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Family Vacation at Sapporo Japan

sapporo Japan travelI don’t know about you, but when I hear about Sapporo, the first thing that comes to mind is beer. I’m a long time Sushi eater and Sapporo is my beer of choice when eating. What you might have not known is that there’s an actual city in Japan called Sapporo. In fact, that’s where the beer comes from. Sapporo is a perfect place for making beer. The hops are excellent and it’s cold.

Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido Island—located in the West. It’s the fastest growing city in Japan. At last check, there were more than two million living in Sapporo. It is the 5th largest city in Japan.

When many think of Japan, they think of the over crowded life in Tokyo. Life in Sapporo is much different. First of all, the island of Hokkaido is covered with forests. Many Japanese escape to the island and Hokkaido attracts millions of visitors annually. The summer is the peak time.

Earlier I mentioned the beer they make here. Sapporo has been making beer since 1891. If you visit Sapporo, you can take a tour of the facility. It’s one of those must-see attractions. There’s nothing like a fresh Sapporo beer.

Sapporo is also famous for its snow festival, Yuki Matsuri. It takes place for one week each year in February. It continues to grow each year. It started out as a couple of snow sculptures and has now grown to a main event held at multiple sites. Many come for the international snow sculpture competition.

Perhaps the most interest aspect of the Yuki Matsuri is the community effort given to one giant statue each year. If you arrive in Sapporo just before the festival, you can participate in the creating of this statue. It’s advised that you book your stay ahead too. More than two million tourists flood into Sapporo for the Yuki Matsuri.

Another aspect I find interesting about Sapporo, as someone that doesn’t speak fluent Japanese, is the fact that the tourist information centers are English-friendly. They are always staffed with personnel that speak English well. At the International Information Corner, they have maps and information handouts in English. This makes any English-speaking traveler—that doesn’t speak Japanese—at home.

Another great first stop is the Sapporo International Communications Plaza. It’s just across the street from the Tokeidai Clocktower and right by City Hall. It has more literature in English, including newspapers and magazines. You are bound to meet Japanese people there who know English as well. There is so much more to talk about, but this article was meant to wet your whistle for Sapporo, Japan.

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Natural Wonders of Palawan The Philippines

palawan island philippinesPalawan is the Philippines’ largest province. Its undamaged ecosystem is home to untouched forests, beautiful beaches and unpolluted waters offering a dazzling array of marine life. With over 1,780 islands that stretch from the Mindoro Strait down to the tip of Borneo, Palawan is the ultimate adventure destination.

Central Palawan

Puerto Princesa is the capital of Palawan. It is the most ideal place to stay in when exploring central and southern Palawan. There are several excursions which can be carried out as day trips from Puerto Princesa. A three-hour drive to the Subterranean River in Sabang is de rigueur when visiting Palawan. The river runs through a limestone cave which is said to be the longest navigable river-traversed tunnel in the world. If snorkeling or island hopping is the adventure of choice, a day trip or an overnight stay at Honda Bay won’t disappoint you. Agencies and hotels in Puerto Princesa offer packaged tours around Honda Bay.

South Palawan

The south of Palawan does not have as many attractions as its northern area, but it has caves and waterfalls worth exploring. The Tabon Caves is a vast network of caves where forty-seven thousand year-old human remains have been found in pre-historic burial grounds. The caves can be reached by a thirty-minute boat ride from Quezon.

North Palawan

The best places to visit in North Palawan are the Bacuit Archipelago and Port Barton. Port Barton is a town nestled on a beautiful beach which boasts of stunning sunsets. With its serene and secluded atmosphere, it is a great place for families. The Bacuit Archipelago consists of uneven limestone islands that emerge from the waters of Bacuit Bay. It is the best place to do some exploring on a Bangka, or snorkeling in the vibrant coral gardens, or having a picnic on a deserted stretch of beach.

The Calamian Group

The Calamian Group is like a small version of Palawan, complete with all the main attractions that Palawan has to offer: pure, white-sand beaches, virgin rainforests, relaxing accommodations, and spectacular dive and snorkeling sites. On top of that, the Calamian Group is home to some attractions that the rest of Palawan does not offer: the scenic lakes of Coron Island and wreck diving in Busuanga Island. There are more than ten wrecks around Busuanga, which consist of Japanese warships and merchant ships that were taken down by American planes during World War II. The wrecks are found at varying depths which provide diving opportunities for both beginners and seasoned divers. Coron Island has two main attractions: Lake Barracuda and Lake Kayangan. Lake Barracuda is popular with divers due to its uncommon levels of fresh, salt and briny water. It can be reached by a difficult twenty-five meter climb over a rough wall on the island. Lake Kayangan has three magnificent arms which reach to the rough, jungle-covered areas of Coron Island. It can be accessed by climbing a steep mountain wall.

Palawan is truly a rare gem. Every traveler should at least visit Palawan once during his or her lifetime. With its unique biodiversity, unspoiled forests and beautiful beaches, Palawan is the Philippines’ last frontier.

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Winter Festivals In Japan

Snow Festival In Japan SapporoIn the coldest month of the year, the hottest ticket in Japan, and maybe the entire world, is for the Sapporo Snow festival on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido. More than two million visitors from around the world descend on. Hokkaido’s capital to watch it transformed into the glistening, glittering, and gleaming world of a frozen fairyland.

For a week each February, the skyscrapers of Sapporo become upstaged by edifices and statues of frozen snow forming a second city in Odori Park and the streets at their feet. Ice sculptures of the past have depicted everything from ancient Japanese temples, samurais, and dragons to contemporary athletes, ice maidens, political figures, and fifty-foot high dinosaurs.

