Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, May 2011 Issue
P.O. Box 91033
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Sterling Silver Circle Pendent
The 30 mm sterling circle pendent is nearly 1 1/4 inch wide with a pave finish to make it look like small diamonds line the circle. The back of the pendent is clad in yellow 18K yellow gold overlay while the front remains silver. The necklace is finished off with an 18-inch sterling silver box-like chain clad in the same 18K yellow gold overlay. Comes in a black faux-leather gift box.
Priced at $75. Our price $24.95.
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Della Falls, Strathcona Provincial Park, BC, Canada
Affordable Anguilla Chic from $150 Per Night
With 27 rooms and suites from $150 double per night eight months of the year (from $250 in winter), the Anacaona Boutique Hotel in Anguilla, provides affordable chic with amenities such as Frette linens, Melita/Javapod coffeemakers, iPod docking stations, laptop-size in-room safes, two swimming pools, room service on the beach, free loungers, umbrellas and snorkeling equipment and free Wi-Fi.
But the Anacaona’s (pronounced an-nah-ky-oh-nah) owners Sue and Robin Ricketts, tempt you to sample the hotel’s affordable chic with several special introductory offers.
Here are three:
“Pay for 5, Stay for 7” Pay for five nights and receive two nights on the house for two people sharing any category of room or suite (depending on availability). Through Dec. 16, 2011, regular rates start at $150 a night double. With this offer the room rate is $107 a night.
“Anacaona Getaway” is a four-night package for $1,340 double occupancy (more for superior rooms and suites) that includes two continental breakfasts daily, two dinners for two, massages for two, a bottle of wine on arrival, transfers from and to the point of entry, government tax and service charge. Available through Dec. 16, 2011.
“Amorous Anacaona” includes all the attractions in the “Getaway.” This seven-night package includes a day’s car rental, an evening of dinner-theater, a boat trip to Prickly Pear islet and a tree with your name planted in the garden. Through Dec. 16, 2011, the rate is $2,395 for two in a standard room.
Anacaona Boutique Hotel or 877/647-4736.
Gaylord Hotels Rooms for Good in June
Stay at Gaylord Hotels during June 2011 and help grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is the featured charity to benefit from the brand’s Rooms for Good co-operative.
During June, the four Gaylord Hotels properties will donate 10 percent of the Rooms for Good package rate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Gaylord Hotels will also use its advertising, public relations and social media platforms to help generate more awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Rooms for Good program will feature a different charity each month. In addition to raising money for non-profit organizations, Gaylord Hotels aims to raise awareness of the cause through marketing and social media outreach.
Package rates start at $179 per couple, per night in June and include one-night’s accommodations and breakfast for two. The rate varies per resort and excludes tax, parking and resort fee.
Gaylord Hotels Rooms for Good
Spring into Summer at Ladera
Savings start to bloom at Ladera, in Soufriere St. Lucia. In May, rates drop 30 percent over peak winter season. Summer values heat up as rates dip nearly 45 percent. Plus Ladera offers special packages in addition to seasonal savings.
Available through Dec. 20, 2011, reserve seven consecutive nights in a Hilltop Dream suite and pay for six (a savings of $810 in spring, $715 in summer). Receive a $150 food and beverage credit per room, per stay.
Available through June 30, 2011, reserve five nights in a Hilltop Dream suite and receive a $150 food and beverage credit per room, per stay.
The Great Escape three-night package includes all meals and most beverages, a "Soufrière Experience" guided tour, a one-hour massage and roundtrip airport transfers. Summer rates start at $2,425 per room for three nights.
The five-night Romance in the Tropics package includes all meals and most beverages, private pool-side dinner, a "Soufrière Experience" guided tour, two treatments per person at Ladera's spa, a sunset cruise and roundtrip airport transfers. Summer rates start at $6,050.
Reserve seven nights in a Hilltop Dream suite, or a two-bedroom villa and receive the Romance in Paradise Wedding package free ($950 value).
The six-night Peak to Beach package for two pairs two St. Lucia hotels, Ladera and Cap Maison. You can experience the Pitons during three nights at Ladera. Then you go to the northernmost tip of the island for three nights at Cap Maison, on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea with its own secluded beach. Spring/summer rates start at $5,300 per couple for six nights.
