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CONTENTS AFRICA South Africa......................................................................8 Zimbabwe & Victoria Falls.............................................21 Kenya..............................................................................24 Tanzania..........................................................................30 Botswana........................................................................36 Namibia...........................................................................38 Rwanda & Uganda.........................................................40 Egypt...............................................................................44 Morocco..........................................................................48 INDIAN OCEAN Maldives..........................................................................53 Mauritius.........................................................................54 Seychelles & RĂŠunion Island...........................................55 UAE & OMAN......................................................................78 SOUTH AMERICA Peru.................................................................................98 Brazil.............................................................................102 Chile..............................................................................106 Ecuador & Galapagos Islands.......................................110 Argentina......................................................................114 Colombia.......................................................................117 GENERAL CONDITIONS.....................................................119 6

About Our Star Ratings 22222 Exceptional properties offering the finest accommodations and amenities with an outstanding variety of premium facilities and services. 2222 Excellent properties offering well appointed accommodations and amenities with a superior variety of excellent facilities and services. 222 Comfortable and appealing properties offering dependable accommodations and amenities with a variety of facilities and services. 22 Moderately priced properties offering basic accommodations, amenities, facilities, and services. 2 Economically priced properties offering modest accommodations and limited amenities, 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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KEY HOTEL FEATURES Throughout this brochure, certain hotel profiles denote one or more key features of that property. Below is a detailed guide to these distinctions to help you choose your best vacation spot!

All-Inclusive

My Time

Enjoy your meals, beverages, and more fun without having to

Unique recognition, special amenities, and services that go

carry cash or credit cards at your resort - it’s all included in the

beyond your expectations – that’s what you get when you book

cost of your trip!

a My Time property.

Preferred Partner

Our My Time partners include some of the world’s most

Hand-selected as the premiere accommodations in their destination,

spectacular hotels, and you’ll be treated like a treasured guest

these are the places we stay when we take a vacation. Our

with exclusive perks at no additional cost. The special treatment

“Preferred Partners” share several essential qualities that make

begins at check-in with private or expedited service, a room

them stand out from the competition, including:

upgrade, a welcome gift, or even a resort or spa credit.

• Dedication – Like us, these featured brands go all-out to

Throughout your stay, you’ll receive even more special extras,

give you the best possible vacation.

with each resort elevating your experience in its own way. From

• Value – At any price level, these brands give you the most

food and beverage credits to free Wi-Fi to kids club access, and

for your money.

more, elevate your time with My Time.

• Reputation – Travelers, travel writers, and critics agree: These properties are the best of the best. • Innovation – These featured brands constantly strive to

Look for the purple My Time icon next to the hotel’s name and your exclusive perks highlighted in the property description.

improve the experience they provide for travelers.

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SOUTH AFRICA COSMOPOLITAN CITIES, VERDANT VINEYARDS, FAMOUS GAME RESERVES – “A WORLD IN ONE COUNTRY”

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. *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.

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.

Getting Around 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.

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.

Weather Chart

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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

Avg. F° 69 68 66 61 57 51 52 56 62 64 66 67

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.

Cape Town Cape Town is home to one of the New7Wonders of Nature, the iconic Table Mountain National Park, recognized for 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!

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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.

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Know Your Destination

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

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

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

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

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

Aerial of Knysna in the Garden Route

Tailfins 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!

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Give Me Five Sun City

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

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

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

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On the Square Meander along Nelson Mandela Square, dotted with favorite designer stores, charming sidewalk cafés, and sophisticated dining.

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Chasing the Big Five 9 Days / 8 Nights

• JOHANNESBURG • KRUGER NATIONAL PARK • CAPE TOWN Kruger National Park

Day 6: Kruger National Park – Cape Town

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to unwind. Head to Mandela Square for some shopping, and indulge in authentic African cuisine.

This morning you will be 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. 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 2: Johannesburg – Kruger National Park Enjoy an insightful morning tour of Soweto, known the world over for its role in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kruger National Park and then taken to your accommodations.

Days 3 – 5: Kruger National Park Private safari lodges and tented camps in Kruger Park range from absolutely extravagant to romantically intimate to classic family retreats. Using your accommodation as a base, find out how many of the “Big 5” (lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinos) you can see in worldrenowned 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.

freedom. The afternoon is yours to explore Cape Town. Be sure to sample traditional biltong, a cured meat snack that’s very popular with the locals.

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

Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg

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. The evening is yours at leisure. You can venture into the city to pamper your taste buds with flavorful dishes from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.

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 the museum, now a World Heritage Site, for a poignant reminder of the price paid for

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South African Highlights 8 Days / 7 Nights

• CAPE TOWN • PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK Winelands

Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg – Cape Town Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you’ll catch a connecting flight to Cape Town, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2: Cape Town Join a full-day tour of Cape Town to see the highlights and appreciate the surrounding natural beauty. Travel along the Atlantic seaboard to Hout Bay; if time permits, you have the option of taking a half-hour boat trip to Duiker Island to see a Cape Fur Seal colony. Continue on Chapman’s Peak Drive (if open), one of the most stunning roadways in the world, to Cape Point Nature Reserve. The return journey to Cape Town takes you along False Bay Coast with an option to visit a colony of rare African Penguins at Boulders Beach. Visit famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before arriving back at your hotel.

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

Day 4: Cape Town Join a hike from Twelve Apostles to the Table Mountain plateau. Climbers are rewarded with views of the Twelve

Apostles, a series of mountains that stand like sentinels overlooking the coast. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Valley of the Red Gods and the Valley of Isolation before reaching the Table Mountain plateau. Descend the mountain in the aerial cableway and enjoy 360° views of Cape Town, Lions Head, and the mountain itself. After your hike, head to Camps Bay to enjoy lunch with a view of one of the popular local beaches.

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 your accommodations at Pilanesberg National Park.

Day 6: Pilanesberg National Park Enjoy morning and evening game drives into the park, which promise thrilling big game viewing of the “Big 5” (lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinos) and more than 360 species of birds. Return to your lodgings for locally prepared meals and relaxation by the pool.

Day 7: Pilanesberg National Park – Johannesburg

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

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Wine, Dine & Safari 13 Days / 12 Nights

• JOHANNESBURG • CAPE TOWN • GARDEN ROUTE • KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Garden Route

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, why not head to Mandela Square for some shopping and indulge in authentic African cuisine?

Day 2: Johannesburg – Cape Town Take a flight to Cape Town and start the morning with an extraordinary in-depth city tour, beginning with a trip up to Table Mountain, the jewel of Cape Town. Other tour highlights include the Malay Quarter, City Centre, Company Gardens, and Castle of Good Hope. 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 3: Cape Town The thrill of a hot air balloon ride over the magnificent Magalies River Valley is almost indescribable: You’re sipping Champagne while hovering gently above the treetops of the beautiful valley or drifting majestically high above the Magaliesberg range, about 25 miles north of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, a region boasting some of the best ballooning weather in the world. After landing, savor a delectable Champagne breakfast at the new Clubhouse, Pavilion and Restaurant at Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris.

Day 4: Cape Town For today’s tour, meet your guide at the Bo-Kaap Museum, where you can get a feel for the history and tradition of the area. Then, embark on a leisurely stroll through some of the more historic streets to appreciate the extraordinary collection of pre-1840 architecture in this protected Heritage Site. Arrive at the home of a local resident to begin a Cape Malay hands-on cooking experience. Over a mug of faloodah (a traditional, lightly rose-scented milk drink), your hostess and cooking instructor will tell you more about the ways in which food, history, and religion are interwoven in the Bo-Kaap culture. Learn how to mix Masala, fold Samoosas, and

balance the delicate flavors of a Cape Malay curry. Then it’s time to sit back and appreciate your handwork as you dig in to a full-course traditional Malay Meal.

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.

Days 11-12: 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 world-renowned Kruger National Park, offering a wildlife experience like no other! In between game drives, savor local cuisine paired with unique South African wines, or simply relax by the pool.

Day 6: Cape Town – Garden Route Pick up your rental car 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 7: Garden Route Embark on a short journey to Knysna, commonly referred to as the “pot of gold” at the end of the Garden Route, where you can see dolphins peeking out of crystalline waters or interact with elephants in their natural habitat.

Day 8: Garden Route – Plettenberg Bay Head off this morning to Plettenberg Bay, which boasts sweeping golden beaches, the iconic Robberg Peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests, and lush vineyards and wine estates.

Day 9: Plettenberg Bay – Port Elizabeth

Drop off the car at the airport in the morning, then fly to Kruger National Park for an exhilarating search of the “Big 5.” You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your accommodation.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa’s fifth largest city, is the final stop on your coastal South African journey. A short distance from Port Elizabeth is picturesque Nelson Mandela Bay, where you’ll find game parks, golf courses, and surfing.

Day 10: Port Elizabeth – Kruger National Park

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A Selection of South Africa Sightseeing and Hotels FOODIES ON FOOT

GREAT WHITE SHARK CAGE DIVING

ROVOS RAIL TOURS

3.5 Hours / Tourvest

4 Hours / Tourvest

Pretoria

Join a guided walking tour of Stellenbosch’s old town center to discover the history, outdoor art, and architectural jewels as you stroll from one tasting stop to another. Taste a variety of foods on an extended lunch tour, including a mezze platter of seasonal local products, fresh-baked artisan bread, snacks from a family butchery, regional wines, homemade ice cream, and pastries and confections.

Take a scenic drive to Gansbaai and enjoy a bite to eat before braving the waters with Great White Sharks at Dyer Island and Geyser Rock. Enjoy a picnic lunch on board and a bowl of steaming soup at the end of this full-day tour.

A trip aboard 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.

TABLE MOUNTAIN & CITY MORNING TOUR

WINELANDS FULL DAY TOUR

AFRICAN PRIDE 15 ON ORANGE HOTEL

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Full Day / Tourvest

Visit one of the new seven wonders of nature and take in the exceptional beauty of Table Mountain. Travel through the Malay Quarter, City Center, and Company Gardens, and if time permits, the Castle of Good Hope.

An hour out of Cape Town, this tour takes you through the valleys and vineyards of Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch. Enjoy a cellar tour, wine tasting at three top wine estates, and a tour of the historic town of Stellenbosch.

Cape Town Set at the base of Table Mountain in Cape Town’s stylish Gardens district, this exclusive hotel is close to the city’s major attractions. Modern guest accommodations feature marble baths and city or mountain views. • 129 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/café/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor rooftop pool • Suntra Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

CAPE GRACE

ONE & ONLY CAPETOWN

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A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this stellar urban oasis has its own private quay on the picturesque waterfront. Individually decorated guest rooms open to balconies or patios.

In the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, this luxury resort features spacious rooms that open to balconies or terraces with marina or mountain views. Sit down to gourmet bliss at Nobu Matsuhisa’s first African restaurant.

You’re in the middle of all the action when you stay at this sophisticated luxury hotel at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town. Spacious guest rooms overlook Table Mountain, Signal Hill, the city, or Table Bay.

• 120 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/afternoon tea • concierge/24-hr room service • spa/24-hr fitness center • Kids@Cape Grace • marina • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 131 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars/wine bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor heated free-form infinity pool • One&Only Spa/fitness center • KidsOnly program/teen activities • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 210 ac suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr concierge/room service • outdoor rooftop pool • Cayenne Spa/fitness center • private cinema • complimentary Wi-Fi

THE WESTIN CAPE TOWN

LAGOON BEACH HOTEL

SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE

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This modern, family-friendly hotel in Convention Square is close to the city’s top attractions. Guest accommodations feature contemporary style and full-length windows with superb views over the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain.

Stroll directly onto a white-sand beach along Table Bay from this sophisticated modern resort, where soundproof guest rooms open to breezy patios. After a day of fun in the sun, retreat to Camelot Spa for aromatherapy and hydrotherapy.

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.

• 483 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/cigar bar • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor & outdoor pools/kids pool • The Westin Heavenly Spa/WestinWORKOUT® Gym/salon • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 232 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools • Camelot Spa/fitness center • water sports

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

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A Selection of South Africa Hotels AFRICAN PRIDE MELROSE ARCH HOTEL JOHANNESBURG

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Personalized service and distinctive design define this modern hotel in the heart of Johannesburg, close to Sandton shopping and other attractions. Retreat to guest rooms and suites with hardwood floors, modern artwork, and city views.

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.

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 private plunge pools and stunning views of the N’waswitsontso River.

• 118 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool • complimentary Wi-Fi

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

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

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LANDOLOZI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

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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.

One of South Africa’s original private game reserves, this stellar Relais & Châteaux property comprises five separate camps with luxury accommodations, exceptional cuisine, and access to 34,000 acres of Africa’s best “Big 5” game viewing.

This luxury property in Sabi Sands Game Reserve is the only one with access to the Sabie River, which it shares with Kruger National Park. Retreat to five luxurious lodges with amenities such as fireplaces and private plunge pools.

• 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

• 32 ac suites & chalets • restaurant/lounge • outdoor pools • fitness center/massage services/yoga • guided safaris • boutique

• 30 ac suites & villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars/wine cellar • 3 outdoor pools • Africology Spa/2 fitness center • safaris/game drives/bush walks

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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.

An extinct volcano crater is the setting for this unique luxury hideaway, surrounded by one of South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuaries. Guest accommodations open to private patios. Gear up for spectacular game viewing!

This elegant Victorian boutique hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, close to Stellenbosch’s many boutiques, museums, and wine estates. Individually decorated rooms are filled with antique furniture.

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

• 63 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool • Amani Spa • Segways/archery/cultural activities

• 27 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge • concierge/room service • outdoor heated pool • The Dorpshuis Spa/fitness center/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi

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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.

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!

Five individual game lodges – each comprising a unique blend of luxury and African wilderness – make up this deluxe adventure resort, set in the World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere. Take part in exciting game drives, and bask in luxury accommodations.

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

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• 220 ac suites • 2 restaurants/5 bars/pool bar • concierge • 3 outdoor pools/kids pool • Legend Health & Wellness Spa/fitness center • 18-hole golf course • game drives/bush walks • wildlife & cultural center

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ZIMBABWE & VICTORIA FALLS MAGNIFICENT GAME, UNSPOLIED COUNTRYSIDE, AND ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREAT WONDERS Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

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Entry Requirements

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US citizens need 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.

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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).

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.

Enjoy a scenic train ride to Victoria Falls from Bulawayo.

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. Weather Chart

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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-oa-Tunya, 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 glass on an inspirational sunset cruise. Get an aerial view of the surrounding rainforests and riveting rainbows as you fly high over the Falls in a helicopter! Victoria Falls

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Fall in Love with Zimbabwe 5 Days / 4 Nights

• VICTORIA FALLS • ZIMBABWE • BOTSWANA • MASUWE Chobe National Park

Day 1: Arrive 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.

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 learning about the history of the falls.

Day 3: Botswana 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’ll board safari vehicles for an afternoon awe-inspiring game drive.

Day 4: Masuwe 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 5: Victoria Falls You will be transferred back to the airport for your departure.

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A Selection of Zimbabwe & Victoria Falls Hotels VICTORIA FALLS RIVER LODGE

VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI CLUB

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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.

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

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

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

• 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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VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE

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

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This modern, family-friendly oasis is located close to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Natural wood furnishings accent the guest rooms, many with balconies overlooking the surrounding lakes and water features.

