Let us introduce you to the world of European Food and Wine

Nancy Cassano
Nancy Cassano

We admit it - We’re foodies.

We thoroughly enjoy the search in Europe for the best food and wine experiences at the best prices. If you are also into food, we’re ready to share our experiences and ideas with you on how to make your European vacation or honeymoon extraordinary.

Our idea of the “la dolce vita” or the Sweet Life is exploring the diverse world of wine-making and artesian food preparation, walking through markets and learning from shop keepers, sampling delicacies or local comfort foods over a bottle of wine, experiencing fine dining with a view to inspire and simply to go people watching from perch of a street-side café while indulging in the pastry or gelato of the day.

Did you know that even in the ruins of Pompeii, archaeologists found “fast food” stands and barrels of wine?

And, of course, the eternal quest is to find the best gelato!

On the hunt!
On the hunt!

Each European country and its diverse regions welcomes you to taste its traditional meals, sample its favorite cheeses and sweets, indulge in its beverages and meet the experts who live in this world of food, wine and beer and who are ready to leave you smiling.

We are happy to tailor food and wine experiences for your next European vacation…..or, stay closer to home this year and let us arrange your trip to Disney’s EPCOT for the semi-annual ....Or, stay closer to home this year with a trip to Disney’s EPCOT for the semi-annual Taste of EPCOT Celebrations…CLICK HERE for the 2021 EPCOT Foodie Guide”

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Imagine what your custom visit could include

• Participate in a private cooking class to learn the art of Italian cuisine

• Enjoy delicious fresh dishes at an authentic family-run Tuscan farm restaurant

• Stroll through lush vineyards that spread out over gently rolling hills

• Learn about regional viticulture as you experiencing wine-tasting at one of the local acclaimed wineries

• Visit local markets with a guide and sample regional delicacies

• Walk through impressive wine cellars filled with barrels of classic vintages

• Enjoy an evening pub crawl and listen to poetry or sing with the locals

• Spend a morning with an acclaimed pastry chef who reveals the secrets of a Parisian classic

• Take a scenic drive through charming farm lands and countryside

• Enjoy a romantic dinner overlooking the awe-inspiring Amalfi coast

• Meet a professional cheese maker and learn the art of preparing famous European products such as Asiago, Gruyere, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Romano, Gouda, Raclette, Chevres, Edam, Provolone, Fontina, Havarti, Brie, Camembert, Gorgonzola, Feta, Mozzarella, Munster, Neufchatel, goat cheese or Pecorino

Consider a Wine Cruise

Imagine, your 5-star hotel gliding along the great rivers of Europe with stops each day to immerse you in the local wines. Bordeaux is calling you!

Enjoy this video of how AmaWaterways unites wine lovers with experts in winemaking and offers behind the scenes tours of some of Europe’s finest wineries.

Featured This Month

This month we are featuring a small sampling of what we can arrange for you. We have hundreds of options for you to choose from:


Regional Food and Wine Experiences: Alsace, Aquitaine/Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Midi-Pyrenees, Rhone Valley

City Food and Wine Experiences: Paris


Regional Wine Experiences: Rhine and Mosel Valleys

City Food and Wine Experiences: Munich


Regional Food and Wine Experiences: Tuscany

City Food and Wine Experiences: Bologna, Florence, Milan, Rome, Sorrento, Venice

Please give us a call today or send us an email.



You all started out as friends; we want you to return from your trip as friends.

Grab your friends and let’s plan a Bucketeer Adventure℠ for everyone to enjoy – and profit from.

Most people enjoy vacationing with those they know, but few would care to become the group leader saddled with the responsibility to manage all of the details and payments. Leave all the research, bookings, flight arrangements and payment processing to us. In some cases we’ll even escort your group.

Take Your Group to…..

  • Theme Parks
  • Caribbean or Mexican Resorts
  • National Parks
  • Ocean and River Cruises
  • Train Tours, Including Alaska and Switzerland
  • Escorted Small Group Tours to Alaska, Ireland, France, Italy, Croatia, Egypt, Greece and More…
  • Pilgrimages to Israel, Lourdes, Oberammergau Passion Play and more
  • See the Northern Lights in Iceland

Let your imagination run wild. We’ll handle all the details, including wholesale air, best hotel rates, excellent guides, train tickets, transfers and more.

We’ll be happy to meet with you and your friends to map out your holiday. We’ll find for you the best group rates and benefits and take care of all of the details.

You left as friends….we want you to return as friends

Call us today: 804-557-3006 or email

How Group Leaders Travel at Low or No Cost.

Every ocean and river cruise line and escorted tour company handles group “travel free” credits and group discounts and amenities differently.

Generally, when a minimum number of travelers are booked, a credit is given at final payment on the tour leader’s booking equal to either the base rate [charges less port charges and taxes] of the lowest cabin category booked, or the average cabin category booked or the most popular cabin category booked.

