Valentine’s Day: New York City by night and dinner for $79 each

February 1, 2012 by  
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“Valentine’s Day” and “sightseeing tour” probably shouldn’t be uttered in the same sentence. But I like the pace and low cost of this night-time spin around New York City. The Highline, the Statue of Liberty and the top of 30 Rock as well as dinner in Little Italy are all part of the tour for $79 a person.

The deal: The five-hour Night on the Town Tour from Gray Line New York takes $10 off each ticket by buying online rather than at a ticket booth or elsewhere. Prices including tax cost $79 for adults and $53 for children 3-11. The tour starts at 6 p.m and includes:

–an hour on a guided walking tour of the Highline, the former elevated train route turned park in the meatpacking district;
–an hour for dinner at Grotta Azzura in Little Italy;
–an hour-long water taxi tour with a Champagne toast near the Statue of Liberty;
–an hour visiting the Top of the Rock Observatory.

When: The offer is good daily with some blackout dates.

Details: Whether you go on Valentine’s Day or another day, the online tour price saves money on the sightseeing and meal. If you did the tour on your own, it would cost $25 each for the water taxi tour and $25 for the Top of the Rock Observatory. Add on dinner, the walking tour and transportation from point to point and it’s sure to come to more than $79. 

Contact: Gray Line New York Night on the Town Tour, (800) 669-0051.

 

Article source: http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-nyc-night-tour-gray-line-20120201,1,7407915.story

Highway 1 reopens after rock slide is cleared north of Cambria

February 1, 2012 by  
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Good news for road trippers heading to Highway 1: No need to detour off the Central Coast roadway — at least not for now.

The small section of California’s Highway 1 that had been blocked by a rock slide for a week and a half was reopened to two-way traffic along a single lane on midday Tuesday, a Caltrans announcement says. The area at mile marker 22 just south of the town of Lucia forced travelers heading north from Cambria or south from Big Sur to detour around the slide area.

The area, known as Pitkins Curve, has been eroded by water and storms over the years and had become particularly vulnerable to rock and land slides.

Construction began in 2009 on a bridge (that will take drivers closer to the water) and a “rock shed” to catch rocks and debris from falling onto the road. Caltrans expects to complete the $29-million project in spring 2013.

Article source: http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-highway-1-rock-slide-20120201,1,5663676.story

Special offers from Bridge the World and Qantas Airways

February 1, 2012 by  
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Cairns to Sydney from £29pp / Sydney to Cairns from £31pp.

Must be booked in conjunction with Qantas International Flights.

For more information visit bridgetheworld.com

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

Take a 10 night holiday to Cairns
and the Barrier Reef
from just £1499pp

Discover Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef with this 10-night holiday which
includes:

• Return Economy class flights with Qantas from London Heathrow to Cairns

• Three nights in Cairns at the three star Cairns Colonial Club

• Three nights in Port Douglas at the four star Cayman Villas

• Four night Mission Beach and Cairns Highlands Self Drive, inclusive of

o Five Days Group A Car Hire

o Two nights Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, Atherton Tablelands

o Two nights Elandra Resort, Mission Beach

Price based on twin share accommodation, departing between 16 April and 20
June 2012.

For more information visit bridgetheworld.com

Sydney and New South Wales

Take a 10 night holiday to Sydney
and New South Wales
from just £1499pp

Discover Sydney and New South Wales with this 10-night holiday which includes:

• Return Economy class flights with Qantas from London Heathrow to Sydney,
returning from Brisbane.

• Five nights in Sydney at the three star Ibis Darling Harbour

• Five night Pacific Coast Self Drive, inclusive of:

o Six Days Group A Car Hire

o One night Hunter Resort, Hunter Valley

o One night All Seasons Port Stephens Salamander Shores, Port Stephens

o One night Absolute Beach Front Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour

o Two nights Lord Byron Resort, Byron Bay

Price based on twin share accommodation, departing between 16 April and 20
June 2012.

For more information visit bridgetheworld.com

Contact Bridge the World

Telephone: 0800 988 6884

Email: sales@bridgetheworld.com

Website: www.bridgetheworld.com

Article source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/travel/australia-destinations/9052571/Special-offers-travel-deals-Australia.html

Travelhoppers Presents Exclusive "Down Under" Travel Deal: 8-Night Air and …

February 1, 2012 by  
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With vacation package rates starting as low as $1899 per person, this tempting Aussie travel deal available via Travelhoppers.com by Down Under Adventures includes roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles to Sydney on Virgin Australia, domestic roundtrip flights from Sydney to Cairns, all applicable fuel surcharges, and 4-night, 4-star hotel stays in both Sydney Cairns, featuring savings of up to 20 percent.

