Gluten Free Resources: Gluten Free Getaways

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #1 -- VISIT PALERMO AND THE JEWELS OF WESTERN SICILY


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THIS IS THE LATEST MAGICAL JOURNEY FROM ELLEN MORSE, WHO HAS CREATED AN ITINERARY THAT CAN BE CUSTOMIZED ACCORDING TO YOUR TASTES

Ellen Morse, owner of Gluten Free Travel-Us, has partnered with Select Italy to offer this individual itinerary (not a group tour) for the gluten free traveler. Since Ellen has been gluten free and dairy free herself since childhood, she is intimately familiar with the challenges of traveling while sticking to a required diet. As with all her tours, she has vetted all accommodations and restaurants that she recommends in Sicily so that you can enjoy a stress-free, worry-free vacation! Please note that this itinerary can be customized based on your personal interests, preferences, desired time of travel, and budget. You can travel with whomever you want, whenever you like.

Your journey will start in Sicily's capital city Palermo and take you through 2,500 years of history culminating with a visit to Agrigento's Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the finest examples of Ancient Greek Doric style temple outside of Greece. There will be hands-on cooking classes with local chefs, private walking tours of cities and archeological sites, and plenty of free time to get lost in the narrow winding medieval streets of Erice. You'll also enjoy wine tastings at various cellars. But most of all, there will be moments of epic discovery. During your trip, your accommodations will include a 5-star hotel, formerly a wine and olive oil production facility dating back to the 18th century, as well as a luscious farmhouse lined with olive groves and almond trees in a sea of tranquility. Visit our Gluten Free Sicily page for more details about this itinerary and gorgeous photos. To further enhance or customize this journey for your interests, call Ellen at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com.


GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #2 -- VISIT ZURICH, LUCERNE, AND INTERLAKEN -- THREE OF SWITZERLAND'S MOST ICONIC CITIES.


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STAY SAFELY GLUTEN FREE AS ELLEN MORSE CREATES A CUSTOM ITINERARY FOR YOU TO TOUR THIS BEAUTIFUL DESTINATION, ENCHANTING AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR.

Ellen Morse, owner of Gluten Free Travel-Us, specializes in creating custom itineraries for travelers following gluten free diets. Gluten free (and dairy free) herself since she was a child, Ellen knows the challenges of traveling while sticking to a required diet. She works with trusted local suppliers and vets all accommodations and restaurants that she recommends for her clients so that you don't have to worry -- OR do the work! Her suggested itineraries can be completely customized based on your personal interests, preferences, desired time of travel, and budget. These are not group tours, unless you desire to form your own group for travel to a specific destination. You can travel with whomever you want, whenever you like.

Switzerland is a pristine country of lakes, mountains and forests, and Ellen has chosen three cities to showcase for this trip: Zurich, Lucerne, and Interlaken. The best known of the continent's mountain ranges, the Alpine chain, runs through most of Switzerland and provides the majority of the country's magnificent natural sights. In the summer, towns such as Interlaken become green mountain centers for walking and mountaineering, and there are few places more naturally beautiful in the whole of Europe. Zurich and Lucerne are models of Swiss efficiency, offering a wealth of perfectly serene history.

Switzerland has much to offer visitors any time of year, and all seasons present some great benefits. Summer boasts Switzerland`s nicest weather, yet it`s also when the country is packed with tourists. Meanwhile, winter sports enthusiasts should head to Switzerland during colder months. Any time is a good time to visit, and the best time really depends on your plans and whether you`re looking for a city or mountain break. You will be able to discover different aspects of Switzerland, no matter which part of the year you travel.

With this particular itinerary, you'll spend two nights in each city...and then return to Zurich your last night before your departure. This trip is perfect for the traveler desiring a week-long journey, but it can also be extended or combined with another European destination before or after. Please refer to our Gluten Free Switzerland page for Ellen's suggested itinerary. Again, there is a lot of flexibiltiy. The activities mentioned are simply suggestions. To discuss your travel preferences and get pricing, give Ellen a call at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com.

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #3 -- DISCOVER UMBRIA, HOME OF HILLTOP TOWNS, VINEYARDS, MULTI-LAYERED HISTORY, CATHEDRALS, AND MORE...


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"GoYogi Chef" GUIDES YOU TO THIS RELATIVELY "UNDISCOVERED" PART OF ITALY , WITH ALL ITS BEAUTY, WONDERFUL FOOD AND WINE, AND VILLAGES ALMOST FROZEN IN TIME (October 12-19, 2019)

This is another dream vacation organized by "GoYogi Chef" Janice Veech, a classically trained chef and yoga teacher. This will be her third time leading a small group tour to Umbria, in conjunction with Bluone in Italy Food & Wine Tours. It's a dream team of guides who will ensure you savor the best of what "true Italy" has to offer...one stunning view after another, amazing food and wine (without any worries about staying safely gluten free), fascinating history, and time to step back in time exploring hilltop towns with local artisans and warm hospitality. Virtually all your meals will be provided for (with gluten free arrangments made in advance and Bluone Tours owners Marcello and Raffaella there for on-the-spot translations and reuqests, if needed). Janice herself is gluten free and makes sure her gluten free guests have choices that are equally as delicious as the non-GF folks on the tour. You will not feel like you're missing out at all! Plus, you'll enjoy vineyard and winery tours and tastings, truffle hunting high atop the hills of Umbria, a tasting of freshly pressed olive oil after the first harvest, and fun hands-on cooking classes.