The closest hotel to majestic Victoria Falls, this stellar boutique property is the perfect base for exploring the area’s attractions. Spacious rooms have sliding doors that open to gardens where wild animals roam.

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 that are tailor-made for wildlife viewing.

• 294 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/4 bars/24-hour room service • outdoor pool/children’s pool • spa • casino • children’s play area

• 56 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • Ilala Spa • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 72 ac rooms with private decks • restaurant/2 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • spa/salon • Internet café/library/game room • complimentary Wi-Fi

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KENYA A DREAM SAFARI DESTINATION FILLED WITH BEAUTY, COLOR & ENDLESS WILDERNESS

Know Your Destination 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. 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.

The Regions Nairobi 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 heartwarming elephant orphanage.

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, and rituals. 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).

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; fees are $50 for a single-entry 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.

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

Game Parks & Reserves Kenya is home to the most famous game parks and reserves on the planet, among them: Masai Mara

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Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya Amboseli National Park

Getting Around City-to-City Zimbabwe 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.

Bus 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.

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. Weather Chart

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Top Experiences Bird Is the Word 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.

We the People 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 New 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.

Looking Up Gear up to climb Mount Kenya (the second highest mountain in Africa after Kilimanjaro), an extinct volcano in dense mountain forest with stunning glacial peaks and countless photo ops.

Meat & Greet 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.

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

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UGANDA KENYA Kisumu Lake Victoria

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Reach the Beach Photo: Anna Omelchenko/Shutterstock.com

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

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

Local Views 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.

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Kenya Lodge Safari 7 Days / 6 Nights

• NAIROBI • ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK • LAKE KAUURU NATIONAL PARK • MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE Masai

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi On arrival in Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. There will be a trip briefing at the hotel at approximately 6:00pm.

Day 2: Nairobi – Aberdare National Park Depart to Aberdare National Park and arrive in time for lunch at Aberdare Country Club, set on a 1,300-acre wildlife sanctuary. After lunch, the afternoon is yours. Enjoy the club’s facilities and surroundings, or set off on a nature walk through unspoiled terrain and get up close to zebras and giraffes.

Day 3: Aberdare National Park Embark on a game drive through the park after breakfast, then drive back to the country club for lunch. Keep an eye out for the elusive golden cat or bongo, both rare sightings in the area, and also spot leopards, elephants, baboons, colobus monkeys, and a wide array of birds of prey. Afterwards, bring a day pack for your overnight stay at The Ark, the feature stay on this trip.

Day 4: Lake Kauuru National Park After breakfast, enjoy another short game drive en route

to Aberdare Country Club to pick up your luggage before continuing along the Great Rift Valley to Nakuru. There will be a quick stop at Thomson’s Falls. On arrival at the lodge, enjoy a late lunch before an afternoon game drive within the park, where you may spot a White Rhino and a big cat or two.

with a picnic lunch.) Accommodation while in the Mara is a comfortable permanent-tented camp. Once you return to camp there is an option to go back out and visit a Maasai Village. An optional balloon ride over the Masai Mara at sunrise is highly recommended, an unforgettable experience for many travelers.

Day 5: Masai Mara National Reserve

Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve – Nairobi

In early morning, join a game drive with a different perspective on the park before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Head southwest to your next destination, the Masai Mara, arguably one of the finest game reserves on the continent. Take in vistas of rolling green plains and riverine woodlands, as well as numerous species of game. End the day watching the sun go down across the Mara while enjoying drinks and canapés.

After breakfast, return to Nairobi. Your journey ends on arrival in late afternoon.

Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve Rise before dawn to begin a morning game drive, then return to camp for lunch and to relax during the heat of the day. Set off again in the afternoon – this time you can expect to return to camp at around sunset. (Depending on wildlife movements, you may not return to camp in the middle of the day, making for one full game drive instead,

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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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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 7: Mara North Conservancy

Arrive in Nairobi, 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

Day 5: Shaba National Reserve

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.

Gear up for a full day of game viewing activities in Shaba National Reserve, where you can explore the different ecosystems of acacia forest and swamplands.

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.

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

Enjoy a full day in the Masai Mara with game viewing activities. A game drive into the Masai Mara National Reserve is also available.

Day 8: Mara North Conservancy – Nairobi

Day 6: Shaba National Reserve – Mara North Conservancy Fly to the Masai Mara and transfer to your camp with game viewing en route. Small and very exclusive, Elephant Pepper Camp is located in Mara North Conservancy, a beautiful 74,000-acre 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. 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.

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TANZANIA NATURE’S MOST MAJESTIC WILDLIFE, THE PLANET’S MOST AWESOME LANDSCAPES & THE CONTINENT’S MOST WELCOMING PEOPLE

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.

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.

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.

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,

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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. Weather Chart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Music City Dive into an electric live music scene in Dar showcasing traditional taraab orchestras, jazz, salsa, afro funk, and bongo flava.

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

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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

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater – 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.

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 7: Serengeti National Park

Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park

Day 8: Serengeti National Park – Arusha – Kilimanjaro

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 rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. From there, descend into the crater for a full afternoon of game viewing. Vast herds of wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, buffalo, and their predators – the big cats – roam the crater floor.

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

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.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route 8 Days / 7 Nights

• MARANGU • MARANGU HUT • HOROMBO HUT • KIBO HUT • UHURU PEAK Mt. Kilimanjaro

Day 1: Arrive Marangu Welcome to Tanzania. This journey begins at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The tour commences at the hotel in early evening with a full briefing and kit inspection with your experienced Kilimanjaro leader before dinner.

Day 2: Mandara Hut After breakfast, meet the guides and porters. After completing registration procedures, you should be on your way to the Marangu Gate at Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park by late morning. The porters will carry your trek bag with all of your gear, while you’ll carry a day bag with your wet-weather equipment, camera, lunch, and water. Hike to Mandara Hut, where you will spend the night. From here, embark on an optional walk to nearby Maundi Crater. If the skies are clear, there may be excellent views of the town of Moshi far below.

Day 3: Horombo Hut Continue the trek with another long hike over a slightly steeper stretch where the rainforest gives way to open and rolling alpine meadows dotted with giant heather trees. Traverse several ravines before reaching Horombo Hut, your base for the night.

Day 4: Horombo Hut After breakfast, hike to Mawenzi Hut, passing the unusual Zebra Rocks and enjoying awesome views. Return to

Horombo for lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing and acclimatizing to the altitude, or ask your guides about short walks in the area. Take advantage of the rest day and drink plenty of water to prepare for the days to come.

Day 5: Kibo Hut The landscape becomes progressively more rugged and rocky and the air noticeably thinner, so slow the pace accordingly. Pass giant groundsels and lobelias while traveling across the sparse moorland. Skirting Mawenzi Peak, arrive at the stark lunar landscape of the Saddle. Upon reaching Kibo Hut in afternoon, take the opportunity to have an early night before your 11:00pm wakeup call later in the evening.

Day 7: Marangu Continue the descent through alpine meadows and rainforest to the park gate. In the afternoon, return to the Marangu Hotel. Over a celebratory meal, relive and share your experiences of your days on the mountain.

Day 8: Marangu Depart on a transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport or shuttle to Nairobi, which can be arranged locally.

Day 6: Horombo Hut / Uhuru Peak After being woken by our guides and served hot tea late in the evening on Day 5, begin the last leg of the trek to the summit. The trek begins beneath the stars as you zigzag your way up a large scree slope guided only by torchlight to reach Gilman’s Point, perhaps in time for breathtaking views of the sun rising behind Mawenzi Peak. It is a further two hours along the rim of the crater to Uhuru Peak, at 19,340 feet, the highest point in Africa. From this peak, there are unforgettable views of the crater, ice fields, and the vast and distant East African plains below. Descend back to Horombo Hut for a well-earned rest. Mawenzi Saddle

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A Selection of Tanzania Hotels DREAM OF ZANZIBAR

HIDEAWAY OF NUNGWI

HHHHH Zanzibar

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THE RESIDENCE ZANZIBAR

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All-Inclusive Nestled in exotic gardens on the beachfront at Pwani Machangani overlooking the Indian Ocean, this exceptional resort opens onto a private stretch of white-sand beach. Guest rooms and suites open to private terraces.

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this luxury boutique resort opens directly onto the powder white sands of Nungwi Beach. Exquisite guest accommodations feature private terraces with garden and ocean views.

Set amid fragrant tropical gardens on a pristine mile-long beach along the Indian Ocean, this top-flight resort immerses you in the splendor of a secluded hideaway. Retreat to luxurious villas with contemporary style, private pools, and furnished patios.

• 157 ac rooms & suites • 9 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • The Dream Spa/fitness center • water sports/ tennis • Simba Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 102 ac rooms, suites & villas • 3 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • The Hideaway Spa & Fitness Club • water sports • Hide & Seek Kids Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 66 ac villas • 2 restaurants/bar • room service • outdoor pool • spa/ fitness center/yoga • water sports/tennis/complimentary bicycles • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

SEA CLIFF RESORT & SPA

SULTAN SANDS ISLAND RESORT

AZANZI BEACH HOTEL ZANZIBAR

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Located amid tropical gardens on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, this stellar resort offers the perfect setting for either a relaxing or recreation-filled escape. Step into guest rooms featuring elegant furnishings and private furnished balconies.

Step directly onto the white-sand beaches of Kiwengwa from this luxury resort on Zanzibar’s east coast. Spacious rooms are built in the style of traditional African rondavels and open to private balconies. Gear up for snorkeling and scuba in sparkling waters.

All-Inclusive Option This contemporary boutique resort opens directly onto a powder-white beach dotted with palm trees on the northeast coast. Spacious guest rooms and suites have traditional Zanzibari style and private terraces or balconies with ocean views.

• 76 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/coffee bar/2 bars • concierge • Oasis Spa/ fitness center • water sports/PADI Dive Center • kids club • boutiques

• 35 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool • water sports/ PADI Dive Center • spa services • bicycles available • complimentary Wi-Fi

NGALAWA BEACH VILLAGE

OCEAN PARADISE RESORT ZANZIBAR

• 120 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor infinity pools/kids pool • Shwari Spa/fitness center • water sports/ tennis & squash courts/bicycles • golf course • Kidz Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

BREEZES BEACH CLUB & SPA

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A quiet, pristine sandy beach is right outside the doors of this romantic, elegant resort on the southeast coast. Guest accommodations, decorated in traditional Zanzibari style, open to breezy private terraces or balconies.

This luxury boutique resort opens onto a powder-white beach lined with palm trees on the northeast coast of Zanzibar, a scuba-diving mecca. Posh guest accommodations open to private balconies or terraces with sea views.

This beachside boutique resort on Zanzibar’s picturesque northeast coast overlooks the turquoise Indian Ocean. Set in traditional African roundhouses surrounded by gardens, the guest rooms open to private balconies with sea views.

• 70 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/café/3 bars/pool bar • concierge • Frangipani Spa Zanzibar/fitness center/aerobics • tennis • water sports/ PADI Dive Center • shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 36 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • concierge • outdoor pool • Mana Spa • water sports/PADI Dive Center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 98 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • spa/fitness center/salon/sauna/steam room • water sports/PADI Dive Center • tour desk

UROA BAY BEACH RESORT

HHH Zanzibar Set in a tranquil fishing village on Zanzibar’s east coast, this deluxe resort opens to a long stretch of private beach. Designed in traditional Zanzibari style, spacious guest rooms all face the sea and feature private furnished terraces. • 119 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Doja Saloon • tennis/excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi Zanzibar

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BOTSWANA A SURPRISING DESTINATION: AFRICA AT ITS MOST UNSPOILED Okavango Delta

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. Wildlife is Botswana’s main draw, and the nation has acted 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 – made famous in the 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.

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. Visitors entering Botswana are required to pay a $30 tourism levy at point of entry.

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.

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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.

Top Experiences Delta View

spot buffalo, giraffes, hippos, antelope, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and jackals, as well as almost 500 different birds.

Rec Center 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.

Down the River 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. Weather Chart

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.

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

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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.

Panning Out 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.

Elephant Element Head to Chobe National Park to see the largest population of African elephants on the continent.

On the Move Animals move freely along ancient migration routes in the 700-square-mile Moremi Wildlife Reserve. It’s easy to

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Classic Botswana 8 Days / 7 Nights

• VICTORIA FALLS • CHOBE NATIONAL PARK • MOREMI GAME RESERVE • OKAVANGO DELTA • MAUN Chobe National Park

Day 1: Arrive Victoria Falls On arrival in Victoria Falls, you will be met by a Wild Horizons representative and transferred to your hotel. Located about two miles from the town center, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is set high on a plateau and enjoys uninterrupted views of the African bush. After a short briefing, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Victoria Falls – Chobe National Park In the morning, tour Victoria Falls with a guide. Afterwards, return to your lodge and meet your Sheerwater/Chobezi representative for your transfer into Botswana and Chobe National Park. Arrive at your lodge at midday and meet with a local representative to go over the rest of your itinerary. After lunch, unwind before joining a midafternoon game drive to spot elephants and buffalo. Accommodation at Chobe Safari Lodge is usually in rondavels – comfortable individual circular thatched units with private facilities and balconies.

Day 3: Chobe National Park Begin with a morning game drive to see the wildlife at their most active, followed by relaxation at the lodge during the hottest part of the day. In late afternoon, take a boat trip on the Chobe River. In Chobe National Park,

spot big game including buffalo, elephants, lions, zebras, impalas, wildebeests, and giraffes, plus saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles, goliath herons, and beautiful bee-eaters. Return to the lodge the final evening.

Day 4: Chobe National Park – Moremi Game Reserve After breakfast, fly into the Okavango Delta, where you’ll be met and transferred to either Moremi Crossing or neighboring sister property Gunn’s Camp. Spend time on the Delta searching for aquatic antelope, relaxing, and soaking up the unique ambiance of this remarkable environment. Go ashore on some of the larger islands to stretch your legs and explore. Enjoy a spot of high tea, then head off for an afternoon gliding quietly through the wetlands and papyrus-clad waterways in traditional dugout canoes or on a sunset boat cruise.

Day 5: Moremi Game Reserve In the wilderness you may spot giraffes, impalas, baboons, elephants, buffalo, warthogs, wildebeests, waterbucks, zebras, hippos, and crocodiles in the waterways. During the hotter part of the day, relax on the camp’s open decks or siesta by the pool. Bird-watchers might even see the very rare and shy Pel’s Fishing Owl.

Day 6: Moremi Game Reserve – Okavango Delta After breakfast and a morning activity, depart Moremi Crossing via small aircraft and fly to Pom Pom Camp, the base from which to explore the abundant wildlife and life-sustaining waters of the Okavango Delta. Accommodation is located on Pom Pom Island in the private Matsebe concession area. Activities at Pom Pom camp include game drives and walks, time out on the water in a mokoro, and fishing trips.

Day 7: Okavango Delta Spend the day taking in the unspoiled and diverse wilderness of this stunning area where the varied habitats offer refuge to a wide range of animal and bird species.

Day 8: Maun Enjoy breakfast with the group on your final morning before flying to Maun Airport, where your adventure comes to an end.

