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GREEN TRAVEL DEAL: Save Sea Turtles and 33% on a Caribbean Vacation

DID YOU KNOW that May 23rd is World Turtle Day, a global observance to help celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats?

On the island of Dominica, the annual sea turtle season is under way in an ancient ritual that dates back to the time of dinosaur and hundreds of endangered sea turtles travel thousands of miles to lay eggs on the protected beach at Rosalie Bay.

During this special time, guests at eco-boutique Rosalie Bay Resort can participate in conservation efforts and save 33% on 4 or more night stays. 

Among the conservation activities offered, you can:

Join resort turtle expert for a guided educational walk along the beach.

Help patrol the beach to protect nesting turtles.

Assist researchers in collecting data or watching as they relocate nests that are too close to the ocean to the turtle hatchery.

Or, be “on call” for when baby sea turtles hatch and begin their journey.

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SUMMER SAVINGS: $150 Off Women's Yoga Rafting Trips with Holiday River Expeditions

River rafting. Sun salutations. Mother Nature. Wallet-friendly savings. Women looking for a restorative summer adventure will appreciate this women-only, yoga-focused rafting trip down the Green River through Utah’s Desolation Canyon with Holiday River Expeditions

Whether you are new to rafting, new to yoga, new to the outdoors or looking for a new girlfriend getaway, this June 2 - 6, 2014 trip welcomes women of all abilities and ages. 

 

The deal:

Book by April 30, 2014 and receive $150 off.  

Why go

Not your standard yoga retreat for the uber-fit, this wellness vacation is designed for ALL women including those who struggle with weight, arthritis, chronic pain, sports injuries, MS, aging or mobility related issues. Leading the yoga will be Deanna English, a registered nurse, yoga therapist, and integrative health coach. 

What to expect

Rafting splashy rapids that build in intensity each day. Big beach camps with plenty of room for yoga. Excellent inflatable kayaking opportunities. Dramatic canyon scenery. Great hiking. Plenty of down time. Fresh delicious meals. Scenic flight.

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THIS JUST IN: Save up to 30% on Chilean Patagonia with BikeHike Adventures

If you’re like me, always on the lookout for last minute travel savings, this 30% off deal in Chilean Patagonia might be just the ticket for an October adventure. 

Why go:

With high season officially beginning in November, the month of October is an ideal time to travel to Patagonia in order to avoid the crowds, but take advantage of the improving weather.

Trip highlights include hiking along the world famous W Route in Torres del Paine National Park, witnessing the birth of icebergs as they calve away from the Grey Glacier, encountering guanacos, pink flamingos, and condors in their natural habitat, and sleeping in tented domes at a luxury eco-camp.

photo courtesy BikeHike Adventures.

The Offer:

All October 2013 departures for BikeHike Adventures’ On the Trail of Chile’s Patagonia are discounted to $1,799 USD, a savings of up to 30%. The 7-day itinerary offers travelers the chance to hike the famous W Route in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Highlights include the Grey Glacier, the French Valley, the Italian Valley, and the Torres del Paine themselves. Accommodations are in an Eco-Camp with comfortable dome tents that have solar showers and flush toilets as well as in cozy mountain refuges.

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$700 Travel Credit on New Hawaii Itinerary from Un-Cruise Adventures

Explore Four Islands by Yacht with Un-Cruise Adventures.

My husband and I have sailed with Un-Cruise Adventures (formerly American Safari Cruises) in Alaska and Baja California and we are huge fans of their laid-back style of luxury adventure. With the addition of this new Hawaiian Island itinerary and early-booking savings (read on), I’m very tempted to set sail again. What about you?


What’s New:

Moloka’i takes center stage as the start or end point of Un-Cruise Adventures’ new Hawaii itinerary. A quieter, less-visited island, exclusive cultural activities are included for guests on Moloka’i with the vessel spending an evening at dock to allow for a full day of activities and cultural immersion. 

