In Spain

Here’s a story from The New York Times:

For years I had wanted to visit my family’s homeland. There at last, I found a memorable tapas bar, soulful culture and a town with my name.

Read the article

New York Times Article

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January 2018 Winter Message

Dear Friends & Travelers,Incan statue

Hello 2018!
Michael and I wish you a prosperous and peaceful year.

We start with renewed energy for New View Tours thanks to each of you who have
traveled with us; and to each of you who plan to join a tour in the future!
Our efforts and travels continue to be enjoyable experiences for us and for fellow
travelers who continue to be interested in joining us!

In Gratitude

Thanks to the numerous travel partners in Ecuador, Chile, Peru; and now France
and Spain for their diligent assistance welcoming us, guiding us and hosting us.

Our international friends living here and abroad have offered a wealth of
information and assistance. Each of you have done great work for us.
Gracias, Merci, Thank You!

Whatever your travel choices are in 2018,
thank you for staying in touch.
We are glad to exchange ideas, swap travel notes and hear your travel stories.

This is to wish you a rewarding year of peace, prosperity and harmony – whether
you are headed outbound or making your way back down the road to home.

Happy Trails!

Ramelle and Michael

New View Tours Overview – 2018

Andean Exploration – Peru & Bolivia & Machu Picchu
From Lima fly to Arequipa, van thru Colca Canyon to Puno, then cross into La Paz,
Bolivia; fly to Cuzco Peru and Machu Picchu.
2 Openings – Deadline NOW!
Learn more about the Andes Trip
8 – 23 April 2018

Castles & Caves of Southwest France:
Bordeaux to Toulouse
A waiting list is forming Group size: 12
Here we are enjoying the Musee de Pre-Histoire last year:
Learn more about the France trip
20 – 30 September 2018

Gardens and Art of Spain: North & South
Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela; Seville to Granada then Madrid – Group size: 10
4 – 18 October 2018
Learn more about the Spain trip

The New Parks of Patagoina:
The Torres del Paine, then Pumalin & Patagonia Parks. Group size size: 6 – 8
Winter 2019 – 10 days in early February
Learn more from the Patagonia Park brochure

Plan Your Own Tour: we will be glad to help
you design one of the tours that we have taken in the last seven years:
Cuenca, Ecuador;
Galapagos Islands of Ecuador;
Patagonia Parks of Chile
Buenos Aires to Bariloche; Argentina
Chiclayo, Peru – the pre-Inca Mochica Monuments & Palace of Sipan
Mendoza, Salta and Colome Argentina
Machu Picchu, Peru

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Gardens & Art of Spain

Tour Overview

The Last New View Group leaving Bilbao

The Last New View Group leaving Bilbao

Northern Spain: Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela
4 – 11 October

Southern Spain: Cordoba, Granada, Seville & Madrid
11 – 18 October

$5250 per person double occupancy
$1700 single supplement
(based on group of 8 travelers)

Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao, Spain

Guggenheim Museum – Bilbao, Spain

New View Tours is delighted to offer a new trip to Spain with a focus on the art and gardens, and the architectural legacy of the country: the palaces, churches and sites of Romans, Moors, the Spanish Reconquista and local peoples. Enjoy the flora and fauna of different regions during this shoulder Fall season after the high tourist season subsides.

 

With the assistance of Marina Duque Mulvihill of Madrid and Stockbridge; and her mother Mrs. Sally Crane Duque of Seville and Philadelphia, join us to explore unique niches in their country.  Special visits arranged for the group will include private gardens in Seville and a visit to the home of Marina and Stephan Duque/Mulvihill outside of Madrid.

Santiago de Compostela, South

Santiago de Compostela, South

Accommodations will be well-appointed boutique hotels and one parador in Santiago de Compostela. Each hotel is chosen for its proximity to the art, gardens and historic architecture. Most stays will be two nights.

Day trips will be by private van with driver; high speed train and between the northern and the southern tours by plane from Santiago de Compostela to Seville.

Ramelle and Michael Pulitzer will coordinate arrangements during the trip and look forward to traveling with you!

Travelers need to be in good health, able to walk distances across the gardens in open parks and port their luggage in the train station and airport. More itinerary details here.

Santiago de Compostela details

Santiago de Compostela details

Alhambra in Grenada

Alhambra in Grenada

Seville

Seville

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An Andean Exploration

Arequipa - 16th c. colonial city

PERU & BOLIVIA

From 16th century colonial cathedrals
to Inca ruins to home of the condor in the largest canyon in SA

April 7 – 18, 2018

Arequipa, to the Colca Canyon to Puno & Lake Titicaca with a view of La Paz, Bolivia.
Cost $ 2650

April 18 – 23, 2018

Add—on tour to Machu Picchu.
Cost $ 1600

More Info contact: Email Ramelle or Email Michael

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April 2018 – Peru/Bolivia Tour

Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, La Paz, Bolivia

Arequipa – La Paz – 11 nights – April 7 – 17

Add-on a tour to Machu Picchu – 6 nights – April 18 – 23

CathedralFly to Lima to transfer for a short flight to Arequipa, a World Heritage site designed in 1540 by the Spanish. Explore the white city of silla volcanic stone located in the dry Atacama Desert with 300 days of sunshine a year. This is the second largest city in the country.