Ladera, opened in 1992, sits on a ridge at 1,100 feet overlooking the volcanic Piton Mountains, the Caribbean Sea and the Soufrière valley. Guestrooms were built without a fourth wall, yet were designed to be sheltered, safe and completely private.
Ladera or 866/290-0978.
EuropebyAir improves its European Pass program with the addition of e-FlightPass in conjunction with Brussels Airlines.
The EuropebyAir FlightPass offers international travelers flexible, low cost fares to fly around Europe. e-FlightPasses, available as an e-ticket, offer free changes at the same low cost.
Brussels Airlines offers the opportunity to fly with the e-FlightPass to 42 cities in Europe and to Israel and Morocco. You can fly one-way or roundtrip on any scheduled Brussels Airlines flight around Europe. You can build unique itineraries by combining the routes of other e-FlightPass participating carriers such as Aegean Airlines based in Athens.
One-way Brussels Airlines e-FlightPass fares are $99 plus tax between Brussels and Agadir, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Bilbao, Birmingham, Bologna, Bristol, Budapest, Catania, Copenhagen, Faro, Florence, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Hanover, Krakow, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Marseilles, Marrakech, Milan, Naples, Nice, Oslo, Palma, Porto, Prague, Rome, Seville, Stockholm, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Turin, Venice, Vienna, Vilnius and Warsaw. New routes from Brussels to Moscow and Tel Aviv are available at $158 plus tax.
EuropebyAir or 866/478-1810.
International Expeditions offers $1,000 per person savings on its June 3, 2011, Amazon River cruise. With savings of more than 25 percent off regular fares, you get an in-depth look at the nature and culture of the Peruvian Amazon.
On the 10-day Amazon voyage, you travel more than 600 miles aboard the 28-passenger riverboat La Amatista. Daily outings take you into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve to spot wildlife, hike into the rainforest and fish for piranha. During excursions into the narrow river tributaries, you may spot more than 100 kinds of birds, pink and gray river dolphins, sloths, giant otters and nocturnal animals such as caimans and capybaras.
You also spend time with riberenos in remote river villages, handing out school supplies to children and meeting with a local shaman. Ensuring authenticity, IE varies the villages you visit during Amazon cruises.
When not discussing the rainforest or village life with the local guides, you can stargaze on the open-air top deck or sip cocktails during the evening entertainment, courtesy of the ship's local crew.
Prices for the June 3 Amazon River expedition cruise start at $2,498 per person (with discount), and include accommodations, excursions, free laundry onboard, most meals, guides, transfers, and tips to porters and waiters for included meals.
International Expeditions or 800/234-9620.
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This summer, combine fun and Caribbean culture at the Cotton Tree boutique cottage hotel in the Cayman Islands.
Fun and relaxation start at $470 per night, through Oct. 31, 2011, for a garden view cottage and $625 per night for an ocean view.
For youngsters, Cotton Tree has sandy beaches and a fresh water pool for swimming. Kids can take part in water sports, looking for shells, biking in Barkers National Park, bird-watching and on-site art classes.
Adults can partake in art classes taught by a professional local artist, lounge by the pool, walk along Cotton Tree’s stretch of coastline, meander through the hotel’s garden or indulge in a spa treatment.
Amenities include an air-conditioned gym with cardio equipment; a personal trainer for beach workouts, toning and stretching classes and yoga sessions. For evenings there is a media library with books and music, plus Wii and free Wifi.
Accommodations include 1,600 square foot plantation-style two-bedroom beach cottages with French doors opening to sea and gardens; 42” plasma TVs; iPod docking stations; spa bathrooms; 600 thread count sheets; fully-equipped kitchens; daily housekeeping and turn-down services upon request. A personal chef is available to make family meals in the privacy of the cottage at cost.
Cotton Tree or 345/943-0700.
Markel Dream Ride Contest
|Markel American Insurance Company launches their 2011 Markel Dream Ride contest. The contest, which runs through Oct. 31, 2011, awards one winner the ride of their dreams for themselves and a friend for three days and two nights in the continental U.S.
