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Connoisseur Cruise: Danube

Connoisseur Cruise: Danube 
 
Next September, Michael & Terri Klauber will guide Connoisseur Club World Travelers from Prague to Budapest with a special river cruise paired with exclusive winery and brewery experiences. Be sure to book now as this departure is almost sold out.
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Save with Silversea

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Enjoy three ways to save from Silver Select when you book through your Admiral Travel Advisor by June 30:
Two-Category Suite Upgrade, 50% Savings on a Second Suite, or Onboard Credit of $1,000 per Suite! 

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Morocco Next Spring

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Join Malaka & Ryan Hilton to experience the rugged landscape, ancient bustling cities and thriving souks in Morocco. Experience the Splendors of Morocco, traveling from Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and the Sahara, in May 2016. The time to book your 2016 departures is NOW.
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New Way to Experience the Galapagos: 5-Night Getaway

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Feel like you don't have enough time this summer, but still want to go? 
Book your 5-night getaway to the Galapagos now. No excuses! Getaway for just 5 days to one of the world's most exotic and unique destinations this July. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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Culinary Adventure to Cuba

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 A unique, escorted tour will provide your VIP pass to discover the alluring aromas and zest of a country ready to be  explored... 
 Join Tommy & Jaymie Klauber to explore the Cuisine, Cocktails, Cigars and Culture of Cuba next April. 
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Avalon Waterways

Receive $299 airfare per person on select 2015 Avalon Europe and Southeast Asia River Cruises, or browse dozens of offers from Globus, Cosmos and Monograms Vacations.
 
 
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Sail Along the Mekong

66f421d1-e21f-4344-9196-6c90645179bfEmbark on a unique journey to discover the Mekong river aboard Aqua Expeditions newest luxury vessel, the Aqua Mekong. Follow Admiral Travel's Facebook page as the Hiltons experience this trip from Saigon to Phnom Penh firsthand this week!
 
 
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Splendors of Morocco

Morocco Camp-CropMalaka & Ryan Hilton have also announced an escorted journey to a land where the rugged landscape is met head on with ancient bustling cities and thriving souqs. Morocco is a beautiful and diverse country painted brightly with all the colors of the rainbow. Experience the "Splendors of Morocco" in May 2016 when traveling with the Hiltons in May 2016.
 
 
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World Traveling with the GCCC

For nearly 15 years, the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club has led special journeys to many of the world's most celebrated food and wine destinations. If one of these special trips has been on your bucket list, it's time to book now, as space is extremely limited on the 2015 and 2016 GCCC World Travelers departures: 

"The Bush & Beyond" South African Safari this July 
Escorted by Ryan Hilton, Michael & Terri Klauber 
One room is available for this 10-day luxury safari experience and the corresponding pre-trip in Botswana. 
 
River Cruise from Prague to Budapest on AmaWaterways' newest ship in September 2016
Escorted by Malaka & Ryan Hilton, Michael & Terri Klauber
Two cabins are available for this unique river cruise with exclusive wine and beer experiences. 
 
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2016 Connoisseur Club Trip Announced!

Michael & Terri Klauber and Ryan & Malaka Hilton invite you to join them on a European River Cruise as our group travels from Prague to Budapest on AMA Waterways' newest ship.

September 8 - September 18, 2016

Cruise Itinerary:
Vilshofen, Germany - Passau, Germany - Linz, Austria - Weissenkirchen, Austria - Vienna, Austria - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary

Plus enjoy 3 nights in the historical city of Prague before you set sail on AmaSerena! Situated in the heart of the Czech Republic, Prague has been a political, cultural and economic center of central Europe for over a thousand years. From Prague you will be transfer to the port of Vilshofen to board your 7 Day AMA Waterways River Cruise. (Post trip extensions will also be announced soon!)

Space is extremely limited as only three cabins remain available. Rates will be released soon, but the time to contact your advisor at Admiral Travel is now. Call 941-951-1801 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details and secure your reservation. 
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2015 Travel Trends

Our partners at Admiral Travel found themselves reflecting on the abundance of memorable journeys celebrated throughout the past season as the arrival of 2015 was celebrated this week. The Admiral team is truly thankful for the opportunity to literally share the world with you!
 
