Vacations!

The Lodge at Big Falls is located in Toledo district, the Mayan heartland of Belize, on the banks of the Rio Grande river, situated on 30 acres of manicured grounds and unspoiled rainforest surrounding the main lodge, and the eight private guest cottages. Enjoy a rum cocktail, take a dip in the pool, or grab an inner tube or kayak and float down the Rio Grande that runs around the Lodge. Relax in the natural hot springs that feed the river. The Lodge offers Mayan culture and an abundance of tropical nature with an intimate luxury experience.

 

Winning bidders will enjoy 6 days/ 5nights for two people, luxury accommodations inclusive of all meals (international and local cuisine, expertly prepared). Two chocolate making experiences form the central theme of the program activities. The one is a local Mayan farmer and his wife who have created Ixcacao, an artisanal chocolate manufacturer. The other, a boutique chocolate maker managing the entire process from farm to bean to bar. You will also visit a spice farm growing vanilla, cardamom and black pepper and a host of other species. In Big Falls village the Cal family will host you and explain their traditional way of life. This adventure can be as exciting or relaxing as you choose!

 

This package is non-transferable, expires two years from the date of the event. There are no blackout dates, but it is subject to availability and winning bidders are advised to book at least 90 day prior to travel.

Donated by: The Lodge at Big Falls, Toledo District, Belize and Beth Hinkson, Auction Shake Up

Estimated Value: $5650.00

Luxurious "Las Golondrinas"!  A privately-owned villa in the exclusive gated community of Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic awaits you.  SIX people will enjoy the villa situated between two Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses (Punta Espada and the soon to be developed Las Iguanas).  If you are a golfer - great! --if not, do not worry--there is much to enjoy while staying at the villa - including:  nearby spa, white sandy beaches with turquoise blue Caribbean waters lapping the shore, your own private pool, not tub, spectacular sunrises/sunsets.  Enjoy the services of full staff:  maid, chef/butler, concierge.  Your private chef will take your personal grocery list and prepare all meals to perfection while you relax poolside with a favorite beverage or take in a few rounds of golf in the gorgeous sunshine cooled by Caribbean breezes.  

Value:  $11,860.00

The expansive savannah and culture of Kenya will leave you speechless! This travel package is truly a “bucket list” trip. Land in the bustling, cosmopolitan capital city of Nairobi to begin your adventure. Whether you are hand feeding the gentle Rothschild giraffes at the Giraffe Center, interacting with orphaned elephants or rhinos at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, or glimpsing into the former home of “Out of Africa” Karen Blixen, your time is bursting with an overview of Kenya’s diverse conservation efforts and its colonial history. 3 nights luxury accommodations in a standard room at Panari Nairobi.

 

Next, your driver-guide will take you to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, host to the annual Great Migration of some two million wildebeest and grazing animals. You will stop at the lovely Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge for one relaxing night and spend the following 3 nights at the Keekorok Lodge to continue the safari experience (standard room and full board with two private game drives/day). Game drives in the Masai Mara, one of the world’s natural wonders and an extension of the Serengeti ecosystem, are never dull: Lions and Cheetahs can be seen throughout the reserve, large herds of Elephant, Buffalos, Zebras, and Giraffe! One million Wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Zebra and Gazelles move across the savannah in what is termed the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet! While in the Mara, you will also have the opportunity to visit the children at a local school.

 

7 days/6 nights for ___ **people (**insert 2 people or 6 people depending on the package you select), inclusive of luxury accommodations, private vehicle/driver and ranger daily, meals, and activities mentioned in the attached itinerary. Excludes airfare, alcohol, gratuities, and traveler’s insurance.

 

This package is non-transferable, expires two years from the date of the event. There are no blackout dates, but it is subject to availability and there is a high season surcharge of $750pp for travel January, February, July, August, September, October, December 21-31. Winning bidders are advised to book at least 90 day prior to travel.

Donated by: Kosen Safaris-Africa and Auction Shake-Up

Value: $13,000.00 FOR TWO PEOPLE /$30,000.00 FOR SIX PEOPLE

Sir Francis Drake called it THE FAIREST CAPE IN THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF THE EARTH‚ and the British called it THE TAVERN OF THE SEAS. Cape Town the oldest city in South Africa is fondly called THE MOTHER CITY of South Africa. Table Mountain has been declared one of the modern Natural Seven Wonders of the World. Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town was established in 1679 by Simon Van der Stel, the Governor of the Dutch East India Company. The pretty university town is now the heart of the Premier Wine Route in South Africa. Well preserved historical houses and oak trees line the streets. Four of these houses today form the comprehensive Stellenbosch Museum. The scenic town of Paarl, only a 40-minute drive outside of Cape Town proudly bears the title of the third-oldest town in South Africa. Just outside Paarl is Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela spent his last years in captivity and started his walk to freedom. Franschhoek, a tranquil village twenty minutes from Stellenbosch, is known for its French Huguenot Heritage, fine wines and award-winning restaurants.

 

Winning bidders will enjoy 6 days/ 5nights comprised of 3 days/3 nights in Cape Town and 3 days/ 2 nights in Stellenbosch with full buffet breakfasts daily, two 3 course dinners (one in Cape Town and one in Stellenbosch), transfers, and tours as per itinerary, and entrance fees as per itinerary. This package is non-transferable, expires two years from the date of the event. There are no blackout dates, but it is subject to availability and winning bidders are advised to book at least 90 days prior to travel.

Donated by: Rufaro Destination Management, Cape Town and Auction Shake-Up

Value: $6200.00

The list of why Rwanda is the “it” place to go is lengthy but most famously for the opportunity to come face to face with the world’s most enrapturing creature—the protected mountain gorillas.

 

Winning bidders will enjoy 4 days/ 3nights for two people starting in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city—boasting world-class art galleries and fashion, cultural experiences, and serving as the gateway to gorilla trekking. After a restful night and a tour of the city, you will make your way to Volcanoes National Park, home to the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Visiting these gentle, amazing creatures is highly regulated and limited in order to preserve the apes and their habitat.

 

Inclusive of RT airport transfer, 1 night Kigali Serena Hotel (or similar) BB, city tour; 2 nights Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (or similar) FB, gorilla trekking park entrance fees of $1500pp; private car/guide to all excursions, hotel and/or lodge.

 

This package is non-transferable, expires two years from the date of the event. Minimum age of 15 years at the time of travel. There are no blackout dates, but it is subject to availability and winning bidders are advised to book at least 90 day prior to travel.

Donated by: Kosen Safaris, Africa and Auction Shake Up

Value:  $10,975.00

TWO people will enjoy 7 days/6 nights accommodations, and activities. This amazing journey is comprised of 2 nights stay at La Siesta Trendy Hanoi, 1 night on the modern Huong Hai Sealife Junk Cruise in Ha Long Bay, and 3 nights stay at Ancient House Resort in Hoi An. Activities include: a visit to Tra Que the “village of vegetables” known for its special farming practices used for centuries. A home visit including a relaxing foot massage, learning to cook some local specialties with your host and enjoying what you have created.

• Breakfast and other meals as per the attached itinerary.

• Entrance fees where mentioned. (Exotic Voyages reserves the right to substitute accommodations at comparable properties subject to availability.)

• Airfare to/from US and regional flights are not included.

• Reservations/Bookings have no black out dates, are subject to availability, and should be made at least 90 days prior to travel. A high season surcharge applies Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year (early February) This certificate expires two years from the date of auction or raffle purchase, is non-transferable, non refundable, and cannot be bartered or sold.

Value:  $3,300.00

Two people will enjoy 7 days/6 nights accommodations, activities, and some meals (“Discover Northern Vietnam and Cambodia” Itinerary - click above). This amazing journey is comprised of 2 night stay at 5* Hotel de L Opera in Hanoi, 1 night Superior State Room Jasmine Cruise—a traditional wooden junk excursion in Ha Long Bay, and 3 nights stay at 5* Jaya House River Park (Junior Suite) in Siem Reap Cambodia.(Exotic Voyages reserves the right to substitute accommodations at comparable properties subject to availability.) Terms and restrictions:

• Airfare to/from US and regional flights are not included.

• Reservations/Bookings have no black out dates, are subject to availability, and should be made at least 90 days prior to travel. A high season surcharge applies to Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Early February, please confirm dates.)

• This certificate expires two years from the date of auction or raffle purchase, is non-transferable/nonrefundable, and cannot be bartered or sold.

Value:  $6,100.00

Zanzibar, drifting in the lapis-lazuli waters of the Indian Ocean, is fringed by coconut palms, and redolent of clove, coriander, and frangipani. Lying just 23 miles off the eastern coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is an archipelago of historic Indian Ocean Islands, awash with atmosphere, intrigue, and idyllic tropical experiences. Just the name ‘Zanzibar’ conjures visions of paradisiacal white sand beaches; spice-filled bazaars and winding alleys filled with sultan’s palaces. Zanzibar is a traveler’s delight of history, culture, and hedonism. It is the perfect place to relax after an exhilarating safari or climbing Kilimanjaro. It is also a glorious paradise for honeymooners! As the birthplace of Swahili, a site of Sultans’ palaces, and renowned for its spice plantations, the little island republic of Zanzibar features larger than life on the world map and is a must-see for any visitor to Tanzania and East Africa.

 

6 days/5 nights B&B for TWO people inclusive of luxury accommodations in a standard room at the lavishly restored Zanzibar Serena Beach Hotel (a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World) situated on Zanzibar’s glorious seafront deep in the heart of legendary Stone Town—formerly two historic buildings: the early 19th century Extelcom Building and the Chinese Doctor’s House (An old Arab house possibly predating Stone Town itself!). Private guided excursions to Stone Town, and to the Spice Farms-- where you can satisfy your “inner chef” and pick up a bit of saffron, cardamom, cinnamon, etc. (at the source!)-- are included! Spend a day luxuriating at Managpwani Beach (a short transfer from Serena with lunch). Airport transfers included. Other excursions, more nights, or additional guests may be added post-event. Excludes airfare, visa fees, alcohol, gratuities, meals not mentioned, and travelers' insurance.

 

This package is non-transferable, expires two years from the date of the event. There are no blackout dates, but it is subject to availability and winning bidders are advised to book at least 90 days prior to travel.

Donated by: Kosen Safaris-Africa and Auction Shake Up

Value: $4800.00