Enter the contest online , where you will be asked to upload a photo of you with your bike and write a brief essay describing your dream ride. The winner will be selected around Nov. 3, 2011.
The contest is open to legal U.S. residents of the United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 21 years of age or older by Mar. 1, 2011, and possess a valid U.S. driver's license. States excepted from the contest include AK, AL, CA, CO, HI, ID, KS, MD, ME, NC, NJ, OK, RI, UT, WV. No purchase or quote is necessary to enter and a purchase or quote will not increase your chances of winning. Void where prohibited.
Markel American Insurance Company specializes in power sports insurance such as motorcycle insurance, boat insurance and ATV insurance.
Markel American Insurance Dream Ride Contest.
Book a summer escape to the boutique Calabash Cove Resort & Spa in St. Lucia and receive reduced rates for summer and fall.
Through Dec. 23, 2011, Calabash Cove offers reduced seasonal rates from $370 per night, depending on accommodations and meal plan selected. The European Plan (EP) features a daily island breakfast buffet. The Luxury Gourmet Plan (LGP)is an all-inclusive option that includes all meals and beverages throughout your stay.
On the northwest coast of the island, the resort features 26 suites, all with Jacuzzis and many with private pools, a full-service spa and fitness center, infinity-edge swimming pool, restaurant, cocktail bar, library, and game room. All rooms have views of the sea, the capital Castries to the south, or nearby Martinique to the north.
Accommodations include: Water’s Edge cottages on the beach with private plunge pool, outdoor rain shower, private Jacuzzi, and a patio hammock. Each cottage offers a TV/DVD/hi-fi system, broadband internet connection, refrigerator, coffee/tea make and room service. Summer rates are $535 per night for the European Plan (EP) or $735 per night for the All Inclusive (AI) plan.
620-square-foot swim up junior suites include private Jacuzzis and are steps from the infinity-edge pool. Summer rates are $425 per night for the EP and $625 for AI (based on double occupancy).
Sunset Ocean View junior suites feature private balconies, Jacuzzis, living areas and luxury baths. Summer rates are $370 per night for the EP and $570 per night for AI (based on double occupancy)
Calabash Cove or 758/456-3500.
NFL Team Branded Growth Chart |
A great keepsake to capture a child's growth through the years and show your team spirit. Available for all 32 NFL teams plus the Ohio State University, the large growth chart (54" long by 15" wide) easily hangs
on any surface with removable adhesive tabs. A pink version for all 32 NFL teams is available for girls. The growth chart comes with 14 removable footballs that adhere directly onto the chart. Footballs, placed at the child's measurement each year, include a place to write the date and child's age, when measured,
and a place for a photo!
NFL team growth charts are available at NFL.com
Search for team name growth chart. Ohio State University growth charts are available on amazon.com.
Search for Ohio State University growth chart.
Airline vouchers of up to $1000 per person means virtually free air travel to an Alaska cruise this summer. A 25 percent discount on a polar expedition cruise program signifies savings of up to $1,925 per person, based on double occupancy.
These two offers are available through AdventureSmith Explorations, the travel company that matches adventure-seeking clients with a small expedition ship.
The air voucher applies to bookings on the 32-passenger Island Spirit. The cruise itinerary explores the rugged shorelines and remote coves and bays of Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage.
Island Spirit is the only US Coast Guard-licensed small ship to power guest and public areas by batteries at night which means there’s no noise from engines or generators while anchored in Alaskan bays. Its nine-day cruise stops at Tenakee Springs, Baranof Springs and Petersburg. The per person double occupancy rate is $4,495.
Sailing farther north this summer, there are 25 percent savings on eight-day weekly (July only) departures of Realm of the Polar Bear Arctic cruises aboard the 124-passenger M/S Expedition. Per person rates, based on double occupancy, start from $3,999 for a cruise above the Arctic Circle to the island of Spitsbergen (within the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago) and into landscapes frequented by the polar bear.
AdventureSmith Explorations or 800/728-2875.
