May 2012

Patagonia Frontiers

Argentina and Chile by Land & Sea
Fri, January 03, 2014 - Sun, January 19, 2014

Discover the majestic fjords and glaciers of Southern Patagonia and the dramatic scenery of Torres del Paine. After three nights in Buenos Aires, set sail on a three-night cruise aboard a 64-cabin expedition ship built specifically for sailing the Patagonian Channels. Cruise through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle and Murray channels to Cape Horn, followed by a call at Magdalena Island, home to more than 120,000 Magellanic penguins. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$7,949 to $8,744 per person double occupancy, depending on cabin category - (including land, cruise, and air from SFO, and airline taxes and fees)
Contact us early to get your cabin preference.
Single cabins are extremely limited. To have your own room throughout the program the supplement is $2,495.

Shores of History: A Voyage from Virginia to Charleston

Exploring Landmark Cities, Stately Homes & Civil War Sites
Mon, October 28, 2013 - Thu, November 07, 2013

In 2011 the United States began a four-year commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Sail from Alexandria, down the Potomac River for an excursion to historic Fredericksburg, site of the infamous Battle of Fredericksburg, one of the largest of the Civil War. Explore Petersburg National Battlefield, and Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, renowned today for its monuments to Confederate heroes. Along the North Carolina coast, discover the historic towns of New Bern, Morehead City, and Wilmington, each of which played crucial roles in Union battle victories. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

from $5,395, per person, based on double occupancy

Free airfare from SFO! Book early for the best flights.

Journey to Northern India

Diwali and the Festival of Lights
Wed, October 23, 2013 - Fri, November 08, 2013

India exists at a remarkable crossroads of the modern world intersecting with life as it has been lived for millennia. It is a place like none other, and one that travelers never forget.

From the capital city of New Delhi to the breathtaking vistas of Rajasthan, take in this colorful and mind-boggling country. Admire the magnificent work of Mughal architecture at the Taj Mahal; take an elephant ride at Amber Fort; discover the opulent forts and palaces of Jaipur; and visit the "Blue City" of Jodhpur on the edge of the Thar Desert.
Read more »

Travel Cost: 

15-24 persons $4,995, per person, based on double occupancy
10-14 persons $5,495, per person, based on double occupancy
Single room supplement $1,595

“Very well organized….the sites were beautiful.”
-Judith Ahrens, 2011 Journey to India

“The briefing by the American ambassador was excellent!”
-Sharon Russell, 2011 Journey to India

“I enjoyed our fast-paced journey – felt like an immersion in Indian culture, religion, food and philosophy!”
-Carol Burkhart, 2011 Journey to India

“Arvind’s (guide) knowledge, intellect, and humor was outstanding.”
-Sharon Wright, 2011 Journey to India

“Our guide Arvind challenged the group the whole trip – and was passionate about everything!”
-Tom Burkhart, 2011 Journey to India

Taste of Spain - Sold out, Waitlist available

Food and Wine of Southern Spain
Tue, October 08, 2013 - Sun, October 20, 2013

Join Gerry Dawes, our world-class guide and author and gastronomy expert. Sample regional food and wine, and meet with chefs, winemakers, and restaurant owners for a true insider’s perspective on the culinary delights of Southern Spain. Visit Madrid’s Prado Museum; tour the Golden Age Theater in Almagro; and sample Andalucian olive oils. Stay in the Moorish city of Granada and visit the Alhambra. Enjoy wine and tapas and explore the gypsy caves of Sacromonte to watch a zambra performance. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$4,995, per person, based on double occupancy and a minimum of 18 travelers.

