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Virgin Vacations’ Barcelona Flash Sale through May 16: $999 with Air for 6 Days

May 9, 2012

Through May 16, travelers booking Virgin Vacations’ 6-day/4 night “Barcelona Escape” independent vacation package can save $50 per person, bringing Sept. 26 – Oct. 10 departures to $999, including air fare from New York.

Price includes four nights’ hotel accommodations at the Hotel Aranea with breakfast and round trip air fare including taxes and fuel charges. Virgin Vacations’ travelers can upgrade hotel accommodations, beginning at $20 per person for the four nights, as well as choose from four different optional activities, starting at $62 for a half-day Classic Barcelona sightseeing tour.

Depending on departure date, per person prices for the 6-day/4 night Barcelona package range up to $1,359 (May 23), with the $50 discount. The $50 discount is valid for all departures through October 24, 2012. Low-cost add-on air fares are available from gateways throughout the U.S. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

To take advantage of the $50 discount, travelers are invited to visit www.virgin-vacations.com and enter Promo Code VVCVIB50 at checkout, or phone (888) 937-8474. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To join Virgin Vacations’ Exclusive Deals email list, visit www.virgin-vacations.com

Other Barcelona Options

While the $50 per person discount applies only to the 6 day/4 night “Barcelona Escape” package, travelers with slightly more time can select from other air-inclusive Virgin Vacations’ choices:

8 Day Madrid & Barcelona by Rail, from $1459, including rail tickets

8 Day Affordable Spain, from $1739, including meals and sightseeing

7 day Crown of Spain, from $2,009, including meals and excursions

Travelers can also create their own custom-vacation to Spain by using Virgin Vacations’ online Vacation Builder platform.

Five Fun Things to Do in Barcelona

Virgin Vacations suggests the following five fun things to do in Barcelona:

  • · Take the metro
  • · Visit the Gaudi museum
  • · See Sagrada Familia Cathedral, still in construction after 125 years
  • · Feast on small plates at a pintxo bar
  • · Enjoy a flamenco show.

Virgin Vacations offers a selection of independent packages available with or without air fare on Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia and Virgin America, as well as other international airline partners. As a member of the U.S. Tour Operators Association, Virgin Vacations protects travelers’ payments up to $1 Million through the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program.

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Friendly Planet Travel Offers 7-Day ‘Taste of Ireland’ Tour with Airfare for $1,744

January 26, 2012

Friendly Planet Travel, a leading tour operator that offers high-quality, affordable vacation packages to exotic destinations worldwide, is offering a seven-day A Taste of Ireland tour, including airfare from Newark, all for the price of $1,744.

Travelers can experience the authenticity of the Emerald Isle’s rolling green countryside, historic castles, famous pubs, and more.

“It’s no surprise that this picturesque island is referred to as the ’emerald isle.’”

“Ireland is one of the world’s most stunning destinations with outstanding scenery, brilliant castles, and green, rolling hills,” says Peggy Goldman, President of Friendly Planet Travel. “It’s no surprise that this picturesque island is referred to as the ’emerald isle.’”

A Taste of Ireland includes round-trip airfare, including fuel surcharges, from Newark (many additional departure cities available for an additional cost); all ground transportation and transfers; accommodations in superior and deluxe hotels; daily Irish breakfast and two dinners; a comprehensive touring program including entrance fees; a professional, English-speaking driver and guide, and more.

The tour begins in Ireland’s capital city of Dublin, before traveling to Ireland’s Midlands in County Kerry. Travelers then stop in the little field town of Blarney for a visit to Blarney Castle and a chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone for the gift of gab. They continue to the Iveragh Peninsula to take in the breathtaking scenery, mountains, and magnificent views of the Ring of Kerry. The tour passes through Killorglin, famous for its unusual street festival, Puck Fair, and the village of Glenbeigh, with panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay. Passing through the peat bogs, the group arrives in Waterville and continues on to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly colored houses. A stop at the renowned Muckross House, in the heart of the Killarney National Park, rounds out the day.

The journey continues northward to Tarbert with a short boat ride across the mouth of Ireland’s longest river, River Shannon, bringing travelers to the village of Killimer. Travelers experience a view of the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher along the Atlantic Ocean, and enjoy a tour of the Burren Region, known for its impressive scenery and numerous castles and monastic ruins.

After a relaxing day in Limerick, travelers head back to Dublin, stopping in the medieval city of Kilkenny. Stops at the Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral are the culmination of the Ireland experience before travelers take a departing flight from Dublin.

Friendly Planet’s seven-day A Taste of Ireland tour is available for $1,744 on the departure dates of April 23, May 7, and Oct. 8, if booked by Feb. 22.

And for travelers with a little more time, the nine-day Discover Ireland tour, from $2,044, includes nearly all of the highlights of A Taste of Ireland, plus a visit to the old stone city of Galway, known for its narrow streets and busy pubs and the Connemara region, where Gaelic is still spoken. A tour of the Benedictine Monastery, Kylemore Abbey, and the Monastery of Clonmacnoise brings travelers back to Dublin to enjoy their remaining time in “Dublin’s Fair City” and explore Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university.

For more information about Friendly Planet Travel’s A Taste of Ireland and Discover Ireland tours, please visit the company’s website at www.FriendlyPlanetTravel.com; the blog at blog.FriendlyPlanet.com.

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Friendly Planet offers 11-day air-inclusive tour to Guatemala and Honduras for $1999

November 2, 2011

Central America’s exquisite culture, picturesque views, and rich history have attracted travelers for ages. Friendly Planet Travel, a leading tour operator of high-quality, affordable vacation packages to exotic destinations worldwide, is making an 11-day Best of Guatemala and Honduras tour available for $1,999, including airfare from Miami, superior accommodations, fully esorted tours, and many meals, if booked by Dec. 7.

