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09
March
2013

Room Service? There’s a monk in my room!

This is a hypothetical situation since if you were staying at the Shukubo on Mount Koya on Japan’s Honshu Island you would; first of all, have no phone to call room service and second you would be eagerly anticipating the arrival of your shojin ryori meal and the monk who would serve it. Perhaps, however, some context is required.


18
January
2013

Castles in name only

Visitors to Rome have a treasure trove of activities to fill their time whether they are lovers of history, art, fashion or food. There comes a time however when you may want to emulate the Romans themselves and take a day trip to Castelli Romani. By doing so you will not only be following the example of contemporary Romans but of Popes from centuries past and, before  them, the Emperors and distinguished citizens of Imperial Rome.


28
December
2012

Could this be El Dorado?

There is a town in the southern region of Ecuador that has been continuously occupied for at least 7,500 and possibly as long at 10,000 years. It sits in a valley created by the confluence of four rivers, part of the Amazon watershed, surrounded by the Andes. Situated at an elevation of 8,300 feet it offers spring-like temperatures, warm in the day and cold enough for sweaters in the evenings. In Spanish a basin caused by rivers is called a Cuenca and that is the name of the town today.


10
December
2012

How to meet your Dragon…And impress your kids!

If you want to be a hero to your kids or your kids and grandkids you could take them all on a cruise or to a theme park in Florida. If you want to be a super hero however you take them to a remote, but safe, land where they can care for an elephant, learn about rice farming, explore a bat cave and meet a dragon face to face. We’re talking bragging rights at school for the next semester. All this is possible if you let Ultitude take you and your family to Indonesia.


30
November
2012

Canyon of the Condors

When you have risen at 5am, had an early breakfast, and the traveled to a spot on the face of a canyon with its bottom close to 4,000 feet below you have the right to expect something special and you are not disappointed. As the sun rises higher in the sky it warms the base of the canyon and creates the updrafts of air called thermals that support some of the largest birds in the world as they soar in search of their morning prey.


08
November
2012

Home, Home on the Puszta

When you think of Hungary you may not think of wide open spaces but just as Russia has its Steppes, Argentina its Pampas and America its prairie, Hungary has its Puszta which translates as “empty, bare grassy plain”. This great plain stretches from the Danube to the Eastern border and, with a land mass larger than Holland takes up about a third of the country.


22
October
2012

The Barrios of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is one of the world’s great cities and the 3rd largest in South America. Like all great cities it has its grand avenues, plazas, fountains and parks; so much so that it is often referred to as the “Paris of South America”. But like other melting pot cities it is a city of neighborhoods some rich some less so but each one having something unique to attract the immigrants who live there and the visitors who explore there.


07
October
2012

Where were the Spanish?

Any tourist or prospective tourist thinking about Rome will always mention the Spanish Steps as a focal point or even a place to meet. While there is a connection to Spain, they were actually commissioned by a Pope, designed by an Italian, paid for by a Frenchman, are eternally associated with an English Romantic poet, two English spinsters and an American institution that unintentionally launched the slow food movement.


15
September
2012

Far from Saigon

Although they are both part of the same country, Saigon and Sapa could not be further apart, geographically, climatically or culturally. While Saigon is situated far to the South in the steamy Mekong Delta as it flows into the South China Sea, Sapa is about as far north as you can get without being in China. While Saigon is at sea level, Sapa sits at 9,500 feet and while Saigon marks the end of the Mekong River, Sapa marks the end of the Himalayan region.


07
September
2012

A Table at Gundel

Given enough time, writing space and reader interest it would be easy to list a variety of compelling reasons why you should spend time in Hungary and Budapest. It could be the charm of the illuminated chain bridge at night connecting Buda and Pest across the Danube, the wonderful shopping experiences on Vaci and Andrassy Streets or the touristy charm of gypsy violins playing during dinner. If you were to ask forcefully however and say “Give me one good reason why I should go to Budapest!” The one word answer would have to be Gundel.


