Auto Europe Offers A-ROSA 2015 Cruises, Larger Selection of Options, Early Booking Savings

August 25, 2014 on 12:00 pm | In Austria, Belgium, Cruise Boats, Europe, France, Germany, London, Netherlands, Paris, Road Trips, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowAuto Europe in conjunction with David Morris International, is offering A-ROSA Cruises for 2015 with now over 200 departures including Rhone/Saone, Rhine, Danube, Moselle and Main rivers in Europe.

Yes, 2015 promises to be the year of choices on A-ROSA Cruises in many areas designed to allow guests the freedom to make their vacation one that fits their lifestyle and preferences that day.

A sample of these increased options for 2015 include: Guests choose what to drink with A-ROSA’s open bar policy, not just wine and beer, and choose when they enjoy a drink starting in the morning until the wee hours of the night, not just during lunch and/or dinner.

Guests also choose their own excursions to fit their activity level and interests, no excursions are “assigned” to them. In addition, guests can choose to enjoy their dinner two ways; from a four-course, plated service or a more casual, yet sumptuous buffet with cooking stations Also included for 2015 is pre-paid gratuities, port taxes and fees, and complimentary wi-fi. All offers subject to change without notice.

Fares have been reduced on many of the 2015 sailings and with their early booking incentives, save $1,000 per couple when you make a 2015 reservation by Dec. 31, 2014. In addition, singles save more as every sailing has waived Single Supplements in at least one category and up to three children sail free with just one adult (ages 2-15).

Auto Europe services over 10,000 car rental locations in over 135 countries worldwide. In addition, through their tour division, Destination Europe, they offer scheduled airfare to Europe with over thirty carriers and service three-, four and five-star worldwide hotels.

Read more travel news at www.travelpulse.com


SuperShuttle now serving Amsterdam

August 23, 2014 on 1:09 pm | In Netherlands, Road Trips | Comments Off



SuperShuttle is now providing service in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) is SuperShuttle and ExecuCar’s fifth European airport service area.

To book your ride, visit SuperShuttle.com and select Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as your destination, or download our mobile app to make your advance reservations on the go. In Amsterdam, SuperShuttle vehicles operate under the name: Connections Schiphol Hotel Shuttle. SuperShuttle also allows customers to earn airline points and miles on participating carriers including; Delta Air Lines SkyMiles®, Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns®, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards®, United Airlines MileagePlus® and US Airways Dividend Miles® programs when booking reservations online or via mobile apps.

SuperShuttle International, based in Phoenix, is a division of Veolia Transportation On Demand. SuperShuttle serves over 40 airports, carrying more than eight million passengers a year. SuperShuttle also provides ExecuCar sedan service at all airports served by SuperShuttle, including some of the largest in the country: Los Angeles, New York, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. SuperShuttle is also available in Paris, France, Cancun and Los Cabos, Mexico. ExecuCar is available in over 70 airports.

Veolia Transportation, Inc. is the leading provider of passenger ground transportation services on the North American continent, operating bus, rail, taxi, shuttle and para-transit systems in over 120 locations in the US and Canada. Veolia Transportation entered the North American market in 2001 and has quickly expanded to a national presence with over 16,000 employees and annual revenues approaching $1 billion.

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South Africa Rates First Car Rental First in Service

August 22, 2014 on 8:36 am | In Africa, Road Trips, South Africa | Comments Off



At the recent South African Service Awards, the purple-brand First Car Rental scooped the illustrious ‘Most Consistent Performer over the Past Three Years’ Award defeating all of South Africa’s big industry and retail contenders.

The 2013/2014 awards were held on 11 April at the Fire and Ice! Melrose Arch.

This highest accolade means that First Car Rental customers have consistently scored First Car Rental’s service to them at an average of over 88% every year for the past three years, bettering Woolworths, Edgars, Vodacom, MTN, VW, Checkers and every other big brand nominated for the award.

First Car Rental also claimed the Gold Award in the Travel & Related Services – Car Hire category for the second consecutive year, competing against all of the major car hire companies.

