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Global Journeys

FEATURING: AFRICA, INDIAN OCEAN, UAE & SOUTH AMERICA


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OUR HISTORY Worldwide Traveler is a part of the global travel company Flight Centre Travel Group, which operates in over 11 countries across the globe. Together with our sister company GOGO Vacations, which has been in operation for over 60 years, we are a travel wholesaler who distributes our locally sourced product solely through our network of travel agency partners throughout the US. Worldwide Traveler has sales teams across the country staffed with dedicated and professional Travel Consultants to help you plan your ideal vacation, right down to the most meticulous detail. We believe that first-hand knowledge of a destination is critical to creating a unique experience and indelible memories, and our teams are staffed with travel enthusiasts and consultants who have either been to the destination, lived there, or originate from there.

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outstanding service, amenities, and locations in the world’s most desirable destinations. Worldwide Traveler has an extensive range of vacation options to help you create the ultimate experience that you desire. Whether it’s a 4-night city stay or the 3-week trip of a lifetime, our team at Worldwide Traveler is on hand to turn your dreams into reality.

exciting, somewhere you’ve always dreamed of going to. Because traveling is an adventure, no matter where you go… At GOGO Worldwide Vacations, we created and perfected the vacation package over 60 years ago, and now at Worldwide Traveler we’re using that experience to bring you the world and ensure that all of its awe-inspiring adventures are within your reach. You can rest assured that a vacation created for you by Worldwide Traveler is one that has been handcrafted by drawing on our collective experience and expertise.

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CONTENTS South Africa................................. 8-20 Zimbabwe & Victoria Falls.......... 21-23 Kenya........................................ 24-27 Tanzania.................................... 28-31 Botswana.................................. 32-33 Namibia..................................... 34-35 Rwanda & Uganda.................... 36-39 Indian Ocean – Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles............................ 40-53 Dubai......................................... 54-69 Abu Dhabi & Oman.................... 70-77 Peru.......................................... 78-81 Brazil......................................... 82-85 Argentina................................... 86-89 Chile.......................................... 90-91 Ecuador..................................... 92-95 Colombia................................... 96-97 General Conditions......................... 99

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER PROPERTIES In this brochure you will find a selection from our global portfolio of suppliers. At Worldwide Traveler, we hand-pick the hotels as well as the sightseeing and excursions we feature in order to ensure the quality of that particular component and the overall experience of your vacation. If you have a particular property or experience that you would like to include in your vacation plans, please ask your Travel Consultant.

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER ITINERARIES At Worldwide Traveler, we understand that every traveler is different, and every traveler wants unique experiences to create a trip that they will remember for years to come. To that end, we have included a selection of suggested itineraries throughout this brochure to give you insight into what each destination has to offer. These itineraries have been created based on our years of experience in the industry. However, they are only suggestions and can be easily modified to fit your needs, desires, and expectations. Please note, these are not escorted tours; instead they are a collection of independent experiences that have been created to showcase the types of attractions in each destination. Use the itineraries as a guide and as inspiration to create your own unique journey.

My Time Whenever you see the My Time icon it signifies unique recognition, special amenities, and services that go beyond your expectations — that’s what you get when you book a My Time property.

GUIDE TO RATINGS HHHHH Exceptional properties offering the finest accommodations and amenities with an outstanding variety of premium facilities and services. HHHH Excellent properties offering well appointed accommodations and amenities with a superior variety of excellent facilities and services. HHH Comfortable and appealing properties offering dependable accommodations and amenities with a variety of facilities and services. 1/2 star indicates that the property meets all criteria of the assigned rating and exceeds in certain areas.

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choosing your airline The vacation destinations of Africa, the Indian Ocean islands, and South America richly reward visitors with a diversity of culture, mystery, history, and beauty. Now, there are more flights than ever to their capitals and largest cities, including several airlines offering direct nonstop service from the US with various amenities and comfort options to make a rather lengthy flight more pleasurable.

LAN AIRLINES/TAM AIRLINES With more than 82 years of experience, LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines are among the leading passenger airlines in Latin America. The company and its affiliates serve over 100 destinations around the world through an extensive network that offers full connectivity within Latin America, while also linking the region with North America, Europe, and the South Pacific, as well as 70 additional international destinations through its variouscodeshare agreements.

minute you step onboard and enable you to arrive rested and refreshed. LAN and TAM are your connections to the region.

LAN Airlines, TAM Airlines and their affiliates have a leading position in their respective domestic markets of Chile, Peru, and Brazil as well as an important presence in the Argentinean, Ecuadorian, and Colombian

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domestic markets.From the 180° full-flat beds, to special menus by celebrity chef Hector Vergara, to the awardwinning Premium Business wine list hand-picked by the Master Sommelier, to the all-inclusive Economy Class, LAN and TAM begin your South American experience the

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Lounges Premium Class and higher categories of LANPASS frequent flyer can make use of a large network of partner VIP Lounges, available at most international airports. These lounges offer a wide variety of amenities such as: Snacks, drinks & select wines International & national magazines/newspapers Business center Wi-Fi connection Telephones & cable TV Rest area & showers

over 8 million members in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, and the rest of the world who enjoy LANPASS benefits. Every year, over 250,000 LANPASS members fly for free. As a LANPASS member, passengers can: • • •

Earn miles & redeem them for tickets that allow flyingfor free Gain access to preferential benefits on LAN & affiliate airlines Gain access to exclusive LANPASS promotions

Frequent Flyer Programs LANPASS is the Frequent Flyer Program of LAN and TAM, created to reward customer loyalty. There are currently

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EMIRATES Honored as Skytrax’ 2013 “Airline of the Year,” Emirates currently serves over 135 destinations on six continents. Emirates operates twice-daily nonstop service from New York JFK to Dubai as well as a third flight to Milan (with continuing service to Dubai). In addition, Emirates operates daily nonstop service from Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas/Fort Worth, Boston, and Washington Dulles to Dubai and beyond Emirates has extensive connections from Dubai to the Middle East, the South Asian subcontinent, the Far East, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Lounges First Class & Business Class: • • • •

Complimentary 24-hour buffet & full bar Shower facilities Fully equipped business centers Available in over 25 markets across the globe

• Access to Timeless Spa in First Class Lounge or Business Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport (First Class, includes complimentary first treatment)

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Access to Marhaba Lounge at Dubai International Airport for a nominal fee Fully equipped business center, shower facilities, widescreen TVs & complimentary 24-hour buffet Book 24 hours in advance

Now it’s even easier to add Skywards Miles with the launch of our new partnership with American Express®. Card members can convert 1 Membership Rewards® point into 1 Skywards Mile by logging into their American Express account and transferring points instantly online.

Frequent Flyer Program Emirates Skywards, the award-winning frequent flyer program, offers four tiers of membership – Blue, Silver, Gold, and Platinum – with each tier providing exclusive privileges. Members earn Skywards Miles on every Emirates flight and numerous airline partners such as Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, and Virgin America, or when they use the program’s designated hotels, car rentals, financial, leisure, and lifestyle partners.

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS South African Airways has evolved into one of the leading carriers in Africa, offering the most extensive route network in Africa, and flying to more destinations, both overseas and within South Africa, than anyone else. SAA is proud to be the national airline of South Africa, committed to the highest standards in everything they do. Passengers delight in warm hospitality and world-class travel experience every time they travel. On South African Airways, travelers in Premium Business Class relax in 180° fully flat-bed seats, and in Economy Class enjoy the most leg room versus competitors. Every seat offers an individual on-demand entertainment system, plush pillow, warm blanket, and amenity kit, and passengers savor an international menu of culinary delights and a handpicked selection of South African wines. SAA’s unrivaled network features connections to over 40 destinations across Africa.

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Lounges Business Class travelers are invited to retreat into worldclass comfort as they prepare for their journey. The lounge facilities offer the same high standards passengers would expect from South African Airways in the air. The following are lounges travelers can take advantage of: • • • • •

partner network, can be exchanged for a multitude of magnificent awards within three calendar years. As you progress through the tiers – Blue, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and ultimately, Lifetime Platinum – you will be entitled to more privileges, such as Bonus Miles, access to private airport lounges, and an additional baggage allowance.

Cycad First Class Lounge Baobab Business Class Lounge Star Alliance Lounges MTN Business Lounge (Douala, Cameroon) Star Gold Lounge (Hong Kong)

Voyager Frequent Flyer For Voyager members and frequent flyers, South African Airways’ Premier Rewards Program offers greater spending power with your Voyager Miles, both locally and internationally. The miles earned by flying South African Airways, or through the use of its ever-expanding

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Key Star Alliance – blue lines oneworld Alliance – red lines SkyTeam – green lines

Round the World Round the World (RTW) vacations are incredibly rewarding once-in-a-lifetime adventures, taking you literally wherever on the planet you want to go. A Round the World flight is a seamless journey that makes its way around the globe in one direction, i.e., a one-way long-haul journey with multiple stopovers. RTW flights offer great value for money, tailored itineraries, thousands of options, everything on one ticket, and up to 12 months validity. It’s up to you how long you stop at each point along the way – you’ll probably want to allow enough time to really get to know your destination before heading to a new corner of the globe. Because no individual airlines offer truly global service, RTW tickets are often associated with an airline alliance and allow you to travel with any airline that is part of the alliance. Your Travel Consultant can book these flights and provide alternative deals. The above map provides merely a sample of the thousands of possible Round the World itineraries that your Travel Consultant can make a reality.

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Star Alliance Established in 1997, Star Alliance is the first and largest global airline partnership, with the most member carriers and destinations served on every continent, giving international travelers unequaled lounge access, baggage allowance, and priority check-in privileges. Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Air, United, Al Nippon, Austrian Airlines, Singapore Air, Asiana, Lot Polish Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Adria Airways, Tap Portugal, Swiss, South African Airways, Air China, Turkish, Egyptair, Brussels Airlines, Aegean Airlines, Copa Airlines, Avianca, Taca, Lacsa, Air India, Eva Airways, Shenzhen Airlines, Oceanair Linhas Aereas.

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oneworld Alliance

SkyTeam

oneworld® brings together a top-quality lineup of the world’s leading airlines and affiliates, offering a market-leading range of alliance fares and products, as well as unparalleled value, service, and rewards for frequent flyers.

Created by a partnership of many of the world’s largest airlines, SkyTeam provides comprehensive access to an extensive and seamless global network with the accent on maximum flexibility, choices, and the convenience of shared terminal facilities.

American, Finnair, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, Qantas, LATAM, Airlines Group, Lan Peru, Japan Airlines, Japan Transocean, Royal Jordanian, Lan Ecuador, Lan Argentina, Dragonair Hong Kong, Siberia Airlines, Airberlin, Niki, Malaysian Air, Qatar, Tam Linhas Areas, Srilankan Airlines.

Air France, AeroMexico, Delta, Korean, Czech Airlines, Alitalia, KLM, Kenya Airways, Aeroflot, Air Europa, China Southern, Vietnam Airlines, Tarom Romanian, China Eastern, Shanghai Airlines, Saudia Airlines, Aerolineas Argentinas, Middle East Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, China Airlines, Garuda Indonesia.

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SOUTH AFRICA SCENIC WONDERS, DIVERSE EXPERIENCES & AMAZING WILDLIFE, ALL UNFOLDING ON A LUSH, GORGEOUS CANVAS

CITY-TO-CITY Air There are ten airports in South Africa; three of them are international and the other seven are domestic, offering scheduled flights between major cities. This is a great option for those wishing to get to their destination quickly.

Rail Explore South Africa’s cities on the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and select from different classes, including economy and luxury compartments for a comfortable and convenient experience. For long-distance travel, luxury train safaris are available, offering gourmet meals and exquisitely appointed suites for ultimate comfort. This is a unique and inspirational way of seeing some of the best game reserves and moving landscapes.

IN-TOWN Taxi There are metered taxis in South Africa’s cities, however, they may not always be readily available on the street. You may need to have your hotel call for a taxi in advance.

Know Your Destination Awaken in a world like no other in the southern tip of Africa – a multicultural country endowed with enthralling surprises as you immerse in South African culture and history and become entranced by its wonder. Friendly South Africans welcome tourists to explore sophisticated cities, rolling hills, sandy beaches, world-class wines, and tribal villages. US citizens need only a valid passport with a blank page for endorsements, and a return/onward ticket, and do not require a visa for visits up to 90 days. There are 11 official languages spoken; English is the language of administration and is widely spoken throughout South Africa. South Africans generally shake hands when greeting and some women may nod instead of extending their hand.

the panoramic and jaw-dropping waterfront views from its statuesque flat-top mountain. Explore the scenic Cape Peninsula Route, African penguins at Boulder Beach, enchanted vineyards, and many more inspirational and educational sites!

Garden Route Nestled along the Indian Ocean from Mossel Bay to St. Francis, this breathtaking coastal path takes you to laid-back towns, golden beaches with outdoor thrills, parklands and safaris with fascinating wildlife, nature reserves, and plenty of whale-watching opportunities. Photo: Cedric Weber/Shutterstock.com

GETTING AROUND

*Please note this is only a guide. Check with the consulate of the country you are visiting or your Travel Consultant for any immigration requirements.

THE REGIONS Johannesburg South Africa’s wealthiest city, also known as Jo’burg, is a perfect stopover city when connecting to another country or city. This bustling metropolis showcases Africa’s tallest skyscrapers stretching into the sky. And it’s only a twohour drive away from world-renowned game reserves like the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Financial district, Johannesburg

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Cape Town and Table Mountain

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Setting the Table

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Hike up Table Mountain or take a five-minute cable car ride for million-dollar vistas that will take your breath away.

Unlock the daredevil in you with a cage diving adventure like no other, getting up-close and personal with Great White Sharks off Dyer Island!

Colorful Cuisine Pull up a chair at a local restaurant and try traditional biltong, South Africa’s version of beef jerky.

Living History Peek into the grim past with a visit to Robben Island, and see where Nelson Mendela was imprisoned for 18 years among many other political prisoners.

Garden Party Follow the Garden Route, a stunning stretch of coastline, game-viewing opportunities, golf courses, historic towns, and year-round mild weather.

Game Time Have steak another day and instead choose from a selection of savory grilled game meats like ostrich, crocodile, antelope, and springbok.

Super Safari Try your luck with tracking the “Big 5” (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos) in Kruger National Park.

Fish Story Savor mouthwatering fresh catch-of-the-day right from the boat in a Cape Town waterfront restaurant boasting spellbinding views.

Blanc Slate Visit a historic vineyard and sample some of South Africa’s luscious wines, including its signature Chenin Blanc, a fruit-fragranced treat.

Square Deal Meander along Nelson Mendela Square, dotted with favorite designer stores, charming sidewalk cafés, and sophisticated dining.

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Chasing the Big Five

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9 Days / 8 Nights JOHANNESBURG • KRUGER NATIONAL PARK • CAPE TOWN

Robben Island

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Soweto Tour • Kruger National Park • Game Drives • Robben Island Tour • Table Mountain

Day 1: Johannesburg Welcome to Johannesburg! You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to unwind. Later that evening, head to Mandela Square for some shopping and indulge in authentic African cuisine.

Day 2: Soweto – Kruger National Park Enjoy an insightful morning tour of Soweto! Soweto is a vibrant city that’s considered to be the New South Africa but still openly bears the scars of the apartheid era. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your departing flight to Kruger National Park and then taken to your hotel.

Days 3 – 5: Kruger National Park Using your hotel as a base, find out how many of the “Big 5” (lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinos) you can see in the world-renowned Kruger National Park, a wildlife experience like no other! Kruger National Park houses a fascinating number of species of trees, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. In between game drives, savor local cuisine paired with unique South African wines, or simply relax by the pool.

Day 6: Kruger National Park – Cape Town This morning you will be picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight to Cape Town. After arriving, you’ll be greeted and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure.

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Later in the evening, you can head down to the famous V&A Waterfront to mix with the locals and sample the incredibly fresh seafood brought in on the boats every day.

Day 7: Cape Town Start the morning with an extraordinary in-depth city tour of South Africa, beginning with a trip up to Table Mountain, the jewel of Cape Town. Other tour attractions include the Malay Quarter, City Centre, Company Gardens, and Castle of Good Hope, as well as other spectacular highlights of Cape Town. The evening is yours at leisure. You can venture into the city to pamper your taste buds with flavorful dishes from Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and more!

Day 8: Cape Town Start the morning with a visit to Robben Island, which once served as a place of banishment, isolation, and imprisonment between the 17th and 20th centuries, and also where Nelson Mandela spent many years as a political prisoner. You’ll tour this museum, now a World Heritage Site, for a poignant reminder of the price paid for freedom. The afternoon is yours to explore your last day in Cape Town. Be sure to sample traditional biltong, a cured meat snack that’s very popular amongst the locals!

Day 9: Cape Town This morning you bid South Africa farewell as you transfer to the airport for your departure.

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South African Highlights 8 Days / 7 Nights CAPE TOWN • PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK

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Winelands Pilanesberg Game Reserve

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Robben Island • Table Mountain • Winelands Tour • Pilanesburg Game Reserve

Day 1: Cape Town Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you’ll catch a connecting flight to the beautiful seaside city of Cape Town. After arriving, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, and the remainder of the day will be at your leisure. In the evening you can head down to the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront to mix with the locals and sample the incredibly fresh seafood brought in on the boats every day.

Day 2: Cape Town Start the morning with an extraordinary in-depth city tour of South Africa, beginning with a trip up to Table Mountain, the jewel of Cape Town. Other tour highlights include the Malay Quarter, City Centre, Company Gardens, Castle of Good Hope, as well as other spectacular highlights of Cape Town. The evening is yours at your leisure, and perhaps you can venture into the city to pamper your taste buds with flavorful dishes from Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and more!

Day 3: Cape Town South Africa is famous for its luscious wines such as Pinotage and Chenin Blanc. Today you’ll be taken on a scenic and historic drive through the Cape Winelands, and exquisite wine tastings at local farms in Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek.

Day 4: Cape Town This morning you will visit Robben Island, which once served as a place of banishment, isolation, and

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imprisonment between the 17th and 20th centuries, and also where Nelson Mandela spent many years as a political prisoner. This museum, now a World Heritage Site, serves as a poignant reminder of the price paid for freedom. The afternoon is yours to explore your last day in Cape Town. Be sure to sample traditional biltong, a cured meat snack that’s very popular amongst the locals!

Day 5: Cape Town – Johannesburg – Pilanesberg National Park This morning you’ll be transferred to the airport for your departing flight to Johannesburg, and then on to Pilanesberg National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for Africa’s “Big 5” (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo)! Also be on the lookout for nocturnal brown hyenas, fleet-footed cheetahs, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, and more rare and familiar species!

Day 7: Johannesburg Today you’ll be transferred back to Johannesburg Airport for your departing flight.

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Day 6: Pilanesberg National Park Enjoy morning and evening game drives into the park. In between drives, take the opportunity to immerse in South Africa’s culture by sampling the local cuisine and fine wines, or just sitting by the pool and relaxing to the organic sounds of Africa.

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Wine, Dine & Safari 13 Days / 12 Nights JOHANNESBURG • CAPE TOWN • GARDEN ROUTE • KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Soweto Tour • Table Mountain • Robben Island • Garden Route • Kruger National Park

Day 1: Johannesburg

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Welcome to Johannesburg! You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to unwind. Later that evening, why not head to Mandela Square for some shopping and indulge in authentic African cuisine?

Pick up your rental car first thing in the morning for your scenic journey along the Garden Route! The first stop is the picturesque town of Mossel Bay, home of the Pinnacle Point Caves, Cape St. Blaize Cave, and rock art that is over 27,000 years old!

Day 2: Soweto – Cape Town

Day 7: Garden Route

Enjoy an insightful morning tour of Soweto! Soweto is a vibrant city that’s considered to be the New South Africa, yet still openly bears the scars of the apartheid era. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your departing afternoon flight to Cape Town and transferred to your hotel.

Embark on a short journey to Knysna, commonly referred to as the Garden Route’s “pot of gold”. Explore the best of South Africa’s Garden Route with dolphins peeking out of crystalline waters or watching intriguing elephants in their natural habitat.

Day 3: Cape Town

Head off this morning to Plettenberg Bay, or “Plett” as the locals call it. The region boasts sweeping golden beaches, the iconic Robberg Peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests, and lush vineyards and wine estates.

Start the morning with an extraordinary in-depth city tour of South Africa, beginning with a trip up to Table Mountain, the jewel of Cape Town. Other tour highlights include the Malay Quarter, City Centre, Company Gardens, Castle of Good Hope, as well as other spectacular highlights of Cape Town. The evening is yours at leisure. You can venture into the city to pamper your taste buds with flavorful dishes from all over Africa!

Day 4: Cape Town Start the morning with a visit to Robben Island, which once served as a place of banishment, isolation, and imprisonment between the 17th and 20th centuries, and also where Nelson Mandela spent many years as a political prisoner. This museum, now a World Heritage Site, serves as a poignant reminder of the price paid for freedom. The afternoon is yours to explore your last day in Cape Town. Be sure to sample traditional biltong, a cured meat snack that’s very popular amongst the locals!

Day 5: Cape Town South Africa is famous for its wines from Pinotage to Chenin Blanc, and today you’ll be taken on a scenic and historic drive through the Cape Winelands, and exquisite wine tastings at local farms in Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek.

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Day 8: Plettenberg Bay

Day 9: Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth, South Africa’s 5th largest city, is the final stop on your southern South African journey. A short distance from Port Elizabeth is picturesque Nelson Mandela Bay, where you’ll find game parks, golf courses, surfing, and so much more!

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Day 10: Kruger National Park Drop off the car at the airport in the morning, then fly to Kruger National Park for an exhilarating search of the Big Five! You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your accommodation.

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Using your hotel as a base, find out how many of the Big Five (lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos) you can see in the world-renowned Kruger National Park, offering a wildlife experience like no other! Kruger National Park houses a fascinating number of species of trees, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. In between game drives, savor local cuisine paired with unique South African wines, or simply relax by the pool.

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A SELECTION OF South Africa HOTELS RADISSON BLU HOTEL WATERFRONT, CAPE TOWN

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Cape Town

Cape Town

The only Cape Town hotel on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, this stylish property overlooks Table Mountain, Robben Island, Signal Hill, and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Guest rooms open to private balconies with ocean views.

From its berth at Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, this stylish hotel offers spectacular views of Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Table Bay, and Robben Island from comfortably appointed rooms and suites. Be pampered like royalty at the spa.

Just minutes from Cape Town’s best beaches and attractions, this hotel – formerly a 19th-century prison – is packed with modern amenities and ideally positioned in the heart of the famous Victoria & Albert Waterfront.

• 177 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor heated rim-flow pool/sundeck/beach • Amani Spa/ fitness center/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 236 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • Casuarina Wellness Centre/24-hr fitness center • conference facilities available • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

• 191 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • Relax Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

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Garden Route – Western Cape

This fashion-forward hotel puts you close to the beach, the Victoria & Albert Waterfront, historic Greenmarket Square, and other Cape Town attractions. Retreat to sleek guest rooms with premium bedding, the latest tech amenities, and city views.

The pinnacle of private game reserves and home to the coveted “Big 5,” this top-flight resort lodge spans almost 50,000 acres, one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. Retreat to exquisite accommodations.

A convenient base to explore the Garden Route and its many attractions, this unique property offers a boutique hotel experience right on the beach. Guest rooms have minimalist décor, private balconies, and sea views.

• 201 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor heated pool/sundeck • Hilton Spa Boutique/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 58 ac rooms, suites & tents • restaurant/bar • complimentary breakfast/ in-lodge dining • outdoor pool • spa • game drives & guided walks

• 29 ac rooms • restaurant/2 bars/complimentary breakfast • 2 outdoor pools/sundeck • library • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

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Johannesburg

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Situated on a hill in a lush landscaped garden above Plettenberg Bay, this hotel is just minutes from beaches, golf courses, and other attractions of the famous Garden Route. Spacious thatched-roof guest rooms have terraces with breathtaking views.

