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Book The Royal Scotsman, UK luxury train, and get free roundtrip flight from US

July 20, 2012

The Royal Scotsman is offering guests who book either a four-night Classic Journey or seven-night Grand North Western journey a complimentary, round-trip economy-class flight from New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Miami, or Chicago into Edinburgh for any 2012 departure date.

Bagpipes, whiskey, Andy Murray – the thought of Scotland conjures a variety of images. There is no better way to see and experience all that the country has to offer than onboard Orient-Express’ The Royal Scotsman, the UK’s only luxury sleeper train. With the feel of a country house party and accommodating just 36 guests per voyage in comfortable, Edwardian-style carriages, it journeys through the heart of the Highlands. The train glides past sweeping glens, towering peaks, and black-mirrored lochs as the welcoming staff serves critically-acclaimed dishes showcasing the finest local ingredients and hand-selected wines.

Now there’s even more incentive to travel on the train: The Royal Scotsman is offering guests who book either a four-night Classic Journey or seven-night Grand North Western journey a complimentary, round-trip economy-class flight from New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Miami, or Chicago into Edinburgh for any 2012 departure date.

For more information on these journeys, please see below. The offer is valid until September 30, 2012. For full details, please visit http://www.royalscotsman.com/web/rs/special_offers.jsp. To book, contact Orient-Express Centre, The Americas, Trains & Cruises at 800-524-2420 or email greatjourneys@oeh.com.

The Classic Journey

  • Duration: 4 nights
  • Highlights: In addition to visiting the most celebrated cities and historic sites of the Scottish Highlands, take part in a range of optional outdoor activities that include fishing, clay pigeon shooting, golf, woodland walks, and boat trips.
  • Price: Rates start at $7,370 per person in a twin cabin.

The Grand “North Western Journey

  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Highlights: With magnificent vistas of the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness, the Grand North Western Journey boasts some of the most beautiful views in Scotland. Travel through the quaint towns of the Scottish countryside while pausing for tours of historic castles, distilleries, and glens along the way. Places of interest include the Bridge of Orchy, Glen Ord Distillery, Glamis Castle, and the renowned gardens of Ballindalloch Castle.
  • Price: Rates start at $11,890 per person in a twin cabin.

Journeys on The Royal Scotsman

Journeys range from a quick two-night trip to a seven-night grand tour of Scotland. Highlights include visits to distilleries such as Dalwhinnie and to historic sites such as Mount Stuart House (Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic house). Itineraries include The Highland Journey, The Western Journey, The Classic Journey, The Grand West Highland Journey, The Grand North Western Journey, and the Grand Tour of Great Britain.

About Orient-Express:

Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. is a luxury hotel company and sophisticated adventure travel operator which seeks to deliver memorable experiences that are the ultimate expression of each destination’s authentic culture. The Company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it purchased Hotel Cipriani in Venice and then shortly thereafter recreated the celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris and Venice, along with other European cities. Today the Orient-Express brand embraces 46 hotel, cruise and luxury rail businesses in 23 countries, including distinctive properties such as Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, Hotel Ritz Madrid, Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and Maroma Resort and Spa on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The Company also operates six luxury tourist trains, two river cruise operations and the ‘21’ Club, one of New York’s most iconic restaurants and watering holes. www.orient-express.com

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Sail Europe in a Balcony Stateroom at Interior Rate on Select MSC Cruises Booked by Aug 31

July 20, 2012

The MSC Poesia, docked in New York City. MSC has been hailed as offering the Best Onboard International Experience.© 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

With youngsters back in school and temperatures ideal for exploring the history, culture and nature of Europe, travellers can take advantage of special fall rates on balcony staterooms that begin at $669 on select MSC Cruises’ sailings that reflect the region and the line’s Mediterranean heritage.

Available only for bookings made by Aug. 31, 2012 on select sailings, guests can book a balcony stateroom at the early booking rate for an interior stateroom; rates begin at $669 (per person, double occupancy; government fees and taxes are additional) for select itineraries on MSC Cruises’ elegant fleet of ships – including the new MSC Divina.

