Shanghai and Beijing

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Shanghai and Beijing

Tour Summary:

In China, you’ll experience firsthand, the serenity of its people and the awe inspiring sites, many of which date back thousands of years. From the majestic Forbidden City in Beijing to the serpentine path of the Great Wall to the impressive terra cotta warrior statuary at Xian, you’ll thrill to the marvels of the beauty of this remarkable country.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

Shanghai and Beijing

Guided Package Includes:

  • Round trip international airfare departing from LAX, SFO or NYC. Other departure cities are available.
  • 7 nights accommodations with buffet breakfast at hotel: 4 nights in Beijing, 3 nights in Shanghai.
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary with modern air-conditioned motor coach.
  • Entrance fees per itinerary.
  • 17 meals: 7 buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners including: Peking Duck Dinner in Beijing.
  • One bottle of water or one soft drink per meal.
  • Two bottles of water every day in your room.
  • Entertainment: Cultural show in Beijing, Tang Dynasty Show in Xian, Acrobatic Show in Shanghai.
  • All ground transfers.
  • Professional English speaking tour guide in each city
  • Domestic airfare: Shanghai/Beijing.
  • Not Included:
  • Airport taxes, Security fee and fuel surcharges
  • China Visa application fee. Click Here for more information.
  • Tips to guides, drivers and porters.
  • Travel Insurance. We strongly recommend you purchase Travel Insurance, so that your travel investments are protected in the event of a sudden emergency and your will travel with “Peace of Mind.” Click here to get an instant quote.

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Itinerary:

Day 1
Depart USA for Shanghai, China

Day 2 Arrive in Shanghai
Your tour of one of the most fascinating countries in the world begins in the most cosmopolitan city in China: Shanghai. An English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

Day 3 Shanghai – B, L, D
Today you’ll revisit Shanghai’s past as you walk along the Bund, the city’s lively waterfront, and see the remains of the banks and other colonial institutions of the 19th century. Then you’ll visit Yuyuan Garden which is located in the center of the old part of city, and its beautiful ponds and centuries-old pavilions. Afterwards, you’ll tour the captivating Shanghai Museum to see artifacts from every period of China’s past. This evening, you will enjoy a thrilling acrobatic show.

Day 4 Zhujiajiao – B, L, D
This morning you’ll travel by road to Zhujiajao, a well-preserved, traditional river town with lovely water views, ancient arched stone bridges and elegant gardens. After lunch, you’ll return to Shanghai and visit the Oriental Pearl Tower, a renowned icon of Shanghai’s vibrant skyline, for a bird’s eye view of the city. Next, you’ll visit the Jade Buddha Temple.

Day 5 Shanghai/Beijing – B
Today you will fly to Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China. An English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport, drive you to your hotel, and help you check in.

Day 6 Beijing – B, L, D
Your adventure begins in Tiananmen Square, the heart of Beijing and the largest public space on earth. Step back in time as you pass through the Gate of Heavenly Peace and enter the Forbidden City, home to the Imperial Courts of the Ming and Qing Dynasties for more than 500 years. The Forbidden City is an enormous complex of perfectly preserved palaces, temples, magnificent squares and formal gardens. You’ll stroll down cobblestone paths once known only to the Emperor’s most intimate advisors, visit the private chambers of Imperial concubines and see stunning collections of priceless art, furnishings, and jewelry. After lunch you’ll visit the Summer Palace, a fairyland of pagodas, pavilions and stone bridges on the outskirts of the city. Tonight you’ll enjoy a special cultural performance – Peking Opera.

Day 7 Beijing – B, L, D
Leave the bustle and traffic of Beijing behind and journey through the countryside to see one of the Wonders of the World – The Great Wall. There will be plenty of time to walk along a portion of this 3700-mile long marvel or to simply sit and contemplate the wonders of China’s past. After lunch you’ll visit the massive tomb complex of the Ming Emperors where you’ll walk along the “Sacred Way” passing between pairs of huge stone sculptures. Enjoy dinner tonight at a Beijing restaurant.

Day 8 Beijing – B, L, SD
This morning you’ll visit the Temple of Heaven, one of China’s most photographed attractions. This ornate wooden structure was where the “Sons of Heaven”, as the Chinese Emperors were known, worshiped the gods and prayed for good harvests. It is the largest temple complex in China and the lovely park surrounding the ancient tower is a popular spot for morning Tai Chi. After lunch you’ll forget about the skyscrapers and construction cranes of modern Beijing as you venture into a Hutong neighborhood, where the atmosphere of Old Peking lives on. You’ll bicycle or ride rickshaws down narrow lanes and alleyways, past vegetable markets, traditional medicine shops and tiny, wooden teahouses. This evening you’ll enjoy the capital’s most famous dining experience – Peking Duck Dinner.

Day 9 Beijing/ USA B
Say “zaijian” (goodbye) to Beijing. You will be driven to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations:

Shanghai: Galaxy Hotel
Beijing: Regal Court Hotel Beijing or Grand Chang An Hotel

 

The Palace and the Village

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 The Palace and the Village

Tour Summary:

From the imperial grandeur of the Summer Palace in Beijing to a quaint, picturesque village on the outskirts of Hangzhou – ‘The Palace and a Village’ offers two unique resorts from which to discover China’s natural beauty and historic wonders.

Tour Highlight

The Palace and the Village

Your “Palace and a Village” Experience Includes:

  • 3-Nights at Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing
  • Daily breakfast
  • A private guided tour of the Summer Palace
  • A private guided tour of the Forbidden City (half day)
  • A one-hour Chinese massage for two
  • Return airport transfers
  • 3-Nights at Amanfayun in Hangzhou
  • Daily breakfast
  • A private guided tour of the West Lake
  • A private guided tour of Lingyin and Yongfu Si temples
  • A one-hour reflexology treatment for two
  • Return airport transfers

Tour Itinerary – Short Version

The Palace – Beijing, China:

Just steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds lies Aman at Summer Palace — the ideal location from which to explore Beijing. Housed in a series of pavilions, some of which date back over a century and were originally used by guests of the Palace awaiting an audience with the Empress Dowager Cixi. The property provides easy access to such cultural landmarks as the Great Wall, The Temple of Heaven, the hutongs and the Forbidden City.

