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Travel Near or Far: It's What Everyone Wants for the Holidays!

What will you remember about the holiday season.... after the packages are open and the wrapping is tossed? This year, we invite you to skip the hectic shopping for all the "stuff" and instead help build even more memories with your friends and family by giving the gift of travel! Contact the Admiral Travel team at 941-951-1801 to arrange for a travel certificate of any denomination.

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Luxury Travel Showcase on Tuesday, December 5 at Selby Gardens

ATInsiderCruiserLarge 1 Think New Year's celebrations at the biggest parties on the planet or an exotic adventure to India with a local celebrity host... You'll have to join Admiral Travel for full details about these journeys and many more!  Be prepared to learn the latest insider information from the world's greatest cruise lines, safari lodges, luxury boutique hotels and exhilarating expeditions to exotic destinations around the globe including select preferred partners of Admiral Travel: 

AmaWaterways * Azamara Club Cruises * Crystal Cruises * Lindblad Expeditions * Ponant * Red Carnation Hotels * Seabourn * Seadream Yacht Club * Silversea * Uniworld * Windstar

Admiral Travel International's Luxury Travel Showcase
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Selby Gardens, Downtown Sarasota
Please RSVP to Admiral Travel ASAP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (941) 951-1801
Exclusive booking incentives will be unveiled during this special reception, so be prepared to place a deposit for your next great adventure during the event to take full advantage of these special offers.
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Announced with Limited Space Remaining: Board the Crystal Skye Private Jet for a Week-Long Luxury Safari Experience at Singita with Malaka & Ryan Hilton

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Ryan Hilton, co-proprietor of Admiral Travel International and the agency's sister tour company Authentescapes, has been named a Travel Specialist for the 14th consecutive year as part of Conde Nast Traveler 2017 List of Top Travel Specialists.image2 1  The annual list recognizing the world's finest travel companies honors Hilton as a "Travel Specialist for Southern Africa," a designation awarded to only six agents internationally. 

Ryan and his wife and business partner Malaka Hilton are continually recognized for their expertise as well as the tremendous value and VIP access constantly custom-designed for their guests. 

 

IMG 7415You may have come to understand their commitment through GCCC journeys, but Admiral Travel and the Hiltons are always creating exclusive itineraries and looking for the next absolutely greatest journeys... In fact this past week, the Hilton family spent the Thanksgiving holiday in South Africa finalizing plans to escort their clients' next greatest trip!

So are you finally ready book a true "bucket list" luxury photo safari in Africa? 

In May 2019, join Malaka & Ryan Hilton as they take off toward South Africa on the world's largest and most luxuriously spacious private charter jet, the brand-new Crystal Skye.  

 

 

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image1 2 .jpeg copyThis lavishly outfitted Boeing 777 has been completely transformed to the highest standards of aviation design, featuring handcrafted, fully-reclining flatbed seats, a dedicated stand-up bar and social lounge, a team of Crystal Skye Butlers and an Executive Chef preparing exceptional Michelin star-inspired cuisine. Crystal Skye is only available for full charters, but the Hiltons have arranged for an exclusive journey offering the all-first class passenger seats to be available individually - exclusively to Admiral Travel guests. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to board the Crystal Skye! 

The destination? Singita, where guests will enjoy a private, week-long safari experience at "The Place of Miracles." Click here for details about this Crystal Skye charter and private safari experience escorted by Ryan and Malaka. This exclusive opportunity has limited space remaining (after all, there's only access on the Crystal Skye for 88 passengers!), so be sure to call 941-951-1801 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your interest now. 

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Travel Inspiration: New Zealand & Hawaii

The land down under has always held a special place in the heart of Admiral Travel's Advisor, Alexis Leeming. She made a home in Australia back in 2010 and 2011, but found a passion for New Zealand travel while attending Virtuoso's specialist program this past June. Now, she's proud to specialize in both and would love to introduce you to these remarkable destinations!
Alexis explains:
 
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New Zealand is a feast for the senses, boasting every type of landscape a lover of the outdoors craves. From spectacular white sandy beaches crested with aquamarine waves to snowcapped peaks towering over the deep blue water of the fjords, it's quite literally the best destination in 
the world for anyone who appreciates the beauty of nature. 
 
