Villas of Distinction, a luxury villa provider and rental company that has matched travelers with vacation homes in 50 destinations since 1989, has partnered with Excursionist, an online planning site for customized tours.
Norman Aynbinder is no stranger to travel. FoundersCard benefits may help to supplement some of his travel, but he helps fellow Members explore off the beaten path and creates one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the world’s most exotic destinations.
You’ll never get as much vacation time as you want, so it’s important to make what you’ve got count. I.e.: A trip to your father-in-law’s retirement party is not a vacation. Here to make sure you’re spending your time off fabulously is Excursionist, a new travel-booking site for totally unique getaways.
"Excursionist.com launches a new era in travel planning, with its web-based service that allows travelers to plan and book from a dynamic menu of exclusive global experiences, designed around personal passions."
"November 2011 marked the launch of Excursionist.com – a brand new and innovative luxury experiential travel website, offering a dynamic selection of unique experiences worldwide for the busy discerning traveller."
"Luxury travel has moved on a level since the ages of opulent steam trains and Concorde flights to New York. Nowadays intrepid travellers are increasingly looking for extraordinary experiences that combine the best amenities with a dramatic sense of adventure. One company to step up to the plate is Excursionist.com."
"For a unique travel Experience ("dinosaur digging" in Utah with a world-renowned paleontologist, tiger tracking with an animal scientist in India...) Excursionist.com helps you create a bespoke itinerary and realize lifelong ambitions."
If life is a beach, Brazil is the place. Claiming more than 160 Million souls, it is a melting pot of cultures, in a landscape of unimaginable diversity. Casting a spell on all those who visit, its eccentricity, legend and beauty beckoned Jake Townsend to jet down to Rio and climb onboard a sunseeker for a week."
"Excursionist creates experiences for people. Travel, even the current claims for ‘tailor-made’ travel, so often is generic, only covering basics with broad brush-strokes. What Excursionist offers is depth, really getting to the heart of something, making it an experience in the truest sense of the word."
"Crouching over a patch of earth carrying out painstakingly slow, delicate work for hours at a time might not be everyone's perfect holiday. But to many it's an exciting opportunity to join top professors on digs, and brush away the years to discover ancient civilisations in some of the world's most fascinating sites..."
"Yoga, wildlife, hiking, kaying in jet-setter style in the gorgeous Galapagos Islands... Excursionist, an innovative new website featuring effortless access to life-changing experiences, and industry, along with Equinox Fitness Clubs, have created a retreat of a lifetime to the Galapogos Islands from March 23 to April 1, 2012."
"With a dynamic selection of unique travel opportunities categorized by passions – including the arts, nature, food and drink, people and culture, wellness and sports and adventure – this site offers unique possibilities for independent travelers, keen to encounter authentic cultural experiences combined with luxury travel across the globe."
"The travel concierge with a difference, Excursionist (Set up when a former AmEx executive teamed up a conservationist and a natural scientist) is a members-only service that eschews high fees and involves on-the-ground specialists to devise hyper-localised experiences to take the inveterate traveller (or casual tourist) out of their comfort zone, but without taking them outside the average person's individual limits."
"Last year, Arathi Cole's husband gave her a trip to Cambodia, organized by bespoke travel company Excursionist, for Christmas. "It was the most memorable gift I could have ever received," says Ms. Cole, of Santa Monica, Calif. "From a private tour of Angkor Wat at dawn to enjoying lunch at a local's house, the authentic experiences we shared are ones we will never forget."
"Colombia. Home to some, shall we say, addictive commodities. And by that we mean Sofía Vergara’s... hips. Anyway, you’ve long been overdue for going straight to the source... Introducing Gold, Coca and Coffee: Colombia’s Dangerous Trifecta, a 10-day do-it-all trip that’s heavy on cartel culture and tropical relaxation, taking reservations now. Now, you get to channel three very different people on this thing. One, Pablo Escobar (or Oliver Stone doing research for a Scarface sequel). Two, Mr. Valdez. And three, Gabriel García Márquez. Because we assume he knows how to get loose.