Teresa Beall Expeditions


While these group expeditions were orchestrated for specific groups on specific dates, please use them as inspiration from which TBE can recreate and design similar itineraries for your own personal journey.

Joining a TBE group trip makes foreign travel a little less intimidating, safer and much more fun than if you traveled alone. Most of our group tours are on-your-own; they highlight the nature, history and unique cultures of fascinating destinations worldwide. Choice and flexibility make our expeditions ideal for adult travelers of all ages and for those with a variety of travel styles. Although you will fly with the group and stay in the same hotels, you are free to do exactly what you want, when you want. While optional tours are always part of our group events, you control how engaged or independent you want to be… join others for meals and activities, explore and dine exclusively on your own, or partake in a combination of a little of both. The choice is yours. Whatever your travel style, leave yourself plenty of unplanned time. Some of the best travel moments are those you stumble upon or spontaneously create.

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2020 Group Destinations

Hats Off to Panama

March 10-19, 2020 / $1549 pp (dbl occ)

A 10-day visit to Panama City, Bocas del Toro and beyond

Panama's rich colonial past, indigenous tribes, dense jungles, shimmering coastlines, cosmopolitan capital city and one awe-inspiring canal make it one of Central America's most popular destinations. History buffs can retrace epic battles and tromp around crumbling colonial forts. Surfers, scuba divers, swimmers and sailors will discover a break, reef or bay to exceed all their water-loving expectations. Hikers, birders and wildlife enthusiasts can wander off into the tropical hills thick with howler monkeys, sloths, friendly lizards and exotic frogs to commune with nature. From cosmopolitan Panama City to tropical coastal beach retreats, Central America's southernmost country has something for every type of adventure-seeker. Join us.

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

Oh my Gaudi… we're off to the Canaries

November 7-21, 2020 / $829 pp (dbl occ, outside stateroom)

A 14-night Transatlantic Voyage aboard RCCL Rhapsody of the Seas

We begin in BARCELONA, where the city's favorite playful architect, Gaudi, took nature as his inspiration and added his outrageous flourishes.  Next, the voyage begins, skirting the coastline of Spain and out through the STRAIGHT OF GIBRALTAR, a 36-mile long and 8-mile wide channel connecting the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean, and separating Europe from Africa.  First stop: CANARY ISLANDS.  Off the coast of Africa but part of Spain, it's a blissful place to spend a sunny day, and there's ample opportunity for exceptional hiking nearby. Two days, and two islands to explore.  Then, sit back and enjoy a week at sea crossing the Atlantic – a perfect time to start that novel, knit a blanket, learn a language, enjoy the posse camaraderie, participate in the TBE scavenger hunts, book clubs and game days, or enjoy the RCCL onboard activities. Next port of call: the archipelagic state of the BAHAMAS, consisting of more than 700 islands, cays and islets in the Atlantic Ocean. Last stop: TAMPA. Stay an extra night, or homeward bound.

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

2019 Group Destinations

Asian Sampler Platter

October 23-November 4, 2019 / $3279 pp

A 12-night Adventure to KOREA - JAPAN - HONG KONG

This very special trifecta expedition takes us to three Asian countries:  1) SOUTH KOREA (including the capital, Seoul, and the southernmost point of the country, the city of Busan)… JAPAN (specifically the Yaeyama Islands, an archipelago in the southwest of the Okinawan prefecture)… and CHINA (well, Hong Kong).

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

A Little more Bangkok for your Baht

November 4-14, 2019 / $1950 pp (dbl occ)
Plus an optional 3 night pre-extension to Hong Kong (Nov 1-4) - forthcoming

A 10-night South East Asian Adventure to THAILAND ... including Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket

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 is a study in chaos – a surreal mix of wildly careening automobiles, placid temples, overflowing markets and modern skyscrapers. The energy and excitement of this Asian city is hard to describe, as is the serenity of the northern hilly landscape dominated by bamboo and rice terraces. Throughout, you'll discover haunting ruins of ancient capitals, hidden temples, silent monasteries, enchanting architecture with sparkling pinnacles and curling roofs, lively markets, mysterious spiritualism, intriguing beauty and amazing beaches.  If you've never traveled to the Far East before, Southeast Asia may seem a bit intimidating. But, you're in for a real treat. Think gentle souls, seductive sights, spicy smells, exotic sounds, exciting tuk-tuk rides, abundant open-air markets. And, as you have now discovered, there is built in security when traveling with a group – it provides safety and encouragement to engage in activities you might otherwise not experience on your own.

