Monday, June 9, 2008

Pembrook Newsletter

Updated on May 23, 2016

TRIPS PLANNED…    2016 - 2017 - 2018

Kathy Didier
PO Box C, Woodstock, NH 03293


Be it  a weekend in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or travel to a more distant location, I hope that you will consider joining the excursions offered below. Listed first are the weekend trips in NH. Scroll down farther and you can read about the more distant trips that I and my co-leaders have planned.
Australia -  Colombia - Iceland - Ireland - Greek Islands -  Italy - Israel - Jordan  - Bhutan - Cuba - Nepal - The Balkans...Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, and Croatia
 - Cinque Terre, Italy and Umbria, Italy

and the White Mountains of New Hampshire

This is a sampling of trips being offered. Read descriptions below. If you have interest in any of the trips, ask to be put on an information list. As soon as trip plans are completed, you will be among the first to receive information. Many of these trips fill quickly.
Join us for hikes during all seasons of the year. We also enjoy holiday celebrations such as New Years, Presidents, Memorial Day - Independence Day - Labor Day - Columbus Day Weekends. We are in an excellent area for summer sports - hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking. In the winter, there are opportunities for skiing and snowshoeing all around us.

Consider joining one of our world wide tours. There are spaces open on the trips to Galapagos and Ecuador and more

Thank you..... Kathy Didier

The first trips listed are in White Mountains of New Hampshire. Further down, we have listed trips which take place outside of New England.  With the sale of Pembrook, we have transferred our White Mountain trips over to The Mountain Fare Inn, in Campton, NH. 

Mountain Fare is a classic White Mountain ski lodge/ bed and breakfast located between Franconia Notch and Squam Lake in Campton’s peaceful Upper Village. The Inn sits on 6 acres in the heart of New Hampshire’s ski, hiking and biking country near Waterville Valley Resort just north of Plymouth, NH. Also nearby are Loon and Cannon Mountains.

2016 - Nancy DiMeo and Anna Panszczyk plan to lead   New Years, Presidents, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day trips out of Mountain Fare Inn. Contact Anna or Nancy early to register. , 

July 15-17, 2016 - AMC Gentle Hiking and Summer Theater in the White Mountains.  We will offer hikes which are under five miles at an easy pace.  Opportunity for a refreshing swim in nearby river. In the evening enjoy a performance of the musical "Godspell" at Jean's Playhouse in Lincoln, NH.  $245 covers two nights lodging at Mountain Fare Inn in Campton, NH, two breakfasts, restaurant dinner on Saturday night, and theater tickets.  Register with Kathy Didier. 603-726-3553

August 19-21, 2016 - AMC Gentle Hiking and Summer Theater in the White Mountains.  We will offer hikes which are under five miles at an easy pace.  Opportunity for a refreshing swim in nearby river. In the evening enjoy a performance of the musical "'Avenue Q" at Jean's Playhouse in Lincoln, NH.  $245 covers two nights lodging at Mountain Fare Inn in Campton, NH, two breakfasts, restaurant dinner on Saturday night, and theater tickets.    Register with Kathy Didier. 603-726-3553

  2016, 2017, 2018

June 25-30, 2106 – Iceland: Reykjavik to the Glaciers – 6 days. 
Nature-Wildlife Tour. Inhale fresh Icelandic air; discover geysers and waterfalls; tap into the restorative powers of the northern isle. Your home base is Reykjavik, famed for progressive thinking and high standards of living. From here, you can see the best of Iceland, including the enticing Blue Lagoon, the inspiring Golden Circle and the other worldly beauty of South Iceland. Twenty one hours of sunlight each day. Http://
September 30 - October 11, 2016 Greek Islands - with an extension to Malta and Gozo (October 11-14)  Adventurebug Tour with Matt Butler -     
Greece is a fascinating place.  It offers a balance between ancient history, outstanding nature, tasty cuisine, friendly local hosts and a Mediterranean lifestyle that is unrivaled - after all, this is where the new world began.  In 2016 we are offering a spring and autumn tour of the Greek Islands.  These tours will be focused on Light Walking and Cultural Discovery.    From Athens we explore the islands of Crete, Santorini and Mykonos over a 12 day (11 night) period.  Our visits range from historic archaeological sites to white washed villages, breathtaking coastal scenery and lush foliage of gorges and volcanic slopes.  We`ll meet a host of local personalities on route, sample the delicious and healthy diet and most probably taste Ouzo and Raki at some point on our journey!  Our travels include an air transfer between Athens and Crete, followed by scenic ferry journeys between Santorini, Mykonos and Delos.  We´ll explore much of the highlights on foot - taking in short, easy walks both in the villages and rural countryside and utilize a private bus to shuttle us around.  Accommodation is in comfortable tour class hotels in historic centers and there is time allotted for self exploration, souvenir hunting and relaxation in sun drenched cafes - watching the world go by.  Join us for either the spring wild flower season or a pre-winter exploration of one of Europe´s most enchanting destinations.
This trip is designed and led in conjunction with Matt Butler from Adventurebug Worldwide - a European based tour outfitter.  If you are interested in this trip.....respond to Kathy Didier to be on "the list" of people who receive first notification when plans are complete.  This trip is full.  Consider getting on the waitlist.
Central Mexico, January 10-21, 2017.  Our explorations with friend and guide, David Reyes, will continue. On this trip we will visit five different  Colonial Cities/Towns -   Guadalajara (Tlaquepaque) , Urupan, Patzcuaro, Morelia, and Guanajuato.  Along the way, we will enjoy food and tequila tours...a boat tour on Lake Chapala...volcano hike...hikes to archeological sites....museums...and vists to Craftspeople.  Cost will range from $2575 - $2660 depending upon the number of participants.  Contact Kathy if interested.