As we look into the New Year, Admiral Travel International CEO Malaka Hilton took a moment to share her insights about travel trends for 2015: 
We certainly continue to prepare bookings for clients seeking adventurous, active travel experiences. We have clients ready to hike Machu Picchu, camel trek across the Sahara Dessert, search for tigers on an elephant-back safari in India and swim with penguins in the Galapagos Islands. 
 
Unique, interactive experiences are also increasingly important to those of us who enjoy the grandeur of the world’s most prized and refined food and wine destinations. For instance, perhaps you are ready to host your entire family in a luxurious villa on Italy’s Amalfi Coast and learn to cook with a private chef! 

When it comes to specific destinations, here are three of our top picks for 2015.
 
1.) Iceland
Talk about daring adventures... In Iceland, depart on a special helicopter ride to the dormant Thrihnukagigur Volcano where you can descend down into the magma chamber.There, be prepared to be “wined and dined” by a private chef for a truly once-in-a-lifetime dining experience you will never forget. (The dormant Thrihnukagigur Volcano is the only place on earth where a huge volcanic magma chamber is accessible to people!) Click here to learn more about Iceland’s Jewels of Nature. 
 
 2.) River Cruising
European River Cruising on the Rhine, Rhone and Danube continues in popularity, but we are specifically seeing an increase in clients ready to discover the waters of the Amazon, Nile and Mekong. Contact one of our knowledgeable advisers via phone at 941-951-1801 and allow us to help you select the perfect river cruise for you and your travel companions. 
 
3.) Turkey
Sail in style with this current trend! Board a wooden gulets, two-masted or three-masted wooden sailing vessel from the southwestern coast of Turkey, and set sail in the Mediterranean’s Aegean Sea.  
 
In 2015, why not charter a yacht or gulet for an exquisite private holiday, sailing in brilliant turquoise waters?  The Turkish Riviera spans more than a thousand kilometers of shoreline with busy ports, resort cities and ancient towns to explore.  This experience is perfect for families and couples who travel together.  Click here for details about our suggested round-trip itinerary from Bodrum which begins in Greek waters, visiting Symi Island and Rhodes, then continues to Dalyan before returning to Bodrum Harbor.  
 
Wherever you plan to travel in 2015 and beyond, best wishes for health and happiness to you and yours! Happy New Year! 
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Holiday Travel Certificates

Our partners at Admiral Travel are happy to assist is crafting unique itineraries to anywhere in the world. Cruise the Great Rivers of Europe, sip fine wines in the Tuscan countryside, hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, taste the flavors of the Far East, observe a mother leopard nurturing her cubs in the African Bush, ensuring memories and experiences which will last a lifetime. Give the gift of travel this holiday season!
 
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For a limited time, receive a bonus certificate* (for you!) valid for special exclusions when purchasing travel gift certificates from Admiral: 
$500 Gift Certificate - $50 Bonus Certificate
$1000 Gift Certificate - $100 Bonus Certificate
$2500 Gift Certificate - $250 Bonus Certificate
 
Call 941-951-1801 to purchase travel certificates for the special loved ones on your gift list this year. 
 
*Gift certificates must by purchased by 12-20-14. Bonus certificate cannot be combined with gift certificate. Purchaser receives the bonus certificate which is non-transferable. Valid for travel in 2015 only. Certificate expires 12-31-15. Subject to availability. Some restrictions apply.
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Is the Galapagos on your Bucket List?

The Galapagos Islands are world-renowned for its unique and fearless wildlife - much of which was inspiration for Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection.  And although, the islands are popular with scientists and historians, you don't have to be one to enjoy the islands.  You'll see many sea lions (the golden retrievers of the Galapagos) and bizarre birds such as the Blue Footed Boobie.  Visit the islands were these animals call home and human presence is kept to a minimum.  We're no more than paparazzi to these animals. 

Blue Footed Boobie

Click here for more information on a 48 passenger private boat charter, departing on July 3rd, 2015, returning July 11th, 2015.  
Prices from ONLY $5,350 per person for this amazing 9 day/8 nights adventure. 