BOOK BY MAY 31 - - – Hurtigruten extends early-booking deals on four of its seven Antarctic itineraries, with savings of up to 20 percent on the Nov. 2011 through Feb. 2012 sailings.
Bookings of the 12- to 19-day cruises must be made by May 31. Prices with savings range from $6,190 to $13,684 per person, double occupancy, and include a night in Buenos Aires before and after the cruise, all meals onboard, expert guides, lectures and PolarCirkel boat landings.
The 19-day “Shackleton’s Christmas,” departing Dec. 18, follows the path of Shackleton’s 1914 Endurance Expedition, navigating the Falkland Islands and South Georgia Island before heading to Antarctica. Prices range from $7,916 to $13,684 with savings.
The 17-day "Chilean Fjords & Antarctica" spends four days in the White Continent and five days along Tierra del Fuego and Chilean Fjords. The Nov. 20 and Dec. 4 departures are from $6,329 to $11,374 with savings.
The 12-day “Antarctic Discovery” sails through the Drake Passage and into the southern ocean during Antarctica’s summer. Early-booking fares for the Jan. 3, 12 and Feb. 14, 2012 departures are $6,190 to $11,083.
The 15-day “Weddell Sea Adventure” follows the path of the Swedish Antarctica Expedition of 1901-04. Prices with savings are $6,793 to $12,690 for the Jan. 21, 2012 sailing.
Hurtigruten’s expedition ship, MS Fram, accommodates 318 guests in suites and staterooms and features a restaurant, two bars, panoramic lounges library, Internet cafe and conference rooms. The early-booking savings can be combined with discounts in the 1893 Hurtigruten’s customer loyalty program, which includes five percent off Explorer Voyages to Antarctica in addition to discounts and recognition benefits for members.
Hurtigruten or 877/301-3117.
Many travelers long to immerse themselves in their destinations. This is the core of Cactus Language Training’s philosophy. With an emphasis on affordability and authenticity, Cactus’s new vacation programs include learning Spanish and Latin Dance in Leticia, Colombia at a school on the banks of the Amazon; studying German in the Bavarian town of Lindau; and mastering Russian in Kiev, Ukraine near Belarus.
A variety of incentives are available for aspiring linguists, including:
A free week with the purchase of a two-week French language program in Nice (for programs through May 30), starting at $682 for a three-week course
Five free cultural lessons with the purchase of a Spanish language program in Madrid (plus a discounted rate for programs longer than 12 weeks), starting at $284 for a course-only
A free excursion to the glass-blowing island of Murano with the purchase of an Italian language program in Venice, starting at $312 for the course only.
Cactus offers courses for children, teenagers, families and mature travelers. Programs include language vacations for adults and children, where classes are mixed with tours and activities (such as dance, yoga, wine tasting, cooking, music, art, diving, surfing and photography); cultural awareness training; and full-immersion language holidays.
Cactus Language Training or 888/577-8451.
Two of Costa Rica’s boutique lodges team up to offer a six-night “No Worries Beach & Jungle Escape” package.
You spend three nights each at Lost Iguana Resort & Spa, overlooking Arenal Volcano, and Villa Alegre Bed & Breakfast on the beach in Tamarindo.
Available through Nov. 15, 2011, prices, including 30 percent savings, start at $1,590 per couple, double occupancy, with transfers from Liberia (Daniel Oduber International Airport) and $1,635 from San Jose (Juan Santamaría International Airport). The package includes accommodations, private airport and resort transfers, in-room welcome baskets, breakfast daily and a couple’s massage at Lost Iguana’s Golden Gecko Spa.
Those arriving at San Jose international airport begin their trip at Lost Iguana Resort & Spa, in North Central Costa Rica. The 42 room boutique hotel has views of the Arenal Volcano. You can take a self-guided walk on the hotel’s network of walking paths along brooks, and large and small waterfalls from which there is excellent bird watching. Or you can join the resort’s onsite wildlife guide who is available to answer questions and lead individualized tours.
After three nights in the rainforest, you transfer to Villa Alegre Bed & Breakfast on the beach in Tamarindo, a year-round warm water surfing coast. This Spanish-style villa in the Guanacaste area has a tropical garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is adjacent to natural parkland.
