Ready for an unforgettable adventure?
Choose from two amazing destinations with agencies I trust: Kumano Kodo, Japan, May 16-23rd, 2020 or Eastern Cuba October 16-23rd, 2020 ?
Explore Ancient Japan in Kyoto and Walking the UNESCO Pilgrimage Trail, Kumano Kodo May 16-23rd, 2020
Want to walk one of the most rewarding pilgrimage trails in the world?
The Kumano Kodo is an ancient pilgrimage trail on the Kii Peninsula of Japan where you will walk daily amongst forests and beautiful mountain landscapes from Shinto and Buddist shrines and stay nightly in traditional Japanese ryokans. Along the way, there are opportunities to soak in onsens (hot thermal baths).
This is an 8-day Adventure with a Unique Combo of Kyoto and Kumano Kodo Hike
The hiking portion of the trip is 3 days (3 walking + 1 rest day in Hongu with a river cruise + bus transfer to Nachi). The pre-trip day-tour of Kyoto is to recover from the flights from the US and get to know the basics of Japanese culture. The end of the trip is in Katsuura. You can take the train back to KIX for your international flights. See more details.
Are you ready for this inspirational & transformational walk?
Be prepared for daily mileage of 6 miles to 8 miles. This adventure is NOT for everyone. This section of the Kumano Kodo is challenging but doable. For those that do it, there are many rewards. One of which, you can get a certification of completion at Hongu Taisha and dual certification if you have already completed the Camino de Santiago, which is the sister trail to the Kumano Kodo.
Be aware that this adventure will run with a minimum of 10 travelers. However, our aim is to have 14 adventurers. Because of limited accommodations along the Kumano Kodo, shared rooms are standard.
Pricing is $3,290 per person in a twin room.
Included in package:
Standard Japanese hotel accommodations (double occupancy), all breakfasts and dinners, an expert tour guide(s) to make the most of Japan, stateside organizer, Heidi Siefkas, and luggage transfer (1 bag) between hotels along the Kumano Kodo. (**not included round-trip airfare to/from Japan, transfers to/from airport (bus/train), alcoholic beverages, and gratuities for your stateside or local guides**)
If interested in securing a spot with a deposit of $500 by Nov 30th, 2019, click here.
**This deposit would be refundable up until we reach the minimum number of guests. Full payment is due 70 days prior to the adventure.**
If you have questions and/or would like more info, contact me.
Explore Eastern Cuba with Me - October 16-23rd, 2020
Americans can still travel to Cuba. NOW is the time to go to CUBA with my help!
Santiago and Baracoa
My Eastern Cuba trip will be October 16th-October 23rd, 2020 for a combo adventure of cultural and outdoor locations and activities. We will be traveling under the Support of the Cuban People category, which means we will stay in private casas particulares (bnbs) and eat in paladares (private restaurants). The full-time schedule of activities will be guided and escorted by both myself as well as a local guide and driver. Our activities, visits, and hikes/boat rides will be primarily in two locations: Santiago de Cuba (pictured above) and Baracoa (pictured below).
Why this is ideal for you?
The trip is perfect for those that have already seen Havana and want to see the other side of Cuba, El Oriente, with its rich history and lush nature. In order to fly to Santiago, our group will need to fly on charters flights out of Miami per the changes announced on Oct 25, 2019. Also, be aware that our trip will be a maximum of twenty people. However, I know the slots will fill up quickly.
Secure Your Spot with this Form and a Deposit
You can view the itinerary and reserve your spot by filling in your interest at the bottom of this page.
If you are looking for a custom tour of Cuba with your combo of cities, activities, whether adventurous or more historical, reach out to me. I'll connect you to my trusted partners.