22 July 2015
Experience Mother Nature’s Wonders with Avalon River Cruises
Nature lovers, rejoice! Now is your chance to go on a grand adventure to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands via Avalon River Cruises. This exciting vacation will give you a close glimpse of the fascinating wildlife that influenced Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution during his stay at the Galapagos Islands, the first ever World Heritage Site. If your idea of a memorable vacation involves world-class beaches, nature spots, and plenty of unique plants and animals, then this trip is definitely for you.
At Ecuador, you’ll begin your journey at Quito, one of the world’s highest cities with an altitude of around 9,100 ft above sea level, and also another World Heritage Site. A must-see attraction here is Cotopaxi National Park where you can find Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. After capturing Quito’s old towns and amazing architecture on your camera, you’ll head to Santa Cruz Island next, home to the Galapagos Island’s largest port. It’s also where the Giant Tortoise Reserve is located, where you’ll be allowed to have a close-up encounter with tortoises that grow up to 500 pounds.
The Galapagos Islands is composed of 19 total islands with surrounding waters that are rich in biodiversity. If you want to dive or snorkel here to see the varied aquatic species like whale sharks, manta rays, and turtles, you can ask your Avalon River Cruise agent to include this activity in your itinerary. Meanwhile on land, you may also get the chance to see the unique animal species that are endemic to the area. Among these are the marine iguanas, sea lions, Galapagos penguins, waved albatross, and flightless cormorants.
Aside from the diverse wildlife scattered all around the islands, the white sand beaches are also worth your while. For assistance on booking Avalon River Cruises to these famed islands, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-528-9300.
20 July 2015
Viking River Cruises: China’s Culture and Cuisine
For foodies, chefs, and other culinary enthusiasts who are passionate about food, Viking River Cruises to China is sure to be a treat for the taste buds. While China offers numerous breathtaking views and world-class attractions that any first-timer would enjoy, the local cuisine is an equally compelling reason to visit the Middle Kingdom.
At Shanghai, the seafood is a must-try, especially during crab season around fall. In fact, Shanghai’s hairy crabs are often included in food tours because of their high quality meat and status as a gourmet delicacy. If you’re booking a trip with Viking River Cruises, you can schedule your visit around this time to partake in the festivities that revolve around crab season.
For those who are interested in the local fare, the crabs are, of course, a must-try. They’re steamed to preserve the natural flavors. For the more adventurous eaters, they can try the locals’ favorite soup—chicken and duck blood soup. Touted to carry several health benefits, this soup is a traditional Shanghai snack.
If you’re into noodles, specifically the cold variety, you’ll definitely enjoy Xian and the street food scene here. The cold noodles in Xian are either made with rice or flour but both come with a special red pepper sauce that give it a unique taste you won’t find anywhere else in the country. Not to be missed in Xian are also the mouthwatering pork sandwiches, locally known as rou jia mo. This sandwich or type of flatbread is filled with pork that has been stewed for several hours, leaving it moist and tender.
Last but definitely not the least is Beijing and the popular Peking Duck. Roasted to perfection, the color, texture, and taste of crispy duck skin coated with sweet sauce is enough a reason to visit Beijing again if you’ve already seen the Great Wall and Forbidden City. Commonly prepared in front of guests, Peking Duck dates back as early as the 1400s.
For inquiries or exclusive deals on a Viking River Cruise, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-528-9300.
17 July 2015
Oceania Cruises: Excellent Personalized Service
Cruise in style and comfort with Oceania Cruises. With promising adventures at world-famous ports in the company of loved ones, you’ll never forget the excellent personalized service you get on an Oceania Cruise!
From Montreal to London, you’ll feel pampered every stop of the way with professionally trained European staff attending to your every need. This specific vacation is carried out by Oceania Cruises’ Insignia, having received a multi-million transformation in 2014.
The first stop is at the Trois-Rivieres in Quebec where you may visit the Forges du Saint-Maurice, the birthplace of the country’s iron and steel industry. Situated in the picturesque countryside, this museum will provide visitors a deeper appreciation of modern life’s necessities.
