Why choose Universal Travel?Not only have we been a family owned business for more than 40 years, we are a member of Virtuoso, the world's oldest and most exclusive network of travel advisors. So exclusive, in fact that only one percent of all travel agencies are invited to join. The Virtuoso name carries a lot of sway around the world, opening doors and behind-the-scenes access to sites and events not available to the general public. Our advisors have:
From archaeological digs to kayaking, from countryside walks to wildlife safari adventures - our travel advisors know the world and all the ways for you to discover it. We bring you specific, additional advantages:
FOR CRUISERS: We offer complimentary benefits when you cruise with Virtuoso. Virtuoso Voyager Club and Virtuoso Explorer offer escorted pre- and post-cruise trips, shore excursions, land packages and special social events on more than 450 departures per year with luxury cruise lines.
FOR AIR TRAVELERS: When you travel internationally, you benefit from our insider access to special fares that you won’t find on the Internet.
FOR COUNTRY- AND EXPERIENCE-COLLECTORS: We maintain relationships with the world’s leading travel and adventure companies. And, from time to time, we offer Virtuoso Discoveries.
FOR INDEPENDENT SORTS: You want to travel your way, and we’re experts at making independent arrangements. Our custom vacation options are endless. Tell us what personal touches you would like to add, and we’ll fine tune your vacation to make it your own.
CredentialsWorld-wide buying power and supplier networks back Universal Travel's world-class service. Our travel provider relationships give you the access, values and extra benefits you deserve.
Among the top 1% of Travel Agencies as an invited member of Virtuoso - providing exclusive and exceptional travel offers
Preferred relationships with the world's leading travel operators
On-site contacts in more than 95 countries throughout the world
Abercrombie and Kent 100 Club Agency
Orient Express Bellini Club Agency
Institute of Certified Travel Agents - ICTA
This year’s directory provides in-depth information on more than 1,100 Virtuoso-preferred hotels and resorts, helping you and your Virtuoso travel advisor start planning your next incredible vacation and tailor it to your desires. As you peruse the hotel listings, you’ll find tips from Virtuoso travel advisors to enhance your stay, along with details on complimentary Virtuoso amenities, from room upgrades and breakfast daily to spa treatments and spending credits. New for 2016, Virtuoso’s Curated Experiences provide a whole new set of details-at-a-glance that will make your travel planning easier than ever.
Creating Your Perfect Travel ExperienceEnjoy exclusive amenities when you book with your Virtuoso travel advisor.
ContentsTurn to your dream destination and find the right property for you.
Exceptional ExperiencesExplore 60 pages of experiences from Virtuoso Destination Partners.
Curated ExperiencesNew information has arrived to help with travel planning.
Award WinnersStandout properties selected by Virtuoso travel advisors.
Virtuoso Preview ProgramTop hotels debuting soon, worthy of a spot on your must-visit list.
Suite SailingCruise ship accommodations that rival top hotel penthouses.
Newest Best of the BestThe latest addition to Virtuoso’s Hotels & Resorts Program.
Getaway of The Day
Virtuoso Life - The "Food & Wine" Issue
Virtuoso Life is dedicated to helping travelers plan their leisure time, and this issue focuses on wining and dining around the world. Now more than ever, food is reason enough to travel, as destinations showcase their culinary offerings and tour operators, cruise lines, and hotels become ever more creative in the types of dining experiences they offer. Food is so much more than mere sustenance – it’s the recipe for truly connecting with a place. Cheers!
The Real ItalianA primer on regional foods, from the boot’s top to its heel.
The Borough of KingsOur Brooklyn insider’s guide to great dining and drinking across the East River.
An Entertaining WorldSeasonal celebrations from some of North America’s most hospitable small hotels.
Santiago’s SizzleChilean chefs step into the spotlight with flavors that soar like the Andes.
Style & Design: Parties on WheelsThe hotel drink dolly makes a comeback.