TALLAHASSEE, FL (PRWEB) January 31, 2012

Travelhoppers – a site that features exclusive travel offers from well-known travel brands to smaller niche suppliers around the world – has partnered with Down Under Answers to present an incredible air-inclusive vacation package that highlights two of Australia’s iconic destinations – the cosmopolitan city of Sydney and Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. With package rates starting as low as $1899 per person, this tempting Aussie adventure includes roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles to Sydney on Virgin Australia, domestic roundtrip flights from Sydney to Cairns, all applicable fuel surcharges, and 4-night, 4-star hotel stays in both Sydney and Cairns.

To snag this incredible Australia vacation deal, travelers must book by February 29, 2012 for travel from February 1, 2012 through December 8, 2012. Following is a list of the starting ‘from’ package rates for select departures (from LAX to Sydney), which are per person based on double occupancy. Add-on round trip fares from other U.S. gateways are available upon request:

     — February 1, 2012 – April 30, 2012: From $2199

     — May 1, 2012 – June 8, 2012: From $1899

     — June 9, 2012 – July 23, 2012 : From $2399

     — July 24, 2012 – September 20, 2012: From $1899

     — September 21 – December 8, 2012: From $2199

Down Under Answers has negotiated these special package rates, which boast savings of up to 20 percent off what travelers would spend if they were to book separate travel arrangements on their own.

This package includes a four night hotel stay at Travelodge Sydney, perfectly positioned to explore the city situated near restaurants, theaters, lively nightclubs and a great range of shops from designer stores to boutiques all within close walking distance as well as major attractions including Darling Harbor, Entertainment Quarter, Sydney Cricket Ground and the Sydney Football Stadium; and a four night stay in Cairns at the tropical waterfront Mantra Esplanade, just minutes from the yacht harbor which is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, lively street cafes, fine dining, the casino and much more. International roundtrip flights are operated by Virgin Australia. Airfare prices were calculated based on coach air, and rates are based on pricing at time of printing and may change and be subject to increase based on U.S. departure city, booking date, travel period and availability at time of booking. Prices are subject to seasonal surcharges and currency fluctuations.

For more information about how to book this Australia travel deal and to see other exciting deals presented by Travelhoppers and Down Under Answers including an air and land inclusive vacation featuring 12-nights to Cook Islands, Auckland Queenstown from $2299 per person, visit Travelhoppers.com or the following direct website link.

About Travelhoppers.com

Travelhoppers.com is a travel website dedicated to the proposition that it’s all about value. The company provides consumers with free access to the largest, frequently updated repository of travel companies brochures, and travel specialists on the Internet. All via one site, Travelhoppers.com brings travelers unabridged information directly from 3000+ tour operators, packagers, cruise lines, destinations and other travel suppliers; as well as insight from travel industry veterans, first-hand knowledge from travel writers and feedback from other consumers; and a means to connect with travel specialists for assistance with travel planning.

About Down Under Answers

Down Under Answers is a leading travel wholesaler to New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific. A multi-award winning company, Down Under Answers prides itself on our customer service and our ability to create fresh and irresistible vacations that let you experience the unique and diverse aspects of the destinations which we so passionately promote.    Down Under Answers began 19 years ago with a simple quest: to ensure that each and every traveler gets exactly the trip they desire. Just like an artist, we will start with a blank canvas and create a personalized vacation, unlike any other vacation out there. Whether food and wine, culture and heritage itineraries for the independent travel, or cruising and escorted vacations, our staff of destination specialists will provide a tailor-made vacation that suits your style, taste and budget.

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Las Vegas: Health district says Luxor guest died of Legionnaires’

February 1, 2012 by  
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Nevada health officials found Legionella bacteria in water samples at the Luxor in Las Vegas this month after receiving notice that a prior guest at the hotel-casino had died from Legionnaires’ disease.

The public health notice issued by the Southern Nevada Health District on Monday said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerted the agency to three Luxor guests who were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.

Two cases were reported in spring 2011, but water samples taken at that time didn’t detect the bacteria  and both patients recovered. The third case was reported in January — no name or details about the victim were given — and the hotel’s water again was tested. “At this time environmental sampling was positive for Legionella bacteria,” the notice says.

