Celebrate Spring in Unforgettable Italy

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Join a small group of Italy-lovers and an Earthbound Expeditions program director, along with the Artistic Director of Gage Academy of Art, Gary Faigin, as we journey through Venice, Padua, Florence and Rome. On your 11-night Italian spring break adventure, you’ll soak in the art and music of the Italian masters, walk the streets of ancient history, and dine and shop elbow-to-elbow with Italian locals!

We kick off the tour in Rome on March 29th. Tour St Peters, the Vatican Museum and the Borghese Museum, visit the Santa Maria del Popolo to view the Caravaggio painting, lunch in Campo de’ Fiori. Experience the awe-inspiring works of Michelangelo and pay your respects to ancient Rome. From Rome, we go on to Florence’s Medici Chapel and Santa Croce, then Venice via a balsamic tasting and specially guided tours. Our itinerary includes Scuolo di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, Accademia Museum, free walkabout time, market browsing, as well as Bellini’s last masterpiece, and closes with a celebration of the advent of Spring: a Vivaldi Concert.

Our select group travel arrangement means you’ll enjoy many included amenities, as well as most meals, local guides, and lodging in historic castles and charming hotels. For more information about A Taste of Bella Italia with Gage Academy of Arts, visit our website, or for reservations, call us at 800-723-8454.

Escape February’s Chill – Explore the Isle of Cuba!

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Yes, Earthbound Expeditions is already planning its 2015 Cuba people-to-people excursions! Join us along with one of our public radio partners, Wisconsin Public Radio.  The February 14-22, 2015 Cuba trip with WPR is an in-depth cultural journey that includes stays in Cuba’s historic capital of Havana and Colonial Trinidad on Cuba’s South Coast. 

An Earthbound Expeditions program director will accompany you, as will an expert bilingual Cuban guide, and WPR’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge” producer and host. These exclusive, authentic, local expeditions are designed to assure that you experience the incredible culture that Cuba’s people and history have to offer. You’ll visit Cuba’s leading music school and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Naturally, a tour of Papa Hemingway’s home, his beloved Finca Vigía, is a must. Take a stroll in Old Havana and kick back at a local jazz club.

Expect to immerse yourself in everything Cuba: meals in the most elegant sections of Havana, mojitos at local hangouts, a neighborhood Rumba performance, visit a local elementary school, take Meringue and Salsa dancing lessons, nature walks in lush Topes de Collante National Park, sit down to a pig roast at a rustic farmhouse, view incredible art and more!

For more information about the February 2015 Cuba adventure with WPR, please call: 800-723-8454. Earthbound Expeditions regularly teams with public radio stations, like Wisconsin Public Radio, to bring avid travelers and cultural enthusiasts the small group travel experiences that create the memories of a lifetime. We encourage you to join our eletter list and follow us via your favorite social media (Facebook, Twitter or Google+), and of course, to listen to Matthew on KPLU.


Get Jazzed about Cuba and its Gardens, Cruise the Blue Danube River, Explore Lush Costa Rica

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Your Earthbound Expeditions travel staff is busily booking reservations for the last of 2014’s exciting itineraries in Cuba, Costa Rica and on the famous Blue Danube. We can’t believe how the year is flying by and yet there are still all these wonderful small group adventures to come!

  • Get your groove going in Cuba at the 30th International Jazz Festival of Havana with the Brubeck institute this December. It promises to be one of the most memorable and musical Cuba experiences yet! (December 13 – 20)
  • If you’d prefer the gorgeousness of Cuba’s gardens, then come along with Ciscoe, famed horticulturalist and media personality (November 9 – 17).
  • We have only 4 cabins left for the Danube River Cruise this October with Matthew Brumley! The winding river sets the pace for this beautiful fall journey along the picturesque Blue Danube, with stops in Prague, Passau, Munich, Vienna & Bratislava. (October 19 – 31st)
  • Costa Rica awaits! If you haven’t explored this lush paradise, teeming with wildlife and flora, now is your chance! Escape winter’s chill with garden expert Melinda Meyers. (November 8 – 16th)

Wouldn’t you like to look back on 2014 and know that you created some fabulous travel adventure memories? We know we would. So go for it! Call your Earthbound Expeditions travel specialist today at 1-800-723-8454.

International Jazz Festival in Havana with the Brubeck Institute

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

havana-jazz-festAttention jazz lovers–this is the trip of a lifetime!  Join Simon Rowe, Director of the Brubeck Institute, and Earthbound Expeditions for an unforgettable week in Havana for the 30th anniversary of the International Jazz Festival.  This annual festival highlights some of the biggest names in jazz today in addition to talented new artists.  There’s always great music in Havana, but for the week of the festival the city is in hyper drive and outstanding jazz performance happen at multiple venues around the city, not to mention the impromptu jam sessions in the streets.  In addition to musical outings, you’ll visit the National Museum of Fine Arts, Hemingway’s home and the Buena Vista Social Club.   Fabulous music, cultural highlights, a small group of jazz aficionados and lovely tropical weather will add up to an extraordinary experience in Havana.  Click here to see a complete itinerary for the International Jazz Festival.  To learn more around Earthbound Expeditions and our other programs, please visit our website at:

Rhine river cruise

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

shutterstock_121831384Kick off your holiday season in grand style!  Join Wisconsin Public Radio and Earthbound Expeditions for a musical and festive celebration in France and Germany.  This December our travelers will spend three days in the stunning Black Forest region of Germany before embarking the Amadeus Princess in Cologne for a five night deluxe cruise through the heart of Europe.  You’ll be treated to classical music concerts, delicious wine and food tastings and excursions to the countryside.  And with the colorful Christmas markets in full swing, you’ll be sure to catch the holiday spirit.  Click here to view the complete itinerary.  To learn more about Earthbound Expeditions and our other upcoming river journeys, please visit our website at:

Travel to Cuba with Ciscoe Morris or Peter Van De Graaff for a Fall Adventure

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Travel to Cuba has become one of Earthbound Expeditions’ hottest travel destinations, and with good reason. Cuba’s food, gardens, music, history, architecture and most of all, its people, embody all that is warm and hospitable about this island nation. You’re invited to join either Ciscoe Morris, renowned garden expert, TV and radio personality, or Peter Van De Graaff, program director and host of 98.7 WMFT’s “Through the Night” for fall excursions to Cuba.

Ciscoe will host a garden-themed adventure (naturally) from November 9-17. Your Ciscoe Cuban experience will include the National Botanical Gardens, Topes de Collantes National Park, Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens and Las Terrazas agricultural area. Mix and mingle with locals while enjoying Cuba’s hospitality and her people. Sign up before June 1st for Cuba with Ciscoe and save $150 per person!

Peter will lead a culturally curious small group of travelers to spend the week of October 25 – November 2 exploring the sights of Havana, as well as Trinidad, the colonial city on Cuba’s southern coast. You’ll soak in rich culture visiting Hemingway’s home, the National Museum of Fine Arts and Prodanza Ballet School, and savor culinary dishes at Havana’s best known paladars (private restaurants). Plus live music, a little salsa dancing, and who could ask for more?!

If you’re a culturally curious traveler who loves exploration and a truly local experience, come with Earthbound Expeditions (800.723.8454) on one of these fabulous journeys to Cuba!

Consider the Rewards of River Cruises vs Big Ship Crowds

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Like the idea of a more active, less crowded cruise? Prefer to avoid the giant mainline cruise ship and its “popular cruise destinations”? Try a river cruise or a smaller cruise line for a completely different travel experience.

I learned the benefits of smaller boats during another life, when working for National Geographic’s cruise line on the Baltic Sea. Wildlife education, photography workshops and kayaking are just a few of the perks you often experience. The larger sailing ships (aka “tall ships”) could be a beautiful alternative, too; those may carry up to 300 passengers.

If that’s still a bigger group than you’d like to contend with on your cruise, try a European river cruise or even a trip with a group like Island Windjammers Cruises. Yes, you will pay more for the privilege of a smaller group travel experience, but it’s often worth it to many travelers.

Here at Earthbound Expeditions, we find the smaller cruise lines offer our travelers entry into places that the big ships simply can’t go, which is why we’re doing European River Cruises. We’re currently booking for two river cruises scheduled for Fall 2014: in October on the Danube River with All Classical Public Radio, hitting Germany, Austria, Hungary and Prague, and then in December on the Rhine River with Wisconsin Public Radio, visiting the villages and vineyards of Germany and France. Join us!

Ciscoe Morris goes to Cuba!

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Ciscoe MorrisIf Cuba hasn’t been on your “travel radar” it’s time to adjust your settings!  Just a short flight from Miami, this tiny island nation is rich in culture, history and gardens.  Ciscoe Morris, renowned garden expert, will be hosting a garden-themed adventure from November 9-17.  Join Ciscoe for a remarkable journey including visits to an urban organic farm, the National Botanical Gardens, Topes de Collantes National Park, Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens and Las Terrazas agricultural area.  In addition to gardens, there will be plenty of chances to hear live music, mingle with the locals and enjoy the sunshine and hospitality of Cuba and her people.  To see a detailed itinerary of Ciscoe’s journey, please click here.  To learn more about Earthbound Expeditions and our other destinations, please visit our website at:

Visit Costa Rica with Garden Expert Melinda Myers

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Melinda MyersMelinda Myers, garden expert, author and media personality extraordinaire, hosts an incredible garden journey to Costa Rica this November.  Join Melinda and a small group of garden lovers for a nine day jungle adventure including the Arenal Volcano region, Monteverde Cloud forest, Rincon de la Vieja and an optional extension to the Pacific Coast.  Costa Rica boasts greater biodiversity than all of Europe and North America and you’ll have the opportunity to see amazing birds, colorful butterflies and thriving gardens.  You may have put your garden to rest by November, but Costa Rica is always in bloom.  To see a detailed itinerary of Melinda’s journey, please click here.  To learn more about Earthbound Expeditions and our other destinations, please visit our website at:

Join Peter Van De Graaff of 98.7 WFMT in Cuba

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Peter Van De GraaffAdd a little fun to your fall this year and join Peter Van De Graaff of 98.7 WMFT radio for an exciting journey to Cuba!  Peter and a small group of culturally curious travelers will spend a week exploring the sights of Havana and the colonial city of Trinidad on Cuba’s southern coast.  Packed with adventures both cultural and culinary, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the National Museum of Fine Arts, Hemingway’s home,  Prodanza Ballet School and dine in some of Havana’s best known paladars or private restaurants.   There will be opportunities to hear live music, learn a little salsa dancing and soak up the atmosphere of this warm and hospitable island nation.  To see a detailed itinerary of Peter’s Cuba journey, please click here.  To learn more about Earthbound Expeditions and our other destinations, please visit our website at: