Vacations

2nd Prize

Roman History, Cuisine, and Enotecas

Get in the Mood for Some Italian Food in Rome, Italy (Europe) for Seven Days & Six Nights at the Fortyseven Hotel for Two, Including a Shared Cooking Class, a Shared Ancient Rome Tour with an Underground Visit to the Colosseum, and a Private Secret Rome Wine Bar Tour (Land Only)

It’s safe to bet on good food and good times anytime you travel to Italy, but this Roman adventure sets the bar high for delicious cuisine and memorable adventures! From a small shared cooking class led by a fantastic chef, to a tour of Rome’s secret “enotecas”, or wine bars, get ready for an incredible wining and dining experience! The ancient Rome and underground Colosseum tour brings ancient Roman civilization to life, and provides you access to the tunnels that gladiators, lions and tigers walked before all of Imperial Rome!

There is only one Rome, one Eternal City! Discover all the romance and wonders for which Rome is known during your stay at the four-star Fortyseven Hotel, which puts you right in the heart of the city, near the charming, medieval neighborhood of Trastevere, where you can explore the hidden corners of Rome. This hotel also gives you convenient access to some of the most famous Roman landmarks, including the Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Domus Aurea, as well as the seventh-century church of San Giorgio al Velabro, and several archaeological sites such as the Teatro Marcello. But of all Rome’s sites, you won’t want to miss the Colosseum, and your small group tour of ancient Rome includes an underground visit to this famous landmark! The ancient Roman games come to life, and you can almost hear the echoes of ancient Rome cheer as you walk through the same tunnels where lions and tigers once roared from their cages, and where gladiators sharpened their swords.

Visiting Rome is not only about diving into the magnificent structures and immortal art of the great masters, but also taking a closer look at the world-renowned art of eating. You’ll be joined by a fantastic English-speaking chef for an incredible cooking class, beginning with a visit to the local market, where you can pick your own fresh ingredients. Italian markets are a feast for the senses – the colors, the scents and the fantastic variety of fruits and vegetables make for a mesmerizing display! After you shop, you’ll head to an historical apartment in the heart of Rome for the food preparation. Under the chef’s guidance and expertise, you’ll prepare a traditional four-course meal of pasta, a succulent main course, a side dish and a decadent dessert, which you can then enjoy in the 17th-century dining room as you sip one of Italy’s fine wines – mangiamo!

For a final culinary experience that goes beyond the menu, you’ll get to sample some of Italy’s best wines as you make your way through Rome on an informative tour of hidden wine bars. This is the perfect relaxing compliment to your tours and cooking class, as you’ll stroll down charming streets and discover the locals’ favorite enotecas. Enoteca owners will provide you with descriptions of the wines and recommend food pairings, and your native Roman guide will happily answer any questions you may have.

Your trip for two includes:

  • 7 days/6 nights accommodations at Fortyseven Hotel in Rome
  • Small shared cooking class in Rome (meet guide at designated rendezvous point)
  • Small shared Ancient Rome tour with underground visit of the Colosseum (meet guide at designated rendezvous point)
  • Private 3-hour Secret Rome Wine & Bar tour with wine and food samples (meet guide at designated rendezvous point)
  • Daily breakfast
  • All room-related taxes (including VAT)
  • Free concierge reservation service

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. Tours and excursions run on specific days of the week and at specific times. Rome city taxes are the responsibility of the passenger and required to be paid directly to the hotel. Travel is valid through 03/31/2020. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required.

This is the 2nd Prize of the Grand Prize Drawing. Winner has the option between the vacation or $5,000 cash.

3rd Prize

Bali's Exotic Indonesian Escape

Underwater Adventures and Serenity On Land in Amed, Bali for Eight Days & Seven Nights at Jepun Bali Villas for Two, Including Scuba Diving Lessons and a Balinese Massage (Land Only)

Nestled on the eastern hillside of Bali, Jepun Bali Villas are the perfect Indonesian retreat, with their spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. As you explore the waters of Bali on your scuba dive session, you’ll see the exquisite varieties of underwater life; or let the soothing sounds of the ocean waves crashing lull you to place of relaxation during your Balinese massages. A special Balinese dinner is an essential aspect of any vacation in Bali.

Villa Jepun is maintained by your own Balinese staff of seven, and they will ensure that your stay is perfect. All the artifacts, hand-carved statues, and artwork around the villas have been handpicked to reflect the traditional Balinese style of living. The koi ponds, waterfalls and gardens around the villas are also incredible, and boast many species of tropical flowers and trees. There is an unpretentious luxury in uncommonly beautiful surroundings, and the unique private Bali Villa rental is your perfect opportunity.

There are an abundance of activities to choose from during your stay, including some of the best diving and snorkeling in Bali. You’ll be picked up by boat at the backyard beach for your scuba adventure! The world-class diving destination of Tulamben is yours to explore! If you go to Bali for mind and body rejuvenation, you can’t go wrong with a traditional massage! The outdoor spa retreat overlooks the pool and ocean, making it the ideal place to indulge in a pampering treatment.

Your trip for two includes:

  • 8 days/7 nights accommodations at Jepun Bali Villas
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • Welcome drinks upon arrival
  • (2) Scuba diving lessons
  • (2) 1-hour Balinese massages
  • (1) Pool-side Balinese dinner
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Complimentary driver for local travel

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Check in and check out must occur on Saturday. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue. Scuba dive lessons run on specific days of the week and at specific times.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellation less than 90 days prior to arrival will be subject to a cancellation penalty.

This is the 3rd Prize of the Grand Prize Drawing. Winner has the option between the vacation or $2,500 cash.