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Dear Traveler: The Travel Bazaar is almost here—and it’s bigger and better than ever! Join us Saturday, February 4th at the Capital Hotel as we welcome almost 40 of our colleagues from around the world. This edition of Poe Go is devoted to those vendors attending the event so that you, our dear clients, can preview whom you’d like to meet with in February. Each continent is represented so the possibilities are endless! DON’T MISS IT!  We’ve also included reports from our agents, who are out there in the field (and in the air) searching out the best travel experiences around the globe. We’ve gathered their many varied stories to share with you. In addition, we’ve caught up with a couple of clients who’ve crossed oceans to cross off a few destinations on ye olde bucket list. It’s a lot, but it’s a big world. So, remember, dear Travelers, we urge you as always to Please Go Away! Sincerely, The Poe Travel Team

PLEA GO A SE WAY !

AGENT REPORTS A Grecian idyll and French foray: Yamus and Salut ! ELLISON POE On a recent whirlwind tour of Greece, Ellison traveled on Silversea (“like a moving hotel!”) along the coast, mingling among the mega yachts and sailboats near Athens and visiting super chic hotels at each stop. Among her favorites, the family owned Canaves Oia Hotel & Suites in Santorini. There she met the very charming, handsome Markos Chaidemenos, the young managing director and son of the owners. “Can’t wait to share this with our clients!” enthuses

Ellison. In glitzy, happening Mykonos (Greece’s answer to Ibiza), Ellison discovered fabulous Bill & Coo which has a hotel in town and a brand new gorgeous property on the beach which opened in May 2016. The “in-town” one boasts a 2-star Michelin restaurant—one of the best on the island. They had a grand time in Spetses at the divine Poseidonion Hotel which overlooks the harbor. It has an old world feel to it, but the rooms are beautifully renovated under the guidance of

AGENTS REPORTING FOR DUTY: ANGELA SIMON Australia to Austria BETH WALTER The Holy Land Pilgrimage CYNDI SAYES “O Canada!” Cyndi sings the praises of our northern neighbor STACY BRIGHT The Clinton Foundation goes to D.C. TERESA GRACE A wine themed mother/daughter cruise on AMA MARGARET KEMP & MILDRED COOPER M&M on the move, from Tennessee to Maine

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A TOP-SECRET TIP FOR PARIS TRAVELERS: “Ladurée macaroons are passé! Instead, head to Carette. We had the most perfect, simple lunch— scrambled eggs with cheese and a green salad—and the most heavenly macaroons in the world!”

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the owner’s architect daughter. Their chef was awarded best young chef in Greece. Spetses is a small pedestrian-only island accessed by water taxi from the mainland with horse-drawn carriages as the main mode of transport. It’s authentic and non-touristy, and the perfect spot for Poe Travelers! Last stop, Amanzoe—and talk about finishing strong! This is another spectacular Aman property about 125 miles from Athens near the town of Porto Heli on the east coast of the Peloponnese. Designed by famous architect Ed Tuttle, it’s STUNNING. “The Amanzoe was mindboggling, and, though leaving was sad, the heli-transfer to the Athens airport sure was nice!” says Ellison. If you must leave, at least depart in style . . .

On to France... And speaking of Aman . . . on to France where Ellison swooned over Villa La Coste, a new hotel overlooking the 600-acre estate in the heart of Provence, which includes an organic winery and

an esteemed art and architecture park. “Villa La Coste is like Aman in the Luberon. It’s truly spectacular—out of this world.” In addition to housing a Calder and other iconic works of art, Villa La Coste is home to Louise Bourgeois’ magnificent “Crouching Spider.” Eeek! Ellison and friends also lunched on fresh oysters on a glorious sunny day in Cancale and had a tête-à-tête with nature at beautiful La Réserve Ramatuelle Hotel-Spa & Villas near St Tropez. Nestled among fragrant lavender and pine trees, this well-hidden paradise impressed Ellison at every turn. “We arrived by heli . . . It was very zen and cool . . . it had amazing private pools . . . a living room lobby with a great band playing something zippy on the upright bass and ukulele.” Other highlights included: visiting Hotel Castelbrac in Dinard and touring Mont St. Michel, Bayeux, and the American Cemetery in Normandy with our favorite guide, Nicolas Gandilhon.

