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BAO activities include group travel around the world with our partner, Collette. We chose Collette as our travel partner because of their long history of high-quality service and reliability. Most importantly, we trust Collette will take the utmost care of our travelers. Collette's CSOT number is 2006766-20. Bay Area Older Adults' CSOT number is 2120658-40.
Special for BAO travelers – Everyone who travels with BAO is invited to a

  • Pre-trip meeting to get you ready and meet your fellow travelers (typically lunch is included)
  • Post-trip gathering with your group to share photos
  • End of year travel party where you can meet other BAO travelers and share photos and experiences.

North America

America's Music Cities
Islands of New England
Majestic Peaks of the Canadian Rockies
Coastal Maine

South America

Patagonia

Europe

The Baltics
Iceland's Magical Northern Lights
Shades of Ireland
Spain & Portugal
Azores of Portugal

Africa

Journey Through Egypt and Jordan

Asia

Mysteries of India featuring the Holi Festival

America's Music Cities

Take an 8-day tour of the rich musical heritage of the United States. Visit New Orleans, the Jazz Capital of the World, and revel in soulful music, savor its rich cuisine, discover its French and Colonial past and experience the fascinating ecosystem of the Louisiana bayous. Visit Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock n Roll and Soul and home to the best ever BBQ. Absorb the city’s musical heritage including a visit to Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Explore the history and lore of Nashville with a show and backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry, an up-close look at the oldest remaining record studio where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride recorded their classic songs and visit the largest museum of popular music in the world.

Days 1, 2: Arrive in New Orleans, Louisiana and spend three nights at the 4-star Sheraton New Orleans located less than one mile from the Mississippi River, the French Quarter, the Audubon Aquarium of Americas, the National WWII Museum and the Streetcar line. New Orleans is the Jazz Capital of the World. This soulful city abounds with rich history, mouthwatering Cajun and Creole cuisine, and lots of home town music. The streets of New Orleans and jazz music of the French Quarter
Photos by justinsomnia.org and Morgan Petroski

Choose a French Quarter Walking Tour or Motorcoach Tour of New Orleans. The walking tour of the famous French Quarter takes you to the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, then to the bustling French Marketplace where you will explore Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba. Stop to taste a true New Orleans favorite – beignets at Cafe Du Monde.

The other option is a panoramic motorcoach tour of New Orleans with a local guide. Begin along historic Esplanade Avenue to see St. Louis Cemetery #3 which opened in 1854 and holds some of the most elaborate crypts found in the city’s cemeteries. Then, relax during a drive along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. This romantic road eventually leads to St. Charles Avenue, whisking you past gorgeous mansions as well as Tulane and Loyola, two world-famous universities.

In the evening, roll up your sleeves and prepare to learn how to cook New Orleans style during your welcome dinner. Join your fellow travelers for a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Your chef will indulge you in everything that Louisiana cuisine has to offer - gumbo, etoufee, and pralines and banana foster for dessert. St. Charles Avenue mansions and Bourbon Street
Photos by Paul Schultz [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)] and Chris Litherland [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

Day 3: Journey through Louisiana’s swamp on a boat cruise. Learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem while keeping an eye out for wildlife including bald eagles, herons, turtles and alligators. See houses (accessible only by boat) of the local Cajuns who have made their homes here in the bayous. Louisiana Swamp Cruise
Images by JamesDeMers and Jools Theriault from Pixabay

Next, celebrate the festive side of New Orleans at Mardi Gras World, where you can watch artisans create the spectacular floats for the famous parade and taste the famous King Cake. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure and discover more of New Orleans on your own. After dinner, meet the group at Maison Bourbon, a live jazz club in the French Quarter to enjoy some local music. Mardi Gras Floats and King Cake
Images by skeeze from Pixabay and Phil Denton [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Days 4, 5: Travel north to Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, Rock n Roll and Soul. Your two night stay is at the 4-star Guest House at Graceland, where you can easily explore more of Elvis' life on your free time.
The next morning, embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of Memphis. Local musicians board the coach and tell the story of Memphis’ musical heritage and history as you view the city’s many highlights. Beale Street - Home to the Blues, Memphis
Photo by Heidi Kaden from Unsplash

