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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, September 2017 Issue

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In This Issue:
Cruising Antarctica

 penguins in Antarctica

  • Aurora 25 Years of Antarctic Exploration
  • Hawaiian Sunset Celebration
  • Alexander Hamilton's St. Croix
  • 3 Airports Unveil Hands-Only CPR Kiosks
  • Famous Hostels 10% Discount for Pass Holders
  • World Spree’s Pushkar Camel Fair
  • St. Augustine Easy Season
  • Mandarin & Mango Boutique Hotels 7 for 6
  • Fiji Airways Bid for Business Upgrades
  • Wright's SC Johnson Administration Building
  • RMS Rhone Anniversary Specials
  • TAP Extends Free Stopover
  • Save 15% at Maui Kai
  • Family Savings and One Child Free
  • Four Seasons Megève Intro Offer
  • 50% off Alaska Lodges
  • London, Edinburgh and Dublin from $1,179
  • 14 Night China Tour w/Air, Cruise and Meals
  • Free New York City Tours
  • Stretch Summer With Bermuda Getaway

  • Aurora 25 Years of Antarctic Exploration

    Aurora Expeditions celebrates 25 years since its first expedition to Antarctica.

    To mark this milestone event, the company launched a special anniversary expedition. Paying homage to Aurora's founders Greg and Margaret Mortimer, the expedition to Antarctica and South Georgia honors a long list of polar explorers and adventurers.

    The 18-day voyage will sail from Ushuaia, Argentina, to the Antarctic Peninsula, on board the 54-passenger Polar Pioneer. Daily shore landings offer the opportunity to walk along the rugged coastline teeming with wildlife and through the remote landscape. In South Georgia, expect to see colonies of 500,000 king penguins, fur seals and the albatross, one of the largest seabirds on the planet.

    Guests on board the '25 Year Anniversary' expedition will receive exclusive added extras, including an anniversary dinner, a commemorative book and a polar jacket with a limited-edition anniversary polar explorer's badge.

    The voyage will be led by one of Aurora's original expedition leaders, Dr. Gary Miller, who has been traveling to Antarctica for more than 30 years. Gary's team will include a naturalist, a historian and polar specialists.

    The 25 Year Anniversary expedition to Antarctica and South Georgia departs Ushuaia, Argentina on Dec. 27, 2017, and returns to Santiago, Chile on Jan. 13, 2018.

    To celebrate this anniversary, Aurora Expeditions offers saving of up to $3,000 per couple for some voyages during their 25th anniversary season, including the 25 Year Anniversary expedition. To take advantage of this anniversary offer, reservations must be made before Sep. 30, 2017.

    Aurora Expeditions.

    Hawaiian Sunset Celebration

    Residents and visitors can attend Hawaiian Sunset Saturdays on the last Saturday of every month. This once a month free community event celebrates Kona Hawaii's spectacular sunsets with live Hawaiian music and hula starting at 5:30 pm on the lawn at Coconut Grove Marketplace.

    Kona has been the place to gather for sunsets. Hawaiian Sunset Saturdays will give you a reason to take time out of your schedule to enjoy the elements that make Kona special.

    Bring lawn chairs or beach mats and enjoy live Hawaiian music and hula as the sun begins its journey over the horizon. As the event comes to a close, you can extend the evening at one of many nearby restaurants.

    Hawaiian Sunset Saturdays will take place on the last Saturday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Coconut Grove Marketplace on Alii Drive in Historic Kailua Village. Parking is available; coolers are not permitted.

    Hawaiian Sunset Saturdays or 808/326-2555.


    Alexander Hamilton's St. Croix

    With the phenomenon of Hamilton: An American Musical, consider opting for the real thing.

    Caravelle Hotel & Casino in Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands sits on the town’s waterfront, where a young Alexander Hamilton worked.

    In historic Christiansted, Caravelle Hotel & Casino partners with CHANT to offer a Hamilton Tour Experience. The three-night package for two includes a bottle of rum and two tickets to CHANT's Alexander Hamilton's Christiansted Historic Tour. Package price starts at $485 through Dec. 14, 2017 in a superior room and $640 (Dec 15 - April 14, 2018), excluding taxes.

    One of the newest tours offered through Crucian Heritage And Nature Tourism, Alexander Hamilton's Christiansted Historical Walking Tour takes you through a typical day in the life of the young man who grew up on St. Croix and went on to become a founding father of the United States.

