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April Newsletter

Adventure Travel with G Adventures!

Who is G Adventures?

G Adventures is an adventure-travel pioneer, offering the widest selection of affordable small-group tours, safaris and expeditions to more than 100 countries on all seven continents. Powered by an international team of passionate travelers, their award-winning trips embrace authentic accommodation, exotic cuisine and local transportation to put you on a first-name basis with their planet’s people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Their intimate, authentic and sustainable approach to small-group travel introduces you to the highlights of a destination while offering you the freedom to explore it on your own. Whatever your age, interest, ability, or budget, they have a genuine life-changing experience for you. See the world with G Adventures & their CEO’s (Chief Experience Officer)!


Absolute Turkey 15 days $1849 This comprehensive tour of Turkey combines history and beaches, man-made wonders and natural phenomena, as well as a vibrant and welcoming culture. Begin your trip roaming the palaces and mosques of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre as you explore otherworldly Cappadocia. From amazing white cliff waterfalls to bustling bazaars, their local CEOs will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Asia and Europe.

Greek Islands Sailing Adventure Athens to Mykonos 8 days $1449
A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the world’s most beautiful islands: the Greek Islands. Sail for up to 8 days aboard our 50-foot yachts, with time for hiking, snorkeling and relaxing. Explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbours, dine on fresh seafood and don’t forget to try the Ouzo!

Turkey on a Budget 15 days $1109 White cliffs, waterfalls and glimmering Blue Mosques—experience the best of Turkey's historical highlights and natural wonders in one incredible tour. Begin your trip roaming the palaces of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre underground cities and the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Stick to public bus and budget accommodation, which not only keeps costs down but gives you a chance to really meet the locals. From the ancient Roman streets of Ephesus to bustling bazaars, follow your curiosity and spend fifteen days discovering the culture and natural beauty of this fascinating region.

Trekking Mont Blanc 10 days $1599 Experience the rarified air of Europe as you trek the Alps from France to Italy and Switzerland on this active ten-day adventure. This challenging hiking circuit will reward you with mesmerizing views of glaciers, steep valleys and, of course, Mont Blanc itself. Travel across high passes and through Alpine meadows and recharge at night with delicious mountain cuisine in simple refuges. Challenge yourself to conquer one of the world's premier hiking circuits and uncover the alpine heart of Europe on this incredible journey.

Golden Ring of Russia 8 days $1899 Experience the treasures of Russian culture, history and architecture on this eight-day journey—wander picturesque towns older than Moscow and marvel at Orthodox frescoes and golden domes. An expert CEO will lead the way and local will uncover what was hidden behind the Iron Curtain for years. Visit the Kremlin in Moscow and contemplate European masterpieces in St Petersburg's Hermitage. The graceful cathedrals of St Petersburg coupled with the grandeur of Moscow are just waiting to be discovered in this glimpse of Russia.

Ultimate Italy 13 days $2799 From the villages of Cinque Terre to Tuscany's medieval splendor, this is an adventure for those looking to indulge in all of Italy’s delights. Walk through grand piazzas and winding lanes, stroll the canals of Venice and float past villas on Lake Como. Marvel at the ancient grandeur of Rome and the renaissance masterpieces of Florence. Your CEO will take care of the details so you can travel at a leisurely pace and appreciate the scenery, whether it’s sipping vino in Tuscany or sampling local delicacies in Florence's markets. Experience the best of Italy in this all-encompassing tour.

Amalfi Coast Local Living 8 days $1449 Charming hilltop towns, acres of lemon groves and vineyards, mile after mile of stunning cliffs kissed by cobalt-blue waters… its official name is the ‘Amalfi Coast,’ but this magical land answers to ‘heaven.’ On this trip, you’ll live like one of the region’s (incredibly lucky) locals, discovering the small towns, mountain trails and local customs of this uniquely beautiful place. Explore the ruins of Pompeii in the morning, hike the coastline of the Med by afternoon, and tuck into bed at your sixteenth-century monastery home base at sundown. Paradise incarnate.

The Best of Eastern Europe 15 days $2499 From fairy-tale Czech towns to the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest, experience the unique culture, food and history of Eastern Europe. This two-week trip through five Eastern European countries offers an intriguing combination of urban centers, village life and outdoor pursuits. Visit castles, churches and romantic town squares. Indulge in Vienna’s coffee and Prague’s beer, explore a Tatra mountain village and float down river on a traditional raft.