With seven rooms and suites, extra amenities include mountain and beach cruiser bikes, snorkel gear, boogie and surf boards. Beach chairs, umbrellas and coolers are also provided.
Villa Alegre is a quick jaunt from Playa Avellana to the south and Playa Grande and Playa Negra to the north. You can take a water taxi to the tubes of Witches Rock at Playa Naranjo in Santa Rosa National Park.
Nature lovers come to the Tamarindo area to witness the nesting of the baulas, the giant leatherback turtles at Playa Grande. This beach in Las Baulas National Park is one of the world's most important nesting sites for the world's largest marine turtle, which grows to 1,000 pounds.
Lost Iguana Resort & Spa
THROUGH MAY 13 - - The Discover America Daily Getaways 2011 promotion offers savings and vacation packages online.
Back by popular demand, this U.S. Travel Association promotion, sponsored by American Express, offers savings up to 60 percent on almost 30 leading travel destinations and brands.
Throughout this online promotion there are daily deals on airfare, hotels, car rentals, theme park admission and city attraction passes until May 13, 2011. Travel partners include Avis, Caesar's Entertainment, CityPass, Busch Gardens, Fairmont Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels, United Airlines, Universal and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. American Express card members save 10 percent off all transactions on top of the already discounted deals.
Any U.S. resident, age 18 or older, with a major credit card can purchase from this inventory of specially priced travel products.
Each day on the Discover America Daily Getaways website, a new exclusive deal from a leading travel brand will be unveiled at 12 p.m. EDT and made available for purchase throughout the promotion period, until the inventory is sold-out. Vacation packages from Greater Miami and The Beaches, Las Vegas, Nashville, Orlando, and Philadelphia, will be auctioned weekly. Bids can be placed beginning at 12 p.m. EDT each Monday when a new package is released until bidding is closed that same Friday.
This year, upcoming products will preview in a calendar located on the promotion site, allowing you to mark your calendars with reminders to bid on these deals. You can also register for daily alerts at or follow deal announcements on Facebook and Twitter.
Discover America Daily Getaways.
Stobo Castle Health Spa, set in the Scottish Border countryside, offers reduced rates on a “summer getaway.”
Available June through August, the special offer includes one free back massage or facial massage per night; all meals; unlimited use of the renovated spa facilities; fitness and aqua classes; guided country walks and a tour of the Japanese Water Gardens; and a gift bag (one per guest per stay).
Room rates range from £139 (about $226) to £199 (about $326) per person, double, with rates for the Cashmere suite £329 (about $539). Prices are based on two or three people sharing a double or triple room. Single supplements are £60 (about $98) for all rooms except the Cashmere Suite, which is £90 (about $147). This offer cannot be combined with any other special offer and is valid on new bookings only.
Aside from the more than 80 spa treatments, the spa features a 25-meter Ozone pool, 40 treatment rooms, air-conditioned aerobics/dance studio, gymnasium, Ice Fountain, aromatic and crystal steam rooms, Hydrospa and Laconium.
Stobo Castle can accommodate up to 100 guests, includes separate lodges for larger parties and the Cashmere suite. Outdoors, there are tennis courts, mountain biking or a trip to nearby Peebles for golf, horseback riding and fishing.
All-Inclusive Viva Wyndham Resorts allow kids to stay free this summer. June 1 through Aug. 31, 2011, kids 12 years of age and younger can stay, play and eat free at all six of Viva Wyndham's all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Bahamas. This budget friendly travel deal provides cost savings so families can enjoy the Viva Wyndham experience.
Parents and children can participate in Viva Wyndham's Kids Club, a supervised activities program for kids ages four through 12. The Kids Club offers age appropriate activities including drawing and painting, windsurfing, mini tournaments, kayaking, volleyball, sandcastle building, board games, pool games, talent shows, puzzles, video games and face painting. Enrollment in the Viva Wyndham Kids Club is included in the kids stay free offer. The kids stay free offer is based on a two child maximum and the Kids Club is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All Viva Wyndham Resort properties offer babysitting services for a nominal fee.
