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Frenchman Mikael Audebert, has been in the business of making dreams come true for hundreds of travelers since 2000. Born with the “itch” to travel and owner of vast experience in the travel industry, he has extensively explored the four corners of the earth and continues to do so several times a year, as leader of many of our curated journeys.
Mikael moved to the U.S in 1992 to pursue a career in tourism. From the very beginning, he saw the end of the traditional travel agency coming and quickly developed a customized approach to more individually-tailored, travel planning and travel management for his clients. As a result, Mikael and Art In Voyage have received impressive recognition for professional excellence, including being named to the Orlando Business Journal’s “40 under 40”, Watermark Media's “Most Remarkable Person of the Year” for 2013, the Orlando Business Journal's 2012 list of “Businessmen to Watch” and has received numerous awards for his charity work in the Orlando., Florida marketplace.
And, when we say that we don’t send you anywhere that we haven’t been, we aren’t kidding! Mikael is so committed to vetting guests’ interests before booking them, he even personally checked out the paragliding launch pad at Six Senses' Zighy Bay in Oman. The view is one of peace, quiet and absolute beauty and the thrill is running toward the cliff for a 10-minute flight. It’s now his favorite spot, too!
When Mikael is not traveling the World, or creating new journeys, he flies his plane over the Western Cape.
There is no describing the beauty of South Africa without including the kindness of its people, the extraordinary culinary experiences, the exceptional wine and the 150+ National Parks, each offering a little bit for everyone.
How can one not be proud of one's home region. Provence continues to win my heart at each visit, and I proudly showcase it to guests who, without any surprises, get to fall in love with its people, its food, its wine and most importantly, its endless and diverse exceptional scenery.
While my best moment in Sri Lanka was riding the train, in 3rd class please, through the jungle and tea plantations (with live music on board from joyful locals), I fell in love with its people first and foremost. A patchwork of cultures and religions that seem to co-exist in peace with great pride.
Saska is a born and bred Capetonian with a love for all things colorful and cultural. Her interests include podcasts, documentaries, and conversations about the real meaning of life. When she is not waxing lyrical to all who will listen to her incessant chatter, she enjoys lazy weekends with her two dogs, two cats, and her extremely tolerant and loving fiancé. She often involves herself with creative pursuits that include painting all the furniture she can get her hands on or journaling and making candles. These activities are always accompanied by freshly brewed coffee and chocolate readily on hand!
As a marketing professional, she has over 10 years in the industry, helping grow start-up businesses in both the finance and agritech industries. She has since expanded on her love of travel by joining the Art in Voyage team, where she hopes to inspire other adventurers to follow their dreams.
Little known to most people is the birthplace of Portugal, Guimaraes, in the heart of the Douro Valley. More than a place where great Portuguese culinary traditions meet 2,000-year-old wine marking traditions, Douro is also were Romans, Moors, Visigoths, and the Suevi have all made their marks, paving the way to what would eventually become one of the most powerful colonial powers.
Gastronomy is important in the Douro, and the emphasis is on local products produced by the region’s farmers. On this journey, we will introduce you to traditional dishes such as roasted baby goat or wild boar stews, as well as an incredible panel of desserts that will include delicious sponge and fruit cake, rice puddings, and traditional pastries including pasteis de Nata, peixinhos de chila or biscoito da Teixeira.
On arrival, you are privately transferred from the Porto airport to what will be your home for 7 nights. On arrival, a bubbly awaits after which you are introduced to your quarters. Meet your hosts, settle down by the pool before we regroup for a sunset drink, followed by a welcome dinner prepared by our local Portuguese Chef, and paired with wines of her own selection.
After a leisurely morning, we make our way to a local farm for an authentic cooking class and lunch. Later in the afternoon, we visit the Six Senses Douro, where we have arranged pampering at their award-winning spa overlooking the vine-covered countryside of the Douro Valley and the river below. We remain on the property for a few more hours so as to experience an impeccable wine tasting, before joining their Chef for an intimate food and wine experience at his table. The tasting dinner is prepared by our host, before your eyes, while we indulge in their finest wines. The evening wanes to an end with some of their best ports the region has to offer.
