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Cheers Ireland!
Jul 27, 2015
By Ilona Kauremszky Delicious. Here’s some Canadian bacon on a bun served with O’Hara’s Irish Stout, which  now available on draft in Canada. The stout debuted at Toronto’s Festival of Beer at the Irish Pavilion. Ireland’s known for a lot of things--and one of the biggest is its awesome beer scene. So in...
Canadian Veterans on KLM Flights for Commemorative Celebrations in the Netherlands
May 5, 2015
With the Dutch marking the 70th anniversary of their liberation today (May 5), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has flown Canadian Second World War veterans and their families from the airline’s five Canadian gateways to the Netherlands, where numerous commemorative celebrations taking place.   The biggest delegation—topping 300 people, including some 40...
A European Night Out With The Travel Corporation
Apr 27, 2015
The Trafalgar Tours Canada team: Jonathan Sargeant, marketing coordinator; Maurizio Mazzola, sales manager Ontario GTA region; Doug Patterson president; Rares Dumitru, sales manager central and eastern Ontario By Ilona Kauremszky Toronto’s famous castle on the hill morphed into Europe last night. The Travel Corporation and The European Travel Commission hosted an evening reception at...
France Invites Canada to “Be Our Guest”
Feb 27, 2015
Ooh-la-la, Vancouver’s travel professionals were in for a real treat last night at Destination France’s travel trade show at the iconic Pan Pacific Hotel. Not only were there Cointreau cocktails to sip as they perused the 23-exhibitor-strong trade show, but there was a exquisite French menu and fine wines to dive...
Germany is Booming
Feb 20, 2015
By Samara Meade Germany is booming: that was the message that resonated loud and clear at last night’s National Tourism Office of Germany event at Toronto’s Boiler House Loft. Antje Splettstoesser and Carina Schumacher of the tourist board revealed that the country boasted some 75.5 million overnight stays in 2014—that’s an impressive...
Helping the Boys Return... Liberating Holland 2015
Feb 4, 2015
Veteran Affairs Canada has pledged an allowance of $2,000 in travel expenses for Canadian Veterans who wish to travel to the Netherlands for the 70th Anniversary since the Liberation of Holland. Veterans and their families can choose any of the three programs offered in dedication to the events celebrated on...
When the Clock Strikes: Five Unusual Places to Spend New Year’s Eve
Dec 3, 2014
Many places around the world throw a huge party for New Year’s Eve. Greeting the coming year in Sydney or New York City certainly is amazing, but there are some locations that may not be as grand, but are truly spectacular in their own way. Kiribati Only a few of its 800...
Ireland: Five Beaches that will Take Your Breath Away
Dec 3, 2014
Considering Ireland’s weather, perhaps it isn’t surprising that visitors don’t flock to the sea, but there is more to do there than just lying about sunbathing. With one coast open to the Atlantic and the other skirting the more protected Irish Sea, the beaches of Ireland have a variety of...
Britain: Christmas Shopping in London
Dec 3, 2014
Although a wonderful place for shopping all year round, during the Christmas season London comes alive with a festive air and illuminated grandeur all its own. With thousands of shops and hundreds of markets all rolling out their best goods for the holiday season, shoppers in London will be...
Edinburgh: The Barfly’s Guide
Dec 3, 2014
Whether you’re looking for a cozy pub to unwind at the end of the day or a sharp cocktail bar vibrating with the newest trends in music, Edinburgh has the spot for you. Check out a few of these great bars the next time you’re in the neighbourhood. Peartree One of the...
Britain: National Trust Properties to Make Your Heart Flutter
Nov 26, 2014
If you need a spot of romantic inspiration for next year's Valentine’s weekend, head to some of these loveable places. With tales of royal newly-weds and historic love affairs, National Trust houses, castles and outdoor places offer the ideal backdrop for love to blossom. Here are ten idyllic havens of love...
Anchors Away - 17 Ferry Rides That Will Leave You Speechless
Nov 15, 2014
Ferries can be more than just a way to get from one location to another - they can often provide the best ways to tour some of the most beautiful and remote locations on Earth. Here are some of our favourites…
Amsterdam: Schiphol Cabs Go Green
Nov 11, 2014
Travellers flying into Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport now have one less reason to feel guilty about their carbon footprint. Green taxi organisations BIOS-groep and BBF SchipholTaxi have taken charge of all taxi services departing the airport, which means the introduction of 168 fully electric taxis: an environmental success for the taxi industry, the airport and certainly...
Hamburg: The Off-Beat Trail
Nov 10, 2014
Known for maritime flair, understated sophistication, a famous red light district-turned-entertainment hub, and one of the most design-oriented waterfronts in Europe, Hamburg now offers various tours that will satisfy the curiosity of every visitor by offering a glance into the city’s alternative culture. Below is a list of Hamburg’s most interesting...
UK: Winston Churchill’s Science Heroes to be Celebrated in New Exhibition
Nov 9, 2014
The scientists who helped Britain to victory in the Second World War and launched a post-war science renaissance, will be at the centre of a new exhibition, Churchill’s Scientists, which opens at the Science Museum on 23 January 2015. Timed to mark the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death, this will be...
Britain: 10 Uber-Luxurious Spas
Nov 5, 2014
It's National Spa Week in Britain (3 - 7 November) - a destination where visitors can drift off in a state of bliss at a luxury spa in the beautiful countryside, or take some time out from urban exploration with a spa in the city, year-round. Luckman Park Hotel and Spa, Bath, south-west...
Edinburgh Confirms Dates for all 12 of its 2015 Festivals
Nov 5, 2014
Experiment with science, debate at literary salons, stir the imagination with storytelling, party to swing, soul and samba – Scotland’s capital Edinburgh will once again deliver a whole host of themes to visitors during its feast of festivals in 2015. World renowned as a festival city, Edinburgh is perhaps best known...
London: The Bear Necessities
Nov 3, 2014
Paddington designs by David Beckham, Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman and Benedict Cumberbatch unveiled for the first time ahead of the launch of The Paddington Trail Some 15 much-anticipated statues of Paddington have been unveiled in London ahead of the launch of The Paddington Trail. The statues were accompanied by some of the...
Greece: Five Breathtaking Temples
Oct 28, 2014
Temples were the most important building types in Greece. They were built as monuments to their many different Gods and served as a place of worship for them. Visitors to the temples brought goods to offer up in prayer to their Gods in hope that they would grant their wish.
UK: Six Fairytale Castles
Oct 28, 2014
Castles were often central in some of the classic fairy tale stories and permeate the dreams of every little girl and boy. However, unlike many of our fairy tale heroes, the fairy tale castles are not altogether make believe. Within the United Kingdom, visitors can feel like a prince or...
Paris: The Penny Pincher’s Guide
Oct 26, 2014
Paris is the city of lights and love; unfortunately, it is also a very expensive city. There is a lot of luxury to be had in the culture capital of the world and very little of it comes cheap. However, there are some free and cheap activities to do in...
Berlin: Five Brilliantly Bohemian Bars
Oct 24, 2014
The capital of Germany has a distinct, eclectic vibe that attracts unconventional people from all over the world. Known for its Bohemian scene, the city has a large number of artistic types that see the world as an intense place with more to be had than just the ordinary 9-to-5 life...
Berlin: Five Museums Not To Be Missed
Oct 24, 2014
Berlin is home to over 170 museums and art galleries, with many being the home to the most important collections of art and artifacts in the world. The city itself can be considered a museum on the outside, but a trip inside some of the beautiful architectural marvels that serve...
