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B Y C A R L S O N WA G O N L I T T R AV E L

A Retreat for the Body and Mind TA K I N G I N E U R O P E A S A S O L O T R AV E L E R

ALL ABOARD: F I V E S P E C TA C U L A R PORTS OF CALL

F I V E T R AV E L T I P S F O R A R E L A X I N G VA C AT I O N

M A K I N G F A M I LY MEMORIES IN MAUI

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ISSUE 6

RELAX AND RECHARGE IN TROPICAL PA R A D I S E

The soothing sounds of the rolling ocean lulls you

into a blissful afternoon nap. Steam from a fresh espresso tickles your nose as you stroll along a cobblestone sidewalk. Stars glitter above your head as a gentle breeze washes over you. We invite you to join us for some well-earned and much-needed R&R, and this issue is full of such moments to inspire your next getaway. We’ll visit less-known cruise ports and European cities that implore you to sit back, unwind and people-watch in exotic locales. Practical tips will help take the stress out of travel, and encourage meaningful journeys whether solo or with friends and family. Maui is the perfect backdrop for family travel, with amusing stories and rich rewards that make lasting memories. Recalibrate in a health and wellness resort, whether you’re treating yourself to a spa, reading a book on the beach, or enjoying a slow, sumptuous meal at sunset. From Spain to Antigua, Slovenia to Hawaii, take a well-earned break from the frontlines of modern life, and just imagine the possibilities.

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FALL 2017

contents TAKING IN EUROPE AS A SOLO TRAVELER 6

ALL ABOARD : FIVE SPECTACULAR PORTS OF CALL 12

A RETREAT FOR THE BODY AND MIND 18

FIVE TRAVEL TIPS FOR A RELAXING VACATION 26

MAKING FAMILY MEMORIES IN MAUI 28

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Taking in Europe as a Solo Traveler


BY JANICE WAUGH

Solo travel can allow you to appreciate a destination more completely if you’re open and willing to enjoy the unique experience it offers. It is deeply personal in the best possible way. You set your own pace, go where you want, and explore what interests you most. You’ll discover a truer sense of the countries you visit. For many people contemplating their first solo trip, a common fear is that you will have too much alone time. But traveling solo doesn’t mean traveling alone. With so many options available today for the single traveler, you can have as much socializing or solitude as you want. Guided group tours offer local insights and allow you to travel with others who are also seeking new experiences. You will make lasting connections with the people you meet and to the places you go. Cruises are another great option for the single traveler, with dedicated programs for single participants and activities that can be enjoyed on your own or a means to meeting others. They have everything from cocktail mixers, to cooking classes, to game nights. When you’re open to the world, I’ve found that people step into the space you’ve created resulting in wonderful experiences. For the first-time solo traveler, Europe is a great place to start. In fact, it is the smaller cities of Europe that I love most. It’s possible to sink into the local culture while still enjoying rich history, wonderful gastronomy and equally fascinating, but far less crowded, sights. Here are three of my favorite European cities for you to consider.

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B O L O G N A , I TA LY When most people think of going to northern Italy they think of Florence or Venice. However, I recommend Bologna, the capital of the Emilia Romagna region, when traveling by yourself. It’s smaller, more relaxed and still within an hour of both those cities by train. Plus, with 24 miles of UNESCO protected porticos, and medieval and renaissance architecture, Bologna has a distinct charm of its own. Piazza Maggiore is Bologna’s main square in the heart of the city. There you will find the City Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petroni. You can book a walking or biking tour through the historic part of the city to share an afternoon with other visitors. The city also has several markets including the old market area off the Piazza Maggiore, the Mercato delle Erbe in Via Ugo Bassi with organic vegetables, cheese and meat, and the market at the Piazza 8 Agosto with clothing and housewares. 8

For some, the prospect of eating alone is the most daunting aspect of a solo trip. It needn’t be. Many restaurants in Europe have communal tables that are made for sharing and will put you at a table with others. One place I particularly enjoyed in Bologna was the Osteria del Sole in Vicolo Ranocchi. They only serve wine and beer, but it’s the perfect spot to order a glass of wine and snack on a packed lunch at the communal tables while enjoying the local atmosphere with fellow patrons. Recommended day trips from Bologna include: Parma, where Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Parma ham originate; Modena, home to the real Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale and the Ferrari Museum; and, Ravenna, for its Byzantine mosaics.


