Luxury Seabourn Cruises – an excellent value in Europe

 Turkish mosaic design at the four seasons, Istanbul

When you sail on Seabourn onboard amenities are perkful as everything is included even the specialty restaurants.   Don’t forget the Special Seabourn Moments – a time when you least expect it,  the staff surprises you with something spectacular.  The Spa at Seabourn is a definite don’t miss!

Hot Air Balloon Ride over Cappadocia

Hot Air Balloon Ride over Cappadocia

Fantastic Pre & Post hotels

4 SELECTED FIVE STAR HOTELS BEFORE or AFTER YOUR CRUISE

WHAT TO DO IN ISTANBUL  — THE QUICK CITY GUIDE

1.  Julius Meinl (aka Karabatak Karakoy) is one of those perfect spots
     with beautiful design, interesting people-watching, and great coffee. A favorite with the locals

Julius Meinl (aka Karabatak Karakoy) A cool and funky coffeehouse. Karaköy locals and Istanbul’s hipster population like hanging out at this Austrian-style café, where checkered floors, colorful walls, and the soothing music create a linger-friendly vibe Read More: Karabatak Karaköy / Julius Meinl, Karaköy | The Guide Istanbul http://www.theguideistanbul.com/spots/view/2639/karabatak-karakoy/#ixzz3fpXTZrLx

2.  Istiklal Caddesi. A great shopping street, just across the Bosphorus from the old Sultanahmet.
     It’s packed with cute side streets and shops.  Crowded Fun - an Interesting place to shop.  If you get
     tired jump on the old tram

The istiklal street is the heart of the city. it's really crowded has lots of restaurants and cafes. the shopping is excellent, so many shops along the way.  it's a wonderful place to visit especially at night. loads of street entertainment to see.

3. Yöremiz Pide, The best pide in Istanbul The neighborhoods best bakery is across the street from Rodeo (an gallery that represents international and Turkish artists). They make good Lahmacun, something
between an unrolled pita and a thin-crust pizza. The pides, pizza-like baked breads, are also excellent. located on the
Cnr or Kumbarachi Cadesi and
Lüleci Hendek Cadesi, Beyoglu

4. Hiç Contemporary Crafts, Istanbul is few blocks from Rodeo, Hiç is a shop where you can find beautiful ceramic tableware, Afghan and Turkish carpets, and modern crafts at reasonable prices. hiccrafts.com

Hic crafts has a modern ethnic vibe presenting furniture and accessories with a cool unique aesthetic. Accessories  are imported from designers all over the Middle East and Africa that all carry the motifs of indigenous style, with a palette of unique color. Read More: Hiç Contemporary Crafts , Tom Tom | The Guide Istanbul http://www.theguideistanbul.com/spots/view/3174/hic-contemporary-crafts/#ixzz3fsrjKpF

5.  My Local Guide Istanbul provides a unique tour of Istanbul‘s UNESCO World Heritage listed renovated and ruined Ottoman Houses. mylocalguideistanbul.com

Maiden’s Tower: Built in the 12th century on a small islet located at the southern entrance of Bosphorus, Kız Kulesi was used as a surveillance tower during the siege of Constantinople in 1453.

6.  The Spice Market  Suleyman Seba Caddess 22.  They will vacuum seal the spices for your travel home. This Spice Market should not be missed!  Amazing scents and color arrays.

The Spice Market  in Suleyman Istanbul is a must see. Located  by the harbor and convenient to ferries on the Bosphorus If you need to bring back spices with you back home they will vacuum seal them for you

7.  Grand Bazzar in Istanbul, Turkey  Great things To Buy! — Bargain, Bargain, Bargain!

8. Topkapi Palace Get a taste of royal life. When you go don’t miss the exquisite collection of jewels in the Treasury.

Topkapi Palace is the largest royal residence in Istanbul and it served as the main residence to the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years. one of the oldest palaces to survive, it was  turned into a museum in 1924.

