Travel Lifestyle Network (TLN) is pleased to announce the introduction of GEOCM in South Korea to its already impressive portfolio of international network of independent marketing and communications agencies.
With an inspiring catalogue of clients that includes Tourism Fiji, Singapore Airlines, Royal Caribbean International and the Hong Kong Tourism board, GEOCM is an asset to the experienced group of international agencies that currently represent Travel Lifestyle Network across the globe.
GEOCM, C.E.O. Bo Soon Choi says, “We’re very excited to become part of the TLN family and look forward to working with such a vast group of like-minded, communication agencies. We offer a full service across media relations, marketing and corporate communications, and by joining the network, this can only increase our range of expertise.
“Additionally, as the first member based in the Far East we hope to contribute our own knowledge to these partner markets as well as share opportunities and business ideas that will essentially enable us to offer a global service to our clients.”
TLN Founder Hanna Kleber said: “Our network has gone from strength to strength during the past six years and the addition of GEOCM is a welcome coup. Over the years we’ve brought together leading professionals from the travel and lifestyle sectors to provide our clients with the dual advantages of a coordinated international approach combined with local market knowledge and contacts. We’re excited to expand into South Korea and to welcome the GEOCM team to the network.”
Whether clients need market intelligence, a campaign carried out internationally or to launch a new product, TLN is able to combine the advantages of global reach with local market knowledge.
For more information on GEOCM, please visit www.geocm.com
For a full listing of TLN services and agencies, visit www.travellifestylenetwork.com
The representative agency for the UK is McCluskey International, for more information visit www.mccluskey.co.uk
Exceptional Travel, a luxury tour operator based in the Cotswolds, are pleased to introduce a selection of walks in Australia showcasing a selection of short and longer treks, in a variety of destinations throughout the vast country.
From award-winning walking tours through Royal National Park, an unspoilt coastal wilderness on Sydney’s southern edge to the Watarrka National Park at the western end of the George Gill Range to behold impressive Kings Canyon, there are a wide range of choices for guests.
The most experienced walker may be interested in the Arkaba Walk, a 4-day Luxury Guided Walk in the Flinders Ranges or the Maria Island Walk, a gentle 3-night / 4-day walk over beaches and through forest, revealing the wilder side of Tasmania. Discover Maria Island with Wilderness Australia.
Hosted by local safari legend, Geoff Scholz, a Gawler Ranges Safari combines pristine southern ocean coast and its abundant marine wildlife with the vast expanse of Australia’s outback in one experience. Likewise, local naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts Diane & David Armbrust offer highly personalised excursions giving guests quality experience observing the wildlife of the wet tropical Daintree Rainforest and the outback of Northern Australia.
For those interested in Aboriginal history, Willie Gordon is a Nugal-warra Elder, Guugu Yimithirr speaker and an author. Passionate about his culture and spirituality, Willie generously shares his enormous knowledge, much of which passed on to him by his father, Tulo, a talented artist whose paintings have appeared in several books and are often displayed in Queensland galleries.
With thousands of stunning walks to experience during a stay in Australia, Exceptional Travel are delighted to help guests choose the perfect walk depending on a guests wishes and preferences.
For more information on visit http://www.exceptional-travel.com/experiences/walking-and-trekking-holidays/walking-in-Australia
25 Oct – 2 Nov 2014
Reputed to be one of the UK’s “spookiest” places, the Isle of Wight is often known globally as the “Ghost Island”. Join the ghost walks, paranormal investigations and interactive “horror” encounters or search for famous ghosts at St Catherine’s lighthouse, Arreton Manor and Enchanted Manor.
The Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne
Saturdays in October 2014, 7pm
From the 4 October, the creaky doors of the fortress will open up for torch lit guided tours every Saturday night. Hear stories of gruesome battles, mysterious objects and haunted sightings as you explore the cobwebbed corridors and dank cells of the 200 year old fortification.
Historic Medway, Kent
Rochester 26Oct 2014, 7.30pm
Chatham 31 Oct 2014, 8pm & 10pm
The cobbled streets, crooked alleyways, ancient ruins, and twisted gravestones littering Rochester provide a suitably spooky setting for the ghost walks on the last Sunday each month. The spectre of Mr Dickens, famous for his ghost stories including A Christmas Carol and The Signalman, is said to haunt Rochester High Street. And the Historic Dockyard Chatham is shrouded in an eerie atmosphere for a ghost walk of the ancient buildings on Halloween.