Tour Itinerary – Long Version

The Village – Hangzhou, China:

Hidden in a picturesque valley, Amanfayun enjoys a timeless setting surrounded by tea fields, natural forest, quaint villages and a pilgrimage circuit of five significant Buddhist temples. The property comprises of 47 dwellings that originally housed villagers who tended the nearby tea fields. This secluded retreat is only a 20-minute drive along bambooand tree-lined avenues from the centre of the bustling city of Hangzhou.

General Information about This Tour
Your Luxury Hotels in China Includes:

Aman at Summer Palace Beijing 5-Stars
Amanfayun Hangzhou 5-Stars

  • Rates are subject to 15% government tax and service charge.
  • Rates and government tax are subject to change without notice.
  • US$ rates are converted to local currency (RMB) at time of billing.
  • Round trip flights from Beijing to Hangzhou is s not included in the offer, but we can assist in arranging air travel for you.

11 Night Amankora Journey – Bhutan

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11 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Tour Summary:

The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, Nestled high in the Himalayas it’s isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion, and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes, from snow capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder strewn ricers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature. The Amankora program takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

Itinerary:

11 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Day 1: Arrival
From the flight in, weaving through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. The transfer to Thimphu is approximately 1 1/2 hours and upon arrival and following lunch, you will have the choice of the National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and National Library to visit, and perhaps time to stroll main street for some interesting Himalayan artefacts of textiles.(overnight: Amankora in Thimphu)

Day 2: Tour of Thimphu
This morning you will head to the north end of the valley to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and Royal offices, and pay a visit to pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic training school for astrologers. At the head of the valley, should you wish to stretch your legs, a short hike will take you to Cheri Goemba, the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Back in town you should be able to visit a few of the capital’s cottage industries ranging from traditional paper making to hand rolled incense. (overnight: Amankora Thimphu)

Day 3: From Thimphu to Gangtey
An early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Fochu La and on to Phobjika Valley. Sights on the way include on of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. The journey continues over the 3,050m mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. The descent down through the Punakha Valley along the Kingdom’s only east-west highway, continues on through the scenic village of Wangdi. Carrying on the highway follows the scenic Dang Chhu before climbing through forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing the Pele La pass, a small side road splinters off to the hidden Phobjika valley. On arrival you will have time to visit the striking Gangtey Goemba, sitting at the head of the valley, and perhaps strolling through the quaint gangtey village. (overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 4: Exploring Phojika Valley
This morning will start with a visit to the Black Neck Crane Center and dependent on the season, time spent in the Center’s nearby hide is a must to view the breeding cranes. Various walks or a mountain bike ride through this magnificent valley can be arranged. Soaking up the beauty of the valley from the Lodge or returning to the revered Goemba for an audience with the Tulkul may be attractive, relaxing alternatives for the day. (overnight: Amankora)

Day 5: Phojika to Bumthang
Today’s journey onward to Kakar (Bumthang) is perhaps long, but certainly memorable with dramatic landscapes of terraced farmland, deep river valleys and precariously perched farmhouses viewed from the only east west highway that has been ingeniously carved out of the mountain faces. Following a brief stop at Chendebji chorten, which according to belief was built to cover the remains of a demon spirit, you will carry on to what was the original home of the royal family. Upon reaching Trongsa you may take time to stroll this quaint village and official business permitting, perhaps visit the Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home to Bhutan’s monarch where you will often Find novice monks reciting mantras or practicing on sacred horns, flutes or drums. The drive onward to Bumthang takes you over the picturesque Yotong La Yatra weaving. Here you will have a chance to browse the traditional textiles and perhaps see the weavers create their intricate handiwork. (overnight: Amankora Bumthang).

Day 6: Explore Bumthang Valley
This morning you will explore our neighboring palace, Wangdichhoeling, home to the 2nd King, and the auspicious prayer wheels next door. Heading up valley, you will take in the grand Kurjey Lhakhang, considered one of the Bhutan’s most auspicious monuments, that was once the resting place of Guru Rimpoche, and Jambay Lhakhang, home to the early winter festivals that draw thousands of Bhutanese for their annual blessings. Heading back into town and across the Bumthang Chhu, you will enjoy a visit to the sin alleviating Tamshing Monastery followed by quick visits to the valleys unique cottage industries – Red Panda Brewery, Bumthang Cheese/Dairy Facitily and the Bumthang Distillery, home to numerous distinctive spirits. (overnight: Amankora Bumthang).

Day 7: Explore Tang Valley – Bumthang District
Today you will explore further in bumthang district with an excursion the stunningly beautiful Tang Valley. This seldom visited valley offers a treat in revealing some of the beaten track Ihakhangs and monasteries, and the amazing museum at Ugen Chhoeling Palace. A short hike takes you up to this well maintained Palace and it’s cultural treasures inside. Along the way you will stop for a traditional picnic with breathtaking views of the pristine surroundings. (overnight: Amankora Bumthang).

Day 8: Bumthang to Punakha
Today you will start with an early departure for the lengthy drive to Punakha. Upon entering the Punakha Valley you may stop to stretch your legs for a short walk through the valley floor to the Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built by the “Divine Madman” in 1499. (overnight Amankora Punakha).

Day 9: Explore Punakha Valley
Your day in Punakha Valley begins with a hike up through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to the upper end of the valley to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning monument recently built by the queens and consecrated in 1999. Returning down through the valley you will have plenty of time to take in impressive Punakha Dzong, home to the remains of Bhutan’s first ruler, Shabdrung of the monastic order’s leader and his entourage of monks. Later a picnic lunch will be served on the banks of the Pinak Chhu at a vantage point of the stunning Dzong and confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu. Following lunch a quick drive will take you to the village of Talo where you will stop to walk the stunning, quiet grounds of the village temple and perhaps visit the home village of the Kingdom’s four Queens. Further hikes or valley excursions can be organized. (overnight: Amankora Punakha)

Day 10: From Punakha to Paro
After Descending back down from Dochu La, you will follow your way back up the dramatic Wang chu and Paro Chu river Valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amankora lodge and it’s spa. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins, a visit to some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments or a ramble down Paro’s main street. Evenings at Amankora may include informative lectures on the history, religion, flora and fauna of the region or a intriguing movie on the Himalayas. (overnight: Amankora Paro).