While visiting some of Europe’s most beautiful and historic destinations in the Mediterranean, guests will also enjoy MSC Cruises’ rich Mediterranean heritage and international experience with world-class entertainment, the exotic MSC Aurea Spa and Mediterranean cuisine on the line’s elegant ships, including MSC Divina, which entered the fleet in May.

Like sister ships MSC FantasiaandMSC Splendida, MSC Divina features the exclusive MSC Yacht Club, 69 suites (71 on the sister ships) in a “ship-within-a-ship” oasis of tranquility where guests indulge in comfort and convenience, complete with 24/7 Butler and concierge services; complimentary wines and spirits; private restaurant, lounge, pool and relaxation area; private access to MSC Aurea Spa and more.

Among the roundtrip itineraries available this fall at limited-time-only rates are:

  • MSC Divina’s 7-night “Divine Mediterranean” itineraries, sailing from Bari and calling at Venice, Katakolon, Izmir, Istanbul and Dubrovnik. Rates for balcony staterooms begin at $919.
  • MSC Splendida’s 7-night “Splendid Mediterranean” cruises, sailing from Barcelona or Rome and calling at La Goulette, Valletta and Messina. Rates for balcony staterooms begin at $669.
  • MSC Magnifica’s 7-night “Autumn Iberian Discovery,” sailing from Barcelona and calling at Genoa, Malaga, Lisbon and Casablanca. Rates for balcony staterooms begin at $819.
  • MSC Musica’s 7-night “Greek Islands in the Sun,” sailing from Venice or Bari and calling at, Katakolon, Santorini, Mykonos, Piraeus, Corfu and Dubrovnik. Rates for balcony staterooms begin at $769.
  • MSC Orchestra’s 11-night sailing from Rome or Genoa, calling at Heraklion, Piraeus, Istanbul, Messina and Valletta. Rates for balcony staterooms begin at $969.

Alternate departure ports and itineraries may be available. Prices may vary. Contact your local travel professional, as space is limited

On all 12 of MSC Cruises’ ships, guests will discover what earned the line Porthole Cruise Magazines 2011 Readers’ Choice Award for “Best Onboard International Experience.” Surrounded by elegance and white-gloved service, guests can be pampered with a Balinese massage in the MSC Aurea Spa, dine in the many restaurants featuring international cuisine, sunbathe poolside, gamble in the casino or enjoy the highly acclaimed entertainment in the lounges or the magnificent theater. For guests seeking more activity, there is miniature golf, swimming, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and shuffleboard as well as a wide variety of excursions sure to satisfy the interests of all guests.

For more information about MSC Cruises, visit us online at www.msccruisesusa.com, call 877-665-4655, or contact a local travel professional. Be certain to ask for Fall Promo for eligible fall dates and rates).

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About MSC Cruises:

MSC Cruises is a privately-held, family-owned, Mediterranean cruise line with a fleet of 12 ships: MSC Magnifica, MSC Splendida, MSC Fantasia, MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera, MSC Lirica and MSC Melody. Its 12th ship, MSC Divina, a sister ship to MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida, debuted in May 2012, with sister ship MSC Preziosa scheduled to join the fleet in March 2013. The fleet cruises year round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, South America, the Indian Ocean, and South and West Africa.

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Papua New Guinea’s Mt Hagen Sing Sing Cultural Show Dates Announced for 2012 and 2013

July 20, 2012

Tut Village Girl, Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is one of the last frontiers of adventure travel, providing an unparalleled array of natural beauty, exotic wildlife and cultural tradition

There’s no doubt that at the top of any intrepid traveler’s bucket list is an opportunity to experience the world’s most unique and remote cultures.

In Papua New Guinea, visitors have the chance to do just that. With over 800 different languages and tribes, the Mt Hagen Cultural Show, or Sing Sing as referred to in the local language, has become one of the best ways to get an up close and personal look into the rich traditions of PNG’s different tribes. This year’s Mt Hagen Sing Sing will take place August 11 – 12, 2012. In 2013, the show will move back to the third weekend in August.

