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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, September 2018 Issue



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In This Issue:
Lighthouse at Canal Park, Duluth, MN



  • Harvest Hosts $49 RV Stay
  • Discounts After Galapagos Cruise
  • Hammock Hotels Summer Sale
  • Antlers at Vail "Beat the Heat" Package
  • WOW air $99 Flights to Iceland
  • Holland America Explore4 Promotion
  • Educators, First Responder Packages
  • Amsterdam Pass
  • Paradise Retreat for Cancer Patients
  • What to Do if You Lose Your Cell Phone
  • Vietnam $999 Early Bird Special
  • European Waterways Early Booking Savings
  • Cosmos Air Credit
  • Sonesta St. Maarten 45% Off Re-Opening
  • Virgin Vacations Affordable Europe
  • Croatian, Eastern Delights Trip on Sale
  • Florida Keys ValuCation Program
  • See Our Cities Vacation Giveaway
  • Affordable Cape and Safari Break
  • CA's Great America Free Pre-K Season Pass

  • Harvest Hosts $49 RV Stay

    Harvest Hosts $49 RV Stay - - Harvest Hosts, a network of unique overnight experiences for RV travelers in North America, has more than 600 hosts and an RV membership base in the thousands. Harvest Hosts unlocks the hidden gems and small businesses of America.

    As a Harvest Hosts member, RVers can stay at any of more than 600 host locations across the United States, Alaska and Canada for free. For a single membership payment of $49 per year, RVers can avoid crowded campgrounds and stay at one-of-a-kind destinations such as wineries, farms, breweries, and historical sites.

      Harvest Host places to stay include:
    • Cave Vineyard: Natural cave wine cellar.
    • Gulf Coast Gator Ranch: Alligator farm with walking tours and airboat tours.
    • China Date Ranch: An oasis near Death Valley with date & bakery products, a small museum, and rail and mining ruins.
    • Longsword Vineyard: Applegate Valley wines, fire pits, paragliders land on property daily.
    • Skeletons: Museum of Osteology: Skulls and skeletons from all over the world.
    • Museum of Clean: World's largest collection of cleaning devices in a 100 year old restored brick building. Restaurant and brewery nearby.

    To stay at Harvest Host properties, you must be in a self-contained motor home (classes A, C and B), fifth-wheel, travel trailer, hybrid trailer or truck camper. All vehicles must have interior toilets, built-in gray water tanks and interior cooking facilities.

    Host locations are not campgrounds and their property, work and privacy should be respected. Overnight stays are limited to one night and you must call ahead and arrive during business hours. Proof of membership and registration upon arrival are required.

    Harvest Hosts encourages RV Members to make purchases from their Hosts – enjoy a wine tasting, take a tour, buy their products. Keep in mind how much you save by not staying in a campground. Harvest Hosts suggests spending at least $20 to support your Host.

    Harvest Hosts.


    Discounts After Galapagos Cruise

    After a cruise around the Galapagos Islands, people may dream of seeing more of Ecuador.

    The following Galapagos cruises from AdventureSmith paired with Ecuadorian options by land and sea offer savings up to $1,000 per person on a new reservation for 2018 trip. These combinations are within a short flight or several-hours’ drive from Quito, Ecuador’s capital, and are aboard small ships (from 16 to 90 guests) with land-based explorations from wilderness eco-lodges.

    Galapagos Sea + Andean Cloud Forest Land: Book by Sep. 15, 2018, for travel by Dec. 31, 2018, and save 15 percent (up to $1,000 per person) on a Santa Cruz II Eastern Galapagos Islands cruise combined with a Mashpi Rainforest tour. A former Galapagos National Park guide designed this Galapagos itinerary to maximize wildlife sightings. The cruise is paired with one of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World” in a cloud forest where you can float over in an open-air gondola and sky bike.

    Galapagos Sea + Ecuadorian Amazon Land: Select sailings come with $500 to $1,000 per person savings plus one free overnight at the Red Mangrove Lodge in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos, when paired with the eco-friendly La Selva Amazon Lodge. This pre/post-cruise jungle experience in the Ecuadorian rainforest has you in thatched suites overlooking a lagoon in the Amazon Basin, accessed by the Napo River. This package must be booked by Sep. 15, 2018, for travel by Dec. 31, 2018.