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Call 888-722-3401 or 941.951.1801 to BOOK NOW and receive a category upgrade on your cabin.
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Journey Through Northern Italy

Malaka and Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel International, together with Michael and Terri Klauber of Michael's On East, have the distinct pleasure of hosting another amazing Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey through Northern Italy this summer. 
 
Our GCCC hosts and Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travelers began converging for the grand tour on September 1 in Arezzo, Italy with their first winery stop set for Il Borro. 
 
Alessandro dal Borro, visionary and an important figure in Tuscan politics, is the true “father” of Il Borro. However, the Il Borro family eventually sold the domain and was succeeded by some of the most famous and revered families in Europe for many decades. Finally in 1993, and having visited the property many times, Ferruccio Ferragamo bought Il Borro, determined to restore the estate to its former glory.
 
The Hiltons of Admiral Travel enjoy a special relationship with Salvatore and Tini Ferragamo. In fact, the couples have been friends for almost 10 years, having produced many unique Admiral Travel experiences together as Ryan and Malaka hosted numerous exclusive events for clients at Il Borro. This week, the Hiltons and Ferragamos are thrilled to host Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travelers! 
 
Ryan and Malaka were able to take a moment to share the photos below from the group's stay at the 10-bedroom villa owned by the Ferragamo family and tasted Il Borro wines!
 
- Special wine tasting and dinner hosted by Salvatore and Tini Ferragamo 
- Salvatore Ferragamo introduced our GCCC group to his newest wine, set to be released in the US in October
- Photo of Salvatore Ferragamo, with his property's chef and general manager, Michael & Terri Klauber and Malaka Hilton 
- Terri Klauber performing the formal pinning of the coveted GCCC trip pin on Salvatore Ferragamo at Il Borro
- Ryan Hilton and Salvatore Ryan in his Il Borro wine cellar
 
Please stay tuned to the Connoisseur Club blog and Facebook page through mid-September for more updates from the group's travels through Northern Italy! 
 
Please visit www.AdmiralTravel.com or call 941.951.1801 for more information about our exclusive Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trips and additional guided experiences around the globe. 
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Awarded Italy's Leading Spa Resort

WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS™ ASSIGNS CASTEL MONASTERO ITALY’S LEADING SPA RESORT

This prestigious recognition confirms the excellence which distinguishes Castel Monastero.cm spa eng
Connoisseur Club travelers, escorted by Michael & Terri Klauber, will be experiencing this award winning property in their September 2014 trip to Tuscany.
 
Castel Monastero is waiting for you! Click here to view their website.
Earn or redeem points by booking through Admiral Travel International at 941.951.1801
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Experience the Amazon

Experience the riches of the rainforest in air-conditioned comfort. The M/V Aqua Amazon incorporates generous lounging and dining areas, and can accommodate a maximum of 24 guests who venture out into the tributaries and flooded forests of the Amazon in motorized launch boats, or skiffs, which take up to eight passengers.
 
Experienced naturalist guides lead these small groups to fish for pirahnas or search for unique creatures, like the beady-eyed spectacled caimans, slithering fer-de-lance snakes, green iguanas and endangered Taricaya turtles along the muddy shoreline. Look for monk saki monkeys, turning somersaults in the tree canopy.

Generous picture windows face the Amazon River in each of the Aqua Amazon’s 12 deluxe suites. Handsomely decorated, with California king beds, en suite sitting areas and stone bathrooms, each suite measures 230 to 240 square feet. Panoramic picture windows deliver Aqua Expeditions' signature “eye-level cruising” with maximum privacy. Many guests recount that the time they spent gazing out the windows of their suite were among their most pleasant memories on board the Aqua Amazon. Click for more information.
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Malaka Hilton Recognized as one of the Top Travel Advisors in the Business

Whether you are looking to book a safari in Africa, a private yacht for a sail down the Brazilian coast, or a painting class in Italy, a top travel advisor can help you turn your
next vacation into the experience of a lifetime.

