Category Archives: Previous Destinations

The Islands of New England in September, 2013—a few spaces still available!




New England’s miles of sandy beaches, majestic coasts, and rolling surf invite relaxation. The Islands of New England tour spends nine days exploring New England’s charms, from the cobblestone streets of Nantucket to a traditional cranberry bog. Step back in time at Plimoth Plantation. Enjoy a lobster feast and a gourmet meal on the Cape Cod Dinner Train. Visit Boston and Providence, the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, the lively artist colony of Provincetown and the beautiful islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  Staying in just 2 hotels, this tour will give you a chance to see classic sights of America and not feel rushed! We have actually added a day to the tour, to allow travel time and a day of leisure prior to the beginning of the brochure itinerary.

Departing September 12, 2013, and returning on September 20th, this tour is sponsored by First Church Travelers of First United Methodist Church, Portland, OR.  All travelers are welcome, and flight arrangements can be coordinated from your preferred airport.  The tour is provided through Collette Vacations, one of the original US tour companies, founded in 1918. You will find that this tour will provide an outstanding experience for a very reasonable cost. Just $2479 including air (and the extra day) out of Portland, OR, rates are available for arrangements from your airport–and may even be less!

A few spaces are still available on this great tour!  Contact me for information.

Fall 2012 trip to the French Riviera now taking reservations!

You may have received a brochure describing a terrific little tour I am making available next fall—based in Nice, France.  I would like to invite those in the area to attend a slide presentation next Monday, March 19 at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church, Portland, OR to learn more about this opportunity. If you are not in Portland, however, you are still invited to join in the tour!

This trip has been specially priced for us by Collette Vacations, at just $2,899–including round-trip air from Portland!  (Departures and pricing from other cities are available upon request.)

Staying in just one hotel, and exploring the area from there will be a wonderful, relaxing pre-holiday experience–and a lovely trip to do with friends!

I hope to see you Monday!  For additional information, please drop me a note!


Discover the French Riviera

Featuring an unpack-once seven night stay in Nice

A 9-day tour, November 1-9, 2012

A Slide presentation will be held at 1st United Methodist

1838 SW Jefferson, Portland, OR  in the Fireside Room: 

Monday, March 19th, at 11:00 AM

  •  Enjoy a leisurely stay in the French Riviera, in the Mediterranean city of Nice.  Called Nice la Bella, meaning Nice the Beautiful, it has been a resort destination for hundreds of years.
  •  Along with time to explore Nice on your own, we will venture out to:
    •  San Remo, the luxurious capital of the Italian Riviera.
    •  St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and tour the Rothschild Villa and Gardens.
    •  The ancient port town and Provencal Market of Antibes.
    •  St. Paul De Vence, a medieval hilltop town, the inspiration of artists.
    •  Explore the fairy-tale principality of Monaco…and more!
  •  You will appreciate the benefits of Whisper Headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides throughout the tour.
  •  Enjoy regional wine with each of the 4 included dinners.
  •  See artisans create perfume at the Fragonard Parfumerie in Grasse.
  •  There will be time to visit galleries, find fabulous restaurants and shops, or just enjoy simply relaxing!
  •  You may decide to extend your stay with an optional 4-day post tour stay in Paris!
Brochures and additional information available at your request.  If you are interested in an on-line presentation of the slide show, please contact me.

A tour of the Heritage sites–sure to make great memories!

The Heritage of America tour will be filled with highlights–New York City, Philadelphia, Amish Country, Gettysburg, Colonial Williamsburg, and Washington D.C. during cherry blossom season–and much more!  An extra day has been added to the beginning and end of the tour to give time to explore at your leisure.

Such great destinations, and a no-worries way to see them!

The tour starts on March 31, 2011, and concludes on April 11.

Alaska and the Yukon Tour, July 2010

Our Holland America cruise/tour, Alaska and the Yukon, departing July 24, 2010 has a few spaces still open–contact me soon for information!

There will be a meeting of registered travelers on Sunday, March 21st at noon, at Portland First United Methodist Church, to explore the many optional land excursions available.

This tour presents such a unique opportunity to visit wilderness sites not often on an itinerary!

(This photo of Paul Bender was taken on our 1998 Alaska tour, visiting with sled dogs near Denali.)

Ancient Nasca lines of Peru

One of the fascinating sights in Peru are the ancient Nasca lines in the southern desert.  Called “geoglyphs”, they became known in the 1920s when commercial flights started between Lima and Arequipa.  These enormous land “drawings” have intrigued scientists and travelers ever since.

We will have an opportunity to see the Nasca lines as an option on our August 2011 tour of Peru!  Our departure dates should be available soon–check this site for information.

Below is a link to the National Geographic web article on the lines, and there is also a feature article in the March 2010 issue of National Geographic.

Peru, August 2011

Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries, a tour featuring Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and much more is scheduled for August, 2011, sponsored by First Church Travelers.

John and I were able to participate in a Familiarization Tour to Peru, and are very excited to share it with travelers.  This colorful, diverse, historical, magical place will create memories to last a lifetime.   You will travel by Vistadome train the Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World–and spend the night in a beautiful hotel close to the base of the ruins.  At Lake Titicaca, you will meet the local Uros people, cruising to their Floating Island homes.  Itinerary also includes Lima, Cuzco, the Paracas National Reserve wildlife sanctuary, and an optional Peruvian Amazon extension.

Dates and detailed brochure available here now!