All Adriatic Cruises 2-for-1

July 24, 2014 on 9:02 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Italy, Rome | Comments Off

Croatia Special Fall Discounts

All Adriatic Cruises 2-for-1

1 person pays, 2 travel

Any departure, any small ship cruise listed on Mediterra website.

Must be booked and paid in full by August 10, 2014

For more details:


310-428-1343-text or call

Mediterra is offering number of other FAM trips to travel agents to explore Croatia’s and the Balkans.

Nobody is offering more luxury and budget tours and cruises to Croatia and the Balkans than Mediterra. Luxury Adriatic cruises and small ship cruises touching beautiful Croatian island and selection of Mediterra tours and cruises in Croatia and other Mediterranean countries can be viewed at


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Travel back in time on a ride through Cathar country in France

July 24, 2014 on 9:01 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, France | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowCathar country is home to medieval castles, world-class wine, quaint villages and Provence-like beauty without the crowds. Explore this up-and-coming locale in the South of France with Discover France, the bicycle tour operator pioneering travel through the Languedoc Roussillon region. Not only is it tres bon rapport qualité prix (more bang for your buck), but you will gain a whole new perspective while rolling through the hills on two wheels.

Your trip begins in the wonderful medieval city of Carcassone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near the Mediterranean Sea. The essential first stop is at Limoux; imbibe the bubbly white wine Blanquette de Limoux while nibbling a sweet, chocolate dessert. Conquer the hills around Couiza before traversing the tranquil and paradoxically wild landscape of the Hautes Corbières countryside. There are breathtaking vistas and delightful villages nestled among rows of vines and majestic castles. The final stage of your journey will take you to the Mediterranean sea, where you can visit the charming village of Collioure, a Catalan port sheltered by the Pyrenees Mountains. Stone and sandy beaches, creeks and crystal clear water will entice you to take a refreshing swim.

The 7-day/6-night self-guided “Languedoc – Carcassonne to the Coast” presents a diverse region with stalwart citizens, awe-inspiring architecture and breathtaking natural beauty. National Geographic named Cathar Country as a “Best Trips 2014” and now Discover France can show you why it’s a must-see for 2015 too.

East Africa: Lands of the Great Migration

July 24, 2014 on 8:56 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Kenya | Comments Off - Top Brands Sale
GLENDALE, Cali. — Feel the savanna rumble as millions of wildebeests and zebras bound across the plains of Kenya and Tanzania in search of sustenance, with hungry predators not far behind. These wild animals follow thousands of years of instinct on this annual, 1,800-mile circular journey, known as the Great Migration. Great Safaris has designed a luxury tour giving guests the opportunity to explore the best of East Africa and offering them a front-row seat to the action.

Start your adventure in Kenya, in the unique Samburu Game Reserve, with rugged and dramatic terrain of volcanic mountains, gaunt hills and the hardy desert rose, which provides a magnificent backdrop for two days of game drives. Move on to the world famous Masai Mara, home to the Maasai people and the Big Five game. Continue your ‘flightseeing’ experience at the Ngorongoro Crater, where the densest concentration of African wildlife exists. Your final stop is the vast Serengeti, the ultimate safari destination and perfect habitat for big cats and grazers alike. Spend the last two days game viewing and watching the sun set on the western horizon.

Learn more about Great Safaris’ Lands of the Great Migration safari tour and how to contact a Great Safaris advisor at

WANT Expeditions Announces New Discount for All Remaining 2014 Tours

July 24, 2014 on 8:54 am | In Adventure Travel | Comments Off

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WANT Expeditions, LLC. – Wildlife and Nature Travel

CONTACT: Jessica Pociask
TEL: 231-620-9268

Adventurers can use this promotion in conjunction with ongoing offers to experience great travel with more rewards


WANT Expeditions – the world leader in highly personalized, conservation-oriented small group travel – announces a special 10 percent discount on all remaining 2014 expeditions open for booking. The discount will apply to each traveler on the reservation.

It’s not too late to book a summer or fall adventure vacation to a destination worthy of bucket-list status!

WANT offers other promotions that can be used in conjunction with the 10 percent discount.

For starters, the company now has a profile on LinkedIn. Connect with WANT and earn a $25 travel credit toward a future booking.

