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Carribean Delight in Barbados
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Caribbean Delight in Barbados

Overview

In Barbados, its Summer all the time.  The island is located under the "hurricane belt" so they don't have pesky hurricanes wreaking havoc with the island as a rule.  This makes it one of a few Caribbean islands you can visit all year long.  The oldest Caribbean hotel in continual existence is located on this island.  Barbados has been welcoming visitors for centuries! They also claim to be the “Home” of island rum making.  How can any of that be bad?

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Sample Itinerary

7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS
DAY 1

Begin your holiday with Fast Track Arrival Service to pick up your luggage and get thru Customs quickly and effortlessly.

DAY 2

Private chauffeur will take you to and from the airport.

DAY 3

Stay in a 5-star luxurious boutique resort, known as the “Jewel of the Caribbean”, in an Oceanfront Suite with Butler Service.​

DAY 4

Right outside your resort, your butler can arrange for you to swim with the large sea turtles.

DAY 5

Try morning Yoga on the beach, followed by breakfast by the pool. 

DAY 6

Since Barbados claims to be the home of rum-making, you will want to take a tour of a rum distillery.  The day the sugar cane is ground is the best day to tour. On that day, you will cruise over to St. Nichols Abbey for an authentic rum tasting.

DAY 7 

One of the most famous restaurants in all of the Caribbean is on Barbados: The Cliff.  This is located on a …..cliff, high above Crane Beach.  You will have a romantic cliffside table for two, at sunset, to enjoy the view, the food, and each other.

14 Day Hawaii

14 Day “Experience the Aloha Spirit”   -Hawaii

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Overview

Ask almost anyone what dream vacation they want to take in their lifetime and chances are they'll say Hawaii. From spectacular sunsets to perfect weather year round, Hawaii is a traveler’s bonanza. Each year over 8-million visitors arrive in Hawaii.  These visitors will average 9-10 days in the islands and many will take the opportunity to visit more than one of the Hawaiian Islands.  From weddings to renewing your vows, a relaxing honeymoon or just a much needed vacation, Hawaii offers the perfect romantic escape for any couple, or an amazing backdrop for family memory-making.  “Keiki”, which is the Hawaiian word for children, are welcomed everywhere.  Sumptuous Spas, delectable dining, glamorous nightclubs - the islands’ stylish resorts have it all covered.  Hawaii has something to offer travelers of all interests, ages, and budgets. The main ingredients to the pleasure of a vacation on the Hawaiian islands are the Hawaiian people and the spirit of aloha they practice. This is what will have you returning to Hawaii again and again.

Sample Itinerary

Visit 2 islands, Maui & Kauai, for 14 days/13 nights

DAY 1

Your stay begins at the luxurious Grand Wailea in Maui, in a Beachfront room, with guaranteed early check-in since you will be arriving on an over-night flight from the states.

DAY 2

Your stay begins at the luxurious Grand Wailea in Maui, in a Beachfront room, with guaranteed early check-in since you will be arriving on an over-night flight from the states.

DAY 3

Experience a Lomilomi Massage in the resort’s world-class Spa.  A lomilomi massage is Hawaiian massage centuries-old, using rhythmic beats.  It is both relaxing and invigorating.

DAY 4

Try a favorite Hawaiian treat: a shaved ice.

DAY 5

Tattoos are cultural body art in the South Pacific.  Add a little exotica to yourself and your trip by getting a jagua tattoo. They are made from the fruit of the jagua and will gradually fade but they are fun to sport around on the rest of your trip. 

DAY 6

Try a sunrise bike ride - all downhill - from the summit of the Haleakala, a dormant volcano, also known as The House of the Sun. It may just change your life.

DAY 7

A private, oceanside dinner for two on the beach, arranged thru the resort is scheduled for tonight.
Wine and wine glasses to-go will arrive after desert because afterward you will be taken by private driver to the top of Haleakala and watch the sunset and stargaze, as the stars begin to twinkle by the thousands overhead. A most memorable way to end your Maui trip before heading to Kauai.

