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Elite Travelers Can Follow In Two Adventurers' Footsteps

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Some pioneering names in travel are resurfacing to offer luxury trips for explorers and jetsetters alike. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and aviator Charles Lindbergh were two groundbreaking travelers charting very different courses, but globetrotters who have got the granola can live in the lap of their legacies.

Next year marks the centenary of Shackleton's heroic voyage of survival across the Southern Ocean from Elephant Island to South Georgia. To commemorate, a crew of six men are going to replicate that experience.

"The conditions are extreme, roughest ocean in the world, in a very unseaworthy boat essentially," says expedition leader Tim Jarvis.

Anyone who coughs up $30,000 can be part of the exclusive support team tagging along.

"Obviously they won’t be in a ship that sinks. They will have all the modern accommodations, hot showers, warm below deck, someone cooking their meals. They can watch DVDs," says Jarvis.

The Shackleton Epic is a five-week experience commencing New Year's Day that’s once in a lifetime.

"It’s an incredibly courageous undertaking, whether it was 100 years ago or today," says Melissa Shackleton Dann, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s cousin.

For more information, visit intrepidtravel.com/shackleton.

For a cool $100,000, travelers can associate themselves with another famous navigator's name.

"The Lindbergh card is the first truly global jet card that enables you to fly, whether it’s a private jet or a helicopter or an airliner," says Erik Lindbergh, Charles Lindbergh's grandson.

The Lindbergh debit card is designed to make air travel easier for the elite few, because flying trans-Atlantic is clearly not what it was in grandpa’s day, when it took 30-odd hours to cross from New York to Paris.

"It’s kind of a chore to fly these days," the younger Lindbergh says.

Details about the Lindbergh debit card are available at www.flyempyrean.com.

As is common practice in the travel industry, Travel With Val often receives complimentary travel or reduced "media" rates at hotels, resorts and attractions, including those that may be featured in these reports. Such consideration is not taken in exchange for any express or implied promise or understanding of any nature, particularly regarding the content of these reports. These reports only feature travel providers personally recommended by Valarie D’Elia in the exercise of her independent editorial judgment, and do not represent the endorsement of Time Warner Cable or any third party.
 
 
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