In the afternoon, visit Graceland, the palatial home of Elvis Presley. Tour his home, including unique family rooms, the original business office, trophy building and the Meditation Garden, where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy the city’s vast musical offerings on your own. Graceland – home of Elvis Presley
Photos by David Brossard [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)] and Joseph Novak [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Days 6, 7: Journey to the Nashville, the Music Capital of the World. Your three-night stay is at 4-star Gaylord Opryland Hotel within an atrium surrounded by the Cumberland River and with a river running through it. The atrium hosts 17 restaurants and is nearby local parks.

Start off with a stop at the Western Tennesse Delta Heritage Center to learn about the roots of country blues and Tina Turner, The Queen of Rock, who was born here. Exhibits at Delta Heritage Center
Photos by Thomas R Machnitzki (thomas@machnitzki.com) [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]

This evening, take in a show at the renowned Grand Ole Opry, an entertainment complex that attracts music fans from all over the world. Grand Ole Opry
Photo by Ron Cogswell [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Day 8: Begin the next day with a visit to the old Ryman Auditorium with a newly renovated stage. This venue has hosted a variety of musical concerts since it opened in 1892, and has been called the Carnegie Hall of the South. Ryman Auditorium
Photo by Daniel Schwen [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

Later, explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. The museum’s vast collections of gold records, memorabilia, costumes, recordings and instruments are artfully presented in cutting-edge exhibits relaying the colorful histories of country music and its artists. Country Music Hall of Fame
Image by Maike und Björn Bröskamp from Pixabay

This is followed by a visit to the historic RCA Studio B for an up-close look at Nashville’s oldest remaining record studio where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride once recorded some of their classic hits. Learn the secrets of how each artist recorded their chart-topping music in this famous studio. You may even have an opportunity to record your own hit! RCA Studio
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Last but not least, tour a family-owned distillery and induldge in Tennessee whiskey tastings.

Day 9: Return home with a wealth of memories that will have you humming a new tune.

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Islands of New England

This 8-day New England tour takes you to miles of sandy beaches and dunes, rolling surf and majestic coasts. The tour explores New England's charms, from the cobblestone streets of Nantucket to a dry harvest cranberry bog. Step back in time at Plimoth Plantation to sample traditional recipes from that period, learn some Pilgrim etiquette and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast where you'll learn to 'eat like a Pilgrim.' In Provincetown, the choice is yours – set out on a whale watch cruise or embark on a scenic adventure through the iconic sand dunes of the Cape. Visit Boston and Providence, the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, the lively artist colony of Provincetown, and the beautiful islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Complete your New England experience as you indulge in a traditional seafood and lobster feast.


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Newport Rhode Island
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Quincy market and famous lobster roll
Photos by Monica Volpin from Pixabay and Arnold Gatilao [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Harvesting cranberries
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Plimoth plantation homes
Photo by Marco Almbauer

Hyannis port marina
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Nantucket light house and beach
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Martha's Vineyard gingerbread cottages
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Views of Provincetown Beaches and Streets, Cape Cod Massachusetts
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Famous Cape Cod seafood feast
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Majestic Peaks of the Canadian Rockies

This tour takes you to the most striking mountains, lakes, waterfalls and canyons in the Canadian Rockies and on a scenic trip to Glacier National Park in Montana.

Day 1: Arrive in Calgary and mingle with your fellow travelers during a cocktail reception this evening.

