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Jody Bear's 20-day Itinerary Around Egypt, Israel, and Jordan

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:51
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/jody-bear" target="_blank">Jody Bear</a> is a member of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries she creates. To work with Jody, you can contact her directly at jodyb@beartvl.com.</p><h2>Day 1: Arrive in Cairo</h2><p>Meet your guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Four Seasons Nile Plaza or the new Kempinski Nile Cairo</p><h2>Day 2: Giza</h2><p>Spend a full day touring Giza, with stops at the Sphinx, the Great Pyramids, and the Solar Boat Museum. You can enter Khufu's Pyramid and the step pyramid at Sakkara before a camel ride to a panoramic viewpoint.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Four Seasons Nile Plaza or the new Kempinski Nile Cairo</p><h2>Day 3: Cairo</h2><p>Take a full-day city tour to the Egyptian Museum, Mummies Room, and Sultan Hassan Mosque. Walk through the streets of Islamic Old Cairo to Bab al-Futuh (the famous North Gate) in the Khan el Khalili Bazaar.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Four Seasons Nile Plaza or the new Kempinski Nile Cairo</p><h2>Day 4: Aswan</h2><p>Fly into Aswan. Spend the afternoon sailing on a traditional <em>felucca </em>to Elephantine Island (where you can visit the Nubian village) and the Kitchener's Island Botanical Gardens.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel</p><h2>Day 5: Aswan</h2><p>Take a morning camel ride to St. Simeon's Monastery before an afternoon tour of the Nubian Museum.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel</p><h2>Day 6: Abu Simbel and Nile Cruise</h2><p>Take a morning air excursion to the temples at Abu Simbel before boarding the Oberoi Philae for a 4-night Nile cuirse. In the evening, visit the Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, and Philae Temple.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Oberoi Philae</p><h2>Day 7: Nile Cruise</h2><p>Cruise to Kom Ombo, to visit the Temple of Two Gods. Then, stop at Edfu for a tour of the Temple of Horus, before cruising to Esna.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Oberoi Philae</p><h2>Day 8: Nile Cruise</h2><p>Cruise to Luxor in the morning for an afternoon visit to the Karnak Temple. Dine at Luxor Temple with a sunset private dinner, accompanied by a harpist.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Oberoi Philae</p><h2>Day 9: Nile Cruise</h2><p>Tour the Medinat Habu Temple and the Valley of the Kings, including King Tut's tomb and the tomb of Seti I. Then, head to the Valley of the Queens to visit the tomb of King Nefertari, as well as the tomb of Ramses VI and the Colossi of Memnon.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Oberoi Philae</p><h2>Day 10: Fly to Jerusalem</h2><p>Disembark and transfer to the airport for your transfer to Jerusalem via Tel Aviv. That afternoon, you will be taken to a view point over the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: King David Hotel</p><h2>Day 11: Jerusalem</h2><p>Tour the underground tunnels and hidden springs of the City of David, visiting newly opened archeological sites which are not yet open to the public. Spend a full day touring the Old City of Jerusalem, including holy sites the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Mount Zion. Enjoy iconic views over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives before a private dinner.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: King David Hotel</p><h2>Day 12: Jerusalem</h2><p>Visit the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum,with a curator-led tour. Visit the Mahane Yehuda market with an expert culinary guide, followed by a hands-on cooking workshop in which you will learn to make some traditional foods.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: King David Hotel</p><h2>Day 13: Masada and Ein Tamar</h2><p>Head into the Judaean Desert to visit Masada (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and have private picnic lunch in the desert scenery. Then, visit the JoJo gallery in the small village of Ein Tamar; this gallery exhibits work by JoJo (Yosef Ohayon),<br />an artist who combines Western and Middle Eastern design elements.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: King David Hotel</p><h2>Day 14: Jerusalem, Rehovot, Jaffa, and Tel Aviv</h2><p>Visit Yad Vashem before heading out to Rehovot, and then continuing to Tel Aviv to explore the ancient city of Jaffa — one of the oldest ports in the world.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: The Norman</p><h2>Day 15: Sea of Galilee, Golan Heights, and Acre</h2><p>Take a private helicopter flight to the north of the country; upon landing near Capernaum, tour ancient communities around the Sea of Galilee. Then, fly northwards towards the Golan Heights. Land at one of the one the award winning wineries in the area before taking a Jeep ride through a working agricultural kibbutz. In the afternoon, take another private flight west to the coastal town of Acre (a UNESCO World Heritage site).</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: The Norman</p><h2>Day 16: Tel Aviv</h2><p>Visit Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv’s prettiest (and oldest) neighborhood, stopping at the Carmel Market and Rothschild Boulevard. Tour the Tel Aviv Museum with an expert art guide, who will then take you to a few art galleries representative of the contemporary art scene in Tel Aviv. Enjoy an evening performance of the Batsheva Dance Company.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: The Norman</p><h2>Day 17: Negev Desert and Petra</h2><p>Take a private helicopter flight from Tel Aviv to Mitzpe Ramon, flying the scenic route along the Tel Aviv coastline over Beersheva, Sde Boker, and the Ramon Crater. Upon arrival, board your private Jeep to explore the Ramon Machtesh. Following a private desert picnic, fly over the Negev desert to Eilat. You will then cross the border into Jordan and be driven to Petra.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Movenpick Petra</p><h2>Day 18: Petra and Shaharut</h2><p>Visit the ancient site of Petra with a private guide. Following lunch, you will be assisted across the border back into Israel and then be driven to Shaharut.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Six Senses Shaharut</p><h2>Day 19: Shaharut</h2><p>Spend the day at leisure. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Six Senses Shaharut</p><h2>Day 20: Depart from Tel Aviv</h2><p>Transfer to the Tel Aviv airport via private helicopter to board your flight home. </p>
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Christina Turrini's 15-day French Polynesia Itinerary

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:45
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/christina-turrini" target="_blank">Christina Turrini</a> is a member of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries she creates. To work with Christina, you can contact her directly at christina.turrini@frosch.com.</p><h2>Days 1-5: Bora Bora</h2><p>Arrive at Fa'a'ā International Airport, near Papeete, Tahiti, the capital of French Polynesia. Transfer by boat to Vaitape, on Bora Bora, for your stay at Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort. On day 3, enjoy a full-day tour to view sharks and rays, complete with a traditional BBQ lunch on a private <em>motu</em> (a very small island). </p><p><strong>Stay</strong></p><p>Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort</p><h2>Days 6-9: Raiatea </h2><p>Transfer to Uturoa, on the island of Raiatea, for your stay at Le Taha'a Island Resort and Spa. This is the only Relais &amp; Chateaux property in French Polynesia, located on a secluded islet (Motu Tautau) — it is minutes by boat to the island of Taha'a on one side, with the most perfect view of Bora Bora on the other. Enjoy a 4 X 4 Jeep tour of the island on day 7.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong></p><p>Le Taha'a Island Resort and Spa</p><h2>Days 10-13: Rangiroa</h2><p>Transfer to Avatoru, on the island of Rangiroa. You will stay at Kia Ora Resort and Spa, located on the northwest part of the atoll of Rangiroa (the second largest in the world). Bordered by a white sand beach and a turquoise lagoon, the hotel is<br />designed in an elegant, contemporary style with subtle Tahitian touches. From scuba diving and drift snorkeling to a Rangiroa vineyard visit, excursions to the Blue Lagoon or the Pink Sand beaches, and exploring the atoll by bicycle, this is Tahiti’s hidden paradise.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong></p><p>Hotel Kia Ora Resort &amp; Spa</p><h2>Day 14: Tahiti</h2><p>Trasnfer to Puna'auia, on the west coast of Tahiti, for your last night in French Polynesia.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong></p><p>Manava Suite Resort Tahiti</p><h2>Day 15: Depart from Papeete</h2><p>Transfer to the airport for your flight home.</p>
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Chris Liebenberg's 13-day Namibia Itinerary

