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Prize: 7 Day, 6 Night Vacation to Winner’s Choice of Destination, or $5,000 cash

Choose Your Destination: Anywhere in the World

Indulge in Opulence Anywhere in the World for Seven Days & Six Nights at Any Participating Fairmont Hotel & Resort, Swissôtel Hotel & Resort, or Raffles Hotel and Resort in a Suite for Two

Boasting a distinctive collection of awe-inspiring historic icons, elegant resorts, modern city centers, and tropical hideaways, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, and Swissotel welcome you to indulge in luxury. With locations all over the world, these distinctive hotels promise travelers rich travels and lasting memories in unparalleled settings. Whether you prefer the fame and rich grandeur rising high above New York City, the French fashions of Paris, or the historic and iconic landmarks of London, Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel provide their guests with supreme opulence and experiences for which they are known around the world.

Set your sights on one of the spectacular properties in the Americas, such as The Plaza, which puts you just steps away from Central Park in the heart of New York City. A stay at New York's most celebrated address ensconces you in over 100 years of remarkable history, supreme luxury and grand traditions. On the West Coast, San Diego's Fairmont Grand Del Mar golf resort and spa captures the elegance and comfort of an old-world Mediterranean estate. Magnificently situated on 400 acres in a pristine coastal canyon five miles from the Pacific, you'll be treated to signature charm and impeccable service.

Immerse yourself in the chic Parisian lifestyle of France at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, which has been imbued with the original spirit of the 1930s since it first opened. This contemporary masterpiece is also a showcase for contemporary art, with a multidisciplinary, multimedia art program appealing to all ages: La Librairie des Arts bookshop, a private cinema, a contemporary art gallery, a private art collection of over 300 works and an Art Concierge. With its address along the prestigious Avenue Hoche, it puts you just steps from the the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. Across the English Channel, discover the old fashioned glamour that sparkles with a new luster in London at The Savoy, one of the most celebrated London landmarks. Delight in this five-star hotel's dual historical influences - elegant English Edwardian design and sensational Art Deco style - as you enjoy the quintessential London experience. Standing proudly on the Northbank of the River Thames, The Savoy is ideally located close to the ballet, opera and theater of Covent Garden.

Asian style merges with an Egyptian aesthetic in one of many architectural gems at Raffles Dubai, where you can revel in pure luxury. Asia’s wonders come to life with the breathtaking Raffles resort in vibrantly multicultural Singapore, and Turkey's stunning Bosphorus can be viewed from Raffles Istanbul, the epicenter for “Istanbulites” and well-travelled guests for comfort, exclusivity and a true five-star luxury hotel experience.

Wherever you go, indulge in compelling combinations of old and new, historic and contemporary all across the world. You’ll find sublime paradise in the middle of an opal-hued ocean, at the top of a gorgeous mountain, set amidst the bustle of metropolitan cities, and near major landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can plan vigorous itineraries filled with fantastic outdoor adventures from skiing to hiking, sailing to snorkeling; or you can choose to simply enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you. From the snow-capped mountains of Colorado to the Alps in Switzerland, from azure waters of the Caribbean to the heart of the Indian Ocean, you’ll find the perfect retreat in one of Fairmont’s, Raffles’ and Swissotel’s collections of spectacular destinations around the world.

Your one bedroom suite consists of two full rooms, a spacious bedroom and a beautifully appointed living room.

Your trip for Two includes:

  • $3,000 air credit
  • 7 days/6 nights accommodations at Any Participating Fairmont Hotel & Resort, Swissôtel Hotel & Resort, or Raffles Hotel and Resort in a Suite
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • All room-related taxes
  • 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. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Not valid at: The Fairmont Baku, Fairmont Chengdu, Swissotel Foshan Guangdong, Swissotel Kunshan, Swissotel Bremen, Swissotel Dresden, Swissotel Dusseldorf/Neuss, Fairmont Jaipur, Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv, Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Swissotel Berlin, Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali, Swissotel Amsterdam, Swissotel Le Plaza Basel, Swissotel Resort Bodrum Breach, Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul, Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, Swissotel Chicago, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech, Swissotel Makkah, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion. Participating properties may be subject to change without notice. Hotel selection may be made at time of booking. Some restrictions may apply. Travel is valid through 12/31/2022.

Prize: 14 Day, 13 Night Vacation to Peru or $5,000 cash

Witness Machu Picchu in Peruvian Highlands

In Peru, adventure awaits at every turn, from the verdant valleys and jagged peaks of the Andes to Lake Titicaca’s sparkling shores. Experience the country’s most iconic sights on this action-packed journey. Immerse yourself in the Amazon during a stay at a jungle lodge, and venture to the Sacred Valley to discover enchanting Inca ruins and timeless indigenous traditions. Embark on one of the world’s most memorable hikes—the Inca Trail—or experience the spectacular train ride to the iconic citadel of Machu Picchu. Then set off through the stark and beautiful landscape of the Altiplano to Lake Titicaca—one of the highest navigable lakes in the world.

Full Trip Itinerary:

LIMA - Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

LIMA | TAMBOPATA - Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to our comfortable lodge, situated near the Tambopata National Reserve in the Amazon rainforest. Spot local bird species along the lush shores of the Tambopata River en route to the lodge, and set off on an evening walk with a naturalist guide before dinner, keeping an eye out for some of the rainforest’s nocturnal creatures.

TAMBOPATA - Spend the day exploring the thriving ecosystems of the rainforest with our lodge’s naturalist guides. Scan the treetops for toucans, howler monkeys, and sloths, and glide along oxbow lakes on canoes for a chance to glimpse river otters, turtles, and, if we’re lucky, anacondas. After dinner, embark on a river tour by motorized canoe on the lookout for caimans, the smaller cousins of alligators, which are often found hiding near the muddy banks.

TAMBOPATA | CUSCO - Travel out of the jungle by boat and catch a flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, soaring above the Andes into Peru’s Inca heartland. This evening, visit the Cusco Planetarium for a presentation on the skies of the Southern Hemisphere, and learn about the vital role that astronomy played in the lives of the ancient Inca. Weather permitting, peer through the planetarium's telescopes for a dazzling look at the stars.

CUSCO | URUBAMBA - Drive to the scenic Sacred Valley for a full day of exploration with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures–supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a rural Andean community working to preserve hundreds of varieties of native potato. During this exclusive experience, you'll walk through the park to learn about potato cultivation, traditional weaving, and the importance of both these practices to Andean culture. We’ll also visit the fascinating Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo and Pisac, and enjoy a meal at the G Adventures–supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo.

INCA TRAIL - Set out on the iconic Inca Trail, departing Urubamba by van to the starting point of the trek. Immerse yourself in the enchanting Andean countryside, hiking along meandering streams and crossing remote mountain villages and ancient ruins as we get warmed up for the more challenging days ahead.

On your second day on the trail, ascend the long, steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass—the highest point on the Inca Trail, at 4,198 meters (13,769 feet). Enjoy stunning views of the Sacred Valley as you make your way up the rugged terrain, and aim to reach our camp by early afternoon. Rest and relax at camp the remainder of the day.

