For me, the ideal adventure not only introduces me to places of wild beauty - its landscapes, wildlife, cultures and history- but also plays a role in protecting and sustaining it for future generations.
So I was thrilled when Maureen Gordon, co-owner of Maple Leaf Adventures, told me that they had added a second sailing vessel to accommodate interest in an upcoming collaborative conservation expedition with Canadian Geographic into British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, a vast protected area currently under the environmental threat of a controversial pipeline proposal.
As a wildlife enthusiast I want to go to the Galapagos to revel in nature, not ruin it.
So, no matter how eager I may be to go gawk at giant land tortoises, blue-footed boobies, penguins, lava lizards, manta rays and sea lions, if I go, it’s important to go responsibly.
Which is why my husband and I have chosen to head off guilt-free with Ecoventura, a leader in responsible tourism to the Galapagos Islands since 1990.
Their environmentally friendly fleet of 20-passenger expedition vessels, culturally and naturally respectful itineraries, and stellar eco-credentials, will get us up-close-and-personal with the extraordinary wildlife without leaving a harmful footprint in our wake.
“If you can walk, you can snowshoe,” say legions of snowshoeing enthusiasts. The sport’s easy learning curve is the inspiration behind The Wayfarer’s new “Walk on Snow in Colorado” trek, a four-day/three-night, calorie-blasting journey that includes accommodations at the historic (and haunted) Stanley Hotel made famous by Stephen King’s The Shining, all meals, and a 25-minute massage or reflexology treatment.
Once requisite gear for fur traders, the snowshoe is increasingly considered a winter work-out essential by snow-loving sports enthusiasts. The Wayfarers’ Walk will average two to three miles per day, depending on depth of snow and other terrain conditions. In between, participants will enjoy shopping and lunch in the charming town of Estes Park, a spa treatment at the Stanley’s Parlour Spa, and healthy regional fare in the hotel’s relaxed and luxurious Cascades Restaurant.
Ideal for both first-time and long-term snowshoers, the snowshoe walk pairs a leisurely exploration of the Rocky Mountain’s wintry white scenery with opportunities to unwind in one of the country’s most historic hotels. The 103-year-old Stanley Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America. Scheduled March 18-21, 2012, the Colorado Snowshoe Walk includes the hotel’s famed ghost tour, entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and snowshoe rental.
Wayfarers’ Colorado Snowshoe Adventure, from $1,295 per person. Tel: 800 249 4620
Discover a New Aloha with NEW American Safari Cruises in Hawaii
To celebrate American Safari Cruises’ inaguaral season in the Hawaiian Islands, a $300 per couple value-added travel credit* is being offered on Hawaii reservations made between June 1 and July 29, 2011, for travel between October 26, 2011 and May 3, 2012.
American Safari Cruises’ 36 passenger Safari Explorer is the only small-group expedition yacht offering overnight cruises in the Hawaiian Islands. Guests sail one-way on an active luxury adventure between Maui and the Big Island that includes exclusive cruise visits to Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi and Molokini.
Unstructured itineraries leave time for seeking wildlife, engaging in active adventure and exclusive cultural experiences on the following two Hawaiian itineraries:
Hawaiian Seascapes: 8 days/7nights
Hawaii’s traditional shores: 11 days/10 nights
Spend your holidays with The Moorings and save $2000* on a crewed yacht charter departing from the British Virgin Islands December 19 or 20, 2008 on their Signature 6200 Catamaran - the ultimate in luxury. Four luxurious passenger cabins with queen size mattresses and en suite lavatories with showers provide accommodations for up to 8 guests. A grand saloon provides completely separate lounging and dining areas, as well as a full entertainment center and cocktail bar. Your private yacht is your personal all-inclusive resort, so sit back, relax, and enjoy! To take advantage of this special offer, book by November 30th.
*New full yacht bookings of 6 days or longer. Subject to availability. $2000 off 6200 catamaran only. Book by Nov. 30, 2008 - not combinable with any other offer. Other restrictions may apply. Please contact your Moorings Vacation Planning Specialist for additional details. 800-437-7880; http://www.mooringscrewed.com/
Source: The Moorings
DIVI & TAMARIJN ARUBA ALL INCLUSIVES’ 2009 HONEYMOON PACKAGES MAKE HONEYMOONS SIMPLE AND AFFORDABLE FOR NEWLYWEDS WITH ALL INCLUSIVE ROMANCE, FUN AND RELAXATION
Couples who just tied the knot can start their new life together off right by taking advantage of the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives’ 2009 Honeymoon Packages. Making their once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon trip easier on the budget and simpler to plan, everything from accommodations and non-motorized water sports to meals at a choice of ten dining outlets is included with these packages, honeymooners can spend their days and nights together worry-free!