From Australia to Austria, the Outback to the Alps ANGELA SIMON

This year Angela went to opposite ends of the earth on two very different yet equally remarkable journeys. Her highlights follow:

AUSTRALIA Angela thoroughly embraced her sense of adventure in Australia—and she discovered that there’s no better place to do it: • Arriving Wolgan Valley by helicopter into a field of kangaroos • Feeding walaroos • Sydney Bridge Climb • Cuddling a koala • Helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef to go snorkeling • Helicopter ride to private beach for picnic lunch

AUSTRIA No country waltzes so effortlessly between the urban and the outdoors as Austria. One day you’re cresting alpine summits, the next you’re swanning around imperial Vienna. Angela, along with her sister and niece, experienced a super swell girls’ trip. • Sporting a Tyrolean hat • Sampling a tort at the Hotel Sacher • Every moment at Schloss Elmau (rhymes with El-wow!) • Shopping for dirndls in Salzburg • Dining at the wurstelstand with the black-tie-clad, pre-opera crowd

THE AAC GOES TO GB! Join the Arkansas Arts Center on an exciting and educational trip to England with a special post jaunt to Scotland! Poe Travel and the AAC are once again partnering to offer what is sure to be a wildly successful, satisfying experience. Call us for details! ENGLAND May 27-June 4, 2017 Among other highlights, you’ll visit Highclere Castle for morning coffee and a privately guided tour; lunch at The Household Cavalry Officer mess in Windsor; stay at our beloved Goring hotel; explore London and take a private tour of The Tower of London; enjoy a private viewing of The Crown Jewels; and pay an out-of-hours visit to Kensington Palace. SCOTLAND June 4-June 8, 2017 See Scotland as never before with a private visit to Holkham Hall, a tour of Birkhill Castle, lunch on the Royal Deck Tea Room on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, a visit to Edinburgh Castle, and a splendid stay at The Balmoral Hotel.

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“O Canada!” Cyndi sings the praises of our northern neighbor Rocky Mountaineer & The Chilko Experience CYNDI SAYES “This was such a fabulous trip! . . . We started in Vancouver, which was absolutely stunning! The city is alive and GREEN—as in zero carbon, zero waste, and a healthy ecosystem. . . . Besides the city’s remarkable mindfulness, Vancouver is alive and thriving with wonderful people, activities for all ages, and delicious food. . . . I took a leisurely bike ride around Stanley Park and marveled at the gorgeous fall colors and spectacular views.

The Holy Land Pilgrimage with Father Mauricio & Father Robert

“I kept thinking, ‘Everyday just gets better and better.’”

BETH WALTER

Some highlights:

Nowhere on earth stirs up passion quite the way Israel does. Holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, Jerusalem’s Old City is one of the world’s foremost pilgrimage destinations. This fall Beth Walter joined Fr. Mauricio Carrasco and Fr. Robert Cigainero and a group of Catholic parishioners on a memorable journey to the Holy Land. The priests held mass each day at different sites which Beth found particularly moving. Beth, who first traveled to Israel years ago, says, “This trip was really special. The two young priests were just so funny and affable . . . they made the trip. I kept thinking, ‘Everyday just gets better and better.’”

• Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee

Their pilgrimage took them to Tel Aviv, Tiberius, and Jerusalem. With these three strategic stops, they experienced the wide spectrum of glories that Israel offers.

• Mass in Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home, and The Church of the Annunciation • A drive via Cana of Galilee for the Baptism Site on the Jordan River • Tabgha, site of the Miracle of Loaves and Fishes • Mass on Mount of Beatitudes, site of Sermon on the Mount • Mount of Olives for panoramic view of Old and New Jerusalem • Garden of Gethsemane, a walk along the Via Dolorosa, to the Church of St. Anne, and Church of Holy Sepulchre • Mount Zion and Room of Last Supper and King David’s traditional tomb • The Church of Nativity, Manger Square, and Bethlehem

A short flight and two-hour drive from Vancouver, and I was in Chilko Experience heaven! This property was built with love— the owners had custom log cabins/houses constructed for their expanding family. Now that their children are grown, they’ve opened the doors to the public so we too can experience the British Columbia most people don’t know exists. The mountains, lakes, meadows, and rivers are pristine. In one day, I saw 40+ grizzly bears from as close as 10 feet away! Mamas with their cubs and big burly male bears all out fishing for salmon. Not to worry—I was in a river boat that could easily out run them! This location is unique for grizzly watching, rather than say Alaska, due to the lack of crowds.

