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Past Gluten-Free Getaways

Since you, a family member or friend have been on the Gluten-free diet, have you thought of going on a cruise; a tour; or to a vacation resort - but decided that you just didn't want to deal with having to negotiate each and every meal for all that time? On top of that you're embarrassed to have to ask all those questions each and every meal. And even if you did - you know you're not going to get to eat what you'd really like.

That's why we began arranging and offering our personally escorted Gluten-free Getaways. Since 1999 we have gained the reputation of providing not just safe Gluten-free food - but really good food on our Getaways. It is truly a UNIQUE experience. Hundreds of those on the Gluten-free diet, their family and friends have traveled with us - most more than once and many a couple times a year. Ask anyone who has traveled with us on our Getaways and they'll tell you that the food is not only safe - but good, even great.

Ruth and I invite you to join us on our gluten-free adventures here in the USA and around the world. We're always open to ideas and suggestions for Getaways of all kinds. Please LET US KNOW WHERE YOU'D LIKE TO TRAVEL TO GLUTEN-FREE - we may be able to put it together and make your Gluten-free Fantasy Vacation come true. Take a look at where we've been since 1999!

2019 May ENCHANTING DANUBE RIVER BOAT CRUISE - Springtime on the enchanting Danube was a great way of discovering the best of old world Europe cruising within Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. World Heritage sites included Castle Hill in Budapest, the Melk Abbey, the medieval city of Salzburg and cruising the picturesque Wachau Valley. Beginning in Budapest, one of the world's grandest cities, we were captivated with it's architecture; continuing on we experienced old world romantic music, poetry and art, with a Mozart and Strauss concert, the Schonbrunn Palace, opera houses, Vienna Cafes, wine tastings, a saffron workshop, a cider farm, more grand architecture and of course gluten-free food galore.
2019 Mar NEW ORLEANS mini - Even though Mardi Gras and Saint Patrick’s day had passed, the parades and partying was still in full force. As always Ruth & I arrived a day earlier than the rest of the group and since our hotel The Royal Sonesta is on Bourbon Street - we were right in the midst of the Italian Festival Parade. It is said that any excuse for a parade will bring the floats, music, NOISE and revelers to the streets of the French Quarter. We feasted at 3 of the many class restaurants in NOLA - Arnauds, Deanie's and the Pelican Club. The Gluten-free offerings were unreal - fried shrimp, alligator, crab claws, oysters, french fries and onion rings. The Southern specialties such as andouille - shrimp gumbo, escargot, crab and shrimp cakes, shrimp with grits, pecan pie and flaming strawberries. The cemeteries, the Garden District, the architecture were a few of the highlights of the city tour and then an afternoon at the WWII Museum with a viewing of the 4-D Tom Hanks’ film “Beyond All Boundaries”.  The most fun we had was the afternoon out in the bayous as we checked out the ‘gator' babies and big "uns", neutra, the many birds, the flowers and fauna of the swamps on the Air Boat ride. Time on their own was spent by some meandering through the French Quarter and market, the aquarium, Jackson Square or just relaxing at the jazz clubs in the evenings.

2018 May SOUTHERN SPAIN & MOROCCO TOUR - Having toured Northern Spain on a previous tour this time we experienced the Southern areas including Granada and the Alhambra Palace, Madrid and the Prado Museum, Toledo and the heart of La Mancha country, Cordoba, Seville, Alcazar and more.  A favorite relaxation spot was the Costa del Sol where a side trip to Gibraltar was offered.  Think of Morocco and one thinks of the Sahara, but the biggest surprise for us was the beauty of the countryside as we visited during spring where everything was green and the flowers flourishing. Marrakesh was vibrant and bustling showing off the medieval quarter or medinas and marketplaces known as souks.  The 12th century royal fort, Kasbah of the Udayas, was the highlight of Rabat, the nations’ capital.  Casablanca, being the most modern and the economic capital, the romantic images we have from the movies were diminished.  Lots of great adventures and memories were had thanks to these two unique countries.

2017 Jun-
SWITZERLAND - After many years we succeeded with a Gluten-free tour of the majestic country of Switzerland. Our start was the beautiful lakeside city of Zurich. Continuing on we enjoyed the capital city of Berne, Montreux with all its’ Jazz Festivals and the lakeside drive to Evian les Bains and picturesque Lake Geneva. One of our three train rides was the famous Bernina Express Route, which crosses the Alps from Switzerland into Italy and was, as touted, one of the most dramatic railroad rides in the world. The Matterhorn, St Moritz, Zermatt, Chillion Castle, Interlaken, Lake Lugano and Lake Como were just some of the most enchanting sights we encountered. Cruising Lake Lucerne, viewing the Lion Monument and the iconic wooden Chapel Bridge were highlights. We dined Gluten-free on dishes of the area including cheese, meat and chocolate fondues.

2016 Nov CHARLESTON, SC - Five days of taking in the charm and beauty of three hundred year old Charleston including Fort Sumter, Rainbow Row and historical architecture galore, the Straw Market, Magnolia Plantation, carriage rides and so much more.  Low country foods specially made gluten-free were featured at all the restaurant venues and cooking demonstration included treats such as fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, pickled okra and more.

2016 Aug PARIS & NORMANDY - Giverny and Claude Monet’s home and gardens in full bloom was the initial stop of our river boat cruise from Paris to Normandy. The most emotionally moving tour was the Normandy Beaches and the cemetery with the rows of crosses and markers on the cliff above the beaches.  The Cliffs to Etetat, the castle ruins of Richard the Lionheart, the site of the burning of Joan of Arc, the Bayeux Tapestry, and all the other scenes from Impressionist painters including the picturesque town of Honfleur, the quaint village, vineyards, chateaus, moated castles, half-timbered and stone farm houses and even the pastures of cows and sheep, all part of the fantastic sights of the Normandy country side along the Seine River.  Then too there was Paris with the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, Montmartre, the Louvre, Left Bank, Notre-Dame, Latin Quarter and more.  We were treated royally with exceptional Gluten-free food offered to our group by the chef on the river boat addingto the pleasures of this great trip.

2016 May SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO mini -  Highlighting our visit to Santa Fe was the historic landmark La Fonda Hotel -- renowned for its award winning architecture, décor, unique artwork, located on the plaza in the heart of the city -- was where we stayed. This location next to the town center park, gave us the opportunity to absorb the local culture, chic shopping, art galleries and a myriad of museums from Georgia O’Keefe to Folk and Indian Culture all within walking distance.  A day tour into the Sangre de Cristo Mountain, we made a stop at el Santuario de Chimayo a national historic site known as the “Lourdes of America”, which is said to have dirt with healing powers.  Venturing further up to Taos we learned of Native American culture at the World Heritage Site of the Taos Pueblo.  New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment and one of the most unique stops we had was the Rio Grande Gorge to see the power and beauty of nature   A food lover’s paradise we dined in Gluten-free glory including a six course dinner celebrating the life of Georgia O’Keefe from the chef whose aunt cooked for Miss O’Keefe for fifteen years!  The Santa Fe School of Cooking served a marvelous lunch after a culinary workshop demonstration, which included tips of local favorite New Mexico cuisine including tortillas, tacos, salsas, empanadas all those red and green chilies. Some fantastic Gluten-free dining adventures!

