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3 Greek Travel Myths that might surprise you!

Consumers warned against independent trips to Greece.

Greece More Expensive Than You Think

1. Greece is still more expensive for a one-week holiday than Portugal, Spain, Morocco, France and Egypt.

2. Greece ranked as only the 10th cheapest country for a seven-day holiday, including flights.

3.  In a recent pole Greece came out more expensive than even Iceland and Japan.

A consumer watchdog is urging holidaymakers considering trips to Greece to book packages to ensure their money is protected if the country exits the eurozone this summer.

Which? is warning its readers that packages booked through  tour operators are a safer bet than booking flights and accommodation separately, said a report in the Telegraph newspaper in the U.K.

It went on to say that holidaymakers who do book independent trips should pay by credit card, so they will be guaranteed refunds if things do go wrong, and to buy travel insurance with supplier failure cover.

A senior economist last week warned that tourists visiting Greece could face fuel and food shortages if the country defaults on its debt and abandons the euro, which prompted the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises to highlight the value for money available to holidaymakers.

It is hoping that recent price reductions by hoteliers and restaurants will lure more tourists who might otherwise be put off by Greece’s financial and political instability.

However, a survey by travel search website Skyscanner today revealed that Greece is still more expensive for a one-week holiday than Portugal, Spain, Morocco, France and Egypt.

Greece ranked as only the 10th cheapest country for a seven-day holiday, including flights. When Skyscanner looked at the daily cost of living, it came in 17th place, making it more expensive than even Iceland and Japan.

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Travel Off Peak and Save Money.

Fall (Autumn) is a great time to travel.
The kids have gone back to school and the summer peak is over. Hoteliers are keen to keep their room occupancy up as well as the airlines wanting to keep their aircraft full so prices are very reasonable. 
Here are some suggestions for places to visit at this time, chosen for their mild Weather and fall foliage to name but a few. 

Athens

Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty ImagesPhoto by Donald Miralle/Getty Images
Athens is a great place to visit in the fall. Yes the weather is not as hot as the summer but also the crowds are far less and you don’t have to book as much in advance  as you do in the peak of summer. 

Boston.

Mark Kahler, licensed to About.com
People love to visit New England during fall foliage season. Unfortunately, big crowds mean the highest prices of the year in many locales. But when the remainder of the region is collecting premium rates, Boston can be a good base for seeing foliage and many other attractions: The Freedom Trail, pennant fever at Fenway Park or fall cultural offerings at Boston’s many colleges and universities.

Beijing

Great Wall of ChinaMark Kahler, licensed to About.com
Winters in Beijing tend to be quite cold. Summers are hot, muggy and smoggy. Autumn is a great time to visit this busy world capital and the nearby Great Wall of China.

Berlin

Berlin's Museum IslandMark Kahler, licensed to About.com
Prices peak in Europe during the heavily tourist summer months. Winter cold discourages visits in places such as Berlin so fall time is an ideal time to visit. Flights are cheaper and crowds have gone home already. Hotels are keener  to offer low room rates. If the cold rains of autumn descend during your visit, you can stay indoors and check out a few of Berlin’s world-famous museums. There are enough of them to visit a different venue each day for six months.

Detroit

Robert Glusic/Getty ImagesRobert Glusic/Getty Images
So what do you ask are we doing recommending America’s car manufacturing capital?
Well why not use Detroit as a base to explore brilliant fall colors in Michigan forests? Autumn is a great time to visit the Great Lakes. Go to one of the area’s cider mills or enjoy hiking and fishing amid forests and lakes that are a short drive from Detroit.

East Frisia in Germany

Near the village of Wiesedermeer, GermanyMark Kahler, licensed to About.com
Prices in Europe drop in the fall, but you can still pay quite a bit to visit northern countries. Why not try out the northwest corner of Germany near the Dutch Border. This area is called East Frisia (Ostfriesland in German) is a great place to rent a bike , there are loads of relatively flat trails and beautiful, unspoiled scenery you won’t see in more industrialized areas of Germany.

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountain National ParkMark Kahler, licensed to About.com
Fall colors in Tennessee and North Carolina are not nearly as spectacular as locations to the north, but leaves stay on the trees longer here. Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of America’s busiest natural tourist attractions, will be far less busy as the days shorten. Some hotels here close during winter, and the final weeks before closing offer great room rates.