Phil and Anne Huston, the owners of The Chilko Experience, have a love for people and the outdoors. I can’t imagine a better place for a family to spend their summer vacation or a couple to escape to for an adventure-packed week. My next stop was the luxury train Rocky Mountaineer, which FAR exceeded my expectations. RM provides unrivaled service, five-star dining, stunning views, the list goes on and on. The glass domed ceiling allowed for views in every direction. We saw bears, coyote, deer, rams, bald eagles, osprey, and beautiful vistas throughout the journey. One of the best perks was the viewing deck on the lower level. At any point throughout the trip, I could walk downstairs and be outside to fully immerse myself in the spectacular surroundings. And the food was absolutely delicious—the best I’ve ever had! I thoroughly enjoyed every part of my Canadian travels; Vancouver to Banff was totally breathtaking! I can’t thank the Hustons at The Chilko Experience and Rocky Mountaineer enough for such an adventurous, beautiful, relaxing, and fantastic trip.”

“In one day, I saw 40+ grizzly bears from as close as 10 feet away!”

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The Clinton Foundation goes to D.C.

AND NOW FOR OUR FAVORITE TRAVELING DYNAMIC DUO!

M&M on the move, from Tennessee to Maine

STACY BRIGHT The USA’s capital teems with iconic monuments, vast museums and the corridors of power; and a lot of history is concentrated within its relatively small confines. On a recent trip with The Clinton Foundation, Stacy Bright got to explore D.C.s many treasures. They packed a lot into their time there, including: •T  ouring the monuments at night (“Magical and moving!”) • The 911 Memorial at the Pentagon • Kennedy’s grave and Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery • American History Museum • The National Cathedral

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• The National Portrait Gallery • White House tour • Botanical Gardens • The National Archives • The recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

A wine themed mother/daughter cruise on AMA TERESA GRACE Veteran cruiser Teresa Grace has rarely met a cruise she didn’t like, but this one was particularly special because she got to share it with daughter Meagan. They started in Zurich, where they stayed two nights, and then took the train to Basel to board the lovely AMAPrima. Teresa says, “I absolutely loved Zurich and Amsterdam. Our accommodations on AMA were fantastic. Our favorite stops were Strasbourg and Cologne. We loved seeing all the castles on the Rhine, and actually went into the Heidelberg Castle.”

| PICTURED HERE | The Clinton Library Group at the Einstein statue.

Margaret and Mildred, along with two of Mildred’s daughters, Haven and Mary Catherine, recently retreated to famed southern inn Blackberry Farm, a bucolic culinary playground rambling over 4,200 acres in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. There they greeted each morning with farm-fresh eggs and buttermilk biscuits with preserves made by the resident “jam lady” with berries grown on site. They also met a nurseryrhyme-worthy cast of characters—the butcher, the baker, the beekeeper, the forger (and forager), the gardener, the cheese maker—as they shared their crafts. They loved exploring the grounds, relaxing in rocking chairs on the front lawn, and dining in the elegant Amish barn. Then it was back to their lovely limestone cottage to cozy up by the fire.

Says Margaret, “It’s a great place to visit all year round. So relaxing, but you can also be as active as you want. Really it’s all about food and wine, fantastic facials and other spa treatments, and outdoor activities.” “It’s perfect for two nights or more. The food was absolutely delicious . . . a true countryside farm-to-table experience,” adds Mildred.

FROM THE ROLLING FOOTHILLS OF THE SMOKIES TO THE RUGGED BEAUTY OF COASTAL MAINE . . .