Day 11: Paro Valley Exploration
The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. In the afternoon, hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. (overnight: Amankora Paro).

Day12: Departure Day
Early morning transfer to airport.

Amankora Journey 10 Nights – Bhutan

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Tour Summary:

The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, Nestled high in the Himalayas it’s isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion, and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes, from snow capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder strewn ricers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature. The Amankora program takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival
From the flight in, weaving through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. The transfer to Thimphu is approximately 1 1/2 hours and upon arrival and following lunch, you will have the choice of the National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and National Library to visit, and perhaps time to stroll main street for some interesting Himalayan artefacts of textiles. (overnight: Amankora in Thimphu)

Day 2: From Thimphu to Gangtey
An early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Dochu La and on to Phobjika Valley. Sights on the way include one of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. The journey continues over the 3,050m mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. The descent down through the Punakha Valley along the Kingdom’s only east-west highway, continues on through the scenic village of Wangdi. Carrying on the highway follows the scenic Dang Chhu before climbing through the forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing the Pele La pass, a small side road splinters off the hidden Phobjika Valley. On arrival you will have time to visit the striking Gangtey Goemba, sitting at the head of the valley, and perhaps strolling through the quaint Gangtey village or hike amongst the blooming rhodododendrons behind the lodge. (overnight: Amankora Gangtey)

Day 3: Exploring Phojika Valley
This morning will start with a visit to the Black Neck Crane Center and dependent on the season, time spent in the Center’s nearby hide is a must to view the breeding cranes. Various walks or a mountain bike ride through this magnificent valley can be arranged. Soaking up the beauty of the valley from the Lodge or returning to the revered Goemba for an audience with the Tulkul may be attractive, relaxing alternatives for the day. (overnight: Amankora)

Day 4: Phojika to Bumthang
Today’s journey onward to Kakar (Bumthang) is perhaps long, but certainly memorable with dramatic landscapes of terraced farmland, deep river valleys and precariously perched farmhouses viewed from the only east west highway that has been ingeniously carved out of the mountain faces. Following a brief stop at Chendebji chorten, which according to belief was built to cover the remains of a demon spirit, you will carry on to what was the original home of the royal family. Upon reaching Trongsa you may take time to stroll this quaint village and official business permitting, perhaps visit the Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home to Bhutan’s monarch where you will often Find novice monks reciting mantras or practicing on sacred horns, flutes or drums. The drive onward to Bumthang takes you over the picturesque Yotong La Yatra weaving. Here you will have a chance to browse the traditional textiles and perhaps see the weavers create their intricate handiwork. (overnight: Amankora Bumthang)

Day 5: Explore Bumthang Valley
This morning you will explore our neighboring palace, Wangdichhoeling, home to the 2nd King, and the auspicious prayer wheels next door. Heading up valley, you will take in the grand Kurjey Lhakhang, considered one of the Bhutan’s most auspicious monuments, that was once the resting place of Guru Rimpoche, and Jambay Lhakhang, home to the early winter festivals that draw thousands of Bhutanese for their annual blessings. Heading back into town and across the Bumthang Chhu, you will enjoy a visit to the sin alleviating Tamshing Monastery followed by quick visits to the valleys unique cottage industries – Red Panda Brewery, Bumthang Cheese/Dairy Facitily and the Bumthang Distillery, home to numerous distinctive spirits. (overnight: Amankora Bumthang).

Day 6: Explore Tang Valley – Bumthang District
Today you will explore further in bumthang district with an excursion the stunningly beautiful Tang Valley. This seldom visited valley offers a treat in revealing some of the beaten track Ihakhangs and monasteries, and the amazing museum at Ugen Chhoeling Palace. A short hike takes you up to this well maintained Palace and it’s cultural treasures inside. Along the way you will stop for a traditional picnic with breathtaking views of the pristine surroundings. (overnight: Amankora Bumthang).

Day 7: Bumthang to Punakha
Today you will start with an early departure for the lengthy drive to Punakha. Upon entering the Punakha Valley you may stop to stretch your legs for a short walk through the valley floor to the Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built by the “Divine Madman” in 1499. (overnight Amankora Punakha).

Day 8: Explore Punakha Valley
Your day in Punakha Valley begins with a hike up through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to the upper end of the valley to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning monument recently built by the queens and consecrated in 1999. Returning down through the valley you will have plenty of time to take in impressive Punakha Dzong, home to the remains of Bhutan’s first ruler, Shabdrung of the monastic order’s leader and his entourage of monks. Later a picnic lunch will be served on the banks of the Pinak Chhu at a vantage point of the stunning Dzong and confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu. Following lunch a quick drive will take you to the village of Talo where you will stop to walk the stunning, quiet grounds of the village temple and perhaps visit the home village of the Kingdom’s four Queens. Further hikes or valley excursions can be organized. (overnight: Amankora Punakha)

Day 9: From Punakha to Paro
After Descending back down from Dochu La, you will follow your way back up the dramatic Wang chu and Paro Chu river Valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amankora lodge and it’s spa. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins, a visit to some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments or a ramble down Paro’s main street. Evenings at Amankora may include informative lectures on the history, religion, flora and fauna of the region or a intriguing movie on the Himalayas. (overnight: Amankora Paro)

Day 10: Paro Valley Exploration
The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. In the afternoon, hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. (overnight: Amankora Paro)

Day 11: Departure Day
Early morning transfer to airport.

