Breakfast April 13...Sanur Depart at any time--our flight will leave after midnight so it is technically April 14. THIS GIVES US A FULL LEISURE DAY IN SANUR (BEACH!!!) Meals included: Breakfast April 14...Arrive USA Tour: $2249 based on double occupancy, excluding air & insurance Single Supplement: $999 (ONLY 2 SINGLES AVAILABLE) Pre Tour Night Hotel Add'l: $40 double/$80 single Insurance: $TBA Insurance Cost Varies by Age INSURANCE IS MANDATORY...If you get your own, I will need a copy of your policy to provide tour company. We recommend http://www.TravelGuard.com Air From USA: $999 approx. Nonrefundable Deposit: $350 Singapore Pre Add On: $450 approx (hotel, transfers, & nonstop flight from Singapore to Yogykarta) Is this tour for me? • Quality accommodations with upgraded amenities; private transport (including flights); more included meals and activities. • Physical Rating: Light Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging. • Trip Type: Small Group 15 max. What's Included Arrival transfer. Orientation tour of Yogyakarta by cycle-rickshaws. Excursions to Borobudur and Prambanan temple complexes. Visit Mangkunegaran Palace with traditional dance class and high tea. Excursion to Mt Lawu. Hiking and jeep trip to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Mt Bromo volcanology office visit. Ubud home cooking class. Visit Tirta Empul Temple, Gunung Kawi Hindu temple complex and Kintamani. Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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  • ICELAND ADVENTURE, Aug. 26-Sept. 4, 2016
    Join us on this amazing ICELAND ADVENTURE! Aug. 26-Sept. 4, 2016 Iceland is the land of FIRE & ICE, well known for its natural wonders: glaciers, the BLUE LAGOON, active volcanoes, black-sand beaches, geothermal areas, roaring rivers, majestic waterfalls, and beautiful lakes. On this Iceland tour, we will start and end in Reykjavík, and witness these natural wonders while enjoying fun and unique experiences including WHALE WATCHING! Our group is flying in one day before the tour to add even more fun! Options for our free days will include biking, hiking, soaking in the Blue Lagoon, horse back riding, or snorkeling a fissure! ***PASSPORT REQUIRED*** While on tour, our scenic highlights include mighty Gullfoss waterfall and Goðafoss, known as the "Waterfall of the Gods" and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. We will drive by Eyjafjallajökull volcano, well known for the eruption that generated the massive ash cloud in 2010, and through the national park at Skaftafell to Vik. We will enjoy a scenic drive to the lovely blue Lake Mývatn, one of Iceland's prettiest areas and with volcanic craters throughout the lake, it is teeming with bird life and ducks and is known for its geothermal activity. we'll also watch how Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull, flows into Lake Jökulsárlón, forming icebergs. OUR DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY... Fri. Aug. 26th - Depart USA - Overnight Flight Sat. Aug. 27th Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland Welcome to Reykjavik! Today is free to do an optional excursion! Take a hiking or biking excursion, or go horse back riding on the famous Icelandic Horses, or snorkel a fissure between 2 continental plates (I did this and it was AMAZING!) or explore the town of Reyjkavik or head to the famous BLUE LAGOON for a nice soak in mineral rich water--the possibilities are awesome! (Aynne has done this trip and will set things up before we leave so we can hit the ground running!) Sun. Aug. 28th - Reykjavik, Iceland TODAY IS ANOTHER FREE DAY UNTIL 6PM TO DO MORE OF THE THINGS LISTED ABOVE! As long as we are back by 6 pm for the included dinner that is! That is also when we will meet Tour Director. (Dinner at our hotel) Note that we will have the SAME GUIDE & BUS THE ENTIRE TRIP--YAY!!! Mon. Aug. 29th - Reykjavik–Hellisheiðavirkjun–Geysir–Gullfoss–Thingvellir–Borgarnes After an orientation drive of pretty Reykjavik, we will have a really interesting visit to the geothermalheat and electric POWER STATION in Hellisheiðavirkjun. It sounds weird, but it's fascinating! The water under Iceland is SCREAMING HOT!!! Instead of water heaters, they need water coolers for their tap water! Next, we stop at the hot springs at Geysir for a real treat: we meet the chef of the Geysir restaurantand walk with him to the geothermal areas. Taste freshly baked bread that has been cooked using the heat from the hot-springs, with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring, and a glass of geysir schnapps, served at freezing point. Marvel at the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and stop in Thingvellir, a geological paradise. Here, we will walk through the rift valley that marks the separation between the North American and European tectonic plates. Then its off to our hotel in Borgarnes. (Breakfast, Dinner) Tues. Aug. 30th - Borgarnes–Hauganes–Akureyri A real treat! At Hauganes, we embark for an unforgettable experience: WHALE WATCHING in their natural habitat! Afterward its off to Akureyri (my favorite town in Iceland!) for our overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner) Wed. Aug. 