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ZAMBIA Victoria Falls

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Makgadikgadi Francistown

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SOUTH AFRICA Okavango Delta

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NAMIBIA A COUNTRY OF DIVERSE CULTURES, EUROPEAN INFLUENCES, EXOTIC WILDLIFE & STARK, MYSTICAL BEAUTY Black Rhino, Gemsbok Oryx and Springbok, Etosha National Park

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.

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 Otjiwarongo-Tsumeb, Gobabis,

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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 well-graded 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.

Top Experiences

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

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

River 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.

Living Palette 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!

Off the Walls 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.

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Weather Chart

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

Avg. F° 77 74 72 68 63 57 57 62 69 73 77 78 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 3.1 3.2 3.1 1.5 0.3 --- --- --- 0.1 0.5 1.1 1.6

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

Ready to Rock 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.

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

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Classic Namibia • WINDHOEK • ESTOSHA NATIONAL PARK • DAMARALAND • SWAKOPMUND • SOSSUSVLEI • SESRIEM • FISH RIVER CANYON • ORANGE RIVER • TRAWAL • CAPE TOWN 15 Days / 14 Nights

Sossusvlei

Day 1: Windhoek

Day 8: Swakopmund – Sossusvlei

Your journey begins with a welcome meeting at your hotel at 6:00pm.

Travel to your lodge located just outside Etosha National Park, and spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Depart Swakopmund and head south to Sesriem, with a seasonal detour to Walvis Bay, the hibernation area for thousands of migratory birds, most notably flamingos. Continue past Moon Valley, an eerie granite valley, and the Tropic of Capricorn. Stop by the small settlement of Solitaire before arriving at your lodge.

Day 3: Etosha National Park

Day 9: Sossusvlei – Sesriem

Rise early and enjoy a full day of game viewing in the park, watching for black rhinos, Hartmann’s mountain zebras, black-faced impalas, roan antelopes, and the tiny Damara dik-dik, as well as some 340 bird species.

Day 4: Etosha National Park – Damaraland Enjoy a morning game drive in the park, then venture into the heart of Damaraland, home to Namibia’s highest peak, ancient rock paintings, and petrified forests. Keep an eye out for the desert elephants that roam the area. Your home for the next two nights is the Mopane Lodge.

Day 5: Damaraland Spend the morning visiting Twyfelfontein Heritage Site, known for its ancient rock engravings, and the Petrified Forest. Continue on to the Living Museum of the Damara, which reconstructs and preserves the “lost culture” of the Damara, who are, along with the Bushmen, the oldest nation in Namibia. Return to the lodge with the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 6: Damaraland – Swakopmund Travel through the Namib Desert to reach the Atlantic coastline, taking in the beautiful, diverse, and colorful landscapes along the way – mountains, sand dunes, ocean waves, and shipwrecks. Arrive at the beachside town of Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast. After checking into your hotel, explore this township of German-Namibian atmosphere.

Day 7: Swakopmund Your day is at leisure, or you can join an optional activity such as a trip north to Cape Cross, a breeding site for Cape Fur Seals.

An early-morning visit to Sossusvlei is a great opportunity for unsurpassed views of the surrounding area. Climb to the top of Dune 45 for spectacular vistas of the surreal desert. After breakfast, travel to Dead Vlei, a clay pan best known for its eerie iconic landscape, surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world. In the afternoon, visit Sesriem Gorge, a tranquil natural corridor that you can walk through and explore. Return to the lodge for the evening.

Day 14: Trawal – Cape Town Continue to Cape Town, with the rest of the day until the evening at your leisure. Explore attractions such as Robben Island, the V&A Waterfront, and Table Mountain. In the evening, enjoy a memorable dinner with the group in Bo-Kapp, spiritual home of the Cape’s Muslim community, known for its brightly colored houses. Make a stop at the famed purple house of Faldela Tolker and her family, and learn how to make samosas before sitting down to an authentic home-cooked dinner.

Day 15: Cape Town Extend your stay in Cape Town or depart for home.

Day 10: Sesriem – Fish River Canyon Depart Sossusvlei and travel to Fish River Canyon. Your accommodation for the next two nights is the Canyon Lodge. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 11: Fish River Canyon Rise early and witness the colorful sunrise from the edge of Fish River Canyon. Stop at various lookouts that offer spectacular views and photo opportunities, and keep an eye out for birds including plovers, wagtails, hammerkops, and herons. Next, make your way to the main viewpoint for a picnic breakfast with unforgettable views over the canyon. Return to the lodge and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Optional activities include a guided drive to the Fish River Canyon and a 4x4 wildebeest drive.

Day 12: Fish River Canyon – Orange River Depart Fish River Canyon and proceed to Orange River, the longest stream in South Africa. Join an easy six-mile journey downstream in a two-person canoe with a local guide.

Day 13: Orange River – Trawal Cross the border from Namibia into South Africa and to a wine farm in Trawal, arriving in late afternoon or early evening. In the evening, enjoy a unique wine tasting of

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the region’s finest wines with your experienced and knowledgeable host.

Namib Naukluft National Park Luderitz

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RWANDA AMID BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES, ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREAT WILDLIFE DESTINATIONS Cloud forest in Nyungwe National Park

Know Your Destination

In-Town

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, and water sports at Lake Kivu.

Kigali Taxi

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, and wildlife safaris.

Coffee Break

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.

Entry Requirements

Taxis and airport taxis are plentiful in Kigali, with many independent and amalgamated operators.

Top Experiences 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!

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

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

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.

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Akagera National Park

Go Big or Go Home 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.

Anything for Art 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.

Way to Goat 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. Weather Chart

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UGANDA “THE PEARL OF AFRICA” SHIMMERS WITH ASTOUNDING LANDSCAPES AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE Murchison Falls

Know Your Destination

Getting Around

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?

City-to-City

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.

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.

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.

In-Town Kampala Taxi 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.

Top Experiences

Rapids City 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.”

Beasty Feast Sit down to a helping of the Ugandan favourite known as Beef Luwombo, a traditional feast of beef steamed in banana leaf.

T.G.I.F. 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.

City Views 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.

Prime Time 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.

Weather Chart

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

Avg. F° 69 71 71 69 69 69 68 68 69 69 69 69 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 2.8 3.4 6.4 10.1 9.9 4.6 3 3 3 4.1 5.6 4.7

All Falls Down Soak up the awesome sight of the “White Nile” as it squeezes through a 20-foot-wide gorge and drops into spectacular Murchison Falls before flowing into Lake Albert.

Peak Performance 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).

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

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

Rothschild giraffes, Murchison National Park, Uganda

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

Day 2: Entebbe – 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 – Fort Portal 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.

Join a morning game drive in the park. The Mweya Peninsula is good for a variety of animals including

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Day 8: Bwindi National Park 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.

Bwindi National Park

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

Day 10: Volcanoes National Park – Lake Kivu 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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Lira Murchison Falls

Lake Albert Fort Portal

Kampala Entebbe

Kibale

Day 11: Lake Kivu – Kigali In the morning, journey to Kigali. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Lake Edward

Masaka Mbarara

Bwindi

RWANDA Byumba Lake RWANDA

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Day 6: Queen Elizabeth 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, catch magnificent views of the entire volcano chain of the Virunga Mountains. Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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There’s an early start for chimpanzee tracking. Kibale National Park protects a large block of rainforest harboring the greatest variety and concentration of primates anywhere in East Africa. Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park along the foothills of the Rwenzoris for an evening game drive and overnight lodginjg.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi National Park

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Day 5: Fort Portal – Queen Elizabeth National Park

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.

Soroti Lake Mbale Kyoga Jinja

Port Bell

KENYA

Lake Victoria

TANZANIA

Lake Kivu Kigali Kiva Cyangugu Kibungo Butare

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EGYPT THE WORLD’S OLDEST TRAVEL DESTINATION, A ROMANTIC, FARAWAY PLACE THAT’S PERFECT FOR INSPIRING THE IMAGINATION

Know Your Destination Awe-inspiring ancient wonders, boundless sandy deserts, the fascinating Nile, and the chaotic allure of Cairo are just some of the many things that make Egypt a classic travel destination. From the mystery of the Pyramids to the imposing Great Sphinx of Giza, from the endless sands of the Sahara in the west to the turquoise waters of the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt boasts a breathtaking landscape of attractions. Cairo is vast – with more than 17 million people, it’s the largest city in Africa and the Middle East. Though firmly attached to the past, it is also home to a vibrant modern society, buzzing with life and movement. Visit the Al-Azhar Mosque, one of the pillars of Islamic thought and home to the world’s oldest university, then drop into one of Cairo’s numerous friendly coffee houses, the best places to soak up the flavors of the city.

The Regions

Luxor

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Though a small city, Luxor is extensive and straddles the Nile, with many of its ancient attractions on the West Bank, including the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, while the more modern East Bank is home to most hotels and restaurants, as well as the 3,000-yearold Luxor Temple.

Egypt has an extensive long-distance bus network, operated mostly by government-owned companies, including Pullman, West Delta, Golden Arrow, Super Jet, East Delta, El Gouna, Upper Egypt Bus Co, and Bedouin Bus.

Entry Requirements (from the U.S.) A passport valid for six months beyond date of entry and a visa are required for entry into Egypt. Everyone older than 16 is required to have his own passport. Officially it is recommended that you obtain a visa before you travel, but most regular visitors to Egypt who arrive by air find it quicker and easier to pick up a visa on arrival at the airport; US citizens may obtain a visa at an Egyptian consulate at a cost of $15, while a visa obtained at arrival costs $25.

In-Town Cairo Taxi Taxis are a cheap and convenient way of getting around; make sure they have official markings on the dashboard or elsewhere (in Cairo, the taxis are painted black with white around the front and rear fenders).

Subway Cairo is home to Africa’s first and most expansive metro system, encompassing three lines that cover most of the main districts. Cairo Weather Chart

Getting Around

Egypt’s capital city, Cairo is also the largest city in Africa and the Middle East, and, as such, all hustle and bustle. There are quiet medieval backstreets to explore as well as the waterfront Corniche, but the essence is more to be found in the packed markets, such as the famous Khan el-Khalili souk, largely unchanged since the 14th century. You’ll find spices, perfumes, gold, silver, carpets, brass and copperware, leather work, glass, and ceramics.

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Giza

The state-owned company Egyptian National Railways runs almost all trains in Egypt; the Cairo-Alexandria route is heavily traveled by train, with frequent service daily. Overnight trains are available from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan, in Upper Egypt, run by a separate private company called Abela Egypt.

Cairo

Just a few miles outside Cairo, this plateau is home to the only remaining monuments of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the three iconic Pyramids and the enigmatic Sphinx. While instantly recognizable to almost everybody in the world via photos and film, they are absolutely breathtaking when viewed up close.

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Egypt’s domestic air network is fairly extensive and covers most major cities and towns. The national carrier, EgyptAir has the most regular services; they have a large network of offices at strategic points around the country, which can sell you tickets. Egypt’s largest private airline, Nile Air, also offers scheduled flights.

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The pyramids at Giza

Top Experiences Coffee Break Visit one of Cairo’s many cafés, where you can sip some great brew as well as play backgammon and smoke a shisha water pipe and watch the world pass by.

Main Mosque

Coptic Cairo Wander the streets of Old Cairo to “Coptic Cairo,” a unique area encompassing the Babylon Fortress as well as several Christian churches that date to before the Muslim conquest of Egypt.

Towering Above

Major Museum

Shop in Luxor’s main souk for brass trays, alabaster vases and bowls, leather poufs, jewelry, and brightly colored cotton scarves and galabeyyas.

Karnak Temple, Luxor

Take advantage of Luxor’s status as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Museum” and visit the Temple of Luxor, one of the best preserved of all of the ancient monuments, and the Temple of Karnak, the largest religious structure ever built, a virtual city covering about 200 acres which was a place of pilgrimage for nearly 2,000 years.

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Pyramids of Giza

ISRAEL

JORDAN

Suez SAUDI ARABIA

Nile

Explore the great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha (or Alabaster Mosque), built in the early 19th century, which dominates the skyline from atop the Citadel.

Stop & Shop

SYRIA Mediterranean Sea

Amazing Alexandria Join a day tour of nearby Alexandria, site of the Alexandria National Museum, the picturesque Fort Qaitbay, and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a commemoration of the legendary Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity.

Get an amazing view of Cairo from the 614-foot-tall Cairo Tower, topped by a circular observation deck and rotating restaurant.

LEBANON

EGYPT Valley of the Kings GREAT SAND DESERT

Luxor Edfu Aswan

Red Sea

Abu Simbel

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Ancient Egypt 8 Days / 7 Nights

• CAIRO • NILE CRUISE • LUXOR Great Sphinx of Giza

Day 1: Arrive Cairo Upon arriving, transfer to your hotel in Cairo, Africa’s largest city and the political and cultural center of the Arab World.

Day 2: Cairo Embark of a full-day tour to visit the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx – which literally need no introduction – as well as Memphis (the capital of ancient Egypt) and Sakkara (one of the country’s most extensive archaeological sites).

Day 3: Cairo Join a full-day tour that takes you to the Egyptian Museum and The Citadel, followed by the Mosque of Sultan Hassan (perhaps the most majestic monument of Arab architecture in Egypt) and the Mosque of Al-Rifai. Then, explore the ancient Khan ElKhalili bazaar, which offers a wide array of antiques, handicrafts of gold, silver, and copper, and numerous old coffee shops and local restaurants which attract both Egyptians and tourists alike.

Day 4: Cairo – Aswan / Nile Cruise After your arrival at Aswan airport, transfer to board the Nile cruise, which will take you to Aswan, one of the oldest inhabited places in Egypt. Then, marvel at the

imposing Aswan Dam, one of the world’s outstanding engineering feats, completed in 1971, and Lake Nasser, the largest artificial lake in the world. You will also visit the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, and the Abu Simbel temples, a pair of massive structures originally carved from a solid rock cliff.

Day 8: Cairo Transfer to Cairo International Airport for your flight home.

Day 5: Nile Cruise – Edfu Your cruise continues on to Kom Ombo, home to an unusual double temple constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty, 180–47 BCE.

Day 6: Edfu – Luxor Visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu, the second largest ancient temple in Egypt (after Karnak).

Day 7: Luxor – Cairo On the East Bank, visit the magnificent Karnak Temple, the largest of its kind, and the famous Luxor Temple in the city center. Crossing to the other bank of the Nile, visit the burial places of the Pharaohs – the Valley of the Kings – where the tomb of Tutankhamen was discovered in 1922. Continue to the adjacent Valley of the Queens, burial site of royal consorts including Nefertiti, and other ancient attractions.

LEBANON SYRIA

Luxor Temple Mediterranean Sea

Cairo Giza

Pyramids of Giza

ISRAEL

JORDAN

Suez

Nile

SAUDI ARABIA

EGYPT Valley of the Kings GREAT SAND DESERT

Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel Temple, Aswan

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Avenue of Rams in Karnak Temple

Luxor Edfu Aswan

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A Selection of Egypt Sightseeing and Hotels AFFORDABLE EGYPT

ANCIENT EGYPT

CAIRO & LUXOR

6 Days / 5 Nights / Emeco Travel

8 Days / 7 Nights / Emeco Travel

6 Days / 5 Nights / Emeco Travel

This amazing short break begins with a flight from Cairo to Aswan, where you embark on a Nile River cruise to Luxor. Visit the High Dam and Philae Temple in Aswan, and the Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples. Then sail to Luxor and visit the Valley of the Kings and Queens and other sites on both West and East Banks, including the Luxor Temple. Return to Cairo and explore the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx.

