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Travel Deal of the Day, Part Two – August 24, 2012

Enjoy the Travel Deal of the Day, PART TWO! Brought to you by The Student Globe Trotter!

Happy travels!

Moroccan Excursion + Flight – Elite Tour and Travel Club (trading as Encounters Travel)  Source: LivingSocial

Lights, Camera, Action in Scene-Stealing Morocco

Encounters Travel • Marrakech, Morocco

Escape Kit

  • A Ten-Day Moroccan Excursion for One Guest Based on Double Occupancy ($2,170, $2,276, or $2,397 Based on Departure Date)*
  • Round-Trip International Flights from JFK International Airport to Marrakech International Airport
  • All Hotel Accommodations Indicated on Itinerary
  • Eight Breakfasts and Eight Dinners
  • All Transport and Transfers Including 4WD Desert Jeep Safari and 24-Hour Airport Arrival-and-Departure Services
  • Local English-Speaking Tour Guides
  • Entrance Fees to Select Monuments, Parks, and Sites
  • Departure Dates: November 23 and December 7, 2012, January 4, January 18, February 15, and March 8, 2013 ($2,170); March 15, 2013 ($2,276); or December 21, 2012 ($2,397)

You’ve admired the beauty of Morocco through the iconic lenses of film’s greatest directors and cinematographers. Get ready to start rolling your own camera with this week’s Escape from Encounters Travel. You’ll star in a ten-day guided excursion (length of trip includes flight time) for one person based on double occupancy from Marrakech through the stunning Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert ($2,170, $2,276, or $2,397 based on departure date).*

Lights, camera, action on a package that includes round-trip flights between JFK and Marrakech international airports and an exciting itinerary that provides for all hotel accommodations, eight breakfasts and eight dinners, all transports and transfers including a 4WD desert jeep safari and 24-hour airport arrival-and-departure services, English-speaking tour guides, and entrance fees to all stated monuments and attractions.

After your first evening in Marrakech, move your set on-location to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque and spend the afternoon exploring the bustling streets surrounding Jemaa el Fna Square.

Drive past the paths of acting legends with a tour through the highest pass of North Africa at Mount Toubkal. Take an epic tour of the dramatic landscape of Ouarzazate where iconic Academy Award-winning films were shot. Then experience star-quality treatment during an overnight in Ouarzazate at the Hotel Kenzi Azghor.

Later, cross-cut fairy-tale chic with wild wonderment with a jaunt along the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs before arriving in Boulmane followed by romps amid natural wonders like the Dades Canyon, boasting incredible desert views that fade into the distance outside your Saghro Hotel window.

Far from the city lights, you’ll want to maximize your stargazing potential with a night spent in a traditional Berber camp after a day touring Todra Gorge. Ride through the desert in your 4WD safari jeep, and if you wish, for a truly authentic experience take a camel ride at sunset for an additional fee.

Continue to add sparkle to your sojourn by venturing into Rissani––the birthplace of the Alaouite Dynasty and Morocco’s current royal family—before topping off your visit with a stay in the Palais Asmaa Hotel.

After circling back to Marrakech through the Draa Valley and bounding over the Tizi N’tichka col, capture a final free day in Marrakech, where you’ll hunt for souvenirs in the city’s bustling bazaars, take an aerial shot of your surroundings on a spectacular hot air balloon flight, or bond with your castmates on a quad-bike ride through the desert.

Cut and print: With an epic Escape like this, you’ll have a highlight reel of life-changing moments to watch again and again for years to come.

For additional information, view the Encounters Travel full itinerary.

*Departure dates: November 23 and December 7, 2012, January 4, January 18, February 15, and March 8, 2013 ($2,170); March 15, 2013 ($2,276); or December 21, 2012 ($2,397)

 

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Travel Deal of the Day, Part One – August 24, 2012

Enjoy the Travel Deal of the Day, PART ONE! Brought to you by The Student Globe Trotter! More deals to come!

Happy travels!

8-Day Angkor Wat and Singapore Trip  Source: LivingSocial

From Ruins to Royalty in Angkor Wat

Globotours • Singapore, Singapore

Escape Kit

  • An Eight-Day Trip to Angkor Wat and Singapore for One Guest ($2,199 to $2,549 Depending on Departure Dates) Including:
  • Round-Trip Flights via Singapore Airlines from IAH, LAX, SFO, or JFK
  • Round-Trip Ground Transportation Between Airports, Hotels, and Sightseeing Destinations
  • Three Nights in a Superior Room at Tara Angkor Hotel and Two Nights in a Superior Room at RiverFront Hotel with Daily American Buffet Breakfast
  • Guided Sightseeing Tours

You may be familiar with Western architecture, but Eastern design has an exotic aesthetic all its own. See for yourself with this week’s eight-day Escape to Angkor Wat and Singapore, engineered by Globotours.