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:40
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/chris-liebenberg" target="_blank">Chris Liebenberg</a> is a member of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries he creates. To work with Chris, you can contact him directly at chris@piperandheath.com.</p><p>The below journey highlights just a few of the incredibly diverse options Namibia has to offer. Piper &amp; Heath does not offer pre-fabricated itineraries, but curates safaris for each client based upon an in-depth safari consultation.</p><h2>Day 1: Windhoek</h2><p>Arrive in Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek, where you will be met immediately after your international flight and assisted though immigration. You will have a private road transfer to your lodging at The Olive Exclusive. This evening, you may choose to enjoy dinner at our exclusive table at Joe’s Beer House.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: The Olive Exclusive</p><h2>Days 2-3: Sossusvlei</h2><p>Private road transfer back to the airport for your charter flight to Sossus Dune Lodge, from which you will enjoy the iconic Sossusvlei dunes for the next two days. Sossus Dune Lodge is located inside the National Park, allowing you exclusive access to the Sossusvlei area. Guests at all other lodges in the area are only allowed entry at sunrise, and need to exit the park by sunset — while guests at Sossus Dune Lodge have exclusive pre-sunrise and post-sunset access to the famed Deadvlei area. You will also be able to return after dark for nighttime star trail photography, expertly guided by our trained photographer-guides. During your stay here, you will also have the opportunity to visit the Petra-like Sesriem Canyon.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Sossus Dune Lodge</p><h2>Days 4-5: Damaraland</h2><p>Take sunrise balloon ride before boarding your charter flight to Swakopmund, where you will enjoy an elaborate seafood lunch on the beach, before continuing on your flight to the very special Desert Rhino Camp in Damaraland. The camp is a base for the field staff of Save the Rhino Trust, one that also provides exceptional accommodations for safari travelers. Your time here is spent looking for the uniquely adapted megafauna that makes this rugged terrain home: desert rhino, desert elephants, desert giraffe, oryx, antelope, springbok gazelle, and, of course, the large predators, like lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas. On the second day, depart camp early in the morning with your private guide to join the Save the Rhino Trust staff on their morning patrols. You will track rhino on foot and participate both in the visual identification of the individual rhino and in essential data collection. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Desert Rhino Camp</p><h2>Days 6-8: Skeleton Coast</h2><p>Depart and head toward Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, which has singular access to what is considered the most picturesque corner of the Skeleton Coast. It is also a base for extensive large carnivore research, specifically related to the desert-adapted lion and brown hyena. During your three-night stay, you will meet with the researchers and enjoy a visit to the famed Skeleton Coast, exploring the coastline by ground vehicle and by air to get both perspectives on this unique landscape.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp</p><h2>Days 9-10: Kunene River</h2><p>Depart from Hoanib to Serra Cafema Camp on the Kunene River, bordering Angola. This camp is often referred to as the most remote in all of Africa, and it is no coincidence that this far-flung corner of the globe is where the nomadic Himba tribe call home. Spend the afternoon exploring the Kunene River by boat. The next morning you will meet members of the Himba, who live today much the way that they did 200 years ago before the arrival of the colonizers — not purely as a result of their isolation, but also because they have specifically shunned the influence of Western “civilization.” Piper &amp; Heath founder Chris Liebenberg lived among the Himba for a number of years; spending time with them is a true privilege, and to do so in the awesome wilderness of northwestern Namibia makes it especially meaningful.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Serra Cafema Camp</p><h2>Days 10-12: Ongava Game Reserve</h2><p>Explore the desert by ATV before your charter flight to the private Ongava Game Reserve, bordering on Etosha National Park. You will be staying at Little Ongava, Etosha’s most exclusive lodge, which will serve as your base for the next three days. Collectively, Ongava and Etosha constitute some of the finest game viewing available in Africa — especially during the dry season, the concentration of wildlife here has few equals. With Little Ongava being the single most luxurious lodge in all of Namibia, we cannot think of a finer place to end your journey.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Little Ongava</p><h2>Day 13: Depart from Windhoek</h2><p>Transfer to the airport for your flight home. </p>
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David Rubin's 9-week Brazil, Argentina, and Chile Itinerary