31st - Akureyri–Goðafoss–Lake Mývatn–Dettifoss–Egilsstaðir During our orientation of the capital of northern Iceland, we'll hear about the city’s history after it was established as a trading center in 1602. Visit the BOTANICAL GARDEN, featuring specimens of almost all native Icelandic plants. Then, admire Goðafoss, known as the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Enjoy a scenic drive to the lovely blue Lake Mývatn, teeming with bird life in one of Iceland’s prettiest areas, and known for geothermal activity and producing colored deposits. Before arriving in Egilsstaðir, take pictures of the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss (road conditions permitting). (Breakfast, Dinner) Thurs. Sept. 1st - Egilsstaðir–Höfn Today we follow the eastern coast, where the first Irish missionaries settled some 200 years ago, and arrive in Höfn. If we are lucky, we may even see the Northern Lights! (Breakfast, Dinner) Fri. Sept. 2nd - Höfn–Lake Jökulsárlón–Skaftafell–Vik The highlight of today will be a stop at Lake Jökulsárlón, where some of the most spectacular scenes of the James Bond movie Die Another Day were filmed. Watch how the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, flows into the lake, forming icebergs. (Hat & gloves needed this day!) An exciting optional boat trip through the icebergs is available. Then, drive through the national park at Skaftafell to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland. (Breakfast, Dinner) Sat. Sept. 3rd - Vik–Eyjafjallajökull–Reykjavik We'll do a drive by the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, well known for the eruption that generated the massive ash cloud in 2010, on our way back to Reykjavik. This afternoon we can join an optional excursion to the Blue Lagoon, and then tonight, a special farewell dinner is included at one of Reykjavik’s fine restaurants to celebrate our Icelandic Adventure. (Breakfast, Dinner) Sun. Sept. 4th - Reykjavik Vacation ends with breakfast this morning and then its off to the airport for our flight home. We arrive the same day. (Breakfast) Prices include tours, most meals, transportation between cities, hotels, baggage handling, etc. TOUR PRICES Tour w/Extra Hotel Pre-Night: $3,463.00 based on double Journeys Club Tour w/Hotel Pre-Night: $3,301.00 based on double More Pricing Info... Single Supplement w/Pre Hotel Night: $717.00 Nonrefundable/NonTransferable Deposit: $250.00 Air from USA Add'l Approx. $700 add'l Cancellation & Health Travel Insurance: $279 IMPORTANT: You are not officially going anywhere until your deposit has been received--simply RSVPing YES does NOT guarantee you a space, you must submit deposit to be guaranteed a spot! CALL DEPOSIT IN TO R & R TRAVEL AT[masked] ***Note: Daytime temperatures will be in the 50's & 60's at time of travel. Hiking shoes & layers (like below) are recommended: Windproof layer, vest for warmth, sweater, scarf, socks, & hiking shoes. Gloves & hats when you are on boats! When you are on the glacial lake or whale watching, extra layers may be needed!

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  • CHINA! TIBET! HONG KONG! June 5-21, 2016
    OK! I am loving CUSTOMIZING OUR OWN TRIPS!!! Piece by piece, step by step, we will discover China with our own private guide and transportation.... and GREAT HOTELS TOO!!! Keep reading... Wanna hold a PANDA? IT'S INCLUDED!!! How about 3 nights in Tibet? IT'S INCLUDED! A bullet train to Suzhou the Venice of China? YES! A day at the Great Wall of China? Yes! Terra Cotta Warriors? YES! Hong Kong? YES! Forbidden City & Tian'anmen Square? YES! And other sights too! (I've only been to a few of these places so I am VERY excited!!!) Our Itinerary 5 June (Sun) - Board our overnight flight 6 June (Mon) – Arrive Beijing...Welcome to China’s capital city! A group transfer will pick you up from the airport. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in. 7 (Tues.) - Beijing FREE DAY (We added this as a buffer day!) 8 June (Wed) – Beijing...Your full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to the FORBIDDEN CITY a nd its IMPERIAL PALACE, once the home of China’s great emperors. Nearby is 100-acre TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. Enjoy LUNCH in a local restaurant and continue to the former SUMMER PALACE, a complex of pavilions, temples, and galleries set among beautifully landscaped grounds and situated on Kunming Lake. (B, L) 9 June (Thu) – Beijing... Great Wall E xcursion...The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Then, visit a CLOISONNÉ WORKSHOP and see local artisans use the techniques of this ancient art form to turn pieces of copper into colorful decorative items. After LUNCH at a local restaurant, take a leisurely walk down the SACRED WAY of the Ming Tombs and marvel at the impressive hand-carved stone statues. Tonight, you may choose to attend a performance of the Peking Opera, including a behind-the-scenes look at the colorful make-up being applied to the performers. (B, L) 10 June (Fri) – Beijing – Xi’an...After breakfast catch your FLIGHT to Xian. One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with a visit to the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. In 1974, the tomb of China’s firs t emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, was accidentally discovered by local farmers. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. This evening you may want to join the optional “Tang Dynasty” Dinner Show, featuring a colorful assemblage of classical performances. (B) 11 June (Sat) – Xi’an – Lhasa, Tibet...After breakfast catch your FLIGHT to Lhasa. Welcome to the holy city of Lhasa, capital of the mystical Buddhist kingdom of Tibet. The rest of the day is free to rest and adjust to the 14,000-foot altitude. (B, D) 12 June (Sun) – LhasaThis morning, take a brief city tour, and then visit the SUMMER PALACE of the Dalai Lama, featuring the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, take a special trip to a TIBETAN’S HOME that includes lunch before visiting a typical TIBETAN MONASTERY. The final stop today is a TIBETAN HOSPITAL, where you will learn about traditional Tibetan medicine and therapy. (B, L, D) 13 June (Mon) – Lhasa...Today, visit t he imposing POTALA PALACE, once the center of the Tibetan government and the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Also visit one of Tibet’s oldest shrines, JOKHANG TEMPLE, and then spend time in the local BAZAAR. The rest of the day is at yo ur leisure. (B, L, D) 14 June (Tue) – Lhasa – Chengdu...After breakfast catch your FLIGHT to Chengdu. The remainder of the day is free to relax. (B) ...I CAN'T WAIT TO HOLD A BABY PANDA BEAR!!!! 15 June (Wed) –Chengdu...Started in 1987 as a non-profit organization to assist in research, the CHINA PANDA CONSERVATION CENTER is dedicated to the conservation education, captive breeding and educational tourism of the Giant Pandas. Here you will have the amazing opportunity to HOLD A BABY PANDA. Later visit “The First Street of the Shu Kingdom” Jinli Street. Have free time to wander this ancient street, shop for souvenirs, in the evening hours the streets are illuminated with Chinese lanterns and the performers come out. (B) 16 June (Thu) – Chengdu – Shanghai Fly to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and center of trade and industry. This afternoon, stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard that is lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. This evening, consider joining an optional tour to see a spectacular acrobatic show. (B) 17 June (Fri) – Shanghai. Suzhou Excursion ...This morning, take a BULLET TRAIN to the ancient watertown of Suzhou. Start your sightseeing with a BOAT RIDE on the Old Canal, followed by a visit to the tranquil GARDEN OF THE MASTER OF THE FISHING NETS, designed during the Song Dynasty. Last stop is a SILK REELING FACTORY to learn more about the silk-making process. Return to Shanghai by BULLET TRAIN and enjoy a bit of time at leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (B, L, D) 18 June (Sat) – Shanghai – Hong Kong...Fly to Hong Kong, Asia’s vibrant commercial capital. Your approach is a memorable experience, with sweeping views of the countless islands dotting the South China Sea. Check into your hotel. Evening at leisure. (B) 19 June (Sun) – Hong Kong...This morning’s sightseeing begins with a CABLE-CAR RIDE up Victoria Peak for panoramic vistas of this one-of-a-kind port city. Drive by Repulse Bay, a popular beach area, then to the Aberdeen fishing village for a SAMPAN RIDE on the harbor. Next stop is STANLEY MARKET, a narrowstreet jammed with stalls offering clothing, arts, and crafts. Tonight, consider an optional sunset cruise on Hong Kong’s magnificent harbor. (B) 20 June (Mon) – Hong Kong...Macau Excursion After a scenic one hour FERRY RIDE from Hong Kong arrive in Macau, the second of two special administrative districts of China. Your full day of sightseeing will commence with a drive along Guia Circuit, site of the annual Macau Grand Prix. Afterward visit the magnificent KUN LAM TEMPLE, the 600 year old Goddess of mercy temple; PORTA DE CERCO, the historical gate constructed in 1849 served as a checkpoint between China and the former Portuguese colony; and the ruins of the Jesuit Priests. After a buffet lunch, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Pearl River followed as you travel by coach to by a visit to the world famous casino prior to your return to Hong Kong. (B, L) 21 June (Tue) – Hong Kong After breakfast a group transfer will take you to the airport for your homebound flight. (B) TOUR COST: --Land Cost: $3995 (based on 25 max. travelers/add $150 if less than 25) ***AIR NOT INCLUDED IN COST*** --Pre Tour Hotel Night (June6th) $100 --Flights within Asia (China/Tibet/Singapore/Hong Kong): $1518 approx. --PREPAID GRATUITIES ADD'L: $160.00 for Guide & Driver APPROX. AIRFARE (USA to China): $[masked] nonstop on American or United (Good connecting flights about $1300) NONREFUNDABLE DEPOSIT: $500.00 INSURANCE: $279.00 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $[masked] (if available-we can assign you a roommate if you would like one) FINAL PAYMENT DUE: March 1, 2016 How to book: Call R & R Travel at[masked] or bring deposit check to a meetup payable to R & R Travel....

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