“Moloka’i is like stepping back in time to the Hawaii of yesteryear,” said Dan Blanchard, CEO and principal for Un-Cruise Adventures. “It’s incredibly scenic and values its culture and heritage which we’re proud to be able to share with our guests.”  

From November 2013 to April 2014, Un-Cruise Adventures’ 36-guest yacht Safari Explorer explores the Hawaiian islands on a new itinerary sailing one-way between Moloka’i and Hawaii, the Big Island or reverse. Weeklong Luxury Adventure cruises in Hawaii include activities and tours while exploring four islands—Moloka’i, Lana’i, Maui and Hawaii, the Big Island.

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National Park Trips On Sale At Holiday River Expeditions

In Celebration of National Parks Week 2013 adventure travel outfitter, Holiday River Expeditions, is offering great deals on several of their National Park biking and rafting trips.

Holiday River Expeditions/Canyonlands National Park.

Book space on select Cataract Canyon Rafting or Combo Cataract Rafting & White Rim Trail Mountain Biking trips by April 26, 2013 and save $200 OFF the Adult Fare.

Or, for the ultimate mountain biking adventure, save $100 OFF the Adult Rate on their White Rim Trail Mountain Biking trip.

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LAST MINUTE ADVENTURE DEAL: Southern Tanzania & Swahili Coast with Immersion Journeys

Beginning November 1, 2012, custom travel company Immersion Journeys is offering last-minute discounts on their six-night Tanzania and Swahili Coast adventure package, including airport meet-and-greet services, five-star accommodations and meals, domestic transport and game drives with an English-speaking guide, all park fees and government taxes. This is a savings of 15% off their high-season rates. (valid Nov 1, 2012- March 1, 2013). 

 

 
 

Highlights of this extraordinary adventure include three nights in the Selous Game Reserve- the largest reserve in Africa - and a stay at the luxury Serena Mivumo Lodge overlooking Steiglers Gorge, with game activities during the day including sundowners along the mighty Ruaha and Rufiji Rivers- where explorer’s caravans were likely to have once camped for the evening. 

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LAST MINUTE TRAVEL DEAL: Summer Sale on 2012 Galapagos Yacht Cruise

We cruised the Galapagos with Ecoventura earlier this year and loved it. If the famed islands are on your travel wish list, check out this budget-friendly travel deal…

Book a Galapagos Yacht Cruise by Aug. 31st for Travel in 2012 or 2013 and save.

Sally lightfoot crab, the Galapagos Islands. ©Ellen Barone.

Environmentally friendly Galapagos cruise company, Ecoventura, is offering a special ten percent discount on some seasonal departure dates through mid-December 2012. In addition, guests booking a trip now for 2013 (excluding holiday weeks) can lock in 2012 cruise rates. This promotion can also be combined with a 5 percent Early Bird discount for selected departure dates 180 days out from booking date.

The 2012 seasonal departures that apply are July 29-Aug. 5, Aug 19-26, Sept. 2-9, Sept. 16-23, Sept. 23-30, Sept. 30-Oct. 7, Oct. 21-28, Nov. 4-11, Nov. 18-25, Dec. 2-9 and Dec. 9-16. 

Seven-night/eight-day cruise rates start at $3,550 per person, double occupancy before any discounts are applied. Additional discounts are available for children. All cruises run Sunday to Sunday. 

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FAMILY TRAVEL: Kids Fly, Stay & Eat for Free in Costa Rica

Keep it all in the family this summer with Nature Air and Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality Family Travel Package.

From young eco-minded adventurers to more senior explorers who like a little pampering, Costa Rica has what it takes to cater to multi-generational families looking for more bang for their buck. During the Green Season (May to December) kids 12 years and under fly for free on any of Nature Air’s 74 daily  flights to 15 destinations across the country, AND stay and eat for free at some of the top eco-luxury accommodations in Central America.

