AmaWaterways Introduced ‘Soulful Epicurean Experience on the River,’ a Special Journey Celebrating Black History and Culture

Leading river cruise line AmaWaterways announced the debut of A Soulful Epicurean Experience on the River, a unique, first-ever sailing experience paired with its Colors of Provence river cruise. In addition, AmaWaterways is offering a new, specially curated 3-night post-cruise land package in Paris, which commemorates the city’s Black history, heritage and culture. “Following ongoing dialogue between the AmaWaterways leadership team and our valued travel advisor partners in recent years, we identified significant demand for a curated experience that connects Black travelers both to each other and to international destinations rich with African-American history,” said Jazzmine Douse, director of national accounts at AmaWaterways and member of Northstar Travel Group’s Black Advisory Board. “We believe our Soulful Epicurean Experience on the River cruise is the perfect way to celebrate the heritage, traditions and cultures of our global family.” Setting sail on August 24, 2023 from Arles to Lyon, AmaWaterways’ special 7-night Colors of Provence itinerary invites guests to board the award-winning AmaKristina and begin their journey by exploring the cultural history of Marseille. A Soulful Epicurean Experience on the River also takes guests through the beauty of the South of France along the Rhône River to Lyon. The river cruise and land experience concludes in Paris, where many Black artists, writers and entertainers have made history. Unique to this new experience, guests will enjoy guided tours showcasing the region’s jazz, food and wine as well as live musical performances on board and ashore. Included in the package and exclusive to this departure is an excursion honoring Josephine Baker, the first Black woman inducted into France’s Pantheon mausoleum, and a “Black History of Paris” city tour, as well as a 3-night stay at a luxury hotel in the City of Light. On board the elegant AmaKristina, guests can look forward to the warm, personalized onboard service and locally influenced included fine dining for which AmaWaterways is known. The ship also boasts spacious staterooms with AmaWaterways’ signature twin balconies, a Sun Deck walking track, a swim-up bar, a Main Lounge and complimentary bicycles. “As we continue to innovate our offerings, we remain focused on providing vacation experiences that are just as diverse as our loyal family of guests,” added Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “With so much positive attention around cultural awareness in light of Juneteenth, this was the ideal time to launch our Soulful Epicurean Experience on the River cruise, and we look forward to shining a light on the incredible Black history that exists along the beautiful rivers we sail through around the world.” Travelers with pent-up wanderlust who are eager to plan their next vacation can secure this immersive experience by September 30, 2022 to take advantage of AmaWaterways’ special introductory package pricing offer. For the most up-to-date information, visit AmaWaterways.com/Soulful.

Off the Map Travel Introduces a Sami Cultural Immersion and Adventure Experience in Swedish Lapland With a Dash of Luxury

The new Sápmi Experience is an Arctic adventure that offers an immersion into the lifestyles of northern Sweden’s indigenous Sami people with glamping in a Sami lavvu (teepee), newly built and upgraded with the comfort of a luxury cabin. The three-night experience takes place in the Sápmi Nature Camp on the Sjavnja nature reserve in Laponia, a living culture and nature World Heritage Site. The new program, exclusively offered by Off the Map Travel, launches January 2022 and is available through May 2022. Based on timing, guests will have the opportunity to experience either the area’s Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun. Participants will join with the Sami to learn hands-on cooking, reindeer herding, fishing and foraging for berries and herbs. They can also join a wildlife safari to spot moose and don traditional wooden skis for a Sami-guided ski tour with a special Swedish fikaexperience around a bonfire on the ice of a frozen river. The upgraded lavvus attend to the needs of today’s traveler with a solid internal structure, allowing for increased coziness and warmth while maintaining the design, sustainability and culture characteristic of the region and the Sami. Each lavvu sleeps two people and has a double bed, stove, cozy furnishings and en suite bathroom. “This new travel experience offers a chance to get away from it all to experience another world and another culture while not compromising comfort or sustainability,” said Jonny Cooper, Off the Map Travel, designer of the experience. “It’s also perfect for socially distanced travel,” he added. The new accommodation has been created by the founders of the Sápmi Nature Camp in Swedish Lapland whose mission is to create sustainable, personal Sami experiences that celebrate the native Lapland culture, nature and wellness. For more information visit https://www.offthemap.travel/the-sapmi-experience/, call +44 (0) 800 566 8901 or email info@offthemap.travel.