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this charismatic hotel guarantees quality service and a luxury stay in the heart of Johannesburg. Elegant guest rooms reflect the Renaissance style that defines the entire property.

This premium hotel is a tranquil oasis in the heart of the bustling business and entertainment hub of Sandton. Guest rooms, furnished in a comfortable classic style, are set amid landscaped gardens reflecting off crystal-clear pools.

• 24 rooms • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool/sundeck • Greenhouse Salon & Spa • tour desk • whale-watching • golf nearby • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 242 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor heated pool • Michelangelo Spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room/Jacuzzi/sundeck

• 330 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/lounge/cigar bar • 24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/sundeck • fitness center/steam room • complimentary shuttle to Sandton Gautrain station • complimentary Wi-Fi

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Kruger National Park

Set in Johannesburg’s hip, happening Melrose Arch neighborhood, this modern hotel is close to shopping, entertainment, Nelson Mandela Square, and BIDVest Wanderers Stadium. Sleek, stylish guest rooms have city views.

Step outside this fabulous safari camp and right into the action in Kruger National Park! Luxurious tented suites have teakwood floors, private verandas, and views of the Ngwenyeni Dam. Join a morning or afternoon safari in an open 4x4 vehicle.

An exclusive lodge within world-renowned Kruger National Park, this sterling property continues the safari tradition of a bygone era. Guest suites have spacious decks with Jacuzzis or plunge pools and stunning views of the N’waswitsontso River.

• 197 ac rooms • restaurant/café/2 bars • 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 6 ac tented suites • restaurant/lounge • butler service • outdoor pool • spa services • 4x4 game drives

• 12 ac suites • restaurant/lounge • outdoor pool • spa services • game drives

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Pilanesberg National Game Park

The wilderness safari of your life begins at this unique luxury lodge, one of the very first privately owned camps in famous Kruger National Park, with exclusive traversing rights in an area of the park celebrated for “Big 5” game viewing.

The ultimate African getaway, this hidden treasure stands on its own private concession area within famous Kruger National Park. Thatched-roof suites have private game viewing decks. After your safari, relax with Nomadic African spa treatments.

Embark on an exclusive wildlife adventure at this unique and intimate resort, set on a hillside in Pilanesberg National Game Park. After a day of viewing Africa’s “Big 5” wildlife, retreat to luxury chalets with private balconies overlooking the savannah.

• 12 ac suites • indoor & outdoor dining facilities • complimentary breakfast • concierge/room service • outdoor pool with deck • Pilgrims Rest Spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room • kids activities

• 6 ac suites • restaurant/lounge • butler service • outdoor pool • spa services • game drives/eco tours

• 10 chalets • restaurant/bar • room service • outdoor pool • excursions & bush walks

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Pilanesberg National Park

Sabi Sand Private Reserve

Waterberg

This intimate family-friendly luxury lodge stands in a wildlife wonderland less than two hours from Johannesburg. Spacious suites feature open-plan baths and outdoor showers, and open onto private patios. Spot “Big 5” game on guided bush excursions.

This unique resort occupies a prime location within the Sabi Sand Reserve, next to Kruger National Park, and offers an exceptional safari experience. Thatched-roof rooms feature indoor and outdoor showers, plus private verandas.

Set against the backdrop of the lush green Waterberg Mountains, this family-friendly resort is located in one of South Africa’s finest private game reserves. Join a day or night 4x4 safari, and spot “Big 5” game and more than 300 bird species!

• 18 ac suites • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool • guided viewing safaris • golf nearby • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

• 13 ac rooms • restaurant/lounge • outdoor infinity pool • Safari Spa • excursions

• 47 ac rooms & villas • restaurant/lounge/whiskey bar/pool bar • 2 outdoor pools/sundeck • Mabula Spa • 2 tennis courts/4x4 game drives

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Waterberg

Waterberg

Just minutes from the beach, this landmark 1846 hotel on the famed Garden Route overlooks Santos Bay and the harbor. Guest rooms have the latest tech amenities, plus balconies with superb sea and harbor views.

Located in the magnificent Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, this deluxe safari resort welcomes guests into luxury suites perched on a cliff above the Sterkstroom River. Retreat to accommodations with private plunge pools and viewing decks.

Get acquainted with Africa’s spectacular golden vistas, breathtaking sunsets, and “Big 5” game viewing at this deluxe intimate tented camp in Mabula Private Game Reserve. Relax on your own private deck while sighting exotic game.

• 31 ac rooms & suites • restaurants/café/bar/lounge • room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • spa services • museum/shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 8 ac suites • restaurant/lounge/wine cellar • outdoor pool • spa services • 4x4 game drives

• 5 tents • restaurant/lounge • outdoor splash pool • horseback & ATV safaris

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Western Cape

Set on the banks of a lake in the “Big 5” Entabeni Game Reserve, this rustic lodge is made for great wilderness adventures. Enjoy sundowners on your own private deck with the alwayschanging colors of Entabeni Mountain reflecting in the lake.

Experience serious luxury at this stellar resort, set within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy. Guest rooms open to patios with panoramic views. Revel in wildlife one day, then hit the golf course to play the world’s most civilized game the next!

Situated in the heart of the Little Karoo Wine Route, this unique resort is surrounded by 133,000 acres of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna, and rock formations and rock art. Accommodations include the latest tech amenities.

• 24 rooms • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool • Lakeside Spa • game drives/ bush walks • Wildlife Cultural Centre nearby • golf nearby • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 220 ac suites • restaurant/bar/pool bar • outdoor pool • spa • 18-hole golf course • game drives/bush walks • wildlife & cultural center

• 27 ac rooms & tents • restaurant/bar • room service • Relaxation Retreat Spa/sauna/steam room • game drives

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GIVING SOMETHING BACK

THE POWER OF ONE

Pretoria

South Africa / 3 Days

South Africa / 1 Day

A trip abroard Rovos Rail is an experience like no other. With perfectly appointed service, delectable cuisine, and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail journeys recall a more elegant era. Trains depart regularly from Rovos Rail’s private station in Pretoria for Cape Town, Victoria Falls, and Durban (all with return trips), and feature annual journeys to Tanzania and Namibia.

Bring your life skills to the fore, and visit up to three different community projects of One Horizon that are turning around the lives of needy families, children, and communities. Cook for and feed abandoned children, help prepare and distribute food hampers for needy families, and take children on outings and be part of their lives. A One Horizon experience is for travelers who really want to give something back to this amazing country.

Visit One Horizon’s community projects in Orange Farm and Soweto that are turning around the lives of needy families, children, and communities. Cook for and feed abandoned children, help prepare and distribute food hampers for needy families, and take children on outings and be part of their lives. A One Horizon experience is for travelers who really want to give something back to this amazing country.

THE BLUE TRAIN

ROBBEN ISLAND

TABLE MOUNTAIN & CITY TOUR

Cape Town / 2 Days/1 Night

Cape Town / Half Day

Cape Town / Half Day

A novel way to traverse some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery in South Africa, the Blue Train is elegantly appointed to ensure maximum comfort and personal service on its regular 990-mile journey through the breathtaking countryside between Cape Town and Pretoria (or vice versa). Enjoy deluxe suites, personal butler service, and gourmet dining, plus stunning scenery seen from the lounge cars of one of the world’s most luxurious trains.

Board a ferry at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town for this comprehensive tour of historic Robben Island and its infamous Maximum Security Prison – including the tiny cell occupied for 18 years by anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, later a Nobel Laureate and President of South Africa. A former political prisoner lends unique insights into life in the prison, and there is also time to explore the Moturu Kramat (Muslim shrine) and the museum shop at Murray’s Bay Harbour.

This comprehensive tour includes all of Cape Town’s “mustsee” attractions, starting off with a cable-car (not included) ride up Table Mountain. Highlights include the Malay Quarter, City Centre, and Company Gardens, plus (time permitting) the Castle of Good Hope, Table Bay, and Cape Town Diamond Works.

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Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE & VICTORIA FALLS WILDLIFE & WILD COUNTRY, SPOTLIGHTING AWESOME SCENERY & NATURE’S MOST MAGNIFICENT CREATURES.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS US citizens need only a passport valid for at least six months, a return onward ticket, and proof of sufficient funds to cover stay. A visa is required and can be obtained on arrival. Despite there being 16 languages in Zimbabwe, English is commonly spoken throughout the country.

GETTING AROUND CITY-TO-CITY ZIMBABWE Air There are several domestic airlines servicing different cities within Zimbabwe.

Bus Minibus taxis are available to go from one city to the next.

Train Enjoy a scenic train ride to Victoria Falls from Bulawayo.

IN-TOWN VICTORIA FALLS Taxi Taxis are available at hotels or can be called for their services. They can also be flagged down in Victoria Falls Town.

Shuttle Most hotels and lodges offer complimentary shuttles to and from Victoria Falls, other hotel locations, and Victoria Falls Town.

THE REGIONS Zimbabwe This cultural gem is blessed with scenic backdrops, exotic wildlife, and spectacular national parks, including Hwange National Park (famous safari destination), Nyanga National Park, Chizarira National Park, Gonarezhou Park, and of course, Victoria Falls. Catch game going about their day in their natural habitat, like leopards, buffalo, lions, zebras, and more, oh my! Enjoy horseback riding, elephant rides, and marveling at unspoiled flora and fauna. Learn about the ancient formations and the great minds that were once a part of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Immerse in Zimbabwe’s culture in the bustling capital of Harare! Check out the Chapungu Sculpture Park, housing impressive stone carvings. Pull up a chair at a local eatery with Afro-jazz as the backdrop, and savor a traditional dish of sadza (white porridge made out of corn) and wash it down with a cold glass of chibuku (local beer).

Victoria Falls Nature’s pride and joy takes the stage to showcase its thundering grandeur and unrivaled beauty – Victoria Falls is the graceful border nestled between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Get a front row seat to one of the New7Wonders of the world, and fall in love with Victoria’s majesty. Recognized as the largest waterfall in the world when it comes to height and width, and known locally as Mosi-oaTunya, which means “The Smoke That Thunders,” it’s a wonderland overflowing with recreational activities. Hold on tight as you go white-water rafting on the Zambezi River. Feel the thrill and bungee-jump off the 364-foot high Victoria Falls Bridge. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you gently navigate the river above the Falls. Raise your

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Fall in love with Zimbabwe 5 Days / 4 Nights VICTORIA FALLS • ZIMBABWE • BOTSWANA • MASUWE

Chobe National Park

Lion Walk

Victoria Falls

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Chobe National Park • Lion Walk • Tour of the Falls

Day 1: Victoria Falls

Day 4: Victoria Falls

Upon arrival in Victoria Falls, you’ll be met and transferred to your accommodation. The afternoon is yours to explore the stunning surroundings that abound.

After a relaxing morning you will be taken to Masuwe Estate and be given the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the “Big 5!” Learn all about the African Lion Rehabilitation Program, and walk with a lion accompanied by your guide! Being in the presence of one of these magnificent animals is an experience of a lifetime! The afternoon and evening are at your leisure.

Day 2: Victoria Falls Join your expert guide and venture through the rainforest to see the majestic Victoria Falls in all its thundering glory. Marvel at the plentiful flora and fauna of the lush region while becoming enlightened about the history of the falls.

Day 3: Victoria Falls Venture out of Zimbabwe and into Botswana to visit the breathtaking Chobe National Park. Spend the morning viewing game on the Chobe River. Enjoy a delightful lunch at a charming hotel on the riverbank, where you will board safari vehicles for an afternoon awe-inspiring game drive.

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Day 5: Victoria Falls After an exhilarating 4 days of sheer adventure, it’s time to say goodbye. You will be transferred back to the airport for your departure.

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The first private game lodge in Zambezi National Park is set on the banks of the Zambezi River, close to Victoria Falls. Individual luxury safari tents – some with private plunge pools – feature indoor and outdoor showers, plus private viewing decks.

The newest safari-style resort in Victoria Falls is set on the Wild Horizons private wildlife concession, bounded by the Masuwe River and Zambezi gorges. Guest suites face the gorge and have plunge pools and private viewing decks.

This scintillating resort stands on a small hill overlooking the Zambezi River, just a few miles upstream from Victoria Falls. Tee off on the area’s only 18-hole golf course. Guest rooms open to balconies with river, garden, or pool views.

• 13 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • outdoor infinity pool • spa • excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 9 ac tented suites • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool • spa services • safaris & excursions

• 276 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/24-hour room service • 2 outdoor pools • Safari Health & Beauty/fitness center/sauna • 18-hole golf course • tennis & squash courts

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The perfect base for exploring majestic Victoria Falls, this stellar boutique property stands on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River. Spacious rooms have double French doors that open to a garden where wild animals roam.

Situated within the magnificent grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge resort, this exclusive new property overlooks a wildlife gathering spot. Guest rooms have private balconies with uninterrupted views of the bushveld and Africa’s legendary sunsets.

This stellar property stands high on a plateau bordering Zambezi National Park and is just minutes from thundering Victoria Falls. Retreat to guest rooms with private balconies perfect for wildlife viewing.

• 34 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge/pool bar • room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • spa • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 20 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • butler service/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • spa/salon • private viewing deck • complimentary Wi-Fi

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Kenya EMBRACE THE COUNTRY’S ENDLESS WILDERNESS, SAFARI ADVENTURES, DIVERSE LANDSCAPES & FASCINATING CULTURES

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A passport and visa are required for entry into Kenya; passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the end of your intended stay and need a minimum of two blank (unstamped) visa pages. The visas must be obtained by using a new online system. The vias fees are $50 for a singleentry visa and $100 for a multiple-entry visa for each traveler, regardless of age. Evidence of yellow fever immunization may be requested; some travelers have been refused entry at immigration for not having sufficient proof of immunization.

GETTING AROUND CITY-TO-CITY Air Kenya Airways offers scheduled connections and regular daily flights from Nairobi to Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, and Kisumu. Airkenya and low-cost, no-frills airline Fly540 also fly from Nairobi with scheduled connections to numerous other domestic destinations.

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diverse culture and history. Make sure you visit for more than just a weekend to watch Kenya’s biggest city unfold before your eyes.

Dreaming of Africa? Kenya might just be the perfect place to start. From the open plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve to the beaches and coral reefs of the eastern coast, Kenya is one of Africa’s most enticing destinations.

Game Parks & Reserves

Although the long roads are bumpy and not always easy to navigate, joining a safari can be one of the most unforgettable experiences you’ll have in Kenya. Easily accessible from the cosmopolitan capital city, Nairobi, the Masai Mara National Reserve is famous for its role in the great wildebeest migration. Though it is Kenya’s most famous game park, Masai Mara is definitely not the only one. Depending on your expectations for a memorable safari adventure, Amboseli National Park, Tsavo National Park, and Meru National Park all make a good case for being your number one pick. And they’re just a few of the country’s astounding 45 national parks and reserves.

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Nairobi

Coast Bus, the oldest bus operator in Kenya, runs a reliable upscale day and night service between Nairobi and Mombasa. Other private bus companies operate passenger service to a number of domestic destinations.

Kenya’s capital city is the gateway for safari adventures into East Africa, however, this modern and buzzing metropolis has plenty of charm of its own if you know where to look. Amid the high-rise office buildings and daily bustle there are some real gems, such as the heart-warming elephant orphanage.

Car You can rent a car or Jeep in Nairobi and Mombasa, although getting around in Kenya, especially on roads out of the city, is difficult as roads are often in a dilapidated state.

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Then there are the city’s excellent museums and pulsing nightlife districts. It’s not hard to see why eating out is a popular pastime in this city either, with an eclectic mix of flavors and cuisines that reflect the region’s rich and

Kenya is home to the most famous game parks and reserves on the planet, among them: Masai Mara National Reserve (“Big 5,” wildebeest, cheetah, hyena, jackal, zebra); Nairobi National Park (rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena); Amboseli National Park (elephant, cape buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, giraffe, zebra); Lake Nakuru National Park (flamingo, pelican, stork, ostrich, cormorant, heron); and Samburu National Reserve (zebra, ostrich, giraffe, oryx, elephant, lion, leopard). Outside the game parks, local villages are the perfect places to explore fascinating local culture and lifestyle of the country’s 42 tribes, learning about traditional foods, customs, festivals, rituals, and much more. Among the most accessible are the Samburu village in the Rift Valley in northern Kenya, Giriama villages on the northeast coast, and the Alego Nyangoma Kogelo village in western Kenya (ancestral home of US President Barack Obama).

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Come Fly with Me Kenya boasts 1,089 different species of birds, and you can spot the most colorful and unusual varieties in Amboseli, Maasai Mara, Meru, Samburu, Tsavo, the Tana River Delta, and other areas.

Be a People Person Meet chic locals and expats at Nairobi’s Village Market, an upscale shopping and entertainment complex known for its fashion, art, crafts, and trendy restaurants.

A Different Angle For a truly unique perspective on the spectacular wilderness and wildlife of Masai Mara National Reserve, rise at dawn and board a hot-air balloon for fantastic views.

Shore Thing Explore the Indian Ocean coastal city of Mombasa, known for its beautiful beaches, diverse culture, lively nightlife, and labyrinth streets of the Old Town.

Time to Climb Gear up to climb Mount Kenya (the second highest mountain in Africa after Kilimanjaro), an extinct volcano

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WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES in dense mountain forest with stunning glacial peaks and countless photo ops.

Grilled The local Kenyan speciality to try is nyama choma, a selection of meats (usually goat and sheep) grilled over an open fire. Wash your meal down with a beer – the local favorite is Tusker.

It Takes a Village Travel to a Giriama village and visit local schools, live in local homes, eat local food, and take part in the rituals and cycles of daily life.

Top Shop Bargain for souvenirs and curios in downtown Nairobi at the lively City Market, a sightseeing experience in itself, offering woodcarvings, drums, jewelry, traditional fabrics, and more.

Hava Cuppa Sit with the locals and sip a cup of Kenya’s world-class coffee at the java houses around Nairobi.

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Kenya 4WD Safari 8 Days / 7 Nights NAIROBI • MOUNT KENYA • OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY • LAKE ELEMENTAITA • LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK • MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

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Nairobi

• Mount Kenya • Game drives • Ol Pejeta Conservancy • Chimpanzee Sanctuary • Thomson’s Falls • Rift Valley • Lake Nakuru National Park • Masai Mara National Reserve

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi Upon arrival in Nairobi, Kenya, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Nairobi – Mount Kenya Travel to your lodge on the flanks of Mount Kenya. This tree lodge is set in a forest glade with a waterhole that attracts all sorts of wildlife day and night. The waterhole is floodlit, and there is an underground viewing platform. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, spotting game from the lodge balcony and viewing platform, or venturing into Mount Kenya Forest on an escorted walk to explore the rich flora and fauna of the indigenous forest.

Day 3: Mount Kenya – Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Chimpanzee Sanctuary Head north and travel through breathtaking scenery to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. An afternoon game drive includes a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

Day 4: Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Lake Elementaita An early morning excursion takes you to Nyahururu, also known as Thomson’s Falls, which boasts a 237-foot cascade. Next, travel into the Rift Valley. The afternoon is at leisure, or enjoy a guided bird walk at the Soysambu Conservancy.

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before returning to the camp for lunch. The national park, known for its birdlife, offers a possibility to view flamingoes. It is also home to Black and White rhinos as well as the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. The afternoon is at leisure, with optional activities offered by the camp.

Day 6: Lake Elementaita – Masai Mara National Reserve In the morning, head to the Masai Mara. Join an afternoon game drive that returns to your lodge as the sun sets. At our lodge, the views are stunning. It is on this very terrain, stretching endlessly before the lodge, that the annual migrations take place. Millions of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles pass through on their way to and from their alternative feeding grounds in Tanzania.

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Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve Gear up for early morning and afternoon game drives. Enjoy a bush breakfast at the hippo pool. The Masai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles and over 400 birds species recorded on the reserve.

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Day 8: Masai Mara National Reserve – Nairobi Depart the Masai Mara, crossing the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley to Nairobi. A day-use room is provided before you transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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Kenya in Luxury 8 Days / 7 Nights NAIROBI • AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK • SHABA NATIONAL RESERVE • MARA NORTH CONSERVANCY

Masai Mara National Park

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Amboseli National Park • Shaba National Reserve • Mara North Conservancy • Game drive by day & night • Bush walks • Cultural visits

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya, where you’ll be met and escorted to your hotel. Time permitting, enjoy an optional visit to the Karen Blixen Museum and the Giraffe Manor for a view of the rare Rothschild’s giraffe.

Day 2: Nairobi – Amboseli National Park In the morning, fly to Amboseli National Park. Transfer to Tortilis Camp, which consists of traditional en suite tents raised above the ground with spacious verandas. There’s a fantastic view of Mount Kilimanjaro! Included are game drives, bush walks, sundowners, cultural visits to the nearby Manyatta, and a swimming pool. There are over 1,000 elephants in the park’s eco-system, featuring some of the largest elephants in Africa.

Day 3: Amboseli National Park Get ready for a full day of game viewing activities in Amboseli National Park. Tortilis Camp is located in a pristine area on the southwest border of the park and has access to both the National Park and the Kitirua Private Conservancy.

Day 4: Amboseli – Shaba National Reserve Fly to Shaba National Reserve and transfer to Joy’s Camp, featuring chic canvas bedrooms raised off the ground. Each tent is uniquely decorated using Borana/ Somali cloth, handmade glass, and vibrant fabrics of the local tribes. Enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and a large natural spring. Activities include game drives, bush meals on the Ewaso Nyiro River, cultural visits, and sundowners. The camp is ideal for secluded game viewing as well as relaxing, reading, and soaking up the truly wild environs offered by Shaba.

Day 5: Shaba National Reserve

National Reserve, where you can explore the different ecosystems of acacia forest and swamplands.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Day 6: Shaba National Reserve – Mara North Conservancy Fly to the Masai Mara and transfer to your camp with game viewing en route. Elephant Pepper Camp is located in Mara North Conservancy, a beautiful 74,000acre private wilderness. A vital part of the Masai Mara ecosystem, it forms the northwestern zone, bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve in the south of Kenya. Small and very exclusive, Elephant Pepper Camp is secluded in the heart of the African bush, offering the ultimate upscale bush experience with the sights and sounds of nature and all the luxuries you need. Activities include day and night game drives, bush walks, bush meals, and sundowners. Early morning and late afternoon are the most productive hours for game drives, and the custom 4WD safari vehicles give everyone a perfect view. Watching wildlife at close range, but without encroaching on their space, is endlessly fascinating, and the guides’ instincts and knowledge afford superb wildlife photo opportunities.

Rothschild Giraffe

SOUTH SUDAN

ETHIOPIA

Lokitaung Lodwar Marsabit

Day 7: Mara North Conservancy Enjoy a full day in the Masai Mara with game viewing activities. Extended game drives that continue into the evening make game viewing a complete experience. A game drive into the Masai Mara National Reserve is also available.

Day 8: Mara North Conservancy – Nairobi After a last game drive in the Masai Mara, fly back to Nairobi, where a day-use room is provided before you transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

SOMALIA

UGANDA KENYA Kisumu Lake Victoria

Mara North

Shaba

Eldoret Nakuru Nyeri

Meru Garissa

Nairobi Amboseli Garsen

TANZANIA

Malindi

Indian Ocean

Mombasa

Gear up for a full day of game viewing activities in Shaba

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tanzania COME FACE-TO-FACE WITH NATURE’S MOST MAJESTIC WILDLIFE ON A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE IN THE HEART OF EASTERN AFRICA

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS US citizens must have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival. Confirmed return/onward tickets and the necessary travel documentation for your next destination are required, as well as proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay in the country.

GETTING AROUND CITY-TO-CITY Air Although not inexpensive, air travel is the best way to access the far-flung parts of Tanzania. There are major airports in Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro, served by Air Tanzania, air viva, Precision Air, Coastal Aviation, Auric Air, ZanAir, and Regional Air.