Next is a stopover at Oslo, Norway. Some of the top things to do here is visit the Akershus Castle and Fortress, a sprawling historic ground of medieval origins, and the Nobel Institute for a quick and informative overview of the Peace Prize winners.
Before arriving at London, the cruise will also make a stop in Hamburg where you may avail of a city tour, if not explore and take a stroll down the Port of Hamburg on your own. Once in London, you can decide whether you want to see its religious sites or visit other notable landmarks like the Tower of London, Old Royal Naval College, and the Charles Dickens Museum.
Oceania Cruises boasts an average staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.7, ensuring you enjoy the most pleasurable trip possible. After a day of shore excursions; you can enjoy your dinner prepared by world-class chefs at your private veranda. They also have a top of the line fitness center and spa, as well as bars and casinos with live entertainment that features famous magicians and classical concerts.
For inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-528-9300; we’ll be glad to hear from you.
15 July 2015
Crystal Cruises to Australia: Discover the Land Down Under
Are you looking for an immersive and enriching destination for your vacation this year? Book a trip with Crystal Cruises, a leader in luxury travel. Visit the Land Down Under aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony and you’re sure to bring home more than a suitcase of memories. If it’s your first time on a Crystal ship, it’s unlikely to be your last.
Dock at one of the most famous harbors in the world and see a performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Australia’s Harbour Bridge heralds an exciting slice of cosmopolitan life that offers a rich mix of local culture and cuisine.
The panoramic view of Sydney is a must for any traveler, especially at night. While you can enjoy some of the world’s finest beaches in Sydney during the day, you can also go sightseeing for a change. The Museum of Contemporary Art holds free tours, workshops, and other creative activities while the Museum of Sydney gives visitors a glimpse into more than a hundred years of Sydney’s history and origins.
After a tiring day out exploring Sydney, you can head back to your Crystal Penthouse suite for a comfortable stay. Crystal Cruises to Australia and other world-class destinations feature expanded living spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows for their accommodations, which are perfect for taking in the breathless views of the city and the sea. It also has a state-of-the-art audiovisual system, so entertainment onboard will never be lacking.
When you want to get away, let the Crystal Cruise line lead the way. Since 1990, Crystal Cruises has pioneered a number of precedents in the industry, notably hiring celebrity chefs and organizing a critically-acclaimed Wine & Food festival, to name a few.
For destinations other than Australia as well as the best deals you won’t find anywhere else, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-528-9300. We offer the lowest prices, guaranteed.
13 July 2015
Venice to Istanbul on Silversea Cruises
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your loved one this year, Silversea offers an intimate and luxurious experience aboard the Silversea Spirit, Silversea’s newest and largest ship to date. Silversea cruises are known among tourists for their spacious and ocean-view suites, perfect for a cruise that takes visitors from Venice to Istanbul as these will traverse three different bodies of water.
Greet the sunrise and have a hearty breakfast on your private veranda in preparation for the day’s excursions. The Venice to Istanbul journey will take you to the Old Town of Kotor, a World Heritage site, where medieval houses, palaces, and churches still stand and in almost perfect condition. The Cathedral of St. Triphun, a magnificent testament to Roman architecture, is a must-see for its interior frescos dating back to the 14th century.
After Kotor, this Silversea cruise will continue to Corfu, Greece where you and your loved one can enjoy the crystal clear waters of Barbati beach. Catch the sunset from your fully furnished suite and cap off the day with a wide range of fine dining selections. While docked in Greece, make sure you and your loved one get a taste of Santorini’s wines through a wine tour, the last excursion in this picturesque country.
Once in Turkey, get your cameras ready for the ancient relics of Ephesus where you will find the largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean. Some of its most notable sites include the façade of the Celsus Library and the marble pillars of Basilica St. John. Another World Heritage Site included in Turkey is the underground towns of Cappadocia, a Byzantine settlement.
Whether you’re out exploring the world or recharging aboard an award-winning Silversea cruise ship, Pavlus will go the extra mile in offering you the best cruise deals in terms of luxury and affordability!
For inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-528-9300. We’d be glad to assist you regarding Silversea cruises.