Battle Abbey and Battlefield, Hastings
25 Oct – 2 Nov 2014
Follow the trail to hidden graves and uncover the secrets lying beneath the stones. Beware of The Black Monk and Red Lady said to haunt the archways and corridors at Battle Abbey. Keep watch for the knight on horseback moving across the battlefield on or around the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings every October.
The Beaulieu River, the New Forest
29 & 31 Oct 2014, 6.30pm
Listen to ghost stories told by your very own ghoulish canoe captain as you sail through the mist on the Beaulieu River at sunset. The boat will arrive at Buckler’s Hard where you will walk back through the haunted forest to the base, following the trail set out by your guide.
Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
31 Oct 2014. 7pm. Adults only.
A house so haunted that it had to be demolished, Hinton Ampner is famed for having one of the most well documented Victorian ghost stories. Join the tour, led by a professional medium and be introduced to paranormal techniques including dowsing rods, crystals and a spirit board, the results of which will be revealed at midnight.
Eastwell Manor, Kent
Eastwell Manor’s resident ghost, the white lady, has been seen regularly by porters on the night shift. Strange noises have been heard and objects have been moved, and these occurrences tend to be blamed on the white lady… but who is she?
Tudor House Museum, Southampton
31 Oct 2014, 4.30pm & 7.00pm
One of Southampton’s most haunted locations, staff and guests have reportedly felt a presence in the Green Room of the Tudor House and dogs have often refused to enter as dark figures are regularly witnessed. Join the torch lit tour and see if you are able to explain the footsteps and bangs, often heard but never located.
Ockenden Manor, West Sussex
One chilly night, over a hundred years ago, a chambermaid was scurrying anxiously through a deep tunnel to meet her lover when the walls gave way, burying her beneath rubble. The grey lady now roams the corridors of the house, occasionally appearing in the Elizabethan bedroom to staff and guests.
Explosion Museum, Gosport
24 Oct 2014, 8pm – 2am.
Join experienced paranormal investigators to explore the museum and hold Séances and Vigils throughout the night. Visitors have reported sightings of apparitions, strange mists, feelings of dread and being touched by unseen hands.
To discover more seriously spooky spots in the South visit http://www.visitsoutheastengland.com
Tourism South East
Tourism South East is a leading membership-based tourism organisation and provider of tourism services operating across South East England, including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East and West Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, The New Forest and Kent. TSE partners with local tourism businesses and destinations, providing services and expertise to support their performance and growth.
The Aqua Mekong brings to the Mekong River a level of elegance and glamour not seen on the river since Catherine Deneuve starred in the 1992 movie, Indochine.
Brainchild of Italian-American entrepreneur, Francesco Galli Zugaro, the Aqua Mekong is the Asian launch vessel of the fleet that first debuted on the Peruvian Amazon in 2008. “The introduction of the Aqua Amazon (and later the Aria Amazon) was a game changer on the Amazon six years ago,” says Galli Zugaro, “bringing an unprecedented level of luxury, cuisine, service and experiential touring to the world’s longest river; and the Aqua Mekong will do the same thing for the Mekong.”
The Aqua Mekong accommodates 40 passengers in 20 design suites each with panoramic floor-to-ceiling views. Cuisine is by Michelin-star Bangkok chef, David Thompson, and the observation deck is home to sunbeds, shaded salas, spa treatment rooms, a screening room and outdoor plunge pool with private cabanas. Daily excursions to temples, markets, villages and French colonial homes are escorted by the ship’s expert private guides aboard the Aqua Mekong’s four launch boats, and passengers have the use of the ship’s 10 on-board bicycles.
“I am proud to bring this entirely new level of sophistication and elegance to this legendary waterway,” says Galli Zugaro.