Know Your Destination From the mountainous north, home of Mt. Kilimanjaro, to the vast Serengeti, a visit to East Africa’s largest country promises to delight. Set off on the wilderness adventure of a lifetime in Tanzania! While an active vacation in Tanzania means much more than chasing wild animals, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding where to go on safari. And beyond the wilderness adventures, explore fastgrowing Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s surprisingly scenic tropical seaport and an excellent base for embarking on wilderness activities as well as offshore recreation from scuba diving to deep-sea fishing. It’s easy to navigate this beautiful country, where English and Swahili are the official languages.

THE REGIONS Dar es Salaam Tanzania’s largest city and its economic capital, “Dar” is located in a quiet bay off the Indian Ocean coast, where its bustling harbor is the country’s main port. Remnants of colonial presence, both German and British, can still be seen in the landmarks and architecture around the city, including St Joseph’s Cathedral, Azania Front Lutheran Church, and the old State House. Reflecting both its location on the Indian Ocean and the region’s role as a major spice producer, Swahili cuisine is a lively fusion of African, Indian, and Arabic influences. And Dar by night is a lot of fun, especially the venues playing Taarab, a fast-paced Swahili music style that blends Tanzania’s tribal music with Arab vibes.

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Game Parks & Wilderness Destinations Welcome to some of the most famous wilderness on the planet, including fabulous Serengeti National Park and its wide range of wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, hippos, elephants, zebra, buffalo, crocodiles, gazelles, and wildebeests. Formed by the same volcanic activity that generated Kilimanjaro and the Great Rift Valley, Ngorongoro Conservation Area consists of the highlands around the famed Ngorongoro Crater. In the “Northern Circuit” of Tanzania, Tarangire National Park is surely a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 570 species identified. Perhaps Tanzania’s biggest draw, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa.

Zanzibar As alluring and enchanting as its name, Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, and home to gorgeous beaches, a sultry climate, dreamy East African flavors, and warm, welcoming locals. Stroll the labyrinthine streets – too narrow for modern cars – of Stone Town, where little has changed in the last 200 years, but everyday life still bustles. Marvel at the unique architecture of grand homes, built in an enduring mix of Arab, Persian, Indian, European, and African traditions and styles. And take a “spice tour” of cardamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and saffron plantations.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro at Sunrise

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Track Meet

Peak at This

Track lions and other big cats amid the waving grass and acacia trees of legendary Serengeti National Park.

Climb Africa’s tallest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro – or just gaze upon its utter majesty.

Good Deal

Fish Story

See the protected chimpanzees, made famous by primatologist Jane Goodall, in the forests of Gombe Stream National Park.

Go deep-sea fishing for marlin, swordfish, and barracuda.

Bling-a-Ding

Gimme Five

Shop for handcrafted jewelry at Dar es Salaam’s lively Ilala Market.

Try to spot all of the “Big 5” in the natural enclosure of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a/k/a “Africa’s Eden.”

Food Fest

Wings & Things On the shores of Lake Victoria, Rubondo Island National Park reveals a rich and diverse variety of butterflies and bird life.

Wild Water Scuba dive and snorkel in an underwater world of tropical fish in the cool Indian Ocean.

Pull up a chair for Thai, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Ethiopian, and other cuisines, as well as chipsi, ugali, and nyama choma.

Eclectic Electric Dive into an electric live music scene in Dar showcasing traditional Taraab orchestras, jazz, salsa, afro funk, and bongo flava.

Serengeti National Park

Ngorongoro Arusha

Tarangire National Park

KENYA

Pemba Island

TANZANIA Zanzibar Dar es Saalam Safari Car on Game Drive, Ngorongoro Crater

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Best of Tanzania 8 Days / 7 Nights TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK • LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK • NGORONGORO CRATER • SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Lake Manyara National Park

Kilimanjaro

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Tarangire National Park • Lake Manyara National Park • Ngorongoro Crater • Olduvai Gorge • Serengeti National Park • Game drives

Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro – Arusha Upon arrival, you’ll be met and escorted to your lodge.

Day 2: Arusha – Tarangire National Park Drive to Tarangire National Park, where you enjoy afternoon game viewing.

Day 3: Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara After a morning of game viewing and a picnic lunch in Tarangire National Park, continue to Lake Manyara National Park. In the afternoon, choose from mountain biking, a village visit, a forest hike, or a short nature walk.

Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park On a full-day game drive, you’ll find an abundance of wildlife, including hippos, zebras, giraffes, buffalo, leopards, impalas, wildebeests, baboons, and monkeys.

Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park – Ngorongoro Crater Ascend through the highlands to the very rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. From there, descend into the crater for a full afternoon of game viewing. Vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, buffalo, and their predators – the big cats – roam the crater floor.

Jumping with the Maasai, Ngorongoro

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater – Olduvai Gorge – Serengeti National Park Depart Ngorongoro for Serengeti National Park. Visit Olduvai Gorge, an archeological site extensively excavated by the Leakey family. Continue to Serengeti National Park, where huge herds of wildebeest, antelope, and zebra provide an unequalled wildlife spectacle. Later, enjoy an afternoon game drive.

Day 7: Serengeti National Park Join up with morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. An optional balloon safari at dawn is available (additional cost).

Day 8: Serengeti National Park – Depart Kilimanjaro This morning’s pre-breakfast game drive is your final opportunity to bask in the unmatched grandeur of the African safari lands before flying to Arusha for lunch. Time permitting, a day room is provided to freshen up before you transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your evening departure flight. An optional extension to Zanzibar is available.

Serengeti National Park Serengeti National Park Serengeti National Park Ngorongoro

KENYA Mt. Kilimanjaro

KENYA

Arusha

Mt. Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro

Arusha Tarangire National Park Tarangire National Park

TANZANIA TANZANIA

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Tanzania Deluxe Safari 7 Days / 6 Nights ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK • LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK • SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK • NGORONGORO CRATER

Lake Manyara

Safari

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Arusha National Park • Lake Manyara National Park • Serengeti National Park • Olduvai Gorge • Ngorongoro Crater • Game drives

Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro – Arusha Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania, where you’ll be met and escorted to your lodge at Lake Duluti, near Arusha.

Day 2: Arusha National Park – Lake Manyara Enjoy a morning game drive in Arusha National Park. In addition to the park’s abundant flora and fauna, there are three other spectacular features: Momella Lakes, Meru Crater, and Ngurdoto Crater. In the afternoon, depart for Lake Manyara. The lodge where you’ll be staying has a dramatic setting overlooking the Great Rift Valley, the beautiful soda lake of Manyara, and the park.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park – Serengeti National Park Join an early morning game drive at Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions. Here you can see a variety of habitats and diverse animals and birds. Witness the large flocks of flamingoes descending on the lake. In the afternoon, depart for the Serengeti, where your lodge affords endless views over the plains.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park

Serengeti Serna Lodge

Day 5: Serengeti National Park – Olduvai Gorge – Ngorongoro Embark on a morning game drive in Serengeti National Park. In the afternoon, depart for Olduvai Gorge, site of archeological findings where traces of pre-historic man dating back 3.5 million years have been discovered. Continue to the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. From the lodge, experience breathtaking views of the crater floor below as well as the wealth of the surrounding animal and bird life.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater Gear up for a full day of game viewing in Ngorongoro Crater, which boasts a spectacular concentration of wildlife, including the “Big 5.” Drive across the dense forest and near the soda lake to view a variety of animals and bird life.

Day 7: Ngorongoro – Arusha – Kilimanjaro In the morning, return to Arusha. A day-use room is provided before you transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park

KENYA Ngorongoro

Mt. Kilimanjaro Arusha

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park, home to the largest concentration of plains animals (four million), plus 500 species of birds. Drive along the river and out on the plains among the vast herds of migratory animals. An optional balloon safari is also available (additional cost).

Lake Manyara Tarangire National Park

TANZANIA

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Chobe National Park

botswana A DREAM SAFARI SETTING, A SCENIC WONDERLAND… AND A SURPRISING DESTINATION FOR WILDERNESS EXPERIENCES

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS All visitors require a passport (it is highly recommended to have six months’ validity remaining). US citizens do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days (extensions possible). Return/ onward tickets are required, as are sufficient funds to cover your stay in the country.

GETTING AROUND CITY-TO-CITY Air Major areas of Botswana are linked by air; the main airports are Sir Seretse Khama International (Gabarone) and Maun International Airport, the latter a gateway airport to the Okavango Delta. The national carrier, Air Botswana, operates scheduled domestic flights from Gaborone to several destinations, including Francistown, Maun, and Kasane.

Rail Botswana Railways operates one of Africa’s few modern train services, traveling between Lobatse and Francistown, via Gaborone, Pilane, Mahalapye, Palapye, Serule, and other villages.

Car Renting a vehicle, especially 4WD, will allow you the freedom to explore some of Botswana’s most beautiful wilderness areas on your own timetable via roads that are paved and well maintained. The downside is that distances are long and the cost of renting a vehicle is high.

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Know Your Destination About 40% of Botswana is protected wildlife management area, and it is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, inviting you to tread deeper into the realm of exotic creatures than anywhere else. Simply put, Botswana is Africa at its most unspoiled. Wildlife is Botswana’s main draw, and the nation’s legislative actions help to preserve natural habitats for a diverse array of fauna. And though the lions roar, the welcoming human population of Botswana speaks English. The capital city of Gaborone – famed as the setting for the worldwide bestselling book series “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” – is a modern city, but its main attractions include the old Village and its colonial architecture, and the crafts markets where you can buy locally made wood carvings and colorful prints and tapestries.

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Delta Dawn Visit the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world and a World Heritage Site – and one of the world’s great wildlife havens.

Worth Its Salt The stark salt pans of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park attract a large number and variety of birds year-round. In these and other parks and preserves you will also find lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, elephants, and antelope.

Pachyderm Paradise Head to Chobe National Park to see the largest population of African elephants on the continent.

Migration Nation Animals move freely along ancient migration routes in the 700-square-mile Moremi Wildlife Reserve. It’s easy to spot buffalo, giraffes, hippos, antelope, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and jackals, as well as almost 500 different birds.

Open Wide Botswana’s wide-open spaces also invite all manner of recreation, including hiking, ATVs, mountain biking, windsurfing, horseback and camel riding, bird-watching, swimming, canoeing (via mokoro), caving, camping, boat cruising, fishing, and hot-air ballooning.

Hurry Sundown End the day in beautiful Botswana with a sundowner: sip a vintage-style British cocktail after a satisfying afternoon game drive, or join an evening river cruise and catch some of the most stunning sunsets Mother Nature has to offer.

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Kalahari Calling…

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Explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the second largest game reserve in the world, home to the Bushmen (or San) for thousands of years.

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79.2 78.1 77 73.2 66.6 61.2 61 66.4 73.9 79.2 80.2 79.5

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Botswana In Depth 11 Days / 10 Nights VICTORIA FALLS • CHOBE NATIONAL PARK • MOREMI WILDLIFE RESERVE • OKAVANGO DELTA • MAKGADIKGADI NATIONAL PARK

Makoro

Moremi Wildlife Reserve

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Victoria Falls • Chobe National Park river cruise & game drives • Moremi Wildlife Reserve game drives & motorboat excursion • Okavango Delta day & night game drives, mekoro excursions & walks • Makgadikgadi National Park game drives

Day 1: Arrive Victoria Falls

Day 7: Moremi Wildlfe Reserve – Okavango Delta

Arrive at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, where you’ll be met and escorted to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River.

Fly to your camp, situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The area offers a true water wilderness experience.

Day 2: Victoria Falls

Activities include game drives, night drives, mokoro trips, and walks. Enjoy the opportunity of seeing all major predators, a variety of big game and plains game, and an abundance of bird life.

Tour Victoria Falls, with its vast curtain of water that’s nearly a mile wide and 355 feet high. You may choose to visit both sides of the falls (additional cost). The afternoon is at leisure for optional activities.

Day 3: Victoria Falls – Chobe National Park Travel by road and boat to Chobe National Park, Botswana. In the afternoon, cruise along the Chobe River in a spacious skimmer.

Day 4: Chobe National Park Join a qualified guide on morning and afternoon game drives from the comfort of a custom-built game viewing vehicle.

Day 5: Chobe National Park – Moremi Wildlife Reserve Fly to Moremi Wildlife Reserve, and transfer to your camp with game viewing en route.

Day 6: Moremi Wildlife Reserve Safaris are all conducted in open safari vehicles in Moremi Wildlife Reserve; excursions by motorboat afford the opportunity to explore the Upper Delta. Hippos and crocodiles are abundant in these areas and easily visible from the boat.

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Game Drive, Okavango Delta

Day 8: Okavango Delta

Day 9: Okavango Delta – Maun – Makgadikgadi National Park Fly to Maun and continue by road to your camp, situated on the high cliffs overlooking the dry Boteti River bed, bordering Makgadikgadi National Park. The viewing area, high up on white calcrete and silcrete cliffs, is the centerpiece of the experience, as are the views from the accommodation tents.

Day 10: Makgadikgadi National Park The contrast of riverine and desert habitats puts the camp in a unique position amid a wide variety of flora and fauna. In the dry season (April-December), Southern Africa’s largest wildebeest and zebra migration arrives from the salt pans, and elephants frequent the Boteti, having traveled great distances from the northern areas.

Elephant Valley Lodge

ANGOLA

ZAMBIA Victoria Falls

Okavango/Moremi

ZIMBABWE

Maun

NAMIBIA

BOTSWANA

Makgadikgadi Francistown

Ghanzi

Bobonong Serowe Mahalapye

Gaborone

Day 11: Makgadikgadi National Park – Maun Following the morning activity, transfer to Maun and connect with your departure flight.

Chobe

Tsabong

SOUTH AFRICA

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Sossusvlei Dunes

namiba THE QUIET GEM OF AFRICA, FULL OF AUSTERE DESERT LANDSCAPES & TEEMING WILDLIFE

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS All visitors must have passports valid for at least six months beyond the period of intended stay, but no visa is required for tourist or business-related stays of up to three months. Confirmed return/onward tickets are required, as is the necessary travel documentation for your next destination. Note: Visitors must have at least two blank (unstamped) visa pages remaining in their passport, for entry and departure endorsements.

GETTING AROUND CITY-TO-CITY Train The national railway company, TransNamib, operates trains (and buses) to destinations all over Namibia via their StarLine passenger service. Service operates from Windhoek to OtjiwarongoTsumeb, Gobabis, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Keetmanshoop, and other destinations.

Car There are numerous rental car agencies in Windhoek, and Namibia’s roads are very good, with primary routes paved, and secondary routes of wellgraded gravel. Please note, gas stations typically do not accept any form of payment except cash.

IN-TOWN WINDHOEK Taxi There is no public transit in Windhoek, but there is a system of shared taxis that primarily run between the townships and the main industrial/ commercial areas of the city.

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Know Your Destination A country of diverse cultures and European influences. A landscape awash in sunshine and exotic wildlife. A land of stark, mystical beauty, all the more manifest as it is one of the most sparsely populated countries on the map. Namibia is one of a kind. Explore landscapes as geographically varied as the dunes and desert coastal plains of Namib, the Skeleton Coast, the Kalahari Basin, and the wooded bushveld of Kavango and Caprivi. Windhoek, the capital, is steeped in the influence of German colonization, still present in language, architecture, and restaurants where you can savor traditional dishes and beer, and even celebrate Oktoberfest! You’ll find that the city center has the air of European café culture, laid-back and eclectic, with a pedestrian precinct, bustling shops, and market stalls. While English is the official language, many people also speak Afrikaans and German.

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Gorge-ous Take a guided excursion to the Sesriem Canyon, a picturesque, narrow craggy gorge with steep 100-foot walls, carved by the Tsauchab River into sedimentary rock.

Rock On Visit the stark, barren wilderness of Damaraland, home to Brandberg (Namibia’s highest mountain), the Petrified Forest, and more than 2,500 prehistoric rock engravings.

Little Deutschland Discover more German colonial legacies and colorful architecture in Swakopmund, at the Skeleton Coast’s southern end.

Rare Earth Explore famous Etosha National Park, where you’ll find rare and endangered species like the Black Rhino, Blackfaced Impala, and Gemsbok.

Just Desert Join a safari into the Namib Desert, the oldest in the world, home to antelope, gazelles, ostriches, meerkats, and several species of lizards.

Going Deep Explore the gigantic Fish River Canyon, Africa’s version of the Grand Canyon, and its deep ravines, hot springs, and towering rock stratas of purples, pinks, and grays.

Picture This Bring your camera to one of the most photographed landscapes in the world, the Sossusvlei, known for its undulating red, pink, and orange sand dunes. It looks even more stunning from a hot-air balloon!

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Hell on Earth

Once known by sailors as the “Gates of Hell,” the rugged Skeleton Coast National Park is lined with hundreds of beached shipwrecks.

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Highlights of Namibia 11 Days / 10 Nights WINDHOEK • ETOSHA • DAMARALAND • SWAKOPMUND • NAMIB DESERT

Damaraland

Sand Dunes

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Okahandja market visit • Etosha National Park game viewing • Damaraland archaeological visit • Swakopmund natural attractions • Sossusvlei dunes visit

Day 7: Damaraland – Swakopmund

Arrive in Windhoek, Namibia, where you’ll be met and escorted to your hotel.

Continue via Henties Bay to the charming coastal resort of Swakopmund. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure, with options including a visit to the museum, the aquarium, and the crystal gallery, or just explore the town.

Depart Windhoek and head north via Okahandja, where you’ll visit a local market to shop for wood carvings and curios. Arrive at your lodge in late afternoon.

Day 3: Etosha National Park Spend a full day in this world-class game park, visiting a number of waterholes to observe the wildlife. Etosha, translated, means “the place of dry water,” and here you’ll get your first view of the magnificent salt pan.

Day 8: Swakopmund Spend the day at leisure to further wander through this charming town. Options include indulging in a harbor cruise or a scenic flight, or perhaps one of the numerous adventure activities on offer.

Day 9: Swakopmund – Namib Desert

Travel along the vast salt pan with stops at various waterholes and game viewing en route. After lunch, continue through the park and on to your overnight stop.

Explore some of the region’s natural wonders, such as the ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis and the Moon Landscape, before continuing to the edges of the Namib Desert. Proceed through the southern region of the Namib Naukluft Park, the Kuiseb Canyon, and the Gaub Pass before reaching your accommodation.

Day 5: Etosha National Park – Damaraland

Day 10: Namib Desert – Sossusvlei

Day 4: Etosha National Park

It’s an early start to see the highlights of Damaraland, one of the last true wilderness areas in Africa. Head through Outjo and Khorixas (capital of the region), and pass through scenic landscapes and Damara villages before reaching the Petrified Forest. Arrive at your lodge at midday.

Day 6: Damaraland Visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, including fascinating geological features such as the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. Displaying one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa, UNESCO approved Twyfelfontein as Namibia’s first World Heritage Site in 2007. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

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Visit the spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei, reputedly the highest dunes in the world. Energetic guests may choose to climb to the top of the dunes before returning to the lodge.

Sossusvlei

Etosha National Park Skeleton Coast Park

Damaraland

Skeleton Coast

Day 11: Sossusvlei – Windhoek Enjoy a leisurely start to the day, and drive through the scenic Spreetshoogte Pass (road conditions permitting) to Windhoek. Arrive at your hotel in Windhoek or to the airport in late afternoon.

NAMIBIA

Windhoek

Swakopmund

Walvis Bay

Sossusvlei

BOTSWANA

Day 2: Windhoek – Etosha National Park

Etosha Photo: Ute von Ludwiger

Day 1: Arrive Windhoek

Namib Naukluft National Park Luderitz

Fish River Canyon Keetmanshoop

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Akagera National Park

rwanda SUPER GAME ADVENTURES, EUROPEAN INFLUENCES & FRIENDLY PEOPLE MAKE THIS MORE THAN THE “LAND OF 1,000 HILLS”

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Travelers entering Rwanda are required to have a passport valid for six months from date of entry. US citizens must possess a visa at the time they request entry into Rwanda; a visa valid for 30 days for the purpose of tourism can be purchased for $30 upon arrival at Kigali International Airport or at Rwanda’s land borders. All travelers require a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

GETTING AROUND CITY-TO-CITY Air Kigali International Airport serves as the primary gateway for Rwanda’s gorilla safaris, with domestic flights available through Akagera Aviation and Rwandair.

IN-TOWN KIGALI Taxi Taxis and airport taxis are plentiful in Kigali, with many independent and amalgamated operators.

Know Your Destination More than its reputation as the home of the world’s most magnificent gorillas, Rwanda is a breathtakingly beautiful land, from its one thousand hills to its rolling green savannahs, with huge volcanoes, East Africa’s only canopy walk, acclaimed coffee growers, amazing range of flora and fauna, water sports at Lake Kivu, and more. Rwanda has truly come into its own as a full-fledged safari destination, thanks to the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park as well as the recent reintroduction of lions to Akagera National Park. You’ll find a range of primate tracking and bird-watching excursions, nature hikes, cycling and photography tours, wildlife safaris, and more. The attractive European-influenced capital city of Kigali is becoming a destination all its own, thanks to its winding boulevards and bustling streets, and its cosmopolitan vibe, enhanced by plenty of good places to eat, some lively night-time action, and interesting museums. Kinyarwanda is the chief spoken language in Rwanda, but English and French are also official languages.

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES

Going Ape Get up-close and personal with some of the country’s 14 primate species among the 18 mountain gorilla families in Volcanoes National Park.

The Nose Knows See and smell one of the world’s greatest concentrations of exotic orchids in Nyungwe National Park, home to over 160 species.

“Big” Deal Join a “Big 5” game safari in Akagera National Park, where the savannahs, mountains, and swamps are also home to elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebras, and buffalo.

For Art’s Sake In Kigali, shop for traditional handicrafts at CAPLAKI Craft Village, while distinctive contemporary art is available at Ivuka Arts, Inema Art Center, and Uburanga Art Studio.

Goat to It Try the local specialty, brochettes (goat kebabs), which are delicious and served in most bars and restaurants.

In Memorium Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which commemorates the dark days of the tragic Rwandan genocide in 1994.

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Hey Joe Meet the farmers of Kivu and participate in coffee farming activities such as harvesting, sorting, and tending Rwanda’s exceptional beans – and, of course, tasting the final brewed coffee!

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Avg. F° 71 70 70 70 70 70 71 73 72 70 70 70 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 2.9 3.7 5.3 7.1 4.8 1.1 0.7 1.7 4 5 6 3.9

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Photo: Pal Teravagimo /Shutterstock.com The Equator

uganda DUBBED “THE PEARL OF AFRICA” BY CHURCHILL, THIS SURPRISING COUNTRY IS THE CONTINENT’S BEST-KEPT VACATION SECRET

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A passport valid for six months beyond date of entry, visa, evidence of yellow fever virus vaccination, as well as a polio vaccination for children younger than five, are required for entry into Uganda. Visas are available at Entebbe Airport upon arrival or may be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda; the fee for a three-month tourist visa obtained upon arrival at Entebbe Airport is USD$100. Travelers entering Uganda via land border crossings may face various entry procedures; the Ugandan immigration officer at the port of entry will determine the length of authorized stay, which is generally from two weeks to three months.

GETTING AROUND CITY-TO-CITY Air Air service inside Uganda includes direct flights to Entebbe from Kampala, and there are domestic flights to Arua, Adjumani, Gulu, Kitgum, and Moyo. Airlines include Aerolink and Eagle Air.

Know Your Destination

squeezes through a 20-foot-wide gorge and drops into spectacular Murchison Falls before flowing into Lake Albert.

Ten national parks. A dazzling array of landscapes. Dry savannahs and dense forests. Snow-capped mountains and the world’s longest river. Did you guess we were speaking of Uganda?