According to TV Host and Travel Writer, Robin Esrock, “The Mt Hagen Cultural Show is easily one of the world’s most authentic, and fascinating tribal experiences. This is Papua New Guinea, not some plastic showcase with a gift shop at the exit. The diversity of costumes, dances, language, traditions and music is mind blowing. For travelers chasing unique cultural encounters, it just doesn’t get any better than PNG.”

Boasting an attendance of over 75 tribes, The Mt Hagen Sing Sing originated in the late 1950s as a way to improve relations between the various groups, share cultural experiences and celebrate the diversity of cultures among community members. Since then the show has grown and evolved into a truly remarkable display of song and dance where groups come to display stunning facial tattoos, elaborate body paint and ornate headdresses.

To reserve a place at the Mt Hagen Sing Sing, contact your preferred travel provider, or visit www.papuanewguinea.travel/USA/tourpackages for more information.

Papua New Guinea is one of the last frontiers of adventure travel, providing an unparalleled array of natural beauty, exotic wildlife and cultural tradition. Located just north of Australia, PNG is the second largest island in the world – slightly larger than the state of California.

With over eight hundred known languages, travelers can immerse themselves in vibrant collection of cultural possibilities. Papua New Guinea offers a range of vacation activities from hiking remote jungle trails, cruising the mighty Sepik river, surfing the waves of New Ireland, fishing some 8,000 miles of coastline and experiencing some of the world’s best scuba diving amongst coral reefs, wrecks, walls and caves.

To learn more about Papua New Guinea’s Cultural Events, visit www.papuanewguinea.travel/EventsCalendar

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‘Oak Ridge Boys Rally at Sea’ Cruise Sets Sail February 28-March 4

July 17, 2012

Set sail with The Oak Ridge Boys for a four-night voyage onboard the Celebrity Constellation sailing from Miami to the Caribbean from February 28 – March 4, 2013.

Set sail with The Oak Ridge Boys for a four-night voyage onboard the Celebrity Constellation sailing from Miami to the Caribbean from February 28 – March 4, 2013.

The cruise is packed with exclusive activities and special events, including two concerts featuring some of the group’s biggest hits, a welcome reception hosted by the Oak Ridge Boys, meet & greet session, 40th anniversary celebration and much more. Plus, there’ll be plenty of time for poolside relaxation along with other onboard happenings and entertainment. You’ll be able to take breathtaking tours, adventurous excursions and stroll along sun-soaked beaches in Key West and Cozumel.

“Sail away with us during the Oaks’ Rally at Sea. Request and hear the songs you want to hear, ask the question you never got to ask, attend the exclusive “fans only” show where you pick the songs and learn things you never knew about the group and each individual member,” says lead singer Duane Allen. “Hear some of the inside secrets on how to make it in the music business from our legendary manager, Jim Halsey. Also, have your photo made with the Oaks on the cruise ship. There’ll even be a very special show featuring the Mighty Oaks Band,” he adds.

Member Joe Bonsall says the voyage will offer fans an experience of a lifetime. “I really believe this cruise will be the coolest thing we have ever done! We are coming up with new ideas every day on how to make this the greatest Oak Ridge Boys experience EVER for those who sail with us and, of course, there IS the Caribbean!”

The Celebrity Constellation cruise featuring the Oak Ridge Boys will depart from Miami, dock in Key West and Cozumel while navigating the deep blue sea. Celebrity Cruises line offers impeccable service and amenities, including spa treatments, shops and casinos. It is among the top-rated in the travel industry.

For more information or to book online, visit www.oakridgeboys.com or call: (888-711-7447.

Oak Ridge Boys Rally at Sea Itinerary

Day 1 – Thursday, February 28th

4:30 p.m. Sail from Miami

4:30-6:00 p.m. “Rally at Sea” Welcome Reception

Day 2 – Friday, March 1st

7:00 a.m. Dock in Key West

1:30 p.m. Sail from Key West

4:00-5:30 p.m. Meet & Greet with The Oak Ridge Boys
Guests will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Oaks.

6:30 p.m. Dinner for all “Rally at Sea” guests

9:00 p.m. A Very Special Concert: By Request Only
There’ll be 90 minutes of entertainment as you’ve never experienced it! Guests will have the opportunity to request songs in advance.