As your group agent, besides looking for the best “free travel” credit, we also ask cruise lines and tour companies for their best offers on a basket of amenities for our groups including reduced cabin rates, free or air credits, open bar, free gratuities, WIFI, shore excursion credit per port, specialty dinners, photo packages, parties, shipboard credit, reduced single rates or donations back to the organization.

Don’t have a group? Join one of our hosted Bucketeer Adventures℠! See our Specials Page for our 2022-2023 schedule



We are proud to offer Alaska Railroad and Rocky Mountaineer packages for our Bucketeers.

Summer and winter packages are available.

Please call us to plan your 2021 Alaska or Canadian Rockies Bucket List trip!

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Learn more about experiencing Alaska by Rail


A World Festival Calendar


Add a few world-class festivals to your Bucket List.

Share local customs, food, music and activities with the world.

Plan to be part of the fun. Let us design a trip of a lifetime. We will give you the best options for your interests, time and budget.

Below are several examples of Americana and global cultural experiences you shouldn’t miss.

January - March

  • Start the year by attending the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California
  • Head to NYC, Paris, Washington DC or Sydney for the New Year’s Fireworks
  • Strut your stuff at the Philadelphia Mummers Parade
  • Go Aussie at Australian Day celebrations across Australia
  • Wear your favorite mask at the Venice Carnivale in Venice, Italy
  • Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Welcome in the Chinese New Year in San Francisco, California
  • Throw the paint around at the annual Holi Festival celebration in India
  • Experience Saint Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland
  • Spain’s world famous Las Fallas Festival in Valencia will amaze you

April - May

  • Fiesta San Antonio has celebrated San Antonio, Texas heritage since 1891.
  • Celebrate Kings Day and the riot of tulip colors in Amsterdam and Holland
  • Remember Easter in the Holy Lands or Rome
  • The world-famous Passion Play returns to the little Bavarian town of Oberammergau, Germany
  • The Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix slowly works its way through the twists and turns of the Principality
  • The flowers carpet the streets in Italian and Sicilian towns celebrating Infiorata Festivals

June - July

  • Enjoy the summer fun at medieval festivals across Europe
  • Practice gastronomy overload at the Aspen, Colorado Food and Wine
  • Classic Mayhem breaks out at the Siena, Italy Palio horse races
  • Join the Independence Day celebration in Boston. Watch the USS CONSTITUTION sail and fireworks fly
  • The chuck wagons will be racing at the Calgary Stampede, (Alberta, Canada) billed as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.”
  • The Kyoto Gion Festival is the most famous festival in Japan

August - September

  • The Tattoo returns to Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Every kid’s dream is to attend the AirVenture EAA Oshkosh fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Imagine being part of the world’s largest outdoor food fight at the La Tomatina Festival in Bunol, Spain
  • Go down to the sea in your favorite schooner at the Camden, Maine Windjammer Festival
  • The canals come alive at the magical Regata Sorcia parade in Venice, Italy
  • Glasses will be full at Octoberfest, Munich, Germany
  • Cooking and pouring will be non-stop at the 23rd annual Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta

October - December

  • Be part of the largest hot air balloon ascent in the world as over 500 balloonists take to the sky at the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
  • The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival returns to Orlando
  • The International White Truffle Festival comes to Alba, Italy
  • Start spreading the news – the New York City Wine and Food Festival is in town
  • The Dead walk the streets at the Day of the Dead at Mexico City
  • Delicious seafood awaits at the Florida Seafood Festival, Apalachicola, Florida
  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade comes to New York City
  • Explore Central Europe Christmas Markets on a Danube or Rhine River cruise


Discover the relaxing world of river cruising.


The word is out, river cruising is one the most pleasant ways to see Europe, Vietnam and even Africa. Unpack once and let the world come to you in style and safety with all-inclusive convenience.

Call us today at 804-557-3006

We represent all the major river cruise companies.

See our Specials Page for this month’s special offerings.

We proudly represent the leading river cruise lines in Europe, the USA, Egypt, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Exclusive River Cruise Amenities

As a member of the Affluent Traveler Collection, we are proud to offer our clients these special amenities such as shipboard credit and pre-paid gratuities. These amenities are often combine-able with other national promotions.

Book your 2022/23 river cruise this month and let us put more money in your pockets.

Our Bucket List Concierge™ Service

You’ll benefit from our contacts, buying power and special offers. We’ll find you the best cruise deals, air specials, cabins, pre and post hotels and experiences and the appropriate travel insurance. You’ll be thrilled as we custom design your entire holiday to your exact specifications.

The Perfect Group Holiday

River cruises are perfect group vacations…...We’ll find you the best group rates and handle all the details for the entire group across all parts of the trip including flights, transfers, pre and post cruise hotels, travel insurance and more.