Partnering with Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, a company that manages a number of Earth-friendly lodges, hotels and inns in the Central American region, carbon-neutral Nature Air allows families to economically combine city stays with rainforest adventures, mountain and beach getaways for this summer’s vacation in one of the most popular eco-tourism destinations in the world.

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Celebrate National Park Week With Summer Savings On Bike Raft Adventures

I’ve got a serious crush on our National Parks and now, Holiday River Expeditions, for choosing to celebrate National Park Week by making it easier, and cheaper, for travelers to enjoy one of their National Park rafting and biking adventures this summer.

Where Canyonlands National Park and Dinosaur National Monument.

Why go Ultimate access to the hidden treasures of our national parks.

The experience Adventure, exhilaration, natural history, kids activities, delicious meals, impeccable gear and expert guides. 

Deal details Book select Cataract Canyon Rafting,  Combo Cataract Rafting & White Rim Trail Mt Biking, Yampa River or Combo Yampa Bike & Raft trips and save $200 OFF the Adult Fare. Or if you just want the ultimate mountain biking adventure you can save $100 OFF the Adult Rate on their White Rim Trail Mt Biking trip. National Parks Week Special Ends April 27, 2012.  

For booking and information, visit http://www.bikeraft.com/great-deals/

 

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Spring Special at Lake Yellowstone Hotel Cabins

Spring in Yellowstone National Park means the arrival of newborn wildlife and colorful wildflowers and a discounted price on Frontier Cabins at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins. Concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts has reduced the rate on Frontier Cabins to $99 through May 24. The Lake Yellowstone Hotel opens for the summer season May 11.

Built in the 1920s, all of the Frontier Cabins have been renovated within the last few years. All cabins – some freestanding and others duplex-style units – include two double beds and a private bathroom with a shower. The cabins, normally priced at $135 per night, are just a short walk from the main hotel building.

The cabin discount occurs in advance of the park’s busiest months of June, July and August and is a good choice for travelers who prefer to visit the park when there are fewer visitors. 

Springtime in Yellowstone is also a popular time for wildlife viewing because it is when newborn elk and bison calves, wolf pups, bear cubs and other animals make their debuts.

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Last Minute Zambia Safari Deal from Wildland Adventures

Last minute deal for an African Safari? No single supplement?  Too good to be true?

Wildland Adventures offers amazing deal for green season safari to Zambia

For travelers who can pack their bags and take advantage of last minute deals, Wildland Adventures is offering a six-night green season safari to Zambia for just US$2995.00 per person with no single supplement for single travelers, a savings of more than $1,000 per person. The one caveat is that travel must take place prior to March 31, 2012.  

 

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King Pacific Lodge Offers 50% Rate for Canadians

King Pacific Lodge, a floating luxury wilderness lodge located on the central coast of British Columbia deep in the Great Bear Rainforest, wants Canadians to make themselves at home this summer. And with half price lodging for the month of June 2012 for Canadian guests, a visit to the eco-friendly seventeen room lodge just got a whole lot more inviting. 

King Pacific Lodge, A Rosewood Resort, is offering the experience of a lifetime. During the month of June 2012, Canadians will pay 50% less for a visit to King Pacific Lodge, or $5,100 CAD, for a fully inclusive seven-night stay.

The fully inclusive package features:

• Scenic round-trip chartered flights from Vancouver to the lodge

• Champagne welcome reception and orientation

• Gourmet meals featuring British Columbia’s finest organic and seasonal ingredients

• All beverages including award-winning British Columbia wines

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Antarctica in 2012 Just Got A Whole Lot More Affordable

For years, Antarctica - the “blue continent” at the bottom of the world - has topped my travel wish list.

With ten departures, and savings up to $8,200, these Antarctic cruise deals from Quark Expeditions, the leader in Polar adventures, might be just the ticket to getting there in 2012. 