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Perhaps not a surprise is that Uganda is home to one of the most diverse and concentrated ranges of African fauna, including the endangered mountain gorilla and common chimpanzee. Or that the people of Uganda have a very strong cultural heritage, and that they are very kind and friendly and approachable… While visitors usually fly into the airport at Entebbe, the capital city of Kampala is a thoroughly dynamic, engaging, and surprisingly picturesque city, from its Alpine-style Makerere University to the Gaudi-esque Gurdwara Ramgarhia Sabha temple. It’s an ideal base for vacationers who want to observe lions prowling the grasslands one day and go white-water rafting down the Nile the next.

Pull on your hiking shoes and go for the peaks of the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, which range up to 16,700 feet (Mt. Stanley).

A Raft of Adventures The white-water experience of your life awaits when you gear up for crystal-clear Grade V rapids on the fabled and scenic “White Nile.”

Where’s the Beef? Sit down to a helping of the Ugandan favourite known as Beef Luwombo, a traditional feast of beef steamed in banana leaf.

Friday Night Lights Visit the Jukali handicraft village, better known as the Friday craft market, which offers a good selection of artwork, jewelry, fabrics, and wooden and stone sculptures.

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Prime Safari

Ascend to the top of the tower of the picturesque Gaddafi Mosque (Uganda’s largest mosque) in Old Kampala for the best views of the entire city.

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Track endangered gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, and join a tour of Kibale National Park to see more than ten primate species found only in this reserve.

The best way to get around Kampala and neighboring towns is via minibus-type taxis, which run along fixed routes, picking up and dropping off riders anywhere along the route.

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Falling Water Soak up the awesome sight of the “White Nile” as it

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Avg. Rainfall (inches) 2.8 3.4 6.4 10.1 9.9 4.6 3 3 3 4.1 5.6 4.7

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Uganda and Rwanda in Depth 11 Days / 10 Nights ENTEBBE • MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK • LAKE ALBERT • KIBALE NATIONAL PARK • QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK • BWINDI • LAKE KIVU

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary visit • Murchison Falls National Park game drive & cruise • Kibale National Park chimpanzee tracking • Queen Elizabeth National Park game drives • Kazinga Channel cruise • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park gorilla trek • Volcanoes National Park gorilla trek • Lake Kivu

Day 1: Arrive Entebbe Arrive in Entebbe, Uganda, where you’ll be met and escorted to your hotel.

Day 2: Entebbe – Ziwa Sanctuary – Murchison Falls National Park Depart Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park, stopping at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route. The sanctuary is home to rhinos and a range of other game and many bird species, and a guided rhino-tracking excursion is offered. Cross the Nile by ferry and proceed to your lodge.

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park Join a morning game drive that most commonly reveals elephants, giraffes, buffalo, warthogs, leopards, lions, and many others. Embark on an afternoon boat trip to the bottom of the falls. Enjoy a stunning sunset on your return.

Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park – Lake Albert – Western Uganda

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Day 11: Lake Kivu – Depart Kigali In the morning, leave the gleaming waters of Lake Kivu and journey to Kigali. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi National Park Depart for Bwindi through grass covered hills, valleys filled with a mixture of banana, soy, and coffee plantations, and the busy commercial center of Kabale. As you approach, you are afforded the most magnificent view of the entire volcano chain of the Virunga Mountains. Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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Day 9: Bwindi – Volcanoes National Park Depart from Bwindi in the morning and head into Rwanda. Travel to your lodge near Volcanoes National Park.

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Gulu

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Lira Murchison Falls

Lake Albert Fort Portal

Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Gorilla Trekking An early morning trek into the forest on the slopes of the volcanoes, led by experienced trackers, will bring you amongst a family of Mountain Gorillas. You will get within feet of the family and be privileged to spend time amongst them. Return to the lodge for a late lunch, with an opportunity for a forest walk with the guides.

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Kampala Entebbe

Kibale Lake Edward

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RWANDA Byumba Lake RWANDA

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There’s an early start for chimpanzee tracking. Kibale National Park protects a large block of rainforest

Join a morning game drive in the park. The Mweya Peninsula is good for a variety of animals including elephants; in the Kasenyi plains you’ll find mostly lions and Uganda kob. A vast array of birds and wildlife can be seen on an afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.

Early in the morning, you are guided into Volcanoes National Park. Tracking the gorillas through the unique vegetation can take several hours of challenging walking in wet and muddy conditions. In the late afternoon, drive to Gisenyi, a small town located on the northern shore of Lake Kivu.

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Day 5: Kibale National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kazinga Channel

Day 10: Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla SUDAN Trekking – Lake Kivu

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Travel through the Rift Valley via Lake Albert and its coastal fringes, where flocks of small zebu are tended by the proud Alur herdsmen. Continue to Fort Portal, traveling through changing vistas of high plateaus, valleys, and resplendent tea plantations. The landscape becomes more tortuous, descending to the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains, whose snowcapped peaks can be seen in the distance.

harboring the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa. Join an afternoon drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park along the foothills of the Rwenzoris for an evening game drive.

Soroti Lake Mbale Kyoga Jinja

Port Bell

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Lake Victoria

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Lake Kivu Kigali Kiva Cyangugu Kibungo Butare

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YEMEN

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Praslin Island

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La Digue Island

North Island

SRI LANKA

SEYCHELLES

ETHIOPIA Silhouette Island

Indian Ocean

MALDIVES Frigate Island Mahé Mahé Island

MALDIVES Ihavandhippolhu Atoll

Haa Alifu Atoll Haa Dhaalu Atoll Shaviyani Atoll

Maamakunudhoo Atoll

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Noonu Atoll

Indian Ocean Raa Atoll

Lhaviyani Atoll

Baa Atoll Goidhoo Atoll Malé Indian Ocean

Malé Atoll

Ari Atoll Vaavu Atoll Port Louis

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Faafu Atoll

Meemu Atoll

Dhaalu Atoll Thaa Atoll

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Laamu Atoll

MAURITIUS Indian Ocean

Huvadhoo Atoll

REUNION Addu Atoll

Coco Island

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Overwater Bungalow

maldives A UNIQUE DESTINATION WITH ENDLESS SUNSHINE, AN UNDERWATER EXTRAVAGANZA, AND VIEWS TO THE BLUE HORIZON

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS US citizens need only a valid passport, an onward/ return ticket, and sufficient funds to cover stay. A no-cost visa valid for 30 days is issued on arrival.

GETTING AROUND A speedboat, seaplane, or local dhoni (a multipurpose sailboat) are used when traveling within the islands. Taxis, motorbikes, and walking are also options on Malé; it takes approximately 10 minutes to walk from one end to the other on the island. Scheduled ferries are available when traveling to other islands.

Know Your Destination Awaken in a sun-soaked archipelago comprising 1,192 coral islands and 26 atolls… where the sunset transforms into a hypnotizing fusion of striking colors…where your senses are balanced… where there is an abundance of underwater life and thrilling water sports! With its stunning beaches, blue waters, and virtually pure air, the Maldives may be the ultimate exotic getaway! Escape to one of the most idyllic – and isolated – destinations on the planet. Enjoy a picnic lunch on an uninhabited island. Take a sunset cruise on a catamaran. Dive into the clearest water you’ll ever see. Rejuvenate body and soul at a sinfully delicious spa. Knowing where to begin your Maldives holiday will be your only question – for starters, there are 26 coral atolls

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to choose from, and it’s near impossible to pick a favorite. You can, however, hop from one to the other, experiencing unrivalled luxury at every stop. The most intrepid travelers opt for some city buzz first in the energetic capital Malé – home to Hukuru Miskiiy, the oldest mosque in the country. Notice that when you check into your resort, it occupies its own separate island. And in the Maldives, it’s the law that all resort guest rooms must face the beach, and five linear meters of beachfront is allocated to each resort bungalow… When it comes to food, Maldivians adore three things: fish, coconut, and starch. Opt for local favorites like skipjack and yellowfish tuna, best served with rice, taro, sweet potato, or cassava. Beyond seafood, the Maldives is also renowned for its delectable vegetable curries – spicy, redolent, and packed with a fresh selection of aubergine, pumpkin, potato, and carrot. And then there’s roshi – a tasty flatbread that’s a nationwide staple, often eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Maldivian local delicacy including tuna, onion, coconut, and chili accompanied by hot tea and roshi flatbread.

History Lesson Marvel at the impressive collection of artifacts that reflects the rich history of the island at the former Sultan Palace, now called the National Museum in Malé.

Sub-Marine Snorkel right off a private terrace and dip into the Tiffanyblue waters amid tropical marine life and some of the planet’s most mesmerizing coral reefs.

Souvenir Stand Join an excursion to some of the inhabited islands, where local shops sell authentic lacquer works, dhoni crafts (miniatures of traditional boats), wood carvings, mat weavings, coconut shell products, coir ropes, and clothing.

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The people in Maldives live a simple, unhurried lifestyle and are extremely devout in their Islamic religion. Even though Maldivian Dhivehi is the official language, English is widely spoken.

Many resorts have built elaborate sports facilities, so it’s easy to find a pick-up basketball game, soccer and volleyball action, and top-level tennis. And all the islands are tailor-made for jogging and bicycling!

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Casting Call Experience an unforgettable adventure on a sport fishing cruise for giant trevally, sailfish, marlin, barracuda, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, swordfish, and other impressive game.

Sensory Session Reconnect with your spirit as you plunge into a sensory journey in an over-water spa palapa with therapeutic rituals and hypnotic Maldivian waters as your backdrop.

Maldives WEATHER CHART

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Avg. F° 82 82 83 83 83 82 82 82 82 82 82 81

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Mauritius Beach

mauritius A UNIQUE DESTINATION’S ESSENTIAL BEAUTY COMPELS YOU TO RETURN TO ITS SHORES AGAIN AND AGAIN

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS US citizens need only a valid passport, an onward/ return ticket, and sufficient funds to cover your stay. A visa is not required.

GETTING AROUND Taxi Metered taxis can be taken from the airport, hotels, and at bus stations, and are generally the best way to traverse Mauritius.

Bus Economical express bus throughout the island.

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Know Your Destination An idyllic volcanic island surrounded by immaculate waters and covered with lush vegetation and swaying palm trees, full of friendly smiles and hand-picked resorts carefully designed to preserve nature’s organic beauty… get ready to recline on a stretch of powdery sands or break out your water sports gear. There is much to love about Mauritius and it’s not just because of its organic, mountainous beauty and pristine beaches, but also because of its melting pot of cultures, religions, and warm-hearted people welcoming you to their land. Nothing will prepare you for the genuine French-Mauritian hospitality and laid-back island lifestyle, something that’s felt across the country. Stay in a local apartment and

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you’ll experience it all first-hand – strolling through the neighborhoods, eating freshly-ripped loaves of bread, bathing in lagoons that are off the tourist trail, and weaving through sky-high fields of sugarcane. Beware, though – this type of cool routine can quickly get addictive. Those looking for the best scenery should head for the nearby Le Morne peninsula, epitomized by a huge coastal monolith of the same name, or the geologicallyconfounding Seven Colored Earths in Chamarel. But if you simply can’t tear yourself away from the beach, make sure you opt for some of the prettiest ones at least – Belle Mare and Trou aux Biches host some of the most picture-perfect sands. Mauritian islands like Aux Cerf and Rodrigues offer some great silica too, while the island’s capital, Port Louis, serves up a blend of bustling markets, colonial architecture, and blissfully private beaches. You’ll also find a string of modern resorts that have been carefully developed to preserve the island’s beauty and ecology. English is the official language but French and Creole are widely spoken.

Deep Blue Sport fishermen can cast for blue or black marlin, all types of sharks, yellow tuna, bonito, and more. Excursions can be arranged through most of the resorts.

Street Beat In Grand Baie, dig into excellent, inexpensive street food like fresh coconut water, fruit smothered in chilli and sugar, hot curries, and Chinese noodles.

Tea It Up Join a tour of the venerable Bois Chéri tea estate, Mauritius’ oldest plantation, where a range of black, green, herbal, and flavored teas are produced, and stay for a taste-testing back at the chalet.

Seek Refuge Spend a day in this rugged refuge of Black River Gorges National Park, home to thick forests, jaw-dropping cascades such as Tamarin Falls, and much of the country’s most elusive wildlife species and avifauna.

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Water Wings Be whisked away on a seaplane journey with a dramatic water take-off and landing as you enjoy extraordinary views of the islands.

Chamarel Seven Colored Earths

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Say Good Buy The island’s tourists-only duty-free shops are a great source of basketwork, embroidery, pottery, cut stones, and recycled glass art, as well as apparel like pull-overs and knitwear, plus tasty fruit jellies, chillies, vanilla tea, and rum.

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Avg. Rainfall (inches) 61 8.5 9.6 8.4 7 4.7 3.4 3.4 3.2 2.1 2.2 2.7

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Anse Lazio Beach on Praslin Island

seychelles SINFULLY EXQUISITE. ABSOLUTE SERENITY. GEOGRAPHICAL MAGNITUDE. THE ULTIMATE CELESTIAL RETREAT.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS US citizens need a passport valid on the date of entry and exit, return/onward ticket, proof of stay, and sufficient funds to cover stay. A one-month visitor’s permit will be issued on arrival.

GETTING AROUND Air Air Seychelles operates multiple daily flights between Mahe and Praslin.

Boat Cat Cocos and Inter Island ferry offer multiple daily crossings between Praslin, Mahe, and La Digue.

Bus Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) runs daily bus services on the islands of Praslin and Mahe from morning to evening on nearly every available road on the island.

Know Your Destination Untouched. Uncrowded. Unobstructed views. Unimaginable natural wonders. In the Seychelles, you’ll wake up with an enhanced appreciation of life – and an otherworldly experience of sheer exotic pleasure. Pristine waters in this archipelago consisting of 155 islands make it perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. The Seychelles take the concept of beaches to a whole new level. They’re so much more than just powder-soft

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sands and lapping turquoise waves – the best are framed by time-worn granite boulders like Anse Source d’Argent, home to a plethora of avifauna like Bird Island, or peppered with waxy green leaves of takamaka trees as on Anse Takamaka. And then there are those that act as a gateway to the ocean and the marine gems hidden beneath its surface… Anse Major, Anse Boileau, and Anse Aux Pins on Mahé are all perfect for snorkeling straight from the beach. And you’ll find that the warm Indian Ocean waters make it ideal for all manner of water sports, from sailing and windsurfing, to fishing and surfing, and more.

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Take a day to explore Victoria, the world’s smallest capital city, where many buildings are virtually unchanged since colonial times. Attractions in the city include a clock tower modeled on London’s Vauxhall Clock Tower, the Courthouse, the Victoria Botanical Gardens, the Victoria National Museum of History, and the Victoria Natural History Museum. Explore the downtown Victoria Market, where residents buy and bargain for fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, and locally grown spices.

Do You Kalou?

Seychellois cuisine has been greatly influenced by the islands’ rich cultures, led by Creole cuisine, which features the subtleties and nuances of French cooking, the exoticism of Indian dishes, and the piquant flavours of the Orient. And as may be expected, seafood dishes feature predominantly in the local cuisine, appearing alongside the national staple, rice.

Mountain High

This multicultural, laid-back island is home to friendly people who work hard to protect and preserve their natural and enchanted verdant landscape. English, French, and Seychellois Creole are commonly spoken throughout the island.

No Problem Atoll Dive down under the Aldabra, the world’s second largest atoll, and keep your eyes peeled for angel fish, sting rays, reef sharks, whale sharks, and more!

Night Moves Why go to bed early when you can try to hook barracuda and sharks on a night sport fishing adventure?

Toast the surrounding natural beauty with a wine glass of Kalou, extracted from a coconut palm tree.

Gelato Buono Visit Praslin Island for the “most-talked-about” gelato found at Gelateria de Luca. Sample unique flavors and sit outside under a palm, or go for refreshing stroll along the beach across the road.

Explore the Morne Seychellois National Park, which covers over a fifth of the island with enigmatic mangrove forests, picturesque hiking trails, and the country’s highest mountain.

Seychelles WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F° 66 67 72 79 87 90 94 95 90 84 76 69 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 0.4 1.6 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.8

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A SELECTION OF maldives HOTELS ADAARAN PRESTIGE VADOO

ADAARAN PRESTIGE WATER VILLAS

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ANANTARA DHIGU RESORT & SPA

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Maldives On the island of Meedhupparu in the idyllic Indian Ocean, this exclusive resort welcomes guests into spacious over-water villas with modern, stylish interiors as well as personal butler service. After a day of play in the water, head to the spa.

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On the shores of Vadoo, this top-flight resort possesses its own exotic reef teeming with vibrant aquatic flora and fauna. Over-water villas have Jacuzzis and plunge pools; dip straight into the glistening ocean waters. • 50 ac villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr butler service/24-hr room service • outdoor pool • Coconut Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI 5 Star Golden Palm Resort • excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 20 ac villas • restaurant/bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor pool • Chavana Spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room • water sports/PADI 5 Star Golden Palm Resort • tennis • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 110 ac over-water suites & beachfront villas • 3 restaurants/bar/24-hr room service • infinity pool • Anantara Spa/fitness center • water sports/ PADI dive center • kids club

ANANTARA KIHAVAH VILLAS

COCO BODU HITHI

COCOA ISLAND BY COMO

HHHHH Maldives

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Nestled on Dhigufinolhu Island in the South Malé Atoll, this posh resort welcomes discriminating guests into stunning over-water suites and beachfront villas with private sundecks and plunge pools. Dive in the world’s most scuba-friendly waters.

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This premier resort welcomes you into beachside and over-water accommodations with private pools and lush décor. Go swimming and diving, play tennis, and refresh body and mind at the spa.

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this exclusive boutique hideaway on North Malé Atoll defines island elegance in spacious beachfront villas and secluded over-water villas. Go swimming and diving, and unwind at the spa.

Understated luxury is the watchword at this boutique resort, set on its own private island. Over-water suites and villas are inspired by dhoni boats and have private terraces and horizon views. Condé Nast Traveler calls the cuisine “healthy and indulgent.”

• 79 ac villas & residences • 2 restaurants/bar • outdoor infinity pool • Anantara Spa/fitness center/yoga • tennis courts/water sports/PADI dive center • Kihavah Kids Club • cooking classes

• 100 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/2 bars/wine bar/weekly seafood BBQ • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/private beach • spa/ fitness center/salon • water sports/PADI dive center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 33 ac suites & villas • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor infinity pool/sundeck • COMO Shambhala Retreat/fitness center/yoga/ steam room • water sports/PADI dive center • complimentary Wi-Fi

COCO PALM DHUNI KOLHU

GILI LANKANFUSHI MALDIVES

JA MANAFARU MALDIVES

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Escape to pure white beaches, turquoise lagoons, and vibrant coral reefs at this eco-oriented resort that blends with its surroundings on its own private island. Posh villas are set amid palm trees or on stilts over the lagoon with views to the horizon.

Jetties thread across crystal-clear waters to spacious oversize villas with spectacular ocean views at this exquisite resort, an intimate coral island in a sparkling lagoon. Guest villas have private water gardens and sundecks.

Fronting a white-sand beach on private Haa Alif island, this top-flight resort invites you into suites and villas with sundecks, open-air baths, and private pools. Dive into all manner of water sports, and unwind in the hidden oasis of Calm Spa.

• 98 ac villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr room service • spa/fitness center/yoga • water sports/PADI dive center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 45 ac over-water villas • 3 restaurants/bar/wine cellar/chocolate cave • outdoor pool • Meera Spa/fitness center/sauna/yoga/Tai Chi • PADI dive center/water sports • tennis

• 84 ac suites & villas • 4 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck • Calm Spa/24-hr fitness center • water sports/PADI 5 Star dive center • complimentary Wi-Fi

JUMEIRAH VITTAVELI MALDIVES

KURUMBA MALDIVES

MAALIFUSHI BY COMO

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This stunning resort is a favorite for restful vacations and exciting adventures. From romantic sunset dinners and couples spa sessions, to family fun at the pool and daily kids’ activities, it’s the ideal location for creating indelible memories.

The first resort in the Maldives, this outstanding property occupies its own private island dotted with coconut trees. Step into rooms and villas with high ceilings, outdoor showers, private terraces, and uncountable luxury amenities.

The first luxury resort on the Maldives’ pristine Thaa Atoll, this stellar property is the ultimate getaway for families, couples, surfers, and divers. Thatched-roof guest accommodations have floor-to-ceiling windows, private sundecks, and much more.

• 90 ac over-water beach villas & suites • 3 restaurants/bar/private in-villa or beach dining • separate family & adults-only pools • Talise Spa/fitness center • kids club & teen lounge

• 180 ac rooms, bungalows & villas • 8 restaurants/3 bars • 2 outdoor pools/2 kids pools • concierge/24-hr room service • Veli Spa/24-hr fitness center/yoga/tai chi • water sports/PADI dive center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 65 ac rooms, suites & villas • 3 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor free-form pool • COMO Shambhala Retreat/fitness center/sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room/ yoga • water sports/PADI dive center • kids club • library • complimentary Wi-Fi

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PER AQUUM HUVAFEN FUSHI MALDIVES

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PER AQUUM NIYAMA MALDIVES

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Discover an island hideaway that incorporates timeless design, idyllic vistas, and luxurious surprises around every corner. This exceptional resort welcomes guests into individual villas with private plunge pools, stunning views, and more.

The world’s first underwater spa is just one of the unique lures at this sophisticated island retreat. Step into stunning beachside and over-water villas with private decks and stateof-the-art tech amenities. Go swimming, sailing, diving, and more!

A floating off-shore restaurant and underwater playground Subsix are only a couple reasons why this sparkling family-friendly resort is a legend in the Maldives. Catch the breezes from the private terrace of your luxurious over-water studio or pavilion.

• 20 ac villas & houses/2-bedroom pool residence • restaurant/lounge/ room service • outdoor pool/cabanas • spa/fitness center/yoga • water sports/tennis • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 44 ac bungalows & pavilions • 4 restaurants/lounge/underground wine cellar • 24-hour room service • outdoor pool • LIME Spa/fitness center/ yoga pavilion • water sports/PADI dive center

• 134 ac rooms & 1- & 3-bedroom pavilions • 7 restaurants/deli/bar • Thakuru/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • LIME Spa/fitness center • water sports • photo studio • Children’s club (ages 12 mo.-12 yrs.)

SHERATON MALDIVES FULL MOON RESORT & SPA

TAJ EXOTICA RESORT & SPA MALDIVES

VELASSARU MALDIVES

HHHHH Maldives

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Welcome to a world of golden sunshine, fine dining, water sports, and entertainment, topped off with warm Maldivian hospitality – and all on a private island! Guest rooms and villas feature tropical style and private terraces with sea views.

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this romantic resort is an island sanctuary, opening onto an idyllic pristine beach and serene lagoon. Large over-water bungalows and beachside cottages have private terraces and ocean views.

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this intimate resort stands on a secluded coral island nestled in a grand turquoise lagoon. Guests choose from chic garden, beachfront, and over-water villas designed in teak, stone, and thatch.

• 176 ac rooms & villas • 4 restaurants/3 bars/beach bar • outdoor freeform pool/kids pool • Shine Spa by Sheraton™/Sheraton Fitness • water sports/PADI dive center • Sheraton Kids Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 64 ac bungalows • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge • outdoor infinity pool/kids pool • Jiva Grande Spa/fitness center • water sports • library/ boutique • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 129 ac villas • 5 restaurants/2 bars/swim-up bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor infinity pool/sundeck • spa/fitness center/steam room • water sports/PADI dive center • tennis/excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi

VIVANTA BY TAJ – CORAL REEF, MALDIVES

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ANANTARA VELI RESORT & SPA

HHHHH Maldives

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All-Inclusive Option A hip, luxurious yet affordable hideaway, this superb resort opens to one of the Maldives’ best spots for diving. “Rustic elegant” villas have private decks with sea views. Unwind with Jiva Spa’s all-natural treatments.

Escape to a private island and luxury playground in a wonderland of white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, and breathtaking reefs. Luscious beachfront and over-water accommodations have private plunge pools and other luxury accessories.

