In the old days of cruising, when I say this, I mean in the last decade or so, a cruises ship was the destination. You booked a cruise for all the activities on board (and the food). Sometimes, you didn’t even get off the ship at your ports of call. More and more, people craved something different from their cruise. Better food and more of an enriching experience.
After all, a ship can access some of the worlds most intriguing and unique ports of call. But sometimes a day is not enough to experience a destination. You need more time to explore.
Seabourn has taken this to a new level.
Seabourn is an ultra luxury cruise line that takes you to all 7 continents with top notch service and intimate ships.
They introduced 4 new Seabourn Journeys in 2020 to exceptional destinations in Europe. These are extensions that you can add to your cruise before or after your voyage. These are not your ordinary single day excursions from the ship. They can last from 6 to 13 days.
These journeys enable you to combine exceptional land and sea experiences seamlessly. They’re kept small, between 2 and 10 guests. This offers a more intimate and personalized adventure.
There are 14 options and most visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- UNESCO Banff National Park & The Rocky Mountaineer
- UNESCO SOUTH AMERICA: RIO, IGUAZU FALLS & BUENOS AIRES
- UNESCO Splendors Of Peru: Lima, Cuzco & Machu Picchu
- UNESCO Sydney, The Red Centre & Great Barrier Reef
- UNESCO Lakeside Gems Of The Swiss Alps
- UNESCO Treasures Of Tuscany
- UNESCO Cambodia: Phnom Penh & The Temples Of Angkor
- UNESCO Treasure Of China: Beijing, Xi’an & Hong Kong
- UNESCO India’s Golden Triangle: The Taj Mahal & Jaipur
- UNESCO Imperial Heritage Of Europe
- South Africa: Cape Town & Kruger Park Safari Lodge
- South Pole Quest
- The Denali Experience 2020
- Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
These are some fantastic pre and post cruise options. Many cruise lines offer extensions, although not all on this grand level. Whether you book your extension with the cruise line or set something up on your own, I always recommend adding a couple days before and or after.
If you have any questions, please feel free to write us or call 305-814-8184.
Are you planning a trip to Rome, Italy? If you are, make sure that you purchase your tickets to see the Roman Colosseum ahead of time. New for 2019, visitors to the Colosseum need to schedule, in advance, their entry time. Head over to their website at https://www.coopculture.it/en/colosseo-e-shop.cfm
My advice is to book your time slot for when they open in the morning, 8:30 AM. This way, you’ll beat the crowds and the mid-day heat!
Travel and Leisure has a new article titled “Europe’s Most Underrated City Has an Amazing Christmas Market, Over 30 Parks, and Some of the World’s Best Hot Chocolate”. The article explains how Warsaw, Poland has a FANTASTIC Christmas Markets. If you love visiting the Christmas Markets in Budapest, Vienna, Prague, or Germany, but hate the crowds, Warsaw may be the PERFECT option for you.
Here’s a link to the Travel and Leisure article – https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/visit-warsaw-poland-europe
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 305-814-8184.
Virtuoso’s list of this years hottest upscale destination for fall into winter travel.
Interested in something a bit more adventurous or something different?
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Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries with it’s shimmering lakes, scenic mountains, medieval villages, and high peaks of the Alps. With bordering neighbors like France, Germany, Austria, and Italy, Switzerland can often be overlooked. But it shouldn’t be!
There’s a new itinerary offered by Cox & King, Switzerland & Snow-Capped Alps. The full itinerary is below.
Highlights of this wonderful itinerary include:
- High Class rail trip through Switzerland
- Horse drawn carriage ride in the Val Fex valley
- Exploring Chillon Castle
- A medieval fortress on an island in Lake Geneva
- A private sledding ride crosses alpine meadows and frozen waterfalls ending at a small local restaurant for dinner
- A chocolate making workshop and tasting traditional fondue
- Much more!