March 14 - 25,  2017 - Colombia, South America with Matt Butler, Adventurebug.  Areas that we visit include Bogota, Colombia's thriving capital.  Salento region/Coffee Estancia & Cocora Valley - A taste of rural Colombia.  Medellin - the City of Eternal Spring.  The Caribbean - Santa Marta, Tayrona National Park and Koralia Coast (tropical).  Cartagena - The Colonia Heart of Colombia.    $3100.  Itinerary is now ready. 


April 19-29, 2017 - Cinque Terre with Matt Butler, Adventurebug.
ITALY´S CINQUE TERRE - Hiking and Discovery Tour 2017

For over a thousand years people have lived in this dramatic part of Italy´s North West Mediterranean coast - traditionally cultivating the steep hillsides and fishing the sparkling blue waters.  Centuries later we find breathtaking seaside villages with lush forests, vineyards and craggy hillsides between them.  This is the Cinque Terre, the 5 Lands and one of Europe´s most sought after coastal hiking destinations. We welcome you on a unique journey to the Cinque Terre, one of Italy´s premiere National Parks on the Liguria coast with visits to Florence and Pisa to round off the journey.  Join us in 2017 and experience a side of Italy that is truly magnificent and exquisitely preserved.  The tour is 8 nights / 9 travel days in total.  There are 2 levels of hiking (easy and moderate), and we stay in 3 locations (Florence, Levanto and Pisa).  Cost depends upon the number of participants.  $$2100 - $2300. Most meals are included and all guiding, transportation (train, bus and boat), are organized by us.  Contact Kathy Didier for information.  


May 3-11, 2017 - Umbria, Italy   Visit this scenic area of Italy at the most beautiful time of year. Poppies in bloom, cuckoos singing, festivals being celebrated.. Walking and sightseeing through ancient hill towns of Assisi, Spello, Gubbio, Perugia,. Taste wines and olive oils. Cooking class is an option. Local hiking and tour guides. Private or double occupancy rooms and baths in lovely bed and breakfast. Gourmet dinners. - $2100 - $2300 (depends upon number of participants) covers lodging, most meals, sightseeing, and transportation in Italy. Kathy Didier, 603-726-3553  

June 25 - July 3, 2017, ....July 5...with a two day extension to Dublin.  Ireland Walking Tour with GoAhead Tours
10 days Walking

Explore Ireland from the ground up on a walking tour through the country’s small cities and most dramatic landscapes. From the Cliffs of Moher to the rocky Burren to the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, you’ll come face-to-face with the natural beauty that separates Irish landscapes into a league of their own. And in Galway, Connemara and Cork, you’ll stroll right through history (and hopefully, into a few pubs too).

You will walk for about 2 hours daily across uneven terrain, including dirt paths and unpaved trails, with some hills and steep stairs. 

Contact Kathy Didier to register or for more information. 

Australia and Barrier Reef to Sydney, Nature and Wildlife.  September 11 - 24, 2017.  I plan to extend my trip for an additional week in Sydney.  Experience the allure of the land Down Under when you snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, gaze at Ayers Rock and explore the Sydney Opera House. But these iconic adventures are only the beginning. From multicultural Melbourne to the vast Outback, Australia is full of surprises for you to discover and savor.

November 4 - 12 (16 with extension) GoAhead Tours - The Wonders of Ancient Israel....with Jordan Extension.  For an ancient spiritual epicenter, Israel still feels surprisingly contemporary and fresh. Uncover cosmopolitan Tel Aviv’s laid-back vibe and hip Haifa’s Bauhaus style. Then, descend into the holy lands that set the foundations for many faiths—including Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world.   A four day extension to Jordan is planned.  A hightlight will be time spent in Petra. 
Register with Kathy Didier.

January 13-23, 2018 - Once we have total freedom to visit Cuba....  We will be there.  Plans are underway for a visit in 2018.  Get on the trip list....  Contact 

March 2018 - Nepal and Bhutan - This trip is on hold until March 2018, since the destruction of the earthquakes in Nepal.  Working with Matt Butler of Adventurebug, on a trip to Nepal and Bhutan.  This will be a cultural Walking Tour not a Trekking Trip.   If interested...get on the early notice list.   .  Kathy Didier. 

Thank you for your interest in my trips. Feel free to get back to me with questions. Kathy



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