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Join Travel Crafter on one of our signature small group journeys as we explore the world's most intriguing destinations and diversions. Limited to only a handful of participants, these trips have included ushering in the new Millennium in Hong Kong, watching an opera performed on its original site, a girlfriend getaway to Florence, and a long weekend in the California wine country to name just a few. Check this page for information and announcements of upcoming special journeys.
A FOOD AND WINE TOUR OF CHILE AND ARGENTINA
The wine regions of Chile and Argentina were the focus of this recent adventure for a dozen food and wine lovers. The two-week trip encompassed Santiago, Chile and the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys, Mendoza, Argentina (and the wine regions of the Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley) and a final stop in vibrant Buenos Aires.
Our travelers were treated to private wine tastings with winery owners and winemakers, visits to organic farms, orchards and dairies (to sample great cheeses!), lunches and dinners served al fresco in the vineyards, under grape arbors heavy with grape clusters or among the barrels in the winery, a private tango performance and lesson, professional-style olive oil tasting, and stays at wonderful hotels including a working Chilean hacienda dating from the early 1700's, to the luxury Alvear Palace in Buenos Aires, and the boutique 15-room Cavas Wine Lodge in Mendoza with its stunning views of the snow-capped Andes.
VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & LAOS
Curious travelers joined Travel Crafter for this unique journey to follow in the footsteps of French artist Jean Despujols, a master of the French Colonial Realism school. Despujols was commissioned by the French government in the early 1930's to document life in French Indochina. His paintings, journals, sketches, and photographs are not only a priceless anthropological record but a historical record of Indochina's rural images during the French Colonial Period -- scenes that are fast disappearing as the world's peoples migrate to urban metropolises and remote, distinct cultures slowly fade away. Despujols' intriguing work now resides in the Meadows Museum on the campus of Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.
This action-packed 3-week adventure featured expert local guides and historians, top-of-the-line hotels, an overnight train to remote hill tribe areas and special visits with local villagers, an in-depth exploration of Angkor Wat and lesser-known ruins, a private Lao welcoming ceremony, Mekong River cruise, and a visit to a Laotian textile gallery where local artisans work to preserve the traditional weaving techniques and designs. Contact Travel Crafter to learn how you can experience the sights, sounds, flavors, art, and cultures of these three fascinating countries. More photos are available on the Photo Gallery page.