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:37
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/david-rubin" target="_blank">David Rubin</a> is a member of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries he creates. To work with David, you can contact him directly at David@DavidTravel.com.</p><h2>Day 1: Arrive in Rio de Janeiro</h2><p>Meet your local guide at the Rio de Janeiro airport and transfer to your hotel, located on the Famous Copacabana Beach. During the transfer, your guide will provide you with some introductory information to the marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro. You will see the famous Tijuca Rainforest that hosts the Christ Redeemer statue. </p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Belmond Copacabana Palace</p><h2>Day 2: Rio de Janeiro</h2><p>Take a visit to the famous Sugar Loaf peak, where you can appreciate Rio's unique landscape. Take the afternoon at leisure — we recommend you enjoy an afternoon walk along the famous Copacabana beach and a self-guided visit to the Copacabana Forte.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Belmond Copacabana Palace</p><h2>Day 3: Rio de Janeiro</h2><p>Take a morning visit to Rio de Janeiro’s Botanic Garden, one of the ten most important ecological sanctuaries in the entire world. The park lies at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain, far below the right arm of the statue of Christ the Redeemer and contains more than 6,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees, including 900 varieties of palm trees. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Belmond Copacabana Palace</p><h2>Day 4: Rio de Janeiro</h2><p>Spend the day at leisure, ideally on the famous Copacabana or Ipanema beaches.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Belmond Copacabana Palace</p><h2>Day 5: Rio de Janeiro</h2><p>On a full-day tour that's equal parts informative and relaxing, visit the lovely Sitio Roberto Burle Marx Museum and then head to Grubari Beach. Here, settle into the soft sand or dive into the friendly waters. Enjoy lunch at Mirante da Prainha before a picturesque return journey to Rio.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Belmond Copacabana Palace</p><h2>Day 6: Niterói and Rio de Janeiro</h2><p>​Across the bay of Guanabara lies Rio's sister city Niterói. Visit the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of contemporary art in Brazil, and stop by some of the city's municipal buildings, such as the Popular Theater of Niterói and the Memory Hall Roberto Silveira. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Belmond Copacabana Palace</p><h2>Day 7: Rio de Janeiro</h2><p>Take a walking tour of the newly redeveloped port area of Rio de Janeiro. This tour combines the historic highlights of downtown Rio with the modern attractions in the Porto Maravilha area. A quick visit to Rio’s Art Museum (MAR) will provide a panoramic view of the Porto Maravilha area, including the new Museum of Tomorrow. Enjoy the afternoon touring Santa Teresa Neighborhood, a bohemian area with sprawling views of the city. When you're ready, return to your hotel and enjoy the Copacabana Palace Pool. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Belmond Copacabana Palace</p><h2>Days 8-11: Ibitipoca </h2><p>Depart from the hotel and transfer to Reserva do Ibitipoca, located in the state of Minas Gerais. Conceição do Ibitipoca is one of the oldest towns of Minas Gerais, very close to the entrance of Ibitipoca State Park. The Park protects more than 20 caves formed in quartzite, a very rare mineral, and its landscape is composed by rocks, caves, waterfalls, bromeliads and orchids. The property offers two daily guided walking tours included with your stay.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Reserva do Ibitipoca</p><h2>Days 9-14: Trancoso</h2><p>In the early morning, transfer back to Rio de Janeiro, where you will take your flight to Porto Seguro in the state of Bahia. You're about to spend a relaxing week in one of Brazil best beach destinations, Trancoso, a quiet, charming, well-preserved village with a young, international vibe. The colorful houses that line the main square have been converted in to bars, restaurants, stylish inns, craft shops and famous designer boutiques. This small former fishing village is surrounded by beautiful beaches and an exuberant nature with a mild climate all year round, making it a popular choice to visit.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: UXUA Casa Hotel &amp; Spa</p><h2>Day 15: São Paulo</h2><p>Head to the sprawling metropolis of São Paulo, arguably South America’s business and culture epicenter. São Paulo is the most dynamic economic center in Latin America. The city is a city with many attractions ranging from cultural tours to shopping. Another important point is the city's culinary side — São Paulo is recognized as one of the largest and best gastronomic centers of the country. The nightlife is very lively and has a plethora of bar, restaurant, and nightclub options for all tastes. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Hotel Fasano​​​​​​</p><h2>Day 16: São Paulo</h2><p>Enjoy a half day city tour of São Paulo, visiting downtown sites, the "Japanese district" in Liberdade, busy Paulista avenue, and Ibirapuera Park. Spend the afternoon at leisure.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Hotel Fasano​​​​​​</p><h2>Day 17: São Paulo</h2><p>Spend the day at leisure before spending an evening out in São Paulo with your local guide for a taste of the Paulista nightlife.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Hotel Fasano​​​​​​</p><h2>Day 17: Buenos Aires</h2><p>Fly into Buenos Aires. Elegant, old-worldly, with a touch of Paris here and a touch of London there, a dash of New York cosmopolitanism and big splash of Italian exuberance, the city also has a strong Latin American personality. Here, everything is grand, on a scale fit for kings: tourists photograph vast steaks at restaurants, Nueve de Julio Avenue ranks as the world's widest, the cemetery is so fancy that it occupies one of the poshest parts of the poshest neighborhood, while the entire city fronts onto the world's widest river. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Faena Hotel</p><h2>Day 18: Buenos Aires</h2><p>Take a private sightseeing tour of the northern area of Buenos Aires, including the beautiful palaces of Palermo Chico, the trendy, globalized Palermo Viejo neighborhood, the craft fairs of Plazoleta Cortéz, and the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art. Afterwards, visit Nuestra Señora del Pilar church and Recoleta Cemetery and the Colon Theatre opera house.<br />In the evening, a special group wine tasting and dining experience awaits at Casa Coupage, a closed-door supper club that plays with senses, smells, tastes, colors, memories, and experiences. </p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Faena Hotel</p><h2>Day 19: Buenos Aires</h2><p>Enjoy a full day visit to Estancia Los Patos, a working estate, with a tour of the farm and traditional countryside activities. On hot days, cool off in the outdoor swimming-pool. A warm welcome awaits with empanadas to enjoy before tucking into a <em>criollo</em>-style barbecue.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Faena Hotel</p><h2>Day 20: Buenos Aires</h2><p>Take a historical tour of Buenos Aires, starting Plaza de Mayo square, the site of the founding of the city in 1580. Take a prviate visit to El Zanjón, a beautifully-restored 1830s house in San Telmo, before visiting an open-air antiques market and the port barrio of La Boca. In the evening, head to to Rojo Tango for an evening of Buenos Aires culture. Enjoy dinner and a tango show at a cabaret designed by Philippe Starck, created to bring back nostalgic times when Tango was danced in the streets of Buenos Aires.</p><h2><strong>Stay</strong></h2><p>Faena Hotel</p><h2>Day 21: Buenos Aires</h2><p>Enjoy a full day tour to Tigre and the Paraná River Delta, with lunch and a guided tour at Isla El Descanso, and a visit to the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires, including Olivos, San Isidro and Acasuso, among the most elegant neighborhoods in Argentina. </p><h2><strong>Stay</strong></h2><p>Faena Hotel</p><h2>Days 22-23: Buenos Aires</h2><p>Day at leisure to explore the city on your own.</p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Faena Hotel</p><h2>Day 24: El Calafate</h2><p>Fly to El Calafate, in Santa Cruz. A charming village on the banks of Lake Argentino, El Calafate is an oasis in the middle of the barren Patagonian landscape. It is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, an area of lakes, mountains, and glaciers, with astounding scenery that is best seen from one of the various boat tour options available. Perito Moreno Glacier is the area’s main attraction.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Xelena Hotel </p><h2>Day 25: El Calafate</h2><p>Visit the Spegazzini and Upsala glaciers with a Glaciers Gourmet Experience. Starting at Paraje Punta Bandera, take a boat northwest on Lake Argentino, crossing Punta Avellaneda and Boca del Diablo, the narrowest passage in the lake with almost 800 meters. Lunch will be served amidst this stunning glacier landscape. Towards the afternoon, the boat will arrive at Puesto de Las Vacas, an extremely quiet bay in the Canal Spegazzini, where its engines will be stopped to let passengers share a walk coordinated by expert guides. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Xelena Hotel </p><h2>Day 26: El Calafate</h2><p>Taje a full-day excursion to see Perito Moreno glacier, traveling across the Patagonian steppe and the Patagonian Andean Forest. The glacier is currently grinding its way down the mountains directly into an arm of the enormous Lake Argentino. A two-hour circuit introduces you to the fascinating landscape of the glaciers: streams, small lagoons, gullies, crevasses, and plenty of ice formations of the most incredible blues.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Xelena Hotel </p><h2>Day 27: Ushuaia</h2><p>Fly into Ushuaia. Often referred to as "the end of the world," Ushuaia was once a penal colony — but these days, it’s a busy port and the capital of Tierra del Fuego, the largest island in South America. Check in at your hotel, and then enjoy an Ushuaia city trek to admire its magnificent views, stroll along beautiful paths, and hear the stories of those who have made this unique place their home.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Arakur Hotel </p><h2>Day 28: Ushuaia</h2><p>Enjoy a full day visit to the Tierra del Fuego National Park, with trekking and canoeing. Here, mountains are accessible from the sea, and freshwater rivers and lakes mix with the coastal forest. On this excursion, walk around the forest and canoe down rivers and across lagoons to reach Lapataia Bay. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Arakur Hotel </p><h2>Day 29: M/V Ventus Australis Cruise</h2><p>Board the M/V Ventus Australis; the ship departs for one of the most remote corners of planet Earth. During the night we traverse the Beagle Channel and cross from Argentine into Chilean territorial waters. The lights of Ushuaia disappear as we turn into the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: M/V Ventus Australis</p><h2>Day 30: Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay</h2><p>By early morning, Ventus Australis will cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn, a sheer 1,394-foot-high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. Then, anchor at fabled Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements. After a visit to the museum in the old radio station, passengers have a choice of three hikes to explore the region.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: M/V Ventus Australis</p><h2>Day 31: Pia Glacier and Garibaldi Glacier</h2><p>Casting off from Wulaia Bay, we retrace our route to the Beagle Channel and sail westward along the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego into a section of Alberto de Agostini National Park called Glacier Alley. After disembarking, we take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of Pia Glacier. Making our way further west along the Beagle Channel, we enter another long fjord and drop anchor near Garibaldi Glacier for another shore excursion.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: M/V Ventus Australis</p><h2>Day 32: Agostini Sound, Águila Glacier, and Cóndor Glacier</h2><p>Early in the morning, we will sail through the Cockburn Channel and enter Agostini Sound. From there it is possible to see the glaciers that descend from the middle of the Darwin Mountain Range — some of them reaching the water. Get up close and personal on a Zodiac expedition to the glaciers.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: M/V Ventus Australis</p><h2>Days 33-36: Puerto Natales</h2><p>Transfer to Puerto Natales and enjoy three full days of activities and facilities offered by The Singular Patagonia, where you will be staying. The hotel location also allows a wide variety of excursions in Torres del Paine National Park or nearby attractions.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: The Singular Patagonia</p><h2>Days 37-40: Torres del Paine National Park</h2><p>Transfer to Explora Patagonia lodge. With over 40 explorations on offer, Explora Patagonia covers all areas in the Park either on foot, horseback, or by van. Explorations, always led by a competent guide from our School of Guides, take place in groups of eight travelers at most and include walks towards crystal clear, woods of lenga trees, hiking to viewpoints and horseback riding through the Park’s pampas (grasslands) and rivers. Horseback riding trips are available for beginners, advanced, and expert riders; therefore, there are no excuses for not living the Patagonian experience riding through the Park along with the gauchos.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico</p><h2>Day 41: Santiago</h2><p>Fly to Santiago. Upon arrival to Santiago International Airport, you will be met by guide who will escort to your vehicle for your direct transfer to the W Santiago. Located in the dynamic El Golf district, your neighbors are skyscrapers and world-class restaurants; access to everything else that Santiago has to offer is easy, with excellent transport links at your doorstep.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: W Santiago</p><h2>Day 42: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar</h2><p>Chile's Pacific Coast is dominated by two neighboring but quite different cities: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. A city tour of Valparaiso shows you the Old town and the new; just 10 minutes north lies Viña del Mar, Chile's premier coastal resort, where you'll find fabulous beaches and a bustling commercial sector. On the way back to Valparaíso, make a detour to Casas del Bosque Winery for a tour and wine tasting. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: W Santiago</p><h2>Day 43: Maipo Valley</h2><p>Take a trip into the foothills of the Andes Mountains, a popular weekend spot for Santiaguinos that is awash with almond and cherry plantations, sleepy mountain villages, and roadside stands selling freshly baked bread and the ubiquitous empanadas. The excellent soil and climate of this valley is a perfect match for growing red wines, some of which you'll get a chance to taste.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: W Santiago</p><h2>Day 44: Pedro de Atacama</h2><p>Fly from Santiago to Calama, and transfer to Pedro de Atacama.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Alto Atacama</p><h2>Day 45: Pedro de Atacama</h2><p>Enjoy the twinkling gem of Chile: the awe-inspiring Atacama Desert. In this brand new glamping expedition, we will take you into the middle of the mighty Atacama where you will dine alfresco to the sounds of a crackling fire. With fine Chilean wine in hand and delicious food filling your stomachs, you can curl up in soft blankets and watch the twinkling star-filled sky.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Glamping by Alto Atacama</p><h2>Days 46-47: Pedro de Atacama</h2><p>Alto Atacama provides excursions designed for people who love nature and extraordinary landscapes. Your local guide at Alto Atacama will be provided a detailed briefing on the different options available, depending on your interest.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Alto Atacama</p><h2>Day 48: Santiago</h2><p>Fly to Santiago for transfer to Easter Island.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Holiday Inn Santiago Airport</p><h2>Days 49-55: Easter Island</h2><p>Fly to Easter Island. Upon arrival to the airport in Easter Island, meet the staff from Explora Rapa Nui who will transfer you directly to the hotel. Enjoy 6 full days on the island with expeditions offered by the property — these include cultural tours, hikes and bike explorations among archaeological remains, volcanoes, beaches, prairies, and cliffs, as well as boat trips or snorkeling explorations where you can explore under the world’s most pristine sea waters.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Explora Rapa Nui</p><h2>Day 56: Santiago</h2><p>Fly to Santiago for transfer to Ponta Dos Ganchos.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Holiday Inn Santiago Airport</p><h2>Days 57-63: Ponta Dos Ganchos</h2><p>Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort, located in the north of Santa Catarina state, is a haven of green mountains melting into clear waters along the Emerald Coast. Overlooking a stunning vista of three small islands and a white-sand bay, the resort is truly unique and special. There are just 25 sophisticated bungalows, carefully distributed around a private peninsula with splendid ocean views. Ponta dos Ganchos offers an extensive selection of leisure activities, such as fishing and canoeing.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Ponta dos Ganchos Resort</p><h2>Day 64: Depart from Florianópolis</h2><p>A personal driver will provide transfer service to the Florianópolis​​​​​​​ airport for your departing flight to São Paulo.</p>
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Mark Nolting's 15-day Itinerary Around Rwanda and Zimbabwe