15
August
2012

Explorations in a Remote World

The Island of Pascua was initially discovered by natives of the Marquesas and was theirs alone until a Dutchman happened to come across the island in 1722. The original people were Polynesians and they developed a society that believed that the spirits of ancestors could be stored in stone carvings fulfilling a dual purpose of protecting the ancestors remaining in the physical world and enhancing the spirits in the other world. These statues carved from soft volcanic rock from an inland quarry, bore the images of the departed, were larger than life and were called Moais by the people who carved them. In turn they called themselves Rapanui which was also their name for the land. Isla de Pascua translates to Easter Island based on the day of its discovery by Europeans.


03
August
2012

A Farm in Africa

“I had a farm in Africa”… With these words Karen Baroness Blixen starts her epic work “Out of Africa”. The picture that most often comes to mind when discussing East Africa is of the great game parks with their natural wild life and indeed it is the main reason for visiting the area. There is more to East Africa however and farming is another key element.


29
July
2012

There’s a movie here, somewhere

For the first time traveler to India there is no more important stop along the way than Agra and the Taj Mahal, a testament to the love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal by the Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan. While it is certainly impressive there is an equally impressive, and, in the opinion of some, more impressive edifice located less than two miles away across the Shah Jahan Gardens.


21
July
2012

The Mighty Mekong

It starts in the melting snows of Qinghai province in China and ends in the South China Sea. During its 2,700 mile journey it touches Tibet, flows through China and helps define the borders of and between Myanmar and Laos and Thailand. It flows through Cambodia past its capital, Phnom Penh before entering Vietnam where it creates a basis for a way of life both on the river itself and the delta which flows into the ocean.


11
July
2012

The Doors of Stone Town

Twenty five miles from the coast of Tanzania you find the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago including Unguja, Pemba and Mafia. Because of their past and present exports they are also known as the Spice Islands. Unguja is commonly referred to as Zanzibar and it is home to Stone Town which is the historic part of the capital city. Because of its natural harbor, proximity to Africa and location in the path of the trade winds it started out early on as a center for trade. There is some indication that the Greeks may have visited, but the Persians definitely came and set up a trading base. Later the Portuguese conquered the island and ruled for close to two hundred years before being defeated by the Omani Sultans at the end of the 17th Century.


11
July
2012

Country Cognoscenti - East Africa

The Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania is the size of Switzerland although only a small portion is currently open to exploration. A unique part of Africa

Amboseli is best known for its views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free standing mountain and the highest in Africa. It also inspired Hemingway's “The Snows of Kilimanjaro"

A wind-up gramophone complete with brass speaker playing Cole Porter, a table set with drinks and glasses and the sun beginning to set. It is no wonder that Sundowners are a ritual on all the best safaris.


29
June
2012

Birthplace of Empire

According to legend the sun god had his two children, a boy and a girl, spring from the waters of Lake Titicaca to create Cusco and from that the entire Inca Empire. If so the children would probably have been happy to leave the lake since at an elevation of 12,500 feet and a depth of over 900 feet, the water is a tad chilly.


14
June
2012

Country Cognoscenti - France

For the best hot chocolate in Paris stop by Angelina's, close to the Louvre, and get a chocolate fix. It’s basically melted chocolate with whipped cream on top, skip dinner.

Chateau Chambord was built by Francois I as a hunting lodge and its twenty miles of walls enclose 13,000 acres of parkland, larger than the city of Paris


14
June
2012

Hotel Napoleon… a hotel with a view and a past

The decision to visit Paris is an easy one. Which bank to stay on can sometimes be more difficult since the left bank, with its culture and bohemian aura, certainly fits a certain perception of Paris but the right bank with its iconic areas like the Champs Elysees and the Arch de Triomphe also has its supporters. It is for this reason that we offer our clients a selection of personally selected properties on both banks of the Seine. If you select a hotel on the right bank we do have to confess to a fondness for one particular property since we are pushover for a welcoming hotel that combines personalized service to today’s guests but which also has a “past” as they used to say.


