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"The only things I own which are still worth what they cost me are my travel memories, the mind pictures of places which I have seen which I have been hoarding like a happy miser for more than a half a century."
---Burton Holmes, a 19th and 20th century adventurer

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What's New?
The Splendors of Southeast Asia - Burma, Laos and Cambodia, January 2015 brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 8/19/2014)
The New Trip Around the Balkans: The Magic of "Wild Europe" brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 7/28/2014)
The Phi Mu Foundation Deluxe French Barge brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 7/2/2014)
The Splendors of Southeast Asia - Burma and Thailand brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 6/19/2014)
The Central Asia's Silk Road - Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan with Taste of Persia Extension brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 6/9/2014)
New tour added - INDIA - classic sites with off-beat elements, March 3 - 16, 2015. See our tour listing for more details. (updated 5/21/14)
The Treasures of Russia with Ambassador Charles Magee brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 5/15/2014)
The Historic North Ethiopia & Sebaratmu Giorgis Festival with Omo Valley Extension brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 5/8/2014)
The Historic North Ethiopia & Meskel Festival with Omo Valley Extension brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 5/1/2014)
The Passage Through Persian History & Culture brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 4/24/2014)
"News from the Serious Traveler"

Posted 4/20/2014
News from Iran

"Greetings from Stonehenge" photo by Cathy St. Clair

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Follow our itinerary at
http://www.serioustraveler.com/London1.html

New tour added - Bulgaria - Behind the Iron Curtain, October 14 - 25, 2014. See our tour listing for more details. (updated 4/15/14)
The Cuba People-to-People Journey brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 3/21/2014)
The Seven Wonders of Bulgaria brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 3/11/2014)
The Traditions & Legends of Romania brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 3/6/2014)
"News from the Serious Traveler"

Posted 2/21/2014
News from Iran

"Greetings from Yazd, Iran" photo by Gwen Erwood

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See the whole photo album of 198 pictures by Gwen Click here

Follow our itinerary at
http://www.serioustraveler.com/TreasuresIran.html#Treasures

The Moroccan Adventures brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 2/19/2014)
The Precious Stones of Puglia brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 2/4/2014)
The Imperial Capitals, Retreats and Distinctive Towns of Central Europe brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 1/22/2014)
The Albania with a Taste of Macedonia and Northern Greece brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 1/8/2014)
"News from the Serious Traveler"

Posted 11/21/2013

Look for our latest ad in the upcoming January 2014 issue of Smithsonian Magazine

"News from the Serious Traveler"

Posted 10/31/2013
News from Iran

"First photo as our travelers arrive Tehran, Iran" photo by Gwen Erwood
View more photos as Gwen continues her travels click here

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Follow our itinerary at
http://www.serioustraveler.com/Iran.html#Fall13

Plus new dates added for 2014 Passage Through Persia

November 4 - 19, 2014 Click here to preview itinerary

Updated dates added - Imperial Capitals, Retreats and Distinctive Towns of Central Europe, July 12 - 26, 2014. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 10/18/2013)
The Colombia Land of Coffee & Full Crossing of the Panama Canal brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 10/3/2013)
"News from the Serious Traveler"

Posted 8/19/2013
"Many of those who have traveled to Egypt through the years have had the
pleasure of meeting my dear friend Khadiga. I received this message from
her" Click here

The Persian History & Culture Revisited brochure is now complete. Click here to view the itinerary. (updated 8/6/2013)
"News from the Serious Traveler"

Posted 5/10/2013
News from Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany

"Our travelers today" photos by David Lewis

Follow our itinerary at
http://www.serioustraveler.com/CentralEurope.html

"News from the Serious Traveler"

Posted 1/28/2013
News from Burma and Thailand

"It's a wonderful trip. Group is good, hotels and guide great." - Gwen Erwood

See all the pictures as they arrive from Gwen and our travelers in Burma and Thailand Click Here