2016 May SCOTLAND, IRELAND & ICELAND -  This was our third trip to Scotland and Ireland, our second tour and once by cruising.  This time we included Northern Ireland and Iceland in our tour.  Loch Ness (still no sightings by us), Loch Lomond, Edinburgh, Urquhart and Stirling Castles, St. Andrews University and Golf Course, the Royal Yacht Britannia, whiskey distillery, woolen mills and more sights of Scotland.  Taking a ferry over to Belfast, Ireland we visited the Titanic Exhibition and on to other sights including the Giant’s Causeway, the Belvedere House and Gardens, Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Irish song and dance and of course sheep galore.  Lots of great Gluten-free foods including a return visit for St. Andrew's fish fry and un-matched toffee sticky pudding dessert at our favorite pub near the golf course.  As long as we had to fly home we made a stop in Reykjavik, Iceland -- the Land of Fire and Ice.  Here we learned a great deal of Viking history plus experienced a day of touring natural wonders such as the Thingvellir Rift Valley, which is the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, geysers, glaciers, thermal lagoons and beautiful waterfalls. A very unique country! 

2015 Oct THE RHINE AND AMSTERDAM - This Rhine riverboat cruise adventure took us through the four countries of The Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland. Spending three days in Amsterdam before we embarked on our cruise included walking and canal boat tours, a visit to the Anne Frank Museum and the Rijksmuseum, plus time for individual adventures.   The day cruising the romantic Middle Rhine with the steep vineyards lining the cliffs, quaint storybook villages and the twenty plus fairytale castles perched on hilltops was a favorite of all. The Alsace Region of France with its route of wine villages, the medieval city of Strasbourg, the picturesque Petite France district, exciting excursions and being treated royally to Gluten-free dining at each and every meal on board were all part of our travel experience.

2015 Apr WASHINGTON, D.C. mini + - To those in the nation’s capital spring has arrived when the cherry blossoms appear.  This milestone event can vary by weeks each year and we happened to have our mini-getaway scheduled right at the peak time this year.  The three thousand cherry trees around the national mall were bathed in shades of pink just for us! Our base of operations hotel was right in the National Historic Landmark downtown of Georgetown with history, shopping, people watching and dining within walking distance.  A drive along the Potomac River took our group on a visit to Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, and then back up to a lunch of clam chowder and fish and chips in Old Town Alexandria.  Then time to browse the Torpedo Factory, shop and walk around this history laden district. The next couple of days, Big Bus passes were issued so that everyone was able to hop on and hop off at the variety of venues that appealed to each individual. The National Mall, the monuments, Smithsonian and Capital were visited, as well as other sights such as the Ford Theater, Arlington Cemetery, Newseum, Spy and Crime Museum, National Archives, Segway tours and more.

2015 Feb INDIA'S GOLDEN CIRCLE - The lure of the three-day-two-night luxury tenting tiger safari convinced us to visit the sub-continental country of India.  We were truly fortunate that the tigers and their cubs did grace us with a number of sightings.  The tenting accommodations near the National Park made us feel like the Rajs’ from days past.   A bucket list item for many, the Taj Mahal at Agra was a highlight.  Other sights included Mumbai (the financial capital), Elephanta Island, the world’s largest open air laundry, New Deli (the capital city), forts and palaces galore, gates and gateways, markets, tombs, temples, mosques, wedding season and even the Hindu festival of Holi with its’ play of colored powders, water and more.  Getting around the country we used all methods of transportation including, plane, bus, boat, horse carriage, elephant, rickshaw, safari vehicles and even an Indian train.  Although Gluten-free foods are available in this mostly vegetarian country each and every dish we were served had to be check and re-checked for safety as India grows and uses vast amounts of wheat and each chef adds his own touch - too often wheat.  All of us fell in love with a gluten-free breakfast bread choice known as dosa, which is simply a large flat rolled crisp pancake made of lentil flour.  In this country, which holds more than a sixth of the world population, karma and religion play a large part in their lives with the chaos from the masses of people, the animals in free run, the poverty, the sights and the smells, which produces a fascinating country.  Incredible India - an experience of a lifetime.

2014 Aug ENCHANTING DANUBE RIVER BOAT CRUISE & TOUR - Even though the Danube may not be as blue as one might have envisioned, our Riverboat cruise from Budapest to Passau surpassed our expectations. Along the way we passed through the countries of Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and Germany and then the added tour in the Tyrolean Alps and the Bavarian countryside. Although the sights were breathtaking, this trip also won accolades for all the gluten-free goodies such as Austrian Apple Strudel, Linzer cake, Cherry Strudel, Gundel Crepes stuffed with Rum Raisin and Nut Cream, Cheesecake, Hungarian Goulash Soup, Bavarian Potato Dumplings, Roast Suckling Pig, Cheese Spatzle Pasta, Wiener Schnitzel and so much more that we were able to enjoy. Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Salzburg, Linz, Innsbruck and Munich gave us a variety of cathedrals, churches, medieval castles, palaces, markets, even Crystal World home of Swarovski and more. Sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage cultural landscape of the Wachau Valley was a relaxing treat to the senses as we glided by the picturesque vine covered hillsides, the tiny towns, farmlands and the ruins of fortress’ and castles. Making everything even more enjoyable was the fantastic group of fellow travelers who shared our adventures on a wonderful Enchanting Danube Getaway.

2014 Jun ALASKA CRUISE & VICTORIA, B.C., CANADA TOUR - Our sixth Alaskan cruise was one in which our group of adventurous fellow travelers took part in glacier walks, helicopter tours, dog sledding, canoe adventures, whale watching, kayaking and more. Our day in Glacier Bay, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Tongas National Forest was spent marveling at the numerous glaciers, witnessing some calving (ice breaking loose) and some large icebergs passing by while the ranger on board gave commentary on massive amounts of information and even spotting wildlife as we passed. Ports of call included the state capital Juneau, Sitka the site of the signing of the Alaska Purchase known as Seward’s Folly with its Russian history and Ketchikan known as the salmon capital of the world. A three-day add-on was in the delightful city of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The landmark National Historic Site Empress Hotel overlooking the inner harbor was our base of operation right in the midst of all the activity. Our first day included a morning city tour of the area and then on to the beautiful flowers at the Buchart Gardens where we had lunch at their exceptional classic Victorian tea (made totally Gluten-free for us) in their charming age-old dining room.