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The accommodations in New Zealand offer a level of hospitality second to none. With 13 Virtuoso properties, travelers can have a completely different luxurious experience in every corner of the two islands that compromise the whole of New Zealand. The food and wine scene is booming, with an emphasis on fresh and local cuisine and an array of prized wine varietals grown in each region. I could go on about my love on New Zealand and how it offers every type of experience for the discerning traveler, but you'll just have to experience it yourself!
The best time to visit New Zealand? October through May - So it's time to book your flight!
 
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If you are seeking an exotic, yet domestic, destination in the Pacific, ATI Advisors constantly assist guests interested in experiencing the luscious oasis of Hawaii! In fact, ATI Advisor Jolene DiRocco recently returned from hosting an ATI group who experienced the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival with the one-and-only Chef Roy Yamaguchi!
 
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Rumor has it, the festival was so fabulous, ATI will be hosting another group of guests for the 2018 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival! Please simply express your interest via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to be the first to learn about trip details as they are confirmed! 
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The Trifecta! Travel with the Klaubers, Hiltons - AND Mancinis!

Philip Kimberly ManciniWe didn't think our 2018 GCCC Journey "Sip & Savor Europe" could get any better, but it did just a few weeks ago! 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 Kimberly Mancini will now 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 Europeis expected to sell out. Contact an Admiral Travel Advisor with any questions or to book now: 941-951-1801

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Experience the Majesty of the Mediterranean with Salvatore Ferragamo

We 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! Salvatore Ferragamo5 Steve Duchesne

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 Ferragamo! - 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. (In fact, we just announced this departure and it's almost sold out!) Please call for details: 941-951-1801
 
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Paris & Normandy with the Hiltons Next Summer

9de5e2f5 6614 47ee b7de 36eacb217843If you're interested in having the best in the travel biz serve as expert leaders of an intimate group of discerning travelers, you may also be interested in joining Admiral Travel Proprietors Malaka & Ryan Hilton on one of their newly-announced Founder's Journeys. 

Please join the Hiltons in Paris & Normandy next summer! Cruise from Paris through Normandy's countryside, uncovering its many charms: Richard the Lionheart's Chateau Gaillard, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet's beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  

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July 22, 2018 - July 29, 2018 | 8 Days ~ 7 Nights
Aboard Uniworld's All-New S.S. JOIE DE VIVRE

Uniworld's newest Super Ship, S.S. Joie de Vivre, brings the "joy of living" to the rivers of France. Step aboard your floating pied-à-terre in France, featuring handcrafted furniture and fine antiques, original artwork, and signature accents inspired by 20th-century Parisian design from the Golden Twenties to the free-spirited Sixties, all blending seamlessly with modern conveniences. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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ATI on TV: Ryan Hilton Talks Travel Trends on Suncoast View

Last week Ryan Hilton returned to the set of Suncoast View to share photos of this summer's most exciting trips plus a look at emerging travel trends. Click here to view the complete segment online if you missed it on ABC 7!

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Can't wait for the next TV appearance to hear and see more travel photos? Whether you are in serious research mode or simply enjoy daydreaming about your next big trip, follow the Admiral Travel Facebook page for inspirational photos from around the globe.

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Join the 2018 Connoisseur Club Journey: Sip & Savor Europe,

2018 GCCC Trip - Valley - Pre-TripJust imagine... amazing gastronomical and wine experiences in the spectacular Douro Valley with the best of company! Vineyards have graced the banks of the Douro Valley since Roman times which makes it the perfect destination to enjoy inspired tastings of iconic wines and explore the celebrated culinary scene of Portugal. This region is considered one of the top "must see" destinations in the world today!  Sounds like the perfect trip, right? And that's just the pre-trip for our 2018 Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey
St Emilion - Bordeaux - Photo by Michael KlauberMichael & Terri Klauber and Ryan & Malaka Hilton have an amazing itinerary in store for travelers who love luxury cruising, paired with winemaker experiences on-board and throughout two full days on Bordeaux's Left and Right Bank. It's difficult to believe, but we are quickly approaching deadlines to finalize reservations for our 2018 adventure: Sip & Savor Europe.