Nuns in Cathedral

Explore the Basilica Cathedral; the Church of the Compania to see local interpretation of baroque architecture. Hotel: Casa Andina Private Collection.

Visit the Santa Catalina Monestary still in service and the Museo de Santuarios Andinos, aka the Inca Mummy Museum.  Drive up to the Colca Canyon by way of the Aquadas Blancas Reserve to find vicunas and samples of their woven wool. Visit Coporaque, the oldest colonial settlement in the valley, and Uyo Uyo, the last of an Inca administration center on a hill overlooking the colonial town.

The Andes

 

Cruz del Condor is a stop to find these enormous raptors in their favorite habitat: the high Andes! Hotel: Colca Lodge. Cross the peaks to the Cabanaconde, the settlement of pre-Columbian days at the end of the valley. Find an astonishing church and many traditional stone houses.

Stone Houses

It is a day’s drive over the spectacular pass to Puno for a night at Hotel José Antonio, overlooking Lake Titicaca. From here,  cross the Yunguyo border to Bolivia to Copacabana, the lake shore, the the Island of the Sun. Stay with special vista at Ecolodge La Estancia.

At the tip of the island, there is the much-abused archeological site called La Chincana; a reminder that this site figures in one of the primary origin myths of the emergence of the Inca dynasty. Come to understand this place; the village of Yumani,  and take boat launch on the lake to experience life on the Island of the Moon.

Next stop is the city of La Paz. Settle in the Hotel Europa, on a quite side street just off the Prado. From La Paz – return directly to the USA or….

Machu PicchuFrom La Paz – fly to Cuzco and tour to Machu Picchu. Journey through the Sacred Valley to Ollayantatambo and many significant Inca sites. Explore the heart of the former empire that expanded across 3,000 kilometers of the continent. Cuzco, a city shaped like a puma, represents the strength and organization of a sophisticated powerful past civilization. Hotel: El Albergue garden suites in Ollantaytambo; Hotel El MaPi for one night and Casa Andina Private Collection in Cusco for two nights

Fly Cuzco to Lima to return to the USA.

A detailed itinerary is available upon request.

Land Cost:

April 7 – 18: $2650
April 18 – 23: $1600

$4,250 Total per person double occupancy
Add $1550 single supplement – full tour

Travel Insurance not included, but strongly recommended

To Sign On for the Tour
fill out Reservation Form

Send $500 by check or credit card (Add 5% bank charge) to:

New View Tours
P.O. Box 593 Stockbridge, MA 01262

Questions?

Ramelle Pulitzer
Ramelle@newviewtours.com  336-416-2390

OR:

Michael Pulitzer
mp@newviewtours.com   413-717-5459

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Fall Travel Note

Machu Picchu 25 October 2017

Dear Friends and Fellow Travelers,

We are delighted to share the New View Tours trips for 2018!

Please consider joining us! and pass along the information to a friend.

In April, we will explore new views of Peru with a glimpse of Bolivia. Note there is an add-on tour to the citadel of Machu Picchu! Consider both segments or join us for the section that fits your schedule between the 7th and the 23rd.

Then in September we return to the Dordogne valley of the Perigord in Southwest France for visits to Lascaux, Rouffinac and cave art of the region. We include medieval towns, castles and bastides. As we explore the extraordinary landscape we will be enjoying French cuisine and fine wines from these special terroirs. The dates are the 20 – 30.

For October 2018, the next New View Tour is to the Gardens of Spain. The itinerary is in development with assistance from our friend Marina Duque Mulvihill who lives here in Stockbridge and Madrid! The dates will be timed as a continuation of the French experience.

We find that a group of 8 – 10 is ideal. If you are at all interested, kindly be in touch as soon as possible.

Detailed itineraries are ready and available upon request.

Enjoy pictures from our last trip here.

Very Best Wishes and Happy Trails!

Ramelle and Michael

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Our Last Day

Pont Valentere

Pont Valentere in Cahors on our last day – rainy!

Dinner in Toulouse

Challenging light for the photo but perfect for dining on our last night dining outside on the great plaza in Toulouse in front of the “city hall” that is also a performing arts center.

Toulouse, France

Toulouse, France center city plaza at night

Castles and Caves Tour Group

Delightful trip this year: here we are – Castles and Caves – on ur last night in Toulouse at the Grand Hotel de Opera: Michael pulitzer Dick Moore, Janie Wilson Barbara Moore, JD Wilson, Charlotte Hanes Charles Taft, Ramelle Pulitzer

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Lascaux

A new group explores the View of the prehistoric art at Lascaux IV! It’s a complete reproduction in a contemporary museum!

