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Prize: 18 Day, 17 Night Cruise to Antarctica; or $100,000 Cash

Antarctica & the Total Solar Eclipse Cruise 2021

Antarctica, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Santiago, Chile

Embark on the ultimate adventure to Antarctica, where towering icebergs and massive glaciers set the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon: a total solar eclipse. Discover rare yet abundant wildlife on a voyage timed with the peak of the austral summer; explore the Antarctic Peninsula with action- packed daily excursions; and enjoy an immersive pre-cruise stay in Santiago, Chile, complete with expert-led tours of the artistic city. Complete your adventure with a four-day post-trip extension to visit Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil.

Full Trip Itinerary:

ARRIVE SANTIAGO, CHILE - Arrive this morning in Chile’s capital and transfer to your hotel, the Mandarin Oriental, located in Santiago’s Las Condes district. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Tonight, gather with your fellow adventurers and the team for a welcome reception at the Observatorio Astronómico Andino, located in the outskirts of Santiago. Chile boasts some of the clearest skies in the world, making the country a natural habitat for astronomical observations. Join solar and space experts, who discuss the exciting itinerary of this once-in-a- lifetime solar eclipse voyage.

SANTIAGO | MOUNTAINSIDE METROPOLIS - Ringed by the Andes Mountains and shaped by the contributions of a dozen different European cultures, Santiago is one of South America’s most interesting cities. The city was founded in 1541 by Spanish captain Pedro de Valdivia and is nestled some 2,000 feet above sea level in Chile’s great central valley. Today, choose from a number of included excursion options, such as an active walking or bicycle tour of the city, an insider art walk with a visit to an artist’s studio, a visit to Santa Rita winery located in the Maipo Valley, or a stroll through the city’s famed graffiti street-art district. This evening, relax and enjoy the amenities of your hotel and prepare for tomorrow’s charter flight to Ushuaia.

USHUAIA | GATEWAY TO ANTARCTICA - Fly to the charming port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. On arrival, enjoy lunch at the Arakur resort and — time and weather permitting — take a guided trek in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve. This afternoon arrive at your ship and settle in for your first night on board. Stylish and comfortable, ‘Le Lyrial’ features all-balcony staterooms and suites. Wander the decks to become acquainted with the ship or relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow guests in anticipation of your voyage. On departure, enjoy cruising through the beautiful Beagle Channel before heading out to sea.

AT SEA | SCENIC VIEWS & ONBOARD ENRICHMENT - Relax and enjoy the special touches and amenities available on board stunning ‘Le Lyrial’ while getting to know your fellow explorers and enjoying the many enrichment programs offered. Weather permitting, seasoned expedition staff lead the Zodiacs towards Signy Island and the rarely visited South Orkney Islands. Typically only traversed by British and Argentine scientists, the archipelago comprises four main islands and supports a wide variety of tundra vegetation, while offering breathtaking polar scenery. Attend a special presentation by guest lecturer Kathy Sullivan, who shares what it was like to be the first American woman walking in space and how the earth looked from the space shuttle ‘Challenger’ — 140 miles above the earth. Later, your Expedition Leader confirms the plan for the total eclipse viewing.

SOUTHERN OCEAN | THE SOLAR ECLIPSE - Weather, sea and ice conditions permitting, your Captain navigates ‘Le Lyrial’ to the center of the eclipse’s path of totality, which is the very narrow track on the surface of the earth where the radiating “circle of light” is best seen. This is caused by turbulence and refraction in the atmosphere, which results in shimmering bands of light and shadow. The proposed positioning of ‘Le Lyrial’ would allow for a remarkable viewing time of approximately one minute and 40 seconds. The next total eclipse in this part of the world isn’t until 2061, which makes this a truly once-in- a-lifetime trip for many travelers.

ANTARCTICA | THE WHITE CONTINENT - As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement begins to build. Dependent on weather, sea ice and wildlife conditions, Antarctic expeditions demand spontaneity and no two are ever the same. With that in mind, your Captain and Expedition Team carefully plan your active, curated itinerary and daily excursions that may include the following areas:

Danco Coast: Bordering the South Shetland Islands along the Antarctic continent, the Danco Coast is famed for its scenic, jaw-dropping waterways. From the comfort of ‘Le Lyrial,’ you may sail through some of its most stunning and photogenic channels, straits and bays.

Elephant Island: Located in the outer reaches of the South Shetland Islands, Elephant Island is a mountainous and ice-covered islet. The island gained fame after British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton rescued himself and 22 of his crew from the remote island after his ship, ‘Endurance,’ was stranded by ice. Now, only the luckiest get to land on Elephant Island due to challenging currents and weather.

Antarctic Sound: At the northernmost tip of the Antarctic mainland, this body of water features some of the best sightseeing on the peninsula and a proliferation of giant icebergs. Noted for its vast number of bird species, the sound is home to the largest breeding colonies of Adélie penguins in Antarctica. Look forward to opportunities to land on remote, wildlife-laden islands as well as possible opportunities to experience a continental landing on the northwest tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

South Shetland Islands: Antarctic research stations, remarkable history, amazing geological features and abundant wildlife define these islands off the shore of the Antarctic Peninsula. Our expedition team looks for opportunities to visit a wide range of sites including working research stations, volcanic islands, and historic sites as well as gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguin rookeries.

Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast followed by a morning excursion on swift Zodiacs. Piloted by expert drivers, each excursion is accompanied by lecturers and joined by groups of no more than 10 guests. After mornings discovering native species and striking terrain, return to ‘Le Lyrial’ for lunch and time to relax and observe the wildlife. The rich waters that surround you allow for excellent viewing of everything from fin whales, humpback whales and orcas, to Antarctic and imperial shags. By afternoon, set out for the day’s second excursion, which may include visiting a scientific research station, hiking on a sheltered beach packed with basking Southern elephant seals, or circumnavigating colossal icebergs that serve as floating homes to seals and penguins. After full days of adventure, evenings aboard your luxury cruiser invite you to unwind over cocktails in the cozy lounge before dinner in the elegant dining room. At night, choose to recap the day’s discoveries with your naturalist guides; chat on deck with fellow guests; or seize the opportunity to capture photos in the stunning low light characteristic of Antarctica’s long, ethereal twilight.

CRUISING THE DRAKE PASSAGE | A MEMORABLE RETURN - The ship’s return through the Drake Passage is an interlude for recap and reflection, with time to compare notes with your expert lecturers on the wildlife, history and geology of the White Continent. Spend time on board with newfound friends in the comfortable common spaces of ‘Le Lyrial,’ enjoy quiet relaxation on your own private balcony or absorb more fascinating lectures by your captivating Expedition Team. While cruising through this historic passage, you may spot various species of whales and seabirds. The immense albatross is an especially stunning sight to behold. These wandering birds boast a wingspan approaching 12 feet and are capable of gliding through the air for hours at a time in search of food.