    The 2½- hour tour begins at the Old Danish Customs House with stops at the site of the dry goods store Hamilton's mother owned and the lower middle-class neighborhood where Hamilton and his mother lived alongside working-class people of European ancestry and free people of color. The tour includes visits to places Hamilton lived and worked after he was orphaned at the age of 13, including Beekman and Kruger, an import/export trading company where Hamilton served as a clerk. The tour explores the links between St. Croix and the United States at that time and the involvement of the people here in the war against England. The Alexander Hamilton Tour is appropriate for people of all ages.

    The 43-room European-style waterfront hotel provides amenities including free WiFi, an outdoor swimming pool, sun decks and a restaurant.

    Caravelle Hotel & Casino or 800/524-0410.

    3 Airports Unveil Hands-Only CPR Kiosks

    The American Heart Association debuts Hands-Only CPR training kiosks at select airports in the United States. Cleveland Hopkins International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International and Orlando International airports feature training kiosks where the public can learn Hands-Only CPR in about five minutes while they wait for their flights. This brings the total number of airport kiosks, supported by Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem Inc., to seven in the United States.

    Each year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside the hospital, and about 20 percent occur in public places such as airports. Hands-Only CPR has shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest when it occurs in public. CPR can double or triple a person's chance of survival. The interactive kiosks are designed to train large numbers of people on this simple, lifesaving technique.

    Hands-Only CPR has two steps, performed in this order: when you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911. Then, push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives. Each kiosk has a touch screen with a short video that provides an overview of Hands-Only CPR, followed by a practice session and a 30-second test. With the help of a practice manikin, or a rubber torso, the kiosk gives feedback about the depth and rate of compressions, and proper hand placement – factors that influence the effectiveness of CPR. The kiosks have closed captioning to make the training available to everyone.

      The kiosks will be located in the following spots:
    • Behind Central Checkpoint across from the Interfaith Center at Cleveland Hopkins International
    • Concourse A, Gates A6-A22 at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International
    • Entrance to the Main Food Court at Orlando International.

    Hands-Only CPR campaign.

    Famous Hostels 10% Discount for Pass Holders

    Interrail or Eurail Pass holders receive a 10 percent discount on the best available rate across Europe's Famous Hostels, hostels in 37 cities in Europe.
      Here’s how to get the Famous Hostels discount.
    1. Book hostels through Europe's Famous Hostels Website
    2. At check-in, present your booking confirmation email and Interrail or Eurail Pass.

    Europe's Famous Hostels is an association of 50 independently run hostels in Europe who group together to promote each other and create a community in the hostel world.

    With one rail pass you can travel to 30 different European countries. There is an Interrail or Eurail Pass for everyone and every trip - from first-time travelers to experienced globetrotters, solo adventurers or families with young children.

    Pass validity can be as short as three days or a month long. All Pass holders gain access to additional benefits such as discounted ferry travel, attractions, and accommodation.

    Interrail and Eurail Passes can be purchased up to 11 months in advance through a network of online and offline sales agents.

    Interrail or Eurail Pass for details.

    Europe's Famous Hostels.

    ClassPass Inc

    World Spree’s Pushkar Camel Fair

    One of the most photogenic events in India is the annual October Pushkar Camel Fair, which draws 11,000 camels, horses and cattle, and is part tribal gathering, part livestock market and part carnival. World Spree Travel has two departures of a 14-day tour that showcases the Pushkar Camel Fair and highlights of northern India—Delhi, Agra and Jaipur plus a safari in search of the royal Bengal tiger, for $2,049 from San Francisco. New York and Los Angeles are $50 more.

    The Oct. 22 and Oct. 27, 2017 trips cover roundtrip flights on Air China, five-star hotels in the cities and deluxe accommodations in the tiger sanctuary and Pushkar, daily buffet breakfasts, 12 other meals, all transportation in India, comprehensive sightseeing with entrance fees, two game drives in Ranthambhore National Park, professional English-speaking tour manager/guides, and baggage handling.

    The tour includes the monuments and markets of Old and New Delhi, Agra’s Taj Mahal, the pink city of Jaipur with its palaces and bazaars, and the elusive royal Bengal tiger. At the Pushkar Camel Fair, herders, traders, entertainers and thousands of camels stream out of the desert to set up camp near the town of Pushkar. Camel races, livestock exhibitions, street vendors, tented bazaars and contests add to the spectacle.

