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Summer Festivals
Theater Tours


We want you to come away from our 5 day tour
with more than vivid  memories of London’s majestic  monuments

Our tour expands your view of London:

THEATRE:  3 plays at such venues as the Royal Court, the Old Vic, the National Theatre depending what’s on. London theatre has short runs for its plays so we have to wait closer to our tour to make play choices.

A NEW HOTEL LOCATION: Belgravia, a vibrant upscale neighborhood close to Buckingham Palace, Victoria Station, Sloane Square with lots of small restaurants and boutiques We like  not being in a crowded tourist area and at a chain hotel.

LUXURY LONDON: Strategy: if we can’t afford high room prices of London’s luxury hotels, we can afford a visit and a meal. Sprinkled throughout our itinerary the London luxury experience : Lunch at the iconic Savoy Hotel, , shopping at Fortnum & Mason; afternoon tea at the Goring, Hotel, optional spa treatment at the Four Seasons

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Spectacular Santorini, Island cruise,
Athens new Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum

Contemporary Athens can compete with any of the world’s capitals.  It is sophisticated, lively and stylish. 

And the big bonus is the reality of the magnificence of the Acropolis that inspires wonder at the heritage of classical Greece.  Our tour includes Santorini, the most beautiful of all the Greek Islands, and a one-day cruise to three islands: Aegina, Poros, and Hydra.

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Favorite new destination…PUGLIA,
Italy’s southern most region 

A year ago I made 2 trips to Puglia. These trips do not qualify me as an expert. These research trips give me confidence in choosing the parts of Puglia that reflects my interests and visits “must see” Puglia.


Pogliano a Mare, Alberobello,
Matera & Cooking in Lecce
No other tour also takes you to
Metaponto in Basilicata with its Greek ruins

SEPT 24-29, 2015

Paris exciting museum news: The Picasso Museum has been completely transformed from a dark, dreary building to a light bright home for  the largest collection of Picasso work.

And the brand new LVHM Museum designed by Frank Gehry is more an architectural statement than a traditional art museum

The Old and The New: iconic monuments
are stars in the Paris sky

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Creole & Cajun cuisine plus.

New Orleans takes its place on the world culinary stage as we pay homage to its young chefs who are serving some of the most innovative food anywhere in the world. We guarantee you will be amazed.

Death by Gumbo at Revolution

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NEW ORLEANS revisited…

Our June New Orleans trip only reinforced the city’s place in our heart and stomach as our favorite place to eat
And we travel the world

When does eating barbecued shrimp become the ultimate food experience?
Full disclosure, the shrimp is not barbecued,  it is sautéed in globs of butter

Photos by Michael Zimmerman

Left, Ann, ebullient instructor, teaches more than recipes. She leads us into a rare excursion of sensory pleasures.

Follow her instructions carefully and be prepared to be bowled over:

First: draw shrimp across your lips for a hint of flavor
Next, suck head of shrimp for a burst of deep flavor
Then peel and eat

Messy, do not use your napkin,lick your fingers
Wait for fingerbowl from waiter
Sampled at Mr. B’s Bistro, New Orleans

See more glorious New Orleans food

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Bananas Foster at Brennan’s has been updated thanks to new part of the Brennan family taking over and Investing 16 million in renovations. Friendlier, younger servers. Wonderful ambiance.

Creole Citrus Crepes, original breakfast treat

Bread pudding is the signature New Orleans dessert. None better than Revolution’s rendition

Oysters every where. We love the happy hour 75 cent oysters at Luke’s.


The Hudson Valley, stretches from Yonkers to Albany. It is an area rich in history, stately homes, art, antiques, music. Small towns such as Hudson, Chatham, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, New Paltz beckon visitors with a myriad of activities.

“There’s this great urban vibe you don’t find in other rural towns” New York Times article.

HUDSON HISTORIC WALKING TOUR: fascinating history, the buzz, the expectations , the pros and cons of Hudson. Learn More!

Catskill Mountain Sunset

Olana, Hudson NY

High Fall in Philmont NY

Warren St Hudson

Mary Ann Zimmerman has lived in Hudson for 8 years,
a refugee from a life lived in New York City,
Now she is offering insghts from a Hudson insider.

Many Exciting Tours are in the Planning Stages for 2016

Puglia Power - 2016

See why this trip is our favorite, a perfect 10

Once you have visited all the major tourist cities in Italy, it’s time to go further afield to Puglia located in the heel of the boot, a region some people call the next Tuscany. Puglia is unique in so many ways both historically and geographically. Located about 125 miles south of Naples, with the Adriatic a major attraction. Learn More Here.

What do President Obama, Queen Elizabeth &
Mary Ann (president of SWT Tours) have in common?
We Love New Orleans

3 New Tours Highlighting the best of My Favorite City

French Quarter Festival April 2016

New Orleans Highlight Tour - Nov 2015

New Orleans Culinary Tour - Oct 8-12 2015

All 3 visited Pope Francis in the same 2 week period.

Minor Miracle…I took this amazing close up picture of the Pope

See how you too can see the Pope in relative comfort plus our Roman Ramble strategy.

Join our Roman Ramble Tour

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