JET SET EXPERIENCES: The Mountain Kingdom of Bhutan Awaits

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Bhutan remains one of the few countries left to explore that has hardly been touched by the modern world. Only having opened its doors to outsiders since the 1960s, this isolated Mountain Kingdom nestled in the Himalayas offers both an adventurous and educational, while also reflective and relaxing, journey. Among the many experiences offered, one can explore Buddhism firsthand through meditation, prayer, and monastic visits; hike the Himalayas by day or on a multi-day trek, enjoy luxury camps and awaken to breathtaking views; raft rapids and drift past majestic dzongs; bike through ancient villages and across prayer flag adorned suspended bridges; or learn the national sport of archery from local youth. Miraculously, Bhutan has maintained its rich culture and pristine landscapes despite being sandwiched between two of the largest economies in the world: China and India. Quickly rising to the top of luxury travelers’ Bucket Lists, Bhutan remains one of the most alluring destinations of 2016.

To experience all the wonders of Bhutan contact Cally Pirrung.

JET SET EXPERIENCES: Amsterdam, A World-Class Destination

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At one time perhaps best known for its “coffee shops” and Red Light district, current Amsterdam boasts world-class museums, delicious cuisine, unique architecture, new hotels, private home rentals, and a long and eventful history. This cornerstone of the merchant class in Europe is best navigated by canal boat or bike, and it makes an excellent stand-alone destination for a long weekend or a wonderful addition to a European tour.

The private home package offered by Eleven Experience truly delivers the best of the best when visiting Amsterdam. A direct view onto the canal, private chef, customized guide service, dedicated concierge-style coordinator, and private canal boat and captain combine to make such a stay a perfect fit for families or friends traveling together.

The museums in Amsterdam are not to be missed. The RijksmuseumVan Gogh museum, The Six Collection (private) and of course, the Anne Frank house are incredible and worth the trip alone.

Two favorite hotels sure to provide a memorable stay, depending on your style and desired location in the city, are The Dylan Hotel and the Conservatorium.

Direct flights from many major US cities put Amsterdam within easy reach. Please contact Melissa Pugh to design your visit.

 

JET SET EXPERIENCES: Undiscovered Italy

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To add spice to a tour of Italy, considering some sites off the beaten path can present some highly satisfying visual and gastronomic rewards.

Wine connoisseurs will especially enjoy the Piemonte, located just an hour south of Milan, which offers an abundant variety of Barolo and Barbaresco wines and is known as the “slow food” capital of the world. The hilltop towns remind one of Tuscany, but without the tourist crowds. A stop in Alba, the home of the white truffle (and the festivals that celebrate this delicacy), is not to be missed.

En route south towards Florence, food enthusiasts should sojourn in Emilia-Romagna, home of Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto di Parma, tortellini and much more.  Bologna, a high-energy university city with Michelin-starred restaurants as well as a variety of local food markets, makes an ideal base from which to taste your way across the city sampling the local meats and cheeses. A proper balsamic vinegar tasting in Modena will forever change the way you eat ice cream or strawberries in the future.

Puglia, the region forming the heel of Italy’s boot, is the birthplace of burrata, the mozzarella and cream concoction which has become such a culinary rage. Blue seas, quaint beaches and a simple approach to life there make for a most relaxing visit amidst the architecture of the Trulli houses and rows and rows of olive groves producing Italy’s finest olive oils.

These destinations can be easily be added to any itinerary and often end up as a highlight of the vacation.

To start planning your undiscovered Italian adventure please contact Jill Taylor.