9.  Basilica Cistern.  Located right across the street from the entrance to Aya Sofya and the Blue Mosque. It is really cool (literally) to walk underground and see where water was stored back then.  Visit the cistern in the late afternoon when Istanbul is hottest. The temperature in the cistern is usually up to 20°F cooler than at ground level.  Don’t miss the Medusa heads

located right across the street from the entrance to Aya Sofya and the Blue Mosque. The Basilica Cistern is the largest of the ancient underground water cisterns found across Istanbul and is really cool to walk around literally

10.  Arasta 79  One-Stop Shopping in this bazaar!  One of the best shops. Ikat scarves, knotted silk jewelry strung with chunky jewels, delicate crochet strings of flowers, pestemals in every weave and color, bright Suzani and Uzbeki ceramics.

Arasta Bazaar ranked as one The Best Bazaars in Istanbul - one stop shopping it has everything for bargain hunters to high-end fashionistas.  from Europe's best brand clothing to world-renowned musical instruments, antiques of yesteryear and one-of-a kind household trinkets can be found here at this bazaar

Arasta Bazaar ranked as one The Best Bazaars in Istanbul - one stop shopping it has everything for bargain hunters to high-end fashionistas.  from Europe's best brand clothing to world-renowned musical instruments, antiques of yesteryear and one-of-a kind household trinkets can be found here at this bazaar

New York Wheel is Coming – Amazing Views 2017

 Like the London Eye, but almost twice the size, The New York Wheel will have 36 capsules (cabins) that can hold comfortably as many as 40 passengers each,  and be used for private parties or corporate events.   A ride will last approximately 38 minutes and will cost about $35 per person.  

The ferry to the new attraction in Staten Island will be free.  The planned 630-foot-tall wheel will be one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels.  When it opens in 2017, it will be visible across New York Harbor.   An estimated 3.5 million people will visit the wheel every year.

Follow the development if this new Landmark Attraction attraction at www.newyorkwheel.com

A MANHATTAN PERCEPTIVE

The New york Wheel,  located on Staten island,  looking towards Manhattan and overlooking new york harbor

THE LONDON EYE

the london eye opened in 2000.  located right on the banks of the thames river - gives visitors a bird's-eye view of  London's landmarks

the london eye opened in 2000.  located right on the banks of the thames river - gives visitors a bird's-eye view of  London's landmarks

Why Experience Antarctica? When so few get a chance to

glittering landscapes rugged beauty
one of the ultimate travelers experience

Maybe for the most part because it’s one of the last unexplored frontiers on earth.  Everything about Antarctica is unspoiled; it is pristine and has an abundance of unparalleled wildlife.  A glittering land of element-sculpted ice and scenery you have never seen before – Every minute looking around can have a surprise for you, something unexpected.

The icebergs, the penguins, the whales, the bird life, the seals; all in their natural element, each image offers a new perspective.  The spectacular sunsets, in a place where you may not expect find indescribable colors; you will.  There is a sense of peace and freedom as the wildlife ignores you and continues on their daily activities unaffected by your presence.

── "When it comes to true globetrotting, either you’ve been to Antarctica or you haven’t "
 
Silversea explorer to Antarctica
Silversea Explorer awards

LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISES

Highly Recommended Silversea Explorer,  from $9,995 pp  Reserve and we will get you the best offer.Book now for the 2015-2016 season – go – it is the kind of experience that stays with you long after you return home. 

authentic Expedition to Antarctica  yet offers uncommon Luxury

Silversea   one of our favorites for luxury, you will experience butler service in Antarctica.  Wow – the food is fantastic, champagne flows freely, and hot towels on return from your Zodiac adventures.  No kayaks but 2-3 landings per day plus zodiac rides.  There is an opportunity for a polar plunge and expert expedition leaders for questions and lecturers.  Sail in comfort, this is the perfect size ship to get you on land often with some independence.  You will spend a lot of time if you choose on Antarctica.  The staff provides excellent service, if you want to return to the ship early, there is a waiting zodiac.   The purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s Polar Regions.   This is one great way to experience Antarctica; however a jacket is expected at dinner and no jeans in the dining room.