Envision the classic, New England coastal retreat, and it may well look like the Inn at Sunrise Point. Nestled on five acres overlooking Penobscot Bay, the inn is located just a stone’s throw from charming Camden and Mt. Battie. “Maine is heaven on earth,” says Margaret. “I could go every summer. The

Inn at Sunrise Point is so peaceful, right on water. You can hike in the national park, eat lobster rolls to your heart’s content, and visit Camden, an artists’ colony.”

Mildred and Margaret also just returned from a fabulous trip to Paris where they rubbed elbows with Picasso’s grandson and Alain DuCasse! Details forthcoming.

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CLIENT Q&A MY THREE SONS . . .

KERRY KROUSE MCCOY AND HER BOYS EMBARK ON A CUBAN CAPER Last summer Kerry McCoy, founder and owner of Arkansas Flag and Banner—along with sons Grady, Matthew, and John (“Jack”)— immersed themselves in Cuban culture during a trip that took them from Havana to Varadero. A snapshot of their journey follows: The McCoys spent the first couple of days exploring colorful Havana, where they took a private tour via vintage car (their preferred mode of transport). They also enjoyed a guided walk through historic “La Habana Vieja” and did some sightseeing in modern day Havana. “Our tour guide said she left the profession of teaching because tourism is booming and more profitable. She said visiting tourists have grown from 1 million to 3 million in just one year . . . ,” says Kerry. They then traveled to the Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a landscape dotted with tobacco fields and surrounded by rugged mountains (mogotes). This area

produces the finest Cuban cigars; asked if she sampled one, Kerry deadpans, “Hell yeah, I did.” (Though she’s been known to smoke a Black & Mild from the 7-11, she readily admits that the Cubans ones are better.) Kerry and her boys were particularly taken with the backcountry and small farm towns. McCoy recalls, “It was so lush and tropical . . . there was a lot of overgrowth and no noise pollution.” While there they chatted with locals and soaked in the peaceful daily life of rural Cuba. On a hike in the countryside, they came upon an oasis (waterfall, swimming hole, and bar included!) where they enjoyed cocktails and mingled with fellow travelers. “It was really fun . . . an international, young crowd,” says Kerry. They also explored a bandit’s cave, though the bandit was no longer in residence. The McCoys then traveled to Trinidad and Valley de los Ingenios before ending their trip on the beautiful beach in Varadero.

POE FACT

Cuba is often called El Caiman or El Cocodrilo (Spanish for alligator), which is what the island looks like from an aerial view.

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A TRAVELING TRIBE Each year the Wade family (Stephanie and John with kids Delia, 20, Cogan, 19, and Dixon, 13) travels with grandparents Bill and Julie Haught to some far-flung locale. They love vacationing multigenerational-style and value the time together even more as the kids get older and make their own ways in the world. Summer 2016 took them to Morocco, Spain, and Portugal. Here we share some sketches, nay impressions, from Stephanie:

On to Portugal next, first stop Lisbon for three nights. “A great place with some sections reminding me of San Francisco with trolley cars and VERY hilly roads and lanes. All the history with the explorers—Columbus, Vasca da Gama etc.—and an amazing monument showing the spot where they departed on their travels. It was fab! Had the ultimate custard tart/ pastry called pastel de nata at the famous bakery, Pastéis de Belém. That is a must too!”

First stop Marrakech for four dizzying days: “We stayed at La Mamounia which was incredible. I would say this was by far our favorite hotel on the trip. It is a lush walled compound with beautiful gardens. The market is cool with winding lanes that we would have gotten lost in if we had not had our guide. Loved seeing Yves Saint Laurent’s home and gardens, too, Majorelle Garden.”

Porto for two nights: “A very charming place and would highly recommend that you don’t skip it if going to Portugal. Good place just to wander. You must see the bookstore Livraria Lello. It is a magical little place with beautiful woodwork and staircase. JK Rowling lived in Porto for years, and this bookstore was one of her inspirations for Harry Potter.”

They then flew to Spain and stayed in Granada for two nights: “The Alhambra and Generalife Gardens were the highlights. Then we were on to Seville for two nights where we stayed in the Santa Cruz neighborhood which I highly recommend! So many great tapas spots. Bar Estrella is a must! There are wonderful sights here, of course, with the Cathedral and Giralda Tower and the tomb of Christopher Columbus.”

