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A Storybook European Vacation...It’s hard to beat a family vacation that lists archery at a medieval Slovakian castle on a Danube River Cruise or pasta making at a working Tuscan farm and touring the ruins of the Colosseum in Italy among its highlights. Kids and grown-ups alike are treated to an incredibly immersive and luxurious European vacation with Adventures by Disney®. Exclusive perks with upgrades, welcome gifts and a free night at Belmond Resorts Europe for the whole family with Adventures by Disney® >> If you are unable to view this email, click here. SHARE THIS   Ashley Erickson Landings Travel (941) 924-1124 (800) 299-1123 aerickson@landingstravel.com www.landingstravel.com FST #ST34958 On the Danube River Cruise, tour Austria's 900-year-old Hohenwerfen Castle and meet its majestic resident falcons. On the Italy itinerary, explore the canals of Venice by enchanting gondola and learn to make pasta at a local Tuscan farm. Storybook Europe springs to life with Adventures by Disney - delight in the multiple family-friendly itineraries they've dreamed up for all to enjoy. FIND OUT MORE >> As to Disney artwork, logos, and properties: ©DisneyFares, schedules, Virtuoso exclusives, events and amenities are subject to availability and blackout dates and may change without notice. Unless otherwise stated, prices are in U.S. dollars, per person and based on double occupancy. Restrictions may apply. See your Virtuoso travel advisor for more details and applicable restrictions. Virtuoso is not responsible for any errors in pricing. The trademarks VIRTUOSO, the Globe Swirl Logo, SPECIALISTS IN THE ART OF TRAVEL and ORCHESTRATE DREAMS are registered trademarks of Virtuoso, Ltd. Virtuoso, Ltd. has a U.S. copyright registration for the Globe Swirl Logo, ©2000. All rights reserved. Virtuoso California CST# 2069091; TA# 808 - Registered Iowa Travel Agency; Washington UBI # 601 554 183. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. 365049 AGT/SD 05/15 To receive emails in your Inbox from Virtuoso and your Virtuoso travel advisor,please add the domain email.virtuosoemail.com to your address book or safe senders list. This email was sent to aerickson@landingstravel.com by Virtuoso.To discontinue receiving email at this address, please click here. If the above email address is not yours, and you wish to discontinue receiving emails from Virtuoso, please click here to contact your travel advisor to unsubscribe. © 2015 Virtuoso, Ltd. | 505 Main Street, Suite 500 | Fort Worth, TX 76102  

Posted May 14, 2015

World's 10 Most Scenic Airport Approaches

PrivateFly, a global booking platform for private jet charters, has just released the results of its 2015 global survey of the world's most scenic airport approaches. List of Winners 1. Queenstown Airport, New Zealand 2. Las Vegas McCarran Airport, United States 3. Nice Cote D'Azur Airport, France 4. Barra Airport, Scotland, UK 5. St. Maarten Airport (Princess Juliana International), Caribbean 6. Saba Airport (Juancho E Yrausquin), Caribbean Netherlands 7. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Canada 8. Gibraltar Airport, UK 9. London City Airport, UK 10. Cape Town Airport, South Africa To see the full article and pictures, click here: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/12/travel/scenic-airport-landings/index.html  

Posted May 14, 2015

Photo of the Day

Another throwback to 1993! Kathleen & Jon in Madeira. Breezy Madeira is an eponymous island in the Madeira Islands, a Portuguese archipelago. The capital city of Funchal was settled in the 15th century and is a colorful collection of gardens, religious sites, and quirky tourist attractions like the thatched-roof Madeira Story Centre. Hike to the summit of Pico Ruivo and you’ll feel like you’ve climbed through the clouds. Unwind over a glass of Madeira wine, an historic fortified beverage that’s musky and subtly sweet.