Antarctica up close and personal in a zodiac

Antarctica up close and personal in a zodiac

 
the vibe
 

 Breathtaking + Stunning = Awesome.  It starts the moment you see Antarctica approaching.  It looks rugged, yet inviting.  During the day, you see the most amazing wildlife and scenery.  You take more photos than you will ever have time to look through.  Exhilarated and energized, you cannot wait for the next trip ashore.  You can’t leave the deck for the thought of missing something.  The ship provides comforts, as everyone excitedly does a daily rewind of  the day’s sights, events and experiences.   Who knew you came for 5 days but now want to stay 30 – it is that seductive in a way you never expected.  The lecturers are swarmed by guests with an untold number of questions, especially the one no one can answer, ── “What will we see tomorrow?”

authentic Expedition to Antarctica  yet — offers uncommon Luxury

 

COMMEMORATING A LEGEND

shakkelton 100 years

1912 - endurance in_the ice

 If you travel to Antarctica this upcoming summer season of 2015-2016, we approach the 101th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s courageous journey of survival from a ship Crushed into oblivion by the ice to one man’s sheer determination to succeed against all odds. The treacherous journey and subsequent rescue of all 27 men after 497 days remains the stuff of legend.  Maybe a minute to wonder what it was like and appreciate the efforts of the early explorers to map the region for future visitors. 

Maybe just a toast, a thank you and a moment of reflection as you share the wonder of Antarctica with those past explorers and send positive thoughts out to future visitors.   — you Can even toast with the the exact Whisky the team brought with them 100+ years ago —   read our feature'found in Antarctica Shackleton'sWhisky'

So few get the chance to experience Antarctica in person, a special bond, a connection seems to form among visitors, past, present and future, even if they never meet.  That is just one of the mysterious ways of how Antarctica may change you forever.

click here to visit a 360° view of Shackelton’s Hut – Frozen in time since 1912, this is a real physical reminder of the intrepid explorers of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

Can’t beat the Greek Isles for Stunning Views — $6,995

with air 10 nights Athens ■ Santorini ■ Mykonos ■ Istanbul

A honeymoon for the city and beach lover who wants a little sight seeing along the way.  We have mixed in some foodie and wine recommendations + some intriguing shopping  opportunities.  Seeing shades of blue and iconic Greek architecture guaranteed.

 Start out in Athens with a 2 night stay at the five star Margi hotel.  Explore ancient civilization including the Acropolis and the Parthenon.  Take a food tour and take in a happy hour at Brettos.

Day 1.  Athens —  the Margi Hotel

Day 3. Santorini — the Grace Hotel

Ferry over to the Greek island of Santorini and enjoy stunning breathtaking views from The Grace hotel nestled into the cliff side.  Spend three fabulous days around the pool, spa and immerse in the warm sunlight. and sea air.  Take in a wine tasting tour and then recover with a dinner under the stars overlooking the beautiful blue Aegean sea.

Junior Suite grace hotel santorini

Day 6. Mykonos — De.light Boutique Hotel

Mykonos awaits where you spend three days at the De.light Hotel.  Take a pool break and hang out in Little Venice in Chora where you find plenty of interesting cafes and shops.  See the windmills (Kato Myli) and the Paraportiani Church (Panagia Paraportiani). Still have some time, try kayaking or bike riding.

hanging out with a Cocktail by the pool overlooking the Aegean Sea

hanging out with a Cocktail by the pool overlooking the Aegean Sea

Day 9. Istanbul, Turkey — Witt Suite Hotel

Finally Istanbul, The Old City reflects cultural influences of the so many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring dome and Christian mosaics. Visit Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi), the Grand bazaar, and  Taksim Square where you find many cafes and restaurants.

minarets landmarks of istanbul

You are conveniently staying at the Witt Suites hotel,  a lively contemporary boutique hotel where the staff will arrange tours and answer any questions.  Take in the city views from the roof top terrace.  The hotel offers this guide to the city

Fly to Paris in Business Class for less than $1,500 rt

new york to london or paris in business  class round trip from new york on la compagnie
 

