In 2020, take the kids
on an alternative spring break that will bring classroom learning to life.
Discover art and history or wildlife and nature on board a CroisiEurope cruise. From the
historical seaside cities of Rochefort and La Rochelle in France’s Aquitaine
Region to Africa’s diverse flora and fauna, there’s a new adventure for every
type of traveler waiting to be discovered.
Travelers who book a
2020 cruise before November 30, 2019 can receive a discount of up to 5% off per
person, per trip with the special code: EARBOOUS.
Travel to the ends of the earth in South Africa: From Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, discover incredible wildlife, take in the breathtaking scenery, and indulge in local flavors of Africa. Prices for this 9-day trip begin at $7,315 per person.
As frosty days turn to
long nights, there’s no need to escape the cold. Put the winter doldrums aside
and embrace the best that the season has to offer, Downton Abbey-style, at
Ireland’s Dromoland Castle. Think: Cozy spaces. Evenings spent by the fire.
Brisk walks through the countryside. Days idle by, with opportunities to enjoy
falconry or horseback riding. Warm up with afternoon tea or a signature spa
treatment. Nights are for indulging in an artful take on traditional Irish
ingredients at The Earl of Thomond Restaurant before retiring to the cocktail
bar for a tarot-card inspired libation or a glass of Irish whiskey. Then, it’s
off to the stately guest rooms for a restful night before beginning another day
as a royal.
If Ireland’s temperate
climate isn’t enough to lure travelers from the States – though it’s chilly,
the daily low rarely dips below freezing – Dromoland Castle in County Clare has
a number of winter specials on offer. Stay two nights and receive a special
rate that includes a five-course Table d’Hote Dinner in the Earl of Thomond
Restaurant. The two-night package starts at $700 based on double occupancy. Or,
gather your gal pals for a special wine weekend from February 21–22. The
getaway includes a six-course meal that showcases the best of the Co. Clare
culinary scene, paired with six different wines. Rates start at $881 for the
Set on 450 acres of
parkland with 97 rooms and suites, Dromoland Castle dates back to the 16th
century when it was home of the O’Brien family, whose lineage dates back 1,000
years to Brian Boru, one of the last High Kings of Ireland. Converted to a
hotel in the 1960s and fresh off a $20 million renovation and restoration,
Dromoland Castle exhibits the best of its regal Irish heritage.
Central to Dromoland
Castle’s appeal is its location. Just 15 minutes from Shannon Airport,
Dromoland sits at the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way – the 1,553-mile route
along Ireland’s west coast. Dotted with small fishing villages, the trail
passes vivid seascapes, with plenty of opportunities to stop to enjoy a local
catch. The Cliffs of Moher, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is just an hour’s
drive from the Castle. And the limestone, lunar-like landscape of the Burren
National Park is only 45 minutes away.
Though surrounded by
Ireland’s famously dramatic landscapes, Dromoland Castle is just an hour away
from Galway, which will be the European Capital of Culture in 2020. The arts
abound, as the city has been designated a UNESCO City of Film, and it has a vibrant
musical, theater and literature scene. Dublin, home to the newly opened Museum
of Literature Ireland, is 2.5 hours east.
Families: Multigenerational families have the perfect venue at Dromoland,
which features something for each age group – tennis lessons, bespoke golf
clinics, horse and buggy rides, archery, garden tours, falconry, bubble baths
on demand, and even a genealogy expert to help trace any Irish familial roots.
Golf: No one does greens better than Ireland. With its 18-hole parkland course,
Dromoland offers expert lessons at its School of Golf, as well as a newly
renovated driving range that feature “power tees,” eliminating the need for
bending down to replace a tee each time.
Dromoland is perfectly
suited to enjoy Ireland’s famed links courses – Lahinch, Ballybunion
and Tralee – as well as the new Adare Manor, which will host the Ryder Cup in
2026. Stay at Dromoland and transfer between the courses via helicopter – which
the Castle can arrange – or simply take advantage of Dromoland’s ability to
book a tee time.
Weddings: All of Dromoland Castle can be rented out for royally lavish
weddings. Among the Irish touches: The bride can make her entrance via horse
and carriage; bagpipers can create fanfare as the guests arrive; tents or even
glass pavilions can be erected on-site; step dancers can perform; and fireworks
over the golf course will end the evening with a pop!