Stunningly set along a coral-framed island in the South Malé Atoll, this lavish adults-only boutique resort is all white sands, endless blue sky, and lush foliage – a world apart! Thatchedroof over-water bungalows have private sun terraces.

• 62 ac villas • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge • outdoor infinity pool • Jiva Spa/24-hr fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center • excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 78 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars/pool bar • WET® Outdoor Infinity Pool • Away® Spa/FIT Fitness Center • Whatever/Whenever® Service • water sports/PADI dive center • 15Below, Underground Nightclub • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 67 ac over-water & ocean pool bungalows • 3 restaurants/bar • outdoor pool/private beach • Anantara Spa/Jacuzzi/sauna/steam room • PADI dive center/surfing school

CENTARA GRAND ISLAND RESORT & SPA MALDIVES

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Surrounded by white-sand beaches and aqua waters, this stellar resort welcomes couples and families seeking fun in the sun. Guest rooms have the latest tech amenities, plus private verandas with awesome ocean views.

Set on a pristine island, this adult-oriented resort delivers a serene vacation experience with oceanfront villas, water sports, spa indulgence, and more. Secluded villas have furnished private decks, direct access to the lagoon, and unobstructed views.

On a private island at the tip of the South Malé Atoll, this superb resort enjoys a spectacular setting. Spacious guest rooms have private terraces or balconies, and over-water bungalows allow unfettered access to the ocean from private sundecks.

• 112 ac suites & villas • 3 restaurants/2 bars • 2 outdoor pools • Spa Cenvaree/fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center/tennis • rock climbing wall/kids & teens clubs • nightly entertainment • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 140 ac villas & over-water villas • 4 restaurants/3 bars/pool bar • outdoor beachfront free-form pool/sundeck • Spa Cenvaree/fitness center/yoga • water sports/PADI dive center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 130 ac rooms & over-water bungalows • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/ room service • Chavana Spa • water sports/PADI 5 Star Golden Palm Resort

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Set on 83 acres of lush tropical beachside on Lhohifushi Island, this resort’s unique design enables it to blend into its peaceful surroundings. Distinctive thatched-roof over-water villas feature contemporary design with modernist interiors.

An oasis of tranquillity and relaxation in the exotic setting of Raa Atoll, this sterling resort welcomes you into distinctive accommodations with dazzling views across the Indian Ocean. You’re surrounded by some of the planet’s most awesome dive sites.

You’ll find endless enjoyable experiences at this sparkling resort, set amid 525 acres of tropical gardens and surrounded by a golf course created by Ernie Els. Suites have private terraces and plunge pools; villas feature private chefs and more.

• 202 ac rooms & villas • 4 restaurants/5 bars/coffee shop • concierge/ 24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Chavana Spa/fitness center/ Jacuzzi • water sports/PADI 5 Star Golden Palm Resort • tennis • entertainment

• 235 ac villas • 3 restaurants/2 bars/coffee shop/swim-up bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool • Chavana Spa/fitness center/sauna • water sports/PADI 5 Star Golden Palm Resort • tennis/excursions

• 98 ac suites & villas • 3 restaurants/café/bar/room service • 2 outdoor pools/private island/beach club • spa/fitness center • Ernie Els-designed 18-hole golf course • water sports/tennis • kids & teens clubs

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HHHHH Mauritius

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HHHHH Mauritius

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One of the world’s most stunning beaches is right outside this modern, family-friendly resort, surrounded by acres of tropical gardens. Ocean-facing guest accommodations feature private balconies, gardens, and pools, plus butler service.

The only Relais & Châteaux property in Mauritius, this elegant and striking resort welcomes guests into stylish suites and villas with ample outdoor living features. Go sailing and windsurfing, learn to scuba dive, and indulge in sweet spa treatments.

Set between a nature sanctuary and an incandescent lagoon, this exclusive resort provides the ideal oceanfront escape. Guest accommodations feature garden, lagoon, or ocean views. Go swimming and diving, play golf and tennis, and more!

• 256 ac rooms, suites & villas • 7 restaurants/5 bars • 4 outdoor pools (one heated) • Spa de Constance/Shiseido Spa/ • 2 golf courses/golf academy • water sports/PADI dive center • tennis/kids club

• 89 ac suites & villas • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool/children’s pool • Spa de Constance & Spa Guerlain/ fitness center • PADI dive center • kids club

• 136 ac rooms, suites & residential villass • 4 restaurants/bar • 4 outdoor pools • spa/fitness center/yoga • 2 tennis courts/water sports • Ernie Els-designed 18-hole golf course • cooking classes/kids & young adults activities

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SOFITEL MAURITIUS L’IMPERIAL RESORT & SPA

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BANYAN TREE SEYCHELLES

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This stunning resort hotel opens onto pristine white sands overlooking the Bay of Balaclava, an ideal base to discover the natural wonders of snorkeling or diving the Baie aux Tortues. All guest rooms face endless ocean vistas.

Over 22 acres of tropical gardens surround this serene and refined resort that opens onto a sun-kissed beach on Mauritius’ west coast. Head to the Asian-inspired Imperial Spa for Thai, Shiatsu, Ayurvedic, aromatherapy, and hot stone treatments.

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this sparkling boutique resort stands on a stunning strip of beachfront formerly owned by the Beatles’ George Harrison. Exquisite pool villas have panoramic views.

• 210 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/4 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool • Yuj Spa/fitness center • live entertainment • kids activities

• 191 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/3 bars/wine bar • outdoor & indoor pools • Imperial Spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi/hammam • 2 lighted tennis courts • water sports • kids club

• 60 ac villas • 4 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • outdoor infinity pool • spa/ fitness center • tennis/water sports • catamaran cruises

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HILTON SEYCHELLES LABRIZ RESORT & SPA

RAFFLES PRASLIN SEYCHELLES

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A hilltop retreat with breathtaking views of the shoreline and deep blue ocean, this deluxe resort swaddles you in legendary Four Seasons hospitality. Recreation options span kids clubs and spa treatments, to kayaking and scuba diving, and much more.

Guests arrive by boat or helicopter to this superb property, the only resort on Silhouette Island. Retreat to elegant individual villas opening to private gardens and patios with stunning views. Learn to scuba dive with help from the PADI pros.

Set on a lush hillside and opening onto a private white-sand beach on the northeastern tip of Praslin, this outstanding boutique resort welcomes guests into spacious villas featuring private plunge pools, balconies, and outdoor pavilions with breathtaking views.

• 67 ac suites & villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor pool • spa/fitness center/yoga • water sports • kids club

• 111 ac villas • 7 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • spa/fitness center • tennis • water sports/PADI dive center

• 86 ac villas • 4 restaurants/4 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service/24-hr butler service • 2 outdoor infinity pools/sundeck • spa/ fitness center/salon/yoga/Pilates • water sports/hiking • Sugar Palm Club

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dubai A STUNNING SKYLINE & AN ANCIENT CULTURE. WORLD-LEADING ATTRACTIONS. THE LAST WORD IN LUXURY.

US travelers visiting Dubai need only passports valid for three months, as well as an onward/return ticket. Visas are not required.

GETTING AROUND IN-TOWN Taxi Metered taxis are the most common form of transportation and can be easily found outside of hotels or malls, or you can flag one down on the street. Water taxis, called abras (wooden boats) are also available for those wishing to cross the Creek.

Metro The Red and Green Lines offer frequent air-conditioned trains that are available every three to five minutes. You can obtain a day pass for unlimited rides.

Monorail The monorail operates along the crescent of Palm Jumeriah.

Bus Buses are cheap transportation options and travel to most areas in Dubai; however, keep in mind this option may not be the most direct.

Know Your Destination

dwellings tucked within this high-end district, along with one of the few mosques in Dubai that’s open to the public for scheduled tours to non-Muslims.

The second largest of the Emirates is a thriving cosmopolitan country and has become one of the world’s hottest vacation destinations. From camels roaming in the desert, to the world’s largest artificial islands, to the tallest building on the planet, to uber-luxury accommodations, and to top-notch dining in some of the most exquisitely appointed restaurants…this is nothing less than a scintillating experience for the senses.

Dubai Creek Take a waterfront stroll and relish picturesque views when visiting the historic Dubai Creek that once served as a port for trading vessels. Check out the myriad abras, wooden boats sprinkled up and down the creek transporting tourists and locals that wish to cross from one end to the other.

Dubai is an Islamic country devout in its religion. It’s important to show reverence by dressing appropriately and not dressing suggestively in public places. When visiting mosques in Dubai, it is necessary for men to wear long trousers and for women to cover hair and legs. English and Arabic are both commonly spoken throughout the country.

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THE REGIONS Downtown Dubai This bold and prestigious address is certainly not your average downtown, playing host to the world’s largest man-made structure, the Burj Khalifa! Also to the largest mall in the known universe, captivating water fountains, vibrant markets, a charming courtyard plaza dotted with boutique stores and cafés, the financial hub of Emaar Square, and plenty more to tempt the eye.

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WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Take Tea & See

Look Out Below

Abra Cadabra

Spend a delightful afternoon immersing in utter sophistication at the lavishly adorned Burj Al Arab with a cup of aromatic tea, gourmet sandwiches, sinful treats, and jaw-dropping vistas from the 27th floor.

Experience out-of-this-world views from the 124th level of At The Top observatory in the tallest building in the world – a man-made wonder by the name of Burj Khalifa!

Take a magical ride across historic Dubai Creek on an authentic abra, a 20-person wooden boat that functions as a water taxi.

Ski? Do!

Pipe Dream

Gold Standard

Bundle up for the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East! Glide down slopes, sip hot chocolate, soak in the scene from the chair lift, and get up-close and personal with the friendly penguins!

Relax in a sizzling lounge with plush pillows, silk fabrics, and Arabian tunes, while you sample flavored shisha, also known as a waterpipe and hookah.

Port Rashid Cruise Terminal Souk Arae

You’re Dune Great! Traverse the rolling dunes of the Arabian desert on a 4-wheel-drive vehicle for the ultimate adrenaline-pumping adventure. Then ride a camel and catch a belly-dancing show under the starlit skies!

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • City of Merchants Tour • Atlantis Aqua Adventure and Lost Chambers • Sundowner Desert Safari

Day 1: Dubai

Day 4: Dubai

Welcome to Dubai! After clearing customs you will be met and taken to your private vehicle for a transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore the resort and the local area.

Spend the day at your leisure. Why not head to the Mall of the Emirates to indulge in some shopping or head to the Burj Al Arab and enjoy high tea in the Skyview Bar overlooking the Arabian Gulf.

Day 2: Dubai

Day 5: Dubai

This morning you will join a half-day City of Merchants tour that will give you an insight into Dubai’s rich history. You will pass royal palaces, visit important historical buildings, and take a ride across Dubai Creek in a traditional abra (water taxi) and explore the city’s vibrant souks. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore this fascinating city, a perfect opportunity to find a local restaurant and try Emirati cuisine.

This morning is at your leisure to explore the city. Make sure you are ready to go for your pick up in the afternoon to continue discovering the highlights of Dubai. For over 4,000 years, the UAE inhabitants used camels as their means of transport of the desert and the sand dunes throughout the region. It is your turn to explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, not with camels but with 4WD vehicles. Your evening starts with a thrilling journey over the sand dunes deep into the heart of the desert, then after arriving at your private Bedouin-style camp you will enjoy a Middle Eastern feast and cultural show under the stars. A once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day 3: Dubai With an average temperature of 90°F throughout the year, people are always looking for a way to cool off. Today you will be taken to Atlantis The Palm (a sister property to the Atlantis in the Bahamas) to enjoy their world-renowned water park Aqua Adventure and Lost Chambers Aquarium, featuring over 65,000 marine animals from across the world amongst underwater mazes and tunnels.

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Desert Safari

Ferrari World

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Ferrari World VIP Access • City of Merchants Tour • Sundowner Desert Safari

Day 1: Abu Dhabi Welcome to the United Arab Emirates. After clearing customs and immigration you will be met by a representative and private vehicle to transfer to your hotel in Abu Dhabi. The remainder of the day is for you to relax and acclimatize.

You will pass royal palaces, visit important historical buildings, take a ride across Dubai Creek in a traditional abra (water taxi), and explore the city’s vibrant souks. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore this fascinating city, a perfect opportunity to find a local restaurant and try the Emirati cuisine.

Day 2: Abu Dhabi

Day 6: Dubai

Today is at your leisure to explore Abu Dhabi’s vibrant culture and amazing history. Why not visit the Old Town or one of the many souks in the area? Alternatively you can relax poolside and enjoy the luxuries of your hotel, or indulge in a day of shopping at one of the many expansive air-conditioned malls.

The day is yours to leisurely shop at the Mall of the Emirates, or visit the Burj Al Arab and enjoy high tea in the Skyview Bar overlooking the Arabian Gulf.

Day 3: Abu Dhabi Today is your opportunity to visit Ferrari World! Abu Dhabi is home to the world’s first and only Ferrari branded theme park and the largest attraction of its kind. You will need to make your own way to the park, where our VIP tickets will allow you to fast-track your way through every attraction.

Day 4: Abu Dhabi – Dubai Say goodbye to Abu Dhabi as you are transferred to your hotel in Dubai. A short 2-hour drive to the neighboring Emirate will allow you to witness how the desert encapsulates each of these awe-inspiring cities. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore your hotel and the surrounding area.

Day 5: Dubai This morning you will join a half-day City of Merchants tour that will give you an insight into Dubai’s rich history.

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Day 7: Dubai This morning is at your leisure to explore the city. Make sure you are ready for your pick up in the afternoon to continue discovering the highlights of Dubai. For over 4,000 years, the UAE inhabitants used camels as their means of transport in the desert and the sand dunes throughout the region. It is your turn to explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, not with camels but with 4WD vehicles. Your evening starts with a thrilling journey over the sand dunes deep into the heart of the desert, then after arriving at your private Bedouin-style camp, you will enjoy a delightful Middle Eastern feast and cultural show under the stars. A once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day 8: Dubai A private vehicle will take you to the airport for your onward journey.

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A SELECTION OF Dubai HOTELS THE ADDRESS DUBAI MARINA

AL MAHA, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT & SPA DUBAI

HHHHH Dubai Marina

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ARMANI HOTEL DUBAI

HHHHH Hajar Mountains

Preferred Partner

HHHHH Downtown Dubai

Preferred Partner

Lively, lavish, and hip, this modern high-rise waterfront hotel is directly linked to the Dubai Marina Mall and overlooks the world’s largest man-made marina. Stylish guest rooms have the latest tech amenities and stunning city views.

Get away from it all at this eco-resort – literally an oasis in the desert, set within an expansive conservation reserve near Dubai. Lavishly decorated suites feature deep-soaking tubs, private plunge pools, and furnished decks with dramatic desert views.

The first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani, this stylish gem is exclusively located in the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Every detail in the guest rooms bears the Armani signature. The spa delivers elegant holistic treatments.

• 200 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar & restaurant • Club Lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor infinity pool/ sundeck • spa/fitness center/personal trainers/salon/sauna • kids club

• 42 ac suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • Timeless Spa/fitness center • dune safari/guided nature walks/camel treks/ horseback riding • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 160 ac rooms & suites • 7 restaurants/deli/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool • ArmaniSPA/fitness center • nightclub • shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi

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ATLANTIS THE PALM DUBAI

THE BONNINGTON JUMEIRAH LAKES TOWERS DUBAI

HHHHH Downtown Dubai

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HHHHH Palm Jumeirah

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HHHHH Dubai Marina

Preferred Partner

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this unique high-rise hideaway welcomes guests into contemporary accommodations with marble baths, the latest tech amenities, and floor-to-ceiling windows with city views.

This majestic ocean-themed destination resort is the first flagship property on Dubai’s iconic Palm Island, featuring a 42-acre waterpark, 23 award-winning restaurants, three pristine beaches, two clubs for kids and teens, and more!

Enjoy easy access to beautiful beaches, world-class shopping, top-shelf golf, and more at this modern luxury highrise hotel opposite Dubai Marina. Soundproof guest rooms entice with plush bedding, marble baths, and sweeping views.

• 236 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • Mandara Spa/Quantum Health Club/ salon/sauna/whirlpool • kids programs

• 1,539 ac rooms & suites • 23 restaurants, bars & lounges • 2 outdoor pools/beach • ShuiQi Spa & Fitness • water sports/tennis • Aquaventure waterpark • The Lost Chambers Aquarium/Dolphin Bay/Sea Lion

• 208 ac rooms & suites/272 ac apartments • 2 restaurants/café/2 bars/ pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor-outdoor infinity pool • fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna/steam room/salon

FAIRMONT THE PALM DUBAI

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Set on The Palm, the world’s most amazing man-made landscape, this luxury resort overlooks the Arabian Gulf and is close to all of Dubai’s many attractions. Hide away in guest rooms with balconies overlooking the Dubai Marina and Arabian Gulf.

All-Inclusive Set amid lush tropical gardens and waterfalls along the Arabian Gulf, Dubai’s only all-inclusive beach hotel is part of the JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort. Spacious suites feature the latest amenities and open onto private balconies.

At the heart of the expansive Madinat Jumeirah resort, this sparkling property is designed to resemble a sheikh’s summer home. Vibrant colors define the interiors, setting the scene for luxurious experiences complemented by Arabian Gulf views.

• 381 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/3 bars/deli/cigar lounge • Fairmont Gold service • concierge/24-hr room service • 4 outdoor pools/ kids pool/beach • Willow Stream Spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room

• 208 ac suites • 9 restaurants/7 bars • 4 outdoor pools/kids pool/beach • spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center • 4 lighted tennis courts/squash • golf nearby • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 294 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/2 bars/poolside bar • indoor heated pool/private beach • Talise Spa/Quay Healthclub • 5 tennis courts • Sinbad’s Kids Club Jumeirah

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HHHHH Jumeirah

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HHHHH Jumeirah

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HHHHH Palm Jumeirah

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An intimate cluster of exclusive courtyard summer villas provides the ultimate retreat at this luxury property, part of the sprawling Madinat Jumeirah resort. Guest rooms are havens of seclusion with butler service and other upscale amenities.

Set against a backdrop of the Arabian Gulf, this opulent boutique hotel is a traveler’s window into a world rich in culture. Retreat to guest rooms with sumptuous bedding, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private balconies with sea views.

Inspired by the palaces of the Ottoman Empire, this deluxe hotel is exclusively located on the west crescent of the unique Palm Jumeirah. Guest rooms have opulent and luxurious interiors and open to private balconies with Arabian Gulf views.

• 290 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/2 bars/poolside bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • indoor heated pool/private beach • Talise Spa/Quay Healthclub

• 292 ac rooms • 4 restaurants/3 bars/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pools/private beach • Talise Spa/Quay Healthclub/indoor lap pool • Wild Wadi Waterpark • kids club

• 405 ac rooms, suites & villas • 8 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/splash park/2 Jacuzzis • Talise Ottoman Spa/fitness center • tennis • kids club • shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi

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ONE&ONLY THE PALM DUBAI

HHHHH Jumeirah

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HHHHH Palm Jumeirah

This modern resort hotel is attached to Dubai’s famous Mall of the Emirates and Ski Dubai complex on Sheikh Zayed Road. Retreat to guest rooms with breathtaking views of the pool and city. Dive into nonstop entertainment and shopping!

Rising in the heart of Dubai’s most dynamic and lively district, this modern luxury hotel puts you within easy walking distance of the Arabian Gulf beaches. Chic, contemporary guest rooms have private balconies with views of the Arabian Gulf and Palm Jumeirah.

Located on one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, this stellar resort welcomes you into beautifully styled and impeccably furnished accommodations with spacious marble baths, the latest in-room technology, and private balconies or terraces.

• 393 ac rooms, suites & ski chalets • 3 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor infinity pools/sundeck • spa/ fitness center/sauna/steam room • tennis • Ski Dubai

• 294 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/café/3 bars/pool bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • Body Talk & Wellness Centre/ fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 94 ac rooms, suites, mansions & villas • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/indoor pool/kids pool/private beach • spa/ fitness center/salon/sauna/whirlpool/Pilates • water sports/tennis • excursions

ONE&ONLY ROYAL MIRAGE DUBAI

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Bur Dubai

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this resort comprises three equally distinctive properties – The Palace, Arabian Court, and Residence & Spa – on 65 acres of gardens to create a wondrous destination with spectacular views.

An ideal base for exploring all of Dubai’s many attractions, this high-rise luxury hotel stands in the heart of the historic district and welcomes guests into contemporary rooms with great city views. The wine bar boasts a private tasting room and live music.

A stunning landmark hotel with a distinctive pyramid shape, this property is connected to Wafi Mall and convenient to Dubai’s famous attractions and shopping. Step into spacious guest rooms with whirlpool tubs and balconies offering stunning skyline views.

• 451 ac rooms, suites & residences • 8 restaurants/5 bars • concierge/ 24-hr room service • 4 outdoor pools/private beach • spa/fitness center/ salon/sauna/steam room • water sports/tennis • kids club • golf nearby

• 386 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/café/2 bars/wine bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor rooftop pool • fitness center/sauna/steam room/Jacuzzi/salon • nightclub • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

• 252 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/2 bars/pool restaurant & bar • concierge/24-hr room service/butler service • outdoor pool • spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room/whirlpools • nightclub/cinema/boutique

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL DUBAI

SHERATON DUBAI MALL OF THE EMIRATES

SOFITEL DUBAI JUMEIRAH BEACH

HHHHH Downtown Dubai

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Downtown Dubai

HHHHH Al Barsha

Preferred Partner

HHHHH Dubai Marina

Preferred Partner

Located on bustling Sheikh Zayed Road, this glittering highrise hotel is close to the beach and Dubai’s major attractions and shopping. Elegant, contemporary guest rooms and suites have plush bedding, spacious baths, and city or sea views.

Directly linked to the amazing Mall of the Emirates, this modern high-rise hotel provides easy access to Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, and Dubai World Trade Center. Retreat to contemporary guest rooms with sweeping views across the city.

This luxurious hotel is located in Jumeirah Beach Residence at The Walk opposite the beach. Step into elegant rooms and suites that open to private balconies with Arabian Gulf views. After sightseeing, unwind in the heated infinity pool.

• 302 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/4 bars/pool bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor & indoor pools/kids pool/Jacuzzi/sundeck • CHI, The Spa/ fitness center/salon/sauna • tennis & squash courts • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 481 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/café/bar • 24-hr room service • 2 outdoor rooftop pool/kids pool • Shine Spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room/Jacuzzi • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 438 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/poolside bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service/butler service • outdoor heated infinity pool • SoFIT™ Health Club/Carita Beauty Salon/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi

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MANZIL DOWNTOWN DUBAI

PARK HYATT DUBAI

HHHH Bur Dubai

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HHHH Downtown Dubai

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HHHH Dubai Creek

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This modern high-rise luxury hotel is located close to both the historical Bastakia Quarter and the towering wonders of New Dubai. Spacious guest rooms and suites feature Arabian accents, opulent furnishings, and views of the skyline and Burj Khalifa.

An upscale boutique property with a contemporary Arabesque design, this hotel is close to Souk Al Manzil and the world’s largest shopping mall. Guest rooms have views of the gardens, pool, or Burj Khalifa.

Experience unparalleled elegance at this superb hotel on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List 2013,” overlooking famous Dubai Creek and Dubai Marina. After sightseeing, rejuvenate with one of Amara Spa’s luscious massage treatments.

