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Last Call for 2019 Journeys & First Call for 2020 Destinations

 

Port wine by waterAs GCCC members, we're confident you're fully aware about "last call." Unfortunately every party - as well as reservations for each of Admiral Travel's journeys - must come to a close at some point. 

We invite you to sip one of your favorite travel-inspired cocktails or wines (from Michael's Wine Cellar, of course), as you contemplate finalizing your booking for ATI's 2019 Featured Departures. It's "last call" for Sicily and Egypt

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Specializing in luxury safari lodges, luxury ocean cruises, river cruises, boutique five-star hotels in history-rich cultural meccas, ATI Advisors often recommend booking 18 months in advance to take advantage of the best rates and accommodations. That means it's time to start finalizing your travel plans today for 2020! Talk about great "vision..." 

If you're looking for curated experiences and customized itineraries which include many amenities and upgrades simply not available when booking direct, you may want to consider joining the Hiltons in traveling to the following destinations over the next two years: Sri Lanka and India, Switzerland & The Rhine, Oktoberfest on the Danube aboard the new AMA Magna, New Zealand & Australia aboard SilverMuse, Galapagos, Antarctica and Southeast Asia including Vietnam, Thailand & Cambodia! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're interested in learning more about these sought-after destinations. 

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South Africa Craft Gin Debuts in Florida at Michael's On East & Wine Cellar

Inverroche Gin

Ever since GCCC travelers first tasted Inverroche Gin in 2015 while enjoying a "sundowner" Gin & Tonic at Londolozi Game Reserve, Michael & Terri Klauber have worked to bring the craft gin created with "Fynbos", the distinctive Cape Floral Kingdom botanicals found only in the southern tip of Africa, all the way back to Sarasota. They've been successful as Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar have now become the first restaurant and retailer in Florida to offer Inverroche Gin! Click here for the full story and to learn about these special products!
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Thanksgiving: From Sarasota to NYC

Happy Thanksgiving
In addition to Michael's featured holiday menu on Thanksgiving, a traditional turkey dinner offers mashed potatoes, pan gravy, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, dried cranberry and cornbread stuffing. Limited reservations remain available for Thanksgiving Day at the Restaurant, so we also encourage you to reserve now for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. 

Thanksgiving ParadeIf your family is ready to ring in the holidays with spectacular access at the Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, take advantage of "ATInsider Access" this Thanksgiving weekend. 

You'll be thankful you did! In fact, ATI is positioned to grant you VIP access at a variety of events across the U.S. and around the world each year! 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for full details about Thanksgiving weekend, or to inquire about other special events which may be on your wish list.
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Starry Nights at Singita

Singita Starry Night
We hope you enjoy this glimpse at the starry skies of South Africa captured by Ryan Hilton while leading a group of travelers just a few weeks ago at Singita. Ryan shared: 
I have often heard safari travelers struggle to describe how amazingly impressive the night sky is when in the African bush. What you have heard is true as the stars really do stretch from horizon to horizon and The Milky Way is so detailed and vivid your eyes dart from impressive section to impressive section uncontrollably. Train your binoculars on any section of the sky and I'm sure you will let out a "WOW" as your vision reaches further into our galaxy. Thanks @jacquesbriam for the extra effort and insight to help me capture this image. #singita_ #oursingita #admiraltravel #authentescapes #whyisafari 

If you are ready to see and experience the wonder of Singita for yourself, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. would be pleased to assist with your journey to "The Place of Miracles." Last minute space has become available for immediate travel - including the holiday season this year! 
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Following Faraway Places on Instagram: Hiltons on IG!

Malaka and Ryan Hilton at Singita with Elephants
 
 
It's almost 2019, so we know your kids and grandkids - and now hopefully you! - are always admiring gorgeous photos from around the globe on Instagram. 

We hope you already follow @gulfcoastconnoisseurclub, @michaelssrq and @michaelswinecellar and @admiraltravel. ATI Proprietors Malaka (@MalHilton) and Ryan Hilton (@lionofafrica13) recently joined Instagram personally and look forward to sharing photos and videos of their family's travels - with many inside glimpses at new accommodations and experiences. Any guesses where they will be posting from this month?
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Admiral Travel Reminds You that "Your World Awaits" through Virtuoso

ATI at VTW 2018
Each August, the ATI team participates in hundreds of meetings with top hotel, cruise and tour operator executives from around the world during Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas. It's an opportunity to develop new creative ideas and partnerships thanks to personal relationships with ATI's global partners. 

If you've been meaning to start a conversation about making the most of your next travel adventure, it's a great time to connect with the ATI team. Our Travel Advisors can't wait to pass along the newest, unique offerings and premium amenities when you book your next journey through ATI. Virtuoso Travel Week 2018 celebrated the theme "Travel Unites" and reminds all of us that "Your World Awaits!"

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Explore Egypt: Cairo & the Nile with Travel + Leisure A-List Advisor

Malaka Camel

Cruise the Nile aboard the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer and explore Abu Simbel, Memphis, Sakkara, Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx with special access to many of these legendary sites. From ancient monuments to bustling Cairo, join Malaka and Ryan Hilton as together you explore Egypt in February 2019.  