For anyone so inclined, the day will start with morning yoga (don't worry...not too early!). Then, each day is the perfect blend of leisurely meals and visits to various Umbrian towns to experience multiple periods of history (Etruscan, Roman, Medieval) -- and even tours of important towns like Assisi and Perugia. In each town, there will be plenty of free time to shop, explore, or simply relax...all at a pace much more relaxed than what you'll find in Italy's larger cities. You'll be snapping photos all the time, as every view is like a postcard! This is the specialty of Bluone in Italy Food & Wine Tours -- to allow their guests to experience authentic Italian life. This personal nature of the tours will leave you wanting to return again and again. You'll leave your heart in Umbria! All transportation around Umbria each day is included, and you'll stay in an centrally located and authentic "agriturismo" (B&B) for the week. The dream team of Janice, Marcello, and Raffaella takes care of every detail, so you can simply sit back and relax! Read more about this journey to Umbria, the complete 7-day itinerary (October 12-19, 2019), and pricing.

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #4 -- GLUTEN FREE TRAVEL TO RESORTS IN THE CARIBBEAN & MEXICO


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THIS TRAVEL AGENT HAS RELATIONSHIPS WITH MANY GF-FRIENDLY RESORTS IN MEXICO AND THE CARIBBEAN THAT WELCOME GLUTEN FREE GUESTS

Travel agent Lesley Hayden-Hock has spent the last six years becoming a gluten free travel specialist and serving her gluten free clients with great care. Over the years, she has developed relationships with many top resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico and helped them perfect their level of gluten free service. As a result, Lesley's clients get VIP treatment at these properties...properties which include a resort on Conde Nast's Top 100 Hotels of the World list, AAA Four Diamond resorts, and destinations considered some of the most romantic getaways in the world.

Whether you're interested in traveling with kids, staying at an adults-only property, or including multiple generations in your trip, Lesley can present you with numerous wonderful options. These are places that welcome gluten free guests with open arms -- and give Lesley's clients extra-special treatment. Many are all-inclusive properties that present a great value for your money, without skimping on quality or service. If a tropical vacation appeals to you, give Lesley a call at 800-487-6110 or email her at lhayden@travelleaders.com to get answers to your questions and discuss the many incredible travel options open to you, as well as pricing. As with many travel agents, you pay no fee for Lesley's services (and she often has access to specials only available to travel agents). The travel agency earns its booking fee/commission from the property where the reservation is made.

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #5 -- GLUTEN FREE HONEYMOONS AND DESTINATION WEDDINGS


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MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE WITH A RANGE OF GF-FRIENDLY RESORTS THAT WILL CREATE THE PERFECT HONEYMOON FOR YOU -- OR EVEN HOST YOUR WEDDING!

Lesley Hayden-Hock is a travel agent with Travel Leaders who specializes in helping her gluten free clients find safe places to stay and dine when traveling. She has relationships with many beautiful resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean (some all-inclusive) that welcome gluten free guests. Recently, she has even worked with some of these choice properties to create the perfect honeymoon or destination wedding for a bride or groom who must follow a strict gluten free diet. These days, there's no need to "settle" for anything less than the most romantic getaway with wonderful and safe food, even if you're gluten free! Many of these resorts can even bake a gorgeous wedding (or anniversary) cake gluten free!

So whether you're getting married, celebrating an annivesary, or renewing your vows, let Lesley walk you through the many romantic options available to you. She will work with the resort you choose to make sure they exceed your expectations and cover every gluten free detail! Give Lesley a call at 800-487-6110 or email her at lhayden@travelleaders.com to get answers to your questions as well as pricing. There is no fee for Lesley's services. The travel agency earns its booking fee/commission from the property where the reservation is made. Best of all, Lesley often has access to specials only available to travel agents!

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #6 -- GLUTEN FREE RESORT IN COSTA RICA


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THIS RESORT OFFERS YOGA, SURFING, AND SCUBA, MIXED WITH RELAXATION AND HEALTHY LIVING.

Anamaya Resort in Costa Rica is a completely gluten free resort specializing in yoga retreats, surfing retreats, or a combination of the two. They welcome everyone from complete beginners to more experienced yogis and surfers. "Anamaya" is Sanskrit for "good health," an ideal the resort's staff works very hard to promote through healthy meals, relaxation, exercise, and lots of fun. Anamaya offers weekly yoga retreats, yoga teacher trainings, a variety of workshops, gourmet organic meals, luxurious spa services and array of retreat vacation packages, all situated atop a cliff edge with one of the best ocean views in Costa Rica. There are also optional excursions to popular spots in Costa Rica and an optional scuba certification program.