06
June
2012

Sisi and the Summer Palace

Duchess Elisabeth of Bavaria was never intended to be the Empress of Austria. Her mother had taken her and her older sister Helene to Austria to meet their distant relative Franz Josef who at 23 was already the Emperor of Austria. Helene was eighteen and the right age for marriage and Elisabeth, called Sisi by her family and friends, was fifteen. It was Sisi, however, who caught the Emperor’s eye and they were married a year later in 1854.


28
May
2012

Is this Heaven? No it’s Patagonia.

As part of a vacation in Chile we can think of no better inclusion than a stay at The Cliffs Preserve located on the Patagonian Coast of Chile and providing the opportunity for unsurpassed natural beauty a variety of activities, excellent cuisine and superb Chilean wine. As an added bonus you will be helping to preserve one of the last remaining temperate rainforests where trees can live up to 4,000 years and grow over 65 feet high.


21
May
2012

Ca’Sagredo… Galileo liked staying here, you will too

One of the things that we pride ourselves on at Ultitude is the ability to find the best accommodations available to meet the needs of our clients. That means personally selecting the properties to find those properties that share our belief in highly personalized but unobtrusive service to our guests.

 Because all of our programs are created privately for a select group of friends we are able to look for properties that are smaller in size and well suited to their environment. We believe we achieve that in all the destinations we serve but we are also aware that there are certain properties that stand out based on their location, history, amenities or quality of service. In a few cases we are lucky enough to find a property that combines all four and one of those is Ca’Sagredo in Venice.

Location


17
May
2012

Country Cognoscenti - Italy

One of the best ways to learn more about a destination is through its trivia. It is fitting therefore that we should be focusing on all things Italian since the term Trivia dates back to Roman times. As history teaches us, the Roman were prodigious road builders and according to legend wherever three roads crossed each other a notice board would be set up so travelers could leave messages for others on topics of interest. In Latin Tri Via means three roads…


11
May
2012

Adriana's Florence

While Florence is the city of my birth, I have lived in many other parts of the world but I always return to the city and its history, its art, its culture and, most of all, its people. Because of my love of the city I wanted to share it with others coming to the city. I wanted to show them the city through my eyes but over time I was able to learn even more about the city seeing it through theirs.


25
April
2012

Playing Tourist across the Tiber

While our company’s goal is to provide unique and personalized travel experiences for our clients that does not mean that we are travel snobs disdaining all things deemed “touristy”. If you are visiting Athens and don’t spend an evening in the Plaka you are missing out on some good fun (and good food as well) the same applies to the wine village of Grinzing outside Vienna or Montmartre in Paris. When in Rome therefore, do as the Romans do and devote an evening to wining and dining in Trastevere one of the oldest areas of the city and one of its most atmospheric.


17
April
2012

Jakarta to Surabaya and Places along the Way

Indonesia is comprised of a variety of islands with Sumatra being the largest in terms of land mass and Bali, with its alluring beaches, the most well known. It is Java however that was the heart of the Dutch East Indies, when it was known as Batavia, and continues to be the heart of this independent nation.


09
April
2012

Evolution from the Galapagos Tortoise’s perspective

For many years the world has focused on Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution based on his 1835 visit to the Galapagos Islands. For many of us the impression was of an elderly man looking like the winner of a George Bernard Shaw lookalike contest arriving in the uninhabited islands to discover unique mutations of various animal species. The reality is somewhat different. First, Darwin was only 26 when he visited the Galapagos and it took him another 25 years to advance his theory in The Origin of the Species.


05
April
2012

London's Little Shop of Soldiers

If you were a boy and, if you happened to grow up in England, chances are you had a collection of toy soldiers usually from various times in history but if you are eight years old, yeoman bowmen can support light cavalry from the Napoleonic wars and have World War II Desert Rats held in reserve.


01
April
2012

An All-Inclusive in India fit for a Prince

Saturated as we are with ubiquitous commercials for all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico it would be understandable to think that this type of product is exclusive to that part of the world. We would like to offer a different take on an all-inclusive, not in the Caribbean but in India, not involving hundreds of guests but less than thirty and directed not by an ex-cruise director but by a Prince and the son of a Maharajah.


