I regularly lead trips to Cuba and Vietnam/Cambodia–and, on a one-time basis, to many other places around the world. Recent other trips I have led were to Iceland and Greenland; China, Tibet and Nepal; and Croatia and Slovenia.

Upcoming trips include:


July 2020

July 2021


July 2022


Copenhagen waterfront-SM

Denmark, Norway, Sweden & Finland, with optional extensions to Estonia and St. Petersburg, Russia

July 2-13, 2022

Click below for details:

Scandinavia 2021 Trip – Robert S. McElvaine (



January 2023


ca. January 3-10, 2021 (exact dates to be set), with an optional 3-day add-on to Santiago and the Chilean Wine Country

An adventure in the Southern Hemisphere summer, almost to the southernmost place on land in the world apart from Antarctica.

Patagonia is a rugged, sparsely populated region with spectacular mountains (the southernmost Andes), fjords, glaciers, icebergs, waterfalls, Guanacos (~ to Llamas), penguins, and flamingos.

Click here for Details, Itinerary, Costs and How to Register


Vietnam & Cambodia (& possibly Laos)

Hoi An impression

Ha Long Bay

Angkor Wat reflection

May 2022

Exact Dates, Itinerary and Price to be announced.

Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Khe Sanh, Hoi An, My Son, My Lai, Saigon, Cu Chi, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, and possibly either Dien Bien Phu (Vietnam) or Luang Prabang (Laos)



Cuba Arts Culture History Culinary Tour Collage

Next date uncertain, but will be announced soon.

Cuba Arts, Culture, History & Culinary Tour (Click for Information):



My Favorite Places:

Click here to see a list of my 25 Favorite Places I have visited around the world:

Doubtful Sound from Wilmot Pass, Fiordland NP 4-15-07


Pix from Some Past Trips:


(trips began in 2009)

Hoi An street scene

Hoi An

Sara Katherine, Luther, Merrit and Mary Chris in sampan-Ha Long-5-17-12

                                                                                               Ha Long Bay

Hoi An-Japanese Bridge

Hoi An

Women working in rice paddy - VN1 S of Hoi AnWater Buffalo - Highway 1-A


(trips began in 2009)

Angkor Wat reflection-5-24-2010

Angkor Wat

Buddhist monk, Phnom Kulen - 5-30-12 Kevin, Claire, Andrew and Frazer at Phnom Kulen Falls-2012

Phnom Kulen



(trips began in 2011)

Convent of San Francisco de Asis, Trinidad - 9-5-13-SMBob with David, owner-chef of Paladar Davimart - Trinidad - 3-15-2017

Trinidad de Cuba

Dancer at Buena Vista Social Club - 6-29-12 85. Kendall and Kate dancing with singers-Buena Vista Social Club-01-04-13-B

Buena Vista Social Club

Havana waterfront from Regla, w gulls-12-17-11 Surf and El Morro - 3-14-13 - photo by Helen Stephens



Croatia / Slovenia


Anne & Bob - Dubrovnik


Diocletian Palace-4

Split building w Croatian flagDiocletian Palace-2


Cathedral of St. Lawrence-side view - Trogir Balcony w columns - Trogir


Plitvice Lakes-a small waterfall         Veliki Slap-Big Falls - Plitvice Lakes

Plivice Lakes-green lake w small falls

Plitvice Lakes National Park

   Castle of Ogulin-2-sepia                Maiden with the seagull, Opatja

Ogulin                                                                                                                     Opatja

Stalactite Wall-Postojna Cave

                                                                                                                         Postojna Cave

Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria, Lake Bled w clouds Bled Castle and Župnijska cerkev sv. Martina, Lake Bled

Lake Bled

Church of St John the Baptist at Lake Bohinj-2

                                                                                                             Lake Bonhinj

Ljubljana river bank-2-painting


Cathedral of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Zagreb-BW St. Mark's Church, Zagreb





Anne-Anna-Bob at KnossosBob at Lions Gate-Mycenae

                     Knossos                                                           Mycenae



Delphi Temple of Apollo-2




Us at Oia Poseidon sunset-photo by Lauren

                Oia, Santorini                                         Temple of Poseidon


China, Tibet & Nepal


Bob at Great Wall-5-18-2016

The Great Wall

Forbidden City pano

Forbidden City, Beijing

Group at Tiananmen Square-5-19-2016 Tibetan women-Phalkot Monastery-5-23-2016

        Tiananmen Square                                                         Tibet

Bob at highest point at Everest Base Camp - ca 17,200 feet-cropped

DSC_0290Durbar Square, Bhaktapur-5-27-2016

Sacred Cow on Kathmandu street-5-28-2016 Sun Dhoka - Golden Gate-Durbar Square, Bhaktapur-5-27-2016 Swayambhunath-5-27-2016



Niagara Falls, Ontario & New York


Niagara Falls - 7-13-2015

Anne & Bob at top of Horseshoe Falls - 7-12-2015




Bob at Taj Mahal -9-27-14

 Humayun's Tomb, Delhi - 9-26-14 rest room signs, Indira Gandhi Airport

Birla Mandir, Delhi - 9-26-14 Bad Karma I would guess - ISKCON Temple


Greenland & Iceland


G18a. Ilulissat White Nights panorama-7-11-14

White Nights – Ilulissat, Greenland (below, left: 2 AM)

