Travel e-Scapes: August 15, 2017


DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: $799 to Greece for 2!

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

Round-trip from Newark:
$799 for two from Newark to Athens, Greece
Depart September 17-December 18; December 25-March 30 or April 9-May 15
Finish travel on or before June 30
A 7-night minimum stay required; six months max
Valid on Emirates, nonstop
Solo travelers pay $449
Purchase by August 17 at
Note: Rates average $136 RT from ATL to NYC-LaGuardia; $206 to Newark


Following the Eclipse
Watch for the next edition of Clark’s e-Scapes on Friday, August 25. In the interim we’ll be headed west to witness the total solar eclipse. Where will you be watching? Be safe during the viewing with proper lens coating and avoiding the fakes!

Falcon Fans!
Hey, Atlanta Football fans, “Football Fun Day” is set for Saturday, August 26. Be a part of history in celebrating the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first Atlanta Falcons home game. The massive new stadium cost over a billion dollars to build!
The Centennial Park District will be hosting a day filled with football fun for all ages. Atlanta Streetcar and MARTA make stops in the District, meaning the area is extremely accessible no matter which part of the city you’re coming from.
Start your day from 9A-2P at the free College Football Hall of Fame’s outdoor family festival. August 26 is also the start of the college football season, so explore one the best Hall of Fame facilities in the country and immerse yourself in football fandom. Enjoy music by The Railers and local marching bands, photos with mascots and interactive booths.
Hang out in the Centennial Park District at sports bar STATS Food + Drink to get your pregame on from 2-6P. Soak in all the football fun with food and drinks while watching pre-game coverage on one of the bar’s 70 high-definition TVs. It’s only a short walk from the stadium, too.
The first home game at the new stadium sees the Falcons hosting the Arizona Cardinals in a preseason contest starting at 7P.

Bye-Bye Big Ben
Britain’s much-loved Big Ben will fall silent for four years from next week as conservation work is carried out on the famous 19th century bell in a clock tower next to the Houses of Parliament.
It will be the longest period that Big Ben, whose bongs are familiar to many people around the world because of their use in BBC radio and television broadcasts, has been silent in its 157-year history.
The last bong before the refurbishment will be at noon (1100 GMT) on August 21.
Because the clock mechanism will be temporarily out of action, a modern electric motor will drive the clock hands until the clock is reinstated. Parliament also said that the clock’s faces would have to be covered up while they are being repaired. “However, to ensure that the public are still able to set their watches by this most important of time pieces, one working clock face will remain visible at all times throughout the works,” it said.
The clock chimes will continue to be rung on important occasions such as New Year’s Eve.
The Great Bell, popularly called Big Ben, weighs 13.7 tons and strikes every hour to the note of E. Four smaller bells also chime every 15 minutes.
The Elizabeth Tower, which is 315 feet high, is the most photographed building in Britain.
The tower itself is commonly referred to as Big Ben even though the name applies only to the bell.
The clock’s cogs, hands and four dials will be removed, cleaned up and repaired as part of the work.
The project’s cost was estimated last year at $37.7 million.


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!

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$66 Orlando, or $33 each way
$146 Las Vegas, or $73 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday or Wednesday through March 7, 2018
Blackout dates: November 18-27; December 21-January 3; February 16-19
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase by August 16

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$136 Phoenix, or $68 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday each way through October 3
Valid on American, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$322 Nassau, Bahamas, or $118 south, $204 north
$448 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, or $198 south, $250 north
Valid Monday-Thursday only starting on or after January 9
Finish trips on or before March 1
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by August 17

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$530 San Jose, Costa Rica
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Monday-Thursday only through December 12
A 3-night minimum stay required
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by August 17
American matches with Miami connections each way

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$630 Prague, Czech Republic
$640 Copenhagen, Denmark
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week or by May 15, 2018
Stay at least one weekend or up to four months
Blackout dates: December 9-27 east; December 30-January 18 returns
Valid on Turkish Airlines via Istanbul
Forced overnights in both directions to/from Prague
Through flight connections to/from CPH (IST stopovers permitted)
Purchase by September 7

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$729 Hong Kong, China
Depart daily from September 1-May 15, 2018
Stay at least one weekend or up to four months
Valid on Turkish Airlines via Istanbul
Stopovers permitted at no additional cost
Layovers average 9 hours
Purchase by September 7

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$758 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Valid daily on September 1-December 8; December 23-January 30 or March 31-May 15, 2018 departures
Stay at least one weekend or up to four months
Valid on Lufthansa via Frankfurt
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by September 7

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$798 Nairobi, Kenya
$840 Cairo, Egypt
Depart daily from September 1-May 15, 2018
Stay at least one weekend or up to four months
Valid on Lufthansa via Frankfurt
Stopovers permitted for an additional $100 per stop
Purchase by September 7