Your third day on the trail crosses two spectacular passes. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, one can catch a glimpse of the snowcapped peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. Continue through cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass, and arrive at the misty Inca ruins of Phuyupatamarca at 3,650 meters (11,972 feet), known as "the city above the clouds.” Camp here or settle at a further spot, near the beautiful terraces of the Wiñay Wayna ruins, at 2,650 meters (8,694 feet).

MACHU PICCHU | CUSCO - Reach the Sun Gate—the last checkpoint on the Inca Trail—in time to witness daybreak over Machu Picchu. Hike down for a guided tour through the temples and terraces of this breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site before catching a bus to the frontier town of Aguas Calientes, where we’ll have free time for lunch. Continue by train to Cusco.

CUSCO - Explore this city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at your leisure. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt to visit museums and ruins or try whitewater rafting or rock climbing.

CUSCO/PUNO - Head south on a scenic drive to Puno, perched on the western shore of Lake Titicaca. The journey will take us through the Altiplano, a vast, windswept landscape of plateaus and plains that counts among the planet’s most extensive highlands. Arrive in Puno, the region’s commercial hub, and settle into your hotel.

PUNO - Set out to discover Lake Titicaca—one of the highest navigable lakes in the world and the second largest lake in South America. On a guided boat tour, visit the floating Uros Islands—built entirely of reeds—and step ashore Taquile Island, home to a thriving indigenous textile industry. For lunch, we’ll head to the small rural community of Luquina Chico. Enjoy a traditional meal in the home of a local family while taking in sweeping views of Lake Titicaca and its picturesque isles. Later, opt for a tour of Sillustani, a fascinating pre-Inca burial site.

PUNO/LIMA - Transfer to the Juliaca airport to catch a flight back to Lima. Spend your last evening in Peru at leisure, opt to explore the streets of Lima’s World Heritage-listed historic center and enjoy mouthwatering Peruvian tapas and pisco sour—the country’s national drink.

LIMA - Depart at any time.

Your 14 Day, 13 Night Trip for Two includes:

  • $3,000 air credit
  • 2 night accommodation at Hotel Antigua Miraflores (Comfort) (or similar)
  • 2 nights accommodation at Tambopata G Lodge (or similar)
  • 3 nights accommodation at Taypikala Hotel Cusco (or similar)
  • 1 night accommodation at Villa Urubamba (or similar)
  • 2 nights accommodation at Casona Plaza Hotel Puno (or similar)
  • 3 nights campsite accommodation at Cuncani Camp Site, Suttoq Pacchaq Camp Site (or similar)
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Lake Titicaca Community Home Lunch, Lake Titicaca
  • Your G for Good Moment: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Pisac
  • Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products
  • Arrival transfer
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Three-day (2 nts) excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge
  • Sacred Valley tour including Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins
  • Choice of four-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook and porters, or Cusco/Aguas Calientes stay with scenic train
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Please be advised during the wet season (Jan - April) if there are periods of severe rain some of the campsites on the Inca Trail may become unusable. In the interest of your safety, there may be changes made locally to the trekking itinerary if the conditions of the campsites are assessed to be unsafe. Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. A minimum 60-day advance reservation is required. 2022 trip start dates: 1/8, 2/5, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/23, 5/21, 5/28, 6/11, and 6/25.

Prize: 5 Day, 4 Night Vacation for 4 to Orlando, Florida or $5,000 cash

Family Vacation for 4 to Walt Disney World

A Theme Park Adventure for the Family in Orlando, Florida for Five Days & Four Nights at the Residence Inn Orlando at SeaWorld® in a Studio Suite for Two Adults and Two Children, Including Three-Day My Way Tickets to Disney World® and One-Day Park to Park Tickets to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure Theme Parks

Treat your family to the best of Orlando, starting with Disney World®, where you'll discover that fun and imagination reign at the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Only at Universal Studios can you go beyond the silver screen and jump into all the action, thrills, and excitement of the movies! And you can go on a journey of exploration at Universal's Islands of Adventure - get ready for an entire universe of fun!

Dive into your family vacation in an Orlando hotel near SeaWorld® that provides all the comforts and conveniences of home at the Residence Inn. Neighboring a number of family attractions, and putting you between Disney World and Universal Studios, this centrally located hotel is also near SeaWorld®, Aquatica® and Discovery Cove®. The hotel also offers complimentary scheduled theme park transportation to Universal Studios and SeaWorld®, making it easy for your family to pack in as much fun as possible into every day!

At Universal Studios, hang on tight! Your heroes are about to burst through the screen and yank you into the story. You're the star here and you'll disappear into one jaw-dropping adventure after another. Dodge evil villains. Defend the earth. Face a fire-breathing dragon. Wander into animated worlds where characters you love are suddenly right beside you. Go beyond the screen, behind the scenes and jump into the action of your favorite films at the world's premier movie and TV-based theme park. Join in the mayhem as you join Gru, his daughters and the mischievous Minions on an unpredictable 3-D ride: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem™. Your journey starts in Gru's home, where you're recruited for his latest scheme—one where you'll become an actual Minion. But when things don't go as planned, you're launched into an unforgettable trip through his super villain laboratory. The laughs keep coming after the ride with an interactive, Minion-inspired dance party. Take the floor and show off your best moves— it's heartwarming and humorous family fun for everyone!

Universal's Islands of Adventure is the place where super heroes, beasts, and magical creatures stand before you. You're entering lands where everything is real. Explore a secret school of witchcraft and wizardry, fly high above the city streets with a famous web slinger, hide from hungry dinosaurs and hope you're not their next meal, and face the most colossal ape ever to walk the earth! Let the adventures begin! Enter through the towering castle gates and make your way down the familiar passageways and corridors of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Visit iconic locations such as Dumbledore's office, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor™ common room, the Room of Requirement, and more. Then get ready to soar above the castle grounds as you join Harry Potter™ and his friends on an unforgettably thrilling adventure, coming face-to-face with an array of magical creatures. This amazing attraction uses groundbreaking, state-of-the-art technology (and a little magic) to create a one-of-a-kind ride.

Your Trip for Four includes:

  • Round trip Economy Class air
  • 5 days/4 nights accommodations at the Residence Inn Orlando at SeaWorld® in a Studio Suite
  • Daily complimentary hot breakfast buffet
  • All room-related taxes
  • Complimentary transportation to SeaWorld® and Universal Studios
  • Complimentary in-room internet access
  • 3-Day My Way tickets; includes admission to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney - MGM Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • 1-Day Park-to-Park admission tickets to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
  • Free concierge reservation service

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Blackout dates: Feb 2-4, 26-28, Mar 9-11, 24-26, May 11-13, Dec 21-31. Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. Entry to one theme park per day with the 3- day My Way ticket. The 1-Day Park to Park Ticket entitles admission to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure theme parks on any one (1) calendar day. A minimum 30-day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid through 03/31/2022.

