Drifter Sister
Small Group Tour to a
Luxurious Spa in Mexico

 

 

Africa

Tours to AfricaThis is a thrilling two-week safari to Kenya during the annual migration. Plus, your photos will be amazing because renowned photographer and teacher, Jeff Sink, will be along to help you get stunning photos.

 

We are also offering a 10-day pre-trip that begins in Victoria Falls, heads to Botswana for game drives, and on to the Okavango Delta.

 

We are also offering a 10-day pre-trip that begins in Victoria Falls, and then heads to Botswana for game drives in the Okavango Delta.

 

Croatia & Montenegro

Tours to Croatia-MontenegroThis small group tour combines one of the latest ‘must see’ destinations, Croatia, with a wonderful little country under most folks’ radar, Montenegro – a hidden gem if there ever was one.

 

We begin our adventure in Dubrovnik, Croatia, as we board our mega-yacht, M/S Splendid, and begin our exciting 7-Day Island Hopping Cruise through Croatia’s Dalmatia Coast

 

Week two is on land, exploring the wonders and mysteries of lovely Montenegro. Transported by deluxe motor coach, we begin our journey by climbing the scenic old mountain road to “Old Montenegro,” and each day a new adventure awaits.

 

 

Cuba

Tour Cuba

If you have been wanting to see Cuba, now is the time to do it, before it becomes spoiled by a rush of American tourists.

 

Come with me… experience the quirky, sometimes unpredictable and chaotic, yet enterprising life of the Cuban people. Witness their spirit and ingenuity. Marvel at what they can do amidst the crumbling infrastructure. Travel the nearly deserted highways through the gorgeous countryside, with cowboys on horseback, and horse-drawn carts interspersed among the classic cars, trucks and buses.

 

This is a Catch the Wind tour you won’t want to miss, especially now, before Cuba changes, and before the onrushing crowds ruin it.

 

 

France

Tours to FranceDuring the two weeks of our small group tour of France, we will discover the beautiful Minervois villages and the fascinating Languedoc region of South France.

 

This tour is a balance of relaxation and discovery. The region is rich in history (primarily Roman Colonization, and the Cathar movement, which provoked the Albigensian Crusade) and wine production.

Greece & Turkey
Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Can you imagine two weeks immersed in two of the most exotic and archeologically rich civilizations of the world? You can experience it all on our small group tour of Greece and Turkey.

 

Our tour of Greece will combine conventional cruising with private yachting aboard the 25-cabin Harmony V mega yacht. We will visit the famous islands of Mykonos and Santorini along with many of the smaller, beautiful islands.

 

An optional small group land tour of the Pelloponnese is available for touring classical sites like Olympia, Delphi and Meteora.

 

Our small group tour of Turkey includes the enchanting city of Istanbul, a cruise on the Bosphorus strait, and a visit to the Cappadocia region.

 

Istanbul is a unique city combining Eastern and Western cultures. It is set in an amazingly beautiful location that everyone should visit at least once.

 

Cappadocia is a stunning area of other-worldly rock formations, subterranean churches and underground dwellings.

 

Ireland

Tours to IrelandFor two weeks our small group tour of Ireland will explore the Emerald Isle, escorted in our luxurious and spacious motor coach.

 

We will discover the myriad beautiful, charming and mysterious sights, sounds, and tastes of the Emerald Isle, making a wide circle, primarily around the coast. ‘Must See’ locations, such as Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny Castle, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, the ‘Quiet Man’ country of Connemara, and more will be interspersed with lesser known local gems, such as Cobh, Doolin, the Aran Island of Inish Mor, and New Grange.

Spain

Tours of Andalucia, Spain

This small group tour of Spain is an in-depth exploration of a most treasured region - ANDALUCIA!

 

Rich in Spanish traditions influenced by the ancient Moors, sunshine, olive groves, white pueblo villages, tapas, Sangria... Spain's Andalucia contains all this and more, and we will have two weeks to enjoy it to the fullest!

 

Highlights include three guided tours, a visit and show at the famous Andalucian Equestrian School, and an authentic Flamenco Show at an intimate, locally owned establishment. Two meals are included daily, as well as rental cars, including gas.