DAY 8

Kauai has a completely different vibe than Maui, so there will be many different and distinct excursions.

You will fly inter-island to Kuaui, where you will be met by your private chauffeur and taken to your resort.

DAY 9

You will stay in the Grand Hyatt, in an oceanfront room with guaranteed early check-in and late check-out, with complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, daily newspapers, and a spa credit.

DAY 10

Private dinner for two in the over-water restaurant Tidepools, with glass floors to view the Koi swimming below your feet.

DAY 11

Try surfing lessons in the bay in one of Hawaii’s most renowned North Shores along the Napoli coast. Or if surfing with a board is too much, try outrigger surfing.  This stable and quick canoe makes surfing possible for old and young alike!

DAY 12

Get to know this exotic island today via a private helicopter tour, open to only a select few:  You will do a tour around the interior, out to the north shore and then fly into the rim of long-dead volcano. Then your helicopter will set down at the falls seen in the opening scenes of Jurassic Park, where you will have time to frolic in the falls and hike before going back up to finish the ride.

DAY 13

You will have reservations for dinner tonight, front row, at a classic Hawaiian luau, and Tropical Gardens. This hula show combines hula and explanations of the dancers' hands – the language of hula, one of the oldest languages on the planet, the evening stage show which is complete with pyrotechnics, plus a train ride thru the sustainable family-run plantation.

DAY 14

It is time to say Aloha and Mahalo to Kuaui. Travel down the beach or follow the path and climb up the rocks, bringing you out above the resort, looking over the ocean. Leave your leis on the beach or throw them off the rocks into the sea. This is meant not only to say farewell to Hawaii but also to guarantee Hawaii will remember you when you return.

7 Day Greece & Turkey

7 day cruise to the Islands of the Gods 

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Overview

What makes people return to cruising again and again?  Whether  your island hopping or river cruising,  the ease, amenities, luxury, and variety of places you visit, combined with the limited number of decisions you have to make – these are what  cruising offers  you . You get to see the world without the hassle.   Cruise ships range in size from large ocean ships, smaller more intimate ocean ships, river cruise ships, or yachts.  Although large cruise ships do cruise the Mediterrean, I feel more intimate ships or yachts are better suited to discover the magic and mythology of the Greek Isles – one of the most storied regions of the world.  Sail across the azure waters of the Aegean Sea, visiting the small hidden ports of Nafplio, Monemvasia, and Patmos and the legendary islands of Santorini and Mykonos.  Get closer to unique island cultures, ancient treasures, and the breathtaking beaches of Greece. There are nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites on these islands and a trip to Turkey is usually combined because the ancient city of Ephesus is not to be missed. 

Sample Itinerary

Small Yacht cruise, 5 islands plus 2 nights  post-cruise in Santorini

DAY 1​

Your trip begins when you land in Athens, where you will spend a pre-cruise night. Tour highlights of Athens like The Parthenon, The Acropolis, Mount Lycabettus, the Temple of Hephaestus and the National Archaeological Museum

DAY 2​

Board your yacht, the Windsurf, and your butler will show you to your luxurious cabin with your own private balcony.

DAY 3​

Spend full days in the Greek Isles complete with later evening visits in Santorini, Kusadasi, Patmos, and Mykonos. Enjoy your own wine tasting from island to island, as each island makes its own wine from its own vineyards.

Relax on one of the many beautiful beaches of Mykonos

DAY 4​

Take an excursion to Epidaurus, where people have traveled miles to be healed

Envelop yourself in history with at least nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this region

Enjoy a private dinner in the courtyard of the magnificent Celsus Library of Ephesus.

Find the breathtaking view from Nafplio's Palamidi Castle after climbing the 999 rock steps

DAY 5​

Visit romantic ancient castles of Monemvasia

Depart your yacht in Santorini and stay on this amazing island for 2 nights in a luxurious Cycladic suite, with your own pool, overlooking the Aegean Sea. From here you will witness some of the world’s most breathtaking sunsets, with colors you have never seen before.  

