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Summer 2006


Welcome to the summer edition of The Confidante. We’re back after a spring filled with travel, across the States and Canada, and two great weeks in Southeast Asia highlighted by seven days aboard the Star Flyer. And while personal travel is the ultimate experience, I’ve also been thrilled to develop some exciting trips for you. One example: a complete circling of the ancient Mediterranean we called Tales of the Ottoman Empire, even including Syria and Libya!

With the rising Canadian dollar, there has never been a better time to travel internationally, and the variety of exciting experiences just waiting for you has never been greater. As summer comes to the Northern Hemisphere, we look to the South for destinations, and especially to the magic world of Peru, this month’s Feature Destination.

In the fast-moving and ever-changing world of travel, it is a challenge to keep my clients well informed of the latest destinations, value pricing and exclusive opportunities as they happen in the Virtuoso network. This challenge has been met with Travel ASAP, a monthly e-mail special announcement that is custom-tailored to the travel needs of my discerning clientele.

Watch for it in your e-mail!

Meanwhile, premium space for Christmas, and even March Break 2007, is filling up fast, so please call me soon!

Happy Travels!

Roger Kershaw
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in this issue
  • Feature Destination
  • Travel Trends
  • Hotels - hot, hip and happenin'!
  • Improved Accessibility

  • Travel Trends

    E-Tickets are (almost!) here! At the end of 2007, IATA will stop distributing paper tickets. Most major airlines are already in compliance, with more coming on board every month. For my clients, this has many benefits, including
    * No more courier fees for sending tickets
    * Easier handling of last minute travel plans
    * I can arrange your flights from where ever I am in the world whenever you need it
    * Automatic tracking of unused tickets
    * Eliminates the need for physical documents
    * Facilitates self-service check-in at kiosks
    * No more lost tickets

    The e-ticket you see here is not a ticket. It's simply a receipt. You may print it anywhere as a personal record; if it's lost, just print another! When you go to the airport, all you need is your passport.

    Hotels - hot, hip and happenin'!

    Your Confidante is always working to ensure that you are at the cutting edge of what's new in hotels. That the end, I am pleased to introduce ...

    Sumahan on the Water. Istanbul is one of the great cities of the world and the Bosphorus is one of the few places on earth where you can actually see how geography makes history, and even myth. Sumahan sits on the Bosphoros Straits that separate Europe and Asia, and link the cold waters of the Black Sea to the warm waters of the Aegean and beyond. The view from every bedroom is an ever-changing seascape of fishermen and ferry boats gliding through the night.

    Villa di Pizziano. This hotel is a manor house of the 1400s located in the countryside just outside the town of Cortona, a town on the border between Tuscany and Umbria made famous by the American writer Frances Mayes with her book and later the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. Rooms, each different, are all in perfect harmony with a noble residence, whilst having all the modern comforts. With excursions, cooking classes, wine and oil tasting, walking, biking, golf - you won't want to go home!

    Birkenhead House, perched high on the cliffs of Hermanus, South Africa, overlooking the whale watchers' Paradise of Walker Bay, accommodates guests in the utmost luxury and is the perfect destination for those seeking the pinnacle of seaside living: A heavenly place, perched high on the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, with bracing air and stunning views from spacious suites.

    Forbes Lists Most Expensive Hotels - recently listed the most expensive hotel rooms both in the world and in the United States. Not surprisingly, many are Virtuoso properties. Tempted?

    Feature Destination


    One of the major benefits of my recent induction into the Orient-Express Bellini Club (one of only 100 members in North America) is unparalleled access to special packages designed exclusively for Club-members' clients.

    One of these is an incredible 6-day Breakaway Peru package. Already, two of my clients have taken their families on this adventure - and reports back from both are filled with "spectacular," "life-changing," "stupendous service" and similar raves.

    While Machu Picchu, the fortress city of the ancient Incas set high in the Andes, is the overwhelming highlight of the excursion, every moment along that path is filled with adventure and luxury. Included are three of the most memorable hotel experiences you will ever enjoy: a magnificent ocean view executive suite in the Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima (where you'll indulge in the luxurious "bath butler" service!); the Hotel Monastario del Cusco, so high in the Andes (11,000 ft) that your room has an oxygen enrichment system; and the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, a magical place of unforgettable sunrises and shimmering, moonlit nights.

    I also added pre- and post-experiences for my clients at the rustically elegant Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, deep in the rainforest amid a web of tree-top sidewalks; and concluding with the remote Casa Andina Suasi Island in Lake Titicaca, a relaxing experience and intimate encounter with the Andean world.

    Read more about the Bellini Club Peru experience here.

    Cruise & Travel Links


    Crystal Cruises

    The Yachts of Seabourn

    Radisson Seven Seas Cruises

    Celebrity Cruises

    Royal Caribbean

    Orient-Express Hotels Trains and Cruises

    Homes Away

    Toronto Downtown Bed and Breakfast

    Improved Accessibility

    To provide an even higher level of service and accessibility to my clients, I've recently joined the Blackberry crowd. That means a new cell phone number (416-786-5449) and e-mail address ( It also means your email will reach me quicker and I can get to work sooner on your behalf. My toll-free number has not changed.

    If you forget my phone or contact details, just Google me! You'll get a direct link to my Web site - - and all my contact information.

    Happy Travels!

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