To Barcelona and Beyond, Catalonia Welcomes Travelers With New Experiences

With new experiences and expanded air service, Catalonia is opening its arms to U.S. travelers by offering enticing and inspiring ways to visit the region, from its lively capital, Barcelona, and beyond. Among the new offerings for travelers is The Grand Tour of Catalonia, a website that provides a framework for travelers to customize a visit to the region. Covering close to 1300 miles (or 2000km) along suggested scenic routes, the Grand Tour of Catalonia details the diverse offerings of the region in and beyond the gateway of Barcelona to coastal vineyards, mountain ranges, the beach resorts of Costa Brava, picturesque small towns, ancient monasteries, Roman-era ruins, and, of course, world-famous Cava producers. Travelers who are looking for immersive experiences can choose Grand Tour of Catalonia itineraries based on suggested routes in each region or by interest: vineyards, history, outdoor activities, art, and more.  The site includes not-to-be-missed experiences, such as Solsonès in central Catalonia known for its outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking among the forests, fields, lakes, and mountains; the Cistercian Lands of the great monasteries of the region, including the Royal Monastery of Poblet, resting place of several Catalan kings; the Castell de Gardeny in Lleida which housed the Templar soldiers in the 12th century; following the Dalí Triangle from his home town of Figueres to the Dalí Theater and Museum, and the azure waters and pristine beaches of the Costa Brava, among many other highlights and detours. The Grand Tour of Catalonia routes and highlights can be found at grandtour.catalunya.com, along with each section detailed in PDFs that can be easily downloaded to help with vacation planning. Because of the breadth and depth of experiences highlighted, the Grand Tour itineraries are ideal for a variety of travelers, from couples to families, wine and food connoisseurs to adventurers and lovers of history and natural wonders. Each route has been meticulously planned along the most scenic roads to allow travelers to detour into small towns and villages. For more information about travel to and within Catalonia visit www.catalunya.com.

DISCOVER DEEP FOREST GREEN THAT ONLY LITHUANIA HAS TO OFFER

Earlier this year, Lithuania Travel presented a new Lithuanian image campaign entitled “Discover Colours You Never Knew Existed.” The campaign invites you to learn about the uniqueness and versatility of Lithuania, the country of untouched natural treasures, distinctive architectural objects, and quirky local gastronomy—a perfect place for all your senses. Baltic Blue and Rye Bread Black? Lithuania is indeed full of quirky shades. What do these colours mean? Kaunas Modernism Grey is the colour of rich history. Hours spent walking around architectural marvels is what makes you touch history, and lets history touch you. Rye Bread Black is the colour of feeling at home. The smell of a freshly baked loaf presented to you by your host. Vištytis: Right by the southwestern country border lies the beautiful Lake Vištytis and a town carrying the same name. The legend says that almost a hundred years ago a local man from Vištytis town harnessed the wind to produce flour. This year, the millhouse has come back to life for a different purpose—to educate the ones interested in the old crafts and to feed the hungry souls with mesmerizing views. Museum of Ancient Beekeeping: Soulful and rewarding friendship between bees and humans is what beekeeping is all about. Learn about this occupation dating hundreds of years back and treat yourself with a unique therapeutic experience. The Museum of Ancient Beekeeping offers aromatherapy in a new and original way: a cozy attic, the scent of bee products, the sound of bees humming. For more information, visit www.lithuania.travel/en.

