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Prize: Vacation to Italy (7 days/6 nights) or $10,000 cash

Sorrento's Southern Italian Charm

Sorrento, Italy

You'll Work Up an Appetite on This Culinary Adventure in Sorrento, Italy (Europe) for Seven Days & Six Nights at the Hotel Antiche Mura for Two, Including a Half-Day Cooking Class, a Half-Day Pizza Making Class, a Small Group Full-Day Boat Tour of Capri, a Privately Guided Tour of Pompeii, and Round Trip Private Hotel Transfers Between Rome and Sorrento (Land Only)

Escape to the Sorrento Peninsula, an extraordinary Italian destination that has a landscape uniquely its own, where low and high hills, deep valleys and majestic mountains, famous terraces and orange and lemon groves alternate. A tourist village with designer style and a glamorous atmosphere, the Hotel Antiche Mura is the ideal place to soak up the flavors and culture in the heart of Sorrento. Make the most of your time in Sorrento with two memorable cooking classes led by Italian chefs who will teach you how to prepare mouthwatering Italian cuisine, a boat tour of Capri, and a tour of Pompeii.

Ideal for spending a vacation in Sorrento, the Hotel Antiche Mura boasts a superb position in the main square of Sorrento and the ideal base for exploring this amazing town and the beautiful surroundings, such as Capri, Pompeii, Ercolano, and all the Amalfi Coast. The hotel Antiche Mura was designed in the Belle Epoque style in the 19th century and was completely refurbished in 2005, combining stylish interiors, elegant traditional décor, and modern comfort in all rooms, ensuring a satisfying experience for the most discerning travelers. You'll find it easy to travel around, as the hotel puts you close to several attractions, including the main square of the city, Piazza Tasso, the characteristic street Via San Cesaro, the beaches and the Sorrento Harbour.

The ash-covered Roman ruins of Pompeii will take your breath away on a private tour. Your English-speaking guide will lead you through the winding streets of this industrious city, which today serves as an excavation site, and which lays covered in about 5 meters of ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Travel back in time to the days of the Roman Empire as you explore the theater, thermal baths, the Gladiators' Gym, the fountains, the Forum, the brothels, and so much more.

Sorrento is the perfect place to study the delicious cuisine of the region! Spend two half-days in hands-on classes learning how to cook authentic Italian food and pizza that is out of this world! Set on private grounds with beautifully manicured gardens, orange and lemon trees, swimming pool, typical Pergolato and ceramic decorations, just the setting alone is enough to inspire you in the kitchen. With an emphasis on Neapolitan cooking, all the recipes will be clearly demonstrated in a warm and relaxed atmosphere over the course of three hours, during which time you'll take a break to visit the wine cellar and taste different kinds of excellent homemade wine and local cheeses. Charlie, the wine man, will explain all the phases of his wine production as you fill jars with wine to take with you! At the end your lesson, you will enjoy a beautiful meal of your own cooking by the pool or in a nice winter garden by a warm fire. The pizza making class lets you in on the secrets of creating an authentic and unique pizza, including preparing the pizza dough and layering the pie with toppings. The best compliment to an amazing pizza is a decadent dessert, which you'll also learn to prepare before you leave!

After all those hours in the kitchen, you'll appreciate the respite of the glorious Mediterranean outdoors! Spend a fantastic day aboard a boat tour of Capri as you explore the most beautiful beaches of the Sorrento Coastline: the Regina Giovanna baths, the Romantic Gardens and Mitigliano beach, before proceeding to the magnificent Island of Capri and passing under the Faraglioni Rocks. You'll also have some free time to dine and shop on Capri.

Your trip for two includes:

  • 7 days/6 nights accommodations at Hotel Antiche Mura
  • Round trip private transfers between Rome and Sorrento
  • 2-hour stop for a private guided tour of Pompeii during transfer from Rome to Sorrento
  • Hands-on half-day cooking class followed by lunch (local wine, salami and cheese tasting included)
  • Half-day Pizza making class followed by lunch
  • Full-day small shared Blue Capri boat tour
  • Daily breakfast
  • All room-related taxes (including VAT)
  • 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. Valid through 10/31/2019 (closed November through March). Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. Tours run on specific days of the week at specific times. Entrance fee for Blue Capri tour not included. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required.

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3th Prize: Vacation to South Africa (10 days/9 nights includes air transfer) or $10,000 cash

South African National Geographic Adventure

Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa

A Safari Exploration of Untamed Ancient Lands and Cultural Treasures in Cape Town, South Africa for Four Nights, and Johannesburg, South Africa for Five Nights at a Luxury Safari Camp for Two, Including Air Transfer Between Cape Town and Johannesburg

With safaris, mountains, wineries, an endless coastline, and cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa is a magical place full of rich history, dramatic natural beauty, and an appealing blend of international cultures. Your adventure will take you all around the intense beauty and legends of the Mother City (Cape Town), as well as to the City of Gold (Johannesburg), where opportunity and energy abound! Then spend five full days and nights on a photo safari in the South African bush of the Limpopo Province, home of ancient lands and pre-historic secrets!

