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2011

South Africa: “Safari, So Good”

Oct 27- Nov 10, 2011

South Africa is the quintessential African experience. The country calls itself "A World in One Country", and for good reason. It is a cornucopia of diverse cultures (with 11 official languages), scenery (from the starkest desert to the lush tropical forests), and wildlife (as varied and rich as any place in all of Africa). This, along with a beguiling combination of urban modernity and wilderness, keeps it high on most people's "bucket list". First time travelers and seasoned veterans of Africa will tell you that South Africa's diverse offerings are what make this destination a "once-in-a-lifetime" favorite!

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“It’s a (luxurious) Jungle Out There”
Costa Rica Luxury Adventure

April 7-16, 2011

Costa Rica is Noah’s Ark for the 21st century and one of the most biologically intense places on earth. It’s dominated by coastlines, where the loudest sounds come from the local active volcano and where the most important meetings are held by Howler monkeys and blue crowned motmots. The country is an oasis where putting your head under a waterfall or wiggling your toes in the white sand beaches constitutes a significant commitment. It’s a place where rush hour is a river raft passing through jungle flora and fauna and where your most pressing deadline is catching the sunset just so.

On this expedition, enjoy 10 days of luxury adventure throughout Costa Rica. Stay in amazing jungle lodges, award winning eco resorts and luxurious beach villas. Traipse through jungles in search of Howler monkeys, sloths, rabbit-sized spoonbills, and a myriad of insects and other fascinating wildlife ... Cross river suspension bridges … Submerge deep in bubbling mineral hot springs … Witness a nightly volcanic eruption… Zip-line through forest treetops with the elusive quetzals. Taste regional cuisine like gallo pinto and some of the freshest food you’ll ever wrap your mouth around.

You’ll also have the opportunity for an optional exhilarating 3-day pre-extension (April 5-8, 2011) … Grab an oar and hold on for an adventure to manhandle the white water (class II-IV) rapids of the Pacuare River. It’s the only way to and from the sophisticated jungle lodge. Hike along a myriad of trails to waterfalls and pools to keep cool and wet. Fall asleep in spectacular thatched roofed bungalows to the sounds of the deep jungle. This fantastic property is exotic and romantic and lit entirely by lanterns and candles! (*) For those who don’t want to river raft, but still want to pre-extend to this fabulous jungle lodge, there is an option to drive most of the way into the jungle and then walk across a suspension bridge over the river gorge along with the staff and supplies.

Pack your bathing suit, hiking boots and join us at one of the best “Pura Vida” destinations on earth. Costa Rica -- TBE style!

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Ice, Ice Baby
Finnish Lapland Arctic Adventure

Jan 27-Feb 9, 2011

On the edge of Europe's last unspoiled wilderness lies Northern Lapland — the remote sanctuaries of indigenous peoples and intrepid explorers. Winter days in Finnish Lapland may be short, but they are merry and bright. On this expedition, enjoy the exhilaration of soaring across brilliant white landscapes on a snowmobile… feel the snow crunch under your snowshoes or skies… experience the thrill of driving a team of huskies through glistening winter vistas… challenge your luck fishing on the vastest ice fields in Europe… taste the local "frozen fire" (AKA vodka) served ice cold in various guises... learn the proper way to take a sauna (there are over 2 million of them in Finland — over the years, they have served as birthing places, operating rooms and a place to cure meat) — capture the spirit of ancient Sami traditions while guiding your own reindeer sleigh… sail away on a daylong voyage of a lifetime aboard a genuine icebreaker and plunge into the artic waters with a different kind of swimsuit (a thermal dry one)… watch the dance of the Northern Lights in nature's spectacular light show. Along the way, we'll stay in urban hotels in Helsinki, Levi (with in-room private saunas) and Rovaniemi, as well as modest digs in Kemi and a very unique ice hotel in Yllas, all the while tasting regional specialties like reindeer soup, local berries and grilled game. Pack your long johns and parka and join us to the most northern destination to which we have ever traveled (80 miles north of the Artic Circle). Welcome to Finnish Lapland — TBE style!