Multicultural Travel News – News From Vagabond Tours of Ireland, IATA, Jamaica, Kentucky, Buenos Aires, Oaxaca and Bahamas

News Briefs:

  • Vagabond Tours of Ireland Helps Connect Guests To Their Ancestral Links
  • IATA Launches Gender Diversity Campaign
  • Jamaica Re-positioned in the Japanese Travel Market
  • African American’s Role in Horse Racing Honored in New Exhibits and Experiences
  • International Tango Festival and World Cup (Mundial de Tango)
  • Oaxaca Hosts Historic “Vive Mezcal 2019” International ForumThe Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas Launches Arabic Website
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Multicultural Travel News – News From Mexico’s Yucatan State, Natchez, Wild Terrains, Toronto, Puerto Vallarta and Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

News Briefs:

  • Mexico’s Yucatan State Poised To Be Mexico’s Next “IT” Destination
  • Natchez, MS LGTBQ Event Celebrates Inclusion This October
  • Wild Terrains Launches New Women-Only Trips to Portugal This Fall
  • Tourism Toronto Has Launched New Destination Campaign: Let Yourself In – Campaign Invites Travelers to Go All-in and Share in Toronto Pride Felt Across the City
  • Puerto Vallarta to Host First National LGBTQ Media Association International Conference
  • Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Debuts New Culinary Offerings for Groups, Launches Six New Chinese, Indian and Vegan Menus
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Multicultural Travel News – News From Disneyland Resort, Los Cabos, Virgin Voyages, Medellin, National Museum of American Jewish History and more

News Briefs:

  • Disneyland Resort Celebrates Lunar New Year with a Touch of Disney Magic
  • Ten New Experiences in Los Cabos
  • Virgin Voyages Sets Out To Rival Food Scene Of World Famous Cities
  • Medellin Continues Evolving as an Attractive Metropolis with Steady Tourism Growth from North American Travelers in 2018
  • Winter Events at the National Museum of American Jewish History
  • Philadelphia’s Sensory-Friendly Attractions & Performances
  • Visitphilly.com Launches Accessibility Page
  • Robin Hood Leads the Way for Two New Themed, Guided Tours of Nottingham
  • TAP Air Portugal Adds NYC-Based Portuguese-American Chef George Mendes To Its Michelin-Star Winning “Taste the Stars” Culinary Team
  • El Salvador National Pupusas Day
  • New York’s SPYSCAPE Experience Now In Spanish!
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Multicultural Travel News – News From Madeira, Belize, Scotland, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Mexico, AmaWaterways and Anguilla

Multicultural Travel News – News From Madeira, Belize, Scotland, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Mexico, AmaWaterways and Anguilla
News Briefs:
Cultural Immersion Tours in Belize with the San Ignacio Resort Hotel
Tartan Weddings, A Scottish Destination Wedding Co Weaves Tradition and Romance into an Age-Old Custom
Gastronomy Master Class Series At Hotel Emma, San Antonio
The African-American story in Philadelphia’s Historic District
Vivo Resorts & Residences Debuts New Oaxacan-Inspired Residential Concept
Philadelphia’s Cultural & Historical Attractions Offer Spanish Guides
AmaWaterways Continues Sailings with a Latin Touch
Villa Viewfort Estate of Anguilla Reopens its Doors for Guests to Experience ‘Pure Anguilla,’ Showcasing Best of Anguillian Culture

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Madeira, Portugal: History and Culture, Nature, Wine and Gastronomy
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Madeira: History and Culture, Nature, The Climate, Wine, Gastronomy

Celebrating its 600th anniversary this coming year in 2019, Madeira is a vacation destination both unspoiled and up-to date. Contradictions in co-existence! An off-road open-air jeep tour takes you to areas of the island untouched by time, where farming on steep slopes continues as it has through the ages. Ride the modern cable car up the mountain to visit the Monte Palace Botanical Gardens, then have a seat on a man-powered old-fashioned wicker basket taboggan sled built for two for a ride down along stone streets. Choose lodging in the style of the traditional 16th century “quintas” (farmhouse inn) such as the Quinta do Furão on a cliff top in Santana on the northeast coast or stay at the 5-star Pestana Carlton Madeira, a luxurious and charming hotel in the city of Funchal, with a Ballroom for meetings and a cocktail lounge for live music listening and dancing.

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