The Luxor took steps to treat the water in the room where the deceased guest stayed within 24 hours of receiving notice, according to media reports. Gordon Absher, vice president of public affairs for MGM Resorts International, which owns the Luxor, says the company is embarking on a voluntary remediation of the entire hotel. The hotel also posted information about the disease on a Web page and has a hotline for guests to call.

Brian Labus, senior epidemiologist at the health district, says the bacteria may grow in shower heads or other water fixtures in hotel rooms that haven’t been used for a while so water doesn’t circulate regularly. “There’s nothing you can do as a guest to prevent it,” he says.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia that can be fatal in 5% to 30% of cases, especially among the elderly and people with respiratory problems. It’s transmitted by breathing in vapor or mist tainted by bacteria, not by person-to-person contact, and the incubation period is 2 to 14 days. Symptoms include high fever, chills, cough and sometimes muscle aches, the health district’s notice says.

Last July, six cases of Legionniares’ disease were reported to the CDC by people who had stayed at the Aria Resort Casino, which is partly owned by MGM Resorts. All patients were treated and recovered. In that instance, Absher says the hotel sent out 14,000 letters and posted a notice on its website to inform prior guests about the possibility of having been exposed to the bacteria. (A civil lawsuit filed over those cases is pending.)

Article source: http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-legionnaires-luxor-las-vegas-20120131,1,4837005.story

What grows in Brooklyn? A tree and a new theater (AP)

February 1, 2012 by  
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NEW YORK – In a season where little grows in the Northeast, something in Brooklyn is doing just that, foot by foot.

The metal guts of what will be a sleek three-tiered glass box surrounding the Theatre for a New Audience’s 299-seat stage have gone up in a former parking lot as part of the city’s ambitious plan to create a new $650 million cultural district.

“It’s going to be a destination,” said Jeffrey Horowitz, the founding artistic director of the company, during a recent tour of the work site in the Fort Greene section of the borough.

When opened in 2013, the $48-million theater will represent a milestone for Theatre for a New Audience and the city: It will be the first new stage designed expressly for Shakespeare and classic drama since 1965, and it will be the first permanent home for the itinerant company.

“We need a place to gather our activities, to set down roots in a community,” said Horowitz, who founded the theater company in 1979. “Would you go to a doctor or a lawyer whose office kept changing?”

The construction site is one of several at city theaters this winter, including the building of Signature Theatre Company’s new $66 million Frank Gehry-designed home on 42nd Street, a $57 million renovation of New York City Center and a $41 million theater being built on the roof of the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center Theater.

In addition to a 299-seat theater, the 27,500-square-foot Theatre for a New Audience’s home will house a 50-seat rehearsal space and a lobby cafe. It will overlook a new public garden plaza and sit along a walking path between BAM’s Opera House and Harvey Theater.

The theater will be energy efficient, acoustically isolated from street and subway noises, and offer any director maximum adaptability by allowing all parts of the inside to be modified, a nod to the theater’s itinerant past. The new stage, for example, can be switched from thrust, to round, to proscenium.

“We wanted to build a theater that had flexibility. An artist can completely shape the configuration between the audience and the stage. This is actually several theaters in one,” said Horowitz. “That idea — of not having a fixed way of doing a classic play or Shakespeare — that’s part of the artistic DNA of the theater.”

Designed by Hugh Hardy of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, the new theater has a large glass facade, gunmetal gray panels, a 35-foot-tall main stage, a second-floor lobby and a central staircase — a simple form that Horowitz says is appropriate.

“We didn’t want some fantastic shape on the outside and then you came in to a rectangle. What we said was, `Let the outside reflect the inside,’” he says. “It is what it is. There’s no hiding.”

The Theatre for a New Audience hasn’t been waiting around for its new home. It’s been busy this winter, co-producing “Cymbeline” with Fiasco Theater at the Barrow Street Theatre, as well as putting on “Fragments” at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and “Shlemiel the First” at New York University. In February, it unveils “The Broken Heart” — a 1629 tragic-comic gem written by John Ford — and in March “The Taming of the Shrew,” both at The Duke on 42nd Street.

Last season, the theater company enjoyed one of its most successful, with four sold-out productions: “Notes From Underground,” “Cymbeline,” “Macbeth” and “The Merchant of Venice,” which starred F. Murray Abraham as Shylock and was the theater’s first production to have a national tour.

