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The Italian Slopes
This winter vacation is saturated with all of northern Italy's pleasures: cheese from Asiago, grappa from Bassano del Grappa, Valdobbiadene Prosseco Superiore, excellent cuisine, and unlimited skiing on the Dolomites' infamous, extensive system of slopes.
Verona, Days 1 - 3: Embark on culinary tastings, including a visit to the towns of Bassano del Grappa and Asiago to sample grappa brandy and delicious cheese. Hotel Le Due Torri.
Land price from: $9045 per person, based on double occupancy.
Fire & Ice in South America
Pair the chilliness of the holidays with the warmth of the South America on this uniquely romantic and adventurous escape. Balance the ice of the incredible Los Glaciares National Park with the fiery passion of Buenos Aires and Punta del Este, South America's most exclusive resort destination. Over 13 days, this journey takes you to the best of Argentina's peacefull landscapes and Urugay's Atlantic Coast.
Buenos Aires, Days 1 - 3: Stoke the fires of adventure with a day trip to San Antonio de Areco to reveal the history of the gaucho and a sensual tango show in Buenos Aires. Four Seasons Buenos Aires.
El Calafate, Days 7 - 9: Retreat to the gateway to the glaciers, navigating mazes of blue icebergs to explore age-old ice fields. Eolo.
Punta del Este, Days 10 - 12: Warm back up in the sun and sand on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in a private resort town. Fasano Las Piedras.
Land price from: $8020 per person, based on double occupancy.
Path of the Polynesians
Give culture enthusiasts this whirlwind 15-day adventure that follows the Path of the Polynesians throughout the Pacific. Discover the hot spots of this storied culture at Easter Island, their ancient roots in the Marquesas Islands, and the Maori of New Zealand's Northland.
Easter Island, Days 2 - 4: Discover the culture and history of this mysterious island by visiting the moai and white sand beaches and participating in a plethora of activities including surfing and diving. Explora Rapa Nui.
Hiva Oa, Days 6 - 7: Explore the volcanic Marquesaas Islands, beginning on a hillside retreat on Hiva Oa to see the relaxed villages and the cultural center named for artist Paul Gaugin. Hanakee Pearl Lodge.
Nuku Hiva, Days 8 - 9: Lounge on the black sand beaches of the bay and share the waters with hammerhead sharks and manta rays. A boat tour will lead you to a majestic waterfall for a picnic lunch. Keikahauni Pearl Lodge.
Bay of Islands, Days 11 - 12: Visit the location of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the founding document of New Zealand. Take a hoicopter ride over the region, visiting many beautiful and significant locations informing the Maori lifestyle. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs.
Rotorua, Days 13 - 15: Settle into this geothermal hot spot and uncover the culinary and artisanal history of the Maori with visits to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and the village at Ohinemutu, the region's original tribal village set amid geysers of the area. Tree Tops Lodge and Estate.
Land price from $16.200 per person, based on double occupancy.
The Alps by Classic Car
Car lovers will appreciate being gifted this journey beyond the well-trodden areas of Bavaria and Northern Austria to discover a bygone era of sophisticated travel in perfectly restored classic cars lik the 1935 Mercedes coupe. Private and exclusive tours, meals at Michelin-starred restaurants and favorite local eateries, and incredible accommodations give insight into the authentic culture of the undisturbed villages and countryside in rapidly changing Europe.
Munich, Days 1 - 2: Drive a sports car on the no limit German motorway to a BMW production plant and take a private tour. Bayerischer Hof.
Aschau, Days 3 - 4: Visit UNESCO World Heritage Pilgramage Church Wies with private organ concert, then drive in a historical car through the Bavarian countryside to Lake Tegernsee. Residenz Winkler.
Salzburg, Day 5: Private-guided city tour of Salzburg by horse-drawn carriage including Mozart's birthplace, Getreidegasse, and the cathedra.
Munich, Day 6: Visit the world's largest technical museum, Deutsches Museum.
Land price from $25,850 per person, based on double occupancy.
Royal Amalfi Escape
Whisk your loved one(s) away to see the Mediterranean in style aboard a luxurious private gulet. Take a dip in the Mediterreanean's azure waters, soak in the sweet warmth of the sun, and sail along the most beautiful routes of the Italian seas.
Spend all seven nights aboard the Gulet Silver Star 2, your own private yacht. The boat is equipped with classic old-fashioned lines and modern technologies, making it your floating hotel for seven unforgettable days. The Commander and crew of four will be at your personal disposal and will lead you to the corners of paradise.
Ventotene Island, Day 1: See the historic place of exile for many members of the Roman Imperial family.
Ponza Island, Day 2: Sail to what's believed to be the home of Ciree, the sorceress in Homer's Odyssey.
Ischia Island, Day 3: Visit the island where Nestor's Cup, the oldest surviving example of Greet poetry, was first discovered.
Capri Island, Day 4; Explore the many caves and secluded beaches surrounding the island, and disembark for an afternoon of luxury shopping.
Amalfi, Day 5: Drive through Amalfi and Ravello, a village famous for its beautiful Roman villas overlooking the sea.
Positano, Day 6: Take in the views of the colorful houses climbing up the hillside and have a swim in a secret beach.
Serrento, Day 7 - 8: Taste limoncello and enjoy and afternoon of shopping before an authentic seaside seafood dinner.
Gulet Silver Star 2 sleeps 8, in four luxurious cabins, $40,020.