MHilton T-L A List Virtuoso Week 2014 low res-crop 78e1b728399fc4c393dd9779d898bccdTravel + Leisure® editors evaluated hundreds of travel advisors and picked their favorites for the thirteenth annual A-List of Top Travel Specialists. The exclusive list of the top
133 advisors is organized by area of expertise and provides details including their specialties, years as an agent, and contact information. The list also includes eleven Super-
Agents, the travel industry’s most well-connected and knowledgeable all-stars. 
“There's a reason we use the term advisor to describe the members of our 2014 A-List,” said Travel + Leisure News Editor and “Trip Doctor” columnist Amy Farley. “These destination experts offer much more than booking services. They offer insider insights, unparalleled access, the ability to create a seamless itinerary, and value.”

The agents will be featured in the September issue of Travel + Leisure, available on newsstands August 22nd and on http://www.travelandleisure.com now.
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The Galapagos Islands Experience

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We invite you to explore one of the the world's last wilderness frontiers on an exclusive charter onboard the MV Eclipse. The vessel accommodates half the number of passengers usually found on a ship of this size, which affords plenty of outdoor spaces to relax, observe wildlife and dine outdoors. Staterooms are comfortable and air-conditioned. is a land of volcanoes, rainforests, colonial architecture, Inca ruins and Indian markets. But its most precious jewels are the wild and rugged UNESCO-protected Galapagos Islands, their name synonymous with the celebration of the diversity of species on Earth.
 
Only the most experienced guides will escort our 48-guests in small group expeditions comprising no more than 12. It's an ideal way to explore among the 19 islands and 40 islets that comprise the Galapagos archipelago. Expect extraordinary underwater observations and unmatched interaction with wild animals, who remain fearless due to the absence of predators.    
 
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Photography on Safari in South Africa

Michael-holding-Terri-Africa 201351Originally from Buffalo, New York, Michael Klauber is co-proprietor of the award-winning Michael’s On East restaurant and the adjacent Michael’s Wine Cellar, key Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club venues. Michael and his wife Terri frequently lend their talents, hospitality and support to local nonprofit organizations and enjoy being part of such a thriving cultural community in Sarasota. However, for more than a decade, the Klaubers have extended their hospitality even further by hosting exclusive Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journeys to many of the world’s most exotic food and wine destinations. 

What few may realize is that in addition to Michael’s unparalleled knowledge and passion for the cuisine and wines explored, these trips also give him an opportunity to exercise his creative talents.

Michael developed an interest in photography at a young age, capturing images of family events since the age of nine, later taking several classes and serving as a yearbook photographer at Sarasota High School (1972-1973). Today, he revels in documenting his global travels from behind the lens and sharing the majestic images with family, friends and clients in Sarasota. Of all the destinations he has enjoyed visiting and photographing, South Africa has captured a special place in his heart. It is the love, natural vigor and awe-inspiring experience of SAFARI that he cherishes most. We hope you'll enjoy browsing a handful of Michael's favorite images from past journeys below!

If you'd like to join Michael and Terri on photographic safaris through South Africa in the summer of 2015, please click there for details about the next Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club departures.

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Traveling as a Family: South Africa

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Together, Michael and Terri have been blessed with six children, plus a multitude of extended family members as well as friends who are almost like family. In addition to hosting many clients who have grown into close friends during Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journeys, the Klaubers have enjoyed the distinct pleasure of traveling with many of their immediate family members to exotic destinations around the globe. 

Since sophisticated taste buds and a palate for great wines are part of the Klaubers' genetics, of course, each member of the family appreciates amazing culinary and winery experiences. However, it's the quality time traveling to the next wilderness adventure, or the quiet moment toasting the sunset and anticipating the next day's adventures together which are the most memorable. 

I find that traveling to South Africa and experiencing the safari aspect of this great country, is where our guests and our own family members have a chance to slow down and turn off the hectic day-to-day world we typically live in.

On safari, we are allowed to just be… We can simply be present—amongst the wildlife and witness their world. I love catching these glimpses into their world, very similar to ours, with mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and children. All trying to survive and teach the next generation. Family is all that matters in the end. Protecting, guiding and nurturing, it is truly glorious to watch the animals of safari, to feel inspired and be touched by the experience.

Life changing is the mantra when travelers are lucky enough to visit South Africa; however, I have found that these experiences are the most magical when shared with our dearest family members and friends.

- Terri Klauber
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