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As the Travel and Chocolate Industries Brace for the Busy Easter Season so does Washington DC

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Celebrate Easter with New American Traditions

Easter brings with it the promise of springtime and holiday fun, making it the perfect time to travel and indulge. It is Australia’s most popular time to fly and why not with the excess of events happening world-wide? The Easter Bunny certainly gains a few frequent flyer miles on his tour of the United States. Every year he visits almost every shopping mall in the country to meet his fans! Take a break from a shopping tour to snap a picture with the big bunny and tell him what you hope will be in your basket.

If touring Washington DC, visit the White House and get access to the South Lawn for an Easter Egg Roll. You must have a child under age 10 to attend but children of all ages can buy the souvenir eggs, given free at the event, online. These hand painted eggs will be signed by President Obama and the First Lady!

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Met Museum to look at Francis Bacon

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Art lovers should remember to fit a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art into their New York tours this summer to see an exhibition of work by Francis Bacon.

The major retrospective will be open from May 20th until August 16th at the famous museum on the eastern edge of Central Park.

Arranged to mark the 100th anniversary of Bacon’s birth, the exhibition will be the first major showcase in New York dedicated to the artist in 20 years.

Now recognised as one of the most influential and important painters of the 20th century, Bacon was known for creating bold and expressive pieces of art that often featured nightmarish imagery.

Some 130 works will feature in the Met Museum exhibition – 65 paintings and 65 archival items – spanning the entirety of his career.

Until May 24th this year, the New York museum will present a display of French sculpture from the Renaissance era to the rime of the revolution, featuring pieces by Germain Pilon, Michel Anguier and others.

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Discover the Beauty and Culture of San Francisco

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The San Francisco Bay Area has long been esteemed as one of the most picturesque and culturally-diverse regions of the US.  With its gorgeous natural scenery, vibrant art and music events, ongoing festivals, and diverse social scene, San Francisco has a something for everyone!

1. Cable Car Tour of San Francisco (+ Bay Cruise!)

You can’t come all the way to San Francisco without hopping on a motorized Cable Car Tour.  This fabulous little ride takes you just about everywhere—to the Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, North Beach, and more!

The tour ends with a refreshing, one-hour cruise through the San Francisco Bay.

2. Photography Tour of San Francisco

Discover your artistic side–and the beauty of San Francisco–on this guided photography tour.  Suitable for novices and experienced photographers alike, the tour is led by a local artist that possesses in-depth knowledge of San Francisco’s most picturesque parts! continue reading

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Best Places to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day- Boston, Dublin and London

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Beannachtai na Feile Padraig! Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Like millions of people all over the world, you too can be Irish for the day on March 17 – St Patrick’s Day. Sport a huge green hat, paint a shamrock on your face, dress up as a leprechaun, and down a few pints of Guinness. It’s all part of the fun wherever folks claim Irish ancestry.

So where are the best places for St Patrick’s Day celebrations? There are plenty to choose from, but three of the best are Boston, Dublin and London. continue reading

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New York to celebrate 400 years of history in 2009

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Travellers on New York tours will be able to join in with some major celebrations this year as the city pays tribute to 400 years of history.

On June 6th, New York City will host River Day, an event to mark the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain’s first explorations of the area.

This occasion, which will mark the beginning of a year-long series of events, will include a relay of vessels from the boat and yacht clubs of New York, which will sail from Manhattan towards Albany, tracing the path followed by Hudson.

River Day is one of many celebrations that will take place in 2009 in what the New York state tourist board describes as "a year of milestones and events".

Music fans should plan their transatlantic trips for the end of May, with the Lake George Elvis Festival paying tribute to the ‘king of rock ‘n’ roll’ between May 28th and 31st.

The Niagara Wine Trail event will be held in Medina on June 20th and 21st, with a tour starting at the Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, while the Saratoga Jazz Festival will come to Saratoga Springs on June 27th and 28th.

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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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Shopping in the USA

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Souvenirs and splurges abound as shopping tours help you save cash and go home with some amazing steals. Shop designer brands at outlets in New York and Hawaii or buy up the hoodies and track suits Americans are so known for at an American mall experience. If your travel partner doesn’t share your passion for products visit one of America’s inclusive malls, such as the Mall of America. Here you can shop, eat, see a film and even visit a theme park! Perfect for families.

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See Shrek the Musical on New York tours

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Travellers planning to pay a visit to the famous Broadway theatre district during their New York tours this year will have opportunities to see shows including Shrek the Musical.

The theatrical version of the Oscar-winning animated movie is currently showing at the Broadway Theatre and will be taking bookings until August 30th.

Taking on the lead role of the famous green ogre in the show in Brian d’Arcy James, who, according to the NY Post, gives a performance that is "multi-layered" and "amazing".

Experienced Broadway performer Sutton Foster plays Fiona in Shrek the Musical, while Daniel Breaker brings to life the popular character of Donkey.

The villainous Lord Farquaad from the film also appears in the stage version, along with a host of supporting characters including Pinocchio, Gingy the gingerbread man and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

People planning a theatre trip during their breaks in New York this year may be interested in seeing one of Broadway’s current best-selling shows, such as Wicked, Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys or The Lion King.

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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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