Category: Vacation Packages


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.

 

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.

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.

Napa Valley…legendary for so many reasons.  Visitors from around the world come to this spectacular destination for its incredible wines as well as the plethora of available activities. Take a personal glimpse into this California treasure…from biking the quaint roadways to hiking the beautiful hillsides; from savoring the delectable culinary creations and wines to just taking a deep breath of the grape scented air and enjoying a slower pace.

Highlights:

    • Take to the skies…enjoy an exclusive hot air balloon adventure, marvel at the quiet as you soar over the vineyards in a glider or hover over the small towns and farms in a helicopter.
    • Ride the rails… let the famous Napa Valley Wine Train take you on an exclusive journey through the Napa Valley as you imbibe in fine wines and culinary creations.
    • Hit the road in style in a classic convertible or vintage automobile for a winery tour tailored to your tastes.
    • Interactive cooking class with a renowned Valley chef, using the freshest ingredients from local farms.
    • High adventure …zip across vineyards and hillsides for a bird’s eye view of the Valley’s natural beauty.
    • Fore…take a private clinic with a golf pro including one-on-one instruction, videotaping for review and critique and a round of golf at one of Napa’s picturesque courses.


Unique Aspects:  Napa Valley is certainly known for its fine wines and this tour can be customized to your specific interests. If you want to focus on wines, visit the vineyards, observe a harvest and crush, learn the art of wine making and hone your tasting skills, we can tailor an experience just for you. Or, if you’d rather enjoy the great outdoor adventures of the area we can create a once-in-a-lifetime trip with activities just for you—golf, spa pampering, mud baths, biking, hiking, horseback riding and more.

Accommodations and What’s Included: Beautiful Bardessono Hotel or another unique 4- and 5-star hotel/lodge, breakfast and lunch each day, dinner in a vineyard, dinner at a private estate, and a final night wine cave reception and dinner.  Lunches and dinners include selected wines.

Best Time to Go: March through October.   Spring, summer and fall are fabulous times to visit the Wine Country and each season offers its own delights.

Duration: Four days and three nights.

Sustainable Elements:

  • Lodging at the Bardessono, winner of numerous “green” awards with luxurious guest rooms, a restaurant focusing on local, farm fresh ingredients, carbon fiber bicycles, on-site gardens, water and energy conservation, waste management, recycling and more.
  • Local guides.
  • Meals and accommodations provided by locally owned hotels.
  • Farm-to-table dinners highlighting local farmers’ bounty.
  • Interactive wine making and cooking classes.
  • Visits to identified “green” wineries many of whom utilize solar power, water reclamation, organic fertilization, sustainable pest control and more.

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.

South Africa: Cape Cultural Experience

Participate in a life changing experience to Cape Town with a Sustainable Travel Company whose commitment to responsible tourism means sharing South Africa’s natural and cultural riches while contributing positively to communities and environments affected by tourism. Get out of the tour vehicle, ride bicycle in township, cook with local women in their homes, and meet local jazz musicians.

Highlights:

  • Vacationing in Kalk Bay, a picturesque working fishing village on the Cape Peninsula, exploring art and antique shops, and dining at top seafood restaurants
  • Exploring the unique Cape environs such as Cape Point and Table Mountain National Park; learning about the Cape Floral Kingdom; hiking on Table Mountain; viewing African penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Learning about the Xhosa Culture and experiencing the warmth and hospitality of the local people
  • Enjoying a Cape Malay cooking experience which celebrates recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.
  • Participating in a guided walk to explore the culture, architecture, religion, and recent political history of the Bo-Kaap community
  • Experiencing a ‘Jazz Safari’ that puts you in the talented hands of those who make a living from conjuring the Cape Town’s soul

Unique Aspects:  Far from being a typical tour, this itinerary allows you to make a lasting difference to people’s lives by visiting and interacting with local people in their homes. With an experienced local tour leader, you will have an opportunity to really experience the life of local Capetonians and learn about the natural environs on a private tour tailored to suit your travelling requirements.

Accommodations: Comfortable guesthouses in unique locations that reflect the character of South Africa.

Best Time to Go:  All year.

Duration: 7 days with optional 4 day/ 3 night Wildlife Safari to Kruger National Park.

Sustainable Elements:

  • Activities and tours are Fair Trade and Tourism accredited and support local communities and environment.
  • Non-motorized transport where possible and a city cycle tour on bicycle.
  • Donation fee included to Masivelani daycare center in Masiphumelele when participating on Bicycle Township Tour.
  • Tour supports local artists and musicians.
  • Total tour costs include donation to the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation.