White Nights-Ilulissat-2 AM-7-12-14 Blue ice iceberg reflected in Disko Bay-7-12-14

Eqi Glacier w refelction-7-12-2014

Eqi Glacier

Group at Sermermuit-7-13-2014 Gulllfoss waterfall-7-14-14

  Group at Sermermuit, Greenland                         Gullfoss Falls, Iceland

Þjórsárdalur church-7-15-14 House in Reykjavik housing a museum - No not THAT one-7-10-14

                    Þjórsárdalur church                                  House in Reykjavik




St. Peter's Basilica in early morning light - 10-23-13 Pope Francis-St Peter's - 10-23-2013


Colosseum - classic view - 10-22-13-sepia


Cezanne out our window, Cortona - 10-28-13 Cortona Magnifica-11-5-2013


Dumo-Florence Arno River & Ponte Vecchio from the Uffizi, Florence-11-7-13


Vernazza from south-3 - 11-11-13

Morning View from our window, Riomaggiore - 11-10-13 Manarola-1a - 11-11-13

Cinque Terra




View from our hotel room balcony-8-17-13

Eagle Beach-8-17-13Bob on diti-diti tree, Eagle Beach-8-13-13

Cacti silhouette against sunshine-on-sea, Arashi Beach - August 15, 2013




Street in la Boca-4 Feb 2013-b Bob at Casa Rosada - 02-04-13

Buenos Aires

Evita balcony, Casa Rosada - 4 Feb 2013

Evita Balcony

Iglesia Matrix, Colonia, Uruguay-02-03-13 house w grass growing on roof, Colonia, Uruguay-02-03-13

Fishing in Rio de la Plata, Colonia, Uruguay-02-03-13 Faro-Colonia, Uruguay-02-03-13

Colonia, Uruguay

Iguazu-Panorama-not my photo

15. Top of Garganta del Diablo, Iguazú-6 Feb 2013 Saltos Floriano and Santa Maria, Iguaçu, Brazil-5 Feb 2013

San Martin and other falls from lower path, Iguazú, Argentina side-6 Feb 2013

Iguazú/Iguaçu Falls, Argentina/Brazil



(2011, 1998, and many other times)

Portland Head Lighthouse-6-30-2011

Cape Elizabeth

The Bubbles, Jordan Pond, Acadia NP-B - 6-27-2011 Porcupine Islands from Cadillac Mountain, Acadia NP, Maine - 27 June 2011

Acadia National Park

West Quaddy Head Lighthouse - 6-28-2011

                                                              West Quaddy Head Light


St. John, Virgin Islands


Trunk Bay - St John-2

Cinnamon Cay Cinnamon Bay-2 - St John

Rainbow over Cruz Bay St John


Tulum, Mexico


Tulum-1 Tulum-2


Papua New Guinea


Owen Stanley Range from Tugubaga Hill lookout 5-18-07 Papua New Guinea singers 5-17-07



(2007; 2004)

Seagull & surf at Bluestone Bay, Freycinet NP 5-3-07 Pink granite shore, Coles Bay from Freycinet Lodge 5-3-07 Millhouse on the Bridge, Coal River, Richmond, Tasmania 5-5-07


Ayers Rock climbing track 5-7-07 Desert Storm, near Alice Springs 5-10-07

                                                          The Red Centre

Kangaroos at Aurora Kakadu 5-13-07 Nabulwinjbulwinj, Nourlangie Rock 5-13-07 146. Crocodile, Adelaide River, NT-c 5-14-07

The North End

Michaelmas Reef, Great Barrier Reef 5-19-07 The rainforest meets the beach, Myall Beach, Daintree NP 5-20-07


(Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Rainforest)

Sydney Opera House from Circular Quay 5-23-07 Sydney CBD from beneath Harbour Bridge 5-23-07


Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road, Victoria


New Zealand

(2007; 2004)



Pohutu Geyser - Rotorua - B - 2-07 Thermal Pool - Whaka Village - 2-10-07


Reflection-1-from-our-window-Feb-20-07 BNZ Centre-2 - 4-6-07


Haze over Kaikoura Bay - 3-30-07 Morning Tidal Pool-Kaikoura - 3-31-07


Anne & Bob - Lake Matheson 4-12-07

Rainforest - Lake Matheson – Westland Tai Poutini NP 4-12-07 Franz Josef Glacier, Westland-Tai Poutini NP 4-12-07

Fox Glacier – Westland Tai Poutini NP - 4-13-07

Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Doubtful Sound - West Arm, Fiordland NP-1-b 4-15-07Doubtful Sound from Wilmot Pass, Fiordland NP 4-15-07 Fiordland_NP

Mitre Peak Milford-w-Bowen-Falls_Mist Mirror Lakes, Fiordland NP - 4-16-07

Fiordland National Park

Mt Cook & Lake Pukaki 4-20-07 Kura Tawhiti, Castle Hill-e 4-21-07

                    Aoraki (Mt. Cook)                                                     Kura Tawhiti





Southern Africa


















Puerto Rico