Your South African journey begins with four days in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa's Mother City, known for stunning landscapes, natural wonders, art and design and its blend of cultures. By land and by water, Cape Town has something for everyone, and tales behind every bend, all of which you'll get to explore during your first few days. The Cape Peninsula is one of Cape Town's top ten tourist attractions and ranks as one of the most breathtaking drives in the world - and you'll see why! This spectacular region boasts magnificent scenery, quaint towns, exquisite beaches and lovely vineyards. When it comes to picture-postcard beaches, you''ll find no shortage of options, but Boulders Beach offers up something the others don't – African Penguins! The beautiful Boulders Beach is one of Cape Town's most visited beaches and the only place in the world where you get close to the endangered African Penguins in all their smartly dressed, waddling glory! Stroll along the boardwalks that wind their way through the dunes and vegetation - and you may even spot one or two of the little fellas waddling through the parking lot! Just outside of Cape Town is the Cape of Good Hope, a rocky promontory at the tip of the Cape Peninsula with a history that dates back to the 15th century during times of sea trade. Commonly called Cape Point, this 77.50 square-kilometer section of Table Mountain National Park boasts awesome scenery, fantastic walks, great bird-watching (250 species have been spotted!) and often deserted beaches. At the end of the day, seek refuge in your four-bedroom guesthouse, replete with four private bathrooms, heated floors and a swimming pool, as well as an enviable location next to the oldest vineyard in the Southern hemisphere.

Your third day in Cape Town will bring you to the always spectacular Table Mountain. Cape Town locals are pretty fond of the mountain that looms over their city, as it is home to the richest, yet smallest, floral kingdom on earth, and was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2011. It's hard to imagine, but the mountain's distinctive flat top – a three-kilometer level plateau – was once the bottom of a valley! The mountain was given the name Taboa do Cabo (Table of the Cape) by Antonio de Saldahna after he climbed up Platteklip Gorge in 1503. Legend has it that the tablecloth of clouds that pours over the mountain when the southeaster blows is the result of a smoking contest between the devil and a retired sea captain called Jan van Hunks. Make your way to downtown Cape Town, where the history is riveting and the people are friendly! Though fairly compact in size, it features interesting historical sites, diverse architecture, terrific views of the surrounding mountains and the sea, and close proximity to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, the V&A Waterfront is South Africa's most visited destination, attracting millions of visitors each year! Much of its charm lies in the fact that this busy commercial harbor (South Africa's oldest!) is set in the midst of a huge entertainment venue with pubs, restaurants, specialty shops, craft markets and theaters, intermingled with world-class hotels and luxury apartments. You can go seal-watching, visit the Two Oceans Aquarium, and the Maritime Museum, among other activities! Just a short walk from the V&A Waterfront, you'll find Greenmarket Square, one of South Africa's oldest public squares. Originally a slave market, this cobblestone plaza now fills with local vendors selling everything from painted fabrics to hand-crafted trinkets. While you're perusing the merchandise, various "buskers" will keep you entertained with music, dance, and even mime performances. Before you depart Cape Town, sample some of South Africa's best-known wines in the lands where they're grown on a wine country tour. During each stop, learn about how the combination of climate, soil and grape varietals create the unique wines for which South Africa is known throughout the world.

The second half of your trip takes you to Johannesburg, more commonly known as Jo'burg or Jozi. This rapidly changing city is also the vibrant heart of South Africa. After almost 20 years of decline and decay, the city is now looking optimistically towards the future. The hipster-friendly urban neighborhood of Maboneng is considered one of the most successful urban-renewal projects in the world. Still, Jo'burg is an incredibly friendly, unstuffy city and there's a ton to experience, from sobering reminders of the country's recent past at the Apartheid Museum to the progressive streets of Melville, from the artists' studios and traditional African eateries in gentrified Joziburg Lane, to the tremendous historical significance of South West Townships (Soweto).