Belmond’s iconic Venice
Simplon-Orient-Express will put the roar from the 1920s into the 2020s with the
launch of “The Party” – a new two-night package that transports guests
across Europe and back in time. Held from March 27–29, 2020, the festivities kick
off at Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice with a speakeasy party to rival any Jay
Gatsby could have thrown. The following day, guests will board the train to be
whisked off to London for a jazzy jaunt that will evoke the Golden Age of
will wind through Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France, passing the snowy
Alps and glassy lakes. Clad in flapper dresses and spats, guests will bring
history to life on board the train’s 17 carriages, all of which are from the
1920s. As “The Party” roars along the rails, surprise entertainment and
impromptu performances will unfold both on and off the train.
Prices for “The Party”
start at £3,760 (approximately $4,845) per person, which includes a one-night
stay at Belmond Hotel Cipriani in a Garden View Room, the celebratory party, a
stay in a twin cabin on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and all drinks,
table d’hote meals and entertainment aboard the train.
travels throughout Europe from March to November, and the train embarks on the
iconic journey to Istanbul once a year. The 2020 season sees the addition of
three new Grand Suites on the train – each with 24-hour butler service, free
flowing champagne and a private en-suite bathroom – named for the cities that
inspired the design: Vienna, Budapest and Prague.
The event is being curated in partnership with
Private Drama Events. Private Drama Events is a leading UK creator of
luxury experiences and collective of storytellers (www.privatedramaevents.com @privatedramaevents).
Ltd., part of the world’s leading luxury group LVMH Moët
Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has been a pioneer of luxury travel for more than
40 years, building a passion for authentic escapes into a portfolio of
one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the world’s most inspiring and enriching
Since the acquisition of the iconic Hotel Cipriani in
Venice in 1976, Belmond has continued to push industry boundaries,
taking discerning global travellers on surprising and unforgettable
journeys spanning land, water, adventure and relaxation, with
international acclaim. The portfolio of 46 properties extends
across 24 countries, encompassing
three luxury safari lodges, two river
cruises, seven luxury trains (including the iconic Venice
Simplon-Orient-Express) and the legendary ‘21’ restaurant in New York. From historic city landmarks like Belmond Cadogan
Hotel and Belmond Copacabana Palace to hidden retreats at Belmond Cap Juluca
and Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor, each incomparable property has its own
timeless story to tell, yet the hallmarks of the brand thread through them
all: heritage, craftsmanship and a reputation for genuine, unscripted service
in an unrivalled location, creating exceptional experiences that stir
the soul. www.belmond.com
Stuck for a special gift for your animal-lover lover? Your art aficionado? Music buff or theater devotee? How about a snow leopard expedition for your adventure seeker? Think about giving the uniquely personal gift that keeps giving: the gift of a travel experience. The holidays is a time of wish fulfillment, so what better gift that tapping into that bucket list. Here are some ideas for the gift of getting away, no matter the time of year:
For the Animal-Lover
Winner: andBeyond Pangolin Adventure
Pangolins are mini (and adorable) dinosaur-like
mammals. While not commonly known in the U.S., these native African anteaters
are covered in keratin scales, which are highly valuable to poachers, making
them the most trafficked mammal in the world. The species used to roam freely
in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, but have been locally extinct
for decades. andBeyond Phinda
Private Game Reserve has committed to
reintroducing the species to the area, and there are already three thriving in
their new environment. Conservation-minded travelers can have the
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with these elusive
creatures with andBeyond’s Pangolin Conservation Experience and assist in
replacing tags and monitoring behavior. Rates from $3,504 per group (up to six
Runner-Up: Nayara’s Sloth Sanctuary
Ever wonder what it would be like to sleep all
day? And all night? Of course you have. Humans are naturally lazy. But not as
lazy as sloths. The slowest mammal on earth loves to hang around in Cecropia
trees. Spot them in the wild at the new Nayara Tented Camp in Costa Rica, which opens December 20. As a part of
Nayara’s commitment to reforestation, the acres surrounding the resort are
being replanted with thousands of trees, including the Cecropia trees, so that
the sloths can continue to thrive. Take a slow, leisurely stroll around the
property to see these fabulous animals in in-action. Rates start from $1,200
For the Art Aficionado
Winner: La Reserve Paris
Mona-who? Been there, done that. The
latest must-see at the Louvre celebrates much more than the Instagram
overloaded Mona Lisa. Open through February 24, the Leonardo da Vinci
exhibition honors the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance man’s death. Though
almost sold out, guests of La Réserve Paris can skip the line by booking the Leonardo da
Vinci package, including two VIP
fast-track tickets to the exhibition and da Vinci inspired cocktails at Le Bar.