Madrid for two nights: “A great sightseeing city, but I would say the museums rule; the Prado and Thyssen are incredible. Also fun to roam the streets—the La Latino Barrio for cafes, etc. and the Plaza Mayor.” Last stop, Barcelona for four nights: “All the Gaudi sights were interesting. We did day trips to Montserrat (incredible monastery in the mountains) and Salvador Dali’s museum and theatre in Figueroa—so surreal (a little Dali humor)!”

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MONOGRAMS the Total Package Globetrotting is fun. Research, logistics, and getting lost—not as fun. Monograms takes on the endless hours of organizing and scheduling so you can see the sights and experience new cultures. From arranging the right hotels and efficient transportation to providing Local Hosts® and included sightseeing, they’ve thought of everything you need in an all-in-one package. But it doesn’t stop there. They’re also on the scene at your destination helping you make the most of your time. Because they’re proponents of doing and viewing, not stewing. Who has the strongest espresso in town? What street has the hippest boutiques? Where’s the quietest spot to view the sunset? Your Local Host® knows everything, which changes everything. Your very own friendly, knowledgeable insider in each destination will offer hints and recommendations, steer you off the beaten path, and help you maximize every moment of your time. Why feel lost when you can feel like a local?

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REBECCA RECOMMENDS IS ONE OF NORTH AMERICA’S LEADING AND MOST RESPECTED LUXURY TRAVEL REPRESENTATION COMPANIES. Rebecca Recommends proudly works with some of the best independently owned, service focused hotels within the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka. Properties such as The Goring, impeccably British and the only hotel in the world to have received a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty The Queen, Blanket Bay on the South Island of New Zealand, and Tea Trails, a Relais & Châteaux property in the heart of the tea country of Sri Lanka are some of Rebecca’s favorite properties in the world. Rebecca Recommends also represents destination management companies that can open otherwise closed doors within their country of specialization, enhancing any trip with authentic and off-the-beaten-path experiences within France, the United Kingdom, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Australia, New Zealand and the Yucatan peninsula, the land of the Maya in Mexico. In 2015 Rebecca Slater, President & Founder, Rebecca Recommends was appointed as a Honorary Tourism Goodwill Ambassador of Nepal.

THE SCHLOSS ELMAU EXPERIENCE Just 60 miles south of Munich is Schloss Elmau, tucked deep in the calm of the Bavarian Alps. A sanctuary, framed by dramatic peaks, whispering forests, and rushing streams.  A spa retreat and cultural hideaway, a family escape and romantic haven. A place to feast on outstanding food and unbeatable music—to relax, breathe deep, and discover.

Let your children go free-range—in three family spas, the kids club, or with edutainment workshops, soccer camps, and outdoor adventures. The variety of restaurants cover everything from gourmet tasting menus and high Thai cuisine to fondue feasts. And minds get fed too: browse the bookshop, lounge in the library, and be inspired by a world-class recital in the concert hall.  

Three adult spas offering soothing treatments, yoga without dogma, and the largest hamam this side of Istanbul.  T W O H O T E L S . O N E R E S O RT.


— Maybourne Hotel Group — Claridges, The Connaught, and The Berkeley, three of the world’s most renowned luxury London hotels. These three sublime properties are committed to delivering authentic and unique experiences that reflect their individual natures, whilst maintaining a timeless elegance and intuitive service style.

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Enjoy every day exactly as you wish while exploring the world’s most beautiful places. Everything is included — from flights to excursions and from gourmet dining to WiFi throughout the ship. Allow us to take care of every detail as you sail aboard our luxuriously appointed, perfectly-sized ships to more than 375 destinations in the company of an intimate group of newfound friends. You really can have it all aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises®.

From Destination Specialists to Wellness Retreats, KurtzAhlers strives to deliver the best possible experience for those wishing for unique travel experiences. Representing exceptional hotels and yachts over 25 countries around the world, Kurtz-Ahlers also maintains a Wellness Travel Division, dedicated to promoting properties that provide an experience to guests that can be life changing and inspire a dedication to healthy and mindful living.