Prague: Medieval Wonders
Oct 23, 2014
Prague in the Czech Republic has earned the nickname of Europe's medieval city due to its number of well preserved sights from the time period. The entire city centre was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its medieval splendor and striking Gothic architecture. Every street and alley way...
Amsterdam: The Bar Fly Guide
Oct 22, 2014
The bars in Amsterdam come in all shapes and sizes, from the small traditional pub, or cafes as they are called, to the grand tasting houses that are popular in the city. Unlike other countries that revel in the pub crawl experience, when the Dutch settle in for a night...
UK: How to Celebrate Guy Fawkes Night
Oct 22, 2014
In 1605 a dastardly plot to blow up the House of Lords and subsequently murder King James I was uncovered, and Guy Fawkes was arrested for being an active member of the plan. It was his task to guard the gunpowder that was to be used, but an anonymous tip...
Turkey: UNESCO Sites
Oct 22, 2014
Turkey has 13 properties that have been inscribed to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Heritage List for their importance to the cultural development and landscape of the country. In layman's terms, the sites are the best of the best attractions in the country of Turkey...
Wales: The Adrenaline Junkie’s Guide
Oct 16, 2014
For some the idea of a vacation conjures up relaxing strolls, window shopping and long days of doing absolutely nothing. Others, not so much... If your perfect holiday includes white knuckles, Wales has a few things to show you. Zip It Anything with a superlative has to be good, and Zip World has...
Spain: Five Places To Fall In Love
Oct 14, 2014
For those looking to escape on a romantic getaway, Spain is definitely a major contender to consider. With dazzling rolling hills, mix of old building and architectural wonders and a culture geared towards romance, Spain is a magical place to nourish that delicate flame of love. Those looking to travel...
UK: Sing Your Heart Out
Oct 12, 2014
Some cities are so epic that they inspire poetry and music about their streets. Others have a difficult history and artists memorialize the sufferings in rhythm and rhyme. The songs that are written are reminder of life in all its forms and they capture the character of a city better...
Liverpool: The Bar Fly Guide
Oct 12, 2014
Liverpool, like the rest of England, loves its pubs, bars, and, more recently, their night clubs. While more and more glittering night clubs are popping up to fuel the city's rising nightlife scene, both the young and old of Liverpool still love a good old pub at the end of...
Austria: The Sexiest Hotel Rooms in Vienna
Oct 10, 2014
Vienna is referred to as the heart of Europe due to its central position. As such, it also happens to be a bit of a heart stealer as well. Couples come to this romantic and beautiful city to nourish the love with each other and undoubtedly they both end up...
Naples: How to Find the Best Pizza
Oct 6, 2014
Although it sounds like a cliché, Italy really is a pizza-lover’s dream, and Naples is the place to find the best pies in the country - possibly even the world. Few cities would be willing to hang their reputation on such a dramatic statement as that, but after your first...
Rome: The Foodie’s Guide
Sep 30, 2014
Rome is a classic food spot as it is the birthplace of many of the dishes that households know and love around the dinner table. While it isn't hard to find a quality trattoria around town, it can be a bit of a task to find an eatery that is...
In Hot Water: Five Magnificent Natural Hot Pools
Sep 30, 2014
Canadians are no strangers to the wonders of natural hot springs -- just visit BC and you can choose from dozens of places. Although you’ll never grow tired of these, sometimes it’s nice to see what other countries have to offer and try something new. There are some amazing hot...
Dublin: James Joyce Sites
Sep 30, 2014
Although not among Ireland's four winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature, James Joyce is the literary figure of Dublin. While in the end Joyce ended up hating Dublin and leaving her fair shores, the city still honours his legacy through monuments and attractions in the city. For those James...
Belfast: The Penny Pincher’s Guide
Sep 24, 2014
While Belfast, Ireland has some titanic offerings, not everyone can afford to enjoy the best and most lavish attractions every day. However, Belfast is a simple and humble town that doesn't require travellers to have five-star budget to enjoy its best attractions. Those looking to visit Belfast on a budget...
Dancing Feet: Five Cities That Will Get You Up and Moving
Sep 21, 2014
Music is both universal and regional, with certain styles calling to mind specific countries and cities. Who doesn’t think of the mysteries of Turkey and Persia when they hear belly-dancing music? Or the United Kingdom when watching the curiously elaborate Morris Dancing? Music colours our perception of a place just...
Britain: 'Too Big To Miss' Rugby World Cup 2015 Ticketing Campaign Launched
Sep 19, 2014
A new two minute film to promote the UK's upcoming Rugby World Cup 2015, directed by Peter Cattaneo  (Full Monty), is led by actor Charles Dance, who is most recently credited for his role in Game of Thrones - as well as a big rugby fan. In the film Dance finds himself...
International Day of Peace: Five Events that Celebrate World Peace
Sep 18, 2014
Since 1982, the International Day of Peace, created by the United Nations, has been celebrated annually on September w] \st around the world. Sadly, the world cannot make everyday a day of peace, but has settled on a single day of ceasefire so that the war-torn may have but a moment...
Italy: Five Reasons to be Enchanted in Cinque Terre
Sep 18, 2014
Italy is one of those places that people visit over and over, enjoying the art and history that permeate the country. Once you’ve seen the big three – Rome, Florence and Venice – it’s time to go exploring and visit some of the smaller places on “the boot”. One of the...
Madrid: The Penny Pincher’s Guide
Sep 15, 2014
Spain’s capital is an amazing place to visit but like most cities it can really strain your pocketbook if you aren’t too careful. Luckily, there are many free things to do while visiting and just as many inexpensive options. For art lovers especially, Madrid is a wonderful place to see amazing...
On the Road: Unique Ways (and Wheels) to See a New City
Sep 11, 2014
There are hundreds of ways to see a new city, but there is none more special and easy-going then by private car. However, luxury sedans and limousines have become so common place that they don't really feel special anymore. However, cities around the world are taking some of their most...
A Coffee with a View: The World’s Most Picturesque Coffee Shops
Sep 8, 2014
For many, the search for a quality cup of coffee is endless. Just when they think they have found the best, another brew piques their interest. However, after awhile a palatable cup of coffee just isn't enough, suddenly the atmosphere and decor of the coffee shop needs to enhance the...
Prague: The Luxury Guide
Aug 26, 2014
Windy cobble stone streets, medieval architecture spared by the ravages of war and a city that arguably hosts some of the best culture in the world, this can only be Prague. Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, has served as home to revolutionaries, Bohemian kings, invading Axis powers...
Lisbon: The Penny Pincher’s Guide
Aug 24, 2014
Vacationing can be an expensive venture, but savvy travellers know how to suss out the cheap deals and mix free fun with pricy attractions. Sometimes just knowing which days the museums are free can save a fortune in entrance fees, and many neighbourhoods in old cities are as much an...
Edinburgh by Phone: The Smart Way to See the Town
Aug 24, 2014
Edinburgh, the inspired capital city of Scotland, it is a city that is rich in culture, stunning scenery and first class attractions. Edinburgh has a broad mixture of things to do and to see. However, while it is a city of opportunities, it is difficult to experience all of them.
Venice: The Luxury Guide
Aug 23, 2014
The serene city of Venice is a maze of stone palaces that seemingly float on water. It is a romantic city of canals where cars are banned and the only way to get around is to walk or take any number of the floating transportation. It inspires images of some...
Europe: How to Find the Lowest Price for a High-Brow Break
Aug 23, 2014
Looking for low-cost high-brow culture in Europe? The big secret is to head east. A new survey has revealed that Eastern Europe is the dollar-stretching location of choice for a culture-cramming city break, while London remains the most expensive. The UK’s Post Office’s Cost of Culture poll compared the price of ballet,
Dublin: The Penny Pincher’s Guide
Aug 17, 2014
Dublin isn't one of the cheaper cities to visit in Europe for those with a tight pocket book. The average breakfast or lunch for one runs around $21 while dinner prices as around $35 plus the price of drinks. Add in the cost of transportation, lodging, shopping and entertainment and...
Munich by Phone: The Smart Way to See the Town
Aug 17, 2014
Whether it is sipping wheat beer in the Hofbrauhaus or boutique shopping on Maximilianstrausse, there is a lot to see and do within in Munich. So much so in fact that it is near impossible to see the city at its best without a little help. However, ditch those paper...
Austria: Where To Find Beautiful Music
Aug 16, 2014
Home to Strauss, Mahler, Haydn and Mozart, Austria has had a massive impact upon music. When travelling in the region it’s still a pleasure to sit down to a lovely philharmonic playing in one of the classic venues or catch a modern band at a newer stage. Enjoy some incredible music...
London: Bridges Over Historic Waters
Aug 14, 2014
Anyone who has ever taken a trip down the River Thames in London or even walked along its waters will eventually notice that London truly has a lot of bridges. They help people move throughout the city and are remarkable in their detail and history. Some are strikingly modern, while...
Bruges: Five Museums Not To Be Missed
Aug 11, 2014
Bruges has, aside from a rich cultural heritage, a whole range of interesting museums. The city is literally packed full of them compared to most other cities that just host the standard museums of art and history from the area. Some of them are intriguing like the Volkslkunde Folklore Museum...
Britain: Follow in Paddington's 'Pawsteps'
Aug 11, 2014
One of the world’s best loved bears will be given the star treatment this year, when the new Paddington movie is released. Following the iconic children’s character’s adventures through Britain, the film is set make kids – and adult fans – want to follow in the hero’s ‘pawsteps.’ Here’s how...
Spain: It's Fiesta Season!
Aug 11, 2014
August is here and anyone planning to visit Spain may find themselves immersed in some of the most fun and wacky fiestas on earth. Most towns hold their own fiestas, while cities like Madrid have different neighbourhood fiestas each week, so there is always something exciting going on. Here’s a selection of...
Spain: A Double Room & Some Google Glass Please
Aug 7, 2014
Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, an exclusive abbey hotel in Spain’s Duero wine region, may be 900 years old, but it’s the first hotel in Europe to offer its guests the hottest new technology of 2014: Google Glass. Just a couple of hours from Madrid, the property has eight of the wearable computers...
Scotland: The Adrenaline Junkie’s Guide
Aug 5, 2014
Brimming over with lakes, mountains and forests, Scotland is filled with possible adventures and at the top of many thrill-seekers “to-go” lists. Whether your goal is a solitary trek through acres of isolated land or a speedy race across a loch, you’ll find plenty of places across the country to get...
Shakespeare: All the World's a Stage
Aug 5, 2014
The Stratford Festival has a simple goal: To set the standard for classical theatre – and they achieve that on a yearly basis. The company has been built by searching for the finest talent available and cultivating skill and passion. In this way they have been producing amazing theatre for more...
Canadian Expansion for European River Cruise Company
Aug 3, 2014
CroisiEurope, one of Europe’s largest and most experienced river cruise operators, is continuing its North American expansion with its growth into Canada. CroisiEurope marked their initial North American debut this fall with the launch of a new, dedicated website, www.croisieuroperivercruises.com, and call centre. Based in Strasbourg, France, CroisiEurope's 38 years of...
London Heathrow: Plaza Premium Opens First European Lounge
Aug 2, 2014
Plaza Premium Lounge, the world’s leading airport lounge provider, launched at the new London Heathrow Terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal yesterday. It is the Hong Kong-based company’s first venture in Europe.   The innovative Plaza Premium Lounge has been designed to enhance the airport experience for travellers – regardless of...
Greece: Where to Catch the Best Sunsets
Aug 2, 2014
As if just being in Greece wasn’t romantic enough, watching a sunset from ancient ruins or a sandy beach can make even the most stoic of people feel a little emotional. Whether you prefer to end the day at the top of a cliff or right on the beach, you’ll find...
Northumberland: Exploring Roman Sites
Jul 24, 2014
Northumberland is a place of peace and solitude where many in the United Kingdom trek to find an escape out of their busy lives among the endless scenery. However, aside from the natural beauty, Northumberland is a land of history. It hosts some of the best preserved landmarks from Roman...
Krakow: Marvellous Medieval Wonders
Jul 22, 2014
Krakow has always been a sort of charmed city that comes complete with the Devil's own luck, it is a place prone to attracting history but, for the most part, avoiding the destruction that often comes with it. Since it was founded as a small settlement in the 4th century,
Prague: The Barfly Guide
Jul 18, 2014
Rich in history and atmosphere, Prague is a fantastic place to soak up the past and appreciate the art and architecture of yesteryear. Even the most glorious cities, however, look better after you've taken a break and had a drink with a friend... or 100 friends. Here are some of the best...
Stockholm: The Luxury Guide
Jul 17, 2014
After Sweden's induction into the European Union in 1995 and the swift IT boom of the late 90's, the country's capital of Stockholm emerged from its cold, Nordic shadow and became a truly international city. The city is something of a wonder in and of itself, being hailed the "Venice...
The Light Fantastic: Midnight Sun Magic
Jul 16, 2014
During the summer months in the countries that dwelling the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets. This phenomenon is referred to as the midnight sun where the sun stays up the full 24 hours of the day, often for several months at a time. It gives fair weather to these...
A Fresh New European Product
Jul 14, 2014
Tirana-based Balkans tour operator, Albania Experience, has officially entered the Canadian travel market by joining ACTA and appointing Abby Ingraham to head up its marketing efforts. Founded in 2005, Albania Experience has become the leader in group and FIT tours to the Balkans from Asia and western Europe. Last December it...
Germany: Six Magical Fairy Tale Castles
Jul 11, 2014
Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful princess and, through tireless struggles and happenstance, she eventually met her Prince Charming. She was then whisked off to a beautiful castle where she lived happily ever after. Everyone knows the stories, but it seems that the beautiful castles where beautiful princesses...
Vienna By Phone: The Smart Way To See The Town
Jul 11, 2014
Vienna is the capital city of Austria and by far one of the country's largest cities with a population of over 1.7 million people. As one would expect, it is the center of Austria's cultural, economic and political activities. Austria was once the home to the Habsburg Court and its...
Britain: Where To Find The Finest Pub Grub
Jul 10, 2014
When visitors to the United Kingdom try to sort out the best places to eat from the locals they meet, more often than not, they are going to be recommended to a pub. These fine establishments just aren't recognized for their variety of brews and good company anymore, but rather...
Zurich – The Art Of The Gallery
Jul 2, 2014
Zurich is packed with art galleries displaying the finest in Swiss art. Many are housed in the Löwenbräu Areal, a former brewery that has been redesigned as a cultural and artistic centre. With more than 100 galleries and art museums to choose from, narrowing down your selections to visit can be...
Paris – Lingerie Shopping
Jun 18, 2014
From the old-fashioned corstieres to tiny boudoirs, every quarter of Paris has at very least one lingerie boutique. The city has maintained a long tradition of silk and lace by placing quality above anything else. So, where can shoppers go to see what is underneath it all in Paris?
