Deals: Ireland

April 6, 2014 by  
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Guys’ getaway in Ireland

The deal: Sceptre Tours is offering the new, four-night “Ultimate Mancation” package to Ireland for guys looking to cut loose with their brothers, fathers and friends.

Cost: $3,129 per person, based on departure date, gateway city, inclusions and number of participants. The tour is ideal for groups of 10; if nine travelers are booked, the 10th person goes free.

What’s included: Round-trip economy class airfare from New York to Dublin; coach and driver for duration of trip; four nights at the O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel; three rounds of golf; tours and sightseeing including visits to the Old Jameson Distillery and Guinness Storehouse; additional inclusions, such as a welcome dinner and full Irish breakfast daily.

When: For travel by Dec. 31.

Information: Sceptretours.com or 800-221-0924.

— Elyse Toribio

Article source: http://www.northjersey.com/travel/travel-deals/deals-ireland-1.842622

Travel Deals and Steals for Sunday, April 6

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An exterior view at Oberoi Hotels  Resorts, which is a offering a special deal for visitors to India.
An exterior view at Oberoi Hotels Resorts, which is a offering a special deal for visitors to India.

AN EXOTIC TIME IN INDIA

Experience the vibrant culture and exceptional landscapes of India with Oberoi Hotels Resorts.

Deal: Book the “Oberoi Exotic Vacation,” with pricing starting at $1,800 for a six-night stay. This offer includes accommodation for two in a premier room, along with a complimentary additional room for up to two children (up to 12 years of age, subject to availability at time of booking). Guests also receive daily yoga sessions, daily breakfast, a 25% discount on all spa therapies, and complimentary car transfers between the hotel and local city airport or railway station. This deal is valid through Sept. 30 at all participating hotels.

Experience: Take in the rich history of India, from the colonial architecture of Delhi to the regal tigers of Ranthambore. Guests choose from curated itineraries or create their own signature experience.

Book it! Call 1-800-562-3764 or go online to oberoihotels.com.

MARRAKECH MEMORIES

Plan the perfect escape to Morocco this summer with friends or family.

Steal: The “Private Riad” package starts at $83 per person per night — based on 10 guests — for exclusive use of a five-bedroom riad, which is a traditional Moroccan home. Included: daily breakfast for up to 10 guests. For stays of four nights or more, a group cooking lesson with an executive chef is included at the riad. This package is valid for stays from June 1 to Aug. 31.

Experience: A host is on hand to arrange a wealth of excursions and experiences to entertain and give guests the chance to discover the culture of Morocco. The riad host offers expert, in-depth local knowledge on everything from where to find handmade Moroccan slippers to the most fashionable nightclub. Such aid is only a phone call away — because each guest is given a mobile phone.

A stay at Angsana Riad Bab Firdaus puts visitors in the heart of Marrakech.
A stay at Angsana Riad Bab Firdaus puts visitors in the heart of Marrakech.

Book it! Email Marrakech@angsana.com, call 00-212-524-388-905 or 00-212-524-388-906 or visit angsana.com.

GREAT GOLF GETAWAY

Grab five friends and hop the next flight to Georgia, for the Masters final on April 13 at the Augusta National Golf Club.

Deal: Book the “Masters Final Sunday” golf package with Kensington Tours for a total of six people. You’ll pay $5,395 per person, down from $9,643 per person, and get VIP access to the coveted Masters final round. Also part of the deal: a police escort to the Augusta National, four nights at the Presidential House of the Ritz Reynolds Plantation, two rounds of golf at the championship golf courses and one night at the Ritz Buckhead. If you don’t have five buddies at the ready, then ask about Kensington’s other last-minute Masters options.

Experience: You’ll make it there just in time for the final, and you’ll enjoy coveted access and cuisine. Food served at the Augusta National Golf Club includes the four-cheese pimento sandwich (the recipe is a tight-lipped secret), served on the Par 3 at tea time at The Masters. Some golf trivia: The first Masters was played in 1934 with Robert T. Jones Jr. making a return to competitive golf; in 1953 a cabin was built for then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is one of a handful of residences on the course’s grounds.