    You stay at familiar hotels like the Vivanta by Taj in New Delhi, the Hilton in Jaipur and the Courtyard Marriott in Agra. The bungalow-style Ranthambhore Kothi offers gardens, a swimming pool and spa adjacent to the tiger sanctuary. Outside of Pushkar, accommodations are in a deluxe tented village that has private bathrooms and standard hotel amenities.

    If you want to see more of northern India, the 17-day Epic Journey with the Pushkar Camel Fair departs on Oct. 22 and 27, 2017, and costs $2,799 or $2,849.

    There are post-trip extensions to Nepal and Amritsar that take advantage of China’s 72-hour visa-free stopover program. World Spree offers a two-night Beijing package that includes hotel, breakfasts and airport transfers.

    All prices are per person based on double occupancy.

    World Spree or 866/652-5656.

    St. Augustine Easy Season

    Summer in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches is a time to take it easy. It’s a time when the crowds thin so the area makes it easy on your wallet with deals on lodging. Here are several lodging deals.

    Easy Season, Easy TRYP - Steps from the historic district, St. Augustine's newest hotel has rates from $99 through Sep. 30, 2017, plus free parking and Wi-Fi.

    Summer special at Carriage Way Bed & Breakfast - Through Sep. 28, 2017, stay Sunday through Thursday for two consecutive nights in a king size room and get 15 percent off. Or stay at least three consecutive nights and receive 20 percent off. One promotion per room, reservation and the offer is not for pre-existing reservations.

    Beacher’s Lodge - Pay for three nights without the extended stay discount and the fourth night is free. Offer valid until Oct. 31, 2017.

    Easy Season Lodging Deals or 800/653-2489.

    Mandarin & Mango Boutique Hotels 7 for 6

    Mandarin & Mango Boutique Hotels in southwest Turkey found guests book shorter stays and regret they didn’t stay longer. To encourage staying longer, Mandarin & Mango Boutique Hotels offer anyone booking a week's stay through the end of September 2017, will receive the final night free. Stay seven nights, but pay for six.

    If you book your stay through the end of October 2018, the hotels will keep prices at the current level for bookings confirmed now, even if room rates increase for 2018.

    Mandarin and Mango each have eight rooms, plus two pool villas.

    Stay Seven Pay for Six.

    Blissful Honeymoon Vacations with $30 Off.

    Fiji Airways Bid for Business Upgrades

    Fiji Airways, Fiji's national airline, introduces Bula Bid, which allows economy class customers to bid for upgrades to business class on international flights. You can bid for an upgrade between seven days and 24 hours before a scheduled flight departure.

    Bids are made at Bula Bid using the Upgrade Now auction system. Successful bidders are notified through email 24 hours before their scheduled flight. Unsuccessful bidders will not be charged. The number of successful bids depends on seat availability and the number of offers for each flight. Successful bids are subject to terms and conditions and seat availability. There are no guarantees that a business class bid will be successful. Some flights may not have the Bula Bid feature available.

    Fiji Airways' business class offers on-demand entertainment, three-course meals designed by executive and celebrity chefs, increased baggage allowance, angled leather lie-flat beds on A330 aircraft, and access to airport lounges in most destinations. This includes the upcoming Fiji Airways Lounge at the Nadi International Airport hub.

    Fiji Airways.

    Wright's SC Johnson Administration Building

    SC Johnson, the maker of Glade, Raid, Scrubbing Bubbles and Ziploc, is home to two buildings designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. On the campus of SC Johnson's world headquarters in Racine, WI, the Administration Building and the Research Tower are both on the National Register of Historic Places and open to the public for free tours.

    Celebrated as one of the top 25 buildings of the 20th century, the SC Johnson Administration Building features several never-before-seen architectural innovations by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Administration Building was opened in 1939, followed by the Research Tower, which opened in 1950.

    The building features more than one-half acre of open workspace in the Great Workroom and circular "bird cage" elevators that run from the basement to the Penthouse level giving a panoramic view of the building.

    The original cost of the Administration Building was $1.2 million. However, Wright originally told Johnson he could design the Administration Building for $200,000.

    The SC Johnson Administration Building is the only Wright-designed commercial building still in daily use. From its 43 miles of Pyrex glass tubing to the dendriform columns in the Great Workroom, it is a unique work of art.