Spas – The Stranger The Better
Jun 9, 2014
Forget a nice pedicure or a simple shoulder massage... Here are five of the most wonderfully weird spa treatments on the face of the planet. 1. The Spa That Slithers: Ada Barak’s Carnivorous Plant Farm, Talmei Elazar, Israel “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” If you fear our reptilian friends as...
Iceland – 10 Cool Summer-Only Experiences
Jun 3, 2014
1. Tee-Off At Midnight When it comes to golf, it doesn’t get any more unique than experiencing a midnight tee-time. Due to Iceland’s northerly location, the country experiences 24 hours of sunlight during June and July. This means that golfers can play whenever they feel like it during the day – and...
Drifting Down The Danube
Jun 2, 2014
Could there be a better way to see Europe than floating down its most famous river – the Danube? The mighty waterway winds its way past imperial castles, lush vineyards, stately cathedrals, modern cities and historic monuments through 2,000 years of history. Here are some of the highlights along the...
Paris By Phone – The Smart Way To See The Town
May 30, 2014
Paris is on the bucket list of most world travellers. Many harbour hopes of wandering the idyllic city streets and basking in the beautiful architecture before stopping at a quaint cafe to enjoy a croissant. In these idle day dreams, Paris is a simple place, but in reality it is quite...
Venice – Watching The World Go By
May 28, 2014
Venice is so jam-packed with art and architecture that at some point you just want to sit back and watch the world go by. So, choose a comfortable spot at a charming cafés and enjoy watching all the activity as you take a break from the sightseeing. Al Chioschetto Morning, afternoon or evening,
Norway - Cruising the Telemark Canal
May 27, 2014
The Telemark Canal is the waterway that connects the town of Skien to the town of Dalen in Southern Norway. It runs a total of 105 kilometers and is a beloved landmark in the region. During the 19th century when a portion of the canal was carved out of a...
London – Dining With The Kids
May 26, 2014
London is an incredible place to visit for young and old, but finding a place to eat that is happy to see the entire family can sometimes be a challenge. When you’re out sightseeing with the kids in England’s capital city, stop at one of these eateries to refuel for the...
London – Exploring the V & A
May 25, 2014
Prince Albert’s legacy to England, the Victoria and Albert is the largest museum of design and decorative arts in the world. With over 4.5 million pieces, planning a trip there is both a delight and an undertaking. Don’t miss the current exhibits, and check out some of these highlights of...
Moscow – Vodka Heaven
May 24, 2014
Russia’s capital city is vibrant and packed with fun things to entertain you during the day, but what do you do in the evening? Drink vodka, of course! Take a break from the sightseeing and try some of these great bars, all in the heart of the city. City Space Located on...
Iceland – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth
May 24, 2014
Simply put, Iceland is one big, beautiful geological hotspot. And you don’t have venture very far to find yourself at the very heart of all the geological action. In fact, just a 30-minute drive from Reykjavik, you’ll discover the world’s only drop-in volcano. Yes, the mighty Thrihnukagigur volcano is the only...
Nice By Phone –The Smart Way To See The Town
May 2, 2014
Once a quaint little town, Nice has grown into a modern city that embraces modernity and is brimming over with both urban energy and port town exotica. Its many little quirks make it one of the most interesting spots in France to visit. With it multicultural population, Mediterranean tides and beautiful...
Venice By Phone –The Smart Way To See The Town
Apr 25, 2014
Most visitors to Venice find themselves lost in the endless labyrinth of islands, bridges and canals. In order to see the best of the city, visitors are going to need a little help. Luckily, there is an app for that. There is an app for just about everything in Venice,
Croatia - Watch Your Tan Lines
Apr 22, 2014
Croatia has some beautiful beaches. The rule of thumb for finding the very best ones is to head south. You’ll find the most seductive sandy shores on the Dalmatian Coast – and some of the most pristine beaches are only accessible by boats or through narrow goat trails, which help prevent...
Scotland - By the Bonnie, Bonnie Banks
Apr 20, 2014
The largest loch in Scotland, Loch Lomond is the heart of the Trossachs National Park – Scotland’s first national park. With scenery ranging from flat to mountainous and a collection of small towns throughout, there is much to do and see in the area. Town Hopping Balloch is the largest town in...
Carcassonne - Castle On The Hill
Apr 19, 2014
Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hills where the town of Carcassonne now stands. The castle served as the stage in the 13th century for the brief, but bloody Albigensian Crusade in which Templar Knights slaughtered an excommunicated Christian sect known as the Cathars. Not...
Reykjavik – The Luxury Guide
Apr 17, 2014
Iceland, known as the land of fire and ice, was dubbed the most peaceful country in the world in 2013, and after a short visit it’s easy to see why these two labels are a point of pride for this incredible country. The capitol city of Reykjavik has a small...
Czech Republic - Bottoms Up
Apr 15, 2014
The Czechs are truly passionate about their beer heritage. The Czechs love their beer, which isn't a surprising fact considering that the country leads the world in beer consumption per capita. The beer is both delicious and inexpensive. In fact, in some places the beer is cheaper than most other...
Norway - The Munch Trail
Apr 13, 2014
You may not think you know who Edvard Munch is, but you do. One glance at the brightly painted face of a man screaming and you’ll be nodding your head in recognition –oh yeah, him. He was a prolific painter in the late 19th-century and this bike trail in Norway...
Berlin - From Dusk ‘Til Dawn
Apr 12, 2014
Berlin is the nightlife capital of Germany. Considered by many to be the best clubbing city in Europe, it would be a shame for party-oriented visitors to miss some of these great nightclubs... Berghain Berghain is the pinnacle of party in Berlin. This nightclub is so famous it is almost mythical, however...
St Petersburg – Art Fit For An Empress
Apr 11, 2014
In 1764, Russian Empress Catherine the Great purchased a considerable collection of western European paintings, laying the foundation for St Petersburg’s magnificent Hermitage Museum. As one of the largest museums in the world, it would take months to see the three million works of art and artifacts from around the globe that...
Tree House Hotels – Branch Out On Your Next Vacation
Apr 10, 2014
Looking to branch out on your next stay? In the most beautiful forested areas around the world, hotel entrepreneurs are venturing into an area that was once purely the domain of young children: tree houses. These hotels are usually suspended high in the air and offer some breathtaking views while...
England - Hadrian Was Here
Apr 10, 2014
In the year 122 AD, shortly after taking control of the Roman Empire, Caesar Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus Agustus trekked himself, his guard and his mouthful of a name to the edge of the known world. It was a bold, long and, at times, dangerous journey that few Romans dared...
Stockholm – Three Irresistible Smorgasbords
Apr 8, 2014
Smorgasbords originated in Sweden and traditionally were a small buffet served to the upper class before a meal. Over time the simple fare of mainly bread and cheese expanded to include warm and cold dishes as it drifted to become a main meal, often served early in the day. Finding...
Zurich – How Sweet It Is
Apr 4, 2014
The Salon du Chocolat is an annual trade fair for the international chocolate industry. The event started in Paris, but has been hosted in cities all over the world, including New York, Tokyo, Moscow and Beijing In 2014 it is returning to Zurich for the third time. The Salon du Chocolat...
And They’re Off - Amazing Horse Races Around The World
Apr 2, 2014
There are few things more adrenaline-inducing than the thrill of a horse race. For those looking to indulge in this age-old tradition, ready your bets as they canter down to these iconic horse race meetings... Kentucky Derby, Louisville, Kentucky, United States There is no more famous horse race in the United States...
Paris – The Luxury Guide
Mar 27, 2014
With its cobblestone streets and street side cafes and quaint shop window display, Paris simply oozes old-world charm. And for luxury travellers, it’s a city that’s also at the cutting edge fashion, art and culinary scenes. Here’s what this traditional and trend-setting city has to offer the traveller who appreciates...
Iceland – Nine Signs That Spring Has Sprung
Mar 25, 2014
1. The City Becomes A Catwalk From March 27 to 30, the Reykjavik Fashion Festival showcases Iceland’s most daring and talented fashion designers. Established in 2009, the Harpa Concert Hall event markets Icelandic fashion design to media, fashion bloggers and key people in the fashion industry from around the globe. This...
London - Top 10 Tips To Make The Very Most Of British Summertime
Mar 22, 2014
With the summer travel season fast approaching, the London Pass team has compiled 10 handy tips to help visitors plan an unforgettable trip to the city... 1. No visit would be complete without witnessing the famous lifting of Tower Bridge! Schedules are available at www.towerbridge.org.uk/TBE/EN/BridgeLiftTimes/ and the best places to view...
Helsinki - Exploring The Design District
Mar 20, 2014
The Design District in Helsinki is a design junky’s paradise. This district, located just 15 minutes from the railway station, gathers creative people together and showcases the fruits of their labour. The Design District is home to over 200 shops that feature home decoration, gifts, fashion, jewellery, antiques, galleries and...
Rome - Nine Writers Who Were Inspired By The Eternal City
Mar 20, 2014
Rome has been a magnet to the greatest painters, musicians and writers from across the globe for centuries. Here are nine poets who simply could not resist the lure of Roma... Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe was an American poet and author renowned for his stories that embraced all things creepy and...
Ireland - Are The Vikings Invading? Again?
Mar 18, 2014
The Irish-Canadian production of the television show Vikings is as popular for its dramatic scenery as it is for its story. The choice of Ireland as the main production location is not surprising when you see the stark beauty of the Wicklow Mountains. Composed of ancient granite and quartzite, the...
World Report – The Netherlands
Mar 8, 2014
KLM Wannagives KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has launched a unique gifting service ‘KLM Wannagives’ on its intercontinental and long distance European flights that allows people to surprise a travelling friend or family member with a present at 30,000 feet. Via the webshop klm.com/wannagives, the airline offers a variety of treats for your...
A Flea Spree - Bagging A Bargain At Paris' Flea Markets
Feb 26, 2014
Is there anything more exciting than going to a famed Parisian flea market and digging through some European's unwanted possessions? The answer is no, there isn't. The flea markets in Paris - or as they are locally known, the Mache aux Puces have been a beloved part of Parisian...
The Long And Winding Road - Eight Destinations Where You Can Relive Beatlemania
Feb 16, 2014
It has been 50 years since Beatlemania kicked off with the band's journey across the pond. Over the subsequent years, The Beatles blazed around the world and created some of their most memorable music. Following that trail takes Beatle-junkies not only to a slew of locations that were immortalized in...
72 Hours In London - Old Favourites & New Finds In The U.K.’s Vibrant Capital
Feb 15, 2014
Three days in London may seem like too short a time to see all the sights, but you’ll be amazed at what you can fit in – from a stately home in Hampstead to a viewing of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London...
Here Comes The Bride - Seven Romantic Places To Tie The Knot
Feb 14, 2014
Having your wedding and honeymoon at the same time is a stress free way to ensure your nuptials are the best time of your life – and usually at a fraction of the cost. And with so many romantic locations to choose from, your dream wedding is just a plane...
Pucker Up - Eight Romantic Places To Steal A Kiss
Feb 14, 2014
Whether it’s around the world or closer to home, these gorgeous destinations may just be the most romantic places on earth to steal a kiss with the one you love...
Be Still My Beating Heart - Five Romantic Places To Pop The Question
Feb 13, 2014
The moment you pop the question should be completely unforgettable and awe-inspiring. So why not combine the trip of a...
The Luxury Guide - Sochi, Russia
Feb 13, 2014
Even before Sochi won its bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, it was very much a resort town in Russia.
A Proud Legacy - Switzerland's Olympic Museum Is Now Open
Feb 12, 2014
The Olympic Museum recently reopened following an extensive two-year renovation � just in time to mark the start of the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia...
Snapshots - Belize, Fiji, British Columbia, Australia, France
Feb 9, 2014
Belize: Artists In Residence Join two of Canada’s most celebrated culinary leaders, Toronto chef Chris McDonald and Food Network’s Manic Organic...
The Luxury Guide - Rome, Italy
Feb 6, 2014
Each year millions of visitors from around the world flock to the Eternal City of Rome. Although ancient landmarks like the Coliseum and the Vatican grace the skyline, below is a city that has found a balance between preserving the past and embracing modern trends in food, fashion and luxury...
The Luxury Travel Guide - Belfast, Ireland
Jan 28, 2014
Belfast is the gem of Northern Ireland, with a magical mix of classic Irish charm and modern flair. Historically, Belfast...
Style & Substance - G Adventures Harnesses The Transformative Power Of Travel To Bring Adventure To The Masses
Jan 27, 2014
Doing It Differently As small group adventure travel pioneers, G Adventures has always liked to do things just a little...
Alternative Austria - Vienna And Beyond
Jan 26, 2014
For those who are interested in the quirky and unconventional, or those perhaps simply living like a local, follow us off the beaten path in Vienna and beyond...
‘Wondercool’ - Wonderful And Cool Culture In Copenhagen
Jan 24, 2014
Copenhagen will buzz with a jam-packed line up of more than 200 musical, gastronomic, artistic and architectural events during the city’s ‘Wondercool’ culture month this February...
Brussels And Bordeaux - A Marriage Of Food And Wine
Jan 23, 2014
This September’s eat!BRUSSELS festival will feature some Gallic flair, as the festival is joining forces with Bordeaux Fête le Vin, which was founded in 1998 by Alain Juppé...
Fit For A Game Of Thrones King - One More Golden Reason To Visit Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast
Jan 22, 2014
Steenson’ artisan workshop in Northern Ireland, which has crafted a number of pieces for the hugely successful Game of Thrones TV series – including Joffrey Baratheon’s crown – has been named an ‘economusee’, or working museum....
Berlin’s Bikini Is On The Rise! - New Life Is Breathed Into City’s Architectural Icon
Jan 21, 2014
Bikini Berlin reopens this spring, giving fashion designers and restaurateurs a shiny new platform upon which to present their innovative ideas...
Head Over Heels - Put A Spring In Your Step At Rotterdam’s Kunsthal
Jan 20, 2014
Rotterdam’s Kunsthal Museum is set to reveal the astonishing story of women’s shoe design from 1900 onwards from February 1 to May 11...
What Makes London So Great? - Famous Londoners Share Their Thoughts
Jan 19, 2014
High-profile Londoners, including the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, actress Joanna Lumley, model and actress Twiggy and Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsay, have shared their thoughts on what they believe makes their hometown one of the greatest places on earth...
Happy Cable Car Day! - Five Of The World’s Best Cable Car Rides
Jan 17, 2014
I’m not sure if you’re able to handle the excitement, but today is Cable Car Day. Yes, January 17 has been designated to celebrate all matters ‘cable car’, as the date marks that momentous day back in 1871 when Andrew Smith Hallidie received the first patent in relation to the...
The Tombstone Tourist - Five ‘To Die For’ Destinations
Jan 16, 2014
By Vickie Sam Paget Occasionally, do you find yourself feeling a little macabre on vacation? Then you may well be a...
A Giant Leap for Ireland - Canada’s Singing Spaceman Hits The Emerald Isle
Jan 15, 2014
Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, who put Ireland on the map with the first-ever tweet from space ‘as Gaeilge’ last year, is currently visiting the Emerald Isle...
Stand Aside Thailand - Could Belfast Be The Real ‘Land Of Smiles’?
Jan 13, 2014
So you’re searching for the happiest place in the UK? Then forget about hot-footing it to London, Bath or Salford – and head straight to Belfast in Northern Ireland...
River Deep, Mountain High - Discover Germany’s Black Forest
Jan 12, 2014
The Black Forest, with its vast forests, bright hilltops, romantic valleys, and sunny vineyards, is among the most beloved of Germany's vacation destinations...
Playing With Fire - Celebrate 'Up Helly Aa' In Scotland
Jan 12, 2014
Welcome to Up Helly Aa, Europe’s largest fire festival. Taking place in Shetland in Scotland on the last Tuesday in January, it involves a torchlight procession, the burning of a Viking longship and a ceilidh that lasts late into the night...
Cool Britannia - The Best Places To Discover New Bands In The UK
Jan 11, 2014
From Beatlemania in the 1960s to the current craze for One Direction, Britain has always been a nation of music-lovers. Now...
Lest We Forget - Looking Back & Looking Ahead In Berlin & Vienna
Jan 6, 2014
“I knew something special was happening, and I just had to be there,” says our guide Andreas Schluter pointing to a black and white photograph on the fence near Check Point Charlie in Berlin. “There” was the night in 1989 that the Berlin Wall opened and East German citizens streamed...
The Top 10 - Tourism Ireland Has 10 Great Reasons To Visit The Emerald Isle This Winter
Jan 3, 2014
The winter weather in Ireland is crisp, cool and cozy. Is there any more satisfying winter pastime than crunching copper leaves? Get stomping at Mount Usher Gardens in Wicklow, Huntington Castles Yew Tree Walk in Carlow or under the intertwined Dark Hedges in Ballymoney, County Antrim...
That Jolly Old Man - Santa Claus Around The World
Dec 25, 2013
The act of children receiving gifts during the month of December is essentially the same all around the world. The character that brings the gifts however is not. In Canada we have Santa Claus, but many countries around the world have quite the unique view on the jolly December gift...
Dig In - Christmas Food Traditions Around The World
Dec 24, 2013
While the roast turkey that Canada enjoys every Christmas may seem pretty common place in a lot of other countries, every country celebrates Christmas a little differently...
Seasonal Stays - Holiday Hotels That Delight
Dec 21, 2013
A hotel lobby is not simply for checking in and checking out. At this time of year they are canvases for the Christmas imagination, as stunning yuletide creative concepts burst to life…...
It’s Hip To Be Square - Transporting Armchair Travellers To Germany’s Christmas Markets
Dec 20, 2013
Are you craving the whiff of roasted chestnuts, a mug of mulled wine and twinkling lights strung between booths selling fine handicrafts and tempting treats? Well, we can’t instantly transport you to Germany, but we can show you how to enjoy the next best thing...
Joy To The Whole World - 22 Tinsel-tastic Christmas Escapes
Dec 20, 2013
While Christmas is a time to spend with family, the allure of the many unique ways that different cultures celebrate the holiday is often too much to resist. Whether you crave dashing through the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh or making your friends jealous by getting a tan on the...
Ticket To Ride - Christmas Train Rides Around The World
Dec 18, 2013
During the festive season, many train operators decorate their cabins with evergreen garlands and Christmas lights and take their passengers on an unforgettable journey through snow-covered wilderness and illuminated towns. Here are a few of our favourite festive train journeys...
Green Sleeps - Rest Your Head At An Eco-Chic Hotel
Dec 15, 2013
In this day and age, it’s chic to be environmentally-conscious. Hotels and destinations around the world are catching on to this trend and offering tempting green options for their guests, as well as doing their part to be eco-friendly while remaining truly luxurious. Below you can find a roundup of...
Walking In A Winter Wonderland - A Christmas Stroll Through Lucerne
Dec 14, 2013
Nestling cozily in the Swiss Alps, no other town quite exemplifies the Christmas spirit like Lucerne. With its massive Christmas markets and decorated pine trees, this picturesque Swiss town comes alive during the month of December...
Ice, Ice Baby - 12 Of The World’s Coolest Ice Hotels
Dec 6, 2013
Looking for a cool place to lay your head? Then you can’t go wrong with an ice hotel. Here are some of our favourites...
Hit The Ice - The Best Outdoor Ice Rinks In The World
Dec 1, 2013
Augustaplatz in Baden-Baden, Germany During the summer months, Augustaplatz is a shallow pond with a massive fountain in front of the...
World Report - 10 Great Reasons To Visit The Emerald Isle This Winter
Nov 30, 2013
The winter weather in Ireland is crisp, cool and cozy. Is there any more satisfying winter pastime than crunching copper leaves? Get stomping at Mount Usher Gardens in Wicklow, Huntington Castles Yew Tree Walk in Carlow or under the intertwined Dark Hedges in Ballymoney, County Antrim...
Slaloms And Sips - The World’s 21 Best Ski Hill Bars
Nov 29, 2013
After a day tearing up the slopes, the first thing you probably want to do is just call it an early night, right? Wrong! When the sun sets on a day of speeding through the winter wilderness, it’s time for another sort of excitement...
It’s A Woman’s World – Norway’s Ekeberg Park Celebrates The Feminine
Nov 19, 2013
Art lovers pay attention: A fantastic new sculpture park is now open in Oslo, Norway. Following a private donation by business...
Robin Hood - The Legend Of England’s Prince Of Thieves
Nov 16, 2013
Robin Hood has been the subject of endless ballads, books and films, making him undoubtedly one of popular culture’s most enduring folk heroes. While some of Robin Hood and his band of merry men's escapades may have been exaggerated over time, Robin Hood is indeed thought to be a real...
Castles, Kilts & A Missing Monster - Can You Canoe While Wearing A Kilt?
Nov 3, 2013
What do you wear under your kilt? It's an inevitable question with Ross Boardman standing on the front lawn of Glamis Castle in Scotland outfitted in the famous skirt for men, hiking boots, jacket and vest...
A World Of Fear - Halloween Traditions From Around The Globe
Oct 31, 2013
The idea of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celts and the festival of Samhain. Two thousand years ago, November 1 marked the end of summer and the beginning of the new year. As the dark and cold of winter came on, people believed that the dead...
Creepy Cuisine - Do You Dare To Dine In A Haunted Restaurant?
Oct 30, 2013
With 170 years of history to its name, finding a spirit or two roaming the halls of Milano’s Tavern in Melbourne shouldn’t be a huge surprise....
Creepy Castles - Haunted Castles Across The Globe
Oct 28, 2013
1. Dracula's Castle in Bran, Romania Officially called Bran Castle, this Romanian castle has earned the reputation for being Dracula's castle.
Tracks Of Terror - Haunted Trains Around The World
Oct 27, 2013
Across the globe there are some superbly spooky ghost tours that are dedicated to remembering the ghosts of the past, exploring old, abandoned rail yards, and searching for ghost trains that are said to run through stations and then disappear...
Searching For Sherlock - It's Elementary In London
Oct 19, 2013
At the heart of Sherlock’s adventures streets and sights of the city of London, so Sherlock fans can now follow in the footsteps of the moody detective as they discover Britain’s beautiful capital city...
Prost! - 11 Great Oktoberfests Around The World
Sep 27, 2013
Most people are aware of the two-week festival held in Munich, but few know its origins. Known as ‘die Wiesn’ in Bavaria...
Following The Word - Literary Sites In Dublin
Sep 25, 2013
Few cities have made a contribution to world literature like Dublin’s Fair City.  With greats such as Swift, Burke, Moore,
Windmills, Waterways and Wooden Shoes - Amsterdam, The Hague, Brussels, Bruges and Ghent
Sep 18, 2013
Amsterdam and The Hague Step back in time in Europe’s best preserved 17th century city, buoyed by the Dutch Golden...
World Report - August 2013
Sep 16, 2013
Orlando Treats Agents Visit Orlando’s annual savings program for hospitality and tourism industry employees, Global Hospitality Days, runs through September 30. “Hospitality...
Touring The Best Of Europe - River Cruises Put Clients Right In The Heart Of Europe's Great Cities
Sep 16, 2013
Spirit-soaring cathedrals, crumbling castles, opulent palaces and winding, medieval streets...few places set the Canadian imagination alight like Europe and Russia.
Landing The Tasty One - Climb Aboard Western Sweden's Seafood Safaris
Sep 9, 2013
When it comes to the most succulent seafood, western Sweden’s shellfish ranks head and shoulders above the rest.  There is much...
Ski Europe - A Powder Hound's Introduction To Skiing Europe
Sep 5, 2013
Skiing in Europe simply smacks of classic, continental elegance: clear, crisp runs, cosy olde-worlde villages, chocolat chaud by a chalet fireside, Bond-esque beauties speeding down the slopes, and the most stylish après options that you can shake a ski pole at.
World Report -- Florida, Poland & Australia
Sep 5, 2013
Orlando: Agent Treats Visit Orlando’s annual savings program for hospitality and tourism industry employees, Global Hospitality Days, runs through September 30. “Hospitality...
Beckham On Display - Manchester United's All New David Beckham Exhibition
Sep 5, 2013
David Beckham started his football career at the tender age of 14 when he signed a Youth Training Scheme with...
Austria's Delicatessen - Graze Your Way Through Graz
Aug 27, 2013
When gourmands rave about ‘Austria's Delicatessen’, they are usually talking about the beautiful southern city of Graz. Located just two hours...
How Tweet It Is - Spain's Twitter-Themed Hotel
Aug 24, 2013
Mallorca’s Sol Wave House is adding a dash of technical flair to the hotel experience. Part of the Melia hotel chain,
Beyond Klezmer: Jewish Traditions And Modern Beats Collide In Berlin
Aug 22, 2013
Those who associates Jewish music exclusively with Klezmer is in for a big surprise in Berlin. The city’s young artists are...
50 Years Of The Beatles - Please Please Yourself In Hamburg
Aug 11, 2013
While 2013 celebrates the 50th anniversary release of the Beatles first album, Please Please Me, it was not in Liverpool...
Andalusia's Overlooked Gem - A Visit To Malaga Includes Beaches, Cathedrals, Markets & Picasso
Aug 1, 2013
The beaches are beautiful, the tapas scene is superb, the art is awesome and the city is lively and enticing. Thousands flock to Malaga Airport but most travel on to sun themselves in resorts along the nearby Costa del Sol, missing the city completely.
Family-Friendly Britain - Fit For A Prince
Jul 25, 2013
When there’s something to celebrate in Great Britain, like the Olympic Games or the Diamond Jubilee, the whole country gets together to party... And when there’s the birth of a new prince to celebrate in Great Britain, the entire nation floats on a cloud of good feelings. This means that...
Snap Shots - Poo Walks, Downton Abbey Cruise, Hong Kong
Jul 22, 2013
‘Poo’ Walk, Anyone? Animal tracking, crafts and ‘poo walks’…Africa specialist &Beyond is reinventing the family vacation, bush style. Featuring a blend of...
Snap Shots - Dracula Tours, A Walk In Seoul, A Night At The Museum
Jul 15, 2013
Something Wicked This Way Comes Scare yourself stupid in Romania this Halloween by following in the footsteps of Vlad the Impaler. Quest...
The Best Day Ever - Three Friends Hit The Back Roads Of Ireland
Jul 10, 2013
It was a fresh, green, typically Irish morning, and we were hopelessly lost. Having diverted off the main carriageway in search of some off-the-beaten-track adventure, we’d gotten rather turned around, and pulled alongside an old man in a newsboy cap carrying an armload of groceries, seeking a little direction. But...
Snap Shots - Artful In Amsterdam, Tech Detox, Austin F1
Jul 8, 2013
Amsterdam’s iconic De L’Europe hotel is celebrating the reopening of the Rijksmuseum by transforming every room into an art gallery.
Boats, Books & Believers - Three Very Different Ways To Organize Your European Voyage Of Discover
Jul 5, 2013
Anyone who dreams of visiting Europe, whether for the first time or to see something they missed before, need wait no longer. Our strong Canadian dollar makes it the best time in years to cross the pond. With so many special places, however, the most difficult choice will be which...
Redefining River Cruising - Uniworld Introduces All-Inclusive Cruising
Jul 4, 2013
River cruising has to be one of the hottest trends in travel today, and it appears to be all plain sailing for Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, which seems to announce numerous improvements and additional options for your clients every single month.
World Report May 2013 - Trade Edition
May 29, 2013
Pink Jeep Tours is offering the Ultimate Grand Canyon Experience Tour that allow guests to climb aboard a state-of-the-art Scenic Airlines touring Vistaliner® and fly over Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the majestic Colorado River on their way to the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim. Once on the ground...
Bon Appetit - Eating & Drinking Through The Heart Of Europe
May 29, 2013
Visitors to Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland – four nations in the geographic heart of Europe – don’t come just for the cuisine. They come to see the historical and cultural treasures and to explore new destinations. But local food and drink can be as much of an...
World Report - April 2013
May 1, 2013
Together with the Berlin hotel industry, visitBerlin has launched the pink pillow Berlin Collection, the world’s only network of hotels that especially welcome gay, transgender, bisexual and lesbian travellers. Berlin is known for its openness and welcoming atmosphere, making it one of the leading gay travel destinations in the world.
Czech Republic - Land Of Stories
May 1, 2013
Michaela Claudino loves the Czech Republic and its treasures. Not surprising. She’s the New York-based director of Czech Tourism.
The High-River Lands - Glasgow Is A World-Class Destination
Apr 25, 2013
    Glasgow started out as a fording point along the River Clyde, as settlement founded before recorded history and intermittently abandoned amid wars and plagues. Its importance has always hinged on the water, though, and the modern-day iteration of Glasgow built its nationally leading economy on the back of the ship-building...
The Viking Paradise - Canadians Should Not Miss Reykjavik
Apr 24, 2013
    Reykjavik is Europe-lite. It’s not because virtually everyone in the city areas is well versed in English, since that’s true in Europe as well, and it’s not that the people have a welcoming attitude toward visiting North Americans. It’s that Iceland, and its capital city in particular, combine European history...
Reichstag Stories - Berlin As A Window To The Great War
Apr 15, 2013
    Berlin has been at the centre of multiple world wars, has been invaded several times, and has played host to more coups and abrupt changes in government than just about any other modern city in the world. It’s a legacy not only of war, but of national upheaval. Today, Berlin’s...