If you are ready to join the GCCC's next culinary (not to mention wine-focused!) trip aboard the The Regent Seven Seas Explorer (THE MOST LUXURIOUS SHIP EVER BUILT), please contact Admiral Travel today at 941-951-1801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Interested in Egypt? Take a Trip Designed by - or WITH - a True A-Lister

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Please contact Admiral Travel (941-951-1801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if YOU would like to join Malaka as she travels back to "the Fatherland" in 2019 to lead what is certain to be the trip of a lifetime! 
Pictured to the Right: Travel + Leisure 2017 A-List Travel Advisor Malaka Hilton, Admiral Travel International,with Nathan Lump, Editor in Chief, Travel + Leisure at the A-List reception at the Grand Patio, Bellagio during Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas on August 15, 2017.
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Paris & Normandy with the Hiltons Next Summer

9de5e2f5 6614 47ee b7de 36eacb217843If you're interested in having the best in the travel biz serve as expert leaders of an intimate group of discerning travelers, you may also be interested in joining Admiral Travel Proprietors Malaka & Ryan Hilton on one of their newly-announced Founder's Journeys. 

Please join the Hiltons in Paris & Normandy next summer! Cruise from Paris through Normandy's countryside, uncovering its many charms: Richard the Lionheart's Chateau Gaillard, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet's beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches. 

Uniworld All New SS JOIE DE VIVRE

 

July 22, 2018 - July 29, 2018 | 8 Days ~ 7 Nights
Aboard Uniworld's All-New S.S. JOIE DE VIVRE

Uniworld's newest Super Ship, S.S. Joie de Vivre, brings the "joy of living" to the rivers of France. Step aboard your floating pied-à-terre in France, featuring handcrafted furniture and fine antiques, original artwork, and signature accents inspired by 20th-century Parisian design from the Golden Twenties to the free-spirited Sixties, all blending seamlessly with modern conveniences. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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"Back to School" Ideas for Adults: Educational Programs at Sea & On Land


 R3A7338As kids and grandchildren head back to school this month, we find ourselves marveling at the variety of educational travel opportunities available to inquisitive minds of any age!  Here are just a few suggestions for opportunities to expand your horizons and experience the world:
  • Swim with dolphins and seals in the Galapagos and get closer than ever to wildlife within this out-of-this-world tropical background. ATI would be happy to assist with your reservation aboard Celebrity Cruises, Silversea and Lindblad Expeditions!
  • Experience Yellowstone during the winter season with awe-inspiring viewing of bison, elk, wolves and bighorn sheep wandering across snow-covered valleys. Venture outdoors to stay fit with snowshoeing, ice skating and cross country skiing with activities perfectly planned through our partners at Tauck Tours. 
  • Spend an hour, a day, or a week on horseback - all in a wilderness sanctuary you'll never forget. Cast a fly in sparkling waters to eager trout, explore the land Lewis & Clark swooned over, or lose yourself in a world-class spa. At the crossroads of incomparable luxury and unspoiled wilderness lies The Resort at Paws Up, and ATI can ensure you fully experience this 37,000-acre authentic working cattle ranch and luxury resort in western Montana.
Contact an Admiral Travel Advisor to start planning your next enriching travel experience: 941-951-1801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Traveling in True Connoisseur-Style

We love hearing from guests still reminiscing about this summer's Connoisseur Club journey: "Not a day goes by when I don't revisit the photos. I cannot thank you all a91c5dc8 2d83 4c7a 96f7 4df9f7d515bcenough for the trip of a lifetime! I consider myself a seasoned traveler and have to say this trip made the top of the list! From the very personal service to every little detail being meticulously handled, it was all top shelf. One of my very favorite aspects of it was living in the moment and not looking ahead to what's next - who ever does that? It was like Christmas morning every day! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You have not seen the last of us!"

 

If you're ready for that "Christmas morning" feeling every day during a luxurious trip aboard, please join us for the 2018 Connoisseur Club journey: Sip & Savor Europe, May 21-31, 2018

 St Emilion Bordeaux

Michael & Terri Klauber and Ryan & Malaka Hilton have an amazing itinerary in store for travelers who love luxury cruising, paired with winemaker experiences on-board and throughout two full days on Bordeaux's Left and Right Bank. It's difficult to believe, but we are quickly approaching deadlines to finalize reservations for our 2018 adventure! If you are ready to join the GCCC's next culinary (not to mention wine-focused!) trip, please contact Admiral Travel today at 941-951-1801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Sail the World in 2020

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Be sure to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., in fact reservations for this 2020 World Cruise open today!
 