For more information on Aqua Expeditions’ Aqua Mekong, please visit: www.aquaexpeditions.com
ABOUT AQUA EXPEDITIONS
In just seven years, Aqua Expeditions has become a recognized leader in luxury small ship cruising on the world’s greatest rivers. The realization of founder Francesco Galli Zugaro’s dream, the architecturally designed, custom-built 12-suite Aqua Amazon and 16-suite Aria Amazon cruise ships brought luxury cruising to the Amazon River in Peru, offering travelers nature-based professionally guided adventures combined with sophisticated 5-star, boutique hotel accommodations and gourmet cuisine. Recently, building on the growing interest among travelers in small-ship cruising, Aqua Expeditions launched a third luxury vessel, the 20-suite Aqua Mekong, on the historic Mekong River between Cambodia and Vietnam.
Travel to Mongolia and China with Far Horizons!
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Feel the enduring power and influence of the great Genghiz Khan on this 19-day journey through Mongolia and China!
Mongolia and China: In the Path of Genghiz Khan 2014
Few places in the world live up to the cinematic image that people hold of it in their minds. From the first glimpse of the staggeringly unspoiled and remarkable landscape of Mongolia, it is clear that this land lives up to every expectation. During this 19-day journey, you will be fully immersed in this seemingly timeless culture as we listen to the haunting sounds of Khoomei, or throat singing, during our nights at the ger camps and explore key sites of the Great Khan’s empire by day.
After traveling across the raw and vivid landscape of the Mongolian steppe, we venture into the thriving modern cities of China as, even here, we can see the enduring influence of the Great Khans, Genghiz and Kublai, and their descendants. Some of the past’s most influential people, their dynasties united the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia and created the largest land empire in history.
Under the guidance of Professor Andrew Wilson, we will become versed in the deeds of powerful kings, understand the influence of traditional myths and living traditions, and seek out the ancient remains left behind by Genghiz and his followers. An award-winning professor of Strategy and Policy at the United States Naval War College, Prof. Wilson will share his expertise in both military history and Asian history and culture.
Won’t you join Far Horizons as we trace the threads of the resonating impact of one of the world’s most successful and legendary military masterminds and explore the land he fought so hard to unite? The trip dates are October 2 – 20, 2015, and the itinerary can be viewed on our website. Please continue to visit our blog and check out our ‘Did you know?’ series of posts with interesting historical and archaeological tidbits.
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AVANI Hotels & Resorts, a vibrant upscale brand offering relaxed comfort in stylish contemporary surroundings, has added its first property in Africa – AVANI Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa in Mozambique. Situated in the country’s far northern province of Cabo Delgado, in the ancient port town of Pemba, this impressive hotel is the perfect choice for business travellers or for an easy beach escape.
Getting there is hassle-free, with flights to Pemba International Airport from Johannesburg, Maputo, Nairobi and Dar as Salaam. Transfers to AVANI Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa take just 15 minutes. For guests who wish to explore the local area a taxi service is available, and for travellers who prefer to drive independently, a car rental desk is located within the resort.
As well as a thriving business destination, Pemba is now firmly on the tourist trail as the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago and Niassa Reserve. The Quirimbas Archipelago is Mozambique’s best kept secret – a 250 kilometre long string of tropical islands surrounded by dazzling coral reefs and a wealth of untouched marine life. This is a prime diving destination and is currently being considered for World Heritage Site status. Pemba is also the ideal base from which to visit northern Mozambique’s Niassa Reserve, where four of the ‘big five’ animals are resident.
With its striking architecture blending African and Arabian design, AVANI Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa is perched on a headland between the rugged coastline of Pemba Bay and Wimbe Beach, overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean. The 185 guest rooms, suites, villas and apartments are all designed with a dazzling view of the ocean or the gardens from their balcony or terrace. Guest rooms offer comfortable sleeping and working facilities, accompanied by an assortment of entertainment and refreshment options. Suites have the extra comfort of a lounge area. The Two Bedroom Duplex Villas feature a kitchen, dining and living area with an ocean facing terrace downstairs and an en suite queen and twin bedrooms upstairs. In addition, the One- Two- and Three-Bedroom Apartments have an open living, dining and kitchen area with exclusive use of two swimming pools.
When it comes to wining and dining, the restaurants and bars offer an extensive array of cuisines to satisfy both business and leisure guests. The Niassa Bar invites guests to chat over drinks with friends and colleagues and boasts a menu with an Asian touch. The flagship restaurant, Clube Naval, is located on the beach adjacent to the yacht marina and offers a selection of international cuisine, and at Quirimbas Restaurant creative buffet and a la carte theme nights are abundant with local produce and delicious fresh seafood.
