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Executive Edge Art of Travel

Executive Edge is a preferred agency for VAST which stands for Virtuoso Active & Specialty Travel. This edition of The Art of Travel features our handpicked collection of VAST suppliers who offer extraordinary culturally immersive active travel experiences in the most captivating destinations and cultures while supporting sustainable tourism. Each of Edge's VAST partners are committed to contributing to the well-being of the local communities they visit. Sink into the rich spiritual culture of Chiloe Island and the Northern Archipelago of Patagonia, cycle/cruise from Prague to Budapest, journey to Peru’s most mesmerizing places, explore the natural wonders of California’s parks, white water raft in Costa Rica’s jungle, search for humpback whales in Hawaii, embark on Japan’s Kumano Kodo pilgrimage, ride the Blue Train into Kruger National Park or snorkel in Bora Bora's turquoise seas. Go explore the farthest reaches of the earth with VAST. Go active, go real, go VAST.

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Tahiti & Society Islands Rail Journey to Kruger National Park

PAUL GAUGUIN CRUISES

Tahiti & Society Islands

Paul Gauguin Cruises have been sailing year-round in French Polynesia longer than any other cruise line, immersing its guests into the local heritage and culture. Enjoy an intimate small ship luxury experience with only 332 guests and a crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5. In one wonderful week, you’ll explore the best of the South Pacific, with stops in lush Huahine, beautiful Bora Bora, and postcard-perfect Moorea. Highlights include the adrenaline rush of diving with hammerhead sharks and schools of eagle rays, spending a relaxing day on Motu Mahana in your very own private islet, complete with white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, a barbecue lunch, drinks served in coconuts, and a floating lagoon bar. Explore Bora Bora your way—visit a private beach for volleyball, snorkeling, kayaking or paddle boarding, or opt for an optional 4WD safari, aquabike excursion, or glass bottom boat ride. Overnight in Moorea and marvel at mountain peaks near blue lagoons while sampling fresh, local seafood.

Tahiti & Society Islands 7 night cruise  - Virtuoso Ocean View fares starting from USD 2,754 per person based upon double occupancy (cruise only including port, security & handling fees)

VAST amenity – USD 100 shipboard credit per person or the Voyager Club amenities of host, private cocktail party & special Virtuoso shore excursion (amenity based upon which sailing)

BLUE TRAIN

Rail Journey to Kruger National Park

Get a window seat into the soul of South Africa on The Blue Train, considered the world’s most lavish rail journey on its new 2016 route into Kruger National Park in the Hoedspruit area. Take in breathtaking scenery whilst dining on freshly prepared locally sourced cuisine complemented by premium South African wines and spirits. Cosseted throughout by attentive staff including your own personal butler who converts your suite from a daytime lounge to a plush bedroom at night. Kings and presidents have indulged in this magnificent, moving 5-star hotel on wheels. All aboard.

Tie in the Blue Train’s Kruger voyage with a private game lodge such as Tintswalo Safari Lodge which is close to where the Blue Train commences its journey. Tintswalo Safari Lodge is an exclusive 5-star safari lodge under traditional grassing, situated on the Private Manyeleti Game Reserve concession within the Greater Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga.

Itinerary starting from R 9,430 per person sharing

Departures - Pretoria to Hoedspruit (Kruger)

VAST amenities - bottle of sparkling wine & leather pen holder with photo frame

Japan Hiking Adventure Hawaiian Water Adventure

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPEDITIONS

Japan Hiking Adventure

National Geographic Adventures are unique, active itineraries for intrepid travelers that combine spectacular places, cultural interaction, and physical challenge. This 11 day Japan adventure starts off amid the futuristic skyscrapers of Tokyo before stepping back in time to Asuka, one of Japan’s ancient capitals. In the sacred mountains of the Kii Peninsula, embark on the Kumano Kodo, a beautiful pilgrimage route now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has drawn emperors and kimono-clad worshippers for more than a thousand years. Delve into Japan’s spiritual traditions as you hike to stunning shrines nestled amid cedar-covered slopes. Soak in hot springs, stay in traditional mountain inns and ryokans, and experience the diversity of Japan’s fine cuisine - from the lively pubs of Tokyo to delightful, locally sourced meals along the Kumano Kodo.

11 day adventure Japan starting from USD 6,395 (based upon double occupancy & international airfare to Tokyo and return from Osaka not included)

Edge Exclusive - USD 100 credit to the National Geographic Gear Store per booking

UN-CRUISE ADVENTURE

Hawaiian Water Adventure

Uncrushed. Uncrowded. Unbelievable. Un-Cruise Adventures means partnering with local people for tours ashore and extraordinary experiences. An Un-Cruise focuses on experiencing life on the outside, rain or shine. Kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, snorkeling, skiff excursions and cultural encounters top the agenda. Each experiential cruise is shared with 22 to 84 like-minded guests and all equipment provided. On this 7 night "Un-Cruise” in Hawaii, snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta rays by night or among coral gardens and sea turtle habitats by day, search for humpback whales in a national marine sanctuary and expect exhilarating days above and below the water in sublime island settings. VIDEO

Authentic Hawaii 7-night adventure cruise

Rates & Dates 2016 sailings starting from USD 3,795 per person (based upon double occupancy) fully inclusive

