Asia Pacific

French Polynesia: Tahiti - Moorea - Bora Bora - Papeete

03/07/2017
Linda Young
The mere name Tahiti conjures up images of lush tropical growth and intense blue water. Palm trees, white sand beaches, and beautifully tanned bodies gently swaying to the sound of Margaritaville (well, maybe Blue Hawaii)! Pina colada in hand, hammock, snorkeling gear, iPod, and an exciting paperback mystery, and you are set for a day of totally degenerate luxury. And when the sun starts to set, you exclaim in wonder over the incredible colors and shapes in the sky, as seen over the verdant emerald mountains looming out of the darkness of the clouds. Your think about Paul Gauguin, and the amazing backdrop appears as surreal as some of the paintings of the Maestro Gauguin himself. No wonder he stayed and never returned to the real world! And you can experience it all. It soothes the soul.

Tahiti is also a great adventure destination. There is GREAT snorkeling and scuba diving, and you can even feed the sharks. It's an adventure NOT to miss. The overwater bungalows are dreamy as well, like these romantic ones at the Hotel Bora Bora, one of the first luxury properties in the South Pacific.
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Cambodia

Siem Reap

Ankgor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, is indeed a fabulous destination for those who love archaeology. The angular designs of the buildings and the high relief depictions of sensuous Hindu goddesses are unlike those of any other place in the world. And they are to be found in the most verdant, lush...

China

Beijing and The Great Wall

My most poignant memory of China is my first glimpse of the Great Wall. I felt chills run up my spine as I gazed upon the endless chain of bricks extending as far as the eye could see, across the peaks of the mountains. No wonder it was visible from the moon! I was totally unprepared for the...

India

Northern India

Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Agra, Varanasi, Mumbai. India is a shock to the senses. I have never been anywhere else where I felt as if every single one of my senses was engaged simultaneously at all times! In the streets, there are people everywhere! And elephant and cows and dogs and monkeys and...

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Myanmar

Myanmar (formerly Burma) is located in southeast Asia. The biggest religion is Buddhist (close to 90%), where you see hundreds and hundreds of practicing monks and nuns of all ages, including children. The Road to Mandalay is a bustling ride with animals in the street and loads of people in each vehicle - many times with passengers even riding on the exterior roof of the buses. There are temples, gold buddhas of every size, markets, and life on the water as well. Many locals where the "chalk" on their face as a method of protection from the sun. Take a hot air balloon for one spectacular view of sunrise.

New Zealand

Milford Sound

New Zealand is probably the most unspoiled country with the most undisturbed woodlands of any of the dozens of countries that I have visited. You find forests everywhere full of wildlife, and mountain lakes, streams and rivers teeming with fish. Milford Sound is the favorite wilderness destination for most visitors, almost completely untouched by human hands.

New Zealand

Queenstown

This is the most popular town in New Zealand for tourists and natives alike. It is full of charm with wonderful lodges and small hotels, great restaurants, and dozens of fun adventure activities. Yet it is a small, friendly town that is a good place to visit in the middle of summer or during the snows of winter.

Thailand

Bangkok

Bangkok Food Ceremony The Buddhist monks are responsible for procuring their own food. They appear in certain places early in the morning, usually before daybreak, in hope of finding fellow Buddhists or others who will bring them food for the day. They also have ceremonies of food dedication in...

Thailand

Chiang Mai

Named on TripAdvisor's 2014 list of "25 Best Destinations in the World," the bustling city of Chiang Mai is located on the Ping River. This charming spot is intertwined with a mix of both historical sites and modern conveniences. Soak up the local culture while strolling through Old Town, shop for handicrafts, silk, jewelry, and wood carvings, visit ancient temples, or simply enjoy a relaxing Thai massage. The more adventurous may consider climbing the 300-plus steps of Doi Suthep for stunning panoramic views from atop the working monastery, biking through the neighboring hills, or spending an afternoon with the gentle giants at nearby Patera Elephant Farm.

Thailand

Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are perfect destinations for those looking for something a little out of the ordinary. This trip promises to be educational and is filled with new experiences and wonder. As you ride elephants through the jungle and take wooden flat rafts down the river, you will come...

Turkey

Ephesus

Visiting Ephesus is like a trip back in time. You can imagine the inhabitants of Bibical times living there and see their partial dwellings, coliseum remains, original streets, library, homes, and furnishings. Ephesus was one of the most prominent cities in the first century with its central location along the coast of Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) and attracted many influential Christian leaders, including Paul, John, and Timothy.

Turkey

Istanbul

Istanbul is one of our favorite picks and is a city that many people find extremely fascinating. The people are kind and friendly, the summer nightlife on the Bosphorous is unlike no other, and the pastries, salads, baklava, lamb, and fresh fish are to die for. There is also so much history and numerous sights to see.

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Owner Linda Young and her staff have traveled on six continents and visited well over one hundred countries and all of the fifty states. These experiences by land, as well as extensive cruising on all the deluxe cruise lines, make us uniquely qualified to help you choose the perfect trip. Our clients participate in many delightful experiences that are unknown to others.

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