2014 Apr GRAND TOUR OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL - This tour encompassed the northern coast of Spain, the coastal areas of Portugal, plus the major cities of Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon. The northern coast of Spain is known as the green corner of the Iberian Peninsula displaying much natural beauty in mountains, forests, rivers, capes, archipelagos, beaches and beautiful vistas in whichever direction one looked. We saw cathedrals galore, mighty medieval churches, the revered Shrine of Fatima and many castles and fortresses of various shapes, forms and conditions. The most outstanding church was the Gothic and Art Nouveau creation Sagrada Familia or Scared Family by Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona. Another architectural find in the heart of Basque country was the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry. We saw the quintessential “Don Quixote” wind mills and visited archaeological sites including Roman walls, amphitheaters, ruins and spent time in quaint beach towns and fishing villages. Along our route we saw many of the pilgrims in their travel from the French border to Santiago de Compostela in the northwest corner of Spain. We dined on traditional dishes of paella, tapas, black sausage, octopus, cervichi and dried cod and were served more kinds and styles of olives, olive oil, and wine then we thought possibly existed.

2013 Jul SAFARI in KENYA / MASS MIGRATION - African safaris are all about the animals and this being our sixth safari you can see that it is a favorite of ours. Part of the excitement is that you never know what you will encounter. Nothing is guaranteed but we had the fortune of once again being right in the middle to the mass migration with thousands and thousands of wildebeests and zebras crossing the river to get to the new crop of fresh green grass on the Mara. Close encounters gave us those captured photos of all the other animals including the giraffes munching leaves from the tree tops, the king of beast meandering down the trail, elephants on their way back to the hills at the end of the day, the crocs and hippos wallowing in the river, hippos, gazelles, antelope, cheetahs, baboons, monkeys, ostrich, birds galore all at home on the savannah and myriads of other critters there for our viewing. The lodges and tented camps offered unique stays and the gluten-free goodies abounded. Other highlights included the balloon ride over the savannah at sunrise, the bush dinner, the breakfast at the hippo pool, the visit to the elephant orphanage, the bush plane flight from the Mara and so many more once in a life time experience for those forever memories.

2013 Apr APRIL IN PARIS & NORMANDY - The Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, the Louvre, the Left Bank, Notre-Dame, the Latin Quarter, the Opera House and all the best loved spots of Paris in the splendor of springtime blossoms and blooms.  Quaint villages, vineyards, chateaus, moated castles, manors, half timbered and stone farm houses and even the pastures of cows and sheep were all part of the fantastic sights of the Normandy country side all along our river boat tour up the Seine River.  Some of the highlighted stops included Giverny and the tour of Claude Monet’s home and gardens, the quaint tourist town of Honfleur which was the subject of many Impressionist painters, the castle ruins of Richard the Lionheart, the site of the burning of Joan of Arc, the Bayeux Tapestry and so much more.  The most moving and education portion of the trip was our visit to the Normandy Beaches and the cemetery with the rows of crosses and markers on the cliff above the beaches.  The exceptional Gluten-free food offered our group by the river boat added to the pleasures had in this great trip.

  Mar NEW ORLEANS GOURMET mini - Our third mini getaway to the eccentric and wonderful destination of New Orleans was even better than the previous two.  The French Quarter, the Garden District, the estuary of Lake Ponchartrain, Voodoo at the above ground cemeteries, swamp boat tour of the bayous, Saint Patrick’s Day parades and more were all part of what we experienced during our stay.  A cooking demonstration and lunch of quintessential Creole/Cajun Gluten-free food was held at the New Orleans Culinary School.  At a  couple of the most popular NOLA restaurants, our culinary desires were sated with fried seafood of all kinds (crab claws, fish, oysters, etc ) plus alligator, Oysters Rockefeller, jambalaya, pralines, Bananas Foster and much more.   As our hotel was right in the French Quarter, the sights at the World War II Museum, Jackson Square, St Louis Cathedral, Preservation Hall, French Market , and others  were enjoyed on an individual basis by our group at their leisure.

2012 Oct BILTMORE ESTATE ASHEVILLE, NC mini - The Biltmore Estate and winery made for exciting touring while on this mini Getaway during fall foliage time in the heart of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Fantastic, gourmet and memorable Gluten-free dining experiences were had at every meal along with time for touring the Art Deco architecture of the city, literary icons sites as the Thomas Wolfe Memorial and the Carol Sandburg Historic Museum, National Parks and so much more. This top tourist destination was an adventure of elegance, luxury architecture, history, nature, great shopping, browsing, and especially just meeting new acquaintances and enjoying time with old friends.

Aug EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE & ROME TOUR - Our cruise took us to four countries - Croatia, Greece, Turkey and Italy and the best way to sum up the cruise and tour would be the good ole term - Abundanza! Dubrovnik, is a wonderfully preserved fairy tale walled city on the Adriatic coast, with massive walls that can be walked, steep alleyways, temples and churches to be explored. The beauty of Santorini is exceptional as the ship anchors in the center of the crater and the islands around are actually the top parts of the volcano crater. At the top the photographic villages of white box shaped dwellings with the cobalt blue dome roofs, the vibrant bougainvillea covered walls and the most brilliant views of the breathtaking sparkling aqua blue Mediterranean Sea awaits you. The ancient citadel or Acropolis of Athens offers the Parthenon, the Propylaea or sacred entrance leading to the remains, the temple of Athena Nike and the Hadrian arch. At Olympia - the birthplace of the ancient Olympic games - you can set foot in the stadium and Hippodrome, but also the places of the gods with the Temple of Zeus and the statue of Hermes. Ephesus in Turkey has the preserved Temples of Apollo, Oden and Artemis. From Messina a bus ride winding through small villages, farmsteads, orchards, olive groves and vineyards took us to the higher elevations of stark lunar like landscape on our visit to Sicily's active volcano, Mount Etna. The tour of Rome included the Coliseum, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Vatican and so much more.

Apr CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (CIA) VIII HYDE PARK, NEW YORK - This most popular of our mini Gluten-free Getaways began with an evening wine and cheese meet and greet and get-together. The next morning’s guided tour of the schools kitchen and fresh out of the oven sampling of Gluten-free goodies left time for shopping in the gift shop and experiencing the ambiance of the school setting. Lunch was a contemporary menu at the Saint Andrews Café followed by a tour of the Millbrook Vineyards and Winery and of course the tastings of their products. Ristorante Caterina de’Medici in the magnificent Colavita Center was the venue for dinner. The last venture of the trip was to the Mohonk Mountain House a late eighteen hundreds, sprawling architectural wonder of Victorian castle-like family owned resort tucked on mountain top next to a lake. A lavish specially arranged Gluten-free buffet was served after a meeting with the Executive Chef of the property. The remainder of the day was dedicated to exploring the lake, property, gardens and grounds, just relaxing in nature and then heading back home to reality.