Prize: 6 Day, 5 Night Vacation to Maui, Hawaii or $5,000 cash

Snorkel with Dolphins & Turtles in Maui

Swim Near the Reefs and Snorkel with the Fish or Dolphins in Maui, Hawaii for Six Days & Five Nights at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa with Economy Class Air for Two, Including Either a Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel Excursion or a Half Day Lana'i Dolphin and Snorkel Tour

Aloha, and welcome to Maui, the tropical paradise known as the "Valley Isle" where millions of visitors flock to the surf and sand that rises from the blue Pacific. Explore its dramatic volcanic past and island heritage and experience its modern amenities during your stay at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. Save time for snorkeling at Molokini and Turtle Arches or Lana'i, where you’ll see that Maui’s beauty extends far below the water’s surface.

Discover the ultimate Kaanapali Beach hotel - Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. Surrounded by 40 lush, beachfront acres, this breathtaking Maui hotel presents an astonishing array of delightful ways to spend your days and nights. Frolic in the water playground, pamper yourself at the spa, play championship golf and tennis, scuba, ride the waves, even spend an evening with the heavens. Feast on the beauty of nature, on the priceless art collection and on the cuisine in the delectable restaurants.

You’ll get to participate in one of two quintessential Maui experiences, with your choice of a snorkleing tour! Your Molokini snorkel adventure begins at Ma’alaea Harbor, where you’ll board a boat and be fitted with snorkel gear. You’ll moor at Molokini with plenty of time to explore this remarkable midocean oasis. The wide swim steps and water slides make it fun and easy to get right in and explore the water! The next stop is Turtle Arches, a beautiful reef known for its underwater lava arches and abundance of green sea turtles, where you'll be treated to a guided reef tour led by one of the naturalists. Or prepare yourself for the thrill of watching dolphins in their wild natural habitat! Embark on a snorkel adventure off the dramatic scenic coast of Lana'i, home to pristine reefs and wild dolphins, for an ocean experience of a lifetime!!

Your Trip for Two includes:

  • Round trip Economy Class air
  • 6 days/5 nights accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
  • All room-related taxes
  • Either a 5-hour Molokini & Turtle Arches snorkel excursion, including breakfast and lunch, or a half-day Lana'i dolphin & snorkel tour from Lahaina
  • Free concierge reservation service

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Airport taxes and carrier imposed fees are the responsibility of the passenger. Flights may not be upgraded with miles. Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. Blackout dates: Jan 1-4, 9-13, Feb 14-28, Dec 22-31. 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. Package originates from the Contiguous U.S. Travel is valid through 03/31/2022.

Prize: 4 Day, 3 Night Vacation to New York City, New York or $5,000 cash

High-End Shopping Spree in New York City

From Fashion Trends to Legendary Gems, Make the Most of This Fabulous Shopping Trip to New York, New York for Four Days & Three Nights at The Plaza with Economy Class Air for Two, Including a $2,000 Shopping Spree at Your Choice of Bergdorf-Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co. or Bloomingdale’s

This is the quintessential self-indulgent shopping experience! Get ready for days full of the Big Apple, and high-end shopping at Bergdorf-Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co. or Bloomingdale's, where you can luxuriate in your favorite designers' masterpieces, the hottest trends, and classic accessories. You'll stay at the spectacular Plaza, a Fairmont managed hotel where a seamless fusion of traditional and modern, and a passion for uncompromising service combine to create an experience that is indulgent, exquisite, and truly unforgettable.

Shop until you drop at your choice of four of the best-known fashion retailers in the nation. Standing at the crossroads of fashion at Fifth Avenue and 58th Street in New York City, Bergdorf-Goodman is known as a New York legend throughout the world for elegance, luxury, and superior service. Saks Fifth Avenue continues to maintain its reputation as a unique specialty store synonymous with fashionable, gracious living as it has been doing since 1924. Bloomingdale's is committed to leading the way with exclusive merchandise, customized services, and alternative shopping venues. And Tiffany & Co. makes your dreams come true with the world's most exquisite jewelry and outstanding customer service since 1837.

Amid the whirl of excitement of the city, you will find The Plaza, a timeless landmark hotel that has captured the essence of New York splendor since 1907. After a day of shopping, return to the luxurious hospitality of this premier property, and enjoy a drink in the Champagne Bar or the stunning Rose Club for a signature cocktail and epicurean delight. Amenities include a world-class retail collection featuring exclusive boutiques and purveyors of fine food, as well as the spa, fitness center and salon. The Palm Court continues to offer its timeless afternoon tea in an elegant setting marked with its historic stained glass and impressive height. The newest addition to The Plaza is the Food Hall, a space akin to European food halls not typically found in the United States. The Plaza Food Hall offers a thoughtfully curated selection of New York favorites and relative newcomers, including specialty coffees, a caviar bar, a wine bar, sushi, and so much more. Whether you’re a born-and-bred New Yorker looking to enjoy childhood favorites or a visitor who wants to sample a cross-section of the city’s best, you truly can find it all under the famous gabled roof of The Plaza. From the sumptuous décor to the impeccable white glove service, The Plaza is an extraordinary hotel that offers every indulgence.

Your Trip for Two includes:

  • Round trip Economy Class air
  • 4 days/3 nights accommodations at The Plaza in a king-bedded room
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • All room-related taxes
  • (1) $1,000 Gift Card per person to your choice of Bergdorf-Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co. or Bloomingdale's
  • Free concierge reservation service

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Airport taxes and carrier imposed fees are the responsibility of the passenger. Flights may not be upgraded with miles. A minimum 30-day advance reservation is required. Package originates from the Contiguous U.S. Limited availability in December. Some restrictions may apply during special events. 4-night minimum stay required during June and July. Travel is valid through 12/31/2022.

Prize: 9 Day, 8 Night Vacation to Mexico or $5,000 cash

Cultural Tour of Central Mexico

Mexico offers travellers a feast for the senses — the sounds of bustling urban life of Mexico City, the fascinating sights of the Aztec ruins, and the flavours of exquisite food and drink. On this nine day tour, you’ll have the chance to devour all this and more. Your journey starts in the country’s famed metropolis before visiting many pieces of its colourful past, including the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Teotihuacan Ruins and Mitla, the Frida Kahlo Museum, and the artisan community of Oaxaca. And, of course, you’ll enjoy delicious local cuisine along the way — not to mention a sip or two of mezcal. With free time put aside to explore, Mexico is ready to embrace all travellers looking to uncover this beautiful country.

Full Trip Itinerary:

MEXICO CITY - Arrive at any time; your arrival transfer is included.

DAY 2 | Set out to discover the vibrant Mexican capital on foot. Visit the Zócalo, a massive, historic square that dates back to the city’s Aztec origins. Then immerse yourself in local cuisine on a walk through a bustling food market. The afternoon is yours to explore: opt to visit one of the city’s stellar museums, such as the National Museum of Anthropology or the Palace of Fine Arts; or tour the murals of Diego Rivera, the renowned Mexican painter who spearheaded the Latin American fresco movement in the early half of the 20th century. In the evening, choose to enjoy a traditional dance performance at the Ballet Folklórico de México.

