October 2014: Bella Sicilia: A nine-day tour to Italy from October 21 to 30, 2014. We toured Sicilian seascapes and ancient ruins, gardens and medieval stone villages, and enjoyed wine tastings and culinary delicacies. We viewed museums, mosaics, and the valley of ancient Greek temples. Travel memories that will last a lifetime!
May 2014: Enchanting Ecuador: A ten-day active tour to Ecuador May 18-27, 2014. The Amazon River and its rainforest, colonial cities nestled among a staggering 30 volcanoes, colorful Indian markets, and an Incan heritage are just a few of the highlights of this country. Imagine yourself walking through the Amazon rainforest, the world’s largest ecosystem, and keeping your eyes out for innumerable species of tropical plants and flowers, insects and butterflies. Or boarding a canoe that will take you to your Amazon lodge.
March 2014: Philadelphia Flower Show & Exhibit on Pompeii: Weekend of art and floral wonder in Philadelphia on March 1 and 2. The tour begins with a visit to the Franklin Institute for the exhibit “One Day in Pompeii,” which features over 150 artifacts from the National Archaeological Museum in Naples,Italy, including wall-sized frescoes, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, and full body casts of the volcano’s victims. The artifacts offer an insider’s glimpse into the daily life of this ancient Roman city.
November 2013: PROVENCE..Magic en Plein Air!: Few places are as beautiful or as much treasured as Provence, the region of southern France whose associations range from Caesar, the Romans and Popes to prolific artists, splendid wine and unspoiled villages. On canvas, in the cafes and through the landscape, magic is in the air! Nov 4-13 with Paris extension Nov 13-16.
April/May 2013: Exotic Instanbul – Where East Meets West!: Location, location, location! That is the story of Turkey, where east meets west, Europe meets Asia, Christianity meets Islam and where the world’s oldest city was discovered. Turkey today is a splendid mosaic, a thriving democracy that is rich in Oriental history and European splendor. Full of marvelous mystery and intrigue, it’s a glistening city of tiled mosques, world-class cuisine and the whirl of a dervish. Istanbul, Cappadocia and all things Turkish conjure exotic images most of us dream about but few actually experience in their lifetime. Join our magical carpet ride to a land that is far away, romantic and unforgettable. April 26-May 3 with option extension to May 7.
March 2013: Philadelphia Flower Show and Longwood Gardens: Travelers will spend the afternoon at Longwood Gardens, a world renowned place to see dazzling displays that elevate the art of horticulture. Longwood’s Conservatory is one of the world’s great greenhouse structures. It shelters 20 indoor gardens and 5,500 types of plants on 4.5 acres of covered display, production, and research greenhouses. Travelers will overnight at the Hilton Garden Inn and have a full breakfast Sunday morning beforespending the day at the Philadelphia Flower Show. We will return on Sunday night arriving home at approximately 9pm. The flower show will feature the horticultural wonders of the British Isles. The British have a word for something that’s inventive, dazzling and extraordinary. The word is “Brilliant!” In 2013, the Philadelphia Flower Show will glow with the majestic beauty and creative genius of Great Britain and pay tribute to centuries of inspiring, influential culture. The main exhibit will focus on modern London, but the other major exhibitors have a larger source of inspiration – all of Britain, which comprises England, Scotland and Wales.
November 2012: Portugal – Glorious Eden: The itinerary captures this “glorious Eden” with stays in both Lisbon and Porto and day trips to nearby towns and areas that capture the essence of the country’s diverse history, culture and people. From the Moorish quarter to reminders of the Golden Age of Discoveries, to a royal residence in the Serra de Sintra, Lisbon offers an intriguing mix of the old and the new. Look for brilliant blue skies set against red tile roofs and the sun glittering on the Douro River which here meets the Atlantic Ocean in tumultuous vigor.
May 2012: The Loire Valley – Magic in the Playground of Royalty: The group enjoyed four nights at a lovely hotel in the Loire River city of Blois, home of the famous Chateau of Blois, visited the finest Chateau in the Loire Valley, and the town of Chartres. In addition, the touring group visited the most exclusive Loire Valley gardens and villages, and explored the Valley’s wineries. During the final days of the trip, the group stayed at the fabulous Chateau D’Augerville for two nights, golfed at one of France’s most sought after golf courses, and visited the Chaumont-sur-Loire Garden Festival! Travellers extended their visit with an optional three night extension in Paris, including a half day excursion to visit Monet’s home, lily pond and garden and an Illumination dinner cruise aboard the Bateaux Parisiens.
