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9 Ways to get more from your visit to Turkey

9 Reasons to stay longer in Peru

Christmas and New Year's in Patagonia

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Nine ways to get more from your visit to Turkey

How to enhance your experience as a seasoned traveler

Welcome to Istanbul, your gateway to Turkey

Turkey is at once both cosmopolitain and steeped in history; a country that sits astride both east and west, and provides a wealth of experiences for the visitor willing to delve beyond the ordinary.

Eliza Tenza, our resident Turkey afficianado, suggests nine outstanding ways go get more from your visit to Turkey. "Turkey is so much more than the cliché of carpets and kabobs. In Istanbul, I love going to the Ortakoy neighborhood and having my fortune told by a rabbit; savoring my morning Turkish coffee in Cappadocia on the Argos Hotel's magnificent terrace, while balloons float overhead, and reflecting on the day's activities while watching the sun set over the Turquoise coast."

1. Exceptional exploration above Cappadocia with sunrise ballooning.

2. Sample Turkey's blossoming viniculture with wine tasting in a natural cave at Argos Hotel.

3. Hike Termessos, a mini Machu Picchu.

4. Sip sundowners aboard your private gulet on the Turquoise Coast

5. Swim through crystal clear water over Cleopatra's bath.

6. Marvel in the splendors of the ancient Greco-Roman world; Aspendus, Priene and Ephesus.

7. Consult the great oracle at Didyma in the Temple of Apollo.

8. Food, glorious food! Turkish cuisine is so much more than just kabobs.

9. Lock yourself away at a once infamous jail for five days at the Four Seasons Sultanahmet

Considering a trip to Turkey? Check out our 19 day Origins of Civilization tour. Be sure to email or call Eliza to get the most out of your Turkey trip: (510) 420-1550

Give Peru your time, not just your bucketlist

Nine reasons to spend as much time in Peru as possible

Lisa Baird, our Director of Operations, visited Peru this past April. We will be posting her travel journal over the coming weeks, starting with her nine reasons to do more than sprint to Machu Picchu.

1. Lima

Fine Inca goldwork at Lima's Larco Huerra Museum

Don't make the mistake of skipping over Lima, it is not just an international airport hub. Lima is a colorful, bustling city home to friendly and welcoming people, buildings defining the country's history and culture, museums bursting with artifacts, and some of the best restaurants in the world.

2. Peruvians

Peruvian man at Chincheros weaving market

Peruvians are proud of their country and eager to share it with visitors.

3. Sacred Valley

Town of Pisac in the valley among the very rare flat agricultural lands

The Sacred Valley is an incredible contrast to Lima, filled with old Incan temples and ruins that are breathtaking and help to build a basic knowledge of the Incan civilization before you visit the citadel of Machu Picchu.

4. Engineering

Terraces and niches of Ollayntaytambo

Many mysteries surround the sophisticated engineering work that was used to plan and execute the building of the Incan fortresses, terraces, and sacred sites. No matter how many examples of this architecture you visit, it is still unclear exactly how the Incans built the carefully designed walls, how they carved and placed stones (sometimes as tall as 20 feet) so perfectly together, and what tools they used for this building. Every day your appreciation for their advanced knowledge, design ideas and intensive labor increases and you are left wondering "how could they have possible done this?".

5. Coca Tea

Coca tea on arrival in Cuzco

Coca tea is delicious, but the real cure for altitude sickness is relaxation and giving yourself time. Don't rush from Lima through Cusco and the Sacred Valley up to Machu Picchu or you be on your back by the time you arrive. Spend three or four days in Cusco and the valley getting used to the altitude, drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of sleep.

6. Geography

Peru's cilmate zones

Peru has some of the most diverse geography in the world. Just in my two weeks I was able to see four different regions of Peru; the desert (Lima), the jungle (Iquitos), the Andean mountains & highlands (Cusco & Sacred Valley), and the cloud forest (Machu Picchu).

7. Food

Ceviche tasting

Peruvian food is phenomenal. You could easily spend weeks just trying different traditional dishes from each regions created with their local ingredients.

8. Cuy and Pisco

Pouring El Sarcay pisco

On that note, Guinea pig (cuy) tastes like pork and should be eaten with your fingers, and Pisco Sours are dangerously delicious.

9. Pink Dolphins

Inia geoffrensis sightings are a rare and exciting highlight of an Amazon river cruise aboard Delifin or Delfin II

Pink dolphins (Amazon river dolphins) are real and can be found in the rivers & streams of the Amazon.

“A lot of visitors just want to see Machu Picchu to cross it off their bucketlist, but Peru is so much more than just one world famous Incan ruin; it offers diverse beauty in the culture, geography and nature that can be found almost anywhere you look.”   – Lisa Baird

Join us for an unforgettable in-depth and luxurious exploration of the cultures, history and landscape of Peru:

Center of the Inca Universe - 11 Days

Lima, Cuzco, Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu

Mysteries of Peru - 14 Days

Lima, Paracas, Pisco, Ica, Nazca, Cuzco, Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu

Cultures of Peru - 17 Days

Lima, Sipán, north coast pyramids, Chan Chan, Paracas, Pisco, Ica, Nazca Cuzco, Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu

Above trips may be followed by our Origins of Species Galapagos Islands adventure for a trip of a lifetime.

We have expertise in creating private departures and custom adventures for two to twenty travelers—we can help you realize your dream of Peru. Call or email today!

Christmas in Patagonia and
New Year's Eve in Buenos Aires

a 12-day super way to spend the holidays

December 21, 2014 to January 1, 2015

What would be the most memorable way to spend "The Holidays" this year? This special holiday adventure is the fruit of our brainstorming.

Torres del Paine, PatagoniaEarly morning sunlight blazing the Torres del Paine in December, summer in Patagonia. The "magic hour" lengthens into awe-inspring sunrises and sunsets.


Tarquino, Hub PortenoIntimate Tarquino cocktail bar, with a peek to Tarquino restaurant, headed by Dante Liporace of Maskana and Las Margas with former El Bulli chef Pedro Subijana.


Tierra Patagonia, situated on the eastern edge of Torres del Paine National Park, entices and seduces. It is a perfect place to spend Christmas, away from the usual holiday madness, enveloped in clouds, mountains, pampas, fine dining and casual luxury. A deeply unwinding experience.

For contrast: ring in the New Year Porteño style in the "City for Lovers," southern version. The Hub Porteño—a luxurious combination of history and modernism with just eleven all-suite rooms in the chic Recoleta district—is renowned for concierge service and fine dining. Buenos Aires never dissapoints.

Arrangements have been made for just twelve guests. Be one.

Christmas in Patagonia and New Year's in Buenos Aires
December 21, 2014 to January 1, 2015 – $7,195

Bill Roberson, President

Exquisite Turkey

view with a simple mouse-click

Now online for easy viewing, our 40-page seduction should leave you eager to experience Turkey first-hand. Click to view full screen.


Then join us this May or September, the best times to visit this incomparable land.

An Exceptional Itinerary

in a rich and complex land

Uçhisar from the air, Cappadocia

Turkey: the Origins of Civilization.

19 days | May 12-May 30, 14 | Sep 22-Oct 10, 14 | $9,995
14 days | May 17-May 30, 14 | Sep 27-Oct 10, 14 | $8,995

Call (510) 420-1550 for details or visit



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