DAY 3 | Head to Teotihuacán for a guided tour of this ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site. Little is known regarding when Teotihuacán, the “city of the gods,” was constructed or by whom, but by the fifth century A.D. it had grown to become of the one the most important cities in Central America. Explore these impressive pre-Aztec ruins and learn about the site’s iconic temples, the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. Return to Mexico City for a free evening: opt to head to the top of the Torre Latinoamericana skyscraper for a bird’s-eye view of the metropolis, or catch an entertaining match of lucha libre, freestyle Mexican wrestling.

DAY 4 | Rise early for a sunrise tour of Mexico City’s Xochimilco, a system of canals built by the ancient Aztecs. Navigate through colorful floating gardens on a punt—a brightly painted flat-bottomed boat— and stop at a local farm for a traditional breakfast. Afterwards, head to the vibrant Coyoacán district, home to the Frida Kahlo Museum. Tour the Casa Azul or “blue house,” where the famed Mexican artist was born and spent her final years. Continue to Puebla and take a guided walk of the stunning city, backed by a soaring volcano and renowned for its Spanish colonial architecture and culinary traditions. Mole poblano is said to have originated here!

PUEBLA - Enjoy a Talavera pottery demonstration with a local artist and learn about the historical and cultural significance of this Mexican ceramic tradition, brought to the New World by the Spanish in the 16th century. The rest of the day is yours to explore: choose to visit one of Puebla’s colorful markets; set out on a local food tour; or discover the Great Pyramid of Cholula, the largest pyramid in the world

PUEBLA/OAXACA - Depart for Oaxaca, an eclectic Mexican city where Indigenous culture holds strong. Stop en route at an artisan community to learn about alebrijes, fantastical folk figurines carved from copal wood and then brightly painted. In Oaxaca, take a guided stroll around the main square, then set out to explore the culinary delights of the city with a local host. Learn how chocolate is produced at a grinding mill, and flip your own tortillas at a tortilla-making workshop. Continue to a local family's kitchen to taste an array of delicious Oaxacan dishes and chat with your hosts about traditional cooking methods and food culture.

OAXACA - Head to the nearby ruins of Mitla for a guided tour. One of Mexico’s best known archaeological sites, it is believed that Mitla was founded as a Zapotec burial ground. Visit Hierve el Agua—petrified waterfalls created by mineral deposits in the water dripping from a cliff. On the way back, stop at a mezcal factory to sample this unique local beverage made from the agave plant; and enjoy a free evening in Oaxaca to relax or head out for a night on the town.

OAXACA/MEXICO CITY - Spend the morning at leisure, or wander among the plazas and pyramids of the Monte Albán ruins, dating to the eighth century B.C.. You can also opt to visit the Museum of Oaxacan Cultures, housed in a beautiful monastery; learn how to make the flavorsome mole sauce; or relax in a café in Oaxaca’s main square. Catch an afternoon flight back to Mexico City and choose to join the group for a final night out in the capital.

MEXICO CITY - Depart at any time

Your 9 Day, 8 Night Trip for Two includes:

  • $3,000 air credit
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Talavera Pottery Experience, Puebla
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Oaxaca Culinary Experience, Oaxaca
  • Your Foodie Moment: Mexico City Walking and Food Tour, Mexico City
  • Your Foodie Moment: Mezcal Factory Tour, Oaxaca
  • 8 Nights of Hotel Accommodations
  • Arrival transfer
  • Teotihuacán Guided Tour
  • Sunrise Xochimilco Tour with Mariachi
  • Museum of Frida Kahlo (Casa Azul)
  • Alebrijes Artisan Community Visit
  • Valley of Mitla Ruins Visit
  • Hierve el Agua Petrified Waterfall Visit
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. A minimum 60-day advance reservation is required. 2021 trip start dates: 10/2, 11/20, 12/18, and 12/25.

Prize: 4 Day, 3 Night Vacation to Colorado Springs, Colorado or $5,000 cash

Back Country Adventure in Colorado

Inspire the Adventurer Within in Colorado Springs, Colorado for Four Days & Three Nights at The Broadmoor for Two, Including a $600 American Express Gift Card Toward Dining and Activities, Plus a Choice of Either a Two-Hour Segway Tour, a Zipline Tour, a Jeep Tour or a Hike Near Pikes Peak

Experience the beauty and heritage of the American West at The Broadmoor, a celebrated resort that combines European elegance with authentic adventures and activities in every season. This is where the spirit of the West inspires the adventurer within, providing endless opportunities to explore the majestic mountains, streams, and canyons that have inspired generations. Whether you're interested in the thrill of zip lining adventures, the exploration of hiking, the technical challenge of off-roading or smooth travels via Segway, you'll find endless activities!

Nestled on 5,000 lush acres under the shadow of Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado's unsurpassed natural beauty surrounds The Broadmoor and provides endless possibilities for adventure and exploration. The Resort is framed by the picturesque mountains, lush meadows and scenic canyons that captivate the imagination. The Broadmoor has remained one of the most recognizable and celebrated hotels in the world. Opening in 1918, the hotel's distinctive blend of history, luxury and genuine hospitality has made it the longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star awards. Discover the extraordinary activities and warm, personalized service that has made The Broadmoor an iconic destination among Colorado hotels.

Guests seeking one-of-a-kind adventure vacations will discover an array of inspiring outdoor activities to enjoy during their stay, from Soaring Adventures over Seven Falls and scenic train rides up Pikes Peak, to distinctive Wilderness Experiences that feature their own unique lodging, dining, and activities. From horseback riding and hikes along scenic mountain trails to rock climbing instruction and fly fishing excursions, guests are encouraged to immerse themselves in the unique culture of Colorado with the help of exceptional staff. Whether you prefer to tee off with the pros on the legendary golf courses or perfect your swing with the award-winning tennis program, you'll find an unmatched selection of activities.

Make the most of the outdoors with one of four thrilling adventure tours! The two-hour Segway tour of the Cheyenne Cañon and Broadmoor Area features a stop at Starr Kempf's fascinating metal sculptures, allows you to ride the trails of Cheyenne Cañon and stop at the historic Starsmore Discovery Center, and explore the Penrose Heritage Museum, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum and a variety of other collected artifacts. For an adrenaline-filled day, get a new perspective on Colorado scenery as you soar between rocky expanses on the Fins Course Zipline Tour at Seven Falls. Fly down five ziplines extending up to 1,800 feet (548 meters), plus traverse two suspension bridges and bound down a 180-foot (54 meter) rappel. What better way to admire stunning views of Colorado's scenery? The Old West High Country 4X4 Jeep Tour is an extraordinary way to explore the rugged landscape and natural beauty surrounding Colorado Springs as you go through secluded backcountry locations high in the mountains of the Pike National Forest. You won't have to worry about navigating on your own thanks to a guide, who will provide context about the area's history and geology. You don't need to be a hard-core mountaineer to enjoy the Colorado wilderness with the beginner-friendly Classic Crags Hike near Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. You'll join your guide to explore this classic five-mile trail where you can traverse a short distance with a slight elevation gain, and learn how to approach a front country hike. Along the way, you can take in the views of streams and rock formations.