France to Italy Adventure 13 days $3249 Sip wine in Burgundy, feast on local delicacies in Provence, follow scenic tracks along Italy's Cinque Terre coast and raise your glass to the best of France and Italy. Over thirteen well-paced days, travel from Paris to Rome and savor the region's cultural and natural highlights. Your expert CEO will take the hassle out of travel but leave you with plenty of free time to explore. Witness the grandeur of Paris and Florence's great masterpieces, relax on the beach and fall in love with the beauty of this region.

Let’s be honest – anybody can find the souvenir shops and cheap hotels. But the things you’ll remember – encounters with real people, dinners prepared with exotic flavors, immersive cultural experiences and hand picked accommodations, with a perfect blend of comfort and significance – are their specialty!

G Adventures are members of the Ensemble Travel Group, just like Mountain High Travel!

March Newsletter

Discover River Cruising as an entirely new way to see the Old World!

River cruising offers an exceptional vacation experience free of the stresses associated with today’s travel. It combines the pleasure of discovering the multitude of charms and landmarks of different destinations with the same exquisite accommodations, award-winning hospitality, and world-class cuisine of a five-star boutique hotel.

Sailing along historic waterways onboard your floating hotel, you’ll see some of the most enchanting places in the world up close. Your proximity to the shore means that colorful hillside villages, picturesque castles, and ancient ruins are within view from all areas of your intimate ship—the restaurant, the welcoming lounge, the inviting sun deck, and your own beautifully appointed stateroom. 

River cruising offers an unparalleled level of convenience, as you often dock right in the heart of town, mere steps away from charming squares, magnificent cathedrals, and bustling market places. You’ll never wait in long lines to get on or off the ship; you’ll never tender into port; you’ll never spend long hours wave watching on a vast ocean (which is inescapable on larger cruise ships); and you’ll never experience rough water or motion sickness—only smooth and peaceful sailing throughout your journey. 

Europe draws travelers in with the wondrous allure of her history, architecture, art, and culture. Visit Europe, and you can feel the warm sun streaming through the rose windows of Notre Dame Cathedral. Taste rich chocolate sachertorte in a Viennese coffeehouse. Stroll through the vibrant and fragrant Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam. Or bask in the glow of old-world traditions at the holiday markets in Germany. Imagine discovering the unique scenic treasures of Europe from the luxurious serenity of your river cruise ship. Sailing Europe’s glorious rivers—the Danube, Main, Rhine, Moselle, Rhône, Saône, Seine, and Douro—you will discover the heart of Europe’s charming waterside villages and exciting cultural centers while enjoying the most relaxing way to vacation.

There can be no more striking cultural contrast between bustling Vietnam and the tranquility of Cambodia. From Ho Chi Minh City, through the Mekong Delta so rich in human life and endeavor, to the diverse countryside of Cambodia, you’ll discover two countries, two cultures, and two ways of life linked by one river, the Mekong, that have shaped these nations.

To experience Russia only by land is to miss a major part of its character and history. Discover the soul of Russia along the shores of the Volga. Follow the path of Peter the Great and sail from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Experience the rich cultures, traditions, and royal histories of these two legendary cities. And as you travel along the river, discover another side of Russia: its remote forested islands, vast lakes, tiny summer houses, quaint lifestyles, and pastoral landscapes. On your journey, meet the people who embody the true soul of this proud country.

Timid about touring China on your own? Why not consider a Yangtze River Cruise? With a variety of enriching events onboard your ship, you can enjoy intriguing cultural presentations, informative lectures, and a traditional fashion show with costumes dating to the Han Dynasty. When you’ve whet your appetite for gorgeous things, stop into the onboard gift boutique to shop for pearls or other local treasures. During scenic cruising, you’ll discover the breathtaking views of the Three Gorges, and other stunning sights of the Yangtze from the Pinnacle Deck.

As you can see, the options are endless, along with pre- and post- cruise options to round out your cruise and see the sights in more detail and allow you to acclimate yourself to the time zone before boarding your cruise. So call us today to speak to a River Cruise Expert and book your dream vacation!

February E-Newsletter

This month’s e-newsletter focuses on traveling solo safely and without paying exorbitant single supplements.
With shared tables at mealtimes, cocktail parties, group activities on board & ashore, and even gentlemen hosts to ensure that no one is stuck for a dance partner, it’s easy to see why cruises can be such a magnet for those travelling alone.

Stiff competition today means cruise firms often reduce single supplements or drop them completely on certain sailings. Cruise lines such as Fred Olsen, Swan Hellenic, Cruise & Maritime, Saga Cruises, and its sister line, Spirit of Adventure, which tend to attract an older clientele, have traditionally catered to solo travelers.