Posted May 14, 2015

Virtuoso Exclusive Offers in Hong Kong

Discover all the wonders of a city like no other. Discover Hong Kong, the gateway to Asia. Savor culinary delights from haute cuisine to local noodle shops. Enjoy exciting nightlife at trendy rooftop bars, or be captivated by Victoria Harbor aboard the Star Ferry. Some of the world's most fascinating destinations are within easy reach of Hong Kong, where rich heritage and stunning natural beauty await. Two Virtuoso exclusive tours being offered are A Taste of Asia and City & Sand. For more information about these two tours and the amenities offered, please look at our flyer: HongKongPDF Contact Landings Travel for more information about travel to Hong Kong.

Posted May 13, 2015

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Posted May 13, 2015

Thank you Grand Hotel Palace

Thank you Antonio Tagliabue for visiting the office today and presenting on the beautiful Grand Hotel Palace in Rome. The hotel is located on the prestigious Via Veneto, just a quick walk from the Spanish Steps. The Grand Hotel Palace is a five star luxury hotel on Rome's most elegant and fashionable street. The hotel has 74 luxury guest rooms and 13 suites, some with private balconies, and a Kami Spa. For more information, feel free to contact Landings Travel at (941) 924 - 1124 or email aerickson@landingstravel.com

Posted May 13, 2015

Book by June 30th to save on fares with Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises celebrates the changing of seasons with five sailings along North America’s super-scenic Eastern Seaboard. Devour fresh lobster and feast your eyes on historic lighthouses, steepled churches and the region’s renowned fall foliage. Save up to $1,000 on fares with Crystal Cruises Save up to $1,000 on cruise fares >>If you are unable to view this email, click here. SHARE THIS   Kathleen Sutter  Landings Travel (941) 924-1124 (800) 299-1123 ksutter@landingstravel.com www.landingstravel.com FST #ST34958 Fares, schedules, Virtuoso exclusives, Virtuoso Voyager Club amenities and events are subject to change without notice. Virtuoso Voyager Club events require a minimum/maximum number of participants and may not be combinable with other offers. Space is limited, black-out dates and restrictions may apply. See your Virtuoso travel advisor for more details and applicable restrictions. Unless otherwise stated, prices are in U.S. dollars, per person and based on double occupancy. Virtuoso is not responsible for any errors in pricing. The trademarks VIRTUOSO, the Globe Swirl Logo, SPECIALISTS IN THE ART OF TRAVEL, ORCHESTRATE DREAMS and VOYAGER CLUB are registered trademarks of Virtuoso, Ltd. has a U.S. copyright registration for the Globe Swirl Logo, © 2000. All rights reserved. Virtuoso California CST# 2069091; TA# 808 - Registered Iowa Travel Agency; Washington UBI # 601 554 183. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. 365064 (agt/sd) 5/15 To receive emails in your Inbox from Virtuoso and your Virtuoso travel advisor,please add the domain email.virtuosoemail.com to your address book or safe senders list.This email was sent to aerickson@landingstravel.com by Virtuoso. To discontinue receiving email at this address, please click here. If the above email address is not yours, and you wish to discontinue receiving emails from Virtuoso, please click here to contact your travel advisor to unsubscribe. © 2015 Virtuoso, Ltd. | 505 Main Street, Suite 500 | Fort Worth, TX 76102  