The resort is located in the tropical beach town Montezuma, just 25 minutes from Santa Teresa and its famous surf spots. Anamaya Resort has been 100% gluten-free for almost two years now. The resort was inspired to become gluten-free after Chef Jeff Horton joined the staff. Chef Jeff has made it his mission to continuously improve the meals, using organic and local ingredients and sustainable practices in the kitchen. All flours are locally sourced and mixed to provide the best texture and consistency in gluten-free baking so that guests hardly notice the difference. Anamaya is also dairy free and will even accommodate any other diet or allergy that a guest may have. Rates cover accommodations and three organic, gluten free meals each day. Yoga and/or surf packages, as well as scuba certification, are a separate upcharge. For more information, visit Anamaya Resort's website, call them toll-free at 1-866-412-5350, or email them at EnjoyLife@AnamayaResort.com. To save 10% on Anamaya's base rates (accommodations and meals, but not yoga packages or extras), be sure to tell them you learned about them on GlutenFreeTravelSite!

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #7 -- GLUTEN FREE FOOD & WINE TOURS OF ITALY


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BLUONE TOURS IN ITALY, A BOUTIQUE TOUR COMPANY SPECIALIZING IN FOOD & WINE TOURS ALL OVER ITALY, CAN ACCOMMODATE GLUTEN FREE TRAVELERS.

If you love Italy but have already been to some of the popular tourist destinations like Rome, Florence, and Venice, you may want to consider a more "off the beaten path" tour of one of Italy's many beautiful and less touristy areas. This is Bluone Tours' specialty: guided, small group tours to many of the regions of Italy known for their history, medieval hilltop towns, religious sites, vineyards, olive groves, beaches, scenic vistas, and, of course, regional food and wine specialties. Fortunately, Italian restauranteurs are typically very well-versed about Celiac Disease and how to prepare safe gluten free meals for diners that require them. However, in some of these "less traveled" areas outside the big cities, it's smart to have an Italian-speaking guide who can make arrangements with the restauranteurs in advance -- and act as an advocate and liaison when arriving at the restaurant. After all, English is not always spoken as fluently by restaurant workers in these more provincial areas as it is in the big cities. But all of this is no worry when you travel with Bluone Tours. Marcello and Raffaella Tori, the couple that owns Bluone Tours, accompany all tour groups and have experience with gluten free travelers. In many cases, they are even able to make arrangements for any cooking classes that might be part of the tour to be GF-friendly.

Bluone Tours offers small-group tours all over Italy. Each region has its own unique history and charm. Whichever region you visit, you'll discover the freshest food and delicious wines the region is known for. It's a more intimate and authentic way to experience Italy, and you'll have opportunities you wouldn't have on your own...things like cooking classes, special wine tastings, tours of vineyards and olive mills, truffle hunting with specially trained dogs, and visits with local artisans. The food is exquisite, using the freshest local ingredients. Nothing is processed or packaged, and chefs know what ingredients are in each recipe. Many restaurants even offer gluten free pasta, pizza, and desserts. To see the wide variety of tours offered by Bluone, visit their website. Friends of GlutenFreeTravelSite also get a special welcome gift upon arrival on any of their tours, so be sure to mention GFTS-GF when you inquire about or book any tour. That way, Marcello and Raffaella will also know that you require gluten free meals. They are happy to follow up with you to discuss your needs. You can email them at info@bluone.com about any of their tours. They will let you know if there are any potential issues with restaurants, tastings, or cooking classes.

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #8 -- GLUTEN FREE SOJOURN IN GREECE


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VISIT ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES ON EARTH WHILE STAYING SAFELY GLUTEN FREE

For a time, Greece was the center of the world -- a thriving hub of politics, philosophy, science, and art. Sheltered by the mountains and blessed with a coastline open to a glittering sea speckled with hundreds of islands, the Greek gods couldn't have picked a prettier location for their kingdom on Earth! The archeological sites of ancient Athens reveal a rich culture whose achievements still stagger the mind more than 2,000 years after its fall, while the whitewashed hillside towns, azure waters, and snow-white beaches of islands like Mykonos and Santorini dazzle the eye with their beauty. With so much to see and do wrapped in such an attractive package, the only downside to visiting Greece comes with the realization that ultimately, you'll have to leave!

Following this suggested itinerary, planned by gluten free travel specialist Ellen Morse (who is gluten free herself), you'll visit Athens, as well as the islands of Mykonos and Santorini. You'll even take a day trip to Delos, an uninhabited island full of some of the most important archeaological sites in the Eastern Mediterranean. This is not a group trip and can be taken at any time of your choosing and with anyone you would like to travel with. The itinerary can be customized based on your interests and desired length of stay.

Ellen has worked with Kensington Tours to vet the three hotels where you will stay, so that you know that your meals will be safely gluten free. During your sojourn in Greece, you'll enjoy the perfect balance of activity and "free time" to spend relaxing, shopping, visiting a beach, or doing something active. For more details, visit our Greece page. For pricing based on your preferences, you can give Ellen a call at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com.