With the rebranding come some added AVANI touches, such as the newly opened Grab & Go deli, selling high quality chocolates, pasta, olive oils, wines from South Africa, Italy and Portugal, as well as a Segafredo coffee corner. In addition the hotel has just launched an in-room dining service.
In terms of relaxing and outdoor activities, a selection of four swimming pools will please swim enthusiasts and a well-equipped gym is open 24 hours. Tennis courts are available for players who want to keep up their game while on holiday. Water sports include snorkelling, sailing, skiing, wakeboarding and kayaking. Guests can also enjoy romantic sunset cruises, experience whale watching and deep sea fishing, or take the plunge with a scuba course and dive trips to incredible nearby reefs. Exploring the region is easy with a variety of excursions, from bustling markets and a picturesque wetland lake to watch bird life and local fishermen.
On a site that seems to hover above the Indian Ocean, the idyllic AVANI Spa has been refurbished to new splendour and reflects the Pemba African and Arabian influence in its therapies. An array of treatments is on offer, from massages, body wraps and blissful facials, with each experience customised to individual needs.
The hotel has become a sought after wedding, conference and incentive destination with its main meeting room catering for up to 200 guests or delegates, and an additional 12-seater executive boardroom. The exotic background of tropical gardens and shimmering sea promises a truly memorable meeting or private event.
AVANI Hotels & Resorts was launched in late 2011 as a sister brand to Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, and now offers six hotels and resorts, with additional hotels to be added soon in Africa and Asia. ‘AVANI’ stems from the Sanskrit word for ‘earth’ – a meaning which is expressed through a grounded personality and simple sense of style. AVANI is a refreshing upscale hotel concept offering relaxed comfort and contemporary style to guests who value the details that matter. Designed for guests who appreciate genuine hospitality, AVANI offers a fuss free approach that leaves a great impression.
About AVANI Hotels & Resorts
AVANI Hotels & Resorts was launched in 2011 to complement Minor Hotel Group’s five star Anantara brand. AVANI offers relaxed comfort and contemporary style in city and resort destinations to guests who value the details that matter. The brand currently has six properties in operation in Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia and Mozambique, with a pipeline of further openings in Asia and Africa. MHG has plans to grow the brand across Asia, India and the Indian Ocean and in the Middle East. W: www.avanihotels.com
A kettle of vultures swirls menacingly above, haunting the skies in anxious anticipation of their future meal’s demise. Attracted to the sick, suffering, and nearly (or fully) deceased, these winged beasts have a grotesque appearance and sinister reputation that makes them fit to star in a Halloween nightmare . Yet despite the ominous connotations of their presence, perhaps we have all been too quick to judge this unpopular, unappreciated and often misunderstood creature.
In reality, vultures play a vitally important role. They frequently prevent the spread of disease by eating the rotting flesh of wild mammals; their highly acidic stomachs sterilize contaminated meat that would otherwise be consumed and spread by other creatures like feral dogs, maggots, and bacteria. Without vultures efficiently removing large amounts of decaying meat, both air and groundwater would be increasingly contaminated.
So while vultures may not top the ranks of “World’s Cutest and Cuddliest,” it is time to give these impressive scavengers some credit. Africa is home to 11 of the 23 vulture species, eight of which are endemic to South Africa. From the Cape Griffon Vulture to the widespread and wide-ranging White-backed Vulture, these African birds are as powerful as they are persistent – truly magnificent in their own right.
Witness all four savannah vultures – Hooded Vulture, White-backed Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture and White-headed Vulture – in action at Kruger National Park. Spend four days discovering the park on twice-daily game drives with African Travel, Inc.’s “Southern Explorer,” keeping your eyes peeled for the vulture’s telltale balding heads. All four are often found congregating around a single kill! This prolific reserve is also home to zebra, giraffe, lion, elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, warthog, hyena, cheetah, leopard and the endangered wild dog.