Day 2: Visit and take a guided tour of a world famous archaeological and historical site used by the aboriginal peoples for almost 6,000 years to hunt bison. Continue on your journey to Waterton Lakes National Park with views of the glacier lake and surrounding mountains. Savor dinner and a two-night stay at the Waterton's only lakefront hotel where every room has a balcony with a view of Waterton Lake or the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Lakefront Hotel in Waterton Lakes National Park, Calgary
Image by JoeBreuer from Pixabay

Day 3: Revel in the incredible views of Glacier National Park with a ride on the 52-mile Going-to-the-Sun Highway in a 1930’s Red Jammer Touring Car for optimal sightseeing of the park's 70 species of mammals and 270 species of birds. Drive across the Continental Divide, go over Logan Pass at an elevation of almost 7,000 feet and pass famous waterfalls along the way. Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Montana
Image by skeeze from Pixabay

Day 4: Travel to Banff and enjoy breathtaking views of Kootenay National Park and Sinclair Canyon. Enjoy a sightseeing tour with stops at Bow Falls to see the Hoodoos, known as the Land of the Sleeping Giants. Later visit a local ammolite specialist and learn about this rare gemstone only found in Alberta. Stay two nights at Banff Inn, conveniently located a short walk from the charming town of Banff that is home to galleries and museums and popular local attractions including the mineral rich Banff Upper Hot Springs that you can enjoy during your leisure time.

Hoodoos, Alberta
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Day 5: Enjoy a full day of sightseeing along one of the most scenic highways in the world, which is named Icefields. This parkway links Lake Louise and Jasper. Pass waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and snowcapped mountain ranges and if you are lucky, catch a glimpse of moose, elk, bears and bighorn sheep. Stop at the Athabasca Glacier where you have a choice of either taking a fun ride across the Columbia Icefields, the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies which is more than 1000 feet thick and lies across the northwestern tip of Banff National Park and the southern end of Jasper National Park or Columbia Icefields, Alberta
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take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk, that is a glass-bottom platform, for the dramatic views of Sunwapta Valley and stunning turquoise colored, glacier-fed Peyto Lake. Either way, there is a stop for breathtaking views of Peyto Lake. Glacier Skywalk, Jasper National Park
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Peyto Lake, Banff National Park
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Day 6: This morning enjoy some leisure time in Banff. Next travel to Kananaskis Valley to visit a local ranch where you can play a game of horseshoes, take a line dance lesson and enjoy a wagon ride. Meet the family that lives there to learn about daily life on the ranch. For dinner, savor a traditional Albertan BBQ and take in views of the Rocky Mountains. Next we pass through prairie land to reach the vibrant city of Calgary. Tonight, enjoy a farewell toast with your fellow travelers.

Day 7: Return home.

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Coastal Maine

This 7-day tour features rocky shores, infinite nature, and endless lobster. Dig in to local delicacies with an oyster shucking lesson and tasting. Immerse yourself in dramatic nature at Acadia National Park. See how lobster traps are retrieved from the ocean. Admire the picturesque Portland Head Light, Maine's oldest lighthouse. Enjoy free time in the vibrant city of Portland. Towering mountains, delectable cuisine, and bustling harbors await you in this maritime treasure. Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine
Photos by Michael Loftus on Unsplash and Frank Winkler from Pixabay

Join a local lobsterman on a lobster boat and see how lobster traps are retrieved from the ocean. Lobster boats, cages and dinner
Images by Richard Mcall from Pixabay and Louis Hansel on Unsplash

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Patagonia

Join us for a 14-day small group tour of pure nature, where crystal-clear waters meet mountainside glaciers. Feel the Latin-infused rhythms of Buenos Aires. Breathe in the peace and serenity of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Enjoy a 4-night cruise through the fjords of Patagonia. Engage in a variety of nature hikes. Spend the day by the Aguila Glacier. Trek through a colony of Magellanic penguins. Connect with local gauchos (cowboys) at an Argentine lamb roast. Find a haven of snowcapped Andes and ethereal fjords in the wilderness of Chile and Argentina.


Visit Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina, a stunning mass of ice that spans 121 square miles. Perito Moreno Glacier, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Image by Claudio Bianchi from Pixabay


On Magdalena Island, hike through a massive colony of Magellanic penguins to the island’s historic lighthouse. From September to late March more than 150,000 Magellanic penguins make the island their home. Magellanic Penguins on Magdalena Island, Chile
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Venture into Torres Del Paine National Park, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Among the jagged mountains, ethereal teal waters, and expansive grasslands, you may spot soaring condors, inquisitive guanacos (llamas), endangered Huemul deer and independent pumas. Marvel at the cascading waterfalls as you make your way through South America’s most incredible national park. Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile
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The Baltics