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:31
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/mark-nolting" target="_blank">Mark Nolting</a> is a member of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries he creates. To work with Mark, you can contact him directly at Safari@AfricanAdventure.com.</p><h2>Day 1: Arrive in Kigali</h2><p>Upon arrival in Kigali, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Kigali has been the capital of Rwanda since 1965. An attractive city, it spreads over a number of hills and, with impressive recovery after the 1994 genocide and subsequent political turmoil, it now has a pleasant, buoyant air. The main shopping and commercial area is centered around the Hotel Mille Collines, with the government district on the neighboring Kaciyiru Hill. The markets, Muslim quarter, and a new genocide memorial under construction in Gisozi are some of the main places of interest.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Kigali Serena</p><h2>Day 2: Butare and Nyungwe Forest Reserve</h2><p>Depart by road this morning and drive to Butare Town, where you will have lunch. Visit the King’s Palace and Museum, and then continue onward to Nyungwe Forest Reserve.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Nyungwe House</p><h2>Day 3: Cyamudongo Forest</h2><p>Depart early for Cyamudongo​​​​​​​ Forest, where your guide will lead you to a habituated chimp group. The family of chimpanzees have been habituated to human contact — this means they are definitely wild, but can be approached to within a few meters, and are studied daily by researchers. You may also see L’Hoests’s monkeys, silver monkeys, vervet monkeys, olive baboons, blue monkeys, golden monkeys, and red-tailed monkeys. In the afternoon you will take a walk near the lodge to see Nyungwe's famous colobus monkeys.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Nyungwe House</p><h2>Day 4: Gisenyi and Lake Kivu </h2><p>Following breakfast, depart by vehicle and drive along Lake Kivu shoreline to Gisenyi, a picturesque resort on the northern shores of beautiful Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu has some nice, white beaches and crocodiles are absent from the lake due to volcanic action, eons ago, that wiped them out.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel</p><h2>Day 5: Volcanoes National Park</h2><p>This morning, you will depart very early with your drive to Volcanoes National Park, which will take you across the Rwandan countryside. Upon arrival the day will be spent tracking the Golden Monkeys. Dwarfed in size and reputation by the Gorillas, Rwanda’s golden monkey is well worth discovering. The golden monkeys live mainly in the park's bamboo thickets and are smaller and harder to spot than their larger ape relatives, but extremely rewarding once found — the monkeys react and interact differently than gorillas, and like to play hide-and-seek.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge or Bisate Lodge</p><h2>Day 6: Volcanoes National Park, Kinigi, and Musanze</h2><p>Day one of gorilla trekking: track mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, with a strenuous, hours-long hike to view the creatures for one magical hour. Spend a relaxing afternoon at leisure visiting the farmlands, villages, and markets that surround Kinigi and Musanze towns. A walk or drive along these rural roads is where one can really enjoy Rwanda's street culture, with a fascinating blend of farmers, businessmen, bars, and shops.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge or Bisate Lodge</p><h2>Day 7: Volcanoes National Park and Kigali</h2><p>Return to the park for your second gorilla trek. Savor the memories of the morning hike and gorilla encounter while driving back to Kigali, and enjoy the evening at your leisure. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Kigali Serena Hotel</p><h2>Day 8: Mana Pools National Park</h2><p>Transfer to Harare, Zimbabwe, for your flight to Mana Pools National Park. You will be met by your private guide and<br />transferred to camp in time for a late lunch. The park covers a section of the Middle Zambezi Valley, a western extension of the Great Rift Valley. The Pools of Mana are lakes that mark former courses of the Zambezi. They are refilled by the swollen river during the rains, and are home to populations of hippo, crocodiles, and birds. Summer is prime time to view game like<br />elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, and other species including eland, lion, leopard and hyena.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Little Vundu​​​​​​</p><h2>Day 9: Mana Pools</h2><p>Enjoy a full day of game viewing. In the morning, you may find one of the resident bull elephants or one of the few wild<br />dog packs that allow close approach on foot. This afternoon, enjoy a leisurely canoe safari through one of the side channels of the Zambezi River. You are paddled downstream through the sand banks and islands, watching pods of hippo or elephants wallowing at midday to cool off.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Little Vundu</p><h2>Day 10: Mana Pools</h2><p>The highlight of this day is visiting wild dog den in the area, followed by an afternoon drive through the cathedral Mopane forest. Return to camp late in the afternoon.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Little Vundu</p><h2>Day 11: Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve</h2><p>​​​​​​​After a morning game drive, take your scheduled charter flight to directly to Pamushana. One of Africa’s best-kept secrets, Singita Pamushana Lodge is found within the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in south-eastern Zimbabwe. Nestling beneath the trees high on a ridge, the lodge incorporates the natural environment and the forest-like architecture enhances views of the pool, the lush gardens and the lake below. </p><p>Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is teeming with birds and wildlife, including rare and endangered species such as the Roan and sable antelope and the black rhino. Famous for its cathedral Mopane forests and majestic "upside-down" Baobab trees, you will also find over 100 rock painting sites that date back more than 2,000 years.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Singita Pamushana Lodge</p><h2>Days 12-14: Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve</h2><p>Three days of wildlife viewing, including day and night game drives in open vehicles to see the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo); bird watching; white and black rhino tracking; a visit to see the rock art of the San people; boating on Lake Malilangwe; the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the medieval village of Great Zimbabwe; and Gonarezhou National Park and the Chilojo Cliffs.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Singita Pamushana Lodge</p><h2>Day 15: Depart from Johannesburg</h2><p>Transfer to the airport for your journey home.​​​​​​​​​​​</p>
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Betsy Patton's 13-day Rhine River Cruise Itinerary

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:25
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/betsy-patton" target="_blank">Betsy Patton</a> is a member of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries she creates. To work with Betsy, you can contact her directly at bpatton@dt.com.</p><h2>Day 1: Arrive in Amsterdam</h2><p>Upon arrival in Amsterdam, you will be met by a Tauck representative. You will then be assisted to your transfer vehicle and then transferred to your hotel. Tauck usually has a Hospitality Desk in the lobby, where you can meet your Tour Directors and ask any questions you may have.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Hotel De L’Europe</p><h2>Day 2: Amsterdam</h2><p>Spend the day on your own in Amsterdam. We can arrange visits to the Rijksmuseum, the “new” Van Gogh Museum, or any other sights in Amsterdam. We recommend taking the 15-minute train to Haarlem to visit the home of watchmaker Corrie ten Boom; she and her family hid Jews from the Nazis during WWII, and her story is quite interesting. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Hotel De L’Europe</p><h2>Day 3: Board the MS Grace</h2><p>Board the MS Grace in Amsterdam for your Rhine River cruise. With a maximum of 130 guests, the 443-foot riverboat continues our tradition of providing more space per guest on Europe’s inland waterways, transporting fewer passengers than most long ships. This evening. there will be a welcome reception where you will have the chance to meet your Tour Directors and the ship staff.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: MS Grace</p><h2>Days 4-11: Cruising the Rhine</h2><p>Follow the river southbound, cruising through Amsterdam to Cologne, with its Germano-Roman history; Koblenz, for a cycling excursion through old town; Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town; the canals of Strasbourg; the spa town of Baden-Baden; Lucerne, Switzerland's "City of Lights"; the funicular climbing Mt. Pilatus; the vineyards of the Alsace; and Basel, the cultural hub at the nexus of France, Germany, and Switzerland.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: MS Grace</p><h2>Day 12: Depart from Basel</h2><p>Transfer to the airport for your flight home.</p>
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Joe Sandillo's 6-day Cuba Itinerary

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:20
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/joe-sandillo" target="_blank">Joe Sandillo</a> is a member of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries he creates. To work with Joe, you can contact him directly at joe@almazjourneys.com.</p><h2>Day 1: Arrive in Havana</h2><p>Upon arrival into Havana’s José Martí airport, you will be met by an airport representative who will guide you through customs and private transfer to your accommodations. You’ll have a welcome briefing with your Almaz Journeys concierge and guide to go over your program and answer any questions you may have. In the evening, you have a reservation at one of our favorite privately-owned restaurants, called <em>paladares</em>; post-dinner, you’ll be treated to a cigar and rum tasting with a sommelier.</p><h2>Day 2: Introduction to Havana</h2><p>After breakfast, meet your guide for a driving tour in a classic American car, stopping at El Morro fortress at the entrance of the harbor; the seafront boulevard (<em>malecón</em>); Revolution Square; the Bacardi building; and numerous former Mafia haunts, including Meyer Lansky’s Havana Riviera Hotel. After a stop for lunch, take a walking tour of the four key squares of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, joined by a local architect. After dinner at another favorite paladar, head to a show at the Tropicana cabaret.</p><h2>Day 3: Arts in Havana</h2><p>Today, it’s all about Cuba’s dynamic arts scene. Begin with a visit to a rehearsal of one of Cuba’s Afro-Cuban dance companies, before meeting with one of our local art specialist guides. You can visit the studios of established and<br />emerging artists, or the Cuban wing of the National Fine Arts Museum. After lunch, take a bike taxi tour of the city's public installations and street art. After dinner, visit the Fabrica de Arte Cubano (Cuban Art Factory) — an incredible art and performance space in a former factory.</p><h2>Day 4: Cuisine and Culture in Havana</h2><p>Visit some of Havana’s best local markets with a specialist guide to learn about urban farming and Cuba's food history. After a lunchtime cooking class, explore Hemingway’s Havana; visit his villa outside the city, exactly as he left it. In the afternoon, visit a community-based rumba dance project. After a short introduction and lesson by the project leader, you'll head to a venue to talk and dance with the locals to Afro-Cuban rhythms.</p><h2>Day 5: Viñales</h2><p>Depart Havana early this morning and head toward Pinar del Rio province and Viñales, in western Cuba — set in a beautiful valley, encircled by mountains and interspersed with dramatic limestone hills called <em>mogotes</em>. This is the heart of the tobacco-growing region of Cuba. Take a tour through the history of tobacco growing, visiting the tobacco plantations where<br />they still plow with oxen and even learning how to roll a cigar. You may also explore some pre-colonial indigenous cave developments, and even take a dip in a lake before enjoying lunch in a traditional house overlooking the picturesque valley. Your hosts have harvested and prepared your meal from their own farm (<em>finca</em>).</p><h2>Day 6: Depart from Havana</h2><p>Transfer to the airport for your flight home.</p>
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Louisa Gehring's 9-day St. Bart's Itinerary

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:17
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/louisa-gehring" target="_blank">Louisa Gehring</a> is a member of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries she creates. To work with Louisa, you can contact her directly at louisa@gehringtravel.com.</p><h2>Day 1: Arrive in St. Bart's</h2><p>Fly into Gustavia via St. Martin. On arrival in St. Bart's, meet a Le Toiny representative who will assist with your luggage and drive you to the resort. Dinner at Le Toiny.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Hotel Le Toiny</p><h2>Day 2</h2><p>Enjoy the day at leisure before dinner reservations at Le Tamarin.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Hotel Le Toiny</p><h2>Day 3</h2><p>Lunch reservations at The Sand Bar. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before dinner reservations at Isola. </p><p>​​​​​<strong>Stay</strong>: Hotel Le Toiny</p><h2>Day 4</h2><p>Enjoy a morning cruise on a private catamaran, which includes an open bar, light bites, and snorkeling gear. After the cruise, we recommend Shellona for lunch. Spend the rest of the day at leisure before dinner reservations at L'Esprit Jean Claude.</p><p><strong>​​​​​​​Stay</strong>: Hotel Le Toiny</p><h2>​​​​​​​Day 5</h2><p>Spend the day at leisure before dinner reservations at Bonito.</p><p><strong>​​​​​​​Stay</strong>: Hotel Le Toiny</p><h2>​​​​​​​Day 6</h2><p>Lunch reservations at La Plage. Spend the rest of the day at leisure before dinner reservations at Le Ti St Barth.</p><p><strong>​​​​​​​Stay</strong>: Hotel Le Toiny​​​​</p><h2>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Day 7</h2><p>Lunch reservations at Nikki Beach. Spend the rest of the day at leisure before dinner at L'Isoletta.</p><p><strong>​​​​​​​Stay</strong>: Hotel Le Toiny</p><h2>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Day 8</h2><p>Enjoy your last full day at leisure!</p><p><strong>​​​​​​​Stay</strong>: Hotel Le Toiny</p><h2>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Day 9: Depart from Gustavia</h2><p>Transfer to the airport for your flight home.</p>
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Joyce Falcone's 10-day Sicily Itinerary