• 262 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/café/4 bars/cigar lounge • concierge/ room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • fitness center/sauna/ steam room/Le Michel Salon • live music nightly • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 197 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/bar/pool bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor heated pool/sundeck • 24-hr fitness center • complimentary shuttle bus to beach & shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 225 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/bar/pool bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor pool/4 whirlpools • Amara Spa/24-hr fitness center/ jogging trails • Dessange Paris Salon • golf nearby • complimentary Wi-Fi

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HHHH Downtown Dubai

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Integrated technology meets personalized service at this modern urban hotel in Downtown Dubai, close to the famous Gold and Spice Souks and the Dubai Mall. Spacious, sunlight-filled rooms have modern style with open-plan baths and great views. • 156 ac rooms, junior suites & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • fitness center • shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi

RADISSON BLU HOTEL DUBAI DEIRA CREEK

HHHH Deira Creek

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Savvy travelers favor this modern high-rise hotel for its deluxe accommodations, wide range of cuisine, and convenient location in Dubai’s main business and shopping district. Guest rooms have stunning views of Dubai’s famous creek. • 276 ac rooms & suites • 10 restaurants/pastry shop/2 bars • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • 24-hr fitness center/massage services/sauna/steam room • squash courts • nightclub • complimentary Wi-Fi

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Abu dhabi & oman GET IN TOUCH WITH THE MIDDLE EAST’S ALLURING HISTORIC HERITAGE, CULTURAL WEALTH, AND LAND & WATER ADVENTURES

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Abu Dhabi US citizens need a passport valid for three months from the date of entry, as well as an onward/return ticket. Visas are not required. The official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood.

Oman A passport valid for six months and visa are required. Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken.

GETTING AROUND abu dhabi IN-TOWN Taxi Abu Dhabi is built for cars, and taxis are a great way to get around. They are also fairly cheap compared to other developed countries.

Bus The main bus station in Abu Dhabi is on Hazaa Bin Zayed Road for all routes.

oman city-to-city Air Oman Air is the national carrier and flies regularly between the two airports in the country (Muscat/ Seeb and Salalah).

Car Driving around Oman in your own rental car is quite easy. A four-lane road connects Muscat and Nizwa, and a recently constructed four-lane highway goes from Muscat to Sur.

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Know Your Destination An elegant fusion of sand and sea…Abu Dhabi graces its visitors with a rich cultural heritage, pristine waters, dutyfree shopping galore, high-touch prestigious hotels, one of the largest mosques in the world, and the planet’s most spectacular sand dunes. The tiny Sultanate of Oman is a land that never ceases to impress with its fascinating culture and its artistic architecture. Awaken to the Middle East’s best-kept secret, drenched in ancient history, organic seascapes and landscapes, ultra-modern style, delectable gastronomy blended with flavors of the Middle East, Africa, and the Far East, and some of the most jawdropping accommodations you could imagine. The people of Abu Dhabi and Oman are friendly and welcoming and adhere to a number of Islamic traditions. It is important to respect these traditions, and both men and woman should dress modestly with arms and legs covered, and refrain from dressing suggestively.

THE REGIONS Abu Dhabi It couldn’t be a better time to visit Abu Dhabi. With so many sights to see, you’re bound to become utterly entranced by its remarkable wonder! You’ll want to make sure you’ve at least tried some of the experiential activities like a water take-off on a seaplane for the ultimate milliondollar views, sailing on a catamaran along the majestic coastline, or skiing on the orange-hued desert dunes for a thrill of a lifetime.

Go shopping at the expansive lavish complexes, or practice haggling at traditional souks for colorful fabrics, hand-painted ceramics, Persian carpets, and other handicrafts. After all the shopping is done, unwind at an open-air restaurant and have your pick from exquisite flavors from all across the world.

Oman You can’t miss out on Oman’s Arabian wonderland, with its brown-topped mountains, lush valleys, and the sparkling waters of the Arabian Sea… ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether it’s camel racing, horseback riding, scuba diving, or game fishing, the opportunities are endless to plunge into an adventure like you’ve never done before! Muscat, capital of Oman, is exquisitely colorful with dazzling minarets, tree-lined roads, handsome suburbs, impressive forts, awe-inspiring mosques, and a string of uber-chic shopping malls spotlighting the best high-end brands. There are a plethora of souks dotting Muscat, exuding both upscale flair and Old World charm, where you can buy jewelry, silverware, antiques, and textiles.

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Magical Muscat

Fast Times

Explore Muscat’s Grand Mosque, Bait Al Buzair Museum, the bustling Muttrah Souq infused with Arabian incense, and the remarkable Al Alam Palace.

Experience adrenaline-pumping action in the world’s largest indoor theme park, showcasing state-of-theart attractions like 3D & 4D adventures, exhilarating simulation races, and Formula Rossa, the fastest roller coaster in the world – only in Ferrari World!

Fascinating Forts Visit Oman’s impressively large Round Tower Fort, marvel at Jabrin’s regal castle showcasing intricate paintings, and meander along the charming village of Birkat Al Maurz.

Monumental Mosque Exuding “contemporary Islamic” style, the expansive Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque welcomes you to discover one of the most strikingly dramatic mosques ever built.

Get Your Prix Fix Visit Yas Island for roaring Formula 1 excitement at Abu Dhabi’s Grand Prix, the largest sporting event in the Middle East!

All That Glitters Visit the opulent resort Emirates Palace and use their gold-plated ATM machine, which disperses gold bars instead of cash.

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Desert Drift Plunge into a hair-raising adventure with the ride-of-alifetime in a private 4x4 vehicle, skimming over the golden sand dunes of Wahiba.

Kahwa Break Sip a cup of kahwa, Omani coffee with a hint of bitterness flavored with cardamom powder accompanied with Lokhemat (deep fried balls of flour and yeast seasoned with cardamom syrup).

Worshipful Explore Islamic spirituality as you visit Abu Dhabi’s divine Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and marvel at its immaculate resplendence, housing the largest knotted carpet in the world under its 82 domes.

Ferrari World

Persian Gulf

BAHRAIN

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Abu Dhabi & Oman 7 Days / 6 Nights ABU DHABI • MUSCAT • NIZWA

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Nizwa, Oman

Emirates Palace

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Tour of Abu Dhabi • Port Zayed Markets • Muscat at Leisure • Tour of Historic Nizwa • Discover Oman

Day 1: Abu Dhabi

Day 5: Muscat – Nizwa

Upon arrival at Abu Dhabi, you’ll be greeted and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to leisurely explore this enchanted desert oasis. Try a local restaurant in the evening and savor exquisite Arabic cuisine.

You’ll be greeted and taken to Nizwa, the birthplace of Islam in the sultanate of Oman, where you can explore the historic Round Tower Fort, as well as its 17th century souk, renowned for its Friday cattle auction, hand-carved weapons, and ornamental silver jewelry. On the way back, you’ll visit the stunning village of Birkat Al Mauz situated at the foothills of Green Mountain. The rest of the evening is yours to explore at leisure.

Day 2: Abu Dhabi You’ll be met in the morning and taken on a guided tour of Abu Dhabi to visit the impressive grand mosque, followed by a stop to the fascinating markets in Port Zayed. Go back in time and explore the Heritage Village to see what life was like in the UAE before the discovery of oil. Be sure to also see the presidential palace or the majestic Emirates Palace Hotel.

Day 3: Abu Dhabi Today is at your leisure. Visit the spice markets, bustling gold souks, one of the many air-conditioned shopping centers, or sit back and relax by the pool. If you are feeling adventurous, head out to Dubai since it’s only a short drive away!

Day 6: Oman Take this opportunity to soak up Oman’s culturally rich destination and everything it has to offer or spend a delightful day relaxing by the pool.

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Persian Gulf

BAHRAIN

QATAR

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Day 7: Oman This morning you will be met and transferred to the airport for your departure.

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Sur

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Day 4: Abu Dhabi – Muscat In the morning, you’ll be greeted and transferred to the airport for your flight to Muscat. After arriving, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore the marvelous sites of Muscat.

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ANANTARA DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

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DUSIT THANI ABU DHABI

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Sir Bani Yas Island - Abu Dhabi

Sir Bani Yas Island - Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

Discover barefoot luxury at this romantic boutique resort, an oasis of serenity surrounded by free-roaming wildlife. Designed to blend seamlessly with nature, guest villas feature rustic design, private plunge pools, and panoramic views.

A former palace, this lavish boutique resort opens onto a sandy island beach on a private nature reserve. Spacious guest rooms have Arabian Gulf views. Unwind at Anantara Spa and experience the natural beauty of this wildlife paradise.

A unique architectural achievement, this stunning modern hotel is centrally located in Abu Dhabi’s new business and government district. Step into guest rooms and suites with Thai-inspired décor, spacious baths, and city views.

• 30 ac villas • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool/sundeck/private beach • Anantara Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center • Arabian wildlife • excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 64 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor infinity-edge pool/kids pool • Anantara Spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi • tennis/water sports center • kids club/horseback riding • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 402 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/bar/bakery café/pool bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor rooftop heated pool/sundeck • Namm Spa/ DFiT Fitness Centre/Jacuzzi/sauna/salon/yoga/aerobics • complimentary Wi-Fi

ANANTARA EASTERN MANGROVES HOTEL & SPA

ANANTARA QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

SHERATON ABU DHABI HOTEL & RESORT

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Liwa Desert – Abu Dhabi

Corniche – Abu Dhabi

Majestically set on the Abu Dhabi waterfront, this exotic hotel is a natural haven on the cusp of urban life. Step into oversize rooms with private balconies and city or mangrove forest views. You’re close to Yas Island and major attractions.

Set in Liwa Desert, the world’s largest uninterrupted sand desert, this top-flight resort embraces the epic adventures of indigenous desert culture with renowned luxury. The deluxe Anantara Spa’s facilities include Vichy rooms.

Set directly on Abu Dhabi’s famous Corniche just steps from city center, this modern high-rise hotel welcomes you into contemporary guest rooms, most with stunning views. Swim in three pools, nd sunbathe on the private beach.

• 222 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars/poolside bar & grill • outdoor infinity pool/kids pool/Jacuzzi/sundeck • Anantara Spa/fitness center/hammam • golf & water sports nearby • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 206 ac rooms, suites & villas • 3 restaurants/3 bars • outdoor free-form pool/kids pool • Anantara Spa/fitness center/kinesis, yoga & aerobics studio • tennis • kids & teens clubs • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 272 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/café/5 bars/pool bar • 24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/sundeck/kids pools/private beach • spa/ Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance®/personal trainers

THE WESTIN ABU DHABI GOLF RESORT & SPA

YAS VICEROY ABU DHABI

CROWNE PLAZA ABU DHABI – YAS ISLAND

HHHHH Sas Al Nakhl – Abu Dhabi

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HHHHH Yas Island - Abu Dhabi

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HHH Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

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This contemporary urban retreat stands at the heart of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, a PGA Tour championship course. Guest rooms feature contemporary décor feature, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, and private balconies with golf course views.

Straddling Yas Island’s Grand Prix racing circuit and the marina, this dazzling ultra-modernist resort has become an icon of Abu Dhabi. Spacious, open-plan guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and super racetrack views.

Set in the heart of Yas Island, one of the UAE’s most exciting destinations, this modern resort hotel puts you just steps from the beach, golf, Formula 1 track, and other Yas attractions. Guest rooms open to private balconies with sea or city views.

• 170 ac rooms & suites • 6 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck/beach club • Westin Heavenly Spa/fitness center • 27-hole golf course • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 499 ac rooms & suites • 6 restaurants/2 bars/bakery/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor rooftop pools • ESPA/fitness center/sauna/steam room • nightclub/marina • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 428 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars/lounge café • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor shaded pool • fitness center/sauna/steam room/massage services • squash court • kids club

AL BUSTAN PALACE, A RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL

SHANGRI-LA’S BARR AL JISSAH RESORT & SPA

SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY

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Barr Al-Jissah, Oman

Set on a private beach in Muscat, this luxury resort is close to Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace and other attractions. Uniquely appointed to reflect local traditions and Art Deco influences, guest rooms have magnificent mountain, sea, or garden views.

This expansive resort village encompasses three luxurious hotels, set along the sparkling bay of Al Jissah in a dramatic setting of desert, gardens, mountains, and beaches. Dine at more than a dozen gourmet restaurants, and unwind at the gorgeous spa.

Modeled on a traditional Omani village, this elegant boutique resort is set between the rugged mountains and a sparkling white beach on the pristine Musandam Peninsula. Retreat to opulent, individually designed villas with private plunge pools.

• 250 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/2 bars • 5 outdoor pools/ children’s pool/private beach • fitness center/aerobics/sauna/steam room • water sports/4 tennis courts • Ritz Kids • live entertainment

• 640 ac rooms, suites & villas • 7 restaurants/2 cafés/11 bars & lounges • outdoor pools/lazy river/children’s pool • spa/fitness center/sauna/Jacuzzi/ tennis • dive center/excursions • nightclub • teens & kids clubs

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PERU A FASCINATING HISTORY OF ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS, UNDISCOVERED TREASURES, AND UNSOLVED MYSTERIES

GETTING AROUND CITY-TO-CITY Air Flying is by far the best and most convenient and efficient form of transportation in Peru. There are four airlines offering scheduled domestic flights to major cities. You may need to connect in one of the cities before reaching your desired destination.

Train For long distance travel, you may opt for a train ride instead of a bus or plane. However, keep in mind the trains do get packed with passengers and their luggage. Some of the most breathtakingly scenic journeys are those train rides that connect to Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu.

IN-TOWN Taxis If you decide to hop on a taxi, keep in mind that taxis in Peru are unmetered and you have to set a price before you get on. Some of the major cities offer standard pricing.

Bus For short distance travel, there are hop-on/hop-off bus services along with local minivans called micros and combis that are available at bus terminals.

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Know Your Destination The oldest civilization in South America is a spellbinding blend of lush jungles, statuesque mountains, verdant valleys, coastal wonders, and vivacious people with heartfelt smiles who love to share the spirit of their culture. Explore huge ancient geoglyphs and some of the world’s highest-elevation cities boasting contemporary sophistication. Peru is inarguably one of the most intriguing countries on the planet! This naturally diverse country holds indigenous rituals, cultural festivities, and traditional gastronomy in high regard, and relishes its mixture of wonderful native languages. Spanish is the official language in Peru. A valid passport for up to six months is required to enter and depart Peru, along with evidence of return or onward travel. US citizens do not need a visa to visit Peru if traveling as a tourist with a valid US passport.

THE REGIONS

million people. There is so much to explore in a city that is dotted with beaches, shopping, restaurants, and significant landmarks. Marvel at the artistic grandeur of pre-Inca temples and Catholic cathedrals. Pop in and out of historic museums, shop at local markets, and dine in exquisite restaurants.

Cuzco Cuzco is not only drenched in historic marvels like ancient ruins and rustic churches, but also entertains a surprisingly lively café scene, as well as energetic nightlife, centered mostly in the streets just off the Plaza de Armas and in San Blas.

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Machu Picchu Discover one of the world’s most amazing ancient legacies that the Incas graciously left us. Walk behind the footsteps of their archeological wonder and explore the jaw-dropping mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu where the Incas built terraces, gardens, staircases, temples, and aqueducts as close to their gods as they could ingeniously manage.

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WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Trail Mix

Steak Break

Grab your hiking gear, join a tour group for an exhilarating trek across a span of several days, and immerse in the archaeological wonder of the Incas.

Sample a traditional Peruvian dish with marinated strips of sirloin, topped with onions and potato slices and served with rice that goes by the name of lomo saltado.

Classic Capital

Cocktail Hour

Marvel at the indescribable and well-preserved ancient ruins boasting mountain beauty, remarkable stonework, and striking zig-zag formations of the fortress Sacsayhuamán that the Incas left behind.

Make it a happy hour and order Peru’s signature cocktail, pisco sour, mixed with pisco (traditional Peruvian grape brandy), lime or lemon juice, egg whites, and Angostura.

Reed Me First

Explore the Sacred Valley, and stop at the colorful NICARAGUA Andean-style Pisac Market for unique ceramics, jewelry, woven sweaters, textiles, and brightly colored ponchos.

Andes Handicrafts

Visit the floating island of Lake Titicaca, made from the skilled hands of the Uros tribe people out of dried totora reeds which they also use to make their boats out of.

Experience a train ride like no other as you journey from Cuzco to Machu Picchu, taking in the mesmerizing vistas, indulging in gourmet dishes, and reveling with live music.

Soak in a luxuriant spa experience tucked within the heart of the Sacred Valley, designed to balance the mind, body, and spirit with detoxifying Incan spa rituals.

Caracas

COSTA RICA

Rail Ride

Valley Refreshing

Caribbean Sea

PANAMA VENEZUELA Medellin

Bogota

Empire State

Preservation Society

Nestled within the Amazon jungle along the Andean plateau is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New7Wonders of the World…Machu Picchu, also known as “The Lost City of the Incas,” an absolute must-see!

Tour the Ollantaytambo ruins, the royal estate of the Inca emperor Pachacuti, and learn about the Inca walls, stone walls, and stone terraces that are still standing today. MYANMAR Chiang Rai

LAOS

Chiang Mai

Mekong River

Cali Galapagos Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Islands

Quito

ECUADOR Gulf of Guayaquil

COLOMBIA

Guayaquil Cuenca

THAILAND

BRAZIL

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11 Days / 10 Nights LIMA • NAZCA LINES • SACRED VALLEY • MACHU PICCHU • CUZCO • PUNO

Lake Titicaca

Machu Picchu

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Lima city tour • Scenic drive to Pisco • Airplane flight over Nazca Plains • Cruise to Ballestas Islands • Tour of Machu Picchu • “Inca Train” ride to Cuzco • Cuzco city tour • Boat cruise to Lake Titicaca islands

Day 1: Arrive Lima

Day 7: Machu Picchu – Cuzco

Your journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Lima, Peru. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.

Today, enjoy the tranquility of the morning with some Lima free time to stroll through the charming village of Aguas Calientes, or pay locally to take the coach up to the Citadel and wander Machu Picchu at your own pace. After lunch at the hotel, return to Cuzco aboard the “Inca Train.” Sip a cup of tea and enjoy panoramic views as the beautiful greenery of the Urubamba Valley rolls by. NICARAGUA

Day 2: Lima – City Tour After a leisurely morning, embark on a city tour of Lima. Start at the Plaza de Armas and visit the Cathedral, where the skeleton of Francisco Pizarro is sealed in a wooden coffin. Stroll to the venerable San Francisco Monastery, with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. Next, stop at Lima’s famous Herrera Museum.

Day 3: Lima – Pisco – Nazca Lines Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan American Highway to the town of Pisco. Have your cameras handy this afternoon as you board your aircraft for a flight over the Nazca Plains, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil. Dinner this evening is at your hotel.

Day 4: Paracas – Ballestas Island Cruise – Lima MYANMAR

Day 8: Cuzco City Tour Learn more about the Incas and their futile struggle with the invading Spaniards by visiting the imposing Cathedral, the Santo Domingo Monastery, the nearby Inca baths of Tambomachay, and the semi-circular Kenko Amphitheater. See the ancient site of Puca Pucara before reaching the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, or “House of the Sun,” perched on a hillside overlooking Cuzco.

COSTA RICA

Day 9: Cuzco – Puno

Pisac Galapagos

VENEZUELA Medellin

Bogota Cali Islands

Quito

ECUADOR

Day 10: Puno – Lake Titicaca – Puno Gulf of Guayaquil

COLOMBIA

Guayaquil Cuenca

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Day 11: Puno – Lima

Koh Phadrive Nganto the Juliaca airport to board your flight to Today, Board a train this morning for a short journey into the lush Koh amui Lima. Later in the day, transfer to the airport for your flight Phufor et the Kra i Urubamba Valley, then transfer to a motor coach home. ascent to legendary Machu Picchu, which you’ll explore Note: Maximum elevation on tour: 13,000 ft. with a local guide. Extend your tour with a Galapagos Islands Cruise.

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Travel to Puno. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Cruise out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited Enjoy an excursion by boat to Uros and Taquile Islands on Chiang Rai LAOS by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds. Chiang Lake MaiTiticaca. This full-day excursion will take you to the Mekong River Re-board your coach and arrive in Lima in late afternoon. highest navigable lake in the world to the floating islands Overnight at your hotel. of the Uros Indians, which were created by tying totora reeds. Continue to Taquile, where a native community of THAILAND Day 5: Lima – Cuzco – Pisac about 400 families still lives traditionally as the Incas lived Kanchana uri Depart for a flight to Cuzco in the morning. Upon arrival, centuries ago. Taquile is a very important site on Lake ang o proceed to the fortress village of Pisac, an old mountain Titicaca for its archeological remains, the sacred and Pattaya CAMBODIA ua in village. You’ll have free time in the town center to browse ceremonial sites, the festive activities, and their rituals. Andaman the many colorful stalls. Overnight in Sacred Valley. Sea VIETNAM

Day 6: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

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Nazca

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BOLIVIA La Paz

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Machu Picchu

Cuzco

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Lima city tour • Sacred Valley tour • Ollantaytambo tour • Vistadome train ride to Machu Picchu • Tour of Machu Picchu • “Inca Train” ride to Cuzco • Visit ruins at Kenko & Tambomachay • Sacsayhuaman fortress in “Valley of the Incas” San Francisco Cathedral

Day 1: Arrive Lima

Day 4: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

Arrive in Lima, Peru, where you’ll be welcomed and transferred to the hotel.

Travel aboard the Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo to the archeological wonder of Machu Picchu. With mountains to one side and a river roaring far below, this solemn fortress is a fascinating remnant of a once-bustling city that was mysteriously abandoned after the middle ofNICARAGUA the 16th century. Secreted amid dense jungle vegetation and steep hills, Machu Picchu remained undiscovered COSTA RICA by the modern world until 1911. Learn about the many legends and strange truths of these ancient ruins from PANAMA your local guide.

Day 2: Lima – City Tour & Larco Herrera Museum Explore Lima, long considered the colonial capital of South America, and visit the Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Santo Domingo and San Francisco convents, and the modern garden suburb districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. At the Larco Herrera Museum, see the ancient relics and shining treasures of the mighty Incas.

Day 3: Lima – Cuzco – Sacred Valley

Caracas

VENEZUELA Medellin

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cuzco

Enjoy the tranquility of the morning, with some free time to Fly to Cuzco, the oldest inhabited city in the Western stroll through the charming village of Aguas Calientes, or Hemisphere. A full-day tour visits the Sacred Valley, pay locally to take the coach up to the Citadel and wander including Chincheros and Ollanta. Discover the best of the Machu Picchu ruins at your own pace. After lunch at the Sacred Valley of the Incas along this route, starting the hotel, return to Cuzco aboard the “Inca Train.” Sip a on the Inca’s Balcony in Chinchero, a beautiful place cup of tea and enjoy panoramic views as the beautiful MYANMAR with an impressive view. Families here still preserve their greenery of the Urubamba Valley rolls by. traditional costumes, and show you the ancestralChiang way inRai LAOS which they process the wool and obtain the vivid colors Chiang DayMai6: Cuzco – Sacsayhuaman Mekong River of their textiles. Today, visit several ruins including Kenko and Tambomachay. Journey to the Sacsayhuaman fortress in Afterwards, proceed to Ollantaytambo, one of the most THAILAND the “Valley of the Incas.” Later, see the hillside fort and monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Puca Pucara. Overnight at the hotel. Kanchana uri Empire, and one of the few places where the Spanish ang o conquistadors lost a major battle. Very well known for DayPattaya 7: Cuzco – Lima CAMBODIA its “andenes” (terraces dug into the slopes of mountains ua in Fly back to Lima in the morning. You have free time before for agricultural purposes), Ollantaytambo Andaman was a highly driving to an excellentVIETNAM restaurant for a farewell lunch. The Sea effective fortress that also served as a temple. Then, remainder of your afternoon and evening is free before Koh Pha Ngan travel to the town of Ollantaytambo, “the unique living your late-night departure. Koh amui Inca town,” and the best surviving example of Inca city Kra i Phu et planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

Caribbean Sea

Bogota Cali Galapagos Sacsayhuaman Islands

Quito

ECUADOR Gulf of Guayaquil

COLOMBIA

Guayaquil Cuenca

BRAZIL PERU Machu Picchu Lima Cuzco Nazca

Puno

BOLIVIA La Paz

Arequipa

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brazil A VAST COUNTRY OF MULTIPLE CULTURES & AWESOME TOPOGRAPHIES

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS US citizens need both a passport and visa when traveling to Brazil for any purpose. Visas must be obtained in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or consulate nearest your place of residence.