DEPART USHUAIA - ‘Le Lyrial’ docks at Ushuaia this morning. Enjoy breakfast, and then say goodbye to your Expedition Team and ship’s crew before disembarking by 9:00 a.m. You are transferred to your historic hotel in the heart of the city where you meet your local guide, who joins your journey.

The next day, fly to Iguazu Falls, and experience the Argentine side of the park, walking the trails above and along the falls. Choose to venture out on a suspended platform that extends 1,300 yards over the lush tropical basin at the very brink of the ‘Garganta do Diablo’ (Devil’s Throat).

The following morning explore the Brazilian side, with its cascading waterfalls along a gulf. Join your guide on a tour through the national park to a catwalk within arm's reach of the falls.

Your 18 Day, 17 Night Luxury Expedition Cruise for Two Includes:

  • 2 night accommodations at Mandarin Oriental Santiago
  • 1 night accommodations at Palacio Duhau — Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
  • 2 night accommodations at Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
  • 12 night Grand Privilege Three-Room Suite accommodations on Le Lyrial with butler service
  • Pre- and/or post-cruise stays at stylish, ideally located hotels city tours
  • $10,000 air credit
  • Airport meet and greet and transfers
  • Maximum personnel-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.3
  • Culinary program featuring French-inspired cuisine, including house drinks, afternoon tea and pastries
  • 24-hour room service and breakfast in bed
  • Complimentary expedition parka, backpack and water bottle, and use of waterproof pants, boots and trekking poles
  • Zodiac excursions led by expert naturalist driver-guides
  • Traveller’s Valet® laundry service
  • All gratuities, port charges and taxes
  • Complimentary wi-fi on board and in hotels
  • Onboard service from an English-speaking staff, including an accredited physician
  • 24/7 on-call support
  • Travel dates: November 28, 2021 to December 15, 2021

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: This journey contains some active elements, including Zodiac boat excursions, walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes. Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather, wildlife, ice, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond control, at the sole discretion of the Captain. Travel package is non- refundable and subject to availability. A minimum 60-day advance reservation is required.

Prize: 20 Day, 19 Night South Pacific Cruise to Easter Island & Tahiti; or $50,000 Cash

Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific

Papeete, Tahiti and Santiago, Chile

The vast stretch of sea from Easter Island to French Polynesia has seen the passage of missionaries and mutineers, intrepid explorers and enigmatic cultures. Explore spectacular lagoons and rare, uplifted atolls, and snorkel and dive and pristine reef systems in the “low islands” known as the Tuamotu Archipelago. Soak up the joyous rhythms of traditional music and dancing, meet the descendants of the H.M.S. Bounty mutineers on the Pitcairn Islands, and delve into the mysterious lost culture of Easter Island.

Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to the Ritz-Carlton. This evening, join fellow travelers, experts, and staff for a welcome reception. Early the next morning, fly to Easter Island, where we will spend two nights at the Hanga Roa Eco-Resort. Explore volcanic calderas, jagged lava fields, and sweeping grasslands, and discover the island’s colossal moai statues—the astonishing legacy of a long-lost culture. Join archaeologists to examine these statues and discuss their meaning and creation; and visit burial sites, quarries, and intricately carved ceremonial altars.

Set sail from Easter Island. On the two-day journey west, listen to informative talks by our experts. Upon arrival in Ducie Island, watch for frigatebirds and boobies and snorkel or dive among spectacular reefs. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Henderson Island, an uplifted atoll uninhabited by humans. On walks and Zodiac excursions, discover the island’s four endemic bird species, rich flora and fauna, and fascinating geology. Continue to Pitcairn Island, where many of the mutineers of the legendary Bounty made their home in the late 18th century. About 50 of their descendants still live here today. Meet the residents and hear a few words of the unusual Pitkern dialect—a combination of English “sailor speak” and Polynesian phrases. Visit the gravesite of the last surviving Bounty mutineer, John Adams, and see the Bounty’s anchor, which was salvaged in 1957.

Spend a day at sea scanning the horizon with our naturalists or relaxing on deck with a book. Arrive at Mangareva, the largest of the Gambier Islands, famous for its black pearls. Venture underwater to snorkel or dive, meet islanders to learn about their culture and the missionaries who made their home here, and go on a hike with our naturalists. We begin our exploration of the “Dangerous Archipelago” in Pukarua, where traditional dancers greet us. Navigate reefs and islets during a day at sea, and then explore one of the uninhabited atolls such as Tahanea. Arrive in Fakarava, one of the largest atolls in French Polynesia and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Learn about the island’s pearl industry and walk its pristine beaches. Snorkel the protected reefs or ride the current into the lagoon on a world-famous drift dive.

Arrive in Papeete, Tahiti and take a tour of the island before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Your 20 Day, 19 Night South Pacific Cruise for Two Includes:

  • 1 night accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton, Santiago
  • 2 nights accommodations at Hanga Roa Eco-Resort, Easter Island
  • 16 nights Owner’s Suite – Category 6 accommodations aboard the National Geographic Orion
  • $8,000 air credit
  • Transfers upon arrival/departure for guests booked on recommended group flights
  • Hotel accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Travel dates: March 26, 2021 to April 14, 2021

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. A minimum 60- day advance reservation is required.

Prize: 10 Day, 9 Night Nile River Cruise in Egypt or $20,000 Cash

Egypt & the Nile: A Holiday Journey

Cairo, Egypt

Spend an unforgettable holiday season in Egypt on board the ‘Sanctuary Sun Boat III,’ experiencing a myriad of ancient treasures along the Nile. See the pyramids of the Giza plateau, set foot inside the tomb of Tutankhamun, sail the Nile in a felucca and immerse yourself in the hubbub of an open-air marketplace on a scavenger hunt.

CAIRO | SAKKARA & ISLAMIC CAIRO Drive to Sakkara, a site home to hundreds of tombs and 14 pyramids, including the Step Pyramid of Djoser. Admire beautiful tomb art, which gives rare insight into the lives of ancient Egyptians. See the tomb of Mehu, which dates back 4,000 years and was only recently opened to the public. Marvel at the Serapeum of Sakkara, burial place of the Apis bulls — the sacred animals said to be incarnations of the deity Ptah. Following lunch, walk from the twin-towered Bab el-Fotouh, a fortified gate in Cairo's Old City walls, to Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, one of the city's major souks (open air marketplaces), where you participate in a free-wheeling treasure hunt and put your bargaining skills to the test. Browse the tightly packed stalls displaying everything from spices and leather goods to jewelry and vegetables, all on a street that has hardly changed in centuries. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.

