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New Founders Journey: Bagan-Mandalay (Myin Mu)

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Both leading groups for over 18 years, Malaka and Ryan Hilton's ability to curate exceptional experiences and understand what is best for the guest makes having them as your guide a priceless experience. As part of Admiral Travel's brand-new Founders Journeys, the Hiltons will lead an intimate group of 16-26 discerning travelers to a new exotic destination each year. The first expedition - just recently announced! - will embark to Myanmar in January 2018.

We thought you may enjoy a few "insider" insights about this special land thanks to our friends at Belmond:
The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is covered in over 6 tons of gold and is topped with precious jewels including a 76 carat diamond.
Belmond Orcaella is named after a rare dolphin that lives in the Ayeyarwady River. The latest record shows only 69 still exist.
In Myanmar cars drive on the right side of the road, and most cars also have the steering wheel on the right!
Every Buddhist boy is expected to be a novice monk at least once in their life.
In the countryside, when friends have not seen each other for a long time they often remark how fat is the other...which is a compliment!
One of the most popular (and delicious) dishes in Myanmar is Laphet Thoke, a salad made with tea leaf.

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Top Travel Brands: Exclusive Extras

To recognize Admiral Travel's milestone anniversary, their trusted partners in the luxury travel industry are extending YOU exclusive incentives when you book through an Admiral Travel Advisor.

Here's just a sampling of the special perks available for a limited time:

Pamper yourself with an extra special spa treatment with up to $500 in shipboard credits on Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Enjoy savings of up to $500 off per person on select 2017 & 2018 Ocean Voyages, $500 off per person on select 2017 Yacht Voyages, and $200 off per person on select 2017 River Voyages with Crystal Cruises
Cruise luxuriously with a $400 shipboard credit per stateroom for select sailings with Ponant Cultural Cruises & Expeditions
Set sail with up to $500 in savings on select 2017 voyages with Silversea Cruises
Take advantage of a $250 per person booking discount on new 2017 & 2018 Belmond bookings.
Get away to "The place of miracles" with a Stay 6, Pay 5 offer at Singita Serengeti.
Enjoy food and beverage credits and a variety of complimentary amenities at The Milestone Hotel in London.
Enjoy an oasis of elegance amidst the vibrant playground of one of the world's most fascinating cities at One&Only Cape Town. Take advantage of our 25% off suites offer for select new bookings.
Some restrictions and exclusions apply.
Contact an Admiral Travel Advisor for complete details: 941-951-1801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Celebrating 20 Years in Style & "Why We Travel"

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Complete with a custom ice sculpture, caricature artists, a vivacious band and over 300 of their local guests all in one room, Admiral Travel International celebrated their milestone 20th anniversary in style last month. Of course, they turned to Michael's & Catering to offer tasting stations with inspired cuisine from around the world as their guests enjoyed the waterfront view from Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens. Here are just a few photos from the evening, or click here to view more party photos. It was indeed a special celebration, but Admiral Travel continues to celebrate "Why We Travel." If you have a special travel memory to share - perhaps from a GCCC journey?! - we encourage you to post your travel photos on Facebook with #ATI20.

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An Extra-Special Suite For Your Sweetheart

If you're looking for a last minute Valentine's Day getaway or planning that next big adventure at sea, Admiral Travel Advisors can help ensure your next cruise experience is your best yet!unnamed 2

Depart with All-Inclusive Luxury Cruising on Regent Seven Seas Cruises' newest ships, experience "Your World, Your Way" with Oceania Cruises, journey through ancient cities via European rivers with AmaWaterways; or dive in and expand your horizons of luxury and adventure with Crystal Cruises. From Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, Ponant's All-Inclusive Yacht Expeditions to the "World's Finest Ultra-Luxury Cruise Line" with Seabourn, the best balcony and suite upgrades await you!

Contact an Admiral Travel Advisor (941-951-1801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to learn more about current cruise offers.

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Travel Perks: Near & Far

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Are you looking for all the upgrades for a romantic getaway to the mountains, five-star spa vacation with girlfriends, guys trip to that brand-new golf course or the "bucket list" trip you've been planning with the entire family? Admiral Travel's close partnerships with the country's - and world's - best luxury travel hotels, resorts, cruise lines, safari lodges and tour operators will be the key to your next big adventure! 

Discover spectacular events, luxury resorts and exotic destinations in true VIP style, simply contact an Admiral Travel Advisor.

