Travel e-Scapes: April 4, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: New York City

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

TODAY! GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$86 New York-LaGuardia, or $43 each way
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Valid daily through April 29
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase today, April 4


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Evening in Rome
A new late-night tour will take visitors through the ancient 50,000-seat Colosseum arena arena and underground. The 75-minute escorted tour of the gladiatorial arena, dating back to the year 80, includes exploring the hypogeum or underground space where gladiators waited before entering for battle. The tour also includes visiting a portion of the underground where lions and bears were caged before being released into the arena.
Tours operate daily except Tuesdays and Sundays in April, May, and October; daily from June to September; and Fridays and Saturdays in November and every Saturday in December from 8-11P.
Tickets are €18 (about $19.50) and can be purchased in advance (recommended).
Renovations at attractions in major Italian cities include Rome’s Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain; the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the Uffizi in Florence and the Rialto Bridge in Venice.

Universal Orlando
Volcano Bay, the new Universal Orlando Resort water park is slated to open May 25. One-day park tickets will cost $67 for adults and $62 for children. Multi-day tickets start at $92 per day for park-to-park passes and $74 per day for single-park passes.
Guests will also have the option to purchase a Volcano Bay express pass, which will help skip the lines for an additional $19.99 per day.
There are also several ticket bundle options from Universal Orlando, including a one-day, two-park pass for $165 or a one-day, three-park pass for $205, which covers Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios and the new Volcano Bay.
Ticket blackout dates during spring and summer breaks and year-end holidays may affect ticket prices.
Check out the Volcano Bay video.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to HURRY! can expire at any time.   Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually, you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price!

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$76 Austin, Texas, or $38 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Saturdays only through June 17
Valid on Frontier, nonstop (not daily)
Rates are $48 each way Tuesday and Wednesday

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$88 Miami, or $44 each way
Start trips on or after April 21
Finish trips on or before May 24
Blackout dates: April 23; May 14, 21
Valid Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday on American, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$96 Orlando, or $48 each way
Valid daily starting on or after May 25
Finish trips on or before August 13
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$142 Phoenix, or $71 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday through May 23
Valid on Frontier, nonstop (not daily)
Purchase by April 5

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$162 Los Angeles, or $81 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday through April 20
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$178 Minneapolis-St. Paul, or $89 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Finish trips on or before August 12
Blackout dates: April 23; May 14, 21 25, 26; June 1, 11, 25, 29, 30; July 9, 16, 30
Valid on American via Chicago

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$204 Corpus Christi, Texas, or $102 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday through June 14 or August 22-November 11
Also valid on May 28 and September 3
Blackout dates: May 25, 26, 29
Valid on United via Houston
Purchase by April 6

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$306 Toronto, Ontario, or $146 north, $160 south
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through June 15
Blackout dates: May 14, 21, 25, 26; June 1, 11
Valid on American via Charlotte, Philadelphia or Washington DC

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$860 Hong Kong
No advance purchase notice required
Valid daily starting on or after August 8
Finish trips on or before February 28, 2018
Blackout dates outbound: December 9-27; January 10-18 returns
Stay a Saturday night or up to four months
Valid on Turkish Airlines via Istanbul
Purchase by April 26
Note: Layovers are 8-9 hours

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to budget and sale rates on most airlines for a carry-on bag, checked baggage and advance seat assignments. The least expensive fees are charged when these options are purchased during the ticket booking process. Fees climb higher after flights are reserved and even higher when adding these options at airport check-in. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines.

How do you find these great airfare deals? Visit Clark’s Atlanta Travel Tips page for a step-by-step search and booking guide.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

NOLA
The largest outdoor concert event in the Crescent City, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes over the New Orleans Fair Grounds the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May with big name performances in everything from jazz and gospel to funk and R&B. The festival also offers hundreds of works by new and esteemed artists and a Food Fair, where you can eat like a local and taste some of the best Louisiana cuisine.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Every week through May 24, guests can take a short stroll to Lafayette Square for Wednesday at the Square and indulge in food, drinks and great live music. And, mark your calendar for the New Orleans Oyster Festival, June 3, 4. See all 2017 events and festivals in the Big Easy.
Just in time to celebrate, Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers the annual French Quarter Fling package offers nightly rates from $159. Package perks include a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a Sonesta Savings Pack with more than $500 in discounts and savings at some of city’s most popular attractions, as well as deals from Royal Sonesta New Orleans’ popular, award-winning food and beverage outlets.
Upgrade to newly renovated guest rooms, including a Deluxe room from $179 per night; a Preferred room with an optional patio, Bourbon Street or balcony view starting at $209 per night; or move up to a Club Level room from $259 per night. Valid through September 30. Refer to promo code FQF.

Surf’s Up!
It’ll be a wet and wild summer at the Gaylord Palms Resort with the opening of a new $4.2 million Cypress Springs Water Park. The attraction includes three new waterslides, plus a FlowRider.
The FlowRider creates perfect and continuous waves and the staff helps first-time surfers.
The attraction features padded walls, floor and beach that are covered by a three-inch sheet of water, creating a surfable wave. With its cushioned surface, the FlowRider is designed for wipeouts making it ideal for guests learning the sport.
Big Cypress Water Tower stands 48.5 feet high where guests drop through a trapdoor into a 35-foot free-fall and flatline loop, ending in a centrifugal force final splashdown.
Also new is the Tamiami Twister racing slides allow pairs of guests to speed through the twisting, high speed dual body flumes.
The water park also features a zero-entry swimming pool, a multi-level tree house playground and a plunge pool.
The resort offers a limited-time FlowRider Family Fun package with accommodations, two complimentary hours on the FlowRider to be shared among the guest’s party and a per day resort credit of $25 for use for dining and beverages at the onsite SandBar.
Rates start from $195 a night; Thursday-Sunday through December 31. Refer to promo code L9Z.


Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on Twitter.


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