LUXOR | LUXOR & THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS Fly to Luxor, site of the ancient city of Thebes. Begin your full day of exploring here by visiting the striking Temple of Luxor. Behold the three large statues of Ramses II along the front of the temple pylons; the Courtyard of Ramses II behind the East Tower; and the Colonnade of Amenhotep III, with its 14 papyrus-headed columns, some fully 50 feet in height. Then, step aboard ‘Sanctuary Sun Boat III,’ where you enjoy lunch. Afterward, disembark to explore the west bank of the Nile and the Necropolis of Thebes, and continue to the Valley of the Kings, burial ground of the pharaohs and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a period of 500 years beginning in the 16th century BC, tombs were built along this valley for pharaohs and nobles, including that of “the boy king,” Tutankhamun. Found in 1922 by British archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter, the tomb of Tutankhamun is yours to discover, as you set foot inside its 35-century-old walls. Also visit the tomb of Seti I, the father of Ramses II, one of the best-preserved tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Later, stop at the lovely Temple of Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt’s first female pharaoh and regarded today as one of its most successful. Continue to the Valley of the Queens and visit Queen Nefertari’s tomb, famous for the colorful, well-preserved artwork that adorns its walls. A photo stop at the Colossi of Memnon precedes your return to ‘Sanctuary Sun Boat III.’

CRUISING THE NILE | KARNAK TO ESNA Journey once more to the east bank of the Nile, this time on a visit to the Temple of Karnak, where generations of pharaohs wished to record their names. Walk through the Great Hypostyle Hall; its expertly aligned columns, the largest of which is 80 feet high with a 33-foot circumference, are a sight to behold. This afternoon, sail to Esna and visit the Temple of Khnum, built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius.

CRUISING THE NILE | KOM OMBO Continue your Nile voyage and join your onboard chef for a local cooking lesson. Later, disembark at Kom Ombo (Hill of Gold) to visit the Greco-Roman temple dedicated to Haroeris (the sun god) and Sobek (the crocodile god), the latter considered by some ancient Egyptians to be the creator of the world. While there, view the mummified remains of several crocodiles that once basked along the ancient Nile shore, as their descendants do today. Tonight’s dinner on board features an Egyptian night costume party, with a chance to dress up in traditional galabeyyas.

ASWAN | MAJESTIC PHILAE Cruise to Aswan and proceed to the impressive granite quarries and site of the Unfinished Obelisk. Illustrating the skills of Egypt’s stonemasons, this monolith is one-third taller than any other ancient Egyptian obelisk. Then, ride a motorized boat to Philae Temple on the island of Agilika. This sacred complex was dedicated to the goddess Isis and reflects a fusion of three great civilizations: Egyptian, Greek and Roman. The temple was dismantled and then painstakingly reassembled when the Aswan High Dam was constructed. Enjoy lunch followed by a session of henna hand painting. Later, Ride Like a Local around the Aswan islands in a felucca, weather permitting.

ABU SIMBEL | TEMPLES OF RAMSES II & NEFERTARI Bid farewell to ‘Sanctuary Sun Boat III,’ disembarking to fly to Abu Simbel. There, discover the commanding twin temples of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. The former’s façade is dominated by four statues of the pharaoh, each nearly 70 feet tall. Perhaps even more impressive, this entire site was disassembled and moved here to save it from the floodwaters caused by the Aswan High Dam. Return to Cairo for an afternoon at leisure.

GIZA | THE PYRAMIDS & PAWS OF THE SPHINX Visit the Giza Plateau, site of the pyramids of Mycerinus and Chefren as well as the Great Pyramid. Built in the Fourth Dynasty (approximately 2690 BC), it is the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You also visit the Solar Boat Museum, site of Cheops’ funerary boat. For a very special treat, meet the Great Sphinx and enjoy rare private access to the paws of this enigmatic monument. This evening, gather with your fellow guests to reflect on your journey through Egypt and along the Nile at a farewell dinner.

Your 10 Day, 9 Night Nile River Cruise for Two Includes:

  • 5 Night accommodations at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
  • 4 Night Presidential Suite accommodations aboard Sanctuary Sun Boat III
  • $6,000 air credit
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities
  • Travel dates: December 18, 2020 to December 27, 2020

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. A minimum 60- day advance reservation is required.

Prize: 4 Days, 3 Nights in Tampa, Florida for 2021 Super Bowl or $20,000 Cash

Winner Takes All at the 2021 Super Bowl!

Tampa, Florida

Be Part of the Most Watched Sporting Event in the World at the 2021 NFL Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida for Four Days & Three Nights with Economy Class Air for Two, Including Lower-Level Tickets

No other sport in America evokes the passion of its fans like football! The Super Bowl has become the biggest sporting spectacle in the U.S. and is practically a national holiday. With more viewers, more parties, and more excitement than any other event on the annual sporting calendar, it's no wonder this winner-takes-all game is watched all around the world. But no matter how big your TV screen is, or how many friends you entertain, nothing beats being in the stands, cheering with your fellow (or rival!) die- hard football fans, and reveling in the excitement firsthand. Experience the drama and passion of the Super Bowl as the NFL’s conference champions battle to be called world champions!

Your 2021 Super Bowl 3-Night Package (for two) includes:

  • Round-trip Economy Class air
  • 4 days/3 nights deluxe hotel accommodations, February 5-8, 2021
  • 2 reserved lower-level tickets to the Super Bowl
  • Round trip transfers to the stadium for the Super Bowl
  • NFL souvenir package
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • All hotel taxes

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Reservations must be made at least 45 days in advance of travel. Package originates from Contiguous US.

Prize: 3 Days, 2 Nights for Four in Augusta, Georgia for 2021 Masters Tournament or $20,000 Cash

Legendary Masters Tournament

Augusta, Georgia

Get Close to Golf's Biggest Names at the 2021 Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club with Badges to Two Rounds for Four, Including Three Days & Two Nights Hotel Accommodations

Witness the best golfers in the world at The Masters Tournament, the most coveted event in the world of golf! This hosted event is your best opportunity to get close to golf’s biggest names as they compete for the title of champion! Will Jordan Spieth make a comeback, will Sergio Garcia win another, or will one of the young up-and-comers take the green jacket? Find out during your choice of tournament rounds.

Your Masters Tournament Package (for four) includes:

  • 3 days/2 nights hotel accommodations on either Wednesday & Thursday night or Friday & Saturday night
  • 4 badges to either the Thursday & Friday rounds or the Saturday & Sunday rounds of the 2021 Masters Golf Tournament
  • Round-trip Economy Class air
  • All hotel taxes

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Reservations must be made at least 45 days in advance of travel.

