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Guest Review: Ultimate Vietnam and Cambodia: Be Ready for Adventure!

Guest Review: Ultimate Vietnam and Cambodia: Be Ready for Adventure!
Bob and Judy traveled with us to SE Asia on our Ultimate Vietnam and Cambodia trip. They have traveled extensively but wanted to finally make it to a part of the world that loomed so large in their past. After days spent exploring Hanoi & Halong Bay, scootering around Ho Chi Minh, and watching the sun rise behind Angkor Wat we think it's safe to say the Reeds found everything they were looking for and more. Read a little more about their trip below:  What were the main reasons you chose this itinerary? This itinerary covered places we were interested in seeing. Bob was lucky enough not to have been involved in the war in spite of a #1 draft lottery spot in 1969, he got a deferment teaching school. We were interested in visiting the country and area that loomed so large in our past. We were very interested in...
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Argentina Reciprocity No Longer Required for US Citizens

Argentina Reciprocity No Longer Required for US Citizens
This week Obama is visiting Argentina and one of the main points of interest for negotiations between he and Argentine President, Macri, is ease of travel between Argentina and the US for their respective citizens. As a result of yesterday’s negotiations, the Argentine government has temporarily suspended the US$160 reciprocity fee it has charged US travelers entering the country since 2008. The measure, now in effect as of today, was revealed in a statement yesterday by the Foreign Affairs Ministry. According to the Argentine embassy in the US, “as from March 24, 2016, and until further notice, payment of the Reciprocity Fee will not be required from US passport holders.” You can see this new decree displayed on the Argentine Embassy of the United States website HERE. Want to plan your next adventure to Argentina? Feel free to contact me. Your friendly Argentina expert, Gretchen  
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Rugged Beauty, Remoteness and Lack of People

Rugged Beauty, Remoteness and Lack of People
This couple just returned from a custom trip to Patagonia with their friends. Starting in Santiago, they worked their way down to Torres del Paine National Park for hiking and exploring the environs and then came back north to visit the rustic coastal vineyards. “Torres del Paine national park and all of Patagonia stood out the most to us during this trip because of the rugged beauty, remoteness and the lack of people. Tierra Patagonia was awesome in the true sense of the word!! The staff was extremely professional, friendly and helpful. They went out of their way to accommodate our needs. It was an excellent stay. The views from Tierra Patagonia will provide peace and tranquility to me for many, many years. The park was breathtaking and the activities offered were numerous and there were several levels of abilities from which to choose. The guides at Tierra Patagonia were all...
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Unlocking the hidden side of Melbourne after dark

Unlocking the hidden side of Melbourne after dark
Melbourne is the restaurant culinary and cocktail capital of Australia so after a guided walking tour of the lanes and arcades by day with Hidden Secret Tours, we headed back out to discover the al fresco eateries, cozy bars and music clubs nestled side-by-side in laneways that thread throughout the city. Here’s a sampling of what we found one night on the town in Melbourne.  Shebeen Bar and Restaurant on Manchester Lane donates 100% of profits to the developing world so no matter how much you drink at their bar they guarantee you’ll wake up the next day feeling good! The night started with Tommy’s Jalapeno Margarita with cilantro and chile, and a Pepino Pisco sour with cucumber and fresh mint.      Dinner was just a few steps up the way on Manchester Lane at Maccaroni Trattoria, everyone’s favorite new Italian eatery with a warm, homey feel of classic family...
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Guest Review: We Absolutely Loved Bhutan!

Guest Review: We Absolutely Loved Bhutan!
Susan Goldsworthy (three-time alumni!) and Kirk Friedland traveled with us to Bhutan this past January and returned with nothing but rave reviews for the Land of the Thunderdragon. They hiked to the iconic Tiger's Nest, stayed the night in a traditional homestay, and wandered through the glacier-carved valley of Phobjika. Read some of their favorite memories and stories from their adventure below: We absolutely loved Bhutan - what a unique people and culture. There was an overwhelming sense of peace and goodwill throughout the country and the landscape, geography and culture were fascinating. I would rate it as one of my favorite trips and places that I have ever visited.Thank you for an excellent experience! What places or experiences did you enjoy most and why? We loved Phobjika Valley, the black-necked cranes and our stay at Dewachen Lodge - lovely setting and beautiful room. The highlight for me  was the climb...
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