Book it! Online at kensingtontours.com or by calling 888-903-2001.

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Travel tips: holidays in Wales, and this week’s best deals

April 6, 2014 by  
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Why go?
Known as the Dragon’s Tail, this 30-mile peninsula poking into the Irish Sea feels like a place apart: a stronghold for Welsh language and culture with a distinct microclimate which can see it basking in sunshine while the rest of north Wales is lashed by rain. The chichi yachting town of Abersoch may have been colonised by well-heeled holidaymakers and second homers, but elsewhere you’ll find empty golden beaches, fishing hamlets and peaceful clifftop walks.

What to do
Start by visiting Porth y Swnt, the new National Trust centre in Aberdaron (nationaltrust.org.uk). You can pick up maps, walking routes and ideas for days out, such as a visit to the “whistling sands” at Porthor which squeak as you walk on them, or a boat trip to Bardsey Island, a medieval pilgrimage site. Llyˆn Adventures can organise canoeing, kayaking and coasteering (llynadventures.com), but if you prefer to stay on dry land, the Wales Coast Path runs right around the peninsula. For a day at the beach, Llanbedrog is postcard-perfect.

Where to eat
Llyˆn is famous for its lobster, crab and mackerel, all of which you’ll find on the menu at Twnti Seafood Restaurant, in a converted barn in the hills behind Pwllheli (twntiseafood.co.uk). At Venetia in Abersoch, chef Marco Fillipi puts an Italian spin on seafood dishes such as Aberdaron crab linguini (venetiawales.com).

Where to stay
The National Trust has cottages and apartments to rent in Porthdinllaen, Aberdaron and Rhiw, some of which are just yards from the sea (from £475 per week, nationaltrustcottages.co.uk).

Insider tip
Gwyn Jones, director of Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre (oriel.org.uk), recommends a walk along the north coast. “Park in the car park at Morfa Nefyn and walk along the beach to Porthdinllaen, once a bustling ship-building village. After a brief refresher at the beach tavern, Tyˆ Coch – recently voted the third-best beach bar in the world – carry on around the headland to see dolphins and seals.”

Give me a break


Northumberland
The Radcliffe at the Lord Crewe Arms in Blanchland, Northumberland.

Home: Northumberland getaway
The Lord Crewe Arms in Blanchland reopens this week after a two-year renovation by new owners Calcot Hotels (also behind the not-too-shabby Barnsley House and Calcot Manor). Expect cosseting bedrooms, a vaulted crypt bar and the beautiful North Pennines on your doorstep. Go before the end of April for a special spring rate of £113 for a “canny” room (lordcrewearmsblanchland.com)


Italian road trip
Dinner with a panoramic view at the Grand Hotel Bristol in Liguria. Photograph: Alamy

An Italian road trip
Inspired by The Trip to Italy, the latest gourmet road trip from Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, Citalia has a nine-night Liguria to Capri self-drive holiday from £1,335pp, which includes stays in the Grand Hotel Bristol in Liguria and the Caesar Augustus on Capri.  Based on a 6 May departure, the offer includes an early-booking discount of £200 per couple, return BA flights and car hire (citalia.com

For more inside tips, advice and holiday ideas, go to theguardian.com/travel

Article source: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/apr/06/travel-tips-wales-northumberland-italy

Strengthening Rupee, Smart Deals Buoying Outbound Travel

April 6, 2014 by  
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Fior the outbound Indian traveller, this holiday season is all merriment and cheer. For starters, the rupee is strengthened and is perched at Rs 60-61 against the dollar. This has led international, even domestic, carriers to offer competitive pricing and has also resulted in a rather nominal annual hike in tariff at international hotels and resorts. The travel sector firmly believes that this holiday season (2014-15) will see at least 15 per cent growth over the last year and that over 15 to 20 million Indians are likely to travel to foreign destinations, for work and leisure. “Despite fewer Indian travellers planning to increase their travel budget this year compared to 2013, the focus on travel whether budget or average remains strong,” notes Nikhil Ganjoo, Country Manager, TripAdvisor. He further points out that 8 out of 10 (82%) Indian hoteliers are being optimistic about their business profitability in 2014, which is significantly higher than the global average of 67.