THOSE WHO WANT TO ENJOY AN EXCLUSIVE BUSINESS-CLASS CABIN AT A SMART PRICE FLY LA COMPAGNIE

This summer La Compagnie has again opened its booking window for flights to Paris offing un-beatable business class fares.  $1,795 (book 2 together for this amazing price) for round-trip business class, is less than economy on some other carriers. The seats are comfortable, the food better than you would expect, the service about right and the space fantastic.  Really comfortable and affordable way to fly across  the pond – business or leisure try it out. Book at LaCompanie.com

Spacious and extremely COMFORTABLE  seating when you fly la compagnie to london or paris on this business only airline

Spacious and extremely COMFORTABLE  seating when you fly la compagnie to london or paris on this business only airline

Enjoy a wide selection of movies; classics and new releases, TV shows, music, international digital media, newspapers, magazines and E–books all on the personal Samsung Galaxy Pro tablet at your disposal.  Bring your own entertainment on board, there is a USB port on each tablet

The flight menus have been created by renowned French chef Christophe Langrée, and – of course – champagnes and wines are on the drinks list.

The flight menus have been created by renowned French chef Christophe Langrée, and – of course – champagnes and wines are on the drinks list.

La Compagnie offers a truly 100% business-class cabin with 19 rows and 74 seats on a Boeing 757 known for its reliability, comfort, and fuel efficiency.

The seats recline to a 180-degree angle with
a built-in massage feature for added comfort.   Arranged in 2×2 rows, comfortable seats are spaced by a pitch of 62 inches. 
The seat height is 46 ½ inches. with a width of 26 inches.

photo by: yan david

photo by: yan david

business class cabin service

Fine dining and beverages are offered during the flight or sleep peacefully, amenities provided like anti-allergenic pillows, large soft blankets, and Passengers will also get an ‘amenity kit’ by French cosmetics brand Caudalie.

Cuba Explorations – tour around in a 1950’s Original

happily stuck in the 50’s

Be the first to go – Cuba’s welcoming Americans

Know before you go, Cuba is in a time warp, you step off the plane straight into the 1950’s.  But a trip to Cuba, now that Americans are allowed, provides a glimpse of  history, culture rich in art and music, a passion for life and tropical scenery as a backdrop for classic American automobiles.

Cuba has been a forbidden fruit for Americans for years, and with the recent loosening of travel restrictions, demand for the predominately untouched island continues to soar. Join Kelley Ferro, travel expert, video journalist on her search to discover the real Cuba and experience the Cuban passion for life

Because of the limitations still in place, you need to be part of a people to people tour.  You spend your time meeting teachers, doctors, dancers, professors, farmers, young entrepreneurs and having conversations about work, play, the arts, food, and general day to day life.  The guided tours will take you to some of the best restaurants (called paladars) with opportunities to hear Cuba’s upbeat fusion of flamenco and Afro Cuban rhythms of salsa, rumba and Latin jazz.

The Real cuba full of color

Mojito time

one of the best places to enjoy a Mojito is the Hotel Nacional de Cuba - with with a beautiful view of the harbor

one of the best places to enjoy a Mojito is the Hotel Nacional de Cuba - with with a beautiful view of the harbor

A stop at the El Floridita Bar, birthplace of the Daiquiri cocktail and one of Hemingway’s favorite Havana bars is a must!  El Floridita has been frequented by by Besides Hemingway, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Jean-Paul Sartre, Gary Cooper, Tennessee Williams, Spencer Tracey, Rocky Marciano, Ava Gardner and many of today’s celebrities.  You will explore art galleries highlighting Cuban artists.  Be sure to bring some back with you, the prices are so reasonable.

There is always something interesting to see on the STREets  of Havana  form the people, music, cars and archetiecture

There is always something interesting to see on the STREets  of Havana  form the people, music, cars and archetiecture

Culture Journey – Going to Cuba

Going to Cuba is a destination that provides stories for your next happy hour conversation as only a few Americans so far are taking advantage of the opportunity to visit.  You will want to visit Cuba before the cruise lines and major airlines start sending the crowds.  Explore your options with Cuba Explorations and reserve here for $150 savings.