The current Snow Festival is the descendant of a much smaller 1950 festival, the effort of a group of Sapporo high school students who built six snow statues in Odori Park and so impressed the park’s visitors that the tradition continued. Five years later, the Japan Self-Defense Forces housed at Makomanai base introduced, as a training exercise, the technique for building the enormous snow sculptures typical of the Snow Festival today.

The Snow Festival Venues
Makomanai Base is now one of the three main venues for the Festival, and is the site of the biggest sculptures; the third site, where the ice carving competition is held, is in Sapporo’s Susukino district. During the 1972 Winter Olympic Games in Sapporo, the Snow Festival gained international acclaim, and the Snow Statue Competition began two years later.

The Snow Festival is truly a community effort, with citizen’s groups both creating ice sculptures and assisting tourists, especially the disabled. They also provide tourist information and act as interpreters for the flood of foreign guests. Hotel reservations for the Snow Festival should be made at least six months in advance.

Hotels near the Snow Festival
The Korakuen Hotel Sapporo offers four-star accommodations convenient to all of Sapporo’s parks and scenic areas, and is ideally situated for commercial travelers.

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An Unforgettable Bali Vacation

bali island of godsBali, a beautiful island paradise in the Indonesian archipelago made international news when the island was rocked by suicide bombings in 2002 and 2005. However, the island is better known as an excellent vacation holiday destination and a major tourist attraction.

Tourists who have visited this South East Asian island will tell you that Bali exudes a certain magical charm and that is why, some people call Bali, the Island of Gods. After all, gods live in paradise don’t they?

You will be pleasantly impressed by the many stunningly beautiful tourist attractions and the charming local people. If you are a scuba diver, you will be pleased to know that Bali is one of the top scuba diving destinations in the world.

Bali presents itself as a modern paradox because its ancient and traditional culture is still very much alive amidst modern living. While the basic conservatism of the Balinese people has enabled them to preserve many of their ancient customs, culture and religion, it has never hindered the acceptance of the new and innovative modern technological advancement.

The island is indeed a feast for the eye for tourists on holiday vacation in Indonesia. As the island is situated near the equator, it has almost equal amount of time for rain and sunshine making its environment very suitable for human inhabitation and as a result, Bali has been inhabited and civilized since ancient times.

Bali is also the only island in “middle Indonesia” that has more or less uninterrupted cultural continuity for hundreds of years. It is of this reason, Bali is the only part of Indonesia that remains “Hindu” and is still retaining elements of fusion of ethnic and Hindu cultures of more than a thousand years of cultural tradition.

When the island was colonized by the Dutch at the beginning of last century, the Dutch colonial masters were so impressed by the traditions of the Balinese that a concerted effort was made to preserve the island’s mystical culture.

The Balinese society is a strong and cohesive one because the local people promote communal and family values. Feelings of alienation from parents and friends which are common in the western world are almost unheard of in Bali.

Children are carried everywhere or strapped to their mother’s back until they are at least three months old. Religious rituals are performed regularly to keep the children safe, healthy and to protect them from harmful spirits. Every aspect of village life is organized in such detail that the individual’s responsibilities and rights are meticulously defined by the Balinese tradition.

The Balinese are emotionally strong people and take the unfortunate incidents in their stride. The people are eternal optimists and believe that their Island of Gods enjoys a special place in the grander scheme of things. This is another reason why the local population can bounce back from the tragic terrorist attacks so quickly. Want to visit paradise? Then include Bali as your next holiday vacation destination for its many tourists attractions.

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What to Do on Holiday in Palermo Sicily

Palermo Sicily HolidaySicily is an island which lies in the Mediterranean. It belongs to Italy, but is one of its autonomous regions, with a regional constitution and some specific rights, like the right to keep 100% of all taxes! Island of Sicily is also one of the main holiday spots in Italy, every year been visited by many tourists seeking to enjoy beach vacations and cultural getaways alike. This part of Italy offers in the same time extraordinary beautiful beaches, crystal-clear and warm waters, great accommodation in hotels, luxury resorts, and rental properties like villas and apartments, but also a significant historical heritage and numerous archaeological remains. Most hotels in Sicily are settled close to the beaches, in exquisite resorts or residential areas with luxurious villas, and feature great amenities and friendly staffs.

Having an area of 25,708 squad kilometers, in Sicily are many things to see and to do and a large number of interesting places where can be spent great holidays. Some of the most visited vacation spots in Sicily are Palermo (the capital city), Agrigento (with Pelagian Islands), Catania, Cefalu, Messina (with Aeolian Islands), Siracusa, Taormina, Trapani (with Aegadian Islands and Isle of Pantelleria), and Mount Etna, a 3,320 meters (10,900 feet) high volcano, which is perhaps the most renowned tourist attraction of Sicily. Palermo is attracting due to the very rich historical remains, great accommodation in luxurious villas, hotels, and resorts, but also due to the short distance to the island of Ustica, where can be practiced many water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, yachting, sailing, fishing, and others. An important role in drawing there many vacationers plays the wide range of excellent lodging amenities. Hotels in Palermo belong to the best accommodation units of the island, so most of them are occupied up to the last room during the peak season! There are many luxury 4 & 5 star resorts like Hotel Villa Igiea Hilton, Grand Hotel et des Palmes, Hotel Excelsior Palace, Hotel NH Jolly Palermo, Hotel Mondello Palace, Quality Hotel President Palermo, Hotel Vecchio Borgo, Hotel Torres Artale Relais, Hotel Politeama, but also a large number of good 3 star hotels such as Hotel Villa Esperia, Hotel Tonnara di Trabia, Hotel Azzolini, Torre Artale Hotel and Villas, Hotel Gallery House, Hotel Palm Beach, Hotel Villa d’Amato, Hotel Athenaeum Palermo, so everybody can find housing without to exceed the vacation budget.