Prize: 7 Day, 6 Night Vacation to Maldives or $5,000 Cash

Indian Ocean Paradise

Maldives

Escape in True Tropical Style in the Maldives for Seven Days & Six Nights at The Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi for Two

Welcome to the Maldives, where sands are as bright as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun wait to engulf you in its arms. Indulge in an inspirational Maldivian experience at The Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, a luxury all-villa resort that offers exactly what its name means - a secret water island! Set on a pristine stretch of soft white-sand beach overlooking an endless turquoise sea, this is the perfect opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in true tropical style.

The Maldives is known for its amazing underwater world and marine wildlife, and most visitors agree that as soon as they see the crystal-clear waters of an island's lagoon and the colorful fish and corals, they can't resist giving snorkeling a try! For the energetic and adventurous, the Maldives is just as rewarding a destination as it is for the laidback sun worshiper or sophisticated epicure. With 99% of its territory being sea, the Maldives is one of the world's leading watersports hubs, with its environment of islands and turquoise blue waters forming the perfect combination for a natural watersports arena. The Maldives offers so much more than sand, sun and sea, as the islands are also blessed with a rich culture and heritage. A vacation in the Maldives is a chance to gain insight into this unique country, by exploring the charming island villages, sourcing local handicrafts, visiting heritage sites and the National Museum, tasting local cuisine, and watching cultural performances.

The Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is set on an island, the Shaviyani Atoll, that is just about 40 acres big, but despite its small size the island offers everything you need to feel like you're in paradise. Relax in the natural elegance of rustic chic villas, authentic culinary offerings that draw liberally from the flavors and techniques of the region, impeccable service, stunning views, and a premier location featuring one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. The Fairmont makes it easy to discover all this sanctuary has to offer through a range of unrivaled experiences. You can join a sunset dolphin cruise aboard the resort's own private yacht, release turtles into the water or even have a dedicated chef prepare a private BBQ under a canopy of stars. Take a refreshing dip in the 200-meter long swimming pool, reinvigorate your senses at the Willow Stream Spa, or allow your stunning surroundings to inspire you in the Art Studio, where you'll find all the tools and materials to paint, sculpt, or draw with or without instruction by a talented resident artist.

The sculptural museum in The Fairmont's private resort lagoon offers visitors a unique cultural eco-art attraction while establishing the foundations of an artificial reef to enhance and support the underwater ecosystem. The centerpiece will be the Coralarium, the world's first semi-submerged art space, which serves as a portal to the underwater realm offering visitors ephemeral encounters with the natural beauty beneath the water's surface. The Coralarium, a hybrid organic form in harmony with its surroundings, delivers an otherworldly experience that illustrates the connectivity of man with nature, a seamless link between the land and the ocean. Gently lit by night, this architectural highlight offers unique night snorkeling opportunities to explore Jason deCaires's captivating art. Guided tours will be conducted by a passionate team of marine biologists, are available daily.

Your trip for two includes:

  • 7 days/6 nights accommodations at The Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi in a king-bedded villa
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • $4,000 American Express gift card towards air
  • All room-related taxes

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. A minimum 30-day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue. Some restrictions may apply during special events.

Prize: 7 Day, 6 Night Vacation to Scotland or $5,000 Cash

Explore Scotland's Varied Treasures

Edinburgh, Fort Augustus and Glasgow, Scotland

Escape to Castles and a Cruise, Dining and Drams in Edinburgh, Fort Augustus and Glasgow, Scotland (Europe) for Seven Days & Six Nights for Two, Including an Evening Scottish Show with Dinner, a Half- Day Tour of Edinburgh, Access to Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument, a High-Speed Cruise on Loch Ness, a Small-Group Walking Tour of Glasgow and a Private Clydeside Distillery Whiskey Experience, and Round-Trip Airport and Hotel Transfers

Escape to the handsome cities, green hills, magnificent castles and freshwater lochs of Scotland, a small country bursting with heroes and history, striking landscapes and cobblestone streets, myths and medieval stories! You'll spend a week on a fantastic journey to vibrant Edinburgh, where history and modernity meet in a cosmopolitan city, before venturing to the picturesque little village of Fort Augustus at the southern tip of Loch Ness, and finally on to the exciting city of Glasgow. Get to know the country better with a show, half-day tours, access to castles, a thrilling boat ride and a few drams of whiskey of course!

Begin your exploration of Edinburgh with traditional Scottish entertainment, including music, dancing and song in the magnificent setting of historic Prestonfield House, Scotland's most indulgent retreat! Enjoy a four-course dinner with wine, followed by Scotland's most famous show for over 40 years, a lavish production of Scottish music, song and dance! Then see the wonders of this hilly historical and cosmopolitan jewel for yourself on a half-day tour. A beautiful and cultured city, you will find a wealth of things to do in Edinburgh. The Royal Mile runs through Old Town, and connects the splendorous Palace of Holyroodhouse, the royal family's official residence in Scotland, but which is more famous as the 16th-century home of the ill-fated Mary, Queen of Scots, to the magnificent Edinburgh Castle. This historic fortress dominates the city from its lofty seat atop an extinct volcanic rock, and is home to the 12th-century St. Margaret's Chapel. Wander the cobblestone streets that lead to fantastic dining, rambunctious taverns and exciting shopping. Standing at the gateway of old-town Edinburgh since the 1860s, your accommodations at the heritage Dunstane House are quite unlike anywhere you've ever stayed before and are a breath of fresh Orkney air. Dunstane House is a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel, offering a relaxing, contemporary sanctuary that blends the story of the capital with the Orkney roots of its owners – a stylish and welcoming city retreat with an authentic Scottish soul.

From the beating heart of Edinburgh to the southern tip of Loch Ness, you'll head north by way of Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument to the historic and scenic hamlet of Fort Augustus, which lies on the impressive 60-mile long Caledonian Canal, halfway between Inverness and Fort William, and which offers spectacular views. A visit to Stirling Castle is an essential part of any visit to central Scotland. Boasting impressive architecture, its location rivals even Edinburgh Castle's for sheer magnificence as it sits on its high volcanic rock, visible for many miles in every direction. Stirling Castle is one of Scotland's most historically important sites and was once a favored residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle, from christenings to coronations. Your next stop is to one of Stirling's most distinctive landmarks - the National Wallace Monument - overlooking the scene of Scotland's victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. This is a place where history is something you can touch and feel, as you follow the story of Sir William Wallace, patriot, martyr, and Guardian of Scotland. An exhilarating thrill ride aboard an RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) cruising the waters of Loch Ness is an incredible way to see castles! After touring and exploring all day, take a step back in time at The Lovat, the only four-star hotel in Loch Ness. This award-winning eco-conscious hotel is a beautiful Victorian building located in the loch-side village of Fort Augustus, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

