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and the trees on which they're landing seem to turn red. Birders, amateurs, and even the guide, who sees this every day, return to the dock in a silent mood of awe. Banwari Experience, which offers all sorts of nature- and culture-oriented excursions, charges $65 pp for couples, $50 pp for groups of four or more, and that includes transfers from the hotel. This is commissionable. For those seeking an even more in-depth experience, Banwari also offers kayaking in the reserve for an additional price. The Hyatt Regency Trinidad provides high international standards of hospitality in a waterfront hotel less than a mile by foot from Queen's Park Savannah. This Hyatt Regency has a contemporary design, a professionally run spa, a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the bay, and complimentary WiFi in all rooms. Rooms start at $190, or $205 for a water view, plus 21 percent taxes and service fees. New Tour of Kingston, Jamaica Island Routes Caribbean Adventures' brand-new Let's Go Native tour of Kingston from Montego Bay and Ocho Rios wouldn't be possible without Highway 2000, which has TRAVEL ADVISOR CORNER Dining Out on International Travel Experiences Susan Farewell To survive and thrive as a travel agent today, you have to think out of the box...big time. Many clients are no longer satisfied with just seeing a destination's highlights and getting their photos taken in front of the iconic landmarks. They want to have experiences that are authentic, experiences they can't wait to share on social media. For some, part of the fun is the experience, for others bragging about it. One of your jobs as a travel agent is to get out there and have these experiences yourself. That can help you seal the deal with your client, especially if it's an experience that might take them out of their comfort zone. If you've "been there done that" yourself, you'll convey your own enthusiasm and help dispel any fears they may have. Here are some experiences to consider for your clients. * Take the night train between Hanoi and Lao Cai: It's a magical experience, leaving Hanoi around 9 p.m. and waking up as dawn breaks in the mountains near Sapa, a spectacular region that's home to Hmong, Red Dao and other ethnic communities of Vietnam. Comfort is part of the experience, as the train has private cabins (with two or four berths), air-conditioning, a small bathroom down the hall and a little keepsake amenity bag. * Bike Around Copenhagen: In the Danish capital, where at least 50 percent of the population commutes by bike, you'll want to join in. The city has dedicated bike lanes everywhere. As a visitor, you'll enjoy rolling along the 800-year-old streets, by the waterfront, over bridges, through the parks. * Become Anthony Bourdain: Visiting a local person's house is an experience that is increasingly made available through DMCs around the world. We've arranged visits (and have done them ourselves) in Egypt, Morocco, Oman and Vietnam. In each case, the client meets with a family-whether for tea or a meal-and has a front row seat to how they live. * Wing it over Victoria Falls: It's one thing to see Victoria Falls; another to soar over them like a dragon fly. The ultimate in bragging rights for those heading to Zambia or Zimbabwe, is to take a "Microlight" sightseeing flight over the Falls. They are essentially motorized gliders, so you are out in the open air, but they are very quiet and fly lower than helicopters. In general, always be on the lookout for connections to big sporting, musical or theatrical events. They may translate to behind-the-scenes passes, good seats and other goodies that can help you make a client's dream come true. Book experiences like these and your clients will come back raving and bragging about their trip. ■ Susan Farewell is the owner of Farewell Travels LLC (, a travel design firm based in Westport, CT. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @FarewellTravels. 20 july 2016 dramatically cut drive time across the Blue Mountains so that the ride from MoBay to the capital takes about two hours, and from Ocho Rios, even less. Of course, the current fascination with Jamaican culture helps, too, and this excursion, available from both of the north coast's major resort centers, serves that need well. The tour includes the National Gallery, which is the largest publicly owned art museum in the entire English-speaking Caribbean; beautiful Emancipation Park; the Bob Marley Museum in the reggae star's original recording studio; the cathedral or synagogue; and the Devon House Heritage site, a grand estate built by Jamaica's first black millionaire that is now a showcase of upper class life in the late 1800s. Devon House is also home to the Devon House I-Scream snack bar, which serves such delicious ice cream that Britons pay top dollar to import it. (This tour is not to be confused with the Bob Marley and Kingston Highlight [sic] Tour, which is only available from Ocho Rios and features Tuff Gong International Studio, the Marley Museum, lunch at the One Love Cafe, and a critical stop for Devon House ice cream.) The price was not yet determined at press time, but $150 pp is a good ballpark figure. The Let's Go Native tour will be available at all the Sandals resorts in the area, including Montego Bay's Sandals Royal Caribbean, with its private island and, soon to come, the islands' first over-the-water suites; the flagship Sandals Montego Bay, on an exceptional white sand beach; Sandals Carlyle, an intimate 52-room resort whose guests have privileges at nearby Sandals properties; and Sandals Ochi, with its great variety of rooms, settings, and restaurants as well as quick access to major attractions. Rates start at about $475 at Royal Caribbean; $400 a night at Sandals Ochi. ■ Contact Information 12-Metre Challenge: Banwari Experience: Eden Roc at Cap Cana: Hyatt Regency Trinidad: Sanctuary Cap Cana by AlSol: Sandals Resorts:; Secret Bay: Viator (whale-watching): Samana-Whale-Watching-Excursion-from-Punta-Cana/ d794-17295P7 The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa:

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend July 2016

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: Escape the Ordinary
Tour Talk: Rail Travel in Europe
Expedition Cruising: Adventure of a Lifetime
Onboard Review: Holland America’s MS Koningsdam
Do Like the Locals in Latin America
Only on These Islands
Travel Advisor Corner: Dining Out on International
Onsite Review: Barbados
Explore Israel Off the Well-Trodden Road
Onsite Review: South Africa: From Beach to Bush
Explore the Great Outdoors via Rail Travel
Onsite Review: Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Singular Experiences
Onsite Review: At Home in Thuringia, Germany
Journeys Beyond the Ordinary
Come Aboard: India Rail Travel

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