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Introducing Our 2014 Collection of Exclusive Journeys Welcome to our sixth collection of Exclusive Journeys! We are delighted to continue this unique members-only program in 2014, offering you access to oneof-a-kind experiences in nine exciting destinations, from Australia and Alaska to Morocco and Myanmar. Our 2014 collection of Exclusive Journeys is the first we’ve designed almost exclusively in collaboration with Abercrombie & Kent, our Worldwide Travel Experience Provider and the undisputed leader in customized luxury adventures around the globe. Abercrombie & Kent’s extensive expertise in crafting remarkable travel experiences is the perfect complement to the deep knowledge we’ve gleaned over the years about how you want to experience the world. So it’s no surprise this collection reflects the best of both. You’ll discover untouched corners of the globe, enjoying incredible insider access everywhere you go. Special members-only extras will ensure you enjoy the absolute best of where you are. And thanks to luxuries like charter flights and helicopter transfers, you’ll get to skip the long, uncomfortable drives that most visitors have to endure, spending your time experiencing each destination rather than traveling, even on the most complex itineraries. (Want to see what we mean? Check out what we’ve planned for Alaska and Morocco in particular…) We think this collaboration with Abercrombie & Kent presents an extraordinary opportunity to enhance the breadth of our Exclusive Journeys collection, beginning with our 2014 experiences. We hope you are as excited about the new partnership—and these exciting new destinations—as we are. Bon voyage!

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An Expedition by Land & Sea

Daintree, the Whitsunday Islands & Sydney

Embark on an adventurous expedition showcasing the highlights of Alaska by land and by sea—a mix unavailable in a one-week experience outside the Club.

Discover the incredible natural beauty of Australia's Daintree National Park and Hayman Island, as well as the historic side of cosmopolitan Sydney.

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Marrakech, Fes & the Sahara

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Encounter exotic wildlife and unique cultural traditions on a world-class safari in our partner Abercrombie & Kent's signature destination: Kenya.

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Istanbul, Cappadocia & Ephesus

Uncover the rich (and ancient) cultural heritage of one of Southeast Asia's best kept secrets, enjoying the region's best accommodations along the way.

Enjoy privileged, private access to the highlights of Turkey's ancient legacies, celebrated cultural history and breathtaking natural wonders.

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ften called america’s “Last Frontier,” Alaska is a land of incredible natural beauty, serene in some parts and rugged in others. And this hand-crafted, carefully curated experience lets you explore the very best of it in a way only Exclusive Resorts members can. We’ve partnered with Abercrombie & Kent to custom-design an Alaskan adventure no one else offers—a nine-day journey that combines a few days spent exploring the highlights of Alaska by land with five days aboard an expedition yacht discovering Alaska’s stunning coastline and glaciers (and getting up close to gorgeous shorelines the full-size cruise ships never could). Two internal flights, including a scenic bush plane ride over mountains, glaciers and icebergs, will make your Alaskan adventure even more unique.


Alaska’s magnificent natural scenery is at its best when viewed from above, soaring over dramatic peaks, massive glaciers and shimmering lakes.

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our expedition starts with a private transfer from the Anchorage International Airport to the notable Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood.

But your adventure will truly begin the following day, with a morning train ride to Spencer Glacier. On the way, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Kenai Mountains and Turnagain Arm’s Cook Inlet coast, an area known for Beluga whale sightings. At the whistle stop, experts will make sure you’re properly outfitted for a glacier hike with trekking poles, gloves and specialized crampons to provide extra traction on the ice. Of course, if an ice hike isn’t your ideal adventure, you’ll have the option to head out on a less strenuous iceberg exploration walk along the lake's edge to the toe of Spencer Glacier instead. Incredible members-only value on this adventure shines through on a scenic aerial tour over Mt. McKinley and Denali National Park. If the weather cooperates, we’re sure you’ll welcome a brief interruption for a quick landing on a glacier so you can explore the area surrounding Alaska’s bestknown peak. But the views won’t end there—even with your feet back on the ground, you’ll enjoy sweeping panoramas of the highest peak in North America in all its glory during lunch at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. And mid-way through your drive from Talkeetna to the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, you’ll stop at a working sled dog training facility to play with the puppies, tour the grounds, go for a summer “sled” ride (on a wheeled sled) and get to know Iditarod veteran Vern Halter.

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flight from Anchorage will bring you to your port of embarkation—either Sitka or Juneau, depending on the dates of your journey—where you will be welcomed aboard the Safari Explorer with a flute of champagne and array of hors d’oeuvres. Your first two days aboard will be filled with a variety of activities and excursions in one of America’s most stunning national parks: Glacier Bay National Park. Guides and equipment will be available for nature walks, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff tours and so much more. Early risers can greet each morning with sunrise yoga, and night owls can relax beneath the starry sky in the hot tub each evening.

Go ashore one morning in Bartlett Cove, exploring the park on your own or with your fellow members on a guided nature walk. Learn about the native wildlife (and how to spot signs that they’re nearby) from the Park Service Ranger who will join you onboard. Thanks to its intimate size, the Safari Explorer is able to venture where large cruise ships simply cannot go. So instead of looking at the coastline from a distance, you’ll experience the best of Glacier Bay right at your fingertips while kayaking alongside icebergs and spotting wildlife from just feet away.

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ou’ll drop anchor just off the Inian Islands in Icy Strait and head ashore, where you may find Sitka black-tail deer hiding behind the low-hanging branches of the dense trees. After stretching your legs on a morning hike or watching for wildlife on a boat tour along the coast, you can get a sense of what life is like for Stellar sea lions in this area during an optional polar plunge. Warm back up in the onboard hot tub afterwards, then head out in a kayak or skiff to try your luck spotting a pod of humpback whales or a raft of sea otters. You can even try your hand at fishing the coastal waters from the stern of the yacht.

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ith its dense rain forests and flowing streams, Chichagof Island is a paradise for brown bears. In fact, the island boasts the world’s largest population of the species per square mile. And you may even get to see one or two fishing or walking the beach (from a safe distance) as you follow your guide on a hike past some of their favorite places around the island. When you’ve had enough of tracking bears, you’ll venture along Baranof Island’s waterfall coast for an ever-so-close—and scenic—passage through Peril Strait and Sergius Narrows. The following day, you’ll gather with your fellow members for breakfast onboard and a fond farewell before disembarking in either Sitka or Juneau, depending on the dates of your journey.


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Home to approximately 98% of the United States’ brown bear population and 70% of the total brown bear population in North America, Alaska offers incredible bear-sighting opportunities.

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Mount McKinley’s peak, topping out at an incredible 20,320 feet, is rarely visible from the ground due to cloud cover. But aerial—or “flightseeing”—tours let visitors take in sweeping views of the summit from above.

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Nestled between mountains and hanging glaciers, Hotel Alyeska offers a rejuvenating spa and an award-winning restaurant. Your Summit Room is located on the top floor of the hotel and features expansive mountain views.