    The focal point of this building is the dendriform columns, meaning tree-shaped. Because of their unique design, they are also called mushrooms, golf tees or lily pads. These columns were revolutionary because the base has a diameter of nine inches, compared to the top's diameter of 18½ feet. Wright designed each column to support a weight of 12 tons according to The Wisconsin Industrial Commission's requirements. During the test of a column, it actually held five times that before showing signs of cracking.

    Wright designed more than 40 different pieces of furniture for the Administration Building, each created to reflect aspects of the building's overall design.

    At the SC Johnson campus, visitors can experience a history of exploration and innovation in architecture that has drawn increasing global interest. In 2016, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail was established, connecting many of Wright's architectural sites across Wisconsin to make it easier to experience and enjoy Wright's legacy in his home state. The Trail includes five stops between Racine and Spring Green, WI.

    SC Johnson welcomes visitors to experience their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings Thursday through Sunday. While the tours are free, reservations are required.

    SC Johnson's free tours and reservations.


    RMS Rhone Anniversary Specials

    The Royal Mail Steam ship, RMS Rhone, was commissioned in 1865 to carry mail and passengers from England to the Caribbean. More than 300 passenger cabins were included within her 310 foot length.

    On Oct. 29, 1867, a powerful hurricane struck the Virgin Islands and the RMS Rhone crashed into Salt Island before splitting in two and sinking with most of her crew and passengers. This Victorian shipwreck captivates divers, snorkeler’s, sailors, historians, explorers and photographers.

    October 2017 brings the 150th Anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Rhone. To commemorate the anniversary, members of the British Virgin Islands Scuba Association offer discounts. Here are a few of the discounts

    Blue Water Divers - Dive the Rhone and receive a 20 percent discount at the Nanny Cay Hotel & Marina for the week of the Rhone’s anniversary and 10 percent off on Rhone t-shirts.

    Dive BVI – Three day diving includes free added night dive on the RMS Rhone, Nitrox, and a RMS Rhone Anniversary shirt. Space is limited and the offer is available Oct 27, 28, 29, 2017.

    Seven night Peter Island’s Sea for Yourself Dive package - includes accommodations, full American plan, a Guide to Caribbean Fish, dive equipment for the two tank dives, a private full day charter to explore the islands with a two tank dive at a location of your choice with personal dive master, a two tank dive to the Rhone wreck, and a champagne picnic lunch at Honeymoon or White Bay Beach. Rates are based on double occupancy, and subject to 21 percent tax and service charges. The offer is valid until Oct. 31, 2017.

    Sail Caribbean Divers – two tank morning dive on the RMS Rhone Saturday Oct. 28, 2017 and lunch at Cooper Island Beach Club. Cost for divers $160. Cost for snorkelers $80. Accommodations available at Cooper Island Beach Club.

    Sunchaser Scuba – Oct. 25, 2017 anniversary excursion with Bitter End Yacht Club followed by lunch onboard Corinthian and a stroll on Salt Island. Afternoon snorkel/dive in the Dog Islands on the way back. Price for snorkelers $110 per person, price for divers $160 per person.

    We Be Divin - Discounted dives on the Rhone during October 2017. Two tank dive $100. Minimum numbers are required. Ten percent off accommodations at Village Cay Hotel and Marina to divers during October 2017 plus a 10 percent discount on all meals at the restaurant.

    Jost Van Dyke Scuba - $550 Private Dive Boat Rhone anniversary special during September and October 2017. Price includes private dive boat for up to four divers, two instructor guided dives on the Rhone, full scuba equipment rental, snacks, refreshments, and gift for each diver. Each additional diver above four is $99 per person. Advanced reservation required.

    British Virgin Islands Tourism Rhone specials.

    TAP Extends Free Stopover

    TAP Air Portugal unveiled its stopover offer in July 2016, to encourage TAP’s passenger transiting through Lisbon or Porto to stay for up to three days for no additional airfare. Now the Portugal Stopover program expands to include longer visits, of up to five days, for no additional airfare. The longer five-day stopover option is available starting in September, 2017.

    To commemorate the first anniversary of the Portugal Stopover program, TAP introduces its A330-300 aircraft with a special Stopover-themed livery, highlighting popular icons of a visit to Portugal.