New Orleans

French Quarter, New OrleansMark Kahler, licensed to About.com
The cheapest season of the year to visit New Orleans is the fall. You just have to be aware that there could be the possibility of a tropical storm or hurricane.
The weather is milder and a lot less humid after Labor Day. Also be aware that the destructive remains of Hurricane Katrina are still enough of a landmark to be noticed but the clean up has been a huge programme that will take a long time to fully complete. So any tourist income that we can give to this area will only help speed up this process and help local businesses and infrastructure get back on its feet. 

Orlando

Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center. (c) Mark Kahler, licensed to About.comMark Kahler, licensed to About.com
Once North America’s children are back in school, lines shorten at Orlando’s many attractions. That saves you money–because you spend less time waiting and more time enjoying a variety of experiences. From Labor Day until the winter crowds begin arriving after Thanksgiving, you can snag some excellent hotel deals in the Orlando area–and enjoy more comfortable weather. One important point to remember is that  tropical storms and hurricanes can spoil your plans, especially in September and early October.

Paris

Paris, as seen from Sacre CoeurMark Kahler, licensed to About.com
Romantics go to Paris in the springtime, but summer is by far busier than any other season. Bargain deals are possible in winter, but many attractions that make the city famous are closed or a little spoilt by the unpredictable outdoor weather.  It can  still be  warm for some pleasant walks along the city’s famous boulevards or park trails, this combined with lower prices for hotels will still leave you with pleasant memories of one of Europe’s most visited capitals.

Seoul

Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty ImagesPhoto by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
The colorful brilliance of fall foliage in South Korea usually peaks in October, which is one good reason to visit Seoul at this time of year. As well as this the summer heat has subsided, and the peak prices of mid-July are well behind us.  To save more money, try to time your visit to central Seoul for a weekend in the fall. Hotels need to fill their rooms before the business Monday to Friday rush starts again.

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Cancun Bounces Back!

Cancun Bounces Back!

As we all know Cancun’s beaches have been slowly eroding away but only became obvious after Hurricane Gilbert occurred, there is evidence that the hurricane effects are not the origin of the erosion. The hurricane only worsened a process that existed for a long time, probably due to the inadequate and excessive occupation of the beach front.

Different measures were taken to protect the zone, but they soon failed; the erosion continued and hurricanes Ivan and Wilma worsened the conditions of the whole barrier. Finally, things are recovering by means of sand nourishment which the Mexican Government is pouring millions of Pesos into.

There are a fare number of Popular beaches that are trying to follow the recovery trend.

PLAYA CHAC MOOL
Like many beaches in Cancun, the scene at Playa Chac Mool changes depending on the time of day. During the day, many local families flock here to swim in the relatively calm waves.

PLAYA DELFINES
Though the water is generally to treacherous to swim in, Playa Delfines is a popular place with adult tourists. The white sands are perfect for sunning, the water is many shades of blue and the view is incredible. This beach is also popular for surfing, and a great place for taking lessons.

One hotel that has put it’s money where it’s mouth is, and is a super-luxury property, all-inclusive and adults only is The Royal Hideway Playacar are leading the trend in major rehabilitation.

The resort just refilled their beach with one-billion gallons of sand, welcoming 200-feet of pure white beach for speedo-frolicking. That’s not all. In celebration of the new beach, they’re offering 30 percent off nightly rates with spa treatments and private beachfront dining.

That’s quite an incentive?

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Key West Is Closer Than You Think

Key West is an incredibly diverse tropical island. It is America’s most talked-about resort.

My first experience of the island of Key West was a port stop on my Norwegian Cruise Line Caribbean adventure, like the other 660,000 cruise ship passengers who visit Key West every year to experience the beauty & zaniness that makes this island community truly unique.

The first thing I noticed was an off-beat, laid-back atmosphere. The beauty of the place is that within walking distance of the port, you discover historic homes, tropical gardens, art galleries, shops, gourmet dining, funky bars & of course fishing, diving & swimming.

As we didn’t have much time in port the best place to start was a ride on one of the tour trolleys; the conductor related stories with local color and it gives you an idea of places you will want to revisit to learn more. As we passed through the winding streets the friendly locals waved as we passed by, relaxing on their decks sipping cocktails, what a way to pass away the day!