 

Lodging will be in Haciendas and hotels, conveniently located within walking distance of historic city centers, shops and attractions. Three 4-night stays help make this an in-depth experience and adventure you don’t want to miss!

 

Tuscany

Tours to TuscanyStaying in a villa on a small group tour of Tuscany is one of the least expensive, and perhaps most rewarding, travel experiences one can enjoy.

 

We stay one week each in two villas, which are strategically chosen for convenient day trips throughout central Tuscany. First is Borgo Corsignano, a renovated medieval village in the lovely Casentino Valley. Our second villa is San Giuseppe, near Sienna, a big, old restored farmhouse with six bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms).

Let's Go to a Luxurious Spa!

April 2-9, 2017

 

Summary

 

Ixtapan HotelIxtapan de la Sal Hotel and Spa is located about 60 miles south of Mexico City, in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. This family-owned and operated Spa has been in operation since the mid 19th century, and is just the most relaxing and beautiful place one can imagine. Included in the package are daily Swedish massages; facial and reflexology

Ixtapan de la Sal Spa

treatments; a manicure and pedicure; daily morning walks; aerobics, salsa, yoga, and pilates classes; tennis lessons, and more. The food is wonderful, and you can take your choice of the spa dining room (for the calorie conscious) or the more traditional Veranda restaurant with a full menu. An excursion to the famous silver mining town of Taxco is included, as is Trip Insurance and all hotel and spa personnel gratuities. All of this, including your room, meals and transfers, comes to just $2,000 for the week (less if at least 10 sign up) – far cheaper than any Spa you can find in the States with similar amenities.

 

Golf at Ixtapan de la SalFor those wishing to have a more active experience, a Spa/Golf plan is a popular option, where you can mix spa treatments with sessions on the beautiful Par 72, 18 hole championship golf course. Ecologically designed by Don Sechrest Golf Inc., with magnificent vistas over mountains and valley, the private course also offers some of the longest and most challenging holes in Mexico. Several lighted tennis courts are located on the Spa grounds as well.

 

Ixtapan

We fly into Mexico City and are picked up and whisked away in private vans, via toll roads, to the Spa, which is gated and very secure. You need never leave the hotel grounds, as there are many activities and things to keep you occupied, but we do venture out during the day to visit the sweet little town, which has a charming church and square, plus a few shops.

 

 

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Itinerary

 

Although every effort will be made to adhere to this itinerary, it is subject to tweaking as conditions dictate.

 

 

Day 1

 

Ixtapan de la Sal Hotel Ixtapan de la Sal Hotel
  • Transfer by van from Mexico City Airport to the Spa, in time for dinner, and begin our week of pampering

Days 2 - 7

 

Ixtapan de la Sal Gourmet Meals Ixtapan de la Sal Gourmet Meals
  • Each day begins with an optional invigorating 45-minute walk on paths or dirt roads in the hills around the Spa
  • Breakfast is served anytime between 8-10am, either in the Spa dining room with light fare, or in the restaurant with a traditional American breakfast of your choice
  • Optional morning classes include Yoga, Pilates, Aerobics, and Aquatic Aerobics
  • Sometime during the day, on the schedule of your choice, you will enjoy a Swedish Massage
  • Lunch is served anytime between 1-3pm in your choice of the two dining rooms
  • Dinner is served anytime between 7-9pm in your choice of the two dining rooms
  • On the schedule of your choosing, during the week you will enjoy*:
    • Three Facial/Reflexology sessions, three Hair Treatments, and one Loofah/Fango treatment
  • Each day’s schedule is pretty much the same, except on Wednesday after breakfast we will travel in a van driven by Spa personnel to picturesque Taxco, to visit their lovely church, check out the myriad silver jewelry shops, and have lunch at a rooftop cafe, before returning to the Spa in time for our Massage, and dinner

 

*If you have chosen the Spa/Golf Package, your schedule will be slightly different, in that in addition to the optional morning classes, you will enjoy four 18-hole rounds of golf, one Reflexology/Shiatsu Relaxation Massage, two Deep Tissue Sport Massages, two Facial with Reflexology Foot Massages, and one Loofah/Fango treatment.