The crown jewel of this South African journey is an unforgettable two person photo safari in the South African bush for five full days and nights. Located just three hours north of the Johannesburg Airport in the Limpopo Province, the camp is arguably the finest South Africa has to offer. Situated on the banks of three hippo-filled lakes and surrounded by an abundance of African wildlife, the location and your experience will be unparalleled! There is simply nothing like waking up immersed in the sounds of the African bush. Known as the Great North, Limpopo province is home to Modjadji, the fabled Rain Queen; the Stone Age and Iron age relics of Makapansgat Valley. Straddling the northern Kruger Park, Limpopo Province is the perfect place to see untamed Africa at its finest. This is the land of wide-open bushveld, big-sky country, the ever-present thorn tree and the mystical baobab tree. Live out your own National Geographic adventure on the daily game drives, and rest easy in well-appointed chalets that offer a perfect blend of rustic charm and luxury, complete with en suite bathrooms and breathtaking views of the wild South African landscape. Experience native authenticity while enjoying American standards.

Your South Africa Photo Safari trip for two includes:

  • 4 nights accommodations at a private guest house in in Constantia Wine Valley in Cape Town
  • 5 nights accommodations at a luxury safari camp in the Limpopo Province
  • Peninsula Drive, Penguins at Boulder Beach, and Cape of Good Hope National Park tour
  • Table Mountain, Downtown and Green Market Square, and V&A Waterfront tour
  • Cape Town wine country tour
  • Flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg
  • All meals at the photo safari camp
  • Daily game drives
  • Airport transfers in Cape Town and Johannesburg

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. Check in must occur on Sunday, check out must occur on Friday at the safari camp. A security deposit will be required at the time of booking and returned at the end of the stay. A minimum 90 day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancelation less than 120 days prior to arrival will be subject to forfeiture of reservations and funds. Date changes must be made in writing at least 120 days before arrival date and are subject to an administration fee.

4th Prize: Vacation to Barcelona, Spain (7 days/6 nights includes air transfer) or $5,000 cash

Viva Espana!

Barcelona, Spain

Soak Up the Sol in Barcelona, Spain (Europe) for Seven Days & Six Nights at Olivia Balmes Hotel for Two, Including Round Trip Airport Transfers, Evening Tapas and Wine Walking Tour, and the Gaudi Tour (Land Only)

Let the charm, secrets, and gorgeous climate of Barcelona welcome you to one of Europe's must-see cities! With world-renowned architecture and attractions, Michelin-starred restaurants and funky neighborhood bars, it's no wonder Barcelona is one of Spain's most exciting and bewitching cities! Explore the flavors and wonders of the city by day and night on your tours, and then seek comfort in the modern Olivia Balmes Hotel.

Barcelona is one of the top tourist destinations in the world thanks to its great climate, history, architecture and food. By staying at the stylish Olivia Balmes Hotel Barcelona, you can enjoy the city's best sights, including the Sagrada Família, La Pedrera, Camp Nou y Les Rambles. From Olivia Balmes Hotel, you can comfortably walk to most of the city's cultural, architectural and retail landmarks. Plus, the hotel has excellent public transport connections to help you discover further-flung corners of the city. Offering loads of sunlight, and designed for your comfort and convenience, Olivia Balmes Hotel is an oasis in the heart of Barcelona, an urban four-star superior hotel located in Barcelona's Eixample district with free Wi-Fi, pool, gym, restaurant, parking and terrace. If you care to make a few day trips during your stay, you can visit the beguiling city of Madrid, which is just a few hours away; explore the south of France with just a 90 minute car ride; or hit the ski slopes of the Pyrenees or Andorra, which are just a couple hours away by car. But if you just want to soak up the Spanish sun in Barcelona, the beach is just a few miles away!

Once the sun sets, stroll the Spanish streets on your tapas and wine walking tour, designed especially for foodies, and for those with an interest in local wines and culture from Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain. It’s an all-inclusive tour like no other! Your English-speaking tour guide will take you to four tapas bars and restaurants where you'll savor the comida y vino deliciosos!

Antoni Gaudi, visionary architect during Barcelona's modernista (art nouveau) period early last century, graced Barcelona with extraordinary architecture and beautiful buildings. In fact, no fewer than seven have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO! This Gaudi tour is an absolute must when visiting Barcelona, since it allows you to study his organic style, influenced strongly by his passion for nature. You'll also get to jump to the front of the admission line with fast-track entrance passes to Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló.

Your trip for two includes:

  • 7 days/6 nights accommodations at Olivia Balmes Hotel
  • Breakfast daily
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • 4-hour Evening Tapas & Wine walking tour
  • 3.5 hour Gaudi Tour, including fast-track entrance to Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló
  • All room-related taxes and VAT
  • Free concierge reservation service

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Travel is valid through 12/31/2019. Tours run on specific days of the week and at specific times. Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required.

