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Punta Cana

Just back from a whirlwind visit to beautiful Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Here I visited hotels large and small all along the coast of this very popular resort getaway. In Punta Cana, there is definitely something for everyone, from luxury boutique hotels in gated communities to enormous all-inclusive resorts offering every imaginable amenity, activity and entertainment.

Whether you are planning a quick romantic getaway for two, a destination wedding, a honeymoon in paradise, a family vacation or a holiday with a group of your favorite party animals, there is the perfect resort for you in Punta Cana ….. contact me for all the details

Venenice Lagoon and Po River Family Cruise with Uniworld

 

           

Just back from a wonderful adventure in Venice with my 6-year old granddaughter on an amazing Uniworld Family Cruise on board the beautiful River Countess. For those of you who did not follow along on my Facebook posts, here is a brief synopsis of a week full of surprises.

After resting up at the exquisite Londra Palace hotel, we boarded the lovely River Countess at the Port of Venice for a week of incredible discoveries in and around the magical city of Venice.

Along with visiting several of the Venice highlights, including an exclusive after-hours visit to the basilica, and a visit to the Rialto Market with the chef, we and the children were treated to such cultural delights as mussel fishing and dining at a fisherman’s shack on stilts in the lagoon, historical Bologna and a pasta making class, pizza making and visits to the beautiful lagoon islands. River Countess set up a special room on board for the kids complete with legos, all kinds of crafting activities and a playstation with video games. They all had a wonderful time together and dined with each other at a special kids table in the dining room where the waiters (probably all missing their own children back home) all showered them with attention. Guests on board without children all marveled at how well behaved they were and well organized by the special Children’s hosts on the ship.

   

On the island of Torcello while the adults enjoyed a visit to view the amazing mosaics in the church, the kids went on a treasure hunt and climbed the bell tower. In colorful Burano, we dined on fresh calamari and shopped for treasures. And while the adults enjoyed a special wine tasting at a gorgeous vineyard on Mazzorbo, the kids honed their rowing skills on a canal in the Lagoon. Visits to the local market in Chioggia, time at the beach and bike rides, rounded out a week filled with activities. For the older children and adults, excursions to Padua, Ravenna and Verona were also offered. All around fun time for all!!

           

I highly recommend this amazing itierary for all ages. It is an incredible way to see Venice and so much more. Uniworld thought of every little detail to keep clients of all ages happy at all times.

For families with children young and old, this is a fantastic vacation opportunity you may never have considered. Dedicated family cruises are offered on several of their River Cruise itineraries. Ask me about the perfect one for you.

Top 10 European Rail Journeys

A&K Destination management company
Top European Rail JourneysRomantic, comfortable and sublimely picturesque, rail travel is one of Europe’s great pleasures.

It is also a fast and relaxing way to combine destinations to create your perfect itinerary.

Meanwhile our outstanding Concierge Rail Service ensures your travel between destinations with the ease and comfort you have come to expect from an us.

For inspiration, take a look at our top 10 European rail journeys.

Top 10 European Rail Journeys

1.    Zermatt to St Moritz
2.    Moscow to Vladivostok
3.    Zurich to Milan
4.    Paris to Barcelona
5.    Amsterdam to Germany
6.    Budapest to Vienna to Prague
7.    London to Edinburgh
8.    Verona to Munich
9.    Santiago di Compostela to León
10.  Fort William to Mallaig

Should you wish to incoroparte any of these fantastic journeys into a European adventure we would love to hear from you.

Silversea's Galapagos

THIS IS SUCH EXCITING NEWS – TO BE ABLE TO EXPLORE THE AMAZING GALAPAGOS ISLANDS WHILE STAYING ON AN EXQUISITE SILVERSEA VESSEL AND ENJOY ALL THE LUXURY AND PAMPERING THAT SILVERSEA CAN OFFER YOU IS THE VERY BEST OF BOTH WONDERFUL WORLDS!! CALL US FOR MORE DETAILS AS THESE VOYAGES WILL SELL OUT VERY FAST.

The 100-guest Silver Galapagos. With sleek lines and a proven skill for navigating the waterways throughout the Galápagos Islands, she is naturally suited for in-depth explorations of this spectacular region. She offers all the intimate conviviality and elegant sophistication that has made Silversea the preferred choice for today’s discerning travellers.

All accommodations are ocean-view suites, most feature private balconies – and all offer the personalised services of a professional butler. Relax completely and leave the unpacking to your butler as you sail away on your unforgettable adventure. Like-minded guests from across the globe are your travelling companions, and the intimate ambience is much like a country club where conversations flow as easily as the complimentary drinks.

