Travel e-Scapes: January 13, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Barcelona, Spain

Travel e-Scapes: 01132017

HURRY! Round-trip from Miami:
$416 Miami to Barcelona
A 28-day advance purchase required
Depart by April 6 or October 30-December 2
A 7-night minimum stay required; one year max
Valid daily on American, nonstop
Purchase a separate ATL-MIA-ATL ticket from $86 round-trip (AA, nonstop) for a $502 total ATL-Barcelona-ATL


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

New Museums Around the Globe
Museum Barberini, Potsdam, Germany:
Old Masters to contemporary art in a newly reconstructed palace in the city’s already impressive historic center. Opening late January. museum-barberini.com
Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town: This contemporary art museum is the largest to open on the continent for over a century. The museum, featuring works created since year 2000 will be inside an 187-foot-high Grain Silo, a towering reminder of Cape Town’s industrial heritage. Opens September 23. zeitzmocaa.museum
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens: Its permanent collection is set to be unveiled in autumn when the museum is expected to finally open in its entirety. emst.gr
Museum MACAN, Jakarta, Indonesia: Indonesia’s first museum dedicated to international modern art this year.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles: The ICA LA is a rebranding and rehousing of the Santa Monica Museum of Art in downtown LA arts district. Opens in autumn. theicala.org
Victoria & Albert Museum, London: The largest scheme the museum has undertaken in 100 years will consist of a new temporary exhibition space, the Sainsbury’s Gallery, the Sackler Courtyard and a grand new entrance, the Blavatnik Hall. The open courtyard will reveal a part of the historical facade of the museum’s west side to the public for the first time. vam.ac.uk
Design Society, Shenzhèn, China: London’s V&A collaborates with China to create a new cultural hub in Shenzhèn, including a theater, shops and a roof garden. The V&A will also have its own gallery within it, focusing on 20th- and 21st-century design. designsociety.cn
Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia: Thousands of objects, artworks, manuscripts and artifacts exhibited will be presented on a chronological journey, from the roots of resistance to the legacy of its outcome. Opens April 19. amrevmuseum.org
Musées Yves Saint Laurent, Paris and Marrakech: The two museums will house the thousands of garments, accessories, sketches, photographs and objects that represent his life’s work. The Parisian museum will be in the historical couture house at 5 avenue Marceau. The Marrakech museum is an impressive new build near Jardin Majorelle, a garden long associated with the designer. Opening April. fondation-pb-ysl.net
Louvre Abu Dhabi, UAE: The museum “city” consists of a series of white buildings inspired by the Arab medina. Opens mid-2017. louvreabudhabi.ae

London’s Guard Changes
The Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace is switching days as part of tightened security measures. Starting January 16, the spectacle will be held on the same days each week – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – rather than alternate days between 10:15A and 11:45A.
From April to July, the Changing the Guard takes place every day.
The popular spectacle, which attracts thousands of tourists every year, sees the Old Guard – the soldiers currently on duty – formally hand over responsibilities to the New Guard, usually accompanied by a band or a corps of drums. The guardsmen, typically from the Household Division, are identifiable by their distinctive red tunics and bearskin hats. The scale of the ceremony is governed by the Queen’s presence. If the Royal Standard is flying above the Palace, the Queen is in residence and the number of sentries is increased.


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!

HURRY! Round-trip from Miami (one-way permitted):
$120 Miami to Barbados, or $70 south; $113 north each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Finish trips on or before December 10
Valid daily on American, nonstop
Round-trip ATL-MIA-ATL rates average $86; American, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$126 Phoenix, or $63 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday through March 8
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase today, January 13

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$232 Manchester NH, or $116 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through December 10 on United via Newark
No blackout dates

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$254 Orange County-Santa Ana, California, or $127 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday through May 24
Blackout dates: March 11, 12, 18, 19; April 8, 9, 23; May 14, 21
Valid on American via Phoenix or Dallas

HURRY! Round-trip from Miami (one-way permitted):
$258 Miami to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, or $129 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Finish trips on or before December 10
Valid daily on American, nonstop
Round-trip ATL-MIA-ATL rates average $86; American, nonstop

