Destinations

February/March 2016 – SE Asia and Total Solar Eclipse cruise aboard ms Volendam

  • Fully eclipsed Sun with Venus and Mercury above observed from in the Java Sea aboard the Volendam in Indonesia

    Fully eclipsed Sun with Venus and Mercury in the Java Sea

    Flight from Canada to Singapore & cruise departure

  • Penang, Malaysia -Georgetown – small colonial city, funicular train to Penang hill, Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple
  • Phuket, Thailand – upcountry tour of the Big Buddha, Kratu Tin Mine history, and lunch in the hills behind the famous beaches
  • Myanmar (Burma) – in Yangon (Rangoon): Bogyoke Aung San (Scott Market), golden Lion Throne at the museum, and the amazing golden Shwedagon Pagoda both during the day and lit at night, and Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha
  • Langkawi, Malaysia – bats, eagles and mangroves at the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – the Batu Caves Hindu shrine, and then the big city sights colonial versus modern architecture, including the Pentronas Towers
  • Malacca, Malaysia – Dutch and British colonial influences in this seaport town
  • Singapore – 2 nights on board the ship, with a full day tour of Singapore: views from atop the Marina Bay Sands hotel, superb arborteum at Gardens by the Bay, visits to Arab Street and Chinatown’s Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, then a Singapore Sling at Raffle’s Hotel
  • Semarang, Java, Indonesia – huge Borobudur temple
  • Probolinggo, Java, Indonesia – Mount Bromo volcano
  • Total Solar Eclipse – a perfect view from aboard the ship in the Makassar Strait off Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Komodo Island, Indonesia – Komodo Dragons!
  • Lombok, Indonesia – peaceful Narmada Water Palace and Lingsar temple, horse cart ride to see Banyu Mulek village’s pots being made
  • Bali, Indonesia – away from Bali’s hustle and bustle: the Sangeh monkey forest, the Pura Ulun Danu temple at Lake Bratan, and lunch in the cool lake country highlands
  • Flights from Singapore to Canada – marathon flights to return home

February 2015 – Gems of Arabia In Focus tour

Group on the sand dunes at sunrise near Liwa Oasis

Group on the sand dunes at sunrise near Liwa Oasis

Oman – Musandam Peninsula, Muscat, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Sharqiya Sands & sand dunes, Jebel Akdar, Jebel Shams & Jebel Misht, Al Mudhaireb, Ibra, Sinaw, Jabrin Castle, Al-Hamra oasis, Misfat al-A’bryeen, Bait al Safa, Nizwa, Al Mudhaireb.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) – flights between Victoria, Canada and Dubai, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Liwa Oasis & sand dunes, Al Ain.


September 2014 – Best of Europe in 21 Days Rick Steves’ tour

  • Riomaggiore village, Cinque Terre, Italy

    Riomaggiore village, Cinque Terre, Italy

    The Netherlands – flight from Victoria, Canada to Amsterdam, Haarlem, Amsterdam, Open Air Museum, the Dutch countryside

  • Germany – Bacharach, St. Goar, Rhine cruise, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Dachau, castles
  • Austria – Tyrol
  • Italy – South Tyrol, Venice, Florence, Rome, Vatican, Massa Marittima, Cinque Terre
  • Switzerland – Lugano to Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen Valley, the Alps – Shilthorn & alpine hike
  • France – Beaune & Burgundy countryside, Paris, flight from Paris to Victoria, Canada

February & March 2014 – Hawai’i, Fanning Island and French Polynesia cruise aboard ms Statendam


The Paul Gauguin in the Coral Sea during a Total Solar Eclipse

The Paul Gauguin in the Coral Sea during a Total Solar Eclipse

November 2012 Total Solar Eclipse Cruise & Fiji aboard the Paul Gauguin


Nov-Dec 2011 – Incan Empires cruise – Ft. Lauderdale to San Diego aboard the Rotterdam – 30 days

Incan Empires Cruise map

Incan Empires Cruise map


Sep-Oct 2010 – South Pacific cruise – Vancouver to Auckland aboard Volendam – 30 days

South Pacific Cruise map

South Pacific Cruise map


Map of the North Island of New Zealand

Map of the North Island of New Zealand

Oct-Nov 2010 – North Island, New Zealand – 16 days


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