River Cruising is another area that caters well for singles with companies such as Uniworld & AMA Waterways waiving the single supplement on select 2013 Europe Boutique River Cruises. Some river cruise lines, such as AMA Waterways & Viking River Cruises even have a few single cabins.

Among cruise companies, Fred Olsen has the largest choice of single cabins, with 190 on its fleet of 4 ships. Some companies are also now incorporating single cabins into their new ships – P & O’s ship Azura, which launched last year, contains 18 inside & outside single cabins. Their instant popularity has encouraged P&O to add a handful of single cabins to its existing Aurora & Oriana. Norwegian Cruise Lines broke the mould on cruise-ship accommodation by including a block of 128 single cabins on its latest ship, Norwegian Epic. This group of bijou & funky ‘studios’ are small at 100 sq ft, but guests also have the use of their own lounge, complete with bar & TVs, where they can meet other singles.

Holland America Line does not have single cabins, but it runs a popular Single Partners Share Programme, enabling same-sex passengers to share (you pay the per person double occupancy fare, even if there are no other single passengers to share with).

Also, Gutsy Women Travel was created for like-minded women who love to travel and want to share the experience with others. They help you get away & explore some of the world’s most fascinating cultures & destinations in a safe & unique setting. Gutsy Women Travel ventures to locations near & far including Canada, the U.S. , Egypt, Peru, Costa Rica, Italy, France, Spain, Turkey, Greece & More! They are all guided vacations featuring special elements such as cooking classes, shopping, wine tasting, dance lessons, yoga, meetings with local women & women’s organizations, spat treatments, perfume making, and so much more! Gutsy Women Travel guarantees you a roommate or they’ll cover the cost of a single room. It is the perfect option because you get to experience the destination of your dreams while traveling with like-minded women!

Lastly, Contiki Tours (Holidays for 18-35s) does not charge for solo travelers either. They’ll match you up with a same-sex room-mate.

January e-Newsletter

Balcony Bonus Sale! Princess is offering up to $1000 per stateroom & FREE balcony upgrades on their 2012 Europe and Alaska cruises and cruisetours. Valid for new bookings only made between Dec. 28th, 2011 and January 31, 2012.

7-Day Western Caribbean on the Norwegian Sun out of Port Canaveral February 4th, 2012 – Oceanview cabin from USD$469/person.
7-Day Eastern Caribbean on the Norwegian Epic out of Miami February 4th, 2012 – Balcony cabin from USD$749/person.
7-Day Canary Islands on the Norwegian Jade out of Barcelona on March 16th, 2012 – Oceanview cabin from USD$699/person.

New Bookings made between now and January 31, 2012 – Save $1000/person on the Blue Danube Discovery (April 16) and the Legendary Danube (April 22 & May 6) aboard the Tapestry. $1000/person savings are also available onboard the Tranquility for Magnificent Europe (June 24), the Blue Danube Discovery (May 11), and the Black Sea Discovery (May 25). Savings of $1000/person are available aboard the Scenery for their Burgundy & Provence itineraries departing March 25, April 2, April 16, & April 30. More discounts apply to other sailings – call for information.

The world’s best cruise line is now ALL INCLUSIVE. Starting Spring 2012, all voyages will include complimentary prepaid gratuities, fine wines, premium spirits, and open bar service in all lounges, as well as 2-for-1 pricing and free air. An expanded European season, March through December, features 32 cruises from the yacht-spangled harbours of the French Riviera to the stunning drama of the Norwegian fjords. A cruise with Crystal is the essence of luxury travel – the only cruise line voted “World’s Best” 18 record-breaking years in a row!

Windstar is offering early booking savings of up to $900/person on their 2013 Caribbean and Costa Rica voyages when booked by February 24, 2012. Teak-lined decks. Towering white sails. A voyage on a Windstar luxury cruise feels like your own private yacht — luxurious amenities, gourmet cuisine, exceptional service and the world’s most exotic and unique ports of call. Sail to the Greek Isles, Italy, Europe or warm waters of the Caribbean or Costa Rica. With less than 320 guests on board you’ll quickly discover a genuine freedom to escape and explore as you want, when you want. You’ll love this journey as much as the destination!

Specials include: 28Jan2012 on the Voyager of the Seas – 7 night Western Caribbean from New Orleans CAD$549/person for an outside cabin and CAD$739/person for a cabin with balcony.

16May2012 on the Mariner of the Seas – 12 night Greece & Turkey from CAD$1299/person for an outside cabin and CAD$1549/person for a cabin with a balcony.

18May2012 on the Radiance of the Seas – 7 night southbound Alaska Cruise out of Seward from CAD$829/person for an outside cabin.



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