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Tickets on Sale for Vail’s Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival

September 18, 2012

Tickets for the 13th Annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival are available for purchase on the event website at http://www.bigbeersfestival.com. Vail Cascade Resort is once again the host location for the event being held January 10-12th, 2013. Returning favorites and usually sold out/standing-room only programs include the opening Calibration Dinner, a Traditional Brewmaster’s Dinner, the experimental brewing seminar, “Brewers Gone Wild,” and CraftBeer.com’s Beer & Food Pairing Taste-off. Both dinners are five-course white tablecloth beer pairing dinners with commentary from the brewmasters and chefs. Many more programs are listed on the event website; special guests and seminars continue to be added to the already packed line-up.

Designed to welcome the beer connoisseur, the innovative homebrewer, and the novice taster, participants will find events appropriate for all levels of interest. Throughout the course of the entire festival, breweries from around the world participate, offering literally hundreds of choices of elite brews.

2013 Featured Brewmasters

One of the most eagerly awaited announcements is the designation of the two Featured Brewmasters, considered a high honor in a festival of this caliber. This year, the two craft beer celebrities will be Matt Brynildson, Brewmaster for Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, California and Kevin DeLange, Owner/Founder of Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora, Colorado. DeLange’s Dry Dock Brewing was awarded “Small Brewing Company of the Year” in 2009 at one of the industry’s largest events: the Great American Beer Festival. Brynildson’s Firestone Walker has been recognized in the media as “the most award-winning craft brewery in the world,” and most recently won Champion Brewery/Brewmaster for Mid-Size Breweries at the 2012 World Beer Cup.

The role of the Featured Brewmasters is to co-host the Traditional Brewmaster’s Dinner on Friday evening, and each brewmaster will present a seminar on their choice of topic on Saturday. Avery Brewing Co. and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery open the weekend annually with the Cailbration Dinner.

The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival is a three day event featuring educational seminars including a Cicerone workshop (similar to the Sommelier designation in the world of wine), two Brewmasters dinners, and a wildly popular and uber-competitive homebrew competition. A Commercial Tasting tops off the events with more than sixty breweries and importers showcasing their wares. A majority of the breweries are represented by the actual owner or brewmaster, a unique opportunity compared to other festivals.

Brewmasters, Brewery Owners & Importers

The brewmasters, brewery owners and importers that showcase their wares at the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival come from all over the world. Previous attendees have had the opportunity to sample American craft beer from California, Delaware, Maine, Hawaii and Alaska. The international offerings hail from far and wide with a concentration of beer from European countries, particularly Belgium, and the importers make a point of providing extreme diversity both in style and in origin.

New VIP Pass Option

New for this year are a limited number of VIP passes, available on the event website, which include

A seat at each of the Brewmasters’ Dinners on Thursday and Friday

A Commercial Tasting & Seminars Ticket

Reserved Seat/Media access at each Seminar

Welcome Reception admission

Early admission to the Commercial Tasting

Commemorative 2013 Glassware (two tulip glasses)

Choice of Festival-wear: hat or t-shirt

Choice of Festival-wear: hoodie or jacket

Taxes & gratuity for all of the above are included in the package price.  Pass price is $500

Beneficiary

The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival actively supports the efforts of the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, a local organization that helps individuals who live and work in the Vail Valley that have critical financial need due to medical catastrophes, accidents or long-term illnesses. For more information about the VVCF, visit www.vvcf.org

Lodging Partners

Other Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines partnering properties offering special lodging rates for Big Beers participants & attendees include the Holiday Inn/Apex Vail, Simba Run and the Lionshead Inn. More information about lodging options is listed on the event website, http://www.bigbeersfestival.com.

For more information on the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines event, email bigbeersfestival@hotmail.com.

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George Lucas, Lesley Stahl, Lee Grant Among Speakers at New-York Historical Society’s Fall Film Series: WW II and Its Legacy in Film

September 18, 2012

The New-York Historical Society is mounting its inaugural Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series, World War II and Its Legacy in Film, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians, including George Lucas, Lesley Stahl and Lee Grant.