Package rates start at $1,330.
Runner-Up: Belmond La Residencia
It’s P-art-y time in Mallorca! Deia,
the hillside village on the island’s northwest coast, is an artsy town
welcoming painters, sculptors and writers for inspiration. Among Mallorca’s
most famous former residents is Joan Miró, and Belmond La
Residencia is home to the
largest exhibition of his paintings
in a hotel anywhere in the world. Thirty-three of his
will be on display in Café Miró, the hotel’s bistro, until September 2020. The
hotel lawn is also one of Spain’s largest outdoor sculpture gardens, and it
features Tete (1975), a Miró bronze head. After taking in
the art, enjoy Belmond La Residencia’s “Tea with Miró,” which is inspired by the artist’s signature use of bold
colors and abstract line drawings. The tea is served on an exclusive tea set
made of La Cartujade Sevilla porcelain with a design based on Miró’s 1952 work, Sans titre. The setwill
be available for purchase in the on-site boutique. Rates start at $470 per
Fore! The Golfer
Winner: Belmond Royal Scotsman
Hit the links with Belmond Royal Scotsman as the
train travels through the heart of the Highlands from tee time to tee time.
Golf enthusiasts can customize the two- to seven-night journeys by adding
rounds at Scotland’s renowned courses such as Gleneagles, Royal Donorch Golf
Club, Castle Stuart Golf Links and Kingbarns Golf Links. A veritable ‘country
house on wheels,’ the Royal Scotsman will also make stops at local distilleries
including Strathisla Distillery, the oldest working distillery in the Scottish
Highlands. Journeys start at $3,158 per person for the two-night Taste of the Highlands itinerary.
Enjoy a golf experience fit for a king at
Ireland’s Dromoland Castle. Set on a 450-acre
estate, the 15-century castle’s parkland course is the perfect place to hone
golf skills. Take a lesson at The Academy, the on-site golf school helmed by a
resident PGA pro. What’s more, Dromoland can coordinate private transfers and
tee times at Ireland’s famed links courses, including nearby Lahinch,
Ballybunion, Tralee and the new Adare Manor. Rates start at $355 per
For the Adventure Seeker
Winner: andBeyond Snow Leopard Expedition
Known as ‘Little Tibet’ or the ‘Roof of the
World’, the mountainous region of Ladakh is situated on the northern border of
India and is home to the snow-capped Himalayas, cobalt lakes and an abundance
of wildlife, including the elusive snow leopard. The species, listed as
‘vulnerable’ and rare to find, lives in this high-altitude cold desert
environment and can be seen during winter months. Conservation-minded,
experiential safari outfitter andBeyond offers travelers the opportunity to
explore this wilderness with the region’s most experienced guides, offering the
rare opportunity to meet a snow leopard, if luck strikes. The 12-day Snow Leopard
Expedition sets off in small
group set-departures in January, February and March 2020. Rates start from
$6,891 per person, including a $200 donation to the Snow Leopard Conservancy.