Malaka Hilton was recently recognized 2018 Travel + Leisure Top Travel Advisor for her speciality in Egypt and the Middle East, an annual designation since 2003! The ATI team prides itself of designing and delivering the very best travel experience for guests interested in any destination around the world, but Malaka is certainly THE ultimate "tour guide" for a luxury travel experience through Egypt.  Click here to view the full itinerary: Explore Egypt, February 17-25, 2019.
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ATI Travel Advisor Recognized with Virtuoso Travel Contest



Michael Distler Virtuoso Photo Award
If you're looking to finalize the rest of your travels in Africa following the Crystal Skye private flight and week at Singita, Travel Advisor Michael Distler has a variety of suggestions to present. In fact, his personal photos may inspire your final selections as you prepare a customized itinerary together, whether you extend your adventure in the Cape Winelands, experience Victoria Falls or go gorilla trekking in Rwanda!

Michael was recently recognized through the 2018 Virtuoso Photo Contest for his image of a critically endangered mountain gorilla, photographed while he and his wife visited Volcanoes Virunga Lodge.

Taken just outside a bamboo forest following a several-hour trek in the Virunga Mountain Range of Parc National Des Volcans in Rwanda, Michael used a Canon EF-S 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens to document this mother within the Sabyinyo family group.

(Michael Distler also handles our Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club reservations for all travels to Africa. He already has a waiting list for the 2019 journeys!) 
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Wine Tastings with Salvatore Ferragamo at 35,000 Ft on Crystal Skye

Salvatore Ferragamo  

What could make a private flight aboard the Crystal Skye to a week-long luxury safari experience at Singita even better? How about a famous winemaker!

Crystal_Boeing777Salvatore Ferragamo of Il Borro Wines is joining Malaka and Ryan Hilton to host ATI's private charter flight of the world's largest and 'most luxuriously spacious private charter jet,' the new Boeing 777-200LR Crystal Skye in May 2019.

Remember, this first-of-its-kind departure is your first opportunity ever to reserve individual tickets on the luxury aircraft which is only available for private charter. Salvatore, grandson of the esteemed Italian footwear designer, will present special tastings showcasing Il Borro Wines from his Italian wine estate during the non-stop private flight from Sarasota to South Africa. 

"I can't wait to pair Il Borro wines with fine cuisine created by the Crystal Skye culinary team," said Salvatore recently. "I have hosted ATI journeys in the past, but never like this!" Click here for full details.
 
If you'd like a closer look at the lavishly-outfitted Boeing 777 Crystal Skye before signing up for this special journey, click here to view a virtual tour by the Hilton family

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Video Chat + Hiltons Announce Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival this October with Chef Roy Yamaguchi and Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

 

The Hiltons and their team of professional travel advisors love to provide "ATInsider Access" for guests. Just a few weeks ago they enjoyed the opportunity to share a glimpse of that access with a video chat with their friend and trip co-host  Salvatore Ferragamo from Il Borro as they sailed aboard Silversea's Silver Muse. Click here to watch the interview with Salvatore

During the video chat, a special announcement made this fall's 2018 Hawaii Food And Wine Festival With Roy Yamaguchi even more delicious! Salvatore announced he'll also be co-hosting the journey alongside Chef Roy and the Hiltons. Click here for details about this world-class foodie experience in paradise.

Chef Roy - Hawaii - Cuisine

 

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Expert Travel Advisors for All Things Africa

Singita Group of lions photo by Ryan Hilton

Ready to lead your own pack all the way to South Africa?Michael Distler
Perfect! ATI's team of Africa specialists is ready to handle all the details for you - as this recent guest reported:
"Thank you Michael. The trip was spectacular and every detail perfect. Hotel rooms, meet and greet, interior flights, reminders on I phone, tours--everything was great. Thanks for doing such an amazing job."

Contact Destination Specialist Michael Distler for all things Africa, including ATI's exclusive Singita Safari +  Crystal Skye journey set for next May plus the summer 2019 Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journeys to Africa! Click here to learn more about the Connoisseur Club Return to Africa, July 23 - August 2, 2019. (The Taste of South Africa 2019 journey has sold out with a waiting list.)

 

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Experience Egypt with Travel + Leisure A-List Advisor

Travel + Leisure A-List 2018

 

Hiltons are going back to Egypt and invite you to join them! Did you realize that Admiral Travel's Malaka Hilton has been identified by Travel + Leisure as a top travel consultant for Egypt every year since 2003? In fact, she's just been announced as a 2018 Travel + Leisure Top Travel Advisor for her speciality in Egypt and the Middle East

The ATI team prides itself of designing and delivering the very best travel experience for guests interested in any destination around the world, but Malaka is certainly THE ultimate "tour guide" for a luxury travel experience through Egypt. Cruise the Nile aboard the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer and explore Abu Simbel, Memphis, Sakkara, Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx with special access to many of these legendary sites.  Click here to view the full itinerary.