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Malaka & Ryan Hilton Participate in Virtuoso Previews

Admiral Travel International Proprietors Malaka & Ryan Hilton recently participated in a whirlwind tour of Virtuoso properties. Mal Ryan hard hat

After a private hard hat tour of the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills which is set to open this June they continued onto Los Cabo for site inspections in Mexico! The Hiltons will be ready to share all the "inside scoop" details and specific recommendations in their upcoming ATInsider enewsletter. Interested in learning more? Simply click here to sign up as an ATInsider

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Very VIP Experiences

Golden Globe AwardsWhether you are looking to join Jimmy Fallon for the 2017 Golden Globes next week at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California or see Andrea Bocelli perform in Italy, it's all about who you know. Lucky for all GCCC members, you have a direct line to Admiral Travel Advisors and their unique AuthentEscapesexperiences. Contact an Advisor to learn about more about backstage access for the world's most sought-after festivals and events.
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Michelle Andersen Profiled in Luxury Travel Advisor

ATI's Michelle AndersenAdmiral Travel's Michelle Andersen has also been making news. Michelle was featured as a "Trendsetter" in the December 2016 issue of Luxury Travel Advisor. An experienced go-to advisor for many types of travel with a passion for all things Europe, worldwide cruises and multi-generational travel, Michelle is a 30-year veteran in the industry, celebrating 20 years with Admiral Travel this year. Click here to learn more about Michelle's trendsetting ways.
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Talk about Top Travel Credentials!

Ryan Hilton Named Cond√© Nast Traveler Safari Specialist for 13th Year

Ryan Hilton, Co-Proprietor of Admiral Travel International, was recently named a "Travel Specialist for Africa" for the 13th consecutive year as part of Conde Nast Traveler's 2016 List of Top Travel Specialists. This distinction is held by only 12 agents globally. 
 
Ryan-Hilton-SafariThe annual list recognizing the world's finest travel companies also honored Ryan as a "Travel Specialist for Family Safari Planning," a designation awarded to only two agents internationally. If you'd like to learn more, we invite you to tune into ABC 7's Suncoast View today, Thursday, January 5, at 4 pm to hear Ryan's personal tips about traveling his native Zimbabwe as well as Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa. 
 
(Of course, if you'd like to experience South Africa with Michael & Terri Klauber as part of the 2017 Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey "A Taste of South Africa," be sure to contact Admiral Travel now as space is closing this month.)
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Visit to Stellenbosch & Enjoy Extra Leisure Time during "A Taste of Africa"

South Africa 2017We know "Connoisseurs" look for true experts to guide all their life experiences. Ryan Hilton is a true expert on luxury safari experiences in Africa, Michael Klauber on fine wines and Terri Klauber on true hospitality at its best. This dynamic trio has been perfecting the most remarkable itinerary to provide you "A Taste of Africa" for about a decade now, with the 2017 trip escorted by Ryan, Michael and Terri enhanced with winery visits in Stellenbosch and more leisure time for our GCCC travelers to explore on their own! 
Click here to view the complete itinerary for A Taste of Africa: Summer 2017, and be sure to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Photographic Experiences Near and Far

PhototripWe know you've seen some of the amazing photos captured on African photo safari experiences expertly designed by Admiral Travel, but the Virtuoso travel agency - where you can earn and redeem your Connoisseur Club points! - has just announced another unique departure, perfect for travelers who enjoy wildlife photography: phototrip1
 
A photo safari that takes you up close to the unique wildlife and scenery of Baffin Island, Canada. This exciting departure will take you through the snow-capped mountains and soaring icebergs to witness polar bears close-up in undisturbed splendor! Sound intriguing?
 
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North Atlantic Isles Cruise: Reykjavik to London

Crystal LondonEmbark on the esteemed Crystal Symphony for a port-intensive itinerary with three maiden calls in Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Scotland, together with overnight stays in Reykjavik and Dublin. This cruise, May 31 - June 10, 2017, is an exploration of some of the World's most beautiful landscapes. From the icy tranquility of Iceland's mountains, glaciers and northern lights through the green rugged landscape of the Faroe Islands and to the quaint Cornish fishing town of Fowey, Cornwall, you are certain to get your fill of natural and breathtaking wonders. Click here for more detail about this luxury cruise across the North Atlantic Isles. 
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Malaka Hilton's Travel + Leisure A-List Honor in Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Admiral Travel's leadership was recently featured in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune's Business Peopleround-up: 

Malaka Hilton, founder and president of Sarasota's Admiral Travel International, has been recognized for the 14th consecutive year as an Egypt Specialist on  Travel + Leisure's 15th annual A-List.

The annual Travel + Leisure program showcases the best specialists in the travel business, the industry leaders who have firsthand knowledge of destinations on the rise, are able to provide unique access for their clients and provide comprehensive insider travel guidance.

Hilton was recognized during the Travel + Leisure A-List reception held at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas during Virtuoso Travel Week. Hilton, whose father was born in Egypt, has hosted hundreds of travelers to the destination, in addition to designing customized itineraries for clients who desire to travel independently to the Nile Valley region and around the globe.
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Movie Premieres: Access to Hollywood Glamour

Admiral Travel can provide you privileged access to exclusive events throughout the year. Why not be a VIP at an upcoming movie premiere?!
 