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Food and Art G I R O N A , S PA I N Known as the Venice of Spain, Girona is a city with beautiful canals and is just an hour from downtown Barcelona by train. Located in the Costa Brava region, Girona is close to the sea and the Pyrenees mountain range, which gives you the options of adventure, seaside or urban travel experiences. The best way to explore the Pyrenees is by joining an organized tour which will arrange routes, accommodation, meals and transport, leaving you free to relax and enjoy your holiday. It also puts you with a small group of people to engage with throughout the day while hiking, biking, or skiing.

Food often presents opportunities for solo travelers to meet locals and other tourists. In Girona, this will most likely happen over pinchos – small portions of meat, fish or cheese served on a piece of bread and pierced with a toothpick. For the serious foodie, Girona has El Celler de Can Roca which has been cited as one of the top-three restaurants in the world.

Girona also has many wonderful festivals. If you’re going in the spring I can highly recommend Girona Temps de Flors, the Festival of Flowers. This festival puts Girona on lists of best spring destinations.

Recommended day trips from Girona include: the three homes of Salvador Dali, the Dalí MuseumTheatre in Figueres, Cadaqués and Port Lligat, and Pubol Castle in the seaside town of Palamos; and an organized tour of the DO Empordà Wine Route.

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SO LO T R AV EL IN G

Where Italy and Austria Meet LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA In Ljubljana, you’ll feel Italian and Austrian influences and what it must have been like visiting western Europe fifty years ago. I’d recommend that you start with a tour of the old town. Dragon Bridge and the Triple Bridge are amazing. Spend the day walking along the canal or schedule a group boat tour. There are museums and churches to explore but you’ll definitely want to take the funicular up to the castle that overlooks the city. Once a medieval fortress, the castle has lots to discover and even a restaurant to grab lunch. There is also the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre to take-in if it suits you. Finally, check out the alternative district which is about a 10-minute walk from the center of the old city. There’s graffiti everywhere and musicians hanging out. You don’t need to stay long, but have a look and then stop for a coffee or light meal at the Kavarna Sem Café at the Ethnographic Museum. Recommended day trips from Ljubljana include: Lake Bled, one of the most picturesque lakes in the world; Vintgar Gorge, near Bled so can be done on the same day; and, the Škocjan Caves Regional Park, about an hour by car south of Ljubljana. Janice Waugh is the author of The Solo Traveler’s Handbook and the founder and editor of a solo traveler online community at www.solotravelerworld.com.

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Oh Europe!

Such a great destination for a solo traveler. Even though you want to cover a lot of ground, take some time to visit a market and chat with vendors, or enjoy a park and watch how locals experience it. Go slowly, stop on occasion for a coffee or glass of wine. Sit at a table facing the street. Watch the people and absorb the culture. 10

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All Aboard Five Spectacular Ports of Call

BY AARON SAUNDERS

If you pick up a magazine on travel, chances are you’ll see many articles highlighting the same familiar destinations – a day in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; a morning in Ketchikan, Alaska; or an evening in Miami, Florida. While these ports are all amazing places, there are plenty of ports of call that are equally deserving of your attention. In fact, it is perhaps the lesser known ports that often end up substantially improving your cruise vacation.

