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Travel e-Scapes: August 4, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Buffalo or Rochester, New York

Travel e-Scapes: August 4, 2015

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$360 Buffalo or Rochester
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Stay one Saturday night or up to a month
Complete travel on or before December 16
Blackout dates: November 28-30
Purchase by August 6
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Note: This is part of a nationwide sale from Delta


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Can’t Get There From Here?
A new and free mobile app of Seattle’s landmark Space Needle has launched, giving users a bird’s eye 600 feet above the city. Space Needle 360º gives users the experience of standing on the Space Needle’s spire, walking on the Space Needle’s Halo (outermost ring), and flying around Seattle in a seaplane – all in spherical videos and images. The app is among the first of its kind, and one of the first to be put out by a major landmark. The experiences filmed for Space Needle 360º were done so using an array of robotic camera heads and 360-degree video cameras. The captured content was then compiled into one single spherical image or 360-degree video creating immersive experiences. No matter where guests look with the VR app and viewer, they can see in every direction as if they were there. Have a peek at the 1-minute YouTube video.
Space Needle 360º is available through Apple and Google Play stores.
To get the full, immersive experience, guests should use a Google VR Cardboard Viewer (seriously cardboard!), available in retail outlets for about $10. Or, make one yourself. Get instructions at Google.  The Space Needle opened for the 1962 World’s Fair.

Best Travel Apps
ARC from Applause is a research group combs through ratings and user reviews from more than 30 million apps in Android and iOS stores around the globe. The group provides insights and data on what users are actually saying about their app experiences. They recently looked at travel app quality and found that only 8 U.S. travel apps earned quality scores of more than 67 with more than 5,000 user reviews:
Booking.com
Alaska Airlines
Kayak
TripAdvisor
TripIt
Hotels.com
Zipcar
Orbitz
If you’re into heavy statistics, read the full ARC from Applause study.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at anytime.   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:
$699 Istanbul
$722 Luxembourgh
$727 Naples
$729 Oslo
$735 Genoa or Malta (never lower with one connection routes!)
$737 Bologna or Catania
$740 Naples
$742 Brussels
$745 Stockholm
$749 Marseille, Nice or Lyon
$757 Lisbon
$767 Pisa
$769 Madrid
$770 Venice
$774 Amsterdam
$785 Rome
$796 Paris
$798 Barcelona
$804 Berlin
$805 Vienna
$809 Munich
$860 Male – gateway to the Maldives Atolls for superb diving and fancy island resorts
Travel is permitted any available day starting May 16 (to 341 days in advance)
A Saturday night stay is required; two months max
Purchase by September 10 (although we suspect these rates will become standard)
Seats can be booked 341 days in advance
Valid on Turkish Airlines, nonstop to Istanbul with continuing flight service
Most onward destinations will require an overnight in Istanbul (connecting flights typically depart the next morning)
​Two Istanbul stopovers permitted
Special Note: Sample 2016 Spring and Summer season rates to Europe on Delta are $1,660 Amsterdam and Paris and $1,695 to Rome.  The above round-trip rates represent a tremendous savings for peak season travel!

Turkish Airlines, a Star Alliance Member, has been chosen ‘Best Airline in Europe’, ‘Best Airline in Southern Europe’ and awarded ‘Best Business Class Onboard Catering’, ‘Best Business Class Lounge Dining’ in 2014 Skytrax World Airline Awards.

Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your ticket!
+Fees $$$ = Carry-on Bags: $10-$75; Checked Bags: $15-$100; Seats: $3-$199; additional fees vary by carrier
+Fees $ = Checked Bags: $24-$125; Select/Preferred Seats: $9-$99


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT DEALS

Visit a World Wonder
Groupon Getaways offers stays at the Marriott Gateway on the Falls at Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada, bundled with winery tours and tasting at five wineries, $25 Milestones Grill and Bar Credit (with beautiful falls view), $40 Serenity Spa credit, and in-room WiFi with prices starting from $107.03 per night on stays through October 31.  Choose from city view or falls view double-queen room (up to three kids 17 or younger stay free).  Falls-view rooms provide close-up peeks of the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls; city-view rooms face the town. On site amenities include an indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center, a Starbucks and WiFi in public areas. This AAA Four Diamond-winning hotel has an Expedia rating of 93% based on 1,738 reviews.
At Niagara Falls, considered by many to be one of the world’s seven natural wonders, water thunders downward from a height of nearly 200 feet, crashing onto craggy boulders below. The falls straddle the border between Canada and the United States, with segments located in both New York and Ontario, but the Canadian side of the Niagara River is universally hailed as the finest vantage point to take in all three of Niagara Falls’ photogenic brinks: American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls.
Hornblower cruises ferry raincoat-clad passengers around the base of the falls from April through October, depending on the river’s ice conditions. Year-round, Journey Behind the Falls grants a glimpse behind the curtain of Horseshoe Falls – board an elevator that descends 150 feet into the bedrock, then stand at an observation deck steps away from the cascading water.
While the falls are the main attractions, the renowned wineries in the nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake region come a close second. This deal includes a package of five wine tours: Trius, Peller Estates, Jackson Triggs, Thirty Bench, and Inniskillin. One of the oldest wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Inniskillin gained world recognition with their icewines, harvested only when the temperatures dip below minus 8 degrees Celsius (about 17º F). Options include tours of these wineries, as well as Jackson Triggs, Canada’s most awarded winery.
See Groupon Getaways for additional details and to book.
Note: The nearest airport to Niagara Falls is Buffalo, New York, or about a 30 minute drive.  Next closest is Rochester, 90-minutes by car to the falls.

Escape to Florida
South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island in southwest Florida offers a ‘Summer is Heating Up, Just Escape’ package which includes a fourth night free and the resort coupon booklet with more than $250 in savings on cabana rentals, golf, water sports, cruises, spa services, dining, shopping and more.  Children 12 and under get a free breakfast with a paying adult.  Nightly rates start from $159 on stays through September 30, based on a four-night minimum.
The ‘Fall in Love with Captiva, Just Escape’ package includes condo accommodations in the South Village, daily breakfast for two, a $100 resort credit and the resort savings booklet valued at $250.  This offer is valid on stays of two or more nights between August 16 and December 17.   Rates from $169 per night.
The resort offers tons of fun amenities and activities:
A stunning 2.5 miles of white-sand beach, world-renowned for shelling
Six dining options, highlighted by two waterfront restaurants and Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, Captiva’s #1 restaurant
Three pools including H2Whoa! waterslides, restaurant, and waterfront tiki bar
Skully’s Family Interactive Center including Activities Galley, Little Matey’s Discovery Center, Skully’s Arcade and Scoutabout Headquarters
Sanibel Sea School offering experiential sea based education programs and exploration of the vibrant ecosystems of Captiva Island
Swimtastics offering learn to swim programs, mermaid camp, water Pilates
Sunny Island Water Sports including waverunners, parasailing and stand-up paddlboards
Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa & Boutique, a 4,000-square-foot spa and salon
Guided Kayak Tours for the entire family
The Yacht Harbour and Marina for vessels up to 120 feet
Fishing charters, surf casting, and shore casting
Daily cruises in the Gulf of Mexico
Two golf courses: beachfront golf at The Captiva Course and discounts at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club on Sanibel Island
Blackwood Tennis Academy Certified Head Professionals offering clinics, lessons, and matchmaking
‘Go!’ South Seas Programs including Go! FISH with resident fishing experts and Go! SAIL with Offshore Sailing School
Bicycle Golf Cart and Boat Rentals
Shopping at Chadwick’s Square and easy walking distance to Ande Rosse Lane and ‘downtown’ Captiva


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


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