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Customized Luxury Travel – China

Friends, new friends and clients,

This fellow David is a great resource of mine in China and Hong Kong. If you’re thinking of going, consider having me work with him to put together a great trip for you.


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top_travel_specialist.jpg Happy New Year and as we soon also enter the Chinese New Year, ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ and we hope the Year of the Dragon, which starts on 23rd January, offers both health and prosperity.Eastern Journeys’ Website has recently been upgraded and we are delighted to feature many new Sample Itineraries which cover much of this vast and exciting destination. Whether it be a 9 day ‘Taste of China’ featuring the highlights of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai or a more in-depth experience such as ‘Journey to the Roof of the World’ which covers colorful Yunnan and sensory Tibet, there are many ideas here. A listing of our highly regarded Special Experiences can also be found.David Allardice was once again featured on Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s 2011 list of ‘Top Travel Specialists’. This is a great honor and his review can be seen at

We recently made visits to Yunnan and Guizhou Provinces. Yunnan remains David’s favorite countryside and is perfect for the high-end traveler as it offers small villages, a more traditional way of life and some stunning hotels. Edwin visited Guizhou and notes it’s better suited to the more adventurous guest – there’s some great trekking amongst some of China’s less visited minorities though accommodation standards are quite simple.
Visits to see The Giant Panda in Sichuan Province’s Chengdu remain very popular and with only about 1,800 of these animals remaining in the world – the Giant Panda is one of the world’s most critically endangered species. There are two Research Centers where these amazing animals can be seen and which can easily be incorporated into any journey we arrange. Local payments are normally possible so as to allow you to get ‘up close and personal’…

Our best wishes for a happy New Year whilst we look forward to welcoming your guests to China.

David, Edwin and the Eastern Journeys Team

Experience the best China has to offer – from ‘private access’ at some of its most important sights to exploring lesser visited areas, from enjoying a day spent with Pandas to one hiking along the Great Wall. Eastern Journeys designs and manages some of the most creative of bespoke Chinese journeys.Eastern Journeys – Travels through China offers leading Destination Management Services throughout all of China, including Tibet and Hong Kong. We specialize in privately tailored Deluxe and Luxury FIT itineraries and also with arrangements for Specialist Groups.
Eastern Journeys Limited is licensed as a Travel Agent under the Travel Agents Ordinance of
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China. License #: 352949
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Virtuoso Travel Mart 2010 | Report from Bellagio

Every year for the last 20 something, the world’s top travel advisors have met annually with representatives of 5 star hotels, lodges, cruise lines and local speciality travel companies around the world. I attended this year’s event which just ended Thursday evening at Bellagio & Aria in Las Vegas.

Advisors and suppliers learn from each other and pass on their new learning to clients and/or to improve their products and services. All are members of Virtuoso, a by invitation only marketing group representing the creme de la creme of the travel industry. And quite a group it is.

But I think even more important, for me as a luxury travel advisor, is the one to one connection with these suppliers. Personalized luxury travel is different from mass market travel. If Joe Traveler books a one week Mexico package at a 3 star, or even a 5 star resort, they’re just another body filling a bed. Granted, the experience at a 5 star resort will be better, but nonetheless, there’s no personal connection between the traveler and the resort’s management.

However, when I meet a supplier at Travel Mart, or in my office, or at their hotel, and I get to know them, and they me — then that degree of separation from this traveler (my client) to the supplier is closed.

Meet some of my travel partners and see what I mean:

Take Guillaume from the Connaught Hotel in London. The Connaught is a traditional English hotel, recently refurbished, and a sister property to Claridge’s and the Berkeley. I met Guillaume a year ago when I was invited to stay at Claridge’s where he was the Food and Beverage manager. Now he’s the #2, or the Hotel Manager, at the Connaught. I can guarantee anybody booking that hotel with me that Guillaume will assure them a very memorable stay there. If on business, he’ll make sure his staff has simplified all necessary arrangements for a productive visit. And if for leisure, he’ll be sure theater tickets, restaurant reservations, guides and the like are handled beyond the guests expectations. Sure, Guillaume is a great guy, but the one-to-one cannot be underestimated.

Maita owns a local travel company in Argentina and arranges the most amazing customized luxury vacations of her home country (and neighboring ones) you can imagine. She’s put together 1) a 3 week vacation for a single adventure traveler who wanted to hike glaciers, explore Iguazu beyond the norm and climb mountains, 2) a 10 day customized & escorted tour of Chile and Argentina for a California winery club focusing on gourmet dining (in the Andes no less) and wine tastings and 3) a pre-cruise exploration of Buenos Aires with tango lessons, private guides and a day at an Estancia.

David is an Englishman now living in Hong Kong and owns, like Maita, a small company focused on providing the visitor to HK or China with a visit they’ll always fondly remember. He’s arranged pre and post cruise stays for my clients in Beijing, Shanghai & Hong Kong. But beyond the usual, because my clients have already been to these places before, he suggests places and activities (i.e. Jewish Shanghai, Hangzhou, Lamma), and the latest hotels. Do you know the Upper House on Hong Kong Island?

Christophe, Aiko, Peter & the Dorchester Collection
Christophe is the Director of Sales and Marketing of Le Meurice in Paris. It’s one of the the hotels in Paris, along with their sister property, Plaza Athenee (you can meet Peter there). They also own the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan (Antonio), and of course their namesake, The Dorchester in London (Louise), and several more in the UK and USA. Kings, queens and my clients love these hotels. And so did Carrie Bradshaw for a few days. And I can guarantee that this team of amazing hotel professionals will do whatever it takes to ensure that your stay in their hotel, and in their city will be perfect. A Virtuoso saying — it’s the power of one to one.