Horizon & Co. Launches 2005 Exploratory Series Brochure

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TorontoÂ? Horizon & Co., one of CanadaÂ?s leading small group luxury travel companies, is pleased to present the 2005 Exploratory Series of 15 hand-crafted journeys.

“Our Exploratory series reflects the sensibilities of the next evolution of travel,” says Norman Howe, one of the co-owners of Horizon “when people seek to move beyond merely seeing the sights or getting away from it all in pursuit of serendipitous moments of personal discovery and meaning. In our experience, these moments occur when people push themselves out of their comfort zones, and people only tend to push themselves once they have learned to slow down, breath deeply, and relax. We don’t promise to change people’s lives, but we do promise to create the space in their life where such moments of magic and personal transformation can occur.”

“We make it easy by taking care of all the details and distractions,” says Markus Schale, the other co-owner of Horizon. “We arrange the necessary props, assemble the cast of local players; and otherwise set the mise-en-scène for the theatre of travel. On the trips within these pages, you may find yourself spontaneously joining a game of boules with the village elders in Provence, getting lost in the hypnotic ballet of the wildebeest migration, sharing vodka around a Polish dinner table with a survivor of Soviet occupation, or taking the stage to act out a part in an off-Broadway play.”

Whether it is sailing along the banks of the Perfume River in Vietnam, riding an ox-cart through the deserted ruins of Bagan, or fondling vegetables in an open air market in a Tuscan hill-town, the destination is just the beginning of the journey.

The most talented actors of our generation channelling their passion into their craft in a private workshop. Join us on our onstage trips in New York, England, Scotland and Ontario and soon you'll be putting on experimental theatre at the family cottage and forcing your kids to recite Hamlet's soliloquy at the dinner table

Smell the heavenly fragrance of saffron infused risotto con funghi porcini as it slowly thickens over an open flame. Join us on our culinary villa trips in Tuscany and Provence and our culinary train through Spain, and soon you'll be hosting dinner parties twice a week and dazzling your friends with your homemade aioli.

Taste the supernal flavours of lemongrass chicken tossed with red chillies and a dash of kaffir lime. Join us on our experiential trips in Vietnam, Myanmar, or Tanzania and soon you'll be practicing Tai Chi at sunrise in the local park and forcing friends and family to endure endless slide shows and exotic cuisine.

Feel the gnarled vines, plump fruit and chalky soil of some of the world's most expensive vineyards along the slopes of the legendary Cote D'or. Join us on out luxury barging trips in Burgundy and Provence, and soon you'll be indulging in vertical tastings of premier-crus and boring your friends with your wine-snob exploits.

Hear words of wisdom and beauty from Krysztof Koehler, professor of literature and prolific poet, as he holds forth on the intricate genius of Czeslaw Milosz. Join us on our Literary Trips to Krakow and New Orleans and soon you'll be reading Dante's Inferno at the beach and edifying your friends with trenchant literary criticism.

Horizon & Co (formerly Horizon Holidays, founded in 1963), is one of Canada’ s leading small group luxury travel companies. Horizon has been creating unique journeys around the world for 41 years based on the simple belief that cultural enrichment does not have to come at the expense of personal comfort and exceptional service. In addition to offering guided journeys by land, by water and by rail on all seven continents, Horizon handcrafts custom journeys for discerning private groups. Please contact Markus Schale (agents@horizon-co.com, 416-585-9911) if you are interested in additional information.

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