Hotel Captain Cook is one of Alaska’s premier hotels, offering an ideal location in downtown Anchorage. Your Captain’s Deck room will be located on the 16th or 17th floor of the hotel, ensuring you enjoy sweeping views of your surroundings.

You will spend five nights aboard the Safari Explorer, enjoying lovely accommodations onboard this expedition-style yacht. You can relax in the intimate wine library, lounge in the salon or warm up in the hot tub on deck.

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Adults and older children looking for an expedition-style outdoor adventure full of incredible wildlife sightings and stunning natural beauty. Children age 8 and older are welcome on this journey, but please note that the experience has been designed to include excursions like kayaking, some hiking, and a scenic flight over Denali National Park that may be better suited to older children. travel with

Up to four people with two reservations (there are a limited number of triple-occupancy accommodation units available that can accommodate a child under 12 with two adults). getting there

This journey begins in Anchorage and ends in either Sitka or Juneau, depending on the dates of travel selected. Fly into Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) in Anchorage. Fly out of either Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport (SIT) in Sitka or Juneau International Airport (JNU) in Juneau. why you’ll love it

America’s “Last Frontier” has never been explored this way. With limited accommodation options available—and hardly any that qualify as high-end—and so much terrain to cover, it’s impossible to discover Alaska’s coastline by sea and interior by land (and air!) in one weeklong journey. Until now. As a Club member, you can spend one week in Alaska next year enjoying the perfect combination of land- and sea-based exploration, complete with a five-night stay aboard an expedition-style yacht that can access remote inlets, waterways and coastlines the larger cruise ships never could.

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Master cabin: $850 per person Commander cabin: $1,000 per person Captain cabin: $1,050 per person Admiral cabin: $1,100 per person Commodore cabin: $1,250 per person

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For more information about this 2014 experience, including a day-by-day itinerary, detailed information about what’s included in the program cost, and more, visit the Alaska: An Expedition By Land & Sea experience overview page on ER Compass.

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we are returning to Australia in 2014. This exceptional new journey has been custom-designed to incorporate some of Australia’s iconic sights and experiences while also highlighting one of the country’s less-visited natural treasures and its unique, authentic indigenous culture. An ideal blend of cultural experiences, active adventures and serene relaxation make this well-rounded Australian journey perfect for just about everyone. Immerse yourself in Daintree’s thriving Aboriginal culture and spectacular natural beauty during a visit to the oldest living rainforest in the world. Indulge in luxurious relaxation, rejuvenation and even a touch of adventure during your stay at Hayman Island Resort—Australia’s most award-winning private island—where you will soak in the sun and sink your toes into some of the softest, whitest sand you’ll find on earth. And discover the cosmopolitan charms of Sydney, where you’ll explore historic districts, sample a variety of delights and get out on the water during a friendly (and perhaps slightly competitive) Exclusive Resorts membersonly sailing regatta.


Sydney’s dramatic Opera House and nearby Harbour Bridge have become the iconic symbols of this vibrant cosmopolitan destination.

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daintree rainforest "rainforest people" Australia’s indigenous Kuku Yalanji, often referred to as the “Rainforest People,” are an aboriginal tribal group native to the Daintree region. Living in harmony with their environment, the Kuku Yalanji respect every being and appreciate nature’s many gifts. Today, the Kuku Yalanji still rely on their inherent ability to “read” the changing of seasons in the rainforest’s natural patterns, instinctively knowing when to hunt which prey and harvest which foods. And thanks to progressive human rights efforts in Australia, their way of life is being preserved and their younger generations are actively working to learn from their ancestors and maintain the cultural traditions of their people.

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egin your excursion exploring the cultural and ecological highlights of Daintree National Park, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and enjoying luxurious eco-lodgestyle accommodations at Silky Oaks Lodge. Your local aboriginal guide will unveil the many mysteries of the world’s oldest living rainforest during an interactive nature walk, pointing out the many varieties of vegetation—some of which have been growing for centuries—and sharing insights about the area’s diverse wildlife. You’ll visit the Botanical Ark, the ideal location for closely examining the different colors and blooms of the more than 3,000 species of plants that grow here. Alan Carle, founder of the Ark, will join you, lending you the benefit of his expertise as he explains the link between the indigenous cultures and the unique flora and fauna that make up the rainforest. But incredible flora and fauna aren’t all you'll find here. The Kuku Yalanji, one of Australia’s many aboriginal groups, also call the Daintree Rainforest home. So you’ll enjoy a morning spent with Juan Walker, a member of the local Kuku Yalanji, learning firsthand about the culture and history of the “Rainforest People,” mastering the proper technique for using a boomerang (which you may be surprised to learn is used as a practical hunting tool) and listening to the billowing groan of the didgeridoo, said to be the world’s oldest instrument.


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lying south from Daintree to the Whitsunday Islands, you’ll be escorted aboard a luxurious yacht for your trip to Hayman Island Resort. As Australia’s most-awarded private island, Hayman is sure to exceed any expectations you may have for your tropical escape. Activities and amenities abound, including snorkeling, guided kayak excursions and an award-winning spa. Plus, you’ll enjoy a wealth of included extras, like a private tour of Hayman’s kitchen (the second largest in the southern hemisphere) and an intimate, hands-on chocolate-making class with one of the island’s chefs. Of course, the jewel in the crown of your stay at Hayman Island will be a scenic flight over Hill Inlet and the Whitsunday Islands. Stare in awe at sweeping views of the swirling white sands and bright turquoise waters that have become synonymous with the beaches of the Whitsunday Islands. And spend an afternoon soaking in the sun and enjoying the softest sand in Australia on a private beach, where you’ll be served a picnic lunch before returning to the resort.

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ou’ll depart the tropical beauty of Hayman for the country’s urbanely chic capital, Sydney, where you’ll discover an eclectic mix of historic and modern architecture. Your introduction to the city will include a guided tour of Sydney’s well-known Rocks District, where you’ll stay (at Park Hyatt) while here. The oldest neighborhood in Sydney, The Rocks got its name from the sandstone that was used in the construction of the area’s original buildings in the late 18th century. Many of those buildings still stand today, with the help of restoration efforts that work to keep The Rocks alive for residents and tourists alike. Your adventure will continue when you go up against your fellow Exclusive Resorts members in some friendly competition during a sailing regatta on Rushcutters Bay. You’ll also have the option to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, trekking the 1,332 steps along the outer arch to reach the top for a view of the city skyline and the iconic Sydney Opera House (where you’ll have a private tour later that day). And if you’d rather skip the bridge climb, a guide will be available to take a group on a private bicycle tour of the city instead.

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The Whitsunday Islands are well-known for their unique scenery, like these swirling white sands that look like brushstrokes blending the beach with the bright turquoise waters.

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Many of the sandstone buildings of The Rocks, Sydney’s historic neighborhood, date back to the late 18th century, when Australia was first established as a British colony.

