Travel e-Scapes: August 21, 2018

DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: China

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$465 Beijing
Depart October 15-December 4
Final travel by December 27
Valid on United; one flight connection


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

River Cruise Update
Viking River Cruises is no longer allowing new bookings for passengers under the age of 18, becoming the only river cruise line to do so.
Viking itineraries are designed for travelers who are 50 and older, with interests in history, art, culture and exploration.
Effective this month, embarking passengers must be 18 years old. Passengers under the age of 18 may still board a Viking river cruise through the end of 2019 if the cruise was booked prior to August 1, 2018.
Scenic, Emerald Waterways and Riviera have a minimum age of 12. Avalon Waterways is 8; AmaWaterways and Uniworld, age 4; Tauck, age 3; Crystal, 6 months; and CroisiEurope has no minimum.

Mickey Says…
It’s back to school time and time to tweak those summer sleep schedules. If it gets tough to get the kiddos off to bed earlier, let Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy or Goofy help!
Through the end of August, Disney is offering a special that will enable parents to call a free bedtime hotline and have Disney’s most popular characters tell their kids it’s time for bed.
“Hiya pal, I am sure glad you called,” says an automated Mickey on the hotline. “It must be getting close to your bedtime. By now you must have brushed your teeth and gotten into your pajamas. Pluto and I just brushed our teeth, too.”
Parents can also choose to receive messages from Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy.
Call 877-764-2539, or 877-7-MICKEY.


DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with or without a ticket-by date can expire at any time.  Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal right now – 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):
$104-$108 Baltimore BWI, or $52-$56 each way
Travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays
Depart/return September 11-November 14
Valid on Spirit, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$168-$178 San Jose, California, or $84-$89 each way
Valid west Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays
Valid east Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays
Depart August 29-November 14
Travel east September 7-October 31
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$274 Traverse City, Michigan
Depart September 11-October 31
Finish trips by December 14
Valid on Delta; one flight connection

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$314 Vail-Eagle, Colorado
Depart September 1-November 3 / Final travel November 3
$314 Grand Junction
Depart September 11-November 6 / Final travel November 14
$314 Aspen
Depart September 11- November 10 / Final travel November 14
Valid on American; one flight connection

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$466 Paris
Depart October 31-November 30 or January 9-April 2
Finish trips by April 9
Valid on Virgin Atlantic/British Airways

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HOTELS, RESORTS & MORE

New at Universal Orlando
Universal’s onsite properties include the Italian-themed Loews Portofino Bay, the Pacific-themed Loews Royal Pacific, Hard Rock Hotel, the 50s & 60s-themed Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and the upscale Loews Sapphire Falls.
And now the sleek Aventura Hotel joins the group as a prime value hotel (priced about the same as Cabana Bay with rates from $116 a night, based on a four-night stay). It’s located next door to Sapphire Falls and across the street from Cabana Bay.
The 17-story, 600-room hotel offers more of an adult experience – aiming for millennials visitors.
Highlights include the Urban Pantry Food Hall with food stations serving beer and wine themed to the cuisine. The open-air Bar 17 Bistro is the rooftop bar and grill on the 17th floor giving 360-degree views of the city and the Universal Orlando Resort.
Guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and a tablet to control a/c, TV and more. Guests can stream content from their own tablets onto the TV (Hulu, Netflix, etc.).
Guests enjoy complimentary shuttle service and early park access
Be one of the first to experience the Aventura Hotel and receive a $50 hotel dining credit (per room, per stay) on stays of 4 or more nights.
Promotional rates from $116 a night are valid on Sunday-Thursday arrivals for stays between September 3-27 and November 25-December 20. Minimum four-night stay.
In 2019, Universal Orlando will open its very first value hotel with Endless Summer Resort. Rates will start at under $100 a night. The property will be comprised of two hotels in the complex – the Surfside Inn & Suites (two-bedroom suites that sleep six) opens in Summer 2019, and the Dockside Inn & Suites in 2020.

Key West
A two-night package at the Perry Hotel is priced at $225 per night or a 30% savings off the regular starting rate. Rooms have waterfront views and a breezy pool area with hammocks offers direct marina access for excursions including snorkeling, sailing and fishing. The Experience the Perry package also includes a $100 excursion credit and a bottle of wine. Parking and shuttle service to downtown Key West is complimentary. The property offers airport shuttle service for a fee.
Play Hooky rates from $119 a night are offered on Sunday-Thursday arrivals through December 20.
Overlooking Stock Island Marina and the Cow Key Channel, this chic hotel is 5 miles from nightlife and heritage buildings on lively Duval Street. Onsite is a seafood restaurant and a grill-style eatery with a terrace and marina views.


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


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