Beachfront Viva Wyndham Resorts include the Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach and the Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace in La Romana, Dominican Republic; Viva Wyndham Tangerine in Cabarete, Dominican Republic; the Viva Wyndham Maya and Viva Wyndham Azteca in Playacar, Mexico; and the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas.
Viva Wyndham Resorts or 800-WYNDHAM.
Whether taking a staycation or traveling far, Boston’s official Freedom Trail offers create your own Freedom Trail getaways, immersing yourself in America’s rich history and enjoying Boston.
Family-friendly rates begin at $162. All hotels are located on or a short walk from the Freedom Trail and are available through Dec. 31, 2011.
The 11 hotels participating:
Boston Marriott Long Wharf, 617/227-0800, package includes overnight accommodations, breakfast, and a Walk Into History tour of the Freedom Trail for two adults and two children. Rate: $229-$449. Res. Code: EW5.
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel, 617/227-8600, package includes accommodations, breakfast, Walk Into History tour, Official Freedom Trail Guidebook, and the Kids Guide to the Freedom Trail. Rate: Varies Reservation code: FREEWD
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 800/225-2008, overnight stay includes two tickets to the Walk Into History tour. Rate: from $169.
Colonnade Hotel, 800/962-3030, includes overnight accommodations, children stay free, breakfast for two, parking and the Freedom Trail Guidebook. Rate: from $225 Reservation code: Freedom
Fairmont Copley Plaza, 617/267-5300, includes one night’s stay, two passes to the Walk Into History, two tickets to three Freedom Trail historic museums and a copy of The Freedom Trail: An Artist’s View. Rate: from $289
Fairmont Battery Wharf, 800/441-1414, includes an overnight stay, two tickets to the North End tour. Rate: from $249
Millennium Bostonian Hotel, 617/557-3606, the package at the newly renovated hotel includes an overnight stay, breakfast vouchers and a copy of the Freedom Trail Guide. Rate: from $199.
Taj Boston, 617/536-5700, stay for two nights with the Freedom Trail package includes a guided 90-minute Freedom Trail walk, a Go Boston Card and guidebook. Rate: from $299 Reservation code: Freedom Trail Package
MidTown Hotel, 800/343-1177, The Freedom Trail Experience package includes one night’s accommodation, free parking, breakfast for two, guided 90 minute Freedom Trail tour. Rate: May thru October: Single $188, Double $112 per person and $24 per child.
Ritz-Carlton, 617/574-7100, the Freedom Trail package includes an overnight stay, breakfast and parking, the self-guided Hear History audio guide or guided Walk Into History tour. Rate: Starts at $431
Hyatt Regency Boston, 617/422-5552, Package includes daily breakfast, late checkout, reusable shopping tote, Whoopie pie and shopping coupons. A limited number of rooms are allocated to this promotion. Rate: Varies Reservation code: Larry1
Freedom Trail Foundation or 617/357-8300.
Rocky Mountaineer sweetens its rail journeys through the Canadian Rockies with a two-for-one roundtrip airfare offer from select North American airports to Vancouver, British Columbia or Calgary, Alberta.
Book rail packages of seven nights or more and receive an air credit for one roundtrip airfare based on a minimum of two guests.
Vacation options include the Canadian Rockies Adventure, a seven night trip that includes a two-day, all daylight rail journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. In GoldLeaf Service in a two-story glass dome coach you view the landscapes of British Columbia and the Canadian Rocky Mountains between Vancouver, BC and Banff, Alberta. The package includes several sightseeing tours in Banff and Jasper National Parks.
The two-for-one airfare fares, based on double occupancy, are only applicable to a Rocky Mountaineer vacation with a land tour portion of seven nights or more during the 2011 season. Both guests must pay all applicable taxes, fees and surcharges at time of booking. Applicable on new bookings only, the offer is available for any class of rail service and must be requested at time of booking. The offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer and cannot be deferred to another date or refunded. Additional restrictions may apply.
Rocky Mountaineer or 800/665-7245.
Lion World Tours offers a special on top of their special-priced “South Africa On Sale” package priced at $2,499 per person. Government taxes, departure fees and security fees are additional.