    Galapagos Sea + Ecuadorian Amazon Land: Seaman Journey Galapagos Cruises and Sea Star Journey Galapagos Cruises offer up to $1,000 savings per person and free roundtrip flights from Quito or Guayaquil on select sailings in September 2018, when combined with the four- or five-day Ecuador Amazon Adventure at Napo Wildlife Center. Book by Sep. 15, 2018, for travel by Sep. 30, 2018. AdventureSmith Explorations’ pairing for these 16-guest yachts is the 16-cabana Napo Wildlife Center, within Yasunì National Park. Programs include water transportation and guided activities on a 5,000-acre private ecological reserve and canoeing down the Napo River.

    Galapagos Land + Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise: Stay at Galapagos Safari Camp with daily guided tours (including some boating and snorkeling). Before or after the camp experience, join Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise, which introduces secrets of life on the Ecuadorian Amazon River. Book this combo by Sep. 15, 2018, for travel by Dec. 31, 2018, to receive free airfare for the Amazon portion plus free Galapagos National Park Entry Fee and Tourist Transit Control Card.

    AdventureSmith or 866/575-2875.

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    Hammock Hotels Summer Sale

    Hammock Worldwide Hotels & Resorts, with approximately 20 hotels and rental properties, released their 2018 Summer Sale.

    Book Three Weeknights, Get One Free - Earn one free night for each three pre-paid nights booked, valid for any stay on weekdays Sunday thru Thursday nights. The 2018 Summer Sale savings program provides an affordable travel experience to families, business travelers, and group travelers.

    • Some participating Hammock Worldwide hotels include:
    • Comfort Inn & Suites Rochester Niagara Falls NY
    • Comfort Suites West Chester Exton PA
    • Days Inn & Suites South Boston VA
    • Days Inn & Suites Lancaster PA
    • Days Inn & Suites Lebanon Hershey PA
    • Ramada Inn Levittown Philadelphia PA
    • Howard Johnson Wildwood Boardwalk NJ
    • Days Inn Jersey Shore NJ
    • Jersey Shore Vacation Apartment Rentals.

    Terms and conditions apply, promotions are available for a limited time and space is limited. Bookings must be pre-paid at time of reservation and valid Sundays through Thursdays in 2018 only. Not valid during weekends, major holidays or events. Cannot be combined with any other offers and all deals expire Dec. 31, 2018.

    To book, call or email the hotels directly and ask for the 2018 SUMMER SALE deal, along with the dates for your stay.

    Hammock Worldwide Hotels & Resorts.


    Antlers at Vail "Beat the Heat" Package

    Antlers at Vail hotel in Vail, CO "Beat the Heat" is a three-night family lodging package with kid-friendly perks. Available through Sep. 30, 2018, the summer family travel deal combines outdoor mountain activities, free amenities and comfortable indoor luxuries with value pricing.

    Beat the Heat free amenities includes a free pool toy for the kids for use in the Antlers' pool, and icy treats for four from Vail's Rimini Gelato & Café. This special deal includes amenities: complimentary bike rentals, unlimited Vail Athletic Club access, free twice-weekly yoga classes, loaner GoPro cameras, free shuttle for grocery pickup and specialty kitchen appliances such as espresso machines and crockpots. And no resort fees means families have more mad money to spend on themselves.

    The Beat the Heat package guests stay in Antlers' condominiums, from studios to four bedrooms, all with kitchens, flat-screen TVs and DVD players, private balconies, fireplace, daily maid service and free WiFi.

    Antlers at Vail's Beat the Heat package includes a 20 percent lodging discount with rates from $744 for a one-bedroom with bunks condo for a family of four. Bring the family pet for $25 a night (advance reservation required). Tax not included, no resort fee, and subject to availability.

    The Antlers at Vail .


    WOW air $99 Flights to Iceland

    WOW air, Iceland's economy airline, has $99 one-way fares from eight U.S. cities to Reykjavik in September and October. The discounted flights will be available from Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), Cleveland (CLE), Dallas – Fort Worth (DFW), St. Louis (STL), San Francisco (SFO) and Pittsburgh (PIT) to Iceland (KEF).