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:11
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/joyce-falcone" target="_blank">Joyce Falcone</a> is a member of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries she creates. To work with Joyce, you can contact her directly at info@italianconcierge.com.</p><h2>Day 1: Arrive in Palermo</h2><p>Meet your driver outside baggage claim for transfer to your hotel. In the evening, you will have tickets to traditional puppet show.</p><h2>Day 2: Palermo and Monreale</h2><p>Take a private driving tour of Palermo and Monreale. In Palermo visit Palazzo dei Normanni, the Palace of the Normans; Capella Palentina; the church of San Giovani degli Eremiti, which was converted into a mosque after the Islamic conquest of Sicily; and the Cathedral of Palermo, the main church of the city's Roman Catholic Archdiocese. Drive to the town of Monreale, 9miles south of Palermo; the town sits on the slope of Monte Caputo, overlooking La Conca d’Oro ("the Golden Shell"), a fertile valley known for its large exports of oranges, olives and almonds. The city's churches and halls have a huge concentration of Norman, Arab, and Byzantine art.</p><h2>Day 3: Segesta</h2><p>Segesta became an important town of the Elimi people in the 4th century BCE; today, it is very famous for its Doric-style temple. Every summer, Greek Classics are performed in the complex's theatre. The area of the ancient city is now a huge archaeological site, with many layers of ruins: the Elymian settlement, the Hellenistic-Romans, the Arab settlement, the Normans, and the medieval town. After lunch, hike in Zingaro Park.</p><h2>Day 4: Trapani</h2><p>Golf in the morning before a visit to Trapani's open-air fish market, in Piazza Mercato di Pesce on the northern waterfront. Even if you're not buying seafood, it's a great place to stroll around and take in the sights. In the evening, explore the ancient city of Erice, situated 2500 feer above Trapani and reachable by funicular. Not to miss: A stop in the famous pastry shop of Maria Gramattico, who was taught the art of marzipan by expert nuns.</p><h2>Day 5: Selinunte and Agrigento</h2><p>Drive to Selinunte, founded in 650 BCE by the Greeks who came to colonize Sicily; it is now an archaeological site, with the entire town left to ruin after the Punic wars and several subsequent earthquakes. Then, drive to Agrigento — eat lunch in the old town before meeting your guide for a private tour of the city's Greek temples. You may want to continue to visit the Gardens of Kolymbetra, which have been restored to their original ancient planting, or the Museo Regionale Archaeological of Agrigento. </p><h2>Day 6: Agrigento</h2><p>Take a private boat tour along the coast, stopping whenever you would like to swim. Lunch is served on board. In the evening, take an optional cooking class. </p><h2>Day 7: Piazza Amerina </h2><p>Depart with your driver toward Piazza Amerina to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Villa Casale della Romana. The villa dates from the 4th Century CE; with your private guide, you will see its famous Roman mosaics, one of the largest, richest, and most varied collections in the world. After lunch, drive east to your hotel on Mt. Etna. </p><h2>Day 8: Ortigia and Siracusa</h2><p>Depart with your driver to Ortigia, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located on a small island, Ortigia is the historic cultural center of Siracusa, colonized by the Greeks around 735 BCE. Take a private tour of the archaeological site before a play at the Greek Theatre in Siracusa.</p><h2>Day 9: Mt. Etna</h2><p>Spend the day hiking on Mt. Etna — the trails are just a short journey from your hotel with a private driver.</p><h2>Day 10: Depart from Catania</h2><p>Transfer to the airport for your flight home.</p>
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How T+L's Editors Choose the World's Best Travel Advisors