Adventure junkies can join fellow travelers in sharing insight, tips and exciting stories from recent WANT tours on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

As part of the WANT Loyalty Club, every club member earns a $15 Loyalty Rewards Voucher for each day traveled, which can be used toward a prospective trip. The Club is free to join and enables travelers to find a group of like-minded adventurers with similar goals and tastes for future trips with WANT. The company provided vouchers because it believes in the importance of rewarding guest loyalty. Furthermore, redeeming the vouchers is a hassle-free affair; guests can apply them at anytime for any earned amount toward a trip for themselves or the vouchers can be gifted to family and friends. - Top Brands Sale
As for the upcoming 2014 tours, WANT has assembled exclusive itineraries to eight off-the-grid destinations including: Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world and home to rare and endemic species; Kamchatka Peninsula, located in the far east of Russia, where trekkers can walk amongst brown bears and fly into active volcanic craters; Ethiopia, a country of rich tribal culture, substantial wildlife and gorgeous landscapes.

To learn more about WANT’s late 2014 itineraries and to book an expedition, visit and click on the “Destinations” page.

About WANT Expeditions

WANT Expeditions is the world leader in highly personalized, conservation-oriented small group travel, connecting travelers, adventurers, photographers and conservationists from all over the world through expeditions to see the most amazing natural phenomena that exist on our planet. The company only uses local (and often family owned) business partners, practices strong environmental conservation measures, supports protection of cultures and traditions, discourages hand-outs and encourages letting go of western ideals to experience true cultural immersion. For more information, visit


Colorado Scenic Roadtrips‏

July 24, 2014 on 8:47 am | In Adventure Travel, Plains States, Road Trips, Rockies | Comments Off

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DENVER - Spending a long amount of time in the car for a road trip can sometimes be uneventful, but not a road trip through Colorado. The state is home to 25 Scenic and Historic Byways (11 of which are also America’s Byways) celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2014 along with other roads and passes that offer amazing views. Summer through fall is the perfect time of year to travel the byways, roads and passes of Colorado. Following is a sampling of Colorado’s scenic drives with the best views and activities. For more information, visit

