What’s New in Hawaii

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For centuries, people have visited the islands of aloha for basically the same reasons: vibrant beaches, verdant mountains, lively volcanoes and ancient culture. Yet that doesn’t stop this American slice of paradise from trying to improve itself. Here are the latest enhancements that will have travelers returning to live the island life.

Molokai Now More Accessible – There are no mega-resorts on friendly, little Molokai island, which has long been an attraction to backpackers and snorkelers who could brave the long ferry ride. Thankfully, Mokulele Airlines has introduced new routes to the island from both Oahu and Maui, opening up this unspoiled island to a new generation of travelers.

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Pu’uka’oku Falls, Molokai

Resorts – Multi-million dollar renovations are happening across the islands, adding luxury, space and style to such popular resorts as Maui’s Hotel Wailea and Grand Wailea, A Alwadorf Astoria Resort, and Oahu’s Spa and Turtle Bay Resort and Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort, the latter of which will add an on-site apiary to house 80,000 honey-producing bees.

Attractions & Activities – The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is now offering the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park as a new offsite venue for groups, where your event could also include exclusive access to the USS Arizona Memorial’s two museums and theaters. At the recently-opened Maui Hawaiian Village, you can learn how native Hawaiians have thrived for generations. And the always-dazzling Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art just opened the Mughal Suite at Shangri La to the public for the first time, showcasing private living quarters inspired by the Taj Mahal.

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Pōhaku, The story of Hawaii’s native people, presented by Christopher K. Morgan at the Maui Hawaii Village

Being your travel advisor is more than offering you enchanting vacations to the far reaches of the globe. It also involves offering you personal support and helpful advice to enhance all your travel experiences, whether near or far.

As always, please feel free to contact us about your future travel plans.

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Bucket List Vacations 2016

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Cheetahs jumped on the vehicle of tourists in Masai Mara national park, Kenya.

Walking the medieval streets in Stockholm’s Gamla Stan. Riding a cable car to the top of iconic Table Mountain. Tasting world-famous port wines in Lisbon. Spending a week exploring from a villa in Provence. Spotting a moose ramble through the trees during a wilderness tour of Denali National Park.

Click here for a gorgeous 72-page brochure to find these dream-fulfilling experiences that are Illustrated in attainable details, for we have combined land and sea components to create the world’s most magnificent adventures. If any of these life-changing journeys are on your bucket list, crossing it off will be easy. All you need to do is contact our agency.

Cruise & Travel Masters can arrange additional wish-fulfilling vacations throughout the world.

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West Africa Cruise – Cape Town to Accra

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West Africa is famous for its rich history and cultural diversity. For anyone who has traveled there, it is not hard to fall in love with the beautiful locals, breathtaking landscapes, fabulous food and variety of music. For everyone who has yet to travel there, what are you waiting for? Check out our amazing West Africa Cruise with G Adventures!

West Africa Cruise – Cape Town to Accra
People have been exchanging customs and ideas in Western Africa as long as there have been people. Now, it’s your turn. From the MS Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. A solid combination of activity and leisure, you’ll have ample time to spot rare birds and endemic wildlife with skilled naturalists, mingle in local markets and learn about the region from our experienced expedition staff, including naturalists, historians, anthropologists, and ornithologists. While at sea we’ll also enjoy South African wine tastings from our very own sommelier and enjoy daily lectures from experts. Africa by sea? We didn’t believe it was possible either. More information here: http://bit.ly/1rCmMyc

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is without a doubt the biggest (and most-adored) festival of the lunar calendar, with 15-days packed with age-old traditions, cultural festivities and family celebrations! Starting on the first day of the new year (31 January), right up until the Spring Lantern Festival (14 February), locals flock to aromatic temples to pray for good fortune, fill themselves with traditional foods and string up bright red lanterns.

Chinese New Year

In true Hong Kong style, the city will welcome the Year of the Horse with festive flamboyancy, timeless traditions and that unique touch of cosmopolitan flair! Festivities are spread out over three weeks, so whether you’re squeezing into festive flower markets and incense-filled temples, gasping at breathtaking pyrotechnics or cheering at lively sports events, you’ll be sure to experience a Chinese New Year here like no other!

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Know Before You Go 

Learn how to say “Happy New Year” in Cantonese: Use the phrase “Keng Hei Fat Choy” profusely when encountering locals

Watch the fireworks: The rooftop at Marco Polo Hotel is a great spot to view the show over Victoria Harbor.

Shop till you drop: Hong Kong is a retail Mecca particularly known for antiques in the Hollywood and SoHo neighborhoods.