12 Day Thailand

Exotic Escape to Thailand – 12 days, 3 regions

Overview

Thailand is called the Land of Smiles. The friendly Thai people with their legendary hospitality draw visitors back time and time again.  Thai hospitality and service is world-renowned, and the warmth and smiles of the people radiate that.  Stunning beaches, fascinating culture and history, and world-famous cuisine with its bold, exotic flavors make Thailand one of Southeast Asia’s most popular destinations.  Bangkok has become an international culinary destination, now that it is part of the Michelin-star rating system. The country has the highest concentration of spas and wellness centers in the region – a delight for those seeking rest and relaxation.  With its rich history dating back to the 10th century, nearly every city has a fascinating story to tell, and every region has historic landmarks and amazing temples. The combination of all these attributes makes Thailand not just exotic, but offers the travelers a diverse range of vacation options from culturally enriching to ultimate relaxation and romance.  A trip to Thailand is equally marvelous to the honeymooners as well as families with children of all ages.

Sample Itinerary

12 days in Phuket, Bangkok, & Chiang Mai

DAY 1

Arrive in the capital, Bangkok. Besides one of the world’s top tourist destinations, Bangkok also ranks as one of the world’s best food cities and Asia’s food capital

DAY 2

Our full-day foodie tour starts with an early morning trip to Or Tor Kor Market, regarded as Bangkok’s highest-quality fresh produce and agricultural market. Ranked as one of the “World’s Top 10 Fresh Markets”, this giant market brims with exotic local specialties. Later, at Bussaracum Royal Cuisine Restaurant, join a fruit and vegetable carving workshop, learning techniques used exclusively in traditional royal cuisine.

DAY 3

Explore the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of the few places  to experience a traditional Thai floating market. Slowly navigate through this vibrant market and its maze of slender canals on a sampan, passing countless boats laden with exotic, colourful produce and flowers.

DAY 4

Visit Wat Pho, one of Bangkok’s oldest temples and home to a sacred reclining Buddha. Our morning visit coincides with a mesmerizing morning chanting ritual by Buddhist monks.

DAY 5

Take a thrilling Tuk-Tuk ride through the pulsating city streets and stroll down Yaowarat Road, Chinatown’s historic high street. Known as the “Venice of the East”, Bangkok’s numerous rivers and klongs (canals) are an intrinsic part of the urban fabric. 

DAY 6

Surrounded by mountains, verdant rainforests and peaceful countryside, Chiang Mai stands as the hub of northern Thailand and historical seat of the ancient Lanna Kingdom.

DAY 7

Spend the day at an elephant sanctuary, where you will be trained by a Mahout to feed, bath & how to properly ride an elephant. (no seat, and directly behind their ears, using your legs to hold you in place)

DAY 8

Experience a “khan toke” dinner, while reclining on cushions at a “khan” (low table). As you dine, artists perform traditional Thai dances, renowned for their elegant and extraordinary hand and finger movements.

DAY 9

Climb up 100-plus steps up Doi Suthep Mountain, rewarded with panoramic views across Chiang Mai. Also visit Wat Phra That, a mountainside temple complex that is one of Northern Thailand’s most sacred temple sites and pilgrimage destinations.

DAY 10

Enjoy being hosted with a typical Lanna family, whose descendants have lived in the area for generations. As guests of this family in intimate setting, enjoy a home-cooked dinner and get rare insight into Lanna traditional culture, lifestyle and customs. Learn to cook a variety of dishes from various regions of the country and take a seat to enjoy the fruits of your labor when complete. 

DAY 11

You will fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket, and a private driver will meet you at the airport.

Check in to your 5-star resort, high in the mountains overlooking the Andaman Sea.  You will enjoy a 1 bedroom private villa, with pool and jacuzzi.

Start your day with a unique traditional Thai massage. 

DAY 12

Continue to enjoy the marvelous views from your luxury resort, as well as the famous Phuket beaches as you wind down from the your exotic, culturally enriching escape from the ordinary. 

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