Your Trip for Two Includes:

  • 4 days/3 nights accommodations at The Broadmoor
  • Room-related taxes
  • Choice of either the Cheyenne Cañon and Broadmoor Area Segway Tour, Fins Course Zipline Tour, Old West High Country 4X4 Jeep Tour, or Classic Crags Hike near Pikes Peak
  • (1) $600 American Express Gift Card toward dining and activities
  • Free concierge reservation service

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Some restrictions may apply during special events. 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. Minimum age for Segway tour participants is 12 years old. Zipline tour participants must weigh between 90 and 250 pounds and must wear closed toe shoes. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid through 03/31/2022.

Prize: 5 Day, 4 Night Vacation to Alberta, Canada or $1,750 cash

Private Guided Fishing in Canadian Rockies

Grab Your Rod, It's Time to Go Fish for Five Days & Four Nights at Your Choice of the Fairmont Banff Springs or The Fairmont Jasper Park

Alberta is Canada's favorite year-round resort destination and is the perfect escape, with UNESCO World Heritage sites, magnificent natural beauty, and tons of options for outdoor adventures! In the heart of Banff National Park, you'll find the world-famous Fairmont Banff Springs, and in Jasper National Park you'll find the premier Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, two unforgettable destinations in Alberta. Both of these luxury resorts put you in ideal locations for exceptional fishing experiences!

For more than a century, 'The Castle in the Rockies' has been providing rugged elegance in the heart of Banff National Park. The discovery of hot springs in the area led to the creation of Banff, Canada's first national park. Within this setting, the Banff Springs hotel offers stunning vistas, exceptional regional cuisine, the award-winning European-style Willow Stream Spa, and impeccable service for an unforgettable retreat. Fairmont Banff Springs boasts year-round luxury, including a wealth of exciting activities for all seasons such as a championship golf course during the summer, unparalleled skiing in the winter, hiking, a 27-hole championship golf course, river rafting, horseback riding, downhill and cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and skating.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is your luxury basecamp in the True North Rockies. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a 700-acre year-round luxury mountain resort which wraps around the shores of the pristine lake "Lac Beauvert" and Canada's top-rated Golf Resort Course. The resort's charming village of cedar chalets, all connected by picturesque paths, offer guests unique access to explore the natural environment of the hotel. Enjoy a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities in Jasper, Alberta including golf, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding and mountain biking in the summer and ice skating, snowshoeing and skiing in the winter. After an active day outdoors, rejuvenate with a signature treatment at the luxurious Fairmont Spa, inspired by the energy and beauty of Jasper National Park.

While awe-inspiring scenes like sparkling lakes, mountain sunsets, and roaring rivers might be what people first think when they imagine a trip to this Rocky Mountain paradise, fishing here has always been a way to explore, reconnect, and be inspired in nature. This skillfully guided fishing excursion provides excellent angling experiences for the novice and expert alike. Enjoy every moment of your daytime adventure out on the water while you fish for trophy size Lake Trout, as you're surrounded by some of the country's most spectacular scenery. There may even be opportunities to view bears, bighorn sheep, elk, wolf, coyote, deer, bald eagles, golden eagles, diving ducks, and many other animals!

Your spacious junior suite provides the epitome of comfort, privacy, and a delightful ambiance. The junior suite features a plush sitting area and refined comfort.

Your Trip for Two includes:

  • Round trip Economy Class air
  • 5 days/4 nights’ accommodations at Your Choice of the Fairmont Banff Springs or The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in a Junior Suite
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • All room-related taxes
  • Half-day private guided fishing experience
  • Fairmont Banff Springs complimentary amenities: Wi-Fi, fitness classes (reservations required), guided wilderness walks, guided bike tours, guided hikes, movie, game nights, scavenger hunts, ping pong & pool at the Canadian Bowling & Entertainment Centre, stargazing, guided snow shoe tours, campfire evenings, ice rink, curling, use of tennis courts including racket, skill & drill nights, ladies & men's nights stroller, golf clubs after 4pm, 1-hour bike rental
  • Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge complimentary activities, reservations required: Voyageur canoe tour, 1-hour nature walk per day, 1-hour mountain biking per day, stand up paddle board or pedal boat rental, digital scavenger hunt, JPL Run Club audio history tour, lawn games, Canoeing 101, Kayaking 101, Artists in Residence painting class, short game clinic, lakeside movement & meditation, lakeside flow yoga, skating on Lake Mildred (including skate, helmet, hockey sticks and puck rental), cross country ski and snowshoe rentals, toboggan rental, tube and sled rentals
  • 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. Airport taxes and carrier imposed fees are the responsibility of the passenger. Flights may not be upgraded with miles. Fishing experience runs on specific days of the week and at specific times and operates seasonally. Fishing license is not included and is the responsibility of the traveler. Reservations must be made at least 45 days in advance of travel. Package originates from the Contiguous U.S. Complimentary amenities are subject to availability. Limited availability during summer. Travel is valid through 12/31/2022.

Prize: Private Virtual Chat & Performance with Broadway Stars or $1,000 cash

Private Virtual Chat & Performance with Broadway Stars

Broadway Comes to You During a Private Virtual Chat with Two Stars from Your Choice of Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Hamilton, The Lion King, Mean Girls, Moulin Rouge, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Phantom of the Opera or Wicked for Up to Ten People, Including a Solo Performance

From Agrabah to Africa, "My Girl" to Mean Girls, the spellbinding story of Harry Potter or the mythical quest of Orpheus, you'll get to participate in an intimate chat with two star cast members from the Broadway musical of your choice for an hour of personal success stories, backstage anecdotes and easy conversation about life in the Big Apple and behind the curtain! Each cast member will also perform a solo number live, so whether you choose "Just My Imagination," "Cell Block Tango," or "The Circle of Life," you're in for a sensational treat! Before you say goodbye, you'll have the unique opportunity to ask away during a Question and Answer session.

Even from afar, you'll feel the magic of Broadway, from the dazzling love story between the palacebound princess and the peasant in Aladdin, to preaching missionaries ringing doorbells in The Book of Mormon; the unforgettable score and undeniable obsession in Phantom of the Opera, to the murder and manipulation of Chicago. Ain't Too Proud is the electrifying new musical that follows the Temptations' extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; and Mean Girls observes the perilous game of popularity, pitching the New Girl against the Queen Bee, and explores the caustic power of frenemies, from besties to bullies to the Burn Book. Hadestown intertwines two mythic tales—that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone—as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Be prepared to fall under the spell of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opens with outrageous enchantment, and presents a story that grapples with the age-old fantasy: what if we could rewrite our own histories? The electrifying enchantment of Moulin Rouge is a theatrical celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and love in a world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows. Poignant, personal and profound, Dear Evan Hansen is the new heart-scorching musical about life, the way we live it, and the struggle to connect. Mrs. Doubtfire offers a hysterical and heartfelt story about holding onto your loved ones against all odds, Glinda and the green witch discover what it means to be friends in Wicked, the lions enter a power struggle in The Pride Lands of The Lion King, and 7,000 stranded passengers are welcomed to a small town in Newfoundland in Come From Away. Or delight in the sold-out smash hit Hamilton, which is most directly about the life and death of Alexander Hamilton, but it is more broadly, and boldly, about America itself. Featuring the sounds of hip-hop, rhythm and blues, soul and show tunes, history brings a new beat to Broadway. From the Founding Fathers to the fantastically talented actors portraying them, prepare yourself for an exclusive and revolutionary Manhattan musical experience!