Cache la Poudre – North Park Scenic & Historic Byway (Fort Collins). This drive, which means “the powder’s hiding place” in French, is 101 miles (three hours) following the Poudre River up to Cameron Pass. The route was once used by settlers connecting the northern plains of Colorado to the Green River settlement in Utah. Now, the route is a place to drive and see raging river rapids ideal for rafting, Colorado’s state mammal, the bighorn sheep, and amazing views around the bowl-shaped basin of North Park at the top of Cameron Pass. Don’t forget your binoculars, as North Park is a bustling habitat for wildlife.
Frontier Pathways National Scenic & Historic Byway (Pueblo). After beginning this drive in Pueblo, pass along the high plains to see buttes and flatlands before hitting the south side of a local favorite, Lake Pueblo State Park, a 4,646-acre lake. Another 25 miles down the road is the town of Wetmore, which separates the Great Plains from the edge of the Rockies. At Highway 96 and Highway 165, the byway splits west and south. The western route hits the San Isabel National Forest and sister towns Silver Cliff and Westcliffe. The southern route leads to the modern-day structure Bishop Castle and Colorado City, which is a great place to eat some local cuisine. Keep an eye out on this 103-mile (three and a half hour) drive for gray fox, mule deer, elk and pronghorn.  
Gold Belt Tour National Scenic & Historic Byway (Cañon City). The Gold Belt Tour is 131 miles (five to six hours) of rolling mountain parklands to deep rocky canyons. The drive was once the “Roads to Riches” historic route, connecting Cripple Creek to Victor Mining District and was also the world’s largest gold rush to Florence, Cañon City and Florissant. The drive climbs from 5,500 to 9,500 feet in elevation and visits Phantom Canyon Road, a road with green spotted canyons and eerie ghost towns. A great place for a rest stop towards the beginning of this trip is at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to see fossils dating back 34 million years.
Highway 160 over Wolf Creek Pass (Pagosa Springs). For a shorter scenic drive, Highway 160 over Wolf Creek Pass will not disappoint. The highway stretches 41 miles (about one hour) between South Fork and Pagosa Springs. Views from the highway include portions of Weminuche Wilderness within the San Juan National Forest, the Continental Divide Trail and the 100-foot Treasure Falls. The hike to Treasure Falls is one for the whole family and a great way to get out and about.
Mount Evans Scenic & Historic Byway (Idaho Springs). This Scenic Byway is also the highest paved road in North America at 14,130 feet above sea level. Along the 49-mile (two hour) road, alpine lakes, granite walls, mountain goats and bighorn sheep can all be seen. On the way up, views of glacier-cut valleys and many sharp, rocky peaks can’t be beat. On the way back down, stop in Idaho Springs at the Indian Hot Springs resort to relax and enjoy the hot springs.
Peak-to-Peak Scenic & Historic Byway (Estes Park). Established in 1918, Peak-to-Peak is Colorado’s oldest Scenic Byway. From Estes Park to Black Hawk, this 55-mile (two hour) drive passes through Rocky Mountain National Park (celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015), Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Eldora Mountain Resort ski area, all of which make for a beautiful drive full of mountain and high-country lake scenery. Take a detour through the ghost towns of Hesse and Apex, and walk around for a rest stop, or stop west of Eldora for an easy hike to Arapaho Glacier.
Pikes Peak Highway (Colorado Springs). In 1915, Pikes Peak Highway was built and allowed locals and visitors to reach the summit of Pikes Peak. Today, the 19-mile drive (about two hours) is filled with lakes, mountains and wildlife along the climb from 7,400 feet to 14,115 feet. There are also many activities to choose from on the way up, such as hiking, biking and boating. Once at the top, try a world-famous donut at the Pikes Peak Summit House — it is the only donut made at an altitude above 14,000 feet.
Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway (Leadville). Colorado’s two tallest peaks, Mount Elbert and Mount Massive, can been seen from this scenic drive. For 115 miles (four to five hours), pass the beginning of the Arkansas River, the town of Twin Lakes in San Isabel National Forest and Leadville, the highest incorporated city in the United States. Get off the beaten path for a bit and bike Shrine Pass, which is the perfect place for viewing wildflowers, or go trout fishing in Missouri Lake. This Byway also includes Independence Pass.
Silver Thread Scenic & Historic Byway (Lake City). The Silver Thread Scenic Byway passes through two of Colorado’s historic districts, Lake City and Creede. Each has many sights worth seeing. Lake City has one of the largest collections of preserved buildings from the 1870s, and Creede has the Creede Repertory Theater, which USA Today called “one of the best places to see the lights way off Broadway.” Also along this 120-mile (two to four hour) route, see the 800-year-old Lake San Cristobal, and don’t forget to wander off a bit on Forest Road 510 to see stunning views of North Clear Creek Falls.
Trail Ridge Road (Estes Park). Take a drive through Rocky Mountain National Park on the 48-mile (two to three hour) Trail Ridge Road. Starting in Estes Park, hop on the highest continuous auto road in the country to see elk, glacier-carved valleys and amazing peak summits. The Continental Divide can also be seen from this route. Due to its high altitude and heavy snowfall, the route is only open from late May to late October. Don’t forget to stop by The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, which inspired Stephen King’s novel “The Shining.” Also, head to Grand Lake, which is the largest natural lake in the state of Colorado.
West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway (Gunnison). The West Elk Loop Scenic Byway is one of Colorado’s longer drives, but worth every minute. This 205-mile (eight to 10 hour) drive passes through three beautiful mountain towns — Marble, Gunnison and Crested Butte, each of which has something truly unique. See where the marble for the Lincoln Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C., came from in the old mining town of Marble. Gunnison offers a culture mixing the ranching community and a university, while Crested Butte offers amazing views of wildflowers, as is designated the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado.” Also along the drive, pass by Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.  
Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and 25 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state’s breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 11 national parks and monuments and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet.
For more information or a copy of the 2014 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit or call 1-800-COLORADO. Follow Colorado on TwitterFacebookInstagramPinterestGoogle+Foursquare,  FlickrTumblr and YouTube.
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Experience Pure Beauty on Washington’s Olympic National Park

July 24, 2014 on 8:45 am | In Adventure Travel, Pacific Northwest | Comments Off

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PORT ANGELES, WA– Upon arrival at the entrance of Olympic National Park, visitors will be in awe of the natural wonderland that awaits. Start the morning in the Quinault Rainforest with a leisurely trek along Maple Glade where every shade of green imaginable can be found in the light of the new day. Stroll the garnet-colored sands of Ruby Beach and wander Beach Trail. Listen for the spray of whales while investigating the watery worlds of tide pools. Once time at the beach has concluded, head back into the forest to kayak the pristine turquoise waters of Lake Crescent.

Follow part of the waterfall trail from Marymere to Sol Duc Falls and experience nature’s incredible power. Take a dip in nearby Sol Duc mineral hot springs warmed in part by underground volcanic gases. For one final adventure, imagine the intensity of a howling storm while staring out from atop Hurricane Ridge, one of the park’s top destinations. After hiking to its summit, peer deep into the depths of the Olympic Mountains and find glacier-covered peaks with river valleys far below. With lodging options and campsites matching the brilliance found in each location, it’s easy to take an extra day or two to explore. Breathe in deeply as the beauty and wonder of Olympic National Park are sure to take your breath away.