25
March
2012

The Malbecs of Mendoza

Argentineans like their beef and may in fact consume more per capita than any other country on earth. They can eat it for breakfast (sausages), lunch and dinner. Their obsession is somewhat unusual since like the United States, Argentina is a country of immigrants and despite its national language, the greatest waves of immigrants were not Spanish but Italian, British, Irish, and a variety of other countries.


17
March
2012

Nairobi...Worth a Visit

When travelers arrive in Nairobi, they usually are immediately transferred to the domestic airport for a scheduled or charter flight to one of lodges or private camps in the major reserves like Amboseli, Tsavo or the Masai Mara. This is certainly justifiable given that the reason most people come to East Africa is to see game in its natural habitat.


12
March
2012

A Peruvian Weaver of Dreams

In the Urubamba Sacred Valley located in the Andean Mountains of Peru, the high altitude causes the temperature to be cool so warm clothing is a matter of necessity; but clothing can also be a matter of identity and ties to historical roots.


05
March
2012

A Little Town in Tuscany

When next you find yourself in Florence and you can tear yourself away from its many charms you could do a lot worse than make a visit to the town of Greve in Chianti which sits about 20 miles south of the city. It is easy as a day trip but is ideal if your next destination is Siena since it is right on the way.


27
February
2012

Full Moon in Hoi An...Nostalgia in Vietnam

Every month at the time of the full moon, the town of Hoi An turns back the clock and gives the enterprising tourist and local alike a glimpse into the way Hoi An was in days past. All traffic is halted, all TV’s turned off and all modern lighting eliminated and replaced by colorful lanterns for which the town is famous. As you walk through old town you have the opportunity to try traditional foods and imagine this place as a bustling international port in the 17th and 18th Centuries when Western traders referred to it as Faifo.


21
February
2012

Ecuador's Amazing Amazon Parrots

When somebody says the Amazon you tend to think of Brazil because of the size of the area it includes in its boundaries. The Amazon, however can be found in other countries within South America like Peru and Colombia. We offer programs in many of these counties and each has its unique attractions but we think that Ecuador offers a good combination of relative proximity, manageable size and interesting venues in the area known as El Oriente.


15
February
2012

The Adamson Legacy – Luxury Conservation in Kenya

Thanks to a Lioness named Elsa and a Leopard named Penny, wildlife conservation went mainstream and the idea of returning animals back to the wild helped slow the depletion of many endangered species especially in East Africa.


10
February
2012

Montparnasse, a people watcher’s paradise in Paris

While there are numerous Parisian neighborhoods to claim your attention and affection, you may want to try Montparnasse for its combination of cuisine and ambiance. If you want to immerse yourself in Parisian life you can do worse than to select an outside table at La Rotonde at Place Pablo Picasso which sits at the intersection of Boulevards Raspeil and Montparnasse


05
February
2012

A Desert Blooms in Rajasthan- a Luxury Oasis in India

If you lived in India between the two World Wars and you were a British colonial administrator or from the upper strata of Indian society you would wait with eager anticipation for an invitation to attend a shooting party as guests of the Thakur of Nimaj. You would know that you would be spending time in a man-made oasis in the Rajasthani Desert; the men would spend the day in shooting parties taking time to join the ladies for afternoon tea followed by a nap and then exquisite dinners served under a starlit sky.


01
February
2012

Valparaiso: The Jewel of the Pacific Regains her Sparkle

At the height of the California Gold Rush, both miners and supplies needed to get from the Eastern United States to the West and there was, at that time, no transcontinental railroad or a Panama Canal. The option was to “Sail ‘round the Horn” rounding the tip of South America at the Straights of Magellan and heading up the Pacific Coast


26
January
2012

The Great Selous - the man who inspired Tanzania's biggest game reserve

On January 4th, 1917 in the area of BehoBeho, German East Africa, a German sniper took the life of one of the great hunters and conservationists, a friend of Cecil Rhodes and Teddy Roosevelt and the inspiration for Allan Quatarmain of King Solomon’s Mines fame. He was buried close to where he fell and his grave is still there in what is now the country of Tanzania and the great national park that bears his name 


20
January
2012

In Search of Non-Singing Gondoliers - Enjoying the canals of Venice

Inevitably when you think of Venice you think of canals and when you think of canals you think of gondolas, the iconic symbol of the romance of Venice. They are indeed romantic and well suited to the environment but a few words to the neophyte Venetian traveler might be in order.