This morning, we make our way to spend some time in Guimaraes, the birthplace of Portugal as it is often referred to. The historical center in the area that was within the Guimarães city walls, is associated with the formation and identity of Portugal and was classified a World Heritage site based on the originality and authenticity applied in its restoration. Graceful iron verandas, granite balconies, and porticos, mansions, and arches connecting the narrow streets are some of the few things you'll admire. Tonight, dinner is served at the property and paired with more of the region's incredible wines.
Full steam ahead as we have another busy day of food and wine waiting for us. After driving through the windy roads of the valley, and admiring some of the most incredible views along the way, we stop at our first winery. We then enjoy lunch at Cozinha (Kitchen) da Clara at Quinta de La Rosa. Our day being far from over, we make our way to a second winery where we enjoy some of their local ports. It is followed by a private boat trip on the Douro river with a spectacular view of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, dinner is served at the property and paired with wines from today's best estates.
We have set this day aside so guests may, at their leisure and with our assistance, have additional experiences in a more private setting. On the menu, we suggest a day relaxing at the property where we will have our own bartender indulging us in a mixology class and the making of poolside cocktails. Alternatively, massages can be organized at the villa. For our active guests, we would be delighted to arrange for a private guided bike tour of the local towns and wineries or a morning hot air balloon ride for that special someone. Tonight, dinner is served at the property and paired with some of the favorite wines uncovered during your journey.
After breakfast, we depart for Porto. Built on a steep riverbank, a jumble of colorful medieval houses hug the calm waters of the Douro River where wooden boats bob on the surface and people spill out of its cafes and bars, more often than not with a glass of the wine that gave the city its name. This morning, we enjoy a private guided tour of the city’s main sites. It is followed by a petiscos tasting lunch (paired with local wines), made up of lots of tasty dishes that showcase the country's rich culinary heritage. Enjoy more of Porto this afternoon for some additional sightseeing and shopping. After some time to freshen up, we enjoy a local farm-to-table experience, paired with lovely Douro wines.
After a slow morning, we start our day with a unique experience. Today, you'll be driven around the valley in your own Vintage car. We will continue to discover some of the best wineries around, stop for a lovely lunch along the valley, and end the day with a series of Port tastings. A good thing it all comes with your own driver. Tonight, our farewell dinner is served at the property, giving guests a chance to the incredible views from our pool, and one last sunset over the Douro river.
Extend your stay in or beyond Portugal, or journey home. Either way, we will arrange a private airport transfer to Porto. Head over to Lisbon for a few days of discovery, soak some sun in the Azores islands or Madeira, or simply head over to neighboring Spain or Morocco. Our team of travel experts would be delighted to assist with your extension, wherever it may take you.
If you’ve ever heard of the Douro Valley, you’ve likely heard about how it provides some of the most breathtaking views in all of Europe. Experience a retreat from life that is sure to recharge your mind and invigorate your soul. This villa is located in the wine region of the world, offering some of the best wine in a private and secluded environment. Whether you’re lying in bed or sitting on one of the many patios, there is never a shortage of scenery to take in. As you shield your eyes from the powerful rays of the sun, you’ll...
If you’ve ever heard of the Douro Valley, you’ve likely heard about how it provides some of the most breathtaking views in all of Europe. Experience a retreat from life that is sure to recharge your mind and invigorate your soul. This villa is located in the wine region of the world, offering some of the best wine in a private and secluded environment. Whether you’re lying in bed or sitting on one of the many patios, there is never a shortage of scenery to take in. As you shield your eyes from the powerful rays of the sun, you’ll want to open your senses to the sights, sounds, and smells of Portugal's Douro region.
The wide glass façade invites light to come in, providing natural lighting which reveals a myriad of colors, reflections, and shadows. It is ubiquitous transparency, which absorbs and transports the tranquility of the Douro landscape to the interior spaces. On the first floor, the sharing of moments: conviviality, games, and meals. On the second floor the introspection, in a contemplative lounge, overlooking the river, where a library invites the mind to travel beyond the Douro hills and valleys.
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