The South African Service Awards is unique in that all companies are rated only by their actual customers, therefore providing a completely unbiased view as to the level of service that the company is providing. This is done through an online rating system, which also allows full anonymity should customers want it.

In this year’s awards, behind First Car Rental in the Car Hire category was Avis Rent a Car in second place followed by Europcar in third.

Says Melissa Storey, Executive Head: Strategy, Development & Marketing at First Car Rental, “First Car Rental highly commends the South African Service Awards for its absolute dedication in raising the standards of service in our industry, and all industries for this matter, whilst allowing a platform for all customers to voice their opinions without fear or favour. There are few rating systems in the world that are as fair and impartial as this, only allowing ratings from customers, thus getting a true reflection of your efforts as a company and as a brand.

The Service Awards in the car rental industry is particularly difficult for contenders because a perceived ‘customer rental experience’ is from initial booking right up until closing of the rental contract, and occasionally beyond this if there is a an issue or query, – but in-between the opening and closing of customer contracts is a long road where many complications can occur, and we are judged on every step, and sometimes fiercely.

First Car Rental prides itself on having highly-motivated key staff overseeing and managing every step of the service we provide allowing autonomy where necessary, which greatly reduces customer anxiety resulting in ‘good grades’ so to speak. This is our intent 365 days a year, and this shows in the awards results this year.”


Discover The United States And Canada On A Guided Bus Tour

August 21, 2014 on 8:17 am | In Adventure Travel, Alberta, British Columbia, Canada, London, Ontario, Road Trips, Toronto, United Kingdom, USA | Comments Off



Tourico Holidays launches new escorted tour itineraries

Travel wholesaler Tourico Holidays announces three new escorted tour itineraries to go on sale August 1, 2014. With departures starting in 2015, these itineraries cover exciting destinations in the United States and Canada: the Western Wonder Tour, the Discover the New World Tour, and the Big Cities and Waterfalls Triangle Tour. The tours are scheduled to take place on select dates between May and October 2015.

Guests can expect to travel comfortably in a modern deluxe motor coach and stay overnight in 3-, or 4-star hotels, including breakfast. Tourico Holidays has made comfort a main priority for each of these tours. For instance, guests won’t have to struggle with their luggage while on the road; a baggage handling service will take care of transferring suitcases and bags between the motor coach and hotel rooms every day. The tour price also includes all visits and excursions mentioned in the respective tours.

Each tour will be accompanied by a qualified guide who is an expert on each destination and always available for questions and suggestions. Depending on the tour and date, tour guides will also speak German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Dutch in addition to English.

“Clients today want more than a good time, they want a lasting memory. We have included extra items into our programs that will give the guest a truly memorable and rewarding trip,” states Michael Gough, Director of Escorted & Tour Series. “Escorted tours are still incredibly popular among international clientele that wasn’t to discover these two great and vast nations.”

The Western Wonder Tour focuses on the spectacular national parks of the Southwest United States, the panoramic California coastline and the two great cities of the west San Francisco and Los Angeles. More highlights include the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon, Death Valley and Yosemite National Parks and their mystifying beauty and grandeur.

The Discover the New World Tour takes one back in time to the early settlement of the Americas. This is a cultural tour that embodies great cities and amazing nature. Visit the bustling cities of New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Montreal, Quebec city, Ottawa, and Toronto.

The Big Cities and Waterfalls Triangle Tour lasts 8 days/7 nights, begins in New York, and covers 8 different attractions. Tour highlights include, among other things, New York, Pocono Mountains, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Harrisburg, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.

To learn more or book, contact your Tourico Holidays representative or visit www.touricoholidays.com.

About Tourico Holidays

Tourico Holidays celebrates its 20th year in business as a leading global travel distribution company that contracts directly with travel providers, such as hotel, cruise lines, attractions, vacation homes, airlines, ground transportation and more. Tourico Holidays works on a high-volume, wholesale model to broker this inventory to over 4,900 clients in 100 countries using proprietary technology.


Three big travel deals for Uber

August 21, 2014 on 8:03 am | In Airlines, Road Trips | Comments Off



Taxi and car share firm Uber has signed three key deals this week with TripAdvisor, Sabre, and United Airlines.

All of the deals are possible because of the launch of the new Uber API.