Day 3 – Saturday, March 2nd

11:30 a.m. Dock in Cozumel

8:30 p.m. Sail from Cozumel

10:30 p.m. Late Night Jam with The Mighty Oaks Band in the ship lounge.
Casual fun for everyone over 21!

Day 4 – Sunday, March 3rd

A day at sea!

10:00 a.m.-12:00p.m. 40th Anniversary Celebration
Nostalgic video reels, games and a special presentation by ORB Manager and Impresario Jim Halsey.

1:00-3:00 p.m. ORB University: Q & A Session
Lighthearted fun and storytelling!

3:20-4:00 p.m. Oak Ridge Boys Gospel & Country
A mini-concert of The Oak Ridge Boys’ personal gospel and
country favorites.

5:30-6:30 p.m. “Sail Away” Farewell Reception

Day 5 – Monday, March 4th

7 a.m. Dock in Miami

Tickets on Sale for 7th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

July 17, 2012

The Elms is one of the historic Newport Mansions hosting the 7th annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, September 21-23 in Newport, Rhode Island, featuring world-renowned celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and father-daughter duo Jacques and Claudine Pépin, as well as exclusive wines from around the world © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival celebrates its 7th year as the most sophisticated wine and food festival on the East Coast. The event returns September 21-23, featuring world-renowned celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and father-daughter duo Jacques and Claudine Pépin, as well as exclusive wines from around the world, and fabulous food from the region’s most-celebrated restaurants and caterers. Sponsored by FOOD & WINE, the Festival takes place in the historic Newport Mansions, Rosecliff, The Elms and Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island.

The fun kicks off with the Wine & Rosecliff Gala, where guests will enjoy vintages uncorked exclusively for the evening alongside delicious food pairings. The activities continue throughout the weekend, with a 2-day Grand Tasting, informative seminars with some of the industry’s most respected personalities, auctions, and new this year, a Collectible Wine Dinner at The Elms.

Tickets to the 7th annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, including the Grand Tasting on Saturday and Sunday, as well as all-inclusive weekend packages, are on sale now, and may be purchased at http://www.NewportMansionsWine andFood.org.

Ticket packages are tailored to satisfy the interests of all guests, whether in town for the day or the weekend. Individual tickets are available for each event, but for those guests who want to enjoy more of the weekend, combination tickets are available. The Connoisseur’s Package includes Wine & Rosecliff admission and either the Saturday or Sunday Grand Tasting at Marble House. For those who want to experience everything that the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival has to offer, the Wine Lovers Weekend Package, new this year, provides admission to Wine & Rosecliff, one Grand Tasting day, the Collectible Wine Dinner, and three seminars.

Wine seminars will be offered all three days of the Festival, offering entertainment and enlightenment for everyone from the curious new wine drinker to the most seasoned connoisseur. Seminar presenters will include Thirsty Girl’s Leslie Sbrocco, Master Sommelier Laura Maniec of New York City’s Corkbuzz Studio, Stuart and Suzanne Bryan of Pride Mountain Vineyards, and wine writer Jordan MacKay, among others.

The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival is also sponsored by National Trust Insurance Services, Buitoni, Porsche of Warwick, United Airlines, Alex & Ani, Stella Artois, Dasani, Alaska Seafood, Clarke Luxury Showrooms, Dave’s Fresh Marketplace, Honest Tea, Vinho Verde & Wines of Portugal, Casa Cornoer and the Italian Trade Commission, Hyatt Regency Newport, Amtrak, Johnson & Wales University, Roseann Tully’s Intermezzo, Travelocity, New England Home and Yankee Magazine.

All proceeds from the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County, a non-profit organization accredited by the American Association of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts. Its’ 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the 2012 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, visit www.NewportMansionsWineAndFood.org, or call 401-847-1000.

Travcoa introduces new ‘Ancient Mysteries’ journey combining Easter Island and Machu Picchu with $1000 savings if booked before Oct. 31.