 

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Lunch in TaxcoLunch in Taxco
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Ixtapan Tortilla Maker Ixtapan Tortilla Maker
Ixtapan de la Sal Pool Ixtapan de la Sal Pool

Day 8

 

  • After breakfast, transfer by van to Mexico City Airport and home

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Inclusions

Included

 

  • 7 nights in Luxurious, Old-World Accommodations
  • Choice of Spa Classic or Spa/Golf Package
  • All Meals – Gourmet Spa Cuisine or International Choices
  • Taxco Special Day Trip
  • Round Trip Private Airport Transfers from Mexico City
  • Gratuities to Hotel & Personal Spa Staff
  • Travel Insurance  

 

Not Included

 

  • Airfare to/from Mexico City
  • Golf Cart/Caddy
  • Optional Upgrades to Special Holistic Treatments

 

 

 

Accommodations

 

IXTAPAN de la Sal Hotel and Spa

Trip Advisor: 4 Stars (37 Excellent, 24 Very Good)

 

“I came to this place when I needed a retreat to pull myself together after a divorce. This was many years ago and it was a miracle worker. Fast forward to life is good, and the healing effects of this place just took me and a friend to an even better place of healthy eating, exercise, daily body treatments, pampering, in a beautiful and friendly atmosphere. If you are looking for a party, not here. If you want to add years to your life and look more refreshed and feel better than you have in years, GO! This price is amazingly affordable. God bless them for making it possible for an average person to be able to afford it.”

 

“Marshmallow- this is how I feel after my third visit to this resort!! My girlfriend and I spent a fantastic stress-free week, and came home feeling rejuvenated. The hotel has an old world charm that feels very relaxing as you wonder the grounds or lobby. There are activities to offer for all exercise levels. Start your day with a 7am walk, followed by a delicious breakfast buffet (the cactus juice is a must try), then off to yoga,pilates, facial,lunch at the pool, water aerobics and your afternoon spa services. Dinner selections are delicious, whether you choose the spa cuisine or regular dining room. Evening is Bingo followed by a top rated movie. We spend a week, and wish we have booked 2 weeks!!”

 

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Price

 

Luxurious Spa - April 2-9, 2017

(Minimum: 6)

 

$2,000 per person, double occupancy

($1,800 with 10 or more sign-ups)

Single Supplement $250

(an attempt will be made to pair you with a roommate if you want, but there is no guarantee)

 

DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATES

$500 Deposit due Sept 15 2016, or upon sign up after this date

Final Payment due TBD, or upon sign up after this date

 

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Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel 120 days prior to departure (for any reason), you will receive 100% refund of any monies you have paid to Drifter Sister, less any prepaid nonrefundable purchases made by Drifter Sister. If a cancellation occurs between 119 and 75 days prior to departure, you will receive a 75% refund of any monies you have paid to Drifter Sister, less any prepaid, non-refundable purchases made by Drifter Sister. In the case of a cancellation after 75 days prior to departure, a 50% refund of monies paid to Drifter Sister, less any prepaid, non-refundable purchases made by Drifter Sister, will be allowed only if the trip is full and a replacement can be found for you. Otherwise there will be no refund.

 

 

How to Book

 

How To Book

 

  • Secure your spot by sending $100 Good Faith check (made out to Drifter Sister) to:

 

Drifter Sister
P.O. Box 60042
Boulder City, NV    89006


OR

 

Pay through PayPal

 

(For your convenience we offer this credit card payment option for the Deposits. However, for the Trip deposit, we must include PayPal's 2.9% fee.)

 

Payment Type

 

  • When the Good Faith deposit is received, sign-up paperwork will be sent to you.
  • Deposit for this trip is $500, and is due by September 15, 2016, or upon sign-up.
  • Final payment will be due TBD. A separate invoice will be sent to you for this payment.
  • All payments other than the Good Faith deposit (if made via PayPal) must be made by check.

 

NOTE: Your Good Faith deposit is applied to the cost of the trip, and is fully refundable if you must cancel for any reason.