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2010

Canada, with a French Kiss

Oct 7-13, 2010

Make no mistake. Visiting Montréal is a little like going to Paris… without the jet lag. Well, a little. True, the brooding facades and crooked streets of Old Montréal feel distinctly European, and yes, the locals take their French seriously, but don't confuse this cosmopolitan Canadian port city for a fusty, Old World wannabe. Freshened up by a wave of trendy new hotels, shops and restaurants, Montréal sings its own tune — and it sounds more like Arcade Fire (their homegrown indie band) than La Marseillaise. With the city's debilitating 1990's recession behind it (and the specter of Québécois secession all but forgotten), a lively patchwork of gleaming skyscrapers, bohemian enclaves and high-gloss hideaways now outshines the city's gritty industrial past. Given the recently improving American dollar against the Canadian dollar (now about even), Montréal is not the bargain it used to be some ten years ago, but hey, it's cheaper than Paris… and it's way closer.

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Chilies, Chocolate, Cactus and Mezcal

Aug 26 - Sept 2, 2010

Oaxaca, Mexico is every bit as complex as the mole sauce it is famous for — a mixture of ingredients that while very different, fuse into one amazing end product. It is stately and stands with proud Zapotec roots and a Spanish colonial gloss, yet the streets are filled with unmistakably indigenous Indian faces. Equally cosmopolitan, but far more tranquil than Mexico City, Oaxaca is one of the country's best destinations for gastronomy and is also becoming the artistic capital of Mexico, drawing traditional artists from around the country. It is difficult to find a block in the Centro Historico without a fabulous café or an art gallery, many of them showcases for striking abstract and expressionist works, as well as indigenous folk art, weavings, local black pottery, wood carvings, textiles, and other handicrafts. Oaxaca is also where celebrity chefs, Rick Bayless, Bobby Flay and Alice Waters, often come for inspiration.

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Mile Whore Wallapalooza 2010

June 11-13, 2010

Red Lion Hotels and United Airlines have paired up to offer their loyal travelers 2,500 United Mileage Plus miles per stay (through June 30, 2010). Conveniently, Butte County residents can take advantage of this offer by driving about an hour north on Highway 5 to Redding. And that is exactly what we are doing!

Join us in June. Book one night at the Red Lion Inn in Redding ($140 including tax)? Check. 2500 miles. Book a second night? Check. 2500 more miles. Dine in three different restaurants on the United Mileage Plus Dining list in Redding and Mount Shasta during the weekend? Check, check, check. Each offers 5 miles for every $1 spent. To round out the adventure, we're wine tasting at New Clairvaux Winery, spelunking at the Mount Shasta Caverns, nature exploring at Turtle Bay Exploratory Park, strolling across the Sundial Bridge (designed by world-renown architect, Santiago Calatrava), visiting a Frank Lloyd Wright building, and meandering through a sculpture park.

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No Bull, We're Going to Istanbul

March 14 - 21, 2010
Optional 4-night extension to Cappadocia (in a "cave hotel") March 21- 25

Location. Location. Location. This is the story of Turkey – where east meets west, Europe meets Asia, Islam meets Christianity, and where the world’s oldest city was discovered. Alexander the Great was the first to meld the cultures, and then many followed suit. Across history Turkey was the place where empires frequently changed hands – the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans all left their mark on this land. It is here that whirling dervishes spun themselves into trances in a mystical search for a spiritual union with God. Today Turkey is a splendid mosaic, a thriving democratic country rich in Oriental history and European splendor and full of marvelous mystery and intrigue. It is a rapidly modernizing country with one foot in Europe and the other barely in the Middle East. A blend unto itself, the country is a spicy maelstrom of history knocking up against the present, the present bursting out all over the place, and the future peering back at the past. The cuisine is to die for, the coastline a dream, and its major cities and unique pockets in the country are dotted with majestic old buildings worthy of a good old-fashioned gasp. There is an enormous variety of things to see and do: from archaeology to night clubbing, hammam scrubbing to power shopping, mountain trekking to raki drinking, ferry cruising to horseback riding. Whether you leave Turkey with magnificent flying carpets, amulets to ward off evil, belly dancing tips, an appreciation of its history, or just a full belly of tasty nibbles of meze, you're likely to want to go back for more. I certainly did… hence this trip. Trust me on this one!

