Category: Sample Adventures


Austria & Czech Republic: Walking With Music and Culture

Walk your way through the richness of Vienna and Prague. Be enveloped by music and experience the enjoyment of walking at a pace that allows travelers to listen, see, admire, hear and savor the culture, history and wonderful nature discoveries that are typically missed within the normal speed of everyday life.

Walking With Music and Culture

Highlights:

  • Walk through centuries and styles in Prague, the “Mother of Cities,” one of the most beautiful cities in the world
  • Visit Prague’s Gothic Powder Tower, Charles Bridge and the Romanesque Tower, Renaissance Royal Summer Palace, Classicist Estate Theatre, Baroque Lesser Quarter, Neo-Renaissance National Theater and Rudolfinum, Art Nouveau Municipal House
  • The enthralling Prague Spring Music Festival
  • Exclusive private concerts
  • Vienna: City of Johann Strauss, Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Gustav Mahler
  • Picturesque walks through unspoiled countryside and medieval towns

 

Walking With Music and Culture

Unique Aspects: Unusual combination of easy day walks through countryside and historical towns with evening operas and concerts. During the day we will enjoy our legs and eyes; the evenings, our ears; and the whole day, our spirit!

 

Accommodations: Comfortable local hotels, usually 4*

Duration: 10 days

Best time to go: April – October

Walking With Music and Culture

Sustainable Elements:

  • Transportation in Prague and Vienna on foot or local transport, ensuring minimum impact
  • Walking activity most days
  • Meals provided by small, family, or locally-owned operators
  • Local guides
  • Support of local economy

Cost: For personal pricing to meet your budget needs, please e-mail Wiser World Travel, or call 303-443-0604, USA toll free 1-877-743-0604.

 

Spain: Art, Culture, New Landscapes

Barcelona, Madrid and Bilbao hide impressive art treasures that you will discover with the help of a local guide. Gaudí, Picasso, the charming Kingdom of Castile, Gothic quarters, and works of Ghery or Calatrava amidst the vineyards landscape of La Rioja are just some of the highlights. We will travel by train and bus, experiencing the local life and discovering new landscapes.

Art, Culture, New Landscapes

Highlights:

  • The architecture of Gaudí in Barcelona
  • Wine and art in La Rioja, Alavesa
  • The ‘Golden Triangle of Art’ in Madrid
    – Prado Museum featuring pre-20th century art
    – Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia featuring 20th century art
    – Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, historical through contemporary art
  • Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao: Changing the way people think about museums
  • Walk the vineyards landscape
  • Experience an authentic meal with your own cooking! Join an optional cooking lesson

 

Art, Culture, New Landscapes

Unique Aspects: In addition to participating in urban experiences, you will discover
lost places, undiscovered by most tourists (i.e. wine hamlets in La Rioja)

 

Accommodations: 3 and 4 * rated small, family run hotels in the city center and charming non-chain accommodations.

Duration: 8 nights, 9 days

Best time to go: May, June, September and October

Art, Culture, New Landscapes

Sustainable Elements:

  • Locally owned accommodations and restaurants
  • Local guides
  • Small group size to minimize environmental impact
  • Wine cellars with sustainable production

Cost: For personal pricing to meet your budget needs, please e-mail Wiser World Travel, or call 303-443-0604, USA toll free 1-877-743-0604.

 

Morocco: Cultural Adventure

Entering a desert encampment after sunset, you see only the glowing Berber tents carpeted with kilims (tapestry-woven carpets). Cumin-scented stew simmers over a campfire. And away from the native singers and the circle of light, the sky is simply amazing. Not until a morning breeze stirs your tent’s flap that you see in full light how stunning your desert setting is. Morocco is full of surprises and this is just one of the many we share with you. Colossal Saharan dunes. Cool cedar-forested mountains. Narrow gorges with ribbon-like oases. And the Kasbah? It’s the word for fortress, and a restored one from the Middle Ages is actually one of our hotels. The marvelous news is that, for all its surprises, Morocco also delivers everything you expect. We take in the vivid, noisy markets and warm hospitality from a culture accustomed to the diversity of Berber, Arab, Jewish, African and Mediterranean influences. You may also be surprised to know that the climate is moderate; this is the coolest and most welcoming of the African nations.