Runner-Up: Ponant Emblematic Antarctica Cruise
Journey to the ends of the earth, but make it
luxury. Swap icicles in your eyelashes for a champagne toast on an Antarctic
iceberg with Ponant, the leader in polar cruising. Each trip to the
southernmost continent challenges adventure seekers with the trip through the
Drake Passage – the 600-mile stretch of ocean between South America and the
Antarctic peninsula that boasts some of the roughest seas in the world. Keep an
ear out as the captain will often stop and redirect the ship to point out
passing whales, Gentoo and Adelie penguins, and crabeater seals. Once in
Antarctica, expedition guides and naturalists will lead daily Zodiac excursions
with visits to research stations and former whaling stations. Rates start from
$13,310 per person for the 11-day / 10-night Emblematic
For the Theater Goer
Winner: Chatwal, New York
Do you like your theater with a little side of
murder mystery? If so, you’ve come to the right place – The Chatwal, New
York. Designed in 1905 by iconic American architect
Stanford White – who was famously killed by his mistress’s husband atop Madison
Square Garden – The Chatwal was once home to the prestigious Lambs, America’s
first professional theatrical club. The Chatwal continues to play homage to its
history as the epicenter of Broadway. A dedicated theater concierge can offer
access to the most sought-after shows; and guests can enjoy a pre-theater
dinner at Geoffrey Zakarian’s The Lambs Club at The Chatwal. Rates start at
$595 per night based on double occupancy.
Theater buffs visiting The Westbury in Dublin can explore the history of Ireland’s stage with
the complimentary Theatre Walking Tour every Thursday morning. The 90-minute
stroll begins in the vibrant Georgian Quarter and brings guests to key sites
around the city, including a behind-the-scenes look at the famed Abbey Theatre,
which has nurtured the talents of Irish playwrights like William Butler Yeats.
The tour also includes a lesson on ancient Irish storytelling at the Setanta
Wall, and a look at the drama-inspired artwork within the National Gallery.
Rates start at $277 per night.
For the Movie Buff
The 25th James Bond movie, which will mark
Daniel Craig’s final appearance as 007, is heading back to Jamaica. In
celebration of the April 2020 release, movie buffs can retrace the island life
of Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming. The author was a former British intelligence
officer and discovered Jamaica during a WWII mission in 1942. Four years later,
he purchased 15 acres of under-developed tropical land and named it GoldenEye
to pay homage to his naval operation that first brought him to the island. He
resided at GoldenEye every January and February for more than two decades and
wrote a new Bond novel each winter for a total of 14 books. His beachfront
bungalow, which is now called The Fleming Villa with five bedrooms, is part of
the 52-acre GoldenEye resort. Fleming’s
writing desk and sunken garden where he would entertain the likes of Noël
Coward and Katherine Hepburn are available for guests to enjoy. Rates start at
$6,365 per night.
Runner-Up: Park Hyatt Tokyo
Guests of Park Hyatt Tokyo can channel Bill Murray while sipping on a whisky flight in
the hotel’s 52nd floor New York Bar. Famed as the location of Sofia
Coppola’s Lost In Translation, the bar’s signature L.I.T cocktail
with Japanese sake and peach liqueur can be enjoyed to the soundtrack of live
jazz while overlooking the sparkling city skyline. Rates start at $600 per
For the Romantic Beach Bum
Winner: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
“Love Island” – not just a reality show,
but something that could actually be your reality. Give the
gift of an ultimate couples’ vacation in the Maldives. When it debuted in
July, Waldorf Astoria Maldives
Ithaafushi became the first
luxury resort to open near the capital of Malé in the last decade. The journey
to tranquility begins with a yacht ride from the airport to the resort. The 122
accommodations include 39 beach villas, each of which features a swimming pool
and a private alcove on the beach with an outdoor hammock and two sunbeds.
Surround yourself with sand and surf on a nearby sandbar, available for a wine
pairing dinner or a yoga class. Rates start at $1,700 per night.
Runner-Up: Belmond Cap Juluca
Set on the white sands of Anguilla’s Maundays
Bay, known as one of the most pristine beaches in the Caribbean, each room
at Belmond Cap Juluca has its own private slice of sand complete with a dedicated
beach butler. Guests of the newly renovated property can soak in the Caribbean
sun and sway to live calypso and reggae at the Cap Shack, a laid-back beach bar
with a vintage ’80s food truck serving up everything from fish tacos to rum
punches and poke bowls. Rates start from $725 per night.
