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Destinations in 2019, each with a small group of travelers:
Australia/New Zealand (16 days) February 10-25, 2019
In Australia: Sydney, Adelaide, and the wine regions of Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, and McLaren Vale
In New Zealand: both the north and south islands including Auckland and nearby wineries, Rotorua thermal pools, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Milford Sound, Central Otago mountains, lakes, and Pinot Noir, Maori culture, and rare local penguins. Click for more info
Scotland/Ireland Whiskey Trip (15 days) May 10-24, 2019
Join us as we explore the wild, gorgeous countryside of Scotland and Ireland and visit several of the world’s best single-malt whiskey distillers, including The Macallan, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg. In Ireland we’ll enjoy beautiful emerald landscapes and taste Jameson, Old Bushmills, and Kilbeggan. Click for more info
Italy Trip June 6-19, 2019 THIS TRIP IS FILLED
We explore Tuscany, Piedmont, the Italian Riviera, and the now-“hot” sparkling wine region of Franciacorta near Milan. Stunning land-and seascapes, famed Italian winemakers, a cooking class, top winery visits, a cliffside vineyard stroll overlooking the Mediterranean, and a tour of the world’s greatest marble quarry are just some of the trip’s highlights. As with all our trips, we stay in top hotels and enjoy gourmet cuisine including a Michelin 3-star meal.
Spain/Portugal (13 days) June 25-July 7, 2019
We begin in Spain's liveliest city, Barcelona, then visit Cava sparkling wine country and the amazing mountains of Priorat, before taking a day of respite in the gourmet capital of Spain, San Sebastian, and a three-star Michelin dinner. Then on to Spain’s famous wine regions of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, with a break to visit Europe’s most interesting active archaeological dig. We conclude our Spain visit with time in Madrid for art, culture, and flamenco dancing, then move to Portugal for three days that include visits to Port Houses, a boat trip on the Douro River, and a tour of the world’s largest cork factory.
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Central Europe including Danube Cruise (15 days)
July 16-30, 2019
During this land and cruise adventure, we’ll follow the sweep of history through the heart of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, getting to know three of Europe’s greatest cities – Prague, Vienna, and Budapest – as well as the region’s cuisine, its art and culture, and a few of its best vineyards including the delicious wines of Tokaj. The central week of the trip will be spent aboard a 7-day inclusive luxury Crystal Cruise on the Danube River. Click for more info