Luxury travel operator Captain’s Choice has identified a trio of travel styles that are proving popular amongst its discerning guests in 2016.
1. Battlefields Tourism – following on from the success of its special Gallipoli Centenary Cruise, Captain’s Choice has once again enlisted the services of Former Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie to host a new tour that takes the battlefields of Northern France on the 101 anniversary of the ANZAC battles.
According to Captain’s Choice Founder, Phil Asker, paying homage to Australian wartime heroes is an important factor to many, “Guests want to know more about the events that took place during the World Wars and so we ensure they have the very best and most knowledgeable military experts to guide them. Of course we also make sure that there are other memorable elements to their journey. In the case of our European tour next year we are pairing wartime tourism with taste tourism to create a unique itinerary – Springtime on the Western Front.”
The itinerary: Springtime on the Western Front is a 17-day journey through the Netherlands, Belgium and France, guests set sail from Amsterdam aboard the MS AmaPrima, a luxury 164-passenger award-winning rivership. Winding their way along a series of unusual canals and rivers to Ghent guests choose from a range of sightseeing options along the way. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the famous gardens of Keukenhof in all their glory as the Tulips come into full bloom.
Commemorating 101 years since the ANZAC battles by taking a moment to commemorate at the Australian Villers-Bretonneux Dawn Service is a real highlight and guests will be joined by a special host, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie, former Chief of the Australian Army. Marking the occasion at a special dawn service, guests will salute with the Captain’s Choice twist on a gunfire breakfast, a shot of rum and a sausage wrapped in bread.
In addition, Captain’s Choice has secured an exclusive collaboration with MoVida chef and founder Frank Camorra and his good friend, co-author and well known food writer Richard Cornish. Both will join guests on this cruise as they open a very special restaurant aboard the privately chartered rivership, the MS AmaPrima.
The ship’s intimate Chef’s Table Restaurant will be transformed into ‘MoVida Afloat’ – an exclusive culinary experience which will be available for just six nights. Seating just 27 guests, the restaurant will offer multiple sittings to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy this dining sensation.
Price: This fully inclusive escorted luxury river cruise is priced from $15,240 per person, twin share, in an E Cabin and includes return flights.
2. Taste Tourism – Food glorious food. According to Phil Asker, now more than ever, guests demand culinary or wine tourism as part of their itinerary. So much so that in 2016 Captain’s Choice has enlisted some of Australia’s best chefs and sommeliers to lead some of its most luxurious and ground breaking itineraries to date. “We know that food and wine is an attractive component of our journeys, but now more than ever, guests want to have an even more intimate experience. They want to travel with the Chef who knows the region better than anyone, they want to visit restaurants that they could dream of accessing left to their own devices and they want to access cellar doors that are usually off limits to the general public. Extraordinary experiences that can only be offered through travel operators such as Captain’s Choice.”
Itineraries include: ‘A Taste of Spain’ – a personally hosted tour by MoVida’s Frank Camorra and food writer Richard Cornish that takes guests off the beaten track to of some of the most fabulous secret food haunts and sights of Spain, including the chance to dine at the world’s number one restaurant –El Cellar de can Roca.
The chance to scour the culinary delights of Puglia, Sicily, Rome and more with Italian wine expert Michael Trembath on ‘Southern Italian Gourmet’;
A tasting plate of different cultures is served up on ‘An Asia Degustation’, a journey that sees guests travel and taste their way through Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan, guided by chefs of Asia’s Grand Hyatt Hotels who will be hosting this special tour.
Captain’s Choice gourmet tours are listed athttp://www.captainschoice.com.au/gourmet
3. Journeys by Private Jet – According to Phil Asker, now more than ever, travellers want to journey to more destinations in one trip, joining up the dots between difficult to reach places. In response Captain’s Choice has recently launched its latest‘Journeys by Private Jet’ program that is designed to cater to this growing demand, offering an exceptional all inclusive travel experience both onboard and on the ground.
Guests can choose from Equatorial Explorer, August 23-September 13 2016; orUltimate South America, September 15-October 6 2016; Prices start from $47,500 per person, twin share.
Travelling from destination to destination, sometimes on flight paths that are usually unheard of, all 90 guests on board the Captain’s Choice Boeing 767 will be able to relax on their own lie-flat seats while enjoying personalised service.
Guests are treated like VIPs throughout their journey, only changing planes to reach remote destinations such as the Galápagos Islands and Agra. Immigration is hassle free and in many destinations special arrangements are made for guests to fast track through. Every itinerary has been crafted with convenience in mind with all flights, bar one, are scheduled during the day at times that suit guests’ needs rather than the operational requirements of an airline.
According to Phil Asker, the trend for seeing everything on their tick list in one trip also applies to journeys in Australia, “We’ve just introduced two Australia by Private Jetjourneys for 2016 because guests were telling us they wanted to see all the highlights of home but it was too difficult for them to link it all together themselves.”