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In that spirit, we will introduce you to five uncommon (and noteworthy!) ports of call that you likely have never been, but should be on your travel bucket list! Here’s a small collection of our favorite hidden gems:

P O R T O F I N O , I TA LY You have probably seen pictures of Portofino before, with its colorfully painted buildings that line the shore, but only small expedition and upscale vessels call on this popular fishing village and resort town. Gorgeous Portofino itself is clustered around a small, S-shaped harbor filled with boats of all shapes and sizes. It’s also one of the few ports of call where we advocate doing absolutely nothing – simply relax and enjoy. Settle in to one of the seaside cafes, grab a Peroni beer, order a delicious pizza, sit back and watch the world go by.

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AKUREYRI, ICELAND The opposite of Portofino, Akureyri (pronounced “awk-ee-air-ey”) is wind-swept and barren. It’s also exceedingly beautiful, with a botanical garden that manages to last unprotected through the winter months thanks to Iceland’s geothermal activity. Despite only being 62 miles from the Arctic Circle, Akureyri has one of the warmest climates in Iceland. It also has the world’s most northerly 18-hole golf course – just one way to relax while enjoying the view of beautiful snow-capped mountains in the north. You can find cruise ports here on some transatlantic itineraries and dedicated sailings that travel around Iceland.

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ANTIGUA ISLAND

S T. J O H N ’ S , A N T I G UA This lovely island, with a beach for every day of the year, is not on many cruise itineraries. Nonetheless, it is certainly worth a visit with its charming capital, historic sites such as Nelson’s Dockyard, and spirited people. It will absolutely delight you. The British colonial history is a draw. Make sure you spend time at English Harbor and go up to Shirley Heights for fabulous views; where, on a clear day, you can see other Caribbean islands and all the gorgeous yachts anchored nearby. Heritage Quay in the bustling capital of St. John’s is close to where your ship will dock. It’s full of brightly colored buildings, boutiques with both designer and locally made products, a food market and some lively restaurants for tasty Caribbean cuisine.

VA L L E T TA , M A LTA Valletta, the capital of Malta, is one of those cities that can’t fail to impress. Offered on certain voyages throughout the Mediterranean, Valletta has retained its unique charm and culture throughout two successive World Wars. It has a blend of architecture and cultural traditions that merge the Mediterranean lifestyle with shades of Arabic culture, examples of which are most notable in the neighboring walled cities of Mdina and Rabat. While in Malta, you can’t miss viewing Caravaggio’s haunting 1608 masterpiece, The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. Held in Saint John’s Co-Cathedral, it was completed in Malta and would become the largest piece ever created by the famous artist. It is so large that the figures contained within are roughly equivalent to real-life height, which gives the viewer an almost uncomfortable “window” into the execution of John the Baptist.

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SANTORINI, GREECE You will surely recognize this port from the many iconic images published of whitewashed, cubiform buildings adhering to the cliffs of this gorgeous island in the Aegean. With its bluer than blue ocean and rooftops, shimmering domes, fabulous vistas, and charming cobbled walkways and staircases, this is a favored cruise port of call when sailing the beautiful Greek Isles. Enjoy a fun donkey ride from the port up to the town of Fira with its many restaurants and boutiques. To really see Santorini, you must take a cab or local bus to Oia and wander this charming town, parts of it clinging to the cliff’s edges. Ensure, if you can, that you are here for the nightly ritual of watching the sunset which is beyond magical. There’s a wealth of fascinating ports of call out there just waiting to be explored – even if perhaps you have never heard of them before. These hidden gems are definitely worth visiting and sure to provide a place to relax and escape.

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A Retreat for the Body and Mind BY

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Flying into my destination, something strange and unfamiliar happened: I exhaled. A long, slow and relaxed exhalation washed over me like the azure waves below. For some people, like me, the vacation mindset starts the moment the plane lands and the tropical air hits me. For others, it takes more time to put the real world on hold and get into the zone. Thankfully, resorts are offering more – and more diverse – services to help get everyone in the vacation state of mind.


