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WHY SOUTHLAKE TRAVEL?

We believe you take travel to heart and we share in your appreciation for travel by passing along our knowledge, insights and expertise. What's more, we take your travel personally and want to guide you every step of the way, so you have the best experience possible whenever and wherever you travel. In addition, we offer you additional advantages:

FOR CRUISE TRAVELERS: We offer a host of complimentary benefits through our affiliation with Virtuoso. The Virtuoso Voyager Club and Virtuoso Explorer offer escorted pre- and post-cruise trips, shore excursions, land packages and special social events on more than 450 departures per year with luxury cruise lines.

FOR AIR TRAVELERS: When you travel internationally, you benefit from our insider access to special fares that you won’t find on the Internet.

FOR COUNTRY AND EXPERIENCE COLLECTORS: We not only have relationships with the world’s leading travel and adventure sources, but we have access to many of the "best of the best" experts on any destination, activity or escape you can imagine. And, we offer Virtuoso Discoveries too.

FOR INDEPENDENT SORTS: If your way isn't the highway, and you want to travel your way, we’re experts at making independent arrangements worldwide. Our custom vacation options are endless. Tell us what personal touches you would like to add, and we’ll fine tune your vacation to make it your own.

 Virtuoso Voyages

The best things in life are free, and the best experiences, shared.

Available only to those who book their cruise through a Virtuoso affiliated travel agency, for more than 20 years the Virtuoso Voyages program has offered complimentary benefits aboard the world’s finest ships on hundreds of annual departures.

Dedicated Onboard Host
Onboard your cruise, you’ll be greeted by a dedicated Virtuoso Voyages host. Committed to ensuring that you thoroughly enjoy your cruise, your host will be available to you throughout your sailing to answer any questions you may have, and to ensure everything goes smoothly. Additionally, your host will introduce you to other Virtuoso Voyages passengers whom you’ll meet at the exclusive Virtuoso Voyages welcome aboard cocktail reception.

Welcome Aboard Reception
Once onboard, you’ll be invited to attend a private cocktail reception planned exclusively for you and your fellow Virtuoso Voyages participants. Your onboard host attends to every detail, and will make introductions. As everyone begins to get to know one another, you’ll ease into your cruise, and sense an easy camaraderie developing.

Camaraderie of Fellow Cruisers
Even if you’re sailing with family or friends, building such wonderful memories with other like-minded travelers adds an unexpected extra to your cruise. After you share a few great meals, and experience a phenomenal shore excursion together, you might just realize you’ve become friends.

Exclusive Shore Excursion
With our worldwide contacts, Virtuoso plans exclusive shore events especially for Virtuoso Voyages guests. Whether immersing yourself in the local culture, or enjoying VIP access to closed-to-the-public venues and experiences, your shore event will likely be the highlight of your sailing. Ask your Virtuoso travel advisor for details about full-day events, or alternatives to these like a special gift or shipboard credit on select dates.

 



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Useful Travel Links
Need to look up information about your destination, like the best place to grab a cup of Cappuccino, what time it is in Zimbabwe, what the currency of Chile is or what the current U.S. Department of State Travel Requirements are for Thailand? Use this page as your resource guide!

U.S. Department of State – Passport Information
Whether you are an American citizen traveling abroad or a foreign citizen traveling to the U.S., get all the information you need before you head overseas. This website contains tips for traveling abroad, passport and visa applications and document requirements.

Travel Advisories
Obtain worldwide travel announcements and advisories.

CDC Travel Information
This site gives the Center for Disease Control's recommended health precautions and warnings for travelers.

Currency Converter
The Universal Currency Converter™, the world's most popular currency tool, allows you to perform interactive foreign exchange rate calculations on the Internet, using live, up-to-the-minute currency rates.

Worldtime
One of the easiest of the international time conversion sites around, ideal in case you need to know what time it is in Zimbabwe, or anywhere else!

The Weather Channel
All you need to know about current weather conditions and three to five day forecasts throughout the world.

Mapquest
Get door-to-door driving directions, detailed maps, plus helpful travel links.

International Health & Vaccination Requirements/CDC
A list of countries and their health requirements or warnings, plus news articles about outbreaks and immunizations. Also included are a geographic travel map and health recommendations.

Federal Aviation Administration – “Bringing Safety to America’s Skies”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for the safety of civil aviation. The FAA issues and enforces regulations and aircraft standards and certifies airmen and airports that serve air carriers. They develop air traffic rules, assign the use of airspace and control air traffic.

FAA Tips on Flying with Children
Keep your little ones safe while flying. Learn about the importance of using a child restraint system. It is safer than holding your child in your lap. Most airlines will offer discounts of up to 50% for children less than two years of age.



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Virtuoso Life - The "Travel Dreams" Issue

Travel is a force for good, and your vacations create more than just memories. Our tenth annual Travel Dreams issue is packed with inspiration to get out and see the world, including the top ten trips of a lifetime as voted on by Virtuoso travelers, plus the top ten dream destinations.


 

Ten Trips of a Lifetime
Over the past decade, tens of thousands of you have responded to our Travel Dreams Survey. Here are this year’s top experiences and how to make them a reality.

Petal by Pedal
The Tulip City is golden again with lustrous hotels and star-class cuisine, but there’s still only one way to see it: on two wheels.

Insider’s Cape Town
Six top hoteliers reveal where they sun and have fun in the Mother City.

Riviera Roaming
Grab your Tropéziennes and a glass of rosé for our guide to the French Riviera – mais oui!

City To Go
This summer, Zürich throws a celebration to bank on.

 



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Destinations Guide: Taste the World
Flip through the latest issue of Virtuoso Destinations

Taste olive oils in Tuscany and take a Sichuan cooking
class in Chengdu. Make chocolates in Cusco and savor Michelin-starred fare in Kilkenny. Wander the vast spice markets of Fes and join friendly locals for farm-fresh fare in the Barossa Valley. The food of a destination is at the heart
of its culture, and your Virtuoso travel advisor has the personal connections to create a customized experience that satiates both your sense of wanderlust and your discerning taste buds. 


Tables with a Water View
Master chefs such as Jacques Pépin, Nobu Matsuhisa,
and Thomas Keller bring their famous fare to the high
seas, and private cellars open their doors to you along
the Danube and Garonne rivers.

A VAST Menu
Taste authentic Berber delicacies in the High Atlas Mountains,
stop for gelato while strolling villages along the Cinque Terre,
and take a coveted seat in one of Switzerland’s many
Michelin-starred restaurants.

Epicurean Escapes
Mindful eating gets a delicious makeover in Tucson,
Arizona; find the perfect venue for preparing Yucatan
dishes in a residential-style kitchen in Cancún; release
your inner Julia Child in a private cooking class in Lyon.

Stir Up Your Travels
Slice and dice your way around the world with culinary focused
tours, cooking classes, and shipboard demonstrations
that let you experience local cuisines while acquiring
kitchen skills to use back home.



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WORLD TRAVEL & TOURISM COUNCIL
Travel and tourism make up one of the largest industries in the world, employing more than 220 million people worldwide and generating nearly ten percent of global GDP. Virtuoso is proud to be a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council, which works to raise awareness of the importance of this industry.