Cultural Adventure

Highlights:

  • A guided tour of the maze-like medina in Fes
  • A camel safari with the Blue Men to the 1,000-foot sand dunes of Merzouga
  • A private luxury encampment in the Sahara
  • Walking in the 900-foot deep Todra Gorge
  • Exploring historic Ait Ben Haddou on the caravan route outside Ouarzazate
  • Cocktails and a lavish dinner in one of Marrakesh’s finest private mansions

 

Unique Aspects: Picture yourself strolling the crest of colossal sand dunes, rambling lush pathways in a river gorge, and exploring a Kasbah.

 

Accommodations: 2 nights in Fes at the 5-star Palais Jamai; 1 night in Erfoud at Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Maadid, a restored medieval fortress; 1 night at a luxury Berber encampment; 2 nights in Ouarzazate at Le Berbere Palace, considered the best hotel in the desert; 2 nights in Marrakesh at Le Meridien N’Fis, set amid 10 beautifully landscaped acres.

Duration: 9 days/ 8 nights

Best time to go: : The Moroccan climate is very temperate in the late spring and early fall. During the fall and winter months, evening temperatures can be quite cool. Trips are offered January, March, May, September, November, and December.

Sustainable Elements:

  • Local communities are supported by only hiring local guides. Our local guides like Jalil and Saida lead a team of experts who introduce you to villagers and craftspeople, take you off the beaten tourist path, and make your vacation extraordinary. They include camel guides and dune rover drivers, local villagers and experts such as Ali, a Berber tribesman who speaks six languages and has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology.
  • Learn about the Berbers at the home of Berber friends who welcome us into their home for tea, fresh almonds, and local pastries.

Cost: For personal pricing to meet your budget needs, please e-mail Wiser World Travel, or call 303-443-0604, USA toll free 1-877-743-0604.

 

Italy: Walking Tuscany and Umbria

Quintessential Tuscan landscape with rolling hills and cypress trees along the road, a patchwork of vineyards, orchards, pastures and fields, isolated farm houses, open space, little creeks and Umbrian landscape are intimate with local architecture that is in harmony with nature. The many hamlets set on hills, monasteries and castles, and the marvelous hill towns with narrow lanes and stones tell us their history. Lovely walks combined with great food and interesting visits will make your trip a memorable one!

Walking Tuscany and Umbria

Highlights:

  • The story of olive oil – Umbria features one of the best olive oils. Meet local producers, learn about production, and if you like, taste the varieties
  • Sagrantino wine tasting – Visit a winery, have lunch there and taste fabulous Sagrantino, a powerful red wine
  • Montepulciano wine tasting – Enjoy the Tuscan gem
  • Truffle hunt – Join a local truffle farmer and his dogs on the search for the precious tuber
  • Pecorino tasting – Pecorino cheese is one of Tuscany’s best products. Taste it in all its varieties and return home knowing what to look for!
  • The Basilica of St. Francis – Have a tour of the basilica of Assisi with one of the resident Franciscan friars
  • Gregorian chants – During one of our walks pop in at the Abbey of Sant’Antimo and experience Gregorian chants sung by resident monks

 

Unique Aspects: Everyone has been to Italy but hardly anyone has seen it our way. Not visiting but living the country is what we do. Off the beaten track, discovering the beauties of a still unknown country, and getting in touch with locals are important as well as being part of the of the local life style.

 

Accommodations: Tuscany – hotel downtown in Pienza at walking distance from the centre with spacious rooms, excellent breakfast and daily dinner with wine included. Umbria – restored local farm estate in local architecture, family run and great location with beautiful views.

Duration: 13 days; 6 nights Tuscany, 6 nights Umbria

Best time to go: Spring and fall

Sustainable Elements:

  • Accommodations recycle and use local produce
  • Local guides
  • All meals and visits involve only local providers with local produce
  • Means of transportation is limited to necessary transfers; walking is zero pollution
  • All money spent on this trip will stay with local companies
  • Small groups reduce impact and allow personal approach

Cost: For personal pricing to meet your budget needs, please e-mail Wiser World Travel, or call 303-443-0604, USA toll free 1-877-743-0604.