    The stopover program incorporates a network of partners offering hotel discounts for stopover customers, a free bottle of Portuguese wine in restaurants, and free experiences such as tuk-tuk rides, visits to museums, or dolphin watching in the River Sado.

    Stopover passengers can create a multi-destination journey, so you can travel from one destination and return from another. For example, fly to Barcelona and return from Seville and still qualify for a stopover in Lisbon or Porto on the outbound or return travel. Stopover visits are now available on one-way travel to Europe or Africa where previously roundtrip travel was necessary to qualify for the program.

    TAP added several Portugal areas as destinations which qualify for the stopover, including the Algarve, Madeira and the Azores. You can now visit Lisbon or Porto for up to five day en route to Faro, Ponta Delgada, Terceira, Funchal and Porto Santo for no extra airfare.

    TAP Portugal or 800/221-7370.

    Save 15% at Maui Kai

    The “Fresh for Fall” discount at Maui Kai at Kaanapali Condos in Maui, Hawaii, lets you save 15 percent. The discount at the oceanfront condos with updated building and recent property improvements is valid on stays between Oct. 1 and Dec. 20, 2017.

    Maui Kai charges no resort fees. Daily housekeeping is included during your stay plus free parking, free Wi-Fi and an in-room safe.

    Reserve any unit type for this savings including oceanfront units. A two night non-refundable deposit is required. The offer applies to new reservations on stays between Oct. 1 and Dec. 20, 2017. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts.

    Maui Kai at Kaanapali Condos or 800/367-5635.


    High Sierra

    Family Savings and One Child Free

    Royalton Luxury Resorts gives families up to 55 percent off all-inclusive vacations at Royalton Negril, in Negril, Jamaica. Plus one child can stay, play and eat free on All-in Luxury family-friendly holidays. Select a Luxury Family Suite or Luxury Presidential Suite through December and receive resort credits of up to $150 or up to $300 with a Diamond Club upgrade.

    The resort offers an on-site splash pad and non-motorized watersports such as paddle boards and kayaks. Younger children have the supervised Clubhouse Kids Club, with activities such as face painting, arts & crafts and mini chef classes. The Hangout Teens Lounge offers activities such as PlayStation duels, billiards, and beach Olympics.

    The All-in Luxury vacation includes amenities such as handcrafted DreamBed mattresses, high thread count sheets, double-headed rain shower, large soaker tub, and Diamond Club upgrades with butler service. All-in Connectivity features include unlimited free long distance calls to North America and parts of Europe and free resort-wide Wi-Fi for all devices.

    Royalton Negril is along one of Negril's beaches, with a family-friendly resort, a Diamond Club area for superior service and the adults-only Hideaway at Royalton Negril. Families who select the Diamond Club Chairman's Building get waterfront views and a four-bedroom oceanfront suite with separate butler entrance, ocean view bedrooms and a large terrace for meals.

    Royalton Luxury Resorts or 855/744-8371.

    Four Seasons Megève Intro Offer

    Be among the first to experience the first Four Seasons ski resort in Europe. In the French Alps, in Megève, France, the Four Seasons Hotel Megève can serve as home base for exploring the nearby slopes of Mont d’Arbois, Rochebrunes and Le Jaillet.

    The Four Seasons Hotel Megève is accepting reservations, with an introductory offer that includes 20 percent off the room rate with a stay of two or more nights between Dec. 15, 2017 and Apr. 15, 2018.

    The resort offers winter and summer recreational opportunities and is set to open Dec. 15, 2017

    Also making its debut on December 15, 2017, will be the new location of Le 1920 restaurant within Four Seasons Hotel Megève. The two-Michelin starred restaurant will continue to offer seasonal cuisine by Chef Julien Gatillon.

    The hotel features four dining and drinking venues with terraces for sunny winter days and summer evenings, a spa with fitness center, heated year-round indoor-outdoor pool, and separate dedicated facilities for kids and teens.

    Four Seasons Hotel Megève.

    50% off Alaska Lodges

    There is still time to save 50 percent on three Alaska lodges. Each lodge has a select number of dates available.

    Alaska Wildland Adventures operates Alaska vacation packages, adventure tours and wilderness lodges for more than 30 years.

    Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, 907/783-2928. In Kenai Fjords National Park, the all-inclusive lodge has a glacier outside its floor-to-ceiling windows. Guided hiking, canoeing and kayaking is included in the price along with a glacier/wildlife/sightseeing cruise. A two-night package costs $1,540. The 50 percent discount brings the price to $770 per person.

