JET SET EXPERIENCES: LINBLAD EXPEDITIONS – ICELAND

Departing June 28, 2018
If there’s a queen of trending travel destinations, Iceland may take the crown. While tourism has skyrocketed, this once-in-a-lifetime, 9-night Linblad Expeditions National Geographic Explorer expedition cruise allows travelers to reach the remote coastal regions of Iceland not accessible by land. Discover a storied past and rare wildlife—#pureiceland.

GO
– Explore Siglufjor—a quiet fishing village and home to the funky Herring Era Museum.
– While in Akureyri, travel to historic Godafoss and discover a waterfall of Iceland’s 12th-Century heathen gods.
– At Lake Myvatn, visit Jokulsa Canyon National Park, the Namaskard boiling sulfur pits, and volcanic formations at Asbyrgi Canyon.
– Traverse Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, via a tricked out 4×4 vehicle, and redefine off-the-beaten path.
– On Flatey Island, find no vehicular traffic and traditional small wooden homes. A hilltop church features a library built in 1864.
– Grimsey Island lies exactly on the Arctic Circle.
– A bookend to the cruise, explore charming Reykjavik and discover its hip boutiques and hopping nightlife, or hit the famous Blue Lagoon.

STAY
The 148-guest National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship. A fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, it navigates polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment—additional access to the underwater world.

WOW FACTOR
Heimaey is an island home to 4,500 people, and 8 million puffins during summer! The island known for the 1973 eruption of the volcano Eldfell, which destroyed half the town. Locals curbed the destruction by cooling lava with seawater.

CONTACT
Michelle Gordon to customize your itinerary, accessed here.

JET SET EXPERIENCES: ZEGRAHM EXPEDITIONS – JAPAN’S WILD ISLAND

Departing May 19, 2018
This 14-night, round-trip Tokyo Zegrahm adventure offers a brand new itinerary though one of Japan’s least-developed islands. Perfect for the repeat visitor to Japan—escape the larger cities and visit remote villages, markets, temples, and pagodas. Rebun Island is this cruise’s muse. A small island near the northern tip of Hokkaido that’s part of the Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park, it’s been coined the “Floating Island of Flowers.”

GO
– Mark Brazil, an ornithologist who lives in Hokkaido with his Japanese wife (he’s originally from the UK), customized the itinerary. He bridges the cultural gap for North American travelers and has designed the itinerary to showcase the best of his backyard.
–  While circumnavigating Hokkaido, a small ship is a must. The excursion fuses Russia and parts of mainland Japan in an easy and effective way (versus flying).
–  A highlight is Shikotsu-Toya National Park—a UNESCO Geopark with caldera lakes, hot springs, and hiking trails.
– Combine birding with the rugged, natural side of Japan, and its remote villages—a natural and cultural history homerun.

STAY
The all-suite, 100-guest Caledonian Sky is a spacious yet intimate expedition vessel. Refurbished in 2012, sleek public spaces include a single-seating dining room, a large lounge with piano, an elegant bar, enclosed panoramic viewing deck, sun deck, library, and small gym. All suites have an ocean view and feature sitting rooms, en suite bathrooms, flat screen televisions, spacious wardrobes, and dressing tables. The Caledonian Sky carries a fleet of Zodiacs and is equipped to offer scuba diving.

WOW FACTOR
Learn about the indigenous Ainu culture at the Museum of Northern Peoples and experience a traditional Cossack performance in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

CONTACT
Michelle Gordon to customize your itinerary, accessed here.

JET SET EXPERIENCES: SILVERSEA-INDIAN OCEAN

Departing January 24, 2018
Sailing the Indian Ocean involves more than white sand beaches and crystal clear seas (though, yes please!). During this 11-night expedition cruise with Silversea, transcend the traditional itinerary to an inspired corner of the world and discover uninhabited islands and villages. Shore excursions include stops in Hanifaru Bay, Uligamu Island, Parumal Par Reef, and Beypor, among others.

GO
– Visit the tiny, uninhabited Olhugiri Islandan. Olhugiri is one of two islands in the entire Maldives with regular roosting frigate birds.
– Uligamu Island is a yacht hotbed for accessing the Arabian Sea, and the first in the Maldives to use a combination of renewable energies via wind turbines and solar panels in a micro grid.
– Perumal Par is home to some of the most beautiful and virgin reefs in the world.
– Witness a Kalaripayattu performance—traditional combat training. Rituals include the worship of Hindu Gods inside the Kalari arena. Afterward, lunch with celebrity chef Faiza Moosa.
– Navigate the “Venice of the East,” located south of Cochin between the Arabian Sea and Lake Vembanad.

STAY
The 128-guest Silver Discoverer is your sleek floating headquarters. Expect spacious, all ocean-view ultra-luxe suites (nearly all with private verandas), butler service, and a fleet of 12 zodiacs and a glass-bottomed boat. Exclusive JETSET perks include a $250 shipboard credit.

WOW FACTOR
While at Vilanjam, visit the largest wooden palace in India. The16th century palace—which used to feed 2000 people daily—celebrates Keralan architecture, with antique interiors and sculpted décor.

CONTACT
Michelle Gordon to customize your itinerary, accessed here.