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An Admiral Travel Advisor can secure you tickets to glamorous premieres where you'll brush elbows with your favorite actors and actresses as you walk the red carpet before a film's public release. Click here to learn more.
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New Benefits for GCCC World Travelers

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Do you enjoy complimentary hotel upgrades at hundreds of hotels around the world when you travel? Simply reach out to an Admiral Travel Advisor to take advantage of hidden special upgrades when planning your next getaway! We invite you to sign up as an "ATInsider" to receive more travel tales and exclusive travel perks directly from Admiral Travel.

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Get To Know ATI: Travel Advisors Who Specialize in YOU

Malaka Ryan Hilton You may understand the expert guidance Admiral Travel International provides in crafting legendary  GCCC journeys each year, but did you realize an entire team of specialized advisors are ready to serve  ALL  your  travel needs? 
 
 Founded in 1997, Admiral Travel rapidly established a niche in the luxury travel market by offering one- of-a-kind escorted group departures to Egypt and safaris throughout Africa. Today, their expanded  services provide a variety of departures to adventure-based, historic and luxurious food and wine meccas, or any destination of your choice! 
 
 The Admiral Travel team has been privileged to receive global recognition year-after-year, including accolades from the industry's most-renowned publications and colleagues; however, their true specialization  and greatest honor is the unique ability to specialize in YOU. Click here to learn more about the Admiral Travel planning and travel experience, led by Proprietors Malaka & Ryan Hilton.
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Get To Know ATI: Travel Advisors Who Specialize in YOU

Malaka Ryan HiltonYou may understand the expert guidance Admiral Travel International provides in crafting legendary GCCC  journeys each year, but did you realize an entire team of specialized advisors are ready to serve ALL your  travel needs? 
 
Founded in 1997, Admiral Travel rapidly established a niche in the luxury travel market by offering one-of-a-  kind escorted group departures to Egypt and safaris throughout Africa. Today, their expanded services provide a variety of departures to adventure-based, historic and luxurious food and wine meccas, or any destination of your choice! 
 
The Admiral Travel team has been privileged to receive global recognition year-after-year, including accolades from the industry's most-renowned publications and colleagues; however, their true specialization and greatest honor is the unique ability to specialize in YOU. Click here to learn more about the Admiral Travel planning and travel experience, led by Proprietors Malaka & Ryan Hilton.
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Iceland Summer Adventure

Iceland has been on the top of many travelers' lists for years. Commonly referred to as "The Land of Fire and Ice," the country is abundant with remarkable and stunning natural wonders along with a rich and vibrant culture. 

IcelandThat's why Admiral Travel is offering you not one, but TWO remarkable escorted group options to experience the vast beauty of Iceland in 2017.

Does it sound like 2017 is ages away?
Due to the extreme popularity of this HOT destination, booking far in advance is not only encouraged, it's required to guarantee your space. 

Discover the landscape dominated by wide open vistas, mountains, glaciers, black volcanic beaches, geothermal activity and waterfalls. Click here to view the complete delightful itinerary which will have you bathing in hot springs, marveling at cascading waterfalls and riding ATVs through the Icelandic wilderness. A perfect trip for couples and families! 

From Reykjavik to London aboard Crystal Cruises

May 31 - June 10, 2017

Take advantage of $1,500 per person additional savings for "Book Now Fares" on new bookings made before December 30, 2015.

An exploration through some of the world's most beautiful landscapes! From the icy tranquility of Iceland's mountains, through the green rugged landscape of the Faroe Islands and to the quaint Cornish fishing town of Fowey, Cornwall, you are certain to get your fill of natural and breathtaking sights during this Crystal Cruise. Click here for details.

Availability is limited and capacity controlled, don't delay! Contact an Admiral Travel Advisor to book now: 941-951-1801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Travel Inside Japan with Chef Roy Yamaguchi

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Journey from Tokyo to Kyoto with culinary pioneer and highly-acclaimed Chef Roy Yamaguchi and Admiral Travel International (ATI) Owners Malaka & Ryan Hilton in July 2016!  Your expert guides will lead you on an exploration of the great environmental splendor of Japan's many mountains, lakes and historic temples. This unique escorted-departure will provide you a unique opportunity to tour Japan through the eyes - and tastebuds - of a Japanese native and culinary king. 

Roy Yamaguchi, Chef and Proprietor of over 30 Roy's Restaurants worldwide, is the innovator of Hawaiian Fusion cuisine, an eclectic blend of California-French-Japanese with the fresh flavors of the Islands. 

Click here to view the full trip itinerary and more details. 

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The Ultimate South American Adventure

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 The original gateway into Machu Picchu when approaching the site along the Inca Trail, Inti Punku is the first  point where the ruins of Machu Picchu are visible. The views of the site and surrounding landscape are  superb.
 
  Admiral Travel owners Malaka and Ryan Hilton have embarked on an ultimate South American adventure  of their own this summer, traveling to Machu Picchu as a family this past week. (Note selfies galore, and  stay tuned for  the family's professional photos upon their return!)
 
  Do you have photos from your summer travels to share? Be sure to tag #AdmiralTravel when posting photos of your travel adventures!
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