Travel Programs

February 4 - 11, 2017

The Stars of Western Cuba

Through a relaxation in U.S. State Department travel restrictions, it is now possible for Americans to visit one of the most intriguing destinations in our hemisphere, Cuba. Although several companies are now offering visits to Cuba, almost all of their itineraries are confined to Havana. Our voyage includes much of western Cuba as well as Havana. A nation is invariably greater than its capital.

March 28 - April 12, 2017

Vietnam and the Mekong River

To the seasoned traveler, any recollection of Vietnam and Cambodia evokes images of ancient imperial dynasties, magnificent Buddhist and Hindu temples, and lush landscapes checkered with a patchwork of rice fields. Indeed, Southeast Asia is a region of great natural beauty, extraordinary culture, and a deep history of which most Americans are unaware. In this deluxe 16-day exploration of Vietnam and Cambodia, we'll have ample opportunity to savor the many fascinations of the region and to understand those places and traditions that recent history has often obscured.

April 4 - 10, 2017

Six-Day Getaway to Munich

The 2017 choice for our popular Getaway destinations, Munich will also appeal to those with limited time and yet an irrepressible urge to travel. Like our getaway to Edinburgh, the package for Munich is remarkably generous for the price. This tour includes five nights at the well-reviewed Eden Hotel Wolff. Close to major transportation, this first-class hotel is conveniently located for walking tours and independent excursions.

April 2 - 10, 2017

Bordeaux River Cruise

On previous river programs, we've sailed on three of France's fabled rivers. To these we now add the Dordogne, the Gironde, and the Garonne. We're pleased to present a nine-day journey through France's Bordeaux region and the valleys of the Médoc, Libourne, and the Entre-deux-Mers. This river cruise will take you into the heart of some of the most breathtaking scenery in France.

April 21-29 (waitlist only) and May 1-9, 2017

Tuscany and the Rise of the Renaissance

Every year, it seems, we must return to Italy. By now, our affections have earned the active support of W&L's esteemed Italian Renaissance art historian George Bent, who will guide this special art and architectural tour of Siena, Arezzo, Pienza, the wine region of Chianti, and, as our post-tour option, Florence.

June 14 - 24, 2017

Great Journey through Europe

A repeat of a popular trip three years ago, this generous four-nation river and land journey evokes the Grand Tour of Europe popular with American and English travelers of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Our itinerary combines historic and cultural visits with grand scenery in the nations of the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland. Among our destinations will be the UNESCO-designated section of the Rhine River, three of Europe's legendary railways, and four additional UNESCO world heritage sites.

August 3-9, 2017

The Canadian Rockies

This year's peak-season summer journey features the magnificent Canadian Rockies. Daily excursions through this spectacular region of North America will offer unforgettable wonders: the serene beauty of the Rocky Mountains looming above Banff and Jasper, the crystalline waters of Lake Louise and Maligne Lake, and the stunning glaciers of the Columbia Icefields. We'll relax at legendary resorts including the Fairmont Jasper Park, Fairmont Ban Springs, and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise-a great trip must by definition include a great place to stay. Each resort offers a full range of outdoor activities: canoeing, golf, or walking trails for the fresh alpine air; mountain landscapes; and occasional glimpses of wildlife indigenous to the Rockies. Adding to our understanding of the natural history of the region will be a naturalist expedition leader and a W&L faculty member.

August 22-30, 2017

Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland

After last summer’s inaugural trip to Iceland, we’re ready to return, but this time with the addition of Greenland, one of our most exotic destinations ever. During this compact, immersive land, sea, and air adventure, we’ll get an exhilarating introduction to both of these geologically active islands. We’ll begin in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital, to discover its culture, cuisine, and character. We’ll then venture more deeply into the wild, first on a charter flight over Greenland’s massive ice cap, and then aboard the world’s finest expedition ship, National Geographic Explorer, in an exploration of Greenland’s western coast.

September 18-30, 2017

Insider's Japan (CANCELLED)

Japan's dramatic coastlines, volcanic mountain ranges, and misty forests so often depicted in Japanese art reveal a country of extraordinary diversity and natural beauty. The soaring mountains of this island nation's interior range combined with the proximity of her craggy coastline create deep valleys with swift rivers and pristine lakes. Scattered throughout the countryside are quiet villages, and yet, within a short distance by high-speed rail, teeming cities rise in steel and neon. Throughout her vast archipelago, Japan is also a country of extreme climates, hot in summer, cold in winter, with spring and fall sweetly mild. But the myriad contrasts of this complex nation lie even deeper.

September 24-October 3, 2017

Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: Athens to Rome

Early fall is undoubtedly the best time of the year to cruise the Mediterranean Sea, when the climate is fair, the sea inviting, and the tourist crowds of summer have thinned. Much of the Mediterranean bears witness to the splendid history and culture of the Greco-Roman Empire. On this exquisite cruise, we'll survey 2,000 years of Western civilization as we sail along ancient seas aboard Le Lyrial, the youngest member of the Ponant fleet of small luxury sailing yachts. There is simply no more enjoyable way to explore the harbors and sites of these fabled shores.