When it finally opens, Julie Taymor, of “The Lion King” and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” fame, has accepted the theater’s invitation to direct the official 2013 inaugural production, another nod to its past. Taymor directed four plays for the troupe, including Carlo Gozzi’s “The Green Bird,” which moved to Broadway in 2000, and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”

Theodore C. Rogers, chairman of the theater’s board of directors, says the company has been thinking about having a bricks-and-mortar location for about 15 years. “We realized we needed a permanent home if we were ever going to be a theater of consequence and of meaning.”

Rogers, who likes to visit the construction site virtually every week, said the company had been in enough theater spaces in the past to know what they didn’t want. He recalled that one potential site had possibilities, but the search team was wrinkling their noses — a restaurant nearby was emitting a terrible stench. The team also wanted quiet: “We didn’t want the subway running through Act 3,” he said, laughing.

The shape and design of the building is something the theater has spent a lot of time on. “If we were going to build a theater, we were going to build a theater that built our art, not just enclosed it,” said Rogers.

The new site is actually the third place the theater found and each site change cost the company a 14-month delay as plans were resubmitted and red tape handled. Along the way, famed architect Gehry dropped out.

Ground was finally broken on the new site — located on Ashland Place between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street — in June 2011. Asked how he will feel when he finally turns on the lights, Horowitz says it will be a mixture of “a tremendous sense of pride, accomplishment and pleasure.”

“I do feel that this is going to be here for a long time — way, way after me,” he says. “My journey will be finished when I turn the lights on, but the building’s journey will go on. And that’s an incredible feeling. It’s something special.”

A part of Horowitz will endure in the foundations of the new building — literally. He has gotten permission to write a line from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” into the concrete.

The verse speaks of a theater that has, against all odds, finally come home, and of a company and its founder marveling at the strange twists of history: “If this were played upon a stage now,” it reads, “I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.”

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Sprucing up Atlantic City goal of tourism plan (AP)

February 1, 2012 by  
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Friends have taught Larry Sherlock two main things about Atlantic City: Bally’s, the Taj Mahal and the Borgata give out nice comps. And, don’t venture out onto Pacific or Atlantic avenues, especially at night.

The retiree and his wife love Atlantic City enough to make the seven-hour drive from Hampton, Va., twice a month. But when they’re here, they experience only a tiny slice of the resort, sticking to the casinos and the Boardwalk, areas where they feel safe.

People like Sherlock, a retired manufacturing manager, are at the heart of a redevelopment plan expected to be approved Wednesday by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the newly empowered state agency tasked with carrying out Gov. Chris Christie’s overhaul plans for the nation’s second-largest gambling resort.

The goal is simple: to make Atlantic City safer, cleaner and more inviting.

“We’ve identified dozens of interesting ideas to improve visitation, improve the convention atmosphere, the Boardwalk, and entertainment venues,” said John Palmieri, executive director of the CRDA. “The visitor experience is very important.”

Billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs are at stake. For the past five years, Atlantic City’s casino revenue has been plunging due to an ever-growing number of casinos in neighboring states, and the continued sluggish economy.

Lawmakers in the far more populous northern part of New Jersey have long clamored for slot machines and table games at horse tracks in their part of the state, including the struggling Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, just outside New York City. Thus far, Christie has resisted those calls, promising to give Atlantic City five years to get its act together before revisiting the question of whether it deserves to continue the monopoly on gambling that the state’s Constitution gives it.

To do that, Christie got state legislators to create a new tourism district in Atlantic City consisting of the casinos, the Boardwalk, shopping districts and the former Bader Field airport site, and put the CRDA in charge of overseeing it. The plan the agency is expected to approve Wednesday addresses quality of life issues for visitors and residents alike, calling for new development in some areas, spruced up store facades, removal of anti-crime shutters on businesses, stepped-up sanitation and other initiatives.

Already, workers riding mini-vacuum trucks are scurrying up and down Atlantic Avenue, sucking trash from the gutter and trying to keep things cleaner than they have been in recent years. Flowers are being planted, signs erected giving better directions to attractions, and a new parking garage is being built to accommodate shoppers drawn to The Walk and its successful outlet stores.

That area, considered the main gateway to Atlantic City, has been given a total makeover, with glittering spires, a landscaped median strip, and gleaming new stores on either side of the end of the Atlantic City Expressway that put an inviting face on the first impression many visitors get here. CRDA hopes to duplicate that kind of success in other areas that are not as tourist-friendly.

