The Vikings Scandinavia and Private St. Petersburg August 4 - 11, 2017 Very Limited Space Remaining
We begin this journey in beautiful Copenhagen with two nights at the Admiral Hotel. In Copenhagen and surrounding areas we have engaged the top specialist for Viking history, who will lead us through a special Viking Day. Also included is sightseeing in Copenhagen before we board the luxurious Silver Whisper for a seven night journey to Helsinki, Tallinn, and St. Petersburg.
We end in Stockholm, the Venice of the north, where again we have engaged the services of our top associate in Sweden for another Viking exploration. We end with a day to explore Stockholm on your own with two nights at the gorgeous Grand Hotel in Stockholm. We will arrange private sightseeing in St. Petersburg with special access before the crowds can enter. Our St. Petersburg associate, Laura, takes very, very special care of Connoisseurs clients. Click here to view the Full Itineraryand read more. Click here for a risk-free reservation.
Epic Lewis and Clark Journey August 11 - 19, 2017Call to Register for Wait List - Confirming Travelers Daily
Embrace your pioneer spirit as you travel with Roger Smith and The Learning Center along the western route forged by Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago. This fabulous American journey brings you the lush landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge, including magnificent Multnomah Falls and Mount St. Helens. You will tour the Maryhill Winery, learn about native American culture in situ, and much more.
On this gourmand tour, master chefs will prepare menus based on the best of food and wine from the Pacific Northwest. You will cruise on authentic paddle wheeler American Pride, featuring large, well-appointed staterooms with wide-open views, many with private balconies.
Journey of the Norsemen: Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq Fire and Ice, Legends of Earth, Sea and Sky Aboard Silversea's Silver Explorer August 22 - 31, 2017 Filled
Enjoy nine days of sailing on board a luxuriously appointed, small ship as we cruise among stately cliffs, fjords and glaciers – visiting the dramatic landscapes and seascapes of Greenland! On this seafaring adventure we will: Travel through the playgrounds of humpback whales and orcas, see and learn about villages that are thousands of years old and the Inuit people who have continuously inhabited them, walk in the footsteps of ancient Norsemen and their settlements of over 1000 years ago, and soak in relaxing natural hot springs with a view of the iceberg fields floating nearby.
With luck, we’ll be treated to the dramatic spectacle of the Northern Lights painting the sky. Weather permitting, we’ll set off on Zodiac expeditions skirting the cliffs and icebergs of Greenland’s incomparable fjords! Ashore, we will have a chance to view native antiquities, the sites of early Norse villages, and the oldest Christian church in the Western Hemisphere. All this by day, and then return to the comfort of your spacious stateroom suite and the splendid amenities aboard the Silver Explorer, including complimentary fine wines and other beverages, butler service and ocean views in every cabin, and fine on board dining.
Colonial Charles Town and the Caribbean Aboard Silversea's Silver Wind January 16 - 26, 2018 PRIVATE TOUR Limited Space Available
The Historic Charleston Foundation escapes January’s winter doldrums to explore Charleston’s Barbadian and Caribbean historic cultural influences on land and sea! Joined in Barbados by Dr. Karl Watson on a discovery journey through the island and, in particular, the plantations and lives of Sir John Colleton, the Colleton Great House, and St. Nicholas Abbey diving into the intriguing history of the Yeamans and Colleton families.
The voyage is aboard the intimate and luxuriously appointed Silver Wind (carrying only 296 passengers, with personal butler service in every suite) sailing off the tourist route to the alluring islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Bonaire, Aruba, Cartagena and Colon - regularly accompanied by local historians to discover the rich colonial history connected to Charleston’s Caribbean roots.
This intriguing journey continues with the magical realism of Cartagena, where top guides and historians deliver private tours designed just for HCF. Cartagena’s old city is enchanting -- with houses painted in every pastel shade, immaculate balconies from which bougainvillea spill down to the street below, the scent of flowers filling the air and old mansions standing stoic with their fortified studded doors. Discover the cultural heritage of Cartagena and visit the forts and beautiful historic sites in which the mix of colors, balmy breezes, smiling faces and the gentle music in the background all conspire to take us back to Sir Francis Drake’s day. This journey ends in Colon, Panama to view the engineering marvel of the Panama Canal.
Staterooms and Suites have limited availability at this time with a final payment due July 30, 2017.
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!