Join Connoisseurs Tours as we explore our country’s rich history and unmatched natural beauty with trips to estates along the Hudson River, retracing the trail blazed by Lewis and Clark, exploring the gorgeous scenery of Maine by land and sea, and venturing to the vibrant tulip fields of the iconic Dutch landscape at the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show.
Traveling in Connoisseurs’ style is to travel with a purpose; we don’t just “sightsee,” we visit destinations of significance with uniquely qualified experts - often from the local community - who bring an insider’s perspective to deepen our experience. At the same time, traveling in Connoisseurs’ style means planning leisure time to explore a township on our own or to relax in luxurious accommodations and appreciate fine foods and wines.
A Connoisseurs Tours journey is an effortless experience. We handle the details from the moment you pick up the phone or register online, to the day you return home. Our caring attention to detail and personalized service are why 90% of their guests return to travel with Connoisseurs Tours time and again!
Please take a look at our varied menu of journeys, each briefly described below, I’m sure there is something to pique everyone’s interest! And - new for 2017 - now you can make a risk-free reservation online with just a few clicks, and hold your space for 7 days before confirming your plans.
Warm Regards, Kathryn
Magical Realism of Colonial Cartagena January 31 - February 4, 2018 Limited Space Remaining
Connoisseurs Tours presents Colonial Cartagena, a five-day tour exploring the magical realism of Cartagena. In these five days, we explore the rich history of the old city and feel its many rhythms. Take a step away from the real to embrace the magical as we walk through centuries of history at every plaza, taste deliciously re-imagined Colombian cuisine, explore traditional Cumbia music, discover Spanish fortresses, and much more.
With a penchant for authenticity, our itinerary cultivates a more nuanced understanding of contemporary Colombian life while supporting sustainable, community-driven tourism. Our base will be the Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, a luxuriously renovated convent that dates back to 1621 that is consistently listed among the most elite hotels in the world.We invite you to step back in time and enjoy one of the most magical cities in the world.
The Colonies and The Caribbean February 11 - 18, 2018 PRIVATE TOUR (Filled) February 18 - 25, 2018 PRIVATE TOUR Limited Space Remaining
Expanding on the theme of The Rim of the Caribbean, we are once again embarking on a small luxury ship to sail through the Caribbean’s most elegant islands. Our onboard scholars will give us insight into the vital cultural and economic influence that these small Caribbean Islands had on the development of the thirteen colonies and the United States.
The Colonies and in particular Eighteenth-Century Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia sat on the outer edge of a booming plantation complex that stretched across the Caribbean and drew heavily on that colorful region for much of its cultural and economic life. From Alexander Hamilton and the Sugar Plantations of St. Kitts to the military stronghold of Antigua from which the British Empire’s navy was able to police (and in large part secure) its holdings, private shore excursions are available, designed exclusively for the NSCDA and guided by the most sought after historical luminaries of each island.
Aboard the luxurious Silver Wind which carries only 296 passengers, with personal butler service in every suite, we leave from old San Juan journeying to Virgin Gorda and Tortola, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Dominica, Antigua, Barbuda, and Jost Van Dyke.
As we dive deeper into the the cultural and trade-based interplay between the Caribbean Islands and the Colonies, we’ve made sure to include ample time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and relax by the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean!
Staterooms and Suites are now on sale, prices beginning at $2650.00 per person double occupancy for reservations and payments received by August 30th.
Magical Realism of Colonial Cartagena February 14-18, 2018 PRIVATE TOUR Limited Space Available
The Colonial Dames of Georgia present Colonial Cartagena, a five-day tour exploring the magical realism of Cartagena. In these five days, we explore the rich history of the old city and feel its many rhythms. Take a step away from the real to embrace the magical as we walk through centuries of history at every plaza, taste deliciously re-imagined Colombian cuisine, explore traditional Cumbia music, discover Spanish fortresses, and much more.
With a penchant for authenticity, our itinerary cultivates a more nuanced understanding of contemporary Colombian life while supporting sustainable, community-driven tourism. Our base will be the Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, a luxuriously renovated convent that dates back to 1621 that is consistently listed among the most elite hotels in the world.We invite you to step back in time and enjoy one of the most magical cities in the world with fellow Dames and friends.
Savannah, Decorative Arts, Antiques, & Colonial Georgia February 28 through March 4, 2018 PRIVATE TOUR
The National Society of Colonial Dames of America excitedly presents Savannah’s Decorative Arts, Antiques and Colonial Georgia, a five-day tour granting exclusive access to the city’s finest private collections of antiques, artwork and architecture. Take part in the Savannah Antiques & Architecture Weekend’s events while also going more in depth into one of the South’s most iconic cities exploring its rich history and delving into the private collections of the city’s notable residents.
The Idyllic Hudson River Valley June 11-16, 2018 PRIVATE TOUR
The College of William & Mary Alumni Association presents the Idyllic Hudson River Valley, a six-day tour of the majestic Hudson River Valley designed to celebrate over 100 years of women shaping history. In New York State, just two hours north of one of the busiest cities in the world, rests another place where the slow-moving Hudson River snakes around the old estates of America’s wealthiest families; where 150 years ago, runaway slaves risked everything moving up the Underground Railroad to find a better life; where female patriots, painters, poets, and first-ladies changed the course of American history. No other region in the country can provide such a relaxing atmosphere while, at the same time, allowing us to better understand the lives of some of our nation’s most remarkable women and the place that shaped them, the bucolic Hudson River Valley. Join fellow women of William & Mary on this memorable trip designed specifically to commemorate 100 years of co-education at the College.
Santa Fe: See the World in a Weekend July 11 through 15, 2018 PRIVATE TOUR
On a visit to New Mexico, the English novelist D.H. Lawrence wrote, “the moment I saw the brilliant, proud morning shine up over the deserts of Santa Fe, something stood still in my soul, and I started to attend. There was a certain magnificence in the high-up day, a certain eagle-like royalty.” This old, mystical city has been a beacon for explorers, writers, painters, chefs, teachers, all seeking their own form of spiritual inspiration for over four centuries. Echoes of a lost Anasazi civilization give way to the interweaving sounds of diverse cultures creating a new, intentional way of life. The International Folk Art Market epitomizes the creative essence of Santa Fe with its rich diversity and penchant for sustainability. AJLI invites you to join Sustaining Members from Leagues nationwide in this five-day discovery of soul-stirring Santa Fe and the renowned International Folk Art Market. Click here to view the Full Itinerary and read more. Click here for a 7-Day No Risk Hold. Click here to book a reservation.
A Serene Experience: Autumn in Saratoga & Vermont September 24-29, 2018 *For The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of North Carolina
Every autumn, an ecstasy of color kindles Vermont into an artist’svision of brilliant reds, deep burgundies, glowing oranges, and sunny yellows. In this rural landscape of working farms, rolling hills, old-growth forests, and picture-perfect villages, you’ll be perfectly positioned to enjoy New England’s grand spectacle. This serene journey includes Saratoga, Woodstock, Manchester, beautiful luxurious Inns, Grand Estates, revolutionary sites with top experts who bring us into the drama, lovely farm sites, the list goes on… Click here to view the Full Itinerary and read more. Click here to make a 7 Day No-Risk Hold on spaces. Click here to make a reservation.
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