The World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC) predicts that the number of outbound Indian travellers will touch 50 million by 2020. In a recent study, global consulting firm Deloitte pointed out that India is predicted to be among the world’s fastest growing markets with consumer spending hitting $13 trillion by 2030, boosted by rapid expansion of middle class income levels. 

‘Outbound travel’, as Subhash Goyal, Chairman STIC Travels, puts it, “will certainly improve this season after a prolonged slump because of the global slowdown. The rupee is strengthening, stock markets are high and this will lead to increased disposable income in the hands of people.” He expects outbound travel especially to Southeast Asia, which is now cheaper than many domestic holidays, to see a rise. “As countries like Indonesia, Madagascar, Ethiopia now offer visa-on-arrival (VOA) more and more tourists are headed there,” adds Goyal.

Apart from VOA, the sheer convenience of direct flights to destinations like Phuket, Istanbul, South Africa also contributes to pick-up in outbound travel this season. 

Travel experts point out that to beat the downturn and low occupancy even in destinations like Europe, hotels have marginalised their tariff hikes. “Last year, we offered five-night Europe package for `80,000 per person and today the price is about `92,000 for the same package. It’s a nominal hike, considering that we offer a better room for the same price,” a sector expert points out.

Sharat Dhall, president of travel portal Yatra.com, makes a point: “A sizeable section of Indians are looking beyond established holiday destinations and there is a reason to it. The rupee is strengthening while hotels abroad are offering very attractive rates to beat the slowdown.” He calls it a ‘win-win’ for the traveller, who now gets a superior room at the price of a standard room.

Dhall points out that with the rupee stabilising, a lot of first-time foreign travellers are expected to head to SE Asia. “SE Asia marks the entry point into international travel. This year, I expect to see at least 20 per cent of the outbound travellers embarking on their first ever international holiday.”

Sector experts say that with packages starting at Rs 25000-30,000 for Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lanka or Indonesia, first time travellers are making a beeline for travel portals that customize holiday packages. “Those who have never travelled abroad due to budget constraints can now get a package suited to their budget; this is an option that will spur Indian outbound travel,” says Dhall. This reflects positive sentiment.

Rati Dhodapkar, Managing Director Abercrombie Kent India, says that outbound tourists have waited a while for the rupee to reach an acceptable level and this is the season when bookings look very healthy. Though the first time outbound travellers would prefer closer-home holidays, the seasoned traveller still prefers Africa (for safaris, hot air ballooning) New Zealand (for sightseeing, kayaking and general leisure) or Turkey, more exotic, less clichéd.

Dhodapkar like Goyal also says that cruises were becoming very popular among the seasoned traveller. Unlike airfare and hotels, cruise packages can be greatly customized and altered to suit every pocket. Starting at Rs 13,000 for a two-night-three-day Asian water cruise to a lavish month long Alaskan, Mediterranean and Scandinavian cruises that run into lakhs, there’s something for everybody.

“The experience is stealer. You are on land by day and voyaging by night, in a moving five to seven-star property, hitting a new destination every other day,” says Dhodapkar. “Cruise is another segment that we believe has matured and will continue to grow in 2014. All-inclusive cruising holidays will be a good segment to watch out for in the year to come,” adds Goyal.

Call it the lure of the high-seas or the thrill of the skies, a stronger rupee is taking the Indian out of India, instilling in him, the ageless passion of world travel.