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

Havana Go To Cuba

March 3 — 11, 2019 / starting at $1149 pp (dbl occ)

An 8-night cruise from Miami, with ports of call in Key West, Cienfuegos (Cuba) and two days/overnight in Havana.

Well, it finally happened. Haven't we all been saying, like, forever that we need to go to Cuba before it all gets spoiled?  And, of course some have already been and fallen in love with its hip-swinging, sun-faded color and poetry and music dancing from every open window.  But just in case, for some reason, you never got around to it… you need to go now!  After the 50+ year trade embargo was lifted and the US Embassy reopened, the frosty US-Cuban relationship started to thaw.  Americans began arriving in droves, but under very strict guidelines and sponsorships from either educational or religious affiliations and only after fulfilling the often complicated and legal People-to-People requirements.  Let's go now before it gets over-run and all your friends who went 10 years ago start bragging about how it was so much better then, and you feel like a total idiot for not going sooner. There's still time! Havana is still dreamily dilapidated, with a magic like nowhere else, though there are some cool new boutique cafes, bars and music nightclubs setting up shop in its old colonial buildings; and there are still beaches that haven't had a five-star hotel plonked on them… but it can't last forever.  Join us now! Havana oo na na!

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

2018 Group Destinations

Adventure on the High Seas with TBE, Again

April 22 – May 7, 2018 / $1250 pp (dbl occ)
A 15-night Arabian Sea Voyage from DUBAI to BARCELONA (with ports of call in Jordan, Israel, and Greece, as well as a 2-night passage through the Suez Canal)

Plus Two Optional Extensions:
Pre-cruise 2-night stay in Dubai / April 20-22 / $300 pp (dbl); $425 pp (sgl)
Post cruise 2-night stay in Barcelona / May 7-9 / $300 pp (dbl); $500 pp (sgl)

The pharaohs themselves would envy this luxurious passage along ancient spice routes and the many treasures of Arabia. This unique and exceptional voyage of legendary destinations in exotic lands takes you from Dubai (where you'll find out-of-this-world shopping, sports and activities that are extreme and unlike anything you've experienced before – everything glitters here in the year-round sunshine)… through the heart of the world's most important ancient civilizations (Jordan, Israel, and Greece), including a transit through the Suez Canal… to Barcelona (with its tree-lined boulevards unravelling into pretty parks and shady squares, flamboyant art deco architecture to rival that of Paris, Gaudi's fantastical facades beckoning from every street corner, and the redeveloped beachfront boasting sleek modern buildings – no wonder cava is the drink of choice – this is a place with much to celebrate.) Join us for this incredible exotic voyage!

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

2017 Group Destinations

Journey to the Jungle: Lions and Chimps and Gorillas! Oh My!

September 21 – October 8, 2017
An 18-night adventure into the jungles of Uganda and Rwanda

An emerging destination where wildlife density continues to grow and surprise, and rightfully described as the "Pearl of Africa" by its old colonial leader Winston Churchill, Uganda (home to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest) is one of the best places in Africa for adventure-seeking visitors to encounter unique wildlife and the country's most famous resident, the highly endangered mountain gorilla. T he other place is Rwanda, specifically Volcanos National Park, where many of the rest of the mountain gorillas roam free, and the exact location where researcher Dian Fossey studied them for more than 20 years.  We'll retrace her steps.

This exclusive TBE adventure includes not one, but TWO opportunities to track gorillas as well as chimpanzees and several species of monkeys, like the fascinating golden monkey, L'Hoest's monkey, owl-faced monkey, and the black and white colobus.  A hike through this park is a definite must for wildlife enthusiasts.  In addition to tracking the primates, we will swamp walk, lake cruise and jeep wander in 4X4s on safari games drives in search of larger wildlife – lion, leopard, elephant, hippos, buffalo, giraffe, antelope, the endemic Uganda kob, and over 650 species of birds.  The journey also includes visits to craters, gorges, and the Nile's source, Lake Victoria, as well as two unique opportunities to engage with local communities in volunteer outreach programs.