Feb CLUB MED PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - This annual mid-February trip which we use to escape the cold winters of the continental US brought us down to the sunny, sandy beaches of Punta Cana - Club Med. Warm tropical breezes gently stirring the palm fronds, waves lapping at the shore line, the bright blue of the ocean were the center of our existence during this welcome break from reality. Once again the majority of our group was veterans of our yearly Club Med Caribbean adventures and the “first timers” blended in quickly as everyone attending has much in common. Meal times are always a high light of the day as everyone can get together and share all their adventures, misadventures and activities of the day. The staff altered many of the buffet items like soups, gravies, sauces, Dominican specialty foods as well as foods such as fried fish, onion rings, calamari, wings, etc were made Gluten-free for our group. Although some of us worked hard at just relaxing at the beach and pool, others of our group took many of the excursions offered such as whale watching, touring old Colonial Santo Domingo, excursions witnessing the production of sugarcane, cacao, coffee, tropical fruits, cigars and even rum. For those with the spirit of athleticism and adventure there were lots of other activities to take part in such as archery, wind surfing, kayaking, sailing, kite surfing, snorkeling, zumba, yoga, tennis, trapeze and much more was available. Great way to spend the week of Valentine’s Day!

Feb VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE, CAPETOWN SOUTH AFRICA and SAFARI - This trip offered such a great assortment of experiences all rolled into one adventure. Starting in Zimbabwe we were amazed by the massive amounts of falling water and the beauty of Victoria Falls. Much wild life – elephant, hippos, crocodiles, great assortments of birds were there for our viewing and even on the grounds of the old colonial Victoria Falls Hotel where we stayed there were warthogs and guinea fowl roaming. A highlight of our stay at the hotel was that the majority of the restaurants’ buffets were altered to be Gluten-free including a massive dessert table at each meal. On to South Africa we toured (via cable car to the top) Table Mountain, which is the majestic landmark of the beautiful and sophisticated city of Cape Town. Weather conditions were even good to us as they produced the ever famous table cloth of clouds to cover the mountain in late afternoon. Touring the Cape Point and The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserves we not only visited the Southern most point of the continent, saw where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans met, but saw great numbers of wild life including baboon, ostrich, South African penguins and more. A day trip of the Stellenbosh Wine Route, South Africa’s oldest wine producing area and the second oldest city in South Africa gave us a pleasant day of touring, tasting and tempting Gluten-free treats for lunch in the vineyards. Our stay in South Africa culminated with a stay at Kampa Lodge for our bush safari adventures in the game park in search of the big five. So many wonderful experiences were there for us during our stay in Zimbabwe and South Africa!

2011 Oct DELUXE GRAND ORIENT GLUTEN-FREE GETAWAY - The must see national treasures and wonders of the world which we experienced included the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Terra Cotta Warriors, Yangtze River country, the Three Gorges and the Dam, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The river boat cruise on the Yangtze was a delightful three days with all the sights and activities available but also in the great Gluten-free foods we were treated to. The cruise line brought on the Chef who had worked with us on the previous two tours and once again he did his magic with rice flour, black and white, and made the delightful “purple” bread for us as well as muffins, pancakes and other amazing baked goods and desserts. Many changes have taken place in China since our first visit in 2004. One can tell that the standard of living for the masses has improved greatly. Some of those signs include: The number of Chinese seeing their own tourist spots has multiplied in massive numbers. The beautification of the environment includes massive parks, green spaces and highway plantings. Chinese cities are always under construction with massive high rises being built everywhere. Bicycles are no longer the main mode of travel as China is now the world’s top auto market. The Chinese overpowering love of neon lights and their cities beautifully ablaze with all colors and patterns of light when night falls. Yet still so much history to take part in and so much charm of this wonderland that needs to be visited.

Aug THE NORTH SEA CRUISE AND TOUR - The North Sea Cruise and Tour gave our group adventures in Denmark, Norway, Scotland, England and Belgium. The ship offered our own Bob and Ruth’s Gluten-free menu which featured just about all the items shown on the “regular” menu. We also had gluten-free offerings for the afternoon teas, the chocolate extravaganza, as well as a farewell cocktail party with gluten-free appetizers. The ports of call were Copenhagen, Oslo, Kristiansand, Bergen, Alesund, Invergordon, Edinburgh, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Brussels, Dover and three days in London. Over the span of our adventure we saw medieval kingdoms, castles, cathedrals, ruins, the Royal Mile, Tivoli Gardens, the Hanseatic League port of Bryggen, the Falkirk Wheel, forts, old walls, Viking ships, the fjords of Norway, the Highlands and Lochs of Scotland, lots of windmills, the white cliffs of Dover, Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and so much more. The sights and sounds, the variety of foods, a congenial group of fellow Gluten-free travelers, available choices of tours, even the lovely weather made this adventure a true pleasure!

May SAVANNAH, GEORGIA MINI - Three centuries of history surround this charming southern city with its National Historic Landmark districts, its restored homes, moss draped oak trees, famous Revolutionary and Civil war Battle sights, great places to explore, shop and wonderful places to eat. Highlights of the Get-away included spending the nights in a unique renovated Riverfront area hotel which had been an old cotton warehouse, tours of the historical district including the home of Juiliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girls Scouts) gardens, museums, cooking demonstrations and exceptional food. Breakfasts offered were from a Low Country Gluten-free menu with such selection as Eggs Benedict, French toast, Seafood Omelets, Steak and Eggs and more! Dinners included such Gluten-free options as Low Country She Crab Soup, Macaroni and Cheese, Summer Flounder, Corn Muffins, Garlic Cheese Biscuits, Sweet Potatoes and Pecan Vanilla Butter, Praline Almond Baskets, and other mouth watering treats. Great food, beautiful weather and a congenial group of travelers made for a fun time down in this Southern Antebellum Charmer.

Feb CLUB MED TURKS AND CAICOS - Often labeled as an oasis for those whose only desire is to lounge on the beach and partake of the sun, surf and sand, Turks and Caicos should be the destination of choice. The wonderful white sand beaches are the best to be found. Due to the fact there is a four hundred plus mile barrier reef protecting the island this gives the area the brilliant turquoise waters and some of the most magnificent beaches in the Caribbean. The Club Med is located on Providenciales which is the main island and once you get to the Club Med everything you can eat and drink gluten-free is all inclusive. We were quite spoiled this year as two of the chefs there we had worked with previously at other Club Med locations. They were well aware of what we wanted and some of the gluten-free goodies included lots of fried things (onion rings, fish, chicken, wings), special pasta dishes, pizza, pancakes and lots of great baked desserts! This year we had the most active participants who took advantage of many of the programs including snorkeling, deep sea fishing, under sea exploring, kayaking, sailing, trapeze and so much more. Even the islands resident dolphin JoJo was out and about for all to check out.