On this 10-day tour you will experience the Middle Ages to the height of the Russian Empire with the kaleidoscope of influences in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia. Relish the timeless charm of Vilnius and explore its cobblestone streets – by bike or on foot. Step into the pages of a fairytale at Trakai, an island castle with soaring pines and grassy shores. Embrace the historic past of Riga when you spend two nights in the opulent Old Town. Taste traditional Latvian flavors in a hands-on cooking class. Peek into the rural heritage of the Baltics at the Estonian Open Air Museum. Feel like a Russian tsar at the colossal Winter Palace. On the precipice of all things old and new, discover a melting pot of cultures and medieval heritage in the Baltics. Burnt orange walls of the Trakai Island Castle, Lithuania
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The Colorful Capital City of Riga, Latvia
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St. Petersburg, Russia's Imperial capital
Photo by George Adler from Pixabay

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Alpine Lakes & Scenic Trains
of Switzerland & Italy

This 10-day tour features the enchanting Alpine cultures and scenery of Switzerland and Italy as you journey through spectacular mountains picturesque towns. Ride aboard three of the legendary Alpine railways – the Golden Pass Panoramic Train from Gstaad to Montreux; the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz; and the Bernina Pass Train, which takes you from Switzerland to Italy. The Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz
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Relax in some of Europe’s most stunning and exclusive resort villages, including Zermatt, St Moritz and Lago Maggoire. Explore Lucerne, called the Swiss Paradise on the Lake. Spend time at a family-owned farm where you sample their handmade cheeses paired with wine. The 14,692-foot Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland
Image by Christophe Schindler from Pixabay

Along the way, you will cruise across two of the most scenic lakes in the world, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. Enjoy traditional regional cuisine and Italian delicacies. Savor a traditional Italian dinner on the Isola dei Pescatoril, an island on Lake Maggiore. Lake Como, Italy
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Iceland's Magical Northern Lights

Take a 7-day small group journey to the land of fire and ice, a place of many wonders, on a search for the rare opportunity to see the spectacular aurora borealis – or northern lights on an exhilarating evening northern lights cruise. Northern Lights
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Travel to the “Golden Circle,” home to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Spend time at Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Gaze at the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall – one of the world's most incredible cascades. Explore Skogar Folk Museum, covering all aspects of Icelandic life. Experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur. Golden Circle
Photos by Mahkeo on Unsplash and Laurette Chapuis from Pixabay

Journey to the mesmerizing Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most famous and picturesque waterfalls with a walkway behind it. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Photo by Robert Lukeman on Unsplash

At the Lava Exhibition Center, learn about Iceland’s volcanic history and its impact on daily life. Explore Skogar Folk Museum and see traditional turf-built homes. Walk on a black volcanic sand beach. See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the natural geothermal pool, the Blue Lagoon. Spend your evenings gazing at the night sky in search of the elusive and dazzling northern lights. Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
Image by Ben Alexander from Pixabay

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Shades of Ireland

Experience all of the charms of Ireland on this magical tour of the Emerald Isle - from vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling lush hills to the dramatic coast. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle; watch a glass-blowing demonstration at the House of Waterford Crystal factory; view the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher; admire the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry; and take a ride through scenic Killarney National Park on an Irish jaunting car. On this 10-day comprehensive tour, visit Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Blarney, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Tullamore.

Days 1, 2, 3: Arrive in Dublin in the morning. Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. Tour Dublin, one of the most walkable cities in Europe, on your own or take time to relax after your flight and get adjusted to the time change. The next evening, enjoy a fun-filled evening of traditional hearty Irish food and local entertainment.

