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Tauck Tours in Spain: Exploring Art Museums in Bilbao

See the Art Masterpieces of Bilbao with Tauck Tours in Spain

Bilbao is a city in Basque Country that was put on the map in 1997 when it opened an architectural masterpiece that would serve as a museum of contemporary art: the Guggenheim Museum. Today, the town is a popular destination for travelers from all across the globe. And with Tauck Tours in Spain offering affordable packages, you too can be on the next flight to Spain to see Bilbao’s most famous artistic landmark.

Museo Guggenheim

To say that the Guggenheim Museum catapulted the once nondescript town of Bilbao to tourism fame is an understatement. After living in the shadows of post-industrial depression, Bilbao has come to life after the museum opened.

So what made the museum famous?

Its unique architectural design by Frank Gehry, and the fact that the building was constructed using limestone, glass, and titanium made the museum a household name. Its sparkling titanium-clad exteriors are enough to make anyone take a second look. Architectural design aside, the museum is also famous for exhibitions that showcase works of famous artists. When you book your package with Tauck Tours in Spain make sure to check the current exhibitions at the time of your visit so you’ll know what to expect.

The museum has showcased works by Yoko Ono and Brazilian sculptor Ernesto Neto. Home to magnificent works in contemporary art, the collection also includes works by Anselm Kiefer, Willem de Kooning, and Andy Warhol.

Ticket prices are about € 13 for adults and € 7 for children. Operating hours are from 10 AM to 8 PM, Tuesday to Sunday.

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

The second most-visited museum in the Basque Country coming in after the Guggenheim is Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Notify your travel agent if you wish to visit the museum during your tour around Bilbao.

Founded in 1908, the museum is home to magnificent art pieces by Basque, Spanish and European artists including masterpieces by famous sculptors Jorge Oetiza and Eduardo Chillida, and paintings by Gauguin, Goya, El Greco and Francis Bacon.

Ticket prices start at € 7 for adults and € 5 for children, senior citizens and students. The museum is open from Wednesday to Monday, 10 AM to 8 PM.

Prices and hours for both museums may change without prior notice. Before booking check with your travel planneror visit our website to learn more about the Tauck tours in Spain we offer.

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Cruise Deals for Travelers on a Budget

How to Get the Best Cruise Deals That Fit Your Budget

A cruise may seem like a luxury vacation plan, but if you’re set on experiencing a romantic getaway on the Atlantic or a one-of-a-kind riverside adventure in Europe at least once in your life, there are a few things you can do to get the best cruise deals out there.

Book Early

A bit of advance planning can help you save a lot on your dream cruise. Many cruise vendors offer discount cruises at up to 30 or even 50 percent off for early bird bookers. So if you’re not in a hurry to set sail, be on the lookout for these incredible deals and see if there’s a destination you’ve been wanting to visit.

Get Last-Minute Deals

Apart from early bird promos, you can check out clearance sales for even cheaper cruise deals. Close out sales are usually available around 30 to 90 days from the departure date, though some companies offer sales about 120 days before they set sail. Around this time, cruise lines can get a few last-minute cancellations. If there are too many free cabins on the cruise, they can heavily reduce the price to fill up the vacancies.

Consider Off-Peak Seasons

For really cheap cruises, you can always go for trips outside of peak season. Summer time often gets a lot of bookings, as well as on days around Thanksgiving, and the Christmas holidays. Prices are usually at their lowest before and after these holidays, so you can expect to get a great bargain if you schedule your vacation around this time.

If you need any assistance in finding an ocean or river cruise that will fit your budget, you can always talk to our travel planners here at Pavlus Travel for recommendations. We offer the lowest prices as well as travel packages that will let you enjoy a luxury cruise even while you’re on a budget. Call us today at 1-800-528-9300 to learn more about our amazing cruise deals.

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Choosing Cruise Deals Online

With so many online cruise deals to choose from, it’s understandable if you get a little overwhelmed. Luckily, Pavlus Travel has excellent cruise vendor partners to make it easier for you to choose the right cruise for the vacation you have in mind.

Types of Cruises

What type of cruise are you looking for? Is it a romantic cruise for you and your partner, or are you thinking more of a family cruise with the kids in tow? There are cruise ships that specialize in family holidays, and there are those that are good at providing the best romantic backdrop for a couple.

You can check out these cruise deals from our list of partner vendors at Pavlus Travel if you’re looking for a romantic getaway:

Princess Cruises: Al fresco dining for two, romantic music in the background, and a trip to the Bahamas will definitely bring out the romantic in you.