The partnership with TripAdvisor will give travellers the option to call for Uber cars through TripAdvisor’s smartphone app in more than 40 cities worldwide.

As TripAdvisor app and mobile website users visit the listings of restaurants, attractions and hotels in these cities, they will be able to see an estimate of Uber car fares and the wait times for pickup.

By tapping a ‘Ride there with Uber’ button, TripAdvisor will seamlessly take them to the Uber app or mobile website to complete the reservation and send a car to their location.

First-time Uber users will have to create an account first, providing their name, email address, phone number and a valid credit card.

Users will only be charged if they get a ride, and fares vary by location, vehicle type and travel times.

Meanwhile, a partnership with Sabre means that users of its TripCase can also seamlessly request an Uber ride and receive a special discount pricing through the TripCase app.

Sabre said recent TripCase research shows nearly half of TripCase business travellers are likely to use Uber during their next trip.

This week United Airlines became the first airline to offer customers Uber transportation services via its own mobile app.

Customers with iOS and Android mobile devices may access Uber ground transportation information in the United app’s menu or in the ‘My Reservations’ card with a current reservation.

Customers who sign up for Uber via the United app and complete their first transaction will receive 1,000 MileagePlus award miles for a limited time.


Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts Ultimate Driving Experiences‏

August 20, 2014 on 11:58 am | In Florida, Golf Resorts, Hotels, Miami, Road Trips, The South | Comments Off



Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has launched Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences (www.waldorfastoria.com/drivingexperiences) at six of its landmark properties in the United States. The new driving program offers hotel guests the unique opportunity to get behind-the-wheel of three incredible supercars under the guidance of world-class professional racecar driver Didier Theys.

Designed to appeal to discerning travellers and automotive enthusiasts, Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences give participants access to three of the world’s most famous super cars, including a Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, McLaren MP4-12C, and Porsche 911 Turbo.

The driving experience program will start its engines in six of Waldorf Astoria’s 29 properties, including:

· Waldorf Astoria Park City – Park City, Utah, September 30 – October 5

· La Quinta, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Palm Springs, California, October 15 – 20

· The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Scottsdale, Arizona, October 24 – 29

· The Roosevelt, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New Orleans, Louisiana, November 6 – 11

· Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Boca Raton, Florida, November 14 – 19

· Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Phoenix, Arizona, December 2 – 7

At every location, motorists will receive an introduction and tutorial about each vehicle by excursion leader and Belgian race champion Didier Theys, and then set out behind the wheels on a bespoke and breath taking driving tour, rotating cars and drivers along the way.

The pre-arranged courses will take attendees through some of America’s most beautiful routes and historic landmarks. In Utah, for example, the pre-planned course will take the group past Provo Canyon and Bridal Veil Falls, and the Palm Springs route will include stops along the San Bernardino National Forest and Big Bear Mountain. The total drive time will be approximately three hours and the cost of the experience is $999 (approx. £601) per couple (excluding accommodations). Waldorf Astoria Ultimate Driving Experiences are presented in partnership with DXL US.

“The Waldorf Astoria brand has provided unforgettable experiences for its guests for more than a century,” said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide. “This program continues our legacy by offering our clientele authentic and unforgettable moments that further connect them to our properties in an extraordinarily modern and interactive way.”

Waldorf Astoria enthusiasts are also invited to participate socially in a #WaldorfExperiences contest launched online on August 11, 2014. Waldorf Astoria will ask fans and followers of the brand’s social channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to submit photos from their own driving experiences by tagging them with the #WaldorfExperiences hashtag for a chance to win a free stay at a Waldorf Astoria property.

To learn more about or to book the Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences, please visit www.waldorfastoria.com/drivingexperiences


Auto Europe Offers A-ROSA 2015 Cruises, Larger Selection of Options, Early Booking

August 19, 2014 on 10:28 am | In Cruise Boats, Europe, Road Trips | Comments Off



Auto Europe in conjunction with David Morris International, is offering A-ROSA Cruises for 2015 with now over 200 departures including Rhone/Saone, Rhine, Danube, Moselle and Main rivers in Europe.

