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Posts from December, 2008

Season’s Greetings from isango!

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Wishing all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays to our friends on the other side of the Atlantic…from all of us @ isango!

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Christmas Shopping Adventures 3: London and Beyond

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I know that Christmas shopping can feel like a daunting annual ritual, especially when conducted in a bustling city like London!  With Pantomime season around the corner and Christmas just a day away, families are already flooding Central London to get into the Christmas Spirit.

This goes for visitors and Londoners alike: why not add some variety to your usual Christmas shopping routine by embarking on a special Christmas adventure? Here are some ideas: continue reading

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Christmas Shopping Adventures 2: Dubai

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Just when you thought your Christmas shopping adventure couldn’t get more adventurous!  If you’ve decided to take a Christmas shopping trip this year, why not opt for something a bit more exotic (and potentially less expensive) than New York?   Why not visit the plentiful, tax free, shops of Dubai!

And after you’ve indulged in a few days of bargain shopping in Dubai, you can soak up the Arabian sun on one of these exciting excursions: continue reading

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Helping you find your ideal travel experience

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Many of our users browsing for travel experiences in the last few weeks would have noticed a new feature on our product pages, visit our The Golden Circle Sightseeing Tour in Reykjavik to see it in action. Using an algorithm involving the viewing and buying patterns of other users, we are able to introduce other tour experiences that we think might be of interest to the user based on what they are viewing. Users can easily navigate directly to find out more details of that travel experience by clicking the options under the “We also recommend” section on the right.

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New Year’s Eve Tjapukai Cultural Park

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One of the most popular tourist attractions in Cairns is to hold a special event on New Year’s Eve that’s not to be missed.

The Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is to put on a seasonal edition of its Tjapukai by Night show for the occasion, with lots of treats in store for visitors stopping by as part of their Queensland tours.

At 19:00 local time, guests will meet in the Gecko Courtyard for photographs, traditional face-painting and a pre-dinner tipple.

A traditional Kup-Muirri and international buffet dinner will follow and plenty of souvenirs will be on offer, such as pictures with the performers in traditional dress and painted ‘message stones’, intended as lucky keepsakes.

The evening will end with a spectacular firework display – the memories from this unique way of spending New Year’s Eve are sure to last a lifetime.

The Tjapukai, meaning ‘rainforest’, is an Aboriginal tribe indigenous to this part of Queensland. The cultural park allows visitors to learn more of the tribe’s fascinating and ancient culture and to educate members of the wider public about its traditions and customs.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18928578-ADNFCR

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Port Douglas comes alive at Carnivale

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The town of Port Douglas will come alive in a festival of fun and excitement once again next year.

From May 22nd to 31st the Reef and Rainforest Carnivale will kick-start the summer season with much excitement for locals and visitors exploring the state on Queensland tours.

For the duration of the event the entire town is awash with colour and noise as this otherwise fairly low-key destination shows the world that it knows how to party.

The name of the event is inspired by the proximity of the town to two important world heritage sites: the lush and verdant Daintree Rainforest – one of the oldest natural spectacles on Earth – and the incredible living marvel that is the Great Barrier Reef.

Only an hour’s drive from Cairns, Port Douglas is a key destination for adventure tourists and outdoor pursuits with, of course, diving being one of the most popular.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18928485-ADNFCR

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Carols for all at the Domain in Sydney

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The warm sunshine and the summer season means that Christmas can be an al fresco affair in Australia – what better way to celebrate by singing carols outdoors with a few thousand or so close friends?

On December 20th the Domain in Sydney will host a huge carol service, in which as many as 100,000 locals and visitors on Sydney tours will flock to this fantastic outdoor venue.

From 15:00 local time a fantastic programme of pre-show entertainment will entertain the crowd before the main event begins at 20:00.

Ex-Neighbours actress and singing sensation Delta Goodrem will be the star attraction, as the entire venue unites to sing some favourite Christmas songs by candlelight.

Broadcast on network television across the country, the event will also be raising money for some important causes such as the Salvation Army.

The Domain is located in the Royal Botanical Gardens, one of the most popular attractions in the city.

Sydney – Take a cruise of Sydney Harbour or relax on the white sands on Manly Beach.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18927341-ADNFCR

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Rugby Sevens whips HK crowds up into a frenzy

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One of the fastest and most exciting sports in the world will hold its showpiece event in Hong Kong this coming spring.

From March 27th to 29th 2009 the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens tournament will be held at the spectacular 40,000-seater Hong Kong Stadium.

Rugby Sevens is, as the name would suggest, a smaller-sided version of the game that the world knows and loves.

However, despite there being only seven players on each team, the playing surface is the same size and this results in huge amount of space in which players can run into.

Games are therefore played for shorter lengths of time but at a frenetic pace, the likes of which is seldom seen in other sports.

The tournament consists of 24 teams split into three groups of eight. After a standard round-robin format, the top octet of sides compete in a play-off for the Bowl, the middle eight for the Plate, with the bottom teams contesting the Cup.

With all this supercharged action on offer, the already bustling city of Hong Kong promises to become that much more exciting than usual during the prestigious Hong Kong Sevens.

Hong Kong – Part mystical Chinese city, part 21st Century metropolis Hong Kong combines temples and skyscrapers.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18925656-ADNFCR

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Singapore shows its spiritual side during Pongal

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The bustling city-state of Singapore demonstrates its spiritual side with the Hindu festival of Pongal from January 14th to 17th.

Rooted in south Indian tradition and celebrated during the important month of Thai, the event lasts for four days and is a form of harvest festival.

On the first day, which celebrates Lord Indra, the symbolic act of cooking rice in a new pot is performed to draw together themes of new beginnings and of the relationship with the earth.

The fourth day brings the event to a lively climax as temples throughout Singapore reverberate with the sound of drumming and percussion shells being played in time to ancient rhythms.

To experience the city at its most reflective, the festival of Pongal should be on the itinerary of any visitor on Singapore tours at this special time of year.

Singapore – Enjoy the wonderful shops or explore Singapore’s colonial history, whatever you do end the day with a Singapore sling at Raffles.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18925698-ADNFCR

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Hong Kong Arts Festival celebrates a vivid culture

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The annual Hong Kong Arts Festival will once again showcase the varied and vibrant culture that this unique country – and the world as a whole – has to offer.

Performers and innovators from around the world will come together from February 6th to March 8th in this fiesta of theatre, dance, music and visual art.

Among the key events featuring in this comprehensive celebration of creativity will be Shanghai Yueju Opera Theatre, one of the most respected companies in China.

Meanwhile, a groundbreaking performance of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphoses by the Vesturport Theatre of Iceland will also take place.

Music fans on Hong Kong tours will be pleased to learn that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will also be making an appearance, conducted by the legendary Bernard Haitink.

The Hong Kong Arts Festival is the highlight of the territory’s cultural calendar and in 2009 will mark its 37th year.

Hong Kong – Part mystical Chinese city, part 21st Century metropolis Hong Kong combines temples and skyscrapers.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18925603-ADNFCR

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