International Group Tours

Columbus Botanical Great Northwest Tour

Vancouver, Victoria & Seattle
August 22- 29

Dear Botanical Garden Supporters:

American Travel is happy to offer CBG supporters and friends a unique chance to escape the August heat with an excursion to the beautiful coastal Pacific Northwest cities of Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia winding up in Seattle, Washington. While you enjoy your trip, CBG benefits from an included donation.

Delta offers a 9:45am non-stop to Vancouver, which will give us Wednesday afternoon in Vancouver to begin our adventures. A 9:00am non-stop from Seattle Wednesday, August 29th will get us home in time for supper and Labor Day weekend. The round-trip main-cabin price for those Wednesday fares at press-time is only $600. Sign up now to take advantage of the fare and this amazing itinerary. There’s something for everyone.

Our adventures start upon landing in Vancouver. From the Pan Pacific Hotel’s spell-binding harbor views to the fabulous museums, yummy food market tour, amazing gardens and interesting restaurants, Vancouver is a delight. We’ll travel from city to city by ferry for a fuller immersion into the coastal culture of these areas. In B.C.’s capital, Victoria, our hotel, the historic Fairmont Empress epitomizes this city’s quaint charms. Here we find world-famous Butchart Gardens, and a local whale watching cruise to focus our days.

Continuing via the Victoria Clipper catamaran through Puget Sound to the bustling American seaport of Seattle, where we’ll stay in the stately Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit, Space Needle, a tour of the Boeing plant, and the Washington Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, are some of Seattle’s wonders on the agenda. You can let us know on the Reservation form if you would like to extend another night in Seattle.

Please join us for this wonderful opportunity!

ELECTRI Roatan Post-Meeting Honduras Tour

March 3-9, 2018

Dear ELECTRI Members and Guests,

American Travel is offering meeting goers an opportunity to further explore tropical Honduras. We’ve chosen two of Honduras’s best hotels for this tropical adventure. Rainforest hikes, visits to hummingbirds, macaws and of course, Mayan ruins are included. A highlight will be a farm visit with a micro hydro-electric plan for the production of clean energy. Please send in the reservation form and join us!

Hortulus Foundation Presents India

February 17-March 4, 2018
Rajasthan - Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur
Extensions to Varanasi & Katmandu

India is a cultural tapestry that has evolved over 5,000 years into a population of more than one billion people speaking 23 official languages and living throughout one million square miles of land. The sights and sounds of Northern India’s Rajasthan province include fine Mughal gardens along with the fascinating cities of Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur and Agra. For those with more time, extensions to Varanasi and Katmandu allow for a fuller experience in this fascinating part of the world.

On this exotic tour, you will experience some of the world's best hotels and most majestic and historical sights. Our hotels include the Rambagh Palace, the former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur, and Jodhpur's Umaid Bhawan Palace,voted World’s Best Hotel of 2016 by Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards. We will be escorted throughout by one of India’s best, most knowledgeable and personable national guides, Karni Singh. I had the pleasure of traveling with Karni two years ago. He is witty, intelligent, speaks the King’s English and has extensive insight to both Indian and American cultures.

Along with touring through palaces, monuments and gardens, we’ll have a special opportunity at the Holi Festival of Colors in Jodhpur. During this ritual, men, women and children carry powders and liquid colors to toss and color their faces and the clothes of neighbors and relatives. The result is every person, street and home are doused in every color imaginable.

This unforgettable experience might indeed be the "trip of a lifetime". We hope you will join us on this colorful adventure to Rajasthan and onward into Nepal!


NECA Tanzania 2107

October 21 - 29
Optional Extensions
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda & the Masi Mara in Kenya

Dear NECA Members,
NECA sponsors International Study Missions to encourage the interchange of ideas, technologies and best practices among contractors in the U.S. and internationally. These specialized annual trips bring U.S. contractors into direct contact with owners, top management and the workforces of contracting firms in other countries.