The next day, you have two options for how you want tour the top sights of Dublin. One option is a driving tour with a local guide that takes you to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Dublin and the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland originally built at the end of the 12th century, through historic Dublin’s main thoroughfare O’Connell Street and Phoenix Park originally established as a Royal deer park in the 17th century. The other option is a walking tour with a visit St. Stephens Green home to multiple memorials, statues and a garden; Grafton Street where musicians, poets and mime artists commonly perform to the shopping crowds and the River Liffey. Enjoy the freedom to spend the rest of your afternoon relaxing or set out on a personal adventure to discover the cultural offerings of delightful Dublin on your own *. The city of Dublin and its Ha'penny pedestrian bridge over the Liffey River
Image by Ron Cogswell [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

* Some things to do in Dublin: Visit the grounds of Ireland's most prestigious university, Trinity College, a masterpiece of architecture and landscaping where the famous Book of Kells is on view. Visit Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison notorious for its brutal treatment of famous politicians and heroic revolutionaries. Tour the Old Jameson Distillery museum, the Dublin City Gallery that is home to Impressionist masterpieces and the Francis Bacon Studio, and the world-famous Chester Beatty library and Dubh Linn Gardens in and on the grounds of Dublin Castle. Walk the medieval streets of the Temple Bar neighborhood with its music and galleries or take a free tour of the James Joyce Centre, located in a Georgian row house. Try out some Irish stew and a pint of Guinness. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
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Dublin Castle
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Day 4: Explore Kilkenny, a city established in the sixth century, famous for its medieval buildings, and built on the banks of the River Nore. Kilkenny Castle
Photo by Pixel-Sepp on Pixabay

Continue onto the historic city of Waterford, established by Vikings in 852 AD. Embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland's oldest city. embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city and is famous for its former glass making industry. Next is is your choice: Tour the Waterford Crystal factory to see and learn how they blow, shape, and prepare the initial crystal form, then pass it along for markup and engraving OR visit the Medieval Museum for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th century Mayor's Wine Vault. Waterford Crystal Factory
Photos by Erin Costa and kellinahandbasket [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Day 5: Journey to historic 12th century Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone, a magical stone upon which Irish kings were crowned, which bestows the gift of eloquence. Blarney Castle, Cork and Kissing the Blarney Stone
Photos by Brian Rosner [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)] and Dave Bradford from Pixabay

Next your destination is Killarney, a stunning national park, where you board a traditional boat and sail through breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman known for their local knowledge and craic or amusing nature. This evening, choose from a menu of Killarney's great restaurants for an included dinner.

Day 6: Travel along the Ring of Kerry, one of the most scenic coastal routes in the world. The route around the perimeter of the peninsula boasts picturesque views of the ocean, bays, lakes and villages as well as green rolling hills and rugged mountain passes. Stop for the "Ladies View" a scenic point along the Ring of Kerry with a spectacular view of the Lakes of Killarney.

Stop at the Gap of Dunloe, a narrow mountain pass between Macgillycuddy's Reeks and Purple Mountain. Within the gap are five lakes connected by a river. This is a perfect place to shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans such as traditional wool sweaters. See border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration at a family-run farm. In the evening, use your leisure time to taste Irish specialties and participate in Killarney nightlife. Gap of Dunloe
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Day 7: Start your day with a time-honored Irish jaunting car ride (weather permitting) through Killarney National Park and past the shores of Muckross Lake with views of the McGillycuddy's Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland. Muckross House and Gardens and Jaunting Car
Photo by Ian D. Keating [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Travel to the village of Adare for some time at leisure. Continue to Limerick for a panoramic city tour that showcases the 13th century King John's Castle on the River Shannon, and the Treaty Stone. Delve into the fascinating history of the "city of the violated treaty." King John's Castle, Limerick
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Day 8: Journey to the stunning, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
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Next, travel through the vast limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and rich with historical and archaeological sites including more than 90 megalithic tombs. The rolling hills of Burren are composed of limestone pavements with criss-crossing cracks known as "grikes", leaving isolated rocks called "clints". The region supports arctic, Mediterranean and alpine plants due to the unusual soil and climate. Burren, County Clare
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Travel through the scenic countryside into the arty, Bohemian city of Galway for a brief tour.

Day 9: Start your day with a cross-country journey to the ancient towns of Tullamore and Kilbeggan, that are home to legendary Irish whiskey. Visit a historic distillery to learn the process of whiskey making and enjoy a tasting. Finish the day with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle, and toast the end of a remarkable trip during your farewell dinner.