Posted May 12, 2015

Belgium - The Best Kept Travel Secret

Belgium - Europe's Best Kept Travel Secret The secret of Belgium's capital city, Brussels, is to go with the flow and allow yourself to become part of its charming everyday life. Having previously been ruled by Spain, the Netherlands and France, Belgium is one of those countries that finds it easier to describe itself by what it is not: it's not French, nor is it Dutch, nor German. Belgium is a country with an identity crisis, in the most positive sense of the word, as its population speaks French, Dutch, German, Arabic, and even English, due to a large segment of expat foreigners. With all the variety, Brussels takes the mix in stride and pulls everything together into an offbeat, almost bizarre sense of place. With this cultural diversity it's no wonder that Brussels has seized the new century with a fresh vigor, leaving other European cities wondering who stole their tourists. One source of the tourism influx is Belgium's fashion market â?? while other European cities rested on their laurels, Belgium became a might in style, surpassing France, while the buzzing sidewalk café scene has outmatched that of Paris. Yet the urbanization of Brussels will not leave you woozy with its splendor, rather you will feel compelled to seek out its intimacy and explore its secret treasures. Eating in Brussels The capital's restaurants rival those of Paris and London - both in value and excellence. While it's not an inexpensive city for dining, it has high standards, and restaurants that fall short of the mark simply close. Mussels and chips is the classic dish and can be found in nearly all Belgian restaurants. However, certain districts of Brussels specialize in specific food: Ixelles has excellent Thai, African and Italian bistros, mainly around St-Boniface church. Place du Grand Sablon has an abundance of these restaurants, although they are a little more pricy. Drinking in Brussels is a national pastime. The Grand" Place is lined with terrace bars, full of life in the summer. Le Roi d'Espagne has the most ambiance, and Place St-Géry has designer bar terraces with oodles of mood, and the timeless art deco bar of L'Archiduc, which is claimed to remain open until dawn. Sleeping in Brussels Most visitors to Brussels are on business, therefore hotel rates drop significantly over weekends, so don"t write off the five-stars entirely. The most celebrated, newer luxury hotel is the five-star Amigo, only a few steps from the Grand" Place. Of the mid-range options, the Mozart is oddly kitsch, and often noisy, but located just off the Grand" Place. Overlooking the flea market in the Marolles is the Galia; and The George V is a budget favorite near the bars of St-Géry. Shopping in Brussels The main pedestrian drag, rue Neuve, is full of soulless chain stores selling clothes and shoes. Inno is a big department store, and the City 2 shopping mall has a number of shops, the highlight of which is the impressive Fnac music and bookshop on the top level. Escape the shopping malls and try something more idiosyncratic, like the shabby area between Boulevard Lemonnier and the Grand" Place, where you'll find second-hand book shops and music and clothing stores. Off the Grand" Place is the Galeries St-Hubert, filled with designer boutiques and quirky sidewalk cafés. Sightseeing in Brussels The lower city is centered around the superbly ornate Grand" Place, considered by many as the most beautiful medieval square in all of Europe, with its elegant 17th century guild houses and narrow, atmospheric lanes leading off. In the summer, it hosts daily flower markets, often accompanied by concerts. Nearby, St-Géry flourishes with stylish bars contained in an old, covered market on Place St-Géry. The cafés, restaurants and nightspots buzz in the summer months, as does St-Catherine, a canopied terrace lined with seafood restaurants. Immediately south of Grand" Place, amid the grimy old stores in rue de l'Etuve, is the symbol of Brussels â?? the little statue of the urinating rascal â?? Mannekin-Pis. Further south in the earthy Marolles quarter, rue Haute hosts the daily flea market at Place du Jeu de Balle. Throughout the lower town are murals of Belgium"s comic-strip heroes like Tintin. The upper town boasts dramatic architecture and parks, with a string of grand names along its Boulevard. The Royal Quarter overshadows everything else with the palace and the fountained Parc de Bruxelles leading through to the Belgian Parliament. The Fine Arts Museum boasts old masters like Bruegel, Rubens, Magritte, Delvaux and Monet. A short tram ride from Brussels Montgomery to Tervuren takes you through several parks and the beautiful Ambassadorial district. Tervuren is home to the African Art Museum and Léopold II"s spectacular monuments and parks. Outside of Brussels 10 miles southwest of Brussels is the small Flemish town of Leuven. It has a big university and an even bigger history. Inhabitants amount to around 90,000 people, of which, students number around 22,000 - remarkable by European standards. The entire city lives off and with the University, founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V. It is considered to be the oldest catholic university in the world. St. Peter's Church is certainly worth a visit for its rich interior decoration. Go to admire the beautiful rood loft dating back to 1488, above which hangs a triumphal crucifix from around 1500. The chairs in the choir were sculpted between 1438 and 1442. Admire the magnificent 40-foot high sacraments tower and a baroque wooden pulpit in the nave. St. Peter"s Church holds two world-famous masterpieces in its treasury: "The Last Supper" and "Martyrdom of Saint Erasmus". Leuven also boasts "the longest bar in Europe", as it is generally called by locals -lining up more than 60 pubs that serve a great many of