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

On the High Seas with TBE

April 13 – 28, 2017 / $999 pp (dbl occ)

A 15-night transatlantic adventure aboard Royal Caribbean's 'Independence of the Seas'. Cruise from Fort Lauderdale to South Hampton (with stops at five Caribbean islands along the way). Plus an optional 3-night extension in London (April 28-May 1, after disembarkation)

Transatlantic voyages have been legendary since the time of the Vikings.  Even today, there is something alluring and momentous about crossing the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean by ship – a journey from one vast continent to another, between the New World and the Old, filled with great lore, history and adventure. With nothing but deep blue water and sky as the background, sunrises and sunsets will take on a whole new dimension of beauty and majesty, and the moon and stars will appear magnified and much brighter.  Imagine the physical journey – the wind in your hair… deep breaths of clean fresh air… the motion of the waves as the ship cuts through vast expanses of ocean.  And, the mental journey – what must it have been for the generations of explorers and early immigrants (many of your ancestors) as they crossed this same huge body of water under very different conditions?  Join us for this incredible voyage!

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In Search of the Aurora Borealis

February 23-27, 2017
$1000 pp (dbl occ)

Amid the droning bush planes and picturesque houseboats of Yellowknife's Old Town, it's still possible to detect a palpable frontier spirit. It's as if you're standing on the edge of a large, undiscovered and barely comprehensible wilderness... and you are. Draw a line north from Yellowknife to the Arctic Ocean and you won't cross a single road. Welcome to Yellowknife, deep in the Northern Territories of Canada. In winter, the place becomes a winter wonderland – log cabins beside mansions beside houses shaped like teepees, and, the best part, it's hands down one of the top three places in the world to view the Northern lights (AKA Aurora Borealis) – those bright, dancing lights of colliding electrically charged particles from the Sun that enter the Earth's atmosphere. Visitors come from all over the world to mix with a whole bunch of friendly, offbeat locals who make their home here and have a heckuva time in the biggest little city in Canada.

Ice, Ice Baby: Finnish Lapland Arctic Adventure

January 14 – 21, 2017
$1339 pp (dbl occ) / $1638 pp (sgl occ)

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 winter wonderland expedition, enjoy the exhilaration of soaring across brilliant white landscapes on a snowmobile… feel the snow crunch under your shoes or skis… experience the thrill of driving a team of huskies through glistening winter vistas… learn the proper way to take a sauna (there are over 2 million of them in Finland, and 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 a reindeer sleigh… enjoy in a ceremonial joiku sing-a-long… and (if you're lucky) watch the dance of the Northern Lights in nature's spectacular light show. Along the way, you'll stay in modest hotels – four nights at the Hotel Sirkantahti (Levi), one night at the Hotel Scandic Park (Helsinki), and a unique, adventuresome overnight at the Icehotel Luvattu Maa (Levi), all the while tasting regional specialties like reindeer soup, local berries and grilled game. Pack your silk long johns and down parka and come along.

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

2016 Group Destinations

"Kangaroos & Kiwis: Exploring the Lands Down Under" New Zealand

November 6-21, 2016

Though they share the same chunk of down-under geography, Australia and New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands are vastly different.  AUSTRALIA has a big personality and she likes to flaunt it.  No matter how much Australia might resemble the last European country you've visited, this giant of an island-continent is worlds apart from anywhere else you've been.  It's the smallest, oldest continent, but her landscapes are absolutely unique.  Here the seasons are reversed, and trees shed their bark rather than their leaves.  Strange beasts (not just kangaroos, but bandicoots, wombats, and Tasmanian devils) roam the mysterious terrain.  In NEW ZEALAND's rarely-visited Islands (collectively, a UNESCO World Heritage site), the scenery offers drama entirely its own.  It's composed of two main chunks of terra firma, conveniently named the North Island and the South Island. Gorgeous and quirky, they are veritable magnets for the curious traveler.  You have to remind yourself that you're not in Ireland, not in Norway.  Not in Yellowstone, or England.  Sure, there is an abundance of green rolling hills, larger than life mountain peaks, gorgeous fjords, Ice-Age glaciers, thermal geysers, mud bubbles, and the occasional bungee jumper (or swinger).  But there's also the intricate body painting of the Maori, the Remarkables, the Tasman Sea, and the Pacific's vast expanse.  Welcome to New Zealand, Land of the Kiwi!   