Jan NEW ZEALAND AND HONOLULU, HAWAII - New Zealand may be a small island country but it offers a great diversity of sights to be seen and activities to partake in. The tour stops we made had been set up to show off the diversity of the country, the history, the geography, the cities, and the people. A visit to the Cultural Center in Rotorua offered a better understanding of the unique Maori culture along with the natural wonders of bubbling fumaroles, hissing geysers, boiling mud pools, hot springs and the distinct aroma of sulfur through much of the town. A light hearted display of the nineteen most popular sheep breeds, working sheep dogs, sheep shearing and more was found at the Agrodome Sheep Show. We saw why Auckland is called the "city of sails", learned why Wellington is known as the "Windy city", shopped the crafts of the country in Nelson and saw the natural beauty of the city of Christchurch which is known as "the Oxford of the Pacific". We tasted wine, saw how kiwis grew, dined on lamb, venison, great New Zealand green lip mussels (in the most delectable Provencal sauce), a wide variety of great gluten-free dishes and for the sweet meal endings we experienced many different variations of the national desert dish, Pavlova which is a light baked meringue with whipped cream and fruit. To break up the flight back home we had a three day stay in Honolulu, Hawaii where we toured the new Pearl Harbor Memorial, Diamond Head, and a variety of city sites. Additional time there included the beach, the sun, shopping, relaxing and of course more great gluten free food!

2010 Sep FALL FOLIAGE CANADA AND NEW ENGLAND CRUISE - Autumn in the Northeast United Sates and the Canadian Maritime offers stunning kaleidoscopic colors. Leaving from the Port of Baltimore and traversing down the Chesapeake Bay in a southerly direction until the Atlantic Ocean appears near Norfolk Virginia. Then begins the leisurely cruise North along the East coast all the way up to Nova Scotia. Ports of call included; Portland, Maine with it’s charming seaport atmosphere; Bar Harbor, Maine a great example of down east hospitality which has drawn the rich and famous for years and offers Arcadia, one of the most beautiful National Parks in the country; St John and the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick is where the largest tide change in the world takes place daily; Halifax, Nova Scotia is the setting of Evangeline county and has one of the most photographed light house in the world—Peggy’s Cove; and back down to Boston, Massachusetts with the Freedom Trail, Paul Revere’s House and Faneuil Hall.

Sep HARBOR PLACE - BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - Being just a bit biased we know that Baltimore Harbor Place is one of the best cities for a tourist (or local) to enjoy. The inner harbor Renaissance hotel was the base for the getaways participants which made it walking or water taxi distance to most of the highlights of the city; The National Aquarium, Fort McHenry, Camden Yards, American Visionary Museum, Edgar Allen Poe’s Grace, Babe Ruth’s Birthplace and Museum, Science Center, Fells Point and so much more. A meet and great with Dr Alessio Fasano, founder and Medical Director of the Center for Celia Research – University of Maryland and a tour of the center was arranged. Of course no trip to Baltimore would be complete with out a crab feast and this was held at the Maryland family owned world famous Phillips Seafood Restaurant right in Harbor Place.

Sep CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (CIA) VII HYDE PARK, NEW YORK - Starting off with an evening wine and cheese get-together including the CIA'S Certified Master Baker Richard Coppedge, the three day “glutton-Gluten-free” getaway began. After a morning guided tour of the schools kitchen and sampling fresh out of the oven Gluten-free goodies there was time for shopping in the gift shop and experiencing the ambiance of the school setting. Lunch was then held at the Ristorante Caterina de’Medici in the magnificent Colavita Center. An afternoon wine tasting at a local “organic” winery, a bit of relaxation and then on to the next “glutton” experience. The elegant Escoffier Restaurant offered up a Gluten-free Beef Wellington with light flaky pastry crust.for this memorable dining experience. After a full breakfast at the hotel, a tour of Eleanor Roosevelt’s cottage and grounds was the first stop on the agenda. The morning was capped off with a tour of the Franklin D Roosevelt Home and Library.

Jul SAFARI IN KENYA III / MASS MIGRATION - The flight to Kenya included a stopover for lunch and a tour of Dubai. Touted as the modern miracle in the desert the tour included the world’s tallest tower and the amazing Mall of the Emirates which even has an indoor ski slope! The safari was timed to witness the mass migration of the zebra and wildebeests across the Rift Valley. Thousands and thousands of photo were taken by the group including the big five – lion, elephants, leopard, rhino and buffalo - along with hundred and hundreds of other creature, great and small. Luxury accommodations included the world famous Mt Kenya Safari Club and luxury tenting—a not to be missed adventure. Hot air ballooning over the valley and the wildlife below was a special treat for all. The breakfast at the hippo pool, the sight of millions of flamingos flying in and around Lake Nakuru, the sight of the snow capped peak of Mt Kenya, the thrill of the animals being just feet from the safari van, the bush flight back to Nairobi, and so much more are those experiences that will never to forgotten!

Jun ISRAEL AND JORDAN - A nine day venture into the world of the Middle East with its historical origin of the major religions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Bahai faith. Sights from the ancient world included Jaffa (one of the oldest ports in the world), Caesarea (Roman center built by Herod) and Akko (Acre) a massive stronghold and fortress from the days of the Knights Templar, Greeks, Romans, Crusaders and Ottomans. Crisscrossing most all of Israel we visited the Sea of Galilee, The Dead Sea, Kibbutz and Moshavs, Masada, The Western Wall, Temple Mount. Dome of the Rock, Mount of Olives, Dead Sea Scrolls, more churches, temples, and mosques then could be imagined. Being extremely fortunate we were able to cross over into the Palestine Authority Territory to visit the Church of the Nativity. A true not to be missed adventure was entering into Jordan and experiencing the beauty and the wonders of Petra – a UNESCO World Heritage Site which in 2007 was voted to be one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”.

May ALASKA INSIDE PASSAGE AND VANCOUVER - Starting out in Vancouver touring the local sights and partaking of some of the city restaurants brought great eating adventures including Kobe beef meat ball at an Italian restaurant, sushi with fresh salmon and rice wrapper spring rolls and amazing chocolate cake for dessert. Once on the cruise, the critters were out and about for view including whales, bears, sea otters, salmons, bald eagles, seals and more. The glaciers were “calving” with the thunderous roars and the ice was “popcorning” around the ship. The stops included along with Vancouver, Skagway, Ketchikan, Glacier Bay, and the Inside Passage. Wonderful Gluten-free foods including ceviche, salmon, King crab legs, onion soup, blueberry and chocolate chip muffins, Sachertorte, Boston Cream Pie, chocolate volcano cake and much more.