Experience the highlights of Egypt in an eight-day Cairo and Nile cruise tour package. Visit the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, The Citadel, and Khan el Khalili Bazaar. Then, fly to Aswan, visit the High Dam and other sites, and cruise down the Nile River to Luxor, visiting sites on both West and East Banks, including the Valley of the Kings and Queens and the Luxor Temple.

Explore the highlights of Egypt on this tour, including the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo before flying south to Luxor. Known as the “World’s Largest Open Air Museum,” Luxor is one of the greatest tourist attraction places in Egypt. With two nights hotel accommodation, visit its famous historical sites, the Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple, on the East Bank, and the Valleys of the Kings & Queens and Hatshepsut Temple on the West Bank.

EGYPT IN BRIEF

NILE DINNER CRUISE

PYRAMIDS & SPHINX

7 Days / 6 Nights / Emeco Travel

3 Hours / Emeco Travel

2 Hours / Emeco Travel

A unique tour package to Egypt that highlights ancient Cairo, the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum, together with cruising the Nile to view the relics of Egypt’s ancient past and tour the marvels around Luxor and Aswan, including impressive Pharaonic temples and tombs.

SPLENDOURS OF EGYPT

Guests are transferred to the Nile Bank to board the for two hours of sailing on the Nile. Guests enjoy the at night, together with live music while an open dinner is served. After dinner, a belly dancer performs professional band and singer.

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A “must see” for every visitor to Egypt, this tour invites you to wander and wonder around the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. Explore the site and venture out into the desert plateau for the best views of all three pyramids.

CAIRO MARRIOTT HOTEL & OMAR KHAYYAM CASINO

CONRAD CAIRO

HHHHH 9 Days / 8 Nights / Emeco Travel

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Cairo

Cairo

Explore the ancient culture of Cairo. Visit the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara, the Egyptian Museum, The Citadel, and Khan El Khalili bazaars. Cruise down the Nile River and visit the ancient Egyptian temples of Luxor and Aswan, the tombs of Egyptian kings at the Valley of the Kings, the Aswan High Dam, Kom Ombo Temple, and Edfu Temple.

Set in a historic palace and surrounded by landscaped gardens, this unique luxury hotel stands on an island in the Nile River in Cairo’s vibrant Zamalek district. Retreat to soundproof guest rooms featuring private balconies with garden or city views.

Overlooking the River Nile, this luxury urban hotel is set in the heart of bustling downtown Cairo. Elegant guest rooms have traditional style, marble baths, private balconies, and river views. The roaring casino is open 24 hours.

• 1,087 ac rooms & suites • 9 restaurants/bakery/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 24-hr fitness center/sauna • casino • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 614 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor heated pool • fitness center/sauna/steam room/massage services/personal trainers • 24-hr casino • shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi

FAIRMONT NILE CITY

INTERCONTINENTAL CAIRO SEMIRAMIS

RAMSES HILTON

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Cairo

Cairo

Cairo

Set directly on the banks of the Nile in downtown Cairo, this high-rise luxury hotel offers sweeping views of the river, city, and the Pyramids. Guest rooms feature Art Deco and contemporary style. After a day of sightseeing, head to the spa for rejuvenation.

This modern luxury hotel stands on the banks of the Nile River, close to the Egyptian Museum and the bazaars of old Cairo. Guest accommodations feature traditional style and private balconies overlooking the river or city skyline.

Set on the banks of the River Nile, this family-friendly high-rise hotel is the perfect base for exploring Cairo, the Pyramids, and other attractions. Bright and airy guest rooms open to private balconies overlooking the Nile or city skyline.

• 540 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/5 bars/Champagne bar/pool bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor rooftop pool/kids pool • Willow Stream Spa/fitness center/salon/yoga & Pilates classes

• 726 ac rooms & suites • 8 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor free-form rooftop pool • spa/24-hr fitness center/sauna/ steam room/whirlpool • nightclub/casino • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 771 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/2 cafés/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor heated pool/sundeck • fitness center/plunge pool/sauna/whirlpool/ steam room • 24-hr casino • video arcade • shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi

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MOROCCO EXOTIC AND MYSTERIOUS – AND WAY MORE MODERN THAN ITS POPULAR IMAGE OF YORE Casablanca

Rail

Desert sheiks, date palm oases, wild camel rides, belly dancing – exotic images, to be sure, and this has long been the popular vision conjured by the word “Morocco.”

Far from the days when it was known primarily as a safe haven for pirates, contemporary Casablanca is the country’s modern cultural centre, boasting art galleries, French Art Deco architecture, and a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe.

The major cities are all linked by reliable rail links. There are usually several trains every day to or from every major town, plus a night train between Marrakech and Tangier.

While such stereotypes have some truth to them, there is much more to this North African country than mere clichés.

Tangier

Cheap and popular, buses are an excellent way to travel between Morocco’s major cities. Nearly every city has a central bus station where you can buy tickets to travel from region to region. CTM, Supratours, and some smaller companies provide good comfort at reasonable prices.

Know Your Destination

Situated on Africa’s Atlantic coast just 10 miles from Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco is a fascinating melting pot of Berber, African, Moorish, European, and Arabic cultures. Famous for its hospitality, Morocco is liberal by African standards and welcomes hordes of writers, artists, and those seeking an alternative lifestyle and enlightenment in an ancient land. Officially the Kingdom of Morocco (it’s a constitutional monarchy), this mysterious nation offers an unforgettable experience that only begins with its hypnotic Saharan desert landscapes, snowy mountain peaks, bustling souks, steamy bathhouses, and labyrinthine cities.

The Regions The Imperial Cities

A primary entry point for visitors from Europe, this coastal city was a favorite of free spirits such as Henri Matisse, Jimi Hendrix, and William Burroughs, thanks to its aura of exotic mystery, beautiful vistas, and fantastic beaches.

Entry Requirements US citizens must have a passport that contains at least one blank page and is valid for the period of intended stay in Morocco. Visas are not required for visits lasting less than 90 days.

Getting Around Air Royal Air Maroc, the national flag carrier, has an excellent but expensive network to most cities. Other airlines include Air Arabia Maroc.

Marrakech, Fez, Rabat, and Meknes have all been Morocco’s capital at some point during its history. Fez, the oldest capital, is also home to the world’s oldest university, the University of al-Qarawiyyin. It’s ancient walled city is the best-preserved in the Arab world, and is also the world’s largest car-free urban zone. The current capital, Rabat, is a relaxed city on the Atlantic Ocean, marked by beautiful domes, minarets, wide avenues, and green spaces. Its Old City (medina) is a labyrinth of souks and artisan shops. The modern city of Meknes bustles with streetlife and nightlife and is close to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Marrakech combines old and new Morocco, consisting of the historical Medina, all intertwining narrow passageways, and the Gueliz (or Ville Nouvelle), a modern, European-style district.

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Gate to Fez

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LEBANON

Moroccan market (souk), Marrakech

SYRIA

Top Experiences Meet the Medina Lose yourself, or rather, find your way around the twisty Fez medina, full of sights, sounds, and smells that will overwhelm your senses.

When in Rome

Join a guided tour of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, one of the largest in the world, with a 600-foot-tall minaret.

Souk It Up

Square Deal

In any of Morocco’s major cities, visit the various souks and shop for fabrics, spices, Berber bracelets and necklaces, pottery and ceramics, embossed copper and brass trays, coffee pots, leatherwork and of course, carpets.

Great Outdoors Morocco’s amazing and varied landscapes present a prime opportunity to join into hot-air ballooning over the towering Atlas Mountain range, hopping onto an ATV for a desert adventure, and riding the waves at laid-back Taghazout, a former hippie hangout turned pro surfing mecca.

Volubilis

Spend an evening in Marrakech’s great square of Jemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world, teeming with snake-charmers, henna-painters, performers, storytellers, and street food vendors.

Art Break Drop in to the Art Deco-style Villa Des Arts, the only Moroccan contemporary art museum in Casablanca, featuring Moroccan and international exhibitions.

SPAIN Mediterranean Sea

Tangier

Don’t Be Blue Take a side trip to Chefchaouen, a small city that blends Moroccan and Anadalusian architecture and is known for its striking blue and whitewashed houses, red-tiled roofs and artistic doorways.

Monumental

PORT.

Explore the hilltop archaeological site of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, one of the most remote of the Roman Empire’s bases.

Atlantic Ocean

Kenitra Rabat Fez Casablanca Meknes Mohammedia El Jadida

MOROCCO

Safi

Oujda

Bouarfa

Marrakech Agadir

Ouarzazate

ALGERIA

Tarfaya WESTERN SAHARA MAUR.

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Morocco Uncovered 13 Days / 12 Nights

• CASABLANCA • MEKNES • CHEFCHAOUEN • FEZ • MIDELT • MERZOUGA • M’GOUN VALLEY • AIT BENHADDOU • MARRAKECH Western Sahara camel ride

Day 1: Arrive Casablanca

Day 7: Midelt – Merzouga

Day 12: Marrakech

Welcome to Morocco. Your journey begins with a welcome meeting at your hotel at 6:00pm.

Reserve some time in the morning to haggle for carpets or visit a nearby Franciscan convent. Drive through barren mountainsides and fertile valleys to Merzouga, a charming Saharan village abutting the stunning orange Erg Chebbi sand dunes – an essential part of any visit to Morocco. Ride a camel to the edge of the Sahara Desert, and in the evening, camp out in traditional style, try some fantastic local cuisine around an open fire, enjoy lively music, and dance under the stars.

After breakfast, set off on a morning guided tour of the old medina, through the bustling souks, tranquil courtyards, and salons and chambers of Bahia Palace. Continue to the Marrakech Museum, a former palace with a fine collection of Moroccan art and sculpture, and the Koutoubia Mosque, with its famous minaret. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Casablanca – Meknes After breakfast, join a guided tour of the Hassan II Mosque, which features the world’s tallest minaret. Next, drive to the capital of Rabat and see the vast minaret of the Hassan Mosque and explore the walled quarter known as the Kasbah des Oudaias. In late afternoon, continue on to Meknes, former capital of Morocco.

Day 3: Meknes – Chefchaouen Today enjoy a morning tour of Meknes, including the charming streets of the old medina, the shrine of Moulay Ismail, the Bou Inania, and the old souk. Next, drive to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage archeological site of Volubilis, one of the Roman Empire’s most remote bases. Tour the ancient hilltop ruins with a local guide. Afterwards, drive to Chefchaouen, or the “Blue City,” one of the prettiest places in Morocco, and walk through the ancient medina.

Day 4: Chefchaouen – Fez Your morning is free to further discover Chefchaouen, then perhaps enjoy lunch before boarding a private minibus to Fez for the night.

Enjoy a real “Lawrence of Arabia” moment with a sunrise camel ride across the desert on the return journey to the auberge. Then, drive to Todra Gorge, one of the most spectacular canyons on the planet, where you can take a short hike. Continue inland to M’goun, and get closer to the customs and lifestyle of the Berber in a traditional Berber house.

Day 9: M’goun Valley Explore the stark beauty of the largely untouched Moroccan backcountry. Accompanied by a local guide, you’ll walk a six-mile trail that passes Berber villages where you can meet local Berbers.

Day 10: M’goun Valley – Ait Benhaddou

Journey into Fez’ old city, known locally as Fez el Bali, at once both fascinating and confounding! Walk through the twisty streets and alleyways, and explore the souk, the colorful Medresse el Attarine madrasa, the tanneries, and the splendid Fondouk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th-century inn.

Day 6: Fez – Midelt

Day 11: Ait Benhaddou – Marrakech

Today is for exploring the High Atlas Mountains. Drive south and inland through variety spectacular scenery to Midelt, a market town originally built as a base for mining. After lunch, join an easy hike in the nearby hills for some superb views of snowy peaks.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Day 8: Merzouga – M’goun Valley

Set off on the fabled “Road of 1,000 Kasbahs” to Skoura Oasis, home to privately owned kasbahs including the extravagant Kasbah Ameridhl. Continue to the iconic Ait Benhaddou, perched on a hilltop and almost unchanged since the 11th century. Walk through the winding streets of the old town, making your way to the top of the hill, where you can enjoy the views across the surrounding plains.

Day 5: Fez

Day 13: Marrakech

Chefchaouen

Today, traverse the winding roads of the Atlas to Marrakech, an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. On arrival, check in to your beautiful riad, or Moroccan mansion. This evening, head to Marrakech’s unique Jemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world. Hassan II Mosque

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A Selection of Morocco Sightseeing and Hotels ESSAOUIRA FOOD & CULTURE

ROAD TO CASABLANCA

A TASTE OF MARRAKECH: INSIDE THE MEDINA

4 Hours / Urban Adventures

9 Days / 8 Nights / On the Go Tours

3.5 Hours / Urban Adventures

Head off the beaten path and discover local life in Essaouira. Sample pastries from the city’s oldest bakery and grill fresh fish at the local market. Climb a historic watchtower for a 360° view of the port, ocean, and city. Visit a local artist’s studio in the medina to appreciate authentic Moroccan artwork. Meet a traditional herbalist and taste his expertly-mixed exotic tea.

This classic nine day tour takes you to Morocco’s highlights, including Casablanca, the souks of bustling Marrakech, ancient Ait Benhaddou at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, riding a camel into the Sahara desert for an overnight stay in a Berber camp, and touring the medina of medieval Fez.

Follow a local to discover the hidden local food shops in Marrakech on this tasty tour! Repeat the phrase “om nom nom” as you sample Moroccan delicacies in the souks. Become a spice guru after a visit to a local spice market. Explore the legendary Djemaa El-Fna as it comes alive at night. Savor a traditional Moroccan dinner in the middle of a World Heritage-listed square.

TOTALLY MOROCCO

PALAIS SHÉHÉRAZADE & SPA

FOUR SEASONS RESORT MARRAKECH

HHHHH 9 Days / 8 Nights / On the Go Tours Begin this tour in Marrakech with a guided tour of Djemaa El Fna at the heart of the city, and the beautiful Majorelle Gardens before heading to the High Atlas mountains to visit the fortified Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. From here, take a camel trek into the Sahara to spend a night in a traditional Berber camp before continuing with visits to the imperial cities of ancient Fez, scenic Meknes, and charming Rabat.

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Fez

Marrakech

A 19th century palace forms the basis of this exceptional boutique hotel, set inside the historic Batha neighborhood and overlooking the medina of Fez. Step into elegant guest suites with traditional Moroccan style and handcrafted furniture.

Traditional style, modern amenities, and trademark Four Seasons service are yours at this stellar resort near the medina and Ville Nouvelle. Retreat to sumptuous rooms with Moroccan décor, marble baths, and private balconies.