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2009

Sushi to Samurai, Godzilla to Geisha

Japan
November 5 - 19, 2009

Explore more than 2,000 years of Japanese history and culture, from ultra-modern Tokyo to the former imperial capital of Kyoto. In between, retrace the footsteps of the awe-inspiring Samurai Era along the revered Old Post Road (AKA Nakasendo Trail) to catch a rare glimpse of feudal Japan – yes, this means another fabulous four-day "trek" (through parts of Japan even the Japanese rarely see), so don't put away your Nepal hiking boots quite yet! As a grand finale, "bathe" in the hot black sand baths at Ibusuki, then relax in a luxurious traditional Japanese style hot spring ryokan spa in the Kirishima Mountains. Along the way, stay in a snazzy modern 5-star Tokyo hotel as well as a variety of traditional Japanese-style ryokans and minshuku (local family-run guest houses) all the while tasting regional specialties like sushi and sake… Welcome to Japan – TBE style!

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Guinness, Spuds and Leprechauns!

Dublin, Ireland
March 12-19, 2009 (St. Patrick’s Day!)

Young, trendy, chic… Dublin? Oh yes! Dublin might look like the old grey town of Europe, but don’t be fooled. It’s now a city on the move. In the wake of a remarkable economic boom (ahem… theirs, not ours), fueled by banks, hightech companies and tourism, this compact Gaelic city is no longer the land of ramshackle pubs and baked potato pushcarts. Dublin's landscape has changed immeasurably over the past decade. These days Dublin ranks among the top tourist destinations in Europe and this vibrant city hums with a palpable sense that is creating a new cultural heritage. The city's burst of prosperity gave it a new confident sheen, but what remains special is the spirit of the people who ensure that, despite whirlwind changes, Dublin remains one of Europe's most down-to-earth, friendly, fun and accessible cities.

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2008

“Soul Train to Nepal”

Nepal: November 7 - 19, 2008
Plus an optional three to four-night extension in either Dhulikehl, Nepal, or in either Chon Buri or Hua Hin, Thailand (November 19 - 23)
This is an invitation-only Teresa Beall Expedition!

Twelve nights of Trekking, Treading & Tandem Paragliding
A world of serendipitous adventure awaits you on this Nepalese adventure – from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu’s temple-strewn maze of streets, its gracious people and vibrant madly chromatic culture… to the majestic splendor of the Himalaya and the Annapurna range… to the emerald green and “white” rivers carved like ribbons through the country’s wild west… Then, as an optional extension, visit an exotic beach in South East Asia for some post-trekking R&R. Among the quiet beauty of the Hindu and Buddhist culture days are packed with a number of sensory pleasures. You might just call this…“Nepal 101 – just short of heaven!”

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“Don’t cry for me, Argentina!”

Buenos Aires, Argentina: March 6 - 13, 2008
Plus two optional extensions to either Iguazú Falls or Mendoza (March 13 - 16)

Let's face it, every now and then we all need a little attitude adjustment and Buenos Aires has plenty of attitude to spare. It’s somewhat serious, but intriguing nonetheless. It is a city with Paris's boulevards, San Francisco's sensibility and Madrid's sense of time. Buenos Aires is Argentina's heart and soul with tango parlors… fabulous restaurants and rooftop parrillas (grills)… late-night watering holes drawing stylish crowds… extremes of sophistication and poverty... a rusting port at the mouth of the mighty Rio de la Plata. Noisy, passionate, boisterous, this modern city feels a bit lost in the 1950s – men in fedoras and skinny mustaches and cars with tail fins. The museums are abundant. The beef is bold. The wine is overflowing. And, you can pay your respects at La Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Argentine aristocrats and one still popular populist (Mrs. Eva Peron). This elegant city and birthplace to the tango offers museums, art galleries, chic shops, fascinating antiques, great cafes, lush green parks and picturesque tree-lined boulevards.

Plus, exciting extensions to both Iguazu Falls and Mendoza. Peek inside the link below for more detailed information..

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2007

“Walk Like an Egyptian”

Egypt and Jordan: October 18 - November 4, 2007
This is an invitation-only Teresa Beall Expedition!