Apr TULIPS AND THE ROMANTIC RHINE CRUISE AND TOUR - Flowers, castles galore, fairytale villages, old world charm, great Gluten-free food and regional wines --- what more could anyone ask for? Amsterdam showed us the Anne Frank House, the red light district, the Reijkamuseum, the wonderful canals and unique restaurant offerings. Keukenhoff a 15th century estate of a Countess of Bavaria, open for only two months a year offers over seven million spring flowers. Oh what a sight and what a smell! Starting in Amsterdam, stops on the river boat cruise included Nimegue, Krefeld, Cologne, Konigswinter, Rudescheim, Mannheim. Castle watching was the sport from Cologne down as the next thirty five miles of the cruise has more castles than other river valley in the world. An added stay in Strasbourg, France not only pleasured us with fantastic Gluten-free dining but the old world enchantment of the La Petite France area we stayed in next to the Ill river made for a fairytale setting. A day tour into the Alsace country side villages of Colmar and Ribeauville showed the charm of the vineyards, farm fields, chateaus and castles.

Feb CLUB MED - CANCUN, MEXICO - Managing to avoid back to back blizzards on the East Coast this sunny escape to Cancun was our seventh winter getaway to the French Club Med chain. Over the years we have gotten to know many of the property chefs and even though they tend to change locations occasionally, we lucked out having two chefs which we had worked with a number of times previously. The Gluten-free goodies abounded! Our band of merry sunshine lovers came from all over the US and we had a good mix of newbies and regulars. Some visited pyramids and ancient Mayan sites such as Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba, and Ek Balam. Others swam with the dolphins, went deep sea fishing, toured lagoons and took cruises to the islands. Of course there was also the snorkeling, water sports and ball sports, shopping and most of all just the sun and surf.

2009 Sep GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR & MACHU PICCHU, PERU - Two "once in a lifetime" trips wrapped up into one. The critters on the Galapagos just as exciting as when viewed on Animal Planet only right there next to you and in person! We enjoyed the Pichincha valley and the world famous markets of Otavalo. The capital city of Quito surrounded by volcanoes is brimming with all the traditional Ecuadorian indigenous charm. The country of Peru ranks high as one of the favorites in our travels. Machu Picchu is even more awe inspiring when seen for oneself then when viewing the myriad of photos available. The Sacred Valley, the ruins of Ollantaytambe, Sacssayhuaman, and the Inca Trail all show off the history of this civilization. Cusco brings all the flavors of the ancient Inca culture meets the modern world in a magical mix of peoples, sights, sounds, smells and tastes. The scenery of this high mountain county offered breathtaking vista every which way you turned, the altitude seems to make the air crisp and clean and the sky brighter blue. Each of the hotels was unique with luxurious accommodations and each stop had outstanding gluten-free foods to enjoy.

May NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA MINI GETAWAY - Any time of the year is the right time to visit one of the wonders of the world and we're lucky enough to have it right here in the US. Spring time is especially beautiful on the Canadian side of the falls with all the lovely flowers and well manicured landscapes. This being a second time around trip, the hotel's chef had a gluten-free dinner banquet with enough food to feed an army including fantastic fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, beef, salads and desserts galore. The Maid of the Mist was a one of those fun things you have to do. A trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake for some shopping time, a winery tour and a gourmet dinner at the Peller Estates Winery followed by a lovely evening performance of "Sunday in the Park With George" at the Shaw Festival Theaters.

May MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE AND THE AMALFI COAST - Special Host from the Center for Celiac Research was Alessio Fasano and his family. Aboard one of the newest European cruise ship stops were made in Naples, Sicily, Tunisia , Mallorca, Barcelona, and Genoa with fantastic side trips available at each of the ports. Three days touring the ruins of Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, the isle of Capri, the picturesque fishing villages and the breath taking and breath holding drives along the Amalfi Coast. Hotel stay in Praiona –world heritage site- built on the edge of the "hillside" with an elevator which had all the floors marked with minus signs.

Mar NEW ORLEANS MINI GOURMET GETAWAY - Great gourmet food from Crawfish Bisque to Fried Oysters, Fried Shrimp to Bananas Foster and Rich Flourless Chocolate Cake. Fun time activities included Bob's long awaited Air Boat Ride in the Swamps of Louisiana with all the fauna, birds, animals and most importantly the GATORS! The city tour of New Orleans acclimated everyone to make their own choices of other activities to suit their special interests. Let's not forget the St. Patrick's Day parade. What happens in New Orleans stays in New Orleans!

Jan CLUB MED IXTAPA, MEXICO - Pacific Ocean Tropical Paradise - Magnificent Sunsets – Winter temperatures in the eighties, brilliant sunshine, warm breezes - and gluten-free too! Lots of kayaking, trapeze, sailing, Dolphin encounters, tennis, surfing, archery, yoga, shopping and much more. Club Med allows you to be as active or inactive as you wish!

2008 Oct PRAGUE TOUR AND DANUBE RIVER BOAT CRUISE - Three days in the historic center of Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe; Prague Castle, Hradcany Square, the Gothic Charles Bridge and much more. World Heritage Site of Cesky Krumlov, the fairytale city with the Renaissance castle of the Masters of the Rose. The scenic autumn cruising along the Danube River with visits in Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary including the Wachau Cultural Landscape between Melk, Germany and Krems, Austria. Vienna with its' display of Baroque architecture and the world famous Ringstrasse. Breathtaking Budapest, another great European beauty with the flat Buda side and its' massive Gothic Parliament building and the hilly Buda side with the Buda Castle on the other side of the river. Gourmand delights galore on board the riverboat and on tour at a variety of eateries including a cave, a castle, a restored Vicars brewery, a Bohemian establishment and the banqueting hall of a former Jesuit monastery.

Aug SEATTLE TOUR AND ALASKA CRUISE - Touring the city of Seattle and the Boeing Aircraft Future of Flight and great local gluten-free dining. Holland American's Westerdam cruise including Glacier Bay. Ports of call in Juneau - state capitol and Mendenhall Glacier nearby; Sitka – reminders of the Russian settlements, raptor center and Native American totem poles; Ketchikan – its' red light district past and salmon stream running right through town; and Victoria with Butchard Gardens.