Jewish Heritage Tour Takes in Highlights of Southern India‏

July 24, 2014 on 8:37 am | In Adventure Travel, Asia, India | Comments Off

See Mumbai, Cochin and the Backwaters of Kerala

Pink synagogues, ancient cemeteries, age-old bazaars, delicious Shabbat dinners, and unique lectures by Dr. Shalva Weil of The Hebrew University, world’s leading expert on Jewish India—Burkat Global’s luxury, 14-day, small-group tour, 3,000 Years of Jewish India, is a wonderful people-to-people travel experience. It departs on January 26, 2015.

The land-only tour costs $7,995 per person, double occupancy, and includes hotel accommodations, all transfers and internal transportation (plane, motor coach, boat and tuk tuk), daily American/Indian/European buffet breakfast, 21 other delicious veg and fish meals, bottled water, comprehensive sightseeing with entrance fees, the services of expert Jewish Indian guides, taxes and gratuities. Note that international air fare is not included and meals are not kosher.

The luxurious hotels, all green-award winners, are exceptional. Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace, just across the street from the Gateway to India, is one of the finest hotels in India. Kerala’s lakeside Coconut Lagoon Resort, called “a little bit of heaven,” is ideal for relaxation and seeing the backwaters of Kerala. And the Brunton Boatyard, on an historic stretch of Cochin’s celebrated harbor, combines colonial charm with modern luxury and offers beautiful views of the Arabian Sea.

Among the tour highlights:

· See Mumbai’s beautiful synagogues, shop in ancient bazaars and stay in the legendary Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

· Explore the backwaters of Kerala by luxury houseboat and dugout canoe.

· Tour magical Cochin with its historic synagogues, tiny lanes and spice markets.

· Practice yoga under a mango tree, on the beach, and on the edge of a rice paddy.

· Hold history in your hand with coins and Judaica brought by traders from Eilat thousands of years ago.

· Examine ancient torah scrolls at a rare Shabbat service in the

Paradesi Synagogue, built in 1568.

· Enjoy a private Shabbat dinner in the former home of Cochin’s leading Jewish merchant family.

· Learn about Indian cooking in a private home.

· View the 13th-century tombstone of Sara bat Israel, on which is written what some scholars call the oldest Hebrew text in India.

· See contemporary art at the acclaimed Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

· Take a swim in the Arabian Sea (or just relax by the pool).

For more information about the 3,000 Years of Jewish India tour, visit For reservations, call Iris Burkat at 1-914-231-9023. The tour is limited to 20 persons.


The Okavango Delta Is Inscribed as the 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage Site

July 24, 2014 on 8:33 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Botswana | Comments Off Top Brands Sale
BOTSWANA – The Okavango Delta was inscribed as the 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage site during the 38th Session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) being held in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday 22, June 2014. This was announced yesterday at a Press Conference in Gaborone.

The Okavango Delta inscription came about in fulfillment of the UNESCO listing criteria due to its unique hydrological event (Criteria IX. Outstanding Ecological Biodiversity and Hydrological Processes): as it is one of the few inland deltas that floods in the dry season, busting into an oasis wonderland during the harsh, dry and dusty winter season.

In addition, the vast natural scenic, alluvial systems from which the waters never reaches the sea, but drains into the desert sands of the Kalahari basin and extensive Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

Moreover, the outstanding example of ecological and hydrological process supports diverse forms of life including 1000 species of plants, 130 species of wildlife, 480 bird species, 90 species of fish as well as a host of reptiles, invertebrates and amphibians. (Criteria X. Protection of threatened and endangered species) Thus, the Okavango has become the core habitant for many threatened and endangered species, which includes wild dog, cheetah, lion and sitatunga antelope. (Criteria VII. Exceptional beauty and aesthetic importance). This dynamic ecosystem has truly become a true wonder for the world to marvel at, thus, constituting for its inscription

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In accepting the UNESCO inscription, the Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Hon. Tshekedi Khama said;

“Madam Chair, let me assure you that the government of Botswana is committed to the protection of all its natural and cultural heritage, regardless of whether it is a World Heritage site or not.

We therefore assure the committee that we will continue to work with relevant stakeholders, most importantly the communities living in and around the Okavango Delta, and the riparian States of Angola and Namibia to maintain the integrity of the Okavango Delta.