5th Prize: Vacation to Ireland (7 days/6 nights) or $5,000 cash

A Journey to Ireland's Legendary Landscape

Ireland

An Adventure to the Ireland (Europe) with a Choice of Two Itineraries for Eight Days & Seven Nights for Two, Including Private Round Trip Airport Transfers, Tours of Dublin, Heritage Island, and a Car Rental (Land Only)

Though small, Ireland boasts ever-changing scenery that makes it an addictive place to explore. Within a few miles you can travel from plunging cliffs to flat pastureland to towering mountains to gloomy peat bog; you can discover 18th-century architectural splendors, awe-inspiring castles, thousands of years of history, dramatic cliffs, caves, coves and natural wonders. Get lost wandering the cobbled streets and surf-pounded coast of Ireland, then find your way home to a myriad of classic pubs where you can throw back a pint of Guinness for an authentic taste of Ireland, the Emerald Isle.

This tour features two similar itineraries that will take you around Ireland to some of its most cherished cities and towns, beginning and ending with Dublin. Depending on the itinerary you choose, you may also visit Galway, Connemara, Clifden, Kerry, Clare, Dingle Town peninsula and Limerick. Dive into Dublin, a city you won’t soon forget, with its eclectic mix of city, countryside and coastline, its charismatic personality, and countless opportunities to discover its culture and history. Explore this beloved city, which can be likened to a living museum, from its glens to medieval castles, cathedrals to galleries, distilleries to pubs, and bridges to cliffs!

Galway is steeped in history, with medieval remnants scattered across the city, and the sound of Irish being spoken along the streets; but it also offers a contemporary charm with brightly colored pubs, live music, and a large population of students. Take some time to walk along the Prom from Galway to Salthill to try to area's famous oysters! Ride the winding coastal roads of Connemara (Irish for Inlets of the Sea) and discover small bays, hidden beaches and coves along the Wild Atlantic Way. Stone walls decorate the land, along with valleys, marshlands and black lakes - it's all part of the desolate, unspoiled beauty that makes Connemara the real emerald of Ireland. Nestled amidst breathtaking mountain scenery and beautiful rugged coastline is the Victorian-era country town of Clifden. You'll want to take a stroll down Beach Road, one of the most peaceful and serene walks in Clifden. Exquisite beauty abounds in County Kerry, thanks in part to a coastline carved over millennia by a wild ocean. This is where you'll find Ireland’s 10 highest peaks and a vast national park containing the country’s oldest oak forests. The iconic Cliffs of Moher can be found in County Clare, as well as the Burren Perfumery and Floral Centre, Ennis Friary and Vandeleur Walled Garden. Mix in windswept landscapes and traditional Irish culture, and you'll see why Clare is known for its stunning soul. The quaint fishing port of Dingle Town, the capital of the peninsula, is also cosmopolitan, with many craft shops, seafood restaurants and pubs. Fresh from Limerick's stint as Ireland's first City of Culture, boasting revamped quays and riverside walks, spanking new city bikes and casual food scenes, the future is bright. Catch a game of rugby, swoosh Norman swords in King John's Castle, check out the Georgian architecture, or take a walk across the town - it only takes 15 minutes to walk from St. Mary's Cathedral to the train station!

You can also add on activities to enhance your experience in Ireland! Savor the Irish flavors with a cooking class, go on a tasting tour of Irish whiskeys, sample local chocolates and teas or sing a tune at a music session. Tour of the historical Boyne Valley which will lead you into the ancient region of County Meath, better known as the "Royal County" because it is the primary location from where the High Kings of Ireland reigned over the country, which is rich in historical sites and strongholds spanning the ages. You can explore neolithic tombs, walk in the footsteps of kings and tour a Norman castle! At the heart of one of Europe's most magnificent coastlines is the Giant's Causeway, famed for its unique volcanic rock formations that have stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of Atlantic storms for millions of years. Join millions of annual tourists at Europe's leading visitor attraction, the Titanic Belfast, the world's largest Titanic exhibition in Northern Ireland. This Titanic experience takes you through nine innovative and interactive galleries that tell the story of RMS Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end.

Your trip for two includes:

  • 8 days/7 nights accommodations at a Choice of Two Itineraries
  • Round-trip private airport transfers
  • Mid-size, automatic car rental
  • Private half-day Dublin sightseeing tour
  • Heritage Island touring guide
  • Merry Ploughboy dinner and show
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • All room-related taxes (including VAT)
  • Free concierge reservation service

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Travel is valid through 12/31/2019. Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required.