This year’s Study Mission travels to Tanzania with optional extensions to the Masai Mara, Kenya and Uganda. This tour will be an excellent opportunity to better understand how these African nations are finding their way into the world economy. And, through meetings with local contractors and visits to active construction projects in each area visited, you will see firsthand how our business is conducted.

Despite the many different cultures, Tanzania has had a peaceful history and enviable political stability compared to some of its neighboring countries; its people are friendly and welcoming. Combined, Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, represent one of the world's most important ecosystems, some 3 million large animals inhabit this region. The annual wildebeest migration, the largest movement of animals on Earth, takes place on these East African plains. And, no area is more protected by geography and by permit than steep-walled Ngorongoro Crater, which has a separate ecosystem and its own collection of animals including lion, hyena, cheetah, leopard and elephant plus there’s a good chance to see the very rare black rhino. Upon flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport, we’ll see the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest walkable mountain in the world.

Our accommodations are luxury safari lodges and tents. Each property is individually designed and operated around the philosophy of “luxury, naturally”. Since we’re effectively booking most of the accommodations in each camp, they are requiring a significant advance deposit now. So, if indeed you’re intending to come, please return the Reservation Form right away or give a call to re-affirm. The package prices include the intra-Africa airfares; so all we need worry about is the international air to/from. We’re all arriving into Kilimanjaro; departure cities will vary and are specified in the itineraries.

Join Us!
Geoff Robertson
American Travel

Hortulus Foundation 2017 Normandy

Normandy & Paris
September 10 - 18

Dear Hortulus FarmTravelers,

After our fabulous visits to England, we are crossing the Channel! We hope you can join Jack and me as we visit private gardens in Normandy, France. Having previously toured these exceptional Norman-style gardens, I can testify that they are truly worth the trip and exceeded my expectations. We plan to gather at Monet’s Giverny on Sunday, September 10th from where we’ll launch into Normandy. We have chosen another wonderful Relais & Chateau hotel, La Ferme Saint Simeon located in Honfleur as our base. We’ll spend six nights here, no packing/unpacking. Our five days of garden visits will be interrupted with one day devoted to Normandy’s famed beaches. To satisfy the desire to again enjoy Paris, we’re concluding with a short stay on the Left Bank.

Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden

ITALY - Rome * Orvieto * Florence * Venice
May 27 - June 7, 2017

Dear CGBG Friends and Families,
It is our sincere pleasure to invite you to our first CGBG sponsored Interna-tional Tour to Italy, May 28 to June 7th, 2017. We’ll begin in Rome, un-matched for it’s artistic, historical and architectural riches. The historical wonders of ancient Rome, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum along with visits to the Vatican, St. Peters Cathedral, the Sistine Chapel, will high-light our days in this fascinating city.

ELECTRI International Cross Border Meeting

Ambergris Caye, Belize March 8-10, 2017
Post-meeting Tour March 11-16

Dear ELECTRI Members and Guests—American Travel is offering meeting goers the perfect opportunity to explore the famous Tikal Archeological site and southern Belize. These areas offer two small hotels—both quite nice - Bel Campo near Punta Gorda and the inland resort at Chaa Creek. Reservation Forms are needed as soon as possible as we have a limited number of accommodations. Please join us!

Hortulus Foundation's 2016 England Garden Tour

East & West Sussex & Kent

Our 2016 tour takes us to East & West Sussex and Kent, which are conveniently located just south
of London.

Our primary hotel, Gravetye Manor, a manor house nestled in a wooded vale insulated by 900 acres of land and spectacular gardens and dating to 1598, was once home to William Robinson, the pioneer of natural gardens. His books The English Flower Garden and The Wild Garden are two of the most influential and taste-changing horticultural tomes of all time.

We hope you will join us in our exploration of many of this area’s very special gardens. Some of the
owners, head gardeners, and guest lecturers are personal friends who will insure a uniquely informative experience with access to homes and gardens rarely seen by the public. Ringmer Park, Clinton Lodge, Hever Castle and Gardens, Goodnestone Park Gardens and, of course, Sissinghurst and Great Dixter, are just some of the gardens we’ll visit and we’ll be having lunches and dinners in some of the gardens.