the 360 types of beer produced in Belgium. The Old Market Square offers plenty of choices to fit your mood. "Stella Artois", the pride of Leuven, is probably the most uttered word on this square. If you are seeking beer history, Belgium is full of it. In 1717, the master brewer Sebastian Artois gave his name to one of Belgium's best-known export products â?? Stella Artois. And don't miss the Den Horen - the oldest brewery in Leuven, dating back to 1366. By the Sea and Beyond Did you now that seven out of ten diamonds come from Antwerp, which has been the world's largest diamond center for more than 700 years? Diamonds from mines all over the world are skillfully cut and polished, praised and appraised, bought and sold in Antwerp. The coastal town of Antwerp also fizzes in fashion and the effect reaches far beyond her borders. Belgian designers have a solid international reputation, selling designs being sold around the world and showcasing them in spreads in today's most authoritative fashion magazines. Antwerp has become one of the most important European trendsetters in the fashion world, drawing 6,000 visitors each year to the Antwerp Academy of Arts fashion show, the highpoint of the Antwerp fashion season. Antwerp has unmistakably positioned itself as a unique, fashionable city. It is a mini-metropolis, culturally loaded and strategically packed-out, full of diverse physical characteristics and stark evidence of its finger-on-the-pulse global connections, still somehow behaving like an oversized village, albeit a happily peculiar version of one. Antwerp is also the fourth largest port in the world and the second largest in Europe. It stretches for more than twelve miles along the banks of the River Scheldt, reaching up to Rotterdam and out to the North Sea. Another seaside town is what every European country seems to have: a city that thoroughly encompasses all that the place holds dear. Bruges is such for Belgium, sitting proud and pretty, epitomizing the grandeur and perfection otherwise relegated to storybooks. Its tag, " Venice of the north", is securely fastened. With canal boats, horse-drawn carriages and bicycles as readily-available transport options, the ethnic spirit is available for the visitor to swallow whole, hastening appreciation of the cultural niceties that zoom into view from every direction. Inland, south of Brussels, is Liege, a sizeable and dynamic town on the banks of the River Meuse. It"s the intellectual capital of Wallonia and the birthplace of Georges Simenon, the prolific thriller writer. Despite some grim architectural reminders of its industrial days, the old center remains attractive and overflows with bars, cafés and restaurants. Further south is Namur, a university town known as the gateway to the rivers and forests of the Ardennes. An eerie presence may overcome travelers walking through the cobbled squares, as this was where the 1992 serial killer docu-drama "Man Bites Dog" was filmed. Hop on the train in Namur and head still further south to Dinant at the center of the Meuse Valley. Dinant is a pretty little town hugging the river beneath craggy green cliffs about 18 miles south of Namur - a handy base for venturing into the surrounding countryside either by boat, bike or on foot. Dinant is dominated by its two main buildings: the Citadel, which overlooks the town from a 320-foot cliff, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame, outsized against the surrounding structures and capped with a bronze dome. A famous native of Dinant is Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. Nearby is the castle of Jehay, which was built in the 11th century and has, through the centuries, been home to aristocrats and royalty. It is a magnificent example of medieval Renaissance architecture, surrounded by a moat. Today it is owned by the Province of Liege who has opened it to the public. The castle is full of rare furnishings, silverware collections, antique lace, china, tapestries, books dating back to the 11th century, sculptures and paintings by the masters, and many other precious artifacts. The marvel continues in the castle's gardens, along the paths, arbors and fountains all along the main alley, bordered by cascades and nymphs, which are delicate works by Count Guy can den Steen. Ten contemporary sculptors take us on an artistic journey full of original works and installations in the surrounding woods. Between early June and the end of September, these wood magicians invite travelers for a stroll in the gardens and parks surrounding the castle. Belgium is a quiet treasure, and there's something about it that enchants its visitors. Maybe it's the friendly welcoming people who, with three official languages, still find it easy to converse in English, the fourth language. Maybe it"s the stunning architecture decorating the quaint cobblestone squares. Or perhaps it's the incredible cuisine. Whatever it is that excites you, you will find it here. Did You Know... The science of anatomy was founded by Andreas Vesalius of Brussels, who went on the write the first complete textbook of human anatomy The world's first collection of maps in book form was published by Abraham Ortelius of Antwerp The Belgian inventor Jean Joseph Lenoir developed the world's first internal combustion engine in 1860 Filled chocolates, known as Pralines, were invented by Jean Neuhauss, whose 19th century shop still remains in the Galeries St Hubert in Brussels Millions of cartoon fanatics enjoyed the adventures of Tintin, created by the Brussels cartoonist, Hergé Whooping cough medicine was invented by Belgian Jules Bordet Interested in traveling to Belgium? Contact Landings Travel at (941) 924-1124 or email aerickson@landingstravel.com Original article from Travel Research Online. This Voyager Travel Article content is copyrighted by Travel Research Online, LLC.  