Almost 2,500 hundred years ago, Herodotus cautioned his readers, “I am going to talk at some length about Egypt because it has produced more monuments which beggar description than anywhere else in the world.” Time has only added luster (and even more monuments) to his words. This expedition begins with free time to explore Cairo on your own, followed by a grand tour of the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx. Then, we fly to Aswan for a private felucca sail as well as an excursion to fabled Abu Simbel (via flight). From there, we board a first-class train up to Luxor, skirting the edges of the Nile River en route. Along the riverbank a timeless scene unfolds – feluccas drift by, women launder on the shores, children wave, monuments appear and, as Kipling wrote, we “run the gauntlet before eternity.” We spend some time in ancient Thebes and the Valley of the Kings, Queens and Nobles and the “beauty” of the area – Karnak Temple. We then fly to Sharm El Sheikh on the Sanai Peninsula along the edges of the Red Sea for a couple days of snorkeling and scuba diving in one of the most beautiful and famous deep-sea diving paradises in the world. A bus and ferry will take us across to Jordan to embark on a 4X4 jeep excursion through the desert of Wadi Rum to investigate its crags and dunes with an overnight stay in a Bedouin goat-hair tent with a traditional Zarb dinner and local entertainment. Next Stop: Petra: “The loftiest portals ever raised by the hand of man, the proudest monuments of architectural skill and daring sink into insignificance by comparison,” wrote John Lloyd Stephens in 1836 of the great city carved from living rock. Finally, we are off to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, for a little dead man’s floating of our own. The salts and mud baths of our luxurious shoreline spa is the salubrious end to our Middle Eastern wanderings. Glad you could join us!

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North State Gourmet Food and Beverage Lover's Tour

September 15, 2007

An exclusive bus-chauffeured gourmet “ed-venture” tour – learning, tasting and imbibing throughout the North State – starting with premium COFFEE TASTING at Six Degrees Coffee in Chico (served with local pastries)… a tour of the Pedrozo Family Dairy in Orland with FARMSTEAD CHEESE TASTING;… awarding-winning black, green and special-stuffed OLIVE TASTING courtesy of Bell-Carter Foods in Corning; … Silver-award winning WINE TASTING at New Clairvaux Winery in nearby Vina. All visits and tastings are hosted by field experts. The day expedition also includes a visit to the Sacred Stones and the Abby of New Clairvaux in Vina and a post-tour MULTI-COURSE DINNER prepared with local fresh and organic ingredients by Chef Taylor in Chico.

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“Ahoy Mates… North to Alaska”

Alaska: July 15 - 22, 2007
Plus an optional land tour extension including Double Denali (July 22 - July 28)

Join us on this “boatload of a cruise deal” on an amazing Alaskan voyage aboard Holland America’s MS Statendam. It is not just the mountains, sparkling lakes or glaciers that draw travelers to Alaska but the magic in the land, its mystical boreal pull. No other region in North America possesses the mythical aura of Alaska; even the name – a derivation of Alayeska, an Athabascan word meaning "great land of the west" – fires the imagination. It is a place that ignites the imaginations of people who live in the city but long to wander in the woods. Few who see this land of gargantuan ice fields, sweeping tundra, glacially excavated valleys, lush rainforests, towering mountains, deep fjords and occasionally smoking volcanoes leave unimpressed. The expansive grandeur of the state will help you put the size of your snowshoes in perspective as you marvel at Kodiak bears standing twelve feet tall, moose stopping traffic in isolated small villages, wolves prowling through national parks, bald eagles circling over the trees, rivers solid with fifty-plus-pound salmon, and the ocean waters abundant with whales, dolphins and other marine life. Wildlife may be under threat elsewhere, but in Alaska it is abundant!

A cruise is one of the most popular ways to visit Alaska - offering great accommodations, gourmet meals, entertainment, interesting ports of call, fascinating tours … and you only have to unpack once!

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“A little more Bangkok for your Baht”

Bangkok & Chiang Mai, Thailand: March 8 - 18, 2007
Plus an optional 5-day extension to a beautiful 5-star beach resort in Phuket (March 18 to March 22)

Join us for our “A little more Bangkok for your Baht” expedition. Thailand is truly a value destination and it is going to knock your socks off. The Baht exchange rate is loads more favorable against the dollar than the Euro and you will not believe what you get for your money: Ladies, think $15 hour-long foot massages (after a long day of bargain shopping)… $25 Thai body massages followed by optional rose petal milk baths and cucumber facials (just because you deserve it)… and delicious, healthy and abundant $5 to $10 dinners – get the picture? And, this is not just a “chick” trip – there are great things for the guys to do as well - like golfing with ridiculously inexpensive green fees that includes a "ball washer" – yep, a real life female Thai caddy who helps clean your golf balls back to sparkly white at each and every hole.

