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Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club South Africa Trip 2019 pt.1

Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club South Africa Trip 2019 pt.1

Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club South Africa Trip Days 1 - 9  (July 9 - 16, 2019)

Terri and I have had the pleasure of escorting GCCC members through the first have of our South African Adventure. The guests are truly blown away with the trip so far and we are looking forward to showing them the wonders of the African safari at Londolozi Reserve. Stay tuned for our next travel update! 

Safari Dreams, 

Michael & Terri Klauber

 

July 9, 2019 - Day of Leisure & Surprise Inverroche Event

Guests arrived at Cape Town, were greeted at the airport and then transported to the One&Only Hotel located at the Waterfront to check-in for 3 nights.

"Good morning Cape Town!" - Michael K. 


July 10, 2019 - Full Day Private Guided Historical City Tour

Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club (GCCC) members explored the city of Cape Town and surroundings for sightseeing of historical & contemporary content. At night guests were surprised with an exclusive GCCC Inverroche Gin experience. 

 “Last night was a magical experience for our Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club guests. We surprised them with an incredible Inverroche Gin experience. Even though we had some guests that were not experienced Gin lovers, after the first sip, all were converted! Not only did we get to taste the three unique South African Gins, but our group created their own exclusive one-of-a-kind Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club Gin! We also had the great honor of having Lorna Scott, the proprietress and her amazing team from Inverroche to host us and lead us through the evening.” - Terri K.


July 11, 2019 - Day at Leisure

We all had a day of leisure to explore the area. Highlights from the day included a beautiful view on top of Signal Hill, watching paragliding, and experiencing our first South African winery (Constantia Glen)

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"Hang gliding from the top of Signal Hill in Cape Town on a perfect day!" - Michael K. 

“First day with our GCCC guests enjoying the magical views of Capetown on top of Signal Hill. We witnessed paragliding up close.. and no we didn’t do it 😉 then off to our first winery visit for lunch... Constantia Glen here we come! 🍷”  - Terri K

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“We had a fabulous tour of Constantia Glen winery with lunch in this incredible vineyard with our GCCC guests. Thank you, Justin, for creating these amazing wines and for your hospitality! 🍷” - Terri K


July 12, 2019 - Full Day Privately Guided Tour

We took the full day to explore the Cape Peninsula including Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point for the dramatic scenery, and Boulders Beach for a sighting of penguins and a tasty lunch. Our day ended at our property in the wine-producing region where we checked-in for the next 5 nights at Leeu Estates.

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July 14, 2019 - Day of Leisure 

Leeu Estates is a 17-room luxury retreat is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and world-class food and wine destination. Leeu Estates offers organic dining, an Asian holistic wellness sanctuary, The Spa at Leeu Estates, and beautiful nature trails. Guests were able to experience the wonders of Leeu Estates and the wildlands at their own pace. Some spent the day touring traditional Cape Dutch architecture at one of the many famous wine farms, others indulged in retail therapy at one of the many local artisan shops and galleries or took in a round of golf.  KlauberPhotos2019 023 21317 copy


July 15, 2019 - Full Day Privately Guided Winelands Touring

Everything about Leeu Estates is remarkable. We spent the day as a group experiencing exclusive Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club events throughout the day with an evening of leisure following a full day of Wineland's exploration. The first GCCC event was a tasting, tour, and lunch at the famous Babylonstoren Garden. The second GCCC event of the day brought us to the exquisite Boekenhoutskloof Winery for a tour, tasting, and dinner.  

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July 14, 2019 - Day of Leisure 

Guests made the most of their last full day in the Winelands. With hundreds of vineyards, world-class chocolate tastings, and local breweries there is always something new to be seen. In addition to visiting each farm by private vehicle, there were other exciting options for transportation available from bicycles, horseback, wine tram, and even a helicopter ride. 

Our evening ended with a Wineland's farewell tasting and dinner at the beautiful Mullineux Winery located on the Leeu Estate

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Summer Travel Season

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The Hilton family and the entire team of professional travel advisors at ATI wish you and yours a safe and adventurous summer of travel! Be sure to follow Admiral Travel for constant inspiration and insights from amazing destinations all summer long! 

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Planning Ahead?

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Click here to browse some of Admiral Travel’s most anticipated journeys through 2020 and 2021. It’s time to start your conversation with an ATI Advisor if you’re considering Japan, Switzerland, Southeast Asia, Egypt, Australia and New Zealand or Morocco - like never before! More details will be announced soon. (Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’d like to be the first to receive details about a future trip aboard the Crystal Skye Boeing 777 private jet!) 