Most importantly, let me thank the people of Ngamiland for taking care of the Okavango Delta, their participation and support in the nomination process and assure them that government will continue working with them to maintain the integrity of the Okavango Delta and ensure that they benefit from it.”

As part of the celebration for the inscription,

The Minister hosted an exhibition and reception in Doha to honor this milestone of the 1,000th UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Launches New Coupon Functionality to Cater to Vacationers

July 24, 2014 on 8:21 am | In Adventure Travel, Mobile Apps, The South, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today, the premier website for Pigeon Forge vacationers, has launched its revamped coupons section. The company is making purposeful strides to ensure that finding coupons is fast and beneficial for users of the website.

With vacation season in full swing and back-to-school shopping rapidly approaching, online companies are vying for the attention of consumers who often become overwhelmed by too many choices and leave the website. New navigation is now simplified and stress free.

“We had a ‘needle in the haystack’ problem. Users didn’t want to sift through coupon pages just to find the one coupon that they are looking for. That’s why we reorganized to make our coupon experience more simplified,” founder Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt said. “With the new streamlined navigation, organizes deals so people can quickly drill into three things most folks are looking for:

1. Cabins
2. Hotels
3. Attractions & Theaters has already established itself as a trustworthy source for the best deals and coupons. The new website update enhances’s existing reputation for a simple and easy-to-use interface.

Founded in 2000, has become the most trusted one-stop shop for people who like to vacation in the Smoky Mountains. “There are plenty of high-tech websites trying to offer deals, but our website specializes in the simplified user-experience. We have large readable text, and the most personable, real, and practical advice. We have grown because we keep it basic, and this just solidifies our relationship users.” Doppelt added “This is not just a redesign for the sake of redesign—it’s a redesign of how we help people find coupons and save money.”

Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt has helped thousands of people plan Smoky Mountain vacations since she launched in 2000. She grew up in Pigeon Forge and consider the Great Smoky Mountains her home. She is happy to share all the great things about the area and help you enjoy a perfect getaway through her website where you can easily browse lodging, attractions, restaurants, wedding information and more. For additional information, visit  or follow on Facebook and Twitter.


Red Lantern Journeys Organizes Ninth Annual Mt. Rainier Climb for Himalayan Children

July 24, 2014 on 7:54 am | In Adventure Travel, Pacific Northwest | Comments Off - Free Shipping on ALL orders
Continuing to build a bond of friendship between Northwest mountaineers and the people of Nepal, Seattle’s Red Lantern Journeysis organizing its ninth annual Mt. Rainier Climb for Himalayan Children. In mid-July, 18 participants will climb two different routes on Mt. Rainier, led by six experienced climbers-many with Himalaya mountaineering experience. The money raised supports the Mitrata-Nepal Foundation for Children, a St. Louis based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports children’s educational causes in Nepal.

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“This climb is more than just a fundraiser. It is part of our commitment to help others in the countries we do business in,” says Ambrose Bittner, the founder of Red Lantern Journeys and a board member of the Mitrata-Nepal Foundation for Children. “Even small companies and non-profits can make big impacts on the lives of others, and this climb is part of our effort towards that goal.  I’m incredibly proud that Mitrata supports the education, healthcare, and housing of over 100 children in Nepal through its programs.

Bittner was also a friend of Dorje Khatri, a Nepalese climbing guide, who summited Mt. Everest 11 times, but was one of the 16 Nepali Sherpas who were killed in the tragic avalanche on Mt. Everest in April of this year. Bittner says that he is dedicating his climb this year to Dorje and the family he left behind.  ”Dorje was a kind soul and true friend that I made sure to visit whenever I was in Kathmandu. Besides guiding, he was involved in many things including union activities for Sherpas and being a speaker on climate change at international conferences. But he also spared time to visit the Mitrata  programs in Nepal with me. I was truly touched by that. ”

In the past nine years, Red Lantern Journeys has raised over $200,000 for the Mitrata programs in Nepal. Participants in the Climb for Himalayan Children need no prior mountaineering experience-just a commitment to get in shape and raise a minimum of $1,500 in sponsorships. However every year, Red Lantern Journeys awards the biggest fundraiser with a free trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp in Nepal. This year’s climb takes place from Thursday, July 17, to Saturday, July 19.

Red Lantern Journeys specializes in arranging cultural tours and adventure travel packages in Asia for independent travelers and private groups with a focus on responsible travel and unique cultural experiences.

For more information, or to participate in the actual climb, visit here.

See a short, four-minute video of one of the climbs on YouTube

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