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My name is Jim Martin and I started the Ludlow Travel Club in 2008, three years after my retirement from Ludlow High School, where I taught French and Spanish for 36 years. During that time I traveled extensively, including numerous trips to Europe with student groups. I also studied in France and taught English in a French high school for one year. In addition to my travels abroad, I worked for fifteen summers as a tour director/manager for Peter Pan Bus Lines of Springfield, Mass., an endeavor which took me to just about every U.S. state, Canadian province and territory.  These travel experiences, combined with those of the past nine years with the Ludlow Travel Club, have given me the opportunity to visit over 30 foreign countries on 6 different continents.

Ten Years of Travel:  2008-2018
London & Paris (Oct.-Nov., 2008) - 10 days: city highlights, plus Chunnel train, Windsor and Versailles 
Italian Vistas (April-May, 2009) - 13 days: Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Verona, Alpine Lakes Region
Shades of Ireland (Sept., 2009) - 10 days: Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Ring of Kerry, Waterford and more 
Classical Greece & Its Islands (April-May, 2010) - 15 days: a tour of the mainland, Mikonos and Santorini
Canadian Rockies by Rail (Sept., 2010) - 10 days: Vancouver, Victoria, Icefields Parkway, Banff, Calgary...
California New Year's Getaway (Dec., 2010-Jan., 2011) - 5 days: Long Beach, Tournament of Roses...  
Southern Charm (May, 2011) - 7 days: Charleston, Savannah, Jekyll Island, St. Augustine. Jacksonville... 
China Highlights & Yangtze River Cruise (Oct., 2011) - 15 days: Shanghai, Three Gorges, Chongqing, Guilin, Xi'an and Beijing (the Great Wall) 
San Antonio Holiday (Dec., 2011) - 5 days: Festival of Lights, Fredericksburg, Bandera, and LBJ Ranch
Music Cities USA (April, 2012) - 8 days:  New Orleans, Memphis, Graceland, Nashville, the Grand Ole Opry...
New York City (June, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) - 1 day: free time for sightseeing, shopping, seeing a show, etc 
Quebec City (June, 2012) - 4 days:  city tour, Montmorency Falls, Ile d'Orléans, St. Anne de Beaupré
Exploring  the Alpine Countries (Sept., 2012) - 13 days:  Vienna, Danube, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Munich, Oberammergau, Black Forest, Lake Geneva, Berne, Zermatt, Lucerne 
Branson Musical Holiday (Nov.-Dec., 2012) - 5 days: 7 shows, Branson Belle Riverboat, Silver Dollar City
Christmas in New York (Dec., 2012) - 1 day:  free time to view Christmas markets or to do as one pleases
From the Outback to the Glaciers (May, 2013) - 21 days + 4-day Fiji option: Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Melbourne, Sydney (Australia); Christchurch, Mount Cook, Queenstown (New Zealand)
Amish Country & Noah (May, 2013) - 3 days:  Bethlehem casino, Amish lands tour, Noah at Millennium Theatre
British Landscapes (July, 2013) - 11 days: London, Cambridge, York, Lake District, Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stonehenge, Edinburgh, Ruthin  
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (October, 2013) - 6 days: Santa Fe, Old Town, Nuclear Science Museum, etc.