Produced in conjunction with New-York Historical’s exhibition WWII & NYC, this selection of classic films will show a broad scope of life during and after the war and reflect many of the exhibition’s themes, including life on the home front, the dispatch of troops and the struggle to readapt to postwar life.

A screening of the documentary Double Victory (2012) about the legendary Tuskegee Airmen of WWII, the first African-American aerial unit, will feature opening remarks by George Lucas, Tuskegee Airman Roscoe Brown, and Brent Staples. Among other special guests who will deliver opening remarks before film screenings are Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker on I Was A Male War Bride (1949); Ron Simon, Curator of Television and Radio at the Paley Center of Media, with author Ian W. Toll on From Here to Eternity (1953) Catherine Wyler discussing her father William Wyler’s film Mrs. Miniver (1942); and Stanley Donen on On the Town (1949) which he directed and co-choreographed with Gene Kelly.

Entrance to the film series is included with Museum Admission during New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights. All films will start at 7 pm at the Robert H. Smith Auditorium.

When World War II broke out, New York was a cosmopolitan, heavily immigrant city, whose people had real stakes in the war and strongly held opinions. WWII & NYC will explore the impact of the war on the metropolis, which played a critical role in the national war effort, and how the city was forever changed.

The exhibition will draw upon extensive collections at New-York Historical and on important loans from the US Navy, the Smithsonian Institution, the Mariners’ Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other institutions. This exhibit will be open from October 5, 2012 – May 27, 2013.

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series World War II and Its Legacy in Film 2012-13 Schedule & Speakers

  • · October 19 – Mrs. Miniver (1942) Speakers: Catherine Wyler, Lesley Stahl
  • · October 26 – Double Victory (2012) Speakers: George Lucas, Roscoe Brown, Brent Staples
  • · November 2 – The Clock (1945) Speakers: Adam Gopnik
  • · November 9 – Onoe of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) Speakers: Michael Korda
  • · December 7 – From Here to Eternity (1953) Speakers: Ian W. toll, Ron Simon
  • · December 14 – Twelve O’Clock High (1949) Speakers: Gordon S. Wood
  • · December 28 – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • · January 11 – The Search (1948) Speakers: Lee Grant, Susan Lacy
  • · January 18 – On the Town (1949) Speakers: Stanley Donen
  • · January 25 – I Was a Male War Bride (1949) Speakers: Adam Gopnik
  • · February 1 – Casablanca (1942) Speakers: Kati Marton, David Denby
  • · February 8 – The Third Man (1949) Speakers: Kati Marton, David Denby

New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; Lincoln and New York; and The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.

New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, N.Y.; for information, 212-873-3400, www.nyhistory.org.

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‘Boo at the Zoo’, ‘Spooky Snooze’ among Halloween Events at Palm Beach Zoo Oct 26-28

September 16, 2012

King Vulture is one of the creatures showcased at the Palm Beach Zoo’s Halloween events (photo by Keith Lovett).

 

The Palm Beach Zoo has announced plans for special Halloween events in October. Boo at the Zoo, a South Florida family favorite will be held on Friday through Sunday, October 19th to 21st and October 26th to 28th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday evenings, October 19th and 26th from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Zoo will also offer a special family overnight program called Spooky Snooze on October 6th, 20th, and 27th.

Boo at the Zoo was founded over 15 years ago to provide the community with a safe and educational venue for trick-or-treating. Since that time, Boo at the Zoo has become Palm Beach County’s #1 family event during the Halloween season. In 2011 nearly 10,000 guests attended during the six days of celebration. Festivities include trick-or-treating, provided by local vendors, and children’s entertainment including games, crafts, hay-stack hunt, decorate-your-own pumpkin patch, bounce house, face painting, photo opportunities throughout the Zoo, Monster Mash dance parties in the Fountain Plaza, Halloween-themed treats in the Tropics Café, special Halloween treats for the animals, roving animal encounters, and costume contests.

Spooky Snooze Overnights at the Zoo will be held on October 6th – 7th, 20th – 21st, and 27th – 28th. The program begins on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Evening activities include pumpkin painting, crafts, night time tours, an evening pizza snack, and Continental breakfast. Activities are designed for family members ages six through adult. Mummies and/or daddies must attend with their children.