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

"2016 Summer Concert Series & TBE Party Bus" Journey & the Doobie Brothers

Friday, September 2, 2016

Back by popular demand.  After a successful and well-reviewed TBE Party Bus to the Dixie Chicks "DCX MMXVI" Concert earlier this month, we're orchestrating a second concert party bus at the Toyota Amphitheater in Wheatland.  Join us to see classic rockers, JOURNEY & THE DOOBIE BROTHERS with special guest DAVE MASON.  Journey helped define the "San Francisco Sound" in the mid 1970s.  After forming in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch, the band has gone through several phases with its strongest commercial success between 1978 and 1987 when they released a series of hit songs, including "Don't Stop Believin" and "Open Arms".  The Doobie Brothers have been rocking it for five decades and have sold more than 40 million albums with their biggest success throughout the 70s and 80s, like "Listen to the Music" and "Jesus is Just Alright".  They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004.  The Package gets you a concert lawn ticket to the concert (including ticket fees) and a seat on the round-trip chartered TBE Party Bus between Chico and Wheatland.   If you're interested, please call, email or text us ASAP to reserve your seat.  We will hold your spot for 7 days until you send full payment to confirm your reservation.  Invite your friends.  As long as we have 40 people on board, it's a go.  

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"Currywurst, Canals, and Coffeehouses: A Spring Romp through Berlin and Amsterdam"

April 26 – May 5, 2016

Twenty-six years after the fall of the wall that once divided Germany, BERLIN remains a city of contrasts: east and west, old and new, efficient and eccentric, glamour and grit. Widely recognized as the cool, creative and cosmopolitan capital of Europe, Berlin now brims with cutting edge architecture, modern galleries, urban parks, a booming food scene, electric nightlife and tangible history.  More than 50 years ago, President Kennedy offered American solidarity to the citizens of Germany by proclaiming, "Ich bin ein Berliner." Join TBE on this spring romp and you can be one, too.

But save enough energy for AMSTERDAM; you'll need it. The Dutch capital is a unique combination of provincial beauty, rich culture, and progressive social views. Cobblestone and canals, red-cheeked children in bicycle baskets, warm stroopwafel, the red light district, "coffee" shops, tulips… there's something for everyone in Amsterdam. With approximately 175 nationalities, Amsterdam is the most multicultural city in the world, a destination with the appeal of a metropolis and the charm of a village full of little wonders to explore.

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

2015 Group Destinations

"Good Morning, Vietnam... Good Night, Cambodia!"

October 22 to November 5, 2015
plus an optional week-long extension to Cambodia November 5-11

Steeped in a history of powerful dynasties, diverse religious traditions, and political transformations, Vietnam is changing by leaps and bounds. A hopeful current is buzzing throughout much of the country, and it's a thrill to watch the chaos and order play out their yin and yang amidst honking horns, noodle stands, tranquil rice fields, French-colonial remnants and glass high-rises. The country is racing into modernity with the revered "Uncle" Ho Chi Minh's influence being challenged by the likes of McDonald's and Colonel Sanders. Yet ancient traditions endure, the arts are once again flourishing, and the cuisine is so good it's worth a transpacific trip just to try the banh khoai.

And the optional extension… The Khmer ruins at Angkor are the greatest sight in Asia. The visible central portion extends across an area the size of Manhattan. Recent satellite images reveal the actual extent of the one-time capital to be comparable to present-day Los Angeles, making it the largest city on Earth dating from the pre-industrial era. The temples represent one of humankind's most astonishing and enduring artistic and architectural achievements – one beholds them with a humbling sense of awed wonder.

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

"I see Paris, I see France…"

April 14-27, 2015

France is an unparalleled destination. With an embarrassment of riches, the country leads its European neighbors in sheer variety of wonders. The golden hues and lavender fields of Provence... The world's most delightful wine estates, which produce superlative whites and reds (and bubbly)... The Sun King's outrageous vision, Versailles (enough said)... The Louvre and its home, Paris, the City of Lights.  We could go on for hours, but you're better off just seeing it for yourself.  Come with us, won't you? 

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

Vegas Baby, Venetian Style

February 22-26, 2015

LAS VEGAS… an adult playground full of star-studded entertainment, gourmet food, fanciful libations, slot machines and gambling tables galore, abundant shopping, and as much "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" debauchery as you can possibly want or need! It's a land where jungles thrive and fountains dance in the middle of the desert, and a place that unites medieval England and ancient Egypt with modern-day Venice, Paris, and New York. It's a never-ending source of irony and improbability where you can turn a chip and a chair into a million dollars, or celebrate your shotgun wedding by shooting machine guns.