For the #InstagramFamous Friend
Winner: Dalloway Terrace
Off to Europe for the festive season? Why not
hit two countries in one – visitors to The Bloomsbury in London will be treated to a Merry Swissmas
celebration. The hotel’s heated, al fresco restaurant, Dalloway Terrace, has
launched a collaboration with the alpine resort town of Gstaad. Stroll from
Regent’s Park into snow-dusted pine garlands and frosty foliage. Gstaad’s Swiss
traditions overwhelm the terrace, with bespoke “Scherenschnitte” (Swiss paper
cuttings) on display around the restaurant. Guests can warm up with Foxford
woolen blankets and warming cocktails like an alpine toddy – a hot toddy with a
chamomile twist. Cocktails are delivered to the table with a Retro Viewer that
allows guests to gaze upon the picturesque mountains of Gstaad between sips.
Afternoon tea starts at $50 per person.
Runner-Up: Almanac Rooftop
360-degree views of Barcelona, check.
Instagrammable décor, check. Craft cocktails, check. Almanac Barcelona’s Azimuth rooftop bar is open year-round, beckoning guests
with its coral-hued, cocoon-like lounges and cozy blankets during the mild
winter months. The city is known for its gin and tonics, with the clear liquid
and fizzy bubbles the perfect accessory for an Instagrammable rooftop view.
Almanac’s signature ‘Dealer’s Choice’ cocktail is elevated with dry sherry from
Jerez, grapefruit bitters and artisanal tonic water. Rates start from $287 per
For the Foodie Focused
Winner: Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum in
Give the gift of the CIA. No, not that CIA
– the Culinary Institute
of America at Copia in Napa Valley is
the perfect place for travelers to the region to become immersed in the local
food culture, with daily cooking classes and tastings from local wineries.
Newly opened at the CIA, the Chuck Williams Culinary Art Museum features the
4,000-piece personal culinary collection – including rare special cookware,
bread baking and culinary tools, appliances, and tableware – of the
Williams-Sonoma founder. Admission to the museum is free. Class and tasting
pricing varies with rates starting at $30.
Runner-Up: Shou Sugi Ban House
Get a taste for the flavors that put Noma in
Copenhagen on the map! Chef Mads Refslund, formerly of the world’s best
restaurant, now directs the food and beverage program at wabi sabi-inspired
wellness retreat and destination spa Shou Sugi Ban House in the Hamptons. The plant-based menu is inspired by Nordic,
Japanese and New England cuisines. Located in Water Mill, New York, adjacent to
the Parrish Art Museum, the 13-room property incorporates many forms of
wellness in its multi-day retreats, which include spa and healing arts
treatments, workshops, meditation and movement. Rates start at $550 per person.
P.S. Don’t forget the most important carry-on
items when traveling: chocolate and a face mask. La Maison du Chocolat’s Bars Unhinged ($14) are the perfect plane-size snack (think mini
deconstructed chocolate bars). Guinot’s Newhite Instant Brightening Mask ($77, set of seven) is a travel-size sheet mask that removes
those post-flight dark circles and creates a glow in 10 quick minutes.
Glamping Hub is an online
booking platform and leading portal for unique outdoor accommodations across
the globe. With over 35,000 accommodations in over 120 countries, Glamping
Hub’s mission is to connect travelers with nature in order to create authentic
experiences in which travelers can stay in the great outdoors without having to
sacrifice creature comforts—camping with added luxuries and five-star
Glamping Hub is a third-party booking platform and does not own any of the vacation rentals listed on the website. Guests can find over 27 different types of glamping accommodations to choose from on Glamping Hub from safari tents, tree houses, and cabins to tipis, villas, and domes.
several defining factors Glamping Hub looks for in an accommodation in order to
determine its eligibility for listing. It must have close access to nature,
hotel-quality comfort, and offer guests a unique experience. Glamping Hub’s
business model is both transactional and highly scalable. For each transaction
made through the website, Glamping Hub collects a 4% commission from the hosts
and a 6% to 12% service fee from the guest (depending on the size of the
booking), resulting in an average of 10% of the total booking that Glamping Hub
retains from each transaction.
global market, there is an estimated 100,000+ glamping accommodations—with
eight units per site and an average of $320 per night stay—creating a $45
billion (and growing) market. And glamping is not just luxury camping, but also
ski getaways, wine country stays, safari excursions, surf camps, yoga retreats,
and wildlife tours, which increases the outdoor accommodation marked to $200
billion and growing.