 

United States: Rockies Science Adventure

From kayaking and horseback riding in the shadow of the Grand Teton Mountains to digging for Jurassic dinosaurs and working with Yellowstone Naturalists, this tour of the Rockies combines a strong science focus with once-in-a-lifetime activities for young people and their teachers.

Rockies Science Adventure

Highlights:

  • Work with Teton Science School naturalists to spot elk and other wildlife and explore the wonders of the Jackson Hole Valley
  • Dig for long necked dinosaurs in an actual Jurassic-era quarry in Central Wyoming, and bring home a sample of your find
  • Raft the Shoshone River through red rock canyons and learn about Western History in Cody at the Buffalo Bill Historic Center
  • Go behind the scenes with Yellowstone Association experts at Old Faithful and other geysers, and spot bison, wolves and moose in the Yellowstone backcountry

 

Unique Aspects: An amazing introduction to earth and life science and the scenery of the West, this adventure takes students and teachers on a journey to experience the best of the Rockies, hands-on. Guided by world-class naturalists throughout, students experience science in action, and are engaged in diverse activities like rafting, horseback riding, kayaking, and wildlife spotting.

 

Accommodations: All groups will stay in nice standard hotels and cabins.

Duration: 8 Days

Best time to go: June, July and August

Sustainable Elements:

  • Students stay at the “green campus” of the Teton Science School
  • Lodges and other accommodations practice bio-composting and other sustainable activities
  • Students learn about the importance of stewardship and conservation by trained naturalists within both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
  • Use of bio-diesel coaches

Cost: For personal pricing to meet your budget needs, please e-mail Wiser World Travel, or call 303-443-0604, USA toll free 1-877-743-0604.

 

United States: Hawaii Exploration

On Hawaii’s Big Island, science is alive in flowing lava, pristine coral reefs, and precious rainforests with species unique to the Hawaiian Islands. Our guides are native Hawaiians, the staff of the University of Hawaii at Hilo. From hands-on astronomy nine thousand feet up on the flanks of Mauna Kea, to exploring coral reefs along the Kona coast, and standing just feet from flowing lava, this experience mixes adrenaline rush with experiential studies to provide an unmatched understanding of one of the world’s most spectacular places.

Hawaii Exploration

Highlights:

  • Step into the vibrant Hawaiian rainforest and view Akaka Falls, highest waterfall in the Pacific while examining orchids and others species found nowhere else
  • Witness the power of flowing lava entering the ocean at Kalapana and hear the sizzle of the newest land on earth being formed as hot lava meets the sea
  • Board a catamaran and enjoy a day of snorkeling at a protect coral reef ecosystem, home to thousands of colorful fish native only to Hawaii
  • Watch the sunset from the heights of the Mauna Kea volcano, then join experts to gaze at the stars and planets through large telescopes
  • Join expert volcanologists on the rim of Kilauea caldera, the world’s most active volcano, and learn what this dynamic volcano has planned for the future
  • View green sea turtles and learn about Hawaiian culture at the world famous Place of Refuge,
    a sacred temple and sanctuary to Hawaiians for hundreds of years

 

Unique Aspects: In partnership with the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Earth Explore groups share time with native Hawaiians and science experts in a variety of fields, and get an “insiders” look at Hawaii as few others see it. Our guides include experts on Hawaii’s volcanoes, marine ecosystems, rainforests, and cultures.

 

Accommodations: Standard, nice hotels and cabins.

Duration: 8 Days

Best time to go: Year round.

Sustainable Elements:

  • Near Kona, students will have the opportunity to tour the Big Island’s Natural Energy Institute, where scientists undertake renewable energy and environmental technology research and development
  • Lodges and other accommodations practice bio-composting, recycling and other sustainable activities
  • Students learn about the importance of stewardship and conservation by trained naturalists within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Use of bio-diesel catamaran for transport during coral reef studies
  • Discussion of traditional Hawaiian reverence for their natural environment, and how this was reflected in sustainable activities that are still practiced by Hawaiians

Cost: For personal pricing to meet your budget needs, please e-mail Wiser World Travel, or call 303-443-0604, USA toll free 1-877-743-0604.