Day 10: Depart from Dublin to return home.

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Tours of Spain and Portugal

BAO is offering five different tours of Spain and Portugal.

Spain's Classics is an 11 day - 10 nights tour where you experience Spain’s colorful pageant of art, architecture, history and culture against a backdrop of Mediterranean shores and grand mountain ranges. Visit Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba, Seville and Toledo. Experience East meets West with Spain’s Gothic buildings, Jewish heritage sites and Muslim architectural marvels and the Mediterranean’s warm sultry weather, olive groves and colorful, bustling marketplaces. Last but not least is the food including taking part in an authentic paella experience.

Spain's Classics and Portugal is a 14 days - 13 nights tour where you explore Lisbon, visit the pilgrimage center of Fatima, the picture perfect fishing village of Nazare and the medieval walled town of Obidos. Then experience all of Spain's Classics described above.

Madrid & Barcelona is an 8 days - 7 nights tour through the dynamic cities of Madrid and Barcelona. The thrilling AVE high-speed train transports you between your leisurely 3-night stays in each city. Travel to Toledo, the former capital of medieval Spain, explore Madrid's museums and sights. While inn Barcelona, explore the most popular monument in Spain, Antonio Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia and tour the city including its historic Gothic Quarter, 13th-century cathedral, La Boqueria, an open-air market, and Gaudi's architectural treasures. Explore the flavors of the country when dining on regional cuisine and sampling local wines at every included dinner.

Spain's Costa del Sol & The Portuguese Riviera is a 13 days - 12 nights tour of the Iberian Peninsula. Visit all the sights of Madrid, travel via high-speed train to the Moorish city of Cordoba, relax in Malaga’s parador on the Costa del Sol, tour Granada’s Alhambra Palace, marvel at the architecture of the Cathedral of Seville, visit Ronda, an architectural marvel in Andalucia, visit the sights of Lisbon and enjoy a 4-night stay on Portugal's Riviera. Visit the Mafra Palace and Monastery, one of the most impressive Baroque buildings in Portugal, and travel the Silver Coast and visit Fatima, the world-famous pilgrimage site.

Spain & Morocco is a 13 days - 12 nights tour across two continents and two countries. Visit the sights of Spain's Classics and then board your high-speed ferry to Africa, across the Strait of Gibraltar, arriving in Tangier. Discover the Indigo-blue streets and painted Medina in Chefchaouen, in Fes, the “Mecca of the West,” visit a family-run riad in the Medina for a taste of traditional Moroccan delights, see the ancient door of Bab El Mansour, and the Bab El Khamis flea market in Meknes and explore Marrakech. In Casablanca, tour the masterful Hassan II Mosque, and see the city by night on a drive along the seashore.

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Azores, the Jewels of Portugal

On this 9-day small group tour enter an untouched paradise on an adventure through the Azores, the archipelago gems of Portugal. Explore the entire rim of the Sete Cidades Caldera. Spend two nights in a lava stone house overlooking the Atlantic. Indulge in a traditional Cozido das Furnas meal, which is cooked by the heat of the volcanic earth. Admire an exclusive viewpoint of Furnas Lake during lunch at the Terra Nostra Tea House. Sample local dairy goods at a family-owned cheese shop. Descend into Algar do Carvao, an ancient lava tube known as the “Cavern of Coal,” with an expert guide. From thermal pools and lush craters to local farms and volcanic cuisine, delve into the culture of Portuguese island life.


Venture to Sete Cidades, the striking blue and green mirror lakes, where you will navigate the rim of the entire crater. As you circle these bodies of water, gaze down upon the dazzling blue lake (reflecting the sky) and the adjacent green lake (reflecting the trees). Take a short hike to emerge at the peak of the island and take in the astounding viewpoint of Lagoa do Canario, the island's most recognised landscape. The trails of the blue and green lakes of Sete Cidades, Isla San Miguel
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Visit Faial, the "Blue Island" of the Azores with stunning coastlines. Peek into the daily life of dairy production when you drop by the family-owned Morro cheese factory to sample the fruits of their production. See the collapsed Caldeira and the ash hills of the Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Center. Embark on a ferry ride to Pico, the nearby island known for its lava fields and vineyards. Isla Faial
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Visit Isla Pico and walk along the surreal landscape of grapes that grow between plots of rocky stone walls as you explore Pico vineyards (UNESCO). In the centre of the vineyard, climb the bright red windmill and take in a new perspective of the stretching fields, lava rocks, and vines. Introduce yourself to the history of this island's vineyards at the Pico Wine Museum. Taste these exclusive wines of limited production at a wine collaborative. Pico vineyards
Image by Werner Paris


