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AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES IN EVERY CORNER
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth, as vast as it is varied in landscape and experiences. An exceptional vacation destination you won't soon forget, filled with unique activities, urban charms and cultural jewels. Places to be, things to do — Remember to Breathe.
Canada’s Festival City is always celebrating, from music, film and theatre, to heritage, food and dragon boats. With over 30 festivals throughout the year, it’s easy to find a reason to celebrate. Here, you can escape the urban bustle without leaving the city in the parks and pathways winding along the river. Explore the beautiful river valley by day and the street festival at Old Strathcona at night.
The Canadian Rockies:
You know that feeling of being somewhere and wishing you could stay forever? The Canadian Rockies is one of those places; dazzling peaks, lush mountain meadows, emerald lakes, towering waterfalls and wildlife galore. Within the Canadian Rockies, you’ll discover a network of protected national and provincial parks. Alberta is home to the iconic Banff National Park and Jasper National Park.
Set dramatically between prairies and the peaks, Calgary is a chic urban landscape surrounded by incomparable natural grandeur. It’s a place where you can savor the Canadian Rocky Mountain wilderness by day and world-class entertainment by night, a place buzzing with innovative energy while embracing its rich western heritage.
UNIQUE CHARM AND WARMTH
Sometimes you want to decompress, sometimes you want adventure, and often you need both in the same destination and sometimes even on the same day. What if you find a place where they are equal, a place where the only question is when?
Bridgetown and its Historic Garrison is a UNESCO World Heritage site with a degree of preservation that remains relatively unheard of in the rest of the world, it offers a rare and fascinating insight into British colonial history and architecture. In its environ is the third oldest Parliament in the Commonwealth and the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere.
West Coast :
The West Coast of Barbados, with its stunning beaches, idyllic sea, champagne sailing conditions, quaint fishing villages, historic Speightstown, restaurants, spas, golf courses, polo fields and other world-class leisure amenities with an abundance of splendid architecture and rich heritage sites, has long been valued by discerning visitors as a holiday retreat of choice.
South Coast :
The South Coast has become the new hot spot on the island for just about everything; great beaches, the boardwalk, restaurants, golf, superb sailing, exciting conditions for watersports such as windsurfing, kite surfing and paddle boarding, horse racing, visitor attractions, spas and so much more. The South Coast can now offer a blend of island magic coupled with first world conveniences.
BERMUDA IS MUCH CLOSER THAN YOU THINK
The “Jewel of the Atlantic,” is much closer than you think – less than two hours away from most eastern US airports. With our incomparable weather, pink-sand beaches, historic sites and warm, friendly people, it’s no wonder Condé Nast Traveler readers have voted Bermuda “Best Island in the Caribbean/Atlantic” 17 times since 1994.
City of Hamilton :
A thriving center, the City of Hamilton is the hub of international and local business on the Island. But Hamilton also has a unique character, as it is packed with historic buildings, churches, shops, museums, galleries, parks and gardens--all set alongside a beautiful natural harbor.
The Royal Naval Dockyard :
When you visit the Royal Naval Dockyard, the sweep of history is all around you in the fine old stone buildings, wharves and fortifications. You step back in time to the era of the British Empire.
Town of St. George :
In December 2000, St. George was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in recognition of their “outstanding universal value.” While it is a popular center of business and retail activity, it is the town’s history, visible in its picturesque cottages, quaint lanes and alleyways, and its wealth of military, civic and religious architecture that attracts visitors from all over the world.
British Columbia, Canada
DISCOVER THE SCENERY, PURSUE THE ADVENTURE
With breathtaking natural beauty and dynamic, vibrant cities - welcome to British Columbia, where you really can have it all. From world-class golf, to five-star dining and relaxing hot springs, start planning your Classic Pursuits today.
Surrounded by ocean and a backdrop of rainforest and mountains this ‘city of nature’ is a modern and laid-back metropolis renowned for its mix of urban and outdoor adventure. Explore diverse neighborhoods and experience unique attractions, indulge in world-class cuisine, luxury spas, and great shopping. Vancouver is a city like no other.
Victoria is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. Located on Vancouver Island, it offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambience. With the mildest climate in Canada, Victoria is beautiful year-round and the Island was rated one of the top ten islands in the world by the 2012 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.
The natural beauty and welcoming atmosphere make Whistler a truly special, world-class destination. The unique pedestrian Village and two mountains connected by the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola combine to create a natural playground with endless opportunities for adventure such as biking, hiking, sightseeing, canoeing, golf and more.
British Virgin Islands, Caribbean
60 ISLANDS, 1 UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE
Uncompromising luxury. The British Virgin Islands are as welcoming as they are tranquil and private. Ride the wind aboard a sailboat, windsurfer or kiteboard. Explore a century-old shipwreck or a timeless coral reef. Or just lose yourself on the beach.
Road Town is the capital of the BVI, and there you can find exquisite shopping, arts and crafts. Tour the island! Peruse the J.R. O’Neal Botanical Gardens, climb Sage Mountain, visit the historic Sugar Works and Government House museums, swim with the dolphins, experience the Rum Distillery before relaxing on the tranquil shores of Cane Garden Bay. Don’t forget to sample the delectable local cuisine.