9 Nights Amankora Journey – Bhutan

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 8 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Tour Summary:

The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, nestled high in the Himalayas it’s isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes, from snow capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder strewn rivers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature. The program takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

8 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival
From the flight in, weaving through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. The transfer to Thimphu is approximately 1 1/2 hours and upon arrival and following lunch, you will have the choice of the National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and National Library to visit, and perhaps time to stroll main street for some interesting Himalayan artefacts of textiles. (overnight: Amankora in Thimphu)

Day 2: Tour of Thimphu
This morning you will head to the north end of the valley to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and Roya offices, and pay a visit to pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic training school for astrologers. At the head of the valley, should you wish to stretch your legs, a short hike will take you to Cheri Goemba, the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Back in town you should be able to visit a few of the capital’s cottage industries ranging from traditional paper making to hand rolled incense. (overnight: Amankora Thimphu)

Day 3: From Thimphu to Gangtey
An early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Fochu La and on to Phobjika Valley. Sights on the way include on of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. The journey continues over the 3,050m mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. The descent down through the Punakha Valley along the Kingdom’s only east-west highway, continues on through the scenic village of Wangdi. Carrying on the highway follows the scenic Dang Chhu before climbing through forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing the Pele La pass, a small side road splinters off to the hidden Phobjika valley. On arrival you will have time to visit the striking Gangtey Goemba, sitting at the head of the valley, and perhaps strolling through the quaint gangtey village. (overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 4: Gangtey Valley Exploration
This morning will start with a visit to the Black Neck Crane Center and dependent on the season, time spent in the Center’s nearby hide is a must to view the breeding cranes. Various walks or a mountain bike ride through this magnificent valley can be arranged. soaking up the beauty of the valley from the lodge or returning to the revered Goemba for an audience with the Tulkul may be attractive, relaxing alternatives for the day. (overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 5: Gangtey to Punakha
Today’s journey back to Punakha will be brief and upon arrival you will have time to take lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon you will explore the hidden village of Talo, home of the Queens’ and the valley’s protective deity Ihakhang. Later in the afternoon a hike to an ancient monastery on the hilltop behind the lodge can be organized or time given to enjoy the farmhouse and spa of the lodge.(overnight: Amankora in Punakha)

Day 6: Punakha Valley Exploration
The day in Punakha Valley begins with a beautiful hike from the Punakha Lodge along the Mo Chhu through terraces of rice, chilies and cabbage, takes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a monument recently built by the four queens of Bhutan. Following the hike you will drive back up the valley towards Khuruthang passing Punthsho Perli Palace and several other winter homes of the royal family before reaching the impressive Punakha Dzong. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order’s head and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region. A picnic lunch is served on the banks of the Punak Chu, before visiting the village of Lobesa where a short walk ends at Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built in 1499. (overnight: Amankora in Punakha).

Day 7: From Punakha to Paro
After descending back down from Dochu La, you will follow your way back up the dramatic Wang Chu and Paro Chu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amanjora lodge and it’s spa. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins, a visit to some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments or a ramble down Paro’s main street. Evenings at Amankora may include informative lectures on the history, religion, flora and funa of the region or a intriguing movie on the Himalayas. (overnight: Amankora in Paro)

Day 8: Paro Valley Exploration
The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, traditional cantilever bridge, and guests are then driven to the town temple, built in 1525, to view ancient wall paintings. Paro options include picturesque picnic spots or, perhaps, a visit to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. In the afternoon, hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. (overnight: Amankora in Paro)

Day 9: Paro Valley Exploration- Tiger’s Nest Hike
Today will be an auspicious pilgrimage up to one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four to five hour trek offers spectacular Views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. Accommodating mules and donkeys will be on hand to lessen the exertion for the climb up, and along the way a rewarding picnic will be serves. The afternoon will be at leisure to enjoy the spa and ease those blessed aches from the morning’s pilgrimage. (overnight: Amankora in paro).

Day 10: Departure day
Early morning transfer to airport.

8 Night Amankora Journey – Bhutan

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8 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Tour Summary:

The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, nestled high in the Himalayas it’s isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes, from snow capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder strewn rivers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature. The program takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

8 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival
From the flight in, weaving through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. The transfer to Thimphu is approximately 1 1/2 hours and upon arrival and following lunch, you will have the choice of the National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and National Library to visit, and perhaps time to stroll main street for some interesting Himalayan artefacts of textiles. (overnight: Amankora in Thimphu)

Day 2: Tour of Thimphu
This morning you will head to the north end of the valley to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and Roya offices, and pay a visit to pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic training school for astrologers. At the head of the valley, should you wish to stretch your legs, a short hike will take you to Cheri Goemba, the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Back in town you should be able to visit a few of the capital’s cottage industries ranging from traditional paper making to hand rolled incense. (overnight: Amankora Thimphu)

Day 3: From Thimphu to Gangtey
An early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Fochu La and on to Phobjika Valley. Sights on the way include on of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. The journey continues over the 3,050m mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. The descent down through the Punakha Valley along the Kingdom’s only east-west highway, continues on through the scenic village of Wangdi. Carrying on the highway follows the scenic Dang Chhu before climbing through forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing the Pele La pass, a small side road splinters off to the hidden Phobjika valley. On arrival you will have time to visit the striking Gangtey Goemba, sitting at the head of the valley, and perhaps strolling through the quaint gangtey village. (overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 4: Gangtey Valley Exploration
This morning will start with a visit to the Black Neck Crane Center and dependent on the season, time spent in the Center’s nearby hide is a must to view the breeding cranes. Various walks or a mountain bike ride through this magnificent valley can be arranged. soaking up the beauty of the valley from the lodge or returning to the revered Goemba for an audience with the Tulkul may be attractive, relaxing alternatives for the day. (overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 5: Gangtey to Punakha
Today’s journey back to Punakha will be brief and upon arrival you will have time to take lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon you will explore the hidden village of Talo, home of the Queens’ and the valley’s protective deity Ihakhang. Later in the afternoon a hike to an ancient monastery on the hilltop behind the lodge can be organized or time given to enjoy the farmhouse and spa of the lodge.(overnight: Amankora in Punakha)

Day 6: Punakha Valley Exploration
The day in Punakha Valley begins with a beautiful hike from the Punakha Lodge along the Mo Chhu through terraces of rice, chilies and cabbage, takes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a monument recently built by the four queens of Bhutan. Following the hike you will drive back up the valley towards Khuruthang passing Punthsho Perli Palace and several other winter homes of the royal family before reaching the impressive Punakha Dzong. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order’s head and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region. A picnic lunch is served on the banks of the Punak Chu, before visiting the village of Lobesa where a short walk ends at Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built in 1499. (overnight: Amankora in Punakha).