For more information on these programs, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org. For additional information on the Spooky Snooze program e-mail education@palmbeachzoo.org, or contact the Education Coordinator at (561) 533-0887 ext. 229.

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Leaf Peepers Stay Two Nights, Get Third Night Free At Mount Snow, Vermont This Fall

September 16, 2012

A view from a hot-air balloon of Mount Snow, Vermont, in the fall.

With the days becoming shorter and the nights cooler, it can only mean that fall is approaching and along with it comes the breathtaking colors of fall foliage in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont; a phenomenon of nature that annually attracts thousands of leaf peepers to the area.  Now those leaf peepers can enjoy an extended stay at a Mount Snow lodging property for less with the resort’s new Fall Foliage Special offering three nights for the price of two during the peak foliage timeframe.

Mount Snow is the southern-most mountain resort in the State of Vermont making it easily accessible for folks living in and around the northeast’s bustling metro areas.  The Mount Snow Valley is home to an abundance of dining options, shopping, events and festivals which make it a top destination for guests looking to enjoy a fall getaway.

The Fall Foliage Special is available to stay the nights of September 23 – 27 and then September 30 – October 5 at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel or a Mount Snow Condominium.  Guests booking their stay for the week of October 1 can include a complimentary scenic chairlift ride to the summit of Mount Snow in their package.  The Bluebird Express chairlift will be running daily from September 29 thru October 8 from 10am to 4pm for scenic rides.

To book a Fall Foliage Special or discover more about Mount Snow visit www.mountsnow.com or call 800.245.SNOW.

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Zombie Apocalypse to Strike Blue Mountain Ski Area, Palmerton, PA, Sept 28-Oct 31

September 16, 2012

Something horrible has happened: an extended family of inbred zombies has invaded beautiful Blue Mountain Ski Area this Halloween. You can run, you can hide, but what would be the fun in that? Experience “Terror on the Mountain,” the region’s newest Halloween attraction, at Blue Mountain Ski Area on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from Sept. 28 to Oct. 31.

“The zombie apocalypse is underway and it’s pretty gruesome,” said Heidi Lutz, marketing director at Blue Mountain Ski Area. “We’ve set up a zombie butcher shop and turned our stunning lodge into a meat locker for human flesh. Our picturesque mountain has become the perfect playground for thrills and chills this Halloween.”

Zombies are terrorizing two areas at Blue Mountain – the 3,600 square-foot lodge and 1.4-mile haunted hayride. Ticket prices and times are as follows:

Haunted Lodge $10
Times: Fridays (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Saturdays and Sundays (noon to 10 p.m.)

Haunted Hayride $15
Times: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

Combination Ticket $20
Includes both Haunted Hayride and Haunted Lodge

Brave visitors can save $2 if they purchase their tickets online at www.TerrorOnTheMountain.com. For more information, visit the website or call 610-826-7700.

Terror on the Mountain isn’t for little kids, but if you want to take the entire family somewhere fun this Halloween, Blue Mountain Ski Area has you covered with its “Mountain Harvest Festival.” Featuring a four-acre corn maze and scavenger hunt, pumpkin painting, pumpkin patch hayride and great food, the Mountain Harvest Festival is open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. beginning Sept. 15. For more information, visit www.BlueMountainHarvestFestival.com.

Blue Mountain Ski Area is a premiere winter and summer recreation destination that offers skiing, snowboarding, tubing and more. Not only does Blue Mountain offer Pennsylvania’s highest vertical, but it also has the most trails in the state. From beginners to experts, there are trails for all ability levels, including three runs near or over a mile long. No matter what the season, guests can enjoy the newly renovated Vista Ballroom. This spacious event facility offers breathtaking views and can easily host 250 guests for weddings, banquets, and conferences. For more information, visit www.skibluemt.com or call 610-826-7700.

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Pink Beach Club, Bermuda, Offers ‘Golf Enthusiasts Package’ for the PGA Grand Slam tourney, Oct 22-24

September 16, 2012

Golf fans heading to Bermuda for the PGA Grand Slam tournament Oct. 22 – 24, 2012, can enjoy plush accommodations and take advantage of the ‘Golf Enthusiasts Package‘ at Pink Beach Club (www.PinkBeach.com) which affords guests a 20% discount on a minimum three-night stay as well as two tickets to the event.