    Fares are offered on select flights until Oct. 26, 2018. Tickets can be purchased online. Fares are based on lowest one-way WOW basic fare when booking roundtrip flights online and includes all taxes, fees and carrier charges. The offer applies for 800 seats on selected flights, during the travel period and is subject to availability. Restrictions and baggage fees apply.

    September and October are considered the start of the Northern Lights season, and these low price flights give you the opportunity to see the natural phenomenon among other cultural activities going on in the city.

    WOW air connects 39 destinations across the U.S. and Europe with the Icelandic capital.

    WOW air.


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    Holland America Explore4 Promotion

    Holland America Line's Explore4 promotion is back, making now a good time to book a future cruise. Explore4 features four offers on more than 600 cruises and Alaska Land+Sea Journeys from holiday 2018 through spring 2020. Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments are excluded.

    If you plan ahead for next year or beyond, you can take advantage of all the perks to sip, dine, sail and save. Offers include free beverages and specialty dining, reduced deposits and free or reduced fares for third and fourth guests in a stateroom. Suite bookings also receive onboard spending money.

    The Explore4 promotion for booking any category stateroom includes a Signature Beverage Package valued at $1,400 per stateroom (based on a 14-day cruise), dinner at the Pinnacle Grill for two, free or reduced cruise fares for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom, and 50 percent reduced deposits. You receive all benefits when bookings are made by Nov. 19, 2018.

    Book a cruise in a suite category stateroom and receive the four Explore4 offers plus $200 onboard spending money per stateroom ($100 per person).

    The Signature Beverage package includes wine, beer, spirits, cocktails, sodas and coffee. The beverage offer is only applicable on the cruise portion of Alaska Land+Sea Journeys.

    The free dinner at the Pinnacle Grill, a specialty restaurant on board known for serving Pacific Northwest favorites features filet mignon, broiled Alaska king salmon, roasted pumpkin risotto and double-cut Kurobata pork chops.

    By taking advantage of the 50 percent reduced deposit offer, you have more flexibility and time before paying the final deposit on a cruise.

    Holland America Explore4 or 877/724-5425.


    Educators, First Responder Packages

    It’s not too late to enjoy the end of summer at a discount with educator and first responder packages from the Sea Gate Hotel and Spa in Delray Beach, FL.

    Teachers, educators and first responders with valid ID’s receive 20 percent off room rates, plus 20 percent off spa treatments, and reduced $10 daily valet parking.

    Valid for stays through Sep. 30, 2018, a minimum one-night stay is required in any room type and this discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Restrictions and black-out dates may apply.

    Book online using Teacher Promo Code: MKTEDU, first responder Code: 1STRESP or call 877/577-3242.

    Educator Package.

    First Responder Package.


    Amsterdam Pass

    Exploring Amsterdam is simpler and more convenient with the launch of the Amsterdam Pass, (www.amsterdampass.com) a sightseeing package that can be delivered to your smartphone or mobile device.

    The Amsterdam Pass offers entry to more than 30 of the city's top attractions, museums and tours, travel on hop-on/hop-off bus and boat tours, plus discounts on 15 other Amsterdam experiences.

    The mobile Amsterdam Pass can be used from a smartphone or tablet via a QR code in your confirmation email. Scan the QR code to gain entry to an attraction or to join a tour. Physical Amsterdam Passes can be shipped to you or collected on arrival in the city.

    The pass is available for one, two, three or five days. Prices start at €64 per adult and €32 per child aged four to 12 years for the one-day pass. The two-day adult pass is €84, while the three-day pass is €104.

