Dear Friends, 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! 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
William & Mary's A Sense of Place: Taos and Santa Fe June 16 through June 21, 2020
Mesmerizing landscapes, flamboyant sunsets, thriving arts culture, and millennia of history, Taos is unlike any city in the country. One-thousand-year-old Taos Pueblo, a multistory adobe one mile north of Taos, is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States. They appear today the same as when the first Spanish explorers arrived in Northern New Mexico in 1540 and believed that the Pueblo was one of the fabled golden cities of Cibola. Enjoy Taos’ celebrated art galleries or incredible museums. We depart Taos for Santa Fe, cutting through valleys surrounded by other-wordly mountains, and arrive at San Ildefonso Pueblo; a community dating back to 1300, known for its traditional black on black pottery, as well as red and polychrome pottery. Next is a walking tour of old Santa Fe, to learn the extensive history of this city, from its native roots to becoming the seat of power during the Spanish Empire during the 1600s and 1700s. The final day of exploring will be spent in Abiquiu, home of Georgia O’Keeffe. Take your time in getting to know both her home and studio, as well as her Ghost Ranch, the inspiration site of so much of her extraordinary work.
Freedom, Independence and Liberty: The Unfinished Business of the American Revolution with Civil War expert Jeffrey Miller August 30 through September 4, 2020
The unfinished business of the American Revolution would continue to haunt the nascent nation as it moved toward the Civil War. In reality, the Civil War was not merely civil—meaning national—and not merely a war, but instead an international conflict of ideas as well as armies. Its implications transformed the U.S. Constitution and reshaped a world order, as political and economic systems grounded in slavery clashed with the democratic process of republican forms of government.
Beginning and ending in Washington, our tour will "march" north with General Lee's Miserables, first to Antietam (the bloodiest single-day battle in American history), then to Harper’s Ferry and, finally, to Gettysburg, where Lee lost a third of his army, and where, four months later, Abraham Lincoln offered the benediction he thought Americans would "little note nor long remember." Members will be transported through the time and places that changed American History forever. This six-day journey is more than a “battlefield tour.” Each site is contextualized by leading experts. Outstanding accommodations, private events such as a private dinner and evening in the Gettysburg Museum, all meals, transportation by private motorcoach, entrances, guides and gratuities are included.