Atlantic and Pacific avenues, the two main downtown streets, will get particular attention.

“The first two streets off the Boardwalk I don’t go to, because I was told not to, especially at night,” Sherlock said. “I hope they do make it safe there. If I have to go anywhere around here, I go by car.”

He and his wife have been visiting Atlantic City for 20 years, and haven’t experienced anything worse than the occasional panhandler begging for change or cigarettes on the Boardwalk. But he says it would be nice to feel as at-ease on the downtown streets as he does on the Boardwalk.

Palmieri and his agency declined to reveal specific details of the plan until after it is presented and approved on Wednesday. But in a series of public hearings in recent months, several proposals have been discussed at length.

The agency has envisioned putting stores or restaurants on the ground floor of casino parking garages along Pacific Avenue, the oceanfront street, and even encouraging patio dining along the street, which is now lined with cash-for-gold pawn shops, strip clubs, discount motels and run-down buildings.

It also wants businesses along Atlantic Avenue, two blocks inland, to remove anti-crime shutters from their storefronts, and has considered locating state offices in a dense cluster on the street to create more activity in certain spots.

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Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC

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Improvements eyed at LaGuardia, Newark Liberty (AP)

February 1, 2012 by  
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NEW YORK – The agency that owns the New York City area’s major airports says it is considering improvements to terminals at LaGuardia and Newark Liberty.

Tuesday was the deadline for contractors to send proposals to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to replace La Guardia’s Central Terminal. The agency will be looking at them over the next few months.

Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye says the existing Central Terminal is obsolete.

“It’s got a quaint, nostalgic but unacceptable kind of 1940s, 1950s feel that’s just not acceptable,” he told a meeting of the Association for a Better New York.

Foye also said about $350 million is earmarked for overhauling Terminal B at Newark. Travelers have criticized that terminal because of the way it limits passengers to individual “piers” instead of allowing them to move around the whole terminal.

Later this year, the Port Authority will also ask contractors for proposals to build a new Terminal A at Newark, Foye said.

Delta Air Lines and the Port Authority are also renovating Delta’s hub at Kennedy’s Terminal 4, mostly through $900 million in special-project bonds.

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SpaGroups,LLC. Launches a Customizable Spa Travel Deals Site

February 1, 2012 by  
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From Spa to shining Spa

spagroupsSpaGroups, LLC has just launched its customizable website, spagroups.com. The company is offering a free membership including a social network for individual spa participants. The idea behind networking is to assist members in finding and joining user created groups and obtain discounts up to 50% on that ‘oh so relaxing’ spa resort vacation.

In this case, it’s all about leveraging group-buying power. SpaGroups is able to offer 50% discounts at premier destination spas and all-inclusive spa resorts based on their leverage. Upon joining SpaGroups (signup is free) members are immediately connected to a social networking community of other individual spa seekers. These are also members searching for group discounts by joining other members’ spa retreats.

SpaGroups has decided to bring in their ‘A game’ and is taking the spa industry to the next level. The company has established a platform that enables any spa seeker the ability to create a customized retreat at the spa including the arrival date of her or his choice. This has never been done before. The beauty is that if other members are interested, they can then join that spa retreat to help meet the spa’s group minimum requirements in order to obtain the group discount.

The Spa lifestyle is not just for the elite

SpaGroups believes that everyone deserves a lifestyle of health and wellness. The common misconception is that the spa lifestyle is for Hollywood or the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Forget that noise. SpaGroups is on a mission to make the “wellness spa experience affordable to the average spa-goer. The rationale behind SpaGroups is to provide members exclusive access to group discounts up to 50% and educates members on the secrets to obtaining spa travel deals through its complimentary Insider’s Guide to Secret Spa Discounts provided to new members.”

SpaGroups is right there to help in coordinating that group trip and assisting any group leader. Their website is designed for simplicity when planning that all-inclusive, spa resort vacation. “SpaGroups facilitates the collection of each group member’s registration and contact information and allows collection of secure credit card deposits”.

Of course group members are welcome to employ social media and spread the word. By accessing Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and email, members may be able to fill those required slots quicker so that spa fun can be had by all. SpaGroups assists the group leaders by promoting user-created retreats to its own list of SpaGroups members. This may help the group meet the spa resort’s minimum requirement to obtain group discounts for all members. Once members join a retreat, they only need to arrive on the designated arrival date to obtain the group discount. By all means check out SpaGroups.com – I found myself relaxing while viewing the photos.