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Silky Oaks Lodge is a boutique luxury ecolodge nestled within the lush foliage of Daintree National Park, perched above the shores of the Mossman River. On-site amenities include the Healing Waters Spa, a tennis facility and kayaks, canoes and mountain bikes perfect for exploring your surroundings. Your Riverhouse accommodations feature spectacular views from a prime riverfront location, a spa bath and a balcony complete with a hammock.

Australia’s most-awarded five-star resort, Hayman Island Resort offers guests the ultimate in luxurious amenities, attentive service and stunning scenery as well as some of the finest gourmet cuisine in the South Pacific. Your Lagoon View Room features a spacious bath, private balcony and gorgeous views of the Coral Sea.

Recently renovated, the Park Hyatt Sydney provides rooms with contemporary luxury including floor to ceiling windows in each room that offer sweeping views of the city. The spacious interiors of your Harbour King room offer luxurious furnishings, plush carpets, designer lighting and modern technology throughout.

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2014 dates of travel June 12-21 • June 26 - July 5 July 10-19 • July 24 - August 2 August 21-30 ideal for

Active, adventurous adults or families with children age 8 or older who are looking for outdoor adventures along with some cultural immersion and a bit of sightseeing.

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Australia may be best known for the sun-swept Gold Coast and, of course, the Great Barrier Reef, but your Australian experience will be truly one-of-a-kind. Exclusive insider access means you’ll go behind the scenes at Sydney’s iconic opera house, master the art of sailing during a private regatta, escape to an awardwinning tropical retreat at Hayman Island and get to know a member of the Kuku Yalanji tribe, learning about his community’s culture, customs, beliefs and even traditional hunting techniques first-hand.

For more information about this 2014 experience, including a day-by-day itinerary, detailed information about what’s included in the program cost, and more, visit the Australia: Daintree, the Whitsunday Islands & Sydney experience overview page on ER Compass.

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extreme contrasts, where time-honored customs and ancient cultural traditions exist right alongside the ultra-modern. Explore cosmopolitan Tokyo, immerse yourself in Kyoto’s rich imperial history, and experience something only the most fortunate visitors can—a stay at an authentic, luxurious ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn. This exclusive itinerary combines the highlights of modern and classic Japan, offering you an unforgettable journey made extra memorable thanks to unique cultural and culinary experiences and exceptional insider access.

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Thousands of red-orange torii (arches) line pathways up to Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Taisha, the main shrine of Inari, revered in Shintoism as both the god of rice and the patron of industry.

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egin your Japanese experience in iconic Tokyo, whose glittering billboards could put even New York City to shame.

With the classically luxurious, award-winning Peninsula Hotel as your home for a few days, you’ll find the heart of the city just steps away. Learn the art of traditional taiko drumming during a private workshop. Let your Expedition Leader show you the highlights of Tokyo’s historic neighborhoods, visiting the Sensoji temple, exploring Asakusa and more. Savor a private sake tasting with John Gauntner, recognized as one of the world's leading sake experts. Enjoy a breakfast common among the locals—fresh sushi— after a guided tour of the Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest of its kind in the world. And experience a typical night out in Tokyo if you’re up for it, strolling past the colorful neon signs of the Shinjuku district and singing karaoke with your fellow members at the lounge featured in the film Lost in Translation.

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raveling in first class onboard the Shinkansen (bullet train), you’ll depart ultra-modern Tokyo for Kyoto, the heart of traditional Japan. Over the course of four The history days, your Expedition of geisha Leader will guide you The Geisha tradition in Japanese culture through the historic and dates back to the early 18th century, when cultural riches of this the first male geisha appeared on the scene as artistic entertainers providing forms of former capital city. You’ll elite cultural entertainment. Entrepreneurial explore the city’s Geisha females who saw the potential for such work district on a walking tour soon emerged on the scene as well, and today, Geisha continue to serve a critical role and you’ll even get to in Japan, preserving time-honored traditions know real Geisha later, of their nation’s cultural past through song, learning the true history of dance, musical performance and calligraphy. the Geisha tradition from the ladies themselves (hint: they’re professional hostesses skilled in a variety of performing arts, including music and dance). And of course, you’ll dine on Japan’s world-renowned Kobe beef at one of Kyoto’s finest restaurants.

But that’s only the beginning. While in Kyoto, you can learn the traditional art of kimonodyeing from the family of artisans who have hand-crafted kimono for Japan’s imperial family (and interestingly, for Sir Elton John as well). Tour the Nishiki market before making traditional tempura, dashi broth and other delicacies during an interactive cooking class at a local restaurant. Revel in the rituals of Japan’s traditional tea ceremony and unwind during a members-only meditation session at the serene Gesshin-in Temple, guided by the temple’s monks. Visit the gorgeous Fushimi Inari shrine, with its thousands of vermillion torii. Let a rickshaw driver take you on a ride through a nearby bamboo forest. Follow your Expedition Leader as you explore the city’s many stunning landmarks, including those comprising the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto World Heritage Site, like Kinkaku-ji (a celebrated Zen Buddhist temple) and Nijo-Jo (the historic Shogun castle). And return each evening to tranquil accommodations at the Hyatt Regency® Kyoto. exclusive journeys :

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raveling once again by Shinkansen (first class, of course), you’ll venture east to the quiet town of Hakone for a stay at an authentic ryokan. Traditional ryokan are essentially Japanese inns, offering intimate accommodations, attentive service, exceptional kaiseki cuisine and often spa-like atmospheres intended to promote relaxation and serenity. Gora Kadan—your home during your stay in Hakone—is one of the finest examples of an authentic Japanese ryokan you’ll find, offering luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining, a world-class spa and even open-air baths fed by mineral-rich hot springs, where

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you can experience Japan’s traditional onsen bathing ritual. And when you’re not simply enjoying the peaceful luxury and many amenities of Gora Kadan, you’ll find yourself out and about in Hakone with your Expedition Leader, exploring Lake Ashi, the Owakudani hot spring and a traditional sculpture garden featuring works by many of the world’s master artists. You’ll even spend a bit of time at a nearby woodworking shop, where a local artisan will share the secrets of his craft and some of the intricate traditional puzzle boxes he has carved.


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Views of the quiet, soothing Arashiyama bamboo forest, located just outside of Kyoto, are particularly lovely when enjoyed from the seat of a traditional rickshaw.

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Classic Japanese gardens, like this one in Kyoto, are often home to some of the most impressive landscaping and colorful foliage you’ll find anywhere‌particularly during the fall.

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The award-winning Peninsula Tokyo is practically a landmark in the city, located immediately across the street from the Imperial Palace and only a few minutes from the Ginza shopping district. The hotel offers a world-class spa, fitness center, gourmet dining, a pool and more. Your Deluxe Park View Room features a marble bath, spacious sitting area and separate dressing room and stunning views of the Imperial Palace Gardens or Hibiya Park.

Kyoto’s Hyatt Regency® lies in the heart of this historic city, in the Higashiyama Shichijo district. Boasting a spa, fitness center and convenient access to the highlights of Kyoto, this hotel is sure to delight you. Your Deluxe Room features a spacious bath and sitting area perfect for relaxing and a colorful headboard made from antique kimono.