Your Experience for up to ten (10) people includes:

  • Private virtual chat with two actors from a Broadway hit musical, including a solo performance of one or two songs per cast member

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Experience is non-refundable and subject to availability. Guests must submit three sets of preferred experience dates and show choices. A minimum 45-day advance reservation is required. Participating shows are subject to change. Experience is valid through 03/31/2022.

Prize: 8 Day, 7 Night Vacation to Finland or $100,000 cash

Chasing Northern Lights in Finland

Visit Helsinki, Finland’s cosmopolitan capital, and then venture north to Finnish Lapland to enjoy a wide array of activities that capture the wonder of the region, as you drive sled dogs and ride by horse-drawn sleigh, go snowshoeing and snowmobiling, sample local culinary treats and enjoy some of the best opportunities anywhere in the world to behold the spectacular northern lights.

Full Trip Itinerary:

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL HELSINKI - Arrive in Helsinki, capital of Finland, where you are met and privately transferred to your hotel, viewing the Market Square, Esplanadi Park and other top city sights en route. Once settled in, enjoy an evening at leisure. Hotel Kämp

DAY 2 PORVOO | LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE - After breakfast, set out with your private vehicle and guide to Porvoo, the second-oldest town in all of Finland. Officially founded by Sweden in 1346, Porvoo has been an active center of trade since the Middle Ages, and many of its inhabitants still speak Swedish as their first language. While here, you have the chance to learn about the area’s colorful history at the Porvoo Historical Museum. After a visit to the medieval cathedral, you may wander into the small handicraft shops offering pottery, rugs and handmade shawls. Hotel Kämp | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3 ROVAMEIMI | LIFE AMONG THE REINDEER HERDERS - Fly north to Rovaniemi, in the heart of the region of Lapland. Begin your adventure here with a visit to a local reindeer farm located just outside town. Meet reindeer herders who tell you about their way of life, keeping warm with hot drinks and snacks as you listen to their tales. Next, set out on a reindeer sleigh ride through the snowy white landscape. Stop for lunch at a traditional tipi-like restaurant called a kota, savoring three courses of Lappish food made with authentic Arctic ingredients. Later, soothe your body and mind in a traditional Finnish sauna, followed by stargazing from the comfort of a Jacuzzi, perhaps being favored with your first look at the northern lights. You may also opt for a dip into the ice waters of Lake Sieri. Tonight, enjoy an evening at leisure. Arctic Light Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 ROVANEIMI | HUSKIES & HUNTING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS - Start your day with a visit to a local husky farm to enjoy the eager dogs and meet the mushers, who share tips with you on how to drive a dog sled. Then, take control yourself and embark on a thrilling husky dog-sled ride, taking in the natural splendors of Lapland as you go. Tonight, set out on snowshoes with your private guide on a hunt for the spectacular aurora borealis, which may at any time light up the sparkling Arctic sky. Arctic Light Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 SAARISELKA | SNOWMOBILE SAFARI - This morning, transfer to Saariselka and settle in to your hotel. Enjoy time for lunch at your leisure. This evening, set out on an Arctic safari by snowmobile through the stunning natural Fell Lapland countryside, speeding across the sparkling snow and watching the skies for the northern lights. Northern Lights Village | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 SAARISELKA | PRIVATE HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH RIDE - Enjoy a relaxing morning at leisure. This afternoon, join your personal guide for a private horse-drawn sleigh ride, gliding through the quiet, snow-draped forests of a real-life winter wonderland. The remainder of your day is at leisure, free to enjoy your final night in Finnish Lapland. Northern Lights Village | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 HELSINKI | A DAY AT LEISURE - Fly to Helsinki and transfer to your hotel situated in the city center. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in this fascinating, cosmopolitan Nordic city. Hotel Kämp | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 DEPART HELSINKI - After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

Your 8 Day, 7 Night Trip for up to Eight (8) includes:

  • $20,000 air credit
  • 3 nights accommodations at Hotel Kämp
  • 2 nights accommodations at Arctic Light Hotel
  • 2 nights accommodations at Northern Lights Village
  • A three-course luncheon at a kota restaurant
  • One-of-a-Kind Itinerary Designed for You
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Exclusive Insider-Access Opportunities and Inspiring Sightseeing
  • English-Speaking Local Guides
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Full Breakfast Daily
  • Entrance Fees and Taxes

All accommodations, meals, English-speaking guides and private sightseeing (except for shared excursions from safari camps/lodges, cruise vessels and trains or other exceptions), as noted in the itinerary; park and entrance fees; arrival and departure transfers; coffee/tea/soft drinks/water at included meals; local bottled water during sightseeing; porterage of up to two (2) pieces of baggage per person; complimentary Internet access (where available on cruises and at land accommodations; service levels are not guaranteed); and hotel taxes. Package good for travel from Jan–Mar, Nov–Dec.

Prize: 10 Day, 9 Night Vacation for 8 to Switzerland & Italy or $50,000 cash

Luxury Train Ride for 8 from Swiss Alps to Italian Lakes

Climb aboard Switzerland’s legendary trains to experience some of the most spectacular scenery in the Swiss Alps, from the twisted peak of the Matterhorn to the breathtaking vistas of the Bernina Pass. Soar high above Zermatt in a gondola, and enjoy a choice of hikes, walks, and tram rides through beautiful mountain landscapes. Then cross the Alps into Italy and cap off the trip on the shores of stunning Lake Como.

Full Trip Itinerary:

DAYS 1-2: ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND/ZERMATT - Arrive in Zürich this morning and board a train to the charming Alpine village of Zermatt, off-limits to cars. Check in to our hotel and gather for a welcome dinner tonight. The next day, take a guided walk through Zermatt village; then ride gondolas up to Glacier Paradise for a fascinating walk through the inside of a glacier. Return to Zermatt by gondola, or opt to hike back into town.

DAY 3: ZERMATT/GORNER GLACIER - Climb aboard the Gornergrat Bahn cogwheel railway, the highest train in Europe, and ascend to a summit far above Zermatt to experience one of the best viewpoints in the Alps. Admire a gorgeous vista that includes Monte Rosa, the Matterhorn, and the Gorner Glacier. Hike down past Alpine lakes to Riffelberg, where we will catch the train back to Zermatt. Pay a visit to the Matterhorn Museum, where a local mountaineer and Alpine historian will recount stories of early attempts to conquer the Matterhorn and other climbing adventures.

