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Ulitzer Travel Magazine Magnum Nautica, Croatia’s first and foremost Luxury yacht charter Croatia Company has announced a number of new additions that plan to take the firm to the top on the list of Europe’s best luxury charter companies. At a recently held press conference, Mrs. Dragica Gadzo, Spokesperson for the company, told reporters and guests about the latest addition to the fleet, an Azimut Jumbo 100, which currently has the honor of being the largest luxury charter yacht sailing the Adriatic waters. Magnum Nautica is a premier Luxury yacht charter Croatia service. Backed by Austria’s reputed Real4You Investment Corporation, the Croatian Magnum Group caters to luxury tourists through its luxury yacht charter service, the Magn um Nautica, and its luxury hotel subsidiary, Magnum Hotels which owns the Opatija, Bristol, Astoria and Apoksiomen in Croatia. The c... (more)

Thanks Everyone

Book Reviews Thanks Everyone! As of tonight, Dirty Little Secrets is #2 in the sales category on Amazon! How exciting! I am so happy I can barely express it! I have a lot of people to thank. The most amazing thing is that I’ve never met most of these angels – we have met over the past months (in some cases a year or more) over the phone! First, and friend par excellence, is Jeff Blackwell of SalesPractice.com. Even though we don’t know each other well, he fell in love with Buying Facilitation and my decision facilitation model quite a while ago, believing that Buying Facilitation® completes the sales model – with integrity. He has been tirelessly, and obnoxiously (smile) pitching me and the new book daily for months. He humbles me. My friend Jill has been my sounding board, my mother, my friend, and my coach. Without her, I might have had a different book – certain... (more)

Rhodes Island Excursion Programme

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine   I thought it could be a good idea to provide you with a detailed excursion plan if you ever decide to visit Rhodes island, the largest of the Dodecanese islands group in Greece. This is actually the route I followed in Sept 2007 when I visited the island.  The programme below is a 10 day itinerary, including your arrival and departure days, which you may follow while you will be visiting Rhodes island. You can customize the programme to your own taste and time table. In some future articles I will be explaining to you in detail some of the wonderful places at Rhodes island.  Day 1. Arrival day. After you get your hotel room it is time to reserve your tickets for the nearby islands Symi and possibly Tilos. Then arrange with a rent a car company for some small car which you will use in your excursion. In the evening stro... (more)

Shark Diving

Private adventure yachting is the “end all be all” for discriminating travelers. It is a world that is continuously in transition as new global destinations and adventure possibilities are discovered. We’ll take you inside the luxury world of cage diving with Great White sharks and show you how to plan your personal National Geographic-style adventure in comfort aboard your own private yacht. A New Era of Exploration Until ten years ago, high-end travelers had limited options for satisfying their adventure bug. Now well-heeled explorers have expanding opportunities to climb Mount Everest for $100,000 or rent their own private game preserve in Kenya. According to the World Tourism Organization, an agency of the United Nations, “eco-tourism and nature tourism are growing three times faster than the tourism industry in general.”  Today’s active vacationers want unique ... (more)

From Athens to OOPA! Seven Days in Turkey & Greece

Graduate student Laura Albers decided last year to spend her summer this year traveling Europe and she made it her personal mission to convince her sister and two best friends to join her on the journey. Lucky for Laura, they didn’t take too much convincing. They met up on the other side of the globe for a holiday in Greece. This is their story…   Day 1: Arrival in Athens My friend Katie and I land in Athens in the early afternoon and wait for the arrival of our two co-voyagers – which takes nearly the entire day, but by the end of it we’re together, the four of us, and are finally ready to begin our adventure.  We make our way to the hotel, wash away the travel dust, and go for a nice dinner in the Plaka – a beautiful area of Athens with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants. The food is delicious – souvlaki (think meat on a stick), tzatziki (an amazing white sauce... (more)

Chartering Superyacht "Phoenix"

Even before her 2004 launch, the Lürssen-built Phoenix was being spoken of in reverent tones among the yachting set. Here our writer Scott Rose details this 201-foot beauty’s myriad irresistible attributes. The megayacht Phoenix is a crowning glory of contemporary Art Deco style. Indeed, her many world-class technical refinements combined with the artistic sophistication of her design and décor distinguish her as a supreme fulfillment of the spirit of the 1925 event in Paris from which the term Art Deco was derived, L’Exposition Internationale des Art Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. Some interpret her name, Phoenix, to stem from her genesis. So exacting was the owner in his technical specifications for the yacht that it seemed no shipyard was going to be able to achieve his vision. Yet the broker Robert Moran, inspired by the potential magnificence o... (more)