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.

Worlds, both old and new, meet in Quebec. From cosmopolitan Montreal to history-rich Quebec City by way of the Eastern Townships, we’ll sample Canada’s most European province through its cheeses, wines and sparkling lakes, and charming city streets. Its roads and trails wind through reminders of its early settlers: ancestral homes, covered bridges, and historic churches and chapels. Rural antique shops are full of charming trinkets of the past and crafts by local artisans. Learn why this pocket of North America is so special—a place where hockey, maple syrup, food and politics are religion (though not necessarily in that order).

Highlights:

Montreal

  • Visit the vibrant neighborhoods and island that make Montreal one of the most dynamic cities in the world—view old fortifications, and French, English and modern architecture; view the famed Gothic Revival architecture of the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal
  • Walk and/or city bike like a local through the streets and parks and

Eastern Townships

  • Learn about the history of thousands of colonists who refused to rebel against the King of England; these ‘Loyalists’ chose to flee to Canada and settle in this largely unexplored region of Southeastern Quebec
  • Enjoy the small quaint towns that make up the Eastern Townships, opt for a canoe ride, and experience the British flavor that still lingers in this string of villages just north of the Vermont and Maine borders
  • Enjoy private wine and cheese tastings with local producers, and a private boat tour

Quebec City

  • Learn about local history and uncover archeology of North America’s oldest walled-city, and the only North American urban region to receive UNESCO world heritage status
  • Survey the city’s citadel and largest military fortification on the continent still garrisoned by regular troops
  • Wonder at your leisure through the many quaint and local artisanal shops in Old Quebec

Unique Aspects: Daily bike rides and/ or walks and distances to be customized. Daily bike rides generally range between 15- 30 miles, walks between one and three hours. Enjoy a private wine tasting and picnics with regional musicians. The tour pertains to history, architecture, the vibrant art scene, and culinary specialties from the local dish of poutine to fine cuisine. Cycle and or walk through the countryside.

Accommodations: Hotel Le St-James, Manoir Hovey, and Auberge St. Antoine (a combination of the best properties in the province), and lovely boutique hotels that combine old world charm and authenticity with modern day comforts and service.

Best Time to Go: May-September

Duration: 7 days

Sustainable Elements:

  • Local, expert guides
  • Operator dedicated to the environment with cycling and hiking experiences
  • Accommodations are typically small, independent, and often family-run hotels
  • Low impact with small group size, max 16

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.

Peru: A Jungle Experience

In the heart of the western Amazon rainforest, this program has been rated as one of the best in the world in various travel sources. In business since 1981, this is the only tourism program with access to the Area de Conservacion Reserva Comunal de Tamshiyacu Tahuayo, having the greatest diversity of mammals in the Amazon. The diversity of primate species is greater than any other protected park or reserve in the world and includes two rare and endangered species. The bird list of 599 species is one of the highest counts in the Amazon, with several species available that cannot be seen on any other travel program.

Highlights

Community Driven Service

Jungle Hut in Peru

The service focus is developed by community members and organizations according to their current needs. Often, community partners feel that learning about culture, history, sites, and issues is as important as volunteering. Types of service may take many forms. You may be able to:

  • Host a breakfast at one of the local schools in a village by the lodge
  • Donate medical supplies to the Esperanza Clinic
  • Assist in village construction project
  • Record species abundance, density, and distribution on transect lines

Cultural and Recreational Activities

  • Swim with pink dolphins
  • Fly through the trees on the Amazon’s long canopy zipline
  • Canoe into backwater lakes and flooded forest
  • Hike into a variety of Amazon eco-systems to see wildlife
  • Take motorboat excursions and visit native villages

Unique Aspects

The strength of this program is the great variety of itinerary options available, with sufficient guides and support staff to customize the itinerary to the needs and interests of every individual guest, and to groups.

Best Time to Go

Being close to the equator, there is little variation in temperature. Rainfall varies somewhat, from a 50% chance of afternoon showers in April (wettest month) to 30% chance of afternoon showers in September (driest month). The lodges tend to fill up with guests in March, June-August, December holidays.

Accommodations

Tahuayo Lodge.

Duration

8 days. Other options available.

Sustainable Elements

  • Solar powered
  • Employs local indigenous people
  • Recycles
  • Maintains conservation program
  • Buys from local vendors
  • Environmental education

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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