July 17, 2012

Travcoa, a world leader in luxury travel, announces the introduction of a new “Ancient Mysteries & Sacred Sites: Easter Island & Machu Picchu” Independent Journey, which explores two fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The itinerary features Easter Island’s newest luxury resort, the Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa as well as three luxury Orient Express hotels in Peru. In celebration of this intriguing 12-day journey, Travcoa is offering savings of $1000 per person for travel before October 31, 2012.

“Together, Easter Island and Machu Picchu encompass the mystery, power and natural splendor of two sophisticated, ancient societies,” stated Jerre Fuqua, President of Travcoa. “Our local expert guides, flexible travel dates, and luxury accommodations provide guests an extraordinary travel experience to these remote destinations for a truly unique encounter with the past.”

Travcoa’s guests will spend three days accompanied by a resident archeologist unraveling the mysteries behind the massive moai stone sculptures that are found throughout remote Easter Island. Highlights include up-close encounters with the massive moai statues; Aju Tongariki, the largest of the ahu stone platforms; Rano Raraku, a volcanic crater which served as a quarry for the island’s stone sculptures; and Rano Kau, an extinct volcano that houses a freshwater lake.

Next they will spend eight days exploring Peru including Lima, the capital city, the mountainous city of Cusco, the Urubamba Valley, also known as the ‘Sacred Valley of the Incas,’ and finally, the famed citadel of Machu Picchu. Here guests will enjoy a privately-guided tour of the ruins and a tranquil evening at the exclusive Sanctuary Lodge, the only accommodation at the site. After day visitors have departed, the guests will have the privilege of enjoying the sunset and sunrise at Machu Picchu without the crowds.

From North America, the journey departs every Saturday, connects in Lima, Peru and arrives at Easter Island early Sunday morning. Land is priced from $6,995 USD per person based on double occupancy, and special airfares are available. Exclusive to Travcoa guests: travel before October 31, 2012 and save $1,000 per person.

For more information on the Ancient Mysteries & Sacred Sites: Easter Island & Machu Picchu Independent Journey, travelers can join Travcoa’s upcoming webinar about South America taking place on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM PT. To register, visit www.travcoa.com/travel-agents.

For additional details or to request a brochure, call a travel agent or a Travcoa Journey Consultant at 1-800-992-2003, email info@travcoa.com or visit www.travcoa.com.

Travcoa has been leading luxury adventures and in-depth explorations of the world’s most interesting destinations since 1954. The company offers three types of travel experiences around the globe: small-group Escorted Journeys with comprehensive itineraries guided by professional Travel Directors; pre-designed and priced Independent Journeys for travelers who prefer private travel on a date of their choice; and Tailor-Made Journeys crafted to individual traveler specifications.

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Wyndham Rewards Loyalty Program Makes Summer Four Times More Rewarding

July 17, 2012

Summer is four times sweeter thanks to the Wyndham Rewards® hotel loyalty program which is offering travelers a chance to earn four times the rewards points when they book two or more stays online at participating Wyndham Hotel Group properties.

Vacationers and day-trippers alike will be able to redeem those extra points for free hotel nights, dining and shopping gift cards, brand name merchandise from trusted retailers, or tickets to popular shows, concerts or sporting events.

Now through September 13, 2012, Wyndham Rewards members in the U.S., Canada and Mexico can register for the promotion online at www.WyndhamRewards.com/sweet. They must then book their stays at www.WyndhamRewards.com, www.WyndhamHotelGroup.com or at any of Wyndham Hotel Group’s 14 brand sites including Wyndham® Hotels and Resorts, Ramada®, and Super 8®, to name a few. Members can book up to five stays during the promotional period and will receive bonus points starting with the second qualifying stay.

Members who choose to earn airline miles can also enjoy earning four times the rewards with any of Wyndham Rewards’ nearly 20 airline partners worldwide.

“Travelers are looking for great deals to stretch their summer vacation dollars, so we wanted to sweeten their travel experience when they booked and stayed with us,” said Robin Korman, senior vice president of Loyalty Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. “It’s not often that you see an offer this exciting that gives customers a chance to quadruple their points after only two stays and has so many options to redeem for things they really want.”