Let us show you how, as a group leader, you can sail free!

Not with a group? Join one of our groups and take advantage of our group rates…..click here for our specials

Comparing Cruise Lines

Around the Cruising World

Book Early. We are seeing cruises booked out from 9 months ahead. The best itineraries and staterooms – especially single staterooms - book early. We are booking into the 2022 season and for some cruise lines have opened their 2023 books for reservations.

Last Minute Cruise Deals. There are still early booking rates for select 2022 cruises and a few cruise lines are offering free or reduced air for itineraries in early spring or later in the year.

Southeast Asia is a Hot Market. Beyond the pun, we are seeing strong traffic for river cruises on the Mekong River through Vietnam/Cambodia and the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

Best River Cruise Offers. Free and reduced air deals are back but free air is mostly reserved for shoulder season itineraries for the early spring or late fall.

Theme Cruises. Popular “Theme” cruises such as wine cruises, Jewish heritage, art appreciation and more are being offered on some European itineraries.

Single Staterooms. Several cruise lines are now offering single traveler cabins. One supplier even hosts singles only cruising. Single cabins do book out early.

Enjoy Our Video Garden and Learn More About These Exceptional River Cruise Lines


Only AmaWaterways among all river cruise lines has been invited to join La Chaine des Rotisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious culinary organizations founded in 1950 in Paris. Membership is considered an achievement of world-class culinary acumen. AmaWaterways is also a 2015 Travvy winner for the Best River Cruise Line and “Best River Cruise Ship” (AmaSonata) as well as the Travel + Leisure, “World’s Best Awards 2014.” AmaWaterways sails the rivers of Europe, Russia, Vietnam & Cambodia, Myanmar and Africa.[click here for AmaWaterways Wine Cruise Brochure]

American Queen Voyages

Journey along the mighty Mississippi and Ohio rivers of the USA in style with the American Queen Voyages in the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world. Or retrace the paths of Lewis and Clark along the Columbia and Snake Rivers and marvel at the magnificent scenery of the Pacific Northwest. cruises are all-inclusive with complementary shore excursions. Starting this summer, AQV will also begin Alaska adventure cruises sailing between Sitka and Vancouver on the new Ocean Victory as well as Great Lakes cruises on the Ocean Voyager.

Avalon Waterways

A member of the Globus family of brands, Avalon Waterways takes travelers beyond the panoramic, uncompromised views of the ship, and provides them immersive access and storytelling in each destination, a plethora of itinerary and excursion choices and unparalleled flexibility in dining, services and amenities: All inspirationally designed to enhance their journey abroad. Avalon ships sail rivers in Europe, China [Yangtze], Vietnam & Cambodia [Mekong], Brazil [Amazon] and to the Galapagos Islands.

Scenic Cruises and Emerald Waterways

Scenic is a five-star, all-inclusive luxury European river cruise line with sophisticated, modern and spacious ships having no more than 169 passengers and a generous 3 to 1 guest-to-crew ratio. Scenic offers unlimited complimentary beverages including wines and premium spirits at any time, personal butler service, free WIFI, all shore excursions including Scenic Free-Choice and Scenic Enrich, complimentary electric-assisted bicycles, airport transfers, all gratuities and free air on some itineraries. In 2013 Scenic Cruises was recognized as the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by the New York Travel Writers Society.

Click here for the current Scenic catalog

Scenic’s sister line, Emerald Waterways, is coming on strong as an exceptional lower cost river cruise line with new ships with innovative designs such as a heated pool which transforms at night into a cinema, virtual balconies, larger cabins for the price and exceptional service.

Tauck European River Cruising

Recognized by the readers of Travel and Leisure in 2011, 2013 and 2014 as the #1 “World’s Best River Cruise Line.” Tauck’s fleet of seven luxurious riverboats are custom designed to travel with from 118 to 130 guests in an intimate, club-like atmosphere, offers an unprecedented number of suites and amenities and boasts the highest staff to guest ratio in the business. Tauck’s premier inclusive shore excursions give guests uncommon access to events and unique opportunities to connect with the local cultures. Tauck riverboats sail the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Seine and Rhone Rivers.


A 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Gold List winner. Uniworld offers more European itineraries than any other river cruise line, and more options for guests to personalize their Uniworld river cruise with innovative onshore programs, including “Choice Is Yours,” “Go Active,” and “Gentle Walking” options. Uniworld’s ships sail the rivers of Europe, Russia, Vietnam & Cambodia, China and Egypt.

Viking River Cruises

Prides itself on providing value and a high-quality experience for its passengers. Viking River Cruises is a four time Cruise Critic’s award winner including the Best River Cruise Line for 2013 Award. Fodor Travel recognized the Viking “Legends of the Rhine” cruise as one of the “World’s Best Cruises for 2015.” Viking boasts the largest fleet of state-of-the-art vessels in the industry and in-depth destination experiences sailing the rivers of Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, Vietnam & Cambodia and Myanmar. In 2018 Viking will expand into the US market to offer Mississippi River excursions out of New Orleans.

