We make each trip right for our Clients.
Peru and the Galapagos Islands for grandparents traveling with their ten year old grandson
This past summer, we helped grandparents take their ten year old grandson on a trip to make what he studied in school come alive.
The grandson had been immersed in the history and culture of the Inca in school and was very interested in natural science and biodiversity. These clients did not want a luxury trip, but instead wanted their grandson to meet people and find out how they lived.
We created for them a 9 day tour of Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and the Sacred Valley of Peru and and 5 day cruise of the Galapagos Islands.
To achieve a closeness with the host countries, we chose local tour operators and guides. Our goal was to find a guide with the correct chemistry with the ten year old boy.
This capable man was superb—college educated, bright, sensitive, great English, perfect pitch to our or 10-year old grandson’s…interests and expanding curiosity about the world of nature, astronomy, calendar time, history, cooking, human nature, hiking, archeology, etc. etc. and flexible stepping in if Tom’s and my energies flagged.
Of Inca heritage and did justice to Spanish impact. Kept child spellbound by visiting in and around Cuzco an alpaca petting/feeding farm, Inca hut where guinea pigs lived with residents to provide warmth and food, seeing crafts created, alerting us to local foods–alpaca, guinea pig, coca tea, chocolate, visiting major local outdoor markets
….stopping to see Milky Way amidst constellations of the southern hemisphere during a night drive as relating to the river valley’s shape, the whole Machu Picchu experience….
Ireland for creative friends
Another trip we developed this summer this summer was for three friends who wanted to visit Ireland. They had met as classmates at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement. They love theatre, cuisine, and the natural environment. None of them had ever been to Ireland.
We wanted them to see the great places of Ireland. And, because these three friends were intellectually curious and creative people, we wanted them to see creative people doing exciting work in Ireland.
Our guests visited Ballymaloe House to celebrate Irish country life and meet the Allen family who have trained many of Ireland’s great chefs. They also spent a day in Dublin at the National Theatre of Ireland, the Abbey Theatre, and learned how the creative team stages a classic of Irish literature. A member of the Abbey Theatre also gave them an exciting view of Dublin’s rich Literary History. Finally, we wanted for them to meet a young biologist and environmentalist, Lucy Hunt, founder of Sea Synergy, innovative research and educational laboratory on Ireland’s West Coast.
This was a wonderful trip and we greatly enjoyed it… Ballymaloe was gorgeous and Lucy Hunt was phenomenal. James Hickson introduced us at the Abbey Theatre to the props person; the marketing person; and the person in charge of costumes. So we came to understand what each was doing. We learned that the Abbey Theatre goes at great lengths to get the costumes that will make the actor feel that he was actually part of his character’s world.
For more information on this beautiful trip, please visit: Ireland: The Making of Beautiful Things
Dresden, Potsdam, and Berlin for college classmates and art lovers
And another popular trip this summer was to Dresden, Potsdam and Berlin.
Two classmates not only saw great palaces and art collections but learned how the collections were put together. At the Dresden Art Museums, two curators introduced them to the collections at the Zwinger. In Potsdam, at the beautiful new Barberini Museum, they saw how the collection of magnate Hasso Plattner became a museum. And in Berlin, they enjoyed private visits to the renowned private art collections of the Hoffmann and Boros families.
A very big Thank You for planning such a wonderful trip. We enjoyed every minute. I found the guided tours of the private art collections, the Hoffman Collection and the Boros Collection, particularly mind expanding. The tour was an art feast and fortunately both of us are happy to spend 4-5 hours in a museum savoring all we can. The Barberini had an exhibition on the development of American Modern art that was particularly well done.
For more information on this beautiful trip, please visit: Dresden, Potsdam, and Berlin: Ancient Treasures and Vibrant Art
Please contact us the next time you would like to travel. We look forward to helping you.