Travel-Intel Travel Packages-to-Go

Hotels on Lake Como

Truffle Hunting in the Piedmont

Travel does not get more local than digging in the dirt along some of Italy’s most hallowed ground to find some of mother nature’s most valuable gifts to cooking.

Ciclismo Classico, a leading outfitter of cycling vacations around the globe, is offering a gastronomically-focused Piedmont cycling tour this fall. Guests will stay in family-run 4-star hotels, dine at the best local restaurants, and pedal through the vineyards and villages of Piedmont. The historic food and wine regions of Gavi, Acqui Terme, Alba, and lower Monferrato will serve as the focal points of this seven-day tour that will include 165 miles of bicycling, exploring, sipping, soaking and tasting. Read more »

What’s Driving Travel Bucket Lists for 2015? Virtuoso Knows


Virtuoso, the international network of luxury travel agencies, took the pulse of its members who were busy taking the pulse of their clients to find out just what’s driving dreams in travel for 2015. The result? A bucket list of the top ten travel experiences Americans aspire to have this year, if not some time in their lifetime. Read more »

London’s Lanesborough Opens with Plenty of Pomp

New London Hotel Lanesborough

Summer in London can be a glorious time. The days linger deep into the evening with festivals and concerts all around the city. The vibrant gardens of London are all abuzz and in bloom, ripe for summer’s relaxing pace.

To celebrate summer 2015 in London, the iconic Lanesborough opens this month on its Hyde Park grounds following a two-year closure and makeover as part of its new branding in the Oetker Collection. Read more »

Viking Ocean Cruises: New Ships, New Routes

The recently christened Viking Star, Viking Ocean Cruises' first ship, sailing through Dubrovnik.

The recently christened Viking Star, Viking Ocean Cruises’ first ship, sailing through Dubrovnik.

The Champagne has barely poured for the 930-passenger Viking Star, as Viking Ocean Cruises rolls out the first of its ocean-going fleet. Meanwhile, four new itineraries and 2017 departures for Viking Star—and sister ships Viking Sea and Viking Sky – have just opened up for booking. The 2017 program includes sailings on Viking’s most popular itineraries in the Mediterranean, Western Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltic. Read more »

Ethiopian Airlines L.A. to Addis through Ireland

Flights to Africa from Los Anegeles

Call Ethiopian Airlines the mouse that roared on the African continent. The Addis Ababa-based air carrier launched thrice-weekly service this week from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Dublin, Ireland (DUB) and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD). It now stands as the fastest growing carrier on the continent and one of the fastest growing airline companies in the world. Read more »

Spaceport America in NM Gets G-Force Launch

Space tourism

Space tourism may be just under light years away, but according to Spaceport America, the final frontier is just beyond our reach. The new space travel and rocket launch facility a few miles outside of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico (and about an hour from Las Cruces), is finally open for business and welcomed first tourists last month. The Spaceport America Experience tour, three years in the making, is open for visitors. Read more »

ICS Expands Efforts in Bringing SE Asia to US

ICS travel

ICS Travel Group, offering customized travel to Southeast Asia, is all about authenticity of experience, so it was no surprise they hired Tom Linton to come on board to bring those concepts to life for travel agents looking to satisfy their clients’ dreams. An award-winning Executive in the Travel and Hospitality industries, Linton has specialized in Asia and Southeast Asia in recent years and brings a deep history of travel relationships to the company.

Travel-Intel sat down with Tom Linton to find out what he thinks makes ICS stand out. Read more »