Interested in our next Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trip? Click here!
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Incredible India

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This spring ATI Advisor Amanda Densmore participated in scouting mission to finalize details of an ATI-escorted departure to India in January 2020. Amanda was delighted to share a few memories from her most recent experience:

I loved India, the people were just amazing and could not be more friendly. The Taj and Oberoi hotels were just so beautiful and elegant with fabulous service with a smile always. The staff could not do enough for us. The Oberoi at the Taj Mahal was so close you can see it from your room and as soon as you walk in the hotel. We went for sunset and sunrise - both look completely different.

The Palaces and the old fort are just beautiful to see and to hear the history lesson about the old Maharaja’s and their wealth is fascinating. The rickshaw ride around old Delhi was a blast to see the real day to day life.

The Amber Fort in Jaipur is breathtaking and enormous, the defence wall was like the Great Wall of China, going for miles and miles.

If you have ever wanted to go to India do it, don’t put it off. India is a country that is so colorful and will open up all your senses.

Contact Amanda:(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to book your individual trip to India, or consider joining ATI’s India's Golden Triangle & The Sacred Ganges in January 2020, a Founder’s Journey escorted by Malaka and Ryan Hilton. (Three spaces remain available.)

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2019 Virtuoso Awards: Two Members of ATI Team Recognized

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Have you ever wondered what being a "Virtuoso" agency means for travelers who work with Admiral Travel?

Virtuoso® is a by-invitation-only organization comprised of over 1,000 travel agency partners with 20,000 elite travel advisors in 50 countries. The network provides upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access, creating more than $26 billion in annual travel sales, making Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry. 

So you know when travel professionals are recognized as leaders in this powerhouse network it’s a big deal! Please join us in congratulating all those recognized in this year's Virtuoso Awards including our own ATI President Malaka Hilton who has been nominated in the category of Most Admired Advisor and ATI Advisor Michelle Andersen who has been recognized as a Top Producer of Virtuoso Voyages Finalist for 2019.

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Experience South Africa with the Connoisseur Club this Summer

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Londolozi Bush Dinner, for the GCCC, 2017

Your GCCC hosts, Terri Michael Klauber of Michael's On East and Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel, invite you to join them on an escorted departure to a magical destination this summer. Yes, there’s still time! Due to a last-minute cancellation, two reservations are now available for the incredible "Return to South Africa" journey.

The 2019 Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club "Return to South Africa" begins at Londolozi Game Reserve on July 23. After 10 nights and 11 engaging days of tasting the unique flavors of this region and viewing African wildlife when on safari at the legendary Londolozi Game Reserve and Tswalu Kalahari, the exclusive journey will conclude on August 2 (There is a Cape Town post-trip available). Please contact the Admiral Travel team immediately for full details and itinerary: 941-941-1801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Tiger Safari in India: Capture the Photo with Kleer Exposure

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Those familiar with journeys organized by ATI at Londolozi Game Reserve may be acquainted with former Londolozi guide Nick Kleer. He has developed quite the fan club over the years and we are lucky enough to have his endorsement and partnership in producing another Admiral Travel journey next year!

"Craving an adventure that will set all of your senses alive? Want to view and photograph Tigers in the wild? Come and join in January as I accompany the award-winning Admiral Travel on the adventure of a lifetime and experience a perfect mixture of luxury and adventure. From world heritage sites and fine dining to tented camps on the edge of the world famous Ranthambore Tiger reserve hosted by travel experts Ryan and Malaka Hilton this is an experience not to be missed!! I will be there to help you capture the perfect shot!!"

- Nick Kleer, Kleer Exposure Photographic Safaris

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Crystal Skye: Takes Off from SRQ with ATI, Makes Headlines from Tampa to Nelspruit

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ATI's Future Private Flights in Development

The Hiltons promised it would be the trip of a lifetime, and based on the feedback of 60 travelers lucky enough to experience ATI’s Singita Safari + Crystal Skye experience with Salvatore Ferragamo, it truly was. In case you missed the local media coverage of the Crystal Skye’s Sarasota debut with the complete red carpet treatment - thanks to ATI’s private charter - here’s a glimpse inside the Boeing 777 custom private jet.

 

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It looks and sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong! The Hiltons are delighted to announce plans are underway for another ATI-Crystal Skye journey in 2021. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’d like to be among the first to learn of the details.

 

 

 

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Travel + Leisure: On These Ancient Sands

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"A visit to Egypt reveals a country emerging from a revolution's long hangover—and ancient sites that never cease to amaze." 

And when needed an expert to comment on bucket list destinations last month, they turned to ATI’s own who is quoted saying: "Being in the water with 70 to 100 manta rays or a whale shark will leave an indelible mark on a traveler’s soul. It’s magical!" Can you guess which destination she’s talking about?