• 24 ac suites • restaurant/lounge • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • Anne Sémonin Spa Fez/fitness center/sauna/Hammam/Jacuzzis/ indoor aquatonic pool/salon • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 139 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/lounge • 2 outdoor pools • 24-hr concierge • Le Spa at Four Seasons/salon/fitness center • tennis • Kids for All Seasons/Young Adult Centre • complimentary Wi-Fi

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YEMEN

INDIA

Praslin Island

SOMALIA

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

Maamakunudhoo Atoll

SEYCHELLES

Indian Ocean

Shaviyani Atoll Noonu Atoll

Raa Atoll

Lhaviyani Atoll

Baa Atoll Goidhoo Atoll Malé Indian Ocean

Malé Atoll

Ari Atoll Vaavu Atoll Port Louis

MAURITIUS

Faafu Atoll

Meemu Atoll

Dhaalu Atoll Thaa Atoll

MADAGASCAR

Laamu Atoll

MAURITIUS Indian Ocean

Huvadhoo Atoll

REUNION Addu Atoll

Coco Island, Seychelles

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MALDIVES ESCAPE TO ONE OF THE MOST IDYLLIC – AND ISOLATED – DESTINATIONS ON THE PLANET Overwater Bungalows

Know Your Destination

Entry Requirements

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!

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.

With its stunning beaches, blue waters, and 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.

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.

Knowing where to begin your Maldives holiday will be your only question – for starters, there are 26 coral atolls 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.

Getting Around

Top Experiences

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.

Be a Sport 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!

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

Hydro Therapy 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.

Arise & Smile

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…

Wake up in the Maldives and sample mas huni, a Maldivian local delicacy including tuna, onion, coconut, and chili accompanied by hot tea and roshi flatbread.

When it comes to food, Maldivians adore three things: fish, coconut, and starch. Opt for local favorites like skipjack and yellowfin 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.

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.

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.

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Avg. F° 82 82 83 83 83 82 82 82 82 82 82 81 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 3 2 2.9 5.2 8.5 6.8 5.8 7.4 9.6 8.7 7.9 9.1

History Lesson

Craft Fair 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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MAURITIUS A UNIQUE DESTINATION’S ESSENTIAL BEAUTY COMPELS YOU TO RETURN TO ITS SHORES AGAIN AND AGAIN Mauritius Beach

Know Your Destination

Entry Requirements

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.

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

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.

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

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 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.

Getting Around Taxi

Bus Economical express bus service is available throughout the island.

Top Experiences On the Wing Be whisked away on a seaplane journey with a dramatic water take-off and landing as you enjoy extraordinary views of the islands.

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

Can’t Beat the Street In Grand Baie, dig into excellent, inexpensive street food like fresh coconut water, fruit smothered in chilli and sugar, hot curries, and Chinese noodles.

Fits to a Tea 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.

Put It in Park Spend a day in the 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.

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Not So Taxing 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.

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.

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Fish Dish

Chamarel Seven Colored Earths

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74.8 79 79.1 78.7 77.1 74.5 71.8 70.6 70.3 71.2 73.2 75.4

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


SEYCHELLES & RÉUNION ISLAND A SERENE AND RETREAT & THE HOTTEST ISLAND GETAWAY DESTINATION ON THE PLANET Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue

Know Your Destination Seychelles 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. The Seychelles take the concept of beaches to a whole new level, with powder-soft sands and lapping turquoise waves acting 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. The warm Indian Ocean waters make it ideal for water sports, from sailing and windsurfing, to fishing and surfing. Take a day to explore Victoria, the world’s smallest capital city, where many buildings are virtually unchanged since colonial times. Explore the downtown Victoria Market, packed with fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, and locally grown spices. 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.

Réunion Island Get ready for breathtaking volcanoes, charming small cities, superb beaches, a range of elegant resorts, awesome rewards for hikers and divers, and a true melting pot at the crossroads of European, African and Asian cultures on Réunion Island, which has quietly become one of the world’s most desirable vacation destinations. A French overseas department that lies east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius, it’s the farthestflung outpost of the European Union. Completely uninhabited until the 17th century, when settlers from

France, Madagascar, and Africa arrived, it is lined along two coasts with great beaches and blessed with an interior landscape that could be the envy of Hawaii. The island is made for hiking: more than 600 miles of marked trails criss-cross the rainforest, sugar cane fields, lunar landscapes, and shorelines, and the big payoff is the trail to the majestic Piton de la Fournaise, an active volcano that rises almost 9,000 feet. And diving and snorkeling are spectacular, with 150 species of coral and 500 species of fish, as well as humpback whales, dolphins, and sea turtles.

Entry Requirements Seychelles 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.

Réunion Island

Car There is one main road around the island and another road from Saint-Pierre to Saint-Benoit through the interior of the island. Due to the high number of cars, traffic jams often occur so you should avoid traveling during peak times.

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

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

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

A passport valid for three months beyond the end of your stay, visa, and return/onward ticket are required.

Réunion Island Vive le Riviera

Getting Around

Get a taste of the French Riviera in Saint-Pierre, with charming cafés and bistros overlooking the yacht-filled marinas.

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

Boat

Walk This Way Hike over 100 miles of marked trails in Le Cirque de Mafate, a volcanic caldera with remote 19th century villages that cannot be reached by car.

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

Weather Chart

Reunion Island Bus

Intercity bus travel around the island is served by Car Jaune on 13 lines, plus local buses.

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 Sightseeing and Hotels HOME COOKED MALDIVES

ADAARAN PRESTIGE VADOO

ADAARAN PRESTIGE WATER VILLAS

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Connect with local life in the best way possible: through food! Get a true local experience with a home cooked meal in a family home, where you’ll be put to work in the kitchen before digging into a fresh lunch. Visit a neighborhood market, see where locals live, and learn how to make typical Maldivian dishes.

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.

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.

• 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

ANANTARA DHIGU RESORT & SPA

ANANTARA KIHAVAH VILLAS

ANGSANA VELAVARU

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

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

Reachable only by seaplane, this remote, intimate boutique resort epitomizes luxury in its unique villas, some of which are overwater hideaways. Meet turtles, sharks, and schools of fish while diving just off the beach in the pristine house reef.

• 110 ac over-water suites & beachfront villas • 3 restaurants/bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor infinity pool • Dhigu Over Water Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 79 ac villas & residences • 5 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr room service • outdoor infinity pool • Anantara Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI Dive Center • Thiththi Boli Club for kids • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 113 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/2 bars • room service • Angsana Spa/ fitness center/yoga • water sports/PADI Five-Star Dive Center • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

ATMOSPHERE KANIFUSHI MALDIVES

BANYAN TREE VABBINFARU

BAROS MALDIVES

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A fusion of traditional and modern architecture, this luxury beachfront resort teems with recreational activities. Individual villas have direct access to the pristine white beach and turquoise lagoon, and feature private outdoor areas and whirlpool baths.

Run away to a secluded atoll in the Maldives, where a sense of magic and romance await at this outstanding all-inclusive resort. Retreat to individual villas featuring patios with sunbeds, private pools, and outdoor showers.

Discreet personalized service is the hallmark of this exceptional boutique resort on a small coral island ringed by golden sand. Retreat to individual beachside and overwater villas with private verandas or sundecks, many with private pools.

• 132 ac suites & villas • 4 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Akiri Spa by Manadara/fitness center • water sports/tennis • The Kids Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 48 ac villas • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • Banyan Tree Spa/24-hr fitness center/yoga • water sports/PADI Five-Star Dive Center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 75 ac villas • 3 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor infinity pool • spa/fitness center/yoga • water sports, PADI FiveStar Dive Center • library/boutique • complimentary Wi-Fi

CENTARA GRAND ISLAND RESORT & SPA MALDIVES

COCO BODU HITHI

COCO PALM DHUNI KOLHU

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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.

An intimate and unique experience, this exclusive boutique hideaway on North Malé Atoll defines island elegance in spacious beachfront villas and secluded overwater villas. Go swimming and diving, and unwind at the spa.

• 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

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

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.

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• 98 ac villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr room service • Coco Spa/ fitness center/yoga • water sports/PADI Dive Center • complimentary Wi-Fi


A Selection of Maldives Hotels COMO COCOA ISLAND MALDIVES

COMO MAALIFUSHI MALDIVES

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

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, and private sundecks.

Powder white beaches, turquoise seas, and views to the blue horizon are right outside your own personal villa hideaway at this luxurious resort. Go windsurfing, play tennis, take a yoga class, learn to scuba dive, and relax with a massage at the spa.

• 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

• 65 ac rooms, suites & villas • 3 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor free-form pool • COMO Shambhala Retreat/fitness center • water sports/PADI Dive Center • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 86 ac villas • 4 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool • U Spa by Constance/fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna • PADI Dive Center/water sports/tennis • Constance Kids Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

GILI LANKANFUSHI MALDIVES

KURUMBA MALDIVES

LILY BEACH RESORT & SPA AT HUVAHENDHOO

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Jetties thread across crystal-clear waters to spacious 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.

The first resort built 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.

Bringing you the Maldives at its finest, this sparkling luxury resort is noted for its pristine beaches, lush tropical vegetation, and exotic reef just offshore. Individual guest villas have furnished patios, spa tubs, and private decks with beach access.

• 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

• 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

• 125 ac villas • 3 restaurants/3 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Tamara Spa/fitness center • water sports/tennis • live music • Turtles Kids Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

LUX* NORTH MALE ATOLL

LUX* SOUTH ARI ATOLL

MILAIDHOO ISLAND MALDIVES

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All-Inclusive Just a short speedboat ride from Malé, this deluxe resort welcomes guests into stunning beachside or overwater accommodations with private rooftop decks. Dive into some of the world’s most colorful waters.

All-Inclusive The picture-perfect island of Dhidhoofinolhu is home to this luxury resort, ideal for peaceful getaways or active adventures. Step into private villas dotted along two miles of powdery beaches or perched on stilts above a crystal lagoon.

Big on relaxation and recreation, this exceptional resort is set on tiny Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Set on the beach or over the water, individual villas have their own deck and private pool. The diving is world-class!

• 67 ac residences & penthouses • 4 restaurants/2 bars/wine cave • concierge/24-hr room service • LUX* Me Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI Dive Center/tennis • PLAY kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 187 ac pavilions & villas • 8 restaurants/5 bars • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor infinity pools/kids pool • LUX* Me Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI Dive Center/tennis • PLAY kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 50 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • Serenity Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI Five-Star Dive Center • complimentary Wi-Fi

NALADHU MALDIVES

OUTRIGGER KONOTTA MALDIVES RESORT

SHERATON MALDIVES FULL MOON RESORT & SPA

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Maldives

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

This exceptional boutique resort rests within the crystal waters of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, offering complete privacy and intimate luxury. Stunning individual guest villas feature floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces and pools.

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.

• 19 ac villas & houses/2-bedroom pool residence • restaurant/lounge • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/cabanas • Ocean Retreat Spa/ fitness center/yoga • water sports/tennis • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 53 ac villas • 2 restaurants/bar/BBQ grills • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Navasana Spa/fitness center • water sports/dive center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 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

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A Selection of Maldives Hotels THE SUN SIYAM IRU FUSHI MALDIVES

TAJ EXOTICA RESORT & SPA MALDIVES

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VELASSARU MALDIVES

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The idyllic island of Noonu Atoll is the setting for this luxury resort, surrounded by white-sand beaches and azure waters. Spacious beachfront and overwater villas feature sitting areas and private terraces with ocean and garden views.

Surrounded by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, this romantic resort is an island sanctuary along an idyllic beach and serene lagoon on Emboodhu Finolhu. Overwater 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 overwater villas designed in teak, stone, and thatch.

• 221 ac villas • 14 restaurants & bars/wine bar/2 pool bars • concierge/ 24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools • The Spa by Thalgo France/fitness center • water sports/tennis • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 64 ac bungalows • 3 restaurants/2 bars • room service • outdoor infinity 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

W RETREAT & SPA MALDIVES

ANANTARA VELI RESORT & SPA

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All-Inclusive Option A hip, luxurious yet affordable hideaway on Hembadhu Island, this superb resort opens to one of the Maldives’ best spots for diving. “Rustic elegant” villas have private decks with sea views.

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

Stunningly set along coral-framed Veliganduruhaa 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! Overwater bungalows have private sun terraces.

• 62 ac villas • 3 restaurants/bar • room service • 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 • nightclub • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 67 ac over-water & ocean pool bungalows • 3 restaurants/bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/private beach • Sundari Spa/fitness center • PADI Dive Center/surfing school • complimentary Wi-Fi

ANGSANA IHURU

BANDOS MALDIVES

CENTARA RAS FUSHI RESORT & SPA MALDIVES

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A haven for divers, this exceptional resort occupies Ihuru, one of the most picturesque islands in the Indian Ocean, with palm-fringed beaches, crystalline waters, and pristine reefs. Beachfront guest villas have private verandas and gardens.

All-Inclusive Option Ideal for a romantic getaway or peaceful escape, this deluxe family-friendly resort is a haven of pure calm and serenity on a private white-sand beach. Spacious guest rooms boast private patios and garden views.

All-Inclusive Offering an unrivaled Ultimate All Inclusive package including all meals, drinks, excursions, water sports, spa treatments, and diving, this resort welcomes families and couples into deluxe on-island and overwater accommodations.

• 45 ac villas • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • Angsana Spa/24-hr fitness center/sauna • water sports • excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 215 ac rooms • 4 restaurants/3 bars/pool bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor freshwater pool/kids pool • Orchid Spa • water sports/tennis/ excursions • 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

ADAARAN CLUB RANNALHI

ADAARAN SELECT HUDHURANFUSHI

ADAARAN SELECT MEEDHUPPARU

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

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

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

• 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 • water sports/PADI 5 Star Golden Palm Resort • tennis/excursions

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A Selection of Maldives and Mauritius Hotels CONSTANCE MOOFUSHI MALDIVES

OBLU BY ATMOSPHERE AT HELENGELI MALDIVES

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PARADISE ISLAND RESORT & SPA

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All-Inclusive Option Set on its own secluded island, this boutique resort is a perfect combination of luxury and simplicity. Retreat to spacious thatched-roof villas with private furnished verandas and ocean views.

One of the world’s most beautiful white-sand beaches is right outside the doors of this stunning luxury resort. Individual guest villas feature open-air baths and private decks or verandas. The snorkeling and scuba diving is world-class!

Bright white beaches, a blue lagoon, and tall coconut palms surround you at this stellar resort, where beach bungalows and overwater villas are made for savoring life in the sun. Go parasailing, water-skiing, sailing, and scuba diving!

• 110 ac villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge • outdoor pool • U Spa by Constance/fitness center • water sports/PADI Dive Center/excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 116 ac villas • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/ kids pool • Elena Spa by Atmosphere/fitness center • Atmosphere Aqua Club water sports center/diving • live entertainment • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 282 ac suites, villas & bungalows • 5 restaurants/café/2 bars • concierge/ room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • Araamu Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI Dive Center • complimentary Wi-Fi

REETHI BEACH RESORT

SUN ISLAND RESORT & SPA

FUN ISLAND RESORT & SPA

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You’ll feel like you’re at the ends of the earth at this stellar resort, set on Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Elegant, spacious guest villas feature open-air baths and furnished terraces. Learn to scuba dive with the pros.

Exceptional personal service and stellar cuisine are the hallmarks of this elegant family resort, set on picturesque Nalaguraidhoo Island. Guest activities and recreation begin with water sports, excursions, and dreamy spa indulgence.