“Southern Explorer” is an excellent introduction to the vibrant cultural and natural wonders of the region, starting with the bustling “Mother City” of Cape Town before venturing onwards to the wildlife haven. Explore the breathtaking scenery of the Cape of Good Hope, visit the endearing penguin colony of Boulders Beach, and dine as a special guest in the home of a local Capetonian family. As a breathtaking finale, marvel at the thunderous impact of Victoria Falls – the world’s largest curtain of falling water and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
South Africa is home to an unmatched menagerie of majestic beings, and nearly all of them are substantially more appealing than the vulture. Still, this Halloween season, remember that many of the world’s creepiest creatures play an integral role in the health and diversity of our world – spiders, snakes and bats included.
“Southern Explorer” is a 10-day journey highlighting Cape Town, Kruger Private Reserve, Johannesburg and Victoria Falls. Prices start from $5,875 $5,375 per person. Save $500 per person. Book now and lock in the exchange rate savings!
For more information and to book this dream safari, contact your favorite Travel Professional,
call African Travel, Inc. at (800) 421-8907, or visit www.africantravelinc.com . CST 2071444-20
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on Twitter @JimHoldenAfrica or @WeKnowAfrica
About African Travel, Inc. – “We Know Africa”
African Travel, Inc. is a 38-year-old safari operator, with operations in Africa and the USA, offering customized safaris to Africa at all price points. The company’s focus is solely on Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Ethiopia, Congo, Jordan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Malawi, Seychelles and Egypt. We have dedicated, experienced teams in Africa, Safari Specialists in the USA, an extensive transportation fleet, numerous hotels, camps and lodges throughout The Travel Corporation’s Africa-based associate companies. In addition to our brochure and website programs, African Travel can arrange customized safaris for groups.
POPULAR PROGRAMS: Southern Explorer, The Connoisseur’s Collection; The Last Refuge; World’s Greatest Show and Safari, Tantalizing Tanzania
TIP FOR ADVISORS: Before deciding on a safari to Africa be sure to consider all the choices available in destinations, accommodation and wildlife. Each choice will deliver a very different experience. Talk to African Travel’s African specialists to make sure you make the right choice for you and your fellow travelers.
African Travel, Inc. shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with affiliates of TravCorp USA, Inc. in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program. In addition, TravCorp Financial Services Limited provides a guarantee of $20 million in respect of all customers traveling with African Travel, Inc.
About The TreadRight Foundation
At African Travel, Inc. and parent company The Travel Corporation, we understand that travel matters; it allows us to explore the world and gain a deeper understanding of each destination, its history and culture, through enriching experiences. We also recognize that it is our responsibility to help protect the places we visit and take care of the world around us.
Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant and preserved for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has donated more than USD 2.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide. African Travel, Inc. is proud to be an active founder and supporter of TreadRight’s projects and work. Go to www.africantravelinc.com/about/sustainable-touris to learn more.
TreadRight’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. We encourage each of our partners to use this principle to guide all of their actions, whether at our regional offices or when taking guests around the world. By providing grants to organizations that encourage sustainability in different destinations, we hope to maintain the natural attractions across the world that define each unique region. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.
To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at www.TreadRight.org
Book Four People, Save up to $4,000 on an Independent Journey
Book Four People, Save up to $4,000 on an Independent Journey
Travel with four or more friends or family and each save up to $1,000 when you book select 2015 Signature Series journeys, the ideal, independent journey with A&K’s recommended must-sees at each destination, priced and ready to book with one phone call.
Choose from 30 fascinating journeys to the following destinations: Myanmar | Thailand | Bhutan & Nepal | China | India | Croatia | Italy | Russia | Budapest, Vienna & Prague | Turkey | Jordan | Israel | Morocco | East Africa | Uganda | Southern Africa | Argentina | Chile | Peru | The Galápagos
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Contact us for more details on this offer and to book your journey.
Signature Series Special Offer: Save up to $1,000 per person, double occupancy when four or more people are booked on eligible 2015 Signature Series journeys. Other restrictions may apply.
Discount Pricing Now Available for Most Popular Cruise Itineraries in 2015
Los Angeles – River cruising is the fastest-growing segment of travel, and there has never been a better time to book a journey on one of the world’s iconic waterways. Viking River Cruises (www.vikingrivercruises.com) today announced a new fall promotion for its most popular itineraries in Europe, Russia, China and Southeast Asia. From now through October 31, Viking is offering an Early Booking Discount (Code EBD) for all Europe departures in March and April 2015 and all 2015 Southeast Asia departures – with up to 2-for-1 cruise fare and up to 2-for-1 international air.