March 4 & 5, 2012: A Weekend of Art & Tropical Paradise (Philadelphia Flower Show and Van Gogh Up Close at Philadelphia Art Museum)
Sept-Oct 2011: Scotland: Highlands, Castles, and Much Moor! Thanks to Edventures, the voyagers to Scotland explored the capital city of Edinburgh and then traveled to the highlands and moors. The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the magnificent landscapes of the national park of Loch Lomond and Trossachs, the Isle of Skye and the shores of Loch Ness are only a few of the locations that they visited.
May 2011: The Loire Valley – Magic in the Playground of Royalty:Edventures treated the participants in this trip like they were kings and queens. They toured exclusive Loire Valley villages, gardens, chateaus and wineries; stayed and golfed at the Chateau D’Augerville; visted the lovely town of Chartres and its renowned cathedral, and more, all with the best private guide and private motor coach. The whole trip was pure magic.
March 5 & 6: All Things Paris in Philadelphia! Bus Trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Flower Show! The group visited the Chagall exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Paris through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle. The exhibition will focused on particular on the paintings that Marc Chagall made between 1910 and 1920, presenting his work within the context of other artists from Eastern Europe attracted to Paris during the early decades of the twentieth century. Travellers then visited the Philadelphia Flower Show, whose theme this year was Springtime in Paris.
October 2010: Expedition Egypt: This sold-out tour included visits to the Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, Karnak Temples, Luxor Temple, the Valley of the Kings, the Great Sphinkx, and Abus Simel. Travelers enjoyed a four-night cruise on the Nile in cabins that overlooked the river, two nights in Cairo, tours with the service of an Egyptologist, and a tour escort.
May 2010: London in Bloom: Castles and Gardens in Springtime: The itinerary included entrance to the Chelsea Flower Show, a half-day guided tour of London with entrance to the Tower of London, and guided tours of Hampton Court Palace and Gardens of Henry VIII, Windsor Castle and its Valley Botanical Gardens in the expansive woodland Great Park, and a tour to Stonehenge, the 5,000-year-old megalithic pillars. An optional day trip is available to the famous Kew Gardens. There was ample free time in London to enjoy the city’s museums, shops, theatre and other numerous wonderful attractions! Accommodations were at the four-star Cumberland Hotel located opposite Hyde Park and the Marble Arch, and a stone’s throw from the Marble Arch tube station.
Bus Trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show and the Barnes Foundation March 6 and 7, 2010: This weekend of art and floral wonder in Philadelphia began with a visit to the Barnes Foundation, which houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth and twentieth century French painting in the world. Masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, and Modigliani stand alongside outstanding examples of African and American Indian art. A unique feature of this collection, the juxtaposition across periods and cultures furthered Barnes’ goal of illustrating the visual elements and aesthetic tradition that he saw in all art forms.
October 2009: Don’t Cry for Me…I’m Going to Argentina! October 12 – 20, 2009 With an Optional Extension to Machu Picchu This trip celebrated ten years of Saratoga Arts / Edventures Art Tours – travellers greatly enjoyed their visit to the “Paris of the South,” Buenos Aires, with a three-night extension to Peru and a visit to what many consider a spiritual site at the ruins of Machu Picchu.
Spring 2009: Expedition Egypt: This sold-out tour included visits to the Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, Karnak Temples, Luxor Temple, the Valley of the Kings, the Great Sphinkx, and Abus Simel. Travelers enjoyed a four-night cruise on the Nile in cabins that overlooked the river, two nights in Cairo, tours with the service of an Egyptologist, and a tour escort.
March 2009: Overnight to Philadelphia for Cezzane and Beyond and the Flowers of Bella Italia Travelers on this overnight trip toured the blockbuster show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art,Cezanne and Beyond, spent the night at the luxurious Hilton Garden Inn and enjoyed the Philadelphia Flower Show entitled Bella Italia.
Fall 2008 – Tuscan Hilltops: Villas, Gardens, and Art An intimate group of travelers enjoyed a real “Under the Tuscan Sun” experience in Tuscany, enjoying its lush countryside dotted with villas and their gardens; the walled city of Lucca; Siena’s art and architecture; Florence, and the Chianti Region.
Spring 2008 – China Discovery: Journey of a Lifetime This trip explored the ancient yet rapidly changing nation of China, beginning in Beijing to discover the legendary Great Wall and Forbidden City; continuing to Xian for the army of terra-cotta warriors before moving on to a three-day cruise on the Yangtze River. The trip concluded in cosmopolitan Shanghai.