Switzerland & Snow – Capped Alps
12 DAYS & 11 NIGHTS, PRIVATE JOURNEY
Zurich, Sils Maria, Zermatt, Vevey, Interlaken & Lucerne
Enjoy sublime views of mountains and glaciers and take in the local culture as you travel by train through Switzerland on this journey. Begin your journey with a tour of life in Zermatt. Ride into the idyllic Fex Valley on horse-drawn carriage. Rise above 29 peaks on the Gornergrat Railway and revel in the breathtaking views. Learn to make chocolate in the Swiss Alps. In Lucerne, discover hidden valley and town squares. Travel through the country at ease with high class rail.
Welcome to Zurich! This afternoon, meet your private guide and embark on a highlights walking tour of Zurich. During your exploration of old town, you will uncover the secrets of Bahnhofstrasse, find out what a “procession axis” is, and visit a church with a clock that has a minute-hand that jumps a record-breaking half meter every minute.
Unique Hotel Post
Enjoy a scenic first class train ride to St. Moritz. Upon arrival, you will be assisted to your elegant hotel.
This afternoon, you can choose to book an optional scenic helicopter flight with a culinary stopover, or explore on your own. Spend the night in Sils-Maria.
Hotel Waldhaus – 2 Nights (B)
A trip by horse-drawn carriage into the Val Fex is one of the most romantic experiences far and wide. Enjoy your ride, and then try fondue in the area around the beautiful Fex Valley. Later on relax by taking advantage of the hotel’s spa facilities.
Hotel Waldhaus (B)
Sils-Maria to Zermatt
After breakfast, meet with your driver who will take you to St. Moritz train station. There, you will board the famous Glacier Express. Enjoy a 3-course meal while taking in the breath-taking sights. Spend the night in your elegant hotel in Zermatt.
Grand Hotel Zermatterhof – 2 Nights (B, L)
Enjoy a stroll through Zermatt before taking the Gornergrat Railway to an altitude of 10135 above sea level, with a breath-taking mountain panorama overlooking 29 peaks over 4,000m high. This afternoon, take some time to explore Zermatt or relax in the hotel spa.
Grand Hotel Zermatterhof (B)
Zermatt to Vevey
Take the train from Zermatt to Vevey. Upon arrival, we suggest to either enjoy a private tour of the world famous Charlie Chaplin Museum. Another option is to explore the wine region Laveaux which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Grand Hotel Du Lac – 2 Nights (B)
Explore Chillon Castle, a medieval fortress on an island in Lake Geneva. Listed as “Switzerland’s most visited historic monument,” this is a stop you cannot miss on your journey through this beautiful and mountainous country.
Grand Hotel Du Lac (B)
Vevey to Interlaken
Take the train to Interlaken and enjoy the beautiful snow covered mountain resort which is presided over by the three mighty mountains of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Upon arrival, participate in a Chocolate Workshop, in which you will produce your own masterpiece of 400 g chocolate. After the chocolate workshop, you have the option to book a private sledding night in the Swiss Alps.
Along the way the trail winds through the woods, crosses alpine meadows and passes majestic frozen waterfalls. The sled run finishes at a small local restaurant where you can enjoy a traditional Swiss cheese fondue dinner.
Victoria Jungfrau – 2 Nights (B)
Visit Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, on a self-guided tour. Enjoy breath-taking views of the Aletsch Glacier as you travel.
Victoria Jungfrau (B)
Interlaken to Lucerne
Travel by train over the Brunigpass, towards picturesque Lucerne, on the famous Golden Pass Line. The afternoon is at your leisure, spend it exploring the city, or else enjoying your hotel spa.
Grand Hotel National – 2 Nights (B)
Lucerne is the gateway of central Switzerland. Situated on Lake Lucerne, it is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Today, enjoy a private walking city tour as well as an excursion to Mount Pilatus. On the tour you will learn important and humorous facts about the history of Lucerne and the everyday life of its residents. You will discover hidden alleys, visit town squares teeming with activity and even catch a glimpse of the city’s “crown,” the Musegg Wall.
Grand Hotel National (B)
Travel by train back to Zurich or Geneva for your onward journey or your return flight home.
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