You'll then head south toward Glasgow, taking the scenic route and making a stop in Glencoe, a village set on the picturesque banks of Loch Leven. Located within the awe-inspiring Lochaber Geopark in the Highlands, the deep valley and towering mountains of Glencoe were carved out centuries ago by icy glaciers and volcanic explosions. You may even stumble upon iconic film locations in your exploration, as the other-worldly beauty of Glencoe has been featured in James Bond's Skyfall and several Harry Potter movies! Next is your stay in Glasgow, a lively, bustling place, distinctive and full of character, where you are bound to get a very warm welcome indeed. This is a city with striking architecture, contemporary art spaces and fascinating museums, many of which are free. Glasgow city center is one of the best shopping destinations in the UK, outside of London's West End, and when it comes to nightlife, Glasgow knows what it's doing. With a diverse culinary scene, abundance of pubs and bars as well as some of the UK's best music venues, this is the city for the night owls. Your walking food tour of Glasgow is the ideal way to get to know the city, with stops in interesting historical buildings, incredible food from local owners, and the chance to learn about the city's rich history. Your Clydeside Distillery whiskey experience is a tour of three parts and 3 wee drams. Discover the Dockside Story, watch the craftsmen handcraft the new make spirit, and taste three 10-year-old single malt whiskies from the Highlands, Lowlands and Islay. Next, the expert guide will show you around The Clydeside Distillery, where you'll meet lively craftsmen as they handcraft pure new make spirit using traditional methods and time- honored skills. Your last two nights will be spent at the four-star historic hotel adjoining Glasgow Central Station, the Principal Grand Central Hotel Glasgow. Originally built in the late 19th-century as a great British railway hotel and today known as one of the city's most prestigious buildings, the hotel has welcomed many famous guests including Frank Sinatra and Winston Churchill, throughout the years. Today, this iconic hotel is still a very much-loved landmark in Glasgow's skyline, set within the hub of the Style Mile and at the center of the city's many attractions.

Your trip for two includes:

  • 2 nights accommodations at Dunstane House in Edinburgh
  • 2 nights accommodations at The Lovat Hotel in Fort Augustus
  • 2 nights accommodations at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow
  • Evening Scottish show with dinner and entertainment at Prestonfield House
  • Private half-day tour of Edinburgh, including Edinburgh Castle
  • Visit Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument, including entrance fees
  • Small-group high-speed RIB cruise on Loch Ness
  • Small-group walking food tour of Glasgow
  • Private Clydeside Distillery whiskey experience
  • $3,600 air credit
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Driver-guide for transfers between cities
  • Free concierge reservation service

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Travel is valid through 03/31/2021. Blackout dates: Military Tattoo Festival and Fringe Festival. Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. Local city taxes are the responsibility of the traveler and are required to be paid directly to hotel. A minimum 30-day advance reservation is required.

Prize: 3 Days, 2 Nights in Los Angeles for the GRAMMY Awards or $5,000 Cash

A Legendary Night of Music

Los Angeles, California

Celebrate Musical Talent at Music's Biggest Night at the 2021 Grammy Award Ceremony in Los Angeles, California for Three Days & Two Nights at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza for Two, Including Silver Level Seating at the Grammys, and Tickets to the Official Grammys After-Party

Better than any concert, this is your chance to be a part of history by attending the Grammy Awards, the music industry's most anticipated show of the year that celebrates the best of the best in music! Be there as the most talented musical artists perform and go for the Grammy gold! Then get ready for the real revelry to begin after the last award is handed out at the official Grammys After-Party!

The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards) recognize outstanding achievement in the musical industry, and celebrate the best in musical talent. You'll be closer to some of the biggest music stars than you'll ever get without making a hit record of your own! From Lorde to Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran to Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars to The Weeknd, this is music's biggest night, an evening you won't want to miss, and an experience you'll never forget!

Each year the Grammys offer a twist on the classic question, what's a good party without music? In this case, what's a music awards show without a good party? Glamorous celebrities, private concerts, sensational fashion (and possibly a shenanigan or two) – you'll find it all at the one and only after party! Join the hottest artists as they celebrate the biggest music awards show long into the night at the party after the party!

Your Grammy Award Experience for two includes:

  • 3 days/2 nights four-star accommodations at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
  • Tickets to the 2021 Grammy Awards Show with silver level seating
  • Tickets to the Official 2021 Grammy's After-Party
  • Breakfast daily
  • All hotel taxes

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Reservations must be made at least 45 days in advance of travel. Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations.

Prize: 6 Day, 5 Night Vacation for 4 to Amalfi Coast, Italy or $5,000 Cash

Enchantment Along the Amalfi Coast

Praiano, Italy

Discover Italian Perfection in Praiano, Italy (Europe) for Six Days & Five Nights in a Two-Bedroom Apartment with Sea-View Terraces for Four, Including an Amalfi Lemon Tour and an Amalfi Sunset Cruise

Escape to the stunning scenery and paramount beauty of Italy's beloved Amalfi Coast and the alluring photogenic city of Positano! Whether you've been to Italy before or this is your first time, you'll fall in love with the wide spectrum of wonders this country has to offer, from ancient ruins to gorgeous relics, a captivating culture, breathtaking sites, and a passion for cuisine and Catholicism. A private tour of a lemon garden will tantalize your senses, and a romantic sunset cruise along the Amalfi Coast is the most magnificent way to make the most of this stunning Mediterranean setting.

In the middle of the Amalfi Coast, between Positano and Amalfi, is the beautiful village of Praiano, which offers the quaint nature of an ancient fishing village, the calm of a summer resort, and the culture of a burgeoning arts scene. Boasting splendid panoramas, Praiano attracts visitors from around the world, drawn to its crystal-clear seas that are awarded the Bandiera Blu (Blue Flag) for cleanliness, and the friendly, laid-back ambiance. Praiano has the feel of a village while offering the cafes, shops and restaurants of a resort. Positano, like the legendary Sirens of Li Galli, never fails to seduce. Seen from the sea, Positano is set in a dramatic vertical panorama of colors; the green of the Monti Lattari, the white, pink and yellow of the Mediterranean houses, the silvery grey of its pebble beaches and the blue of the sea.

A central location in Praiano is ideal for exploring the Amalfi Coast, and you'll get to take full advantage of those captivating vistas from your apartment's terraces! Live like an Italian in an apartment that features a large living area with a sofa bed for two adults, satellite TV, air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen and two double bedrooms, and most importantly, a sea view terrace! Relax at the end of the day with an aperitif or an alfresco dinner as you watch the azure waters of the Mediterranean. Both bedrooms have queen size beds, private bathrooms and balconies overlooking the sea view terrace, as well as another large sea-view terrace equipped with soft rattan armchairs and tables. It's the perfect place to soak up the romantic scenery of Praiano!

