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California – A Self Guided Tour of The Wine Country – Napa Valley

Walking among golden-green grapevines as morning sunlight chases away the mist, you’ll encounter what makes Napa Valley and Sonoma so special. Here, the gentle sophistication of Northern California blends perfectly with the natural beauty of the American West. Like a fine glass of cabernet sauvignon, it’s yours to savor at your leisure. Arming yourself with a picnic basket of local specialties (we’ll even provide you one), you’ll experience the full glory of Wine Country: towering groves of redwoods, historic remnants of frontier towns, renowned vineyards, modern tasting rooms, and the brick and clapboard charm of gallery-packed towns. Walk the Overlook Trail, with its scenic views of Sonoma County and the distant sapphire of San Pablo Bay. Wander the gardens of Buena Vista Winery—the oldest in the region. Stay in cozy, boutique hotels and choose from among some of the world’s top restaurants for dinner. Along the way, don’t forget the wine: each full day of walking includes a wine tasting at one of the finest wineries in the region.


From $1798pp.  March – November 2015.  Call Vickie at 310-752 9103 or 805-3604 or email


12 NIGHTS  FROM $2665 per person double occupancy

Romance and relaxation are in store for you on this 12 night adventure. Arrive in Sydney and enjoy a “coffee cruise”, taking in the gorgeous views and sights from Sydney Harbour. Drive yourself from Sydney to Hunter Valley where quaint farming country and wine tasting await. Once you head down to Adelaide it’s time for adventure. Full day tours of Kangaroo Island and the Barossa Valley are on the itinerary. Enjoy the iconic animal of Australia and more wine sampling as you absorb the culture of southern Australia. Wine and Wildlife combines the great outdoors with Australian culture, the perfect mix of relaxation, fun and sightseeing to give you a real taste of Aussie life.

Trip Type: Cosmopolitan, Food & Wine, Romance & Honeymoon, Wildlife 

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New Zealand is known for its vast countryside and distinctive natural beauty. Get familiar with the back roads as you drive south with Boutique New Zealand. Explore Napier, home to limitless outdoor adventures for the thrill seeker inside us all. Wine and dine in Martinborough, where the village square is the perfect place for a unique “walk the wineries” experience. Experience Blenheim, a cozy community with gourmet food and relaxing recreational opportunities. End in Christchuch after you’ve seen countless sprawling vistas from the front seat of your vehicle. Cruise down the Avon River or see the city from a hot air balloon. Whether you prefer high adrenaline or leisurely days, this itinerary is sure to satisfy every type of traveler.  FROM $1975 pp Double Occupancy

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Croatia and Montenegro – An Active Adriatic Adventure

Croatia & Montenegro: An Active Adriatic Adventure

Paddle & Hike the Sun-Soaked Dalmatian Coast & Wild High Country of Durmitor National Park

  • Kayak among forested isles and turquoise coves along a coastline steeped in history, with some of the best local food and wine in the Mediterranean!

Kayak the Dalmatian Coast! Paddle turquoise bays and discover wild Durmitor National Park, enjoying history, culture and fabulous food.
10 Days / May – Sep, From $3,995

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Portugal’s River of Wine by Kayak & Local Inn

Europe-Portugal-4-kayakersPaddle the Historic Douro River By Day and Enjoy Classic Vineyard Estates By Night

This exclusive travel experience has no peer in Europe! We’ve spent more than a decade refining this luxurious ‘soft adventure’ with the families of the Douro River Valley’s historic wine estates. Savor the best in traditional European ambience and cuisine on a Dionysian paddling odyssey between quintas—the vineyard mansions and farmhouses—of northern Portugal’s port wine district. Share warm personal connections with our hosts and enjoy an inside encounter with contemporary rural life in Portugal. We’ll paddle the mellow river during the sun-drenched days, hike into the hills for fabulous views, then wine and dine at night. As our hosts say, “A sua saude” — to your health!

9 Days / Jun and Sep – From $5,395 pp double Occupancy

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