Enjoy Waikiki Beach on Oahu, the lush green of Kauai, the valley on Maui, an active volcano on the big island of Hawaii and the beautiful fragrance of tropical flowers. After two days on land in Honolulu, we board NCL’s “Pride of America” cruise ship for our seven night cruise around the Hawaiian islands. Diamond Head, Halona Blowhole, a sunset luau on the beach, Waimea Canyon, Fern Grotto, Pearl Harbor & the Arizona Memorial are all part of this tropical tour.
Irish Countryside, May 15-28 :: FULL
From lush green hillsides dotted with white sheep and ancient stone walls amidst flourishing pastures to towering castles overlooking the deep and plunging cliffs along the coast. Ireland is a place where beauty and serenity, laughter and music come together, wrapped in myths and legends. Castles, woolen mills, mountain sheep dogs, Cliffs of Moher, Irish music, a marble quarry, Kylemore Abby, Giant’s Causeway, the Titanic and so much more!
The grandeur of the Rockies! In Banff and Jasper see snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, glaciers and roaming animals. Take the “Ice Explorer” ride on the Columbia Icefields, visit a Hutterite community in South Dakota. Experience the Badlands, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks; Wall Drug and Wisconsin Dells.
This special adventure begins in Scotland; the land of Scottish heroes William Wallace & Rob Roy. Sit back and relax as the Edinburgh Tattoo creates a competition of bagpipes and drums you will never forget! In England, “All Creatures Great and Small” books will come to life as we visit veterinarian, James Harriot’s Yorkshire. Visit castles, picturesque villages and local farms, as well as Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, the white Cliffs of Dover, Hadrian’s Wall and London. Explore the culture of these Anglo-Celtic Isles with experienced local guides.
Backroads Ohio- “Creative Amish Communities,“ September 5-9
Experience the Amish culture, visit with Amish & Mennonite artisans and explore the off-beaten paths, nooks, and crannies of Holmes & Wayne Counties! The Warther Museum, an Amish church lunch, cheese making, leatherwork, furniture, basket, jam and candle making, and woodworking are just some of our experiences. Spend an evening in the home of an Amish family and learn that “Mennonite Girls Can Cook,” at the Carlisle Inn Comedy Theater. Visiting these families in their homes, on their farms and at their workplaces is a special privilege as we share experiences and laugh together, forming new friendships and learning from each other.
A tour full of European treasures specifically designed for those who would like to experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Europe. From the Black Forest of Germany to snow capped peaks of Austria and Switzerland, we will explore lands many of our ancestors called home. Chat with farmers, cruise the Rhine River, relive the “Sound of Music,” explore salt mines and cheese making, watch cuckoo clock makers and wood carvers, learn of Alphorns and Roman ruins.
Northern Lights Back Country Expedition (Iceland), Nov 11-17 :: FULL
A chance to experience one of God’s most amazing handiworks as you lift your eyes to the skies! Relax in a private, natural hot spring as the many colors of the aurora borealis dance above and snow covers the fields surrounding us (weather permitting). Spend a few days exploring the rugged highlands as we travel off-road in 4×4 Super Jeeps that take us into the vast wilderness of this extraordinary land. Enjoy authentic Icelandic meals as we visit with the locals on their farms. Sail among the fjords in an old, oak fishing boat to the whales’ little-known haven. This is no typical trip to the areas filled with tourism! As the tourist industry overtakes the southern portion of this island, we will travel to the “Iceland we have come to love,” with its small fishing villages, open farmland, breathtaking interior, warm, welcoming people and wonderful food. Join us as we travel to “The Land of Fire and Ice,” hoping to view the spectacular phenomenon of the northern lights in the darkness of the night.