VAST amenity – USD 50 per person shipboard credit

Costa Rica Jungles & Rainforest Natural Wonders of California

TAUCK BRIDGES

Costa Rica Jungles & Rainforest

Life is pretty colourful on a Costa Rica holiday, where the spectacle of jungles and rainforests make visitors gape in awe. More than 850 different species of birds make their homes here, from emerald-green parrots, scarlet macaws and bright-billed "flying banana" toucans to purple-throated hummingbirds, orange-bellied trogons, and red and green plumed quetzals. Green turtles and iguanas, red frogs and white-faced monkeys are also a big draw too, you’ll discover during this 8 day exploration of tropical rainforests and jungles via a rafting trip and nature hiking to overnight stays in riverfront lodges. Cruise on a lake overshadowed by a "restless” volcano, zip-line through the rainforest, visit an organic pineapple plantation, and see – as well as taste – how the cacao fruit is transformed into chocolate. And the best part? Share it all with your family. Costa Rica: Jungles & Rainforests journey is ideal for multi-generational travel and activities cater from young to old.

8 day Costa Rica Jungles & Rainforest tour- starting from USD 2,522

Bonus offer - 1 complimentary night accommodation (if book and deposit before December 31, 2015)

NATIONAL PARKS REVEALED

Natural Wonders of California

Explore the natural wonders of California in four National and State Parks - Yosemite, Armstrong Redwoods State Park, Pt. Reyes National Seashore and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary - with the best guide. National Parks Revealed curates and operates custom-crafted journeys into America's most sacred, wild and magnificent lands in Western USA. You can expect upscale accommodations and activities including privately guided rafting, kayaking, ballooning, horseback riding and more. Your guides are local experts in geology, wildlife, Native culture, art, photography and history. They will grant you special access to historical, archaeological and Native American sites. Between parks, enjoy private SUV and air charter services. 

On this 10 day private tour (customizable to your travel needs), also drive scenic Highway 1 along the Pacific to Monterey and Carmel.

10 day Natural Wonders of California - self drive starting from USD 4,000 pp or private care/driver guide from USD 7,500 (based upon family of 4)

About National Parks Revealed

Peru - Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

INKATERRA

Peru - Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a sustainably focused intimate Andean village with whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest on a 12 acre site of exquisite natural beauty in the tiny town of Aquas Calientes at the foot of the ancient citadel, Machu Picchu. Find 207 bird species, the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species) and 111 butterfly species leading guests along terraced hills, melding with the sacred energy of the mountains. Enjoy the Unu Spa using a mystical Andean approach with natural products derived from mint, eucalyptus and other natural extracts. Its first-class restaurant has stunning views of the Vilcanota River, featuring secrets of Andean cuisine with a contemporary twist.

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Inkaterra La Casona in Cusco has recently been added to the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba in the Sacred Valley is located about 45 minutes, by car, from Cusco and on the way to Machu Picchu. The property is located on the foothills of the Andes, overlooking farmland and gorgeous views and the river.

Journey to Peru's most mesmerizing places, enjoying a stay of 2 nights each at these three luxury Inkaterra hotels.

6 night Peru itinerary - Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cusco starting from USD 3,472 pp (based upon twin share)

Virtuoso amenities for Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel - upgrade on arrival*, daily buffet breakfast for 2, early check-in/late check-out*, aromatherapy products and a 3 course dinner a la carte per person each day.

BACKROADS

Prague to Budapest

The ultimate cycling tour in Europe including a river barge cruise! On this voyage, let the Danube be your guide. Sail from Prague to Passau, Vienna to Bratislava and onto Budapest. Pedal through the Bavarian Forest. Stroll among baroque architecture. Sample local beers. And discover tucked-away hamlets. Then luxuriate on board the ship as it carries you to your next adventure. This is a classic trip geared for adults; however, if you are keen to take your family, there are also "Family Breakaway” departure dates on offer for older teens/20-somethings who are still traveling with their parents such as the Rhine River Bike Cruise Tour.

Backroads has been taking responsible travel seriously since its first tours 36 years ago - after all, travelling on two feet, or rather two wheels, is the ultimate minimal impact sightseeing approach.

Danube Cycling Sensation River Cruise Bike Tour - starting from USD 5,898 based on double occupancy 

Edge Exclusive - Backroads Camelback Hydration pack for each person booked by Dec 31, 2015

Chiloe Island & Patagonia

INTERNATIONAL EXPEDITIONS

Chiloe Island & Patagonia

Showcasing our VAST cover photo, International Expeditions is the only tour operator offering a comprehensive itinerary in Chiloe Island and the Northern Archipelago of Patagonia. This 12-day itinerary was crafted to help travelers discover a seldom-visited region connecting the Andes and Pacific with daily excursions surveying volcanoes, forests and glacial lakes interspersed along the Andean foothills. With a naturalist / photographer / ornithologist as your guide, discover the temperate rainforests of Tepuhueico Park to the 30,000-year-old San Rafael Glacier amidst extraordinary wildlife and natural beauty within the charming culture of the Chilotes. A closer look at the Chilote people reveals a rich spiritual culture that is based on a distinctive mythology of witchcraft, ghost ships and forest gnomes. Discover Chiloé Island, a small isle populated by scattered villages where homes, boats and churches form a collective UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy gorgeous boutique accommodations and five nights aboard the family-owned Skorpios II.

Chiloe Island and Patagonia’s Northern Archipelago - starting from USD 5,998 (based upon double occupancy)

VAST amenity - USD 50 per person gear credit for all new bookings


* subject to availability upon arrival

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