      Amsterdam highlights include:
    • Rijksmuseum - Dutch national treasure with more than 8,000 works of art. Normally €17.50 per adult.
    • Hop on-Hop off Bus Tour - The perfect introduction to Amsterdam. See the city's leading attractions and sights with your own personal audio guide. Normally €26 per adult, the Hop on-Hop off buses are included for the full duration of your Amsterdam Pass.
    • Johan Cruijff Stadium Tour - go behind the scenes at the home of soccer giant AFC Ajax. See the dressing rooms, the trophies in the Gallery of Fame, and get a unique perspective of the pitch. Normally €16.50.
    • Hop on-Hop off Boat Tour - Normally €26 per adult.
    • A'Dam Lookout - Bird's eye view of the city. Normally €13.50.
    • Heineken Experience - Taste Dutch culture at the beer giant's first built brewery. Normally €21.
    • 100 Highlights Cruise - one-hour tour of Amsterdam's canals. Normally €18.

    Attractions offering discounted entry prices for Amsterdam Pass holders include Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo, and the Amsterdam Dungeo. Pass holders receive a 25 percent discount on MacBike rentals, giving them the chance to get around the city like a local.

    The Amsterdam Pass.


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    Paradise Retreat for Cancer Patients

    Pampered in Paradise, working out of Fort Myers, FL, created a getaway retreat for breast cancer patients. What makes this special is this getaway package is offered to metastatic/stage 4 breast cancer patients at no cost.

    While on the getaway, metastatic/stage 4 breast cancer patients will be escorted to the beach in a princess style carriage, catered to by handsome cabana guys, given professional massages, and experience a sunset cruise.

    Many breast cancer patients feel as if they have been forgotten. Their day to day life may be filled with worries, sadness and often fear. Pampered in Paradise getaway is meant to give these women hope, inspire them and show them that they have not been forgotten.

    While it might not cost the breast cancer patients any money, there is a slight catch to this getaway package deal. First, go to the Pampered in Paradise website at www.pamperedinparadise.org and register so you will be added to a list. It's a first come basis, so the earlier you get on the list, the better the chance you'll get to attend. To cover the cost, there has been a funding account set up for donations from individuals who would want to help for this once-in-a-life time opportunity.

    People can help this cause by donating at the funding page.

    Breast cancer patients can register and be added to the list here.

    Pampered in Paradise.


    What to Do if You Lose Your Cell Phone

    Tech company Asurion put together travel tips in case anything happens to your cell phone while traveling, whether domestic or international. This go-to-guide if your cell phone is stolen, lost, or breaks down we have everything you need to know to be in the know.

    In a recent survey, Asurion found that 77 percent of travelers say their phone is “very” or “extremely” important to have while traveling. In fact, 46 percent of those surveyed revealed they use their mobile phone to research vacation destinations and deals. Other uses include booking transportation tickets, making dining reservations and using travel-related apps downloaded to their phone.

    Here’s what you do in case you lose your cellphone while traveling:

      Before you travel:
    • Enable Find My Phone or Similar Service: Many people assume this is automatically activated with every phone, but it needs to be manually turned on in your phone settings.
    • For iPhone, go to Settings, tap on your name at the top of the Settings list, then tap iCloud, and look for Find My iPhone to confirm it’s on. Set "Send Last Location" to ON. This will automatically send the phone's location to iCloud any time that the iPhone's battery is critically low.
    • For Android, download an app from the Play store, such as the Google app Find My Device. Then just follow the set up directions once downloaded.
      If your phone is lost, stolen or breaks while traveling:
    • Contact your carrier to temporarily suspend your service to prevent unauthorized use.
    • Add Your Contact Info to Locked Screen: Add your contact number or email address to any photo. Asurion research found that you’re three times more likely to get your phone back if you do this and you lose your phone. Easiest way is to take an Instagram Story with your photo choice and add in contact info. Download the image to your phone. From there, go to Settings – Wall Paper and Themes. Select your downloaded image, then press Set as Wallpaper – Lock Screen.
    • For international travel, it depends on the carrier. One major carrier will ship an expedited replacement phone to many global destinations, and will provide quick reimbursement for cracked-screen repair that you get done while you’re travelling. Other major carriers don’t provide internal repair or replacement services; however your insured device is still covered. So if you break your phone or it gets lost or stolen while travelling internationally, a replacement device will be waiting for you upon your return to the U.S. when you file a claim.
      Protect your hardware and data:
    • Use a good screen protector and invest in a quality cover or case. This is an easy and inexpensive way to prevent scratching, cracks and other external damage.
    • Invest in mobile protection for your phone with a company such as Asurion, which provides protection products from the disaster of a lost, stolen or damaged cellphone.
    • Plug the phone charger into a power surge protector.
    • Password-protect your phone. In the event it is lost or stolen, it will be your first line of defense against identity theft.
    • Install an anti-theft application on your child’s device to locate or lock it and wipe data.
    • Back up your child’s phone regularly to recover pictures, music and contacts quickly.
      How to avoid theft: There are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of smartphone theft, including the following:
    • Keep the phone in a pocket or purse where it will be out of site.
    • Use a Bluetooth device to keep the phone safely tucked away.
    • Use headphones when listening to music.
    • Password-protect the phone.
    • Be aware of surroundings when in public. Focusing on texting, email, social media or any other mobile application puts users at risk.
    • Have an application that will remotely lock the smartphone and wipe the data if necessary.
    • Don’t set a smartphone out on a table.

