Highlights of Ireland
September 24 - October 4, 2012
Our adventure began in the Dublin/Waterford area. By coach we
drive south through the Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough via Killiney Bay. We spend a full day exploring the
109-mile "Ring of Kerry", encircling the Iveragh Peninsula. We stopped by a local village to see the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher soaring
hundreds of feet above the sea. We explored the wild, majestic Connemara region and visited the dramatically beautiful hills of Donegal.
On tour of the capital city we visited Trinity College to view the famous Book of Kells. Other highlights included St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Highlights of Spain and Portugal
November 7 - November 17, 2011
We enjoyed a 10-day visit to Madrid, Salamanca, Lisbon, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Toledo.
In Madrid, the Spanish capital we visited the white-trimmed 2,800-room Royal Palace and the exquisite gardens that surround it.
In Lisbon we visited Jeronimos Monastery, a Manueline Renaissance masterpiece, where Vasco da Gama is buried.
We walked the cobble-stoned streets of the Old Bairro Alto, the Praca do Rossio, and the tropical Estela gardens.
The Passion Play of Oberammergau
August 4 - August 14, 2010
We visited the cities of Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Munich and enjoyed the
highlight of the trip, Oberammergau and it's Passion Play. The play is traced to 1633 when the Black Plague
swept through Europe. The villiagers took a solemn oath that God's sparing of their little town from The Plague
will assure the day-long play every 10 years. The open-air stage and covered theater shows the dramatic backdrop
of the towering Alps.
Highlights of Italy and Sicily
November 4 - November 13, 2009
We enjoyed a 12-day visit to beautiful Sicily, one of the largest islands of the Mediterranean There were both Greek and Roman ruins aplenty as well as staggering
coastline views. We enjoyed viewing the Valley of Temples outside Agrigento, as well as the Greek Theater ruins and others in Siracusa and the ‘Old Town’ area.
We climbed Mount Etna (well, the motor coach did!) and walked the lava of the 2002 eruption, it’s last big one. We enjoyed a rainy night in Sorrento and trudging
around Pompeii the next day. We ended our excursion with two days in Rome, the ‘Eternal City,’ with a day at the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, including an
audience with Pope Benedict XVI. Later we marveled at several cathedrals - St. John in Lateran, St. Mary Major, St. Peter in Chains and St. Paul’s Outside Paul
Outside the Walls. We had plenty of free time to ‘roam’ around - with evening visits to the Palazzo Novanna, the Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain.
Highlights of Athens and the Greek Isles
September 24 - October 4, 2008
We toured the ancient cities of Athens, Istanbul, Constantinople, St. Sophia,
Mykonos, Patmos, Heraklion, Crete, Santorini and Piraeus.
Highlights of Alaska
June 24 - July 5, 2006
ALASKA. The last wilderness to
remain unspoiled. we saw it onboard the beautiful DIAMOND PRINCESS cruise
ship and on board the Mt. McKinley and the Midnight Sun Express trains. The Cruise-Land tour
began June 24, 2006, from Washington-Dulles International Airport with embarkation in Vancouver, B.C. View the protected waters and land areas of the Inside Passage.
We visited ports of call at Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. We saw the gigantic walls of blue ice from the glaciers of College Fjord.
Searched for the grizzlies, moose and other wildlife of Denali National Park. Soaked up the nostalgic Sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise on the Chena River and panned for some gold at the El Dorado Gold Mine.
Highlights of Scandinavia & St. Petersburg
July 12 - 25, 2005
Our journey began in Denmark’s
charming capital city of Copenhagen. In Copenhagen harbor, we embarked the
beautiful Star Princess. It's impressive design and amenities offered the
choices of a big ship, yet we never felt lost in a crowd. The Star Princess
has an entire deck of mini-suites, four different pools, multiple dining
venues with Anytime Dining or Traditional Fixed Seating, and a myriad of
after-dinner options and show lounges. Stockholm Sweden, nicknamed the "Venice of
the North". Stockholm is a city of lovely islands linked by an intricate system
of waterways and bridges and strung between a freshwater lake and the sea.
Gabled houses tower over narrow alleys in the old town while, just blocks
away, a magnificant 17th century palace overlooks the wide harbor. Oslo,
Norway, located on the Oslofjord. Here we explored the waterfront or Vigeland
Sculpture Park. We meandered through the streets behind the Royal Palace.
We visited the Viking and Polar ship museums and the City Hall, which was
lavishly decorated by Norway's leading painters and sculptors during the 1930's.
Highlights of Scotland
July 31 - August 7, 2004
Our Scotland venture began in the city
of Glasgow, often called "European City of Culture", with its
striking Victorian architecture, its world famous Burell collection
and the Glasgow Cathedral. Additionally we made a visit to
the charming seaport town of Oban, on the Firth of Lorn. The tour
included a must ferry ride to the Island of Iona, the remote
windswept isle where St. Columba established a monastery in 536AD.
The tour continued in the Scottish Highlands with castles and
lochs, including the famous Loch Lomand and Inverness. The tour
concluded with arrival for two days in Edinburgh, the majestic
capital of Scotland. On the way there were stops at Blair
Castle, Pitlochry and St. Andrews. Edinburgh’s visit
included St. Giles’ Cathedral, Palace Holyrood, the "Royal Mile",
Edinburgh Castle, John Knox’s House and evening attendance at
one of Europe’s most sought-after events, the famous "Military
Tattoo Review" at the base of Edinburgh Castle.
Highlights of Italy
November 3-13, 2003
We enjoyed the best of Italy
on a land tour from Venice to Rome. Two days in Venice with it's
magnificent San Marco square and romantic canals. We visited Florence,
the cradle of Renaissance Art -- from Botticelli to Da Vinci.
We traveled to the cliff side town of Sorrento and along the
breathtaking Amalfi coastline, then on to Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius,
and finishing in glorious Rome with a city tour and one day on