The 11-day Best of Guatemala and Honduras tour visits four UNESCO World Heritage sites. Guatemala combines the best of colonial Spanish culture with traditional Mayan heritage, and Honduras is the heart of ancient Mayan culture, with impressive Mayan tombs and step pyramids.

Travelers begin their journey in Guatemala’s capital and largest city, Guatemala City, before heading to the colonial town of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nestled between three picturesque volcanoes and colonial architecture. As travelers explore Antigua, they’ll walk the cobblestone streets and discover Antigua’s most famous sites, including Church of San Francisco, La Merced Church, and Antigua’s Jade Factory. Travelers will stop at the bustling, colorful, open-air markets of Chichicastenango and enjoy the unique opportunity for lunch with an indigenous family before heading to the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan for a boat ride to Santiago and Santa Catarina. Later, travelers return to Guatemala City.

From there, travelers will cross over the Honduran border through the vast coffee and fruit plantations, and continue to Copan, the most renowned archeological site in Honduras and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The abandoned ruins of Copan, dense tropical vegetation, and mystical monuments will round out the sightseeing in Honduras. Travelers continue back to Guatemala, stopping along the ancient trade route of Quirigua, another UNESCO World Heritage Site known for intricately carved, giant sculptures, including the massive Zoomorphs.

A balanced mix of tour and leisure time continues as travelers enjoy a ride across Rio Dulce, also called the “Sweet River,” and visit an indigenous community development organization, Ak-Tenamit to learn about the indigenous communities of Guatemala and the sustainability of Mayan culture in a modern world. A stop at the Fort of San Felipe and logging village of Sayaxche is sure to inspire the history buffs on the trip. A tour of the twin cities of Yaxhe and Topoxte in the jungles on the shores of Yaxha Lake  and later exploration of the islands of the lake will keep travelers enthralled. A final stop at the fourth UNESCO World Heritage of Tikal, located in the heart of the Mayan biosphere, entices travelers with impressive tropical forests and enormous amounts of plant and animal species. A climb to the top of some of Tikal’s tallest pyramids rounds out the best Guatemala and Honduras has to offer.

The trip includes round-trip airfare from Miami and all transportation; superior hotel accommodations; 10 full buffet breakfasts, four lunches and one dinner, including lunch with an indigenous family; comprehensive sightseeing with a local, English-speaking expert guide; and a visit to the Ak-Tenamit sustainable development community.

“This tour’s combination of the unmatched culture and nature in Guatemala, and impressive temples and terraces in Honduras and Guatemala, will attract even the most experienced traveler,” says Peggy Goldman, President of Friendly Planet Travel. “Magnificent monuments; exotic, tropical landscapes; dynamic Mayan culture; and stops at four UNESCO World Heritages Sites make for an unforgettable exploration of Central America’s gems.”

Friendly Planet’s 11-day Best of Guatemala and Honduras tour has the following departures at the $1,999 rate: Mar. 16, Apr. 20, May 18, June 15, and July. 27.

For more information about Friendly Planet Travel’s Best of Guatemala and Honduras tour, visit http://www.FriendlyPlanetTravel.com or the blog at blog.friendlyplanet.com or call 610-228-2138.

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Save $500 per couple on select Trafalgar 2011 air-inclusive vacations to Britain

June 13, 2011

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It’s not too late to book your summer vacation to Britain, Ireland and Scotland. Explore England’s pomp and pageantry, Ireland’s impressive scenery and Scotland’s proud culture on a Trafalgar guided vacation, and discover more than you would have ever imagined possible. Book by June 20, 2011, and save $500 per couple ($250 per person) on 2011 UK air-inclusive itineraries 10 days or more.

Here are just three of Trafalgar’s vacations to choose from:

Royal Britain – 10 Days. New At Leisure Vacation! At Leisure Vacations combine the very best of expertly planned, guided vacations with the freedom and flexibility of independent travel.  With a more leisurely pace, there is time to linger in each destination. Embrace England’s pomp and pageantry in London’s Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. Visit majestic Windsor Castle and grand Hampton Court to see its spectacular Tudor kitchens, before experiencing the charms of Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Brighton, with its Royal Pavilion. Priced from $2199 land only, based on double occupancy.

Best of Ireland – 11 days.  Discover Ireland’s fascinating medieval heritage through Norman Castles, ancient cathedrals and quaint villages like Bunratty.  Admire how handsome cities like Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick and Galway blend seamlessly with Ireland’s striking landscapes in areas such as Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher. Priced from $2050 land only, based on double occupancy.

Scottish Highlands, Islands, and Cities – 14 days.  From Jedburgh and St. Andrews to the Orkney Islands and Kyle of Lochalsh, explore Scotland’s picturesque castles, grand cities, quaint villages and dramatic landscapes.  Sample Scottish whiskey, watch traditional “piping in the haggis” and see cosmopolitan Edinburgh on this incredible Scottish tour.  Priced from $2899 land only, based on double occupancy.

About Trafalgar

Trafalgar was established in 1947 and provides exceptional worldwide guided vacations to Europe, Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South America and China. Trafalgar’s vacations include First Class hotel accommodations, luxury transportation by motor coach, rail or cruise ship, outstanding cuisine, daily included sightseeing and optional excursions, both with expert Local Guides, and the personal concierge services of Trafalgar’s Tour Directors, who share their insider’s view and reveal hidden places not mentioned in guidebooks.

For more information and reservations, see your travel agent or call (866) 544-4434 or visit http://www.trafalgartours.com. Brochures can be ordered online at http://www.trafalgartours.com.

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