    Kenai Backcountry Lodge, 907/783-2928. On the south shore of Skilak Lake, you get to the lodge by boat. All meals are included. The price for the three-night package is $1,745 per person. The sale price is $872.50 per person.

    Kenai Riverside Lodge, 907/783-2928. In Kenai River fishing country in Cooper Landing, the price includes all meals, accommodations and a rafting trip, kayaking or hiking. Guided fishing is extra. A two night package is $1,020 per person. The sale price is $510 per person.

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    London, Edinburgh and Dublin from $1,179

    TripMasters offers a nine to 13 day London, Edinburgh and Dublin tour. Prices start from $1,179 per person for the nine-night trip departing Nov. 28, 2017, from any New York City area airport.

    Prices vary from other departure cities and dates.

      This nine night sample itinerary includes:
    • Flight into London and out of Dublin
    • Hotel for three nights in London
    • Flight from London to Edinburgh
    • Hotel for three nights in Edinburgh
    • Flight from Edinburgh to Dublin
    • Hotel for three nights in Dublin
    • Daily breakfast (if stated in hotel info).

    Per person prices, based on double occupancy, include international and domestic airline tickets as per itinerary and all airline-related taxes and fuel surcharges. Prices do not include insurance or delivery charges which are optional and customizable by the traveler.

    The airfare portion of the itinerary price is based on economy class, midweek departure. Prices do not include fees for carry on or checked baggage based on carrier charges, entrance fees or visa fees charged at international airports. Some cities charge local taxes that are collected by the hotel at the destination. Prices vary according to departure cities and travel dates.

    TripMasters or 800/430-0484.

    14 Night China Tour w/Air, Cruise and Meals

    Stunning China offers is 16 day, small group classic China tour from $2,299 per person. The single supplement is $799. The land-only package is $1,699 per person.

    The offer must be booked by Dec. 31, 2017 using tour code: SGCC16. It includes international and domestic airfare; 4.5 star hotels; daily escorted tour at specified sites; English-speaking tour guides; and listed meals.

    The air inclusive package dates at the $2,299 price are: Oct. 21, Nov. 2, 2017; Mar. 17, Mar. 24, Apr. 7, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 2018. The dates at the $2,399 price are Apr. 14, Sep. 8, and Oct. 13, 2018. While May 12, 2018, is priced at $2,599. June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18, 2018 is priced at $2,899.

    The tour begins in Beijing with visits to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and a trip to the Great Wall of China. On Day 5 you fly to Suzhou, known as the “Venice of the East.” Hangzhou, the tea capital is next on the itinerary followed by Shanghai. A high speed train takes to Yichang, the starting point of a four night Yangtze River Cruise. The ship visits the Three Gorges Dam and sails through the ship locks and through Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles), and the deepest of the Three Gorges. Another ship takes you to the gorges of Goddess Stream. Lastly, you fly to Xi’an to see the terracotta warriors and the small Wild Goose Pagoda.

    Stunning China or 626/965-9999.

    Free New York City Tours

    Visiting New York City can put a strain on your wallet. You don’t need to miss out on the sights and sounds of the city. Many tours are free or tip-based. Here are a few free tours.

    Big Apple Greeter, One Centre St. New York - 212/669-8159. Big Apple Greeter's team of volunteers (many are multilingual) guide you through the City's diverse neighborhoods. Sign up to request the type of excursion you'd like. The form asks what neighborhoods you’d like to see and your interests so you can be matched with a local greeter. The 300 greeters collectively boast extensive knowledge of the city and its best spots.

    Central Park Conservancy, Official Central Park Tours 14 E. 60th St., 8th fl., New York, 10022. Central Park has 80 acres of woodland, 250 acres of lawns and 150 acres of water; trying to see it all without an expert tour guide can be overwhelming. The Central Park Conservancy's lineup of free tours aims to cover it all. See the most famous attractions, such as Bethesda Terrace and Fountain and Conservatory Water, on the Heart of the Park tour; visit lesser-known sights like the Harlem Meer on the Northern Welcome tour; or the European-style plantings during walks around the nearly 80-year-old Conservatory Garden. Offerings change seasonally.