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“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” ZEN PROVERB

North Americans are carving out more time for health and wellness than ever before to combat the stress of modern life. So vital and ingrained are these aspects of our lifestyles, that we want to augment our wholesome routine while on vacation, not abandon it. Wellness-focused experiences can range from spa resorts with both locally-sourced and modern spa services, to fitness retreats and boot camps, to three- or five-day spiritual and physical cleanses, down to the simple pleasures of a massage or manicure. Whatever it takes to feel pampered and revitalized. With less and less free time, I’ve started taking my health and wellness in bulk. Getting away for a week at a time, banking the mental and physical energy and spending it when I’m back in the real world. My own spa resort experience began the moment I set foot in the majestic front entrance and was greeted with a cool towel and glass of champagne. Is it just me, or is this always such a memorable beginning? It’s as if to say, ‘let us take it from here’. There is a slew of cultural and recreational activities offered at the resort. But initially all I wanted to do was lie in the sun on a lounger by the water, with the perfume of star jasmine in the air, which I enjoyed for countless hours (but who is keeping track? Certainly not I) while half-reading a book. That afternoon, I indulged in a hydrating facial and a full body relaxation massage at the spa’s outdoor cabana. As I closed my eyes, the only sound I could hear were the waves lapping on the shore before me. Later, simply because I could, I finished the day with a sensation shower, a serene experience that hereby renders all other showers perfunctory.

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After a deep sleep, and no alarm clock, I swaddled myself in a cotton robe and walk to the beach for morning yoga on the sand, followed by prepared fresh fruit and water. I repeated this most mornings, so the term “sun salutation” took on the most luxurious meaning. Long gone are the days when a vacation was a week of partying. I not only wanted to, I needed to use this time to reset and recalibrate. Luckily for me, there was a designated fitness concierge with options for any lifestyle and goal who helped tailor a perfect program for me. I took advantage of the opportunity to try out some fitness classes that I never have the time for back home, including Tai Chi and Reformer Pilates. Going to the gym was an easy decision. No commute, no changing once I got there, and I had the option of plunging into the ocean, a heated pool, or my own private shower afterwards (stopping in at the spa café on the way, of course, for a cappuccino). I’m an avid tennis player, and got to experience what having my own private courts would be like – no court fees and all. But sun-and-sand trips offer the best opportunity for exertion alongside relaxation. Extraordinary physical options combine activity and nature: two keys of wellness tourism. The only decisions you need to make are from which vantage point to soak in the natural surroundings. Hiking, ziplining, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, ATV excursions…the list is limited only by your imagination. The funny thing is, despite world-class amenities at our finger tips, some of the greatest recharging – and memories – happened incidentally.

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A DELICIOUS B R E A K FA S T W I T H SUPERFRUITS


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The beauty of the coast, the bright blues, miles of vanilla sands, fecund gardens…sorry, where was I? I just got lost in a daydream again. I probably lost some pounds, but mentally hadn’t felt lighter in a while. For me, down time like this is the ultimate luxury, followed by the second biggest luxury: not cooking or cleaning for a week. I had a selection of whole foods: Instagram-worthy smoothies and green, organic foods always at my fingertips or a phone call away. The food at the resort is superb with an abundance of healthy selections. Organic veggies and herbs grown onsite were prepared by chefs who specialize in several world cuisine options – and all within a short walk under mother nature’s gilded starlit canopy. During dinner as the sun was setting, I looked around to see dancing in the distance to a local band, and I felt myself sigh again. This time, it wasn’t so unfamiliar. Resorts are implementing healthful offerings for family vacations too. Vacations with families are no longer relocations. In addition to an extensive menu of activities throughout the day, resorts also offer shows, excursions, and supervised play centers to accommodate an entire family’s wish list – from three to 103. Getting away has been the ultimate recalibration, a chance to recharge physically and, more than ever, spiritually. Weeks after we returned to our home, I still felt less stress, more rested, and in generally a better mood. The best part? The refreshed version of myself was ready to take on life with gusto again – except I had to make my own smoothies.