Explore the gorgeous hills of Amalfi during a special private tour at a lemon garden. Set at vertiginous heights and with an enveloping fragrance, you will get a taste of the organic quality that the simple life has to offer. A local expert will teach you the secrets of making limoncello (a typical Amalfian liqueur), its chocolate version (lemonciok) and lemon cream. Sip on some fresh lemonade, delight in a lemon salad and dig into a lemon cake!

Amalfi at dusk is definitely a romantic setting. With a warm palette of colors slowly painting the sky above the sparkling lights of the scattered hill towns, a sunset cruise will highlight all that is perfect about the Amalfi Coast. Your private boat tour will pick you up at the Praiano Port before cruising along the spectacular shoreline and stopping at evocative sights. Savor an aperitif on board while enjoying the sunset!

Your trip for four includes:

  • 6 days/5 nights accommodations at a Two-Bedroom Apartment with Sea-View Terraces
  • Private Amalfi lemon tour
  • Private sunset cruise on the Amalfi Coast
  • $3,000 air credit
  • All room-related taxes

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Apartment may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. A minimum 30-day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellation prior to arrival will be subject to forfeiture of reservations and funds.

Prize: 7 Day, 6 Night Vacation to Paris, France or $5,000 Cash

A Decadent and Delicious Parisian Experience

Paris, France

Let the City of Lights Take You to New Heights in Paris, France (Europe) for Seven Days & Six Nights for Two, Including a Shared Cooking Class with a Market Visit, a Shared Skip the Line Eiffel Tower Tour, and a Shared Champagne Sipping Cruise with Wine and Cheese Lunch

Get ready for an illuminating experience in the City of Lights! Paris will mesmerize you with its beauty, history and cuisine, and you'll have the opportunity to experience all three. From the top of the Eiffel Tower, to the calm waters of the Seine for a champagne sipping cruise, and down to the market where you'll prepare for your chef-led cooking class, this is sure to be a decadent and delicious Parisian experience from beginning to end!

Stay in grand comfort at the Paris' Hotel Le Littre, which puts you on the Left Bank, between Saint Germain des Pres and Montparnasse, the new areas for fashion designers and luxury shops. Stroll up and down the famous Champs Elysees and pose in front the Arc de Triomphe, which impressively stands above the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, solemnly commemorating the dead of the two world wars. You'll pass more of Paris' famous landmarks and structures as you make your way down the Seine on a champagne sipping cruise, replete with tastings of a brut, a demi sec and a rose champagne and a wine and cheese lunch. This is truly the most indulgent way to taste Paris! Of all Paris' sights, one landmark you absolutely cannot miss is the Eiffel Tower, the tallest structure in all of Paris. You'll see all of the City of Lights from the top, and with your skip the line pass, you won't have to waste any time ascending all 1,063 feet!

Bring your appetite to Paris for your French market cooking class, a wonderful four-hour experience that begins with a stroll through the market with your guide and chef, where you'll learn about the seasonal vegetables, meats, poultry, and cheeses that you'll be cooking with later. This culinary experience differs from others in that the menu is not established until the small class shops - everyone will decide as a group what to buy and what to cook! And, of course, the best part of all cooking classes is the privilege of feasting on the fruits of your labor at the end!

Your trip for two includes:

  • 7 days/6 nights accommodations at Hotel Le Littre in Paris
  • Small shared 4-hour cooking class with market visit (meet guide at designated rendezvous point)
  • Small shared Eiffel Tower tour with skip-the-line privileges (meet guide at designated rendezvous point)
  • Small shared wine and cheese lunch, plus champagne sipping cruise (meet guide at designated rendezvous point)
  • $3,000 air credit
  • Daily breakfast
  • All room-related taxes (including VAT)
  • Free concierge reservation service

Orchestra level seating available for an additional charge

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. Tours and excursions run on specific days of the week and at specific times. Local city taxes are the responsibility of the traveler and are required to be paid directly to hotel. Travel is valid through 03/31/2021. A minimum 30-day advance reservation is required.

Prize: 6 Day, 5 Night Vacation to Marrakech, Morocco or $5,000 Cash

Discover Marrakech's Mesmerizing Medieval Marvels

Marrakech, Morocco

Shocking and Sensual, Exotic and Exquisite, Escape to the Natural Wonders and Warm Hospitality of Marrakech, Morocco for Six Days & Five Nights at Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech in a Junior Suite for Two, Including a Full-Day Guided Tour of Marrakech, an Ouzoud Falls Guided Day Trip, and an Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys Private Guided Day Trip

Marrakech, the most visited destination of Morocco, is an imperial and multi-faceted city that vibrates by day or by night, and is a hymn to sensuous pleasure, an unrivaled visual shock and an absolute sensory experience. Thriving and creative, the city is a timeless haven that bridges the gap between modernity and tradition; from the medina to the new town, ochre colored buildings give an undeniable charm to the Moroccan tourist capital. Marrakech reveals itself to those who take the time to appreciate it, so savor every moment of your guided day trips to Ouzoud Falls, the Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys, as well as a guided tour of the mesmerizing city.

Majestic, fascinating, and magical are just some of the adjectives that illustrate the wealth and glory of Marrakech. How could anyone resist the naturally flowing, genuine human warmth, traditions and gastronomy of the Red City? This imperial town is full of contrasts, scents, natural landscapes, architecture, sites and possibilities for discovery. Despite its transformation and multiple construction sites, its souks still unleash their distinctive scents. The Place Jemaa El Fna, mystifying and bursting, affords the same atmosphere every evening and its colorful stalls are more than ever part of the show. The city has retained all of its charms and these transformations have even allowed Marrakech to rediscover its treasures, palaces, riads and craftsmanship, one of the world's richest.

