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Head to London for some sporting drama

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Football fans will soon be booking London tours to ensure that they are in the city when Chelsea play Liverpool in the quarter-final of the 2009 Champions League.

The draw for the next round of the European club competition was made today (March 20th) and paired the Blues with the Reds for the fifth consecutive year.

Visitors to London will be able to head to Stamford Bridge to see the deciding match in the tie on April 14th following the first leg at Anfield on April 8th.

The other English sides in the draw will be heading to slightly sunnier climes for their quarter-final games, with Manchester United playing Porto in Portugal and Arsenal heading to Spain to take on Villarreal.

Sports fans in Barcelona will also be provided with some top entertainment following Barca’s pairing with German outfit Bayern Munich.

Supporters who see their teams make it all the way to the final will be able to arrange Rome tours to coincide with the game, which will be held at the Stadio Olimpico on May 27th.

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British travellers ‘showing more interest in long-haul trips’

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The constraints created by the credit crunch have led to British travellers looking further afield as they plan their adventure tours and other getaways, according to research by the International Currency Exchange (Ice).

Ice’s February report indicates that, for the first time ever, the Thai baht was one of the three most popular currencies among UK travellers in February, behind only the euro and the US dollar.

The Australian dollar was pushed into fourth place by Thailand’s currency, with the Czech koruna rounding off the top five.

Andrew Hamilton, head of marketing for Ice, said: "It was a big surprise to see orders for Thai baht rise 102 per cent on average, pushing it ahead of Australian dollar orders and into the top three currencies in February 2009.

"Even further abroad, Brazil looks set to be this season’s Mexico as Brits recognise the great exchange rate on the Brazilian real."

Other destinations that appear to have been popular with British travellers over the winter include New Zealand, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa, all of which saw their currencies in the top 15 in the Ice rankings.

Speaking at the recent Destinations travel show in Birmingham, Steve Barnes of Abta – The Travel Association said that the credit crunch has created a new sense of adventurousness among British travellers.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19076309-ADNFCR

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Excitment and Adventure in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas has more to offer now than ever before. Daily excursions into the Mohave Desert and tours of some of the American South West’s most legendary sights such as London Bridge, the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam offer easy access to the trip of a lifetime! Phototours present you with the best views of scenic attractions while providing you with plenty of time to make memories. A bit of history is brought into each tour as guide share their knowledge of the land.

Phototour Indian Ruins & Valley of Fire – Take remarkable photographs as you tour the Lost City of the ancestors of the Hopi Tribe. The Valley of Fire and Rainbow Vista will offer you startling panoramics with harsh colour schemes and surprising textures. Visit Altatl Rock for a view of ancient petraglyphs, while your guide teaches you about the Native American tribes that have called this land home. continue reading

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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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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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Brits ‘looking further afield for holidays’

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British people are becoming increasingly adventurous in their holiday destination choices, according to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta).

Steve Barnes, the travel association’s corporate marketing manager, said that the companies that have been joining Abta recently indicate a growing trend for adventurous trips.

Speaking at the Destinations travel show in Birmingham recently, Mr Barnes said that more firms operating in locations that are "off the beaten track" have been joining the association.

Commenting on the particular destinations that appear to be interesting travellers, he added: "Places like Bhutan and Mongolia, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are becoming more popular now.

"There was a couple here a while ago who always used to take holidays in Europe. They’ve just come back from a five-week holiday in Egypt and now they’re just planning another holiday in India, so they’re certainly far more adventurous than they would have been years ago."

Travellers who take adventure tours in Thailand this year may notice their budget stretching further than they thought, as the country was ranked the most affordable destination of 2009 in a recent report by the Post Office.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19064481-ADNFCR

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Race of the Classics sails into Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s coastal location makes it an ideal spot for all manner of nautical fun and the Race of the Classics – one of the biggest amateur sailing events in Europe – is a highlight year after year.

For the twentieth time, the annual event comes to its exciting conclusion in the historic city and visitors on Amsterdam tours can expect to see all kinds of stunning examples of ocean-going craftsmanship.

The race itself begins in Rotterdam and crosses the North Sea to its mid-point in England before returning to the ‘Dam for a celebration of all who participated.

Initiated by members of the local Academy, the race began life as an attempt to foster solidarity between different groups of local young people and international students.

Nowadays that sense of fellowship persists but the event has evolved into a celebration of sailing ships and fun on the open sea that attracts large crowds of locals and visitors on Amsterdam tours alike.

The night of Sunday April 19th is when the festivities will really begin as the ships reach the city and the assembled masses get down to some serious revelry.

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Take in the Barcelona marathon

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For runners and spectators alike, the Barcelona marathon is one of the best of its kind in the world, set against the stunning backdrop of this beautiful city.

At 08:30 in the Avinguda Maria Cristina on March 1st, thousands of runners will take off, with the pace setters expected to finish the race around 10:40.

Runners will be hard pressed to keep their minds on the job, as they race around a city famed for its architecture.

Icons such as the Nou Camp (home of Barcelona’s football club), La Sagrada Familia and the Hospital de Sant Pau will all be passed.

Following its humble begins in the 1970s, the marathon has been growing in popularity, with 7,919 men and 1,202 women taking part last year – up from a respective 6,541 and 934 in 2007.

While most of the runners come from Spain, the UK is well represented too, coming third in the number of runners behind France.

Why not book the BARCELONA – Full Day with lunch tour in advance?
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