The fall promotion also includes additional savings on a variety of specific departures. Guests who book a stateroom on one of the award-winning Viking Longships in Europe – or one of the two new ships on the Elbe River – will save an extra $300 per couple. And guests who book a 2015 Russia departure will receive up to 2-for-1 cruise fare and up to free airfare.
“There is an intrinsic value to river cruising that is unlike other methods of travel, and more people are discovering the benefit of unpacking once and sailing on a small vessel that is designed to enhance exploration,” said Richard Marnell, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Viking Cruises. “As our fleet of river vessels around the world continues to grow, we are proud to be able to offer both our new and return guests the best value possible, including seasonal discounts and the most diverse range of itinerary and stateroom choices of any river cruise line.”
Abundant Options for 2015
While nearly all of Viking’s 2014 departures are completely sold out, now is the best time for travelers to consider a wide variety of itinerary and stateroom options in 2015 – from quintessential river cruise experiences on the Rhine, Main and Danube to “bucket list” opportunities like experiencing Holland’s famous springtime tulips; exploring the streets of Paris, the world’s most romantic city; and visiting the famed region of Burgundy. Highlighted itineraries include:
· Grand European Tour (15 days; Amsterdam – Budapest): Viking’s most popular itinerary takes guests on a 15-day journey through Europe’s most spectacular landscapes with stops in medieval towns, imperial cities and impressive capitals. Tour the intricate networks of windmills in Kinderdijk before cruising past the Rhine’s hilltop castles, then explore Würzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Historical discovery awaits with visits to the ruins of Zeppelin Field and the Palace of Justice; while the arts come to life with an onboard demonstration of live glassblowing, a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and a trip to Vienna’s world-famous Opera House. Promotional prices start at $3,562 per person.
· Romantic Danube (8 days; Nuremberg – Budapest): Discover grand cities and quaint villages on this 8-day journey along the “Blue Danube.” Explore both sides of fascinating Budapest; experience Vienna’s imperial architecture and gracious culture; and tour riverside towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley. In Germany, explore a baroque abbey and stroll cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. Promotional prices start at $1,856 per person.
· Rhine Getaway (8 days; Amsterdam – Basel): Visit all the highlights of the legendary Rhine on this 8-day trip through its commanding riverbanks and lush landscapes. Travelers will enjoy a tour of Cologne and its awe-inspiring Dom; a visit to the beautiful sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle; the opportunity to explore the Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and a scenic excursion through Breisach, gateway to the Black Forest, and its renowned mountain landscape. Promotional prices start at $1,856 per person.
· Portraits of Southern France (8 days; Chalon-sur-Saône – Avignon): Some of the most beautiful vistas the French countryside has to offer serve as the background for this 8-day journey that unites arts, history and the region’s famed winemaking. Guided tours of Burgandy and Tournon include tastings of the area’s most famous wines; the colors and architecture of Arles provide a glimpse into the inspiration of Vincent van Gogh and other artists; and the 2,000 year old town of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features the Basilica of Notre Dame, St. Jean Cathedral, the Palace of Justice and samplings of the town’s world-famous French cuisine. Promotional prices start at $1,956.
· Paris & the Heart of Normandy (8 days; Paris – Rouen – Paris): This 8-day journey combines the magic and splendor of the “City of Light” with the rich history of the Normandy Beaches. Enjoy the true icons of the region, including the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame; visit the charming stone farmhouse where Claude Monet lived and worked; and explore World War II landmarks as Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery. Promotional prices start at $1,356 per person.
Value of River Cruising
With the world’s largest and best fleet of river cruise ships, more awards than any other river cruise line and choice in every aspect, Viking delivers remarkable value to guests. Economies of ship design, ownership of its vessels and high standards all lead to increased savings that are passed on to guests. Viking’s inclusive pricing covers accommodations, all onboard meals, daily guided shore excursions, onboard cultural enrichment activities, port charges, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, free Wi-Fi, and more.
For complete details on Viking’s new fall promotion, visit http://www.vikingrivercruises.com/promotions.html. For information, images or b-roll, contact email@example.com. For booking details, contact a travel agent or call Viking Cruises toll-free at 1-877-66VIKING (1-877-668-4546).
