International Group Tours

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 http://theirishaesthete.com .

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. http://www.discovernorthernireland.com
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
President
American Travel Association

NECA International Study Mission July 26 - August 9, 2016

Iceland
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

2016 ELECTRI International Cross-Border Meeting Cartegena, Columbia March 16-18, 2016

ELECTRI Columbia Post- Meeting Tour
March 19-25, 2016

Dear Electri members and guests:
American Travel offers Cartagena meeting goers the chance to travel
further into Columbia to discover a country full of magical experiences.
Join us after the meeting for visits to the floral center of Medellin, the
coffee region of Pereira, and the exciting capital city of Bogatá.

- Visit flower and coffee farms
- Tour the inside of a salt cave
- Deluxe hotels

NECA Eastern Region Meeting Paris April 17-20, 2016

Tours of Paris
Pre-Tour Monte Carlo & Provence April 12-17
Post-Tour Normandy April 21-23
Post-Tour Normandy & Loire Valley April 21-26

Dear NECA Eastern Region Members and Families,

In April of 2016 members of NECA’s Eastern Region Chapters have a special opportunity to attend their annual meeting in Paris, France. Like the 2010 Rome meeting, American Travel is pleased to offer pre-and-post meeting tours, using four and five star hotels, along with opportunities to see the best of Paris. Please take a look at what we have planned for you and make your reservations early to take advantage of lower airfares.

IARW-WFLO Post Safaris

Stragetic Board Meetings
17-21 October 2015
Cape Town, South Africa

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is a luxury facility located on Chief's Island in the Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve. This area is known as the "Predator Capital of Africa" and considered to have the finest game viewing in Botswana including the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo plus cheetah and the endangered African wild dog. Accommodations comprise secluded, permanent luxury bush pavilions. Safari excursions are by open air vehicle or mokoro (canoe). Note – Accommodations are limited here; if you’re coming please send your Reservation Form without delay; “first come, first serve.”

NECA International Study Mission Chile & Argentina

Oct. 31 - Nov. 11, 2015
Optional Extension: Iguassu Falls and Rio de Janeiro

This year’s Study Mission travels to Chile and Argentina with an optional extension to Iguassu Falls and Rio de Janeiro. NECA is expanding its international affiliations in South America. This Study Mission will be an excellent opportunity to assist with recruiting new members. Additionally, through meetings with local contractors and visits to active construction projects in each area, you will see first-hand how business is conducted.

Columbus Botanical Visits England's East Anglia Gardens

Norfolk ~ Essex ~ London
September 5-13, 2015

Located on the mid-east coast of England, Norfolk County is a contrasting countryside of coastline, rivers, forested heathland, nature reserves and geologically varied soils. The light sandy soils in the south west and ericaceous soil characteristic in the Norfolk Brecks support the gardens that we’ll experience. Norfolk’s Breckland landscape region is an unusual natural habitat comprised of gorse-covered sandy heath that lies mostly in the south of Norfolk, which is one of the driest places in England. The typical tree of the more forested Thetford area where we’ll be on Wednesday is the Scots Pine.

NYECA International Study Mission - Budapest, Vienna & Prague

International Study Mission
Featuring Budapest, Vienna, and Prague
August 28 - September 6, 2015

Dear Member:
We are pleased to announce our first NYECA “Members-only” International Study Mission will be to the beautiful and historic cities of Budapest, Vienna and Prague.

We will begin our exciting adventure in Hungary’s capital, Budapest. Sitting on the Danube, this city’s broad avenues and turn-of-the-century architecture have earned Budapest the name “Paris of Eastern Europe.” The waterway and the favorable geographical situation, where the plain meets the mountainous region, attracted the attention of the Romans as far back as the 1st century AD. On the right bank of the Danube lies hill-covered Buda, a part of the city with many historic relicts, museums and hundreds of villas with lovely gardens. In contrast, two-thirds of the city is Pest, on the left bank, a flat area accommodating all the official office and business buildings and larger industrial enterprises.

Columbus Botanical Garden Visits Ireland

featuring Renny Reynolds, Jack Staub & Robert O’Brien
Sept. 6-16, 2014

Our visits to Ireland’s very special gardens and Georgian mansions are being organized by Robert O’Byrne, Vice-President of the Irish Georgian Society. Our adventure with Robert begins in Dublin and nearby Wicklow Mountains, where we’ll visit magnificent private homes and gardens. We can also look forward to lunches, cocktails or dinner with some of our hosts. From Dublin our garden and home visits continue as we head into Southeast Ireland to the Waterford/Blackwater Valley/Cork region. The tour then visits Killarney before concluding at Dromoland Castle. For the golfers, we’ll arrange to play some if Ireland’s famous courses.

NECA Africa 2014 International Study Mission

South Africa & Botswana
October 31 – November 10, 2014

This year’s Study Mission visits South Africa and Botswana. Botswana’s Okavango Delta, with it’s vast and diverse wildlife species, is the biggest island delta in the world. In the dry season vast numbers of wildlife flock to where the floodwaters infiltrate the Delta. We'll have the opportunity to meet with local contractors from the Sanctuary Group and visit expansion and renovation job sites as we work our way through Botswana.

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