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    Vietnam $999 Early Bird Special

    Tour operator World Spree Travel lets you plan ahead to May, 2019, to get the new Exotic Vietnam tour. The tour costs $999 and includes roundtrip air fare, all ground transportation, baggage handling, sightseeing and entrance fees, professional English-speaking tour guides, daily American breakfasts, and four-star hotels with air-conditioning, restaurants, fitness centers and free WiFi. If you can’t plan that far ahead, the tour costs $1,099 to $1,259 from March to April, 2019.

    The tour covers Saigon (officially known as Ho Chi Minh City) and Hanoi. In Saigon, visit Dong Khoi Street, with French colonial history such as the restored opera house, Notre Dame Cathedral, Chinatown and a Chinese-style pagoda. There’s an optional full-day Mekong Delta tour and cruise to Vietnam’s “rice basket” and lunch eating local specialties.

    There’s an optional tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels that was the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War.

    In Hanoi tour Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum; the House on Stilts; and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university. There are two optional tours: Hanoi’s 13th-century Old Quarter, the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison, and a water puppet show or an overnight cruise on Halong Bay.

    All prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to early booking and availability.

    World Spree Exotic Vietnam tour or 866/652-5656.


    European Waterways Early Booking Savings

    European Waterways offers early-booking specials of 10 percent off whole-boat charter prices on many 2019 departures when booked before Sep. 14, 2018. These specials include the Mar. 24 and 31, 2019 departures of the 12-passenger Panache as it cruises Holland during the beginning of tulip season. Prices start at $53,550, a saving of almost $6,000.

    In addition to departures in Holland, Panache also offers 10 percent off whole-boat charter prices on select departures in the Alsace and Lorraine region, which the vessel cruises later in the season. Prices for cruises on Aug. 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2019 start at $53,550, a saving of almost $6,000.

    In Southern France, the eight-passenger Rosa hotel barge cruises the Gascony and Bordeaux, with excursions that include wine tastings, tours of medieval towns, chateaux and village markets. Prices start at $30,420, a saving of almost $3,400, for departures on Apr. 14 and 21 and 28, May 5 and 12, 2019.

    European Waterways’ largest vessel, the 20-passenger La Bella Vita, cruises the Venetian Lagoon, River Po and Canal Bianco between Venice and Mantua. Itinerary highlights include a tour of Venice, a visit to Chioggia’s fish market, and dinner at the 17th-century villa of Ca’Zen, accompanied by the countess. Prices start at $66,960, a saving of $7,440. Eligible departures include Mar. 24 and 31, Apr. 7, 14, 21, and 28, and May 5 and 12, 2019.

    European Waterways or 877/879-8808.


    Cosmos Air Credit

    Book a select January to March 2019 air-inclusive Globus, Cosmos, Monograms or Avalon Waterways South America vacation of six nights or longer (excludes Monograms City Getaways, Escapes by Globus, Central America & Cuba) on LATAM Airlines and receive a $150 per person air credit. To receive the discount, you must book and put a deposit on the trip by Sep. 11, 2018 for travel January to March 2019.

    Limited to new bookings for travelers originating in the U.S., and economy class flex air tickets, the offer does not apply to instant purchase air.

