2019 Trip Preview: “Explore India’s Ancient Soul”
In 2019 AIA will return to India, this time to experience cultural and artistic wonders that date back to the 7th Century and to explore the influence of two European colonial powers – the British and the Portuguese. Beginning and ending in Mumbai, the vibrant city the British called Bombay, this unique guided trip will last 11 days, beginning on Sunday, November 11, and concluding on Friday, November 22. (Thanksgiving in 2019 is November 28.) The pace will allow for the leisurely exploration AIA’s seasoned world travelers look for, plus time to shop for distinctive holiday gifts. Our four days in Mumbai will include a visit to the Elephanta Caves, whose ancient temples include the famous three-headed sculpture of Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer. A tour of Film City will provide an instructive and entertaining look at Bollywood. Next, we will fly to Aurangbad, our base for the fascinating Ellora Caves, with 34 sites sacred to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, as well as seeing the dramatic cave temples of Ajarta. Then, we’ll be off by air to Goa to soak in the fascinating Portuguese/Christian culture and sample the unique cuisine. We will spend the night before departure back in Mumbai with a gala dinner evoking the days of the Raj.
As always, this trip will offer exceptional value, along with the opportunity to travel with interesting, engaging fellow members of AIA. Participants will be responsible for their own travel to and from Mumbai and for obtaining the required visas. (The 10-year visas some secured for the 2015 India trip will still be good, of course.) Space on this trip will be limited. Trip is open only to AIA members in good standing.
Please let the AIA Office know of your interest by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Russia: River Cruise and the Two Capitals
Borodin – June 21 – July 1, 2018 (FULL)
Shagal – July 5 – July 15, 2018 (FULL)
Join a special exploration of Russia through its two historic capitals and the waterways that connect them.
Please note: We will have two river cruises. The first cruise is from June 21 to July 1 on the Borodin. The second cruise is from July 5 to July 15 on the Shagal. The itinerary on both boats is the same and Marina Oborotova will lead both cruises. Both cruises are now sold out.
The Borodin is a 4-star boat and the Shagal is a 3-star boat. The 3-star boat is very good. The main difference is that there is no elevator and the beds are configured differently. All rooms on the Shagal are upper deck and there is no limitation on the number of single rooms.