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.”

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– 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: 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.

 

JETSET EXPERIENCES: “If you build it, they will come.”

Baseball has forever been America’s game. This year marks a few milestones for our country’s favorite past time—25th anniversary of Field of Dreams, which of course struck a chord with hearts from sea to shining sea. This summer why not visit a few of the iconic teams and explore the city they call home with front row seats?

This year is the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, home of the infamous Chicago Cubs. Make your trip to Chicago a double header by attending both a Cubs and a White Sox game. We can round out your trip with visits to the world-class museums, private river cruises, and top-notch cuisine to rival the top restaurants around the world. Stay at your favorite luxury hotel with beautiful views of the Chicago River or Lake Michigan.

New York Yankees need no introduction; however it is not New York City’s only team, catch a Mets game during your visit as well. Let us wow you with front row tickets and behind the dugout experiences. There are many things the city has to offer depending on your interests, but if you are up for a road trip and you’re rounding third to head home, I suggest driving 4 hours upstate to Cooperstown, NY to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  This is sure to be a home run for baseball fanatics.

The Cinderella story of baseball as of late, 2013 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox call Fenway Park their home; a hot ticket this year boasting their winning team. In Boston, walk the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail discovering the rich history of the American Revolution, from the Bunker Hill Monument to Paul Revere’s House, end at the John F. Kennedy Library to research any unanswered questions about this nation’s past. We can set you up with a rowing team to try your strokes on the Charles River during your time in Boston.

If you want to “Play Ball” please contact Melissa@jetsetworldtravel.com.  Let me combine your beer and brat stadium experience with world-class hotels and cuisine.