You’ll discover the very best of traditional Japan during your stay at Gora Kadan, an authentic ryokan offering classic Japanese hospitality, gourmet kaiseki cuisine, a fullservice spa and traditional onsen hot spring baths. Your Kadan Suite features a spacious bedroom and separate living area, a spa-like bath and luxurious amenities that could include anything from a private steam room and sauna to a private Japanese garden, an outdoor shower or a balcony (every suite is unique).

The Park Hyatt® Tokyo prides itself on offering an elegant oasis in the heart of this bustling metropolis. On-site amenities include gourmet dining, a spa, a fitness center and a pool. Your Park Deluxe Room features a spacious sitting area, luxurious bath and gorgeous views of Mt. Fuji when the weather is clear.

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2014 dates of travel April 1-11 • October 14-24 • October 28 - November 7 • November 11-21 ideal for

Adults and families with children age 12 or older looking for an immersive cultural experience designed to highlight Japan’s rich history as well as its more modern charms.

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This journey begins and ends in Tokyo. Fly into and out of Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT).

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It’s rare for visitors to have an opportunity to experience authentic Japan—both its modern self and its historic soul—in depth. You’ll have that opportunity. Behind-the-scenes access and the extensive local expertise of your Englishspeaking guide mean you’ll do more than scratch the surface—you’ll meet an artisan whose family has crafted kimono for Japan’s imperial family for generations, learn the art of sake tasting from a premier expert, meet real geisha during a private event and more. And you’ll discover Japan’s cherished, time-honored cultural traditions, exceptional cuisine, and ultra-modern spirit while traveling in style and staying at the best hotels available.

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For more information about this 2014 experience, including a day-by-day itinerary, detailed information about what’s included in the program cost, and more, visit the Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone experience overview page on ER Compass.

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Abercrombie & Kent’s sweet spot. As the undisputed leader in unforgettable Kenyan safari experiences, Abercrombie & Kent is the ideal partner for this journey. And their unrivaled expertise in Kenya’s wildlife, natural landscape, and diverse cultural traditions will offer you a truly one-of-a-kind, memorable experience. Catch a glimpse of daily life in Nairobi, a city constantly striving to maintain its delicate balance of modernization and preservation. Visit two exceptional safari camps—one at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and a second at the celebrated Maasai Mara National Reserve. Learn about the rich cultural history of the country and absorb firsthand the intense passion the people of Kenya have for their natural environment and the wildlife they share it with. And enjoy unsurpassed convenience and luxury, thanks to handselected accommodations and internal flights chartered expressly to ensure you enjoy more time actually on safari and less time getting there.


African elephants, increasingly at risk from poachers across much of Africa for their prized ivory tusks, are protected in Kenya’s many wildlife conservancies and national parks.

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egin your journey in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi— a city filled with contrasts. Spend your nights at Hemingways Nairobi, a new boutique hotel overlooking the Karen Country Club. And enjoy a full day off exploring a giraffe sanctuary, an elephant orphanage and more. A morning spent overcoming your jet lag at the hotel’s rejuvenating spa (fees will apply) or simply relaxing and enjoying the beautiful grounds will leave you ready to begin your Kenyan adventure. Browse the exhibits at the Karen Blixen Museum, a gallery dedicated to life in Kenya at the turn of the 20th century as well as the influences of Ms. Blixen’s famed book Out of Africa. Enjoy private access to the Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a working elephant orphanage featured in the 2011 IMAX movie Born To Be Wild. Learn how the Giraffe Center is helping the Rothschild giraffe—one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies in the world—make a comeback, and get handson with a chance to feed the large but gentle animals.

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ravel via chartered flight to the next stop on your journey, Lewa Safari Camp. Settle into your authentic thatched tent before heading out on your first game drive in search of wildlife including black rhinos (approximately 10% of Kenya’s black rhino population calls Lewa home), zebra and more. While at Lewa, guides will escort you on daily game drives and even the occasional night game drive. Enjoy a day spent with the Maasai people of the Il Ngwesi village, learning their traditional songs and dances, their incredibly specialized hunting techniques and the community’s unique cultural history. Play a game with the children. Master the trick of herding their cattle before helping feed their livestock. And discover a cultural richness to Kenya that few visitors get to experience firsthand.

The maasai The Maasai people, well-known for their bright clothing, oversized necklaces and intricate head pieces, are a semi-nomadic East African tribe found throughout Kenya and Tanzania. In their strongly patriarchal society, male elders lead each Maasai group, directing the tribe’s future and enforcing the community’s oral law traditions, many of which date back centuries. And while they have been able to flourish, even growing in number by an estimated 100%+ over the past 20 years, the Maasai have begun slowly adopting some new, modern beliefs and agricultural techniques that will likely change some aspects of their lifestyle. But they remain warmly welcoming toward any visitors who wish to learn more about their culture, traditions and daily lives.

The theme of preservation of culture and wildlife will continue during a visit to an Anti-Poaching Center near Lewa, where you’ll meet the rangers who fight to end the merciless poaching that continues to target endangered species throughout Africa. And back at Lewa, enjoy many more opportunities to search for more wildlife, heading out into the bush on foot, on horseback and even by camel with your guide whenever you’re not out on a game drive.

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rom Lewa, you will travel again by chartered flight to the world-renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve, where your guide will greet you and escort you to your safari tent at Abercrombie & Kent’s Sanctuary Olonana. Of course, you’ll enjoy daily game drives here as well, tracking and likely spotting at least some of the “Big Five”— lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino—(and wildebeest as well) with the help of your guide. But your time in Maasai Mara will also include everything from a visit to a nearby school to “sundowners” (cocktails served at sunset, affording you stunning views of the Mara plains as the sun sinks below the horizon) and an optional hot air balloon ride (additional cost will apply). You can even join an expert naturalist on a walk through the bush, learning about the native trees, plants and insects and the roles they play in the daily lives of the Maasai tribe along the way.

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While the leopard population at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is small, there are a few—these expert predators are known for their elusiveness, stealth and compact strength. And for hiding out in tree branches high above the ground.

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Kenya’s Maasai depend on their livestock, primarily cattle, for their prosperity. Traditional Maasai warriors—identified by their bright red garments—dedicate their lives to protecting their livestock and grazing lands as well as their tribe.

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Slated to open in March 2013, Hemingways Nairobi is set to be the city’s premier boutique hotel. Your Executive Level Suite features handcut Italian marble in the exquisite private bath, butler service and a private balcony opening onto sweeping views of the Ngong Hills. You will spend the first two nights of your journey, as well as your last, here.

Nestled within the Lewa Wilderness Trust, a 65,000-acre private wildlife conservancy, Lewa Safari Camp offers an authentic safari experience. The surrounding conservancy is home to a significant number of black rhino as well as the single largest population of Grevy's zebra in the world, so amazing wildlife sightings on-site are frequent. And your traditional private safari tent features an ensuite bath and expansive views of the bush.

