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Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Mexico’s Latest Culinary Destination

Here is a new and notable destination foodies should keep on their radar during their next visit to Mexico City. La Table Krug, The St. Regis Mexico City’s restaurant led by Executive Chef Sylvain Desbois, is offering an 11-course culinary experience specifically designed for 12 guests. The collaboration between Möet Hennessy Mexico and The St. Regis Mexico City is meant to pay tribute to Maison Krug.

Dishes included with the culinary experience are created using ingredients such as king crab, Sologne caviar, Wagyu prime cuts, Kumamoto oysters, black truffles, and Maine lobster, along with other locally sourced products. Chef Desbois creates a new menu each week, and the experience is offered Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 8 pm, by reservation only.

Chef Desbois worked with Michelin-starred French chefs during his tenure at Le Bristol in Paris.

International News

A Royal Day Out

Snoop around the official London residence of the Queen this summer when Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public from July until October. Highlights:

Explore the iconic London Residence of Her Majesty The Queen

Walk through The State Rooms and see priceless pieces from the Royal Collection: Exquisite paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Canaletto

See the finest in French and English antique furniture

See “Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe”

Walk through the exotic 42-acre garden

Perhaps witness the Changing of the Guard outside the Palace

Audio tours are included in the admission price

Advance purchase tickets: £21.50 adult, £19.60 student/senior, £12.30 child

Holidays in Costa Rica

This tour is ideal for those not fond of checking in and out of hotels. A two destination itinerary gives you a chance to settle in your hotel room so you can have more time for touring Costa Rica’s rainforests, cloud forests, volcanoes, coffee plantations, and hot springs; plus your visit aids in the long-term efforts to protect sea turtles in Tortuguero.

Dates available: Dec 24–31, 2016, and Dec 25–Jan 1, 2017. Eight day vacation from US$1085 per person. The Holiday in Costa Rica features:

Deluxe hotel in San Jose with buffet breakfast daily (upgrade to Executive Club Lounge available)

First class lodge and all meals in Tortuguero National Park

15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

Your choice: Deluxe full day Pacific Island Cruise with lunch or Combo Tour to Poas Volcano, Doka Estates Coffee Plantation, and the amazing La Paz Waterfall Gardens with lunch

Tour of Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Natural Hot Mineral Springs with lunch and dinner

Comprehensive city tour of San Jose, including the National Theater and Gold Museum

All transfers with baggage handling throughout

All entrance fees included except for US$15 fee for Tortuguero National Park

All transportation within Costa Rica

Cruise News

Family River Cruising with AMA Waterways

River cruising has been predominantly geared toward couples up to now, but the recent launch of AMA Waterways’ new riverboat AmaViola opens up river cruising to multigenerations, as does an extension of the partnership with Disney through 2017.

In partnership with Adventures by Disney, the AmaViola will embark on family-themed sailings along the Danube to Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Adventures by Disney has an exclusive charter on the AmaViola for seven departures this year. The Adventures by Disney sailings will be geared toward families with onboard activities such as family karaoke, movie nights, a magic show, and cooking classes.

Sister ship to the recently launched AmaStella, the AmaViola was designed to cater to groups and families traveling together with six sets of adjoining cabins that can be connected via an internal doorway, accommodating families of up to five, and four suites with convertible sofa-beds that can accommodate families of up to four.

Adventures by Disney has also announced that it will expand its river cruise program in continuing partnership with AmaWaterways through 2017, with more Danube River and new Rhine River cruises. Rhine River cruises will sail aboard the AmaKristina, launching in 2017, customized with family accommodations such as connecting cabins.

The seven-night Rhine itinerary will visit France, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands and highlight experiences like a toboggan ride in the Black Forest, horseback riding in the Alsace Region, clog painting in Holland, and biking in Germany.

Although it’s with a different division of the company, these itineraries effectively expand Disney Cruise Line offerings from the oceans to the rivers.

Words of the Wise and Well-Traveled

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.”—Babs Hoffman

Deal of the Week

Fascinating Argentina

Buenos Aires, Iguaçu Falls, and Bariloche: Eight days from US$1,190 per person. Unmatched scenery and one-of-a-kind cities, the fiery tango and snow-capped Andean peaks, sumptuous wines, and the finest grilled beef and seafood … all of this awaits you in Argentina.

Tour Features:

Hotel accommodations for 7 nights: 3 nights in Buenos Aires, 2 in Iguaçu Falls, 2 in Bariloche

Daily buffet breakfast

Round trip airport transfers via motor coach

Dinner and Tango Show at Esquina Carlos Gardel, Buenos Aires

Half-day Buenos Aires Panoramic tour

Half-day Iguaçu Falls Tour, Brazilian side

Full-day tour Argentine side of the falls

Full-day excursion to Blest Port with boat ride

Half-day Small Circuit Tour in Bariloche with Mount Campanario and lift ticket

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Hotel taxes and service charges

Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in personalized cruises and tours. She designs trips that are tailored to suit a client’s interests, abilities, and budgets. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any of the Travel News topics; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949 300 3682; email: Her office hours are Mon–Fri, 11am–4pm, Office 1A, Rancho Los Labradores, Car. D. Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website where you can book your hotels, tours, and cruises online.

Sources: Travel Agent Central, Sunny Land Tours, AMA Waterways, Adventures by Disney, Central Holidays


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