 

United States: Alaska Untamed Adventure

Our Alaska Adventure is an unforgettable journey to America’s last untamed place. We take in sweeping views of Denali, North America’s highest peak, work with naturalists to spot wildlife in Kenai Fjords and Denali National Parks, board the Alaska Railroad for a memorable journey through pristine wilderness, spot pods of humpback and killer whales in the Gulf of Alaska, and hike to a living glacier and take a drink of fresh glacier water. Along the way we get cuddle with sled dog puppies, visit with rescued Alaskan animals, and get to know the many cultures that have called Alaska home for centuries.

Alaska Untamed Adventure

Highlights:

  • Hike the trails of Denali National Park with experts to learn about tundra and ecosystems, view wildlife, and discover the amazing Alaska Range
  • Get close up views of glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park and join a ranger on a hike to the foot of massive Exit Glacier
  • Board the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage for a journey north through mountains and valleys to the frontier outpost of Talkeetna
  • Take a cruise on Resurrection Bay in the Gulf of Alaska to watch feeding whales and view hanging glaciers, and enjoy lunch on a wilderness island
  • Discover historic Anchorage, learn about native Inuit people at a hands-on cultural center, and visit the Iditarod Headquarters for a ride in a sled dog wagon

 

Unique Aspects: Throughout this adventure, students and teachers learn in a hands-on way from experts in science, cultures and the Alaskan way of life. The trip includes diverse educational opportunities. Experience unique views of twenty thousand foot Mt. McKinley, learning about glaciers, wildlife, marine science and cultures from experts in their fields, rides on the Alaska Railroad, and visits with native Alaskans.

 

Accommodations: All groups will stay in nice, standard hotels and cabins.

Duration: 8 Days

Best time to go: June, July and August

Sustainable Elements:

  • While in Denali, groups share meals at the Denali Educational Center, a certified green campus within Denali Park
  • Lodges and other accommodations practice bio-composting, recycling and other sustainable activities
  • Students learn about the importance of stewardship and conservation by trained naturalists within both Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks.
  • Use of bio-diesel coaches

Cost: For personal pricing to meet your budget needs, please e-mail Wiser World Travel, or call 303-443-0604, USA toll free 1-877-743-0604.

 

Turkey & Greek Isles: A Cruise Experience

Sail as the mariners did over 100 years ago–but do so in luxury and style! This is a very special itinerary and a 4 star experience of a lifetime. Enjoy the uniqueness of sailing at sea and the highlights at Ports of Call.

Highlights

  • Start and end your journey in historic Athens, Greece
  • Tour the world famous archeological site Ephesus in Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Visit the site where St. John wrote the Book of Revelations
  • Visit a monastery built into the face of an enormous cliff in Amorgos, Greece
  • Be spoiled with amazing cuisine!
  • Enjoy complimentary water skiing, wake boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, Sun Fish sailing, snorkeling. Scuba diving may be available for an additional fee.

Ports of Call:

Day 1: Athens, Greece
Day 2: At sea
Day 3: Camlimani, Turkey (am), Kusadasi, Turkey (pm)
Day 4: Patmos, Greece
Day 5: Amorgos, Greece
Day 6: Mykonos, Greece
Day 7: Monemvasia, Greece
Day 8: Athens, Greece

Unique Aspects

Your entire vacation will be done on a true sailing ship propelled by the wind. This 4-masted clipper ship will smoothly and quietly sail to many amazing islands and ports. While onboard you will be able to climb to the crow’s nest, lie over the water in large cargo nets at the bow of the ship, and even try your hand at steering the ship! Or you can just relax and take in the beautiful sites…This is a true private yacht experience not to be missed.

Accommodations

Guests will be staying in the beautiful staterooms on the Star Clipper. This 360 foot yacht is one of the largest sailing ships in the world. Its accommodations are beautiful – varnished dark woods, polished brass, and beautiful views.