Abercrombie & Kent’s Sanctuary Olonana Camp lies on the banks of the Mara River in the heart of Kenya's big game country. When you’re not out searching for the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino), you’ll enjoy the camp’s luxurious amenities and commitment to environmental conservation (think solar power, a tree-planting project and more). And your spacious canvas safari tent features parquet floors, an ensuite bath and a private veranda overlooking the river.

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Adults and families with children age 8 and older looking for a classic Kenyan safari experience with some cultural immersion as well.

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This journey begins and ends in Nairobi. Fly into and out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). why you’ll love it

Abercrombie & Kent’s world-renowned expertise is at its absolute best in Kenya—it’s where the company was founded, after all. Collaborating with them to customize one of their signature experiences, we have crafted a journey that perfectly blends Abercrombie & Kent’s unmatched expertise in Kenya with our deep knowledge of the preferences of our members. You’ll discover the very best of Kenya’s exotic wildlife, complex history and unique indigenous culture while enjoying the best accommodations available in each location, the convenience of charter flights from point to point, the services of expert guides and the benefit of unprecedented access.

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For more information about this 2014 experience, including a day-by-day itinerary, detailed information about what’s included in the program cost, and more, visit the Kenya: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy & Maasai Mara National Reserve experience overview page on ER Compass.

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of historic Morocco on this incredible journey, blending authentic cultural experiences with a few outdoor adventures and even some serene relaxation. Explore bustling traditional souks. Sip mint tea with a Berber family. Ride a camel through the desert dunes of the Sahara and sleep in a caidal tent under the stars. This unique journey offers you an opportunity to experience life as a local in one of Africa’s most fascinating cultural epicenters. You’ll discover the glamorous side of the Atlas Mountains during a stay at Sir Richard Branson’s renovated Kasbah, unveil the mysteries of the Sahara (and its nomadic residents) and immerse yourself in the lively bustle of historic Fes and Marrakech. And you’ll do it all in comfort and style, enjoying charter flights from point to point to spare you the long, arduous drives most visitors must make.

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The narrow, winding streets of Marrakech’s Medina are brightly colored and accented with intricate tile mosaics and hand-carved stone archways, giving visitors the sensation of strolling through an artistic maze of sorts.

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egin your one-of-a-kind Moroccan journey in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, just an hour outside historic Marrakech.

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Indulge your senses with a refreshing, traditional hammam (spa bath) ritual. After a brief introduction to Islam’s cultural traditions and the lifestyle of the Berbers from an expert, you’ll venture beyond the city limits for a guided leisurely hike in the Atlas Mountains and a stop at a nearby Berber village for tea with an hospitable local family who will provide unique insights into their traditional way of life.


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rom Marrakech, you will travel via charter flight to the imperial city of Fes, shaving hours off of what would be a very long, uncomfortable trip if made by car. Fes embodies the authentic soul of Morocco. A place where modern day living surrounds historical monuments. Where the narrow, bustling streets of the Medina—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—teem with donkeys delivering goods to shopkeepers and locals bartering for their favorite handmade products. A private guide will leather lead you through Tanneries the city's traditional The art of tanning leather is market, describing a skill passed down through the various wares on generations. Apprentices display and ultimately work with master craftsmen to bringing you to a perfect the proper techniques as they stand knee deep in tannery, where leather the vats of water and dye that artisans stand kneelay in honeycomb patterns deep in the colorful across the souk floor. clay tubs, arranged like honeycombs on the floors of the souk. Leave the busy market behind to venture on through more of the city, spotting a wealth of architectural masterpieces as you go. Explore the mosaic-decorated walls of the Medersa Bouanania, where bronze, marble and onyx make up the mosque’s unique architectural style. Visit the Mellah, the city’s old Jewish quarter. And take in a private Gnaoua musical performance, showcasing the traditional musical style heard in city streets all across Morocco. Let your guide escort you inland to Meknes, where you can enter the shrine and resting place of one of Morocco’s greatest rulers, Moulay Ismail—one of the few shrines in Morocco that is open to non-Muslims. Discover Volubilis, an exceptionally well-preserved example of ancient Roman architecture resting among acres of farmland outside Fes. And recharge after each incredible day in authentic-yet-luxurious Moroccan-style surroundings at Hotel Sofitel Fes Palais Jamaï, home to the absolute best view in Fes. exclusive journeys :

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raveling again by charter flight for exceptional convenience and ease, you’ll journey from Fes down south to Er-Rachidia. And as you make your way by off-road vehicle through the sand dunes of the Sahara desert from there, you’ll spot a camp of Caidal-style tents in the distance, where camels and guides await your arrival.

The thought of an oasis of colorful carpets, comfortable furnishings and plenty of luxurious extras in the middle of the desert may seem like something from a dream, but for you, it’s all reality. After a traditional Berber welcome reception complete with mint tea and pastries, you’ll climb aboard a camel to enjoy a tour of the dunes. To close out your unforgettable stay in the desert, dinner will be served around a flickering, inviting campfire before you retreat to your deluxe private tent for a night almost beneath the stars.

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et another charter flight makes the journey from the Sahara back to Marrakech effortless instead of arduous, so you’ll arrive energized and ready to truly immerse yourself in Morocco’s most important former imperial city.

Follow your private guide through The Square—beloved by tourists and locals alike as a place to barter for goods and discover treasures amongst the endless rows of shops. Explore the Koutoubia Minaret, dating back to the 12th century, and the exquisite Bahia Palace, with its extensive gardens. At Djemaa El Fna, one of the most famous central plazas in all of Africa, you’ll find everything you might expect of traditional Moroccan markets, from snake charmers and children with leashed Barbary monkeys during the day to story tellers and musicians at dusk. Take a moment to uncover the harsher reality of life in Marrakech for some, visiting Al Karam, a philanthropic organization that assists at-risk and homeless children in the city. Create your own signature fragrance during a visit to the Palmeraie Museum, during which you’ll even have a chance to visit the owner’s “secret” studio. Savor traditional local flavors during a cooking class led by a dada—a traditional household cook. And retreat to plush accommodations at the luxurious La Sultana hotel each evening.

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Fes’ incredibly ornate Royal Palace is closed to the public, but the bronze doorways at its main entrance are impressive enough to draw visitors nonetheless.

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The rolling dunes of the Sahara are dramatic no matter how they’re viewed, but from the back of a camel and in the company of local Berbers, the quiet drama of the Sahara defies description.

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Sir Richard Branson’s oasisinspired lodge rests at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains just an hour outside Marrakech. This remarkable property offers guests unparalleled luxury surrounded by breathtaking views, and provides locals with quality employment and hospitality training, thanks to its commitment to its community. When you’re not enjoying the stunning infinity-edge pool, you’ll savor the authentic style and colorful décor of your deluxe accommodations.

