«June 2015»

Best Venice Hotel Picks

Venice with the Traveling ProfessorThe Traveling Professor just got back from a small group tour to #Italy with 9 travelers.  On the tail end of our trip was 3 nights in what I consider the most unique city in the world, Venice.  When choosing a hotel in Venice take into consideration the location.  Being near St. Mark's Square is not a bad choice, but it is going to be crowded and touristy.  Staying too far from the historic district is not a good idea since expensive and time-consuming travel (water taxi or vaporetto) is more effort than it is worth.   Check out the blog post to see my picks as the best hotels in Venice.

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Italy Trip Report

best venice tourWe just returned yesterday morning from a 2-week tour with nine travelers.  We did our "Grand Tour" of Italy to include Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, and Venice.  We saw the great sites of Italy, ate some delicious meals, but the best thing about our tour were the friendships we made.  Check out the blog post for a quick overview to see what our ambitious small group did in Italy, where we stayed, and what we ate.

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What to See and Do on the Amalfi Coast

best sorrento travel tipsThe Traveling Professor just got back from a 2-week tour with 9 travelers.   After a short stint in Rome, we spent 5 days and 4 nights on the wonderful Amalfi Coast.  There is plenty to see and do on the Amalfi Coast and there is also time to relax and enjoy the sun.  In this blog post I will give you some ideas to make the most of a tour to the Amalfi Coast.

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We're Off to Norway and Iceland

tours to norwayLast August, The Traveling Professor floated the idea of taking small groups of travelers to Norway and Iceland.   Within a few days, the first tour was sold out.   I added another tour and that was sold out in a matter of weeks.  Norway and Iceland are two of the most exciting destinations right now and I am even more excited to be going on a small group tour to explore and enjoy these Nordic treasures.   Take a look at the blog post to see our planned itinerary and follow our fun on The Professor's Facebook page.

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Seven Myths About Peru and Machu Picchu

The Traveling Professor has taken hundreds of travelers to Peru and Machu Picchu on his small group tours.  It is truly an amazing travel experience with tremendous natural beauty and cultural traditions.   However, when we talk to people about Peru, they have reservations about going there.  Most often they think it is a "third world" country, they will get sick, or it is crime-ridden.   I have been to Peru and Machu Picchu as many as 4 times a year in recent years.   In this blog post, I will try to dispel the most common myths about traveling to Peru and Machu Picchu.

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Normandy Invasion Beaches Tour

normandy invasion beaches tourJune 6, 1944.  It was 71 years ago today that "Operation Overlord" took place - the largest invasion in history.   The Allies stormed the beach at Normandy, France.   The Traveling Professor has had the opportunity to visit the Normandy Invasion Beaches and the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer several times.   We did it just two months ago upon a completion of a small group tour to Paris.  In today's blog post, I will tell you more on how to visit the Normandy Invasion Beaches.

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Norway Trip Report

small group tour to norwayThe Traveling Professor inaugurated a small group tour to Norway and Iceland on June 11.  We took 12 adult travelers from all over the Americas including Atlanta, Philadelphia, Northern Virginia, Chicago, Los Angeles, the New York area and even Uruguay.   We embarked on a 9-night, 10 day tour to Oslo, Flam, Bergen, and Iceland.   See my blog post report on the Oslo portion of The Traveling Professor's small group tour to Norway and Iceland.

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Norway Trip Report

small group tours to norwayWe took 12 travelers on The Traveling Professor's inaugural tour to Norway and Iceland.  We were blessed by good weather even if the temperatures were a little cool.  With our adventure in Copenhagen and Oslo over, our next phase of the journey involved going to the fjords of Flam then over to the seaside in Bergen.

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Iceland Trip Report

tours to icelandAfter finishing up in Norway, our small group did a 4-day, 3 night excursion to Iceland.  I never thought I would ever go to Iceland, but now, I can't wait to go back.   The amount and quality of natural beauty far exceeded my expectations.  Take a look at today's blog post to get the scoop on our tour to Iceland with The Traveling Professor.

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