Yes, 2015 promises to be the year of choices on A-ROSA Cruises in many areas designed to allow guests the freedom to make their vacation one that fits their lifestyle and preferences that day.

A sample of these increased options for 2015 include: Guests choose what to drink with A-ROSA’s open bar policy, not just wine and beer, and choose when they enjoy a drink starting in the morning until the wee hours of the night, not just during lunch and/or dinner.

Guests also choose their own excursions to fit their activity level and interests, no excursions are “assigned” to them. In addition, guests can choose to enjoy their dinner two ways; from a four-course, plated service or a more casual, yet sumptuous buffet with cooking stations Also included for 2015 is pre-paid gratuities, port taxes and fees, and complimentary wi-fi. All offers subject to change without notice.

Fares have been reduced on many of the 2015 sailings and with their early booking incentives, save $1,000 per couple when you make a 2015 reservation by Dec. 31, 2014. In addition, singles save more as every sailing has waived Single Supplements in at least one category and up to three children sail free with just one adult (ages 2-15).

Auto Europe services over 10,000 car rental locations in over 135 countries worldwide. In addition, through their tour division, Destination Europe, they offer scheduled airfare to Europe with over thirty carriers and service three-, four and five-star worldwide hotels.

Read more travel news at www.TravelPulse.com

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“Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion” Classic Car Show “Gears Up”

August 15, 2014 on 12:37 pm | In Adventure Travel, California, Festivals, Road Trips, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Classic car lovers from throughout the U.S. and around the world are revving up for this year’s Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion, September 19-21 with thousands of vintage automobiles, colorful high octane vendors and three days of food, live music and entertainment, and spectacular 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the iconic Mustang and GTO brands.

The 2014 show will be a full-throttle affair, fueling three days with some 250,000 fans and more than 2,000 classic cars expected plus more action, food and entertainment than ever before. Block upon block of vintage automobiles, motorcycles, chrome and steel will line tree-shaded historic Euclid Avenue.

In addition to the world’s largest nighttime neon light cruise featuring a dazzling “moving light show on wheels” for which some participants have spent years producing specially lit vehicles, other highlights of this year’s event include:

Show-n-Shines
50th Anniversary Celebrations of the Mustang and GTO
Poker Run traveling along historic Route 66
Model Car Contests
Von Hot Rod’s Shindig including Pin-striping Circus and Nostalgia Rod & Kustom Display
Headliner Performers (to be announced)
Food, Fun and Family Entertainment

“Southern California thrived because of its rich love affair with the automobile,” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, which produces the event. “This is a chance for folks from everywhere in the world to gather and enjoy the nearly mystical passion that is shared by so many and embodied in Route 66, California and of course amazing cars. We’re also incredibly excited to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang and GTO.”

For information or to register vehicles, visit http://www.Route66CruisinReunion.com . Online pre-registration at $60 ends August 31; onsite registration at $80 takes place September 19 -21. This family-friendly automotive extravaganza is free for car-loving spectators.


Top Weekend Road Trips and Scenic Drives in NSW

August 10, 2014 on 11:00 am | In Adventure Travel, Australia, New South Wales, Road Trips, Sydney | Comments Off



V8 Supercars Sydney Motorsport Park 400 will host the highly anticipated round nine of the V8 Supercars Championships from 22 to 24 August 2014, with a weekend jam packed of V8 Supercar action.

Ahead of the V8 Supercars Sydney Motorsport Park 400, V8 Supercars Driver Mark Winterbottom shares his favourite drives in NSW.

“One of my favourite places to drive has always been from my home in Doonside to Lithgow where I used to race go karts once a month when I was younger. The trip up the Great Western Highway was always great for taking in a view of the beautiful Blue Mountains. There are so many trendy little cafes to stop off along the way that have incredible food and coffee. The Leura Garage is my best pick for food.”

Some of the most popular NSW drives include the Greater Blue Mountains Drive, the Legendary Pacific Coast along the North Coast, the Grand Pacific Drive from Sydney to Wollongong and the spectacular Kosciuszko Alpine Way in the Snowy Mountains.