Offering the perfect blend of traditional Moorish architecture, Moroccan décor and French sophistication, Hotel Sofitel Fes Palias Jamaï will be your home during your stay in Fes. The hotel offers a wealth of luxurious amenities, including a world-class spa complete with a traditional hammam. And your plush accommodations will feature a private balcony, authentic Moroccan décor and gorgeous views.

Abercrombie & Kent’s Sahara Desert Camping experience takes place at their exclusive, private desert camp close to the dunes of Merzouga. Traditional Arab caidal tents offer extreme privacy and comfort considering their remote location. Each comes equipped with a wash basin, but toilets and bucket-style showers are housed in separate tents. The highlights of this portion of your journey will undoubtedly be the unbelievably outstanding cuisine and the opportunity to experience a night in the Sahara, Berber-style.

Reflecting the splendor of historic Morocco alongside a wealth of modern luxuries, La Sultana Marrakech is the ideal retreat for your stay in this iconic city. The hotel is comprised of five individual riads (traditional multi-story residences constructed around a central courtyard) and offers a spa, stunning skyline views from expansive rooftop terraces and direct access to the highlights of the old Medina. Your Prestige Room features a fireplace, a luxurious bath and authentic Moroccan design details.

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2014 dates of travel March 22-30 • March 29 - April 6 April 10-18 • September 13-21 October 4-12 • October 11-19 ideal for

Adults looking for an authentic cultural experience and some active outdoor adventures. The minimum age for this experience is 12, but please note that the itinerary has been designed more for adults than to accommodate young travelers.

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For more information about this 2014 experience, including a day-by-day itinerary, detailed information about what’s included in the program cost, and more, visit the Morocco: Marrakech, Fes & the Sahara experience overview page on ER Compass.

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This journey begins and ends in Marrakech. Fly into and out of Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK). why you’ll love it

You’ll experience authentic Morocco the way very few ever do, discovering its historic landmarks, immersing yourself in its cultural centers and getting to know its welcoming locals. Plus, the fee for this journey includes extremely luxurious accommodations and internal charter flights that ensure you spend more time experiencing Morocco and less time traveling through it.

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D Bagan is home to the ruins of more than 2,200 ancient Buddhist temples and pagodas, many of which date back to the 11th century.

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Myanmar, immortalized by Rudyard Kipling as “quite unlike any place you know about.” As Southeast Asia’s up-and-coming hot spot, Myanmar is just emerging onto the global travel scene. Decades of oppressive political regimes have kept Myanmar relatively secluded, leaving it largely unspoiled and affording you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a warmly welcoming local culture, uncover the secrets of traditional artisans and the charms of local villages reminiscent of Old Asia, learn the secrets to preparing incredible local cuisine and explore modern temples and ancient ruins that rival Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.


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cuisine during a cooking class later that day. Cruise the Chao Phraya River, making your way to the stunning Grand Palace. Let your guide escort you on a tour of Wat Pho, home of the famed Reclining Buddha. You’ll even enjoy a private longyi fitting, so you’ll have an authentic souvenir (clothing similar to an Indian sari) to bring home with you. And relax in your elegant accommodations at The Siam.


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rom Bangkok, you will fly to Mandalay, Myanmar’s former royal capital and home to half of all the nation’s monks. Known as much for its thriving communities of local artisans as its Bhuddhist temples and royal palace, Mandalay offers an unforgettable first taste of authentic Myanmar. Your expert local guide (Englishspeaking, of course) will escort you on visits to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the world’s largest book, and the Zegyo Market, Mandalay’s oldest and most important market. Local artisans will showcase their wares and give you a behind-thescenes look at their traditional techniques, from marble making to wood carving and even gold leaf pounding. You’ll visit nearby Sagaing, where temple-studded hills overlook the Ayeyarwady River. You’ll enjoy a private cruise on the Ayeyarwady on your way to explore Mingun’s all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda, and visit Mandalay Hill undoubtedly at the best time—sunset. Recharge each evening in comfort at the Mandalay Hill Resort.

buddhist monks Myanmar is considered the most religious Buddhist country, based on both its high proportion of monks relative to other countries and the percentage of income spent by the average citizen on religion. In fact, the Theravada tradition of Buddhism is practiced by 89% of the population of Myanmar, making temples and Buddhist monks—identified by their dark maroon-colored robes—extremely common sites throughout the country. “Novice” monks can be ordained, even temporarily, as young as seven years of age, and Buddhist monasteries throughout Myanmar are often home to large groups of young “novices” who may remain in the monastic life for only three months, or may choose to be officially ordained upon maturity (age 20) and remain in the monastic life longer. In Myanmar, like much of Southeast Asia, there is very little stigma attached to a monk (or nun) who chooses to leave the monastic life eventually—monasteries provide education, training and social merit, but monks often retire from the monastic life after acquiring their education or when family obligations arise. So while there are an estimated 500,000+ Buddhist monks actively practicing in Myanmar today, it’s likely that significantly more individuals have been ordained at least temporarily at some point in the past.

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he ancient capital of Myanmar, Bagan dates back to the 11th century and boasts more than 2,000 temples, pagodas and stupas. And you’ll have the opportunity to explore many of them.

During your stay in Bagan—at the luxurious Aureum Palace Resort— your Expedition Leader will escort you and your fellow members on visits to many of the well-known temples and pagodas of the area, with a stop for lunch at the Taungbi Monastery. You’ll travel in traditional style—by horse cart—to one of the nearby temples for a spectacular view of the sunset. Expert private guides will take each member family on private outings, letting you explore more of the Bagan area at your own pace as well. And you’ll dine in an exceptional local restaurant the next evening, where you’ll enjoy a traditional puppet show, one of Myanmar’s most popular forms of artistic and cultural expression. After a drive through the gorgeous countryside to Mount Popa (an extinct volcano), you will find yourself at the foot of 700 steps leading up to the ancient Popa Taungkalat monastery— should you like to, you can climb the steps to explore the monastery itself, likely accompanied by playful monkeys along the way. If climbing 700 stairs (barefoot, in respect to local custom) doesn’t appeal, you can stroll leisurely around the area before joining your fellow members at the Mount Popa Resort for lunch on a terrace with spectacular views. And before you depart Bagan, you’ll enjoy what will certainly be two of the highlights of your Myanmar experience—a private early morning hot air balloon flight, soaring above Bagan’s many temples, and a members-only candlelight dinner in the temples themselves. 72 |

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rom Bagan, you will fly to Heho on your way to Inle Lake. Before you even get to Inle itself, you’ll enjoy a stop at the 150-year-old Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, known for its unique oval-shaped windows that often frame groups of the many young monks-in-training who live here. And you’ll spend a bit of time in a local parasol-making shop as well, learning the art of crafting these traditional accessories from artisans who have done so for generations. Home to charming local villages, Inle Lake provides the perfect cultural complement to Bagan’s temples and ancient

ruins. From your accommodations at the Aureum Inle Resort and Spa, you’ll enjoy easy access to the villages that dot the lake’s shoreline. Visit a cheroot factory and a local weaver’s workshop. Discover incredible floating gardens. Explore the ancient stupas of the Pa-Oh village of Indein on the lake’s western shore, and enjoy lunch at Inthar Heritage House with a local Shan businessman who will shed light on the daily lives of the villagers who call the lake home. Watch local dancers perform after dinner one evening. And take in the area’s beautiful natural scenery from aboard a boat out on the water. exclusive journeys :

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our journey will come to an end in Yangon, only a one-hour flight from Inle Lake. But before you depart Myanmar, you will have one final day to explore even more of this fascinating country.