    Free Tours by Foot, 112 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002, 646/450-6831. Join Free Tours by Foot's guides for forays into Manhattan and Brooklyn. Taste the Lower East Side, Greenwich Village or Chinatown on a food tour (you pay for the food); check out Harlem landmarks such as the Apollo Theater; go to the thrift stores of Gramercy; or explore Chelsea and the High Line for river views. All guides work solely for tips, so the value of each outing is up to you.

    Grand Central Partnership, 122 E. 42nd St., Ste. 601, New York, 10168. Every Friday at 12:30pm, the Grand Central Partnership conducts a 90-minute guided walking tour led by an urban historian. Make stops at the station's Whispering Gallery, the passageways, the architecture of the Chrysler Building and visit Pershing Square and the original Lincoln Memorial, among other notable Midtown locales.

    Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N. 11th St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 11211 - 718/486-7422. Brooklyn Brewery hosts free tours every Saturday that start on the half hour between 1 pm and 5 pm. People under 21 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Afterward, grab a seat at one of the indoor picnic tables and purchase beer tokens to sample some of the brewery's creations, such as Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn East IPA and seasonal quaffs.

    SingleCut Beersmiths, 19-33 37th St. Astoria, 11105 - 718/606-0788. SingleCut Beersmiths offers a short, somewhat informal tour of its facilities on Saturdays and Sundays, at 3pm and 4pm. If you start at the tap room you can buy a beer to have in hand while seeing the brewing process.

    Village Alliance, 8 E. 8th St. New York, 10003 - 212/777-2173. Free walking tours run June through September. There are self-guided ideas for the rest of the year. An emphasis is placed on the social, architectural and historic aspects of the Village.

    Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, 75 Battery Pl, New York, 10280 - 212/267-9700. Battery Park City encompasses 36 acres of playgrounds, gardens and plazas. Free tours include organic-gardening walks around Wagner Park, public-art explanations at Teardrop Park and bird-watching excursions around the area (binoculars included). Tours change throughout the year and information generally doesn't become available until April. Check for the most up-to-date information.

    Sandemans—Lower Manhattan, Bowling Green, New York, 10004 - 347/853-5713. Sandemans offers free tours in major cities around the world, and has free walking tours in NYC. One tour explores Lower Manhattan, from where New York began to the current day. See Wall Street at the New York Stock Exchange, learn about the US melting pot while viewing the Statue of Liberty and visit the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center.

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    Stretch Summer With Bermuda Getaway

    Now is the time to escape to Bermuda for less.

    Bermuda offers a chance to keep summer alive with the Splash Sale. Save 30 percent at some of the island’s finest resorts and hotels when you book by Sep. 11, 2017 for travel Sep. 5, 2017 to Apr. 30, 2018.

    Participating properties include:

    Aunt Nea’s Inn, 441/296-2868 – An historic Bermudian guest house in St. George, Aunt Nea’s Inn has craftsmanship from the 1700s and harbor views.

    Cambridge Beaches, 800/468-7300 – This adults-only resort offers 94 cottage-style rooms and suites, a spa and holistic healing center, and fine dining.

    Coco Reef Resort, 441/236-5416 – In manicured gardens on a private beach on the south shore.

    Coral Beach and Tennis Club, 441/236-2233 – Set on 26 acres of sub-tropical grounds overlooking the South Shore.

    Fairmont Southampton, 800/257-7544 – On Bermuda’s highest point, the resort features gardens and pink sandy beaches.

    Grotto Bay Beach Resort, 441/293-8333 – Has a private beach with two secluded coves in an enclosed bay, Grotto Bay features a spa in an underground cave.

    Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, 441/295-3000 – Along Hamilton Harbour, the newly renovated resort features amenities including the only celebrity chef-helmed restaurant on Bermuda and a 60-berth marina.

    Newstead Belmont Hills, 441/236-6060 – Offers a full view of Hamilton Harbour that can be seen from guests’ private patios or balconies.

    The Reefs, 800/742-2008 – Family-owned and operated by native Bermudians, the resort is in a pink sand cove surrounded by limestone cliffs.

    Rosewood Tucker’s Point, 888/767-3966 – On Bermuda’s largest private beach the resort is home to a golf course.

    St. George’s Club, 441/297-1200 – In St. George, the Club offers cottages with kitchens and patios.

    Located in the Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina’s coast, the island is a two-hour nonstop flight from most eastern U.S. airports.


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