I am so grateful that the Club offers travel opportunities as part of its mission to educate and inform!Nanette Stringer, Commonwealth Club Traveler
Cruise from the Habsburgs’ imperial capital of Vienna to the captivating Black Sea. Explore seven countries over nine nights aboard the exclusively chartered Amadeus Star, followed by two nights in Romania’s elegant capital of Bucharest. Cruise through the Iron Gates and discover the eastern Danube River Valley. Visit the ancient land of Bulgaria, the young territories of Serbia and eastern Croatia, Hungary’s fabled Puszta (plains), and the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated castles, palaces, and squares of Budapest. Optional Vienna Pre‑Program and/or Transylvania Post‑Program extensions.
Explore the crossroads of the Mediterranean on this stellar 12-day small group journey. Begin with Palermo’s impressive architecture and world-class street food. Discover medieval Erice, Trapani’s salt pans, and stunning Monreale Cathedral. Marvel at Agrigento’s remarkable Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale’s magnificent mosaics. In Syracuse, explore Neapolis’ Archaeological Park and take a Sicilian cooking class. After a Mount Etna excursion, enjoy lunch at a private farm. The final destination is delightful Taormina.
Experience Tokyo’s ancient Shinto Meiji Shrine and modern Ginza district. 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. Attend a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and embark on a cycling tour through the grounds of Kyoto’s Imperial Palace. Optional Hiroshima post-tour extension.
Mystical and spiritual, chaotic and confounding, India overflows with riches. Experience Old Delhi and New Delhi. Continue to Jaipur, the “pink city” and enjoy dinner in a Rajasthan family’s home. At Ranthambore National Park search for the elusive Bengal tigers on game drives. Marvel at the sublime Taj Mahal in Agra. In Varanasi, cruise along the Ganges and discover nearby Sarnath, one of Buddhism’s holiest sites. Optional 6-day/4-night post-tour extension to Nepal.
Experience Madagascar, a thousand-mile island boasting an impressive variety of spectacular landscapes from pristine coral reefs and coastal mangroves to virgin rain forests and native groves of Baobab trees. Geographically isolated for millions of years, nearly all of Madagascar’s animals and plants are found nowhere else on Earth, including nearly 100 varieties of lemurs. Visit Reunion Island, a paradisiacal French outpost, and discover its white-sand beaches and spectacular dormant volcanoes. Conclude on the island of Mauritius.