 
14
January
2012

Fine Dining in Paradise - a foodies guide to Bali

While you might immediately think of Paris, Rome or Hong Kong as culinary capitals (and they are) do not let the unsurpassed beauty of the people and the beaches of Bali blind you to the taste treats also awaiting you. If you are lucky enough ( or smart enough) to take an Ultitude experience, fine dining will already be built in but, if for some reason, you choose to visit on your own we are happy to suggest some places you may wish to consider.


08
January
2012

Rebuilding a jungle in Argentina, one tree at a time

The Misiones district of Argentina lies in the far north of the country and looks on a map like a wedge inserted to separate Paraguay and Brazil. It is the land of Iguazu Falls and the Parana River and was the focus and location of the movie “The Mission “with Jeremy Irons and Robert DeNiro.


02
January
2012

Mfangano: hard to pronounce; harder to leave- Luxury living on Kenya's Lake Victoria

As you have for the past two days you have risen early, enjoyed your morning coffee and headed out on to the Maasai Mara in search of the local game. If lucky you will have seen the lioness and her cubs from the Marsh pride before returning to camp to pack your duffel bag and head to the airstrip to board your waiting aircraft.


27
December
2011

World in Focus… Exploring the World One Country at a Time and Discovering a Country One Region at a Time

In 1969, a movie called “If it’s Tuesday, then it must be Belgium” parodied the multi-country bus tour that took first-time American tourists on a whirlwind tour from London to Rome visiting nine countries in eighteen days. While inaccurate in several ways there is no denying the reality that those programs existed and indeed some still do today.


20
December
2011

Urban Delights: Discovering the Essence of a City through its Markets, Neighborhoods and People

Too many travel companies, particularly those that offer packages online think that an airline ticket, a transfer to the city and a half day city sightseeing equates to a trip to Paris. The rest of the time you are there you are left to your own devices either missing the places you should have seen or seeing the “must-see” sights from a bus listening to taped narration through earphones explaining the sights in multiple languages.


13
December
2011

No Boys Allowed – Adventures for Women Only

Men certainly have their uses; as the women of ABBA sang “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme a man after midnight “but that was before they ditched their singing partners. Sometimes however it is just nice to get away and do the things that you want to do especially with a compatible group of fellow women travelers.


06
December
2011

Duet – Created just for Two. The Perfect Honeymoon or Anniversary

In the broadest sense if you care very much for your traveling partner, the place you travel to is somewhat irrelevant. Merely providing the location can allow the experience to be special. On the other hand, if the relationship is not the best then no matter where you go or how much money you spend it will not be an optimal experience. Perfection is a unique and special person combined with a unique and special experience. We can’t do much about the former but we can certainly help with the latter.


29
November
2011

Canvas and Curtain Calls - Art, Theatre, Opera and History

The arts play a role in all of our lives whether we recognize it or not. Art, Music, Theatre and Dance all play a part in enhancing the essence of living. A haunting piece of music can evoke the memory of a special time, person or place.A work of art first viewed as a page in a book or as a slide in a lecture takes on new meaning when seen for the first time in person when you come to realize how large Michelangelo’s David is or how small Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Literature passes the time or expands the mind, sometimes doing both and the theatre can make you laugh out loud or reflect in silence.


22
November
2011

Adventure in Style - Exploration and Elegance combined

When you have risen early in Rwanda to greet the misty dawn and then traveled up the mountainside to trek through forest with an expert guide to spend time with a family of Mountain Gorillas, there is a sense of awe and accomplishment as you return to your luxury lodge with its burning fireplaces and exquisite rooms. A reviving bath prepares you for cocktails as you watch the daylight fade over the mountain peaks you have recently visited.