 

"Thanks for the adventure and getting us access to the best wineries and restaurants in from Madrid to Barcelona."
-Tom Burkhart, 2006 Spain's Food and Wine Trip with Gerry Dawes

 

"Our first trip with The Commonwealth Club turned out to be one of the best trips we'd ever taken in our many years of world travel. We experienced an unforgettably wonderful slice of culture that far exceeded our expectations, due to the relationships with chefs and winemakers in Spain."
-Joe and Linda Rubino, 2006 Spain's Food and Wine Trip with Gerry Dawes

Discovering Eastern Europe - Sold out, Waitlist available

Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic
Sat, October 05, 2013 - Mon, October 21, 2013

Depart on an odyssey through Central Europe that visits five distinctly different nations—Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic—focusing on the past as well as the monumental events of the last century. Tour Warsaw’s Old Town— a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and visit the haunting concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Explore Budapest's Fine Art Museum and Parliament, and view the scenic Danube Bend. In Vienna, attend a classical music performance and tour majestic Schönbrunn Palace. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$5,537 – including  from SFO – per person, based on double occupancy ($4,835 air & land inclusive plus $702 airline taxes and departure fees)

Exploring Tibetan Paths

Yunnan and Tibet
Sat, September 14, 2013 - Sat, September 28, 2013

Explore China’s rugged Yunnan province and legendary Tibet.

Meet with a local shaman, a language expert, and a writer/explorer in Yunnan. Chat with a university professor and craftsmen in Tibet, and watch the debates at Sera Monastery. Witness the dramatic landscapes of the Tibetan plateau and learn about the nomadic way of life. Try yak butter tea during a home visit, and meet with contemporary artists.
Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$6,795, per person, based on double occupancy

Legendary Turkey - on waitlist status

From Istanbul to the Turquoise Coast
Thu, May 16, 2013 - Thu, May 30, 2013

Discover Istanbul, Turkey’s cultural and spiritual heart, and visit the legendary Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace, one of the world’s richest museums. Travel south to the sacred World War I battlefield of Gallipoli, ferry across the Dardanelles to Troy, and explore the wealth of Greco-Roman ruins at ancient Pergamum. Spend a full day at Turkey’s nonpareil classical city, Ephesus. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$5,392 (total cost) – including land, cruise, and air from SFO, and departure taxes - per person, based on double occupancy

Celtic Lands: Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and France - on waitlist status

Aboard the Deluxe M.S. LE BORÉAL
Thu, May 09, 2013 - Sat, May 18, 2013

Join Dwight David Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and historian Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, as they provide exclusive lectures and personal insights during this 8-night cruise. Experience the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Neolithic Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae on the Orkney Islands, and Caernarfon Castle near Holyhead, Wales. Lose yourself in the austere beauty of Scotland’s Highlands and the Inner Hebrides isles of Iona, Mull and Skye. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

from approximately $5,495, per person, based on double occupancy

Understanding the Arab Spring on a Voyage Along North Africa's Mediterranean Coast

Aboard the 100-Guest Corinthian
Sat, April 20, 2013 - Tue, April 30, 2013

Join Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann, the President of the American Academy of Diplomacy, as we explore North Africa’s Mediterranean coast. Visit the Moroccan town of Tangier, where a vibrant new artistic culture is emerging in the Arabic, French, and bohemian alleyways; Gibraltar, one of the world’s great landmarks of the sea; the seldom-visited Tlemcen, with its striking architecture; and Oran, founded in the 10th century. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

from $7,990, per person, depending on cabin category and based on double occupancy

The Best of Melanesia and Micronesia

Papua New Guinea, Trobriand Islands, Yap & Palau
Tue, April 16, 2013 - Thu, May 02, 2013

Explore the far frontier of the western South Pacific —including the outer islands of Papua New Guinea, Yap, and Palau—which host some of the most exuberant traditional cultures and exotic tropical landscapes in Oceania. On this 17-day voyage aboard the 110-passenger Clipper Odyssey watch energetic dance performances by the Trobriand and Yap islanders as well as the Baining tribe’s dramatic fire-dance. Hike lush jungles, stroll beaches brushed by palm fronds, view smoking volcanoes, and cruise by Zodiac along remote shorelines with our naturalist guides. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

from $10,980, per person, based on double occupancy