Travel e-Scapes: August 27, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Travel e-Scapes: August 27, 2015

HURRY!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$378 Turks & Caicos Islands
A 7-day advance purchase required
No minimum stay requirements
Complete travel on or before July 23, 2016
Blackout dates: December 19-24, 26-28 south; December 31-January 6, 2016 north
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Miami
One free stopover permitted


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

No Car Sunday

  • Benito Mussolini constructed Via dei Fori Imperiali to link Ancient Rome’s Colosseum to Piazza Venezia’s Vittorio Emmanuel II monument. On every Sunday of the year (and on holidays), enjoy this generally heavy traffic artery car free! Stroll along the ruins of Ancient Rome to make perfect pictures and to enjoy street performers, artists, musicians and vendors.
  • Paris will stop all traffic for one day. Imagine the photographic possibilities! Discover a new Paris without noise, smog and noise pollution. The historic day is September 27: ‘Une Journée Sans Voiture: – A Day Without Car. Stroll the Champs-Élysées and other areas including the 1st, 2nd, 3th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th and 11th arrondissements (neighborhoods), the Champs Élysées, Place Stalingrad, Place de la Republique, the Left Bank, the Place de la Bastille, the area around the Eiffel Tower and the Bois de Vincennes and Boulogne. A recent report by the French Senate estimated that pollution costs France more than €100 billion each year.
  • September 20 is Car Free Sunday in Brussels, Belgium from 9:30am till 7pm. The public transport of the STIB and De Lijn will be free on that day.
  • Closer to home, the Metro Washington DC area will be car free on September 22. On that day, people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, vanpool, subway, or walk in the Washington metropolitan area.  
  • Montreal, Bogota, Mexico City and Ho Chi Minh City have instituted Day Without Car programs, closing certain streets and encouraging bike riding.

Watch Live! A Late Summer Confluence at Monterey Bay

PBS is bringing a live whale watch into the nation’s living rooms — and throwing in some seals, sea otters, dolphins and pelicans. For three evenings starting August 31 at 8pm, the public broadcaster is airing Big Blue Live – a one-hour collaboration with the BBC about marine life in California’s Monterey Bay.
PBS calls it ‘one of nature’s great reality shows,’ made possible by the bay’s unique geography and a turnaround from severe pollution that curtailed marine life there for many years. Nutrients from deep-water canyons flood the bay at this time of year, turning it into a prime feeding area for humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks and more. Producers and camera operators are already preparing, having traveled to Mexico to film whales that migrate to Monterey Bay and New Zealand for birds that make the long journey over the Pacific Ocean. Ships, even drones, are being employed to keep producers informed about the areas of greatest animal activity. Since no one can be certain that whales will be most active precisely during the broadcasts, stories are being prepared in advance for the quiet times. One story will profile a scientist studying shark migration and another will illustrate the bay’s rejuvenation through the return of sea otters.


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:
$354 Aruba
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Monday-Thursday only
A 2-night minimum stay required
Complete travel on or before December 16 – or depart on or after January 11, 2016 and complete travel on or before March 3
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by September 3

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$779 Istanbul, Turkey
$795 Shannon, Ireland
$830 Edinburgh, Scotland
$850 Lisbon, Portugal or Krakow, Poland
$853 Warsaw
$900 Budapest
$939 Vienna
Depart November 1-December 10 or December 24-March 17, 2016
Add $20 per direction for Thursday-Saturday departures and/or Friday-Sunday returns
A 10-night minimum stay required
Add $12 per round-trip for minimum stays of 7 nights
Add $36 per round-trip for minimum stays of one Saturday night
Purchase by September 8
Valid on United via Chicago, Newark or DC-Dulles
Stopovers not permitted

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$890 to $930 to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Genoa, London, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Naples, Nice, Paris, Rome, Stuttgart, Venice, Zurich
Add $20 per direction for Thursday-Saturday departures and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Depart October 25-December 10 or December 24-March 17, 2016
A 7-night minimum stay required; one month max
Purchase by August 28
Valid on United via Chicago, Newark, DC-Dulles or Frankfurt
Stopovers not permitted

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 PACKAGE & CRUISE DEALS

Paris & Prague Package
Combine two of the most enduring cities in Europe in one affordable vacation package from tour company, European Destinations.  
Visit romantic Paris and Prague on an independent itinerary at per person rates from $1,157, based on double occupancy.
Here’s what’s included:
Round-trip international airfare from Atlanta
One flight from Paris to Prague
Three nights in Paris (3-star Hotel Glasgow)
Three nights in Prague (3-star Hotel City Partner Hotel Atos)
Daily breakfast (if stated in hotel info)
All air taxes, fuel surcharges and hotel taxes
Paris is a city of intimate streets, formal gardens and quiet squares. It’s a relatively small city as capitals go, with many of its major sights and museums within walking distance of each other. Stroll down Rue Cler for an intimate snapshot of Parisian living. But be warned! Since this street attracts many tourists, your bill at one of the pretty cafes will likely be 3 to 4 times more than if you walk 4-5 blocks beyond Rue Cler. Same thing holds true at cafes and restaurants near the top attractions.
Rows of steeples stacked on onion domes pierce the sky, earning Prague the name ‘The City of a Thousand Spires’. The arts and theater are thriving in the ‘new’ Prague against a stunning backdrop of towering churches and centuries-old bridges and alleyways.
Discover more deals on bundled vacation packages to Europe at Travelzoo.

Fab 2016 Alaska Cruise Deals
The early bird gets the best cruise deals and new offers from Holland America Line include more than $1,750 in extras.
Per person rates from $599 include the following:
Drinks package for two, including alcohol ($700 value)
Third and fourth guests sail for free when sharing the same cabin ($900 value)
Dinner for two in Pinnacle Grill, a specialty restaurant ($58 value)
$100 onboard credit per cabin
Seven-night round-trip sailing deals from Vancouver:
$599: April 30; May 1, 15
$699: May 4, 7, 8, 11
$899: May 14, 18, 25; Sept. 18
$949: May 21, 29 (round-trip Seattle)
Taxes are an additional $192-$264 per person. Airfare from/to Atlanta is additional. Rates to Vancouver average $400, but reductions are possible when airfare is booked through the cruise line.  Higher category cabins and additional dates are available and include the extras. 
Eligible American Express Card Members may use Membership Rewards Pay with Points to pay for all or part of the cruise.
Possible ports of call on these glacier cruises include Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria and Glacier Bay.
HAL’s ships, The Amsterdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Volendam, Westerdam and Zaandam all cater to mature guests.
Book by August 28 and start the reservation process at Travelzoo


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


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