Give your Bucket List Concierge™ a call today at 804-557-3006 or use the handy button below to send us an email.

Let us answer your river cruise vacation questions.


Let Your Travel Concierge Handle All the Details


We admit it….We’re Travel Junkies. If you have the bug to travel you’re a Bucketeer℠ and have come to the right place. The Bucket List Concierge Team℠ travels internationally at least once a year to check out hotels, meet with tour operators and explore the wonders of the world and its people. We have designed memorable Bucketeer Adventure℠ itineraries throughout western Europe as well as Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Central America and throughout the Caribbean and Bermuda.

Europe is our clients’ #1 international destination. We know Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain well and can craft for you a custom Bucketeer Adventures℠ that will thrill you, and we’ll handle all the details so you travel worry free.

Go Bucket List Travel invites you to join our many Bucketeers℠ who have fallen in love with international travel and return year after year on our hosted Bucketeer Adventures℠. Your senses will be thrilled with new lovely vistas, bold flavors, stunning art and music that echoes through time, the impact of ancient, middle ages and modern history all around you and a look at life from a different point of view.

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Whatever your interests, we can handle the details:

Whatever your interests may be: relaxation, cultural immersion, culinary, art appreciation, sports, adventure, or discovery; however you wish to travel: independent, private tours, small escorted groups or larger tour groups, we have you covered.

Our relationships with cultural, travel and hospitality professionals and villa owners in Europe and our first-hand knowledge of both Europe, Canada and Australia and New Zealand give you access to a real travel experience. Whether you are traveling on a budget or looking for luxury, we’ll craft a memorable international holiday to suite your tastes, time and budget without ever scrimping on quality, service or value.

Your Bucket List Concierge™ will be happy to arrange all the details for you including:

  • B&B’s, Hotels and Agriturism Properties
  • Villa Rentals and Packages
  • Independent Travel and Private Tours
  • Private Transfers
  • Escorted Tours
  • Pre and Post Cruise Packages
  • Pilgrimages
  • Heritage Visits
  • Rental Cars
  • Train and Bus Reservations
  • Wholesale air to/from the USA to Europe

With so many exciting options, designing an international vacation for you and your family or group on your own can be overwhelming. Let the Bucket List Concierge™ Team help.

Whether you wish to see the major cities or have an in-depth country experience, or have a special itinerary or heritage destination in mind, we’re ready to answer your questions and make all of the arrangements, saving you money and precious vacation time and taking the stress out of arranging the perfect holiday.

Give your Bucket List Concierge™ a call today at 804-557-3006 or use the handy button below to send us an email.

Let us answer your Italy and Sicily vacation questions.

International Travel News

Family Friendly. There are more international escorted tour options this year for families.

Culinary Experiences. Look for more culinary activities on escorted tours that encourage engagement with the local community.

Cuba. People-to-people escorted tours are heavily booked but expensive. Don’t expect 5-star service or polished resorts or hotels.

Ladies Day Out. The best deals for “Ladies Day Out” trips are at Caribbean and Mexico all-inclusive family resorts in January, February, May, September, October when the kids are back in school.

Europe. Europe is still on sale for the independent traveler with the strong dollar lowering vacation costs across the board

Fly Free. We have excellent limited-time offer fly-free deals with several major tour operators

Easter at the Vatican. There is still time to book hotels or tours that include Easter at the Vatican including an opportunity to attend Easter mass and hear the Pope’s annual message at noon.

UK is Back. The British Pound has fallen dramatically against the US Dollar bringing more USA vacationers back to the United Kingdom of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. London is still one of the most polluted cities in Europe.

The “Three I’s” are Hot. We have heavy bookings for Iceland, Ireland and Italy. The Iceland summer season is short so call us to book tours early. Now is a good time to lock in 2018 visits.

Alaska / Canada. Our local Alaska suppliers are open for business and we’re finding great deals for touring throughout the interior of Alaska and for your custom cruise shore excursions. However, as the cruise lines reserve space in the choice lodges, the best lodges and tours always enjoy heavy bookings. Don’t delay your call to us! We are beginning to see sold-out dates in late July and early August.

Hawaii. The best deals are 3rd or 4th night free, free rental cars and free breakfast. A few resorts are even throwing in free golf.

Tahiti. Tahiti is a popular year-round destination. Each month we receive special prices on Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahiti, Taha’a and Yuamotu Atolls hotels as well as 7 and 10-day cruises out of Tahiti. Some offers include air from LAX, pre and post-cruise accommodations and transfers. Offers are always space limited.