Jun SAFARI IN TANZANIA / MASS MIGRATION - Racking up the "big 5" easily. More animals and birds than we could count on the Serengeti – "the endless plain" of the Masai people. Descended 2,000 feet down into the Ngorongora Crater the largest unbroken volcanic caldera (12 mile diameter) in the world with it's own animal kingdom within. Two nights of "luxury tenting" with king size beds, carpeting, electric lights, separate bathroom with flush toilet and shower. Ballooning over the Serengeti checking out the animals below and finishing with obligatory champagne toasts upon landing and the brunch set up in the "bush" right next to the scenic acacia tree! Olduva Gorge where Louis Leakey discovered the earliest know specimens of modern humans. Our last gluten-free dinner in Africa with snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro "the roof of Africa" in the background.

Mar SOUTH AMERICA - Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay - Gluten–free Tour – The picture post card sights of Rio: Copacabana and Ipanema Beach, Sugar Loaf and the Christ atop the Corcovado Mountain. Savoring the delicious and plentiful Pao de Queijo or Brazilian Cheesebread and falling in love with Guarana soda! Enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Iguassu Falls on the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, ranked as one of the top four falls in the world. Learning all about the Tango and basking in the sophisticated and friendly environment in all that Buenos Aires had to offer. A high-speed hydrofoil ferry ride across the widest river in the world and seeing the charm of Montevideo and relaxing in the resort area of Punta del Este.

Feb CLUB MED PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Tropical Paradise – and gluten-free too! Hard work of taking in the seven days of sunshine, watching the palm trees swaying in the warm breezes, eating too much gluten-free food and having good times with other fun loving travelers. Lots of kayaking, trapeze, snorkeling, tennis, bocce ball, wind surfing and the like. Even Cupid was in attendance Valentine's Day dinner to wish love to all. Club Med allows you to be as much of a kid as you'd like to be!

2007 Oct PROVENCE RIVER BOAT CRUISE & PARIS TOUR - The charm and relaxation of cruising up and down the Soane and Rhone rivers from Lyon to Ormes, Avignon, Arles and other romantic Provencale villages and country sites. Plus having fantastic gluten-free food at every meal overseen by our German chef. After disembarking in Lyon boarding the bullet train to Paris in approximately two hours. All the wonders of Paris: The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, The Arch de Triumph, a wonderful gluten-free dinner in Montmarte (Moulin Rouge and the digs of Talouse Latrec); a wonderful "fairy land of lights" on our tour of Paris by night.

May CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA VI - This is one of our most popular mini Gluten-free Getaways. Whether it's the special attention that Master Bakery Chef Coppedge gives us - or maybe it's just the gluten-free goody bag each of us gets at the end of the day from the Chef's bakery class. Or is it the magnificent Gluten-free lunch and dinner at two of the gourmet restaurants with specially arranged menus. Or the Get Acquainted Beer Bash and Sweets party the night before. Or maybe the beauty of the Hudson River and the many historic sites to visit. Or is it just the people we meet. Whatever it is - people come from all over the USA and Canada just to spend two nights at this unique mini Getaway.

Apr PANAMA CANAL & SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE - The highlight of the cruise, of course, is watching the cruise ship you're on, and equally so the tankers and freighters being passed through this engineering marvel with only a foot or two on either side from the canal wall. In addition to Panama and Gatun Lake, other ports of call included Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.

Feb CLUB MED CANCUN - Valentine's Day week in the bright sunshine of Mexico with the commonality of enticing gluten-free food bringing together a diverse bunch of sports enthusiast, sun lovers, shoppers, and those just wanting to "laz" in the warm ocean breezes. Touring was taken advantage of by many, including Chichen Itza, Tulum, Xcaret, Cozumel Island, Isla Murjeres and more.

2006 Oct GRAND ORIENT TOUR II - CHINA, CAMBODIA & THAILAND - Visited six of the tour industries "top places in the world to visit" - the Emerald Buddha in Thailand; Angkor Wat (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Cambodia: and in China the Yangtze River Cruise, the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Qin Terra Cotta Warriors. The Grand Palace in Bangkok, an unreal display of gold and jewels on every structure; the immense temples at Siem Reap rediscovered after being taken over by the jungle, the mystical Three Gorges area and the massive Dam project there, and all the splendor of ancient China and more.

Jul SAFARI IN KENYA II / MASS MIGRATION - Wildebeests and Zebras by the tens of thousands - crossing the river and surrounding our safari jeeps as they move on to greener grazing in this annual migration. Every other African animal imaginable, along with Gluten-free food galore in the middle of the Dark Continent - Africa. Stops at Out of Africa's, Karen Blixen's Estate, the Mount Kenya Safari Club, Serena River Lodge, The Sweetwater Luxury Tenting Camp, Lake Nakura - with the sea of thousands of pink flamingo's - and Sambura Lodge.

Jul CLUB MED SANDPIPER FAMILY GETAWAY II - The only All-Inclusive Family Resort in the USA. All the Gluten-free food (and regular too), drinks, Award winning kid's programs for kids from 4 1/2 months to 18 years, Adult activities - including trapeze, river activities, five pools - including one adults only. Wonderful Gluten-free treats at every meal.

May IRELAND & SCOTLAND TOUR - Bunratty Castle, Blarney Castle, the Rock of Cashel, Trinity College and St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Mohr all in Ireland. Wonderful Irish selections of Gluten-free foods. The Highlands of Scotland, Loch Ness (and many other lochs), the wonderfully beautiful and historic city of Edinburgh and its castle, and of course St. Andrews with its golf course, college and the best Gluten-free fish fry we all ever had - including those of us not on the Gluten-free diet.

May ALASKA CRUISE III - Departing from Vancouver, BC, Canada to Seward, Alaska with ports of call in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Then the real beauty and uniqueness of the cruise - the awesome beauty of the glaciers and, of course, the bald eagles, whales, otters, sea lions and more while we sail and explore the Glacier Bay and College Fjord. Unforgettable.

Feb CLUB MED WINTER CARIBBEAN TURKOISE II - TURKS AND CAICOS - Tropical Paradise with turquoise water and the finest white powder sand beach. All inclusive with special treat Gluten-free food at every meal. Snorkeling, scuba, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, kite sailing, trapeze, salsa lessons, softball and much, much more.

2005 Oct CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA - Gluten-free lunch and dinner at two of their world famous restaurants on campus - St. Andrew's Café and Restorante Caterina De' Medici. Tour of the kitchens and classrooms - especially the bakery classes. A "Meet and Greet Beer, Wine, Cheese and local Gluten-free baked goods" with CIA's Master Bakery Chef Rich Coppedge. A tour of an award winning winery, FDR's home and Eleanor Roosevelt's home.