6th Prize: Vacation to Thailand (8 Day/7 night) or $5,000 cash

The Pearl of the Andaman Sea

Phuket, Thailand

Treat Yourself to a Thai Hideaway in Phuket, Thailand for Eight Days & Seven Nights in a Five-Bedroom Villa for Up to Ten People, Including Incredible Personal Staff, Round Trip Airport Transfers and Private Luxury Car and Driver for Two Days (Land Only)

Spectacular scenery, stunning tropical sunsets and the warm blue sea awaits you at Asia's most popular beach destination, along with luxurious accommodations in an incredible villa! Phuket boasts an unbeatable combination of perfect silky soft white palm-lined beaches, superb hospitality, and an astounding array of activities on and off the island! Whether you seek world-class diving in the Andaman Sea, unforgettable sights on a boat trip through Phang Nga Bay or a spiritual visit to Wat Chalong, Phuket is the perfect place to expand your horizons with your closest family and friends.

Savor every moment of your week in one of Phuket’s most tranquil, lavish and well located villas! It has five extra-large bedrooms with luxury ensuite bathrooms, finished in natural stone and marble, in an ideal location that puts you within minutes of the magnificent West Coast Beaches! The villa has a complete staff of housekeepers, a garden/pool attendant, security guards and a manager/concierge, and features an oversized private pool and outdoor areas for relaxation under the sun. If you can tear yourself away from the villa, you'll have access to a luxury vehicle and a driver for two full days to explore the magnificent island of Phuket!

From the simple to the sublime, Thailand's largest island is a mecca for beach lovers and water sport fanatics, though there is a great deal of activities, landmarks and sights to enjoy on dry land as well. Take an exhilarating speedboat trip to the surrounding islands, visit the Buddhist temples, stroll through the splendors of Old Phuket Town or simply enjoy Phuket's vibrant nightlife.

Your trip for up to ten people includes:

  • 8 days/7 nights accommodations in a five-bedroom villa
  • Private chef for the entire stay, guests are responsible for the cost of food prepared
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Access to a luxury vehicle and driver for two full days
  • Villa concierge for additional activity bookings

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. Additional activity bookings not included in package. Check in and check out must occur on Saturday. Travel is valid for 24 months from the date of issue. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required.

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

7th Prize: Vacation to London (6 days/5 nights) or $5,000 cash

Antiquity, Architecture and the Abbey

London, England

History Comes to Life in London, England (Europe) for Six Days & Five Nights at Citadines Holborn-Covent Garden, Citadines South Kensington or The Royal Park Hotel for Two, Including a Best of Royal London Tour and a Tour of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament (Land Only)

Immerse yourself in the rich history, glory and culture of London, one of the most visited cities in the world! The striking architecture of the city tells the captivating story of its past, and some of its most iconic attractions - such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace - are instantly recognizable landmarks. Two tours will introduce you to the best of London, from the monumental Tower of London; and the symbols of monarchy, religion and power contained in Westminster Abbey; to 1,000 years of history and modern politics in the Houses of Parliament.

Stay in one of two stylish apart'hotels, which feature elegance in intimate residence spaces and the comfort of your own apartment in combination with all the amenities you'd expect from a hotel. These cozy apart'hotels offer well-traveled guests multiple serviced apartment choices that are modern and aptly furnished with a fully-equipped modern kitchen, a bed area, en suite bathroom and a living area. Straddling the line between Central London's business district and the bustling West End, the Citadines Holborn-Covent Garden London is in the prime location for exploring the best of both worlds, giving guests the breathing space to wind down and rejuvenate after a weary day. Of course, no trip to Central London is complete without a proper visit to West End's Covent Garden, a 10-minute walk from the serviced residence, where upscale fashion boutiques meet vintage shops and Michelin-starred restaurants rub shoulders with cheap take-out stalls. Perhaps the most famous thing about London's West End is its vibrant theater scene, which rivals New York's Broadway, to present some of the world's best theater performances.

Nestled in the elegant neighborhood of South Kensington, bordering the renowned shopping and eating districts of Chelsea and Knightsbridge, Citadines South Kensington London is the perfect luxurious retreat to soothe your senses. You'll be enthralled by the exquisite Victorian architecture and lush tree-lined streets that characterize this neighborhood, taking you away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. Within the area, you'll find a treasure trove of cultural destinations, as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Albert Hall, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are all located within walking distance of your residence. Shopping is aplenty at Knightsbridge, where a visit to Harrods is a must-do. After a long day, unwind with a slow stroll through Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens, two of London's eight royal parks, and both located within your vicinity.

Or escape to the intimate luxury of the Royal Park Hotel, a boutique hotel in central London known as a haven of elegance amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel comprises three carefully restored mid 19th-century Grade II listed townhouses, and the exquisitely appointed guestrooms feature antique period furniture and original oil paintings. Paired with handmade beds with silk details, and limestone bathrooms, the Royal Park Hotel creates an atmosphere of exclusivity. Located just a block away from Hyde Park, The Royal Park is within easy walking distance of London attractions such as Kensington Palace, The Royal Albert Hall, Oxford Street, Park Lane, High Street Kensington and Portobello Road.