Virgin Gorda :
Virgin Gorda entices travelers with its yacht clubs, quiet coves, safe anchorages and luxury resorts and villas. On the North Sound and accessible only by water, both the Bitter End Yacht Club and Biras Creek Resort provide premier access to watersports and relaxation. Spanish Town offers fine dining and shopping, and The Baths National Park is on the southeastern tip of the island.
Jost Van Dyke :
Named for an early Dutch settler and former pirate, rugged scenery and colorful folklore make up Jost Van Dyke. With fewer than 300 inhabitants, it measures just four miles by three, with the highest point at 1,054 feet and has been home to Arawak Indians, Caribs, Dutch, Africans and the British. Be sure to visit Foxy’s on Great Harbor and enjoy a Painkiller at the Soggy Dollar Bar on White Bay Beach.
Dominican Republic, Caribbean
PLENTY TO EXPLORE
Here Spanish, French, and African influences are woven into history. Comforts of sun, sea, and sand offer unique cultural and ecoexperiences. Delight in merengue, relics from centuries past, premium cigars, and world-class baseball.
La Romana :
Drive along vast sugar cane fields. Here, you will find the beautiful resorts and beaches of Casa de Campo, Bayahibe and Dominicus, and theSaona and Catalina islands. Visit Altos de Chavón, a recreated medieval European village. Visit the tourism complex with polo, shooting, and tennis. Visit its art galleries showcasing artists from around the country. Take advantage of its crystal clear waters for diving.
Samaná has everything you need to feel at one with nature. Santa Bárbara de Samaná is its major city. Population 51,000. Almost all of the local economy revolves around the beaches of Las Terrenas, Las Galeras, Portillo, Cosón, Playa Rincón and Playa Bonita. Most hotels in Samaná are privately owned, and not as large as the all-inclusive resorts found on other parts of the island.
Santo Domingo :
With over 3 million residents, the cosmopolitan city of Santo Domingo is extremely vibrant. Santo Domingo features a rich culture and history with modern developments. In Colonial City, newer hotels line the ancient cobble-stone streets; luxury cars share the roads with horse-drawn carriages, and an avant-garde international cuisine scene thrives amid classic Creole cuisine.
FIJI… WHERE HAPPINESS FINDS YOU
Fiji offers a myriad of exotic vacation experiences and activities to suit each taste. Romantic getaways, private island retreats, unique spa settings, championship golf courses, immersed in the local culture, food and song, are some of the many pursuits of rest and relaxation available in Fiji.
Mamanuca Islands :
Pronounced ma-ma-noo-tha, this idyllic region is home to 20 of Fiji’s popular island resorts that are easily accessible by sea and air from Nadi. In demand for romantic getaways, family retreats, surfing and diving, and endless seabased activities, each resort has its own separate island set in deep blue waters of turquoise and pastel green. The region provides a tropical experience in exotic surroundings.
Pacific Harbor Region :
Known as the adventure capital of Fiji, the region offers a wide range of accommodation facilities to suit every budget from five-star luxe to flash packer. The region offers an endless choice of adventure activities that range from “swimming with the sharks, white-water rafting, zip lining, jet skiing, river and sea kayaking, surfing, game fishing, waterfall excursions, private island picnics, championship golf and much more.
Northern Islands :
Known as the Real Fiji for their unhurried pace of life and include Savusavu, Taveuni, Nukubati, Matangi and Qamea. Most of the properties are small, intimate and offer a chance to interact more closely with the people and culture of Fiji. The region is acknowledged internationally as having some of the best historical, surfing, scuba diving, national parks, marine conservation and fishing sites.
CUISINE, CULTURE AND TOP-NOTCH ACCOMMODATIONS
An active traveler’s paradise, with more attractions that any other English-speaking Caribbean island. Set sail on the Caribbean’s crystal clear waters or relax among lush mountainous topography. Jamaica offers a variety of activities to experience the island from land or water.
Montego Bay :
With its white-sand beaches backed by flowersplashed hillsides, Montego Bay, or MoBay, has been a popular tourism destination since the late 1800s. Today, with its unsurpassed variety of unique adventures, experiences and accommodations — Montego Bay is the tourism hub for Jamaica and one of the most fascinating destinations in the Caribbean.
Rose Hall :
In the surrounding hills of Montego Bay, several former plantation great houses are open to the public. The most famous, Rose Hall, is said to be haunted by the ghost of the infamous Annie Palmer, who reportedly murdered three husbands and many more slave lovers before she herself was slain.
Ocho Rios :
Ocho Rios was once a small fishing village, home to few upscale hideaways, like the ever-popular Jamaica Inn that welcomed the likes of Winston Churchill, Ian Fleming, Noel Coward, and Marilyn Monroe. Happily, its city fathers and the Jamaica Tourist Board saw the potential of its verdant mountain-backed shores, stunning waterfalls and running rivers and has built into in the worldclass destination that it is today.