Other scenic drives are along the Waterfall Way on the northern tablelands, or the gourmet food and wine trail at Poacher’s Way, and the historic Long Paddock drive that follows the old stock routes of Country NSW. The Darling River Run takes you on a great journey into Outback NSW, travelling from Walgett in north-western NSW to Wentworth on the border.

Top Weekend Scenic Drives in NSW:

The Grand Pacific Drive – is a 140 km coastal drive from south of Sydney, winding past glittering beaches and small coastal towns, crossing the Sea Cliff Bridge on its way to Wollongong.

The Greater Blue Mountains Drive – includes 18 separate discovery trails that branch off the main route, each one taking you on a unique adventure. The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area which stretches from the Upper Hunter, to Mudgee, Goulburn, the Southern Highlands and the Hawkesbury is the link that connects the national parks and conservation area together. Along your journey visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah, Grose Valley lookouts and walking tracks.

Kosciuszko Alpine Way – is a drive that passes through the picturesque mountain valleys of Thredbo village and Dead Horse Gap to Khancoban. A short 175kms with spectacular scenery, you’ll spot Australia’s tallest peak in sight and an abundance of flora and fauna. The majority of the drive is through Kosciuszko National Park which can be covered in snow during the winter.

Pacific Coast – takes you through some of the most striking landscape in NSW. Starting in Sydney, you’ll pass through 48 national parks and 12 state forests along the drive. A continuous stretch of surf beaches, national parks and hinterland makes this drive worth it.

Waterfall Way – is a scenic drive from Coffs Harbour on the NSW North Coast through the tablelands of the New England region. The 191 km route spans Bellingen, up to Dorrigo and further onto Armidale, through an ever changing landscape of national parks to lush countryside, rainforest and wide open plains. Along the way, Dorrigo National Park has a series of elevated boardwalks allowing you to see the natural beauty and wildlife of a subtropical rainforest.

Fossickers Way – explore New England North West for historic villages, picturesque landscapes and Australian country hospitality. Enjoy a visit to Nundle Woollen Mill and the Golden Guitar at Tamworth – the nations country music capital. If you feel lucky try your hand at fossicking for sapphires.

Darling River Run – takes you on an outback adventure rich with indigenous culture and history that follows the Darling River from the outback town of Walgett in north-west NSW to Wentworth on the Victorian border. This is an amazing journey through isolated outback towns that were once thriving ports on the river – Bourke, Louth, Tilpa, Wilcannia and Wentworth.

For more information on V8 Supercars Sydney Motorsport Park 400 visit www.v8supercars.com.au

For more information on Sydney and New South Wales, visit www.sydney.com or www.visitnsw.com


Survive Your Summer Road Trip with These Five Apps

August 7, 2014 on 11:28 am | In Mobile Apps, Road Trips | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today Show1. Waze

o What It Is: The world’s fastest growing community based traffic and navigation app, dedicated to contributing to the ‘common good’ out there on the road; acquired by Google

o Why It’s Unique: Reports are user-generated, allowing you to alert and join other drivers in your area in sharing real time traffic and road info (including accidents, road hazards, police nearby, potholes, etc.) , saving everyone time and gas money on their commute. Speaking of gas, with Waze you are also able to identify where to find the cheapest gas nearby.

2. Hotel Tonight

o What It Is: An app that allows users to find discounted last-minute hotel accommodations throughout North America and Europe. Since its launch in 2010, HotelTonight has been downloaded by more than 9.5 million users.

3. Roadtrippers

o What It Is: An app that streamlines discovery, planning, booking, and navigation into one beautiful experience so you can discover “hidden gems” along your route. The software lets users discover independently owned points of interest anywhere in the United States, within 50 miles of a planned trip.

4. Bring Fido

o What It Is: Looking for a pet-friendly hotel? How about an awesome dog park, trail or beach? BringFido is a trusted resource for dog owners looking for the lowdown on the best hotels, attractions, and restaurants that welcome pets when you’re traveling with your pet.

5. Weather Underground

o What It Is: This app provides accurate hyper-local weather forecasts in addition to interactive radar, satellite maps and severe weather alerts with 33,000+ personal weather stations reporting the most localized weather conditions.
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