A World of Cruising - Unpack Once and Let the World Come to You

Everything was perfect Nancy, thank you so much for all your help! We will definitely be with Windstar for life!, Allison


Cruising is a most relaxing way to travel. Unpack once and the wonders of the world come to you.

We keep a close eye on the best offers. Many of the popular itineraries sell out quickly with the better cabins going first. So, please do not delay. We are already booking 2021 and 2022 voyages. We also post terrific last minute deals and special group prices on our Specials Page.

Please give your Bucket List Concierge™ Team a call today at 804-557-3006

Let us answer your cruise questions and find you the trip of a life time..

Special Amenity Offers

As a member of the Affluent Traveler Collection, we are happy to offer our clients exclusive amenities to enhance their cruising, such as extra shipboard credit, shore excursion credit, photo packages, pre-paid gratuities and much more.

Most of these amenities are combinable with current national promotions.

Let us put more money in your pocket. Book your cruise with us.

Please check out our Specials Pages for last minute cruise offers.

Give Us A Call or Email Today

Planning Calendar

    January - March

    Don’t forget to take advantage of early booking deals on European cruises and transatlantic voyages

    Antarctica calling? Or perhaps its time to see Australia and New Zealand.

    Consider a March European river cruise through the Lowlands to see the spring tulips and windmills

    April – May

    April and May are repositioning seasons for ships headed from Caribbean duty to summer European waters. Values can be found here if you are willing to take a longer cruise
    Set sail down the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel
    May is ideal for cruising the Mediterranean
    Discover Venice and the Dalmation Coast. Your cruise ship will be your floating hotel in Venice

    June – August

    Summer is the height of the busy European cruising season. There will be great last minute deals if you are flexible
    See the British Isles on a cruise out of southern England
    August is the best month for Baltic cruising to Scandinavia and Russia
    Cruise the Maine coast on a schooner
    Visit Normandy on a Seine river cruise from Paris

    Practice relaxation on your Windstar cruise of the smaller Greek Islands
    Don’t forget your day cruises to Capri
    Sail up the Mosel River and explore the vineyards
    European river cruises transport you to the heart of Europe. Imagine a cruise from Paris to Prague or through the German vineyards from Nuremberg to Trier

    September – October

    Now is the perfect time to take advantage of early booking offers for next year’s cruises
    This is an exceptional time to cruise the Mediterranean
    New England and Canadian cruises can be a part of a transatlantic repositioning cruise
    Visit the Holy Lands with a overnight stay in Ashdod, the port for Jerusalem
    Consider traveling from Europe back to the United States on a repositioning cruise, or south from Alaska to Hawaii or California

    November – December

    The European Christmas Markets are open and river cruises will take you to the best central European locations

    The Caribbean market is getting hot. The better ships are back from Europe and prices are some of the best of the year.

Explore your options...

Call us today for this week's international cruise specials.

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  • Toll-free 855-GOBUCKET


A World of Tours


Where Can We Send You?

We at Go Bucket List Travel have a passion for travel.

Our goal is to meet our client’s “Bucket List” requests by offering the widest possible options for experiencing the ultimate vacation.

For many of our clients, an all-inclusive packaged tour is the best option for experiencing the world. These clients prefer to travel in safety with a small group and benefit from the services of tour guides, travel concierges and set schedules.

The good news is that our travel industry network of trusted supplier partners represents the best in escorted travel services. This allows us to find for our clients the best pre-designed packages that will maximize their fun while offering the best possible prices and scheduling.

We are busy booking 2022 and 2023 escorted tours.

We also invite you to join us on one of our Bucketeer Hosted Tours. Each year we escort from four to six groups to exciting Bucket List destinations worldwide. Please see our Specials Page for all of our current 2022 and 2023 Bucketeer Host Tours. Let Go Bucket List Travel handle all the details. Come with us for a wonderful travel experience.

Our favorite Suppliers

To find out more about these tours, please contact us right away at 804-557-3006 send us an email @ info@gobucketlisttravel.com .

Have a smartphone?

The benefits of a fully-escorted tour:

  • Cancellation protection that allows for trip cancellation prior to departure
  • Scheduled itineraries and fixed ground prices that allow you to plan ahead, often as much as 16 months ahead
  • Imaginative itineraries that blend cultural experiences and free time to explore
  • Head of the line privileges to minimize delays
  • Dedicated tour guides and local experts
  • Choice of travel style and accommodation levels from budget to plush
  • Perfect for groups who wish to travel together
  • Ideal for multi-generational travel


Your Equine Holiday Experts

Let us get you in touch with your inner cowboy….or send you off to an exciting international destination for a week of riding, hacking and lessons with some of the world’s renown instructors.

Equine holidays are family favorites, Let time slow down while you enjoy the wonderful outdoors, away from cell phones and computers. Get away from it all, unplug and build family memories.