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #9 -- GLUTEN FREE B&B IN THE HEART OF NAPA VALLEY


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RELAX AT THIS TOP-RATED ,TOTALLY GF INN LOCATED IN NAPA, CALIFORNIA'S WINE REGION

The Inn on Randolph is a dedicated gluten free Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Napa and the glorious wine country. The original owner was gluten free herself, and the new owners have kept the establishment totally gluten free. This charming property and its buildings were fully renovated in 2012. The Inn immediately began receiving great reviews and accolades for its food -- and has since become the #1 rated B&B in Napa.

The decor of the Inn is hip, fresh, and luxurious with a whole new attitude. Run by young, innovative innkeepers, this stunning Napa property has become the destination of choice for savvy travelers who want the intimacy of a Bed and Breakfast Inn with the elegance and amenities of a boutique hotel. Amenities include heated bathroom floors and sumptuous beds that have become the talk of the travel sites. Outside you'll find lush outdoor gardens, private spaces, and meeting rooms that can accommodate everything from intimate proposals to large group celebrations. There's even a private spa for a luxurious massage. Many gluten free friendly restaurants are located right near the B&B in downtown Napa, making the Inn on Randolph the perfect gluten-free friendly destination! Check out all the gorgesous photos of their property on their website linked above, and be sure to visit their Specials page for seasonal savings.


GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #10 -- GLUTEN FREE ADVENTURE IN THE SEYCHELLES ISLANDS


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VISIT THIS EXOTIC DESTINATION WHILE STAYING SAFELY GLUTEN FREE

If you're interested in a destination where you can enjoy the beauty of nature without a lot of tourists, the Seychelles Islands off the coast of eastern Africa is worth considering. On this journey, planned by gluten free travel specialist Ellen Morse (who is gluten free herself), you'll visit three of the largest Seychelles Islands. This is not a group trip and can be taken at any time of your choosing and with anyone you would like to travel with. The itinerary can be customized for either a first-class or luxury level vacation, and it can also be tailored to your interests and desired length of stay. However, Ellen has put together a suggested itinerary that she has already received rave reviews about from clients who recently traveled there.

As with all Ellen's itineraries, the vetting has been done for you, and all your meals will be safely gluten free. During your journey, you'll strike a nice balance between guided excursions and "free time" to spend relaxing on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Whether you like to snorkel or dive -- or enjoy seeing unique species in rainforests and nature reserves -- you'll have an opportunity to see some incredible wildlife and rare animals. This is truly an amazing way to see an unspoiled paradise...without worrying about planning it all on your own or having to communicate your gluten free needs. For more details, visit our Seychelles Islands page. For pricing based on your preferences, you can give Ellen a call at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com.

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #11 -- GLUTEN FREE ITINERARY TO THREE SCANDINAVIA CAPITALS


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VISIT COPENHAGEN, STOCKHOLM, AND OSLO WHILE STAYING SAFELY GLUTEN FREE!

This is a wonderful overview tour of Scandinavia and its highlights. You'll spend 9 nights touring Stockholm, then Copenhagen, and finally Oslo. Your journey includes accommodations in 4-star hotels that have been vetted for being able to provide safe gluten free meals. Other meals included in the itinerary, like dinner and breakfast on a boat cruise between Copenhagen and Oslo will also be safely gluten free for travelers with Celiac or gluten sensitivity. (Of course, any of your traveling companions who are not gluten free will have other choices, too.) When meals aren't specifically included (like on the days you are exploring on your own), suggestions for restaurants that have been vetted will be provided. You will not be on your own to figure it out! As with all of Ellen's itineraries, she will take good care of you and design your exact itinerary depending on the time of year you'd like to travel, your desired length of stay, your budget, and your interests. You can even tack on extra time onto your visit for other adventures, if desired.

This is not a group trip and can be taken at any time of your choosing and with anyone you would like to travel with. This itinerary provides a nice balance between guided excursions and "free time" to spend meandering around Scandinavia's cities at your own pace...shopping, sightseeing, visiting museums, or dining. For more details on her suggested itinerary, visit our Scandinavia page. For pricing based on your preferences, you can give Ellen a call at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com.

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #12 -- NORWAY AND THE ARCTIC


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OUR MOST UNIQUE TOUR YET...VISIT NORTHERN NORWAY AND THE ARCTIC CIRCLE ANY TIME DURING THE YEAR, INCLUDING THE WINTER!

Not only is this journey a true off-the-beaten-path adventure, but you can now do it while staying completely gluten free, thanks to the planning of gluten free travel specialist Ellen Morse, who is gluten free and dairy free herself! Working with her local contacts, as she always does, Ellen has vetted hotels where you will stay and eat on this 5-night journey. While you can visit any time during the year (keep in mind, this is not a group tour, so it can be taken any time and with anyone you choose), winter is particularly spectacular, with the northern lights being the best due to the long nights and abundant clear skies. You will visit one of the best spots in the world for viewing the Aurora Borealis. It is above the Arctic Circle, and there is almost no "light pollution." Once your 5-night journey is done, you can customize your trip by tacking on a few extra days in other parts of Norway or nearby Sweden, Denmark, or Finland.

Take a look at the full itinerary on our Norway and The Arctic page. In addition to the northern lights, you'll experience Arctic wildlife, untamed marine landscapes, and unique towns. You can even alter the itinerary according to your interests, desired length of stay, and budget. For more information, you can contact Ellen directly at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com.