Beside the beaches from nearby and water sports practicing, holiday makers can enjoy the cultural and architectural beauties that this city has to offer. Some of the main tourist attractions in Palermo are the old churches (The Cathedral of Palermo, San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi, San Giovanni degli Eremiti, or Santa Maria dell’Ammiragliato), museums (most of them housed by palaces like Palazzo dei Normanni, Palazzo Chiaramonte, and Palazzo Abatellis, but also the modern museum Museo Archeologico Regionale), the opera house (Teatro Massimo) built in 1897, and places like Orto botanico di Palermo (a botanical garden), the Capuchin Catacombs, and Vucciria, which is a colorful fruit, vegetable and fish market. By the way, Sicilian food is very tasty and in restaurants from Palermo can be enjoyed some traditional dishes containing fresh seafood, pastries, or local cheeses, all sprinkled with the also famous Sicilian wines.

Holidays in Sicily come to the end very fast and most tourists who stay in the capital city have not enough time to take trips to other vacation spots of Sicily like Cefalu, Trapani, Agrigento or Taormina. For this reason many of them are already planing their next holiday on this island even before to leave the comfortable hotels in Palermo!

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The Thrills of Hoover Dam Tours

Booking a tour while you’re vacationing in the Las Vegas area might be something that has never crossed your mind until now. However, you will want to learn about the wide variety of really cool, fun Hoover Dam tours one can take to help make their trip a fabulous experience. The hardest decision will be to decide exactly on the right tour to book that is pleasurable and peaceful, elements that people consider if they don’t get that in their daily lives when not on vacation.

You’ll be assured to know that these organized tours are competitively priced so people that come from across the nation and around the globe have the opportunity to enjoy these adventures. You are going to need to make sure that you spend carefully so that way you can still have the funds for some of the other terrific adventures in Las Vegas.

A great tour to take would be taking a helicopter ride. You might dislike heights and possibly afraid of flying, but by taking one of these tours you’ll be seeing this incredible famous structure from a view point that not many people get to see. If you decide to take this excursion you will want to remember to make certain that your camera is prepared so you can take enough photographs so that you capture enough images to last a lifetime.

Another fantastic method of seeing Hoover Dam is on a ground tour. Now you might not see that this is going to be an optimal way to view it, but quite to the contrary, you find some magnificent close up photo opportunities and lookouts that you can’t get while flying the skies above. The upside of using this method is this is an easygoing excursion providing you time for more photo taking and being one with beautiful Nevada desert.

If you want something a bit cooler and want to visit the breathtaking dam walls from a totally different angle, you will thoroughly enjoy the river rafting tour. By trying this method you are going to enjoy floating on the river while at the same time seeing, this incredible technical creation you just might forget about the overwhelming surrounding Hoover Dam walls overhead.

The VIP tour is something that you can choose to do. If you decide on this kind of tour you’ll see that this takes you into the heart of the dam witnessing some of the locations in which everyone would not view on the normal excursions. On this tour you will most likely have a guided tour so you will learn details regarding the building, history of the dam and how it performs on a day in and day out. It’s an excellent informative experience for people of all ages.

If choosing the right tour is a difficult decision, no need to fret, you can always just take multiple tours. This is a fantastic way for you to see the dam and the Nevada desert vistas from every perspective humanly possible. Oh what a treat you would be giving to yourself. However, should you choose this option, be fully prepared that engaging it all in the same day can possible, just as long as you prepare the time for it all.

A trip to the Las Vegas region is nice, but it really isn’t finished unless you take full advantage of the encompassing areas outside of the strip and casinos. A great idea is to consider going on one of the Hoover Dam tours readily available at your fingertips. By taking a Hoover Dam tour you will soon discover one of the most beautiful and interesting places in the region.

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The Most Attractive Beach Vacation Spots

Beach Vacation SpotsThere are a lot of beach vacation spots around the world to pick from; you can choose secluded, popular, white sand, or lava rock, and the choice is clearly up to you. However, these six spots are both relaxing and beautiful.

Keep in mind, whatever beach you choose to visit for your next vacation, be sure to have a beach wagon with you! Beach carts with big wheels make it simple to pull your supplies through deep, soft sand!

1. Miami Beach, Florida

A great spot for fashion models and movie stars, Miami Beach offers sandy beaches, restaurants, and night-long parties at one of the local night clubs. If you’re looking for the greatest place to stay, “The Tides” is a beautiful luxurious hotel with spectacular views. Miami Beach is also popular in the US, one of the best vacations in the world.

2. Madeira, Portugal

The beach located at “Reid’s Palace Hotel” is rocky with black sharp rocks. You can still swim in the oceans, or just spend time lounging by the pool taking in the views. The weather is usually pleasant, making your vacation something you’ll remember.

3. Heron Island, Australia

Heron Island beaches are located on the Great Barrier Reef, and offer great snorkeling and swimming with amazing marine life. The tropical island of Heron offers scuba divers over twenty different diving sites! Here, you can immerse yourself in wonder and forget the stresses of everyday life.