    The offer is combinable with all applicable promotions. The air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations are subject to change/cancellation penalties of $300 per ticket or 100 percent of the ticket price. Air tickets may not be eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual and stopover costs are additional. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply.

    Young travelers ages eight to 17 receive a 10 percent discount on the land-only portion of their Globus or Cosmos vacation. Special Monograms Young Traveler discounts up to 25 percent may be available. To receive the Young Traveler discount, the age of the traveler must qualify at start date of the vacation. The discount is applicable to any accommodation.

    Cosmos or 800/276-1241.


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    Sonesta St. Maarten 45% Off Re-Opening

    Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa are wrapping up renovations following Hurricane Irma. Opening Nov. 15, 2018 and Feb. 1, 2019 respectively, the resorts offer up to 45 percent off its normal rates. Reservations must be made by Sep. 30, 2018, for stays through Dec. 20, 2019.

    In addition to the discounted rates, if you book by Sep. 30, 2018, you will be entered to win a five-night all-inclusive stay for two. In October 2018, one winner will be chosen. To claim the five-night reward, you must have completed your original booked stay.

    Sonesta Ocean Point Resort will reopen for guests Nov. 15. The resort will have an upgraded contemporary style and the new tapas restaurant Casa Blue, on the rooftop terrace. Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa will accept guests again Feb. 1, 2019. The family resort will offer a more contemporary feel. Sonesta rebuilt both properties to include storm-resistant materials.

    The two Sonesta resorts sit next to each other overlooking Maho Bay in St. Maarten. The adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort features a fitness center, a wellness area, private cabanas, three pools, four bars and two restaurants. Guests will have access to all of its neighbor’s amenities.

    Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa provides a large pool area, swim-up bar, five restaurants, five bars, a fitness center, sports courts, its Serenity Spa and its Casino Royale. Children can visit the resort’s Kids Club, Teen Zone, all-ages activities and separate kids’ pool with mini aqua park.

    Sonesta Resorts or 800/766-3782.


    Virgin Vacations Affordable Europe

    Virgin Vacations offers a nine day affordable Europe trip with stops in Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris and London from $2,119 with airfare and from $1,579 land only.
      The escorted package includes:
    • Roundtrip airfare New York to Amsterdam, London to New York
    • Airline taxes and fuel surcharges
    • Seven nights’ accommodations: two nights Amsterdam, one night Bruges, two nights Paris and two nights London
    • Hotel taxes, fees and service charges
    • Hotel porterage
    • All transfers
    • Nine meals: seven breakfasts, two dinners with wine
    • Sightseeing per itinerary in air-conditioned motor coach
    • English-speaking tour manager throughout
    • Local guides in Paris and London
    • Entrance fees per itinerary
    • Wireless earphones for enhanced touring.
      Highlights include:
    • Glass-top boat and cruise on Amsterdam’s canals
    • Visit Volendam fishing village on the old Zuiderzee
    • Grand Place in Brussels, one of the most famous squares in Europe
    • Walk the cobbled lanes of Bruge’s medieval district
    • Drive along the Champs Elysees and see the Eiffel Tower in Paris
    • Travel to London by train via the "Chunnel"
    • Panoramic city tour of London.

    The $2,119 per person price, based on double occupancy, is for the Mar. 11, 2019 departure. or .

    Virgin Vacations or 888/937-8474.


    Croatian, Eastern Delights Trip on Sale

    Expat Explore reduces their nine country, 14 day Croatian and Eastern Delights tour from $2,530 to $1,715 per person, based on double occupancy.

    The Balkans bus tour starts and ends in Munich and travels along the Croatian coast, through Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic before returning to Germany.

    Expat Explore tours include the services of an Expat Explore tour leader, all breakfasts and some other meals, accommodations in mostly three-star hotels, motor coach transportation and all experiences listed.

    In addition to visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park, stops in Croatia include Split and Dubrovnik. The tour heads for Sarajevo, Bosnia; Belgrade, Serbia; Budapest, Hungary; and Vienna, Austria where you receive a walking tour with a local guide. The tour continues to Prague for a multi-night stay and concludes where it all began, in Munich.