Day 7: From Punakha to Paro
After descending back down from Dochu La, you will follow your way back up the dramatic Wang Chu and Paro Chu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amanjora lodge and it’s spa. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins, a visit to some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments or a ramble down Paro’s main street. Evenings at Amankora may include informative lectures on the history, religion, flora and funa of the region or a intriguing movie on the Himalayas. (overnight: Amankora in Paro)

Day 8: Paro Valley Exploration
The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, traditional cantilever bridge, and guests are then driven to the town temple, built in 1525, to view ancient wall paintings. Paro options include picturesque picnic spots or, perhaps, a visit to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. In the afternoon, hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. (overnight: Amankora in Paro)

Day 9: Departure day
Early morning transfer to airport.

Butler Signature – A luxury tour

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Tour Summary:

For travelers with a taste for distinction, seeking a world of standards and impeccable services, we can fashion journeys to Egypt that will fulfill their aspiration for sophistication, elitism and refinement while visiting this ancient land.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

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Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart USA
Upon arrival at JFK Airport you will be assisted by Travel representative and an airport Customer Service Agent in processing your travel formalities. Aboard your international flight to Cairo in the comfort of your first class seat, begin your journey back in time to this fascinating, ancient land.

Day 2: Cairo
As you arrive in the Land of the Pharaohs, at Cairo international airport, you will be welcomed at your aircraft landing and driven by private vehicle to the exclusive VIP lounge for refreshments & relaxation while our representative takes care of your visa, customs formalities and luggage. You will than be escorted to your hotel in your chauffeur-driven luxury car. Upon arrival at your select hotel you will be met and assisted by your personal butler for the duration of your stay in Egypt.

Day 3: Cairo
This morning, your private Egyptologist will guide you through the incredible wealth of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities displaying the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic artifacts and the magnificent treasures of Tutankhamen’s tomb. At Old Coptic Cairo, over old cobblestone narrow streets where 4th century churches are still in use by local worshipers, you will visit Al Moallaka Church (Hanging Church) and Ben Ezra Synagogue. Stop for lunch at the Oberoi Mena House Hotel than continue to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the enigmatic Sphinx. You will end your tour at Khan El Khalili, the world’s largest 13th century covered oriental bazaar. Overnight in Cairo.

Day 4: Cairo, Luxor
After breakfast, accompanied by your personal butler and your private Egyptologist, you will be transferred on board your limousine to Cairo domestic airport where you will be hosted at the VIP lounge while our representative handles your departure formalities to Luxor. Upon arrival, you will be escorted and transferred in your private limousine to your luxurious Nile cruise ship for 5 days/ 4 nights cruise. Accommodation aboard your cruise ship will be exclusive 52m “Chopin” suite featuring a private lounge and terrace. Today you will visit the Temple of Karnak & the Temple of Luxor. Afternoon tea is served on board and dinner is followed by a belly dancer show. Overnight in Luxor. Your personal butler and Egyptologist lodged on board will be at your service during the entire cruise.

Day 5: Luxor, Esna
Very early in the morning, you will be transferred to the West Bank where you will enjoy a bird’s eye view aboard your hot air balloon, watching the sunrise over the Valley of Kings and funerary temples of the necropolis; a unique experience. After breakfast on board, you will visit the West Bank highlights including Valley of Kings. Valley of Queens, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Your cruise will sail to Esna before lunch. Afternoon tea, Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner on board. Overnight in Esna

Day 6: Edfu, Kom Ombo
Breakfast and lunch will be served while sailing to Edfu. Upon arrival to Edfu, you will visit the Temple of Horus, the falcon god, son of Isis and Osiris, considered the best=preserved ancient temple in Egypt and the second largest after the Temple of Karnak. Your ship will then sail to Kom Ombo. Afternoon tea and dinner on board are followed by a Gallabeya (masquerade) party for which guests are incited to dress up in Pharaonic of Egyptian costumes. Overnight in Kom Ombo

Day 7: Kom Ombo, Aswan
After breakfast visit the Temple of Sobek & Haroeries in Kom Ombo, the only temple dedicated to two deities; than sail to Aswan while lunch is served on board. This afternoon, visit the Aswan High Fam, the Granite Quarries & Philae Temple dedicated to Isis. Afternoon tea and dinner are followed by Nubian Folkloric Show. Overnight Aswan

Day 8: Aswan, Abu Simbel, Cairo
Disembarkation; our representative will assist and escort you to Aswan airport for your flight to Abu Simbel. Visit the Great Temple of Ramses II and the temple of his beloved queen, Nefertari. After visiting this impressive site, you will be transferred back to Abu Simbel airport for your flight to Vairo via Aswan. Relax and enjoy the distinctive amenities of your hotel in Cairo. Overnight in Cairo. Your personal butler will be attending to your requirements.

Day 9: Cairo, Hurghada / Sahl Hashish
After breakfast, accompanied by your personal butler, you will be escorted to Cairo domestic airport for your flight to Hurghada; upon arrival you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Sahl Hashish on board your limousine; Overnight at your hotel. Your elite all-suite resort on the Res Sea coast of Egypt offers exclusive services and wellness centers; your Grand Suite features a private swimming pool.

Day 10: Shal Hashish
A day of sun, sea and optional activities to plan as you like and your personal butler will assist you in making the required arrangements

Day 11: Sahl Hashish
More sun, sea and leisurely activities within or outside the resort, just let your personal butler know your requests.

Day 12: Hurghada – Cairo
After breakfast, our representative will meet and escort you back to Hurghada airport for your return flight to Cairo. Our Cairo representative will assist you and transfer you to your hotel aboard your limousine. Balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel

Day 13: Cairo
Your last day in Egypt is left for optional activities, shopping, sightseeing or planning as you like with the assistance of your personal butler. Overnight at your hotel.

