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Belmond Afloat in France: Exclusive Offer for GCCC Members

Belmond Afloat in France Outdoor Terrace

Admiral Travel also provides you exclusive access to the serene waterways of France through Belmond Afloat in France. 

Relish every moment of your journey as you glide along on one of Belmond's seven luxurious barges.

Relax in stylish comfort and dine on sensational cuisine as you drift along picturesque riverbanks, then moor for tailor-made excursions. Customized itineraries range from truffle hunting and go-karting to hot air ballooning and horse-riding.

As an added bonus for GCCC members, we invite you to earn Belmond gift cards to apply for qualified new Belmond bookings arranged through Admiral Travel! (For a limited time only. Contact ATI for full details.)

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about Belmond's luxury barges in France and this special offer for GCCC members.

Belmond Afloat in France Reflection

 

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A Vacation is Calling: Consider Turks & Caicos

The Shore Club poolMost of our GCCC members enjoy the great privilege of living where many vacation. Sarasota and all of Florida's Gulf Coast is certainly a charming home, but sometimes we still need to get away to another tropical oasis. Malaka pours Champagne in front of yacht
This past week, to help guide your future vacation planning in paradise, ATI Proprietors Malaka & Ryan Hilton had the tough assignment of surveying a new property: The Shore Club on Long Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos.

Defined by a spirit of relaxation and adventure, The Shore Club resort brings an exclusive Turks and Caicos resort experience to the most sought-after stretch of Providenciales: Long Bay Beach, a stunning, secluded beach minutes away from Provo's town center. An indulgent spa, four pools, three restaurants, luxurious accommodations, and breathtaking views elevate the resort beyond paradise. The Shore Club - designed by the Hartling Group - invites yo

u to discover your own balance of well-being and indulgence. 

The Hiltons recommend finding that balance at the new resort, and making sure you take advantage of the yachting experience and relax in style with panoramic views of the crystal-clear waters from your luxurious suite's open-air balcony. This is what Floridians call a tropical vacation. 

Through ATI's status as a preferred parter with The Shore Club, experience an amazing package at The Shore Club on Long Bay Beach and The Palms on Grace Bay Beach, where you'll enjoy two completely different beaches! Contact an ATI advisor for full details about an exclusive offer available for new qualified bookings now through Dec 19, 2018, for travel May 1 - December 15, 2018. Your VIP package will include: Airport taxi transfers (shared taxi/van); Complimentary shuttle between the resorts; Personal concierge; Daily breakfast at the restaurant, plus a $100 Virtuoso resort credit per reservation.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Article on Virtuoso.com Quotes ATI Advisor

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"You're not getting on with thousands," says Michelle Andersen, a Sarasota, Florida-based advisor. "No one is talking to you over a bullhorn. That makes a difference in places like Juneau where the port can be jammed with ships. There are no lines. You can come and go as you please." Click here to read the full article.
 
Later this month, our 2018 GCCC Journey: Sip & Savor Europe departs to sail Lisbon to London on Regent's Seven Seas Explorer, THE MOST LUXURIOUS SHIP EVER BUILT. Be sure to stay tuned for photos of the cruise and special Connoisseur Club surprises!
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Experience Undiscovered Sicily: June 2019



Malaka & Ryan Hilton also invite you to experience Undiscovered Sicily aboard Ponant's new luxury expedition ship Le Bougainville next summer


Set sail with to discover the treasures of Sicily, one of the jewels of the Mediterranean, on an itinerary connecting Malta & Sicily. Sample eclectic cuisine, with Greek, Spanish, French, and Arabic influences, as you enjoy the arancini of Agrigento, discover the famous street food of Palermo, and experience the pasta and sardines and eggplant of the eastern region. Taking advantage of rich volcanic soil, white wines are produced virtually everywhere in Sicily, while the best reds come from the hill towns above Syracuse. Our group will taste them all! Click here to review the full itinerary
 
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Southwest Epicurean Adventure through April 30


Southwest Epicurean Adventure

Michael's On East features a Southwest Epicurean Adventure, April 2 through April 30. Enjoy this specialty three-course dinner menu featuring dishes inspired by Southwest USA for $38.95 per person. A two-course lunch offering includes a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person. 