4. Polo Beach, Hawaii

The Polo Beach of Hawaii offers clear water, making it fantastic for swimming and snorkeling. It’s located in South Maui, and fronted by a luxury vacation resort known as the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui. Polo Beach is one of the greatest places to plan your next vacation!

5. Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica

The Seven Mile Beach of Negril is certainly the longest stretch of white sand in Jamaica. This beautiful place, located near Negril on the western tip of Jamaica, is definitely an awesome sight to see. You can stay at “The Caves,” which is located close to the shore, and you can find your favorite part under a coconut palm tree, and then just relax near the ocean.

6. Atlantis Paradise, Bahamas

At Atlantis Paradise, you will experience the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean. This paradise offers you long romantic walks along the shore, or the opportunity to play in the water at the resort. This fabulous place presents tropical climate with your own personal piece of heaven, something every beach lover can really appreciate!

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How to Book The Best Disney Vacation Deals

Disney Vacation DealsIn this economy, not every individual can holiday as much as they’d like to. However, for something like this, there is a way that you can vacation at least few times a year and yet save a lot of money by seeking websites online which offer Disney Vacations Deals of Homes and Kissimmee Vacation Homes. The individuals who have checked out Walt Disney World before are aware of the fact that it is really expensive.

Not only do you need to rent a car, but you even need a place to stay, money for food, entertainment, attraction tickets, etc. A few years back when prices were pretty low me and my family took a trip to Walt Disney and stayed at one of the world famous hotels – The Swan Dolphin Hotel. Even back then, this vacation ended up costing us approximately $2,000 for a week! Unfortunately, there weren’t a lot of money saving options back then, like individuals have now.

If you compare that vacation to the vacation we went on this past summer of 2010, we stayed at a place which offered all the same fun stuff we did a few years before (and more!) and it only ended up costing $1,300. Hey, it is still a pretty price tag, but when you figure in how much of a difference it was, it does make quite a difference! People, nowadays, have so many more choices available to them.

Inspite of the fact that the Dolphin Hotel was an amazing hotel to stay at, it certainly didn’t have all the perks which something like these Homes have. These are houses that have everything you could or would want all wrapped up in a few nice vacation homes. They are beautifully furnished, some of these have swimming pools for all you pool lovers, some of these are just minutes away from the attractions you’d like to visit, some of them have Internet access for you workaholics!

Essentially, depending on the web-site you visit for the Disney Vacations Homes you could start your vacation at just $99 a night – for a HUGE house! These kinds of facilities are really awesome and are very beneficial to the general public. Some of the websites on-line that offer home rentals will also have specials on theme park tickets as well. The price discount will not be a ton of money, but even $25 is a big savings regarding vacationing.

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Gulf Shores, Alabama: A True Coastal Escape

Gulf Shores AlabamaWhen planning your next vacation, consider the well known sandy beaches of Gulf Shores Alabama. This celebrated quiet town is the perfect vacation destination for family, friends and couples alike. With an abundance of activities and attractions, warm summer months and mild winters, Gulf Shores is the perfect vacation paradise.

The miles of sugar white sand beaches provide every vacationer with all the obvious beach attractions, from swimming, parasailing, fishing and bird watching. The calm Gulf coast waves that gently roll onto shore make the beaches inviting to all ages. Imagine yourself taking a long, relaxing walk on the warm soft sand, stopping every now and then to collect a few colorful seashells and to cool off in the ocean waves. Unwind with a good novel or catch a long needed nap while soaking up the warm sunshine and perfecting your tan.

Try your hand at fishing the salty ocean waters by taking a deep-sea fishing trip aboard the Intimidator. Choose from a day trip or an overnight adventure on the 65 foot custom built boat with all the latest marine technology and tackle. Enjoy catching a range of sea creatures from snapper, Triggerfish, Cobia, Amberjack and more. You and your vacation companions are sure to create memories to last while fishing the deep open waters.

If you’ve had enough fun in the sun and are looking for a carefree alternative, vacationers will be pleased to find a variety of nearby restaurants like the famous Oyster House, shopping and more. Home to one of the largest factory outlet in America; make sure to spend some time finding great deals at Riviera Centre, located off Highway 59 in Foley. Spend the afternoon with a round of golf at one of the top quality courses at Cotton Creek, Gulf Shores Golf Club or Kiva Dunes.

For an exciting daytrip, consider visiting Gulf State Park. Located on Highway 135, this park is home to 6000 acres of land and over 2.5 miles of beaches. Fishing fanatics will love visiting Lake Shelby, the 900 acre freshwater lake. Experienced fisherman and even the novice will love finding out what the catch of the day is. For more high energy adventures on the lake try waterskiing, boating and swimming. Nature enthusiast will love exploring the nearby nature trails, discovering the heavily wooded area and animal life.

Another interesting trip that history buffs will enjoy is jumping onboard the ferry to Dauphin Island. Enjoy this short ferry ride over the beautiful ocean waves to bring you to an exciting afternoon. Experience for yourself why learning history firsthand is much more fun than by reading a textbook. Learn about historic Fort Morgan, completed in 1834, and learn about its place in history during the Civil War, Spanish-American War and both World Wars.

Kids and families will enjoy Gulf Shores several theme parks and playgrounds. Waterville USA, hosts 20 acres of water and amusement park fun. Bounce around the wave pool in your tube and fly down the 55 foot free fall waterslide called the Kamikaze. Enjoy a round of putt-putt golf in the fantasy and themed Pirate’s Island.