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #13 -- PERU AND MACHU PICCHU


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VISIT ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATIONS WITHOUT ANY WORRIES ABOUT STAYING GLUTEN FREE!

Ellen Morse has done it again. She has made one of the most popular -- but remote -- areas to travel accessible to gluten free travelers. She has worked with a local travel specialist at Condor Tours and Travel. Together, they have done all the legwork needed to keep you safe on your gluten free diet as you stay at hotels and dine at local restaurants throughout Peru. This week-long suggested itinerary covers 2 days in UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu (enough so you won't feel rushed), as well as time in Cuzco (another UNESCO World Heritage Site), Lima, and other ancient and colonial cities in Peru.

You'll enjoy magnificent views and visit ancient towns and temples, colonial squares, churches, archaeological sites, fortresses, artisan workshops, and even the largest complex of fountains in the world. Keep in mind that this is not a group tour...you can travel whenever you want and with whomever you want. You can even alter the itinerary according to your interests, desired length of stay, and budget. Take a look at the suggested day-by-day itinerary on our Peru page. For more information, you can contact Ellen directly at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com.

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #14 -- ICELAND


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VISIT THIS OTHERWORLDLY AND UNIQUE DESTINATION, ALL WHILE STAYING GLUTEN FREE

Iceland has become the most popular destination of the Nordic countries over the past 5 years, due to its stunning landscape and the unique experiences to be had. Imagine walking on glaciers, viewing geothermal hot spots and lava fields, bathing in geothermal healing waters, standing on the "Bridge Betweeen the Continents" connecting the American and Eurasian tectonic plates, and visiting volcanic craters, gorgeous waterfalls, black sand beaches, and the house where Reagan and Gorbachev met to begin the process of ending the Cold War. And, of course, there is charming Reykjavik to explore at your leisure, with all of its shops, cafes, and nightclubs.

This itinerary, like many others on this page, has been put together by Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us, in conjunction with an owner of the travel company Nordic Destinations, who also happens to be gluten free. As always, working with Ellen will ensure all your gluten free needs are taken care of, both at the hotel where you will stay (breakfast is included each day) and at the restaurants that she will recommend to you. Keep in mind that this is not a group tour...you can travel whenever you want and with whomever you want. You can even alter the itinerary according to your interests, desired length of stay, and budget. You'll find a suggested day-by-day itinerary on our Iceland page. For more information, you can contact Ellen directly at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com.

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #15 -- CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA AND A SAFARI


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VISIT THIS DREAM DESTINATION AND STAY SAFELY GLUTEN FREE

South Africa has long been a popular destination, but many gluten free travelers have been hesitant to visit Cape Town or go on safari out of concern that they wouldn't be able to safely follow their gluten free diet. Now, thanks to travel agent Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us, who has Celiac herself, this destination is a possibility for anyone following a strict gluten free diet. Ellen has worked with SITA World Tours, a top travel company based in South Africa. Together, they have thoroughly vetted hotels, safari camps, and restaurants in order to find the safest possibilities for gluten free clients. Ellen will take care of all your gluten free needs while also getting you the most advantageous pricing available through SITA World Tours. This is not a group tour, however. Like all Ellen's suggested itineraries for amazing destinations around the world, you can travel at any time, choose your desired length of stay, and customize the trip based on your interests.

The highlights of the trip are laid out on our South Africa page. Cape Town stops include the harbor, Table Mountain, the downtown area and central business district, the Castle of Good Hope, scenic vistas, a Seal Island cruise, and a visit to a penguin colony at Boulder's Beach. You'll spend a day visiting several beautiful vineyards for tours and tastings and conclude with a few days on safari in Kruger National Park. This is a trip full of rich culture and history, warm hospitality, breathtaking scenery, and adventure...with some time for peaceful relaxation built in!

For more information and pricing (dependent on the specifics of your journey), you can contact Ellen directly at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com.

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #16 -- GLUTEN FREE IN CHILE


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A UNIQUE AND SAFE DESTINATION, WITH GLUTEN-FREE MEALS DURING YOUR STAY

Many travelers who've experienced much of Europe and other parts of the world are now discovering the unique beauty and culture of South America. A particularly popular destination is Chile. Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountain chain, it offers incredible scenery and natural beauty. Its history -- dating from the native Incans to the Spanish Colonial period to a thriving modern country -- offers a fascinating blend of culture. Plus, its varied topography offers forests, mountains, beaches, lakes, volcanoes, fjords, canals, and islands. Increasingly recognized for its vineyards, Chile is the perfect destination for oenophiles who enjoy tours and tastings at scenic wineries. Today, Chile is one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations. This suggested itinerary, designed by Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us, in conjunction with Condor Tours, will cover all the most important historical sites, as well as visits to areas of breathtaking scenery. You'll experience cities, museums, a mix of architecture, ports, vineyards, historical sites from the Inca and Spanish Colonial period, churches, unique landscapes, waterfalls, volcanoes, national parks, beaches, sailing, and the warm hospitality of the Chilean people.