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Travel Tips for a Relaxing Vacation Vacations hold a world of possibilities – but sometimes we try to pack too much into our trip and forget the reason we most often go on vacation, to relax. Whether laying on the beach or sailing on the ocean, here are some simple tips to set you up for a relaxing vacation. PLAN AHEAD

PACE YOURSELF

Studies show that planning your vacation activities in advance boosts happiness even before your trip. Start planning some, not all, of the things you want to take in before you leave. You can purchase tickets to shows or events, make a restaurant reservation or book a massage at the spa. Better yet, save time and energy and let a CWT Travel Advisor do the work for you. You can relax knowing we have taken care of the details for you.

Fight the urge to do too much. Avoid the stress of having to be somewhere or doing something every minute of each day. Be open – sometimes the best moments happen when you least expect it.

PACK LIGHT Keep it light with a carry-on suitcase and one personal item. Do you fold or roll your clothes? Either way you swear by, skip the baggage lines and head straight for security when you arrive at the airport. Bonus: you can beat the crowd when you land and get a taxi (and you should splurge on a taxi) to your accommodations first.

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UNPLUG, OR NOT Recharge by ditching your electronics. Too drastic? Set aside some time each day to be digital-free. Read a book on the beach for an hour or simply appreciate the sounds – ocean waves, birds singing – of your trip. Spend the rest of the time enjoying your social feeds and posting selfies in beautiful locales that will make your friends wishing for their own vacation.

GO WITH THE FLOW Take the pressure off yourself. It is your vacation after all. Part of the pleasure of being in a new place and different culture is to enjoy life the way the locals do. Go on and relish that afternoon siesta.


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Making Family Memories in Maui BY ROBIN ESROCK


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A mouth full of sand. A thermonuclear meltdown. Tooearly mornings. Traveling with kids may come with challenges, but it also comes with the reinvigoration of seeing and doing everything, for the first time. The exhausting and exhilarating coin-flip of parenthood demands periods of relaxation, inspiring far-away journeys to recharge the family batteries. No electricity needed, just a little something called Aloha, available in abundance on the Pacific island paradise of Maui. For aloha means more than just hello and goodbye in native Hawaiian. It represents the spirit of Hawaii’s hospitality, the essence of coconut trees and sandy beaches, and the R&R that Maui promises to all its visitors. Our ambitious goal for two weeks is to experience Maui in three parts: a luxury resort to cater to every whim; a more rustic resort with a focus on local culture; and finally, somewhere a little quieter and more independent. All three are located along the popular resort destinations that skirt Maui’s west coast. The east coast has spectacular sea cliffs accessed by the narrow, winding Road to Hana, while the island’s center is home to the world’s largest dormant volcano, Haleakalā. Both are extremely popular with visitors.

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Our first hotel is in upscale Wailea, where large luxury resorts and apartment rentals overlook red sandy beaches and postcard perfect sunsets. When our feet touch the red sands of Polo Beach, my wife and I settle in for a day of lounging under an umbrella. Of course, the kids have different plans. Baby Galileo wants nothing more than to shove fistfuls of red sand into his mouth. My daughter, Raquel, loves the sea, then fears the sea, loves the waves, then fears the waves, is hungry, no thirsty, wants the pool, no the beach… toddlers are complex algorithms that dance to a convoluted rhythm only they can hear. For parents, the surest path to relaxation is to let the kids set the pace, find their inevitable playmates, and let aloha find its flow. Hoisting Raquel over her first waves, showing her how to fly a kite for the first time on nearby Makena Beach, soaking with her in the wading pool, soon enough I felt like Dad of the Year. Each night, when the kids fall asleep, my wife and I sip wine on our patio, toasting the sweet sounds of crashing waves beneath a planetarium of stars. These moments are priceless.