To complete your ultimate vacation getaway, it’s import to find the perfect lodging accommodations. A Gulf Shores Alabama Vacation Rental is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to escape the crowded hotels and stay in a relaxing environment close to their family and friends. With all the amenities of home at your fingertips, you can have a memorable vacation both inside and outside of your vacation rental accommodations.

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Best Places to Visit in Greece and the Aegean Islands

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1. Temple of Zeus – Located in Olympia, the Temple of Zeus was built to house the famed Statue of Zeus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) which depicts a sitting Zeus with skin made of blackened ivory and clothed in gold inlay. Unfortunately, the statue was destroyed centuries ago so this idol cannot be seen on tours of Greece, but the temple still stands in monument to what was.

2.Pan-Athenian Stadium – Home of the first modern Olympics games in 1896, Panathenaic Stadium is completely made of white marble and can hold almost 50,000 people. It was originally built in 330 BC but has been restored numerous times over the centuries and is still used today in Athens.

3.Acropolis of Athens – The Acropolis of Athens is a flat-topped rock that rises almost 500 ft above sea level that many legendary temples are built upon including the Erechtheion and the Parthenon.It is an essential Classic Greece tour site and toursenter the acropolis through the awe-inspiring Propylaea which is made of white and gray marble columns. On the north side of the Acropolis, the temple of Erechtheion was built around 400 BC in honor of King Erichthonius. The Parthenon temple is one of the most famous monuments in ancient Greece and was built in honor of the goddess Athena around 440 BC.

4. Corinth Canal - The 4 mile long, man-made canal connects the Aegean with the Ionian Sea and was narrowly built in the 1890s. The walls are a very sheer 170 feet high and the waterway is only 79 feet wide which drastically limits the size of vessels that can pass through the canal. The Corinth Canal provides a very thin separation between the Peloponnesian peninsula and Greece’s mainland and is well worth seeing on a tour of Greece.

5. Asclepeion in Epidaurus – An Asclepeion is a healing temple sacred to the god Asclepius who is thought to be Apollo’s son. One of the largest and most celebrated Asclepeions was located just outside of the town of Epidaurus. Now in ruins, this Epidaurus’ Asclepeion was a center for healing in 300 BC with more than 150 guestrooms, a theater and healing springs nearby.

6. Mycenae - Now an archaeological site but once a great military stronghold for Greece, Mycenae is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tomb of Agamemnon, also known as the Treasury of Atreus, is located within the ruins of Mycenae and was constructed around 1250 BC. Classic Greece escorted tours are allowed to enter the ruins as well as the tomb.

7. Mystras – Near ancient Sparta, Mystras is a beautiful castle fortress on a hill and is another UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the younger archeological sites in Greece, dating only to 1245 AD, but its medieval architecture definitely provides vacationers with the feeling of being in an ancient land.

8.Athen’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – In homage to those that have died in service, Greece’s monument to the Unknown Soldier is guarded round the clock by an elite guard named the Evzones that also safeguard the presidential palace. Reverently inscribed in the monument is “… and one bed is carried empty, made for the unknown ones.”

9. Meteora – Built on immense sandstone rock pillars that jet from the countryside like meteors, Meteora’s Eastern Orthodox monasteries showcase an ancient complex of stone buildings, some of which are still inhabited by Eastern Orthodox nuns. Meteora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and rightfully so; the buildings are built to the very edge of these towering pillars and seem to be suspended in the heavens. Meteora is an amazing destination to include on any Classic Greece tour.

10. Delos - The Aegean Island of Delos is said to be the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo and it is one of the most revered islands in Classic Greek mythology. It host ruins of numerous temples, marketplaces, and theaters, and the Terrace of Lions still showcases the remains of seven snarling marble lions that lined the avenue in dedication to the god Apollo.

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Last Minute Hotel Deals

How To Get Last Minute Hotel Deals

Last Minute Hotel DealsSometimes people book rooms in hotels and due to some reasons they cancel their booking with the hotel. This is a golden chance for you to grab a great deal. Although there are some people who prefer planning out every detail of their trips, there are those who live in the moment and prefer spontaneous decisions. Such spontaneity can be a lot of fun, but can it be paired up with low prices? Last minute hotel deals mean you can save a great amount of money.

The first thing you need to know about the hotel industry is that certain hotels cut their rates when they need to fill a few more rooms and others will not due to their reputation. The higher priced hotels seem to be content with leaving a few rooms empty on any given night instead of dropping their rates a bit in order to fill the rooms. Some hotels also offer discount and attractive packages at last minute deal in off seasonal to attract more and more customers. Many people are afraid of making last minute deal because they think it would be expensive. But in reality the last minute seeker get more advantage and discount.

Don’t overlook the excellent option of booking online to secure great last minute hotel deals, no matter where you’re going. Remember that if you are booking last minute you should shop around for the hotels that will drop their rates a little to fill the rooms they have vacant. Keep in mind that you may bid for rooms, you will want to take a look at hotel alternatives, and finally give the hotel you may be considering… A call directly and ask them directly about any kind of late deal discounts. From these ideas, you’ll learn to find ever better deals with regards to accommodations, so lets get going!

Last Minute Travel Deals: Think Before you Leap

Finding the last minute travel deals is a normal affair in today’s time because of the easiness and profitability attached with the very nature of these deals. In fact, people actually delay their bookings and wait for the last minute travel deals because they know that these deals will readily fetch them with much cheaper and much lucrative package options that are difficult to fetch otherwise.