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OUR MAN ON THE GROUND—AND IN THE CAR—IN FRANCE

Nicolas Gandilhon of Odyssée Prestige is Poe’s exclusive driver in France, or, as Ellison says, “our private concierge in Paris and beyond.” His winning personality and in-depth knowledge have made Nicolas a favorite of Poe clients for years—and one who’s always in demand. (It doesn’t hurt that in addition to being passionate and knowledgeable about all things French, he’s also lots of fun and très charmant!)

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Leave home prepared for travel’s many possibilities. If the unexpected happens on your trip, MedjetAssist is the name you want on your side. Medjet offers the most comprehensive travel protection memberships available for your health, safety and security: Classic Medjet and MedjetHorizon. So you can leave more worries behind. Ask your Poe Travel advisor which plan is best for you. Poe Travel • Medjet.com/Poe • 501.376.4171

NOT A LODGE Chilko is the realization of one man’s dream—a private sevenhome, $10M luxury estate built in the pristine British Columbia wilderness for the use of friends and family. It is the nicest wilderness rec facility of its kind in North America because of what it’s not—a lodge.

CALIFORNIA’S #1 HOTEL*, IS LOCATED IN THE HEART OF SONOMA NAPA WINE COUNTRY. Tucked into the rolling hills of the Russian River Valley, land of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this 25-room boutique luxury hotel is ideal for those who enjoy an all-inclusive resort—the property boasts an on-site Michelin starred restaurant and farm to table spa. Explorers and adventurers will love the Farmhouse Inn’s central location. Rooms start at $695 USD. *2016 Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards


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Rocky Mountaineer offers four unique rail routes from the Pacific Northwest to the majestic Canadian Rockies. With its impeccable onboard service, gourmet cuisine, and luxurious surroundings, it is no wonder a Rocky Mountaineer rail vacation is considered by many to be one of the world’s ultimate travel experiences.

Celebrate Lindblad Expeditions’ 50th Anniversary—be the first aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II, Lindblad’s new ship and the newest in the islands. Experience their uniquely rewarding expedition style, and enjoy Free Airfare throughout the 2017 inaugural season. CONTACT YOUR POE TRAVEL ADVISOR FOR DETAILS

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The Palms Turks and Caicos may totally inhabit the role of an elegant, luxurious, award-winning resort, but beneath that cultivated exterior beats an untamed heart. Whether you choose to relax on the crystal white sands of Grace Bay Beach (ranked among the most beautiful in the world), or unwind by the serpentine infinity pool, the Palms offers a blissful retreat.

A SHORE THING The Turks and Caicos Islands are home to Providenciales’ newest resort, The Shore Club on Long Bay Beach, a premier destination for leisure travel, memorable events, and amazing getaways for groups.

AWARD-WINNING UNIWORLD, the world’s most celebrated authentic boutique cruise line, offers itineraries in spectacular destinations throughout Europe, Russia, and Asia. Their European fleet features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, the highest staff-to-guest ration in the river cruise industry, enticing shore excursions, works-class gourmet cuisine, impeccable hospitality, and numerous other all-inclusive benefits. Each exquisitely appointed Uniworld ship is a work of art designed to be as unique as each passenger.

was founded in 1994 by Jean Pierre Jonqua. His vision was to promote European Enchanted Escapes in North America that included some of the most renowned 5-star Hotels in the French Countryside. Today, more than 20 years later, Creative Destinations promotes an exclusive selection of French Countryside Properties including several unique Boutique Hotels & Spas in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, and Portugal.

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SET ON THE FLAMANDS BAY, the island’s finest, the iconic Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France is home to 40 beautifully appointed rooms, suites, and villas, with panoramic beach views or nestled in the lush gardens. Savor an exquisite locally-inspired French cuisine created by Chef Yann Vinsot at La Case de l’Isle restaurant overlooking the pool and the ocean or at La Cabane de l’Isle for a feet-in-the-sand lunch or a private dinner. The Cheval Blanc Spa and its garden pavilion hidden in the tropical vegetation offer Guerlain rituals, exclusive to the Caribbean. Enjoy highly personalized service and tailor-made experiences. Check out the boutique which offers the latest creations of local and international designers and hosts a fashion show every Tuesday evening around the pool!

