Exploring the Wilds of Kenya through SAA Vacations
South African Airways Vacations presents the scenic beauty of Kenya’s national parks and offfers some life-changing experiences in a new 7-night “Discover Kilimanjaro & the Masai Mara” package available for departures on Sundays between September 23 & December 9, 2016.
The Discover Kilimanjaro & Masai Mara Adventure includes:
- Round-trip international airfare on South African Airways from New York-JFK Airport
- 1 night accommodation at the Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi on a bed and breakfast basis
- 2 nights at the Amboseli Sopa Lodge in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park
- 2 nights at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, adjacent to the Lake Nakuru National Park
- 2 nights at the Mara Sopa Lodge in the Masai Mara National Reserve
- All safari game drives & activities
- Scenic boat excursion on Lake Naivasha
- All lodge accommodations are on a full-board basis
- Ground transfers, English-speaking guides and meet and greet services
Dates: Travelers must book by June 30, 2016 to take advantage of the special savings offered here.
Rates: $3,699 per person (restrictions apply), which provides a savings of up to $1,300. Price includes round-trip Economy Class air transportation on South African Airways.
Riding the Rails to the Albuquerque Balloon Fest
Pullman Rail Journeys goes above and beyond this year to present the magic of the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M. this fall. Passengers depart Chicago aboard Pullman restored vintage rail cars. The trip continues with stays in fantastic hotels, grand meals, tours, transfers and more. The highlight is attending the largest balloon festival in the world while being pampered by Pullman, enjoying a private city tour and enjoying Gondola Club VIP access to the Fiesta, complete with special amenities and perks.
The Pullman Train Journey includes:
- Roundtrip Pullman Rail Journeys service between Chicago and Albuquerque including all drinks and spirits
- Two-night accommodations onboard Pullman’s restored vintage rail cars
- Two-night accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
- Eight meals: three breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners
- Round-trip hotel transfers in Albuquerque
- Private Albuquerque area tour, including walk around Old Town and other sites
- Private transportation to and from the Fiesta
- Gondola Club VIP passes for evening event on Saturday
- Porterage of one piece per person on arrival and departure at each hotel
- All taxes
The Gondola Club includes admission, buffet dinner, premium seating, host bar, souvenir, dedicated bathrooms and live entertainment for the evening.
Dates: Sept. 29-Oct. 3
Rates: $3,479 per person, based on single occupancy
Tauck to Morocco and Brazil
Two new itineraries to Morocco and Brazil are being added to Tauck’s Exotics collection, bringing to 29 its exclusive portfolio of hand-crafted, guided tours and cruises.
Tauck’s new 10-day “Magic of Morocco” itinerary begins with an overnight stay in the capital city Rabat, where guests gain an understanding of the country’s political legacy during a visit to the mausoleum of former king Mohammed V, and at Dar al-Makzhen, Morocco’s royal palace and residence of its current king. Travelling on to Fez, guests visit the city’s traditional tanneries, attend an exclusive lecture highlighting daily life in Morocco from a woman’s perspective, and can choose one of three themed walking tours.
Guests will also experience the Roman ruins at Volubilis and, while en route to Casablanca, visit the mausoleum and palace of 17th-century sultan Moulay Ismail in the walled city of Meknes. An overnight stay in Casablanca includes visits to the imposing Hassan II Mosque and Rick’s Café, inspired by the classic Bogart-Bergman film set in the city. The journey concludes with a three-night stay in Marrakech, with visits to the city’s souks and a theological college founded in the 14th century. Guests will tour the 16th-century Saadian Tombs, visit the Gardens Majorelle, once owned by designer Yves Saint-Laurent, and travel into the desert for an afternoon and evening of Berber culture, including camel rides, tea with a local, and traditional music and entertainment in a tented setting.
Tauck’s new 12-day Brazilian itinerary, “Rhythms of Brazil: Rio to Iguacu Falls,” begins in Rio de Janeiro. Guests have three nights at the Belmond Copacabana Palace overlooking Copacabana Beach. They will travel to Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world, the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Hill, and the summit of 1,390-foot Sugarloaf Mountain, to savour incredible views of the city and surrounding area. Then they fly to Minas Gerais for a two nights in the 18th-century gold rush town of Ouro Preto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its Baroque architecture. Other spots include an overnight in Brasilia known for its modernist architecture; a flight to coastal Salvador, with a three-night stay spent exploring the city’s music, Candomble religion and Portuguese colonial architecture; all concluding in Iguacu National Park where guests will experience its majestic waterfalls;
Included are all lodging and ground transportation, sightseeing and admission to attractions, most meals and gratuities, airport transfers, and much more.
Dates: Tauck will operate seven departures of “Magic of Morocco” in February, March, April, November and December of 2017, and seven “Rhythms of Brazil: Rio to Iguacu Falls” departures in March, April, May, September, October and December 2017.
Rates: “Magic of Morocco” starts $5,490.
“Rhythms of Brazil: Rio to Iguacu Falls” from $6,140 plus on-tour air.
Dance Fest Package In Vail with Stays at Sonnenalp
The hills are alive in Vail this summer as the 28th Annual Vail International Dance Festival gets underway July 30-August 13. The Sonnenalp Hotel in picturesque Vail Village, is offering a spacious suite package in 500-square-foot accommodations housing a gas log fireplace and luxury bathroom. The package offers 15% off all spa services, $18 reduced-price valet parking and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Rates: starting at $299 per night, plus taxes, gratuities and a $35/night resort fee.
Tee Time packages at Casa Del Mar Golf Resort, Los Cabos
It’s tee time at Casa Del Mar Golf Resort & Spa. The all new boutique, hacienda-style resort has two exclusive golf packages for travelers: the “Legends of Golf” package and the “Unlimited Golf” package, both valid through December 15, 2016.
As Grupo Questro’s newest boutique hotel property. The resort looks over the Sea of Cortez, and offers proximity, if not exclusive access, to three championship golf courses nearby.
The Legends of Golf Package includes nine holes at the Robert Trent Jr.-designed Cabo Real golf course, nine holes at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Club Campestre and a final nine at Puerto Los Cabos, designed by Greg Norman. This means three rounds per person per course. Guests spend four nights in suite accommodations at Casa del Mar and one round of golf can be exchanged for a $50 resort credit if desired.
Rates: The Legends of Golf package starts at $180 per person, per night based on double occupancy.
The Unlimited Golf Package includes three or four nights in a spacious suite with accommodations, one round of golf at Cabo Real or Club Campestre, and unlimited replay rounds per each night of stay as well as unlimited rounds, as availability allows. Rates: This packed package starts at $170 per person, per night in double occupancy.