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:09
<h2>What Is the A-List?</h2><p>The A-List is <em>Travel + Leisure's</em> collection of the world's top travel advisors. In the 17th annual A-List, we showcase the 117 best agents and tour operators in the business.</p><h2>How Are the Winners Selected?</h2><p>Every year, <em>Travel + Leisure</em> editors evaluate hundreds of luxury-travel advisors to determine which ones will best serve our readers. After receiving input from our Travel Advisory Board (select owners and operators who consult with us on industry and consumer trends) and other experts, we vet each and every one.</p><p>What do we look for? It starts with unique itineraries, exclusive access, and positive client testimonials. We also seek professionals who travel often to the destinations they specialize in (at least once a year) and who make a concerted effort to deliver more than their clients expect. This year, we began charging the advisors we invited to join the A-List an annual membership fee. We introduced the fee not in exchange for inclusion on the list, but to cover the cost of a range of new benefits designed to connect A-Listers to our readers, including a profile in a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list-travel-advisor-search" target="_blank">searchable database</a>.</p><h2>How to Apply</h2><p>If you are a travel advisor and want to be considered for the A-List, request an application at a-list@travelandleisure.com. If the editors approve your request, you will be sent an application at the end of the calender year.</p>
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Andrea Ross and April Cole's 17-day Itinerary Around Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:05
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/andrea-ross-april-cole" target="_blank">Andrea Ross and April Cole</a> are members of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries they create. To work with Andrea and April, you can contact them directly at andrea.ross@wildfrontierstravel.com or april.cole@wildfrontierstravel.com.</p><h2>Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi</h2><p>Your guide will meet you at Hanoi (Noi Bai) International Airport in the greeting area outside the exit doors of your arrival terminal for your private road transfer to your hotel. After check in, your guide and driver will take you to visit the Women’s Museum, where you'll learn about the role of women in traditional culture, marriage customs, childbirth, family life, and the defense of the nation. </p><p>Afterwards, you will visit the Ethnology Museum, which houses informative displays on the country’s 54 ethnic groups. Continue outside to the garden, where you can wander around fascinating life-size examples of minority housing. Following your visit to the museum you will have the opportunity to meet and chat with a Hanoi cultural researcher, where you will learn in more detail about Vietnam’s culture and history. </p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel</p><h2>Day 2: Hanoi </h2><p>This morning you will be met by a celebrated chef at your hotel. Today you will experience Hanoi's food culture at the most local of places — a local market. Here you'll learn about and taste ingredients used in local cuisine. Afterwards, relax and enjoy a Vietnamese <em>ca phe</em> (coffee) or <em>tra</em> (tea) with the locals at one of the chef’s favorite sidewalk cafes in the historic French Quarter. The chef will give an overview of the Hanoi food scene and discuss Vietnam's daily life and culture. Lunch will follow at a <em>bun cha</em> establishment to enjoy traditional grilled pork and rice vermicelli noodles with fresh herbs, greens, and crispy spring rolls (<em>nem ran</em>).</p><p>After lunch you will begin your half day city tour. Be sure to discuss with your guide what you would like to do and see this afternoon. Some interesting highlights may include the Temple of Literature, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his house on stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and the Art museum.</p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel</p><h2>Day 3: Halong Bay </h2><p>Today, you leave bustling Hanoi behind on your private transfer to your cruise connection point. Your cruise will set sail through the magnificent Halong Bay towards Da Chong Islet as lunch is served on board. Look out for a French lighthouse built over 100 years ago, as well as amazing limestone karsts rising out of the water, as you sail by. This area is untouched, as few cruise ships use the route towards Ba Trai Dao. Depending on the weather on arrival at Ba Trai Dao, you will have the afternoon to enjoy the pristine waters and beaches at your leisure.</p><p>Back on board your vessel, you will enjoy the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. You may choose to join a traditional Vietnamese cooking class. After your evening meal, take in the landscape of the bay on the top deck, enjoy drinks from the bar, try your hand at night squid fishing, or watch a movie in the restaurant.</p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Orchid Cruise</p><h2>Day 4: Halong Bay </h2><p>You will enjoy a guided bike tour to visit Viet Hai Village. See an ancient house built of straw, mud, and bamboo where you will get to see the local way of life for the people of this valley. Return to the main boat for lunch with free time in the afternoon. You may choose to visit part of the Bai Tu Long Bay briefly for kayaking and to take a dip in the Ba Ham Lake area. </p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Orchid Cruise</p><h2>Day 5: Halong Bay and Siem Reap</h2><p>After breakfast, head out in canoes to explore the bay where Sang Toi cave is located. After your morning of activity, you will return to the boat to enjoy brunch as you cruise back to port. You will meet your guide and driver for transfer to Noi Bai airport to connect to your flight to Siem Reap. When you disembark from your flight, make your way outside to meet your Journeys Within guide who will transfer you to your hotel. </p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Jaya House River Park</p><h2>Day 6: Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, and Angkor Thom</h2><p>Wake up early and head to Angkor Wat for sunrise and a morning tour of the temple before the crowds arrive. Mid-morning head back to your hotel for breakfast.</p><p>In the early afternoon head to Angkor Thom, the famous walled city and see the many temples within its borders, including the fascinating Bayon temple with its many magnificent faces smiling out. There are several beautiful spots from which to watch the sunset.</p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Jaya House River Park</p><h2>Day 7: Siem Reap</h2><p>Today you wll visit smaller temples and a section of the Angkor complex rarely visited by tourists. Despite being inside the Angkor temple complex, this is a quiet escape from the noise and bustle of some of the other temples. Return to your hotel for lunch or have your guide help you find a good place to eat in town.</p><p>Cambodia has a deeply spiritual culture which is still actively observed today. Many local people look to the spirits for guidance and today you will gain a brief glimpse into this long-standing and well-respected tradition. To begin your tour, you will visit a local fortune teller. From here you will visit the pagodas of Siem Reap city where you may receive a blessing performed by a monk to cleanse your spirit.</p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Jaya House River Park</p><h2>Day 8: Siem Reap and the Countryside</h2><p>Ride through the scenic countryside where you'll pass villages, vegetable plantations, markets, cows, and buffalo as you cycle along. You'll visit local homes in the village that each have their own specialty, including palm wine and sugar production, basket weaving, and rice farming. Your driver will meet you at the end of your route to take you back to your hotel.</p><p>You will be met at your hotel and taken to Kompheim traditional village, located just outside Siem Reap. Enjoy sunset drinks and dinner at the beautiful Village House.</p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Jaya House River Park</p><h2>Day 9: Luang Prabang </h2><p>Enjoy the morning at leisure in Siem Reap before private transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang.</p><p>Once in Luang Prabang, you’ll be picked up from the airport and driven to the main part of town for a quick orientation tour. Your guide will give you an introduction to the city before dropping you off at your hotel to check in.</p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Avani Luang Prabang Hotel</p><h2>Day 10: Luang Prabang </h2><p>Tour the city by bicycle. Follow the Mekong River as it flows past the city, stopping to visit some temples along its banks. Your guide will lead you through town along the main roads and take you off the beaten path through alleys and side-streets. Have lunch at the Ock Pop Tok living arts center located on the Mekong River. Return to your hotel for a rest or a swim.</p><p>Enjoy learning the secrets of Lao cuisine in an early evening cooking class at the Tamarind Cooking School. You will have a hands-on opportunity to cook your own Lao feast, including how to make the local staple-Lao sticky rice.</p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Avani Luang Prabang Hotel</p><h2>Day 11: Luang Prabang and Mekong Villages</h2><p>Today you will explore the villages of the Mekong River on a traditional longtail boat. You will first visit three historic temples: Wat Xieng Mene, Wat Chomphet and Wat Long Khoune. Board the boat and head downstream to the villages of Ban Jan, Ban Chompjua, and Ban Xing. You will learn from local fishermen as they check traps and demonstrate the making of their gigantic fishing nets. Enjoy traditional Lao dishes prepared right on the boat by the boat driver's wife. Finally, at Ban Xing, believed to have been settled since the 16th century, you will join your village hosts for a Lao Baci ceremony. Your guide will explain this traditional blessing ceremony as you receive well wishes from elders in the village. </p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Avani Luang Prabang Hotel</p><h2>Day 12: Luang Prabang and Chiang Mai</h2><p>Wake up at sunrise to give monks morning alms. You’ll be accompanied by your guide who can demonstrate the proper method of alms giving and explain this daily Buddhist ceremony.</p><p>Transfer to Luang Prabang airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. You will be met by your guide at Chiang Mai Airport and transferred to your hotel.</p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Anantara Chiang Mai Resort &amp; Spa</p><h2>Day 13: Chiang Mai </h2><p>Your guide will meet you to drive to Mae Wang National Park, 90 minutes southwest of Chiang Mai, where you'll explore a local hill tribe village. Trek 20-30 minutes through hills and forests to a picturesque waterfall for a refreshing swim, followed by a picnic lunch. After lunch, continue hiking to the Mae Wang Base Camp. Your driver will meet you here to take you to the Mae Wang River starting point where you will round the day off with bamboo rafting.</p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Anantara Chiang Mai Resort &amp; Spa</p><h2>Day 14: Chiang Mai </h2><p>Visit the Elephant Nature Park, a wonderful organization dedicated to conserving and promoting the well-being of elephants. You will meet and feed elephants that have been recently rescued, then walk with them through the dense mountain forests witnessing their natural behaviors and sense of freedom. Enjoy an opportunity to help plant trees to increase the reforestation of the area. A mini picnic lunch will be served in the forest. Spend the afternoon relaxing by a waterfall and wading in the river as your new friends play nearby.</p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Anantara Chiang Mai Resort &amp; Spa</p><h2>Day 15: Bangkok</h2><p>Transfer to Chiang Mai airport for your flight to Bangkok.</p><p>This afternoon, explore Bangkok's famous Chinatown. First, you will tour one of Bangkok’s largest 24-hour markets, Pak Klong Market. This famous area of Bangkok is a paradise for those who want to try some of the city’s authentic street food. Here you can spend the next few hours getting lost in this labyrinth of colorful shops, businesses, and markets. Dinner is arranged at one of the area's treasured eateries.</p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Riva Surya</p><h2>Day 16: Bangkok</h2><p>Ride a river express taxi to the Pak Klong Market. Then hop into a tuk tuk for an exciting ride to Wat Pho to see the celebrated Reclining Buddha. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing thirty minute massage from the nearby traditional Thai massage school. After lunch you'll visit the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the Emerald Buddha. Afterwards, you will hop into your own private riverboat for a tour of the klongs (canals) that make up the interconnected waterways of the city. </p><p><strong>Stay:</strong> Riva Surya</p><h2>Day 17: Depart from Bangkok</h2><p>Your driver will meet you at your hotel for your private transfer to the airport.</p>
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Italy Is Ending Free Museum Sundays

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:02
<p>Italy’s culture minister announced this week that the country will stop offering free admission to state museums this fall.</p><p>About 480 state museums — including the Colosseum in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/rome" target="_blank">Rome</a>, the Uffizi gallery in Florence, and Pompeii Archaeological Park in Naples — are currently free and open to the public on the first Sunday of every month through “<a href="http://www.beniculturali.it/mibac/export/MiBAC/sito-MiBAC/Contenuti/MibacUnif/Eventi/visualizza_asset.html_309444232.html" target="_blank">Domenica al Museo</a>” (“Sunday at the Museum”).</p><p>In a press conference, Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli said the government would stop the free Sunday program in an attempt to avoid “undervaluing our sites” and stop logistical programs caused by swarths of tourists showing up on the free days, <a href="https://www.thelocal.it/20180801/italy-to-scrap-free-sunday-monthly-museum-entry-alberto-bonisoli" target="_blank">according to <em>The Local</em> Italy</a>.</p><p>The changes will take effect after the summer.</p><p>Some critics of the plan <a href="http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/cronache/stop-ai-musei-gratis-s-stranieri-1560368.html" target="_blank">called for a program that would only charge foreign visitors</a> and keep the museums free for Italian citizens.</p><p>In a Facebook video responding to criticism, Bonisoli said that free entry to the museums “could happen to a greater extent than in the past, but in an intelligent way.” Museum directors would have the freedom to designate their own free days, in response to seasonal fluctuations in visitation. The minister did not provide any additional information about when these changes could roll out.</p><p>Regular admission to storied Italian attractions does not come cheap, especially for a day with multiple stops. <a href="https://www.coopculture.it/en/colosseo-e-shop.cfm" target="_blank">Admission to the Colosseum</a> costs $14 (€12) and <a href="http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/visita-i-musei/tariffe-e-biglietti.html" target="_blank">a ticket into the Vatican</a> costs about $20 (€17).</p>
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Paul Irvine's 13-day Itinerary Around the Brazilian Amazon and Bahia