DAY 4: GLACIER EXPRESS/ST. MORITZ - Take your first-class seat on the world-famous Glacier Express and set off on a breathtaking journey across three high-mountain passes, over 291 bridges, and through 91 tunnels. Enjoy the elegant atmosphere of the train as we soak up magnificent vistas of skyscraping, glacier-glazed peaks on our way to the Upper Engadin Valley. Disembark in St. Moritz and settle into our hotel for the evening.

DAY 5: ST. MORITZ - Start the morning with a private tour of the Segantini Museum, housing the many works of Alpine artist Giovanni Segantini. Afterward, take a funicular to the top of Muottas Muragl, admiring the breath-taking landscapes that Segantini once painted. Enjoy lunch at leisure at the mountaintop restaurant, then head to the village of Sils to explore its picturesque town center, or hike the paths that wind through the surrounding alpine landscapes. Back in St. Moritz, visit a local patisserie to sample delectable chocolates during a private tasting.

DAY 6: BERNINA PASS/POSCHIAVO - Today, ride the legendary Bernina Express, the highest mountain railway in the Alps, to the heart of Italian-speaking Switzerland. Take in extraordinary views of the Morteratsch Glacier from the train’s panoramic windows as we climb to the highest point at Ospizio Bernina, 7,578 feet above sea level. Descend to the town of Poschiavo, where we meet a local guide for a tour of its charming historic center. Return to St. Moritz via the Bernina Express late this afternoon.

DAY 7: ST. MORITZ/VARENNA - A spectacular drive through Alpine valleys brings us into the Italian Lake District today. The countryside is dotted with villas in hues of terra-cotta, pink, ochre, and gold, and strewn with tropical vegetation and lush gardens. Our destination is the lovely village of Varenna, perched on the eastern shore of the vast and beautiful Lake Como. Settle into a historic 19th-century hotel overlooking Lake Como, where famous guests including Queen Victoria of England have stayed.

DAY 8: LAKE COMO - Board a private boat for a picturesque cruise and soak in the beauty of Lake Como’s lakeside towns. Behold a panorama of colorful waterside villages and elegant estates, fringed by palms and pines and backed by soaring mountains. Visit Villa del Balbianello, first founded in the 13th century as a Cistercian monastery and later owned by Italian explorer Guido Monzino. Continue to the delightful town of Bellagio and explore at leisure. This evening, learn secrets of Italian cooking during a demonstration by a local chef, followed by a delicious dinner accompanied by a selection of local wines.

DAY 9: LAKE COMO - Spend the day enjoying the treasures and charms of Como. Discover Como’s historic center, its sunny piazzas, and the Teatro Sociale. Then join a private guide for a tour of the Como Cathedral. Later, return to our hotel and relax on the terrace, taking in the view before we gather to celebrate our journey with a farewell dinner in the home of a local family.

DAY 10: MILAN - After breakfast, transfer to Milan’s Malpensa Airport for your flight home.

Your 10 Day, 9 Night Trip for up to Eight (8) includes:

  • $20,000 air credit
  • 3 nights accommodations at Hotel National Zermatt
  • 3 nights accommodations at Crystal Hotel St. Moritz
  • 3 nights accommodations at Hotel Royal Victoria
  • A National Geographic Expert and an expedition leader and local guides joining along the way
  • Departure transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport
  • Transportation provided on-trip
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary

2022 trip start dates: 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28, 9/4, 9/11 and 9/25.

Prize: 9 Day, 8 Night Vacation to Summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Ascend the tallest freestanding mountain in the world alongside the team with the best summit rate on Kilimanjaro, viewing breathtaking lava-forged landscapes en route to achieving a once-in-a-lifetime goal.

Full Trip Itinerary:

ARRIVE ARUSHA, TANZANIA - Arrive in Arusha and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a good night’s rest as one of only 12 guests on this epic journey.

ARUSHA | SCENIC PARKLAND - In preparation for the climb ahead, acclimatize as you walk through Arusha National Park. Situated between the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, this scenic park houses a wide range of habitats, from its string of crater lakes populated by waterfowl, to its highland montane forest and imposing summit views. The forest harbors a wealth of wildlife, including frolicking black-and-white colobus monkeys and regal bushbucks. This evening, sit down to a welcome dinner with fellow guests.

MOUNT KILIMANJARO | 10,000 FEET - Drive from Arusha to the Machame village on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to begin your climb along the challenging and scenic Machame Route. Hike for about six hours through dense rubber-tree and giant fig forests to your camp, set up near huts once used for shelter. As you make your way up through the forested terrain, keep an eye out for elephants. Settle into your first camp, poised at an altitude of 10,000 feet.

MOUNT KILIMANJARO | 12,500 FEET - Awake early to a piping-hot cup of coffee or tea. As you leave camp, absorb the commanding view of Uhuru Peak. Trek out of the forest up to the Hagenia zone, through a savanna of tall grasses and haunting volcanic lava landscapes. After a six-hour hike, arrive at the Shira Plateau and your camp. At 12,500 feet, it boasts sweeping views across the Masai Steppe to distant Mount Meru and the Shira Needles.

MOUNT KILIMANJARO | 13,000 FEET - During a six-hour hike, skirt the Shira Plateau toward the Kibo Massif, continuing upward to the pass at Lava Tower (15,000 feet). Descend toward Barranco Camp through the immense, waterfall-punctuated Grand Barranco canyon, which is fed by streams from the Umbwe River. Today’s camp is situated at an elevation of 13,000 feet.

MOUNT KILIMANJARO | ACCLIMATIZATION DAY - Hike for about five hours along the Barranco Cliff with no increase in elevation. This allows you time to rest and adjust to the increasingly higher altitudes. In the afternoon, you may hike in the Karanga Valley set beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Decken and Kersten glaciers.

MOUNT KILIMANJARO | PREPARING FOR THE SUMMIT - Take a four- to five-hour trek on another day of acclimatization as you near the mountain’s peak, stopping at Barafu Camp (15,200 feet) on a moraine, with views of majestic Mawenzi Peak to the right and looming Kibo Peak overhead. The surrounding, scenic alpine desert terrain is largely mineral and features some lichens and moss. Turn in early this evening — tomorrow, you make an early start for the summit.

MOUNT KILIMANJARO | SUMMIT DAY - Rise very early to a hot cup of coffee or tea before setting out on approximately 13 hours of trekking today. Should all go as planned, you will stand at the highest point in Africa in about seven hours’ time. Make your way up a winding path flanked by the towering Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers to soaring Stella Point, at 18,630 feet on the rim of Kibo Crater. As the sun rises, continue around the rim to Uhuru Peak (19,341 feet), the highest point in Africa, where the air is rarefied. Savor your achievement of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, and then descend to your last campsite (10,200 feet).