The PGA Grand Slam will take place at Port Royal Golf Course Oct. 22 – 24, 2012. Fans heading to the island will enjoy the Golf Enthusiasts Package with rates starting at $460 per room, per night, based on double occupancy (guests booking a three-night minimum will receive 20% off). The package includes full English breakfast, afternoon tea, five-course gourmet dinner daily as well as two passes to the golf tournament. Rates quoted are valid on new reservations made by Oct. 21, 2012 for travel through Nov. 13, 2012. A 13.75% government tax and a $36 per person, per day, service charge is additional.

Pink Beach Club offers six room category options designed to meet the tastes and budgets of all travelers. Nightly rates vary according to room type.
To help vacationers enjoy soaking in the sun, the property features two pink sand beaches and a swimming pool perfect for lounging. For active pursuits, there are two California all-weather tennis courts on-property, complimentary use of snorkel equipment, mopeds available for rent, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

For golf enthusiasts looking to tee-up, the hotel has privileges at two championship golf courses just five minutes away – Mid Ocean Club and Tucker’s Point Club. Tee times are arranged by the concierge.

The concierge can also assist with arranging sightseeing tours including deep-sea fishing and sailing charters, scuba diving, glass-bottom boat cruises, carriage rides, horseback riding and other pursuits.

For more information, contact Pink Beach Club at tel: (800) 355-6161 or e-mail: reservations@pinkbeach.com. Visit Pink Beach Club at http://www.pinkbeach.com.

Pink Beach Club

Situated in Bermuda’s exclusive Tucker’s Town area, the award-winning Pink Beach Club features 94 elegant suites amongst 13 acres of lush gardens and rolling hills, overlooking two pink sand private beaches. Guests can enjoy the Hibiscus Lounge or Cedar Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day; dining at the Breakers Ocean Terrace or Bermudiana dining room; in-room spa treatments; fitness center; two tennis courts; library; business center with complimentary Internet access in the Club House; ample meeting space for up to 40 people; golf privileges at two nearby courses.

The warmth and charm of Bermuda combined with this cottage colony’s timeless style, elegance and first-class service create an ideal setting for couples, honeymooners, golfers, business travelers and families seeking a luxurious escape to the tropics.

For reservations or more information, contact Pink Beach Club at tel: (800) 355-6161, e-mail: reservations@pinkbeach.com, or visitwww.pinkbeach.com.

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Warwick Seattle Hotel entices visitors to Emerald City with ‘Irresistible Autumn,’ ‘King Tut’ packages

September 16, 2012

Coffinette for Viscera of King Tutankhamun. For the first time in over 30 years, treasures from the tomb of King Tut are visiting Seattle. Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs will make its last U.S. stop before Egypt’s treasures return to Cairo. Warwick Seattle’s “Warwick King Tut Package” enables visitors to see it in style © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Warwick Seattle Hotel is offering an “Irresistible Autumn” package with an overnight stay, continental breakfast for two and complimentary high speed wireless Internet.

Located in the heart of the Emerald City, the hotel is just a short walk from the city’s major attractions such as Pike Place Market, Westlake Center, the historic waterfront and Seattle Center, home of the Experience Music Project and world-famous Space Needle.

This year fall in Seattle isn’t complete without extending your stay another day or two to attend the King Tut exhibition. For the first time in over 30 years, treasures from the tomb of King Tut are visiting Seattle. Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs will make its last U.S. stop before Egypt’s treasures return to Cairo.

Warwick Seattle’s “Warwick King Tut Package enables visitors to see it in style. The exclusive offering includes an overnight stay in an elegant Deluxe or Executive Room with a view of the world famous Space Needle or Emerald City skyline, complimentary Internet, roundtrip ‘chariot’ service between Warwick Seattle Hotel and Pacific Science Center, and two VIP tickets to the exhibition.

“Warwick Seattle Hotel has long been a favorite of corporate travelers and vacationing visitors, and our goal is to make it even more memorable to stay with us,” said Tim Bathke, General Manager of Warwick Seattle Hotel. “We hope our guests will take advantage of these great packages, and enjoy Seattle in the fall.”