Follow our itinerary at
http://www.serioustraveler.com/SouthEastAsia.html

"News from the Serious Traveler"

Posted 11/8/2012
News from Iran

"The people here are just delightful! When they ask me where I am from and I say, 'America, USA', they reply, 'We love America!' If only everyone was able to travel as I do! Just getting to know people makes you understand what a small world it is. Bahman is doing well with us, and we have a great driver. It is really a delux trip having such a small group. Cheers, Carol"

Follow our itinerary at
http://www.serioustraveler.com/Iran1.html#Fall12

Download our NEW Spring 2012 Serious Traveler Click Here. (updated 5/10/2012)
"News from the Serious Traveler"

Posted 3/22/2012
Picture from Gwen Erwood

"Long time accordion player and former Avon executive, Frank Stanitski, jams with Cuban musicians during the March People to People trip to Havana." - Gwen Erwood

"News from the Serious Traveler"

Posted 3/12/2012
Picture from Paula Cornyn of our group in South India, January 2012

South India - Experience the Extraordinary, January 7 - 20, 2013 Click Here

"News from the Serious Traveler"

Posted 1/30/2012
Picture from Elaine Isbell of Gwen Erwood and friend in Cuba

"Just back from Cuba - a fabulous People-to-People trip. The March trip is sold out, but we're scheduling for January and March 2013 now. Let us know if you're interested." - Gwen Erwood

"News from the Serious Traveler"

Posted 11/4/2011
Pictures from Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan by Paulette Lewis

Click these links to see them all Click Here or Click Here

Travel with us on this tour in October 2012 Click here

"News from the Serious Traveler"

Posted 7/11/2011
Pictures from Romania by David Lewis

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See the itinerary they took through Romania Click here
Travel with us on this tour in 2012 Click here

"News from the Serious Traveler"

Posted 6/13/2011
Pictures from Bulgaria by David Lewis

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See the itinerary as they travel through Bulgaria Click here
Travel with us on this tour in 2012 Click here

"News from the Serious Traveler"

April 20, 2011
Greetings from Lebanon! We arrived from Syria yesterday afternoon after crossing the border, visiting Baalbek (a huge and amazing Roman city), stopping for lunch of famous Lebanese mezze and more, a taste of wine and tour through caves dating from the Roman period and then crossing the mountains, out of the clouds down to Beirut on the coast of a shimmering Mediterranean Sea. We just completed our first day of sightseeing that took us to the National Museum where we learned about the Phoenicians who had the first phonetic alphabet (get it -- Phoenicians-phonetic?); then to a mountain riddled with subterranean caves. Jetta is vying with a couple dozen other natural sites for the new 7 natural wonders of the world, and all agreed it should be included (along with the Grand Canyon and Halong Bay.) A stop at Byblos was amazing too. The site dates back to the third millennium BC, as do many other sites in what we know as the Cradle of Civilization along the Fertile Crescent. This area is the fabled birthplace of the Greek god Adonis. A city tour revealed stunning new buildings with the most exclusive shops side by side with excavations from Roman times. The city is also riddled with reminders of devastating wars. No one here wants another, and the neighboring Syrians don't either.

Every day has been a delight and we wish everyone who had intended to go with us, was actually here. It is close to midnight, and we head north to the Cedars of Lebanon tomorrow morning. The group is most congenial and we lingered over dinner, while Paulette and others regaled us with amusing travel stories. Even the national basketball team who was sharing the lovely dining room at the Radisson couldn?t ignore our laughter. Our travelers are the best. I must turn in, but will try to write more later. The same Paulette has taken hundreds of pictures and Ann had volunteered to edit them, so eventually we will put our experiences in writing and into a slideshow. Right now we are drinking up all the wonderful sensations of travel to new places.

Gwen

Photo by Paulette Lewis. View all the photos by Paulette in Syria Click Here or in Lebanon Click Here

See the itinerary as they travel through Syria and Lebanon Click here

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