For a "kick off your boots" culinary adventure, we invite you to enjoy special wine pairing
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Reserve at Luxury Hotels through New Online Virtuoso Feature

 
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Did you know you can 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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Photo from Afar: Gorillas in Rwanda

Michael Distler with Gorillas in Rwanda

We feel no caption is necessary for this one, but we'll share a little information anyway!
Admiral Travel's Michael Distler recently snapped some amazing photos while truly up-close and personal with gorillas at Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. (That's Michael appearing with the gorillas in this image.)

Simply contact the Admiral Travel travel team if you're ready for this type of adventure. 

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Big News: A First for SRQ + Condé Nast Traveler Explains "Experience Makers"

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It's a big deal trip, but locally, we think it's an even bigger deal for travelers interested in the convenience of flying out of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) - on a luxury jet to South Africa! Click here to read the Bradenton Herald article about Admiral Travel's unique charter flight and journey.

Admiral Travel's own Ryan Hilton also enjoyed the pleasure of speaking with Paul Brady recently while he was on assignment for Condé Nast Traveler's April 2018 issue. Mr. Brady's article begins with:

"No matter how fearless a traveler you think you are, and no matter how many Internet rabbit holes you go down, there are some dream adventures, like trekking Papua New Guinea or venturing across Kashmir, that always seem just out of reach for mere mortals-or at least for non-social scientists. Why? Because you haven't yet met the new breed of travel specialists who got there first."

The Hiltons, alongside their entire team at Admiral Travel International and AuthentEscapes, are proud to be recognized yet again as innovators in the luxury travel world in this piece which details some amazing adventures designed by travel-focused trailblazers. As the article suggests, the Hiltons invite you to "be the first of your friends to fly in an 88-seat jet with a sit-down restaurant." 
 
Exactly how, you may wonder? By joining Malaka and Ryan Hilton for Singita Safari + Crystal Skye in May 2019Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. immediately to begin finalizing your reservation: 941-951-1801.
 
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Make Your Own Reservations at Luxury Hotels with Added Benefits from ATI

Perfect for Late-Night Hotel Planning and Last-Minute Bookings
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Virtuoso LogoIf the private jet or Sicily journey isn't in your family's budget at the moment, but you've been waiting to book another vacation getaway, this new online tool for hotels may be just for you! 

Admiral Travel now invites you to use this new website to make your own hotel reservations, while also reaping the benefits of the agency's exclusive network and enhanced benefits plus upgrades. 

We invite you to peruse through luxury Virtuoso hotels and allow your local agency Admiral Travel to handle your reservation, ensuring details are personally attended to in advance and on-property during your stay. Simply check out the new website and click on Hotels: http://www.virtuoso.com/member/admiraltravel
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Experience Undiscovered Sicily: June 2019

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Ponant Itinerary Map - Sicilty with the HiltonsMalaka & Ryan Hilton also invite you to experience Undiscovered Sicily aboard Ponant's new luxury expedition ship Le Bougainville next summer


Set sail with to discover the treasures of Sicily, one of the jewels of the Mediterranean, on an itinerary connecting Malta & Sicily. Sample eclectic cuisine, with Greek, Spanish, French, and Arabic influences, as you enjoy the arancini of Agrigento, discover the famous street food of Palermo, and experience the pasta and sardines and eggplant of the eastern region. Taking advantage of rich volcanic soil, white wines are produced virtually everywhere in Sicily, while the best reds come from the hill towns above Syracuse. Our group will taste them all!

Click here to review the full itinerary
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It's Official: Reserve Your Seat on the Crystal Skye Bound for Singita Safari

Crystal Skye in CloudsSingita Boulders Lodge

Join Admiral Travel Proprietors Malaka & Ryan Hilton on the world's largest and most luxuriously

Lionspacious private charter jet, the brand-new Boeing 777 Crystal Skye headed for "The Place of Miracles" - Singita. In May 2019, depart from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport for a direct charter flight into Johannesburg, this is THE way to fly to South Africa for an exclusive, week-long, private safari experience.

Singita Safari +Crystal Skye

Click here for details about this (truly!) once-in-a-lifetime experience, and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. immediately to begin finalizing your reservation: 941-951-1801.
 
 
 
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Featured River Cruise: India's Golden Triangle with Ashwin Shukla

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As a Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club member, we know you love great cuisine and appreciate local restauranteurs.  In fact, we wonder if a few of you have been wondering about what our friends Ash Shukla and Denise May have been up to since announcing their retirement last year.... Here's the scoop and a special invitation to join them in India next year! 