DEPART ARUSHA - Continue your descent to the base of the mountain, where your A&K driver greets and transports you back to Arusha. During a farewell lunch, enjoy basking in your accomplishments with fellow guests. Comfortable dayrooms are provided until your departure flight.

Your 9 Day, 8 Night Summit Trip for Two Includes:

  • $3,000 air credit
  • 3 nights accommodation at Lake Duluti Lodge
  • Top-of-the-line camping gear and safety equipment
  • The largest and most comfortable sleeping tents on the mountain, as well as private toilet facilities on Machame Camp, Shira Camp, Barranco Camp, Karanga Camp, Barafu Camp, and Mweka Camp on your week of trekking
  • Porters to transport your luggage and equipment throughout the climb and descent
  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Travelling Bell Boy Luggage Handling
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: A Kilimanjaro Climb is an active program involving long, strenuous walks and steep ascents. A robust level of fitness is necessary. Minimum age is 16 years. Also, because of the high elevations you will encounter during the climb, you may experience altitude sickness. Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. A minimum 60-day advance reservation is required. 2022 trip start dates: 1/25, 2/8, 5/17, 6/7, 7/5, 8/2, 8/16, 9/13, 10/11 and 11/8.

Prize: 10 Day, 9 Night Vacation to Spain, or $12,500 cash

Hike Historic Camino de Santiago Trail in Spain

Hike the famed El Camino de Santiago—Europe’s longest and most storied pilgrimage route—and stay in historic monasteries and centuries-old paradors along the way. Trace the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway—and many a bull—through Pamplona, and explore the spectacular historic center of Santiago de Compostela. Venture into Burgos Cathedral and the monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Encounter Roman sites, mountain villages, and the architecture of Antoni Gaudí. Set out from Pamplona to discover the longest pilgrimage route in Europe, experiencing the most picturesque and poignant sections of this World Heritage site on foot.

Full Trip Itinerary:

PAMPLONA, SPAIN - Arrive at Pamplona Airport (PNA) and transfer to our historic hotel, once a haunt of Ernest Hemingway. After an orientation, set out on a walk through the old city and the streets made famous by the running of the bulls. Meet up for a welcome dinner tonight.

LOGROÑO | NAVARRETE - Descend out of the foothills of the Pyrenees to La Rioja, one of Spain’s most celebrated wine regions, and set off along El Camino, walking through vineyards to the village of Navarrete. In the afternoon, visit the Yuso and Suso monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla, a World Heritage site considered the birthplace of the Spanish language. Stop for a wine tasting at a local bodega before settling in to our hotel. (8 miles hiking, 4 hours)

ATAPUERCA | BURGOS - Today’s route rises onto the Meseta Central, high plains that stretch across much of central Spain. Pick up the trail in Atapuerca and head towards Burgos. Walk into the center of the ninth-century city, a former capital of the kingdom of Castile and home to the Spanish national hero El Cid. Take a guided tour of the old town and its 13th-century Gothic cathedral, a World Heritage site. (12–13 miles hiking, 5–6 hours)

FROMISTA | CARRIÓN DE LOS CONDES - Transfer to Fromista, then continue across the Meseta, rambling through the endless green and gold fields of the Tierra de Campos. This land is filled with the history of La Reconquista, when Christian kingdoms succeeded in retaking areas of the Iberian Peninsula controlled by Moors. Arrive in the town of Carrión de los Condes, and stay the night in a historic monastery. (11 miles, 5 hours hiking)

SAHAGÚN | BERCIANOS DEL CAMINO | LEÓN - Start off from the medieval city of Sahagún and head west to the village of Bercianos del Real Camino. Drive on to León for lunch and spend the afternoon discovering the city’s historic sites, including a guided visit through its remarkable cathedral, filled with more than a hundred stained glass windows. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening, and spend the night in a spectacular Renaissance convent. (5–6 miles hiking, 3 hours)

HOSPITAL DE ÓRBIGO TO ASTORGA | VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO - Today’s hike begins at a Roman bridge in the village of Hospital de Órbigo. Follow country roads and take in the view from El Crucero de Santo Toribio, a stone cross that has marked this trail for centuries. Descend to Astorga, and explore the town’s fascinating architecture, from Romanesque and Gothic churches to a palace designed by Antoni Gaudí. Continue west to Villafranca del Bierzo, and meet with a local historian before dinner. (11 miles hiking, 5 hours)

LAS HERRERIAS | O CEBREIRO | MONFORTE DE LEMOS - Hike into the northwestern region of Galicia, known for its Celtic history and rolling hills. Tackle our first serious ascent, climbing nearly 1,200 feet during our last four miles. Follow forest paths and switchbacks past thatched houses and stone villages to reach the hilltop hamlet of O Cebreiro. See the oldest intact church on El Camino, and leave a coin at the village cross for good luck. Visit the sixth-century Samos Monastery en route to this evening’s lodging: a Benedictine monastery in Monforte de Lemos. (7–8 miles hiking, 4 hours)

O PEDROUZO | SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - Travel to the town of O Pedrouzo, and set off on the final leg of our hike along El Camino de Santiago. From Monte del Gozo, catch your first glimpse of the Santiago cathedral and its striking towers. Continue into the heart of the city to Plaza do Obradoiro, located at the foot of the cathedral and the endpoint of the pilgrimage route. (12 miles hiking, 6 hours)

CABO FISTERRA | SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - Journey to Cabo Fisterra, the westernmost tip of Spain and a continuation of El Camino for many pilgrims. Spend time soaking in the beauty of the cape, and sit down to lunch at a local restaurant in town. Return to Santiago for a guided historical tour of the cathedral and the city’s old quarter, a World Heritage site. Enjoy time to explore on your own before our farewell dinner.

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - After breakfast, transfer to the Santiago–Rosalía de Castro Airport (SCQ) and catch your flight home.

Your 10 Day, 9 Night Trip for Two includes:

  • $3,000 air credit
  • 1 night accommodations at Gran Hotel La Perla
  • 1 night accommodations at Parador Nacional de Santo Domingo de la Calzada
  • 1 night accommodations at NH Collection Palacio de Burgos
  • 1 night accommodations at Hotel Real Monasterio San Zolio
  • 1 night accommodations at Hotel Real Colegiata
  • 1 night accommodation at Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo
  • 1 night accommodation at Parador Nacional Monforte de Lemos
  • 2 nights accommodation at Parador de Santiago – Hostal dos Reis Catolicos
  • A National Geographic Expert will accompaning each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective.
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Transportation provided on-trip
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The itineraries, accommodations, and staff presented in the Expedition documentation, catalog, or on the website are subject to modification and change by National Geographic Expeditions or the Tour Operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate Expeditions as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent. Participants are responsible for obtaining any documents required for their participation in the Expedition such as a valid passport, all visas, vaccination certificates, and any other documents. Failure to obtain documents does not negate the terms and conditions, and any extra costs incurred for rerouting due to travel without the necessary documents will be the participant’s responsibility. Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. A minimum 60-day advance reservation is required. 2021 trip start dates: 10/8 and 10/22.

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