I have wanted to visit Israel for a long time but never nailed down the trip. This time, it is a done deal, and I’ll be heading there this fall.
There are so many options for flying to Israel: changing planes in Europe, changing planes in Canada or even in the United States. But after years and years of doing exactly that (sometimes flying over a destination only to change planes and fly back), I am done! I am looking forward to an efficient, non-stop flight on EL AL Israel Airlines to Tel Aviv.
The Waldorf Astoria recently opened in Jerusalem, and I cannot think of a better way to explore and experience this religious and historic city. Hilton continues to have a lot of tricks up its sleeve, from innovation with apps for keyless entry to room selection before you arrive. Jeff Diskin is one of the Hilton executives pushing for continual improvement in the customer experience and the ease of accessing your room.
I also want to hit the links in Israel. Golfers who travel are always looking for that different golf experience, and this surely is one: Nowhere else can you drive a ball over terrain where Jesus once walked. I’ll add this to my many golf experiences such as playing near the pyramids in Cairo and midnight-sun golfing during the summer solstice in Finland.
We just came off a whirlwind introduction of Rafie Iannello to Global Traveler’s Pacific Rim operations, including a “getting to know you” trip with Kim Krol, managing editor, followed by an introduction to how we do business on the East Coast with scheduled meetings in New York and a day at World Headquarters. We are all looking forward to Rafie’s contributions to the magazine.
While I have your undivided attention, let me introduce you to GT Select Hotels & Resorts. Perhaps you already found it, as it debuted online this summer at globaltravelerusa.com/gt-select-hotels. GT Select is our hand-selected online directory of the best luxury hotels and resorts around the world. Take a look at the great properties listed on this exciting new feature when booking your next stay.
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Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Reykjavik with us.