Ashwin Shukla of Chutney'sAfter 30 years of success operating the beloved Chutney's restaurant in Sarasota's Southside Village, restaurateur Ashwin Shukla and his wife Denise May retired in order to follow another passion: TRAVEL.

In partnership with Admiral Travel International and AuthentEscapes, Ashwin invites you to join him for a remarkable boutique river cruise aboard Uniworld's Ganges Voyager II in January 2019: India's Golden Triangle. 

Click here to view the full itinerary and more details.

More Featured Departures from ATI:

Mediterranean Majesty with Salvatore Ferragamo: July 2018
Cruise Monte-Carlo to Venice aboard Silver Muse and enjoy a private visit to the Ferragamos' private estate in Tuscany - Il Borro!

 

Private Jet Safari Experience with Malaka & Ryan: May 2019
Join Malaka & Ryan as they take to the skies headed for "The Place of Miracles" - Singita, for an exclusive 6 night private safari in South Africa.

Undiscovered Sicily aboard Ponant Le Bougainville: June 2019
Set sail with to discover the treasures of Sicily, one of the jewels of the Mediterranean, on an itinerary connecting Malta & Sicily. 

Secrets of Vietnam: February 2020 
Travel with Ryan & Mal to the country of contrasts where pleasant surprises await at almost every turn!

Contact the Admiral Travel team at 941-951-1801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. 

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Admiral Travel at Forks & Corks & Partners in the Press!

ATI Partners at Forks & CorksThe Admiral Travel team was thrilled to be joined by some of the agency's top partners to talk luxury cruising and travel (which almost always has an important food and wine component!) last weekend at the Sarasota-Manatee Originals' Forks and Corks Grand Tasting. 

Thanks to all who visited with ATI, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Silversea Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Oceania Cruises.

If you're ready to learn more about all the remarkable wine-focused itineraries and award-winning restaurants on new ships - from luxury ocean liners ready to take you on a circumnavigation cruise to boutique "floating hotels" navigating historic river ports - please contact an Admiral Travel Advisor: 941-951-1801 or 
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Learn about Yacht, River & Ocean Cruising at Crystal Cruises Event

Crystal Endeavor Tropical

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Sometimes the answer is Crystal clear. 

Crystal Cruises offers everything you may desire on the water (and in the "Skye!")* Whether you are exploring a yacht, river or ocean luxury cruise, please allow the Admiral Travel team to introduce you to the joys of Crystal Cruises. 

Admiral Travel International Proprietors Malaka & Ryan Hilton invite you to an exclusive evening with Crystal Cruises' Monique Ross on Thursday, February 15. Please call 941-951-1801 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and to RSVP. (*Plus, at the conclusion of the evening, the Hiltons will be announcing final details for their 2019 opportunity to board the Crystal Skye for a private jet charter to South Africa!)
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Sip & Savor Europe with the Connoisseur Club this May Reserve Your Cabin for this All-Inclusive Cruise on the Regent Explorer, "The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built"

Regent Explorer

It's difficult to believe, but our 2018 GCCC Journey "Sip & Savor Europe" is just a few months away! The all-inclusive cruise from Lisbon to London on Regent's newest ship will be hosted by a dynamite TRIO of Connoisseur Club hosts! Philip and Kimberley Mancini will be joining you, along with Michael & Terri Klauber and Ryan & Malaka Hilton on this remarkable itinerary.

Perfect for discerning travelers who love luxury cruising, paired with winemaker experiences on-board and throughout two full days on Bordeaux's Left and Right Bank, click here for the full itinerary for our 2018 adventure: Sip & Savor Europe. Contact an Admiral Travel Advisor with any questions or to book now: 941-951-1801

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Featured Departures: France, India, Sicily, Rio & The Mediterranean

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Did you spend the holidays with friends and family brainstorming your next big trip? ATI Proprietors Malaka & Ryan Hilton and their accomplished team of travel advisors are ready to design your next one-of-a-kind journey around the globe to discover the very best of any destination. Venture boldly to food and wine meccas, take in-depth expeditions to exotic destinations, experience the wonder of an African safari or relax with over-the-top opulence on land and at sea. Here are just a few featured departures for you to consider with your travel companions for 2018 and 2019: 

Uniworld SS JOIE DE VIVREParis & Normandy's Countryside: July 2018
Cruise from Paris through Normandy's countryside, uncovering its many charms aboard Uniworld's Joie De Vivre!