• 120 ac rooms • 5 restaurants/5 bars • room service • outdoor pool • Coconut Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI Five-Star Dive Center • tennis & squash courts • excusrions

• 462 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/café/6 bars • 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • Araamu Spa/fitness center • Sun Kids’ Corner • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

CONSTANCE BELLE MARE PLAGE

CONSTANCE LE PRINCE MAURICE

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HHH Maldives

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A tiny island in the South Malé Atoll is home to this relaxed, excellent value resort. Step directly onto the white sands from your spacious guest room’s private deck. After a day of water sports and recreation, head to the Zen-inspired spa for rejuvenation. • 75 ac rooms • restaurant/café/2 bars • concierge/room service • private island • Araamu Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI Dive Center • shopping

LUX* BELLE MARE

HHHHH Mauritius

Preferred Partner

HHHHH Mauritius

My Time / Preferred Partner

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.

All-Inclusive Both a quiet hideaway and an active playland, this luxury resort is tucked away in lush tropical gardens near the quaint village of Belle Mare on the island’s eastern coast. Retreat to suites and villas with private terraces.

• 278 ac rooms, suites & villas • 7 restaurants/6 bars • 4 outdoor pools/kids pool • U Spa by Constance/fitness center • 2 golf courses/golf academy • water sports/PADI Dive Center • tennis/Constance Kids Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 89 ac suites & villas • 3 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • U Spa by Constance/fitness center • PADI Dive Center • Constance Kids Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 174 ac suites & villas • 4 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • LUX* Me Spa/fitness center • water sports/ tennis/golf • PLAY kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

LUX* GRAND GAUBE

LUX* LE MORNE

THE OBEROI, MAURITIUS

HHHHH Mauritius

My Time / Preferred Partner

HHHHH Mauritius

My Time / Preferred Partner

All-Inclusive This tranquil luxury retreat on the north coast is home to a wide range of recreational activities for the entire family. Hide away in spacious guest accommodations with private verandas and spectacular ocean views.

All-Inclusive Circled by sheltered coves and sparkling aquablue waters, this tranquil and elegant resort welcomes guests into breezy rooms and suites with marble baths, private terraces, and Indian Ocean views.

• 198 ac rooms, suites & villas • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • 3 outdoor pools/kids pool • LUX* Me Spa/fitness center • water sports/tennis • PLAY kids club/Studio 17 teens club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 149 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/room service • 4 outdoor pools/kids pool • LUX* Me Spa/fitness center • water sports/ tennis • PLAY kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

HHHHH Mauritius A jewel of understated luxury, this relaxed resort is set in glorious tropical gardens overlooking Turtle Bay. Dive into activities like tennis, windsurfing, diving, and sailing. Condé Nast Traveller says the resort “is everything you’d expect it to be.” • 71 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge • spa/fitness center • water sports/lighted tennis courts

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SO SOFITEL MAURITIUS HOTEL

HHHHH Mauritius

Preferred Partner

TAMASSA

HHHHH Mauritius

Preferred Partner

HHH Mauritius

My Time / Preferred Partner

Set on a breathtaking beach along a turquoise lagoon, this luxury resort is ideal for relaxation as well as recreation. Guest rooms have absolute beach frontage or stunning sea views. Go sailing, kitesurfing, fishing, and scuba diving!

Located on the wild south coast of the island, this radiant resort is set amid lush vegetation and a turquoise lagoon. Peaceful guest accommodations embody Zen-like sophistication and flow into private gardens with outdoor showers.

All-Inclusive Opening directly onto the white sands of Bel Ombre village, this contemporary resort invites an active vacation of diving, hiking, tennis, biking, and sailing. Retreat to breezy guest rooms with private balconies and ocean views.

• 181 ac rooms, suites & villa • 3 restaurants/bar/afternoon tea • 4 outdoor pools • Navasana Spa/fitness center • water sports/tennis • Coral Kids Club • live entertainment • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 92 ac rooms, suites & villas • 3 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr room service/ 24-hr butler service • outdoor pool/kids pool/private beach • So Spa/So Fit fitness studio • water sports/tennis • Kids Villa • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 214 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/2 bars • room service • 4 outdoor pools • LUX* Me Spa/fitness center • water sports/tennis • PLAY kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

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CONSTANCE EPHELIA RESORT

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Seychelles

All-Inclusive A friendly and authentic beach resort on the North Coast within easy walking distance of trendy Grand Bay, this property invites you into breezy guest rooms with private balconies or terraces facing the ocean.

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.

Nestled between two idyllic beaches, this family-friendly resort welcomes guests into luxury accommodation set amid a tropical paradise. Guest suites and villas feature private balconies or terraces with garden or ocean views.

• 169 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • LUX* Me Spa/fitness center • Merville Kids Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

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

• 271 ac suites & villas • 5 restaurants/5 bars • concierge/room service • 4 outdoor pools/kids pool • U Spa by Constance/fitness center • Constance Kids Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

CONSTANCE LEMURIA RESORT

LE MÉRIDIEN FISHERMAN’S COVE

CARANA BEACH HOTEL

HHHHH Seychelles

Preferred Partner

Set amid 250 acres of lush greenery along two Indian Ocean beaches, this sterling resort welcomes guests into tranquil suites, each just a few steps from the shore. Tee off on the palm-lined 18-hole golf course, home to two PGA events. • 105 ac suites • 4 restaurants/5 bars/poolside bar • outdoor pool/private beach • U Spa by Constance/fitness center • tennis/golf • water sports/ PADI Dive Center • Constance Kids Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

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Seychelles

Seychelles

The Seychelles’ oldest hotel, this luxurious resort treats guests to impeccable service, deluxe amenities, and sterling accommodations. Guest rooms have modern décor, platform beds, private verandahs, and sea views. After a day of play, unwind at the spa.

Not far from the capital city of Victoria, this sterling boutique resort is set on one of Mahé’s most picturesque beaches. Individual guest chalets feature traditional island architecture and open to balconies or patios with ocean views.

• 68 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • outdoor infinity pool • spa/fitness center • tennis • live entertainment

DENIS ISLAND LODGE

HOTEL LE RECIF

HHHHH

Seychelles

Réunion Island

Barefoot luxury sets the scene at this exclusive island resort on a tiny coral atoll dotted with coconut palms and casuarina trees. Retreat to individual beachside chalets with four-poster beds, hardwood floors, outdoor showers, and private patios with sea views.

Surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, this deluxe resort opens onto immaculate sands and shimmering blue waters on the western coast. Soundproof rooms feature private patios or balconies with incredible sunset views.

• 25 ac cottages • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool/private beach • water sports/PADI Dive Center • floodlit tennis court

Preferred Partner

• 40 ac chalets • 2 restaurants/lounge • room service • outdoor pool • Sens Spa • complimentary Wi-Fi

LUX* SAINT GILLES

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Preferred Partner

• 174 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/café/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • LUX* Me Spa/fitness center • water sports/tennis • PLAY kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

HHH Réunion Island

Preferred Partner

Set in expansive tropical gardens bordering spectacular Hermitage Lagoon, this excellent value resort is close to the shopping and bustling nightlife of St. Gilles. Guest rooms and suites, set in Creole-style villas, open to private furnished balconies or terraces. • 146 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools • fitness center • seasonal kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi


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U.A.E. & OMAN WORLD-LEADING DESTINATIONS WITH ANCIENT ALLURE & SURPRISING STYLE

Know Your Destination Dubai is a thriving cosmopolitan country and has become one of the world’s hottest vacation destinations. From the world’s largest artificial islands and the planet’s tallest building, to uber-luxury accommodations and top-notch dining, it’s nothing less than a scintillating experience for the senses. 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 never ceases to impress with its fascinating culture and stunning architecture. Awaken to the Middle East’s best-kept secret, drenched in ancient history, ultra-modern style, delectable gastronomy, and some of the most jaw-dropping accommodations you could imagine. The people of the UAE 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 women should dress appropriately, and refrain from dressing suggestively. English and Arabic are both commonly spoken throughout the UAE and Oman.

The Regions Dubai Downtown Dubai plays host to the world’s tallest manmade structure, the Burj Khalifa and to the largest mall in the known universe. Jumeriah Beach is home to upscale hotels boasting high-touch facilities, sumptuous restaurants, white-glove service, and spectacular vistas uniquely designed to enchant and luxuriate the most discerning traveler. Take a waterfront stroll and relish picturesque views when visiting the historic Dubai Creek that once served as a port for trading vessels.

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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.

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.

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. Muscat, capital of Oman, is exquisitely colorful with dazzling minarets, treelined roads, handsome suburbs, impressive forts, aweinspiring mosques, and a string of uber-chic shopping malls spotlighting the best high-end brands.

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

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.

Abu Dhabi 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 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. Dubai Weather Chart

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Top Experiences Dubai – Afternoon Delight 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.

Dubai – Strike Gold Haggle away for the lowest price as you pop in and out of an impressive collection of jewelry shops at the legendary Deira Gold Souk, packed with gold bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces.

Dubai – Dune It Right! 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!

Abu Dhabi – Formula for Success

Abu Dhabi – 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.

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

Oman – 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.

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

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

Abu Dhabi – Super Car Park 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!

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Discover Dubai 6 Days / 5 Nights

• DUBAI

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. Cool off at your hotel pool or at the beach. In the evening, head back to the Mall of the Emirates to a restaurant that overlooks the Dubai Fountains, the world’s largest dancing fountain, featuring classical, Arabic, and world music.

Day 2: Dubai This morning you will join a half-day Traditional City 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 further.

Day 3: Dubai Head to the Mall of the Emirates to indulge in some shopping. Your travel consultant has booked you tickets to the Burj Khalifa’s “At the Top” observation deck on Level 124 of the world’s tallest tower, where you can experience 360° views, from the Gulf Coast to the Arabian desert and beyond. Explore the unique, interactive Burj Khalifa multi-media exhibits.

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Day 5: Dubai 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. 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.

Day 6: Dubai A private vehicle will take you to the airport for your onward journey.

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Arabian Adventure 8 Days / 7 Nights

• ABU DHABI • DUBAI

Day 1: Arrive Abu Dhabi

Day 5: Dubai

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.

This morning you will join a half-day Traditional City Tour that will give you an insight into Dubai’s rich history. 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 further.

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.

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 two-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 6: Dubai 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 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. 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.

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A Selection of Dubai Hotels THE ADDRESS DUBAI MARINA

BURJ AL ARAB

HHHHH Dubai

Preferred Partner

FAIRMONT DUBAI

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Dubai

Dubai

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.

One of the world’s most stunning architectural feats, this all-suite hotel is set on its own man-made island. Elegant duplex suites have Jacuzzis, private bars, floor-to-ceiling windows, and panoramic Gulf views.

This outstanding luxury hotel on famous Sheikh Zayed Road has easy access to Dubai’s key attractions. Combining classical elegance and contemporary décor, guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with stellar Arabian Gulf and city views.

• 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

• 202 ac suites • 8 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr dedicated butler service • indoor & outdoor pools/private beach • spa/fitness center/tennis/water sports • shopping/kids club • Wild Wadi Water Park

• 394 ac rooms & suites • 13 restaurants & bars/wine bar/cigar bar • Fairmont Gold service • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools • spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna/steam room • complimentary Wi-Fi

FAIRMONT THE PALM DUBAI

HABTOOR GRAND RESORT, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION

LE MÉRIDIEN MINA SEYAHI BEACH RESORT & MARINA

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Dubai

Dubai

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.

Step out of the resort and right onto Jumeirah Beach from this elegant hotel, located within Dubai Marina. Guest accommodations spotlight traditional style and have spectacular views of the gardens, beach, and ocean.

A stylish beachfront property on the Jumeirah coast in Dubai, this luxurious resort is close to the city’s business district, cultural attractions, and major shopping malls. Spacious guest rooms feature stunning views over the Arabian Sea.

• 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

• 446 ac rooms • 6 restaurants/9 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools including kids pool Elixir Spa/fitness center/steam room • water sports/tennis • Junior Jungle Kid’s Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 220 ac rooms & suites • 9 restaurants/5 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 5 outdoor pools/2 kids pools • Heavenly Spa/fitness center/ plunge pools • water sports/tennis • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

NIKKI BEACH RESORT & SPA DUBAI

PARK REGIS KRIS KIN HOTEL DUBAI

THE ST. REGIS DUBAI

HHHHH Dubai

Preferred Partner

HHHHH Dubai

My Time / Preferred Partner

HHHHH Dubai

This deluxe beachfront resort on Palm Jumeirah is close to downtown Dubai’s shopping and tourist attractions. Retreat to spacious guest rooms with private balconies featuring spectacular Arabian Gulf and city views.

Set amid Dubai’s historic district and rich cultural attractions, this luxury hotel stands opposite Burjuman Mall and has easy access to Downtown Dubai. Spacious, contemporary rooms feature great city views.

Delivering trademark St. Regis style and service, this new luxury hotel is part of the Al Habtoor complex on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal. Spacious guest rooms have exquisite traditional style, the latest tech amenities, and city views.

• 132 ac rooms, suites & villas • 3 restaurants/2 lounges/coffee shop/ swim-up bar • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Nikki Spa by ESPA/24-hr Tone Gym • water sports/tennis • complimentary Wi-Fi

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

• 234 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/4 bars • concierge/24-hr room service/butler service available • outdoor rooftop pool • Iridium Spa/24-hr fitness center/sauna/steam room/2 hammams • complimentary Wi-Fi

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, DUBAI

SHERATON DUBAI CREEK HOTEL & TOWERS

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Dubai

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

Set on Dubai Creek in the heart of the city, this stylish contemporary hotel is close to the Gold and Spice Souks as well as city center attractions. Guest rooms have the latest tech amenities, plus floor-to-ceiling windows with Creek or city views.

Overlooking Burj Khalifa and just steps from the Dubai Mall, this family-friendly resort hotel fuses extravagance, heritage, and contemporary style. Lavish guest rooms offer stunning views of the majestic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

• 302 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/3 bars/pool bar • outdoor & indoor pools/kids pool/Jacuzzi • CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La/fitness center • tennis & squash courts • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 268 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/24-hr café/2 bars • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • 24-hr Sheraton Fitness Center by Exous/sauna/steam room • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 296 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/2 bars/afternoon tea • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • Jiva Spa/fitness center/ sauna/steam rooms • Kids@Taj • complimentary Wi-Fi

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A Selection of Dubai and Abu Dhabi Hotels W DUBAI AL HABTOOR CITY

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Part of the new Al Habtoor complex, this stunning contemporary hotel stands on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal, close to downtown attractions and shopping. Cuttingedge modern design courses through the guest rooms and suites.

Set on vibrant Sheikh Zayed Road and part of the new Al Habtoor complex, this modern high-rise hotel is just minutes from Dubai’s major attractions. Guest rooms feature floor-toceiling windows with amazing city views.

The serene sands of Jumeirah Beach set the scene for this elegant neo-classical resort hotel. Step into guest accommodations featuring a mix of contemporary and classical influences, plus high ceilings and formal balconies with sea views.