Destination Paradise on a Yacht Charter with M/Y Northern Light

Following five successful years chartering in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, the sumptuous 151ft Royal Van Lent Feadship, Northern Light, will embark on her most exotic journey yet: the sun-drenched islands of the Indian Ocean. It’s difficult to envision a more alluring destination, a tropical haven of unspoiled nature, rich with coral reefs and teeming with bird and aquatic life. An immense island chain where sparkling blue lagoons combine with sugary white sands, and trips ashore to ancient temples and tea, cinnamon and avocado  plantations reveal a colorful culture, steeped in history. Even better, the intriguing Indian Ocean, the third largest of the world’s oceans, bounded by Asia, Africa and Australia, is also one of the few areas of the world that remains relatively free of large-scale commercialism and mass tourism. Lest you think its isla... (more)

Priene, the Ancient Holy City of Ionia

From the Turkish Riviera Magazine The city of Priene, an Ionian settlement, was laid out on Mount Mycale (Samsun) and contained many famous examples of Hellenistic art and architecture. The original location of the city has never been found but it was probably a peninsula with two harbors. The ruins are from the new city built in the 4th century BC. It is a small city with 4 or 5 thousand inhabitants and not of great political significance even if it shared the same history with the other Ionian cities. The city is mainly organized in four districts, the political (bouleuterion and prytaneion),  the cultural (Theatre), commercial (a gora) and most importantly religious (Athena Temple) In addition to the Athena Temple, the people of Priene erected sanctuaries dedicated to Zeus, Demeter and Egyptian gods. The city was a member of the Ionian League, and has been bui... (more)

A New Greek Yacht Charter Alliance Brings Local Expertise

Yachting Greece Ltd is a group of Greek yachting & travel industry veterans and professionals who have combined their 25+ years of Greek chartering to create a full-service yacht charter organization. The group, founded by George Karahalios, will be spearheaded by Think Pink Ltd of Greece (www.think-pink.gr), which will serve as the liaison and the public affairs agency, managing all client and client representative relations. Its primary focus will be the operational control that ensures the clients best interests and absolute satisfaction with the Greek Isle experience. The alliance's services will include choosing the right yacht for a client, crafting a custom itinerary, negotiating, securing all the appropriate paperwork, crew selections, and crew briefing. This complete attention to details promises to deliver a fabulous Greek Isle yachting vacation. The strat... (more)

Aspen Alternative

Why in the world, you might well ask, is this yacht named Aspen Alternative?  The idea is that instead of shivering in the Rockies in winter, you should be in her hot tub in the Bahamas, a frozen drink in your hand, the sun warming your soul. M/Y Aspen Alternative is a 120’ yacht, built in 2002 by Sovereign with a sleek, swept-back exterior design by Ward Setzer.  From her four cabins to her sun-kissed decks to her sound-proofed study, she is grand enough to make you feel like royalty, yet intimate enough for a highly-personalized, unforgettable vacation. First Mate and Engineer Brian Finneran makes the very good point that communicating up front your heart’s desire for a charter helps the captain and crew to give you a prime experience.  He says: “The more information you provide us through your broker and preference charts, the closer we can come... (more)

The Ancient City of Perge

From the Turkish Riviera Magazine Perge, originally, a Hellenistic settlement, later developed into a thriving Roman city, is a historicist's delight. Situated only 18 km from Antalya in the Pamphylia plain, Perge has a long legacy (almost from 1500 B.C.) to narrate with its initial inhabitants being the Hittites. Its importance also lies in the fact that the ruins of the Roman city provides a very complete picture of the past, thus making it archaeologically invaluable. However, even if you are wondering how an archaeologically fertile site could ever interest you, you should never miss a chance of visiting it. For Perge has much to offer for the vacationer as well, it has a unique blend of the exotic and the ancient. The ancient city of Perge was the capital of the Pamphylia region, now the province of Antalya on the southwestern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. It... (more)