Silversea
Announcing Our Premiere Voyage
HIGHLIGHTS & SPECIAL EVENTS
Guest lecturers, Dr. Paul D. Stewart and Richard Wollocombe
Expedition team including renowned zoologists, naturalists, writers and photographers
Premiere Lecture Programme supported by Royal Geographical Society
A memorable cultural experience at a local Ecuadorian school
Voyage hosted by senior executives of Silversea
Commemorative Silver Galapagos logo apparel
Commemorative “old world” chart of the Galapagos Islands
Hand-crafted sculpture by a local Ecuadorian artisan
DAYS VOYAGE FROM/TO SILVER PRIVILEGE
EXPLORER SUITE FARES FROM
SILVER PRIVILEGE
VERANDA SUITE FARES FROM
SILVER SKY*
AIR FROM
7 8404 Baltra to Baltra $5,950 $8,150 $1,100
* The Silver Galapagos Air Package from Quito to Baltra and return to Guayaquil, park entrance fees and immigration fees are additional costs and not reflected in the fares shown above. Please contact Silversea Reservations for pricing.
— SPECIAL GUEST LECTURERS —
PAUL STEWART DR. PAUL STEWART, Award-winning Zoologist, Writer, Producer and Photographer
Having earned his Doctorate from Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Dr. Stewart has won the national Prince Philip Zoology prize. He has written and photographed for wildlife magazines around the world, including his book “Galapagos — Islands That Changed the World.” He is also a multiple Primetime Emmy and BAFTA award-winning cameraman and producer across 40 countries.
RICHARD WOLLOCOMBE RICHARD WOLLOCOMBE, Renowned Wildlife Cameraman, Naturalist and Galapagos Resident Mr. Wollocombe is an Emmy and RTS award-winning cameraman with 15 years experience filming on land and underwater. His natural history filmmaking credentials include extensive work for Discovery in the South Pacific, as well as his award-winning Galapagos, voted best film at the Jackson Hole Film Festival. As a resident of the Galapagos, Mr. Wollocombe knows first hand the natural riches the islands possess.
BOOK A LUXURY EXPEDITION TODAY!
For more information, please call us

Unforgettable Events

Tauck
Tauck Events
 

What happens when you combine Tauck’s 87+ years of travel expertise
with once-in-a-lifetime, history-making experiences?

Unforgettable Events, Impossible to Replicate, Uniquely Tauck – Filling Fast

Imagine making it possible for you… to dine in an exclusive art-filled gallery in the Vatican Museums traditionally reserved for heads of state or church officials… or ring in the New Year with a gala dinner in the ballroom of a famous star-studded Hollywood hotel that annually hosts the glamorous Golden Globe Awards… or listen to a keynote address by The Civil War filmmaker Ken Burns during a cocktail reception and a private after-hours tour of the National Archives in Washington, DC…

You can do this and more by booking a Tauck Event where once-in-a-lifetime experiences make Tauck Events, including the Celebration of RosesRoman Holiday and The Civil War Event, one-of-a-kind anywhere in the world.

Unique travel experiences based in one destination and built around cultural, historical or sports-oriented themes, Tauck Events showcase what Tauck does best – offering authentic, theme-driven experiences that inspire learning and create an emotional connection with the topic and destination. Small group sightseeing tracks – featuring Tauck’s uncommon access to places and experiences you can’t have on your own, behind-the-scenes insights from noted experts, and personalized service by Tauck Directors – are highlighted with extraordinary gala evening events in places not privately accessible to the public – and virtually impossible to replicate.

Limited space is still available, but is filling fast. Book today!

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Celebration of Roses
Celebration of Roses,
featuring a gala New Years
Eve Party in Beverly Hills,
Grandstand Seats at the Rose
Parade and optional tickets to
the Rose Bowl

Dec 9, 2012 – Jan 2, 2013
4 nights, priced from $3790
per person, double

Roman Holiday
Roman Holiday,
highlighted by Taucks private
dinner in the Vatican Museums,
visits inside private palaces and
cocktails and dinner in Ancient
Rome at Cinecitt Studios

October 25 – 30, 2012
5 nights, priced from $4,990
per person, double

The Tauck Civil War Event
The Tauck Civil War Event,
featuring an evening with
Ken Burns at the National
Archives, and a lecture by
historian Harold Holzer at the
National Building Museum

October 14 – 18, 2012
4 nights, priced from $3,990
per person, double

CALL US TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE UNFORGETTABLE EVENTS OR ANY OTHER OF TAUCK’S AMAZING ADVENTURES.
Tauck World Discovery Tauck Small Ship Cruising Tauck Riverboat Cruising
Tauck Bridges Tauck Events Tauck Culturious

Galapagos Safari Camp

Galapagos Safari Camp
GPS baby sea lion GSC Glamping Galapagos
 Here is an exciting and different way to experience this amazing destination!
 A 135 Acre Farm in the interior of Santa Cruz Island adjacent to National Park with Nine Ensuite Luxury Tents with    Terrace perched on a Ridge, Sweeping Vistas, Infinity Pool, Open-plan Central Lodge, Hands-on Service.
Wildlife Safaris by Land and by Boat, Diving, Biking, Hiking,  and Horseback Riding
Contact us for more details…..
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Cayman Summer Splash!

