The Mart for April 2022



AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND ~ UNIQUE & UNUSUAL — Planning customized vacations to Australia & New Zealand for 25 years for small groups & independent travelers: nature, history, self-drive, adventure, wine and food, Aboriginal and Maori culture, and more! It’s not too soon to plan! Australian borders are now open and New Zealand will be from July onward. We’ll design the trip of your dreams from moderate to very upscale! Having lived “down under” for 20 years, we know the South Pacific and islands well. Please call or email with phone number and best time to call. SPRINGBOARD VACATIONS, PO Box 927136, San Diego, CA 92192; Direct: 858/550-9622, 858/550-9696 (PST), (CST# 2059428-40) 921-1022

ENJOY THE BEST OF MOROCCO WITH CULTURE-INSIDER. We delight in planning your adventure to our beautiful country according to your specific interests & budget. 20 years of combined experience. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook. CULTURE-INSIDER.COM, 30000. Old Medina, Fez, Morocco; Phone/WhatsApp, 212 651714934,, 1221-622

PRIVATE BULGARIA TOURS — Ultimate Balkan experience going far beyond your expectations. PATRICK PENEFF, 3A, Benkovski, 9000 Varna, Bulgaria;, 821-822

TRAVEL DOWNUNDER: Specializing in customizing independent itineraries and booking small group tours to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands. As an Australian, I visit my home country at least once every year and have made many trips throughout New Zealand and most of the South Pacific islands. We can also book Kenya and the Maldives. Wendy Schatz, TRAVEL DOWNUNDER, 100-98th Ave NE, E6, Bellevue, WA 98004; 425/454-0631,, 3-422

UNDISCOVERED DESTINATIONS: Small Group Tours & Tailor-made Vacations off the beaten track. Over 17 years experience. Bangladesh, Ghana, Benin, Silk Road, Iraq, Chad, Ukraine and many more. UNDISCOVERED DESTINATIONS, 1b St Oswins Place, Tynemouth, NE30 4RQ UK; 800/614-2967 (from US & Canada),, 422

ITALY – AUTUMN TRUFFLES, FINE WINES: Full-week stay at hotel with restaurant of a very famous Italian chef, cooking and wine classes, truffle hunt, castle and village visits, several wine tastings, cheese tasting in the beautiful lush region of Piedmont, home of the Savoy kings; gourmet dinners each night with paired wines. Accompanied by native Italian owner. Optional 3-night pre-trip to Turin also offered. This is the third time we’ve offered this successful trip. From $2,875 plus air. For complete 18-page itinerary send email to with your full name. INTERPRO TRAVEL SVC, Inc., 1954 Placentia Ave, Ste. 211, Costa Mesa, CA 92627; 949/364-3363, (SOT# 1006088-10) 3-422

TO ITALY WITH LOVE TOURS: Two-week small group tours to enchanting Sperlonga, the pearl of the Mediterranean, staying 14 nights at Marconi’s charming B&B! Day trips to lovely quaint villages, gardens, castles, islands, Rome, Pompeii & more. 10 years’ experience with repeat customers. “A Trip of a Lifetime” personalized & customized to your individual needs. Great culinary experiences. Approx. $4,500-$5,000, includes air. Departures 2022: May 2-17, May 17-31, Sep. 1-15 & 14-29, Sep. 28-Oct. 13. JUNE MORROCCO, 233 Morewood Lane, Grants Pass, OR 97526; 971/706-9328, www.toitalywith 422 

EXPERT-LED TOURS: Archaeological tours, food tours & family tours. Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey & the UK. Cultural gulet cruises & charters. Multi-award-winning PETER SOMMER TRAVELS, 102 Monnow St., Monmouth NP253EQ; UK, 855/443-3027 (toll-free), 422

CUBA – EXPERT LOCAL GUIDE: Travel to Cuba now possible without quarantine in Havana. Martha Ibis, certified professional guide for 25+ years, is available for general and special-interest touring to experience the “best behind the scenes and local life” in Cuba. Martha served as guide for many Cuba groups led by Randy Keck, ITN Far Horizon’s editor and highly recommends her services. Email 422


Places to Stay

COTACACHI, ECUADOR – CASA MARANO: 4 condos/rooftop terrace, 1 block from downtown, (2)2BR/2B; (2)3BR/2B. Newly finished, modern interiors w/local themes. High-speed internet, common washer/dryer. Spectacular 360˚ rooftop view. No pets, no smoking/vaping. Min. 14 nights, 2 weeks/$400, 3 weeks/$550, 1 month/$650. MARILYN, 2668 E. 1st St., Idaho Falls, ID 83401; 208/403-7792,, 521-522 

HAVANA, CUBA: CASA MAMI VEDADO ­– modern apartment, rent by room or whole apartment. Four, self-contained bedrooms, sleeps 8. Two-minute walk to the historic Hotel Nacional and famous Malecón on the seafront leading to Old Havana. Many shops, fine restaurants and Havana nightlife nearby. Views of Hotel Nacional and ocean from the terrace. PENTHOUSE VISTA OBISPO – beautifully-renovated downtown apartment on Obispo Street, the busiest walking mall in the heart of Havana’s historic district, where you can walk to everything in Old Havana. Sleeps 4; fully self-contained kitchen. Minutes from main tourist attractions of Avenida del Puerto, Rum Museum, the largest craft fair in the city, four Squares of Old Havana, the Capitol, the Grand Theater, Museum of Fine Arts, El Floridita, the Paseo del Prado & the oldest hotels in Havana. For CASA MAMI or VISTA OBISPO pictures & info, 011-76-324-0236,, 422