GETTING AROUND CITY-TO-CITY Air There are many scheduled domestic flights to choose from that service most cities in Brazil. TAM and Gol are the main domestic airlines. It is important to keep in mind that these flights may make frequent stops in cities other than your destination.

IN-TOWN Bus You may take buses for short-distance travel at local bus stops but be sure to flag them down as they may not always stop. For long-distance travel, tickets in advance can be purchased for air-conditioned reserved seats.

Taxis There are metered taxis in major cities, and it’s important to know that most taxi drivers do not speak English. Some taxis from the airport already have a fixed rate to some select cities.

Know Your Destination The largest country in South America and the fifth largest country in the world has an energetic pulse like no other! Think Brazil and think Amazonian wonders, spirited Carnival, sultry beaches, humming samba, friendly people, mouthwatering rodizos and churrascarias, worldclass soccer, home of legendary Pelé, and host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Brazil is a melting pot of different cultures from all over the world that have migrated here, and even though there are more than a hundred languages spoken, Portuguese continues to remain the official language. Experience unrivaled excellence with world-class metropolises, multi-ethnic cuisines, a hypnotizing nightlife charged with vibrating energy, and jovial festivities… born to free the soul and excite the senses.

THE REGIONS Rio de Janiero One of the most provocative and recognizable cities in the world entices with its celebratory lifestyle and alluring beaches like the famous Ipanema and Copacabana, brimming with tanned bodies, volleyball, cold drinks, and pulsating music – all with stunning mountains as their backdrop. Rio is not just known for its buckets of sun but also known for its stimulating nightlife and world-famous Maracanã Stadium. And one of the New7Wonders of the World, the 100-foot-tall Christ the Redeemer is an absolute must-see!

of exotic butterfly species and bordering the BrazilArgentina border is the enchanted Iguazú Falls – larger than Niagara – with the greatest average annual flow of any waterfall in the world. Get different perspectives of this natural wonder with an exhilarating boat ride for an up-close view of the thundering waters, or a panoramic view of the upper part of the falls right from an elevator.

Bahia An ecological beauty on the northeastern part of Brazil, famous for its unspoiled mangrove vegetation, crystalline beaches, stunning rivers, charming cities with colorful buildings, colonial villages boasting centuries-old architecture, and spirited celebrations. Explore Salvador’s historic sugar plantations, shop for handicrafts, and savor local cuisine.

Bahia WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F°

79.5 79.7 79.9 79.2 77.4 75.7 74.7 74.5 75.7 77.2 77.9 78.6

Avg. Rainfall (inches) 3.4 4.9 6.3 12.3 12.3 9.2 8.1 5.1 3.7 4.2 4.9 4.3

Rio de Janiero WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F°

81 81.5 79.9 76.5 72.7 70.5 69.8 71.8 73.4 74.5 76.1 78.8

Avg. Rainfall (inches) 5.3 4.9 5.3 4.3 3.1 2 1.8 1.8 2.4 3.2 3.9 5.4

Iguassu Falls WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F° 77.5 75.9 74.8 70 63.7 59 59.7 63 65.5 70.7 74.1 76.3

Iguazú Falls Tucked within a lush national park full of hundreds

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Avg. Rainfall (inches) 6.8 6.8 4.5 7.9 7.3 6.1 5.2 4.9 5.4 7.2 8.2 5.3

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Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

Beat It

A Stew for You

Dance the night away to the seductive magnetic rhythms of samba in Lapa, Rio, known for its all-night energy and passionate celebrations.

Savor Brazil’s “must-try” national dish, feijoada, a flavorful feast of black beans and pork.

Soul System

Rendezvous with a refreshing icy-cold Caipirinha, Brazil’s signature cocktail infused with cachaca (a sweet sugar cane rum) and a twist of sugar and lime.

Head north to Bahia’s culturally rich region to feel the true pulse of Brazil where African drums play and you can soak up the vibrant Afro-Brazilian soul.

Living Landscape Navigate the mighty Amazon River to explore the planet’s largest tropical rainforest! Discover Mamirauá and Humaitá, and fill your lungs with fresh air as you inhale the vast breathing landscape.

Night Grooves Have a cold one in São Paulo’s super-hip Vila Madalena and get a taste of its scintillating nightlife as you pop in and out of pubs, cafés, bars, and lounges that are jampacked with creative people.

Card Tricks The green card on your table means you’re still in the mood to keep indulging in different kinds of meat cuts in a rodízio steakhouse restaurant; when you feel like you’ve had enough, simply switch to the red card.

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Rum Don’t Walk

How to See-o Rio Meditate with 360-degree panoramic views of Rio’s backdrop from high atop the Corcovado, the statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Sugarloafin’ Around Get a bird’s-eye view of Rio’s most exotic beaches like Flamengo and Copacabana from Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) as you traverse the sky on the Sugarloaf Cable Car.

SURINAME FRENCH GUIANA

It’s Like a Samba

NICARAGUA Stroll through the sexy Brazilian coastline and enjoy Rio de Janeiro and Christ the Redeemer COSTA people-watching at Copacabana and Ipanema, some of RICA GUYANA PANAMA the globe’s hottest and most famous sands ever! VENEZUELA COLOMBIA ECUADOR

Belem Manaus

Atlantic Ocean

Fortaleza Natal

Sao Goncalo

Recife

BRAZIL Salvador

PERU

Brasilia

Goiania Belo Horizonte

BOLIVIA CHILE Pacific Ocean

Amazon River

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ARGENTINA

Florianapolis

URUGUAY Atlantic Ocean

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Amazon Cruise Brazil: Rio Solimoes 4 Days / 3 Nights MANAUS • CRUISE • MANACAPURU • JANAUACÁ

Amazon

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Cruise to Manacapuru • Manacapuru trek & photo safari • Lago Janauacá bird-watching, photo safari & trekking • Boat excursion through the Igarapes

Day 1 (Friday): Arrive Manaus

Day 3: Cruise

Check in at the Iberostar reception office in the harbor building. The ship departs at 6:00pm to Manacapuru, passing by Ponta Negra. Enjoy classical music while watching the sunset from the upper deck. Join the Captain’s welcome cocktail party followed by a welcome dinner in the Kuarup restaurant.

Reach Janauaca, where a Sunrise Lovers Breakfast will be served on the upper deck. Partake in bird-watching at Lago Janauacá. Experience a photo safari at Lago Janauacá and trekking on two available trails. Lunch will be served in the Kuarup restaurant. Enjoy bird-watching and alligator spotting at Igarapé do Rei, and take a boat excursion through the Igarapes. The farewell dinner will be in the Kuarup restaurant, followed by a folkloric show in the party room. Enjoy the music in the party room and open bar on the Sol deck.

Day 2: Cruise Today, pass through the Manacapuru harbor, ten miles from the entrance of Rio Manacapuru. A Sunrise Lovers Breakfast will be served on the upper deck as well as breakfast in the Kuarup restaurant. After breakfast, go on a trek and photo safari in the Manacapuru region. A boat ride will bring you to Igarapes e Igapos. On the way to Lago do Jacare, enjoy lunch in the Kuarup restaurant, followed by a themed lecture. Piranha fishing (optional) and bird-watching at Lago do Rei is available. Dinner in the Kuarup restaurant.

Day 4: Cruise Continue to “Encontro das Águas” (meeting of the Negro and the Solimoes rivers). A Sunrise Lovers Breakfast will be served on the upper deck. Check out and disembark upon arrival at Manaus.

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Affordable Brazil with Extension to Salvador, Bahia & Santa Catarina 7 Days / 6 Nights RIO DE JANEIRO • IGUAZÚ FALLS • SAO PAULO

Christ The Redeemer Statue at Corcovado Mountain

Sugar Loaf

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Tour of Rio attractions • Walking tour of Iguaxú Falls (Brazilian side) • Guided walking tour of Iguazú National Park • Barbecue dinner & Latin show • Salvador guided city tour

Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro – City Tour – Corcovado

on to Iguazú National Park to enjoy a guided walking tour of this natural wonderland. Your afternoon is free. Tonight, enjoy a barbecue dinner and Latin show at the Rafain Hotel.

Your morning tour features a ride by cable car to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain. Take in spectacular views of the city from Corcovado to Guanabara Bay and Niteroi Bridge. Later, drive along the Leblon and famous Ipanema beaches before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch, visit Corcovado, site of the statue of Christ the Redeemer. En route, see Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and the traditional Cosme Velho neighborhood. Take a cogwheel train to the famous statue and enjoy the stunning vista before descending.

Day 7: Iguazú Falls – São Paulo – Depart São Paulo

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro

Day 8: Salvador

Head to the mountain retreat of Petropolis, called the Imperial City since the times of Emperor Pedro II. Visit the Imperial Museum, the summer residence of Emperor D. Pedro II, and where all of his treasures are displayed. Continue to the Gothic Cathedral, where Princess Isabel was buried, and view the tombstones of D. Pedro II and his wife. From there, you will see the Crystal Palace, which was built in France and moved to Brazil, where it was destined to shelter exhibitions and great parties promoted by Princess Isabel.

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax and pursue independent activities.

Day 5: Rio de Janeiro – Iguazú Falls Fly to Iguazú and transfer to your hotel. Later, take a walking tour with a local guide along the Brazilian side of the amazing Iguazú Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. Join an optional helicopter ride over the spectacular falls.

Day 6: Iguazú Falls – Iguazú National Park Travel by coach to the Argentine side of the falls. Continue

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Iguazú Falls

Depart by air to São Paulo. Arrive and connect with your flight to onward destination.

(EXTENSION TO BAHIA: SALVADOR or GUAEAJUBA - VILA GALE MARES) Day 7: São Paulo - Salvador Arrive Salvador and transfer to your city hotel or to Guarajuba (one-hour drive from Salvador).

Enjoy a guided city tour or day at leisure if staying at Guarajuba.

Day 9: Depart Salvador

SURINAME FRENCH GUIANA

NICARAGUA

(EXTENSION TO FLORIANOPOLIS)

Salvador COSTA RICA PANAMA

GUYANA VENEZUELA

Day 1: Arrive Florianopolis

Arrive in Florianopolis, capital of Santa Catarina, a COLOMBIA paradisiacal island with white sandy beaches, azure blue ECUADOR lagoons, and lush green hills. Blessed with a temperate climate, Santa Catarina is home to many European immigrants from Italy, Germany, Hungary, and Scandinavia who have imported their customs, cultures, and cuisines. It’s the ideal spot to enjoy a European vacation away from PERU Europe. Stay overnight at one of the best resorts in Brazil.

Enjoy two days at leisure during which you can pursue independent activities. Ask about the myriad optional tours available by boat and by land.

Depart Florianopolis for your onward flight home.

Manaus

Pacific Ocean

CHILE

Atlantic Ocean

Fortaleza Natal

Sao Goncalo

Recife

BRAZIL Salvador Brasilia

Goiania Belo Horizonte

BOLIVIA

Days 2-3: Florianopolis

Day 4: Depart Florianopolis

Belem

Buzios Rio de Janeiro Campinas Sao Paulo PARAGUAY Curitiba Iguazu Falls Porto Alegre

ARGENTINA

Florianapolis

URUGUAY Atlantic Ocean

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ARGENTINA MORE GORGEOUS BEACHES, WILD LANDSCAPES, URBAN EXCITEMENT, AND FABULOUS FOOD THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE…

US citizens wishing to visit are required to have a valid passport, and do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism. US citizens coming to Argentina for tourism through Ezeiza International Airport and Aeroparque regional airport must pay a “reciprocal entry fee” of US$160.00 before departing the USA (valid for 10 years and multiple entries).

GETTING AROUND CITY-TO-CITY Air Domestic flights are mostly available from Buenos Aires and are great options for long distance travel. Aerolineas Argentinas and LAN offer domestic flights.

Train

Know Your Destination The eighth largest country in the world has plenty to offer, with championship soccer, culinary masterpieces, urban sophistication, verdant countryside, Eva Perón’s legacy, cascading waterfalls, and glacial wonders. Nature lovers, adventure seekers, culture enthusiasts, foodies, and wine lovers can’t stop exploring this naturally diverse country again and again…

THE REGIONS Buenos Aires

Black and yellow taxis are available throughout the cities of Argentina.

Bus

Mendoza

IN-TOWN Taxi

Short- and long-distance buses are available in most cities.

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There are two sides to every story, and the same goes for the majestic Iguazú Falls…distinctive yet remarkable viewpoints from both the Argentine side and the Brazilian side. Meander along walking trails or hop on the train near the entrance to see the dramatic Devil’s Throat falls and take in the spellbinding views.

Argentines relish celebrating life and are friendly and welcoming to tourists. Although Argentine culture is built by French, Italian, and Spanish immigrants, Argentina is the largest Spanish-speaking country in Central and South America. Hence, Spanish is the official language spoken here.

The capital city of Argentina is a classic yet contemporary metropolis boasting Spanish colonial architecture and exuding refined European flair. A mixture of 48 hip, charming, and historic districts/barrios make up Buenos Aires. Expect to be completely captivated with wide avenues sprinkled with eclectic museums, chic sidewalk cafés, top-notch restaurants, some of the world’s trendiest boutiques, and much more!

There is train service from Buenos Aires to other Argentine cities, plus local commuter lines.

Iguazu Falls

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Argentina’s winemaking province delights the senses with premium wines and a stunning landscape, thanks to the grandeur of the Andes. Explore the Plaza Independencia in downtown Mendoza, the charming Plaza España reflecting Old World charm, and the arts at several historic museums.

Buenos Aires WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F°

77.2 74.7 70.5 63.9 57.7 52.2 51.6 54.9 57.6 63.9 69.1 73.8

Avg. Rainfall (inches) 4.2 4 4 3.3 3.1 2.1 2.3 2.3 2.4 4 3.6 3.3

El Calafate WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F°

56.1 55.6 51.3 45.7 39 34.7 34.2 36.7 41.5 47.3 52.2 55

Avg. Rainfall (inches) 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.2 0.3 0.1 0.2

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Caribbean Sea

NICARAGUA

Caracas

COSTA RICA PANAMA

VENEZUELA Medellin

GUYANA

FRENCH SURINAME GUIANA Iguazu Falls

Bogota Cali

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES

Galapagos Islands

COLOMBIA uit o

ECUADOR

The Em Word

World-Class Wine

Be sure to try a warm, freshly baked or fried empanada (chicken, beef, ham, fish, spinach, or fruit filled patties).

Get a true taste of Argentina’s signature Malbec grapes, Cuenca originally from France, as you sip a dark, luscious Malbec wine.

Su Casa Visit Casa Rosada, the extravagant presidential palace where Madonna graced the balcony for the musical “Evita.” Also visit the Evita Perón Museum for to learn about her significant contributions to Argentina.

Gulf of Guayaquil

Guayaquil

Bustling Boca

Machu Picchu

Li a

Cusco Puno

Nazca

Steak Your Life

See one of the Seven Natural Wonders in South America, Iguazú Falls, and marvel at its cascading beauty. Take pictures from a balcony at the edge of 270-foot high Devil’s Throat Falls.

Pull up a chair at a traditional Argentinian steakhouse and select from a variety of high-quality cuts that are perfectly cooked over a parrilla (grill with charcoal flame) and flavored with sumptuous chimichurri.

Uncorked

Two to Tango

Learn the history of winemaking in Mendoza’s lush countryside vineyards, indulge in exquisite regional fare, and have a toast in tasting rooms as you sample some of the most fragranced and velvety wines.

Immerse in a passionate ambiance at a tango club, and learn the art of dancing to its seductive tunes.

Explore Buenos Aires’ Plaza Congreso and marvel at an architectural wonder made of grey granite, resembling many iconic structures throughout the world.

BRAZIL

PERU

Explore Buenos Aires’ charming suburb of La Boca, and walk along el caminito, dotted with multi-colored houses, enchanting tango clubs, and delightful restaurants.

The Thunder of It All

Congressional Record

Manaus

La Paz

BOLIVIA

Arequipa

Vineyards, Mendoza

Goiania

Sucre

PARAGUAY

CHILE

Cam S

Asuncion Curitiba

Iguazu Falls

Salta

Goal!

ARGENTINA

Pacific Catch yourself cheering at impressive team that the Ocean infamous Diego Maradonna once played for – the Boca Juniors – and watch them show off their “most-talkedabout” soccer skills!

Easter Island

Flo Porto Al

Cordoba Vina del Mar

Puerto Varas

Rosario

Mendoza

Santiago

Bariloche

Isla Grande Puerto Mont de Chiloe

URUGUAY

Buenos Aires

Monte ideo

Atlantic Ocean Gulf of San Matias Puerto Madryn

Gulf of San Jorge

El Calafate Puerto Natales Strait of Magellan Punta Arenas Tierra Del Fuego Ushuaia

Falkland Islands Port Stanley

La Boca, Buenos Aires

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Patagonia Panorama: Argentina 10 Days / 9 Nights BUENOS AIRES • USHUAIA • EL CALAFATE

Caribbean Sea

NICARAGUA

Caracas

COSTA RICA PANAMA

VENEZUELA

Ushuaia

Medellin

Perito Moreno Glacier

GUYANA

FRENCH SURINAME GUIANA

Bogota Cali

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Galapagos Islands

COLOMBIA

• Buenos Aires guided city tour • Visit to historic working ranch in the pampas • Excursion to Tierra del Fuego uit o National Park • Beagle Channel navigation • Visit to Isla de los Lobos, Isla de los Pájaros (Birds Island),ECUADOR Guayaquil & Les Eclareirs Lighthouse • Excursion to Lago Escondido & Lago Fagnano • Excursion to Perito Moreno, Gulf of Guayaquil Upsala, Onelli & Spegazzini glaciers • Argentino Lake cruise Cuenca

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires Arrive in Buenos Aires in the afternoon. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Buenos Aires – City Tour Your guided sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires includes a stop at the Plaza de Mayo, where you’ll find the pinkcolored Casa Rosada. See the balcony where Eva Peron and her husband addressed the crowds below. Next, visit the Cabildo (town hall) and Metropolitan Cathedral before heading to the districts of San Telmo and La Boca. You will also visit the cemetery of Recoleta, the burial site of Eva Peron. Continue along Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world. Finally, stop in the Palermo district before returning to your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner at one of Buenos Aires’ excellent restaurants. Experience Argentina’s sensual music, dance, and culture during a full tango show.

Day 3: Buenos Aires – Estancia – Buenos Aires Venture out of the city today on a full-day visit to a historic, working estancia in the Argentine pampas, the Great Plains that sweep through hundreds of miles of the country’s heartland. Savor an asado barbecue lunch cooked over an open fire, and witness traditional gaucho riding skills, music, and the romantic rural way of Argentine life.

of National Route 3) and Lago Roca. Later, return to Ushuaia to take a Beagle Channel Navigation. During the navigation, visit Isla de los Lobos (Sea Wolves Island), Isla de los Pájaros (Birds Island), and Faro Les Eclareirs (Les Eclareirs Lighthouse). You’ll enjoy a beautiful view of Ushuaia City from the Beagle.

Li a

Cusco Puno

La Paz

BOLIVIA

Arequipa

Enjoy a morning excursion to the north of Ushuaia to visit Lago Escondido (Escondido Lake) and also Lago Fagnano (Fagnano Lake) in the middle of the island of Tierra del Fuego.

PARAGUAY

CHILE

Curitiba

Day 9: El Calafate – Upsala & Onelly

Day 10: El Calafate – Buenos Aires After breakfast, transfer to El Calafate Airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, connect to your international flight home.

Iguazu Falls

Salta

ARGENTINA

Flo Porto Al

Cordoba

Ocean Vina del Mar

Enjoy your full-day excursion to visit the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier. You can enjoy the unique experience of this colossus, with enormous blocks of ice falling into the Argentino Lake with a thunderous crash. Optional activity: Easter Island minitrekking over the Perito Moreno Glacier.

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Asuncion

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Ushuaia Airport to take your flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the Pacific day at leisure.

Day 8: El Calafate – Full-Day Perito Moreno Glacier

Goiania

Sucre

Buenos Aires

Day 7: Ushuaia – El Calafate

Day 5: Ushuaia – Tierra del Fuego National Park

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Machu Picchu

Day 6: Ushuaia – Lake Excursion

Following breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Ushuaia. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.

After breakfast, embark on your excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. This incredible park offers a beautiful environment. Visit Bahía Lapataia (at the end

BRAZIL

PERU

Nazca

Embark on an excursion to visit the amazing Upsala, Onelli (subject to weather conditions), and Spegazzini glaciers. This is a wonderful navigation along the waters of Argentino Lake, where you’ll see icebergs floating around.

Day 4: Depart Buenos Aires – Ushuaia

Manaus

Puerto Varas

Rosario

Mendoza

Santiago

Bariloche

Isla Grande Puerto Mont de Chiloe

URUGUAY

Buenos Aires

Monte ideo

Atlantic Ocean Gulf of San Matias Puerto Madryn

Gulf of San Jorge

El Calafate

Falkland Islands

Puerto Natales Strait of Magellan Punta Arenas Tierra Del Fuego Ushuaia

Port Stanley

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Spectacular Iguazú Falls: Brazil or Argentina 3 Days / 2 Nights IGUAZÚ FALLS

Iguassu Falls

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Iguazú Falls walking tour • Iguazú National Park walking tour • Barbecue dinner & Latin show

Day 1: Arrive Iguazú Falls Arrive in Iguazú and transfer to your hotel. Later, enjoy a walking tour with a local guide along the Brazilian side of the amazing Iguassu Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. Take an optional helicopter ride over the spectacular falls.Day 2: Iguazú Falls – Iguassu National Park

Excursion Travel by coach to the Argentine side of Iguazú Falls. Continue on to Iguazú National Park to enjoy a guided walking tour of this natural wonderland. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a barbecue dinner and Latin show at Rafain Hotel.

Day 3: Depart Iguazú Falls Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. Iguassu Falls

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Torres del Paine, Patagonia

chile THE SIDEWALKS OF SANTIAGO, THE MOONSCAPE OF PATAGONIA, THE MYSTERY OF EASTER ISLAND – ALL PART OF THE CHILEAN ADVENTURE!

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS US citizens must have a valid passport; those traveling to Chile for recreation, tourism, or business do not need to obtain a visa prior to their arrival in Chile. A Tourist Card will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days; the card must be surrendered upon departure. Spanish is the national language. English is frequently understood in major tourist hotels and resorts but is not widely used outside those areas.

GETTING AROUND CITY-TO-CITY Air Several airlines connect Santiago to cities in more remote parts of the country, including LAN Airlines, Sky Airline, and Principal Airlines. The only airline flying to Easter Island is LAN Airlines.

Rail Passenger trains operate between Santiago and Chillán, Talca, and Constitución.

Car Rental cars are widely available throughout most major cities, though not in smaller towns. All traffic signs are in Spanish only and can be very different from North American standards.

IN-TOWN Subway/Bus In Santiago, get a Bip! card at any subway station for use on both subway and buses. The Metro Santiago subway system operates five lines and 94 stations. Buses are mostly modern and run around the clock on the main lines.

Know Your Destination From its mighty fjords, icy-blue glaciers, fiery volcanoes, and craggy peaks, to its thriving vineyards, gourmet feasts, café culture, and urban appeal, Chile is flat-out fascinating. Where else can you feel like you’re absorbed in ancient civilization, blissfully isolated in the middle of nowhere, commanding the cutting edge of urban sophistication, and perched at the far ends of the earth – all in the same country? Roam the sidewalks of lively Santiago, a capital city and financial center filled with skyscrapers, 19th-century European architecture, and Spanish adobe bungalows, with the towering Andes as an awesome backdrop. For a stunning change of pace, explore the snow-capped Andean peaks, pristine lakes, alpine forests, and icy glaciers of amazing Patagonia. And ponder the profound mysteries of remote Easter Island (a/k/a Rapa Nui), famous for its enigmatic giant stone busts that reflect the dramatic rise and fall of an isolated Polynesian culture.