08
November
2011

A Moveable Feast - Discovering a culture through its food and wine

If you are a committed traveler, you want to learn as much as possible about the culture and the customs of the people whose country you are visiting. If not, then you are a tourist sitting on a bus and viewing another part of the world through a window with one way glass. That is not our type of client and we believe that the best way to get to know a culture is through its cuisine and, in many parts of the world, the wines that enhance it.


25
October
2011

Vacation in Madrid, Spain – The Capital of Art and Culture

A vacation in Madrid allows you tom enjoy all that is Spanish. Madrid is the epitome of art, culture and fine cuisine, but all too often, it can be impossible to fully appreciate what this magnificent city has to offer. Indeed, a visit to Madrid can often feel but a scratch on the surface, and for this reason, more and more people are dedicating an entire vacation to this city in order to appreciate fully everything that it has to offer.


15
October
2011

A Kent Vacation in England: Land of Dickens, Chaucer and Canterbury

A Kent vacation in England offers you more than just Dover, Dickens, Chaucer, cathedrals, spires and castles – England, and in particular, Kent, represent the very epitome of all things English, and as Kent is referred to as the Garden of England, there is no better place to immerse yourself in the delights, beauty and history of this world class island and its people.


05
October
2011

A Vacation in Peru: A South American Vacation of Mystery

A vacation in Peru is the definitive South American holiday of mystery. For Peru is a mystery; a holiday here will bring history alive, but the more you discover, the more mysterious it becomes. Perhaps this is because of the sheer scales involved.


25
September
2011

Portugal Vacations by Road and Rail

Portugal vacations come in many forms, but if you are flying to Portugal with most of your travel then being by road and rail, you will want to travel as comfortably as possible. That involves business class flights, first class train tickets and your own private limousine with chauffeur. Whether you can find that or not is immaterial - it is what you will want, and there are travel companies that can provide you with level of comfort in addition to top class hotels and fine cuisine.


15
September
2011

Vacation in Japan: A Study in Contrasting Cultures

There are two words which come to mind when considering a vacation in Japan: culture and contrasts. The richness and diversity of life in Japan is matched only by its enthusiasm for its own cultural heritage, and whether you stay a week, two weeks or many months, you will always find it astonishingly easy to feel at one and the same time, both very much at home, yet transported to a world that seems uniquely set apart from anywhere else.


10
August
2011

A Vacation in England: How to Fit 2000 Years of English History Into an England Vacation

A vacation in England is an opportunity to experience history, culture, fashion and quintessentially English customs and traditions. From the moment you step off your plane, or disembark from your ship, you cannot help but be captivated by the charm and quirks of this island nation who have been so massively influential globally. Perhaps one of the first places you’ll think of visiting is London itself – the capital city of both England, and of course the entire United Kingdom.


05
July
2011

No Egypt Vacations are Complete without a Nile Cruise

A Nile cruise is an essential part of any Egypt vacations, and so important, in fact, that the cruise should comprise the entire vacation. Egypt is nothing without the Nile, and the ancient Egyptians even had a god devoted only to the Nile: Hapi.


30
June
2011

Enjoying Bangkok: The Great City of Angels

It is very easy to enjoy a Bangkok vacation because the city seems almost to have been designed for tourists. To the Asians it is Krungthep Mahanakhon (Great City of Angels): they do not like the name 'Bangkok' so try to refer to as the locals do when you visit. The official name of this city contains 21 words and 167 characters, and is named by the Guinness Book of records as the world's longest place name. It shall not be repeated here!


30
May
2011

Luxury Venice Vacations Offering a Taste of Northern Italy

Venice vacations make you think of canals, art galleries and palaces, and that is exactly what you get. However, you can also have entertainment and fun, and don't forget the delicious Italian cuisine, including their famous wines. Many people vacation in Venice for while, and then move base to visit other parts of Northern Italy that we shall come to shortly.


21
April
2011

Enjoy an Argentina Vacation to Buenos Aires and the Pampas

When you visit Buenos Aires as part of your Argentina vacation, you want to live as the rich do, and you should make sure that you will be pampered on this holiday of a lifetime. Your travel should be first class, with at least business class air travel, and your hotels should be the very best. Why settle for less in this fabulous city?