If you are an avid netizen, then there are numerous options that will provide you with the last minute travel deals according to your likings and suitability. All you are supposed to do is to find the best package with the help of the various available search engines. You can also find some dedicated websites that are wholly concerned with finding the last minute travel deals depending upon the requirements of the users. These online shops have carefully listed some of the choicest destinations of the world and made some really attractive packages for the costumers that can be easily availed at the eleventh hour.

However, it is indeed better to understand that not every online travel agency is reliable but there are also some websites which are a complete hoax. Hence it should be taken into consideration that the reliability of a particular online shop must be observed and only then should you finalise any deal with them.

Also, you should not select any deal that you instantly find but you must try to visit more than two or three online shops as you may notice little variations in the prices as well. And if this travel package hunting process is too much to ask for, then you can safely bank upon the various comparison shopping portals that come to your rescue in the hours of painstaking comparison and safely steer you out by helping you to grab the best possible option in your hands.

So, before you freeze the destinations and the suitable last minute travel deals, it is better to weigh the pros and cons of the specific deal and to take your pick accordingly!

Last Minute Travel And Hotel Deals

If you have finally decided to take a break from your work and go on a vacation at the last minute, then you may find yourself short of options. Most of the last minute travel deals are either too expensive or too boring and thus you may not have good options. However, it is fairly easy now to get good last minute cruise deals or last minute hotel deals which are within your budget.


With online travel portals, it is fairly convenient to search for the best available last minute travel deals for your journey. If you need to book your vacation and need last minute cruise deals or last minute hotel deals, then you have the option to book your travel plan through any of the reliable travel portals. These portals function like virtual travel agents who can provide you with the best options and can get you the best last minute travel deals for your vacation.


The travel portals have tie ups with the different airlines, hotels and travel cruises because of which they are able to provide you with the available options for your last minute travel deals. You can either search for last minute cruise deals, last minute hotel deals and can also get last minute travel deals for airlines for your journey which may allow you to travel at reduced prices.


If you need the cheapest last minute travel deals, then the best way would be to make your last minute hotel deals booking or search for last minute cruise deals through The travel portal has the latest information about available travel deals and can help you find cheap travel packages in no time at all. Searching for the best last minute cruise deals or last minute hotel deals is fairly easy here as you are provided with proper guidance. You can either choose the available packages or search for last minute hotel deals for your travel plans.


Booking your last minute travel deals through the site is safe and convenient. With the online booking option, you don’t have to run after travel agents to get you different packages and can get all together at this website.

Are Last Minute Travel Deals Always Economic

You may desire to visit millions of places, but your budget may not agree with your desire. However, with numerous travel deals available on the market, you don’t require millions of dollars to travel around the world. To get a best deal that suits your pocket, a careful planning is required.

For getting a discounted travel deal you can buy your tickets or book the travel package in advance. It is easy to trace out discounted travel deals as there is no shortage of websites which provide cheap travel deals. Just have the patience to explore the Internet and you have your cheap deal at hand within seconds.

Another way to travel cheap is to wait until the last minute and take advantage of the last minute travel deals. Websites abound with many last minute travel deals with amazing offers. However, it is always logical to do a little searching online, as there are plenty of options.

But are these last minute travel deals always cheap? The last-minute travel is an up and down game. In seconds you could be on the Caribbean Islands and the next you may on the Swiss Alps for a ski vacation. The reason behind these last minute travel deals is to fill in the empty seats in airlines and hotels instead of just letting that spare capacity go waste.

These last minute travel deals may not be always economic, because only the places with a lot of spare capacity may be cheap, but places with little spare spaces are always expensive. Again, booking a New Year trip at the last minute, may not give you a cheap deal, because there are enough travellers like you on the line. In such situations you may end up paying much more than what it would have actually cost when bought earlier.

Moreover, last minute travel deals are usually for the less demanding tourist spots and who knows you may have to travel to a place where no one wants to visit. Even the hotels may not be suitable to live in and flights on offer can be in odd hours. So, in last minute travel deals there are whole lot of troubles involved.

However, last minute travel deals are enjoyable if you are adventurous, flexible, and ready to gamble and travel alone.

Finding Last Minute Travel Deals

The peak of the summer season has started and if you haven’t planned a holiday as yet, then it is high time to do it now. And if you have started thinking that you probably won’t get the a booking anywhere, then you are seriously mistaken. You might be unaware about the worth of the strong medium called the Internet where last minute bookings are the order of the day. Keeping an ordinary customer’s need into consideration, last minute travel deals are indeed one of the most important packages that have made our lives convenient and easier. You can check out the various search engines to find some of the best deals that are made available to a customer.

Last deal bargains could also work out in the case of booking of hotels and booking of flights as well. Last minute travel deals could easily be obtained in the case of international flights as they greatly cut down the rates of the unsold tickets in the last minutes, for it is better for them to sell off the tickets at a low price than to take an empty seated flight. You can check some airways sites in case you want a cheap flight and bookings should be ideally done from a Wednesday morning to Thursday afternoon for obtaining cheap ticket. And if you aren’t convinced by the existing flight rates, you could check out the historic data that could easily tell you about the historical average rates to pay off for a flight. It is also important to look into the small airlines for your trips for a better deal as many websites don’t include them in their list.

The reservation for your hotels should be sought with a certain flexibility in your travel schedule as you might get a cheap reservation. You could also check on the ‘best price online’ sites as they could also promise you the cheap rates on your hotel bookings. Also, it is advisable for you to not change the dates of your hotel bookings once you freeze them. In this case, you might be penalised by the authorities.

