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Posts from March, 2009

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – Adventure of a Lifetime

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The Thrill of Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Were you glued to the TV as British celebs struggled up Africa’s highest mountain for Comic Relief? Did you cheer when Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole reached the summit just before dawn?

Did you look at the breathtaking scenery and the dawn over Africa and think, “Wow, I’d like some of that?” If the answer’s “Yes,” and the brave Comic Relief team inspired you, then you too can enjoy the adventure of a lifetime climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Choose from two excellent treks: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – 5 Days/4 Nights or Mount Kilimanjaro Tours – 6 Days/5 Nights, each taking a different route. Both show you the best this great mountain has to offer. And both are guaranteed to be spectacular!

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Singapore’s Creatures and Cultures

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Singapore – an exceptional blend of eastern and western culture, Singapore offers once in a life-time experiences in a safe and family-friendly environment. Whether going on a night safari or viewing the city from 165m up, on the Singapore Flyer, travellers can experience jaw-dropping sights.

Who can refuse the chance to sip Chinese medicinal herbs before watching the night lights give the colourful city a new life after dusk?

Try one of these exciting tours to experience the real Singapore:

FunVee Night Safari Shuttle Tour - For a once in a life-time experience explore the jungle under the glow of the moon. This all-inclusive tour takes you on a tram ride through habitats of some of the most elusive creatures of the night.  As the world’s first night safari, participants will have a tale for home none of their friends can top! continue reading

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Historic cycling race to tour Italy

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Travellers planning holiday tours in Venice or Rome in May will have the chance to be part of a historic sporting tradition in Italy.

The Giro d’Italia, which is regarded as Italy’s version of the Tour de France, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2009.

Holidaymakers in Venice will be able to see the road race begin with a team time trial event in the iconic city on May 9th.

The participating teams and riders will then be taken north to face some challenging mountain terrain in destinations such as Padova and Bressanone, as well as some trips across the border to Innsbruck and Mayrhofen in Austria.

After winding its way south and moving through the picturesque rural heart of Italy, the tour will reach its conclusion with an individual time trial in Rome on May 31st.

One of the highlights of the 2009 Giro d’Italia for many sports fans will be the participation of Lance Armstrong, who won the Tour de France a record seven times on the spin between 1999 and 2005.

Venice – Fall in love all over again on a Gondola ride on the Grand Canal and lose yourself in the grand St Marks Square.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19071814-ADNFCR

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U2 to launch stadium tour

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Rock legends U2 will set off on a major stadium tour of Europe and the US this summer that will get underway at the Nou Camp in Barcelona.

If they are able to get their hands on tickets when they go on sale soon, music fans on Barcelona tours will see the band perform at the famous home of FC Barcelona on June 30th.

U2′s 360 Degree Tour will also take them to the San Siro in Milan (July 7th), Paris’ Stade de France (July 11th), Croke Park in Dublin (July 24th) and Wembley Stadium in London (August 14th).

One of the highlights of the tour for fans will be the innovative 360-degree design of the stage, which will give the entire audience a clear view of the band doing what they do best.

Paul McGuinness, the group’s manager, said on their official website: "U2 have always been at their best when surrounded by the audience – this staging takes a giant leap forward."

The tour is being launched in support of the Irish rockers’ latest album No Line on the Horizon, which was released earlier this month and shot straight to the top of the charts in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia.

Barcelona – Wonderful Gaudi architecture and a cosmopolitan atmosphere have made Barcelona Spain’s most popular city.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19071169-ADNFCR

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New river attraction to open in Singapore

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A new aquatic safari park that is thought to be the first of its kind in Asia will open in Singapore in 2011.

The Singapore Tourism Board announced that River Safari, which is expected to attract some 750,000 visitors a year, will be based within the 89-hectare Singapore Zoo and Night Safari compound.

Visitors on Singapore tours will be able to enjoy a range of recreational water-based activities at the new attraction and also see the variety of wildlife that will be brought into the habitat.

The announcement of River Safari follows the recent completion of two other natural attractions in Singapore – the Southern Ridges walking network connecting four of the city-state’s parks and the Marina Barrage and Reservoir.

Divya Panickar of the Singapore Tourism Board said: "The River Safari, Marina Barrage and Southern Ridges developments join an already impressive list of nature attractions in Singapore.

"Apart from the enduringly popular Botanic Gardens, other ‘must-see’ natural habitats include the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, to name a few."

The south-east Asian destination enjoyed a major boost in its appeal to tourists last year with the opening of the Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest observation wheel.

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-19070546-ADNFCR

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Spa and Sailing Deals in New York

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Spend a weekend in luxury as you enjoy eye-popping views of the New York skyline and relax with the aid of essential oils. Exotic spa deals will teach you how to roll a cigar or refresh you with a rose petal bath. Post-spa fun can be had out on the New York Harbor. Try the new Audubon eco-cruise to appease the naturalist in you or, if a livelier jaunt is your desire, dance the night away or take the helm yourself on an oceanic adventure. City lights will add a sparkle to your voyage no matter what the activity you choose!