Paul Gauguin Cruises: Sailing from Bora-Bora to Tahiti, Istanbul to Athens, or going on a round-trip cruise to Venice, Paul Gauguin cruises offer the perfect backdrop for a romantic holiday. Stops at hidden islands make these cruises a favorite for couples celebrating their anniversary.

If your teenage kids are joining you on the cruise, there are also options tailor-fit for them.

Norwegian Cruise Line: The Norwegian is famous for its freestyle type of cruise. This means there no strict rules on dress codes and dining which teenagers are sure to appreciate. There are also game rooms, activities, and parties designed especially for teens.

Royal Caribbean: A cruise on the Royal Caribbean will be a hit with your teens. Activities here include rock wall climbing and onboard surfing lessons. How does free pizza for a late-night snack sound? Your kids will definitely have the time of their life onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship!

Pavlus Travel offers more exclusive cruise deals for trips to famous destinations around the world. Please give us a call at 1.800.528.9300 for any inquiries.

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First-time Cruise Tips from Pavlus Travel

Going on your first cruise is an exciting time. There’s so much to look forward to: making new acquaintances and gaining new friends, fun activities you can do with your traveling companions, and luxurious vacations to different destinations. The best part is finally getting that much-needed R&R!">Pavlus Travel offers discount cruises for trips around the U.S., or across Europe, the Caribbean, or even Asia.

Before you go on your cruise, however, it’s recommended that you make all the necessary preparations to ensure that your experience goes as smoothly as possible.

Here are a few things you need to check and prepare for at least several days before you embark:

Electrical Outlets: Check the voltage of the outlets your cruise ship has. Usually, outlets on cruise ships are 110V. If your devices require a 220V outlet, ask a cruise staff or your Pavlus Travel planner about an adaptor. Is it okay to bring your own or will the cruise provide adaptors to passengers?

Alcohol and Other Beverages: Some cruise ships allow passengers to bring a bottle of wine or champagne onboard. Others only allow non-alcoholic beverages. Others may prohibit bringing beverages of any kind onboard.

Sports Equipment: Are you planning to snorkel or play sports like tennis while on the cruise? Check if there are sports gear rentals and how much these cost. Also ask if passengers are allowed to bring their own equipment.

Baby Equipment: Is your baby going on the cruise with you? Do you need strollers or bouncer seats? Again, ask if you can rent these out or if you need to bring your own.

You should also confirm if there’s a dress code. Some cruise ships require formal attire for dinners and casual wear during the day. Consult your cruise representative about dress codes so you can pack the right clothes.

Another important thing to remember is to pack essentials into your carry-all—things that you will need for your first few hours onboard. It might take awhile for your luggage to reach your room, so it’s best to have a few essentials handy.

Consult our Pavlus Travel representative for other information that you need for your trip, or give us a call for more details about our discount cruises.

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Escorted and Independent Tours from Globus Tours

A vacation to a foreign land is always something to look forward to, especially if you are visiting a certain country for the first time. There are tour providers like Globus Tours that offer discounted rates for escorted and independent tours so your choice of which one to get is actually a matter of personal preference.

Escorted Tours

Escorted tours are tour packages that already include the following: hotel accommodations in every location included in your itinerary, meals, airport transfers, sightseeing with tour guides, and local transportation.

You will be doing all activities with a group of other travelers who booked the same tour as yours. This is a great way to make new acquaintances and be with a “support” group while in a foreign country.

Escorted tour packages from vendors like Globus Tours may also include tickets to all the sights. This means that your tour cost will basically cover everything. All you would need to spend on are souvenirs and other personal expenses.

Independent Tours

With an independent tour, you are on your own in terms of sightseeing and exploring the cities, giving you the opportunity to spend your time however you want. In other words, you will be vacationing at your own pace, with no schedules and strict itineraries to follow.

If you are more of the adventurous type, an independent tour may sound more appealing to you. Although discounts are given for independent tours, you may find that these could be more costly than escorted tours. This is because most hotel reservations, meals, and tickets to museums and landmarks are offered on group rates that can give you additional discounts.

However, if you carefully plan your independent tour with a travel planner, you may still go on your trip without going over your budget.

If you prefer to go on an independent tour, Globus Tours can help arrange your hotel accommodations, transfers, and other tour essentials.

To learn more about escorted and independent tours from Globus, call Pavlus Travel at 1.800.528.9300.

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