In this way, last minute travel deals can easily be made available to you if you try to find them.

Last Minute Travel Deals: Enjoy the Extra Benefits


The last minute travel deals can be very cost effective to the people who frequently travel to other places for work or holiday purposes etc. They are basically offered by almost all the airlines for various popular tourist destinations like Europe, Caribbean and other such most preferred cities all around the world. Actually the airlines that offer such deals enter into partnerships with those travel agencies and operating carriers who adopt various techniques to promote the tourist destinations for business and profit motives. There are many countries and cities whose economy depends mainly on the business of tourist only. As such, the government tourist offices and various major tour operators come up with attractive and lucrative tourist deals to offer ultimate satisfaction to the people.




Now the main question of concern is where can a person find such last minute travel deals. Nowadays, the best and the most easiest way to get such lucrative deals is through the online shops. Another authentic and reliable way to get the information regarding such deals can be the local and the national newspapers as most of the travel agencies use these resources to promote their innovative promotional schemes and deals offered at very low rates.




People can also enjoy saving huge chunks of money by availing such deals as most of the times they come with a complete package of both the hotels and air tickets. Moreover, they are often offered to the people at heavy discount rates by the airlines and the hotels to accommodate the vacant seats and rooms. These offers are easily available in various occasions and seasons and a person can save as much as $500 to $1000 . People can also contact the airlines to know more about such deals and get all the facilities at discounted rates.



The travel deals for almost all the seasons may vary. There are so called high and low seasons when such deals are offered to the people to fill their trip with all the necessary facilities they deserve to to have. You can save huge chunks of money if you grab such deals at the right time.




First plan and then get into action. Actually great planners can grab the right opportunity when it comes to them as they are always prepared for that. However, most of the people plan their holiday trip at the eleventh hour when all the doors of profit seem to get closed. But, as this is the natural tendency of the almost 80% of the people the deals and offers are also crafted keeping this thing in mind. When a person finally decides to go for a trip, the quest for the best and the cost effective deals the starts right away. To ensure excellent comfort and pleasure to the people the booking reservations have undergone various changes.




The last minute travel deals are steadily becoming popular among the masses due to various reasons. As a matter of fact they are preferred most by the travellers and the hasty planners. Actually the main reason for this awesome metamorphosis is the attractive deals which can be availed by the people at very reasonable rates. Moreover, the World Wide Web with its several search engine has proved to be a great help to the people who can avail any deals and gifts from the comfort of their cozy living room. These online stores facilitate the netizens to avail various when they are in dire need at the last time.




You can surf these sites to find the awesome travel deals and the most cost effective hotels and cruise etc. One can comfortably save thousands of dollars as the travel agencies and the airlines search for the  Last Minute Travel deals to accommodate their cancelled or empty rooms and seats. It is always a good option to earn something then nothing as such those cancelled seats and rooms are offered to the hasty travellers at discounted prices.


How to Save on Last Minute Travel Bargains

Before the recession bug bit us, booking early was the secret to getting the best travel deals but times are changing; travelers can actually snag some last minute travel bargains from travel agents and tour operators during tough times.

Of course don’t lose sight of the fact that even if travelers these days hesitate to spend money on trips because of job uncertainty and insecurity, travel peak seasons will always be a reality and that’s when you shouldn’t count on getting last minute bargain travel – we’re referring to peak times like Christmas, Easter, spring break, summer vacation, Thanksgiving and New Year’s.  You may still, however, get last minute airline discount bargains if previously booked passengers decide to cancel their trips at the last minute.

 Your best is to hunt for last minute travel bargains during off-peak times. 

So we reiterate:  it is still a good idea to book early during peak travel season, but that doesn’t mean you will never get last-minute-bargains.  For international destinations, by the way, “last minute” usually means four to six weeks before departure date.

Just a few pointers for you:

·        If you’re looking for last minute travel bargains and want to save money, the month of May gives you about three weeks to scavenge around for great deals to some European and Mediterranean destinations. 

·        June is said to be the best month for last-minute-deals to the Mediterranean.  According to one travel writer, most airlines and tour companies have already established their booking schedules, and have fulfilled the demand for summer vacations.  This means that you might be able to find discounted accommodation and package deals – at least at below brochure prices. 

·        June is also the time of year when international airlines review their summer bookings and introduce some promotional fares.  If you’re thinking of last travel bargains to North America, now’s the time to ask around.  Trips to Australia are also at low-season rates.

·        July, August and September are considered peak times particularly for European destinations but if you speak to your travel agency, they just might be able to look into their database for last minute deals.

·        The month of October is especially an attractive time for last minute deals as well, but don’t wait too long because while prices may drop, so do temperatures.

Another way to save money on last minute travel is to travel in groups.  Many airlines have unsold seats for majority of the world’s destinations and they usually decide to sell these off at attractive discounts.

Top 9 Last Minute Travel Destinations


This state is perfect to visit all-year round. With theme parks galore in Orlando alone, there’s sure to be a place or two able to welcome last-minute travelers like you. While in Florida, you can also head off to Miami and enjoy its beaches and exciting nightlife. For more adventure, you can book a day trip to Key West and enjoy its exotic locale. In Key West, make sure you set aside a portion of your day for fishing and shopping.