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2007

“Jungle Fever and a little Mucho Macho Machu Picchu”

Peru: Fall 2006
Traveling is not always about how far, long or remote you go in your travel experience; it is also about how deep you go into the lives and the customs of the people who inhabit the land where you visit. The combination of both high adventure along the mighty Amazon and cultural immersion visits to remote jungle and mountain villages throughout Peru brought us in touch with both nature and the natives. This journey offered authentic experiences: a first-class private voyage deep in the jungles of the Amazon River aboard our chartered 28-passenger jungle boat, La Amatista as well as an extension to Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cuzco punctuated by mysterious Inca spirituality and history, frequent visits with local craftspeople, "Day of the Dead” celebrations, and abundant and delicious Peruvian cuisine. Highlights included: Strolling the Barranco and Miraflores districts in Lima for shops and fabulous eateries… Sighting colorful rare birds, monkeys and sloths, and catching piranhas by day and caimans by night in the mighty Amazon… Hydrating with local Cusquena beers and Pisco Sours on our chartered 28-passenger jungle boat, La Amatista... Feeling heart-warmed and humbled by impromptu village visits and cultural exchanges with local children... Luxuriating at Sol Y Luna and soaking up the beautiful and culturally-rich Sacred Valley… Hiking the Ollantaytambo ruins all astronomically lined up on the solstices... Trekking the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate overlooking Machu Picchu just as the sun peeked through a couple scattered clouds on an otherwise remarkably crystal clear day ... Witnessing local life throughout Peru at the open markets, town squares, and cemeteries on All Souls Day ... Enjoying Cuzco at 12,000 feet...

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2005

“Himalayan On Me”

India: Fall 2005
Our expedition to India was culturally rich with pangs of enlightenment. It is a country of extremes, just like the river Ganges – beautiful beyond compare and often vile (or at least misunderstood by our Western eyes) beyond belief. The river's water nurtures the life that also pollutes and strangles it. Indians do laundry and bathe in it for blessing and absolution of sin, and then climb the ghat steps, squat down and urinate on the side of the building. Children step over Brahma and human waste, carrying candles and garlands of flowers which they sell to the pilgrims on their way to the river. Multi-colored kites fly over flat roofed buildings with brightly colored people flowing in and out. All the colors give up and mix into an increasingly uniform brown layer on the ground. Quite a beautiful contrast, really. The ubiquitous honking of every vehicle on every road, cries of children, street vendors trying to be heard, chirping of birds, barking of dogs, bellowing of cows, screaming of verminous monkeys, scents of masala spice blends and burning incense, and the chanting singing drums and bells of religion all echo between the brick and concrete confusion of the city. Our journey left an indelible mark – non-western traditions, arranged marriages, casts and impoverished villages invokes debates, reflection and humility. It reinforced an appreciation for life in America with freedom of choice and opportunity. It sparked conversations of spirituality, traditions and prosperity or lack thereof, and - just as I suspected and was promised – it was difficult to return home unchanged without a myriad of thoughts and feelings. Cliché maybe, but it WAS life changing…

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2001

“Thai One On”

Thailand: Fall 2001
Like multicolored gems adorning an heirloom necklace, Asia’s sparkling cities are intriguing at a distance and enchanting up close. Unlike more orderly Asian cities like Tokyo or Hong Kong, Bangkok was a study in chaos – a surreal mix of wildly careening automobiles, placid temples, overflowing markets and modern skyscrapers. The energy and excitement of this great Asian city is hard to describe, as is the serenity of Chiang Mai’s landscape dominated by bamboo and rice terraces and the stunning beaches along Southern Thailand. Highlights included: Visiting Bangkok’s most important wats, hidden temples, haunting ruins, silent monasteries, ancient palaces, enchanting architectural masterpieces with sparkling pinnacles and curling roofs and lively night markets. Exploring soon-to-be-extinct klong canals by traditional long tails boat and racing through streets via tuk-tuks. Gnawing on some of the best cuisine ever to pass your lips in all of South East Asia. Floating through the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, purchasing silk and eating stinky, but delicious Durans. Absorbing the mysterious spiritualism and intriguing beauty of Chiang Mai. Taking private cooking lessons with celebrity Thai chef Somphon Nabnian. Trekking through the hill tribes of Northern Thailand bordering Myanmar by way of pachyderm (elephant) back, rickety bamboo rafts and a long 8-hour, arduous, wet and dry trail by foot. Snorkeling through the amazing Marokot Cave and all around the Wan, Ma and Cheuk Islands.

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