14 May 2015
Greece, with its beautiful ruins and relaxing beaches, has plenty to offer food enthusiasts. Dining in Greece is more than simply sitting at a table and sharing a meal. It’s a cultural experience that’s one for the books! And if you’re looking for affordable tours to Greece, look no further than Pavlus Travel.
Known for having birthed some of the great philosophers of the West as well as the mythic stories we still treasure today, Greece is visited by thousands of tourists each year. Athens is not only one of the many cities most favored by tourists, but it’s also the best place to go to for a gastronomic adventure.
Foodie Adventure in Athens
Athens is the heart of Greece and is home to beautiful ancient ruins such as the Parthenon, the Roman Forum, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. But beyond these ruins are gastronomical delights that will definitely tickle your palate. You may inform our Travel Planners here at Pavlus Travel that you wish to start your tour in Athens.
A guided tour will take you to local markets where you will get acquainted with some of the country’s best and freshest produce. And dining by the Mikrolimano Yacht Port will give you a taste of local seafood dishes that feature the catch of the day.
When you dine out, try to look for small watering holes and corner stores. These are where you can really get a taste of authentic Greek food.
Start with the flaming cheese saganaki, locally known as saganaki flambé. In tavernas outside of Greece, it has been a tradition for servers to yell “Opa!” right after they light up the cheese served on a saganaki, which is a type of Greek serving dish usually reserved for appetizers. In Greece, however, this theatrical show is often passed up.
Your choice of cheeses includes graviera, kefalograviera, kasseri, and halloumi.
Not to be missed is the souvlaki, made with grilled meat, vegetables, and tzatziki (a mixture of yogurt, garlic, and cucumber) and served in a pita sandwich.
And don’t leave Athens without trying their “honey dumplings,” which are deep-fried balls of dough soaked in cinnamon-laced honey syrup and sprinkled with powdered sugar. It’s a popular dessert in Greece.
Cooking demos may also be included in your itinerary. The icing on the cake is a cooking lesson from a local chef.
If you’d like to learn more about our affordable tours to Greece, please call our Pavlus Travel Planners at 1.800.528.9300.
12 May 2015
Booking Trafalgar tours to Spain via Pavlus.com will allow you to experience the culture, tradition, and beauty of Barcelona and other popular Spanish destinations at unbeatable prices!
Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain, especially among those who are looking for an interesting mix of entertainment and culture in a trendy, modern city. Nestled in Barcelona’s hip urban landscape are some colorful and unusual buildings designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. His highly original approach to the Art Nouveau movement resulted in some of the most unique buildings you won’t see anywhere in the world.
Here are some of the most important buildings by Gaudi that you will see on your tour of Barcelona:
Casa Vicens is Gaudi’s first important building. Built between 1883 and 1888, this residential building features Islamic influences on its façade, as well as in its rooms.
Considered more of a sculpture than a building, La Pedrera is one of Gaudi’s most popular and important creations. With its varied and harmonious mass of undulating stone and iron balconies, the building has been recognized as a World Heritage site in 1984.
Arguably the most famous of Gaudi’s works, La Sagrada Familia has been in construction since 1892 and is expected to be finished in 2030. Presenting the unique relationship between man, nature, and religion, this iconic landmark is a marvel to look at from the outside. However, climbing any of its towers is also a treat, as it offers tourists a spectacular view of the city.
Barcelona is just one of the many stops you can expect to make during your vacation. When booking Trafalgar tours to Spain via Pavlus Travel, you can also visit other popular destinations such as Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, as well as a wealth of majestic historic monuments in Seville, Granada, and Valencia for the lowest prices anywhere—guaranteed.
11 May 2015
Watching the dancing Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is an experience that you will be talking about for years. And with Insight Tours in Europe offered at discounted rates at Pavlus Travel, there’s no time like the present to plan for your Norwegian getaway.
Norway, with its beautiful landscapes and majestic fjords, is a haven for nature lovers. And if you happen to make a visit when the Aurora Borealis is most active, your Norwegian holiday will surely become even more interesting.
Northern Lights Tours
When you book your Norwegian holiday with Insight Tours in Europe, make arrangements for a Northern Lights Tour with your travel planner. There are guided tours designed specifically to chase after the Aurora Borealis.
