Travel e-Scapes: October 20, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Shanghai, China

Travel e-Scapes: October 20, 2015

GO NOW!   Round-trip from Atlanta:
$662 Shanghai, China
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week
Valid Monday-Wednesday, Friday or Sunday in each direction
A 10-night minimum stay required
Complete travel on or before December 10
Valid on Delta via Detroit
Purchase by October 20


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Greece Hikes Prices
Entry to some of Greece’s most famous museums and monuments is to become significantly more expensive after the country’s government announced price rises that could go as high as 150%. Prices to the Acropolis will rise 66% from €12 to €20 ($13.60-$22.65) and those for the ruins of Knossos in Crete, Europe’s oldest city, are to jump 150% from €6 to €15 ($6.80-$17). Prices at other popular sites and museums would double, according to Greece’s culture ministry. The full price rises are to come in from April to November 2016, with a 50% discount for the rest of the year.
The rate increases are put on par with those in the rest of Europe. For instance, the least expensive admission ticket to the Tower of London costs £23.10 ($35.75).

Tourism is a key industry in Greece, with a reported 26 million tourists visiting the country each year.
Find out what not to miss during a visit to Athens — and how to save on multiple museum and attraction visits

Rocket Launch!
Experience the stunning sights and powerful sounds of an Atlas V rocket launch on Friday, October 30 at 12:17 p.m. ET, with exclusive launch viewing locations to choose from. The Atlas V will carry a Global Positioning Satellite, or GPS IIF-11. This marks the 11th launch of 12 Global Positioning Satellites for the U.S. Air Force. The visitor complex will offer launch viewing from the LC-39 Observation Gantry (sold out), NASA Causeway and Apollo/Saturn V Center located within the secured areas of Kennedy Space Center, as well as a viewing area at the main visitor complex. 
Buses from the visitor complex will depart for the LC-39 Observation Gantry and the NASA Causeway from 10-11:30 a.m. Buses will transport guests directly to Apollo/Saturn V Center from 9-10:45 a.m.
Admission to the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex is $50 adults; $40 for children 3-11. 

  • The NASA Causeway includes an exclusive, up-close view of the rocket on the launch pad and during lift off, as well as live launch commentary and bleacher seating. This is an outdoor viewing site with no covered viewing so guests are encouraged to bring hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Launch Transportation Tickets to the NASA Causeway are $49, in addition to admission. 
  • The Apollo/Saturn V Center is located within Kennedy Space Center and the viewing area features an open lawn and bleacher section overlooking the scenic Banana River. The area includes live launch commentary, food and retail available for purchase, and indoor restroom facilities. Launch viewing from the Apollo/Saturn V Center is included in daily admission.

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!

One-way from Atlanta:
$58 Miami
$78 Los Angeles
A 7-day advance purchase required to Miami; 14-days to LAX
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before February 10
Blackout dates: November 19-December 1 or December 17-January 5
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase by October 23

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta:
$132 Tucson
147 Santa Fe, New Mexico
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before September 15
No blackout dates
Valid on American via Dallas

HURRY!   One-way from Atlanta:
$152 Oakland
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before September 15
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta via Los Angeles or Salt Lake City

HURRY!   One-way from Atlanta:
$152 San Diego
No advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before September 15
No blackout dates
Valid on American via Dallas

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$213 Colorado Springs
$250 Detroit
$292 Boston
$377 Spokane
$386 Albuquerque
$399 Reno-Tahoe
$426 Aspen
$441 Eugene
$453 Steamboat Springs-Hayden or Vail-Eagle
$471 Jackson Hole
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Stay at least one Saturday night
Complete travel on or before February 29
Blackout dates: November 20, 24, 25, 28-30; December 18-20, 26, 27, 29, 30; January 2-4; February 12, 15, 21
Valid on Delta 
Purchase by October 22

GO NOW!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$637 Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, Brazil
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week
Add $25 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Depart by December 31
No minimum stay required; three months max
Valid on Air Canada via Toronto
Free stopovers permitted
Purchase by October 23

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$690 Beijing, China
A 7-day advance purchase required
Add $25 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
A 7-night minimum stay required
Complete travel on or before December 10
Valid on Delta via Detroit
Purchase today, October 20

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

Autumn Retreats
Leaves aren’t the only thing falling… Pick an ideal autumn setting and enjoy the season with fewer tourists and low seasonal rates from Wyndham!  Book these Wyndham offers through October 31 for travel through November 24.  Refer to code: FALL15.  A two-night minimum stay is required.  

