Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites

With 981 properties currently on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List, it's hard to single out the most breathtaking destinations. But thanks to our friends over at Fodor's, we can take a look at their list of the Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites! 

Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Palau
Cinque Terre, Italy
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Borobudur Temple, East Java, Indonesia
Meteora, Greece
Galapagos Islands off Ecuador
Iguacu Falls, Brazil & Argentina Registered & Protected

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Private Cabana in the Caribbean

Doesn't this look amazing?! What a tranquil way to enjoy the views and beautiful waters of the Caribbean. But I bet you'll never guess where this is...

It's a private cabana on a privately owned part of an island. Well, that sounds damn pricey, doesn't it? But don't worry, you can do this - USD $250 buys you and five other guests complete access to this private over-the-water cabana at Nellie's Beach. You'll get floating beach mats, snorkelling equipment, towels, buffet lunch and service from a cabana attendant. Wow.

It's all part of the private island experience available in Labadee, Haiti, when you're sailing with Royal Caribbean! From your private cabana, you and your family can enjoy all the island has to offer including an ocean water park & flight line, wave runners, 300' waterslide and yes, even a roller coaster!

Royal Caribbean International was one of the first cruise lines to include Labadee, Haiti, as a port of call - they've been providing much needed tourist dollars to the local economy since 1986. At one time, Royal Caribbean International tendered passengers into the port but now they've built their own private pier for passenger convenience.

For more information or to make your cruise reservation, visit Royal Caribbean International Registered & Protected

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Colors of Cuba

Via Friendly Planet Travel: Malecon, Cuba
Only 90 miles from US shores, Cuba is the largest Caribbean island but yet it remains a mystery to most US citizens. Well, wonder no more. 

Friendly Planet Travel holds a Department of the Treasury license allowing them to conduct 'people to people' tours, more aptly called 'people to people' educational experiences. Let's take a look at what they have to offer including:

Colors of Cuba!

Highlights of the 9-day Colors of Cuba tour include:

Via Friendly Planet Tours: Plaza de la Catedral in Havana
Via Friendly Planet Travel: Kids in Havana by Adam Jones
  • Havana & Old Havana where you'll meet artists who've created the colorful murals along Callejon de Hamel
  • interact with students at a primary school 
  • visiting a private artist's studio
  • a musical performance
  • visiting a performing arts school
  • visit a generations old ceramic factory in Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • visit a local bed & breakfast
  • enjoy lunch at a 16th-century mansion on a former sugar can plantation
  • take part in a community block party
  • visit Las Terrazas, home to the majority of Cuba's tobacco farms
  • visit a small medical clinic
  • visit Fusterlandia, home & workshop of Jose Fuster - known as the Picasso of the Caribbean
  • visit Hemingway's home in Finca Vigia
  • interact at a community garden
  • visit a ballet school
Via Friendly Planet Travel
It's important to note because of the nature of this tour and in accordance with US law, all tour-goers must participate in all activities as planned. The Colors of Cuba tour is available Jluy - September 2014 with prices starting from USD $3,099 including return airfare from Miami, FL.

Friendly Planet Tours also offers a 6-day Discover Havana tour (May-September) from $2,199 and a 7-day Highlights of Havana & Varadero (July-September) from $2,499.

For more information or to make your reservation, visit Friendly Planet Tours and be sure to check out the Top 6 Attractions in Cuba: Cuba's Must-See Hot Spots. Registered & Protected

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Taste of Scotland & Ireland

Via CIE Tours
If you've never had the pleasure of visiting Scotland and Ireland before, travelling by coach can be one of the most affordable & comprehensive tour options you can enjoy. 

Choose your departure date, then relax and enjoy exploring the countryside while leaving the driving hassles to a professional. CIE Tours provides luxury touring coaches with free Wi-Fi, all baggage handling, superior first class hotels, meals (daily breakfast, 1 lunch, 6 dinners), attraction admission fees and expert locally-employed tour directors.

Let's take a look at CIE Tours 10 or 11-day coach tour: 

Taste of Scotland & Ireland

Highlights of this tour include - Scottish Highland Evening | Dinner & Ghost Tour in Edinburgh | Dublin Canal Cruise Dinner | Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet | Cliffs of Moher | Guinness Storehouse

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Airport transfers are always included with CIE Tours - meet your fellow tourists for a welcome get-together drink then get ready to explore Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dublin. Take a scenic cruise on Loch Ness, taste & tour Blair Athol (whiskey) Distillery, then go on a ghost walking tour in Edingburgh. Plan to go during the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and you'll get reserved seats. 

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Take the ferry from Scotland to Ireland followed by a walking tour of Dublin's Trinity College. Enjoy a pint & tour the Guinness Storehouse, then enjoy tea & scones at a farmhouse with a sheepdog display. Take a horse-drawn ride in Killarney. Headsets are provided for all walking tours plus you'll be given a deluxe carry-on backpack for your personal belongings.

Prices for this amazing Taste of Scotland & Ireland tour start from just USD $1,698 land only. Or check out the 11-day The Scots Irish Tour that includes touring the Royal Yacht Britannia and a two night stay in Kilronan Castle!

For more information or to make your reservation, visit CIE Tours. Be sure to check out Follow the Mary Queen of Scots Trail and Add Spice to Your Vacation with a Cooking Class in Cork, Ireland. Registered & Protected