Best of all, you can do all this while safely following your gluten free diet, thanks to travel specialist Ellen Morse, who is Celiac herself. She and her Latin American contacts at Condor Tour have vetted all the hotels and restaurants to keep you food-safe every single day. Most meals are included in her suggested itinerary, and she'll guide you in choosing safe places for the other meals you'll choose on your own. Her suggested itinerary, which is always able to be customized based on your interests, includes all the must-see highlights. If desired, you can extend your trip to add on destinations such as Patagonia.You can view all the details of her 7-day suggested itinerary, which includes accommodations, transfers, tours, and most meals, on our Chile page. As with all Ellen's trips, this is not a group tour and can be tailored to your own interests, budget, and desired length of stay. Please contact Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us directly at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com for pricing and for answers to any of your questions.

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #17 -- GLUTEN FREE IN THE GALAPAGOS AND ECUADOR


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TRAVEL TO THIS SPECTACULAR DESTINATION, WITH ALL YOUR GLUTEN-FREE MEALS PLANNED

Ellen Morse specializes in gluten-free travel experiences to places that have typically been off-limits for travelers needing to follow gluten-free diets. She has outdone herself once again, working with local experts to craft an Ecuador and Galapagos itinerary. Now you can experience these unique destinations, without worrying about how you'll safely eat! Ellen will take care of all the gluten-free details. On your way to the Galapagos, you'll have a chance to stop in the renowned city of Quito, Ecuador for four full days. You'll get to explore its old colonial quarters and the Middle of the World, where the equatorial line divides the northern and southern hemispheres. You'll also stay in a luxury hacienda and experience 14th century pyramids and additional tours like horseback riding. In the Galapagos, you'll have four days to experience different islands, each with its own treasures to explore and enjoy. You can even snorkel in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, the second largest marine in the world. You'll experience unique species of animals at each stop (fish, giant tortoises, bird life, and flamingos) and have plenty of time to explore beaches and even go kayaking or mountain biking.

Ellen has a suggested itinerary, which you can view in detail on our Galapagos page. As with all Ellen's trips, it is not a group tour and can be tailored to your own interests, budget, and desired length of stay. You can also spend more or less time in either destination. The Galapagos can also be done as a shipboard experience. Please contact Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us directly at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com for pricing and for answers to any of your questions.

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #18 -- GLUTEN FREE COSTA RICA ECO-ADVENTURE


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CHOOSE ANY DATE OF TRAVEL FOR THIS UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL ECO-ADVENTURE TOUR OF COSTA RICA, COMPLETE WITH GLUTEN FREE MEALS

Because Costa Rica has been high on the "must see" list of travelers for many years, Ellen Morse, owner of Gluten Free Travel-Us, has worked with a top tour company in Costa Rica to offer her clients a tour of unforgettable beauty and adventure, with safe gluten free meals included.

Located in Central America, Costa Rica is quite accessible from almost anywhere in the United States and offers a good value for your money. Where else can you find sun, beaches, culture, and ecotourism all in one small country? There are 7 provinces - San Jose, Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, Guanacaste, Puntarenas, and Limon. Sightseeing opportunities include rainforests, volcanoes, rivers traveling through mountains, beaches, and natural resources safeguarded by national parks and forest reserves.

The official language in Costa Rica is Spanish but the second language for a large portion of the population is English so communication is certainly not an issue. In general, the climate in Costa Rica is very pleasant...not only during the dry season, which extends from December to April, but also during the rainy season, which runs from May to November. During the rainy season, showers can be expected in the afternoons, while the mornings are usually sunny. If the security in the Caribbean is a concern for you, please know that Costa Ricans are proud to have had more than a century of democratic tradition and more than 50 years without a military. This was abolished in 1948, and the money that the country saves from not having armed forces is invested in improving the quality of life of its citizens. This contributes to the social peace that makes Costa Rica a welcoming place to visit.

Stay in an ecolodge, have dinner on the edge of the Arenal Volcano; horseback ride in the mountains above San Jose; zipline through Monteverde; visit the Chortega Ceramics museum in San Vicente, Nicoya; or simply luxuriate by the pool of a 5-star resort in Guanacaste. Families, honeymooners, singles and friends -- there is something here for everyone. To read more about all that Costa Rica has to offer, visit our Costa Rica page.

Please contact Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us directly at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com for pricing and for answers to any of your questions.


GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #19 -- GLUTEN FREE TOUR OF PRAGUE


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CHOOSE ANY DATE OF TRAVEL FOR A CUSTOMIZED TOUR OF THIS UNFORGETTABLE CITY, COMPLETE WITH GLUTEN FREE DINING

Ellen Morse, owner of Gluten Free Travel-Us, has done it again. She has worked with local travel experts -- this time in Prague, Czech Republic -- to bring you the opportunity for safe, gluten free travel to this unforgettable city. An increasingly popular destination, Prague offers something for everyone. You'll find more castles than anywhere else in the world, which will enchant tourists of any age! Best of all, Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us has partnered with Prague's Premiant City Tours to carefully vet the chefs at all the hotels and restaurants they recommend, so you focus on enjoying the sites, rather than worrying about the food!