• 356 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/cabanas • 24-hr FIT® gym/yoga • La Perle water theatre • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

• 1,004 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/bar • 3 outdoor rooftop pools/ kids pool • Heavenly Spa by Westin®/24-hr WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio • Westin Family Kids Club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 292 ac rooms & suites • 9 restaurants/5 bars/swim-up bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • 5 outdoor pools/2 kids pools • Hevenly Spa/Westin Workout® Gym/yoga • water sports/tennis • marina

MAJESTIC HOTEL TOWER DUBAI

MANZIL DOWNTOWN DUBAI

STEIGENBERGER HOTEL BUSINESS BAY

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HHHH Dubai

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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 Burj Khalifa.

An upscale boutique property with a contemporary Arabian 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.

Close to Sheikh Zayed Road, the Burj Khalifa, and The Dubai Mall, this new luxury hotel in Downtown Dubai welcomes guests into modern accommodations with the latest tech amenities and floor-to-ceiling windows with city views.

• 262 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/café/4 bars/cigar lounge/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • fitness center/Le Michel Salon • live music • 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

• 353 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room • squash court • complimentary Wi-Fi

VIDA DOWNTOWN DUBAI

GOLDEN SANDS HOTEL APARTMENTS

ANANTARA SIR BANI YAS ISLAND AL YAMM VILLA RESORT

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Abu Dhabi

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.

Dubai’s original hotel apartments, this modern property welcomes guests into studio and 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom accommodations with kitchenettes and private balconies. You’re close to Dubai’s many attractions and great shopping.

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.

• 156 ac rooms, junior suites & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • fitness center • shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 616 ac studios, 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom apartments • 2 restaurants/ 2 lounges • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/sundeck • fitness center • kids playroom • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 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

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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.

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.

• 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

• 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 freeform pool/kids pool • Anantara Spa/fitness center/kinesis, yoga & aerobics studio • tennis • kids & teens clubs • complimentary Wi-Fi

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A Selection of Abu Dhabi and Oman Hotels DUSIT THANI ABU DHABI

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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.

U.S. News says this exceptional beachfront resort “sets the standard for luxury lodging in Abu Dhabi.” Step into guest rooms with authentic Arabian furnishings, the latest tech amenities, and private balconies.

Located on the Corniche, this deluxe hotel welcomes guests into accommodations with marble accents and views of the sea or city. After sightseeing, retreat to Remede Spa for rejuvenating tailor-made massage therapies.

• 527 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/5 bars & lounges/bakery café/ pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor rooftop heated pool/ kids pool • Namm Spa/DFiT Fitness Centre/salon • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 394 ac rooms & suites • 9 restaurants/3 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service/24-hr private butlers • 2 outdoor heated pools • spa/24-hr fitness center/2 Jacuzzis • water sports • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 283 ac rooms & suites • 6 restaurants/4 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/beach club • Remede Spa/fitness center • Treasure Island Kids Club • shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi

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One of Abu Dhabi’s original urban resorts, this Arabian-style landmark opens directly onto the beachfront near the famous Corniche. Spacious guest rooms feature contemporary design and open to breezy private balconies.

This modern, family-friendly hotel is located in Abu Dhabi’s business district, close to all major attractions. Spacious, soundproof guest accommodations have contemporary décor and city views.

Opening onto a pristine stretch of beach, this striking Arabianstyle resort stands in Muscat’s embassy district. Modern guest rooms feature marble baths, the latest tech amenities, and private balconies with mountain, city, or garden views.

• 234 ac rooms • 9 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/private beach • Eden Spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi • water sports/2 floodlit tennis courts/squash courts • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 361 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/coffee shop/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor heated pool/kids pool • InBalance by Novotel spa/fitness center/salon/sauna/Jacuzzi • kids club/game room • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 280 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/3 bars/tea lounge/nightclub • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor heated pool/kids pool/Jacuzzi • Club Olympus Fitness Centre/massage services • tennis • complimentary Wi-Fi

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL MUSCAT

HHHHH Oman Acres of luscious palm gardens surround this modern resort hotel, set between the imposing Hajjar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman. Large guest rooms and suites have expansive French windows and balconies with views of the sea or mountains. • 258 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/British pub/café • Club Level with private lounge • 2 outdoor pools • spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi/steam/ sauna/plunge pool • tennis/squash • live entertainment

SHANGRI-LA’S BARR AL JISSAH RESORT & SPA

HHHHH Oman 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. • 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 EXCEPTIONAL LANDSCAPES AND WILDLIFE, STORIED HISTORY, AND VIVACIOUS PEOPLE – ALL IN ONE SMALL COUNTRY

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 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.

Lima The sprawling capital of Peru is endowed with colonial architecture, a vibrant culture, a rich heritage, and nine 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.

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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.

Machu Picchu Weather Chart

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Getting Around

City-to-City

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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.

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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.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu


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Caracas

COSTA RICA PANAMA

VENEZUELA Medellin

Bogota Cali

Lima

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Top Experiences Hit the Trail

MYANMAR

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

Chiang Rai Grab your hiking gear, join a tour group for an exhilarating trek across a span of several days, and immerse in the Chiang Mai

Gulf of Guayaquil

COLOMBIA

Guayaquil Cuenca

Handy Andes

archaeological wonder of the Incas.

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

Float Away

Mekong River

Quito

ECUADOR

Andaman Sea

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

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Bangkok

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Ride a Rail Pattaya CAMBODIA

Machu Picchu

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

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Koh Pha Ngan Visit the floating island of Lake Titicaca, made from the Koh Samui skilled hands of the Uros tribe people out of dried totora Lost & Found Krabi Phuket reeds which they also use to make their boats out of. Nestled within the Amazon jungle along the Andean plateau is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Down in the Valley New7Wonders of the World…Machu Picchu, also known Soak in a luxuriant spa experience tucked within the heart as “The Lost City of the Incas,” an absolute must-see! of the Sacred Valley, designed to balance the mind, body, and spirit with detoxifying Incan spa rituals.

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BOLIVIA La Paz

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Royal Order

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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.

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Steak a Claim

Pacific Ocean

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.

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Inca Encounter 10 Days / 9 Nights

• LIMA • AMAZON JUNGLE • CUZCO • OLLANTAYTAMBO • INCA TRAIL Machu Picchu

Day 1: Arrive Lima

lifestyle and enjoy lunch. Continue to Ollantaytambo, an archaeological site east of the Plaza de Armas.

Welcome to Lima, Peru. On arrival at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Miraflores. There will be a welcome briefing at the hotel with your tour guide at approximately 2:00pm, followed by a half-day walking tour of downtown Lima, including the city’s historical center, Plaza Mayor, San Francisco Monastery, and Central Market. The evening is at your leisure.

Days 6 – 7: Cuzco Depending on your pre-arranged travel arrangements, during the next four days you may hike the Classic Inca Trail, hike the Inca Quarry Trail, or stay in Cuzco for another two days before taking the train to Aguas Calientes.

Day 8: Cuzco – Machu Picchu Those staying in Cuzco the past two nights will board a morning train to the town of Aguas Calientes, nestled in the hills at the foot of Machu Picchu. There’s time to visit Machu Picchu independently before the guided tour the NICARAGUA next day; otherwise, perhaps unwind in the natural hot springs of Aguas Calientes. COSTA RICA

Day 2: Lima – Amazon Jungle Fly to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Jungle, where you’ll be staying for two nights. Travel by bus or motorized canoe to the Amazon lodge. Either tonight or tomorrow night, you’ll venture into the jungle for a nighttime excursion.

Day 9: Machu Picchu – Cuzco

Day 3: Amazon Jungle

Explore the archeological wonder of Machu Picchu.

Your full day in the jungle starts with a boat ride followed by a short walk to the middle of the rainforest, where you’ll see a variety of jungle fauna. Return to the lodge to freshen up, then enjoy some dinner. After dinner there will be an optional night walk through the jungle.

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Depart Cuzco for your onward flight.

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Day 4: Amazon Jungle – Cuzco Today, travel back to Puerto Maldonado before taking the short flight to Cuzco, where you can explore its many MYANMAR Baroque churches and ancient temples. On an orientation Chiang Rai LAOS walk, visit the facade of Qoricancha temple, the local San Chiang Mai Pedro market, the main square, the 12 Angled Stone, Mekong River Regocijo Square, and San Blas Square, followed by the ChocoMuseo Cusco, with an opportunity to sample a hot THAILAND chocolate made from local cacao beans. Your evening Kanchanaburi is free.

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ECUADOR Gulf of Guayaquil

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Travel by private bus from Cuzco through the Sacred Andaman Sea Andes. Valley, the main source of food for the high Visit the stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman, then venture to a community in the valley to learn about the local Phuket

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Affordable Peru 7 Days / 6 Nights

• LIMA • SACRED VALLEY • MACHU PICCHU • CUZCO Cuzco

Day 1: Arrive Lima

the many legends and strange truths of these ancient ruins from your local guide.

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

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cuzco

Day 2: Lima

Enjoy the tranquility of the morning, with some free time to stroll through 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.

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 6: Cuzco

Day 3: Lima – Cuzco – Sacred Valley

Today, visit several ruins including Kenko and Tambomachay. Journey to the Sacsayhuaman fortress inNICARAGUA the “Valley of the Incas.” Later, see the hillside fort and Puca Pucara. Overnight at the hotel. COSTA RICA

Fly to Cuzco, the oldest inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. A full-day tour visits the Sacred Valley, including Chincheros and Ollanta. Afterwards, proceed to Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

Day 7: Cuzco – Lima

Travel aboard the Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo to the archeological wonder of Machu Picchu. Learn about

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PANAMA VENEZUELA

Fly back to Lima in the morning. You have free time before driving to an excellent restaurant for a farewell lunch. The remainder of your afternoon and evening is free before your late-night departure.

Day 4: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

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Puno

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BRAZIL DISCOVER THE THRILL OF LATIN AMERICA’S MOST EXOTIC AND EXCITING 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 rodizios and churrascarias, world-class 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.

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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

The Regions

City-to-City

Rio de Janiero

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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!

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.

Iguazu Falls Tucked within a lush national park full of hundreds 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.

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Bahia Weather Chart

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.

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Rio de Janiero Weather Chart

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Iguazu Falls Weather Chart

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Photo: Mark Schwettmann/Shutterstock.com

Know 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.

Rio de Janeiro and Christ the Redeemer


SURINAME FRENCH GUIANA NICARAGUA

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

Heart Full of Soul 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.

Amazon Prime 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.

After Dark 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.

Inspiring View

Sunrise over Rio de Janeiro

COSTA RICA PANAMA

GUYANA

VENEZUELA Meditate with 360-degree panoramic views of Rio from high atop the Corcovado, the statue of Christ the COLOMBIA Redeemer. ECUADOR Manaus

Sugar Is Sweet 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.

Pacific Ocean

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

Fortaleza Natal Recife

BRAZIL Salvador

PERU

Brasilia

Goiania Belo Horizonte

BOLIVIA

Stroll through the sexy Brazilian coastline and enjoy people-watching at Copacabana and Ipanema, some of the globe’s hottest and most famous sands ever!

Atlantic Ocean

Sao Goncalo

Hot Sands

Stew of a Kind

Belem

CHILE

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ARGENTINA

Florianapolis

URUGUAY Atlantic Ocean

What a Card 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.

See How They Rum 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.

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Amazon Cruise Brazil: Rio Solimoes 4 Days / 3 Nights

• MANAUS • CRUISE • MANACAPURU • JANAUACÁ Amazon

Day 1: Arrive Manaus 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 dinner in the Kuarup restaurant.

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 3: Cruise 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 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 Extensions to Salvador, Bahia & Santa Catarina 7 Days / 6 Nights

• RIO DE JANEIRO • IGUAZÚ FALLS • SÃO PAULO Christ The Redeemer Statue at Corcovado Mountain

Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro

Day 7: Iguazú Falls – São Paulo

Day 4: Depart Florianopolis

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

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

Depart Florianopolis for your onward flight home.

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro

(Extension to Bahia: Salvador or Guaeajuba Vila Gale Mares)

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. Next, 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 3: Rio de Janeiro 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, 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, built to shelter exhibitions and great parties promoted by Princess Isabel.

Day 7: São Paulo – Salvador Arrive Salvador and transfer to your city hotel or to Guarajuba.

Day 8: Salvador Enjoy a guided city tour, or day at leisure if staying at Guarajuba.

Day 9: Depart Salvador (Extension to Florianopolis) Day 1: Arrive Florianopolis Arrive in Florianopolis, capital of Santa Catarina, a paradisiacal island with white sandy beaches, azure blue lagoons, and lush green hills. Stay overnight at one of the best resorts in Brazil.

SURINAME FRENCH GUIANA

Days 2-3: Florianopolis

NICARAGUA Enjoy two days at leisure during which you can pursue COSTA RICA independent activities. Ask about the myriad optional PANAMA tours available by boat and overland.

GUYANA

Iguassu Falls VENEZUELA

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax.

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Day 5: Rio de Janeiro – Iguazú Falls

Belem Manaus

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.

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

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

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CHILE STUNNING LANDSCAPES, DIVERSE CITIES & WELCOMING PEOPLE

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? Chile’s European heritage is evident throughout, and travelers here are likely to feel more familiar with its culture than those of the neighboring countries, with their strongly indigenous lifestyles. There are still local traditions persisting however, and together with the European influence this makes for an interesting juxtaposition, providing a distinctive culture.

The Regions Santiago & Valparaiso The towering Andes provide an awesome backdrop for the sprawling metropolis of Santiago, a compact city that’s home to more than five million. A village atmosphere prevails downtown, where friends will more than likely meet and greet each other in the overcrowded streets and bustling walkways of the main commercial district. The city is a mix of skyscrapers, 19th-century European architecture, and Spanish adobe bungalows. The World Heritage Site of Valparaiso is built among, atop, around, and between some 42 hills above a Pacific Coast bay. Climb aboard any of 15 funicular-style “elevators” around town for beautiful seaside views.

Patagonia & Lakes District Originally a remote backpacking destination, Patagonia has attracted increasing numbers of upscale visitors looking for soft adventure. Some come to hike the Torres del Paine national park, explore the snow-capped peaks

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of the Andes and the pristine lakes and alpine forests, and see the glaciers and penguin colonies up-close. Spectacular snow-capped mountain peaks, gloriously green forests, and azul blue lakes are the hallmark of the Lakes District, which stretches from the Pacific to the Andes, and encompasses 12 major lakes as well as waterfalls, thermal hot springs, and volcanoes.

Easter Island Far off in the Pacific, although officially a territory of Chile, Easter Island (also known as Rapa Nui) is one of the most fascinating islands on the planet, famous for its enigmatic giant stone busts, built centuries ago, which reflect the history of the dramatic rise and fall of the most isolated Polynesian culture.

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.

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. Weather Chart

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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. Colchagua Valley


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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.

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.

Anywhere in Chile, sip a pisco sour, the alcoholic drink of choice, made up of Chilean pisco (a colorless or lightlycolored brandy) andPERU pica lime.

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Take a seat in one of Santiago’s many local picadas (diners) for an inexpensive Chilean lunch, such as pastel de choclo, a baked pie filled with minced beef, onions, spices, olives and boiled egg and covered with mashed corn.

Poetry lovers might also like to Puno check out La Chascona, the quirky former Nazca home of Pablo Neruda in Santiago’s bohemian Bellavista neighbourhood, whichLahe created for Paz Arequipa BOLIVIA his lover (and eventually third wife) Matilde Urrutia.

