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Travel: The Perfect Gift for a Grad


Believe it or not summer is already almost here, and if you have a high school or college senior that means the big Graduation milestone comes with it.  At the risk of sounding a bit cliche, consider giving the gift of travel as a gift that will give for a lifetime.

We’ve laid out a few options to get you thinking, but take comfort knowing that any tour operator or hotel property we recommend and book will be highly reputable and among the best in the industry. We believe that safety, service and quality are essential components to a dream vacation no matter who is traveling, but that it is especially important if you are sending a young adult out into the world!

From action & adventure to culinary & cultural, the travel possibilities are truly endless.  You just have narrow down what comes first on the bucket list, so read on with an open mind and spirit for adventure…


sydney.jpg15-Nights Beaches and Reefs with Sailing (starts in Cairns, ends in Sydney) with Contiki Holidays


Packed with loads of inclusions, you’ll experience the best of what makes the East Coast of Oz such a sought after place to visit. Learn to surf in Coffs Harbour, chill in the Whitsundays & get a taste of the action & adventure of Cairns. The bright lights of Sydney will be the grand finale. You’ll get to swim, snorkel, hold a koala, bungy jump & even towel off for some shopping, bushwalking & skydiving. It’s the best of the East Coast rolled up into one cool adventure.  Fares from $3100 per person. Offer ID 1205340


  • 15 nights multi-share accommodation: 9 nights in resorts, 2 nights on a yacht, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in a surf school village, 1 night at a cattle station lodge
  • Meals per itinerary
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with power connections for charging
  • National Park fees, local taxes & service charges


Machu Picchu, Peru

7-night Machu Picchu Adventure with G Adventures

Get acquainted with the wonders of the Incas in this exhilarating introduction to Peru. Embrace cultures past and present in the hills surrounding Cusco and delight in the amazing views of the Sacred Valley as you travel by rail to Machu Picchu. Taking the train will allow you lots of time to explore ruins, museums and markets. With years of experience, G Adventures employs the best local guides so that you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region with expert guidance. Fares from $1399 per person.  Offer ID 1211606


  • Hotels (7 nights)
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch (allow USD180-280 for meals not included)
  • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a Planeterra-supported women’s weaving project (full-day)
  • Lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Public bus, train, plane
  • G Representatives in Lima and Cusco, specialist Inca Trail CEO for Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
  • Small group experience; maximum 16, average 10


7-Nights Local Living:Italy’s Amalfi Coast with G Adventures

amalfi_coastCharming hilltop towns, acres of lemon groves and vineyards, mile after mile of stunning cliffs kissed by cobalt-blue waters… its official name is the Amalfi Coast, but this magical land answers to “heaven.” On this trip, you’ll live like one of the region’s locals, discovering the small towns, mountain trails and local customs of this uniquely beautiful place. Explore the ruins of Pompeii in the morning, hike the coastline of the Med by afternoon, and tuck into bed at your converted 17th-century monastery home base at sundown. Fares from $1,799 per person. Offer ID 1200519


  • Hotel (1 night), locally owned agriturismo/guesthouse (6 nights)
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 6 dinners (allow EUR100-150 for meals not included)
  • Six home-cooked dinners using local organic produce
  • Three pre-dinner cooking demonstrations at the agriturismo
  • Guided tour of Pompeii
  • Four days of organized hikes and excursions from Furore
  • Visit to Amalfi and Ravello
  • Scenic ferry ride from Positano to Amalfi
  • Orientation walk in Naples
  • Transport between destinations and included activities
  • Minibus, public ferry, walking
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout local guide
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12


costa_rica_toucan5-nights Costa Rica Multisport Tour with Backroads

Like wildlife and outdoor adventure? You’ll love Costa Rica, where monkeys enliven the canopy and iguanas bask in the sun. Jungle hikes, bike rides and kayaking immerse you in extraordinary biodiversity, from Los Angeles Cloud Forest to Arenal Volcano National Park and the Pacific coast. Get set to have fun, relax and discover your own pura vida! Fares from $2,998 per person.  Offer ID 1218823


  • 5-nights hotel accommodations in Casual Inns
  • All meals included except 1 dinner
  • Commune with nature at the tranquil eco-friendly Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel
  • Relax in the hot springs of a forest hideaway while watching for signs of life from the volcano
  • Explore Lake Arenal and the surrounding rain forest by boat and bike
  • Observe a stunning variety of wildlife – sloths, monkeys, lizards and more – in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Kayak across crystalline waters to a beautiful remote beach


For more information on any of these adventures, either click on the highlighted link from each tour, or enter in its Offer ID on our website,, or cal. Town & Country Travel at (805)495-9888.

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