Round-trip from New York:
$349 NYC to Milan per person (minimum two travelers)
Depart by May 14 or September 1-November 21
Stay at least any 3 nights or up to three months
Valid daily on Emirates, nonstop
Purchase by January 16

Round-trip from Philadelphia:
$590 Philadelphia to London
A 28-day advance purchase required
Depart by April 15; May 12-August 5 or August 23-September 10
Add $24 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
A 7-night minimum stay required; one year max
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by February 23
Round-trip rates from Atlanta average $1,383 on Delta
Separate round-trip airfare from ATL-Philadelphia-ATL average $200

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$775 Athens, Greece
Depart May 16-August 20
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to four months
Valid daily on Air Canada via Toronto
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by February 15

HURRY! Round-trip from New York:
$349 New York-JFK to Barcelona or Madrid, Spain
A 28-day advance purchase required
Depart by April 6
Stay at least any 7 nights or up to six months
Valid daily on KLM nonstop to BCN; Delta to Madrid
Purchase by January 16

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 guide.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Taste of St. Croix
Established as a grassroots effort to bring the island’s culinary community together in a social setting, Taste of St. Croix, held April 6, is a multi-day event drawing gourmands from around the world. The culinary event features more than 50 restaurants, farms, culinary talents and beverage brands.  
St. Croix hotels and villas are offering deals for the 2017 Taste of St. Croix

  • The newly renovated 42-room Caravelle Hotel & Casino, located on the waterfront of historic Christiansted, blends Caribbean elegance with 21st-century service and amenities. A three-night stay includes two tickets to Taste of St. Croix and The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience cookbook. From $170.10 per night. Call 340-773-0687 and mention code ‘Taste of STX.’ hotelcaravelle.com
  • With 200 rooms and four restaurants, Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino is St. Croix’s only all-inclusive resort and casino and host of the annual Taste of St. Croix gala. Rates from $167 per person, per night (double occupancy) include one complimentary ticket per registered guest. Request ‘Taste of St. Croix’ rate. diviresorts.com/divi-carina-bay-beach-resort-casino-st-croix.htm
  • Located east of Christiansted, Tamarind Reef Resort offers guest rooms and efficiencies with kitchenettes. Beach access includes a child-friendly wading area. A three-night stay for two in an oceanview room, coupon booklet valued at $1,000 and a bottle of rum starts from $589. Call 800-619-0014 and mention ‘Taste STX.’ tamarindreefresort.com
  • Celebrating its 70th anniversary, The Buccaneer offers 138 guest rooms, 18-hole golf course, spa and The Buccaneer Beach House at Whistle Point, a six-bedroom villa complex with a main house and two cottages. Stay five nights (between April 4-12) in an oceanview room including daily full American breakfast for two, welcome cocktails, a 5-day car rental (conditions apply), a culinary turndown amenity and two tickets to Taste of St. Croix from $2,990. thebuccaneer.com
  • The Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa is located on the beach in the foothills of a rainforest. This all-villa-style suites resort features water views, kitchenettes and screened porches. A four-night stay including daily breakfast and two tickets to Taste of St. Croix starts from $296 per night. Call 340-778-3800 or book online at renaissancestcroix.com and use code ‘CUE’. 

Chicago Shopping Trip
The Magnificent Mile has long been regarded as one of the great Avenues of the world. Saks Fifth Avenue is the benchmark for luxury shopping and is synonymous with extraordinary customer service. If a shopping excursion is what you desire, there is no better destination than Michigan Avenue and no better place to stay than the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.
The hotel offers the Saks Shopping‘ package on stays through December 30, 2017. Per night rates from $199 include a $100 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card for each night of stay. Plus, Fairmont President’s Club members receive a late check-out of 5PM.
This AAA Four-Diamond landmark hotel has been recognized for exceptional service and amenities on Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 15 Hotels in Chicago and US News and World Report. This hotel offers on-site gourmet dining options, a 24-hour fitness center and a full-service spa. Chicago’s Millennium Park and Navy Pier are less than a mile away and The Magnificent Mile with shops, dining and entertainment is one mile away. The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium are both 2 miles away from the Fairmont. 


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


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