Buy one package at $2,499 and get the second one at $1,899, a $600 savings per couple. The package is valid May and September 2011 and must be purchased by May 31, 2011.
The nine-day package includes:
- Roundtrip, economy-class international airfare from New York or Washington, DC to South Africa on South African Airways
- Regional flights in South Africa
- Fuel Surcharges
- Four nights at the Commodore Hotel in Cape Town
- Two nights at Bakubung Bush Lodge or Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge in Pilanesberg National Park
- Game drives as specified in itinerary
- Six breakfasts and three dinners
- Full day Cape Peninsula tour
- Half day Winelands tour
- Half day Table Mountain tour
- Lion World Tours representative meet and greet on arrival
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
Pilanesberg National Park is malaria-free and comprises a 200 million years old volcano crater with a small lake in the center. All of the animal species of southern Africa exist here, including lions, black and white rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. Bird watching is excellent with more than 300 species recorded.
Lion World Tours or 800/387-2706.
It’s party time at BC’s parks.
This year, one of the world’s finest collections of protected landscapes — from ocean and freshwater shorelines to alpine peaks — celebrates its 100th anniversary. Ranging in size from a cupcake to a 400,000-acre confection, there’s a park to suit any number of candles.
Iin British Columbia, there are more parks, protected areas, ecological reserves and conservancies than can possibly be visited in a lifetime — almost 1,000 at last tally — but it’s worth a try. Make a wish. Dream big.
Need inspiration? Choose from this cross-section of wild, natural goodness and discover why you should visit a BC park.
Strathcona (Vancouver Island) - BC Parks’ 1911 flagship is still the all-around best to explore, whether by canoe, in hiking boots or snowshoes. For a backcountry thrill, set your compass for the park’s crown jewel, Della Falls — highest in Canada and among the top 10 in the world. Travel by water taxi along Great Central Lake near Port Alberni to the cascade’s southern trailhead. Fancy a day trip? Take an alpine drive above Courtenay on the park’s eastern boundary. Further north, revel in two sheltered spots on Buttle Lake near Campbell River where reservations are available for almost half of the campground’s sites; it’s first-come, first-served at neighbouring Ralph River campground.
Bonus: The new 1.2-mile wheelchair-accessible Centennial Loop Trail leads across red heather meadows and through old-growth forest atop a boardwalk adjacent to Mount Washington Alpine Resort.
French Beach (Vancouver Island) - Of all the provincial parks along BC’s southwestern coast, French Beach offers the best year-round ocean access. Step from your vehicle onto a broad expanse of pebble and cobblestone shoreline lined with all shapes and sizes of driftwood, perfect for constructing forts or impromptu chaise lounges for sunbathing. For your tiny adventurers, a playground is set back in the sheltering evergreen forest. Reservations are available at the majority of the park’s 69 campsites.
Bonus: French Beach is a scenic one-hour drive west of Victoria.
Garibaldi (Vancouver, Coast & Mountains) - You couldn’t ask for a better day-trip selection than Garibaldi’s four distinctly-different, easily-reached approaches along the Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy 99). Whether at Diamond Head, Garibaldi Lake-Black Tusk, Cheakamus Lake or Wedgemont Lake, each offers a variety of challenges for hikers, mountain bikers, backcountry skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers.
Bonus: Reward yourself post-outing with happy hour in Whistler or Squamish, the self-proclaimed outdoor adventure capital of Canada.
Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage (Vancouver, Coast & Mountains) - The best old-growth wilderness adventure lies four hours from Vancouver and straddles a wide transition zone between coastal rainforest near Whistler and sagebrush canyons on the Fraser River. The Stein sits a world apart, with rock walls covered with ochre-red Aboriginal pictographs. Book 10 days for the full traverse, or simply a weekend to camp beside the Stein River.
Bonus: Enjoy the free ferry ride across the mighty Fraser to the park’s western trailhead near sun-drenched Lytton.