New York

Another city you won’t lack for excitement is the Big Apple. But beware, native New Yorkers don’t like it when people refer to NYC as the Big Apple. Because it’s a city that never sleeps, you’ll always find something to see or do no matter what time you get there. Just be careful of pickpockets. That’s one authentic NYC experience you can certainly do without!


Lovers will always have Paris at any time of the year. Sure, it’s crowded all the time, but you don’t really notice things like that when you’re in love, do you? In Paris, you immediately know a couple of well-known attractions to visit and activities to check out. Besides the ever-famous Eiffel Tower, there’s also Versailles Palace to check out. You know as well that it’s imperative to give the street-lining cafes a try for authentic French cuisine, to walk around and just enjoy the romantic atmosphere and appreciate the works of Bohemian artists.


Like NYC, Nevada or Las Vegas in particular is a city that comes especially alive at night. If you think gambling is the only thing to do in Vegas, think again. You can drop by at Caesar’s Palace, for instance, at certain times in the evening and you’ll be treated by a special presentation…for free.

New England Coast

If you need a last-minute destination during the fall, there’s no better place to pick than the New England Coast. Its spectacular fall foliage is famous worldwide and you can enjoy it for free just by walking around. The same beauty shall greet you whether you’re traveling to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, or some other place in the New England coast.


History buffs wanting to do some last minute travel should immediately head to London. There, you can visit Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and let’s not forget London Bridge, the ultimate star of nursery rhymes. If you have extra time, check out Thames Park – this used to be the most fashionable place for nobility to see and be seen.


Hawaii has nice tropical weather all year round. They may have stormy bouts once in a while, but the weather channel will easily let you know if visiting the islands now would be bad timing. In Hawaii, you can enjoy luaus after frolicking in the beach.


Take advantage of the currently welcoming regime in China and see the secret wonders of this once-forbidden country. The language barrier could take a bit getting used to but the extremely cheap cost-of-living makes struggling with Mandarin worth every second.


First stop: Hollywood. Walk around Beverly Hills, buy a map to know where the stars live, walk a couple of minutes more and you can spot a famous actor or two while shopping in any of the equally famous boutiques lining the streets. A food tour won’t be amiss because Cali is a melting pot of various cultures! You’ll see a Thai restaurant right next to a fine-dining French restaurant and a fastfood joint.

Ideas To Make Your Last Minute Travel Affordable

When you discover that circumstances have arisen and you are in need of making last minute travel reservations, you don’t need to panic. Even though there are plenty of tales of people being gouged when they purchased air tickets at the last minute, there are just as many instances of people purchasing the cheapest airfares ever, even for same-day travel. Because the airlines want to fill up their seats on every flight, you might end up finding last minute tickets discounted by as much as 75%.

You might have noticed that there is intense competition in the travel industry and fierce battles between travel websites to capture your attention. That factor is actually good news for travelers who now have many more options than ever before in finding discounted tickets for traveling last minute. With a little time and research to compare the airfare deals on the different travel sites, you can walk away with cheap deals on airfares, hotel reservations and even car reservations.

Last minute travel can be risky and it can be quite a challenge, but if you are up for it you can usually get amazing rates that could even be considered a steal. There are a few travel tips for trying to find those last minute deals that will swing the odds in your favor of securing discount airfare. Following are the top ten tips to help you find incredible airfare deals on last minute flights.

Be Flexible: While not always the most convenient for you, if you are able to take a flight a day earlier or later than your original plan, then you can often get very cheap airfare deals. Airlines depend on those travelers who have very little flexibility and they soak them with full-priced plane tickets. Taking an early morning or late night flight can also help you enjoy cheap airfares.

Shop Around: Many times people are in a panic when trying to arrange for last minute flights. Spending an extra 20 minutes on a couple of other travel websites might yield discounts that can save you a bundle. Don’t just grab the first deal you see available.

Check with the Airlines: Some airlines don’t post their best fares for last minute flights on the travel websites, or even on their own site, while other airlines only post last minute flight rates on their own website. Checking directly with the airlines could uncover those last two seats on the flight you want, but didn’t show up anywhere else.

Get Travel Alerts: Prices for last minute seats can even vary on the same flight! The airlines want every seat occupied and many of them use email travel alerts to accomplish this end.

Subscribe to Travel Newsletters: Many travel related sites offer regular newsletters and some have options that will inform you of special last minute deals. These sites regularly search the internet for the best deals on last minute flights and will send an email when they have found one that meets your criteria.

Check with Travel Agents: Internet booking has hurt many travel agents and has cut into their income. Many times, they can use their connections and pass the savings on to you to help you out with your last minute flying situation. If you find one who goes out of their way for you, then consider using them for future travel bookings.

Package Deals: Sometimes, you will find a package deal for air tickets and hotel reservations that will fit the bill for your last minute plans. Most packages are priced for double occupancy, so check the fine print. If traveling alone, then this tip won’t help much in most instances.

Saturday Updates: Be sure to check all of the airline websites on Saturday mornings. Airfare deals are often updated and occasionally special deals are posted at the end of the week. Many special rates are for a limited number of seats, so Saturday morning is a good time to be able to jump on a deal.

Mid-week Flying: If your last minute situation allows for it, then try to book your flight for Tuesday or Wednesday. These are routinely the slowest travel days and the days when there will be more empty seats for the airlines to fill. Often you can save at least 25% on your air tickets just by shifting your departure day to the middle of the week.

Look Around: When your last minute travel is taking you into a major metropolitan airport, check out the cost of flying into nearby, smaller airports. Often a different landing field will be closer to your final destination and can save you some time, as well as money on last minute flights.