Your Escape includes round-trip flights via Singapore Airlines. Depart between September 1 and November 30, 2012 from Houston’s IAH ($2,199), California’s LAX or SFO ($2,199), or New York’s JFK ($2,299). Or, leave between January 7 and March 25, 2013 from IAH ($2,299), LAX or SFO ($2,399), or JFK ($2,549). Round-trip ground transportation between airports, all hotels, and sightseeing destinations and daily American buffet breakfast are included.

Begin your model getaway in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where you’ll spend three nights in a Superior Room at the Tara Angkor Hotel. You’ll trace the history of early Khmer architecture, starting with the Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei temples of the the ninth and tenth centuries, then reaching the graceful 11th-century Shiva and Ta Prohm temples.

On your final day in Cambodia, sketch your plans around visiting the ancient city of Angkor. Tour the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terraces, and the Leper King Terrace, before spending the afternoon marveling at the famous temple of Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument. Its five towers represent the peaks of Mount Meru, the mythical center of the Hindu universe.

Next, travel to Singapore, where you’ll spend two nights in a Superior Room at the Furama RiverFront hotel. Embark on a guided tour of the city, before scaling back your activities and spending the rest of your time at leisure. Modern Singapore swells with new development, but its richly textured past is never far from view if you know where to look.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens blossom with history. “The past settles around you as you wander the vaults of the venerable botanical garden,” says Travel + Leisure, “where century-and-a-half-old banyans rise from buttressed roots, where orchids are trained to grow into through-the-looking-glass archways, and where frangipani trees scatter their sweet-smelling blossoms all over, lending the place an air of floral deshabille.”

Once you’ve seen the wonders of Angkor Wat and Singapore, you’ll look at architecture from a whole new angle. Consider this week’s Escape your blueprint for an awe-inspiring adventure.

Travel Deal of the Day – August 14, 2012

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8-Day Kenyan Safari + Flights Source: LivingSocial

Savanna Safari Through Captivating Kenya

Gate 1 Travel • Nairobi, Kenya

Escape Kit

  • An Eight-Day Kenyan Safari ($2,299 to $2,699 per Person Depending on Departure Date) Including:
  • Round-Trip Flights from New York City to Nairobi
  • Round-Trip Ground Transportation via Safari Van Driven by English-Speaking Guide
  • Five Nights of Three- and Four-Star, Double-Occupancy Accommodations with Five Breakfasts, Three Lunches, and Three Dinners
  • Airline Taxes, Fuel Surcharges, and National Park Fees Included

Considering the diverse geography and enchanting people, it’s no wonder that Kenya became a top travel destination—but the country’s awe-inspiring wildlife is what really draws visitors in droves. If you’re on the hunt for the safari of a lifetime, this week’s Escape is a natural fit.

Take off on an eight-day journey through Kenya ($2,299 to $2,699 per person depending on departure date*), courtesy of Gate 1 Travel. The package includes round-trip flights from New York City to Nairobi as well as round-trip ground transportation in a safari van driven by an English-speaking guide. You’ll spend five nights in three- and four-star, double-occupancy accommodations** and receive five breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners along the way. Also covered are airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and national park fees.

After your overnight flight, arrive in Nairobi and transfer to the Jacaranda Hotel. The following morning, you’ll join the herd (a maximum of 24 people in four vans) and head out into the Great Rift Valley en route to your camp at the Malewa Wildlife Lodge. The lodge is set in the heart of the Kigio Wildlife Conservancy, which supports a transplanted population of nearly 30 endangered Rothschild’s giraffes.

You’ll spend the afternoon on a game drive through the 3,500-acre park—also home to buffalo, gazelles, hyenas, and hippos—before visiting a native community to learn traditional basket-weaving techniques. Round out the day with a guided nature walk, and get schooled on wildlife tracking and medicinal plants.

In store for day four is the legendary Masai Mara National Reserve in southwestern Kenya, where you’ll spend two nights at the Keerokok Lodge. Each year from July through October, millions of wildebeest and other hoofed mammals cross these perilous grasslands on The Great Migration.

“Classic Kenya, archetypal Africa. It includes a world-famous savanna teeming with predators and prey,” says National Geographic. “In residence are lions, cheetahs, elephants, antelopes, black rhinos, and other supporting-cast animals.”

Though outnumbered, the big cats are the true monarchs of the Maasai Mara, fittingly called the Kingdom of Lions. Other than a short break to graze on lunch back at the lodge, you’ll spend all of day five on the prowl for the “big five” with game drives through the stunning savanna. Return to camp that evening and bask in the beauty of the sun setting over the African horizon.