In addition to the flight and 5-star luxurious accommodations, TBE has some other optional experiences and surprises scheduled, and the rest of the time is on your own with plenty of time to engage in activities (many free, some at an extra cost).

Two is a couple, three is a crowd, but 12-24 of us carousing around Las Vegas together is a barrel-load of fun!!

Join us for 4 nights in the dessert! Space is limited!! Call ASAP to confirm your space.

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

2014 Group Destinations

Vegas Baby, Ron White Style

December 4-7, 2014

LAS VEGAS… an adult playground full of star-studded entertainment, gourmet food, fanciful libations, abundant shopping, and as much "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" debauchery as you can possibly want or need!  ... a land where jungles thrive and fountains dance in the middle of the desert.  It's a place that unites medieval England and ancient Egypt with modern-day Venice, Paris, and New York.  ... a never-ending source of irony and improbability where you can turn a chip and a chair into a million dollars, or celebrate your shotgun wedding by shooting machine guns.

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

Rock the Kasbah

November 6-19, 2014

Morocco – land of minarets and marketplaces, snake charmers and street musicians, winding stone backstreets with exotic scents wafting from tall bags of spices.  Morocco – where fresh blood orange juice, lemony tagines, and cool mint fill the air… where slaves became kings, rivalries built cities, and ancient cultures still mingle in the timeless traditions of crafts, music, and faith. The clangs of metal on metal ring out as craftsmen sitting in doorways pound thin copper sheets into bowls and platters. A cool breeze slides through an opening in a small wooden door, behind which a fountain-cooled courtyard is stacked high with hand-knotted rugs. Exquisitely tiled ancient buildings stand behind monuments to kings long dead and gods forever worshipped. The country is a magical mix of mountains and desert, open ranges, and cities teeming with life – a bounty of adventure from the moment you step off of the plane. This mysterious land seduces the soul and bewitches the senses. If you've seen Morocco in the movies, prepare yourself:  it is much more than the barren deserts in Lawrence of Arabia and the café scene from Casablanca.

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

101 Dalmation Delights

April 25-May 6, 2014
Plus an optional 3 night extension to Montenegro May 6-9

Meet Dalmatia, a delectable assortment of untrampled towns and cities that trace the Adriatic coast. George Bernard Shaw had a name for Dubrovnik: Paradise on Earth.  How could anyone resist a looksee?  Europeans know all about Croatia.  They've been running away to the Dalmatian Coast forever. Americans?  Not so much. It's time to go exploring and see what Croatia is all about. Favorite destinations here are Dubrovnik and Split (birthplace of Diocletian).  In 2006, after years of strife, Montenegro gained its independence.  This tiny nation in southeastern Europe, on the Adriatic coast and bordering Croatia, is a modern-day discoverer's dream-come-true.  Very few Americans know much about it.  The old port of Kotor, for instance, is enclosed by a massive wall built during Venetian rule. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and well worth a peek. 

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

St. Valentine, Let the Good Times Roll
5 days in the Big Easy (New Orleans, Louisiana)

February 12-16, 2014

Join us for Valentine’s Day on a trip that digs deep into America’s Southern soul.  New Orleans is as romantic and exotic as ever – full of eclectic characters, strange beauty, and authentic local experiences that only the Big Easy can deliver. Think vintage streetcars and garden district mansions.  Abundant and transcendent cuisine (from gritty soul food to haute gourmet).  All the jazz and rump-shakin’ funk you can handle.  Palm trees, voodoo, and haunted cemeteries.  Riverfront neighborhoods, boozy parade routes, masks and feathers, miles-wide public spaces on the banks of the Mississippi River, and vacant storefronts newly rejuvenated since 2005’s Hurricane Katrina – attracting entrepreneurs, artists, designers and creative-minded travelers. 

Want to know more? Read all about it here.