Let a private guide escort you to the city’s bustling Chinatown district. Or to the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, which houses the world’s largest statue of a reclining Buddha. Later in the day, rejoin your fellow members for a visit to the gilded Schwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist pagoda to the people of Myanmar. And say farewell over a members-only dinner. 74 |

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Myanmar’s warmly welcoming locals, including the children, offer a glimpse into a culture and daily life that is still largely undiscovered by westerners.

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Local fishermen guide their long, flat boats across the calm waters of Inle Lake using a unique rowing motion, gripping and rotating the oar with a leg, rather than their arms.

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Two Nights For the first two nights of your experience, you’ll stay at The Siam, a boutique luxury urban resort on the shores of the Chao Phraya River in the heart of Bangkok. Your Siam Suite features Art Deco décor, butler service and a spa-inspired bath.

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Nestled at the foot of Mandalay Hill, Mandalay Hill Resort offers panoramic views of the nearby Royal Palace and the many pagodas that dot the landscape. Your corner deluxe room features traditional style, a warm, soothing color palette, a lounge area and a private bar.

The Aureum Palace Hotel Bagan is nestled within the Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone, surrounded by ancient temples and ruins of The Kingdom of Bagan and offering luxurious modern amenities including an exceptional spa. Your Jasmine Villa features finely crafted traditional furnishings, a spacious living area, sumptuous bath, private balcony and beautiful views.

The Aureum Inle Resort and Spa, a sister property to the resort you will stay at in Bagan, is exquisite. Resting on the shores of Inle Lake, this hotel offers villa-style accommodations, high-end amenities and gorgeous views. Your Villa on the Shore features modern décor with traditional local touches, a spacious living area, plunge pool and views out over the lake, so you can catch sight of locals rowing long flatboats using their unique leg motion.

You will spend the final night of your experience at the Governor’s Residence Hotel in Yangon. Undoubtedly the best hotel in town, the Governor’s Residence Hotel is right in the heart of the city, offering easy access to points of interest and plenty of traditional charm. Your Deluxe Garden View Room features a terrazzo-style bath and views of the hotel’s private lotus garden and pond.

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Myanmar is perhaps Southeast Asia’s best kept secret. A new presence on travel “hot lists” in recent months, Myanmar is undoubtedly one of Asia’s most sought-after destinations now. And it’s easy to see why. Ancient traditions and architectural ruins abound, and locals welcome visitors with warm smiles and open hearts. Combining the finest accommodations available in the region with the services of expert local guides, this experience offers you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in one of Southeast Asia’s richest and least-known cultures.

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connecting Europe and Asia, Turkey wears the long-treasured cultural and architectural insignia of centuries of human history. And despite its many well-known sights of historic significance, some of Turkey’s most incredible wonders remain largely undisturbed. Join us in this epicenter of ancient and modern culture, where luxurious accommodations await and an expert private guide will offer you incredible behind-the-scenes access to some of the country’s most iconic and renowned landmarks. You’ll discover the wonders of Ephesus, Istanbul’s stunning Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace and more…you’ll even soar over Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys on an unforgettable hot air balloon ride. This is mesmerizing Turkey as you’ve never imagined it. he historic natural link

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Here you’ll discover the awe-inspiring ancient Byzantine architecture of Hagia Sophia without a crowd in sight, thanks to private access to this much-visited landmark. Explore the mystifying Basilica Cistern, the cavernous underground structure dating back to the sixth century that once housed formal gardens and served as the commercial and artistic center of Constantinople (now Istanbul) during the Early Roman Era. Relax with your fellow members on 84 |

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a private cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, the waterway separating Europe from Asia. Juxtapose your exploration of Istanbul’s many ancient legacies with a guided visit to the Pera District, the modern-day heart of the city. Enjoy an exclusive private opening of Istanbul’s celebrated Topkapi Palace, meandering the many historic rooms and courtyards that served as the seat of the Ottoman government and home of the sultans for 400 years. And relish your elegant accommodations in an authentic refurbished Ottoman palace at the Çiragan ˘ Palace Kempinski, perched on the shores of the Bosphorus.


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rom Istanbul, you will fly southeast to Cappadocia, a region celebrated for its exceptional natural wonders. The area’s stunning volcanic peaks, high plateau and whimsically nicknamed “fairy chimneys” combine to create a truly remarkable landscape—one you’ll no doubt delight in exploring. But the region’s rich cultural history is exceptional as well—some of which you’ll find right outside the door of your one-of-a-kind accommodations at Argos in Cappadocia, built on the site of an ancient monastery that still features remnants of historical dwellings and tunnels dating back thousands of years. Stroll through Göreme’s mysterious samazens rock-carved churches. Explore (Whirling Dervishes) the ancient subterranean village Whirling Dervishes, as we know them at Kaymakli. Learn the art of in English, are members of the ancient weaving traditional Turkish rugs Mevlevi Order. Their Sema ceremony, named among the Masterpieces of the from local experts and try your Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity hand at crafting pottery under by UNESCO in 2005, features members the guidance of potters at Avanos. of the order whirling in formation as a form of dhikr (or “remembrance of Marvel at a private performance God”). According to many, their rhythmic of Turkey’s Whirling Dervishes, rotation to traditional ayin music gives the watching as they execute their participant a sense of soaring ecstasy, even spiritual flight, as they honor God through unique Sema ceremony. Dine with their ritual acts of faith. a local family in the private garden of their home. And enjoy what will undoubtedly be one of the foremost highlights of your journey— an unforgettable hot air balloon ride, soaring over the minaretlike forms of the fairy chimneys.

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Days 6-7

ephesus (via Izmir)

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our Turkish journey wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the archaeological wonders of Ephesus, a site of incredible historic significance and home to the largest collection of Roman ruins in the Eastern Mediterranean.

To access Ephesus, you’ll fly from Cappadocia to Izmir on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. After checking in at the Swissôtel Grand Efes hotel, you’ll spend the afternoon exploring Izmir itself, visiting the restored Agora (“gathering place” in ancient Greek cities—much like a plaza today), and its modern-day counterpart, the Kemeralti bazaar, and more. And all of that before you join your fellow members for cocktails with an archaeologist who will share insights into the ancient history of Ephesus that you’ll encounter the following day. At Ephesus, your guide will escort you through the archaeological park, sharing information about the ruins of the Library of Celsus and offering you a rare view of the breathtaking Terrace Houses. Wander through the Ephesus Archaeological Museum and stroll past the one lone column nearby that marks the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. And wrap up your day with a late lunch, learning to prepare traditional Turkish fare during a cooking demonstration with a mother and daughter chef team at a local restaurant.

