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Ditch the Grind and Unwind.
30% Off Every Guest, Every Ship

You are not a tourist. And this is not a cruise. This is vacation time redefined. It’s kayaking in Friar’s Bay and befriending monkeys in Bridgetown. Exploring unique shores onboard ships that are one-of-a-kind destinations all their own. And saving big on every ship – even on our newest. You are not a tourist, and this is not the Caribbean. This is the Royal Caribbean®.

Book by April 3, 2016. Contact our travel specialists for more information!

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Your Year of Travel

 

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Bryce Canyon Nation Park                   photo credit: Ruby’s Inn

It’s time to start planning your next epic adventure. Whether you choose to cruise through the sprawling pebble beaches of the French Riviera, scale the orange hued hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park or taste South Africa’s mouth-watering cuisine, you’ll find everything you need to inspire your wanderlust in this complimentary issue of Destination Vacation.

For added guidance and unique insight you can’t find anywhere else, call our agency. We’ll use our vast knowledge and expertise to create your perfect itinerary.

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Most Luxurious Airport Lounges in the USA

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After a long day of traveling, there’s nothing more relaxing than checking into a peaceful airport lounge where the internet is high-speed, the food is delicious (and plenty) and showers and other amenities are free. These sacred spots were once only accessible for the elite traveler with first class or business class tickets, however, the times are a-changing. Now, many American airlines offer day passes for any traveler looking to escape the crowded concourse.

Virgin America Loft (LAX)
Virgin is known for their excellent customer service. It’s no surprise then that their lounge is also top notch. Here you’ll enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages from their contemporary bar. The modern, trendy feel will make you forget you’re in an airport at all. No children under 12 are permitted. If you’re in the mood to get some work done, there are plenty of outlets and free internet access. A day pass to this hideaway costs $40.

AA Admirals Club (LAX)
This spacious lounge, operated by American Airlines, is touted for its good food and great customer service. Enjoy gazing at the planes or get some work done while you’re waiting in between flights, you can even take a refreshing shower. Children are permitted in here, but have their own separate play area. Day passes to this lounge cost $50.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse (JFK)
This 10,000 square foot space is modern and comfortable. It offers spa services to guests including massages, facials, or even haircuts. Instead of the typical complimentary buffet, this lounge offers table service and a fantastic selection of cocktails. When you’ve had your fill, enjoy a quick game of pool before catching your flight. Day passes to this oasis cost $75.

Centurion Lounge (DFW)
Get complimentary 15-minute spa treatments at this spacious southwestern themed lounge. Enjoy a buffet of southwestern food options for breakfast or lunch/dinner. There also have comfortable seating, workstations, and chaise lounges perfect for napping, working, or reading for any traveler. Day passes to this lounge run $50.

While all airports have lounges, many still cater to the first class fliers, or club members. Annual memberships can be purchased, but first check to see if any of your credit cards carry travel perks for members. Some will get you access to these clubs and others without having to pay a fee at all. Keep airport lounges in mind for your next long layover or cancelled flight.

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New Orleans’ Foodie French Quarter

Oyster Shots!

Oyster Shots!

Find out what all the fuss is about on this half-day tour of some of the best food in New Orleans’ famous French Quarter. Your knowledgeable, passionate guide will escort you to famous restaurants in the French Quarter and Riverwalk, including a few commonly mentioned in cookbooks. You may sample red beans and rice at the Napolean House, chargrilled oysters at Seafood Treasure and beignets at Cafe Du Monde. Learn about the rich legacy of fine food in the French Quarter and which hot spots to check out on your own later; you can even work with your guide to customize the tour to fit your interests!

Click here to learn more about our NEW ORLEANS FOOD WALKING TOUR OF THE FRENCH QUARTER or call our travel specialists today!

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Beignets at Cafe Du Monde

Beignets at Cafe Du Monde

Gumbo!

Gumbo!

Inside the French Quarter

Inside the French Quarter

Walking the historic French Quarter

Walking the historic French Quarter

5 French Desserts That Will Rock Your Palate!

Croissant Ispahan

Croissant Ispahan

“Nowhere satisfies the sweet tooth quite like France, where the passion for mouth-watering pastries and decadent desserts runs high!”  -Ben Lerwill

FIVE TO TRY

Mille-Feuille: Translating as “thousand sheets’ and also known as a Napolean, a mille-feuille is made up of several sheets of puff pastry, together with creme patisserie.

Macaron: One of the classic French pastries, dating back to the late 1700’s. A delicate, meringue-based ‘sandwich’ of two small discs and a soft filling.

Calisson: Most closely associated with the town of Aix-en-Provence in the country’s south, these are traditional French sweets comprising candied fruit, ground almonds and royal icing.

St Honore: A long-standing French dessert, made with puff pastry, cream puffs and an utterly indulgent cream known as creme chiboust.

Croissant Ispahan: A specialty of Pierre Herme, this is a twist on a classic which sees the traditional croissant sprinkled with candied rose petals and filled with rose paste.

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California Wine Country by Bike

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photo: Trek Travel

Pedal. Sip. Taste. Imagine yourself pedaling along a picturesque coastline as ocean waves break along the shore. Or meandering through gorgeous vineyards sampling a selection of delicious regional wines. Treat yourself to an unforgettable cycling vacation on the West Coast and be captivated by all it has to offer.

Saturate your senses with the sights, sounds, and smells in one of the world’s premier cycling regions.This special itinerary provides an uncommon blend of panoramic views, flavorful wines, quaint towns, and cycling along quiet back roads and twisting byways. Cycling is expertly paired each day with fresh cuisine for every mood, exclusive wine tastings, and luxurious accommodations. From long, challenging rides through the hills to leisurely morning loops, California Wine Country is a joy to pedal whatever your experience or expectations.

For lovers of luxury, disciples of cycling, and families who want to see the world like they’ve never seen it before, this is the trip for you. For more information on booking this wonderful tour please contact our travel specialists!

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Crete’s Liquid Gold: Olive Oil

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Cretan cuisine is one of simple foundation, not of complicated sauces. This foundation is built from the highest quality and freshest ingredients. Cretans use wild herbs and fresh produce to supplement their ‘less is more’ purity of taste, but no ingredient seems to be as important as the marvelous olive oil. Due to its copious use in Crete, olive oil is considered a liquid gold.

Olive oil is hands down the most vital ingredient within Cretan cuisine. Basically every dish calls for it in the recipe, as well as a spoonful (or two or three) thrown on top for garnish. Even their savory pastries and french fries are fried in olive oil. Some Cretan dishes swim in the stuff and trust us, once you’ve tasted the perfected use of olive oil, you will wonder why you have been missing out on it all this time!

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In Crete there are more than 1.5 million olive trees. So, if you are born there, it seems like a birthright that you own at least a few. To put the Cretans olive oil use in perspective, the average consumption in Germany and the United States is about 0.5 liters/person annually. In Crete, it’s a healthy 25 liters per person per year! Absolutely something to experience and write home about!

If you are considering a trip to Greece, Crete is definitely high on the places to visit! Don’t miss their rich culture, vibrant locals and delicious (olive oil infused) cuisine! Call our travel specialists for more information!

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