Uncover the history and prepare to be mesmerized on your guided tour of Marrakech, a place to engage the senses with enticing smells wafting through the souks, a whirlwind of color and noise, and throngs of people weaving between tightly packed stalls exhibiting pyramids of brightly colored spices, richly woven rugs, and a thousand other exotic goods. It's almost impossible to walk through this city for more than five minutes without finding some architectural wonder at which to marvel. Start with the beautiful Majorelle Garden, then stop at La Palmeraie, an oasis of several hundred thousand palm trees outside the city where you may stop for a memorable camel ride! A visit to the impressive Koutoubia Mosque towering above the rest of the city, the largest in Marrakech, will feel like a step back in time since it was completed under the reign of the Berber Almohad caliph Yaqub al-Mansour in the 12th century. Stop at Bab Agnaou, one of Marrakech's 19 gates (babs), which serves as the main entrance to the kasbah, where you'll find the El Badi Palace, the Saadian Tombs and El Mansouria (the kasbah mosque). Visit the beautiful Bahia Palace, which dates back to the late 19th century. The name literally means "brilliance" and was intended to be the greatest palace of its time, with the best workers and artisans of the country working on it continuously for six years (1894-1900). Bring your appetite for the food markets of Marrakech, and learn about Moroccan herbs, spices and oils at Herboristerie le Sagesse. The Museum of Marrakech is housed in Dar Menebhi Palace, former residence of Mehdi Mnebhi who was the Defense Minister of Abdelaziz of Morocco. A haggler's paradise, the alluring lanes of bazaars in the vibrant souks at the famously entertaining Jemaa El Fna square exhibit exotic goods and intriguing crafts from Morocco's past, and a veritable open-air theater that always amazes its visitors. Your tour will also take you past the Jewish Quarter of Mellah, home of a coexistent Jewish and Islamic past, as well as Les Nomades de Marrakech, a family-owned business committed to sharing the spectacular artistry of creating top-quality artisanal Moroccan rugs.

You could almost forget you're in the middle of the desert once you see the stunning Ouzoud Falls waterfalls! Your guided full-day trip grants you special access to one of Morocco's most stunning natural wonders, beginning with hotel pickup. Settle back and admire desert dunes and Berber villages as you travel comfortably in an air-conditioned vehicle with special access to off-road sights. You'll have plenty of time to admire the clifftop cascades from different angles, keeping an eye out for Barbary apes—you might even spot a rainbow forming in the mist! Enjoy free time to hike on your own and explore local caves, with the option to hike further with your guide. It's a bit of a trek from the top to the bottom of Ouzoud Falls, but a great way to fully experience this wonderful oasis.

With snow-capped peaks, verdant valleys and traditional mud-built Berber villages, the Atlas Mountains offer superb trekking and a wonderful respite from the madness, heat and noise of Marrakech. Journey to Morocco's Atlas Mountain area and spend the day exploring the Three Valleys on your private, full- day tour. Following early morning pickup from your hotel, you can get comfortable as you begin your ride in your air-conditioned minivan to a traditional village and oil cooperative. Continue up the mountain area with a camel ride, taking in the stunning scenic views as you go. Afterward, your guide will drive you up to Imlil Valley where you can rest on a terrace to enjoy a cup of Moroccan tea. Choose to drive, walk or ride a mule to the Ait Souka Village, where a traditional Berber lunch consisting of salad, tajine, couscous and fruit will be waiting for you. You'll get to visit the home of a Berber family to learn more about their culture and way of life, and then end the day in Moulay Brahim near the Asni Valley.

Nestled in a natural landscape of palm, olive and orange trees, lying in the shadow of the majestic peaks of the Atlas Mountains, Fairmont Royal Palm is the ultimate oasis of luxury, style and adventure, located only twenty minutes from the vibrant medina of Marrakech. Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech is an exclusive retreat offering genuine hospitality, a truly tranquil and elegant oasis, and a large array of activities including yoga, tennis, squash, tai chi, golf and swimming. Perfect your golf swing on the 18- hole golf course and indulge in one of six eclectic restaurants and bars offering local and international cuisine. The 2,000 square meter swimming pool beckons for a refreshing swim, and the 3,500 square meter spa offers the ultimate escape and relaxation. Seek refuge in accommodations that offer a true reflection of Morocco itself. At the crossroad of ages, the furniture and decoration combine traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design, providing you with an exclusive and exquisite experience. Each one of them features a wonderful terrace that unfolds like a carpet at the foot of the mountains, offering unobstructed and mind-blowing views of either the gardens or the golf course and the Atlas; the ideal spot to take advantage of the first rays of sunlight or the warm summer nights.

Your trip for two includes:

  • 6 days/5 nights accommodations at Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech in a Junior Suite
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • All room-related taxes
  • Private full-day tour of the Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys, including hotel pickup
  • A full-day Guided City Tour of Marrakech
  • A full-day guided tour to Ouzoud Falls, including hotel pickup
  • $3,000 air credit
  • Free concierge reservation service

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Tours run on specific days of the week and at specific times. If tour is not available, it may be substituted with equal or similar experience. Entrance fee for Majorelle Garden, Bahia Palace and Museum of Marrakech is the responsibility of the traveler. A minimum 30-day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue.

Prize: 6 Day, 5 Night Vacation to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil or $5,000 Cash

Samba from Sunrise to Sunset

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Discover the Rhythms of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for Six Days & Five Nights at Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana in a Junior Suite for Two, Including a Full-Day Rio de Janeiro Express Tour and a Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour

Rio is unlike any other place in the world, with more natural beauty per square inch - and perhaps more flip-flops per capita - than any major city; and with a location tucked dramatically between and amid mountains and sea, is itself a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tropical landscapes, historic sites, sparkling beaches, lush rainforests, museums, green belts and the glitz of the city have long beguiled Rio's visitors, and have made Rio what it is today - Brazil's top-notch destination. Whether you come to the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) for outstanding outdoor adventures, to marvel at the iconic Christ the Redeemer or to celebrate Carnival as only the cariocas can, prepare to be seduced by its effervescence and joie de vivre.

Enjoy an unforgettable experience at the Fairmont Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana, located along the spectacular Copacabana Beach, under the majestic gaze of Sugarloaf Mountain. Contemporary amenities, timeless elegance and carioca glamour of the 1950s, inspired by this unique destination, are reflected throughout the resort. This luxury hotel is an oasis featuring two swimming pools, Willow Stream Spa, a concierge available 24 hours a day, a sauna, fitness center, and fine dining overlooking Sugarloaf and Copacabana Beach. The blue tones of your junior suite reflect the colors of Copacabana sea, offering generous comfort and the best view of this wonderful city. Steps from Ipanema beach, in the Copacabana district you can find antique fairs and outdoor leisure options such as stand-up paddle and surf opportunities. On Sundays, General Osório square hosts the hippie fair, where you can shop for Brazilian products. Be sure to check out the Modern Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro and the Museu do Amanhã, both located close to the downtown area. The Botanical Garden and Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas offer great options for outdoor leisure as well.

