Category Archives: Festivals

Celebrate 2 Unique Events on 1 Trip: Diamond Jubilee Cruise AND Beatles 50th Year Anniversary

Now is the best time to visit Britain

2012 will be an incredible year for Britain.

Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Celebration

To mark 60 years of The Queen’s reign, the Diamond Jubilee will take place in 2012. The celebrations will centre around an extended weekend in 2012 on 2, 3, 4 and 5th June.

The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897 who held the throne for 64 years.

Click on the official Diamond Jubilee website to find out the full list of events that are planned for the extended June weekend.

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Click here for the official website for the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

We’ve listed 2 other significant events this year in Britain:

2012 Summer Olympics between 27 July – 12Aug 2012

Big Ben London

Click here to find more about London Olympics 2012

50th Anniversary of the Beatles

Yet another milestone event is the Celebration of The Beatles forming 50 years ago in Liverpool, the world’s most famous “4 lads who shook the world” and started the ” British Invasion” of America and where the Beatles led others followed in their footsteps.

With so much happening this summer in Britain, it will be challenging for anyone to see everything in one trip.

Let us help you experience TWO major celebrations in ONE trip!

An 8 night Diamond Jubilee Celebration cruise and a pre and post cruise trip to London for 3 nights and Liverpool for 2 nights.

In London visit the iconic places such as The Queen’s residence, Buckingham Palace, see here Jewels at the Tower of London, visit the world-famous museum’s and experience shopping like you have never done before, Harrods Food Hall is an experience on its own.

In Liverpool, you will stay at the iconic Beatles themed hotel , “A Hard Days Night” and see for yourself the iconic places in the Beatles hits, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. Picture yourself on a “Magical Mystery Tour” on a replica of the original 1960’s bus.

On the cruise you will depart from the most famous port in the world, Liverpool and cruise around The Scottish Highlands & Islands. During your cruise celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with events such as  on deck traditional British street party, lectures and films about royal life, the finale being a Royal Variety Show.

Click here or more information.

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Royal visit to #Liverpool #Beatles story

Royal visit to #Liverpool #Beatles story by #DuchessofCornwall on 50th anniversary http://ow.ly/a522t

Rainbow Travel Blog 7thMay10

Important Air Canada Information.

Air Canada

Air Canada

Air Canada’s check-in for flights within Canada at Vancouver International Airport has temporarily been moved to the international terminal due to maintenance of the baggage system in the domestic terminal. This change will be in effect until May 22, 2010.

Visa introduces World Cup Visitors Guide.

 

WorldCupSA

Visa has created an easy-reference travel guide that aims to give visitors the insight they need into South Africa to ensure that they are as well informed as possible.

Developed with the help of local experts from South Africa, the Visitors Guide: South Africa contains information on must-see heritage sites, museums, safari parks and other attractions as well as insight on local shopping and dining hot spots.

The guide offers information such as a football glossary and World Cup schedule, a list of qualified teams and helpful money and payment card tips.

Special merchant offers for Visa cardholders such as discounts at heritage sites, museums, parks and other attractions throughout South Africa are also included – designated by a small blue Visa card throughout the guide.

“We want to make sure people attending the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ have a memorable experience, so for fans travelling to South Africa we created this easy reference travel guide to help answer questions about the area and help them prepare for their trip,” said Antonio Lucio, Chief Marketing Officer of Visa Inc.

“To ensure any trip is a success, travellers must prepare in advance, especially when it comes to their money. When travelling internationally, it’s important to know what payment cards are accepted, the best way to exchange your money for local currency and what to do in an emergency.”

To view an interactive version of the Visa Visitor Guide, visit www.visa.com/fifavisitortravelguide

China: Update to the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

Shanghai Expo 2010
Enhanced security measures have been implemented in Shanghai for the World Expo 2010 which is taking place from May 1, to October 31, 2010. Travellers should expect an increased police presence and numerous check points which are likely to cause severe traffic disruptions.

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Happy Holidays From All At Rainbow Travel.

Did you know Santa is being tracked!

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

Want to find out more, why not check out this link, I find the information fascinating, remember we are all children at heart and I am no exception!

http://www.noradsanta.org/en/countdown.html

We at Rainbow Travel wish all of our clients Happy Holidays and we look forward to serving you in 2010, we know you have many choices out there and we thank you for your custom.

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Maui Whale Festival Celebrates Humpback

 

Maui Whale Festival Celebrates Humpback

 

My clients here in British Columbia escape the winter weather by taking their vacation in Hawaii.

What better reason to combine a vacation with Hawaii’s Whale Watching Festival.

The warm “winter” weather of Hawaii not only attracts human visitors, but also endangered humpback whales. While whale watching can be enjoyed from most Hawaiian Islands on your own, through chartered boats, nature tours.

Although Maui continues to be the centre of whale watching activity and the annual month-long Maui Whale Festival honours and celebrates these beautiful mammals.

This upcoming 2010’s Festival will be held from February 1 through the 28 and events include the Run for the Whales, Maui’s Parade of Whales, Maui’s Whale Day Celebration and the Great Maui Whale Count.

So why not use this excuse to take off, air fares are very competitive and with accommodations starting at only $80.00 USD per room per night this can be very affordable.

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When I think of Spain…

I recently came across an article about the air quality in Spain. It got me to think…what does Spain mean to me? Well…for most people they associate Spain with things like the distinct architecture, Don Quixote, Pablo Picasso, Pedro Almodovar, football (aka soccer in North America), tapas, paella, flamenco, Ibiza, bull fighting, and the Castile but to name a few. So what do you associate with Spain?

For me, I associate Spain with the “Running of the Bulls” and “La Tomatina”.

Rainbow Travel Inc - Running of the Bulls

Rainbow Travel Inc - Running of the Bulls

The “Running of the Bulls” refers to the tradition of running in front of a herd of bulls that have been let loose through a sectioned off part of the town. The purpose is to transport the bulls from off-site corrals to the bullring where they will be killed in the evening. The most famous “Running of the Bulls” is the one that is part of the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona. The festival runs for 9 consecutive days from July 6th to 14th with a run each day at 8am.

Rainbow Travel Inc - La Tomatina

Rainbow Travel Inc - La Tomatina

“La Tomatina” is a food fight festival in Spain in the town of Brunol. It takes place the last Wednesday of August at 10am. More than 20,000 people participate in this event each year. Being a small industrial town, accommodations are limited and most tourists stay in Valencia and take the bus or train in.

There are numerous events and festivals around the world that many people have not heard of. If you know of something different or unique, please share with us.

Return air fares from Vancouver to Barcelona start at $778 including taxes and fees.