In addition to sight-seeing, Warwick Seattle also provides the opportunity to relax and revive within its newly renovated rooms. Nosh on the best and freshest Nothwest cuisines with a French accent at Margaux restaurant, the perfect spot for cocktails and conversation. At the end of the day, take pleasure in the indoor heated pool and whirlpool, a rarity in downtown Seattle.

To book the Irresistible Autumn Package, call 1-800-426-9280 or visit www.warwickwa.com. The rate code is WKAUTM.  To book the Warwick King Tut Package, use the rate code WKTUT. Reservations are based on availability, and do not include taxes and fees (subject to change). Room rate is based on double occupancy.

Warwick International Hotels was founded in 1980 with the purchase of Warwick New York, a hotel originally built by William Randolph Hearst for his Hollywood friends. The WIH Group now includes 50 prestigious Hotels, Resorts & Spas worldwide located in city centres and resort destinations in the United States, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific and Bali. More details are available at www.warwickhotels.com.

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Discover the Flavors and Culture of Exotic Siam on New Culinary Adventure from Access Trips

September 11, 2012

A new, nine-day culinary adventure, Thailand – Flavors and Culture of Exotic Siam is the newest addition to Access Trips portfolio for this fall. Guests on this journey will experience the depth of Thai culture from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and beyond.

From a morning visit to Wat Po, where monks gather for an awe-inspiring morning chant, to an elephant ride through the Thai jungle, the captivating cultural highlights delight the senses. Master the art of preparing your favorite Thai specialties during intimate cooking courses featuring everything from phad thai and curries to spring rolls and hot and sour soup. No detail has been spared in crafting a tour that masterfully captures the diverse landscape, distinct customs and rich flavors of the “Land of the Free”.

Access Trips is a leading travel company specializing in exotic and edgy learning vacations to 13 countries worldwide. Always offering unparalleled access to each destination, this new Thai culinary adventure features the perfect balance of “must sees” and magical secret spots.

Discover the Flavors and Culture of Exotic Siam

Providing a full Thai immersion, Access Trips’ will offer the brand new culinary expedition, Thailand – Flavors and Culture of Exotic Siam for the first time in November of 2012.

Highlights of the nine-day, eight-night journey include:

• Home-Style Cooking Courses – From tangy salads, to rich, hearty soups and delectable curries, enjoy three extended cooking classes featuring some of Thailand’s most exotically spicy and delicious meals. Savor a traditional long-tail boat ride up the Chao Phraya River to Chef Tam’s home for your first cooking course in Bangkok. After a tour of the herb gardens, head to an open air kitchen overlooking the breathtaking landscape where you will learn to prepare Phad Thai, coconut chicken soup, coconut pancakes and sumptuous wok fried ground chicken with basil.

With two additional cooking courses in Chiang Mai, you will master the art behind everything from Thai-style banana fritters to steamed fish with curry custard.

• Morning Visit to Wat Po – During an excursion to one of Bangkok’s oldest temples, witness the magnificent hum of the monks early morning chant. View the famous reclining Buddha before heading to the Grand Palace in an open air taxi.

• Private Dinner in Bangkok’s Chinatown – Venture through the bustling Bangkok marketplace to an unmarked door where culinary dreams come true. Pass through the door into an old Chinese shop house, where a private dining room with one circular banquet table awaits guests. Enjoy a multi-course banquet dinner prepared by Chef Jok using only the freshest ingredients of the day.

• Explore the Golden Triangle – Witness the infamous Golden Triangle, renowned for centuries as the center of the opium trade. From a hilltop view, marvel at the splendor of the mighty Mekong joining with the Ruak to form the actual “triangle” where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet.

• Elephant Ride through the Jungle – On the way to Chiang Mai stop by an elephant camp to witness the elephants take their morning bath in the river. Climb aboard an elephant for an hour-long trek along the Ping river through the lush jungle.

• Chiang Mai’s Most Mesmerizing Sites – Discover the principal religious center in northern Thailand during a trip to Wat Prathat, Chiang Mai’s most important and visible landmark. Built some 600 years ago, this iconic site is located near the summit of Doi Suthep, at 3,250 above sea level. Climb the magnificent 306-step Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase and reward yourself with a superb panoramic view of the city.