      The tour includes:
    • 13 nights' accommodation in three-star twin rooms with private en-suite bath
    • Services of Expat tour leader
    • 13 breakfasts, 7 dinners
    • All taxes and fees
    • Public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
    • Air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV and toilet.
    • 13 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities).

    Single travelers can pay a single supplement for a private room.

    International airfare to/from tour start and end point are not included in the price.

    Space at the sale price is available for the June 2, 16, and 30, 2019 departures.

    Expat Explore or 855/980-6726.


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    Florida Keys ValuCation Program

    The Florida Keys tourism council launched a value-added ValuCation program for travelers to the Florida Keys and Key West.

    ValuCation, good through Oct. 21, 2018, includes value-added hotel and bed and breakfast stays, free visits to Keys signature attractions for children and adults, and special offers on activities such as sportfishing, snorkel, scuba and sunset sailing trips.

    You can access and download ValuCation offers, available from businesses throughout the 125-mile-long island chain that includes Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, the Lower Keys and Key West.

    Specials include those for accommodations, attractions, bars and restaurants, services, retail items, fishing, diving, water sports and entertainment.

    Florida Keys ValuCation or 800/FLA-KEYS.


    See Our Cities Vacation Giveaway

    Historic Tours of America again sponsors their See Our Cities Giveaway. The contest will award one winner with an all-expense paid vacation for two to one of seven cities in which Old Town Trolley Tours operates.

    The four day, three-night grand prize includes roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, $250 gift card to spend in the city, tickets aboard Old Town Trolley Tours and tickets to all Historic Tours attractions in the city. The winner gets to choose from Boston, Washington DC, Key West, San Diego, St. Augustine, Savannah and Nashville.

    Entries will be received through Oct. 31, 2018 and you can enter by purchasing a ticket online to any of the following Historic Tours of America’s 14 tours and attractions: Old Town Trolley Tours, Arlington National Cemetery Tours, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum, American Prohibition Museum, Ghosts & Gravestones, Dry Tortugas Yankee Freedom National Park Ferry, San Diego Seals Tour, DC Ducks, Potter’s Wax Museum, Mallory Square, Conch Tour Train, Harry S. Truman Little White House and the Key West Aquarium.

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    Affordable Cape and Safari Break

    South African Airways Vacations offers an Affordable Cape and Safari Break from $3,499 per person based on double occupancy. The offer is for departures from JFK Airport in New York or Dulles Airport in Washington D.C. through Oct. 31, 2018 and Apr. 1 to May 31, 2019. Add-on airfare is available from other U.S. cities and the trip departs daily.
      The safari includes:
    • Roundtrip international economy air
    • Domestic economy air
    • Four nights in Cape Town
    • Three nights in a private game reserve in the Greater Kruger Region
    • Most meals (seven breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners)
    • All ground transfers as per the itinerary
    • All park fees and safari activities.

    Spend four nights in Cape Town with a tour of the Cape Peninsula and two days to explore on your own.

    On day six, you fly to Hoedspruit, where you transfer to Karongwe Private Nature Reserve. The next three nights are on safari at Karongwe Private Game Reserve and include twice daily safari drives. You overnight at Chisomo Safari Camp.

    South African Airways or 855/359-7228.


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    CA's Great America Free Pre-K Season Pass

    California's Great America, in Santa Clara, CA, launched the free "Pre-K Pass" program where children aged three to five can receive a free 2019 season pass. The Pre-K Pass is good for the entire 2019 season and the remainder of 2018, including the Great Pumpkin Fest and WinterFest.

    Online registration and in-park activation are required for the Pre-K Pass.

    You may purchase a 2019 Season Pass now at the lowest price of the year. In addition to unlimited visits to the park, Boomerang Bay water park, free season-long parking, exclusive passholder events and discounts on food and merchandise in 2019, Gold and Platinum Passholders receive unlimited visits for the remainder of 2018 with events like Haunt, The Great Pumpkin Fest, and WinterFest.

    California's Great America is a 100-acre theme and water park located in Santa Clara, CA featuring rides, live entertainment, and the Boomerang Bay water park.

    California's Great America or 408/988-1776.


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