2016 Tour Calendar – Travel With Me

2016 Tour Calendar – Travel With Me…

Once again I have had lots of extremely kind requests to publish my ‘dates’ for next year. Anyone that has travelled with me in the past has if nothing else I hope drawn one conclusion; I love my job.

After 15 seasons – this will be my 16th – this is as true as ever, if not more so. I am now blessed enough to be (more or less) able to select tours that either have become my favourites over the years or new ones that inspire me. This is certainly the case for this season where I have decided to concentrate on some of my favourite (and perhaps less well known and travelled) corners of Europe.

Please Return to...

Please Return to…

2016 will also be a a sad year in that I say farewell to two agencies. ACIS – my high school kids – with whom I started all those years ago and Kudu Travel. I have learned almost everything I know from ACIS and it has perhaps been the most important thing I have achieved in my life to inspire almost a generation of US high school students to come back to Europe and study abroad. I shall miss ‘my kids’ as I call them greatly. With Kudu I have experienced the finer things in life and met some truly wonderful guests. However, it just becomes too hard to ‘handle’ so many different agencies and I am at a stage where I prefer to concentrate on getting really good (hopefully) at just a few…

That said, there is some news as 2016 will see me officially starting work leading tours for the blind and visually impaired. I am so excited to have discovered “Traveleyes” and been accepted by them for this new career challenge. My first tour with them is listed below…

I hope to see many of you on one or more of the following adventures…

January

20-2 Argentina and Brazil: Flying Down to Rio – Traveleyes (1)

Here then is my very first tour leading visually impaired people to South America. Nice place to start: Take the journey of a lifetime to Argentina and Brazil. It’s a bit like that thing they say about buses – never been to Rio and then I’ll go twice within a month! On this occasion we’ll be crossing one of world’s most spectacular waterfalls, en-route to beautiful beaches. As irresistible Samba and Bossa Nova rhythms weave their distinctive magic, we invite you to become the girl or guy from Ipanema as, in glorious sunshine we go… Flying Down to Rio!

NOTE: this trip is open to visually impaired as well as sighted travellers alike – click here to learn how: Argentina and Brazil with Traveleyes.

Back to South America - Can't Wait.

Back to South America – Can’t Wait.

February

14-21 Winter in Southern Spain: Andalusian Highlights – Road Scholar (2)

Working from home – wow. Well, this is a first for me; this tour, based in the beautiful coastal town of Nerja starts and finishes 45 minutes from my home. As a result I might be a little biased, but Andalusia is an amazing place and I hope on this short tour to be able to transmit to my group just some of the daily growing – love I have for this region of Spain. Situated on the subtropical Costa del Sol, Andalusia boasts stunning scenery, captivating history and one of the warmest winters in Europe. Bordered by mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, Southern Spain’s culture emerges in elaborate Moorish architecture, lush olive tree groves, fiery Flamenco and savory Spanish cuisine. Soak in history — along with plenty of sunshine — in Granada, Málaga and Alfarnatejo, where you’re invited into the homes of local families for an unforgettable cultural exchange. Come and let me show you my home. Winter in Southern Spain Road Scholar.

The Alhambra at Night...

The Alhambra at Night…

28-6 Winter in Southern Spain: Andalusian Highlights – Road Scholar (3)

For details see description above and link Winter in Southern Spain – Andalusia

The Alhambra at Night...

The Alhambra at Night…

March

6-13 Winter in Southern Spain: Andalusian Highlights – Road Scholar (4)

For details see description above and link Winter in Southern Spain: Andalusia

The Alhambra at Night...

The Alhambra at Night…

April

15-30 Brittany and Normandy; Distintive Beauty, Proud Ways of Life – Road Scholar (5)

Ok how many ‘favourite trips’ am I allowed to have? IF truly only ONE, then I might pick this… This will be my third year of leading groups here. Together we experience Brittany and Normandy, two distinct regions of France that boast larger-than-life personalities, legacies of conquests and conquerors, and stunning land-and seascapes. In Brittany, discover prehistoric megalithic sites and Celtic origins, as well as a culture influenced by the sea. In Normandy, explore Mont Saint Michel, Norman and Gothic architecture and landscapes captured by the Impressionists, as well as Normandy’s connections to the liberation of Europe in World War II. There is SO much to see and learn and try to teach people and it is just fascinating – such a wonderful blend of history from prehistoric to modern. A guide’s dream. For details and a link: Brittany and Normandy; Distintive Beauty, Proud Ways of Life.

All The Light We Can See...

All The Light We Can See…

May

6-21 Brittany and Normandy; Distintive Beauty, Proud Ways of Life – Road Scholar (6)

For details and a description see above and click link here; Brittany and Normandy.

All The Light We Can See...

All The Light We Can See…

22 May – Wonderful Copenhagen Marathon 2016

– Still deciding on which charity to support – suggestions?

Just How 'Wonderful' Remains to be Seen...

Just How ‘Wonderful’ Remains to be Seen…

27-11 Brittany and Normandy; Distintive Beauty, Proud Ways of Life – Road Scholar (7)

For details and a description see above and click link here; Brittany and Normandy.

All The Light We Can See...

All The Light We Can See…

June

16-23 Lake Como, St Moritz and The Bernina Express Tour – Riviera Travel (8)

Finally have my parents along to experience one of my tours – yikes!