16
March
2011

Enjoy a Scotland Vacation in the Scottish Highlands and the Lowlands of Bonnie Scotland

"You tak' the high Road an' I'll tak' the low road" and we will enjoy a Scottish vacation together, in the Scottish highlands and in the lowlands of Bonnie Scotland. Most people visit Edinburgh and then claim they have "done Scotland". Others head straight for the Isle of Skye or for Gleneagles Hotel or St. Andrews for a round of golf and then claim the same thing.


11
February
2011

Combine a Santiago Vacation with a Trip to Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

When most people think of Santiago vacations they don't think of combining it with other attractions in that part of the world. In fact, Santiago is just a short flight away from the magnificent Rapa Nui, known to most of us as Easter Island, with its dark brooding statuesque heads staring out to sea.


06
January
2011

China Vacations: Travel to Beijing and Beyond

China vacations involve more than just travel to Beijing - the country has opened up over the past few years, and many of China's secrets are now open to the west, even those on a Chinese vacation.

Vacations to China are becoming increasingly popular and an a growing number of travel operators are offering China vacations at cut prices to those wanting to find out the secrets of the Orient that have been hidden from western eyes for so long. However, cheap vacations come at a price, if not in hard cash.


30
December
2010

A Costa Rica Vacation with the Luxury You Expect

If you want to enjoy a Costa Rica vacation with sheer unadulterated luxury, then you have to know what the country has to offer. As with most vacation destinations, Costa Rica has a lot, since although the country is not the richest, it knows how to treat tourists from which much of its wealth is obtained.


24
November
2010

Travel Tours for Singapore and Indonesia

There are plenty travel tours for Singapore available online, but if you are looking for something different, with that extra special touch of luxury, you should be looking for something that offers first class accommodation and cuisine, and that all-important personal touch that only a limited travel group can provide.


20
October
2010

Luxury Vacations to London: Vacations to Remember

Most luxury vacations to London England will offer you everything that the tourists do, such as visiting the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the like. While this is fine, it can be a bit 'samey' if you have visited London before, and if you like the city but want to experience something a bit different to the usual tourist route. Well, that can be arranged, because there is a lot more to London than the picture postcard attractions.


15
September
2010

Luxury Travel Packages for Gleneagles

If you are seeking luxury travel packages for Gleneagles, one thing to keep in mind is that if you are traveling to Scotland, you should also take in some of the other delights that this magnificent country has to offer. It would be shame if you restricted yourself to just the one area, and missed all of the wonderful scenery and the ancient and sometimes bloody history that Scotland is steeped in.


10
August
2010

Luxury Tours to Paris and the Riviera

If you are looking for the best luxury tours to Paris and the Riviera, it is important that know what to look for, and to be certain that you will be visiting the right places. Everybody knows about the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées, even if they can’t pronounce it, but how about Saint Chapelle, which Louis IX had built to hold a piece of the true cross and Jesus’ crown of thorns? Or the busy open street market on the Rue Mouffetard, known locally as La Mouffe, where just about every house and shop number on the street has a story to tell?


05
July
2010

Luxury Adventure Travel to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands

Nothing sounds more exotic or exciting than luxury adventure travel to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands. Let's take these one at a time and see what you would be getting if you indulged yourself with luxury adventure travel of this kind.

First the Galapagos Islands. Luxury adventure travel to the Galapagos Islands is following the footsteps of Charles Darwin and the Beagle, as he formulated his theory of evolution by studying the life forms on these islands, untainted by human hand for thousands of years. You can try to spot the blue-footed boobies waddling among the hundred year old 600 pound tortoises, or seek out the Amblyrhynchus, a three-foot long, iguana resembling a dinosaur that lives only on these islands.


29
June
2010

Exotic International Travel to Hong Kong

If you are considering exotic international travel to Hong Kong, be sure also to take in the environs of Hong Kong, such as Zhongshan, Macao and Tai Mo Shan. Although Hong Kong itself is a wonderful place to visit, these other attractions offer you an alternative view of China that is less frenetic, and more akin to the China most people have in their minds.