A farewell surprise is planned for you

Day 14: Departure
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cairo airport and escorted to the VIP lounge for refreshments while our representative takes care of your pre-boarding formalities; you will than be driven on board a private vehicle to the plane landing for your flight back to the USA

13 Days Charming Dahabeya

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13 Days Charming Dahabeya

Tour Summary:

Roundtrip airfare, 4 nights accommodation in Cairo, 7 Nights 5 star Dahabeya Nile Cruise. Visits to the Great Pyramids, Khan El Khalili Bazaar, Abu Simbel, Valley of the Kings in Luxor Philae Temple in Aswan, Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo Temple, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, El Kab, Djebel Silsilehm, Temple of Hormoheb, & the Ptolemaic Temple.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

Includes:

  • Roundtrip International airfare JFK/Cairo/JFK 
  • Other departure gates from USA are available upon request
  • 11 nights accommodation at deluxe hotel in Cairo and Dahabeya cruise
  • 4 nights accommodation at Four Seasons First Residence (deluxe room)
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard Dahabeya Nile cruise
  • 28 Meals: 11 Buffet Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 8 Dinners 
  • All sightseeing in Egypt guided by a licensed Egyptologist 
  • Domestic airfare within Egypt 
  • All transfers and luggage handling within Egypt 
  • All transportation provided by deluxe air-conditioned private vehicle 
  • All hotel taxes and service charge

Excludes:

  • Airport taxes
  • Visa upon arrival
  • Optional tours
  • Tips & personal items 

13 Days Charming Dahabeya

Itinerary:

Day 1 Wed – Departure from USA
Board your international flight to Cairo and begin your journey back in time to this charming, ancient land.

Day 2 Thu- Cairo
Arrival in the Land of the Pharaohs. At Cairo International Airport you will be welcomed and assisted through immigration and customs by our representative, then escorted to your hotel.

Day 3 Fri – Cairo
Morning visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which includes the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic artifacts and the treasures of Tutankhamen’s tomb. Then drive to Old Cairo to visit Al Moallaka Church (Hanging Church) and Ben Ezra Synagogue. After lunch drive to the Citadel of Saladin and visit Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque. Enjoy a walking tour of the largest 13th century covered oriental market Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Overnight in Cairo.
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch

Day 4 Sat – Cairo, Luxor (Optional Sound & Light show)
After breakfast, transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival transfer to your Dahabeya your sailing home on the Nile for the next 7 nights. Relaxing in the privacy of your inviting boat and enjoying modern amenities, discover Upper Egypts exceptional sites at the rhythm of the wind. While sailing and mooring at secluded island and Nile shores, you may have the opportunity to walk through fields, encounter Egyptian farmers, or have a meal in a pastoral landscape. On your first day, visit the necropolis of the West Bank including Valley of Kings, Valley of Queens, the Temple of Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon. (Evening: optional Sound & Light show at Karnak Temple). Your Dahabeya will be moored overnight on the Nile banks of Luxor
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5 Sun – Luxor
After breakfast, on the East Bank where the sun rises, visit the Temple of Karnak & the Temple of Luxor. This afternoon your Dahabeya sails to Esna. At ease on the deck, you will watch a panorama that has hardly changed from the time of Ancient Egyptians and where, now, rural Egyptians still live. Anchor overnight in Esna.
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 6 Mon – Esna (Optional visit to Temple of Esna)
Enjoy a day at leisure or go on an optional visit to the Temple of Khnum, the ram-headed god. Your Dahabeya will be moored overnight in Esna.
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7 Tue – El Kab, Edfu
Departure for El Kab and visit the necropolis (and for those who can walk for about 2km, optional visit to the temple consecrated to Nekhbet). Your Dahabeya will then sail to Edfu where you will visit the Temple of Horus, the falcon-god, considered the best-preserved temple in Ancient Egypt and the second largest after the Temple of Karnak. Overnight beside a Nile island
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 8 Wed – Djebel Silsileh, Kom Ombo
Departure for Djebel Silsileh where the Nile flows between two mountains. Here you will be among the very few, as the larger vessel can only pass in the distance. Visit the Temple of Hormoheb. Back on board, sail to Kom Ombo where you will visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Sobek & Haroeries. Your Dahabeya will moor overnight alongside a Nile island
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 9 Thu – Aswan
A leisurely day sailing to Aswan mesmerized by enchanting and contrasting sceneries with the desert reaching the edges of the western shores while palms and vast spreads of greenery cover the East bank; All the while taking pleasure in the Jacuzzi on deck, sipping cocktails or retreating to the tranquil indoor library. The Dahabeya will moor overnight in Aswan.

Day 10 Fri – Aswan
Today in this city embraced by the Aga Khan and where Lord Kitcheners created his fertile and exotic botanical garden, you will visit the Aswan High Dam, the Old Dam, and the Temple of Philae. Overnight in Aswan
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 11 Sat – Aswan
After breakfast, disembarkation, and transfer to Aswan airport for your flight to Cairo. Relax at your hotel in Cairo and enjoy the facilities of your hotel
Meals:
Breakfast

Day 12 Sun – Cairo
After breakfast, a scenic drive will take you to the Pyramids & Sphinx of Giza, which have stood for the last 5000 years, your visit will include entrance to the inside of the Great Pyramids and Camel Ride. Complete your visit at Giza with a tour of the Solar Boat Museum. Lunch at the Mena House hotel then continue to the ancient city of Memphis, the first capital of United Upper and Lower Egypt then visit Sakkara, site of the Step Pyramid of Zoser. Evening, dinner with entertainment on board a Nile cruising restaurant
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 13 Mon – Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Cairo airport for your flight back to USA
Meals: Breakfast

Hurricane Safe Destinations

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 Hurricane-Safe Travel Destinations

Hurricane season is upon us and anyone who has scheduled a late-summer vacation in the Southeast over the past few years knows how a hurricane can wreck havoc with your vacation plans, regardless of where you’re traveling. For 2010, we have complied a list of hurricane-safe destinations for you and your family to enjoy. Whiles most of these destinations are not a sure things, they have been among the safest of the past several years. Don’t let the hurricane season spoil your travel plans this year!

