Jazz Lovers Delight! A smorgasbord of worldwide musical journeys.

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cuba musicians jazzWe’re taking jazz enthusiasts to jazz festivals in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Havana, Cuba and Cork, Ireland this year. Between the music, the mouthwatering cuisine and lip-smacking libations, your ears and your tastebuds will be all a-tingle. Choose the jazz journey that fits you best!

In October, KSDS Public radio host Gary Beck hosts an exploration of the Emerald Isle and its heritage. Wth Dublin, Galway, the Dingle Peninsula – and of course, the jazz festival in Cork! This year’s festival promises to be the most successful yet.

Then in November, it’s on to Buenos Aires with KJazz radio host Jose Rizo. He’s taking a group of jazz enthusiasts on a music-drenched journey to Argentina. You’ll visit gorgeous Chile, colorful Uruguay and sip your way through the Mendoza Malbec wine country too!

Last but not least, beat winter’s chill with hot beats in Cuba, for Havana’s International Jazz Festival this December. It’s a culturally rich exploration of this island nation on the edge of change. Great architecture, classic car cruising, visits to Hemingway’s favorite haunts and more.

Call today for reservations: 800-723-8454

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2016 Earthbound Expeditions Start Here!

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WPR group photo wine Join Earthbound Expeditions this year and explore your world’s most beautiful gardens, its riveting history, soaring music and tantalizing food. Public radio fan?  – so choose your favorite program host and most desired destination today, then call us at 800-723-8454 to make your reservation!

San Diego Garden Tour

4 days | March 31 – April 3

Warm, sunny southern California awaits! Features San Diego Botanic Garden and private garden visits. 

Best of South Africa

11 days | April 9 – 19

Cape Town, wine country and safaris! Join fellow pubic radio fans and check this journey off your bucket list.

Waltz the Danube

11 days | April 28 – May 9

3 cabins left! Ask about last minute deals. Leipzig, Berlin and 7 nights of luxury cruising on the Danube River.

Gardens of South Africa

12 days | August 27 – Sept 7

Explore the Cape Floristic Region with JC Raulston Arboretum. Stroll gardens, sip wine and view animals while on safari! Cape Town and wine country.

Prague & the Blue Danube

11 days | Two classical journeys!
October 14 – 25 or November 3 – 13

Stay 3 nights in historic Prague, enjoy a 7-night luxury river cruise. Plus Budapest, Bratislava, Salzburg, and Vienna. Concerts galore!

Chile & Argentina

13 days | November 4 – 15

Wine-tasting in Chile & Argentina + Buenos Aires Jazz Festival! Explore the southern continent with us.

And did we mention, Italy times 3? That’s right choose from three amazing journeys through gorgeous Italy.

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Classical Music Lovers: Explore the rich culture, history of great composers with us!

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classical music opera earthbound expeditionsClassical Italy, May 19 – 29, 2016

Imagine hearing Donizetti’s La Favorite in La Fenice, the historic Opera House of Venice. And a concert of Vivaldi’s classic compositions in a stunning Baroque church. This and more awaits you on an in-depth classical music tour.

Not only will you attend glorious concerts, you’ll have private tours of the instrument collection in the Stradivarius museum in Cremona and the ancient instruments museum in Bologna.

Between performances, savor art of a different kind: Italy’s astounding culinary genius. The itinerary includes intimate dining experiences featuring local specialties, as well as curated tastings of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and cheeses.

Joining you will be John Nowacki, popular host on New England Public Radio. Discounts available, limited space left! 

Prague and the Blue Danube, October 14 – 25th, 2016

Enjoy a luxury classical cruise down the romantic Danube, beginning in Prague. Guided tours of the Estate Opera House, Prague Castle, the historic Jewish quarter and of course, an included classical music concert!

After time in Prague, you’ll board your river ship, where you’ll be wined and dined on your way to Vienna, home of Strauss, Mozart, the Habsburgs and the Waltz! You’ll also stroll through Bratislava, Budapest and baroque Salzburg.

Travel with Wisconsin Public Radio host Norman Gilliland on this journey. Book by March 1st and save up to $1,200.

Call 800-723-8454 today for details and to reserve your spot on one (or both) of these fantastic classical music journeys! (Pssst – stay tuned for Classical Scandinavia – Sweden, Denmark, Norway – more information coming soon.)

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Escape Winter’s Chill for Cuba’s Hot Latin Beats!

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Cuban Street MusiciansIf you take one trip the first half of 2016, let it be Cuba! We’re excited to announce a new Cuban adventure from February 19-26, 2016, where you can immerse yourself in rumba’s rhythms and the beat of son. Imagine kicking up your heels to salsa or joining in a neighborhood Rumba performance, then cooling down with a freshly muddled mojito. Remember, Cuba is famous for its Cha Cha, Rumba, Salsa and Merengue – so get ready to move!

It’s a culturally rich journey with a small, fun loving group. Don’t delay – our people-to-people journeys are known for their unique insider experiences and they sell out quickly. You’ll also want to take advantage of our Early Bird Discount– just reserve before November 1st and save $200 per person!

Never doubt how meaningful a journey to our island neighbor can be. Besides the history and culture you expect from an Earthbound Expeditions trip, we’ll also visit the Conservativo Guillermo Tomas. Located in one of the poorer areas outside Havana, the children who attend and perform here stole the hearts of Jazz at Lincoln Center musicians during a recent visit. These gifted students start at an early age and grow up immersed in academic and musical subjects. Many go on to join symphony, chamber and popular orchestras. It’s an experience to treasure.