7 Days / 6 Nights at Hotel Saratoga/Meliá Las Dunas
$4,895pp with First Class air from Miami, Junior Suite, most meals,
licenses, guides, medical insurance

Highlights

  • Classic Cars
  • Rio Mar
  • Hemingway’s house
  • Cuban cigar factory
  • Havana Flea market

What about Snow Polo? Even more crazy & More Glitz

Snow Polo Action
Snow

Go SEE it live on January 29–31, St. Moritz 2016

Snow Polo World Cup the only high goal polo tournament played on snow - looks like it could be a neck shot

Snow Polo World Cup has been played in St. Moritz since 1985 and is (not surprisingly) the only high goal polo tournament played on snow.

 Local chefs offer a wide range exquisite gourmet food and a number of social events take place during week-end at the nearby hotels.  The three days of the tournament show off high-class polo played against the dramatic backdrop of the snow-capped mountains of the Engadin Valley. Since the very first tournament, admission to the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz has always been free—and this includes access to the stands. In 2015, more than 12,000 spectators attended the three days of the tournament.

Want something more exclusive?  Opt for the VIP area. Watch the game while having lunch prepared by star chef Reto Mathis. VIP tickets for the Snow Polo World Cup 2016 will be available soon.  More information here.

The word "polo" is actually derived from the Tibetan word "pulu" for ball

Go to London in Business Class for less than $1,600 Round trip

LA COMPAGNIE IS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO ENJOY AN EXCLUSIVE BUSINESS-CLASS CABIN AT A SMART PRICE.

La Compagnie has opened its booking window for it new flights to London with introductory fares that can’t be beat.  Under $1,600 for round-trip business class, is less than economy on other carriers.  La Compagnie has opened its booking window for it new flights to London with introductory fares that can’t be beat.  Under $1,600 for round-trip business class, is less than economy on other carriers.


All Business Class Seating

La Compagnie offers a truly unique 100% business-class cabin with 19 rows and 74 seats on a Boeing 757 known for its reliability, comfort, and fuel efficiency. The seats recline to a 180-degree angle with a built-in massage feature for added comfort.   Arranged in 2×2 rows, comfortable seats are spaced by a pitch of 62 inches.
The seat height is 46 ½ in. with a width of 26 in.

Enjoy a wide selection of movies; classics and new releases, TV shows, music, international digital media, newspapers, magazines and E–books all on the personal Samsung Galaxy Pro tablet at your disposal.  Bring your own entertainment on board, there is a USB port on each tablet.

Fine dining and beverages are offered during the flight or sleep peacefully, amenities provided like anti-allergenic pillows, large soft blankets, and a Caudalie travel care kit.

Top self select beverages

Top self select beverages

the cuisine is great

the cuisine is great

Need to get fit fast? Do it in Palm Beach Style at the Breakers

The Breakers just opened their Ocean Fitness Center

Situated atop the resort’s Mediterranean-style Beach Club complex, a 6,000-square-foot oceanfront facility has an expansive terrace for outdoor workouts including cycling and yoga classes.   The 10-foot-tall windows let you watch the Atlantic Ocean while you sweat.  The instructors are all there to help you have the most amazing experiences + you can meet with the wellness coach to design something really special.  

The best part, you can hit the pool, spa or ocean after your work out or explore the beautiful grounds.  The best shopping and dining are just a short walk away.  Golf, tennis and watersports are available to further engage you in this sub-tropical paradise – Just a short 3 hour flight from New York it’s time to get out of the cold!  Try Virgin America’s new flights from JFK to Fort Lauderdale for the best flights.

the Breakers, Palm Beach

From Virgin America just for the Winter Season

New Routes | New York to Florida

Fly direct from office chair to beach chair, with a comfy leather chair to ease the transition.

New seasonal routes flying non-stop between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) as well as Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

the Virgin America experience