Hurricane-Safe Destinations ~ Pick Your Travel Destination Well

OUR RECOMMENDED DESTINATIONS & VACATION EXPERIENCES
GO ON A CRUISE:

The good thing about cruises is that they can usually sail around the worst of a storm. And today’s ships are extraordinarily safe and with the advanced weather tracking available today, bad weather is something they can avoid. The downside is that the cruise line always reserves the right to reschedule port calls and change itineraries for weather-related reasons and therefore you may not get to visit the places you had hoped to.

The big advantage of sailing during hurricane season is that prices tend to drop to their lowest point of the year.  Your best deals are during the fall months — late August to mid December, so it’s an attractive time to buy a cruise. And the reality is that statistically speaking the chances that your particular voyage is going to be affected by a hurricane are very slim. But it does happen, from time to time. The thing to bear in mind is that it is a possibility and to approach the cruise with the right attitude.


 

 



POPULAR CRUISE DESTINATIONS:

When planning a trip to the Caribbean during hurricane season, it is good to know .
that hurricanes are less likely the further south you go. The islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and St. Vincent, including the islands below them, are the least hit by hurricanes. However, as Grenada discovered in 2004 with Hurricane Ivan, never say never and keep in mind that hurricanes are unpredictable. If you still prefer to travel to the usual destinations, we recommend look for hotels and resorts that offers hurricane guarantees or something similar

Antigua

Antigua’s secluded white beaches – among the most pristine in all the Caribbean – provide the ideal setting for a tropical paradise. The azure seas surrounding all sides of the island beckon you to the beaches, all 365 of them.

Aruba
Hurricane-free year round, the beaches and hotels of
Aruba welcome those who travel for romance.

Barbados

Barbados offers all the things a Caribbean vacationer needs in a tropical paradise – coral shore beaches, crystal clear waters, a climate that’s sure to delight, and for water sports enthusiasts, a dream come true.

Bonaire

Included in the “ABC” islands, along with Aruba and Curacao, Bonaire is a small island located in the southern Caribbean known for its pioneering role in the preservation of nature, in particular the preservation of the marine environment, and for its excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing, among other things.

Curacao

On Curacao, there’s never a shortage of exciting things to do – with sailing or fishing, kayaking or windsurfing, shopping or dining, the options feel practically endless.

Nevis

Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and sparsely peopled beaches combine in the sister islands of St Kitts & Nevis to make them one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean.

St Kitts

An uncrowded, unspoiled respite in the Caribbean, St. Kitts offers its natural beauty like a welcome mat for first-time and returning visitors alike. The island boasts pristine and gleaming shores surrounded by sparkling cobalt waters, plus many other facets to this impressive jewel of an island.

St Lucia

Rich in cultural history and natural beauty, the island nation of St Lucia offers a touch of everything you want in a Caribbean vacation. An unspoiled, tropical gem nestled in a chain of islands known as the Lesser Antilles, St Lucia traces its colorful history to long before colonial times, yet it has a legacy of over 400 years of European influence.

St Maarten/St Martin

Like well-suited counterparts, this striking dreamland offers two very distinct ad equally fabulous destinations on one island. The Dutch St. Maarten is a bustling haven, where surfers and divers head towards electrifying nightlife when the sun sets.     The French St. Martin provides a more low-key ambiance, where serene bays set the tone for relaxing feasts and peaceful strolls along moonlit shores.

Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago – two islands, one country. Two vacations in one – could you ask for a better deal? Lying just off the South American coast, this is the most culturally diverse of its peers, with a landscape and natural history as rich and varied as the rainbow faces of its many distinct heritages.


 

MEXICO – (Central & West Coast):

Enjoy a Mexican beach getaway to fabulous resorts in Acapulco, Los Cabos, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Experience great beaches and visit ancient cultures. Lounge on the beach and enjoy the pulsating Mexican nightlife. If you still prefer to travel to the usual destinations, we recommend look for hotels and resorts that offers hurricane guarantees or something similar.

Acapulco

The gorgeous beaches, romantic sunsets, and glamorous nightlife that attracted Hollywood’s hottest celebrities in the 1950s are still very much a part of Acapulco today. This “Queen of Mexican Beach Resorts” is set around a crescent-shaped bay and framed by verdant mountains that plunge into warm, sapphire waters.

Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo

On the Gold Coast, the dynamic resort center of Ixtapa and the quaint fishing pueblo of Zihuatanejo are contrasting twins. One is bold, beautiful and full of action, and the other is a quiet wallflower, living a simple life on the outer edge of her sister’s spotlight. Ixtapa is the most modern resort on Mexico’s west coast, with half of its land protected as an ecological reserve.

Mazatlan

While other beach resorts in Mexico work hard to dazzle visitors with mega-resort excitement, the equation for a great vacation in Mazatlan is a simple one of fun, plus food, plus lots of world-class fishing. Mexico’s largest West Coast port and the second largest coastal city combines affordable accommodations with seaside charm and plenty of ways to have fun in the sun.

Mexico City Mexico City’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aztec ruins, the continent’s largest cathedral, and historic architecture make Mexico City an interesting place to visit. Mexico City is also a dangerous place to visit and security should be a major concern of anyone who visits the Mexican capital.

Puerto Vallarta
Spectacular beaches, great tanning weather and a fun city combine to make
Puerto Vallarta an attractive destination. Its Bay of Banderas is the place to be, but touring the nearby jungles on horseback is also an attractive option. In addition, Puerto Vallarta is an area of Mexico that has attracted many talented artists and is known as one of the country’s centers for the fine arts.

Los Cabos
To many travelers,
Cabo has become the “place to be” in Mexico. Good beaches, great shoreline, golf, fishing, and wild nightlife combine to make the Cabo area an attractive destination for a variety of travelers.


CENTRAL AMERICA:

Enjoy a different kind of vacation experience…Central American style! Lounge on the beach, visit ancient archeological ruins and enjoy the pulsating island nightlife. Adventurous travelers will want to participate in one of the fabulous Eco-tours offered.