Wyndham Rewards membership is required. Enrollment is free at http://www.WyndhamRewards.com.

 About Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham Rewards, the guest loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group, is the world’s largest lodging loyalty program as measured by number of participating hotels and offers more than 7 million active members the chance to earn and redeem points for stays at almost 7,000 hotels in 50 countries worldwide.

In addition to free stays, members may redeem their points for hundreds of reward options, including airline travel, resort vacations, event tickets, gift certificates for leading retailers and restaurants and more. Free stays start as low as 6,000 points, while other reward options start as low as 2,200 points. Members may also choose to earn airline or rail miles with more than 20 leading carriers. For more information, visit http://www.wyndhamrewards.com. Travelodge hotels in Canada do not participate in Wyndham Rewards.

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HouseTrip has over 100,000 private holiday rentals to choose from

July 17, 2012

HouseTrip.com has over 100,000 private holiday rentals to choose from.  Here are five options:

1. A ROMANTIC HIDEAWAY IN SHIMMERING SANTORINI FROM £62/NIGHT
Enjoy Greece’s most picturesque island from the comfort of a cave house, tucked into the hills and a five-minute walk from the island’s capital, Fira. This elegant little gem has one double bedroom and can accommodate up to four guests. The house features a private sea-facing sun terrace, complete with loungers, from which guests can relax and soak up the glittering views of the Caldera and volcano from just £62 per night. Book through HouseTrip.com on www.housetrip.com/en/rentals/64428 or by calling 0203 463 0087.

2. BASK ON THE BEACH IN BARCELONA FROM £69/NIGHT
Barcelona is a key sunshine destination for those who want to combine sightseeing and great nightlife with lounging on the beach. This stylish apartment is located mere moments from the beach, while remaining within easy walking distance from the heart of the lively city. It has two bedrooms, a spacious living area and can comfortably accommodate up to five people. Guests can enjoy the Barcelona sunrise on the charming terrace that looks down towards the sea, and all from just £69 per night. Book through HouseTrip.com on www.housetrip.com/en/rentals/68173 or by calling 0203 463 0087.

3. PEACE AND PRIVACY ON PRINCE’S ISLAND IN ISTANBUL FROM £86/NIGHT
The island of Buyukada, the largest of the Prince’s Islands, is just a stone’s throw away from the city of Istanbul. There are no cars allowed on the island so peace and tranquility are guaranteed for those who want to get away from it all and explore the lush forest and beaches. This two-bedroom apartment costs from £86 per night and can accommodate up to four people. It features a balcony with stunning views of the Marmara Sea and the neighboring Heybeli Island. Book this apartment through HouseTrip.com on www.housetrip.com/en/rentals/87619 or by calling 0203 463 0087.

4. SIGHTSEE IN THE SUNSHINE IN ROME FROM £288/NIGHT
Live like a Roman Emperor in this luxury apartment superbly located in front of the famous Pantheon temple. The apartment was fully renovated in 2010 and can accommodate up to six people. It includes a modern fully fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms, two bathrooms as well as a large lounge and dining room, and all the amenities a modern traveler would expect. This typically Italian apartment has been authentically decorated with antique touches, and is perfect for culture vultures that want to be right in the center of Rome’s incredible history. Book through HouseTrip.com on www.housetrip.com/en/rentals/97819 or by calling 0203 463 0087.

5. RELAX IN A RIAD IN MARRAKECH FROM £959/NIGHT
Get lost in a luxurious Riad in Morocco’s most exotic city. This beautiful house accommodates up to 23 guests, with ten exquisitely decorated bedrooms, an indoor pool and various hidden-away nooks for pure relaxation. It’s the perfect oasis from which to explore the Souks of Marrakech or take a camel ride through the desert. When the heat gets too much, retire up to the Riad’s vast sun terrace and take shelter under the draping canopies. Book through HouseTrip.com on www.housetrip.com/en/rentals/18874 or by calling 0203 463 0087.