Bear Creek (Thompson Okanagan) - With all of its 122 campsites available for reservations, Bear Creek provides the best site to park an RV while watching for Ogopogo, the mythical creature reputed to lurk beneath Okanagan Lake. When summer is at its hottest and driest here in Canada’s only desert landscape, this is where you want to take the plunge before drying off beneath sheltering Ponderosa pine trees.
Bonus: Tour an award-winning winery or two in nearby Westbank and Kelowna.
Kettle River (Thompson Okanagan) - The best place to float down a lazy river in an inner tube or canoe after cycling the historic Kettle Valley Railway Trail lies midway between the Pacific Ocean and Alberta on Highway 3. In the heat of a summer day, count on finding a welcoming cool reward at this shaded recreation area beside the West Kettle River. Reservations are available at the majority of its 67 campsites.
Bonus: Birdwatchers are in for a special treat in this wildlife corridor, home to magnificent species such as Great Horned owls.
McDonald Beach (Kootenay Rockies) - This lakeside park offers the best beach camping. Two-thirds of its 38 sites front on the eastern shore of Upper Arrow Lake near Nakusp in the West Kootenay. Spend time exploring the tree-lined beach, natural sandbars and cosy coves while being enthralled by the towering Monashee Mountain peaks of Mount Thor and its companions that dominate the horizon.
Bonus: Nakusp is a hub for hot spring soaks, both at the town’s municipal pools and a network of developed and wilderness sites along both Upper Arrow and Kootenay lakes.
Green Lake (Cariboo Chilcotin) - The emerald waters of this warm, shallow expanse in the heart of the Cariboo Chilcotin’s Interlakes district offer the best summer swimming at numerous spots around its generous circumference. Bring shovels, pails, angling rods (with a freshwater fishing licence), windsurfers or picnic hampers to experience a day spent doing as little or as much as your vacationing heart desires. Reservations are available at the majority of 121 campsites spread between three lakeside locations.
Bonus: Visit nearby Chasm Provincial Park to witness the multi-hued rend in the Cariboo Plateau’s surface.
Naikoon (Northern BC) - Hands down, this strand on the northeastern corner of Graham Island in Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) presents the best opportunities for beachcombing, both on foot and by bike. Follow an endless stretch of hard-packed sand as it leads off into the reaches of Rose Spit with the Alaskan Panhandle coastline in the distance. Buy a tidal-water fishing license to dig for razor clams or net Dungeness crabs. Choose from 30 treed campsites at Misty Meadows near park headquarters in Tlell (an additional 43 spots are up for grabs at Agate Beach), or bivouac in a driftwood shelter within sight of a rusting freighter whose battered hull lies mired but unbowed in the surf.
Bonus: Plan a mid-summer visit to coincide with Tlell’s annual Edge of the World Music Festival, Aug. 5 to 7, 2011.
Northern Rocky Mountains (Northern BC) - The Rocky Mountains are renowned for wildlife viewing. See why this mammoth stretch of protected wilderness bordered by the Alaska Highway has been dubbed the Serengeti of North America. Come equipped for a backcountry adventure or choose from several roadside vehicle campgrounds, including panoramic Summit Lake in adjacent Stone Mountain Provincial Park, the highest pass on historic Highway 97’s route (a.k.a. the Alaska Highway) to the Yukon Territory and beyond into the icefields.
Bonus: Nearby provincial parks at Muncho Lake and Liard River Hot Springs mark the northern limits of the Rockies that range 3,000 miles to New Mexico.
British Columbia Parks do not charge an entrance fees. There are fees for parking or camping. British Columbia destinations and travel information or 800/HELLO-BC and British Columbia parks.
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Designed for family getaways, the 470-room Oasis Palm Beach is on a white sandy beach along a calm stretch of the Caribbean Sea. The resort includes a serpentine pool that winds through tropical gardens, palapas and chaise lounges on the beach, spa, beauty salon, tennis courts, fitness center, and water sports including free use of kayaks, surfboards and paddleboats. An “Animation Team” presents interactive activities throughout the day and live entertainment nightly.
Seven restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Mexican, Caribbean specialties, Mediterranean and sushi. There are six bars for tropical cocktails and drinks. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks are part of the resort’s all-inclusive program.
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