You can photograph wildlife up close and personal in the Okavango Delta in Botswana via dugout canoe, called a mokoro.



The magnificent and world famous Louvre Museum rises over the Seine River.

Gap of Dunloe


Enjoy a scenic journey through the narrow, winding pass by horse-drawn cart.



Situated behind the Cathedral of Pisa, the tower was constructed in three stages over 177 years. It leans 3.9 metres (12 ft 10 in) from perfectly vertical.



Mykonos has always been one of the most popular tourist islands of the Mediterranean.

Cappadocia, Turkey


The Cappadocia region offers amazing sights, unusual rock formations, and underground dwellings.



The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art performs a spectacular equestrian ballet accompanied to traditional Spanish music with riders dressed in 19th Century style costumes.

Ixtapan de la Sal, Mexico


In operation since the mid 19th century, Ixtapan is family-owned and operated, and is the most relaxing and beautiful place one can imagine.


Ihla Crowley

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Escorting Small Group,
In-depth Tours
to Destinations
Around the World

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Ihla Crowley

Ihla Crowley, Drifter Sister
Leading Small Group,
In-depth Tours
to Destinations
Around the World


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"This was an excellent experience and quite affordable.... Staying in one location with day trips suited us perfectly, and the itinerary was varied and interesting. To me it was the perfect chance to enjoy historical sites, natural beauty, food and wine, local people, and comfortable lodgings."

- Margie & Cliff W. (France)

"This was hands-down the best trip we have ever taken. The gorgeous islands, the amazing turquoise Aegean sea, the beauty of the Peloponnese, and standing in the ORIGINAL Olympic stadium was more than we ever expected. We can't wait to go again!"

– Nancy C. (Greece)

"Ihla shares her love of Tuscany in a way that makes you love it too."

- Cheryl L. (Tuscany)

"I had dreamed of an African trip for 50 years. This trip fulfilled every dream! It was truly an adventure. I loved the small planes, helicopter, and boat rides. Every location was breathtaking and I always felt safe. Loved every minute of the trip, thanks to Ihla's wonderful itinerary and gentle guidance."

- Judy M. (S. Africa Safari)

“The lunch & dinner meals were so delicious, the lodgings were awesome, each unique and wonderful, the variety of the cities & their history, and nothing tops seeing the fabulous Mesquita and Cathedral in Cordoba. The whole two weeks was a once in a lifetime experience.”

-Jennifer S. (Spain)

“This is trip #3 with Ihla!  I love how each day is planned out but also the flexibility of making changes (chemistry of the group).  Ihla does a FANTASTIC job of including everyone's requests during the trip.  I am so excited to continue my travels with IHLA!”

– Judi A. (Spain)

“One of the best compliments we can give is that the three-week trip went by so incredibly fast. We had an amazing time. Ihla's organization was masterful: from the accommodations; to the amazing adventures; to the jam-packed "fun" stuff to do and explore. We can't wait to travel with "Drifter Sister" again.”

– Joanie and Bill G. (Greece, Turkey)

"The beauty of the land was amazing.  Thank you for a great tour! We talked to several other people on the train who had booked the trip by themselves, and they didn’t visit all the places we did.  In fact one couple had less experiences but paid more!"

- Nancy & Steve C. (Canadian Rocky Mountaineer)

"This was a well-organized, comfortable and very affordable trip that covered a good slice of Ireland from archeological & historical sites and attractions to delving a little into Irish folklore and seeing the present day lifestyles of people here."

- Barbara G. (Ireland)

“Before going on this trip I would not have considered myself to be a tour type person … Now I look forward to being able to join Ihla on one of her future trips.”

– Wendy I. (Greece)

“A very affordable trip to a lovely spa where we were pampered every day.”

– Nancy C. (Ixtapan Spa)

“The grounds were so lovely and the whole Spa trip was relaxing and so much fun. I loved it all.”

– Audrey O. (Ixtapan Spa)



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Everyone's Dream Come True

Lodging in Villas

Rental Cars to Visit a Variety of Hill Towns

Breakfast & Evening Snacks

Several Special Meals

Train/Bus Tickets to Arezzo, Siena, and Assisi

and more...