America's National Parks (September, 2013) - 12 days:  Scottsdale, Sedona, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Salt Lake City, Temple Square, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Cody, Crazy Horse Monument, Mount Rushmore
Washington D.C. & Baltimore (October, 2013) - 4 days: U.S. Capitol; Library of Congress; Smithsonian; Arlington Nat. Cemetery; Lincoln, FDR and Iwo Jima Memorials; World War II, Korean and Vietnam Memorials; Kennedy Center, National Cathedral, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and Embassy Row; Viewings of White House, Supreme Court, Pentagon, etc.; Fort McHenry, city tour and Inner Harbor in Baltimore
Hawaiian Adventure (February, 2014) - 10 days:  Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Polynesian Cultural Center and Kilohana Plantation on Oahu;  Waimea Canyon and Coffee Plantation on Kauai;  Iao Needle, Lahaina, Kaanapali and Polynesian Luau on Maui
Seattle & Alaska Adventure (June, 2014) - 11 days: Seattle, Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Celebrity Solstice (ship), Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Skagway, Victoria in British Columbia 
Canadian Maritimes (July, 2014) - 9 days:  Fredericton and St. John in New Brunswick; Halifax and Peggy's Cove, the Royal Inter- national Tattoo, Cape Breton Island, the Cabot Trail, and Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site in Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Cavendish and "Anne of Green Gables" musical in Charlottetown; Confederation Bridge; Boothbay Harbor, Maine 
Rhine River Cruise (Sept., 2014) - 9 days: MS Gérard Schmitter (ship); Amsterdam, Volendam and Arnhem in the Netherlands; Cologne, the Rhine River Gorge, Mannheim, Rudesheim and Heidelberg in Germany; Strasbourg in France
Amish Country, Moses and Philadelphia (Oct., 2014) - 3 days: American Treasure Museum, Amish home and country tour,
Moses at the Millennium Theater, Philadelphia city tour with National Constitution Center, Liberty Bell and Reading Terminal Market
France Magnifique (April, 2015) - 14 days:  Paris, Versailles, Normandy, Loire Valley castles, Avignon, Provence, Nice, Monaco
Ontario, Canada (June, 2015) - 5 days; Thousand Islands, Toronto and Niagara Falls, Finger Lakes of NY State 
Italian Vistas (Sept., 2015) - See the second entry at the top of this page
Spirit of South America (Oct., 2015) - 16 days:  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Iguazu Falls; Lima & Cusco, Peru; Machu Picchu, Peru 
Pacific Coast Adventure (July, 2016) - 10 days:  Seattle, Portland, Oregon Coast, Redwood National Forest, San Francisco
Magnificent Cities of Eastern Europe (Sept.-Oct., 2016) - 14 days: Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow and Warsaw
Hudson River Valley (Oct., 2016) - 3 days: Hyde Park and FDR Home and Library, Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill, Vanderbilt Mansion, West Point, Rhinebeck and Beekman Arms, Culinary Institute of America, Walkway over the Hudson, Madava Farms
Colorado Rockies with Utah Canyons (May, 2017) - 13 days:  Denver, Rocky Mt. National Park, Arches & Canyonlands National Parks, Colorado National  Monument, Durango-Silverton RR, Mesa Verde, Pike's Peak and Garden of the Gods
Ottawa, Montreal & Quebec City (July, 2017) - 7 days: city tours plus Rideau Canal, Montmorency Falls & Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré
Italian Vistas (Aug.-Sept., 2017) - See the second entry at the top of this page.
Spain's Classics and Portugal (Oct., 2017) - 14 days:  Lisbon, Fatima, Nazaré, Obidos, Madrid, Toledo, Córdoba, Sevilla, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona 
Springtime Tulip River Cruise in Holland & Belgium (April, 2018) -  9 days: Amsterdam, Arnhem, Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Keukenhof Gardens, etc.
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor & Campobello Island (June, 2018) - 4 days: Freeport, Camden, Rockland, Wreaths Across America, etc. 
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland with Hamburg, Germany (June-July, 2018) - 13 days: Lucerne, Jungfraujoch, Zermatt, Lugano, Miniatur Wunderland
Chicago, Mackinac Island & the Legacy of Henry Ford (Sept., 2018) - 9 days: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Ford Plant, Frankenmuth, etc. 
Magical Iceland (Oct., 2018) - 7 days:  Reykjavik, Golden Circle, Vik, Blue Lagoon, Lava Center, Glacier Lagoon, etc. 
Also: Tours for 1 to 4 people to the Alpine CountriesCanyon Country USASan Antonio, Costa RicaFrance: Shrines and Lourdes and Fatima, Lourdes & the Shrines of Spain
Jim Martin on a four-day Yangtze River Cruise in China, 2011
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