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:02
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/paul-irvine" target="_blank">Paul Irvine</a> is a member of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries he creates. To work with David, you can contact him directly at <a href="mailto:paul.irvine@dehouche.com">paul.irvine@dehouche.com</a>.</p><h2>Day 1: Arrive in Manaus, Zenith</h2><p>At Manaus airport your private guide and driver will meet you in arrivals to bring you to your private yacht, the Zenith, for an unforgettable six-day Amazon River cruise. English-speaking naturalist guides will be on hand to point out the flora and fauna. </p><p>You will sail by the old town of Manaus and the famous meeting of the waters, where the red waters of the Amazon and naturally darker waters of the Rio Negro meet and do not mix for several kilometers. Continue on to January Lake ecological reserve where you will board a motorized canoe to explore the canals and streams in the flooded forest. </p><p>In the evening you will set out by canoe to explore the nocturnal sounds of the forest and the wildlife of the Amazon at dusk before returning to the Zenith for dinner and overnight.</p><h2>Day 2: Zenith</h2><p>Your second day will begin with an outdoor breakfast aboard the yacht observing the abounding nature all around. After breakfast, the cruise will head to Vila Paradise to visit the rubber plantation museum, which tells the fascinating story of the economic rubber boom of 19th-century Northern Brazil. There will be time to swim nearby before lunch and cruising upriver to Jacaré Island for overnight. </p><h2>Day 3: Zenith</h2><p>Take a speedboat to a floating house where we have arranged an encounter with pink dolphins that inhabit the Amazon river. There are also usually some giant pirarucu fish in the area — the largest freshwater fish in the world.</p><p>Continue on to visit an Amazon riverbank community to see the typical way of life of those who live along the river before heading back to the Zenith for free time to jet ski and swim before lunch. In the afternoon you will head upriver to the largest fresh water archipelago in the world at Anavilhanas to enjoy sunset drinks surrounded by the exuberant Amazon nature and sounds of the jungle.</p><h2>Day 4: Zenith</h2><p>Today we recommend an early start to do some bird watching before breakfast around the Anavilhanas Archipelago. Following breakfast you will take a speed boat to explore the islands and try piranha fishing using the local style cane rods.</p><p>After lunch there will be a couple hours of free time to relax until we cruise to the Cuieiras tributary river, which is a nice calm place to paddle around in the canoes or ride on jet skis.</p><h2>Day 5: Zenith</h2><p>Today you will go on a guided trek into the jungle. Your guide will show you the typical flora and fauna of the Amazon, as well as some of the natural medicinal herbs found only in this area of incredible biodiversity. In the afternoon you will take out canoes to go caiman spotting. </p><h2>Day 6: Zenith</h2><p>After breakfast you will take a short ride by speedboat to the Tatuios Indian village where you will have the chance to visit with this remote tribe, who will show you their traditional dances, musical instruments, and customs.</p><h2>Day 7: Manaus and Trancoso</h2><p>After breakfast you will head back down the Rio Negro — stopping off to view any interesting wildlife — to leave you back in Manaus in time for your flight. After a final lunch on board it's time to disembark. </p><p>Our driver will be waiting in arrivals at Terravista airport to transfer you the short distance through the tropical Bahian countryside to your private villa in Trancoso, next to a warm sea and palm-fringed beaches that extend to the horizon.</p><h2>Day 8: Trancoso</h2><p>After breakfast we have arranged for one of the <em>mestres</em> from the local <em>capoeira</em> school to give a private lesson in your villa garden. This will be a fun introduction to this part-dance, part-martial art that is very popular in this part of Brazil — both a great work out and a unique cultural experience.</p><p>In the afternoon you will go kayaking on the river only a short distance from Trancoso. Lush flora and fauna await as you paddle gently along with the tide.</p><h2>Day 9: Trancoso and Praia do Espelho</h2><p>A private speedboat will meet you on the beach in front of your hotel to whisk you down the coast tp Praia do Espelho (Mirror Beach), so called for its clear water that mirrors the horizon, and one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. Enjoy a seafood lunch prepared for you in a private residence overlooking the sea.</p><h2>Day 10: Trancoso</h2><p>We have arranged for an exclusive cooking demonstration for you with a Brazilian chef. Trancoso is famous for its contemporary gourmet take on Bahian ingredients and techniques. After a master class with the chef you will be treated to a special lunch prepared for you.</p><h2>Day 11: Trancoso</h2><p>Go on a quad bike excursion through the dunes and along the beach around Trancoso.</p><h2>Day 12: Trancoso</h2><p>Today your guide will take you on an excursion to the Indian reserve 1.5 hours from Trancoso. After the visit to the reserve you will continue on dirt roads and by river on wooden canoes to the remote village of Caraiva. Electricity only came to the village in the last decade courtesy of underground wires in order to preserve the rustic feel. Furthermore, there are still no public lights, meaning you'll get to see some of the most spectacular night skies in Bahia. Here you will have some of the freshest seafood you will ever try, at a small open-air restaurant under a large almond tree.</p><h2>Day 13: Depart Trancoso</h2><p>Your driver will return to take you back to Terravista airport in time for your departing flight.</p>
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Jordan Harvey's 12-day Itinerary Around Argentina and Chile

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 08:56
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/jordan-harvey" target="_blank">Jordan Harvey</a> is a member of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries he creates. To work with Jordan, you can contact him directly at jordan@knowmadadventures.com.</p><h2>Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires</h2><p>After your early morning arrival to Buenos Aires, you will be met and taken to your centrally located hotel. Spend the rest of your afternoon experiencing an incredible guided exploration of Buenos Aires. Dive deep into its culturally rich neighborhoods: San Telmo, Lo Boca, Puerto Madero and La Recoleta.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Serena Boutique Hotel</p><h2>Day 2: Buenos Aires</h2><p>Enjoy your morning at leisure independently before a dynamic guided exploration of Buenos Aires — highlighting various aspects of the city's history and culture, while bringing to life one of the most vibrant cities in the world.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Serena Boutique Hotel</p><h2>Day 3: Patagonia (Argentina)</h2><p>You will be picked up in the morning and taken to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival, you will be driven to your hotel.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Esplendor de Calafate</p><h2>Day 4: Perito Moreno Glacier</h2><p>Travel by private transfer to the pier, where you will board a ferry for an exciting morning of ice walking atop this massive glacier. The ferry embarks across the Rico Arm with stunning views of the glacier's front walls and iceberg channels. Once you arrive at the glacier, mountain guides will lead you on a beginner's glacier hike, exploring the picturesque landscape of streams, small lagoons, gullies, and giant ice formations (more demanding ice-hike options available upon request). After the hike, a short stroll through the forest will bring you back to solid ground. In the afternoon, a leisurely walk takes you from viewpoint to viewpoint as you marvel at this natural wonder.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Esplendor de Calafate</p><h2>Days 5-8: Patagonia (Chile)</h2><p>In the morning, embark on a scenic overland transfer into Torres del Paine National Park, the crown jewel of Patagonia. From the wide range of excursions available at your lodge, you can choose anything from a casual driving safari to a demanding full-day hike near the glaciers, a glacier boat expedition or a private catamaran trip on the turquoise lakes, and even horseback riding through the grasslands with gauchos.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: ​​​​​​​Explora Salto Chico Lodge</p><h2>Day 9: Santiago and Wine Country</h2><p>Depart in the morning for a flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago. Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the grounds and facilities at La Casona and touring the Matetic Winery.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: La Casona at Matetic</p><h2>Day 10: Casablanca Valley</h2><p>You will be met at your hotel and taken to the renowned Casablanca Valley, world famous for its commitment to producing some of Chile’s best white wines and cool-climate reds. Visit Loma Larga, named “Winery of the Year 2011"; House Casa del Vino, for a special food and wine pairing lunch; and Viñedos Organicos Emiliana, on the forefront of organic winemaking. Option for a cycling tour of the winelands.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: La Casona at Matetic​​​​​​​</p><h2>Day 11: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar</h2><p>Discover the eclectic charm of Valparaiso, the first Chilean city founded by the Spanish, recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ride the century old <em>ascencores</em> (hillside elevators), walk lyrical streets, and visit poet Pablo Neruda’s home. Your exploration also includes a stop in the resort city of Viña del Mar, known as “the garden city” for its lush gardens and palm-lined boulevards.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: La Casona at Matetic​​​​​​​</p><h2>Day 12: Santiago and Departure</h2><p>Enjoy a relaxing morning on La Casona’s beautiful grounds before heading to Santiago with your guide. You will explore this thriving capital city and get to know Chilean life and customs. Following your Santiago exploration, you will be taken to the airport and bid farewell before flying home.</p>
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The Best Gear for the Ultimate Beach Day (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 08:52
<p>Let’s get real: A towel and some <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/best-spf-100-sunscreens" target="_blank">sunscreen</a> aren’t gonna cut it if you’re planning to spend the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations" target="_blank">day at the beach</a>. You’re going to need much more than that to combat the searing sun and oppressive heat. Lucky for you, however, we’ve gone ahead and hunted down the very best essentials needed to have the perfect day at the beach. We do this because we care. We even tested them out for you!</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/best-plus-size-swimsuits" target="_blank">10 Stylish Plus-size Swimsuits That Are Ready for the Beach</a></p><p>Watch the video above to see our picks in action, and then scroll through to shop the featured products — from an easy-to-assemble beach tent, to a game-changing backpack cooler that’ll keep your drinks and popsicles ice cold, to a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/inflatable-lounge-chair-fatboy-lamzac" target="_blank">portable sofa</a> (yes, really).</p><img alt="The Best Gear for the Ultimate Beach Day "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1533144375/coleman-shoreline-instant-shade-cabana-beach-tent-amazon-BEACHGEAR0818.jpg?itok=MR7fKnpp"><h3>Coleman Shoreline Instant Shade Cabana</h3><p>To buy: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-2000030641-Shoreline-Instant-Shade/dp/B01M3VOCWY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1533140665&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=coleman+shoreline+instant+shade&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltravelacademybeachgear-20&amp;linkId=17cfc59151749dfdd058aec0cad7bbe2" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $59</p><img alt="The Best Gear for the Ultimate Beach Day "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1533144375/coleman-utopia-beach-chair-amazon-BEACHGEAR0818.jpg?itok=jJQ24jRT"><h3>Coleman Utopia Breeze Beach Sling Chair</h3><p>To buy: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Utopia-Breeze-Beach-Sling/dp/B00S57IQ6K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1533141249&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=coleman+utopia+breeze+beach+sling+chair&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltravelacademybeachgear-20&amp;linkId=0d745e6bfb09380bae1c26ed31d7656f" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $40</p><img alt="The Best Gear for the Ultimate Beach Day "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1533144375/YETI-backpack-cooler-hopper-24-amazon-BEACHGEAR0818.jpg?itok=uaxaVKuN"><h3>YETI Hopper BackFlip 24 Soft Sided Cooler/Backpack</h3><p>To buy: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/YETI-Hopper-BackFlip-Cooler-Backpack/dp/B07BR6VK8J/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1533140151&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=yeti+hopper+backflip+24+cooler&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltravelacademybeachgear-20&amp;linkId=6eaf604f446d89f32fdb814d8b3a1c60" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $300</p><img alt="The Best Gear for the Ultimate Beach Day "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1533144375/JSVER-air-sofa-amazon-BEACHGEAR0818.jpg?itok=_VKJOLj0"><h3>JSVER Inflatable Lounger Air Sofa</h3><p>To buy: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074K1G64R/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltravelacademybeachgear-20&amp;linkId=d593c67fec037a7bdb9ed5570732559c" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $20</p>
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Chaos Ensues on Ryanair Flight After Phone Charger Bursts Into Flames (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 08:40
<p>On Tuesday, passengers were forced to flee a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/ryanair-reviews" target="_blank">Ryanair flight</a> moments before takeoff after a phone charger burst into flames in the cabin.</p><p>According to the <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/ryanair-fire-plane-emergency-evacuation-mobile-phone-battery-pack-inflatable-slides-a8472671.html" target="_blank"><em>Independent</em></a>, a passenger was charging a mobile phone with an external battery charger when it suddenly caught on fire. The smoke from the phone and charger quickly filled the cabin. Another passenger caught the event on camera, and the video shows the phone engulfed in flames while passengers scream in the background.</p><p>“I’ve never seen so many people so scared in there (sic) life,” Instagram user Anthony Carrio wrote in the caption of the post. “Portable charger blew up in the same row as I was sitting. Everyone tries to run and all I do was put it out with water. Luckily it was just before taking off.”</p><p>However, it should be noted that it isn’t safe to put out electrical fires with water, as doing so can cause an <a href="https://www.vbg.org/531/Different-Ways-To-Extinguish-Different-F" target="_blank">electrical shock</a>.</p><p>Passengers on board the Ryanair plane, which was set to take off from Barcelona to Ibiza, were ordered to quickly make an emergency exit down the plane’s inflatable slides. Again, a passenger was able to capture the scene, showing chaos as passengers piled up at the bottom of the slide, while others made an emergency exit carrying their luggage, which is a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/always-leave-carry-on-during-emergency-evacuation" target="_blank">huge no-no</a>.</p><p>For its part, Ryanair shared in a statement that “All passengers were safely evacuated back to the terminal and cabin crew dealt with the mobile phone. Ryanair worked to arrange a spare aircraft to re-accommodate these passengers with the minimum delay.”</p><p>According to the <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/ryanair-fire-plane-emergency-evacuation-mobile-phone-battery-pack-inflatable-slides-a8472671.html" target="_blank"><i>Independent</i></a>, the airline does indeed allow passengers to carry up to two spare lithium ion batteries in carry-on baggage. “These must be individually protected to prevent short circuits,” reps for the airline stated. “Battery terminals must be either recessed or packaged so as to prevent contact with metal objects including terminals of other batteries.”</p><p>Ryanair is far from alone in battery-related fires. As the <i>Independent </i>noted, the latest Federal Aviation Administration figures show that, "air/airport incidents involving lithium batteries carried as cargo or baggage" happen, on average, once every 50 days.</p><p>Because of the risk associated with the batteries, many airlines are banning people from traveling with them. And that can even include <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/smart-luggage-bluesmart-shutting-down-airline-battery-bans" target="_blank">smart luggage</a> that allows travelers to charge their electronics on the go, so be sure to check your airline's rules before your next trip.</p>
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Leonardo DiCaprio Is Spending His Summer on a Yacht in the South of France, Surprising No One (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 08:04
<p>It must be nice to be <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/kate-winslet-leonardo-dicaprio-vacation-st-tropez" target="_blank">Leonardo DiCaprio</a>. He’s got it all: Fame, fortune, and a kickass travel schedule. And the 43-year-old actor is happy to throw it all in our faces, too.</p><p>Take right now as the perfect example. As the rest of us sit and toil away at our jobs, DiCaprio is busy lounging about on a mega-yacht in Antibes, France. And he isn’t alone. As the <i>Daily Mail</i> noted, DiCaprio is joined by his rumored girlfriend, 21-year-old model Camila Morrone; Camila's mother, Lucila Sola, 42; and a few other pals.</p><p>Though DiCaprio and Morrone have yet to officially announce they're dating, it’s clear they enjoy spending time with one another. On Sunday, the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6004927/Leonardo-DiCaprio-enjoys-lunch-St-Tropez-girlfriend-Camila-Morrone-mother-Lucila-Sola.html" target="_blank"><i>Daily Mail</i></a> reported that the duo — once again joined by Lucila – were out and about in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/sylvester-stallone-family-vacation-photos" target="_blank">St. Tropez</a>, where they dined at <a href="https://www.club55.fr/en/" target="_blank">Le Club 55</a>, a favorite among the elite. And really, we’d expect nothing less, especially when you consider just how popular the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/where-celebrities-vacation-this-summer" target="_blank">South of France is for celebrity vacations this summer</a>.</p><p>Morrone happily shared a few images from her trip with her beau on social media. In a post, Morrone can be seen lounging on the yacht’s deck.</p><p>Then, in a series of images, Morrone updated her followers on her activities while sporting an adorable white wrap dress and a necklace <a href="http://sivpost.com/leonardo-dicaprio-resting-in-antibes-with-his-young-lover-camille-and-her-mother/11984/" target="_blank">DiCaprio reportedly gifted to her</a>.</p><p>The pair may be spotted in the area for some time as DiCaprio is there to film Quentin Tarantino's new movie, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." He will star in the movie alongside Al Pacino, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.</p><p>And things must be getting serious between Dicaprio and Morrone since they have vacationed together more than once. As the <i>Daily Mail</i> explained, the duo also spent time in Colorado back in January. DiCaprio’s close friend Tobey Maguire even attended the trip. Now if only we could score an invite on their next luxury excursion we’d be all set.</p>
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Anthony Bourdain's Final ‘Parts Unknown’ Episodes Will Air This Fall