Liberia, Costa Rica – (Costa Rica’s western region)Liberia is the capital of the Guanacaste province and is fast becoming the new gateway to the sunny Guanacaste beaches. Over the past couple of years it has become more and more popular with tourists, just recently a new international airport in Liberia has opened up and many American airline carriers are now flying into Liberia. Liberia is very close to popular Tamarindo and its surrounding beaches and it is also becoming the preferred city to fly into if you are going to the new resorts in the Papagayo Gulf, only 30-40 minutes away. It is also very close to some popular and beautiful national parks. Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja and Parque Nacional Guanasate are just to the north and are worth visiting.


 

 

UNITED STATES:

California

Enjoy a Los Angeles getaway and include multi-day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® Bonus Tickets, or Universal Studios® Hollywood. Thrill to Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland® Park plus other exciting theme park attractions and entertainment. Or travel to San Francisco and experience the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown.  Also See:

  • Anaheim

  • Los Angeles

  • San Diego

  • San Francisco

Hawaii

Hawaii is enchanting. Its beauty will stun you. Its floral scents will surround you. Its culture will fascinate you. Its legends will intrigue you. Its world-class resorts will pamper you, and you’ll be treated as honored guests, as the “Spirit of Aloha” embraces you.  There are several Hawaii vacation packages, and hotels to choose from.  Day or night, flexible vacations options are available.

Las Vegas
Everywhere you look, from the
Las Vegas Strip to the dazzling Freemont Street Experience, there’s an incredible variety of things to see and do. Take a roller coaster ride around Manhattan skyscrapers.  Trek through space at warp speed. Visit the world’s tallest Coke bottle, or the tallest observation tower in the United States. Take a chance with Lady Luck. Dine from buffet to gourmet. Swing into championship golf. Or relax beside a refreshing pool. These are just some of the many incredible experiences waiting for you in this remarkable desert playground.   Las Vegas is one of our top 5 hurricane-safe travel destinations.


EUROPE:http://cmtravelonline.com/popular-destinations/go-europe

Explore Italy, Ireland and the rest of Europe. Experience one of our European vacations our European tours. From our independent travel packages to European escorted tours, we feature only the best companies offering European travel and vacation packages.   The dream of European travel is easily turned into reality with our broad range of vacation packages across a continent of distinctive cultures.


AUSTRALIA & SOUTH PACIFIC:

We invite you to experience the splendid diversity of Australia and South Pacific; from breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef to the vastness of the rugged Outback,  to the beautiful islands of Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, and Cook Islands – the most romantic destinations in the world.

 


AFRICA, ASIA, SOUTH AMERICA & INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS:

Please visit Travel is SWELL.com or Dream Excursions.com for exceptional vacation experiences to these fine destinations. Your Elite Travel Consultant can customize virtually any itinerary to fit your specific needs.

Destination information courtesy of Funjet Vacations, and Travel Impressions, our preferred vacation suppliers.

Hurricane Safety Tips

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A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that forms in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface.

All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes. Parts of the Southwest United States and the Pacific Coast also experience heavy rains and floods each year from hurricanes spawned off Mexico. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.

Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. Hurricane can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes and mircrobursts. Additionally, hurricanes can create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events. Slow moving hurricanes traveling into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. Excessive rain can trigger landslides or mud slides. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall.

Between 1970 and 1999, more people lost their lives from freshwater inland flooding associated with tropical cyclones than from any other weather hazard related to such storms.

Before a Hurricane

  • To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

  • Know your surroundings.

  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.

  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.

  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.

  • Make plans to secure your property:

  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.

  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.

  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.

  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

  • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.

  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.

  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.

  • Install a generator for emergencies.

  • If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.

  • Consider building a safe room.

Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage. To learn more about your flooding risk and how to protect yourself and your business, visit the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (NFIP) Web site,www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419. For more detailed information on how you can protect your property, view NFIP’s printer-friendly handout Avoiding Hurricane Damage.

During a Hurricane

  • If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information.

  • Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.

  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and

  • keep its doors closed.

  • Turn off propane tanks

  • Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.

  • Moor your boat if time permits.

  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.

  • Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.

You should evacuate under the following conditions:

  • If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.

  • If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelter are particularly hazardous during hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.

  • If you live in a high-rise building – hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.

  • If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an island waterway.

  • Read more about evacuating yourself and your family. If you are unable to evacuate, go to your wind-safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:

  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.

  • Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors.

  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again. 

  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.

  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.

  • Avoid elevators.

After a Hurricane

  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.

  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.

  • If you have become separated from your family, use your family communications plan or contact FEMA or the American Red Cross.

  • FEMA has established the National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS), which has been developed to help reunite families who are separated during a disaster. The NEFRLS system will enable displaced individuals the ability to enter personal information into a website database so that they can be located by others during a disaster.

  • The American Red Cross also maintains a database to help you find family. Contact the local American Red Cross chapter where you are staying for information. Do not contact the chapter in the disaster area.

  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).

  • For those who have longer-term housing needs, FEMA offers several types of assistance, including services and grants to help people repair their homes and find replacement housing. Apply for assistance or search for information about housing rental resources

  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed¬ out bridges. Stay off the streets. If you must go out watch for fallen objects; downed electrical wires; and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Walk carefully around the outside your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage before entering.
  • Stay out of any building if you smell gas, floodwaters remain around the building or your home was damaged by fire and the authorities have not declared it safe.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes. If you have any doubts about safety, have your residence inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before entering.
  • Use battery-powered flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles. Note: The flashlight should be turned on outside before entering – the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.
  • Watch your pets closely and keep them under your direct control. Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through debris.

  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  • NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.

Publications

FEMA Publications

If you require more information about any of these topics, the following are resources that may be helpful.

Other Publications

  • Returning Home after a Hurricane or Flood. American Red Cross.
  • Repairing Your Flooded Home. American Red Cross.
  • Avoiding Hurricane Damage. Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration. Detailed information on how you can protect your property.

Related Websites

Find additional information on how to plan and prepare for a hurricane and learn about available resources by visiting the following websites:

Recommended Training

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) has developed a training program to encourage community hurricane preparedness. This computer-based course provides basic information about dealing with tropical cyclones and hurricanes. Visit EMI online and select the ‘take this course’ option at the top of the right hand column to take the interactive web-based course.

Listen to Local Officials

Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.