London's fascinating history comes to life on the four-hour Best of Royal London tour, which begins with early VIP access to the Tower of London, renowned as a secure fortress, a royal palace and an infamous prison! Once inside, prepare to be dazzled by the breathtaking crown jewels, a world-famous collection of 23,578 gemstones that are still used in royal ceremonies today. You'll also have the rare chance to see the Opening Ceremony performed by the Yeoman Warders (or Beefeaters, as they are more commonly known). Next, hop aboard a Thames River cruise boat, and glide along the river into Central London. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture snapshots of London's legendary landmarks, such as Shakespeare's Globe, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and St. Paul's Cathedral. For a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, carried out by the red-coated soldiers of the Household Cavalry or Queen's Foot Guard.

The comprehensive half-day Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament tour introduces you to two of London's most iconic, history-steeped monuments. While gaining fascinating insight into the royal history of Great Britain, you'll absorb the Gothic grandeur of Westminster Abbey's interior, the monumental monarch-owned church where British royals are both crowned and laid to rest. Then you'll head inside the Houses of Parliament, home of Big Ben, where you can explore the hallowed halls and see highlights like the House of Commons and Lord's Chamber. From your guide, you'll learn about the United Kingdom's political system and major historic events while touring the prominent landmarks.

Your trip for two includes:

  • 6 days/5 night accommodation at either Citadines Holborn-Covent Garden, Citadines South Kensington in a Deluxe Studio or The Royal Park Hotel
  • Daily breakfast is included at The Royal Park Hotel
  • 4-hour Best of Royal London tour, including early access to Tower of London and a scenic river shuttle up the Thames
  • 3-hour Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament tour, including entrance fees
  • All room-related taxes (including VAT)
  • Free concierge reservation service

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Travel is valid through 12/31/2019. Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. Breakfast is not included at Citadines Holborn-Covent Garden or Citadines South Kensington as kitchenette facilities are provided in room. London city taxes are the responsibility of the passenger and required to be to be paid directly to hotel upon check out. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required.

8th Prize: Vacation to Iceland (6 days/5 nights) or $5,000 cash

Riveting Beauty of a Rugged Landscape

Reykjavik, Iceland

Witness the Power of Nature in Reykjavik, Iceland (Europe) for Six Days & Five Nights at the Apotek Hotel for Two, Including a Whale Watching Tour, Golden Circle and Horseback Riding Tour, South Shore Adventure Tour and the Langjokull Ice Cave Experience (Land Only)

Jump into Reykjavik, Iceland, the world's closest capital to the North Pole, where you'll find a big heart in a small cosmopolitan city, set in one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Reykjavík is home to an impressive collection of interesting attractions and places of historic significance with much to intrigue the curiosity of visitors to the city. You'll fall in love with Iceland's spirit as you embark on four adventures, including whale watching, horseback riding at the Golden Circle, an exploration of the South Shore and an ice cave experience in a glacier!

You'll stay in the Apotel Hotel, an elegant four-star boutique hotel ideally located in central Reykjavik, in the very heart of the city's most prestigious shopping, entertainment and cultural district. The historical building formerly housed the pharmacy Reykjavikur Apotek (apothecary), and is widely considered to be one of the most remarkable buildings in Reykjavik. Guðjón Samúelsson, former State Architect of Iceland, designed the building in 1917, and today this five-story landmark is full of history and original characteristics that have been intentionally protected and restored.

Your whale watching adventure will start at Reykjavik’s old harbor, located right in the city center. You will be able to witness some of Iceland’s rich and thriving birdlife and sealife, including minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises and white-beaked dolphins. All passengers are offered warm overalls that will keep you extra warm on the way out and there will be plenty of warm seating areas inside the boat where you can also buy refreshments and souvenirs. Because of nature’s unpredictability, it is impossible to guarantee a sighting – but you will be offered a free ticket to try again in case of a whale no-show.

The Golden Circle tour combines an exciting horseback riding excursion with one of Iceland’s most popular tours – The Golden Circle. The day starts by driving to the Eldhestar riding center, located just outside Hverageroi, where you will head off on your riding tour. The Icelandic horse is a unique breed, known for its sturdiness and easy temperament, and has gained a legion of fans around the world. You will take in some of the local sights on horseback before ending the tour with a light lunch at the Vellir Farm. From there, you continue your journey to the Geysir geothermal area, where the erupting gyser Strokkur is the star of the show. You also visit the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir National Park, with its amazing geology and history.