About Viking Cruises
Viking Cruises offers destination-centric river and ocean cruising designed for experienced travelers with an interest in geography, culture and history. Featuring onboard cultural enrichment and included shore excursions, Viking’s journeys are competitively priced for genuine value. Debuting its maiden season of ocean cruising in 2015, the sophisticated state-of-the-art Viking Star will host 930 guests on itineraries in Scandinavia and the Baltic; the Western and Eastern Mediterranean; and the British Isles. Two additional ocean ships, Viking Sea and Viking Sky, will debut in 2016. As the world’s leading river cruise line, since its 1997 inception the company has grown to a fleet of 53 river vessels (in 2014) offering scenic cruising along the rivers of Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, and Southeast Asia. Viking has been honored multiple times in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” Awards and Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by the editors of Cruise Critic as “Best River Cruise Line,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships of 2012” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards. The travel trade has ranked Viking as the “Best River Cruise Line” by Travel Weekly, Recommend and Travel Agent magazines, “Best Cruise Line for Luxury River Cruises” at the Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence and as “Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising,” “Best New River Cruise Ship” and for the sixth consecutive year, “Best River Cruise Line for Travel Agent Support” in the 2014 TravelAge West’s WAVE Awards. For additional information, contact Viking Cruises at 1‑855‑8-VIKING (1‑855‑884‑5464) or visit www.vikingrcruises.com . To join the Viking communities online, visit www.facebook.com/vikingcruises, www.facebook.com/vikingoceans and www.facebook.com/vikingrivercruises .
British Columbia’s leading sailing operator, Outer Shores Expeditions, unveils its 2015 Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Photography Tour. Budding shutterbugs with a passion for travel and discovery will once again have the opportunity to learn insider tips and tricks to capturing the beautiful Pacific Coast from expert wildlife and landscape photographer James Thompson.
“The Pacific Rim is a photographer’s dream, especially in early spring when both land and sea are teeming with wildlife, like gray whales, orcas, salmon and black bears,” says Russell Markel, Outer Shores Expeditions President and Captain. “James truly understands how to best capture this beautiful region and the wildlife that call it home.”
“Partnering with Outer Shores allows me to combine my fascination with the interconnectedness of nature with my love of outdoor adventure,” says Thompson. “The opportunity to expose burgeoning photographers to the many ecosystems of Pacific Rim National Park is quite special, and I cannot wait to board the Passing Cloud again in 2015.”
Throughout the expedition from April 21st to 25th, 2015, James Thompson will be on hand to answer guest questions and provide one-on-one coaching on how to overcome technical challenges and develop new approaches to photographing the natural beauty of the B.C. coast.
Thompson is a talented and skilful addition to the Outer Shores team, having refined his craft at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and trained with nature photography legends Art Wolfe and Franz Lanting.
Win a James Thompson Print
To celebrate the launch of their brand new video, Outer Shores Expeditions is hosting a ‘Share to Win’ Facebook Giveaway from now until October 21st, 2014. One lucky fan will win an exclusive framed print from James Thompson Photography.
For details on how to win, visit the Outer Shores Expeditions
About Passing Cloud
Passing Cloud is a classic, 70′ schooner designed by William James Roué, famous for designing the legendary schooner Bluenose. Built in Victoria, BC, in 1974, Passing Cloud has a rich history on the BC Coast, renowned for her elegant design, exceptional accommodation, robust construction, and remarkable sailing abilities.
Designed to sail around the world, Passing Cloud is an ideal vessel for small-group natural and cultural history expeditions throughout the BC Coast. Among her many features are Passing Cloud’s classic West coast wheelhouse, four private staterooms and gorgeous main salon.
About Outer Shores Expeditions
Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife and cultural expeditions that are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Guided by a crew of professional mariners and expert naturalists, Outer Shores Expeditions small groups of 6 to 8 guests explore, experience, and learn about the stunning wildlife and ancient cultures of coastal British Columbia while living and traveling aboard the 70′ classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud. President and Captain Russell Markel holds a PhD in marine biology and is dedicated to hosting guests from around the world while fostering stewardship and supporting conservation-based research in the areas where Outer Shores travels.
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