Within the vacation rental sector, Glamping Hub is the one of the only platforms that is both transactional and specialized, which is due to a number of factors, including rigorously researched SEO practices, lower rates and costs, organic traction and unique visits, and its marketing tools. In 2016, Glamping Hub received 2.6 million visits, resulting in 12,000 booking requests and $2.1 million in revenue, and by the end of 2018, those figures tripled.
Hub is a global team with two offices—one in Sevilla, Spain and the other in
Denver, Colorado—with over 100 employees and interns from over 13 different
countries. Not only does Glamping Hub shine with 90% of guest reviews with
4-star and 5-star ratings, but Glamping Hub has also been featured in many
highly-regarded publications, including The New York Times, the New York Post,
Forbes, TIME, NBC, USA Today, Travel and Leisure, Lonely Planet, O Magazine,
At Glamping Hub, the accommodation is the destination. In August,
2018, Glamping Hub launched it’s first ever, “This is Glamping Hub” video,
on the homepage to redefine what is glamping. Travelers choose Glamping Hub
because they care about their trips being truly memorable. We’re
different to other websites in that all of our accommodations have been handpicked
and placed in a targeted collection, and support our four core values: Unique,
Experience, To-Gather, and Nature. Glamping Hub’s accommodations are
one-of-a-kind and completely submerged in nature, where our guests can
disconnect from their daily lives and reconnect with each other for an
experience they will never forget.
Interest in glamping – or, “glamorous camping” – is growing among North American leisure travelers, according to the 2019 North American Glamping Report. The report reveals that 30% of North American travelers have taken a glamping trip over the past two years, and 60% of those travelers represent the millennial or Gen Z generations. An array of glamping destinations have popped up around the world in recent years, offering everything from geodesic domes to Airstream RVs to tiny homes. Here are five glamping options in South America, Africa, Russia and the USA that rival anything on the market:
1. Fireside Resort: By combining the
amenities of a luxury boutique hotel with the atmosphere of a wooded
campground, Fireside Resort offers Wyoming’s best glamping experience. The
lodging options reflect the heritage of the valley’s original homesteader
cabins, with cozy fireplaces, full kitchens, private furnished decks, and
outdoor fire pits. Situated on wildlife-filled acres where moose, elk,
red-tailed hawks, bald eagles and deer roam, Fireside Resort is a mere seven
miles from Jackson’s bustling town square.
2. Kachi Lodge: On
Adventure Life’s High Deserts of Bolivia & Chile tour, explore the extreme
geography of Lake Titicaca, mountains, canyons, lagoons and the largest salt
desert in the world, Salar de Uyuni. Upgrade your trip and stay in a Kachi
Lodge dome, offering the comfort of a luxury hotel room and authentic,
inventive dining on the salt flats at the foot of Tunupa Volcano, at an
altitude of 11,800 feet.
3. Ryabaga Camp: The
Ponoi River in Russia offers some the world’s best Atlantic salmon fishing. At
Ryabaga Camp, guests enjoy their own cabin with queen beds and en suite
bathroom with hot water, electricity and internet (email access). Gourmet, chef-prepared
meals are served in the “Big Tent,” the camp’s social hub. For a true
wilderness location, Ryabaga Camp stands alone with its level of service and
4. Kestrel Camp: The
American Prairie Reserve in Montana is piecing together what will be the
largest nature reserve in the lower 48 states, totaling 3.5 million acres, and
restoring habitat and species in the process. APR’s Kestrel Camp offers five
yurt-style luxury suites set around a central lounge and dining room serving
chef-prepared meals, as well as a safari-style experience with special access
to tour the reserve’s ecosystem with personal naturalists.
5. Sossus Under
Canvas: On Adventure Life’s Namibia Under Canvas tour,
climb the sand dunes of Sossusvlei, explore the coastal city of Swakopmund,
marvel at the natural wonders of Damaraland and search for wildlife in Etosha
National Park. Return each night to a camp like Sossus Under Canvas, where
tents are protected from the elements by natural stone walls and roofs built
from recycled oil drums, and furnishings are made of recycled metal and wood.
The camp is virtually invisible from any distance has a low environmental
Bangkok, Thailand – Backyard Travel, a boutique private tour operator specializing in tours around Asia, introduced a new family-friendly adventure through magical Siem Reap.
