Virtuoso Traveler - June/July 2017 - 54
URBAN RENEWAL | EUROPE
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Hone your photography skills
on National Geographic Expeditions' long-weekend photo
workshop in San Francisco, led
by National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow.
Departure: November 2, 2017;
Sydney touts its iconic landmarks, Melbourne takes the
title of "Australia's cultural capital," and both offer world-class
shopping and dining. Azamara
In tune: Touring Reykjavik's
Harpa concert hall.
Journey visits the two Aussie urban centers when Azamara Club
Cruises sends the 686-passenger
ship on a 19-day sailing between
Bali and Sydney. Departure:
Iceland is hot right now, and for good reason. Along with the country's fjords, ice
fields, geysers, and geothermal pools, the capital of Reykjavik is a hip little city
with a thriving culinary scene, funky shopping along Laugavegur Street, and yearround festivals, including Yoko Ono's annual lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower.
You'll find craft shops and museums, cutting-edge street art, and music ranging
from symphonies in the honeycombed-glass Harpa concert hall to unplugged folk
at Café Rosenberg. With near 24-hour sunlight during the summer, the nightlife (or
"jammith," as the locals call it) never seems to end. Hit the City: Working with your
travel advisor, Virtuoso's on-site tour provider, Iceland Encounter, can create a
customized, seven-day trip featuring glacier treks and visits to Gullfoss waterfall, all
bookended by centrally located stays in the capital. Departures: Any day through
March 22, 2018; from $6,440.
Hong Kong's fashionistas
flock to downtown's Blanc de
Chine boutique for prêt-à-porter
with an Asian twist. Try on a chic
cheongsam during a city spree
with a local personal shopper,
"Reykjavik's vibrant dining scene claims so many wonderful small cafés and restaurants.
offered through the 501-room
Try Icelandic Fish and Chips (Tryggvagata 11) for its namesake dish with a healthy, bistro-
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.
style twist. Other favorites include the sustainability-focused Fish Market (Adalstraeti 12)
Doubles from $450; Virtuoso
and Dill (Hverfisgata 12), which serves New Nordic cuisine at its finest."
travelers receive breakfast daily
- Gary Johnson, Virtuoso travel advisor, Seattle
5 4 V I R T U O S O T R AV E L E R
and a $100 spa credit.
(HARPA CONCERT HALL) DAVID MADISON/GETTY IMAGES, (SAN FRANCISCO)
GUNER_GULYESIL/GETTY IMAGES, (CHEONGSAM) ZHZ_AKEY/GETTY IMAGES
January 21, 2018; from $5,319.