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4 Public Broadcasting Cruises Set: An Epic Civil War Journey, Iberian Tapestries, Washington Week–Election 2012 and Public Radio at Sea

July 17, 2012

Crown Cruise Vacations, a preferred vendor of PTV at Sea events, and Artful Travelers, producers of PTV at Sea, present four public broadcasting educational adventures at sea.

This is a special opportunity to cruise while meeting and interacting with fascinating experts and their featured guests at panel discussions and presentations in the areas of history, politics, culture, personal finance, health and wellness and more.

The insight and experience of these special guests are unparalleled and not available anywhere else in the world. Public Radio at Sea – and its celebration of NPR – is, quite simply, a journey unlike any other.

Additionally, private dinners and cocktail receptions allow for one-to-one conversations during an unforgettable voyage where you will have the opportunity to meet some very interesting people who may never cross your path otherwise.

Public Radio at Sea enriches, inspires and entertains with informative programming, presented by some of National Public Radio’s most acclaimed personalities.

Voyage 1 – EPIC CIVIL WAR JOURNEY– New Orleans to Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 9-21, 2012

Celebrate PBS’ award-winning history series American Experience in luxury, aboard the newly refurbished American Queen steamboat.

The adventure sails Aug. 9-21, 2012 (12 nights, 10 aboard plus pre- and post-voyage luxury hotel stay), from New Orleans to Chattanooga, Tenn., on the American Queen steamboat, owned and operated by the Great American Steamboat Company.

Join as Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns and acclaimed producer Mark Samels, of television’s longest-running and most-watched history series, American Experience, present the Epic Civil War Journey. This is a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and premiere the highly-anticipated documentary “Death and the Civil War.”

Based on the best-selling book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by noted historian and Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, the highly-anticipated documentary examines how the unprecedented death toll of the Civil War challenged American cultural attitudes about death and changed federal government policies regarding soldiers.

The Epic Civil War Journey will sail the historically rich waters of the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers, with a number of fascinating ports of call along the way allowing passengers the opportunity to explore the famed locations and battlegrounds that shaped the future of the United States of America. Burns, Samels and other special guests will share their vast knowledge on the Civil War, giving passengers extraordinary insight into both the film and a conflict that shaped the American past and present.

Prices begin at $3,995 per passenger (based on double occupancy) and include one-night luxury hotel stay both before and after sailing, land tours, multiple dining options, beverages, including fine wine, beer and spirits, and more, plus complimentary travel insurance when booked with Crown Cruise Vacations. Additional taxes and fees may apply.

Voyage 2 – IBERIAN TAPESTRIES – Barcelona to Lisbon, Aug. 13-23, 2012

Experience the best of public broadcasting aboard Regent Seven Seas’ luxurious all-suite, all-balcony ship, the Regent Seven Seas Mariner, sailing Aug.13-23, 2012 (10 nights), from Barcelona to Lisbon.

The adventure, traveling to incredible seaside ports in Spain, Morocco and Portugal, allows travelers exclusive access to some of the country’s most fascinating people – those with their fingers on the pulse of politics, history, current events, finance, and the arts.

While aboard, examine the fascinating 2012 electoral race, celebrate the brightest stars of Hollywood and discuss today’s most pressing social issues with special guests, including Robert Siegel of All Things Considered; David Fanning of Frontline; Charlie Cook of The Cook Political Report; and Michael Childers, acclaimed photographer of over 200 magazine covers.

Prices begin at $7,994 per passenger (based on double occupancy) and include return economy airfare, luxury hotel package, unlimited shore excursions, beverages, including fine wine, beer and spirits, complimentary travel insurance when booked with Crown Cruise Vacations and more. Additional taxes and fees may apply.

Voyage 3 – WASHINGTON WEEK / ELECTION 2012 – St. Louis, Mo., to St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 28-Oct. 5, 2012

A special voyage for friends of PBS’ acclaimed Washington Week, American television’s longest-running prime-time news and public affairs program.

This voyage sails Sept. 28, 2012, (seven nights) from St. Louis, Mo., to St. Paul, Minn. on the American Queen steamboat, owned and operated by the Great American Steamboat Company.