The seven-day Cambodia with Kids tour introduces young explorers and their families to the wonders of ancient Khmer civilization, and the bucolic landscapes that surround Siem Reap.
The journey begins at Angkor Wat, where a private tour gives kids a close-up view of its elaborate Hindu carvings and lets them explore its hidden chambers and halls. Angkor expeditions continue with a walking temple trek that loops around Angkor Thom and the iconic Bayon Temple, with stops at the Terrace of the Elephants and the Pool of Ablutions.
Adventures continue outside of Angkor, with a cycling tour through rice-paddy countryside and a trip to the Tonle Sap lake for lunch in a local stilt house. In Banteay Chhmar, families get to experience village life with a homestay, and learn traditional rice farming, fishing and beekeeping.
On return to Siem Reap, families can enjoy some free time to rest or explore, or choose an optional activity such as zip lining, horse riding, or quad-bike riding. The tour ends on an acrobatic note with a performance by Phare, The Cambodia Circus.
Reap is a perfect destination for families,” says Backyard Travel General
Manager Trystan Trestchenkoff, “It’s got exciting ancient history,
hands-on cultural activities and a whole host of experiences that specifically
cater to younger travelers. Pair this with Backyard Travel’s years of
experience creating dedicated family tours and you’ve got an unforgettable trip
for guests of all ages.”
Kids Save Up to 50%:
Save on up to two children 22 and under when they travel with two full
paying adults on select 2020 Alaska departures: save 50% departing in May
and August and save 25% departing in June and July.
Families can choose from
a selection of Alaska adventure cruises—ranging from 6 days to epic— that sail
among the wildlife-rich islands and channels of Alaska deep into the wildest
reaches. The itineraries go beyond the predictable ports on the new
100-guest National Geographic Quest and Venture,
and the 62-guest sister ships National Geographic Sea Lion or Sea
Bird. Hike, kayak, paddleboard, bike, and actively explore.
Venture where iconic wildlife gathers—bears, eagles, bubble-netting whales, and
more. Witness moving First Nations performances. And sail with a renowned
expedition team of naturalists, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo
instructor, an undersea specialist, and wellness instructor.
Kids and teens can also
participate in National Geographic Global
Explorers, Lindblad’s exclusive program for families, and the only
one of its kind in Alaska. Developed in conjunction with National
Geographic Education, its designed to help kids and their families develop the
attitudes, skills and knowledge of an explorer.
These offers are valid
for new bookings only, are subject to availability, not applicable on
extensions, and may not be combined with other offers.
Complimentary air is based on economy group flights and must be ticketed by
Lindblad Expeditions. In the case that Lindblad’s group flight is not available
at time of booking, we reserve the right to issue a credit. Free Air
offer will be combinable with the new Family Offer, but it is limited to the
For reservations or additional information on Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic voyages to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth, visit www.expeditions.com, call 1-800-EXPEDITION (1-800-397-3348) or contact your travel advisor. Visit Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.
For travelers seeking spectacular holiday specials, travelers who book African Travel, Inc.’s Southern Explorer safari by December 31, 2019– for travel anytime in 2020– will receive $1000 per couple in savings.
The Southern Explorer adventure is one of African Travel, Inc.’s most popular safaris, 10 days from $9695 per person. Travelers experience the vibrant culture, scenic beauty and natural wonders of Southern Africa. Spectacular Cape Town and Kruger National Park are artfully combined with the majesty of Victoria Falls.
While in Cape Town, explore the
breathtaking scenery of the Cape of Good Hope and the surrounding winelands on
privately guided sightseeing tours. Stay at the luxurious
Cape Cadogan–a stately
double-storied Georgia and Victorian building dating back to the beginning of
the 19th century.
to the renowned Krugar Private Reserve and enjoy twice daily game drives in search of
Africa’s “Big Five” the leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo and the mighty lion.
Stay at the renowned Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, famed for its warmth, vibrancy and legendary
hospitality. Each of the spacious, air-conditioned thatched suites features
en-suite bathrooms with al-fresco glass-fronted indoor showers, affording
wonderful views of the bush.Huge
viewing decks are the ideal setting to relax while spotting game, birdwatching, or cooling off in the pools.