See it Before it Changes

Beautiful Classic Cars

Havana & Trinidad

Santiago de Cuba

Camaguey & Havana

City Tours & Culinary Delights

Home Stays with Locals

Experience the Real Cuba

and more...



Hvar, Split, Korkula & more

Swim in the Adriatic Sea

Island Hop on a Small Ship


Stay in Budva on the coast, & Perast on the Bay of Kotor

Visit Lakes, Mountain Villages, Monasteries

Enjoy Boat Rides, Walking Tours, Fabulous Food

and more...


Experience the Luck of the Irish

Enjoy Traditional Irish Music and Pub Meals

Enchanting Scenic Drives

Small Luxury Motor Coach

Mystical Lakes

Castles and Ancient Ruins

Distilleries and Other Surprises

and more...



A Balance of Relaxation & Discovery

Immersion into French Culture & Cuisine

Lodging in a 12th Century Castle

Roman Sites - Castles - Wineries

Walking Tour of Montpellier

Carcassonne - Collioure

Local Street Markets

Canal du Midi Boat Ride

Cathar & Roman History

and more...

Pamper Yourself

Daily Swedish Massages

Water Aerobics



Fabulous Spa Food

Day Trip to Taxco

Golf/Spa Option

and more...

Trip of a Lifetime on a Safari in Kenya & Southern Africa

Kenya - During Migration
Big Five - Game Drives

Luxury Lodges & Tent Camps

Victoria Falls - Largest in the World

Botswana's Okavango Delta - Game Drives by Boat & Land Rover

Namibia's Red Sand Dunes
Highest in the World

Game Drives in Namibia’s Etosha National Park

and more...

Sunny Andalucia
Olive Groves & Sunflowers

Rental Cars to Visit Hill Towns and Villages
including White-Washed Pueblos

Three 4-Night Stays

Guided Tours
Alhambra, Cordoba, Ronda

Andalusian Horse Show
Authentic Flamenco
Tapas & Sangria

and more...

Classical Greece:

Play on Mykonos, Santorini,
& more

Swim the Azure Blue Waters of the Aegean

Island Hop on a Private Yacht

Ancient Turkey:

Walk in the steps of Paul and Cleopatra

Visit the Fairy Chimneys, Sleep in a Cave Hotel

Take a boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait

and more...

Catch the Wind Tours - Mississippi Riverboat Cruise



July 23-31, 2017

You're invited to join us for this one-time Catch the Wind tour on the Upper Mississippi, aboard the American Queen steamboat.

Nine days of relaxation, adventure, and entertainment. Follow the real life adventures that inspired Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

From all perspectives, the American Queen is a testimony to the floating palaces of long ago and a culmination of their finest qualities.

Your cruise includes a superior outside stateroom with private veranda, all meals onboard, bottled water and soft drinks, select wine and beer with dinner, a shore excursion in every port, a deluxe hotel stay before your voyage, daily lectures by the Riverlorian (the onboard history and culture expert), and more.

And the food? Oh my goodness! All three meals on board, including breakfast in your stateroom if you want it. Choice of elegant or casual dining for lunch, and a nightly five-course dinner in the American Queen's elegant J.M. White Dining Room, which showcases the varied cultural and culinary influences of our great nation. Each offering is a celebration of flavor.

A special group rate has been secured so that Drifter Sister can offer this cruise for less than if you booked it yourself, and yet includes many extras, such as the port taxes, $100 onboard credit, and all gratuities, plus you will be helping a number of good causes*.

If you have always dreamed of a Mississippi Riverboat cruise, this is your chance to do it for perhaps the most reasonable price you will ever find.

If you are interested in more details about this adventure, email to verify availability. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and I expect this unique tour to fill up fast.

Dates: July 23-31, 2017

Price: $4,399 pp/dbl

*a portion of the price of this cruise will benefit the non-profit organizations in Boulder City, Nevada

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