Ellen can suggest a day-by-day itinerary, based on your desired length of stay, interests, and budget. Specific pricing is determined by these factors. Prague's cathedrals, castles, palaces, gardens, art, and architecture will leave you breathless. You'll also get your fill of any genre of music, from classical to dance clubs. It's a city that's picturesque any time of the year. Its towers, spires, and thirty bridges and footbridges create an unparalleled skyline. There's luxury shopping, antique shops, and cultural events galore...and even many events and sites geared to families, like a beautiful zoo and a toy museum. To read more about all that Prague has to offer, visit our Prague page.

Please contact Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us directly at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com for pricing and for answers to any of your questions.


GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #20 -- IMPRESSIONS OF JAPAN


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GLUTEN FREE "IMPRESSIONS OF JAPAN" TOUR -- Choose any date of travel (this is an individual itinerary, not a group trip)

The latest gluten free itinerary developed by Gluten Free Travel-Us in conjunction with Wendy Wu Tours is for Japan, a country that typically presents a challenge for travelers following a strict gluten free diet. Eating in most restaurants or grabbing a quick meal from a street vendor is not safe. But Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us and Wendy Wu tours have vetted the chefs at all the hotels and restaurants they recommend, so now you can visit this beautiful country that you may have only dreamed about!

This is a private tour, escorted by expert local guides who will show you the highlights of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Visit our Japan page for a description of these vibrant cities -- and to view a suggested day-by-day itinerary. Of course, as with any itinerary developed by Gluten Free Travel-Us and Wendy Wu Tours, you may customize it based on your desired time of travel, length of stay, budget, and interests. They'll take care of the rest, and you'll vacation without worry, knowing they've done the research on where you can safely eat.

Please contact Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us directly at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com for pricing and for answers to any of your questions.


GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #21 -- WONDERS OF CHINA


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GLUTEN FREE "WONDERS OF CHINA" TOUR -- Choose any date of travel (this is an individual itinerary, not a group trip)

China is a country with deep traditions and diverse landscapes. It has been on many people's bucket list, but up until recently, it has been difficult to make this dream a reality for the gluten free traveler. The Chinese cuisine is not inherently gluten free AND the greater population has little knowledge of gluten intolerance or Celiac disease. But after much searching, Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us, in collaboration with Kensington Tours, is delighted to present an amazing China travel experience that includes keeping you "food safe."

This is a private tour, escorted daily by expert guides who can present China in all its glory. You will eat in hotels and vetted restaurants, not on the street or in local restaurants. Ellen and Kensington Tours have made certain that the hotels they chose have the knowledge and experience to keep their very special gluten free travelers healthy.

You will have the amazing experiences of every traveler to China, including beautiful scenery of every variety and fascinating cultural discoveries. Our complete journey includes Beijing, the Great Wall, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo, the Li River, and Shanghai.

Visit our Gluten Free in China page for a brief description of the places you'll visit -- along with a suggested itinerary that can be customized for your specific dates and customized to fit your particular interests and passions. The trip can be made shorter, if you have less time. Similarly, you can extend your stay in any city, if you wish to see additional sites.

Please contact Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us directly at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com for pricing and for answers to any of your questions.


GLUTEN FREE GETAWAYS #22 and #23 -- BIKE TOURS OF ITALY


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GLUTEN FREE BIKE TOURS TO ITALY -- Multiple choices of travel dates for each or create your own custom journey

Gluten Free Travel-Us is proud to announce their collaboration with DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. They are an outstanding American company located in Boston, MA. Since 1996, DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. has designed and led luxury bike trips in the world's most amazing places - from the rolling hills of Tuscany and storied medieval villages of Provence to the Andean foothills of Argentina's wine country and the lush vineyards of Sonoma.

The goal of Gluten Free Travel-Us is to present two BIKE TOUR options that can easily be adapted for the Gluten Free traveler. Both of the trips you will read about below are actually journeys that are "on the road" and have specific dates for 2015. They are both in Italy -- one in the Piedmont (for the more Active rider) and one in Tuscany (for the Weekend rider). They will include other outside participants that may or may not be Gluten Free. But they can create this as a "food safe" experience for every Gluten Free Traveler. As with any of DuVine's itineraries, these trips can be created individually for you as a couple, family or personal group. Contact Ellen Morse at Gluten Free Travel-Us for further information at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com or 312-337-9235.

These two bike tours will take you through one of the world's most alluring destinations. From the vine-covered ridges of Piedmont, to the olive groves of Tuscany, Italy has a wealth of different landscapes. Add to this the fact that each little valley has its own dialect, culinary traditions, and architectural styles. You'll find a land that grows bigger with exploration, not smaller. There is a strong-rooted sense of hospitaliy -- and a commitment to good living and the convivial appreciation of food and wine that ties Italians together on a deep level. Whether you are exploring Roman ruins, admiring Renaissance frescoes, or relaxing by an alpine lake, a plate of homemade local pasta and a glass of red wine served with pride are never far away. This can be yours, even as a Gluten Free traveler. We have two specific trips that can easily be adapted for Gluten Free travel: Piedmont (6 days/five nights at an Active Level) and Tuscany (4 days/3 nights at a Weekend Level).