The next stop is Zimbabwe, where rainforests
surround the thundering Victoria Falls. Take a helicopter
flight, and be
awed by the sheer size and grandeur from above. A stay at The
Victoria Falls Hotel,popularly
known as “the grand old lady of The Falls,” takes guests back in time to the early 1900s. The
Edwardian-style hotel is surrounded by carefully tended tropical gardens, lily
ponds and century-old shade trees.
End the experience with the golden glow of
an African sunset meandering along the Zambezi River
on a sundowner dinner cruise (be ready with binoculars to zoom in on the
hippos cavorting in the river).
To book a safari, contact your local Travel Advisor, or African Travel,
Inc. at (800) 421-8907, or visit www.africantravelinc.com
As the era of food tourism continues
to grow, Luxury Gold, the worldwide leader in luxury guided journeys, is launching
new and exclusive 2020 Culinary & Cultural Discoveries Themed Journeys.
Today’s traveler focuses on the how to eat aspect of their
culinary travels and seeks immersive experiences in unique settings. Continuing
to lead on this gastronomy trend, Luxury Gold’s new experiences take you on a
journey beyond the ordinary to explore distinct destinations that are rich in
cultural and culinary delights.
“With our ability to connect to
taste makers, we know that one of the best ways to get to know a destination is
through its memorable and unique cuisine and the sharing of stories,” said
Jon Grutzner, president of Luxury Gold. “Food is no longer a simple
pleasure, it exposes culture and traditions, allows for meaningful connections
and fosters memories. That’s why we’ve introduced these new Themed Journeys
which are in demand and with only one or two 2020 departures. Space is limited,
and clients need to book soon.”
You can enjoy these exclusive
Exceptional Dining and VIP experiences and relax at luxury hotels
while traveling on Luxury Gold’s exclusive
Peru has been named the World’s
Leading Culinary Destination for 7 years consecutively by the World’s Travel
Awards and it’s no wonder as the country holds five of the world’s best
restaurants, including Mil by Virgilio Martinez. You’ll have the
opportunity to experience this renowned restaurant on this incredible itinerary
and experience Peru’s culinary diversity. A journey through the Andes reveals a
fresh farm-to-table meal at a working hacienda where guests will learn about
the many ingredients that are local to Peru, including over 4,000 varieties of
potatoes. You’ll savor the creative combinations thanks to the father
of Peru’s gastronomic revolution, Gaston Acurio, as he adds his
signature flair at Chicha, during a Celebration Dinner in Cusco. To
understand the history and significance of Machu Picchu, you’ll explore
alongside a Local Expert and witness one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient
World.Making travel matter with The TreadRight Foundation, clients
will also visit the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) to meet
local artisans including Nilda Callanaupa, a weaver, and bring home
the wonderful creations that women in this cooperative make by hand.
From an electrifying performance of
traditional tango in Argentina, to world-class vineyards and wineries,
the best Chilean restaurants and vistas from Valparaiso, the UNESCO
World Heritage city center, this journey pairs the cuisine, wine and culture of
Argentina and Chile perfectly. Expert guides offer an in-depth
exploration of the best vineyards in Mendoza, offering you the chance to
sample the New World’s best wines. Introducing Chilean ingredients, techniques
and products to the world, Rodolfo Guzmán is the mastermind behind
Chile’s best restaurant, Borago, and clients experience his innovative dishes
while in Santiago. From edible coral
mushroom, to venison tartare, duck hearts grilled in duck fat, you can expect
to find these unique and typical dishes over dinner.
You’ll immerse yourselves in Athens
as though you’re local Athenians. Discover the colorful tastes of Greece
by dining seaside at Greece’s first Michelin-rated restaurant located
on a boat that is based on land. You’ll learn the art of making the perfect
Greek coffee at a local kafenio (Greek café) in Athens before enjoying a VIP
Experience in the afternoon, where you’ll meet a world-class Athenian
scholar and philosopher in the Ancient Agora to understand how ancient
Greek philosophy affects our lives today. You’ll also travel to the island of
Delos to enjoy a private guided visit to the birthplace of Apollo and
learn about traditional farming methods in Mykonos after
visiting a traditional farmstead before indulging in a freshly prepared organic
To book a journey, contact your
local travel advisor, call 888-862-5952 or visit www.luxurygold.com.