 
Four Exclusive Shoreside Events for 2020 World Cruise Guests:
 
- Exclusive Pre-Cruise Gala
- Exclusive Lord of the Rings Dinner in Auckland, New Zealand
- Exclusive Shoreside Event at Singapore Gardens by the Bay
- Renaissance Revival at Tuscan Estate RegentMarinerWorldImages
 
Choose from among three optional Overland Programs, conducted in small, private groups with knowledgeable guides, to unveil colorful cultures, dramatic landscapes and exquisite landmarks found only deeper inland.
 
Optional Overland Programs include:
 
- 3-Night Taj Mahal: The Eternal Experience 
- 3-Night Temples of Angkor Wat
- 1-Night Egypt's Renowned Relics: Luxor and the Pyramids

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Reservations for the 2020 World Cruise aboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner open today! 

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GCCC Journeys: Photos from Africa

19105935 10158881826120504 8815680470037370369 nThe first stage if this Summer's Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club Journey has concluded and our GCCC Travelers were indeed fortunate enough to witness The Great Migration in Tanzania. Michael and Terri Klauber of Michael's On East are leading 65 GCCC members this summer, joined by Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel International last week, on these amazing food and wine journeys!

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Stay tuned to Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club Facebook Page for more photos as our member continues through the Cape Winelands in South Africa.

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Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Join Admiral Travel Owners Malaka and Ryan Hilton for a six-day luxury journey in partnership with Chef Roy Yamaguchi, the celebrity chef and restraunteur credited as the innovator of Hawaiian Fusion cuisine. Chef Roy, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival event chair, has invited our group to join him  in Hawaii this October. Click here for trip details, and be sure to secure your reservation asap as only 2 spaces remain available. 

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Plus, of course, departing from many convenient ports throughout the Eastern seaboard as wall as Pacific coast, Admiral Travel's luxury cruise line partners offer a variety of itineraries, onboard activites and port excursions.

 

Contact an Admiral travel Advisor to start planning your family's exploration of USA or any destination around the globe: 941-951-1801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Blackberry Farm in Tennessee

Tucked into the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountians you will discover one of America's greatest BlackberryFarm WineEnthusaist2017hidden treasures: Blackberry Farm. Whether you select the intimate charm of a Historic or Estate Room, the legendary elegance of a spacious Singing Brook, Farmstead Cottage, or Holly Glade Suite, the luxurious comforts of a Hill Cottage, the sweeping views of a Carriage House Suite, or the privacy of a Home, Blackberry Farm's accommodations offer a haven of carefree comfort. Plus, the property was just recently featured in Wine Enthusiasts Top 100 Restaurants 2017!

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Paws Up in Resort in Montana

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Consider it the "American safari" Experience. the Resort at Paws Up is a luxury Montana ranch discretely nestled among some of the most breathtaking country in the world. Go horseback riding, fly fishing, or indulge in sumptuous spa treatments as you relax in rustic elegance. 

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New Founders Journey: Hawaii with the Hiltons & Chef Roy Yamaguchi

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Journeys with Ryan and Malaka As part of Admiral Travel's brand-new Founders Journeys, Malaka & Ryan Hilton will lead an intimate group of 16-26 discerning travelers each year.

Perfect for our GCCC members, Malaka and Ryan have cooked up quite the delicious departure and they're inviting you to join them in Hawaii with Chef Roy Yamaguchi for the Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival this October. Click here for details.

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2018 Connoisseur Club Journeys: By Land or by Sea

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Michael & Terri Klauber, Phillip & Kimberly Mancini of Michael's On East and Ryan & Malaka Hilton of Admiral Travel International invite you to join the next Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journeys in 2018!

SIP & SAVOR EUROPE

MAY 22 - 31, 2018

Experience 9 Nights aboard Regent's Seven Seas Explorer, THE MOST LUXURIOUS SHIP EVER BUILT and this luxury line's newest ship, as the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club sets sail from Lisbon to London.

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