Duration

Seven nights

Best Time to Go

May through June

Sustainable Elements

  • It is a sailing ship that uses the wind to propel itself.
  • Electric motors are used as backup if necessary to propel the ship.
  • Reverse osmosis used for fresh water production.
  • Local entertainers are employed to perform.
  • The ship supports local restaurants and businesses.
  • All local tour companies are used for our excursions.

Cost

Please contact e-mail Wiser World Travel, or call 303-443-0604, USA toll free 1-877-743-0604.

Spain: Viva La Cultura Espanola!

Spain allures the traveler with its combination of old world charm and vibrant peoples. Join us to journey through the untainted Spain that most tourists will never see. You will experience ancient sites and modern cities of this diverse country, and stay in villages where people lead family-oriented lives, where strolling through the plaza at night is a local pastime.

Highlights/Options:

  • Visit the cultural sights of Madrid, Barcelona, Segovia and the medieval walled city of Ávila
  • Experience a homestay with a Spanish family in an authentic Spanish village
  • Live, interact, and participate in a fully sustainable community in northern Spain. This small community is a model for sustainable building, traditional agriculture, and community living
  • Assist at a youth center and home for the elderly
  • Sea-kayak off the beaches of the Costa Brava
  • Enjoy one of Europe’s hottest nightspots where the action at a friendly pub and nightlife scene last right
    through long winter nights

Unique Aspects: This trip/program is a tapestry of culture, language immersion, and community service. Travelers participate in sustainable community life, live with homestay families, and truly experience Spanish culture.

Accommodations: Accommodation options include hotels, dormitory style hostels, and homestay families.

Best Time to Go: All year

Duration: 10 days to 3 weeks.

Sustainable Elements:

  • Build with adobe at an Ecological Center
  • Conduct environmental education classes at local schools
  • Recycling service projects
  • Group eats locally sourced food

Cost: For personal pricing to meet your budget needs, please e-mail Wiser World Travel, or call 303-443-0604, USA toll free 1-877-743-0604.

Icelandic Interlude

Join us for a memorable long weekend escape to exotic Iceland. From steamy hot springs to top-notch spas and art
museums, this unique land is the perfect place to relax, recharge, and explore. The combination of remarkable natural
features, cultural opportunities, fun nightlife (and great shopping!) offers a rejuvenating experience for all tastes and interests.

Highlights/Options:

  • Golden Circle Tour: Experience unique features of Iceland’s geology – the Gullfoss waterfall, Great Geyser, Keri volcanic crater
  • Tax-free shopping for visitors: Find souvenirs such as woolens and
    handicrafts and don’t miss the stylish consumer goods and designer
    labels at competitive prices
  • Enjoy a local culinary feast in a quaint restaurant on the island’s southern
    shore
  • Blue Lagoon: Luxuriate in an azure pool of mineral-rich warm water amid a lava field
  • Explore galleries and museums on your own, pamper yourself in a local spa, and/or enjoy the Northern Lights while relaxing in a hot tub at a ski lodge!
  • Enjoy one of Europe’s hottest nightspots where the action at a friendly pub and nightlife scene last right
    through long winter nights

Unique Aspects: Every aspect of Iceland is unique!

Accommodations: 4* hotel including unbeatable buffet breakfasts, adjacent to a local spa used by the community because of its excellence. There is a free shuttle to the downtown shopping area and the opportunity to sign up for optional excursions, e.g., day trips and evening fun. Don’t miss the Northern Lights!

Best Time to Go: February and March for off season rates and for the opportunity to see the Northern Lights. Average temperatures: February high – fahrenheit 37, low – 28; March high – 39, low – 32.

Duration: 4 days.

Sustainable Elements:

  • Iceland is powered by geothermal energy; first country in the world to change from a carbon-based energy system
  • Hotel recycling
  • Local guides
  • Local food
  • Buses powered by hydrogen fuel cells

Cost: For personal pricing to meet your budget needs, please e-mail Wiser World Travel, or call 303-443-0604, USA toll free 1-877-743-0604.

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