A tour of the South Shore is ideal for nature lovers of all kinds. You will drive along the south coast of Iceland, one of the country’s most scenic regions, as far as Vik, a charming village surrounded by high beautiful bird cliffs. Along the way you stop at the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind it and through to the other side. You will also stop at the majestic and much photographed Skogafoss waterfall and visit the Skogar Folk Museum to get a taste of how Icelanders lived in past centuries. Other highlights include a view of the stunning Mýrdalsjökull glacier, the black sand coastline and the impressive Reynisdrangar rock formations near Vik.

Then visit a unique and remote man-made cave in the Langjökull glacier, one of Iceland’s largest and most spectacular glaciers. You begin your tour by driving to the lush Húsafell area with stops at the Deildartunguhver, and the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. After a lunch break in Húsafell, you will head up to Langjökull, partly in a specially-modified glacier vehicle. Then enter the magnificent cave close to the top of the glacier.

Your trip for two includes:

  • 6 days/5 nights accommodations at the Apotek Hotel in a Superior room
  • Whale Watching tour
  • Golden Circle horseback riding tour
  • South Shore adventure tour
  • Langjokull Ice Cave experience
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • All room-related taxes (including VAT)
  • Free concierge reservation service

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Travel is valid through 12/31/2019. Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. Local city taxes are the responsibility of the traveler and are required to be paid directly to hotel. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required.

9th Prize: Vacation to Portugal (7 days/6 nights includes first class train transfer) or $5,000 cash

Grand and Glorious

Lisbon and Porto, Portugal

Savor, Sip and Take Two Day Trips in Lisbon and Porto, Portugal (Europe) for Three Nights at H10 Duque de Loulé and Three Nights at Pestana Porto a Brasileira Hotel for Two, Including a Savoring Lisbon Food Tour, a Day Tour of Sintra, Porto Wine Tour and Tasting, a Day Trip to Guimaraes, Round Trip Hotel Transfers, and First Class Train Transportation Between Lisbon and Porto (Land Only)

Pack your bags for Portugal, where you'll spend time in the charismatic cities of Lisbon, the country's stunning capital of cobbled alleyways and ancient ruins, and Porto, the ideal place to savor wines from the Douro Valley. Both destinations effortlessly blend ancient grandeur and traditional heritage with contemporary innovations, striking modernism and progressive thinking. Soak up as much as you can with your food and wine tours, as well as day trips to the neighboring cities of Sintra and Guimaraes.

Savor every moment of your three-hour food tour in Lisbon, led by a local chef or food writer, as you stroll the cobblestoned streets of the Chiado and Baixa neighborhoods in order to explore the city's culinary culture. From historic confeitarias offering the tastiest of sweets to modern restaurants with new interpretations of traditional food, the docent will weave a rich narrative of Lisbon's cuisine and how it fits into the greater culture of Portugal. You'll meet the owners of generations-old shops, taste artisanal products, and open your senses to the culinary traditions of this magnificent tiled city.

A half-hour away from Lisbon is the picturesque resort town of Sintra set amidst the pine-covered hills of the Serra de Sintra. Your half-day tour is the perfect way to appreciate the Romanticism style of architecture scattered throughout the town, enthralling tourist attractions, national monuments, extravagant palaces and ancient ruinous castles. Meet your docent at Lisbon's central Rossio Station and take the train out to Sintra together. For centuries, the charming town of Sintra has served as a relaxing summer retreat for the crème de la crème of Portuguese society, and gained international acclaim in the Romantic period as a source of inspiration for such writers as Lord Byron, who referred to Sintra as "glorious Eden." Nowadays, the cultural landscape of Sintra is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your exploration of this whimsical town includes a visit of Vila Palace and Quinta da Regaleira. You will have return tickets that can be used anytime if you choose to remain in Sintra a bit longer on your own.

Stay in comfort at the H10 Duque de Loulé, which opened in March 2015, and is an exclusive boutique hotel full of charm in the center of Lisbon. Superbly renovated, its beautiful typical 18th-century facade has been preserved, while its interior design is a fusion of traditional Portuguese inspiration and contemporary functional elements. This four-star superior hotel is set in a historical building, and features a delicious fusion of Portuguese and Spanish flavours in the Azul e Branco restaurant. Then relax over a coffee in the Equestre Bar or take in the fantastic city views from the hotel's Chill-Out Limão terrace.

One of the best ways to acquaint yourself with Porto is with wine - after all, the region is famed for the production of Port, which is still stored and matured in the vast cellars that stretch along the banks of the Douro River. And with its location just 37 miles away from the most well-known wine region in Portugal, the Douro Valley, it's the perfect place for a wine tour. Led by a wine producer or chef, this three-hour wine tour and tasting provides an in-depth tutorial in wine history, technique, and appreciation. The Porto wine tour and tasting introduces the basics of Portuguese wines, from Port wine to Vinho Verde (green wine) and even the country's lesser known appellations.