Visit the island of Landau: Only a 30-minute subway ride from central Hong Kong, you won’t want to miss the world’s largest outdoor bronze Buddha, the Po Lin Monastery and the sky tram ride for panoramic views of Tung Chung Bay and the Hong Kong skyline.

Chinese New Year

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4 Top Attractions in South America

1) Argentina–Buenos Aires: Tango classes are available just about anywhere in the capital city, from youth hostels and cultural centers to milongas (tango halls), and with so many tourists flooding the city to learn, many instructors now teach the dance in English. Head to Galerias Pacificos for daily street performances and work up an appetite before indulging in Argentina’s world-renowned steak.

2) Ecuador–Galapagos Islands: The islands are famed for their vast number of endemic species, which were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. Today the islands are a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3) Colombia–Cartagena: Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this tropical city on the Caribbean is  best viewed on board a chiva, a typical Colombian bus, while a band entertains you playing vallenato–a traditional musical genre of the coast. If you opt for the night tour, your last stop will be a discotheque, where you can continue the party.

4) Brazil–Rio De Janeiro: Standing atop Corcovado mountain, the 125ft Christ the Redeemer Statue–weighing 1,145 tons and completed in 1931–is an internationally recognized icon. The statues arms stretch 92ft wide.

Don’t forget the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will all take place in Brazil! Let our travel consultants help you get there and live the complete experience. Call us today!

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Five Must Do’s in Paris

The Louvre Pyramid

The Louvre Pyramid

Paris is so much more than just the Eiffel Tower. Let us help you wander beyond the surface for a taste of real Paris and a more affordable vacation.

1) The Louvre
With over 35,000 priceless objects on exhibit and the juxtaposition of the renaissance-style palace and the modern pyramid, the Louvre attracts a large number of tourists every day for good reason.

2) The Centre Georges Pompidou
With its ‘inside out’ layout, this is one of the world’s most recognizable examples of modern architecture. It houses the national modern art museum, a movie theatre, library, shops and performance space, so it’s the ideal place to spend a few hours immersing yourself in French culture.

3) Champs Elysees
For retail therapy look no further than the glamorous tree-lined Champs Elysees. The avenue is home to upscale stores and luxurious brands as well as movie theaters, cafes, and restaurants, and is popular with tourists and locals alike.

4) Peniche Antipode
By day it’s a canal boat that puts on theater shows for children but by night it transforms into a music venue for everything from gypsy jazz to improv performances. The bar onboard serves only artisanal and fair trade products but has a drink for all tastes.

5) The Sacre Coeur
This basilica sits atop the highest hill in Paris, offering panoramic views of the city. For the most memorable sight, ascend the 234 steps at dusk and watch everything around you, including the Eiffel Tower, begin to sparkle.

Don’t miss our fabulous 12-day tour, Impressions of France. On this itinerary you will channel your inner artist and follow in the footsteps of the Impressionists from Paris to Provence. Your spirit will soar as you explore the French Alps, cycle through the wine region of Burgundy, and picnic beneath the Eiffel Tower. You’ll sip champagne at its source and meet the beautiful people in Nice. As always, you’re free to choose the activities that interest you-because you can’t discover yourself if you’re not free to discover the destination in your own style. Contact our travel consultants today for more information!

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Prepare to be amazed…China & The Tea Horse Road

China & The Tea Horse Road
With Explorer Jeff Fuchs: Explorers-In-Residence Series

“Live the mystical legends of the silk route, fabled tea horse road, bygone emperors & ancient dynasties with this exclusive expedition showcasing the highlights of China & the earthly Eden of Yunnan, led by author & explorer Jeff Fuchs. A world renowned expert in indigenous mountain cultures, oral histories, tea, Chinese history & ancient Himalayan trade routes, this engaging explorer has been featured in everything from National Geographic Traveler to UNESCO. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to unveil the secrets of China from not one, but a collection of internationally acclaimed experts. Tour Beijing, Xi’an, Lijiang, Hong Kong & Yunnan province’s Shangri-La stopping to meet historians, famed artists, internationally known journalists & global experts along the way. Prepare to be amazed from classic highlights like the Forbidden City, Great Wall & Terra Cotta Army to off-the-beaten-path secrets like artisanal workshops, meeting elders whom traveled the tea horse road, Buddhist blessings, local breweries, gourmet feasts, alpine hikes & Tibetan village visits. Featuring bicycling, boat rides & much more.” -Kensington Tours

For more information and this trip and others from the Explorers-In-Residence Series please contact our travel consultants!

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