During the 2012 election season, Washington Week is expanding its grassroots outreach to viewers and voters by collaborating with local PBS stations for a series of Election 2012 Town Hall Events. It’s an opportunity for citizens from across the country to share their beyond-the-beltway viewpoints and become part of the national dialogue with Gwen Ifill and a roundtable of award-winning journalists.

Aboard this exclusive river cruise, join Managing Editor and best-selling author Gwen Ifill – along with a panel of America’s most engaging and insightful political analysts – as Washington Week sails the waters of the Mississippi. This early fall voyage salutes nature’s rich palette of reds, oranges and golds. During steamboating days, fascinating presentations from our esteemed guests will examine pressing political and cultural topics – from Election 2012 to current events to fine art.

Prices begin at $2,995 per passenger ((based on double occupancy) and include complimentary land tours, insurance, beverages, including fine wine, beer and spirits, and more. Additional taxes and fees apply. (A one-night luxury hotel stay is included in the voyage fare and can be added to either the start or end of your voyage to facilitate ease of transportation.)

The voyage aboard the newly-refurbished American Queen steamboat will launch with an exciting taping of the popular series in St. Louis, Missouri. Be a part of public television in the making as Ifill and her expert panelists discuss and examine the topics of the day – just weeks shy of a critical election.

Voyage 4 – PUBLIC RADIO AT SEA – Beijing to Bangkok, March 16-April 1, 2013

This unique travel experience offers an unparalleled opportunity to meet and mingle with several of NPR’s most dynamic journalists, including Special Correspondent Michele Norris, aboard the luxurious all-suite, all-balcony ship, Regent’s Seven Seas Voyager, sailing March 16-April 1, 2013 (16 nights), from Beijing to Bangkok

The adventure visits ports in China, Vietnam and Thailand, allowing plenty of time for passengers to learn from and talk with some of the country’s most enthralling people – those with their fingers on the pulse of politics, history, current events, finance and the arts.

Interact with NPR journalists and their featured guests at panel discussions and presentations on politics, culture, personal finance, health and wellness and more. Additionally, in-depth Q & A sessions, dinners and cocktail receptions allow for more conversation throughout this unforgettable voyage. The insight and experience of these special guests is unparalleled and not available anywhere else in the world. Public Radio at Sea – and its celebration of NPR – is, quite simply, a journey unlike any other.

Prices begin at $12,349 per passenger (based on double occupancy) and include return economy airfare, 3-day pre- or post-cruise land program, unlimited shore excursions, beverages, including fine wine, beer and spirits, complimentary travel insurance when booked with Crown Cruise Vacations and more. Additional taxes and fees may apply.

To receive the amenities listed above, one must contact and book with Crown Cruise Vacations or, for more information about these exclusive PTV at Sea events, contact Crown Cruise Vacations, exclusive provider in partnership with Artful Travelers, promoters of PTV at Sea cruises. Reservations can be made directly with Crown Cruise Vacations by calling toll-free 855-788-7880 (USA/Canada) or emailing ptvinfo@crowncruisevacations.com.

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Live at the Gantries Free Concert Series Begins July 10 at Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City

July 10, 2012

A performance by the Latin Jazz Coalition, Tuesday, July 10 at 7 pm, kicks off the  Live at the Gantries Free Concert Series at Gantry Plaza State Park on the Long Island City waterfront at Gantry State Plaza.

Summer 2012 heats up with six Tuesday night free outdoor concerts at Gantry Plaza State Park beginning Tuesday, July 10th. Live at the Gantries features Queens-based musicians and performers.

Live at the Gantries is a program of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, New York State Department of Parks, Recreation & Historical Preservation and Queens Theatre. Major sponsors are Con Edison, Pepsi Co., TF Cornerstone and NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. Additional Support provided by Green Mountain Energy, Queens West Development and RCN.

Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre riverside oasis that boasts spectacular views of the midtown Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building and the United Nations. It has earned its name from the rugged beauty of the park’s centerpieces – restored gantries. These industrial monuments were once used to load and unload rail car floats and barges. Today they are striking reminders of the waterfront’s past. Recreational facilities include basketball courts, playgrounds, handball courts, and a fishing pier with its own cleaning table.

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