Classic Vacations
 

Discover all that is CAYMANKIND!
Receive every 5th night free and a $100 resort credit when you stay 5 nights or more at a participating property! Plus, you’ll receive a Caymankind Discount Card at check-in, and kids will have a chance to become Protectors of the Sea by attending Cayman Islands Sea School.

Book now through 9/25/12 for travel 5/01/12 – 9/30/12


The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Garden View Guestroom
Every 5th night FREE
$100 resort credit at check-in
 
5 nights from $789 per person
Save up to $438 per couple!


Grand Cayman Beach Suites

1 Bedroom Ocean View Suite
Every 5th night FREE
$100 resort credit at check-in
Children under 12 eat free
5 nights from $859 per person
Save up to $427 per couple!


Grand Cayman Marriott
Beach Resort

Deluxe Room
Every 5th night FREE
$100 resort credit at check-in
 
 
5 nights from $589 per person
Save up to $1318 per couple!


The Westin Casuarina Resort &
Spa, Grand Cayman

Island View Room
Sunsational Savings
Every 5th night FREE
$100 resort credit at check-in
Discounts on island activities
5 nights from $519 per person
Save up to $1235 per couple!

CALL US TO BOOK YOUR CAYMAN SUMMER SPLASH TODAY!

Two New European Canal & River Cruises Offer Great Savings

For families and friends this is a fantastic vacation option…….

Reserve by May 31 and Save on Two New European Canal & River Cruises
Reserve by May 31 and Save on Two New European Canal & River Cruises

The charming old towns and villages of Western Europe are linked by a vast chain of water – rivers and canals that flow from bustling cities to quaint hamlets, passing through tranquil yet breathtaking landscapes. Set out to discover this intimate side of Europe on board two new comfortable barges for a leisurely, all-inclusive vacation – a great value in today’s European travel market.

Save Now on Two New Cruise Itineraries for 2012: Call us for more details – we just love barging….

Benefits of European Canal and River Cruising

A great value in Europe today
All-inclusive: accommodations, gourmet meals with wine, guided sightseeing and paid entry fees
Great for families or a group
Comfortable, leisurely holiday
An intimate view of Europe away from the crowds
'Panache': Alsace-Lorraine
‘Panache’: Alsace-Lorraine
7 days | 12 guests
Save $1,000 per cabin or 10% per charter
Cruise aboard ‘Panache’ through the German-influenced French region of Alsace-Lorraine. Find time to relax in the on-deck hot tub while you take in the incredible scenery. Reserve by May 31 and save $1,000 per cabin on hotel sailings or 10% on charter sailings from June 17-October 28.
'C'est la Vie'
‘C’est La Vie’
7 days | 8 guests
Save 10% per person or 20% per charter
Enjoy the ever-changing scenery of the Canal de Bourgogne in the Burgundy region of France, passing vineyard-clad hillsides and quaint villages along the way. Dine on gourmet cuisine on board and save 10% per person on May hotel sailings or 20% on any 2012 charter sailing when you reserve by May 31.

Daily $50 Spa Credit + Kids Stay & Eat Free at Grand Velas Riviera Maya

ultimate luxury

 Experience the breathtaking views and world-class service of Grand Velas Riviera Maya! With luxury infused into every aspect and amenity, this AAA Five Diamond all-suite resort features expansive accommodations across three distinct sections and offers an international culinary tour at eight gourmet restaurants. Enhanced by an award-winning spa and over 1,000 feet of pristine white sand beach, this memorable escape will truly be the Ultimate All-Inclusive Getaway!
Exclusive Upgrade + $50 Daily Spa Credit + Kids Stay & Eat Free!

 

Exclusive Luxury Vacation Includes:   

  • Guaranteed upgrade at time of booking – Zen Grand Suite to Zen Grand Pool Suite, Ambassador Suite to Ambassador Pool Suite, and Ambassador Pool Suite to a Grand Class Suite
  • Daily $50 spa credit per adult
  • Two children (ages 12 & under) stay and eat free in Zen Grand Suite*
  • Second child (ages 4-16) stays and eats free in Ambassador Suite and Ambassador Pool Suite**
  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner (buffet or à la carte)
  • 24 Hour in-suite dining
  • Unlimited domestic and selected international premium beverages
  • One tour to Rio Secreto and one Tour to Xplor per adult, per stay***
  • Island Destinations complimentary post departure insurance

Price: 