Call Carrie Today

Carrie McCrory, Equestrian Vacation Specialist
Carrie McCrory, Equine Vacation Specialist

Contact Carrie McCrory, our Equine Holiday Specialist, at 804-301-9485.

Or email her at carrie@gobucketlisttravel.com

Dude Ranches

The good news is that modern all-inclusive dude ranches connect you and your family with the old western traditions but do not compromise on comfort and charm. Your lodging, meals and daily horseback riding are included, along with children and teen programs, evening entertainment and much more. Some may include local whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, swimming, kayaking, ATV rides, mountain biking, rock climbing, hayrides, tennis, golf, shooting sports, overnight camp-outs and even naturalists on staff for tours and lectures on local history, geology and wildlife.

International Equestrian Experiences

Ireland is our favorite destination for exciting international riding. We have many options for you, such as multi-day trail rides and beginner and advanced lessons in dressage and show jumping. Many hosts will customize your time with them to meet all your needs for instruction and hacking fun.

Imagine being surrounded by a land of legend and beauty, which you’ll explore on the back of an Irish Hunter or pure-bred Connemara pony.


– The Search for the Unique & Authentic


Get off the bus and onto a bike, or into your hiking shoes or onto your small boat or raft as you explore the world from the ground up.

The world of adventure travel no longer requires you to be young and active or sleep in hostels or hike miles a day to enjoy nature and cultural immersion. It has become the perfect choice for couples, moms and daughters, families and multi-generational families who are looking to connect with their world in a small group setting led by attentive knowledgeable guides. Our adventure travel guests vary in age but they all share in the excitement of discovering something new.

Adventure travel is the perfect choice if you

• Enjoy getting off the beaten track

• Savor a vacation that will get you out of your comfort zone

• Seek immersive experiences and detailed itineraries

• Appreciate the help of a knowledgeable local guide and exclusive itineraries

• Desire the chance to meet local families, sample local cuisine and discover family run enterprises

• Value the intimacy of experiences shared with a small group of like-minded fellow explorers.

• Demand security, access and camaraderie for solo or mother-daughter travel

So, if you ready for an Adventure, which itinerary will you choose?

• Are you an outdoor enthusiast anxious to sail, bike, canoe or trek through beautiful locations?

• Or, a budding naturist who looks forward to learning more about endemic flora and fauna around the world?

• Or, does viewing or photographing wildlife excite you?

• Or, do you want to participate in a festival or famous activity?

• Or, when you go to a museum do you want someone knowledgeable with you?

• Or, are you simply looking to live like a local and come face-to-face with others new cultural and spiritual values?

• Or, are you ready for explore new towns, experience good food and wine and enjoy natural beauty without being rushed?

Give Us A Call at 804-557-3006 or Send Us an Email

Our favorite suppliers

We only select adventure suppliers who meet our high standards of customer service and best value. We have showcased below our favorites for Europe with an emphasis on Italy exploration. Most have an international reach and feature itineraries around the globe:

Why these suppliers?

• Guaranteed 100% departures
• 24/7 Customer service
• Experts in their fields
• No or reasonable single supplements
• Choice of activity levels
• High customer satisfaction grades
• No or reasonable extra fees

Our Newest Supplier – National Geographic Journeys

If you are like us, your backpacking days are behind you, but you still yearn to explore the world, indulge in its flavors and experience life from a unique perspective.
So, we have been looking for a supplier who will give our travel guests greater hands-on exploration with imaginative itineraries and insider access, all with upgraded accommodations, private transport and meals.
We have found it in National Geographic Journeys.
10 Days - Dijon to Paris including 6 nights on a canal barge, biking through vineyards and villages, Burgundy cellar visits and wine tastings and visits to Parisian markets. Max group size 22.

11 Days – Auckland to Queenstown, New Zealand, including Doubtful Sound overnight wilderness cruise, helicopter flight to a glacier, 2 nights in the Southern Alps, private Maori society experience and a dolphins and whale experience at the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park with a crew of biologists.

A few of our recommended adventures

Please call for prices. Prices may vary by departure date and size of your party. Tours are small groups and subject to availability. Please call us at 804-557-3006 for details, solo and triple rates.

Adventures by Disney

– “Why just go somewhere when you can be somewhere.” The team at Adventures by Disney goes out of its way to take care of every detail and to introduce activities that will appeal to families with teens. It is an excellent choice for families looking to bridge the generations through immersive VIP experiences.