• Boutique Accommodations – Enjoy boutique luxury accommodations that blend the best of Thai style and hospitality to create a peaceful respite from your busy days. From a five-star riverfront hotel featuring views of the legendary “River of Kings” to a small hotel inspired by the traditional wooden architecture of Chiang Mai, all accommodations feature comfortable and stylish rooms.

Rates start at $3,490 per person and include accommodations, most meals, ground transportation in a deluxe van, airport transfers and domestic airfare. International airfare is not included. Groups are limited to 12 travelers, who are accompanied by a multilingual local guide. For more information please visit www.accesstrips.com or call (650) 492-4778.

About Access Trips

Access Trips is the leading adventure tour operator specializing in exotic learning vacations to 13 countries worldwide. This company offers a wide range of small-group outdoor sports and culinary-focused trips that are expertly designed to allow guests to experience a new culture, learn new skills or fine-tune existing ones, and revel in the splendor of their destination.

Based in San Francisco, California and launched in 2001, Access Trips’ portfolio includes cooking, surfing, mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing, and multisport itineraries. Regardless of the focus of the activity, Access Trips caters to a variety of skill levels, serving the novice as well as the expert in a relaxed, non-intimidating setting with the help of world-class instructors and multilingual guides.

For more information about Access Trips and the tours available, visit www.accesstrips.com.

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Go-Today Tour Packager Offering Australia, New Zealand Vacations from $1799

September 11, 2012

go-today, a provider of vacation packages world-wide, has introduced new vacation packages to Australia and New Zealand, priced from $1799 that allow for affordably priced relaxation Down Under.

“Summer coming to an end in the Northern Hemisphere means that spring is about to begin in the Southern Hemisphere,” commented Paula McKay, President of go-today. “Our new Australia and New Zealand vacation packages offer excellent value for exploring the sights of Sydney Harbor and sipping wine in Auckland.”

Australia vacation packages include roundtrip-airfare, hotel accommodations, airport transfers, transportation between cities where applicable, and all taxes. New Zealand vacation packages include roundtrip airfare, private airport transfers, accommodations, escorted sightseeing as specified in the itinerary, domestic flights, and all taxes.

Australia and New Zealand Packages include:
Sydney at Its Best – 6 nights from $1799
Melbourne at Its Best – 6 nights from $1949
Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns – 6 nights from $2599
Best of New Zealand Escorted Tour – 8-nights from $3399
New Zealand Adventure Escorted Tour – 13-nights from $4899

For more information about go-today’s Australia and New Zealand vacation packages, or to make a reservation, visit www.go-today.com or call a travel expert at 800-227-3235 (6:00am to 6pm PT Monday – Friday and 7:30am to 4pm PT Saturday and Sunday).

go-today, a division of Europe Express, was established in 1997 with an aim of offering affordable independent travel to Europe.

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Virgin Vacations Has 2-For-1 Offer on November Danube River Cruises Booked by Sept 26

September 11, 2012

Virgin Vacations has slashed prices on its November Danube River Cruises, with a close-out sale offering two for the price of one when booked by September 26 © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Virgin Vacations has slashed prices on its November Danube River Cruises, with a close-out sale offering two for the price of one when booked by September 26.

Depending on cabin class, prices begin at $799 per person – half off the regular $1,599 per person price on November departures– for an 8 day Nuremberg– Vienna cruise in an upgraded C category outside cabin, or $999 in A Category with French balcony, regularly priced at $1,999 for November.

Travelers can choose from 9 different cruise and land itineraries, ranging from 8 – to 12-days. Longer itineraries also include a stay in Prague and/or Budapest and are priced up to $1,399 ($2,799 regular). Cruises sail between Vienna and either Regensburg or Nuremberg, visiting the small towns and cities situated along the famous Danube River.

Departure dates range from November 8 to 18, depending on itinerary. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy and availability. Air fare is additional.

For details and to book a cruise, visit http://www.virgin-vacations.com/promo/deals/river-cruises/.

 

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