I am so grateful that the Club offers travel opportunities as part of its mission to educate and inform!Nanette Stringer, Commonwealth Club Traveler
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.
Experience Tokyo’s Shinto Meiji Shrine and historic Imperial Palace. Visit Mt. Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, and spend the night at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn. Explore Takayama’s ancient streets and Kanazawa’s famed Kenrokuen Gardens. In Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital, attend a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and visit Nijo Castle. Optional Hiroshima post-trip extension available.
Experience Cairo’s Egyptian Museum and the open-air museum at Memphis. Explore the necropolis at Saqqara, the enigmatic Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza. Relax during a cruise on Lake Nasser. See the temples at Abu Simbel and sail down the Nile River on a cruise from Aswan to Luxor. Visit the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and the great complex of Karnak. Optional Jordan extension.
Explore Saigon with visits to the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels. In Siem Reap, discover the wonders of ancient Angkor. Spend seven nights cruising the Mekong River. Visit riverside towns as well as Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh.
Discover the capital of Addis Ababa and Tissiat Falls on the upper reaches of the Blue Nile. Visit Lake Tana’s Kidane Meheret monastery. Explore Gondar’s castles and the Simien Mountains. Discover Axum and marvel at the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Optional 7-day/6-night extension to Southern Ethiopia.
Journey through five countries, and navigate the fabled Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Discover the walled city of Nuremberg and the stunning imperial capitals of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Explore Amsterdam’s canals, and take walking tours of Cologne and Würzburg. Optional pre-tour extension in Prague and post-tour in Amsterdam available.
Experience the tranquility of Peru’s Amazon region and magical Machu Picchu. See Lima’s impressive highlights and savor a home-cooked Peruvian dinner. Experience three nights aboard the intimate Delfin III as you search for wildlife and hike into the rain forest. Fly to Cusco, and journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas before exploring the spectacular Incan complex of Machu Picchu.