Next you'll visit Guimaraes, a charming city of gothic buildings, traditional houses and delightful plazas. You'll meet your docent at Porto's central train station before boarding the train to Guimaraes, and then get your tour started with a bit of background information about this UNESCO site. For centuries, Guimaraes has been at the forefront of Portuguese history, and its glorious past has been beautifully preserved. Situated in the old country (before Portugal was a country) it stands today as an exceptional example of how a medieval settlement dating back to the 10th century has evolved into a modern European town. In the company of a historian or architect, your tour will delve into the rich past of this foundation city as you visit the 1,000-year-old castle, the medieval town center, and a number of other historic treasures. You will have return tickets that can be used anytime if you choose to remain in Guimaraes a bit longer on your own.

Set in the heart of vibrant Porto, the Pestana Porto a Brasileira Hotel is located in the same historic building which housed Porto's famous A Brasileira Café with a 115 year history, and has been superbly renovated preserving the original architectural features. This luxury hotel puts you near the iconic Avenida dos Aliados and only 12 minutes from the historic Ribeira (River) district, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, with cafes, restaurants and bars. It boasts a restaurant serving traditional Portuguese cuisine, gymnasium and a French patio featuring a natural vertical garden.

Your trip for two includes:

  • 3 nights accommodations at H10 Duque de Loulé in Lisbon
  • 3 nights accommodations at Pestana Porto a Brasileira Hotel in Porto
  • Daily breakfast
  • Sintra day tour from Lisbon
  • Savoring Lisbon Food tour
  • Porto wine tour and tasting
  • Day trip to Guimaraes
  • Roundtrip hotel transfers
  • First Class train travel between Lisbon and Porto
  • All room-related taxes (including VAT)
  • 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. Hotels may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. Lisbon and Porto city taxes are the responsibility of the passenger and required to be to be paid directly to hotel upon check out. Travel is valid through 12/31/19. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required.

10th Prize: Vacation to New York City VIP Broadway Hamilton Experience (includes airfare) or $5,000 cash

VIP Hamilton Experience on Broadway

New York, New York

Raise Your Glass to Freedom in New York, New York for Three Days & Two Nights at The Peninsula New York in a Superior Room for Two, Including Two Tickets to Hamilton, Brunch or Dinner with Two Cast Members, and Meet and Greet Passes (Land Only)

Imagine a sensational day where you meet the cast of the award-winning musical Hamilton, chat with them over a lovely meal in an exclusive restaurant, watch the show and then enjoy a private in-theater meet and greet with the rest of the cast members! 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!

Escape to New York for a getaway and create your own special moments at The Peninsula New York! The Peninsula New York is ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan, in the heart of the city's most prestigious shopping, entertainment and cultural district, putting you within walking distance of Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue shopping, excellent restaurants, historic museums and exciting Broadway theaters. An oasis in the heart of Manhattan with luxurious apartment-styled rooms, the Peninsula offers guests the quintessential New York experience, and a perfect respite from the city that never sleeps.

Go back to the era of the Founding Fathers, beginning with brunch or dinner, where you can raise your glass to freedom along with two Hamilton cast members! Make the most of this intimate hour-long visit before making your way to the Richard Rodgers Theater for Lin-Manuel Miranda's inventive and revolutionary tale of America's fiery past, told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become. This new musical is about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down. Once the show draws to a close, make your way to the stage door, where a member of the cast will be awaiting your arrival in the security area. As if your VIP access wasn't memorable enough, you'll also receive a poster autographed by the entire cast!

Your trip for two includes:

  • 3 days/2 nights accommodations at The Peninsula New York in a king-bedded Superior Room
  • Includes Roundtrip Airfare for two within the Continental United States
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • All room-related taxes
  • Pre-show 3-course brunch or dinner with two Hamilton cast members
  • Mezzanine tickets to Hamilton
  • In-theater meet and greet with a Hamilton cast member following the show
  • A poster of the show autographed by the entire Hamilton cast
  • Free concierge reservation service

Orchestra level seating available for an additional charge

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. 2018 hotel blackout dates: Dec 6-9, 13-16, 27-31. 2019 hotel blackout dates: Apr 4-6, May 13-15, Sep 22-25, Oct 10-12, 17-19, Dec 3-4, 6-7, 10-11, 13-14, 17-18, 28-31. Travelers must submit three sets of preferred travel dates. Entertainment tickets are subject to availability, some restrictions may apply. Pre-show brunch is reserved for matinee performances. Pre-show dinner is reserved for evening performances. Restaurant for pre-show meal will be determined at the time of booking. Alcoholic beverages not included with pre-show dinner. Choice of one mimosa or bloody mary per person included with pre-show brunch. A minimum 45 day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue.

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

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