One Of the Kind Pre-Designed Travel Experiences & Custom-Made Journeys

As the name suggests, the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is a mecca for golf enthusiasts. The hotel sits alongside the world-famous “Road Hole,” the 17th on the Old Course. With exquisite views of the nearby university town and the North Sea, you can admire these vistas from the acclaimed Road Hole Restaurant on the fourth floor. Less formal is the Jigger Inn, a cozy pub in the stationmaster’s lodge that has remained unchanged since 1850. For relaxing, there is the Kohler Waters Spa, the only one of its kind outside the U.S. Family packages feature a check-in exclusively for children, mini-robes and slippers, plus Nintendo Wiis and a menu of activities! Great for the whole family.

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Dreaming in Italian . . . Run by charming brothers Filippo and Emanuele Curinga, IDI (Italian Dream Incorporated) is our go-to for all things Italy. Whether you desire an intimate dinner with Michelangelo’s famous David or a brisk day of truffle hunting, IDI can REALIZE YOUR DREAMS.

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The mission of DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. is one we can get behind: for every traveler to experience the world by bike. Pedal your way through an immersive vacation in over 50 destinations—from the rolling hills of Tuscany to the Andean foothills of Argentina’s wine country. DuViner’s know that biking is the best way to experience the local culture; whether that is riding through ancient villages in Peru, eating at Michelinstarred and family-run restaurants in Italy, drinking in the worldrenowned wine regions of France, or sleeping in hand-picked accommodations—from a private yacht adrift in the Aegean to a boutique hotel in Sonoma.

As you explore the isles of the South Pacific aboard Oceania, put away your watch, breathe in the fresh sea air, and surrender to island time – this magical place has a mindset all its own. Coral atolls, lingering sunsets, and vibrant marine life are just a few of the things you’ll experience on heavenly French Polynesian islands such as Tahiti and Bora Bora. The Hawaiian Islands are equally captivating with their verdant rainforests, dramatic volcanic peaks, and endless ribbons of perfect beaches. Or for a cultural experience you’ll never forget, head to Papua New Guinea and Tonga.

POLYNESIAN TREASURES, CORAL SEA CROSSING, PACIFIC STARS, and MORE!

WITH OCEANIA, YOU CAN: •Enjoy a traditional meal of grilled shrimp, coconut bread, yams and fresh pineapple as you relax on Bora Bora’s famed lagoon. •Witness one of the most esteemed ceremonies in Samoan culture, performed by an illustrious High Talking Chief outside Pago Pago. • Watch an awe-inspiring performance by Fijian firewalkers in Suva.

Choose from many exotic journeys in 2017 and 2018 such as: SOUTH PACIFIC SPLENDORS Auckland to Papeete Departs Apr 23, 2017 | 17 Days | Sirena Fares from $5,499 per guest SPARKLING SOUTH PACIFIC Papeete to Papeete Departs May 9, 2017 | 10 Days | Sirena Fares from $4,499 per guest


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WE’RE THRILLED TO WELCOME CIE TOURS TO THEIR FIRST POE TRAVEL BAZAAR! CIE offers the highest quality and widest range of programs to Ireland and Britain—at very reasonable rates. They’ve been serving this destination for 84 years and are held in the highest esteem. Their array of itineraries and luxury chauffeur-drive options allows you to explore these countries in a unique way, to create an in-depth travel experience that will resonate with your interests and live in your memory. “This is an excellent trip for first-timers because it includes the areas everyone’s heard of and wants to see. It’s the perfect authentic Irish experience!” says Poe’s Nancy O’Brien.

THE BEST OF SOUTHERN IRELAND HOSTED BY NANCY O’BRIEN 8 DAYS – 7 NIGHTS Dublin to Dublin               May 13 - 20, 2017 LAND ONLY RATE:   $1,996.00 per person based on double occupancy. $368.00 for single occupancy. Please call Nancy O’Brien about discounted air rates.

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