Rio de Janeiro is a vibrant city center bursting with culture and pulsating with a deep sense of history and heritage. With so much to see, your six-hour Rio de Janeiro tour makes it easy to explore the top attractions, namely Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. A typical itinerary includes visits to the impressive art deco Christ the Redeemer statue, constructed between 1922 and 1931, and which stands nearly 100 feet high; the Sambodrome da Marques de Sapucai, a purpose-built parade area built for the Rio Carnival, and where samba schools parade competitively each year during the festival; and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro. You'll also pass by the historic public square Cinelandia, which has served as the stage for political and cultural life in Brazil and is surrounded by buildings in the Beaux-Arts architectural style, a symbol of the modernization of the city. Your last stop will likely be at Sugarloaf Mountain, a peak located at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula. Rising nearly 1,300 feet above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf of sugar. It is known worldwide for its cableway and panoramic views of the city. Then head to Corcovado Mountain for views from the other side.

Following pickup at your hotel, you'll meet your guide for the Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour and climb into your open-top Jeep. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a day of adventure! It all starts with a short drive to Tijuca National Park, just a ten-minute drive outside Rio's city center. On your drive, listen as your guide details the importance of the Mata Atlântica ecosystem - part of the vast and protected Mata Biosphere Reserve, which covers fourteen states in Brazil. When you reach the forest, disembark for an easy, 15-30-minute hike on a gradual trail. Follow your guide to the crystal-clear cascade of Cachoeira dos Macacos (Waterfall of the Monkeys) and pass the picturesque waterfalls of Cascatinha. During the Jeep tour, you'll stop at Vista Chinesa for panoramic views of Copacabana, Ipanema, and Guanabara Bay, all while looking for sloths, monkeys, butterflies, and birds. After a few more stops at Mayrink Chapel and Emperor's Table, your four-hour eco-adventure will come to a close, the tour will return you to your hotel.

Your trip for two includes:

  • 6 days/5 nights accommodations at Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana in a Junior Suite
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • All room-related taxes
  • A full-day Rio de Janeiro Express tour
  • Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep tour
  • $3,000 air credit
  • Free concierge reservation service

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Tour runs on specific days of the week and at specific times. If tour is not available, it may be substituted with equal or similar experience. A minimum 30-day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue. Blackout dates: Feb 20-24, Carnival. Limited availability during New Year’s week.

Prize: 6 Day, 5 Night Vacation to Sydney, Australia or $5,000 Cash

UNESCO Down Under

Sydney, Australia

Discover the Wonders Down Under in Sydney, Australia for Six Days & Five Nights at the Swissôtel Sydney for Two, Including a Guided Backstage Tour of the Sydney Opera House and a Day Trip to the Blue Mountains with a River Cruise

From the talented musicians and performers who've graced the stage of the Sydney Opera House, to the natural marvels of the Blue Mountains, this trip to Sydney, Australia will highlight some of the most captivating landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage sites you've ever seen. You'll get an exclusive experience at the Sydney Opera House on a two-hour backstage tour of this world-famous center for performing arts as your expert guide shares stories about the real-life dramas behind the curtain and the venue's storied history since it opened in 1973. Your full-day tour of the Blue Mountains park visits popular landmarks including the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls and Jamison Valley, gives you a chance to let the kangaroos eat from your hands and have your photo taken with cuddly koalas, all before a river cruise back to Sydney!

Meet your small-group tour guide in the morning to hear the history of the UNESCO World Heritage- listed Sydney Opera House, as well as the insider stories and industry secrets that play out behind the curtain. Performing arts fans of all stripes will relish the chance to experience the inner workings of this famous venue. Get started early in order to ensure that you can access rehearsal areas, dressing rooms and concert stages; access is restricted later in the day. You might even catch a glimpse of actors, dancers or musicians as they warm up backstage! You'll get an opportunity to step onto the conductor's podium and view the orchestra section, then walk onstage to see the majesty of the opera house where countless artists have performed - including luminaries such as Cate Blanchett, Luciano Pavarotti and Ella Fitzgerald! After your guide takes you through some of the center's five performance halls and backstage areas, sit down for a full continental breakfast served in the Green Room — which is usually only accessible to performers and staff. As you enjoy a hearty meal, you can ask further questions and hear more stories. Choose from several hot and cold dishes with options for different dietary needs. It's the perfect ending to a memorable tour of this iconic performing arts center.

Enjoy an intimate visit to the Blue Mountains while in Sydney. After morning pickup, take in the sights during the scenic drive to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Stretch your legs and meet amazing native Australian animals during a stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Be sure to bring your camera for great photo opportunities - you're invited to hand-feed the kangaroos and emus, or have your photo taken with a cuddly koala! Once you reach the Blue Mountains, stop at Echo Point to admire one of the Blue Mountains' most heralded sights: The Three Sisters. Your guide explains local lore about this sculptural rock formation, which sits above the picturesque Jamison Valley. Next up, a nature hike to stunning Wentworth Falls. If you're up for it, you can then choose from several tour options at Scenic World at your own expense - you could ride the rails or take to the air in a gondola to view the rainforest and valleys of the Blue Mountains. Expect a break for lunch in Katoomba, a charming village in the Blue Mountains. Throughout the day, your guide will provide informative commentary about the sights along with time for photo ops and rest stops. As your small group-tour heads back towards Sydney in the afternoon, stop at Olympic Park, where the Olympic Games were held in the year 2000. Then hop on board a comfortable boat for a cruise along the Parramatta River, lined with waterfront homes and lush greenery. Once you pass under Sydney Harbour Bridge, it's not long before your boat docks at Circular Quay where your full-day Blue Mountains tour ends.

Located above one of Australia's most iconic department stores and centrally positioned amongst Sydney's prime tourist and shopping districts including Westfield Sydney, Pitt Street Mall and Queen Victoria Building, the luxurious five-star Swissotel Sydney is also within easy reach of the Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park and the Opera House. Guests will benefit from ease of access to the city's transportation system. Relax in the sanctuary of your room, where the style is a marriage between Sydney glamour and Swiss precision, offering an ideal retreat in the heart of the central business district. Explore "the town", as it's known locally, then return to the Swissotel Sydney where you can relax and unwind while taking in dazzling views of the city skyline, indulge in the sumptuous breakfast buffet or seasonally inspired dinner menu at JPB or delight in a unique buffet high tea at Crossroads Bar. Swissotel Sydney's day spa, Spa & Sport, is an urban escape, the perfect haven to relax and recharge while enjoying a wide choice of treatments.

Your trip for two includes:

  • 6 days/5 nights accommodations at the Swissôtel Sydney
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • All room-related taxes
  • Sydney Opera House guided backstage tour, including breakfast
  • Small-group Blue Mountains day trip from Sydney, including a Parramatta River cruise
  • $3,000 air credit
  • Free concierge reservation service

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Tour runs on specific days of the week and at specific times. If tour is not available, it may be substituted with equal or similar experience. Due to safety requirements, fully covered enclosed rubber soled shoes must be worn for the duration of the Sydney Opera House tour. Minimum age for Sydney Opera House tour participants is 10 years old. A minimum 30-day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue.

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