About SpaGroups, LLC:

SpaGroups was envisioned to provide access to immersion experiences at the world’s best spa resorts and retreat centers. SpaGroups is a platform that empowers you to not only join our groups, but inspires you to start and build groups of your own to obtain incredible discounts for yourself and your friends of up to 50%!

To inspire, by connecting our guests with healing spaces and transformative experiences. 

Spa resorts offer their best discounts to groups; our free membership-based website allows individual travelers who are SpaGroups members to join these groups or to start groups of their own.   

SpaGroups allows you to leverage group buying power to build groups through our website and newsletter and, through the use of social media.  

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Travelhoppers Presents Exclusive “Down Under” Travel Deal: 8-Night Air and …

February 1, 2012 by  
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Down Under Answers has negotiated these special package rates that boast savings of up to 20 percent off what travelers would pay if they were to book travel arrangements separately on their own.

TALLAHASSEE, FL (PRWEB) January 31, 2012

Travelhoppers – a site that features exclusive travel offers from well-known travel brands to smaller niche suppliers around the world – has partnered with Down Under Answers to present an incredible air-inclusive vacation package that highlights two of Australia’s iconic destinations – the cosmopolitan city of Sydney and Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. With package rates starting as low as $1899 per person, this tempting Aussie adventure includes roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles to Sydney on Virgin Australia, domestic roundtrip flights from Sydney to Cairns, all applicable fuel surcharges, and 4-night, 4-star hotel stays in both Sydney and Cairns.

To snag this incredible Australia vacation deal, travelers must book by February 29, 2012 for travel from February 1, 2012 through December 8, 2012. Following is a list of the starting ‘from’ package rates for select departures (from LAX to Sydney), which are per person based on double occupancy. Add-on round trip fares from other U.S. gateways are available upon request:

     — February 1, 2012 – April 30, 2012: From $2199

     — May 1, 2012 – June 8, 2012: From $1899

     — June 9, 2012 – July 23, 2012 : From $2399

     — July 24, 2012 – September 20, 2012: From $1899

     — September 21 – December 8, 2012: From $2199

Down Under Answers has negotiated these special package rates, which boast savings of up to 20 percent off what travelers would spend if they were to book separate travel arrangements on their own.

This package includes a four night hotel stay at Travelodge Sydney, perfectly positioned to explore the city situated near restaurants, theaters, lively nightclubs and a great range of shops from designer stores to boutiques all within close walking distance as well as major attractions including Darling Harbor, Entertainment Quarter, Sydney Cricket Ground and the Sydney Football Stadium; and a four night stay in Cairns at the tropical waterfront Mantra Esplanade, just minutes from the yacht harbor which is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, lively street cafes, fine dining, the casino and much more. International roundtrip flights are operated by Virgin Australia. Airfare prices were calculated based on coach air, and rates are based on pricing at time of printing and may change and be subject to increase based on U.S. departure city, booking date, travel period and availability at time of booking. Prices are subject to seasonal surcharges and currency fluctuations.

For more information about how to book this Australia travel deal and to see other exciting deals presented by Travelhoppers and Down Under Answers including an air and land inclusive vacation featuring 12-nights to Cook Islands, Auckland Queenstown from $2299 per person, visit Travelhoppers.com or the following direct website link.

About Travelhoppers.com

Travelhoppers.com is a travel website dedicated to the proposition that it’s all about value. The company provides consumers with free access to the largest, frequently updated repository of travel companies brochures, and travel specialists on the Internet. All via one site, Travelhoppers.com brings travelers unabridged information directly from 3000+ tour operators, packagers, cruise lines, destinations and other travel suppliers; as well as insight from travel industry veterans, first-hand knowledge from travel writers and feedback from other consumers; and a means to connect with travel specialists for assistance with travel planning.

About Down Under Answers

Down Under Answers is a leading travel wholesaler to New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific. A multi-award winning company, Down Under Answers prides itself on our customer service and our ability to create fresh and irresistible vacations that let you experience the unique and diverse aspects of the destinations which we so passionately promote.    Down Under Answers began 19 years ago with a simple quest: to ensure that each and every traveler gets exactly the trip they desire. Just like an artist, we will start with a blank canvas and create a personalized vacation, unlike any other vacation out there. Whether food and wine, culture and heritage itineraries for the independent travel, or cruising and escorted vacations, our staff of destination specialists will provide a tailor-made vacation that suits your style, taste and budget.

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