Travel e-Scapes: December 6, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Hawaiian Islands

Travel e-Scapes: 12062016

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$625 Lihue, Kauai
$635 Kona, Hawaii
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Valid Monday-Thursday only in each direction
Depart through December 8; December 26-March 9; April 10-May 25 or August 15-October 29
Return through December 23; January 5-March 16; April 16-June 1 or August 21-October 29
Valid on American via DFW or LAX to Kona; LAX or Phoenix to Kauai

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$695 Maui
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Valid Monday-Thursday or add $25 per direction for other travel days
Depart through December 8; December 26-March 9; April 10-May 25; August 15-October 29
Return through December 23; January 5-March 16; April 16-June 1; August 21-October 29
Valid on American via Dallas, Phoenix or Los Angeles


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Ancient Rome Site Opens
Without its Egyptian obelisks and Roman monuments, visitors today find the Circus Maximus just a field without its Egyptian obelisks and Roman monuments. Circus Maximus was destroyed by fires in AD 64 under the reign of Emperor Nero, but a corner survived.

Following a seven-year restoration, the last surviving remnant of ancient Rome’s Circus Maximus is now open to the public. Tourists can now explore the 2,800-year-old remains of the Circus Maximus and climb the worn marble steps which funneled a quarter of a million Roman noblemen, proconsuls and plebeians into the giant stadium, which hosted chariot races, public executions and imperial triumphs. Recently unearthed are brick-built remains of the shops, tavernas, and brothels that were built into the ground level of the monumental stadium, beneath tiers of seating. The ruin even holds betting shops, where Romans placed wagers on chariot races. 
The stadium that ringed the passageways and corridors, complete with latrines supplied with running water from a nearby aqueduct, provided access to the ancient world’s biggest entertainment complex measuring 600 yards long and 140 yards wide.
Archaeologists discovered a number of ancient artefacts during the excavation, including more than 1,000 bronze coins dating from the third century AD, fragments of gold bracelets and necklaces and the bottom of a glass goblet with gold tracery depicting a horse named Numitor, with a palm branch – the symbol of victory – clamped between its teeth. They also unearthed the remnants of a vast triumphal arch that was dedicated to Emperor Titus in recognition of his conquest of Jerusalem in AD 70.
Experts also found fragments of a bronze inscription, dedicating the 60-foot-high arch to Titus in AD 81, the year of his death. The arch is where the emperor would enter the Circus Maximus, to be seen by thousands of Romans.
Archaeologists say there is more to discover – including the original chariot racing course, now buried nearly 30-feet underground, and possibly a giant drain of even earlier origins, built by the kings who ruled Rome before the birth of Christ.
Getting there (see a great airfare deal below to Milan): The nearest metro is Circo Massimo (line B). Tram 3 and buses 75, 81, 118, 175, and 673 stop nearby. Entry is free to view at all times.

Pilot Baggage for Tourists
Pilots pack for trips in unique custom-built pieces that make up the BrightLine Bags line. The system lets you choose sections that attach to each other with hooks, clips, zippers and loop strips. One piece may work as a weekender, but add another piece or sections that can zip on/off for shoes, toiletries, a beverage to a back pack with shoulder straps.
The brand hasn’t been marketed to leisure travelers but is popular with police, emergency responders, IT service, or people who make their living in the field with a dedicated set of gear.
The one downside is that the typical bag a tourist might use doesn’t have wheels (pull cart optional).
The bags are available on specialty websites like Pilot Mall, MyPilotStore, and direct from BrightLine. Or, view the line and the many options at Amazon


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

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!

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$186 Denver
A 21-day advance purchase required
Finish travel on or before March 8
Blackout dates: December 27; January 2-4, 7, 13; January 16, 18, 20
Valid on Delta, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$258 Ottawa, Ontario, or $118 each way northbound; $140 southbound
Valid daily starting on or after April 1
Finish travel on or before August 31
Valid on Delta via Toronto
Stopovers not permitted

GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$830 Nairobi, Kenya
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Depart by May 15 or August 21-October 29
Not valid on December 24 departures
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to a year
Valid daily on Lufthansa via Frankfurt
Add $100 for an optional Frankfurt stopover
Purchase by December 13

Stopover option! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$876 Milan, Italy
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on departures through October 29
A 7-night minimum stay required; 30-days max
Valid on Virgin Atlantic via Manchester, England
One free stopover permitted
Purchase by December 20

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

Mile High Holidays
Enjoy the holiday season in Denver for shopping, dining, theater or ski! Most of the deals – as low as $52 a night – are valid on select dates through January: 
The Curtis-Doubletree by Hilton: from $52 December 8-29; January 1-9
Courtyard by Marriott – Denver Southwest Lakewood: from $52 
Westin Westminster Denver-Boulder: from $52.80
Holiday Inn Denver East-Stapleton: from $99, located between Denver International airport and downtown Denver
The Elevation Hotel & Spa Crested Butte: from $99 through January 23, luxury ski-in/ski-out
Aloft Denver Downtown: from $99 
Embassy Suites Downtown Convention Center: from $52.80, including complimentary nightly reception and cooked-to-order breakfast
Find great rates, at hotels in downtown, the Denver Tech Center (DTC), near Denver International Airport (DIA) or at bed & breakfasts, boutique hotels, spa resorts and other types of lodging only online. The site also offers coupons, discounts, and deals for Denver restaurants, attractions, events and more.

Orlando Weekends
The Orlando World Center Marriott invites travelers to soak-up the warm Florida sun with special savings on stays through March 31. Rates from $163 per night include a daily $25 resort credit. Book by December 30. Refer to promotional code P91. A minimum one-night stay is required that must include a Friday or Saturday.
On site is the Falls Pool Oasis, ranked one of the ‘world’s coolest hotel pools’ by Forbes. It includes a 104-step slide tower featuring two 200-foot winding waterslides and one 90-foot speed waterslide, among the tallest and fastest resort slides in Florida. Other features include 10 restaurants and lounges, a full-service spa and fitness center, and a championship golf course and the iconic Falls Pool Oasis. Resort guests also have access to an interactive virtual map enabling easy navigation throughout the massive resort. 


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


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