I am so grateful that the Club offers travel opportunities as part of its mission to educate and inform!Nanette Stringer, Commonwealth Club Traveler
Explore Kathmandu’s temples and the villages of Patan and Bhaktapur. Marvel at views of the Annapurna massif from Pokhara Valley. In Bhutan discover holy Buddhist shrines and witness the Domkhar Tsechu Festival in the remote Bumthang Valley. Visit Taktsang, the sacred Tiger’s Nest monastery which hangs 2,000 feet above Paro Valley. Meet a Bhutanese family in their farmhouse and a senior monk in a monastery.
Discover Johannesburg and Soweto and visit the home of the late Nelson Mandela. Experience Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Explore Chobe National Park and marvel at the vast Namib Desert with its towering sand dunes. Spend four nights in vibrant Cape Town and visit Robben Island. Finally, discover the Winelands, South Africa’s renowned wine-growing region.
Explore coastal Portugal, Spain, France and England on an eight-night voyage. Explore Oporto in Portugal’s wine country; walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims in Santiago de Compostela; and visit the Guggenheim Museum and Mont-St-Michel. Follow Dwight D. Eisenhower II to the hallowed beaches of Normandy. Cruise up the River Thames to London’s Tower Bridge. Optional Lisbon and London extensions.
Explore Japan and South Korea during a seven-night cruise along the Inland Sea of Japan, plus two nights in Kyoto. Visit five UNESCO World Heritage sites. Explore Kyoto’s Nijō Castle; Hiroshima’s Memorial Peace Park; Miyajima’s inspiring Itsukushima Shrine; and the Buddhist wonders of Gyeongju, South Korea. Optional extensions in Tokyo and Kanazawa.
Cruise from Bergen to Glasgow aboard m.s. Le Boréal to Scotland’s Orkney and Shetland Islands and Norway’s majestic fjords. Experience two of world’s most scenic rail journeys— the Flåm Railway through Norway’s fjordlands and The Jacobite steam train through the Scottish Highlands. Norway/Copenhagen pre-cruise and Edinburgh/Glasgow post-cruise options.
Journey from majestic Glacier National Park, to the mountain town of Whitefish, Montana, and world-famous Banff National Park. Visit Lake Louise and Athabasca Glacier. See Jasper National Park’s Maligne Canyon and cruise cerulean Maligne Lake. Ride the Banff Gondola to Sulphur Mountain’s 8,000-foot peak. Stay in unique mountain lodges.
Mongolia is known for vast, rugged expanses and nomadic culture. Learn about Genghis Khan and visit the National Museum in UlaanBaatar. Enjoy the other-worldly sound of Mongolian throat-singing. Stay at the award-winning Three Camel Lodge in a traditional nomadic-style ger, in the Gobi Desert. Witness a country Naadam celebration, a tribute to strength, dexterity and marksmanship.
Explore East Greenland and witness the delights of the world’s largest fjord system of Scoresby Sound. Visit fascinating Inuit settlements and (weather permitting) experience the Northern Lights. Draw inspiration from hiking along the tundra and kayaking amid icebergs. Search for iconic arctic creatures in their natural habitat – whales, polar bears, muskoxen and more. Pre- and post-tour options in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Experience the best wines of northern Portugal and Galicia with wine expert Jeremy Shaw. Sip port in Porto while overlooking the Douro River. Learn about vinho verde and alvarino in Melgaco. Visit Pazo de Señorans, the makers of excellent albariños. Savor tapas in the pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela. Discover Braga and Pinhao. Visit the famous library at Coimbra University. Conclude in Lisbon.
Explore Tehran’s palaces and the vault of the Bank Milli Iran to view the spectacular Crown Jewels. Experience Shiraz, city of poetry and gardens. Marvel at the magnificent ruins of Persepolis. Discover Yazd, the country's center of Zoroastrianism, and admire Isfahan, where brilliant blue-tiled buildings and majestic bridges are often recognized as the perfection of Islamic architecture.