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i s ta n b u l

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o bring your journey to a close, you will return to Istanbul, this time armed with personal experiences and adventures that will unveil the ancient natural and cultural histories that have shaped Turkey over thousands of years. Checking in this time at the Four Seasons Hotel® Istanbul at Sultanahmet, converted from an historic prison and ideally located downtown, you’ll find yourself just steps from some of the highlights of Istanbul that you have not yet discovered. Explore the nearby Archaeological Museum, actually a complex comprised of three separate museums, including the Tiled Kiosk Museum which

is housed in a building dating back to 1466 and the Museum of Classical Archaeology, which boasts the Alexander Sarcophagus, a relic from the days of Alexander the Great. Find yourself in awe of the architectural wonders of the Suleymaniye Mosque and the exquisite Iznik tiles of the Rüstem Pasha Mosque. Test your bargaining skills as you stroll through Istanbul’s world-renowned Spice Bazaar and Grand Bazaar. And say farewell to your fellow members and your guide at a private dinner, after which a local tasseographer will send you on your way with your future foretold (from a “reading” of your coffee grounds anyway).

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Turkish kilims, like these on display at a local bazaar, are colorful tapestry-woven carpets that have been produced by hand for centuries, both for decorative purposes and to serve as prayer rugs.

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No experience better highlights the incredible natural scenery of Cappadocia than a private hot air balloon ride, soaring above the natural formations that have come to be called “fairy chimneys.�

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accommodations

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e p h e s u s (via Izmir)

i s ta n b u l

Three Nights

Two Nights

Two Nights

Two Nights

For the first three nights of your ˘ experience, you’ll call the Çiragan Palace Kempinski hotel—originally an Ottoman palace—home. Your Superior Bosphorus View room features classic Turkish décor and, like most of the hotel, faces the Bosphorus, offering views of the water and the Asian coastline of Istanbul beyond.

The world-renowned Argos in Cappadocia is a boutique hotel located on the site of an ancient monastery in the heart of Old Uçhisar Village. Careful restoration of remnants of the monastic buildings means you’ll find historic dwellings, underground tunnels and even caves just steps from your door. And your distinctive accommodations here will be plush, fascinating and full of unique character.

Certainly the best hotel in the region, Swissôtel Grand Efes is surrounded by three acres of gorgeous landscaped gardens overlooking the Aegean Sea and offers a rooftop terrace and the Amrita Spa & Wellness facility, complete with a traditional Turkish hamam (bath ritual), indoor and outdoor pools and more. Your Advantage Room offers a sumptuous bath, a wealth of modern amenities and a private balcony featuring views of the hotel garden or the city.

Upon your return to Istanbul, you’ll check in at the Four Seasons Hotel® Istanbul at Sultanahmet, an intimate retreat in the heart of the city, housed in what was once a prison. Your deluxe room features a full marble bath, a handwoven Turkish kilim (rug), original Turkish artwork and lovely views of either the hotel courtyard and garden or the city skyline.

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e x p e r i e n c e d e ta i l s trip length

10 days, 9 nights

2014 dates of travel

black sea

June 1-10 • September 14-23 September 28 - October 7 1

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ideal for 2

Adults or families with children age 12 or older looking for a somewhat active experience highlighting unique cultural, historic and natural wonders.

3

travel with

Up to four people with two reservations (double-occupancy accommodations only). getting there

This journey begins and ends in Istanbul. Fly into and out of Istanbul Atatürk International Airport (IST).

bulgaria

ephesus

mediterranean sea

black sea

Area of detail

cappadocia

turkey

syria mediterranean sea

why you’ll love it

Private access to everything from Istanbul’s iconic Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia to an authentic performance of the Whirling Dervishes means you’ll experience Turkey without crowds, lines or delays. And in addition to insider access, you’ll enjoy ultra-luxurious accommodations throughout this journey, an incredible hot air balloon experience in Cappadocia and several more special “extras.”

r e s e r va t i o n r e q u i r e m e n t s

1 Advanced Reservation 9 Plan Days (per double-occupancy accommodation unit) d a i ly f e e

$695 per person for more information

For more information about this 2014 experience, including a day-by-day itinerary, detailed information about what’s included in the program cost, and more, visit the Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia & Ephesus experience overview page on ER Compass.

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the journey

is t his tr ip for me?

alaska

An Expedition by Land & Sea

2014 d a t e s o f t r av e l

June 10 – 18

June 20 – 28

June 15 – 23

June 25 – July 3

June 12 – 21 australia

June 26 – July 5

Daintree, the Whitsunday Islands & Sydney

July 10 – 19

j a pa n

Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone

k e n ya

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy & Maasai Mara National Reserve

morocco

Marrakech, Fes & the Sahara

m ya n m a r

Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake & Yangon

October 28 – November 7

October 14 – 24

November 11 – 21

July 12 – 21

August 9 – 18

July 19 – 28

August 16 – 25

July 26 – August 4

August 23 – September 1

August 2 – 11

August 30 – September 8

March 22 – 30

September 13 – 21

March 29 – April 6

October 4 – 12

April 10 – 18

October 11 – 19

January 25 – February 4

November 1 – 11

February 22 – March 4

December 20 – 30

October 18 – 28

September 14 – 23

turkey

Istanbul, Cappadocia & Ephesus

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August 21 – 30

April 1 – 11

June 1 – 10

Degree of Luxury (Accommodations) Degree of Active Adventure Degree of Cultural Immersion

July 24 – August 2

High Moderate Low

September 28 – October 7


minimum

t o t a l c l u b t r av e l e r s

age

per itiner ary

8

28 - 36

r e s e r va t i o n s r e q u i r e m e n t s *

1 Advanced Reservation 8 Plan Days

d a i ly f e e

Master cabin: $850 per person Commander cabin: $1,000 per person Captain cabin: $1,050 per person Admiral cabin: $1,100 per person Commodore cabin: $1,250 per person

1 Advanced Reservation 8

16 - 24

9 Plan Days Priority Holiday Reservation (Select) for travel on the June 26 itinerary

$795 per person

1 Advanced Reservation 10 Plan Days 12

12 - 16

8

16 - 29

Priority Holiday Reservation (Select) for travel on the March 18 and April 15 itineraries

1 Advanced Reservation 9 Plan Days

$1,150 per person

$875 per person

1 Advanced Reservation 8 Plan Days 12

14 - 17

Priority Holiday Reservation (Select) for travel on the March 22 and April 10 itineraries

$995 per person

1 Advanced Reservation 10 Plan Days 12

14 - 24

12

12 - 18

Priority Holiday Reservation (Peak or Select, as applicable) for travel on the March 8 and December 20 itineraries

1 Advanced Reservation 9 Plan Days

$550 per person

$695 per person

*Plan Days required are listed per double-occupancy accommodation unit, unless otherwise noted

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