Due to limited accommodations at Gravetye, we're planning a smaller group this year, so please
send in your reservation forms promptly and do make your airline reservations soon. A preliminary
summary of our garden visits follows, which we’ll be further populating with special lunches, dinners
and lectures.

This tour is sponsored by the Hortulus Farm Foundation. Our mission as it’s current owners is to
preserve Hortulus Farm, a 100-acre 18th Century farmstead and garden in Wrightstown, PA, as a
public place of respite, inspiration and education in perpetuity.

Please Join Us!

Renny & Jack

Irish Georgian Society Visits Northern Ireland

August 8-16, 2016
Visit N. Ireland's finest gardens and Georgian mansions.

Dear Fellow Irish Enthusiasts,

This summer we have the opportunity to visit some of Northern Ireland’s finest gardens and Georgian mansions accompanied by Robert O’Byrne. A writer specializing in the fine and decorative arts, Robert is the author of more than a dozen books, among the latest being Luggala Days: The Story of a Guinness House (Cico Books). Much in demand as a public speaker, he writes a monthly column for Apollo magazine and also contributes to each issue of the quarterly Irish Arts Review. As well as being a trustee of the Apollo Foundation and a former trustee of the Alfred Beit Foundation, you may know Robert as Vice-President of the Irish Georgian Society. Founded in 1958 the society's vision is the preservation and promotion of Ireland’s architectural heritage and decorative arts. We are delighted to be associated with this worthwhile organization during our trip and thanks to Robert we will call into the homes and gardens of his friends and those he has written about. You can find Robert and learn much more about Ireland's heritage at .

Our adventure with Robert will begin in the environs of Belfast where we’ll visit magnificent private homes and gardens. We can look forward to special lunches, cocktails and dinners with some of our hosts in their historic properties not usually open to the public. From Belfast we’ll make a big swing enroute to Enniskillen to see many of the area’s famous sights such as the Antrim Coast, the Giants’ Causeway and the town of Derry. Upon arriving in Enniskillen, our garden and home visits continue in County Fermanagh.
We’ll bid farewell to Robert Saturday afternoon, leaving Sunday to tour the Sligo area enroute to Ashford Castle and the Connemara Region. Ashford has just been thoroughly renovated and its grand elegance endures – Waterford Crystal, regal fabrics, dramatic artwork and high-end furnishings.

Please join us!
Geoff Robertson
American Travel Association

NECA International Study Mission July 26 - August 9, 2016

Tours in and Around Reykjavik
Site Visits and Contractor Meetings
Windstar Cruise from Reykjavik to Dublin

Dear NECA Members,
This year’s International Study Mission travels to Iceland. Our site visit in Reykjavik will be particularly interesting as we see how buildings are adapted to suit Iceland’s unusual climate.

We’ll base in Reykjavik to explore the city and it’s environs, that will give us a real insight to life in Iceland. We’ll spend a day visiting Thingvellir National Park that encompasses some of Iceland’s famous landscapes. We’ll also explore Reykjavik, go whale watching and venture along the coast for a “taste of Iceland,” yes, fresh lobster for lunch. For those coming only to Iceland, you might come early, and we’ll organize a 2-day pre-excursion into the countryside.

The Hotel Borg sits on historic Asuturvollur Square, next store to the Cathedral and National Parliament Building and it’s a short walk from the major shopping, dining and nightlife quarter. Built in 1940 as a luxury hotel, this property has been renovated in a modern style. It’s a 4-star property;
probably Reykjavik’s best.

For those with more time, on Friday, July 29, we’ll board Windstar’s Star Legend for an 11-day cruise to Dublin via Denmark, Norway and Scotland. The Star Legend has just been renovated with a capacity of only 212(106 all-suite cabins). This is a yacht-like experience that is highly recommended by many of our NECA travelers. The daily itinerary is described below.

Windstar called to say availability on the Star Legend is getting tight, which is why this brochure is coming so early. I urge you to reserve quickly to insure joining us in the “Lands of the Midnight Sun!

Geoff Robertson
American Travel