  • Wyndham Harbour Lights, San Diego from $119: This urban retreat is located in the Gaslamp Quarter near chic restaurants, shops, art galleries and the famous nightclub scene.  Studio and one-bedroom suites offer spacious accommodations with kitchens and living/dining area.
  • Vino Bello Resort, Napa, California from $127: Just minutes away from dozens of wineries, the on-site Concierge is happy to help you arrange any number of local activities, including a wine-tasting tour.  On site are two heated swimming pools.  Accommodations include studios and one- or two-bedroom suites with kitchen, living/dining area and patio/balcony.   
  • Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort, Oceanside, California from $118: Located just an hour north of San Diego and its theme parks, the resort offers a great beach getaway ideally situated across from the Oceanside Pier, renowned as the longest recreational pier in California.  Choose from a hotel room or a spacious one- and two- bedroom family suite with private private balconies.  On site is a seaside pool.
  • Waikiki Marina Resort at the Ilikai, Honolulu from $186: Easy access to the world-famous beach and Ala Moana Shopping Center. Studio accommodations have private lanais and the resort features a pool, a fitness center, shops and more. 
  • Avenue Plaza Resort, New Orleans from $135: Stay in the Garden District off St. Charles Avenue and minutes from the French Quarter. Take your pick from a studio or one-bedroom suite with kitchen amenities and resort amenities such as Mr. John’s Restaurant, tours of the haunted Ashley House, outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, and rooftop terrace.
  • Desert Rose Resort, Las Vegas from $84: Located less than 2 blocks off the Strip, just south of the MGM Grand Casino and a short walk to the monorail station. One- and two-bedroom suites have private bedrooms, living/dining areas, and kitchens. The resort’s pool is surrounded by dense tropical plants.
  • WorldMark Las Vegas on Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas from $132: This resort is perfect for day trips to the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon and offers a shuttle to the strip’s shopping, dining and entertainment.  Enjoy the resort’s pool, hot tubs, and fitness and recreation centers.  One- and two-bedroom suites have kitchens, living/dining areas and washer/dryers.     
  • Wyndham Kingsgate, Williamsburg, Virginia from $95: Travel back in time and discover the spirit of historic America. Enjoy the modern day comforts at this family friendly resort with amenities including a game room, mini golf, a movie theater and a resort activities program.  Spacious one- and two-bedroom suites feature kitchens, living/dining areas and washer/dryers.

Chic Napa Resort & Spa
The Meritage Resort and Spa is an excaptional AAA Four-Diamond Napa Valley luxury resort set against a hillside vineyard with Tuscan-inspired guestrooms and luxury suites. Guests enjoy seasonal farm-to-table cuisine at the Siena Restaurant and wine tasting in the Estate Cave featuring Trinitas Cellars. Spa Terra is an underground spa with steam grottoes, soaking pools, treatment alcoves and walls of water. Crush Ultra Lounge is a full bar with sports entertainment and six bowling lanes.
Best Available rates from $209 a night. Rates from $259 include a daily $80 breakfast credit and valet parking.
The ‘Taste-Castion Experience’ package includes: 
Welcome bottle of Champagne
Breakfast for two each morning
Dinner at our Siena Restaurant (a $100 value)
Trinitas Cellars wine tasting, and tasting passes for two additional Napa Valley wineries

Bowling for two at Crush Lounge
A two-night minimum stay required.  Valid on stays through December 31 (very limited availability on Saturday nights).  Rates from $335 per night.  Refer to promo code: PKGTAS.  A $20 daily resort fee is not included (covers Internet use, daily newspaper, parking, use of recreational amenities, access to DVD library, credit card fees, waters and wine in room and evening shuttle service.


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


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