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Synopsis of each of our tours (in chronological order)
About the Serious Traveler
Travel Concepts International Inc. (TCI) was formed by League member Gwen Erwood in 1984, to organize tours, predominately for members of the League of Women Voters both men and women, a nonprofit, nonpartisan political organization encouraging active and informed citizen participation in the American political system. In 1987, the company was incorporated in the State of New York. The destinations, programs, and dates of travel are determined exclusively by Travel Concepts International. The inspiration for the series is to bring members together to further the League’s position of promoting peace in an interdependent world. Although Travel with the League began exclusively as a League of Women Voters project, our travelers thanks to word of mouth endorsements extend beyond League of Women Voters to include AAUW, United Nations Association, Peace Links, Rotary International and friends of those who travel. We share experiences, good humor, and a love of history and culture which are unparalleled. Many of our trips feature optional cultural exchanges and embassy visits, and foster lasting friendships. We carefully plan these Cultural Tours to Better Understand the World and Its People. The greatest compliment is that many members travel again and again, encouraging their friends to join. We sincerely appreciate your trust, and we’ll do our very best to make sure your travel experience is full, rewarding, and great fun! In 2006 we trademarked the name “Serious Traveler,” which is the name of our domain: www.serioustraveler.com, as well as the name of our newsletter. Serious Traveler defines both us and the exceptional people who travel with us. There are many TCI’s but only one Serious Traveler.
Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan - Jewels of the Silk Road
Dates: March 29 - April 12, 2018
Price: $6690 from New York, JFK via Turkish Airlines
Complete your Silk Road experience in a seldom-visited area. This tour connects Central Asia to the Near East. Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, Tashauz, Ashgabat, Merv (Mary). The Ferghana pre-trip extension is optional.
Albania with a Taste of Macedonia & Northern Greece
Dates: May 19 - 29, 2018
Price: $2840 from Tirana, Albania (Airfare Additional)
Our archaeologist guide will meet you in Tirana and introduce you to Kruja, Durres, Apollonia, Saranda, Gjirokastra, Permet, Korça, and Lake Ohrid. The highlight is the UNESCO site of Butrint, where our host Auron Tare was a founding director.
Ethiopia's Historic Route with Meskel Festival with Omo Valley Extension
Dates: September 17 - 29, 2018
Price: $5710 from Washington, IAD via Ethiopia Airlines
Experience the colorful religious festivals, led by richly clad Christians surrounding their rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Make a two-day excursion to soak up the amazing and pristine nature of the Simien Mountains National Park. Ancient Axum, which purportedly holds the Ark of the Covenant. Sip Ethiopia coffee; you are 7 years younger here!
Crafts & Culture of Ecuador
Dates: September 27 - October 8, 2018
Price: $4940 from Quito, Ecuador to Guayaquil, Ecuador (Airfare Additional)
Join expert Mauricio for visits to artisan’s workshops in Otavalo, Puyo and Guayaquil. From the Amazon rainforests to the western lowlands, see ancient Inca ruins, the majestic Andes and the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Take the train on Devils’ Nose.
Wild Europe to the East - Balkans
Dates: October 14 - 27, 2018
Price: $5290 from Sofia, Bulgaria (Airfare Additional)
Walk on the wild side of Eastern Europe in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania. Five countries in two weeks with a delightful treat every day!