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By Judy Newell

México Travel News

México City Museum Tour

Enjoy a five-day getaway in beautiful, historical México City from April 18–22. Explore museum treasures, and experience the culture of the city with two bilingual specialist guides on a small group getaway from San Miguel de Allende.

From visiting the Palacio de Bellas Artes to floating down the canals of Xochimilco to discovering the pyramids of Teotihuacán, this trip will make an enlightening venture.

Highlights of the itinerary include the Museum Soumaya, Palacio de Iturbide, Museo Mural de Diego Rivera, Chapultepec Castle’s National Museum of History, and the National Anthropology Museum.

In the historic center, you will tour the Zócalo, Metropolitan Cathedral, and Templo Mayor Museum. You will also have the opportunity to attend the Ballet Folklorico or Lucha Libre Show as optional evening events.

Join two specialist bilingual guides on this exclusive 5-day tour limited to 16 guests. Find yourself in a melting pot of art, history, and culture in México City, where the ancient past and contemporary present blend.

The cost for the tour is US$765 per person, based on double occupancy, or US$990 for single occupancy. It includes roundtrip transportation, all transportation within the tour, 4-star hotel accommodations, breakfast daily, comprehensive history, and art conversations with two expert guides, visits to unique restaurants, and all entrance fees.


Contact Judy Newell at Perfect Journeys for a detailed itinerary.


International News

Paris Ritz to Auction Furnishings

The world famous Ritz Hotel in Paris has decided to sell off more than 3,500 pieces of furniture and “objets d‘art” that it no longer has a home for after a renovation.

Ranging from sofas that once filled the salon frequented by novelist Marcel Proust to bar stools that propped up Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald in the 1920s, the lots cover the sweep of the hotel’s illustrious 120-year history.

The sale, to take place April 17–21, is being held by Artcurial, an auction house that has previously sold off the contents of the Hotel de Crillon and Plaza Athenee in Paris, and the Hotel de Paris in Monaco.

The hotel occupies one side of the octagonal Place Vendome near the city’s most fashionable boutiques. It has been owned by Egyptian billionaire Mohammed al-Fayed since 1979. It was founded in 1898 by Swiss hotelier Cesar Ritz and reopened in 2016 after a four-year renovation. It has 71 rooms and 71 suites.


Cruise News

Ballet and Opera-Themed Cruises on Silversea

Cruising represents an excellent opportunity to see the world in an enriching way, and ultra-luxury line Silversea certainly maintains that philosophy. The line has announced a brand-new collection of ballet- and opera-themed voyages for 2018 and 2019.

Enriched voyages feature classical ballet performances from Russia’s State Academic Bolshoi Theatre and moving operatic performances from artists from the renowned Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

Two ballet voyages are being offered, with one setting sail this year and another tapped for 2019. The first departs aboard the brand-new Silver Muse on August 19, 2018. This 10-day sojourn around the Mediterranean sails from Venice to Monte Carlo, with stops made in Opatija, Dubrovnik, Valletta, Trapani, Olbia, Portofino, and Livorno.

The second ballet-themed cruise sets sail on March 21, 2019. It is a 13-day voyage aboard Silver Muse that sails through the heart of Asia on a route between Singapore and Hong Kong.

Silversea is offering a total of three opera-themed Enriched Voyages, with one departing in 2018 and two setting sail next year.

The first departs Venice aboard the Silver Muse on September 28, 2018, on a 10-day cruise from Venice to Piraeus, the port for Athens, Greece. Additional departures available in 2019 include the classy Silver Spirit, departing Barcelona on April 25, 2019, and the Silver Shadow, which sets out on October 22, 2019, a roundtrip from Piraeus.


Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“People travel because it teaches them things they could learn no other way.” — Lance Morrow


Deal of the Week

Oceania’s Fifteenth Anniversary Sale

Take advantage of the three Free Amenities Event on March, April, and May 2018 voyages. Receive a Free Beverage Package + Free Shipboard Credit + Free Unlimited Internet. The offers are available until the sailing date on eight exciting cruises.

March 6: Shanghai to Tokyo, “Far East Reflections,” 18-day voyage on the Nautica. Ports are Shanghai, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Taipei, Ishigaki, Okinawa, Nagasaki, Hiroshima,

Kyoto, Tokyo. Fares are from US$3,915.


March 15: Singapore to Beijing, “Empires and Dynasties,” 20-day voyage on the Insignia. Ports are Singapore, Ko Samui, Bangkok, Saigon, Hanoi, Sanya, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing. Fares are from US$5,559.


March 24: Tokyo to Bangkok, “Homage to the Orient,” 18-day voyage on the Nautica. Ports are Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kagoshima, Taipei, Hong Kong, Hanoi, Hue, Saigon, Bangkok. Fares are from US$3,996.


April 4: Beijing to Sydney, “Far East and Coral Seas,” 35-day voyage on the Insignia. Ports are Beijing, Dalian, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Kagoshima, Manila, Boracay Island, Kota, Kinabalu, Muara, Kuching, Bali, Komodo, Darwin, Cooktown, Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney. Fares are from US$6,965.


April. 11, 2018: Barcelona to Barcelona, “Iconic Mediterranean.” 10-day voyage on the Riviera. Ports are Barcelona, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Messina, Sorrento, Rome, Florence, Monte Carlo, Provence. Fares are from US$2,047.


April 21: Barcelona to Barcelona, “Canary Island Connoisseur,” 12-day voyage on the Riviera. Ports are Barcelona, Seville, Lisbon, Funchal, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Arrecife, Tangier. Fares are from US$2,647.


April 29: Mumbai to Rome, “Timeless Wonders,” 28-Day Voyage on the Nautica. Ports are Mumbai, Dubai, Fujairah, Muscat, Salalah, Aqaba, Luxor, Jerusalem, Limassol, Rhodes, Ephesus, Santorini, Valletta, Palermo, Sorrento, Rome. Fares are from US$4,620.


May 9: Sydney to Papeette, “Tasman and Pacific Gems,” 20-day voyage on the Insignia. Ports are Sydney, Melbourne, Burnie, Picton, Napier, Rotorua, Auckland, Nuku’alofa, Pago Pago, Bora Bora, Papeete. Fares are from US$3,542.


Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She designs journeys that are tailored to suit your interests, abilities and budget. Please contact Judy for further information on Travel News topics and around-the-world travel; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949-300-3682; email Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, Car. a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website


Sources: Perfect Journeys, Reuters, Silversea Cruises, Oceania Cruises


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