October 2007: Southern Spain and Morocco Highlights included: the sublime Alhambra in Granada; stunning examples of Moorish architecture in Cordoba; a visit to enchanting Seville; a journey to the mountains for a view of lovely small towns and visit a sherry wine cellar for tasting. The optional add-on to Morocco featured a visit to the medina in Marrakesh, attendance at a traditional fantasia, and Bogie’s Casablanca!
September 2007: New York’s Finger Lakes region. Travelers visited the Johnson Museum and the Robison State Herb Garden at Cornell University, Taughannock Falls overlook, dine at one of the superb Cayuga Lake wineries, stay at a charming inn near Ithaca College, and see the special exhibition Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers at the Corning Glass Museum.
Spring 2007 to Rome and Florence: Highlights of our tour of Rome and Florence included: Glorious Rome: Five Nights at the Villa San Pio; Visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon; enjoy guided tours of the Borghese Gallery, the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Magical Florence: Five nights at the Hotel Rivoli; Guided Tours of the Uffizi Museum, Academmia and Michelangelo’s David, plus the Duomo, the Baptistery and the Museum of the Duomo, Santa Croce and the Pitti Palace. Plus a Day Trip to Pisa
March 2007: Tutankhamen & the Golden Age of the Pharaohs and the Philadelphia Flower Show. Arts Council travellers took an overnight bus-trip to Philadelphia to see the amazing King Tut exhibition at the Franklin Institute, co-sponsored by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and National Geographic, and to see the nation’s largest flower show, entitled Legends of Ireland. The group stayed at the Garden Hilton Inn Friday night.
Fall 2006 Trip to the Greek Isles: This group from The Arts Council took a ten-day tour of the Greek Isles. Following two days in Athens, they boarded a ship for a four-day cruise to Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, and Ephesus in Turkey, and enjoyed amazing ruins, breathtaking views, fabulous food (many dinners are included) and incredible music.
In the Shadow of Vesuvius: Wandering the Amalfi Coast of Southern Italy: From September 27 through October 4, 2005, a group from The Arts Council explored one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, dotted with picturesque villages and towns stacked precariously on steep, pale rocky cliffs plunging sheer into the Mediterranean Sea. Excursions to Capri, Blue Grotto,and Pompeii were included.
Jock Soto’s Final Performance With the New York City Ballet (June 19, 2005): The Arts Council took a group to New York City to attend Jock Soto’s sold-out farewell performance with the New York City Ballet. Mr. Soto personally chose the ballet selections that were presented, which included Dance in the Gym from West Side Story, Barber’s Violin Concerto, Chiarscuro, Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy, and the finale from Union Jack.
Blossoms, Barnes and Ballet in Philadelphia: The Arts Council led a trip to The Philadelphia Flower Show (the largest flower show in the country!) and a tour of the exclusive Barnes Foundation’s extraordinary collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces on March 5-6, 2005. Our travelers also attended an evening performance of the Pennsylvania Ballet’s La Fille mal gard (The Wayward Daughter)–a romantic comedy of mismatched lovers. Overnight accomodations were at the Hilton Garden Inn and included a full American breakfast; roundtrip travel is on a private tour bus.
Prague and Budapest: The Saratoga County Arts Council presented “Spires, Turrets and Domes: Cities of Splendor in Eastern Europe,” an Autumn trip to Prague and Budapest, from October 4-13, 2004. This air-inclusive 10-day package included RT airfare from JFK; hotel accomodations at 4-star hotels; daily breakfast; opening and farewell dinners; private motor-coach and art historian guide for day trips; guided city tours; first class reserved seats for train journey from Prague to Budapest; full day tour of countryside with visits to Sternberk and Konopiste, medieval fortress and castle; Danube River cruise and visit to Szentendre, a charming riverside town and artist colony; extensive pre-departure readings and destination travel guide; gratuities.
London Theatre Trip: The Saratoga County Arts Council members and friends enjoyed a London Theatre Trip from February 10-17, 2004. 8-day package includes: RT airfare from JFK, hotel accommodations at 4-star Millenium Knightsbridge Hotel, daily breakfast, 7-day metro pass, tickets to five shows, 2 dinners, 3-course luncheon cruise on the Thames, tour of the Globe Theatre. Price: $1995 per person (double occupancy).
Bus Trip to Philadelphia Museum: March 12-13, 2004: The Saratoga County Arts Council members and friends enjoyed Manet and the Sea at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Flower Show. Arranged by SCAC.