PIEDMONT BIKE TOUR (6 Days/5 Nights)

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This is a journey for seasoned riders at the "Active Level." Ride along quiet, narrow roads that wind around some of Italy's most scenic ridgelines. Taste the famous bold three: Barolo,Barbera and Barbaresco. Climb into the vice-covered Langhe hills surrounded by the towering Alps and Apennines. You'll never forget the sweeping vistas overlooking Dolcetto and Moscato vineyards, your delectable, GF lunch at Gianni and Mina's "hidden" ristorante or the family welcome you received at Guido;s farmhouse. No cycling vacation in Piedmont is complete without experiencing the unforgettable cuisine from the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement. Visit our Piedmont Bike Tour page for a brief description of the places you'll visit -- along with a suggested itinerary and details about each hotel.


TUSCANY BIKE TOUR (4 Days/3 Nights)

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This is a less intensive journey for the "Weekend Level" rider. Explore the iconic Tuscan countryside as you ride through its gentle green hills and cypress line byways. Travel through history in the Chiana Valley, a crossroads of Italy traversed by countless armies, popes, emperors, and artists. Get intimately familiar with the local cuisine (gluten free, of course) at a cooking class with our friend, Alessandra in Cortona (remember Under the Tuscan Sun?). You'll get the perfect taste of one of Italy's most storied regions. Discover your inner gourmet at a paired lunch (GF, of course) and winetasting at one of Italy's most highly acclaimed wineries and relax by completely in the most luxurious villas. Visit our Tuscany Bike Tour page for a brief description of the places you'll visit -- along with a suggested itinerary and details about each hotel.

BOTH OF THESE TRIPS ARE ALREADY PLANNED FOR PARTICULAR 2015 DATES OR CAN BE RE-CREATED AS YOUR OWN PRIVATE JOURNEY.

Please contact Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us directly at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com for pricing and for answers to any of your questions.


GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #24 -- GLUTEN FREE CROATIA


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GLUTEN FREE CROATIA -- Choose any date of travel (this is an individual itinerary, not a group trip)

Gluten Free Travel-Us, in collaboration with Croatian travel agent and gluten free guru Anamaria Laslo, is proud to announce an opportunity to see the highlights of this beautiful country with all your gluten free needs taken care of. Typically, this would be one of the more challenging countries to visit in Europe, given their dependence on many wheat-based products. However, Anamaria, a Celiac herself, will use her knowledge and connections to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable stay in Croatia.

With a Mediterranean coastline stretching for 4,000 km, Croatia has the charm and feel of Italy rooted in Slavic tradition. A destination that's been a favorite of Europeans for years, Croatia has become one of the latest "hot spots" for American tourists. And now there's no need to worry about following a gluten free diet. All arrangements will be made for you so you can focus on enjoying a beautiful, relaxing holiday!

Suggested stops and highlights include visiting medieval towns and villages, truffle tasting, a hands-on gluten free pasta cooking class, olive oil and prociutto tastings, and visits to Porec, Groznjan, Rovinj, Lim Channel, National Park Brijuni, and Pula -- with optional add-on visits to many other towns in Croatia (including Zagreb, a must-see), Slovenia, and even Venice, Italy.

Visit our Gluten Free in Croatia page for a brief description of the places you'll visit -- along with a suggested itinerary that can be customized for your specific dates and budget -- and customized to fit your particular interests and passions. The trip can be made shorter, if you have less time. Similarly, you can extend your stay in any city, if you wish to see additional sites.

Please contact Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us directly at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com for pricing and for answers to any of your questions.

GLUTEN FREE GETAWAY #25 -- NORTHERN INDIA


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GLUTEN FREE NORTHERN INDIA TOUR -- Choose any date of travel (this is an individual itinerary, not a group trip)

India's culture, like its people, is a rich mosaic whose myriad elements have been born of its ancient roots and foreign influences. It is vibrant and chaotic, a land of incredible contrasts and paradoxes. Wherever you are from, you will find something that touches your heart in India. This gluten free itinerary, developed exclusively for Gluten Free Travel-Us in conjunction with Travel Scope India, allows gluten free travelers to see the incredible sites of India while safely following their gluten free diet. All hotels and restaurants in the itinerary have been vetted by Travel Scope India with the help of gluten free travel agent Ellen Morse, who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease decades ago as a young child. Eating in most restaurants or grabbing a quick meal from a street vendor is not safe in India, but Ellen and Travel Scope India will make arrangements for you all all of their vetted restaurants. The hotels where you'll stay are beautiful luxury properties, with some flexibility on cost depending on the type and size of the room. All offer superior comfort and amenities.

On your trip to India, you will be escorted by expert local guides who will show you the highlights of New Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. Visit our India page for a description of these vibrant cities -- and the places you'll visit in each one. Of course, as with any itinerary developed by Gluten Free Travel-Us, you may customize it based on your desired time of travel, length of stay, budget, and interests. Ellen and Travel Scope India willl take care of the rest, so you can relax and enjoy the beauty of India!

Please contact Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us directly at 312-337-9235 or email her at ellen@glutenfreetravel-us.com for pricing and for answers to any of your questions.