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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!

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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 Two – August 18, 2012

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

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Australia and Fiji  Self-Driving Tour with Airfare – Sydney and Sonsali Island Resort  Source: Groupon

Self-Drive Tour of Australia and Fiji Island Escape

11-Day, 8-Night Tour from Pacific Holidays with Roundtrip Airfare, Car Rental, Accommodations, and Some Meals (Link to the Company Website)

What You Get

  • $2,299 per person for an 11-day, 8-night tour of Australia and Fiji (up to a $3,590 value). Valid for Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), or pay an additional $810 to travel alone. Read about different purchase options here.

Available departure dates: 10/20/12, 10/27/12, 11/17/12, 11/22/12, 11/24/12, 11/29/12, 12/1/12, 1/26/13, 1/31/13, 2/2/13, 2/7/13, 2/9/13, 2/14/13, 2/21/13, 2/28/13, 3/2/13, 3/7/13, 3/14/13, or 3/16/13

Book by: 8/31/12

Included in travel package:

  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Sydney Kingsford-Smith Airport (SYD)
  • Seven-day car rental
  • Golden Chain Motel Blue Pass, valid for six nights in Australia
  • Transportation to Sonaisali Island Resort
  • Two nights at Sonaisali Island Resort in Nadi, Fiji, including daily breakfasts
  • Airport transfers

Sydney is home to some of Australia’s most legendary attractions, including the Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and Bondi Beach. But this bustling metropolis on Oz’s southeast coast is just the tip of the island—the eastern seaboard’s diverse landscape includes a renowned wine region, the rustic Blue Mountains, and scenic harbors and rainforests. With this deal from Pacific Holidays, you’ll set your own pace on a self-driving tour of the eastern coast of Australia, before boarding a flight to spend the remainder of the trip in Fiji’s paradise-like setting. Click to view the full 11-day, 8-night itinerary.

Days 1–2: You’ll board an Air Pacific transpacific flight at LAX, and cross the International Date Line on day 2.

Days 3–8: On the third day, visitors arrive in Sydney and transfer to the Thrifty car-rental depot. For the rest of your time in Australia, you have free range to explore Australia’s eastern coast on self-driving tours. With the included six-night Blue Pass, guests can retire to any blue-level Golden Chain motel locations.

You have several options for day trips. A two-hour drive west of Sydney lies the Blue Mountains, named after the bluish hue given off by eucalyptus trees. Hike to the iconic Three Sisters rock formation, or embark on a canyoneering excursion through the mountains’ narrow, fern-covered canyons.

You can also head north into the heart of the Gold Coast, home to Australia’s third-largest city, Brisbane. On the distant outskirts of Brisbane lies the aptly named Surfer’s Paradise, where you can catch world-class waves by day before partying at one of the city’s numerous nightclubs. An off-the-beaten path alternative is Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island with more than 100 crystal-clear freshwater lakes and ancient rainforests. The eastern coast of the island features the rusted remains of the massive SS Maheno, a steamer ship that ran ashore in 1935.

Day 9: After returning your car to the Thrifty rentals depot, you’ll board a flight to Nadi International Airport (NAN) on the island of Fiji. Upon landing, Pacific Holidays staff provides a transfer to the Sonaisali Island Resort, located across the lagoon, just a three-minute boat ride from the main island of Viti-Levu.

Days 9¬–10: The next two days are left up to you. Lounge on the beach, splash in the lagoon-style pool with swim-up bar, and dine in the hotel’s two restaurants and four bars. Through the hotel, guests can book excursions such as horseback riding, surf tours, or snorkeling.

Day 11: Guests are transferred to NAN for a flight back to LAX, where you will arrive on the same day after crossing over the International Date Line.

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

Travel Deal of the Day, Part One – August 17, 2012

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

Happy travels!

Waterfront Stay and Vineyard Tour with Airfare – Cape Town, South Africa  Source: Groupon

Greater Cape Town: Wine Country and the Atlantic Beaches

Nine-Day, Seven-Night Cape Town Waterfront and Vineyard Package from Aquila Private Game Reserve with Roundtrip Airfare, Most Meals, and Tours (Link to Company Website)

What You Get

Nine-day, seven-night South African vineyard and safari tour with airfare. Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required). 

  • Option 1: $3,468, 8/28–9/10 departures (a $6,699 value)
  • Option 2: $2,799, 9/11–10/31 departures (a $6,499 value)
  • Option 3: $2,999, 11/1–11/26 departures (a $6,613 value)
  • Option 4: $3,513, 11/27–12/10 departures (a $6,813 value)
  • Option 5: $4,041, 12/11–12/31 departures (a $7,113 value)

Book by: for 8/28-9/10 departures book by 8/27/12 or two weeks prior to departure (whichever comes first), for 9/11-10/31 departures book by 10/12/12 or two weeks prior to departure (whichever comes first), and for all over departure dates book by 10/12/12.

Included in all options:

  • Round-trip airfare from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
  • Accommodations
  • Guides
  • Most meals
  • Ground transportation
  • Two 4×4 jeep safari tours
  • Two horseback-riding safaris
  • Wine tour and tasting

South Africa embodies diversity in every sense of the word: though English is now South Africa’s most widely spoken language, the government recognizes 11 official languages, and there are scores of additional dialects linked to sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and Asia. Over the course of a short drive, you might pass through wildly disparate landscapes reminiscent of Basque wine country, the Australian outback, and the Rocky Mountains. Great white sharks stalk prey near the shores and giraffes graze on its savannas.

The region surrounding Cape Town captures this diversity in particular, and it’s the setting for this seven-night adventure. View the full itinerary here.

Day 1: Arrival

You’ll depart from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), stop briefly in Johannesburg, and continue onto Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

Days 2–4: Waterfront Village – Cape Town

The Waterfront Village is situated amid the scenic V&A Waterfront Marina in the heart of Cape Town, right at the base of Table Mountain. You can take a dip in the hotel’s swimming pools, or venture out to explore the nearby waterways, which are lined with restaurants and shops. You’ll stay in a one-bedroom apartment and, each morning, dine on an included breakfast at the nearby One and Only Hotel.

Days 5–6: Aquila Private Game Reserve

Aquila Private Game Reserve, located about two hours from Cape Town, encompasses 7 square miles of southern Karoo Highlands. It’s covered with dramatic peaks, valleys, and a menagerie of big game. On a stop here, you will get to see lions, elephants, giraffes, and many more species during game drives; you’ll also travel by horseback and four-by-four safaris.

The standard luxury chalets here feature thatched roofs, wood interiors, and natural-stone accents. Chalets stand close to the main house, which has two large swimming pools, a cigar bar and lounge, and a buffet-style dining area, where you’ll enjoy three included meals per day.

Days 7–8: Spier Hotel – Stellenbosch

Spier Hotel sits in the heart of Stellenbosch, South Africa’s famed wine region just outside Cape Town. Spier Winery produces an array of award-winning wines, including pinotage, South Africa’s signature varietal. The hotel and winery value sustainability; they have recycled-wood furniture in the tasting room and a magnificent chandelier made from 334 recycled Spier wine bottles.

Contemporary South African art can hangs from the walls in both the standard rooms and the farm-to-table fine-dining restaurant, where you’ll partake in the included daily lunch.

Day 9: Departure

In the morning, you’ll be transported back to CPT. After a brief pit stop in Johannesburg, it’s onward to IAD.

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

Random Thoughts – August 10, 2012

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Binary
(by DeShaun A. Craddock)

Took a trip uptown to talk about some head shots, and went for a walk after. This was right before I headed home for the day.

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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