You will be taken to popular spots where the Northern Lights are known to make an appearance. Usually, the guided tour involves camping out under the night sky to keep vigil over the appearance of the Northern Lights. Some guests also prefer camping over staying in hotels to experience the natural wonders that can only be found in Norway.
Spacious tents with beds and beddings are provided for those without camping equipment.
During the day, various activities are offered to keep guests entertained. These include dog sledding and visiting nearby fjords. If you’re up for an adventure, you can even drive your own dog sled! Lessons are provided for those new to dog sledding.
If your clothes aren’t warm enough for the cold weather, there are also facilities that provide rentals for warm clothes, boots, and snowshoes.
Tours also include the following: three meals, hot drinks, and transfers. Travelers are advised that only limited slots are available for Northern Lights Tours. It is recommended that you book early to secure a slot for yourself and your companions.
The best time to visit Norway for the Aurora Borealis is from October to March.
If you’d like to book your Insights Tours in Europe for your Norwegian holiday today, please call Pavlus Travel at 1.800.528.9300.
08 May 2015
Ávila, the beautiful medieval city of Castile-Léon, welcomes thousands of tourists each year. From pilgrims wanting to see the birthplace of Saint Teresa of Ávila to admiring the grandeur of the historic walls surrounding the city, Ávila is a holiday getaway like no other. Tauck Tours in Spain can take you on a guided tour to explore the sights and learn more about the town’s rich history.
The Medieval City
The Old Town of Ávila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The walls surrounding the city were constructed in 1090 to protect this Spanish territory from the Moor invasion. The walls, consisting of nine gates, 88 towers, and 2,500 merlons or turrets were constructed in true medieval fashion.
Parts of the walls can be explored on foot (you can walk along the walls) while the rest is off-limits to walking explorations because of their delicate state. When you book your holiday tour with Tauck Tours in Spain, ask your travel planner about guided walks on the city walls.
Behind the walls, there is also much to explore. When you enter through the Los Leales Gate, you will immediately be drawn to the imposing structure that is the Cathedral of Ávila. Dating as far back as the 12th century, the cathedral looks like a towering fortress from afar.
Palaces, noble houses, and plazas depicting Renaissance architecture complete the medieval experience.
Saint Teresa of Ávila
Plaza de la Santa inside the walls is home to Convento de Santa Teresa. This 17th century convent was erected on the land where the house the saint was born in used to stand. It was constructed after her canonization.
Just outside the city walls is the Monasterio de la Encarnacion. This is where Saint Teresa spent most of her life.
Also outside the walls are several other churches including the Basilica de San Vicente and the Church of San Pedro.
If you wish to learn more about guided tours to Ávila through Tauck Tours in Spain, please call Pavlus Travel at 1.800.528.9300.
07 May 2015
As one of Pavlus Travel Agency’s partner vendors, Globus Tours is a leading resource for discounted tours to various destinations across the globe. For a holiday in the Emerald Isle, you can find unbelievably affordable rates from Globus Tours in Ireland right here on our website.
Ireland is a country that covers 32 counties, and each county offers something different and unique for tourists year-round. If you are traveling to Ireland for the first time, it would help if you plan your trip ahead of schedule to avoid over exhaustion from squeezing in as many tourist spots as possible into your holiday agenda.
Ireland for the First Time
The most important piece of advice given by former first-time visitors to Ireland is to prioritize; don’t plan too many sights and activities into your holiday schedule to the point that you can’t enjoy or appreciate the experience. This is of particular importance if you are visiting for a limited time only.
If you’re booking an independent tour for your Globus Tours for Ireland package, try to stay in one city for at least two to three days. This will give you enough time to visit popular landmarks and other attractions per city on your itinerary. Also make sure that you pick landmarks and attractions that everyone in your traveling group would like to visit. With proper planning, you can experience Ireland and its culture in much more vivid detail.
Remember that nightlife begins around 9 in the evening. Tables in bars can get occupied rather quickly. Head to a local bar about thirty minutes before 9 to secure a table.
If you’re the adventurous type, an independent tour from Globus Tours in Ireland is the best way to visit the country for the first time. You can explore cities at your own pace.
While planning for your vacation, aside from research on the country, its counties and each one’s popular attractions, you can also post questions on forums to get inputs from those who have been to Ireland.
If you need additional help, we encourage you to talk to our Travel Planners. They can help you with your itinerary plus give you a few other helpful tips for first-time visitors.