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Summer Travel Season in Full Swing: Cruise Offers for Dad – or You!

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Perhaps dad is a boater, but a true yachting expedition to another land is next on his wish list.

Step aboard the Crystal Esprit to explore legendary lands of the Arabian Peninsula. Book by June 30 and save up to $2,000 per suite to discover artifacts and UNESCO World Heritage sites of some of the most ancient civilizations on earth on a 7- to 11-day, all-inclusive yacht voyage aboard the exclusive 31-suite Crystal Esprit. Tradition meets contemporary splendor in sparkling Abu Dhabi and Dubai and all the storied lands and crystalline seas in between.

Starting on June 3, sail into big savings with Royal Caribbean – from BOGO 50% your second guest, big savings for every guest with 25% off third and fourth guests or kids under 12 sail free on select sailings, there are plenty of ways to "Come Seek the Royal Caribbean."

Venture north to Big, Bold & Beautiful Alaska this summer aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises with newly-enhanced savings including up to $1,500 per suite or a two-category suite upgrade on select August and September voyages. Witness the iconic wildlife, experience the frontier culture and use your Shipboard Credit to pre-book a Regent Choice shore excursion like a helicopter ride over glistening glaciers.

Looking to live vicariously through others this summer? You’re also welcome to follow highlights of the travel season through Admiral Travel International’s Facebook page!

Contact an ATI Advisor for full details: 941-951-1801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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READY TO BE THE FAVORITE CHILD? BOOK A TRIP FOR (OR WITH!) MOM

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While ATI can help you travel with mom around the globe, you may also want to consider a variety of resorts and experiences state-side this spring.

From Mom-osas at an Italian-inspired brunch at Tomasso to a Lowcountry dinner at Jasmine Porch to a sweet dish of ice cream at Beaches & Cream, culinary explorations stay true to coastal Carolina roots at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Or perhaps your mother is ready to venture outdoors at The Resort at Paws Up in Montana which claims to have invented "glamping!" 

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TIGER SAFARI IN INDIA

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 Perhaps you've already seen the "Big Five" on an African safari and have been dreaming of seeing another majestic big cat - the tiger - in its natural habitat. Malaka and Ryan invite you to join the ATI 2020 Founder's Journey to India's Golden Triangle & The Sacred Ganges

Talk to an ATI Advisor for details about this exclusive opportunity.

LEARN MORE AND BROWSE FOUNDER'S JOURNEYS

 

 

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ALL IN A FEW DAYS WORK - AND PLAY! S.S. BON VOYAGE -> EURO ROAD TRIP -> EGYPT

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 Interested in exploring Europe's old world charm on a boutique cruise?

 After disembarking the S.S. Bon Voyage in Bordeaux, the Hiltons  adventure with an epic epicurean focus with four nights in four cities experiencing unique Virtuoso properties.

Their first stop was San Sebastián. The authentic Pintxos foodie tour is now on the Hiltons' top three global culinary experiences.

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine in Sardón de Duero, Spain was next up. Many would say the charm of this property is that it’s a restored 12th-century abbey sitting on 500 acres of vineyards along the Douro River. Malaka claims it’s the selection of “Spa Sommelier” treatments where a wine tasting is part of the treatment. Their culinary journey through Spain - complete with plenty of tapas and wine - ended in Madrid with a fantastic new hotel, the Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques, boasting architectural splendor and timeless luxury with an avant-garde flair. As much as they hated to say adios to Spain, the Hiltons had two more countries to reach in just as many days!

Next up, the Hiltons' daughter joined them in Rome and they checked into Hassler Roma, overlooking the famous Spanish Steps and near the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna and the Vatican. At this point, the focus of the trip transitioned from culinary to shopping! 

The Hiltons' road trip concluded in the "fatherland" (Egypt) where they attended Malaka's cousin's wedding - with the Great Pyramids of Giza as the backdrop for the celebration!

(While in Cairo, Ryan snapped this photo of the Hiltons' daughter Alex. Alex will be attending Florida State University in the fall enrolled as a student-athlete where she will study business management while also playing on FSU’s beach volleyball team. We think she could add modeling to her resume! Obviously born with the travel bug, Alex looks forward to pursuing a career in travel.)

If you've also been bitten by the travel bug, we hope the Hiltons' recent trip gives you a few ideas on where to explore next! Remember that in addition to all-inclusive cruises and luxury safari journeys, the ATI team is always ready to send you off the beaten path with customized adventures.

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FINAL COUNTDOWN: CRYSTAL SKYE TO MAKE SRQ DEBUT

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3, 2, 1, it's almost time for take-off! As we gear up to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week, it seems like the perfect time to celebrate eating, drinking and traveling like a true CONNOISSEUR!