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possibilities MAUI Maui has no shortage of things to do, and it’s particularly easy to get around and explore. After drinking fresh coconuts at the cascades of Twin Falls, we stop for lunch in Paia, where I lose my wife and daughter in the boutiques. Lahaina is Maui’s most popular shopping strip, hosting a weekly market beneath a striking banyan tree with 16 trunks and a block-wide canopy. Somewhat optimistically, I take Raquel on a catamaran for a three-hour snorkel expedition. Hopping in the water, she takes one look into the ocean depths, and that is the end of that. Instead, she goes bananas jumping on the trampoline-like fore of the ship, playing with a feisty granny and her grandkids. Be flexible and it’ll be smooth sailing all the way. My wife is long overdue for a treat. Spas are the typical R&R go-to, but I wanted to give her something inspiring. Anyone will tell you that catching your first wave on a surfboard is exactly that. Looking after both kids, I watch Ana take her first surf lesson on the gentle waves that buttress Lahaina. She not only gets up the first time, but stays up over and over again, fist raised in triumph. Never turn down a massage, but if you want to treat your spouse, give them a fun challenge to overcome. And a break from the kids, of course.

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About a half-hour’s drive up the coast from Wailea is the popular Kaanapali resort strip. Here we found a Hawaiian-themed hotel with a whaleshaped pool and well-kept gardens bursting with native plumerias. Raquel immediately uses the beds as a trampoline, yelling: “Daddy, this is even better than the last hotel!” The needs of a toddler are tremendously simple. Most resorts have kids programs, which not only keep the little ones busy, they introduce Hawaiian culture like hula, ukulele, poi making and weaving. Making up 10 per cent of the local population, encountering the richness of indigenous Hawaiian culture is a highlight for many visitors. Gali awakes at 5 a.m. one morning, so I take him for a walk along the winding pathway along the Kaanapali beach strip. There is a surprising amount of people on the trail, many are pushing strollers too. We aloha each other, sharing the elation of a memorable beachside sunrise.

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Our final hop is an apartment rental in Napili, a popular local beach farther up the west coast with a perfect crescent-shaped beach, and toddler friendly waves. We get great use from the fully-equipped modern kitchen, our gorgeous ocean-view and we finally have our beach packing down to an art. Like so many who have come before us, my wife and I find ourselves wondering: why did we bring so much? And, also, how can we live here? Two weeks on the Valley Isle hard-coded our children with a love for the ocean, island life, the aloha spirit of Hawaii, and an appreciation for warm, sincere hospitality. It definitely hard-coded a love for travel, for the next sentence out of Raquel’s mouth is: “Where are we going next?” Robin Esrock is the bestselling author of The Great Global Bucket List. You can follow his adventures at www.robinesrock.com.


WINTER 2017

NEXT ISSUE T H E H E A R T O F T R AV E L Cherished moments with family, reconnecting with friends, and one-of-a-kind vacations for you and your loved ones. Our next issue of Possibilities shares travel inspiration that’s all about celebrating your special milestones and occasions. Come together and create unforgettable memories in remarkable destinations. Escape to unknown lands and sunny locales and discover some unexpected ways to create your travel experience of the lifetime.

TRAVEL IS THE BEST MEDICINE

INDIA - 6 Days

SOUTH AFRICA - 7 DAYS

FIJI - 10 Days

This 6-day healTh escape offers a resToraTive experience surrounded by naTure in souThern india.

combine The beauTy of cape Town wiTh The majesTy of The cederberg mounTains.

relax and unwind on The beach, snorkel or explore The lagoons and cruise The ouTer islands.

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3 nights Twelve Apostles Cape Town 3 nights Bushmanskloof Reserve 3 spa treatments per person some meals and sightseeing

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4 nights Musket Cove 3 night Captain Cook Cruise all transfers some meals

The Globetrotter’s first choice to Asia, South Pacific, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the World’s Most Idyllic Islands.


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