Make your way back to Nairobi on day six to spend an afternoon at the Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Center, where you’ll feed the animals and learn about conservation efforts before spending the evening at leisure. The following day, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Nairobi may be the cultural capital, but the savanna is where you’ll find the pride of Kenya. Get out on the grasslands with this week’s unforgettable Escape.

For additional information, view the Gate 1 Travel full itinerary.

*Departure dates: January 18, March 15, and May 31 ($2,299 per person); February 15 and 22, April 12, and May 3 ($2,399); May 17 ($2,499); and June 7 ($2,699)
**Prices based on double occupancy. For single-occupancy travel, pay an additional $500 upon booking.

Travel Deal of the Day – August 10, 2012

Travel Deal of the Day, brought to you by The Student Globe Trotter!

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10-Day Mediterranean Cruise with Optional Airfare – Italy, Greece, and Croatia Source: Groupon

10-Day Mediterranean Cruise with Stops at Venice, Athens, and Greek Islands

Key Tours International (Getaways with Expedia) ● Italy, Greece and Croatia (Link to Company Website)

What You Get

10-day cruise of Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean. Includes all onboard meals, one-night accommodations in Venice.

Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required) or pay an additional $700 to travel solo. Read about different purchase options here.

  • Option 1: $999 per person for a package without airfare, valid for travel 9/22, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10 (a $1,999 value)
  • Option 2: $1,999 per person for a package with roundtrip international airfare from New York City (JFK), valid for travel 11/3 or 11/10 (a $3,199 value)
  • Option 3: $2,099 per person for a package with roundtrip international airfare from New York City (JFK), valid for travel 9/22, 10/13, 10/20, or 10/27 (a $3,199 value)
  • Book by: 8/31/12

Amenities

  • Five restaurants
  • Two swimming pools, a kiddie pool, and seven whirlpools
  • Casino and theater
  • Tennis courts
  • Internet café
  • Ten indoor bars and two outdoor pool bars
  • Kids game and activity rooms

Venice’s Piazza San Marco has been a gathering place for native Venetians since the ninth century, when it was the site of the first church of St. Mark. Today, tourists still gather in the square to marvel at its ancient palaces, marble salon, and ornate cathedrals. At such a busy city center, you’d expect to hear blaring horns and revving engines, but Piazza San Marco’s lamp-lit streets are filled with the sounds of cooing pigeons, live music, and laughter. This landmark is just one of the stops on Key Tours International’s 10-day Mediterranean cruise, which spotlights other timeless attractions such as the ancient city of Athens and the volcanic Santorini Island.

Some packages include roundtrip airfare from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) in Venice. Click here to view the full itinerary.

Itinerary

Days 1–3: After arriving in Venice, you’ll board the elegant MSC Musica, where unlimited food and drinks will be available at the many bars and restaurants onboard. The decadent cruise ship also has two swimming pools, a casino, and large-screen outdoor cinemas, so there’s plenty to keep you occupied during the voyage along Italy’s coast in the Adriatic Sea. The first stop is Bari, a port city that mixes contemporary villas and restaurants with historical sights such as a medieval castle and The Church of St. Nicholas.

Days 4–5: The ship continues southward to Katakolon, Greece, a small town bordering the Ionian Sea and Olympia. Head to the seaside town’s artsy main drag to browse local crafts or sample fresh seafood.

The next stop is Santorini, an island some believe was once the lost city of Atlantis. Centuries ago, Santorini’s surface broke apart after a massive volcanic eruption. Now, sugar-cube houses sit on the rim of the ancient volcano, and visitors can scuba dive to see the caldera, which is now a giant, central lagoon that smolders underwater. Nearby, Mykonos contrasts Santorini’s natural wonders with manmade flashiness. Sure, the island has storybook windmills and hillsides, but most come for the beachside clubs and pulsing discotheques that are almost always hopping after dark.


Day 6: Spend a day exploring the historic Greek city of Athens, which is home to some of the world’s most iconic architecture. It’s easy to spot the Acropolis and its famous Parthenon, where Doric columns and a marble facade loom over the capital city. Other highlights here include the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, which features coins from ancient kingdoms, sculptures of mythic figures, and the 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism which is thought to be an early computer.

Days 7–8: After Athens, you’ll dock at Corfu Island, which presents a much more verdant landscape than its rocky neighbors. The beaches here stretch up from the Ionian Sea to hilly groves studded with millions of olive trees. Inland, the village is vibrant with pastel buildings and corridors where merchants have hung colorful garments and handmade jewelry. At Dubrovnik, you’ll get a feel for Croatian culture. Dubbed “the Pearl of the Adriatic” by Lord Byron, Dubrovnik dazzles with red-roof buildings and ornate cathedrals that exemplify Baroque and Gothic architecture.