Deals from other U.S. cities:

Round-trip from Washington DC-Dulles:
$415 DC to Bergen or Oslo, Norway
Valid daily on October 21-December 14 departures
A 7-night minimum stay required; one year max
Valid on KLM via Amsterdam
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by October 20
Note: RT ATL-IAD-ATL average $172 on Delta, nonstop

Round-trip from NYC-Newark:
$428 Newark to Manchester, England
Valid daily from October 21 through December 13 or January 11 through March 20
No minimum stay required; one month max
Valid on Icelandair via Rekjavik, nonstop
Stopovers of up to one week permitted in Iceland
Purchase by August 21
Note: RT ATL-EWR-ATL averages $206 on Delta or United, nonstop

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.


FLL Fun!
Ft. Lauderdale’s Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, a unique partnership of arts and entertainment organizations located along the New River in downtown Ft. Lauderdale offers savings packages for late summer through autumn visits.
The District’s Girlfriends & Glamour Getaway package blends a Ft. Lauderdale escape with Liz Taylor-inspired activities, shopping and more. Offered on Thursday-Sunday arrivals through October 1, it features a stay at the luxurious Riverside Hotel with complimentary valet parking and tickets to NSU Art Museum where a current photography exhibit allows you and the girls to get an inside glimpse at Elizabeth Taylor’s fabulous closets, shoes, clothing and jewelry. Also included is a $30 food and beverage credit per room, per stay, to use at either of the hotel’s two gourmet restaurants or lounge; a one-day Water Taxi pass for a day on the New River; and a savings book to the upscale The Galleria at Ft. Lauderdale mall containing more than 40 offers, valued at more than $300 in savings.
Rates start from $179 per room, per night.

Combining the best in adventure, nightlife, pampering and more, the District’s My Heart is Set on Sunrise getaway package mixes exploring Fort Lauderdale’s renowned Sunrise Boulevard with a stay at GALLERYone that’s perfect for couples or friends desiring a fun escape.
Available now through October 31, this package includes:
Accommodations at the centrally located GALLERYone – a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton hotel
Two admission tickets to Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, including a guided tour of the house
Admission for two to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, including a one-hour paddle boat rental
A complimentary cocktail at Blue Martini, located at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall
A complimentary refresher makeup and $20 off any purchase of $100 spa service at Red Door Spa, located at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall
A Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall savings book, valued at more than $300 in savings, valet parking at Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills mall
A Destination Savings Passport from Sawgrass Mills Mall worth more than $300 in savings.
Weekday rates from $149 per night and from $174 on weekends.

Available now through October 29, the District’s Waterful Tours package includes admission to the guest’s choice of two out of the following three cultural sites:
The Historic Stranahan House Museum
The History Museum Fort Lauderdale or
The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
In addition to an all-day pass for Water Taxi, special discounts and offers from area restaurants, merchants and cultural site gift shops and a $300 savings book from The Galleria at Ft. Lauderdale mall.
Tour prices from $38 adults, $20 per child; children aged 5 and under are free.

Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel
Experience the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island at the lowest price point of the year, including lots of amenities, with the Celebrate Michigan package.
The hotel offers this package annually and its quick to sell out! So make haste on this deal offered on these select dates:
September 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21 and 24
October 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 12 and 26
Here’s what’s included:
Overnight lodging
A five-course dinner
Full breakfast for each night of stay
A free round of golf on The Jewel, the on-site 18-hole golf course (cart fee required but not included)
Free admission to Fort Mackinac (open limited dates)
A 25% discount on lunch at any hotel-run restaurant on the island
A 10% discount on Grand Hotel shop merchandise
The per person rate is $130. Hotel taxes and fees additional.
To book, call 1-855-885-4107.
Several packages are offered for spring and summer visits with package details and rates for 2018 available in November.
Overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, this famous hotel dates back to 1887. Elegant, individually styled rooms feature free Wi-Fi, cable TV, minifridges and coffeemakers. Upgraded options include 2-bedroom suites and a 4-bedroom cottage with an outdoor tub.
Onsite is a salon/spa, an outdoor pool, 2 hot tubs and a sauna, 4 tennis courts, croquet fields, a fitness center and a half-mile jogging trail. There are multiple dining options (some with live entertainment), along with landscaped gardens. Enjoy the resort’s porch, renowned as the world’s longest.
Loaner bikes are available to explore this Victorian island. Transportation is limited to horse and buggy, bicycle or foot. Surrounded by water, it has escaped the vast changes of time.
Mackinac Island State Park, encompassing about 80% of the island’s total area, was honored by National Geographic as one of the ten finest in America.

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

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