When nighttime descends the pier comes alive with street entertainers, my highlight being the fire eaters, with lots of local craft stores selling locally made merchandise it was a fitting end to our action packed day in Key West.

This tropical island is a Mecca for writers and artists, celebrities and people who just want to get away from it all. A flourishing Restoration Movement and a cosmopolitan mix of people give the feel of a foreign country with all the amenities of the United States.

If you’re a cruise ship day tripper like me you will want to return and stay for longer. Key West has lodging places, shops and restaurants to provide you with a variety of accommodations, unusual clothing and gifts, and international cuisine. Guesthouses range from the quiet and relaxed (Laid-back) to the wild disco beat. The local shops carry everything from tropical to punk clothes and gifts. Nowhere else can offer such a variety of restaurants offering everything from authentic Cuban fare to eating in a tree house. The bars are open late and the crowd usually doesn’t hit full swing until after the bewitching hour. Most bars are open until 4 am.

With these bargain flights available from major gatweays how can you say no:

New York-Key West Return Flight USD $327.00*

Los Angeles- Key West Return Flight USD $420*

Vancouver- Key West Return Flight CAD $610*

*Taxes extra

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Solo Travelers Rewarded At Last

Club Med welcomes solo travelers with specially reduced rates!

At last the single traveler is being taken seriously by tour companies.

Club Med, one of the original innovators of the All Inclusive concept recognizes the importance of people traveling on their own and being charged a fair rate for their vacation.

Enjoy an all-inclusive vacation filled with exciting activities and gourmet cuisine.

Reserve your solo vacation now, for stays between February 20 and October 23, 2010.

0% single supplement in selected rooms at :
Turkoise, Turks & Caicos
Columbus Isle, Bahamas

25% or 50% single supplement depending on room type at :
Cancun Yucatan, Mexico
Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Sandpiper, Florida

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THE ULTIMATE ROMANCE PACKAGE VALENTINE’S DAY 2010

THE ULTIMATE  ROMANCE PACKAGE VALENTINE’S DAY 2010 TO SANTORINI February 12-20, 2010

Santorini Valentines 2010

Santorini is a beautiful Greek island located in the Aegean Sea, ideal for a romantic holiday. With lots of beaches,  friendly hotels and great night life!

What a perfect way to treat your loved one to a romantic Valentines Day vacation and escape for 8 idyllic nights.

Here below is the itinerary for this exciting two centre Valentines Vacation, spend 5 nights in Santorini and 2 nights in ancient Athens you get the best of both worlds, time to relax on the beach and then the opportunity to immerse yourself in Greek culture enjoying all the sites that Athens has to offer you.

Departures are on February 12, 2010 on an overnight flight from New York (JFK) to Athens. We can also quote you for LAND ONLY if you have air miles to use up or we can quote you to fly from your local airport.
February 13, 2010: WELCOME / KALOSORISATE Arrive in Athens, connect to your domestic flight to Santorini , where you will be met and transferred by an English-speaking representative to the 5 Star Deluxe Suites of the Gods one of the best new hotels in the Cyclades.
The facilities are superb! It was once an old winery and parts of the original structure have been preserved and converted into the largest spa on Santorini.

Other facilities include a wine tasting cave, open-air restaurant and pool area perched on the cliffs. All that if you can tear yourself away from your room, a Junior Suite with private terrace or balcony and great views of the Aegean Sea, Volcano and Caldera Cliffside. ***COMPLIMENTARY CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST DAILY. ***COMPLIMENTARY ½ HOUR SPA TREATMENT PER GUEST / PER STAY. ***COMPLIMENTARY CHAMPAGNE & FRUIT BASKET UPON ARRIVAL.Stay in a Jr. SUITE – a free upgrade – from a double room with breakfast daily and enjoy the romantic island of Santorini for 5 nights.

February 18, 2010: After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to ATHENS. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to the 5* deluxe NJV ATHENS PLAZA – Stay in a double room with breakfast daily for 2 nights.