HAWAI’I’S ISLAND OF DISCOVERYTM
On Kaua‘i, step in any direction to see a world of infinite greens and blues. Rest assured, the Pacific island of your dreams exists. A diversity of attractions, activities and accommodations complete the dream vacation experience. Peaceful, lush and naturally spectacular, this is Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i’s Island of Discovery.
ROBERTS HAWAII :
Waimea Canyon Tour
Known as “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon is undoubtedly one of nature’s most spectacular creations. From your lookout at 3400 ft., you will enjoy an unsurpassed view of the vividly hued, 2857 ft. deep canyon and surrounding countryside. With its vast views and grand stature, Waimea Canyon shares similarities with its mainland cousin, but it has a unique island personality.
SUNSHINE HELICOPTERS KAUAI :
Ultimate Kauai Adventure
View some of Kauai’s most beautiful sights from the air. You will see the Na Pali Coast, Waimea Canyon, Wailua Falls, and Mount Waialeale, while learning about the legends and history of the island. The breathtaking Na Pali Coast, with its dramatic emerald cliffs, is home to the legendary Bali Hai, featured in the film South Pacific.
NA PALI EXPLORER :
Na Pali Snorkel Expedition – Explorer I
Board a 26 ft., 16-passenger Zodiac craft to explore sea caves and cruise under cascading waterfalls along the majestic Na Pali Coast. Snorkel near a protected reef teeming with colorful tropical fish, then enjoy a relaxing lunch on the beach. This is an unforgettable way to experience the beauty of the jewel of Kauai.
AMAZING EXPERIENCES, STUNNING SCENERY
Ontario the land of shimmering waters of more than 250,000 lakes and rivers, vast tracts of towering forests, long sandy beaches, and the natural wonder of Niagara Falls. Ontario’s cosmopolitan cities offer world-class entertainment, shopping and dining and charming small towns with lots of local color.
Toronto, Canada’s capital city is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario. A cultural renaissance with a mix of over 100 cultures gives Toronto a dynamic flair. Showcasing cuisine from around the world, redesigned museums and other landmark buildings are the work of internationally renowned architects including Daniel Libeskind and Frank Gehry.
Perfectly carved during the ice age more than 12,000 years ago. A wonder of the world so spectacular that 14 million people a year come to experience it. A combination of power, strength and beauty that only nature can create. This is Niagara. People visit us to see the majesty of the Falls but they have a trip of a lifetime because of so much more.
This is a community of wineries with individual personalities, as distinctive as the wines they create. Each winery has a unique story: from the sleekness of glass and steel to the warmth of stone and wood, Niagara-on-the-Lake's wineries are expressions of their diverse personalities. Visit a selection of large estates, medium–size operations and small boutique wineries to really appreciate our version of Wine Country.
Puerto Rico, Caribbean
OLD WORLD CHARM TO NATURAL BEAUTY
Come discover a world full of natural wonders, sparkling beaches and endless adventure. Plus, Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and the U.S. dollar is the official currency; U.S. citizens don’t even need a passport to visit.
Old San Juan :
It’s hard not to be captivated by the historic treasures of majestic Old San Juan, the charming walled-city with its imposing fortresses and colorful colonial architecture. Nearby are world-class boutiques, restaurants of Condado,the inviting beaches and resorts of Ocean Park and Isla Verde and the bohemian neighborhood of Santurce.
Vieques is affectionately known in Puerto Rico as Isla Nena (“Baby Girl Island”) and is equally beloved by locals and visitors. It might only take a ferry ride or small plane trip to get here, but Vieques is miles away from ordinary. This is truly a destination to unwind, slow down to island time, and beach-hop, swim and snorkel your way through life.
El Yunque :
El Yunque is a special place with a unique ecosystem and an unspoiled natural beauty that has enchanted visitors for thousands of years. With its waterfalls, hiking trails and panoramic vistas, the forest system is a naturelover’s wonderland. It’s a diverse area that includes numerous luxury resorts, beautiful beaches, world-class golf courses, and some of the island’s best boating, fishing and sailing.
Turks & Caicos
BEAUTIFUL BY NATURE
World-class hotels, spas, and restaurants await, as do famous stretches of uncrowded beaches and vibrant coral reefs. On land or below water, relax in the unique serenity, and beauty of the islands.
Grace Bay Beach :
A leisurely stroll down this famous 12-mile stretch of pristine, powdery white beach is not to be missed. From the beach, snorkel out in the clear turquoise waters, to a long coral reef, rich with aquatic life.
Surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, Provo has been ranked “Best Beach” by Condé Nast magazine and by the World Travel Awards for several years running. Provo offers all modern conveniences, including luxurious hotels, villas and condos, numerous restaurants, spas and shopping facilities, a championship caliber golf course, and full service grocery store.
Iguana Island :
Across the Leeward channel, at the far east end of Provo, lies beautiful Little Water Cay, home of the rare Rock Iguanas. These unique and friendly creatures meet visitors on the edge of the Iguana Trail, affording excellent photo opportunities. View the iguanas in their natural habitat from a nature trail and observe their daily life.