24
May
2010

European Luxury Travel to London and Edinburgh

In order to enjoy European luxury travel to London and Edinburgh, there are certain aspects of your travel arrangements that must be right. These are detailed below, and if even one of these is not as it should be, then you should continue your search for a travel company that provides you with what you want: true luxury without nasty surprises.


19
April
2010

Enjoy Luxury Travel to Dubai

It is easy to enjoy luxury travel to Dubai, but first you have to find it. Many tour companies are offering trips to Dubai, but in order to cut costs you will have very little leg room on the plane, and are packed into planes, buses and hotels with dozens of other travelers. It’s not so much fun as an ordeal sometimes. However, there are some good operators around, with professional planners that can give you everything you want, so more on these later.


14
March
2010

All-Inclusive International Travel to Rome

When you think of all-inclusive travel to Rome, what do you think of? Do you think of the history, the Forum, the Coliseum and the great Gods of Rome? Do you think of the religion, the Christians that were once sacrificed to the lions, but who now lead the world from The Vatican City: the smallest independent country in the world? Do you think of the Eternal City, the city to which all roads are said to lead, a term that harks back to the Roman Empire when that was a fact?


09
February
2010

Adventure Travel to Kenya: Discover Kenya's Best Kept Secrets

How would like adventure travel to Kenya, to learn some of Kenya's best kept secrets? How about checking into Hemingway's, a luxury hotel on the Indian Ocean, or spending some time in the same area that Elsa was released into the wild by Joy Adamson? You can enjoy these, and more, with luxury adventure travel to Kenya, land of the Luo, Kalenjin, Turkana and the famous Maasai warrior race, as the name is correctly spelled although we shall use the more popular western spelling of Masai.


04
January
2010

A Vacation in Oman- A World in a Grain of Sand

From childhood tales of Arabia, a vacation in Oman is all you could ever have dreamed of, but a very great deal more besides. When you think of visiting the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates, do you think of wild, sandy wilderness, camels and rich, luxurious mysteries round each corner? Perhaps, but have you also considered the 1,300 kilometres of outstanding coastline offered by Oman? Here the sand is dazzling white, reflecting the sunlight which penetrates far below the cool ocean waves to the magnificent aquamarine waters, home to some of the most varied, colourful and memorable sea life and corals anywhere in the world.


22
December
2009

A Luxury Vacation in Egypt, Cairo and the Nile: The Holiday of Kings

Imagine a luxury vacation in Egypt, from the Nile to the Pyramids, from Cairo to the Valley of the Kings; there can be few places on earth with a history and culture as rich, as diverse, as fascinating and as utterly mysterious as that of ancient Egypt. The fact that so much of Egypt’s long and richly patterned past is still very much in evidence today is testament to the extraordinary ingenuity, determination and passion of the peoples in whose dusty footsteps we can still walk today.


 
17
November
2009

A Safari Vacation in Kenya – An African Holiday Never to be Forgotten

A safari vacation in Kenya is undoubtedly an African holiday never to forget. A vacation or safari in Africa, particularly in Kenya, remains one of the most popular and memorable experiences one can ever possibly undertake. It is more than simply a vacation – it is an exploration of the origins of Man, and an appreciation of some of the glorious and iconic animals in the world, within their true habitat. From lions and leopards to elephants and wildebeest, a Kenyan safari is the ultimate in exotic experiences, and will create tales and memories to share and enjoy for the rest of your life.


12
October
2009

A Roman Holiday

A vacation in Rome and the Vatican City is far more than a holiday – the history and culture will take you on a journey that will provide you with experiences that will stay with you forever. One cannot be untouched by a city that dominated almost the entire globe for so long, which still holds much of our history in its hands, and whose influence has affected all of us all our lives.


05
September
2009

A Luxury Fiji Vacation is No Fantasy – Discover Your Dreams with a Holiday in Fiji

It's true: a luxury Fiji vacation is not a fantasy. Rarely does fantasy meet reality, but in Fiji, a holiday becomes a trip to paradise. There is a very good reason why almost any holiday brochure, poster or other advert tries to portray everyone’s dream idea of paradise: we’d all like to go there one day.



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