Article source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/news/Strengthening-Rupee-Smart-Deals-Buoying-Outbound-Travel/2014/04/06/article2151643.ece

This week’s best cruise deals from around the world

April 5, 2014 by  
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DealScoopr Launches Personalized Flight Deals Search to Save You Money on …

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DealScoopr Launches Personalized Flight Deals Search to Save You Money on Your Next Trip

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Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 03, 2014

DealScoopr, a travel startup focused on travel deals discovery, today announced the launch of its Personalized Flight Deals Search. This allows budget conscious travelers to find the cheapest airfares that match their preferred travel dates and destinations.

“Travelers spend a lot of time doing multiple searches across numerous sites to find the best flight deals. DealScoopr solves this problem by instantly analyzing and intelligently filtering tens of thousands of airfares based on the traveler’s preferences”, said Nischal Pathania, Co-Founder of DealScoopr. For example, a traveler flying from Seattle to New York will see upcoming weekend flight deals for 2-3 days, whereas to Paris see upcoming weekend flight deals for 5-7 days. Users can then further narrow their search by specifying their start days (e.g. Thursday, Friday or Saturday) and trip durations (e.g. 2-3 days, 5-7 days, 1-2 weeks, 2-3 weeks).

DealScoopr has partnered with Skyscanner, a leading global travel search site offering an unbiased, comprehensive and free flight search service as well as instant online comparisons for hotels and rental cars. “We’re thrilled to combine our cutting edge travel personalization technology with Skyscanner’s comprehensive flight search service,” said Nitesh Goyal, Founder of DealScoopr. “Travelers will love the ease of use and speed of DealScoopr to save money on their next trip”.

“Skyscanner is pleased to be working with DealScoopr, integrating our flights API into their innovative consumer offering,” said Filip Filipov, Head of B2B, Skyscanner. “It is thrilling to see the industry we helped innovate more than a decade ago evolve, and DealScoopr is a perfect example of this evolution, helping to make the trip planning process even more convenient.”

Users can start searching for flight deals on DealScoopr at http://www.dealscoopr.com/. DealScoopr is free to use.

ABOUT DEALSCOOPR: Founded by Amazon Expedia veteran engineers Nitesh Goyal Nischal Pathania, DealScoopr is a new travel deals discovery engine. Based on your personal preferences, social profile, location and tens of other signals, DealScoopr creates the most personalized travel experience and also finds you the best travel deals out there. DealScoopr is a travel startup headquartered in Seattle, WA.

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Ten top last-minute Easter holiday deals around Australia

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Best vacation deals in spring shoulder season

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Shoulder season—the time between peak travel season and low season—is when vacationers can win the travel trifecta: good weather, few crowds, and discounts up to nearly 60 percent. 

To ring up the biggest savings:

Timing is everything. “The difference of a couple months and degrees in temperature can add up to as much as a 60 percent savings,” Jeanenne Tornatore, senior travel editor for Orbitz.com, said. 

Learn where the biggest discounts are. Shoulder season shifts according to location. In Florida, for example, it’s April and May, after the snowbirds head north and before summer’s sultriness sets in. At Marco Beach Ocean Resort, a suite that costs $479 a night in February drops 52 percent, to $229, in May.  

In Hawaii, shoulder season starts in mid-March and goes through May, ending when schools let out and families start to take their summer vacation. A $489 daily rate at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort Spa in February drops to $288 with advance purchase, a 41 percent savings.

Beach towns gearing up for the summer have early-bird specials before Memorial Day. In Mexico and the Caribbean, prices at resorts and private villas generally plummet at least 30 percent after Easter, and hurricane season doesn’t begin until June. 

Didn’t get enough of the slopes this winter? There’s often good skiing through mid-April at high-altitude resorts, with down-to-earth discounts of close to 40 percent.

Our hotel buying guide will help you get the best rate on a room.

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Best vacation deals in spring shoulder season

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Hurry! 10 Exclusive Travel Deals For An Exciting Summer Vacation By Groupon

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