February 19, 2010: After breakfast, take the 1/2 Day ATHENS CITY TOUR, to the Acropolis and museums with R/T transfers to the hotel. From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, you’ll see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens on this comprehensive morning tour. Offering a perfect overview of the modern city, this guided tour will help you get your bearings if this is your first visit to Athens. Depart for PANATHINAIKOS STADIUM cradle of the first Olympic Games took place in 1896 (short stop). Pass by the Prime’s Ministers residence, (guarded by colorful Evzones) Zappion (Conference and Exhibition Hall). Proceed passing by Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus.

February 20, 2010: After breakfast check out from the hotel transfer to airport for your flight back home

All this for only $1,749* per person + $395 pp air taxes and connections to JFK are easy to arrange
We can also quote you for LAND ONLY if you have air miles to use up for only $1,149* per person + $89 pp domestic air taxes or we can quote you to fly from your local airport.

* Prices based on double occupancy in USD.

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No Bull, Hey!

No Bull, Hey!

San Fermin Festival

San Fermin Festival

 San Fermin Bull Festival – Pamplona, Spain.

July 7-14, 2009, 4 Days – 3 Nights, 

 From only $1229.00*

The exhilarating Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona, Navarra, in north central Spain dates back to the 14th Century. This huge week-long celebration, made famous by Ernest Hemingway, honors the city’s patron saint, San Fermín and includes fireworks, parades, music, dances, bullfights, religious ceremonies and the exciting Running of the Bulls or “encierro” each morning, where brave men and women run with the bulls through the narrow streets of this charming town.

San Fermin Festival

San Fermin Festival

Who says Spain is nothing but crowded beaches, Culture, Culture, Culture, Spain has lot’s of that too!  

We can quote excellent airfares to Madrid from your local airport.

*Prices in USD, double occupancy, land only

The New Zealand Hobbits Are Back!

The New Zealand Hobbits Are Back!

With pre- production on The Hobbit which is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings movies, Matamata is in the limelight again, where the village of Hobbiton set was made.

Well now you can go and visit the site and follow in the paths of your Hollywood Icons, names such as director Peter Jackson, Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen), Frodo (Elijah Wood), Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) and Sam (Sean Astin).

When Peter Jackson spotted the Alexander Farm during an aerial search of the North Island for the best possible locations to film The Lord of The Rings, the site commenced construction in 1999 to create the Hobbiton Movie Set

Thirty-seven hobbit holes were created made out of wood and polystyrene.

Now that all the film crew and movie stars have long gone it’s now your turn to re live the experience and loose yourself in the realm of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings world.

Flights to New Zealand have never been more affordable

SPECIAL DEAL to NEW ZEALAND, From only $798* per person

Ex Los Angeles/San Fransisco.
SALE ENDS: 18 Nov 09 TRAVEL COMMENCING: 01 May – 08 Jun 10, 22 Feb – 13 Apr 10

*Includes fuel surcharge. Excludes Government fees and taxes of up to $90 USD, depending on routing, which encompasses the Passenger Facility Charge of $4.50 and the September 11 Security Fee of $2.50 USD per person per enplanement in the USA to a maximum of $10.00 USD. Taxes are subject to currency exchange fluctuation and may vary from the estimated taxes shown. Other terms & conditions apply.

Guatemala Getaway 5 Days/ 4 Nights from only $399

Guatemala Hotel Nov09

Guatemala Hotel

Guatemala Getaway 5 Days/ 4 Nights from only $399

Look at what’s included:

• Four nights acommodations at hotel Barceló (ex Marriott)
• American buffet breakfast daily at the hotel
• Transfers in & out from the Guatemala city airport
• Half day Guatemala City tour
• Half day Antigua tour
• Full day tour to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlán
• Transportation in air conditioned vehicles
• English speaking guide
• Hotel service charges and taxes

We can arrange airfare from your local airport.

Prices are quoted per person in US Dollars, based on double occupancy, valid November 1 2009 to October 31 2010 . Not included in the prices are Guatemala exit taxes, payable upon departure from the country. Space is subject to availability.

Wild Wednesday’s Bargain’s to Mexico

Wild Wednesday’s Bargain’s to Mexico!

WILD WEDNESDAYS

ONLY $395.00*

ALL INCLUSIVE, THREE STAR HOTEL, 7 NIGHTS.

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO,

DEPART VANCOUVER NOVEMBER 12th or 19th 2009

BOOK ON WEDNESDAY ONLY,11th November and save $704.00 per person!

*Based on double occupancy, taxes extra, prices in CAD per person.