Lascaux

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Herses et Assommoir

Carcassonne is a defensive castle with two ramparts and then a few tricky entrances with slits above the double doors to trap the invaders in there and pour on the boiling oil. It’s called a. Reticle defense. Let’s see-maybe I’ll skip it….

herses et assommoir

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Carcassonne!

12th century fortifications on Roman village – 2500 years of history here!

Carcassonne, France

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Visiting the 12th Century

12th Century brick church with Gothic additions – Albi, France. The interior altar painting-freize was done by a Dutch master painter from 1500 who adopted the naturalist style. It is showing heaven and hell and all the details of disgusting torture if you sin – what a way to go!

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Albi, France

The gardens of the archbishop over looking the Garonne river in Albi. The 13th century brick cathedral here is the largest in France!

Albi, France

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Peche Merle Caves

Time line of the earth with man emerging near the end….we have been busy lately! This is  – beautiful!

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Museum of Prehistoric Art – Les Eyzies France

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

Homo sapiens came after this guy – homo erectus but he was the first to travel from Africa to Europe on his two legs!

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

During the ice age these marvelous horned creatures roamed the southern steppe here

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

Charlotte and Charles negotiate

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

Neanderthal dad with his baby boy!

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

Look at these horns

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

A carved deer looking back at two kissing birds on its tail

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

Bones and more bones from 12,000 to 30,000 old

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

View of the city from the cliff at the terrace of the museum

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

Les Eyzies at night – looking up at the museum built into the cliff. See the cromagnon man sculpture?

In the avezare river, Les Eyzies is a beautiful part of The Valley.

Tomorrow we head out to find the castles on the Dordogne River to the south east from here.

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Sarlat, France

Saturday is market day in Sarlat! Layers of architectural history including restoration over 30 years starting in the 1960’s….

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Two Lovers

Barbara and Dick

Barbara and Dick

Charles and Charlotte

Charles and Charlotte

Janie and JD

Janie and JD

Two Lovers, Ramelle and Michael

Ramelle and Michael

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Vineyards of St Emillion

Vineyards of St Emillion

These grapes are ready to pick! This is the week!

Our wine tour is fascinating!

View of the gentle tertre – hill – that faces east to make the best grapes to make the very best wine – not a casual process! Oh my!

These wood kegs can be used 3-5 years and then are sold to hold whiskey!

Types of soul under this particular winery – roots can grow 8 meters deep.

A very big bottle of wine!

Modern tanks keep the temp and the circulation and the added liquids in balance.

Ahh these barrels get burned on the inside to produce a certain flavor in the wine – that sits here just a certain amount of time.

After an hour absorbing the complex process, it’s time to take another hour to taste the product- 20 euro bottle and a 50 euro bottle.

Various sizes – it’s all good!

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View of Bordeaux

From our hotel, the city is always in motion but since cars are not allowed in this section of the World Heritage site designation, we can usually have a quiet time. The architecture is fabulous – everywhere I look!

Pick your century and there it is!

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Meeting Friends

Michael and I meet up with Les Andrews, a friend from the same class at Colorado Rocky Mountain school. Les and Mariko live in Basel Switzerland and flew in to visit and say hi! Great timing!

Les and Mariko

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2 Days in Bordeaux

Beef Steak for Two

Beef Steak for Two

Monk fish rolls

Monk fish rolls

Janie orders duck

Janie orders duck

Barbara and JD

Barbara and JD

Bordeaux at night

Bordeaux at night

Street scene in Bordeaux, France

The clock tower is its own structure so the bellos won't shake the cathedral

The clock tower is its own structure so the bellos won’t shake the cathedral

Interiors are exceptional

Interiors are exceptional

Sisters from the 12th century - muse d'aquitaine

Sisters from the 12th century – muse d’aquitaine

Slaves from Antilles

Slaves from Antilles

History of shipping - a river harbor fraught with sand dune hazards from 6 meter tides!

History of shipping – a river harbor fraught with sand dune hazards from 6 meter tides!

Shops are so stylish

Shops are so stylish

French baby store - granny attack!

French baby store – granny attack!

The colors here are terrific!

The colors here are terrific!

Cathedral of Bordeaux

Cathedral of Bordeaux

Under the Gothic arch is the last supper

Under the Gothic arch is the last supper

Famous clock still ticking under the bell tower

Famous clock still ticking under the bell tower

Janie, JD, Charles, Charlotte, Barbara, Dick, Michael and Ramelle

Janie, JD, Charles, Charlotte, Barbara, Dick, Michael and Ramelle

This is the scalp emblem in brass that the pilgrims still follow on their pilgrimage to Spain

This is the scalp emblem in brass that the pilgrims still follow on their pilgrimage to Spain

Bordeaux

Kids and all ages enjoy a movie in the broad daylight on a warm afternoon on the river bank by the reflecting pool with sprinklers that shoot from the tiled floor.

Kids and all ages enjoy a movie in the broad daylight on a warm afternoon on the river bank by the reflecting pool with sprinklers that shoot from the tiled floor.

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