Save up to 40% on this 12-day Antarctic adventure that begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina. Like adventurers of old, the voyage crosses the Drake Passage to explore the breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula and the mysterious South Shetland Islands. Passengers meet up with at least four different species of penguin, countless seals and “big ice” in all its Antarctic splendour.There’s also a full slate of adventure activities, including kayaking, camping, mountaineering and cross-country skiing. February 10-21, 2012, from $6,354 per person.

Quark Expeditions (888) 892 0334.

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Costa Rica Travel Deals and Flight Specials from Nature Air

Since 2004, Nature Air, based in San Jose, Costa Rica, has been synonymous with a 100% carbon neutral aviation program. Now, from unlimited flight passes, to free flights for kids, and convenient fly-drive packages, they’re offering some pretty tempting wallet-friendly travel deals to help you save big on your next adventure. Read on for details.

 

Nature Air Unlimited Flight Pass

1 week pass for unlimited domestic flights: $222 with taxes included
2 weeks (15 days) pass for unlimited domestic flights: $399 with taxes included

For use before Nov. 30, 2011. Learn more>>

 

Special Deals for Family Vacations

Up to two children 12-years-old and under fly free, when traveling with two adults that pay round trip FLEX fare. Save on your entire vacation when staying with participating hotels that are offering free stays for children.

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Groups Save Big On Utah and Idaho River and Bike Trips

Vacationing with friends and family is a great way to spend quality time together. And it doesn’t hurt when the company your clan chooses to travel with says thank you with hard cash savings. 

Wondering where to go next year? For adventurers who plan ahead, here’s a wallet-friendly group deal* that does just that. 

Book 12 people on one of Holiday Expeditions’ 2012 Utah and Idaho River or Bike trips by October 31st and you’ll save 20% off 2011 rates. 

To learn more, call 800-624-6323 or visit their website at www.BikeRaft.com.  

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Galapagos Winter Break For Under $2000 From ROW Adventures

For those of you who don’t believe the old saying, “once in a lifetime opportunity,” this offer from ROW Adventures may make you want to reconsider…

Check out this wonderful 6 and 7-day trip aboard the M/S Encantada to the Galapagos Islands with adventure travel company ROW Adventures on highly-desirable winter vacation dates, December 24th and 28th. The 6-day trip is priced at just $1890 and the 7-day trip is only $2080 per person*. It’s the perfect way to spend your winter break. *Round-trip airfare from Ecuador to the Islands is included along with two hotel nights in Guayaquil. Booking deadline August 25, 2011.

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Continental Airlines Introduces Discounted Airfares To Palau, Micronesia

Continental Airlines has just introduced reduced airfares for North Americans interested in visiting Palau, Micronesia, anytime from September 1-December 15, 2011.

Roundtrip airfares are as low as $1,305 from Los Angeles or $1,405 from Houston.  Other select U.S. airports feature airfares of only $1,505.  Additionally, the airline is offering a special add-on rate for stopovers in Yap, for a fee of only $75.

Restrictions apply and airfare is subject to applicable taxes, passenger facility charges and security fees.  These special rates require a minimum stay of six days and maximum stay of 30 days.  Tickets must be purchased at least seven days prior to departure and no later than August 31, 2011.

 

For more information and to book these special rates, visit www.continental.com.

 

About Palau, Micronesia

Located in the westernmost corner of Micronesia, Palau is an archipelago of more than 586 islands with about 20,000 inhabitants. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s best dive destinations, Palau is the ultimate paradise for the adventurous traveler, boasting some of the most spectacular water features and beaches as well as the world famous Rock Islands and Jellyfish Lake. With more than 1,400 species of fish and 500 species of coral, some have called Palau the “8th Natural Wonder of the World”, while others have identified Palau as “One of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World.” For more information about Palau, please visit www.visit-palau.com.

 

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Summer Savings on Girlfriend Getaways to Costa Rica and Nicaragua

This summer and fall, leave work and life stresses at home and round up your favorite gal-pal for a Central American girlfriend getaway.