Going Up! Climb aboard any of Valparaiso’s 15 funicular-style “elevators” around town for beautiful seaside views from this World Heritage Site, built among, atop, around, and between some 42 hills above a Pacific Coast bay.

A Taste of the Grape Join a tour of the gorgeous wine country, centered in the Colchagua and Casablanca valleys, as well as San Antonio, and sample Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs, and Cabernet Sauvignons.

Snow Job Strap on your skis or snowboard and head to Valle Nevado for the biggest skiable surface in South America, set in the Andes just 30 miles east of Santiago.

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES High & Dry Bring a water bottle to the Valley of the Moon, one of the driest places on earth, and a barren, surreal vista of timeless volcanoes, serrated mountains, and striated mesas.

Moai of Easter Island

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Splendors of Chile 10 Days / 9 Nights SANTIAGO • CHILOE ISLAND • PUERTO VARAS • TORRES DEL PAINE

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COSTA RICA PANAMA Torres del Paine

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Day 1: Arrive Santiago Transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Santiago Spend the day at leisure. An optional city tour is available upon request.

Day 3: Santiago – Wine Country, Valparaiso & Vina Del Mar Enjoy an excursion to a winery, with wine tasting included. Continue on to the port city of Valparaiso and the chic resort town of Viña del Mar, aptly named the “Pearl of the Pacific.”

Day 4: Santiago – Puerto Montt – Chiloe Island Depart Santiago by air for Puerto Montt. You’ll be met upon arrival and transferred to Lahuen Ñadi Nature Reserve and Larches Park to observe the bird life and native forest. Later, drive to Chiloe Island along the PanAmerican Highway south route. At Pargua, cross the Chacao Channel on a half-hour ferry ride. Once aboard, you can leave the vehicle to enjoy the trip and appreciate fauna such as sea lions, cormorants, and pelicans, among others. Leaving the ferry, arrive in Chacao, a town famous for its church and the birdlife that inhabits the coast. Your transfer will continue to Caulín, famous for its oysters and considered a natural bird sanctuary. Upon arrival in Ancud, transfer to the hotel.

Day 5: Chiloe Island – Puerto Varas Tour the fishing village of Ancud, where generations of

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fishermen still sail in the small colorful boats that they have sailed for hundreds of years. Learn more about local traditions at a unique handicrafts market. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Later, board a ferry to Puerto Montt and then transfer directly to Puerto Varas, a pretty lakeside town renowned for its handicrafts. Overnight at your hotel. Join an optional boat trip to Punihuil to see the penguins.

Day 6: Puerto Varas – Vicente Perez Rosales National Park Enjoy a full-day excursion to Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, including a soft hike to Petrohue Falls. Stroll through an ancient coigue forest to the Green Lagoon. A walk around the base of Osorno Volcano offers wonderful views of the Petrohue Valley, the Andes, and Calbuco, a nearby volcano.

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Day 7: Puerto Varas – Punta Arenas – Torres del Paine Depart to Puerto Montt for your flight to Punta Arenas. Transfer upon arrival at your hotel, inside the Patagonia, situated against a backdrop of imposing mountains.

Days 8-9: Torres del Paine Enjoy various activities offered by the lodge in and around Torres del Paine.

Day 10: Punta Arenas – Depart Santiago Drive to Punta Arenas Airport for your flight to Santiago, and connect to your overnight flight home.

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ECUADOR / GALAPAGOS ISLANDS SMALL IN SIZE BUT BIG ON ALLURE, ECUADOR WELCOMES YOU WITH MAGNIFICENT ATTRACTIONS – INCLUDING THE AMAZING GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS US citizens wishing to enter Ecuador must present a passport with at least six months remaining validity. Ecuadorian immigration officials also sometimes request evidence of return or onward travel, such as an airline ticket. US citizens traveling for business or tourism can enter Ecuador for up to 90 days per calendar year without a visa; extensions for up to another 90 days can be requested through the provincial migration offices.

GETTING AROUND CITY-TO-CITY Air Flights between the biggest cities are in jets, while some of the smaller cities are served by prop aircraft. The domestic airlines in Ecuador are LanEcuador, Tame, Aerogal, and Saereo. Guayaquil is the most convenient air departure point to the Galapagos Islands; there are also numerous cruises to the islands.

Car Most international car rental agencies have a presence in all Ecuadorian cities and both international and national local airports.

IN-TOWN Taxi Yellow taxis are ubiquitous in Quito, and you can agree upon a price before getting in or ask the driver to use the meter (often cheaper than a negotiated rate).

Bus Three independent public bus lines operate a total of 134 routes within Quito.

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Know Your Destination Straddling the equator, Ecuador is the smallest nation in the Andean Highlands but among the world’s most bio-diverse countries, with an astounding variety of wildlife, birds, and vegetation. Experience dramatic changes in scenery, temperature, and altitude between the Pacific Coast beaches, the sweltering rainforest, and the remote Galápagos Islands. Since Charles Darwin first visited the Galápagos Islands during his famed 1835 voyage aboard the HMS Beagle, the volcanic archipelago has been renowned for its amazing animal life and isolated shores. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Galápagos Islands invite nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts to observe some of the planet’s most rare and beautiful creatures in their natural habitats. While Spanish is the official language, English is widely spoken in hotels, restaurants, and other businesses that cater to high-end travelers (Ecuadorians are friendly and generally tolerant of foreigners who attempt to speak Spanish but make mistakes).

THE REGIONS Quito Welcome to one of the highest capital cities in the world. Spread out across the Andean Valley at an elevation of 9,350 feet above sea level, the foundations of Quito are built upon an ancient Incan city. Because of its physical beauty, as well as its traditions, mystic corners, and valuable legends, it is considered “Reliquary of the American Art” and was declared by UNESCO as the

“Cultural Heritage of Humanity” in 1978. Its striking Jesuit Church and monasteries are exquisite displays of unique Baroque school of Quito architecture, which fuses Spanish, Moorish, Italian, Flemish, and indigenous influences. Mixed with the old is the modern buzz of the sprawling metropolis.

Guayaquil Ecuador’s largest city and main port, and the country’s commercial and industrial center, Guayaquil is full of surprising attractions, from the old Las Peñas district (the only part of the city where the picturesque wooden colonial houses were not destroyed by fire), to the glittering jewel of its lively waterfront Malecón 2000, to the 444 individually numbered steps that lead to the top of Cerro Santa Ana, where you’re rewarded with panoramic city views.

Galápagos Islands An Ecuadorian possession located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, the Galápagos Islands consists of 13 main islands and six smaller isles totaling almost 20,000 square miles, located approximately 600 miles west of the South American continent. The unique draw of the Galápagos is the stunning animals that wander their rugged shores and swim their open waters. Existing untouched for millennia with no natural predators or human contact, most native species react with total indifference to visitors, alternately fearless and inquisitive, or simply uninterested...

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WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP EXPERIENCES Shop Talk In Quito, shop for exquisite pottery, rugs, and jewelry at the Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal.

Up, Up & Away Hop the TelefériQo cable car 13,000 feet to the summit of Cruz Loma for panoramic views of Quito and the surrounding volcano peaks.

Old School Stroll Quito’s beautifully preserved Old Town, and be enchanted by its colonial atmosphere, Spanish-style architecture, broad public squares, and scores of churches.

Market Menu Mingle with the Quito locals and buy some exotic fruit or a freshly squeezed juice at Mercado Santa Clara (Santa Clara Market) on Antonio de Ulloa.

Past Perfect In Guayaquil, stroll the length of Numa Pompilio Llona, a narrow, winding street at the base of Cerro Santa Ana, where the colonial wooden architecture includes the simple residences of past presidents.

Taste Sensation

stew with cassava and red onion) and pan de yuca (bread made of cassava starch and cheese).

Nothing But Net Head to Estadio Monumental, Ecuador’s largest stadium, to see Guayaquil’s 14-time championship soccer team, Barcelona Sporting Club, in high-scoring action.

High Times Not far from Quito, the stunning Andean Highlands invites you to hike through traditional villages and see spectacular valleys and snow-covered volcanoes, including 19,350-foot-tall Cotopaxi!

Animal Kingdom Join tours to Genovesa, Rábida, Isabella, Santa Cruz, and other Galapagos islands to spot red-footed and blue-footed boobies, puffed frigates, penguins, giant tortoises, iguanas, lizards, cormorants, albatross, and more species.

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Dive off the Galapagos shores to go eye-to-eye with reef fish, sea lions, sting rays, golden rays, eagle rays, invertebrates, morays, garden eels, turtles, marine iguanas, white tip reef sharks, hammerheads, whale sharks, whales, and more.

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Savor local Guayaquil dishes such as encebollado (fish

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Ecuador & Peru 10 Days / 9 Nights QUITO • GALAPAGOS ISLANDS • LIMA • CUZCO • MACHU PICCHU

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Galapagos Islands

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Quito city tour • Galapagos Islands cruise • Visit ruins at Kenko & Tambomachay • Sacsayhuaman fortress in “Valley of the Incas” • Vistadome train ride to Machu Picchu • Tour of Machu Picchu • “Inca Train” ride to Cuzco • Lima city tour

Day 1: Arrive Quito

Tambomachay. Journey to the “Valley of the Incas” to the Sacsayhuamán fortress. Later, see the hillside fort and Puca Pucara, which most likely served as a lookout post and stopping point between Cuzco and the Sacred Valley.

Arrive in Quito. You’ll be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Quito

Day 8: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

A morning tour offers the best of Quito, with its rich cultural legacy, ornate façades, and dazzling gilt altars. Visit Independence Square, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Metropolitan Cathedral as well as other representative samples of colonial art and architecture. Explore and relive the history of Ecuador’s most ancient cultures in one of the finest archaeological and gold artifact collections in the Americas, with over 1,800 pieces beautifully arranged in chronological corridors with explanatory panels and dioramas.

Travel aboard the Vistadome train from Cuzco to the archeological wonder of Machu Picchu. With mountains to one side and a river roaring far below, this solemn fortress is a fascinating remnant of a once-bustling city NICARAGUA that was mysteriously abandoned after the middle of the 16th century. Secreted amid dense jungle vegetation and steep hills, Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the COSTA RICA modern world until 1911. Learn about the many legends PANAMA and strange truths of these ancient ruins from your local

(Enjoy a 4-day/3-night cruise on board M/V Galapagos Legend) Itinerary: Subject to change due to climatic conditions or MYANMAR National Park regulations. Chiang Rai

Day 6: North Seymour Island – Baltra Airport – Galapagos Islands – Quito – Lima ua in Arrive in Baltra in the morning. Transfer Andaman to the airport Sea for your flight back to mainland Ecuador. Upon arrival in Quito, connect with your flight to Lima.

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Day 9: Machu Picchu – Cuzco

You’ll be assisted and transferred to the airport for your flight to Baltra. Upon arrival, transfer to the pier to board the cruise.

Day 5: Suarez Point, Espanola Island / Breeding Center or La Galapaguera, San Cristóbal Island Kanchana uri

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guide.

Day 3: Quito – Baltra – Galapagos Islands Cruise

Day 4: Dragon Hill – Venice, Santa Cruz Island – Cormorant Point, Floreana Island

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Enjoy the tranquility of the morning with free time to wander the charming village of Aguas Calientes or pay locally to take the coach up to the Citadel and wander the Machu Picchu ruins at your own pace. After lunch at the hotel, return to Cuzco aboard the “Inca Train.” Sip a cup of tea and enjoy panoramic views as the beautiful greenery of the Urubamba Valley rolls by. LAOS

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Mekong–River Day 10: Cuzco Lima – Home

Transfer in the morning to the airport for your flight to Lima, Peru. You’ll be welcomed before embarking THAILAND on your tour of Lima. Your local expert focuses on the city’s colonial heritage during a walking tour. Start at the ang o Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and visit CAMBODIA the Pattaya Cathedral, where the skeleton of Francisco Pizarro is sealed in a wooden coffin. From there, stroll to the VIETNAM venerable San Francisco Monastery, with its splendid Koh Pha Ngancloister murals. Next, stop at Lima’s famous 17th-century Koh amui Museum. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner Herrera Kra i at La Rosa Nautica Restaurant. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands 9 Days / 8 Nights QUITO • OTAVALO • BALTRA • GALAPAGOS ISLAND CRUISE

Galapagos Islands

Equatorial Monument, Quito

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Quito city tour • Visit to Otavalo, Peguche & Cotacachi artisan & crafts markets • Visit to Cuicocha Crater Lake • Galapagos Islands cruise & tour

Day 1: Arrive Quito Arrive in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. You’ll be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Quito – Colonial City Tour & Middle of the World A morning tour offers the best of Quito, with its rich cultural legacy, ornate façades, and dazzling gilt altars. Visit Independence Square, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Metropolitan Cathedral as well as other sites of colonial art and architecture. In the afternoon, visit the famous Equatorial Monument, marked by geographers as latitude 000’00”. You’ll have the opportunity to straddle the two hemispheres at the same time!

Day 3: Quito – Otavalo – Quito Explore the famous indigenous market in Otavalo for an arts and crafts shopping adventure. Proceed to the small village of Peguche, known for its weavers, then visit a wind instruments workshop. Continue on to Cotacachi, known for the manufacture of leather goods, and Cuicocha Crater Lake before returning to Quito.

Day 4: Quito – Baltra – Galapagos Islands Cruise – Ballena Bay – Eden Islet (Santa Cruz) Depart Quito and board a plane for Baltra. A guide will pick you up from the airport for a short ride to the pier to board the cruise from Whale Bay. (Note: Itinerary is subject to change depending on your arrival date.) The beach provides a great opportunity to see marine iguanas and sea birds and do some snorkeling.

Day 5: Moreno Point (Isabela) – Elizabeth Bay (Isabela) The main attractions at Punta Moreno are coastal lagoons amid black lava flows, where bird life is

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particularly interesting. Enjoy a panoramic view of three active volcanoes, and take a dinghy ride along the coast surrounded by mangrove forest for an opportunity to admire flightless cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, and a resting area for sea turtles.

Otavalo Market

Day 6: Urbina Bay (Isabela) – Tagus Cove (Isabela) Dock at a black volcanic beach. Depending on the season, you may find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and flightless cormorants. After a short walk inland, there’s time for snorkeling. On Galapagos’ largest island, learn about the five volcanoes that formed it. Follow a trail that leads to Darwin’s saltwater crater lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. Take a dinghy ride along the shore, where you can admire a variety of rare seabirds, and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins. There will be an opportunity to snorkel in deep water.

Day 7: Espinosa Point (Fernandina) – Vicente Roca Point (Isabela) From Fernandina Island, you can see Isabela across the Bolívar Channel. There’s a great opportunity for deepwater snorkeling at Bolivar Channel. Take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds.

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Day 8: Galapagos Island Cruise – Baltra Airport – Quito In the morning, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening at a local restaurant.

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Day 9: Depart Quito Depart Quito for North America.

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colombia A DIVERSE LANDSCAPE RANGING FROM AMAZON JUNGLES AND SUN-SOAKED BEACHES TO ANCIENT RUINS AND MODERN CITIES

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS US citizens who do not also hold Colombian citizenship must present a valid US passport to enter and depart Colombia. US citizens do not need a visa for tourist stays of 90 days or less. Travelers entering Colombia are sometimes asked to present evidence of return or onward travel, usually in the form of a plane ticket. The length of stay granted to travelers is determined by Colombian immigration authorities at point of entry.

GETTING AROUND CITY-TO-CITY Air Colombia maintains an excellent internal air network connecting major cities; the major domestic carriers include Avianca, COPA Colombia, LAN Colombia, EasyFly, Satena, VivaColombia, and ADA.

IN-TOWN Taxi The taxi networks in big cities such as Bogotá, Cali, and Medellin are extensive and very cheap.

Bus Most of the major cities in Colombia enjoy highly affordable, clean, and efficient bus transit systems, including Bogotá, Medellin, Cali, and Barranquilla,

Metro Medellín’s two modern elevated metro lines connect suburban towns to the city. In addition, the system includes the MetroCable, a sky train (or cable car) with four stations that ascends the mountain to the east.

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There’s much to enjoy in the country that introduced salsa, cumbia, Shakira, and Gabriel Garcia Márquez to the world. Bound by both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the equatorial South American country encompasses coastal beaches, the alpine Andes, central highlands, and flat plains, not to mention world-class cities like Bogotá and Medellin, as well as historic colonial gems such as Cartagena.

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The bustling capital of Colombia, and one of the biggest cities in Latin America, Bogotá is a city of contrasts. Vibrant universities, stunning colonial architecture, gritty urban pockets and chic modern living are the calling cards of this fascinating city. With the Andes forming a dramatic rugged ridge along its spine and a skyline made up of soaring towers and beautiful historic churches, Bogotá is nothing if not scenic! Colombia is also blessed with abundant natural attributes from the snow-capped peaks and glacial lakes of Parque Nacional de Cocuy to the sandy stretches of beach and deep bays of Parque Nacional Tayrona on the Caribbean coast.

Sit down to local favorites such as empanadas and sancocho de gallina (rich chicken soup), and top it off with the country’s most famous export: coffee!

Step Lively Let down your hair and give yourself over to great dance music in Cali, the salsa capital of South America.

Hard Rock Gear up and head to San Gil – the adventure capital of Colombia – for rafting, abseiling, and rock climbing, among other thrills.

Living History Explore La Candelaria, Bogotá’s stunning historic district, paved in cobbles and boasting many historic cathedrals and homes, beautiful architecture, and the famous Plaza Bolivar that dates back to 1846.

The official language is Spanish, but as in many countries around the world, younger people tend to learn at least some English thanks to popular culture and may want to practice their English skills with you.

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Highlights of Colombia 6 Days / 5 Nights BOGOTÁ • CARTAGENA

Cathedral of Bogota

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Bogotá city tour • Cartagena city tour

Day 1: Arrive Bogotá

Day 3: Bogotá – Cartagena by flight

You’ll be met upon arrival at the Bogotá airport and transferred to your hotel.

Departure transfer to airport for your flight to Cartagena. You’ll be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Bogotá City Tour

Day 4: Cartagena

Enjoy a city tour that visits the famous and well preserved historical colonial quarter of La Candelaria. Walk through the local streets to the Luis Angel Arango Library and Plaza de Bolivar, the heart of Bogotá, where locals and visitors mingle together surrounded by various historical monuments such as the Cathedral, the Congress Palace, the Cardinal’s Palace, the colonial church of El Sagrario, the House of Independence, the Palace of Justice, and City Hall. Continue further to visit the most important gold museum in the world, the Museo del Oro, where one of the world’s greatest collection of pre-Hispanic Indian gold artifacts are displayed. The museum also has exhibitions displaying geographical and social aspects of both pre-Columbian and contemporary Colombia. Finally, visit Museo de Botero, housed in a renovated colonial mansion, which exhibits 123 works by Fernando Botero and 85 works by Braque, Chagall, Dali, Miró, Picasso, Monet, Matisse, and other artists.

After breakfast, visit La Popa – Convent of La Candelaria, built in the early 17th century on a hilltop with stunning views of the city and the bay. Later, head to San Felipe Fort, built during the 17th century to protect the city from pirates. Also visit “Las Bóvedas” (The Vaults), which were used as dungeons in ancient times and are now shops and craft stores. Continue on to Plaza San Pedro Claver before returning to your hotel.

Day 5: Cartagena

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Day 6: Depart Cartagena

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Airfare. Air fuel surcharge is included in pricing. Some fares may be non-refundable but may be exchanged for a fee, plus any additional airfare costs due to difference in new airfares. Airlines offer varied promotional fares to the destinations included in this brochure. A minimum stay and advance purchase/ticketing is required. Holiday supplements are applicable and further restrictions may apply. Some airlines impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to www.worldwidetrav.com for more information regarding airlines checked baggage policies.

Responsibility. WWT and its employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, successors, agents, and assigns does not own or operate any entity which provides goods and services for Your Travel including without limitation, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, motor coach, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors and are in no way affiliated to WWT or any of WWT’s affiliated entities. As a result, WWT is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity or of any third party. In addition and without limitation, WWT is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God or force majeure, illness, disease, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of airplanes or other means of transportation, or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart on time. Also be advised that certain foreign facilities such as air-conditioning systems in public places, hotels and motor coaches are not up to U.S. standards. WWT reserves the right to withdraw any program or Travel in this brochure and/ or make such changes in the program(s) or Travel. If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors You are required to spend additional night(s), You will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. Baggage is entirely at owner’s risk. You may see the name WWT affixed to motor vehicles, on signs around the hotel or elsewhere. This use of our name is purely for reasons of identification and does not denote ownership, supervision, or control by WWT in any way. The prices of these tours are based on rates in effect (including foreign exchange rates) at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.

Important Notes–Consult Agent. PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP: Be prepared with proper documentation! United States citizens are required to have a valid passport to travel internationally. Visit http:www.travel. state.gov for information on how to obtain a passport, including forms, fees, and how to locate a passport acceptance facility nearest You. No refunds will be made if improper documentation results in denied boarding or entry. If You are not a U.S. citizen be certain to check with the consulate of the country You are traveling to for full entry requirements (Visas may be required in addition to passports). Requirements may change after this printing so we recommend that you verify any immigration requirements with the tourist office or consulate before you travel.

is on USTOA’s $1,000,000.00 Traveler’s Assistance Program. WWT, as an Active Member of USTOA, is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of WWT customers in the unlikely event of WWT bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by WWT may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by WWT. Complete details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2014, New York, New York 10016, or by e-mail to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com.

WWT’s Travel Protection Plan. To cover yourself against cancellation charges or unexpected expenses you may incur after the departure of your trip, it is always recommended that you purchase travel insurance. The WWT’s Travel Protection Plan provides coverage for: • Trip Cancellation/Interruption up to a maximum total trip cost of $15,000 per insured due to an unforeseen sickness, injury, death, jury duty service, primary residence made uninhabitable due to natural disaster and other covered reasons. • Trip Delay up to $500 ($250 per day) of additional expenses if your trip is delayed for 6 or more hours due to a common carrier delay, inclement weather or a strike. • Medical Expense providing payments of up to $25,000 ($500 Dental) for emergency treatment of an illness or injury. •

Baggage, Personal Effects, Travel Documents, Sportsman Equipment & Golf Equipment loss or Delay up to $1,000 for lost or stolen baggage and personal effects during your trip and up to $300 ($150 per day) if your baggage is delayed for at least 12 hours.

• Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains will pay up to $50,000 to evacuate you to the nearest adequate medical facility or transportation of remains upon death. • Accidental Death & Dismemberment up to $10,000 covers death and loss of limb or eyesight within 180 days of an accident. In addition, this plan includes Travel Medical Assistance, Worldwide Travel Assistance and LiveTravel® Emergency Assistance. Travel Assistance services provided by Travel Guard. For full coverage details, please go to http://www.worldwidetrav.com/. If you are a resident of one of the following states (FL, GA, IN, NH, NY, OR, PA, UT or WA), your Description of Coverage can be viewed at: www.travelguard.com/fullfillment. You can also request a copy of your Description of Coverage for all states by calling 1.866.401.7762, Travel Guard Representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is only a brief description of the coverage(s) available. The Policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. Insurance underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., with its principal place of business in New York, NY. Coverage may not be available in all states. Travel assistance services provided by Travel Guard Group, Inc. (“Travel Guard”) Effective: December 2015 - June 2017 FC USA Inc dba Worldwide Traveler™ does not assume any responsibility for errors or omissions in this brochure. BRC 108

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CST #2088177 WWT is not a participant in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund. You are not eligible to file a claim against that fund in the event of WWT’s default. Your right to make a claim

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