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 06:46
<p>CNN will air another season of “Parts Unknown” this year, including episodes that Anthony Bourdain filmed before his death in June, <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-cnn-bourdain-20180801-story.html" target="_blank">the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Only one of the episodes, a trip to Kenya, is completed with Bourdain’s writing and narration.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/parts-unknown-emmy-nominations-after-bourdain-death" target="_blank">Anthony Bourdain Could Win 2 More Emmys After His Death</a></p><p>The other episodes will be finished by the directors who filmed them for Bourdain’s Zero Point Zero production company. Each episode will be stitched together with audio recorded in the field and follow-up interviews.</p><p>The final season of “Parts Unknown” will include episodes filmed in Big Bend, Texas; the Mexican border; Asturias, Spain; Indonesia; and New York City’s Lower East Side. The season will not include footage from Strasbourg, France, where Bourdain was filming when he committed suicide.</p><p>“Each one will feel slightly different depending on what’s gathered in the field,” Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content at CNN, <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-cnn-bourdain-20180801-story.html" target="_blank">told the <em>Los Angeles Times</em></a>. “They will have the full presence of Tony because you’ll see him, you’ll hear him, you’ll watch him. That layer of his narration will be missing, but it will be replaced by other voices of people who are in the episodes.”</p><p>The season will also include an episode featuring reflections from the “Parts Unknown” cast and crew, outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage. A final episode about “how Tony affected the world” will air with footage from fans and those that appeared alongside him on screen.</p><p>CNN will not continue “Parts Unknown” with a different host. “What Tony did was inimitable,” Entelis said. However the network is searching for another show that would examine global social and political issues through a strong lens, similar to “Parts Unknown.”</p><p>The network has not yet announced an air date for the new season of “Parts Unknown,” however it will likely premiere in September or October.</p>
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Southwest’s Latest Flash Sale Has Round-trip Flights Starting at $80

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 17:59
<p>If you’re already dreaming about enjoying <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/road-trips/fall-road-trips" target="_blank">fall foliage</a> or hitting the slopes, you can score cheap flights around the U.S. starting for under $100 round-trip with <a href="https://www.southwest.com/html/promotions/click_n_save_sale_180731_offers.html" target="_blank">Southwest’s latest flash sale</a>.</p><p>Southwest's sale runs through August 2, with cheap flights available for travel from August 21 to February 13 of next year.</p><p>Deals include one-way flights from Las Vegas to Long Beach for $40, and from Las Vegas to San Diego for $55. Return flights are available for the same fare, meaning you can get round-trip flights from Las Vegas to Long Beach for $80, and to San Diego for $110.</p><p>Flights from Burbank to San Francisco start at $61 one-way, while flights to Portland start at $69. There are also $87 flights from New Orleans to Orlando, $69 flights from Chicago to New York City, and $59 flights between Kansas City and Denver.</p><p>Deals from Denver include $45 one-way flights to Las Vegas, $56 one-way flights to Los Angeles, and $89 one-way flights to New York, while those looking to visit Albany's famed fall scenery can do so for $96 one-way from Baltimore and $106 one-way from Orlando.</p><p>Those in search of a tropical getaway can also book flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting at $156 round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, and $236 round-trip from Baltimore.</p>
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Passenger Allegedly Makes Bomb Comment Because He Was Upset About His Seat

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 16:32
<p>More than 300 passengers on a Norwegian Air flight about to take off from <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/orlando" target="_blank">Orlando International Airport</a> had to get off the plane on Sunday after one man made a comment about a bomb. The passenger was reportedly upset about his seat assignment, according to <a href="https://www.centredaily.com/news/nation-world/article215766540.html" target="_blank">the Associated Press</a>.</p><p>The Orlando police at the airport was called to the gate just as the plane doors were about to close on flight 7058. Officers questioned the man and two other passengers who overheard him talking about a bomb. Nothing suspicious was found.</p><p>It was unclear what exactly about his seat made the man upset, but it may have had something to do with a fight that broke out between him and two other passengers, according to <a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-orlando-international-airport-fight-20180730-story.html" target="_blank">the <em>Orlando Sentinel</em></a>. Officers questioned the man and the FBI will also investigate.</p><p>Passengers were eventually able to re-board, although it is unclear if the man in question was allowed back on the plane. The flight was able to take off about two and a half hours late, <a href="https://flightaware.com/live/flight/NRS7058/history/20180729/2010Z/KMCO/EGKK" target="_blank">according to FlightAware</a>.</p><p>In case anyone needs a reminder, it is not advisable to mention a bomb on a plane, or really <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/oliver-burkemans-blog/2012/nov/27/dynamite-advice-bomb-jokes-airports" target="_blank">anywhere near an airport</a>.</p>
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