Posted May 12, 2015

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Today is Travel Tuesday! Do you consider yourself more of a mountain or a beach person? Let us know on Facebook!

Posted May 12, 2015

Hawaiian Getaway with Travel Impressions

    Enjoy exclusive Virtuoso amenities at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and the St. Regis Princeville Resort. No matter which hotel you choose, you'll enjoy unsurpassed service and exclusive amenities. Contact Landings Travel, your Virtuoso travel advisors, to reserve your exclusive experience. For more information, take a look at the complete flyer: TravelImpress_Hawaii

Posted May 11, 2015

Etiquette 101: Your Guide to Tipping in 50 Countries

  Etiquette 101: Your Guide to Tipping in 50 Countries You just had a five-star meal in Qatar, or went scuba diving in beautiful Bohol in the Philippines. Well, lucky you! But how do you express your appreciation for the service you received? Tipping rules vary by country, by region, and by scenario—here's what you need to know. Are you in a country where tipping is customary and required? Appreciated but not expected? Or virtually unheard of? The truth is, tipping rules vary by country, by region, and by scenario. A modest rounding up of the check may be fine in some places and insufficient in others. A few small bills left on a night table might be gladly picked up by housecleaning staff in one hotel and scrupulously shunned elsewhere. Such uncertainties can throw an uneasy shadow over even the most exhilarating jaunt in a new land. That's why we've spelled out guidelines for the most common tipping situations in 50 countries, from Switzerland to Singapore. Check out the rest of the article here: http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide

Posted May 11, 2015

Now Open | 2015 Virtuoso Traveler Photo and Video Contest

The Virtuoso Traveler Photo & Video Contest 20 Share your digital memories for a chance to win. Kathleen Sutter Landings Travel (941) 924-1124 (800) 299-1123 ksutter@landingstravel.com www.landingstravel.com FST #ST34958 Deadline: June 14, 2015 QUESTIONS?  Please email clientcontest@virtuoso.com NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. THIS IS A SKILL-BASED CONTEST AND CHANCE PLAYS NO PART IN THE SELECTION OF WINNERS. Open to all individuals age 21 or older at time of entry (excluding residents of Quebec, individuals on any blocked persons list maintained by the U.S., residents of any embargoed/sanctioned country — including Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria, and residents of any country where this Contest is prohibited or otherwise restricted by law). Persons associated with Sponsor and its affiliated entities are also excluded. Entry limit one per person, each entry may include an unlimited number of photos/videos, subject to the competition site's overall size/storage limitations. Prize limit one per person, family, and household. Contest begins May 1, 2015 at 12:00am U.S. CT and ends June 14, 2015 11:59pm U.S. CT. Winners will be announced on or around August 31, 2015. ARV of all prizes: $3,250 USD. Sponsor and Administrator: Virtuoso, Ltd. 505 Main St., Suite 500, Ft. Worth, TX 76102. To enter, visit virtuoso.com/travelercontest and follow the instructions. Official Rules available at virtuoso.com/travelercontest. Conditions and restrictions apply. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by Virtuoso, Ltd. © 2015 Virtuoso, Ltd. The trademarks VIRTUOSO and the Globe Swirl Logo are registered trademarks of Virtuoso, Ltd. © 2000. All rights reserved. TPVC 385519 US/CAN 05/15 To receive emails in your Inbox from Virtuoso and your Virtuoso travel advisor, please add the domain marketing.virtuosoemail.com to your address book or safe senders list. © 2015 Virtuoso, Ltd. | 505 Main Street, Suite 500 . Fort Worth, TX 76102  

Posted May 05, 2015

Top Summer Vacation Destinations for 2015

Article originally from: http://blog.virtuoso.com/destinations/are-these-18-top-summer-travel-destinations-on-your-list/ [caption id="attachment_2958" align="aligncenter" width="250"] The U.K. is the most popular summer destination, according to Virtuoso agency bookings.[/caption]   Are These 18 Top Summer Travel Destinations on Your List? This summer luxury travelers are winging their way to classic European destinations. But they’re also choosing to visit specific countries on virtually every continent. Two new Virtuoso lists show where upscale vacationers are heading during this year’s busy summer travel season. The information comes from booking data from Virtuoso’s U.S. and Canadian member travel agencies. Top 10 Summer Destinations 1. United Kingdom 2. Italy 3. France 4. Canada 5. Spain 6. Germany 7. The Netherlands 8. South Africa 9. Ireland 10. Greece Bookings for Spain are up four per cent and Germany is seeing a seven per cent increase. One European destination stands out for its big sales jump, however. Bookings to Greece are up 41% from last year. It’s the fastest-growing destination on the continent. [caption id="attachment_2959" align="aligncenter" width="452"] Greece is the fastest-growing destination in Europe this summer.[/caption]   Canada is also hot, with 20% growth from last year at this time. The most popular destination: Vancouver, with almost half of the air bookings. [caption id="attachment_2961" align="aligncenter" width="541"] Canada is one of the most visited countries as well as one of the fastest-growing destinations.[/caption] Hot 10 Summer Travel Destinations The Hot 10 list features summer travel destinations that have seen the largest percentage of growth over the past year. 1. Australia 2. China 3. Ecuador 4. Iceland 5. Greece 6. Japan 7. Turkey 8. United Arab Emirates 9. Canada 10. Croatia [caption id="attachment_2960" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Australia is the fastest-growing luxury travel destination worldwide.[/caption]   Where are you heading for your summer vacation? Landings Travel, your Virtuoso travel advisors, can help you find your perfect summer travel destination. Contact us today!

Posted May 05, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Today is Cinco de Mayo! Sometimes confused with Mexican Independence Day (which is September 16), Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.

Posted May 05, 2015

Trip Has Started Off Great

The trip has started off great and we are loving everything.  We truly appreciate your kindness with your gifts of champagne and ship board credit.  We will be drinking our way across the Mediterranean and Atlantic and into the English Channel.   Fellow guests are great and we have caused stirs in the bars and restaurants. Hugs, Marilyn and Bill

Posted May 04, 2015

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