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Journey through Egypt and Jordan

This 13-day small group tour takes you to a dramatic world beyond imagination as you enter into lands of legends, relics, and indescribable beauty. Visit the famous Pyramids of Giza and the stoic Sphinx. Unwind on a 3-night cruise on the Nile, the world's longest river. Take in Petra, the "Rose Red City" that appears as if it emerged straight from the rock bed. Participate in an Arabic cooking class, where you'll use fresh ingredients from local markets to create delectable flavors. Admire the ethereal landscape of the desert city of Wadi Rum, the "Valley of the Moon." Indulge at a deluxe spa resort on the Northern shore of the Dead Sea. Eons of history and iconic wonders, mouthwatering bites of savory cuisine, and stretching sunsets fading against the desert horizon is the essence of Egypt and Jordan.


In Egypt, stand in awe before the Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Marvel at the Great Sphinx's stoicism, a colossal structure jutting out of the desert sand, full of mystery and intrigue. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay


Enjoy a full day tour led by an expert guide of the remarkable stone-carved city of Petra (UNESCO), one of the new Wonders of the World. Petra is a famous archaeological site in Jordan's southwestern desert. Dating to around 300 B.C., it was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. Accessed via a narrow canyon called Al Siq, it contains tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs, earning its nickname, the "Rose City." Perhaps its most famous structure is Al Khazneh, a temple with an ornate, Greek-style facade. Learn about the importance of Petra to the ancient trade routes, the history of its prominence and decline, its rediscovery, and preservation efforts. In the evening, experience the flavors of the region with a scrumptious dinner at a popular local restaurant. Red Rock of the city, Petra
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Visit the immense desert of Wadi Rum, a protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan, that has dramatic sandstone mountains like the many-domed Jebel Um Ishrin, and natural arches such as Burdah Rock Bridge. Many prehistoric inscriptions and carvings line rocky caverns and steep chasms, such as Khazali Canyon. The natural watering hole of Lawrence's Spring is named after British soldier Lawrence of Arabia, who allegedly washed there. Experience desert life and learn about the fascinating history of the Bedouin people who have lived there for generations. Wadi Rum
Image by Michel Bertolotti from Pixabay


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The Mysteries of India featuring the Holi Festival
March 26, 2021 through April 9, 2021

This 15-day small group tour takes you from the fabled Taj Mahal and other palaces to the iconic Bengal tigers of Ranthambore and features the vibrant color of the renowned Holi Festival. Feast your way through Old Delhi on a street food tour, weaving through the streets on a rickshaw. Join a local family for an unforgettable home-hosted dinner. Ignite your spirit during the holy Ganga Aarti ceremony in Varanasi. Take a train ride through the tunnels and around bends and past mountain ranges and see India's native wildlife.


Visit Delhi, a city that features modern energy, age-old monuments such as the 1500s Mughal monuments, mausoleums and Taj Mahal. The Legendary Taj Mahal
Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel on Unsplash


Spend three days in Jaipur, the "Pink City" visiting a former home of a maharaja, a flower market, a palace, the aromas of the Spice Market and enjoy a home hosted dinner. Jaipur Mantar's Impeccable Masonry


Visit Ranthambore National Park to see the Bengal Tiger and other wildlife. Learn about their conservation efforts from a naturalist. Ranthambore National Park Bengal Tiger
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


Varanasi is India's holiest city. Here you will see the sunrise on the River Ganges during a boat ride and experience the Ganga Aarti ceremony. River Ganges
Photo by Yang Jing and Srivatsan on Unsplash


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