Explore Puerto Rico January 25-February 1
Puerto Rico is a warm and welcoming island where you can take an early morning hike along a secluded nature trail and listen to the sound of birdsong accompanying the melody of coquí tree frogs, experience a dry forest, be immersed in the sights and scents of fields of tropical flowers, take a walk with the farmer through his plantation of tropical fruits and vegetables, then sample the just picked produce. Join us as we travel to La Plata, home of CPS Camp 43, and the inspiration that led to Ten Thousand Villages. Our guide was a child when the Mennonites were invited to come to La Plata. Historic Ponce, beautiful beaches, lace making, salt mining, lighthouses, and fresh pineapple are all part of this tropical adventure. (M)
Panama: History, Culture & Canal March 21-30
While Panama is roughly the size of the state of South Carolina, it contains nearly 1000 bird species, 240 mammals, rain-forests and jungles, soaring mountains, lakes and oceans, colonial and modern cities, and warm, friendly people.
We will see much of this diversity as we travel by plane, boat, dugout canoe and coach to meet with some of the local people and learn their culture, hike the forests looking for some of those birds, snorkel in amazing waters, cruise through the Canal, and visit farmers in the refreshing Highlands. A highlight will be sharing our love with orphans and encouraging their caregivers. Taste pineapple right from the field and coffee on the family farm right where it grows. We invite you to discover this unspoiled country filled with natural and cultural riches with a legacy that has shaped the world’s history. Panama is blessed with splendid biodiversity found within magnificent rain-forests, spectacular seas and ancestral indigenous cultures. A land of magic and mystery. (E)
Scandinavia & Russia: Ultimate Baltic Cruise May 24 – June 8
Spend a captivating 2 weeks exploring Amsterdam, Berlin, Lithuania, Finland, St Petersburg Russia, Estonia, Sweden, Latvia and Denmark. An excellent way to explore these countries and meet the people from the Baltic region. See with your own eyes, places where history in our lifetime was made- the birthplace of the Poland Solidarity movement which led to the fall of communism at Check Point Charlie and the Berlin wall coming down. Discover fairytale charms of medieval cities, marvel at the grandeur of magnificent palaces of Peter the Great, enjoy the hidden charms of old fishing villages, explore cities filled with canals, cobblestone streets winding their way through a hodgepodge of ancient churches, gabled old townhouses and half-timbered houses, colorful tapestries of architecture styles, historic monuments and bustling farmers markets.
This is a one time itinerary on a mid-size ship at a great rate and includes more ports than most cruises in the Baltic region. You only need to unpack once to explore the history, culture and beauty of this amazing part of the world. (E)
Canadian Rockies & Parks June 17 – July 8
The grandeur of the Canadian Rockies! In Banff and Jasper, see the untouched beauty of snowcapped mountains, waterfalls, lakes, glaciers and roaming animals. Take the “Ice Explorer” ride on the Columbia Icefields. There will be times of fellowship with Mennonite and Hutterite communities in South Dakota and Montana. Plenty of experiences along the way—the Badlands, Mt Rushmore, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier Park, Wall Drug, Wisconsin Dells and Lewis & Clark trail. Motorcoach from east coast, pick-ups along the way or fly-in options. (E)
Germany, Austria & Switzerland September 17 – October 3
Southwest & Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Oct 10-Oct 24, 2019
The Great American Southwest: Join us as we experience one of the most geographically diverse regions of our nation. A land of brilliant red-rock landscapes and expansive vistas that stretch as far as the eyes can see, sheer canyon walls and gushing, river rapids. Bryce & Zion N.P., the Grand Canyon, Slot Canyons and Canyon De Chelly, Carlsbad Cavern, Sonoran Desert, Sedona, star gazing, moonlight ride, farms and mines are all a part of this adventure which starts off with hundreds of hot air balloons. This tour combines our Peaks, Parks & Canyons tour with the Southwest Cactus tour from the past to create one amazing tour of the Southwest. (E)
TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL:
EASY (E): Short walking distances on level ground, with some steps.
*Higher activity options are often available.
MODERATE (M): Some uneven surfaces and longer walking distances.
More stairs; may be uneven at times.
ACTIVE (A): Adventure abounds!
Higher activity level.
More physical agility and mobility required.