For as long as I possibly can I want to keep escaping once or twice per year to wonderful Lake Como. It really IS all that to my mind. For 4 or 5 seasons in a row I have lead this Riviera Travel trip to the beautiful Western lake shores and of all the trips I lead I think it is the best value. The hotels we use are nice, the food is perfectly acceptable, and the excursions are varied and very rewarding. The Bernina Express train especially is something I will never tire of – in all weathers. The only warning is that if this is your first Italian lake experience, you might well get hooked and discover you need at least four more visits to Northern Italy – then, there are worse addictions right? Read about it here; Lake Como…

The Stunning Bernina Express

The Stunning Bernina Express

25-6 Intergenerational France: The Best of Paris, Normandy and Brittany Road Scholar (9)

This is grandparents travelling with grandkids and I love it. Done a few of these in Italy – now trying France…

And what better place to start than with my beloved Normandy and Brittany. The tour aims to ‘Inspire another generation of Francophiles as you immerse yourselves in the history, art, food, landscapes and “joie de vivre” of three regions of France. From the Impressionist masterpieces housed at the Louvre in Paris to the Camembert of Normandy to the Corsairs of Brittany, experience a rare and very special close-up of France and its people with your grandchildren’. The details of the trip are on the Road Scholar website Intergen Road Scholar – France.

Ohhh Arghhh...

Ohhh Arghhh…

July

9-20 Intergenerational France: The Best of Paris, Normandy and Brittany Road Scholar (10)

For details see above…

Ohhh Arghhh...

Ohhh Arghhh…

August

24-3 Intergenerational France: The Best of Paris, Normandy and Brittany Road Scholar (11)

For details see above…

Ohhh Arghhh...

Ohhh Arghhh…

August

4-11 Lake Como, St Moritz and The Bernina Express Tour – Riviera Travel (12)

For a description see above, for more details and dates, click this link: Lake Como…

The Stunning Bernina Express

The Stunning Bernina Express

14-16 FIESTA 2016 Guajar Alto – this is my home village’s annual fiesta, time for me to take a break and attend the best party of the year. Read about it here: Fiesta Guajar Alto.

Hmm... Did we Make Enough?

Hmm… Did we Make Enough?

September

1-14 From Languedoc to Catalonia Through the Pyrenees: A Cross-Border Discovery – Road Scholar (13)

I guided this trip for the first time in June of 2015 and the day I got back, emailed the Agency and asked to lead it again. Wow, what a great itinerary. As the ‘spiel’ says you WILL be inspired by the gorgeous mountain landscapes of the Pyrenees and delve into the distinct but equally fascinating cultures that evolved on either side of these peaks on a discovery of southern France and Catalonia. Time stands still in the medieval villages and Romanesque castles of this sun-streaked land where the crags and peaks of the Pyrenees hold treasures of history and culture awaiting your discovery. Walk in the footsteps of Moliere at Pezenas, touch medieval castle walls defended by the Cathars in Carcassone, and taste the wines of Languedoc and the cheeses of Catalonia while local experts cast light on one of Europe’s most intriguing regions. Link and details are here; From Languedoc to Catalonia Through the Pyrenees.

In The Footsteps of The Cathars

In The Footsteps of The Cathars

15-28 From Languedoc to Catalonia Through the Pyrenees: A Cross-Border Discovery – Road Scholar (14)

For a description, see above and for details from a link click here; From Languedoc to Catalonia Through the Pyrenees.

In The Footsteps of The Cathars

In The Footsteps of The Cathars

October

2nd October Košice Marathon (Slovakia) Supposedly Europe’s oldest Marathon (any thoughts Greece?). Still deciding on which charity to run for – so am open for suggestions…

Here we go Again...

Here we go Again…

14-29 Brittany and Normandy; Distintive Beauty, Proud Ways of Life – Road Scholar (15)

For details and a description see above and click link Brittany and Normandy – Road Scholar.

All The Light We Can See...

All The Light We Can See…

November

27 – 4 Winter in Southern Spain: Andalusian Highlights – Road Scholar. (18)

Having just (Nov 2015) completed the first of these new tours, I know just how great it is – some true highlights are an Amazing Flamenco lecture, THE best place I ate in 2015, the unparalleled Alhambra and an unforgettable lunch high in the ‘Pyrenees of the South’ in the homes of local people. Situated on the subtropical Costa del Sol, Andalusia boasts stunning scenery, captivating history and one of the warmest winters in Europe. Bordered by mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, Southern Spain’s culture emerges in elaborate Moorish architecture, lush olive tree groves, fiery Flamenco and savory Spanish cuisine. Soak in history — along with plenty of sunshine — in Granada, Málaga and Alfarnatejo, where you’re invited into the homes of local families for an unforgettable cultural exchange. Come and let me show you my home. Click here for details: Winter in Southern Spain Road Scholar.

The Alhambra at Night...

The Alhambra at Night…

December

11-18 Winter in Southern Spain: Andalusian Highlights – Road Scholar. (19)

Oh first time ever working in December, but for this tour – no problems. For details and description see above. For link click here: Winter in Southern Spain Road Scholar.

The Alhambra at Night...

The Alhambra at Night…

18th – onwards…

End of season and time to recharge batteries otherwise I fear there is every chance my tours would turn out just a little too much like this…

Making Sure You Have... Fun, Fun, Fun

Making Sure You Have… Fun, Fun, Fun

See you in 2017


3 Responses to “2016 Tour Calendar – Travel With Me”

  1. Sad you are leaving Kudu as I much enjoyed my visit to Stockholm in 2014 when you were the leader. After one or two blips I am back walking again and had hoped I might have gone on a trip again when you were the leader.
    Best wishes for your future. Have you bought that house yet? Alanna

    • Dear Alanna – how wonderful to hear from you. I am so happy to hear you are fully fighting fit again. Yes, sorry to be leaving also, but trying to work closer to home these days as… YES bought my house, but in Andalusia. Such a beautiful place… Hope to see you somehow somewhere. Many hugs 😉

  2. Thomas,

    Please change my email address from juno to >enzgordon@gmail.com<
    We enjoy your stories and hope to travel with you in 2017. We leave for Iceland in a few weeks.

    Gordon and Carolyn Page

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