We recommend: [priced per adult / child]


• Austria, Germany & Czech Republic: Prague-Berchtesgaden-Salzburg-Vienna: 9 Days of storybook adventure
• England and France: London-Paris: 8 Days of privately guided visits to delve into the history and culture of London and Paris
• Italy: Rome-Orvieto-Tavernelle-Florence-Venice: 9 Days of special VIP experiences and tours for the family to discover enchanting Italy
• Scotland – A Brave Adventure: Edinburgh-Isle of Skye-Inverness-Ilse of Lewis: 9 Days of adventure in the land of Brave

Backroads Travel

– “Active travel is, at its heart, a way of connecting more authentically with the world.” More for active travelers who are looking for daily activity options, traveler support in the field, Backroads Travel specializes in biking, multisport, walking, hiking and immersive experiences.

We recommend [priced per couple]


• Tuscany Walking and Hiking: Florence-Oienza-San Felice-Tavarnelle del Nero: Daily hikes through the vineyards and footpaths of Tuscany: 6 Days
• Tuscany Active Gourmet: Radda-Pienza: 6 Days
• Hiking Cinque Terre: Portovenere-Santa Margherita-Panzano: 6 Days walking and hiking
• Tuscany and Umbria: San Luca-Montefollonico-Cortona: 6 Days of biking through Tuscany and Umbria
• Puglia: Monopoli-Savelletri di Fasano-Matera: 6 Days biking through Italy’s southern Adriatic coast
• Provence: Uchaux-Crillon le Brave-Joucas: 6 Days biking through France Drome region of Provence
• Loire Valley: Onzain-Montbazon-Chinon: 6 Days biking through the French chateaux country of the Loire Valley

G Adventures

– “Adventure awaits around every corner… and the only limit is how far your imagination will take you” A best value supplier with 100% with guaranteed departures, G Adventures manages tours across the globe. Generally G Adventure groups are limited to 16 with the average group size of 12. Offers “Personalize Your Trip” services with suggested alternative itineraries to make your trip truly “One of a kind.” Never has a single traveler supplement price.

We recommend: [priced per person]:


• London to Budapest by Rail: London-Paris- Lausanne-Zermatt-Chur-Munich-Salzburg-Vienna-Budapest 13 Days
• Best of Eastern Europe: Berlin-Warsaw-Krakow-Prague-Cesky Krumiov-Vienna-Budapest: 15 Days
• Sailing Croatia: Split to Dubrovnik; 8 Days
• Italy Local Living: Rome-Chianciano Terme-Montalcino-Montepulciano: 7 Days
• Belgian Beer Tour: Brussels-Rochefort-Orval-Chimay-Bruges-westvleteren-Westmalle-Achel-Antwerp: 8 Days
• Running of the Bulls: Barcelona-Pamplona-san Sebastian-Bilbao: 8 Days
• Venice Carnival: Rome-Florence-Pisa-Venice: 9 Days
• Best of Sicily: Catania-Palermo-Monreale-Ragusa-Modica-Syracuse-Giarre-Catania: 8 Days
• Ultimate Italy: Rome-Siena-Florence-Lucca-Pisa-Cinque Terre-Lake Como-Venice: 14 Days
• Best of Spain and Portugal: Lisbon-Evora-Seville-Cordoba-Granada-Madrid-Valenica-Barcelona: 15 Days
• France & Italy Adventure: Paris-Beaune-Avignon-Nice-Monaco-Cinque Terre-Pisa-Florence-Rome: 14 Days
• Best of Greece: Athens-Meteora-Delphi-Nafplio-Chania-Agia Roumeli-Loutro-Iraklio-Santorini: 15 Days

Kensington Tours

– “We build in enriching and unforgettable experiences and put the best private guides at your service.” Kensington Tours is a perennial winner of Travel + Leisure, National Geographic and other honors for its extraordinary destinations and unbeatable value. We especially like its new lower priced Italy offerings that dive deep into the cultural, gastronomic and art history of our favorite destination.

We recommend [priced per person]


• Rome, Florence & Venice Signature: Rome-Florence-Venice: 8 Days
• Italian Honeymoon: Rome-Positano-Florence-Venice: 12 Days
• Lakes of Northern Italy: Milan-Como-Verona-Venice: 10 Days
• Sicilian Cuisine, Culture and Country Life: Palermo-Agrigento-Syracuse-Taormina: 9 Days
• Rome & Amalfi Coast: Rome and Sorento: 6 Days
• Tuscany Highlights: Florence-Montepulciano-Siena: 10 Days

Tuscany Tours


– “Italy is a way of life. When you travel with us, you will be immersed in the local way of life and become a part of the local landscape.” Tuscany Tours continues to impress us with its perfect balance of history, shopping, art and food. Owned by Pam Mercer and Sam Hilt – who was a professor of Renaissance Studies – this dynamic twosome have built the perfect sized business to introduce Americans to the joys of Italy.