Finca Rosa BlancaFrom now through November 15, 2011, Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality is offering new Girlfriend Getaway Packages at five of its Costa Rican and Nicaraguan properties. Known around the world for their highly sustainable and Earth-friendly ways, the hotels and lodges offer a range of outdoor activities for girls on-the-go with on-site amenities for ladies in need of relaxation including: surf lessons, ziplining over a rainforest canopy, rebalancing the sprit with private yoga, learning to make authentic tortillas, and more.

Perks of the Girlfriend Getaway Packages vary at each of the Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality properties:

Lapa Rios Ecolodge

Costa Rica’s Lapa Rios Ecolodge is set on a private nature reserve spread over 1,000-acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest. This property’s Girlfriend Getaway Package includes five nights accommodation for the price of four, three gourmet meals per day, transfers to and from the Puerto Jimenez airport, a sustainability tour of the Lapa Rios property (includes participating in your own Plant a Tree program) and an on-site, guided tour (choices include bird watching at sunrise, a local medicine walk and exploring the rainforest). The five-night Girlfriend Getaway Package starts at $2,175 US. For more information or to book, visit www.laparios.com.

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn

Come stay at the first certified sustainable hotel in Costa Rica, and the only property to achieve a perfect score on the Sustainable Tourism Certification program. This property’s Girlfriend Getaway Package includes three nights accommodation, three gourmet meals per day, transfers to and from the airport, a tour of the inn’s organic coffee plantation, a rainforest massage and a head-to-toe massage. The three-night Girlfriend Getaway Package starts at $1,843 US.

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Galapagos Islands Adventures - Up to 30% Off with Expedition Trips

Go eyeball-to-eyeball with the Galapagos marine iguana; witness the feeding frenzy of blue-footed boobies and snorkel with playful sea lion pups…the Galapagos Islands are an amazing adventure.

Check out these Galapagos cruise discounts of up to 30% with Expedition Trips, specialists in small-ship expeditions. 

Galapagos Cruise - National Geographic Endeavour - 10 Days

Highlights: 96-passenger expedition ship with excellent naturalist guides and educational program, kayaks, and glass-bottom boat. 

Guayaquil, Ecuador and Return - 10 Days 

Aboard the National Geographic Endeavour 

5/20/2011 

Save 30% per person (up to $2,640 off)

Learn more

Galapagos Cruise - La Pinta - 8 Days

Highlights: Comfortable, bright and modern ship with great guides and ample onboard amenities including pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi. 

San Cristóbal Island and Return - 8 Days 

Aboard the La Pinta 

May - June 2011 

Save 25% per person (up to $1,850 off). 

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Top 2011 Summer Travel Deals in Belize

With vacation season on the horizon, travelers hunting for a bargain will find wallet-friendly options in Belize as hotels are slashing prices and boosting inclusive packages for the summer months.

Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, ancient Maya temples, exotic wildlife and more, Belize provides an unforgettable vacation. And with a fixed exchange rate of BZ$2 to US$1, travelers will naturally save even more on their summer trips.  

Below is a list of specific offers that begin in the summer and run through Belize’s low season (October 31) and are tailored to fit a range of travelers - from couples seeking romantic escapes to families in search of safe summer destinations. Travelers can also find a full roster of hot summer deals on Belize’s official travel website, TravelBelize.org.

 

SUMMER ROMANCE FOR A BARGAIN

Featuring remote islands, mesmerizing waterfalls and affordable luxuries, Belize is the ideal getaway for couples in search of rousing romantic destinations. From seaside star-gazing on the white beaches of Placencia to breathtaking sunsets on the Maya temples of Caracol in the Cayo District, Belize’s awe-inspiring attractions are sure to sizzle any couple’s summer. While the country’s romance website, Belize In Love, features romantic packages offered year-round, below are two summer deals perfect for stirring up a little romance.

 

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