Naturally, Papa Hemingway’s home is on the agenda, as are impressive museums and local eats. You’ll wind up your adventure over cigars and a hearty Cuban lunch after getting into the beat with professional drumming instructors.

A journey to Cuba is a journey of music and history, friendly people and deep-seated tradition. Join us in February to make a memory of a lifetime! Call 800-723-8454 to reserve your space today.

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Chef-led Flavors of Italy journey promises an unequaled gastronomic adventure!

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bologna italy marketJoin us September 6 – 16 in Italy! Our Flavors of Italy cultural adventure equals scrumptious food and wine throughout a region renowned for its cuisine (and wine). From day one, you’ll begin soaking in the gastronomic culture that makes Italy famous, starting with a multi-course Italian feast in Rome. Explore the hill country of Umbria and all of its wine tasting opportunities; walk off a little of the hands-on cooking classes as you stroll through Perugia and Bologna. Tuscany means hill towns and vineyards, found along winding cypress-lined country roads that end (for us) in Cortona, as you experience your own “Under the Tuscan Sun” with a wine and olive oil tasting.

No trip to Italy would be complete without a stop at the vineyards of Chianti, which we’ll enjoy on our way to Bologna. Challenge your knowledge of Dante with Antica Macelleria Cecchini’s butcher shop owner, Dario Cecchini and try his “sushi” di Chianina beef. He brings 15th century cuisine to the 21st century with pates and recipes you won’t find anywhere else. Of course, we’ll finish the day with a wine estate visit for fine Chianti.

Want an artsy diversion? Ask about our separate excursion to Florence!

In Bologna, we not only have amazing gourmet foods to sample at historic bottegas, you’ll also be immersed in an incredible music center – where the music of Toscanini, Monteverdi, Verdi, Pavarotti and Stradivarius is forever celebrated. Next it’s unforgettable outings to local producers of scrumptious cheeses, olive oils, balsamic vinegar and regional wines.

You’ll finish with “ la dolce farniente” (the sweetness of doing nothing) in Bellagio, on beautiful Lake Como. Explore Umbria, Perugia, Bologna and the Lake District. EE Alumni save! Call 800-723-8454 today.

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Join us for All-inclusive Paris & Normandy via the Seine River!

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Paris Normandy Seine River Cruise with Earthbound Expeditions We’re seeing Paris and Normandy from a whole new perspective, via the Seine on a luxury river cruise! Come with us on October 5-15 to explore French history, art, cuisine, music and wine with Classical KHFM.

Kick off your river ship adventure in “La Ville Lumière” (the city of light) with a sumptuous welcoming French dinner. You’ll wake with two full days ahead to explore France’s history, from the Isle de la Cite to awe-inspiring Notre Dame, plus a classical concert. Before boarding your luxury river ship, MS Amadeus Diamond, you’ll spend the day with legendary artists Cezanne, Renior, Manet and Monet at the famed Musee d’Orsay.

You continue your artists’ immersion during our tour of Monet’s famed gardens and charming house at Giverny, then visit the Chateau d’Auvers, from Van Gogh’s The Castle of Auvers at Sunset. A stop in Honfleur let’s you experience its extensive galleries and seaside cafes.

End a day visiting historic Normandy D-Day beaches by sipping cider along Normandy’s cider route. Rest well onboard tonight, because the next day sees you in Rouen, Normandy’s capital and a renowned gastronomic and artistic destination. You can also pay homage to the courage of Joan of Arc at Market Square.

Overlooking one of the most beautiful scenic bends of the Seine, you find the 800 year-old Chateaux-Gaillard. Feel up for a climb after all your luxury cruising? You can hike to the top! Wrap up your adventure at the Versaille of Normandy, Chateau de Bizy, and the stunning Domaine de Villarceaux gardens before returning to the ship for a final gourmet feast.

Romantic Paris, Monet’s gardens, stunning Versailles, charming Honfleur’s Impressionist inspired art galleries, gorgeous French chateaux and Normandy’s historic sites. See it all and cruise in first class luxury – call 800-723-8454 to reserve your space today! Book by July 1st and save up to $1300.

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Netherlands Phrase of the Day “Water Management”

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windmill-water managementWater management: those are the two words that sum up our day in the Netherlands. After breakfast, Earthbound Expeditions travelers visited the Kinderdijk area. Now a UNESCO heritage site, Kinderdijk has 19 windmills originally built to pump the water out of canals. These iconic windmills still function and are publicly accessible. Our Earthbound group was able to take a special tour inside a windmill built in 1738 to see its inner workings and to learn how the caretaker families lived so long ago.

Now flip ahead 250+ years…

This afternoon we had a tour of the moveable storm surge barrier near Rotterdam. Best described as a removable dam–the barrier is two enormous doors that can be closed in the event of high water to diffuse the incoming waves and help keep the North Sea from flooding the lowlands. It’s Dutch ingenuity and engineering on the grandest of scales. Dams, dykes, dunes: life is all about managing water in this part of the world!

— written by Andrea Wilson, sent directly from the Netherlands as she journeys with the Earthbound Expeditions group.

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