4 nights in a Zen Grand Suite, 2 adults + 2 kids (12 & under), from $2,283

4 nights in an Ambassador Suite, 2 adults + 2 kids (ages 4-16), from $4,016

4 nights in an Ambassador Pool Suite, 2 adults + 2 kids (ages 4-16), from $4,123

 

Valid for new bookings through 4/30/12 and travel from 5/1/12 through 12/19/12.
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*Listed rate In the Zen Grand Suite are based on occupancy of 2 Adults and 2 Children (ages 12 and under).
**Listed rates in the Ambassador Suite and Ambassador Pool Suite, are valid on children ages 4-16. 
***Tour to Rio Secreto is valid on 3-night minimum stays and Tour to Xplore is valid on 4-night minimum stays when staying in the Zen Grand and Zen Grand Pool only.  ID Exclusive offer is valid for new bookings through 10/31/12 for travel 5/1/12 through 12/29/12. Upgrade from Ambassador Pool Suite to Grand Class is valid on children ages 12-16. 
Certain restrictions apply. Blackout dates may apply. Not responsible for errors or omissions.

Spa credit is non-refundable, non-accumulative or non-transferable and is not valid for use in hydrotherapy area, spa boutique and beauty salon.

Call us today to take advantage of this special offer!

California Dreamin' on bike or on foot...

If you are looking for some activity on your next vacation, one of these biking or hiking programs will have you enjoying every minute and feeling fit! Call us for full itinerary details and more information…..

California Dreamin’
Big Sur Biking Trips NEW! Big Sur Coast: Monterey to Santa BarbaraSuspended above the Pacific and hugging the edge of the continent, this is one of the most spectacular routes in the state. And a ride that every cyclist should experience. From dramatic coast and majestic redwoods to historic missions and charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, a breathtaking adventure awaits.

Not to be missed: Bike famous 17 Mile Drive along “the greatest meeting of land and water in the world,” then test your legs on the cliff-clinging Cabrillo Highway past wind-torn cypresses.

Death Valley Trips Death Valley: California’s Mojave DesertThere’s no better way than biking and hiking with Backroads to experience the rich palette, surreal geography and many moods of this fascinating national park. Pedal across shimmering salt flats. Amble among rainbow-colored rock formations. Discover volcanic craters and giant sand dunes. Then capture the panorama—and maybe even a stunning desert sunset—from a red tail hawk’s perspective at dramatic Zabriskie Point.

Not to be missed: How low can you go? Descend to Badwater, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level.

Yosemite trips Yosemite: Natural Wonders of the Sierra NevadaWelcome to 761,266 acres of “Wow!” Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees—the grandeur of Yosemite is almost overwhelming. Exploring actively with Backroads, you’ll appreciate the park from all perspectives. Soak up jaw-dropping vistas from Glacier Point, while savoring mountain air perfumed with ponderosa and cedar. Stroll among the largest sequoias in the park. And get cozy at the iconic Ahwahnee Hotel, a National Historic Landmark.

Not to be missed: Marvel at Grizzly Giant—no, it’s not a bear, but an awe-inspiring sequoia, some 2,000 years old with a base diameter of 30 feet!

Backroads Wine Country Biking trips Wine Country: Through Napa & Sonoma Vineyards, Redwoods & CoastSavor every drop of your visit to Wine Country as you cycle, sip and Shiatsu your way through the renowned valleys of Sonoma, Russian River, Alexander, Dry Creek and Napa. Just as there’s a vintage to suit every palate here, there’s a diversion for every interest: country roads perfect for biking, welcoming wineries, sensational cuisine, chic galleries and luxury spas.

Not to be missed: Find heaven at the Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, where you’re treated to the Roman Bathing Ritual—an exfoliating shower, warm bath, hot bath, herbal steam, sauna and rehydrating drinks.

Wine Country weekend biking trips Wine Country Weekend: Through Alexander & Dry Creek ValleysJoin us for the ultimate three-day wine country getaway. You’ll side-step the crowds and savor much of what makes this pocket of Northern California one of our favorite places: gorgeous vineyard vistas, quiet country roads, gourmet meals and elegant hotels. And connoisseurs and casual sippers alike will delight in uncovering some of the region’s premier wineries.

Not to be missed: If you love fine cuisine, you won’t want to miss our dinner at the Madrona Manor, whose chef has been awarded a coveted Michelin star!

California Wine Country Singles camping trips
NEW! 100+ Singles in California’s Wine CountryBe sure not to miss out on our exclusive one-time-only Bike, Camp & Fiesta trip coming up in California’s Wine Country from September 30 to October 5. Imagine having the time of your life biking, wine tasting, hiking, dancing, dining and laughing with 100+ like-minded singles. Best of all—thanks to the camaraderie that flows naturally on every Backroads adventure—you’re sure to leave the trip with new friends. So come join us and experience it for yourself!