2013 Group Destinations

The Jewels of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh

November 1-16, 2013
Optional 3 night extension to Udaipur, November 16-19, 2013

Interested in an adventure that digs deep into India’s secret side? Join us for a private TBE guided tour that looks right into the country's soul. Of course, you wouldn't want to miss some of the more popular highlights of this remarkable country, either. So we begin in Utter Pradesh, Delhi (Old and New) to see her top monuments, great and small. Then there is Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, where no photograph or description has quite measured up to the beauty of the place when experienced firsthand. Watch as the white marble facade is illuminated at sunrise (and sunset) and examine the Taj’s iconic Mughal architecture. But there’s more to Agra than just the Taj...

Want to know more? Read all about it here! (download PDF)

OAKLAND: The quirky heart of the East Bay

August 30-September 1, 2013 (Labor Day weekend)

Labor Day holiday weekend getaway to the Bay!

Enjoy an exclusive walk (stroll or jog) across the NEW Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge (before it opens to vehicular traffic), a Plaza Club ticket to the Oakland A’s game with fireworks (and a food voucher), plus access to Oakland’s Friday Night “Bites off Broadway” Food Truck event with live music and street performers followed by a ferry ride from Oakland to San Francisco to view the Bay Bridge LED light show, and Sunday morning “Red Bull” America’s Cup!

Read all about it here! (download PDF)

Colombia: from Hot to Haute!

14-day journey through Bogotá, Medellín, Manizales (rural coffee zone) and Cartagena: April 7-21, 2013

Colombia’s back. After decades of civil conflict, it is now safe to visit and travelers are discovering what they’ve been missing. The diversity of the country may astonish you – Modern cities with skyscrapers and nightclubs? Check. Gorgeous Caribbean beaches? Check. Jungle walks and safaris? Check. Colonial cities, archaeological ruins, high-mountain trekking, whale watching, coffee plantations, scuba diving, surfing, the list goes on. This is a fiery hot country with a ton of history and adventure, delicious food, vibrating music, and plenty of salsa (both dancing and condiment).

Read all about it here! (download PDF)

“All aboard… to Reno!”

Two night weekend in Reno including a rail journey through the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountain Range: Mar 8-10, 2013 – $275 pp

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! What better way to enjoy it than aboard the train to Reno. Sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery… or stand up, dance and party your way through snowy mountains. Join us in a fun-filled weekend with travel friends and friends of friends.

Read all about it here! (download PDF)

2012 Group Destinations

Singapore and Indonesia: “This Land is Islands”

12 days in Singapore and Indonesia, including a 6-night all-inclusive island-hopping voyage on the Sea Safari VII (a traditional Indonesian Phinisi sailing ship): October 12-17, 2012

Plus an optional 6-day post extension to Ubud: October 1-12, 2012

Few places evoke lush imagery as the Indonesian islands of Bali and Komodo – small pearls in the immense Indonesian archipelago that lies scattered like a broken necklace across one-seventh of the Earth's surface. The beauty of the islands is legendary, their biodiversity astounding, and the rich tapestry of their cultures helps make this exotic destination unforgettable. Step ashore Komodo and experience the thrill of seeing huge Komodo Dragons, surprisingly fast and agile carnivorous lizards. And then put on a snorkel and mask and discover the colorful world below the waves, an undersea fantasy equal to anything in the world. Join us for this half on land/half at sea expedition – part of the time in boutique Balinese resorts and the other aboard a traditional Indonesian Phinisi sailing ship (with canvas aloft, cutting through tropical waters speckled with coral reefs and palm-clad islands) all the while exploring a handful of the more than 17,500 Indonesia islands. This land is (definitely) islands! All of this, plus a few days beforehand in sexy Singapore, where Chinese, Malay, and Indian traditions meet modern Western standards.

Read all about it here! (download PDF)

Northern Italy:
“Hail Caesar, We're Going to Northern Italy”

Tuscany/Cinque Terre/ Lago Maggiore/ Milan: April 22 - May 2, 2012
Optional 4-Night (Pre-extension) to Rome: April 18 - 22, 2012

If you've been mulling over the idea of revisiting the Boot, the time is now. Never been? Don't wait another minute… Italy is brimming with stunning scenery, gastronomic delights, delicious super-Tuscan wines and oodles of fabulous art, amazing architecture and ancient history.

Read all about it here! (download PDF)

2011 Group Destinations

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!

Read all about it here! (download PDF)

“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!

Read all about it here! (download PDF)

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 Group Destinations

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 Group Destinations

Sushi to Samurai, Godzilla to Geisha

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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“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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“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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“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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“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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“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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