We recommend [priced per person double occupancy]

• The Best of Tuscany: Florence-Radda-in-Chianti-Cortona: 9 Days including breakfast and a full-course meal daily immersed in the pleasures of Florence and Tuscany

• The Best of Amalfi: Sorrento-Ravello-Positano: 9 Days exploring the beauties of the Amalfi coast

• The Best of Sicily: Palermo-Ragusa-Siracusa/Island of Ortigia: 9 Days


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Bucket List Concierge™

We at Go Bucket List Travel are in the “Peace of Mind” business. Your family vacation or group travel or tour can be the single largest investment you make in a year. We will always be on your side to ensure that your unexpected surprises will be pleasant ones. We are licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to offer/recommend property and casualty insurance for travel.

As protection against the unexpected, a travel insurance quote is an essential part of every Go Bucket List Travel trip plan. Go Bucket List Travel has access to over 81 travel insurance plans underwritten by 15 companies. With so many options, we will work closely with you to match your needs with the best policy for your unique circumstances.

Our offer will be based on the type of coverage you select and your age when you book your trip.

Costs tend to increase at age points such as 60, 70, 75, and so on. Your policy is written as a cash value covering all of your trip segments, even if you purchased a segment, such as an airline ticket, direct from a supplier other than Go Bucket List Travel.

We recommend that you purchase your policy no later than 15 days after making your first deposit on a trip.

Put your mind at ease. We’ll answer your travel insurance questions and find you the best coverage for your circumstances.

Clients who decline our offer will be expected to do so in writing.

Give your Bucket List Concierge™ a call toll-free today or send us an email

True Stories:

Several of our customers recently learned the value of having purchased travel insurance: 

A traveler faced emergency surgery on the eve of a departure to Europe. He and his wife recovered all of their vacation payments and cancellation penalties. 

Another client had to sadly cancel a cruise booking due to a death in the family. All payments were refunded.

Why You Need Travel Insurance

Consider these reasons to buy travel insurance:

a. You need to cancel the trip due to illness

b. You have a family emergency that requires your attention

c. You lost your job and can no longer afford the trip

d. Your flight has been cancelled and you missed your tour or cruise

e. Your bags and/or golf clubs were lost enroute to your extended vacation

f. You have a medical emergency in a foreign country

g. A hurricane forces you to evacuate your resort or cancel your cruise

h. Your passport and wallet are stolen and you need emergency cash as well as a replacement passport

i. You’re in an accident and you need to be evacuated back to your regular doctor and hospital for treatment

What Type of Policy Do You Need?

Go Bucket List Travel can provide you a competitive quote on the following types of travel insurance policies:

Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance. This is the most common policy. It protects you if you get sick, or miss your trip, or the travel provider (airline, cruise line, bus transfer company) goes out of business.

Supplemental Health Care Insurance. Always check with your health care insurance provider to see if you are covered overseas or on a cruise ship. You maybe surprised to learn that you are not. If you are covered for basic emergency care overseas you may not be covered for medical evacuation back to the states. We can also offer you a plan with an annual subscription that gives you evacuation back to your local hospital regardless of where you are traveling during the year in the United States.

Baggage Insurance. By treaty international airline liability for lost baggage is limited to approximately $9.07 per pound for checked baggage and $400 per passenger for unchecked baggage. In the US airlines’ liability for lost or damaged luggage is $3,000 per passenger but there are excluded items on the list such as jewelry.

Non-refundable Ticket Insurance. Some policies also offer straight coverage if you buy the non-refundable airline ticket and then can’t use it and don’t want to be hit with the minimum $100-$150 change fee.

Worldwide Rental Car Collision Coverage. This type of policy is helpful if your personal auto insurance policy will not cover your rental car and you are on an extended tour where the local rental car insurance would be very expensive.

Group Travel Coverage. Policies can be written for groups of 10 more that cover trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, baggage/personal effects, baggage delay, emergency accident/sickness medical expense (usually up to $50,000), emergency evacuation up to $250,000,, 24 hour accidental death & dismemberment, plus optional “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage for an individual or the entire group.

Student Group Travel Protection. Student travel can be fun but anything can go wrong. For international travel the costs for medical care and evacuation can be through the roof. Don’t let your student group travel without this protection.

Golf Travel Insurance. Special insurance is available to cover your lost or delayed golf equipment and refund your prepaid golf fees. There is even a plan that will reimburse for the celebratory round of drinks (up to $250) at the clubhouse if you get a hole-in-one.

Adventure/Extreme Sports Travel. Most basic travel insurance policies exclude adventure travel. We can find you supplemental policies that will protect you while mountain climbing, scuba diving and other adventure and extreme sports.

Credit Card Coverage. Be sure you know your credit card’s terms and conditions. Some do include flight accident insurance, rental car insurance or limited baggage insurance.

Terrorism and Ransom Policies. Very few policies cover trip cancellation for reasons of any kind of terrorism. There are special policies that will cover you if you are headed to an unstable part of the world and may need evacuation and trip cancellation coverage. Some will even cover your enemy’s ransom request.