Sep ITALY & ADRIATIC CRUISE-TOUR - Three nights in the beautiful city of Venice. Then eight days of cruising the Adriatic Sea with ports of call in Bari, Italy; Corfu, Santorini, Piraeus/Athens, Katakolon, Greece and Dubrovnik, Croatia. A five day extension with our own private Villa overlooking Florence, Italy. Our own private chef and fantastic, wonderful gluten-free Italian dishes, breads and desserts. Everyone - gluten-free or not - were in awe of the chef's offerings meal after meal. Exploration of Tuscany including Florence, Pisa, Siena, and the Chianti wine region. Dr. Alessio Fasano was our native son, guide and guest speaker. Included was a gluten-free dinner with the Italian Celiac Society.

Jul CLUB MED FAMILY SANDPIPER, FL - 8 Days - Our First All-Inclusive Club Med Family Getaway - Activities Galore for Adults and Kids of all ages - Supervised Programs for kids from 4 1/2 Months to 18 years - Gluten-free food galore. We hope to make this an annual event.

May SAFARI KENYA - 12 Days - Surreal experiences of the animal world of Kenya - World Class Hotels - Superb Professional Safari Guides - Gluten-free food provided in some of the very remote areas of the African bush. There will be a Second Safari in 2006 for the Mass Migration across the Serengetti and Mara.

Mar CHARLESTON, SC - 4 Days - Great Food at top Restaurants - Low Country Cooking Demo - Walking Tour of City and Historic Home Visit - Visit to Ft. Sumter - Plantation Tour

Jan CLUB MED PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 8 Days - All-inclusive sun and fun - Gluten-free style.

2004 Nov DOWN UNDER TOUR - 14 Days - New Zealand - Auckland, Rotorua; Australia - Melbourne (Aussie BBQ with the Victorian Coeliac Society), Cairns (Great Barrier Reef), Ayres Rock (The Outback), Sydney.

Jul GRAND ORIENT TOUR - 16 Days - China - Forbidden City, The Great Wall, The Terra Cotta Army, River boat Cruise up the Yangtze River, Three Gorges Dam, Shanghai, Hong Kong


May CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA IV MINI GETAWAY - 3 Days - Hyde Park, New York - Wine & Cheese Get-together, Tour of the CIA, Winery Tour and Tasting, Lunch and Dinner at 2 of the 4 CIA gourmet restaurants, Tour of Val-Kill (Eleanor Roosevelt's home), Tour of FDR's home and library.

Feb PANAMA CANAL & SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN (With an Exclusive Dedicated Gluten-free Kitchen) - 15 Days - Caldera, Costa Rica, A daytime transit through The Panama Canal, San Blas Archipelago, Aruba, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Barts, Nevis, BVI and our final port Miami, FL

2003 Oct NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA GLUTEN-FREE MINI GETAWAY - 4 Days - Niagara Falls, Maid of The Mist, Niagara-On-The-Lake and the Shaw Theatre Festival

Sep ALASKA GLUTEN-FREE GETAWAY CRUISE II - 8 days - Vancouver, BC, Canada; Alaska - Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Glacier Bay National Park, Seward - with a Bob & Ruth's Bus Tour of the Kenai Peninsula - including a Gluten-free picnic box lunch at a scenic gorge, Anchorage and a Tony Roma's Buffet Dinner

Mar MEXICAN GLUTEN-FREE GETAWAY CRUISE - 8 days - San Diego, CA, Mexico; Loreto, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas

2002 Sep CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA GLUTEN-FREE MINI GETAWAY III - 3 Days - Hyde Park, NY - Wine & Cheese Get-together, Tour of the CIA, Baking Demonstration by Master Bakery Chef Richard Coppedge, Lunch and Dinner at 2 of the 4 CIA gourmet restaurants, Winery Tour and Tasting.

Jul SCANDINAVIAN GLUTEN-FREE GETAWAY CRUISE (With an Exclusive Dedicated Gluten-free Kitchen) - 15 Days - Stockholm, Sweden, Helsinki, Finland, St. Petersburg, Russia, Tallinn, Estonia, Copenhagen, Denmark, Norway; Flam, Guvangen, Helesylt, Geiranger, Bergen, Oslo, Aarhus

Jan WESTERN CARIBBEAN GLUTEN-FREE GETAWAY CRUISE - 8 Days - Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

2001 Dec NEW ORLEANS GLUTEN-FREE MINI GETAWAY - 4 Days - Dinners at Dominiques, Emeril's Delmonico and Brennan's; Big Easy City Tour, River boat Tour

Jul MEDITERRANEAN GLUTEN-FREE GETAWAY CRUISE (With an Exclusive Dedicated Gluten-free Kitchen) - 10 days - Barcelona, Spain; Monte Carlo; Italy - Rome, Sorrento - including a Gluten-free Pizza and Beer Party with the Italian Celiaca Society; Valletta, Malta; Greece - Santorini, Athens

Apr CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA GLUTEN-FREE MINI GETAWAY II - 3 Days - Hyde Park, NY - Wine & Cheese Get-together, Tour of the CIA, Winery Tour and Tasting, Lunch and Dinner at 2 of the 4 CIA gourmet restaurants, Tour of Val-Kill (Eleanor Roosevelt's home), Tour of FDR's home and library.

2000 Jul GLUTEN-FREE CATSKILL GETAWAY II - Villa Roma Resort Hotel - 6 Days - New York Catskill Mountains - Laid back Summer mountain vacation and plenty of Italian style gluten-free food.

May ALASKA GLUTEN-FREE GETAWAY CRUISE - 8 Days - Vancouver, BC, Canada Ketchikan Juneau Sitka Valdez Wrangell-St. Elias National Park College Fjord Seward Anchorage.

Mar CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA GLUTEN-FREE MINI GETAWAY - 3 Days - Hyde Park, NY - Wine & Cheese Get-together, Tour of the CIA, Winery Tour and Tasting, Lunch and Dinner at 2 of the 4 CIA gourmet restaurants, Tour of Val-Kill (Eleanor Roosevelt's home), Tour of FDR's home and library.

1999 Nov BREEZE'S NASSAU, BAHAMA'S GLUTEN-FREE GETAWAY (All Inclusive) - 6 Days - Informal Do-As-U-Please style Caribbean Getaway. As close to beach combing gluten-free as you can get.

Aug GLUTEN-FREE CATSKILL GETAWAY - Villa Roma Resort Hotel - 6 Days - New York Catskill Mountains - Laid back Summer mountain vacation and plenty of Italian style gluten-free food.

Mar EASTERN CARIBBEAN GLUTEN-FREE GETAWAY CRUISE - 8 Days - Fort Lauderdale, Florida Nassau, Bahamas San Juan, Puerto Rico Half Moon Cay, Bahamas St. Johns, US Virgin Islands St. Croix, US Virgin Islands