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Small Luxury Hotels of the World Summer Getaways

The first quarter of the year is the best time to plan for the upcoming summer holiday season, and Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s™ five new hotels in Italy and Greece offer a wealth of history, culture and surrounding attractions to suit the tastes of just about everyone. Whether it is picking up new culinary skills for a Tuscan feast, tasting the best olive oils, learning a traditional Apulian tarantella dance, discovering new sights on a Vespa with your significant other or spending a day of water sports with the family, guests are in for a summer to...

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A Spotlight on Monte Carlo: The Jewel in the Crown of the French Riviera

Even the name of Monte Carlo conjures up images of lavish and indulgent surroundings of a bygone era. Fortunately, that air of decadence lingers today as Monte Carlo remains one of the must-see destinations on the Mediterranean coastline. As a principality bordered by France and the stunning Alps, millions of tourists flock to Monte Carlo each year to enjoy the slow pace and sophisticated style of life. It’s just a short train ride from other quintessential French seaside resorts such as Nice and Cannes, making it easy to fly into from overseas. Monte Carlo benefits hugely from its balmy,...

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Ossian Bespoke Open Championship at Carnoustie

Ossian launches today its bespoke Open Championship package that will offer a truly unrivalled experience of this year’s 147th Open Championship, to be held at Carnoustie from Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd July 2018. The Open is the highlight of any golf enthusiast’s calendar but it is also a top social occasion and opportunity for many to enjoy some of the finest hospitality in the world. Ossian, led by Ted Innes Ker – a former professional golfer, has designed this exclusive seven-night luxury golf break to provide the ultimate golf experience. The package, for up to eight guests, will include seven nights’...

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Nine-Day Luxury Watchmakers Tour of Switzerland and Germany

The Swiss are masters of time, establishing themselves as the world’s greatest timekeepers. Luxury watch craftsmen spend weeks, if not months, handcrafting the meticulous mechanisms, routinely producing quality at the highest level. As the world’s foremost horological enthusiasts and expert watchmakers prepare to venture to the world’s largest watch trade show in Basel (Switzerland), Zicasso pays homage to these “Masters of Time” with a 9-Day Luxury Watchmakers Tour of Switzerland and Germany.  Visiting Geneva, Montreux, Neuchâtel, Bern, Basel and Zurich in Switzerland, as well as the Black Forest region in Germany, travelers will be introduced to the extravagant styles and intricate mechanics of Switzerland’s best luxury watchmakers...

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LOUIS XIII Announces Fairmont Le Château Frontenac as the Newest Global Fortress Destination

Luxury French Cognac, LOUIS XIII, is proud to announce Fairmont Le Château Frontenac with the distinguished honor of being named the newest global LOUIS XIII Fortress destination – a highly coveted global designation which is bestowed upon an establishment. As a LOUIS XIII Fortress, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac will become a guardian of LOUIS XIII’s heritage by sharing their legacy, craftsmanship, and dedication to excellence with their patrons. LOUIS XIII Fortresses are given the prestigious opportunity to house LOUIS XIII’s magnum crystal decanter filled with their exquisite blend of up to 1,200 eaux-de-vie sourced 100% from Grande Champagne, the first cru of the Cognac region. The...

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Eiffel Tower “Diamonds” the Perfect Luxury Gift

Every night, for the first five minutes of every hour, 20,000 bulbs make Eiffel Tower sparkle in the Parisian sky. Having reached the end of their useful lives, 450 of these bulbs have been taken down and made into outstanding ornaments. Christened the “Diamond Light”, this unique piece comes with a certificate of provenance. If you’re looking for an unique gift idea and give a (little) piece of history from Paris’ most famous monument, this is it! A unique, authentic piece, imbued with emotion The Eiffel Tower is offering a limited number of these collectors’ items for sale, giving...

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European Capital of Culture for 2018 Valletta, Malta’s Capital

Malta has been in the news quite recently with the announcement that the Maltese capital of Valletta was just officially inaugurated as a European Capital of Culture for 2018. With the increased interest in this ancient Mediterranean archipelago, experts in archaeological travel Andante Travels is proud to offer two tours to Malta & Gozo, led by a Cambridge-based archaeologist (Jeremy Bennett) specializing in Maltese history. On this 7-day tour, travelers will explore the many ages of Malta, from the ancient temples (constructed a thousand years before the Great Pyramid!), through Roman rule and into the Medieval period of the crusading Knights Hospitaller, who constructed the city of Valletta, after defeating...

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Three Perfect Days in Nice, France

After a perfect Mediterranean cruise aboard the Star Flyer, my daughter and I headed to Nice, France, for what turned out to be three perfect days of sightseeing, exploring, dining well–and simply enjoying the charms of a beautiful city. Perfection began at the Hotel Windsor, a magical place infused with the creativity of the artists whose work is displayed in the room and throughout the public places. Some rooms display posters paying homage to such well-known artists as Robert Indiana, Niky de Saint Phalle and Martial Raysse. Our room honored artist Lawrence Weiner. Though the room was modest in...

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Cruising Southern France with Viking River Cruises

I read the email aloud to my husband with growing dismay. Staying in Avignon, France, on our own as a prelude to boarding the Viking Delling with Viking River Cruises and cruising the Rhone River for their Portraits of Southern France cruise, we learned that we would not be cruising anywhere anytime soon. River cruising in Europe is one of the most wonderful ways to see the individual countries but, sometimes, when the snow in the Alps is especially deep and melts into the Rhone River in the spring, it means the river is too high for cruising. Because...

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My Continuing Love Affair with Viking River Cruises

Me: “I’ll take ‘Unforgettable Vacations’ for $2000 please, Alex.” Alex Trebek: “And the clue is: This cruise line recently received its 9th win as the Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising by the prestigious travel industry publication, TRAVELAGE WEST; was awarded ‘Best Luxury River Cruise Company’ by Luxury Travel Advisor in their annual Awards of Excellence; and was declared ‘Best River Cruise Line’ in 2014 by Cruise Critic’s discerning international team of editors.” Me: Frantically pushing my little button thingy as I excitedly exclaim: “Having just returned from a fantastic cruise with them, I so have this one!...

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Best Shopping in Cesky Krumlov

Shopping is a favorite pastime for many travelers but what to buy and where to buy with confidence can be problematic. From major cities to small villages, it helps when a local shares shopping tips. “If people want to buy amber in Cesky Krumlov, I tell them to forget it unless they know what they’re doing,” said tour guide Oldřiška Baloušková. She and I were strolling the 13th century town located in Czech Republic’s Southern Bohemia region and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In centuries past the region was on the amber trade route, which explains its tourist...

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Hidden Culinary Treasure in Cour des Loges

There is plenty to see in Lyon, France. They have a magnificent Basilica decked out with the most intricate mosaics, a plethora of world-class museums, including the Musee des Beau-Arts, a historic old town which had once been the center of the silk industry and a newly revitalized river bank district lined with eye-popping, industrial chic buildings and trendy art installations. But I was there first and foremost for the food. This 2,000-year-old city, considered the world capital of gastronomy by many, is home to approximately 2,000 restaurants, with 22 of them sporting Michelin stars. This is fabulous if you...

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