Recent Journeys

Take a look at some of our past trips . . .

 

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 your own.

 

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