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.

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Day 1: Arrive Santiago

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Transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Tour the fishing village of Ancud, where generations of 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 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.

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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.

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Easter Island 4 Days / 3 Nights

• HANGA ROA Moai

Days 1-3: Arrive Hanga Roa Iorana! Welcome to Rapa Nui. You’ll be met upon arrival at Hanga Roa airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and spend as you wish. On Day 2, after breakfast, join a full-day tour to Anakena. Visit examples of unrestored religious platforms including Ahu Vaihu in the bays of Hanga Te’e and Ahu Akahanga, where the famous king Hotu Matua is believed to be buried. Continue to Rano Raraku, a quarry containing almost 900 stone statues, 397 of which are still lying or standing on the slopes of an extinct volcano. Then, visit Ahu Tongariki and Ahu Te Pitu Kura, followed by Anakena, a white coral sand beach. On Day 3, take a half-day tour to the ceremonial village of Orongo and the extinct volcano of Rano Kau. In the afternoon, visit the seven moai at Ahu Akivi, considered by the early people of Rapa Nui as their ancestors or the reincarnation of important kings or leaders of their clans. The journey ends with a trip to Ana Te Pahu cave and the ceremonial site of Ahu Tahai.

Day 4: Hanga Roa Today is the last day of your trip. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. Anakena

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ECUADOR / GALAPAGOS ISLANDS SOUTH AMERICA’S MOST ENTICING & REWARDING DESTINATIONS

Know Your Destination Straddling the equator, Ecuador is the smallest nation in the Andean Highlands but among the world’s most biodiverse 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.

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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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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. Weather Chart

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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 Las Peñas, Guayaquil


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

To the Market 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.

Presidential 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.

Local Treat Savor local Guayaquil dishes such as encebollado (fish stew with cassava and red onion) and pan de yuca (bread made of cassava starch and cheese).

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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!

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Evolutionary 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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Down Under 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, and whales.

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

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Shop ‘Til You Drop In Quito, shop for exquisite pottery, rugs, and jewelry at the Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal.

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Head to Estadio Monumental, Ecuador’s largest stadium, to see Guayaquil’s 14-time championship soccer team, Barcelona Sporting Club, in high-scoring action.

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Ecuador & Peru 10 Days / 9 Nights

• QUITO • GALAPAGOS ISLANDS • LIMA • CUZCO • MACHU PICCHU Galapagos Islands

Day 1: Arrive Quito

Day 5: Suarez Point, Espanola Island – Breeding Center or La Galapaguera, San Cristóbal Island

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

Day 6: North Seymour Island – Baltra – Galapagos Islands – Quito – Lima

Day 2: Quito 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.

Arrive in Baltra in the morning. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador. Upon arrival in Quito, connect with your flight to Lima.

Day 7: Lima – Cuzco – Sacsayhuaman

Day 9: Machu Picchu – Cuzco 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.

Day 10: Cuzco – Lima – Home

Transfer in the morning to the airport for your flight Fly to Cuzco, the oldest inhabited city in the Western to Lima, Peru. You’ll be welcomed before embarking Hemisphere. Visit several ruins, including Kenko and on your tour of Lima. Your local expert focuses on the Tambomachay. Journey to the “Valley of the Incas” to the city’s colonial heritage during Caribbean Seaa walking tour. Start at the Sacsayhuamán fortress. Later, see the hillside fort and NICARAGUA Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and visit Puca Pucara, which most likely served as a lookout post the Cathedral, where the skeleton of Francisco Pizarro and stopping point between Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. is sealedRICA in a wooden coffin. From there, stroll toCaracas the COSTA venerable San Francisco Monastery, with its splendid Day 8: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu PANAMA 17th-century cloister murals. Next, stop at Lima’sVENEZUELA famous Travel aboard the Vistadome train from Cuzco to the Herrera Museum. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner archeological wonder of Machu Picchu. With mountains Medellin at La Rosa Nautica Restaurant. Later, transfer to the to one side and a river roaring far below, this solemn Bogota airport for your flight home. fortress is a fascinating remnant of a once-bustling city

Day 3: Quito / Baltra – Galapagos Islands Cruise You’ll be assisted and transferred to the airport for your flight to Baltra. Upon arrival, transfer to the pier to board the cruise. (Enjoy a 4-day/3-night cruise on board M/V Galapagos Legend)

that was mysteriously abandoned after the middle of the 16th century. Shrouded amid dense jungle vegetation and steep hills, Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the modern world until 1911. Learn about the many legends and strange truths of these ancient ruins from your local guide. LAOS

Itinerary: Subject to change due to climatic conditions or National Park regulations.

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Classic Galapagos South Islands 10 Days / 9 Nights

• QUITO • MC QUEEN BEATRIZ Galapagos Islands

Day 1: Arrive Quito Upon arrival in Quito, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure; a welcome meeting will be held in early evening.

Day 2: Quito – Baltra – MC Queen Beatriz: Punta Carrion

observe marine iguanas, sea lions, and crabs. Then, take a leisurely walk to Post Office Bay, where 18th-century whalers used a barrel as an unofficial mail drop, with the custom continuing to this day! You will also have the chance to go snorkeling with sea turtles. Go ashore at Punta Cormorant.

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. On arrival in the Galapagos you will be met in the arrivals hall and then transferred to your catamaran, MC Queen Beatriz. Your first stop will be Punta Carrión, a shallow and protected cove that’s ideal for your first snorkel and swim in the Galapagos! In the evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail and crew presentation on board.

Day 5: MC Queen Beatriz: Isla Santa Cruz

Day 3: MC Queen Beatriz: Isla Isabela

Day 6: MC Queen Beatriz: Isla Sante Fe

Today you will wake up on the south coast of Isla Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos Archipelago. Visit Las Tintoreras, where you can look down into this narrow channel to see white-tipped reef sharks and the occasional playful sea lion! Blue-footed boobies and penguins, marine iguanas, and crabs also make their home here. Enjoy a long walk through the lava flow and see plenty of marine iguanas. In the afternoon, take a leisurely walk through a coastal lagoon, then visit the Arnoldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center. Later, you have the option of swimming at the beach or shopping in Puerto Villamil.

On Santa Fe Island, you can expect to spot sea lions, Galapagos hawks, land iguanas, a variety of finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, sea lions, marine turtles, frigatebirds, Galapagos doves, and lava lizards. Follow a trail along the coast into the opuntia forest, where you see the largest trees in the Galapagos, or hike towards the cliffs and a forest of prickly pear cactus. Back at the beach, there’s free time to snorkel in the lagoon.

Visit Isla Santa Cruz, the second largest island in the Galapagos, and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you can observe giant tortoises, baby tortoises, and land iguanas. Afterward, head up into the highlands, traveling across the agricultural region and into the misty forests, where you may see giant tortoises.

Day 7: MC Queen Beatriz: Isla Espanola

On Isla Floreana, enjoy a panga ride around La Loberia to

After an overnight sail, wake up on the island of Española, breeding site for nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses and home to colonies of blue-footed and masked boobies. Hike through the middle of booby colonies, and visit the beautiful white sandy beaches at

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Equatorial Monument, Quito

Day 4: MC Queen Beatriz: Isla Floreana – Punta Cormorant

Bahia Gardner, great for swimming and relaxing. Snorkel off the rocks and see reef sharks, turtles, and many species of tropical fish. You’ll also pay a visit to Punta Suarez, home to large and varied wildlife population. Take a walk along its trails to a clifftop viewpoint.

Day 8: MC Queen Beatriz: Isla San Cristobal – Isla Lobos In the morning, visit Punta Pitt on San Cristobál Island. Walk to the top of the volcanic hill for expansive views. On a panga ride, observe three varieties of boobies and go snorkeling at the beach. Pass through Leon Dormido, the magnificent basalt remains of a crater in the middle of the sea. Cruise through the channel with nesting seabirds on either side of the boat, tropic birds overhead, marine iguanas in the water, and sea lions resting on the rocks. You’ll also visit tiny Isla Lobos, a perfect place to witness sea lions as well as blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, and marine iguanas.

Day 9: MC Queen Beatriz: San Cristobal – Quito Visit the San Cristobal Interpretation Center in the morning, which brings the history and geography of the archipelago to life, then head to the airport in San Cristobál for your flight back to Quito and transfer to your hotel.

Day 10: Quito Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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ARGENTINA EXTREME CULTURAL & NATURAL DIVERSITY IN THE WORLD’S 8TH LARGEST NATION

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… 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 Regions Buenos Aires 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, and some of the world’s trendiest boutiques.

the entrance to see the dramatic Devil’s Throat falls and take in the spellbinding views.

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

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 Domestic flights are mostly available from Buenos Aires and are great options for long distance travel. Aerolineas Argentinas and LAN offer domestic flights.

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

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.

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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

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

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Learn the history of winemaking in Mendoza’s lush de Chiloe 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.

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

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

PARAGUAY

CHILE

La Boca, Buenos Aires

Tango Dancers

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Caribbean Sea

NICARAGUA

Patagonia Wilderness

Caracas

COSTA RICA PANAMA

VENEZUELA • BUENOS AIRES • EL CHALTEN • EL CALAFATE • PERITO MORENO GLACIER GUYANA • TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK • PUERTO NATALES • USHUAIA Bogota

15 Days / 14 Nights

Medellin

FRENCH SURINAME GUIANA

Cali Galapagos Islands

Patagonia

COLOMBIA

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires

Day 6: El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier

In the afternoon, your tour leader will take you for an orientation walk around some of Buenos Aires’ main attractions. In the evening you have the option of going out for a group dinner.

Today, visit Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few Embark on a 14-hour bus ride back to Argentina and the ECUADOR Guayaquil southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. advancing glaciers in the world and a spectacular sight. Gulf of Manaus Guayaquil into Watch and listen to the crack of the ice as it plunges Cuenca Day 12: Ushuaia the waters below. Return to El Calafate for the night. In the morning, take an included boat trip on the Beagle Day 7-9: El Calafate – Torres del Paine Channel to observe the marine wildlife among the small National Park islands and inlets along this waterway named after BRAZIL PERU Board a local bus to Cerro Castillo in Chile. Stop for Charles Darwin’s expedition ship. Machu Picchu lunch (not included) while waiting for the connecting Lima Day 13: Cusco Ushuaia van to Torres del Paine in Patagonia, your home for the Puno The day is free for you to explore on your own. next three nights and the base for your day hikes. Hikes

Day 2: Buenos Aires – El Calafate – El Chalten Fly south from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, then travel by van to the frontier town of El Chalten, north of Glacier National Park, a gathering place for hikers and climbers from all around the world.

Days 3 – 4: El Chalten During the next two days, embark on at least two of the most popular day treks in the area: Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Torre. You can expect to walk from six to nine hours on clearly marked and well maintained paths.

Day 5: El Chalten – El Calafate Enjoy the morning in El Chalten before transferring back to El Calafate.

Day 11: Puerto Natales – Ushuaia

Quito

Nazca

include “Base Las Torres” and “Refugio Los Cuernos.” You and a fellow traveler will share a tent for the next three nights. All meals will be provided while camping.

Paz DayArequipa 14: Ushuaia –LaBuenos Aires BOLIVIA

Goiania

Return to Buenos Aires by plane for a final night out. Sucre

Day 15: Buenos Aires

Day 10: Torres del Paine National Park – Puerto Natales

Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. PARAGUAY CHILE

Join a full-day guided tour around another part of Torres del Paine National Park, including a visit to Grey Lake before transferring to Puerto Natales for the night.

Curitiba

Iguazu Falls

Salta

ARGENTINA Pacific Ocean

Puerto Varas

Rosario

Mendoza

Santiago

Easter Island

Flo Porto Al

Cordoba Vina del Mar

URUGUAY

Buenos Aires

Bariloche

Isla Grande Puerto Mont de Chiloe

Montevideo

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 Perito Moreno Glacier

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Cam S

Asuncion

El Chalten

Falkland Islands Port Stanley


COLOMBIA AMAZON JUNGLES, SUN-SOAKED BEACHES, ANCIENT RUINS, AND A CULTURE OF FULL OF SMILES Cartagena

Know Your Destination

Getting Around

Top Experiences

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.

City-to-City

Coffee Culture

Air

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!

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!

Taxi

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.

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 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.

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.

Dance Party Let down your hair and give yourself over to great dance music in Cali, the salsa capital of South America.

Rock On Gear up and head to San Gil – the adventure capital of Colombia – for rafting, abseiling, and rock climbing, among other thrills.

History Lesson 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. Weather Chart

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

Avg. F° 55 56 57 57 57 56 55 55 56 56 56 55 Avg. Rainfall (inches) 1.9 2 3.2 4.7 4 2.4 1.8 1.9 2.3 5.6 4.5 2.7

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. Bolivar Square, Bogota

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Café Colombia 9 Days / 8 Nights

• BOGOTA • SALENTO • COFFEE ESTANCIA • MEDELLIN • CARATAGENA Cocora Valley

Day 1: Arrive Bogota Bienvenidos! Welcome to Colombia. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2:00pm, followed by an orientation walk in downtown Bogota. You’re then free to explore as you please.

are grown and harvested, processed, dried, roasted, and ground. Sample different types of coffee grains, learn how to prepare different types of coffees, and relax with a steaming cup of freshly brewed joe. Afterwards, explore the estancia’s beautiful sloping green hills and valleys.

Day 2: Bogota – Salento

Day 5: Coffee Estancia – Medellin

Join a morning visit to Paloquemao Market, where you can find flowers, fruit, vegetables, herbs, meat, and fish. Then, take a short flight to Armenia and transfer to the beautiful village of Salento. Stroll through its quaint streets and admire the regional Paisa architecture. You have the option to visit the local tejo hall and see Colombia’s national sport in action.

Travel via comfortable bus to Medellin and join an orientation walk around this beautiful and exciting city, now known for some of the country’s finest museums, parks, and architecture.

Day 3: Salento – Coffee Estancia Travel by jeep to the magnificent Cocora Valley. Spend the morning walking amid the region’s incredible scenery, perhaps hiking up to Acaime Reserve. A generous box lunch will be provided. Alternatively, you can explore the valley as you please, then take a jeep back to town. Later, travel deep into Colombia’s coffee region for a two-night stay in a traditional coffee estancia.

Day 4: Coffee Estancia On a guided tour of the coffee plantation and processing center, learn about the history of the coffee plant and the inside story of this important industry. See how the beans

Day 9: Cartagena Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Day 6: Medellin Enjoy breathtaking views of Medellin and its surroundings on a cable car ride up to Santa Elena, a beautiful town nestled in the mountains just east of the city. After returning to Medellin, search out one of the city’s lively salsa bars.

Church of St Peter Claver, Cartagena

Day 7: Medellin Enjoy a free day exploring Medellin.

Day 8: Medellin – Cartagena Fly to Cartagena, one of South America’s most historic cities. After a short orientation walk, explore the old city, particularly the walled Old Town, packed with beautiful churches, monasteries, plazas, mansions, and fort (now on UNESCO’s World Heritage list).

Cartagena

VENEZUELA Medellin

Salento

Bogotá

Cali

COLOMBIA

BRAZIL ECUADOR PERU

Colorful colonial style balconies in Salento

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