 

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Virtual Tour: Take an ATInsider's Look at the Crystal Skye Boeing 777

Hilton Family Outside Crystal Skye  

ATI Proprietors Malaka and Ryan Hilton continue to finalize guests' reservations for Singita Safari + Crystal Skye in May 2019, a special trip which marks the first opportunity ever for you to purchase an individual seat on the world's largest private jet. Click here to view a complete virtual tour led by the Hilton family through the Crystal Skye, a lavishly-outfitted custom Boeing 777.

If you're interested in more "ATInsider" interviews, mark your calendar for Monday, July 9, as the Hiltons connect you with their friend Salvatore Ferragamo from Il Borro on Facebook Live!  
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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, But the View is Sometimes Priceless!

Shore Club Beach

Here's a sneak peek of the Connoisseur Club family's favorite model gazing over crystal clear Caribbean waters!

  

Malaka Hilton and her daughter Alex (pictured above) snuck away for a girls trip at The Shore Club on Long Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos where they enjoyed the fabulous resort during a professional photoshoot last week. One thing is certain: This view, and the entire resort, is definitely picturesque! An indulgent spa, four pools, three restaurants, luxurious accommodations, and breathtaking views elevate the resort beyond paradise. 

Stay tuned to Admiral Travel International's Facebook page to view new professional images of The Shore Club soon!
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Experience Egypt with Travel + Leisure A-List Advisor

Egypt  
Ryan & Malaka Hilton

Save the Dates:  February 17-25, 2019
The Hiltons are going back to Egypt and invite you to join them! Did you realize that Malaka Hilton has been identified by Travel + Leisure as a top travel consultant for Egypt every year since 2003? The ATI team prides itself of designing and delivering the very best travel experience for guests interested in any destination around the globe, but Malaka is certainly THE ultimate "tour guide" to a luxury travel experience through Egypt. Cruise the Nile aboard the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer and explore Abu Simbel, Memphis, Sakkara, Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx with special access to many of these legendary sites. 

Reservations will open July 20th for the February 2019 escorted departure. Be sure to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. now if you'd like to receive full details as the journey is unveiled in just a few weeks! 
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ATI Access: Royal Wedding Celebrations

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in parade

Malaka Hilton accompanied ATI clients as part of a small group of invited guests who experienced an up-close-and-personal vantage point for the wedding celebrations of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now known as the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They soaked in the Royal atmosphere of the town of Windsor, England, with a second-floor view at the Horse and Groom Pub reserved for the occasion, toasting Champagne in honor of the new bride and groom from the private venue directly across from St George's Chapel. Click here to learn more.
 
St Georges Chapel - Royal Wedding   Hilton Group at Royal Wedding 2018
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Destinations for Dad: On the Line in Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Fish on Line 
Whether he's an avid sport fisherman looking to snag a sailfish or a lover of nature who's looking for a little R&R, perhaps a vacation to Costa Rica would be the perfect Father's Day gift this year. Whatever destination your dad desires - from Ireland for the Whiskey to an ATV tour through the mountains of Iceland - the Admiral Travel team is prepared to help you customize your (and dad's) ideal itinerary.

Remember that you can also browse and book Virtuoso properties anytime. You still receive the perks, and the reservation comes directly to the Admiral Travel team so they can manage all of the details for you! Explore luxury hotels now at your fingertips: 
http://www.virtuoso.com/member/admiraltravel
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Get a Closer Look: Facebook Live Tour on Friday, June 15

Crystal Skye Social Lounge

ATI Proprietors Malaka and Ryan Hilton continue to finalize guests' reservations for Singita Safari + Crystal Skye in May 2019, a special trip which marks the first opportunity ever to purchase an individual seat on the world's largest private jet. 

If you'd like a closer look at the lavishly-outfitted Boeing 777, mark your calendar for noon on Friday, June 15 as the Hiltons grant you access through a Facebook Live video tour! (Be sure you like the 
Admiral Travel International Facebook page and stay tuned for more details.)
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Sip & Savor Europe: GCCC Trip Photos from this Past Week

GCCC Trip Portugal 2018

GCCC travelers have experienced yet another trip of a lifetime this past week as they sailed the Regent Seven Seas Explorer from Lisbon to London. Here are just a few photos from the early stages of the trip which began with an exploration of Portugal's Douro Valley. (Stay tuned to next month's newsletter for a full recap and photo gallery!)
 
 
image.png  Summit in Portugal - GCCC 2018
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2019: Mystic Portugal & Spain: July 2019

Puerto Banus Spain

Just imagine aquamarine seas lapping the shores of historical cities paved with cobblestoned streets and colorful avenues... Another luxurious adventure awaits in Mystic Portugal & Spain as Admiral Travel invites you on a special 2019 sailing from Lisbon to Malaga(Plus take advantage of an optional 5-day pre-trip to the Douro Valley in Portugal.) Stay tuned for more details in next month's enewsletter! 

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