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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)

 

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 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.

 

Travel Deal of the Day – August 1, 2012

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

The City of London Hotel + Tours Source: LivingSocial

All Things English in the Heart of London

Premium Tours • London, United Kingdom

Escape Kit

  • A Three- ($999), Four- ($1,149), or Five-Night ($1,299) Stay for Two in an Executive Room
  • Or, a Three- ($749), Four- ($919), or Five-Night ($1,085) Stay for One Guest in an Executive Room
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Vintage Open-Top Double-Decker Bus Tour and River Thames Cruise
  • Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace with a Professional Guide and Private Tour of the Tower of London

It’s no secret that the capital will be buzzing this year—carry on the party beyond the summer courtesy of our Celebrate With London Collection. In short: London’s calling, and it’s time to pay a visit to the city named one of the best places to visit in 2012 by National Geographic Traveler.

Make it happen with this week’s Escape from Premium Tours: a three- ($999), four- ($1,149), or five-night ($1,299) stay for two; or a three- ($749), four- ($919), or five-night ($1,085) stay for one guest.

Shack up in style at the mod-luxe, five-star Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, situated in a prime, central location near the famed Tower of London (a private tour is included in your Escape). Besides plush beds you’ll want to sink right into, you’ll find a gorgeous spa, indoor infinity pool, fully appointed health club, and inclusive Wi-Fi.

Wake up each morning to a continental breakfast, then see the sights—including Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been coronated for centuries and where recently, Wills and Kate tied the knot—in style atop a vintage, open-top double-decker bus. Later, take a cruise down the River Thames and check out the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace accompanied by the illuminating commentary of a professional guide.

You’ll also have plenty of time to hit the town on your own, whether it’s stocking up on high-street accessories at Topshop; strolling the halls of the Tate Modern; sipping Pimm’s Cup cocktails; or getting a taste of nose-to-tail guru Fergus Henderson’s St. John Bar & Restaurant, which serves delicacies like braised lamb neck and lamb sweetbreads in addition to gastropub standards like gooey Welsh rarebit.

With more included than a certain British nanny could fit in her bottomless bag, the possibilities are endless—making this one British invasion you won’t want to miss.

To discover more exciting experiences in the capital, head over to visitlondon.com.

Travel Deal of the Day – March 2, 2012

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

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With this week’s Escape, you and a friend will have a bird’s-eye view of that famous skyline from the InterContinental Prague hotel. In lieu of spire-counting, all you’ve got to figure out is how many nights you’ll spend—two in a Deluxe Room ($359) or three in an Executive Room ($509).

Either way, you get all the comforts of home, daily breakfast for two, and 20 percent off food and beverages in any of the hotel’s three restaurants—including the rooftop Zlata Praha featuring panoramic city views and to-die-for Saturday or Sunday brunches.

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When the sun sets, see what lurks in the city’s shadows with your included three-hour ghost tour along dark alleys where alchemists and executioners roamed for centuries.

Before you head home, be sure to pay the statue of St. John of Nepomuk on the Charles Bridge a visit—legend says that by touching him, you’ve ensured yourself another trip to Prague. Whenever that may be, after this glorious vacation, you’ll be counting the days.

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