Mediterranean Majesty with Salvatore Ferragamo: July 2018
Cruise Monte-Carlo to Venice aboard Silver Muse and enjoy a private visit to the Ferragamos' private estate in Tuscany - Il Borro!

New Year's Eve In Rio: December 22, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Put a South American spin on celebrating the holidays and welcome 2019 in Rio aboard the Azamara Pursuit.

IndiaIndia's Golden Triangle with Ashwin Shukla of Chutney's SRQ: January 2019 
In partnership with Authentescapes, Ashwin invites you to join him for a remarkable boutique river cruise aboard Uniworld's Ganges Voyager II.

Private Jet Safari Experience with Malaka & Ryan: May 2019
Join Malaka & Ryan as they take to the skies headed for "The Place of Miracles" - Singita, for an exclusive 6 night private safari in South Africa.

Undiscovered Sicily aboard Ponant Le Bougainville: June 2019
Set sail with to discover the treasures of Sicily, one of the jewels of the Mediterranean, on an itinerary connecting Malta & Sicily. 

Secrets of Vietnam: February 2020
Travel with Ryan & Mal to the country of contrasts where pleasant surprises await at almost every turn!

Vietnam

Contact the Admiral Travel team at 941-951-1801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. 

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Admiral Travel Shares New Year's Traditions Around the Globe

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Did you know? Spaniards eat a single grape each time the bell tolls leading up to midnight on New Year's Eve, also known as the twelve grapes of luck. This practice is done to celebrate the harvest and influence chances for good luck and riches in the approaching year. 

Ecuadorians participate in a New Year's Eve tradition that may be seen as odd by some. They create large doll figures to resemble those whom they consider adversaries and, at midnight, they light them on fire to symbolize the erasing of the previous year's events and moving forward with a fresh start into the New Year.

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Experience the Majesty of the Mediterranean with the Ferragamos

Salvatore Ferragamo

We also know Connoisseur Club members appreciate fine wines - and fashion! So we fully expect you'll be ready to step aboard the Silver Muse with Salvatore Ferragamo in July 2018! 

Grandson to the esteemed Italian footwear designer, Salvatore Ferragamo is CEO of Il Borro, the Ferragamo family's 700 hectare estate in the heart of Tuscany, surrounded by unspoilt nature and beauty. Salvatore has also become a dear friend of Malaka and Ryan Hilton over the years! The Hiltons invite you to join them - with the Ferragamos! - for a truly unique cruise experience this summer. Guests of Admiral Travel will also be treated to a private visit with lunch at the Il Borro wine estate as part of this escorted journey. (Check out this video to learn more about Il Borro, Salvatore Ferragamo and the estate's celebrated wines.)

 

Click here to view the full itinerary and contact your Admiral Travel Advisor to book now as this trip has limited availability. Please call for details: 941-951-1801
 
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Safari Sarasota: That's a Wrap! $200,000 Fundraiser for South Africa Efforts

 

Chef Anna Ridgewell from Londolozi Game Reserve, Graham Beck Wines Cellar Master Pieter Ferreira , CEO & Co-Founder of the Good Work Foundation Kate Groch and Paris Moeng (2014 recipient of the Leanna Knopik Cup for the student with the biggest heart!)  - all from South Africa -converged in Sarasota for a series of events supporting the All Heart Fund at the Good Work Foundation last month. 

Through friendships forged during past GCCC journeys to Londolozi Game Reserve, Safari Sarasota was created! We knew our GCCC members would be interested in the tremendous impact local efforts are having in South Africa! Click here for details. 

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The Trifecta! Travel with the Klaubers, Hiltons - AND Mancinis!

Phil and Kim ManciniWe didn't think our 2018 GCCC Journey "Sip & Savor Europe" could get any better, but recently did! The all-inclusive cruise from Lisbon to London on Regent's newest ship will be hosted by a dynamite TRIO of Connoisseur Club hosts! Philip and Kimberley Mancini will be joining you, along with Michael & Terri Klauber and Ryan & Malaka Hilton on this remarkable itinerary.

Perfect for discerning travelers who love luxury cruising, paired with winemaker experiences on-board and throughout two full days on Bordeaux's Left and Right Bank, our 2018 adventure: Sip & Savor Europe, is expected to sell out. Contact an Admiral Travel Advisor with any questions or to book now: 941-951-1801


Regent Explorer

 

Join the May 2018 GCCC Cruise on "The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built"

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