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.”

– 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.

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.

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

Michelle Gordon to customize your itinerary, accessed here.


Portugal is defined by marvelous wine, unique culture, beautiful scenery, and a maritime past. The steep inclines of the city streets may mirror San Francisco, but upon entering a cupboard-sized Ginjinha Bar you’ll know you’re in Lisbon. Navigate a maze of medieval lanes, which reveal beautiful murals and ornate brickwork in public squares. And be forewarned: the addictive Pastéis de Belém is just one of Portugal’s tasty treasures.

Just an hour drive from Lisbon, Bombarral kisses the ocean; its climate perfectly primed for wine production. Considered the Napa Valley of Portugal, take a tour and tasting at Quinta do Sanguinhal winery. Discover 19th-century gardens, a restored distillery that produces brandy and grappa, and stone tanks where grapes were trodden with wooden presses from 1871.

To the spectacular medieval village of Serra de Marvao. Perched atop a rocky hillside at 3000 feet, the town’s narrow, cobble-stoned streets are lined with whitewashed houses and 13th-century castles. Continue north to the Serra da Estrela Natural Park and stay at the remote Casa das Penhas Douradas. Hike through pristine trails followed by a delectable meal paired with unbeatable views.

Your itinerary wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Porto! Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site by boat. Cruise the Douro River at sunset and find six iconic bridges. Port wine lodges beckon from the riverbanks, including Sandeman, Churchill’s, and Taylors.

To discover your own treasures in this diverse country, contact your favorite Jet Set Advisor.

JET SET EXPERIENCES: Say Howdy to a Rowdy Winter


With license plates proclaiming “Big Sky State” and a name originating from the word mountain, it is no surprise that Montana is an adventurer’s paradise – especially in the winter.

The Ranch at Rock Creek is the ideal place to call “home on the range”.  Situated near Philipsburg, and a short 1.5 hour transfer from the Missoula Airport, this Relais and Chateau property is a working ranch but redefines luxury in every aspect.  Accommodations range from cozy western lodge rooms to well-appointed tent suites where a claw-foot tub, wood burning stove and rippling creek acoustics will ensure a restful night sleep.

The fully-inclusive property provides fun for all ages and interests.  Little buckaroos can ride horses, go sledding, cast a line or enjoy a movie night in the on-property theater room. Discovery, known to the locals as “Disco”, offers family-friendly downhill skiing – without the lines.

Explore the nearby mountains on a snowshoe trek followed by mountaintop yoga complete with a fire and hot cocoa for warmth.  For the more adventurous spirits, set out on a snowmobile ride or try one of the many shooting ranges set up around the property.  And when the day is done, relax in a soothing spa treatment complemented by a “saddle-sore” soak.

And no visit to a ranch would be complete without a hoedown!  Get outfitted in the ranch’s gear closet with boots and hats and let the staff treat you to a twirl as you learn to line-dance while savoring world-class BBQ in the barn. Your stay at the Ranch at Rock Creek will leave you and your family full of laughter, memories and gratitude for the opportunity to share this magical Montana gem.

To design your own magical Montana moments contact Lindsey Woodcock.