October 1-9, 2017

Flavors of Spain

In this, the latest of our popular Flavors programs, we invite you to join fellow W&L travelers on a fascinating-and delicious-journey to Spain's Costa Brava region, just north of Barcelona. The renowned "rugged coast" of Catalonia has its own remarkable natural beauty, distinctive art, and unique architecture. It is the region that inspired the great Spanish artists Picasso, Miró, and Dalí. Beyond the storied history of the region, we'll discover how the gracious Catalans employ traditional ingredients fresh from farm and sea to create the region's exceptional cuisine.

October 7-13, 2017

Six-Day Getaway to Amsterdam

The latest of our popular getaway destinations, Amsterdam, capital city of the Netherlands, is bound to appeal to those with limited time and yet an irrepressible urge to travel. Like our other getaways, our program in Amsterdam is remarkably generous for the price. This package includes round-trip airfare from Washington, D.C., several meals, entrances, gratuities, and five nights at the Mercure Hotel Amsterdam Centre Canal District. The four-star hotel is especially convenient to the major museums and for walking tours and independent excursions.

December 23-27

Christmas in Quebec City

Imagine snow falling on an old walled city. Perched on a cliff above the city and the St. Lawrence River is a magnificent old world hotel. Inside, you're seated in an easy chair near a cozy fire, the teeming throngs of last-minute shoppers back home in America a distant memory. Below the frosted windows of your room, narrow streets wind among quaint, warmly lit bistros, galleries, and shops topped by steep French roofs. Horse-drawn carriages jingle by. Your lodgings, decorated for Christmas, is the famous Château Frontenac, and the town is Quebec, the first city in North America to be placed on UNESCO's World Heritage list. At home in the Château, you have settled in for four fun-filled days and relaxing nights. The peace of the season settles upon you like a lap blanket.

January 9-14, 2018

Authentic Hawaii

Hawaii is much more than beaches. It's gardens and waterfalls and rainforests and volcanoes; it's island history and native traditions, architecture and astronomy, rare ora and fauna, small towns and museums, home cooking and walks along the bay. Here is a travel adventure designed to help us feel more like new residents who have been given a rare opportunity to know Hawaii beyond its fabled shorelines and surf. Authentic Hawaii will enable us to explore Hawaii's Big Island with a stay at the private home of the Dewars, founders of China Advocates. This grand home, known as the Thomas Guard House, is located in the community of Reed's Island, where the Hawaiian royals once resided. Built in 1916 by the banker omas Guard, the house is a stunning example of neoclassical architecture. The property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and has hosted some famous guests, including George Lucas during the production of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, which was filmed in the nearby rainforest.

March 2-8, 2018

Craft, Culture, and Cuisine of Oaxaca

How about some amazement closer to home? We invite you to join us for a week in the celebrated Mexican city of Oaxaca. Imbued with magic, myth, and a centuries-old artistic legacy, Oaxaca combines the charm of rural life in Mexico with the sophistication of an international reputation in arts, crafts, and cuisine. Here, the bustle of everyday life is offset by languid afternoons in the shaded cafés surrounding the zócalo. Colonial buildings are painted in pastel colors and layered with vivid bougainvillea ablaze in the brilliant Mexican sun. Days are shaped by the rituals and celebrations of the Zapotec and Mixtec people, who have inhabited the surrounding valleys since ancient times. Native artisans maintain their artistic heritage: carvers whittle whimsical wooden animals, textile artists weave enchanting tapestries using ancient techniques and patterns, and potters shape black pottery from the region's iron-rich clay. Oaxaca's cultural landscape is like none other in Mexico.

April 15-21, 2018

Six-Day Getaway to Budapest

What is the most frequently depicted city in television ads today? It has to be Budapest. Aerial photos of the city's highly photogenic Houses of Parliament feature in virtually every riverboat ad on Masterpiece Theater or the evening news. The 2018 choice for our popular getaway destinations, Budapest will also appeal to those with limited time and yet an irrepressible urge to travel. Like our getaway to Amsterdam, the package for Budapest is remarkably generous for the price. This tour includes five nights at the beautiful, well-reviewed Continental Hotel Budapest. This recently renovated four-star hotel is conveniently located for walking tours and independent excursions.

May 5-13, 2018

Town and Country of Languedoc

Birthplace of the troubadours, home of the legendary Cathars, Languedoc was the intellectual, social, and economic center of France from the 9th to the 13th centuries. Named after langue d'oc, a lyrical blend of several languages, the region is one of the best-kept secrets in France. From the rugged Pyrenees to the shores of the Mediterranean, Languedoc has a distinctive character along with a colorful and varied history.

June 9-18, 2018

The Mississippi: Southern Culture and the Civil War

We've chosen a new, more intimate steamboat for the iconic Mississippi River voyage from Memphis to New Orleans. The 166-passenger American Duchess, an all-suite, boutique paddle wheeler with the largest cabins in every category available on the river, is more to our style. Our latest voyage down America's greatest waterway will offer not only music and good times but also comfort and convenience. With that assured, we invite you to join us for a new perspective on the modern South and its cultural and political history.

June 11-20, 2018

The Ireland of Song and Legend

When we think of Ireland, we imagine rolling green hills and lush green meadows spilling down to the billowing sea, a tootling Irish ute somewhere in the air. While such scenes do exist on the Emerald Isle-and we will see a few-there is more to Ireland than her breathtakingly beautiful landscape and much to enjoy in her bright and storied cultural heritage.