 

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Because #TravelMatters - especially when it's an amazing first-of-its-kind departure - Admiral Travel International (ATI) is bringing the world’s largest and ‘most luxuriously spacious private charter jet,’ the Boeing 777-200LR Crystal Skye, to Sarasota for the first time. ATI Proprietors Malaka and Ryan Hilton, alongside their friend and colleague Salvatore Ferragamo of Il Borro Wines, grandson of the famed Italian footwear designer, will host a private non-stop 14.5-hour flight aboard the Crystal Skye bound for an exclusive, week-long, private safari at Singita in South Africa this month.

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READY TO BE A SAILOR WITH VIRGIN VOYAGES?

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The Admiral Travel team can assist with you a variety of luxury cruising options, Crystal Cruises, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Uniworld just to name a few, but sea-loving travelers will also be thrilled about a new partnership with Virgin Voyages. In fact, as explained by Stacy Shaw, Vice President of Sales for Virgin Voyages, in a recent industry update, the new line’s mission is to create an entirely new type of cruise experience: premium and luxury… with a bit of an edge. 

“Richard Branson has always said that in business there’s no point in doing something unless you’re radically different to the competition. Ships and the cruise category have been interesting to Richard for a long time, since his late 20s. But he never really fancied going on a traditional cruise, or anything mass market. He thought if we could create something that he might personally enjoy, there would be other people who would love it too. Virgin brands love to provide alternatives to the conventional way of doing things. They’re known to be customer experience leaders offering services and amenities to travelers often years before anyone else. And for making bold decisions based on what their customers want.” 

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EPICUREAN ADVENTURE: MILAN

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Who doesn’t love great Italian? Those who know Michael’s On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini know each of them cherish the opportunity to travel to the globe’s most amazing culinary destinations. More importantly, they possess a shared passion to deliver their favorite flavors of the world to their loyal guests at Sarasota’s only AAA Four Diamond Award Restaurant! 

We understand Phil worked closely with Executive Chef Jamil Pineda in designing April's Epicurean Adventure to Milan. (With a name like Mancini, you know he’s a driving force behind this month’s specialties offered during lunch and dinner.) 

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MICHELLE ANDERSEN HONORED FOR CRUISE SPECIALTY

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Speaking of impressive industry honors, the Admiral Travel team recently earned another! Advisor Michelle Andersen has been named a Top Cruise Producer by Virtuoso, the leading global network of agencies specializing in luxury and experiential travel, out of more than 20,000 travel advisors.  

As part of this new recognition, Michelle sailed the Seine on Uniworld’s “super yacht” S.S. Joie de Vivre last week joined by other top cruise sales producers and Virtuoso leadership. They departed from Paris, toured Normandy and Luxembourg Gardens, visited the brilliant Palace of Versailles and relaxed with plenty of exquisite - and fun - touches onboard such a cooking class at La Cave du Vin, the ship’s onboard show kitchen.  

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RYAN HILTON NAMED TO CONDE NAST TRAVELER'S 2019 TOP TRAVEL SPECIALISTS LIST

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Admiral Travel's Ryan Hilton has been named a Travel Specialist for the 16th consecutive year as part of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 List of Top Travel Specialists. The annual list honors Hilton as a “Travel Specialist for Southern Africa.” 

Ryan’s talent in organizing journeys for multi-generational families and groups, dedication to photographic safaris, and commitment to unique partnerships with the region’s top safari lodges, which provide unsurpassed hospitality, have helped maintain the continued recognition by Condé Nast Traveler and the luxury travel industry overall. 

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PACK YOUR CAMERA & SENSE OF ADVENTURE

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For more than two decades, Admiral Travel Proprietors, Malaka and Ryan Hilton, and their team of professional travel advisors have been known for their specialized touch in designing journeys to the "exotic." 

The Virtuoso travel agency's Founder's Journeys to India, Australia & New Zealand and the Galapagos Islands have been filling up quickly for 2020, with special interest in the tiger safari in India and Galapagos Outer Loop on the new, all-suite Celebrity Flora with the Hiltons. Admiral Travel has also just announced dates for Egypt and the Nile in November 2020: "Return to the Fatherhood." 

BROWSE MORE ATI ITINERARIES TO EXOTIC DESTINATIONS

 

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SECRETS OF SPHINX: ATI GROUP IN EGYPTIAN NEWS

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ATI's Founder's Journey through Egypt led by Ryan and Malaka (who has been honored by Travel + Leisure as a top travel consultant for Egypt every year since 2003!) concluded just a few days ago, but "news" of the experience is still spreading! 
 
 
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