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New isango! Travel Experiences February 09 Update!

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February has brought us a library of exciting new tours and deals for exploring the globe. On isango! you can find the best offers for biking across the hills of San Francisco, USA or absorbing the magical air blowing off the ocean at Cabo da Roca on a tour of Sintra, Portugal. From Washington DC to Paris to Dubai we have great products for you!

New Things to Explore in Portugal:

Sintra Scenic TourThis 4.5 hour tour takes you through the scenic countryside of Lisbon providing splendid views of castles, ocean and the alluring Boca do Inferno where the waves stir in chaos. Stretch your legs at the Pena National Palace and the small town of Cascais, home to local fisherman and sometimes the royals of Europe.

Hop on Hop off 48h Bus ticketExplore Lisbon at your own pace with a 2-day access pass to a bus driving to all the best destinations within the city. Offered in 8 languages, the tour provides an unbeatable orientation to the city.

Red Tramcar – The Hills TourThe easiest way to explore the expansive hills of Lisbon, the Red Tramcar allows you to explore the city without leaving your seat! Just look out your window to see the medieval architecture of the Alfama, people chatting and shopping by homes in Chiado and the impressive government buildings and mansions of Lapa. continue reading

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Art and history to be explored in Rome

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Travellers planning Rome tours over the coming months will be able to immerse themselves in the art and history of their holiday destination by attending a number of exhibitions and events.

One of the most high-profile exhibitions currently open in the city is dedicated to the ancient Roman emperor Julius Caesar, focusing on how the man himself compares with the myths associated with him.

The showcase, which includes archaeological finds and models to illustrate how Rome appeared in Caesar’s time, will be open at Chiostro del Bramante until May 3rd.

Another journey into Italy’s history is on offer at Complesso del Vittoriano, which until June 28th will present an exhibition focusing on the painter and architect Giotto di Bondone.

The cultural focus of Rome’s museums is not limited to Europe, however, as a display focusing on the American artist, sculptor and inventor Alexander Calder will be open at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni until May 10th.

Football fans will be joining the art and history buffs in the Italian capital this spring when Rome’s Stadio Olimpico plays host to the 2009 Champions League final on May 27th.

Rome – Visit some of the ancient landmarks such as the Colosseum or tour the opulent Vatican.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19069020-ADNFCR

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Catch Bob Dylan in London

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Music lovers planning London tours this year may be tempted to arrange their trip around an appearance in the city by one of the greatest cultural icons of modern times.

Bob Dylan will set off on a European tour this spring that will include a show at the O2 Arena on April 25th.

The gig in the English capital will be part of the last leg of Dylan’s tour, with other performances scheduled in Cardiff (April 28th), Edinburgh (May 3rd) and other cities before the final shows at the Dublin O2 on May 5th and 6th.

Stockholm will be the destination for the first concert on the tour on March 22nd before the venerated singer and his band head south to cities including Berlin (April 1st), Paris (April 7th, 8th) and Rome (April 17th).

Dylan’s career has spanned nearly 50 years and led to the creation of some of the most significant and revered music of modern times, including the songs Blowin’ in the Wind, Like a Rolling Stone and The Times They are a’Changin’.

People planning transatlantic trips this summer will be able to see another musical luminary in concert when Eric Clapton launches a tour including stops in Washington DC, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

London – Ride the London Eye, visit the Tower of London or take a day out the city to see Stonehenge.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19068664-ADNFCR

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Brits ‘planning Easter escapes’

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An increasing number of British people are planning family holiday tours and other breaks for Easter in a bid to escape the recession and this winter’s gloomy weather, according to a car hire comparison site.

Carrentals.co.uk reported a 15 per cent increase in advance vehicle hire bookings for the Easter period.

Travellers also appear eager to take lengthy breaks to escape the pressures of life at home, with an increase in car hire periods of between seven and 14 days and fewer long weekend deals.

The most popular car rental locations for Easter, according to the company, are Geneva in Switzerland and Orlando in Florida, followed by Lisbon and Faro airports in Portugal and Pisa in Italy.

Gareth Robinson, managing director of Carrentals.co.uk, said: "We’ve definitely seen a change in booking this Easter – customers seem to want to escape the UK and the constant reminders of recession.

"As a result, they are booking longer escapes to favourites such as Switzerland, the Algarve and Florida, and also newer locations – for example the Atlantic coast in Portugal."

Another effect of the recession, according to the Abta travel association, has been holidaymakers looking at new and adventurous destinations to ensure that their budget stretches as far as possible.

Family – Theme Parks – Treat the family to a day at one of the Disney resorts or to a splashing day out at a Spanish waterpark.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19067950-ADNFCR

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