Days 9–10: The final leg of the voyage is spent in Venice with overnight accommodations at the opulent Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal. An included walking tour of the city showcases famous landmarks, such as the Piazza San Marco as well as Marco Polo’s house and walk-in humidor. The highlight of this stroll is Doge’s Palace, a breathtaking symbol of Gothic architecture. Inside, the walls and ceilings are covered with evocative frescoes by classical artists including Titian and Tintoretto. The next day, you’ll head back to the airport for your flight back to the States.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Travel Deal of the Day – August 7, 2012

Travel Deal of the Day, brought to you by The Student Globe Trotter! Enjoy and happy travels!

12-Day Tour of Turkey + Flights Source: LivingSocial

Classical Sites in Modern-Day Turkey

Key Tours International • Istanbul, Turkey

Escape Kit

  • A 12-Day Tour of Turkey, Including:
  • Round-Trip Flights Departing from JFK ($1,666 to $1,966 per Person), LAX or Toronto Pearson ($1,966 to $2,266 per Person), or Without Flights ($1,149 to $1,249 per Person)
  • Round-Trip Ground Transportation to Airport, Hotels, and Sightseeing Destinations Accompanied by English-Speaking Tour Director
  • Ten Nights of First-Class, Double-Occupancy Accommodations with Ten Breakfasts and Seven Dinners
  • All Taxes, Hotel Surcharges, and Entrance Fees Included

According to Greek mythology, the Trojan War began when Helen was abducted from Sparta and brought to modern-day Turkey. Her lovely face may have launched 1,000 ships, but if you’re looking for a more civilized way to worship Turkish beauty, this week’s stunning Escape from Key Tours International is all you need.

Embark on a 12-day, multi-city tour of Turkey with round-trip flights departing from JFK ($1,666 to $1,966 per person*) or LAX or Toronto Pearson ($1,966 to $2,266 per person*). Or, choose packages without flights ($1,149 to $1,249 per person*). All options include round-trip ground transportation, ten nights of first-class, double-occupancy** accommodations, ten breakfasts and seven dinners, an English-speaking tour director, and all taxes and fees.

After your overnight flight to Istanbul, you’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to the Hilton Hotel ParkSA. Your love affair with the country begins in earnest on day three with a full-day tour of the nation’s largest and most alluring city, including the ancient Hippodrome of Constantinople and the vast Grand Bazaar, covering more than 60 bustling streets in the heart of Istanbul.

Depart on day four for Ankara—Turkey’s capital and one of the world’s oldest cities—and spend the night at the Barceló Ankara Altinel hotel. The following morning, you’ll visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and pour over enchanting Hittite treasures before journeying to the Cappadocia region and checking into the Dedeman Cappadocia for two nights.

On day six, tour the early Christian-era rock chapels of Goreme, and take a regional pottery workshop in a cave amid the famed “fairy chimney” rock formations. You’ll depart the next morning for Pamukkale, with its natural springs and white calcium cascades, and overnight at the Lycus River hotel.

Visit the ruins of the Roman spa of Hierapolis before continuing on to Kusadasi for two nights in the Charisma Hotel. While there, you’ll get caught up in the area’s bewitching history, including the ruins of Ephesus and the Virgin Mary’s cottage.

Day ten includes visits to Pergamum—home to the Altar of Zeus—and Troy, where you’ll tour the city’s legendary walls and see a replica of the legendary wooden horse used during the Trojan War. You’ll spend the evening in the Tusan Hotel in Canakkale before setting out for Istanbul the following morning, with additional sightseeing stops along the way.

By the time you board your flight home, you’ll agree: Turkey’s beauty is enough to justify 1,000 trips, starting with one unforgettable Escape.

For additional information, view the Key Tours International full itinerary.

*JFK departures: September 20, 22, 27, and 29 and October 4 and 6, 2012 ($1,966 per person); or November 1, 8, and 15, 2012 and January 10 and 24 and February 7 and 21, 2013 ($1,666 per person)
LAX or Toronto Pearson departures: September 20, 22, 27, and 29 and October 4 and 6, 2012 ($2,266 per person); or November 1, 8, and 15, 2012 and January 10 and 24 and February 7 and 21, 2013 ($1,966 per person)
Without flights: September 20, 22, 27, and 29 and October 4 and 6, 2012 ($1,249 per person); or November 1, 8, and 15, 2012, and January 10 and 24 and February 7 and 21, 2013 ($1,149 per person)
**Prices based on double occupancy. For single-occupancy travel, pay an additional $495 upon booking.

 

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