From Arches to Aquaducts - The Architecture of Spain
Apr 14, 2013
    Fans of architecture know that to get the best possible experience as a traveller, you have to head to the Old World. North America has a long and fascinating history, but it has only been building out of durable materials like stone for a few hundred years. It’s the ancient...
Hamsterdam - Your Guide To Food In The Dutch Capital
Apr 13, 2013
  As you might expect of the capital and world city of one of the world’s most multicultural countries, food in Amsterdam is a mix-up of influences from around the world. Heavy immigration from the Middle East has brought spicy Arabic flavours into the city’s culinary lexicon, as has a long...
Modern-Day Treasure Hunters - 7 Specialty Retail Destinations
Apr 12, 2013
Some cities are well suited to being modern cities, packed with big-box stores and chain restaurants. Some cities, though, hold on to their small-town pasts, their unique sensibilities, or just their quirky identities, with surprising energy. These cities tend to spawn all kinds of shops and markets for the purpose...
A Vatican Vacation - Touring Italy's Catholic Capital
Apr 10, 2013
    Vatican City is never what you'd call "low profile", probably the most politically active area in the world outside of Washington DC and the UN headquarters in New York. Still, following the recent appointment of Pope Francis the area has been under international scrutiny usually reserved for Royal weddings. Vatican...
Picture Perfect - Get Pampered While You Paint In Art Classes In Andalucia
Mar 28, 2013
 Text & photos by Christine Potter     My place in the sun is a beautifully restored old mill nestled among olive groves. It’s an hour’s drive northeast of Malaga in Spain’s Andalucia region and where Canadian-based, gourmet cuisine duo Mike and Hilary (Lari) Powell host art groups, retreats and cooking courses each...
Sport Of The Gods - Football Tourism In Greece
Mar 25, 2013
    In many parts of Europe, football (soccer) is the primary national ideology. While John Lennon may have claimed the Beatles were bigger than Jesus, European history shows that, in fact, it’s football that has the power to overcome religious, ethnic, and national boundaries and bring disparate populations together in constructive,
History Come Alive - Sicily Displays The History Of The World
Mar 20, 2013
    Travelers to Sicily have a wide choice of sites to visit and enjoy. Many of those attractions are based in the history of this fascinating island. For reference, Sicily is the island located right off the "toe" of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula. The island's history dates back thousands of years.   The...
Food in Switzerland
Mar 13, 2013
The pristine, mountainous country of Switzerland has more to offer visitors than great skiing and wonderful cultural events. A country's culture is heavily reflected in its cuisine, and the picturesque region is home to many wonderful dishes. Italy, Germany, France, Austria, and Liechtenstein border Switzerland, and people from these countries...
Going To The Source - For The Best In Fashion, Head Straight To Italy
Mar 9, 2013
    Italy’s large and influential fashion industry is based in Milan, but has expanded widely to include Florence, Rome and of course, the rest of the world. Italian designers have famously created a range of men and women’s clothing lines, handbags and shoes. Designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Armani,
Rye On The Road - Ten Essential Stops For Whiskey Tourists
Mar 1, 2013
Many of the finer things in life are acquired tastes, but once people get over the hurdles of taste most find that the more unorthodox foods, from cured roe eggs to fermented grape juice, are some of the best in the world. Nowhere is this more true than with whiskey.
Ancient Treasures - Viking Ships And Fossil Finds
Feb 28, 2013
    We all know about the Acropolis, the Oracle at Delphi, Turkey’s Ephesus and Stonehenge in England but here’s a list of lesser known treasures providing excellent reasons to return to Europe. Again and again.   Bulgaria Sofia, specifically Bulgaria’s National Archeological Museum, is the proud home of the most recent treasure to be...
Pilgrim's Progress - Follow The Paths Of The Faithful Throughout Europe
Feb 28, 2013
    Pilgrimage has been a focus of spirituality in Europe from the days of early Christianity, and the trails worn by those early wayfarers set the routes for today’s travellers. Not everyone embarks on a pilgrimage for spiritual reasons but many agree that, by the end of the journey, their outlook...
Teed Off Across Europe - From The Mediterranean To The North Sea Golfers Face Local Challenges
Feb 28, 2013
    Golf’s Big Four locations in Europe – Scotland, Ireland, Spain and Portugal – are top choices for visiting golfers, but there may be some pleasant surprises in other countries.   Czech Republic A variety of courses in the Czech Republic suggests this would make an interesting alternative destination for a golf holiday. The...
Eat, Drink & Be Merry - Celebrate Food, Wine & Just About Everything In Between
Feb 28, 2013
    Europe is a taste bud treat no matter what the time of year. Here’s a small sample of what you and your taste buds can find on a European vacation.   Belgium With the European Union headquartered in Brussels, it’s no surprise that eating in the city covers just about every cuisine imaginable. Don’t...
Counting On Europe - There Are Just So Many Reasons To Sell Europe
Feb 28, 2013
By Steve Crowhurst, CTM   Can you imagine the number of people who have visited and travelled to and through Europe over time? Countless. And what of their reasons for travelling there? Again, countless. So what can you project as the number of reasons why any of your clients should journey around...
World Report - January 2013
Feb 28, 2013
  New Fairmont In Dubai The newest addition to the Fairmont portfolio is on the world’s largest man-made island, Palm Jumeirah, and near to many other man-made record holders like Burj Khalifa, the largest free-standing building in the world. Fairmont The Palm is a spacious development with 381 guestrooms and suites, including two...
The Edifice Complex - 10 Structures For Architecture Fanatics
Feb 15, 2013
Much of the tourism industry focuses on displaying natural wonder, and any housing you encounter is purely in service to the panorama it supports. Sometimes, however, the structures themselves become the attraction, huge or detailed or in some way unique constructions of human imagination and skill. Below are ten must-see...
Rome By River - Uniworld Adds 13-Day Trip Through Italy
Jan 29, 2013
  Adding to their long list of international river cruise destinations, Uniworld River Cruises is introducing a new and luxurious trip called the Splendours of Italy. This 13-day dream ride aims to show customers not only the gorgeous scenery of the Italian river-lands but the country’s art and architecture, its music,
Revelry On The Rails - Locomotives Open A World Of Possibilities
Jan 29, 2013
  Trains hold a very special appeal for some people. With their combination of size and speed, comfort and affordability, they offer a unique method of crossing over land. Rail travel is easy and relaxing, offering views of places no other method of transportation can begin to match. An increasing variety...
Coasting By Coach - Coach Tours Bring Luxury Overland
Jan 29, 2013
Coach travel can combine the luxury of a cruise liner with the views and remote locations of a long nature hike. Still, what really sets coach travel apart is its ability to move long distances, quickly, and without sacrificing the ability to truly enjoy the intervening land and culture. Try...
World Report - Texas, Kenya, Iceland, Japan, Dubai, Vancouver, UK, Florida
Jan 29, 2013
DALLAS NorthPark Center Makes February “Canada Appreciation Month” Canadians take note: NorthPark Center in Dallas, one of the city’s premier shopping destinations, is hosting “Canada Appreciation Month” in February 2013. “We wanted to show our appreciation for [Canadians’] support and make them feel special,” said Tourism director Anthony Wilkinson. The invitation for Canadians...
Winter Wonderlands Without The Skis
Jan 24, 2013
  What’s the sun ever done for you? For too long its fiery warmth has dominated the minds of travellers and travel professionals alike. It’s quite common to hear the term “travel season”, as though the sun weren’t always shining somewhere, and travellers frequently circle the globe like migratory birds just...
Belgium's Beatific Breweries - Trappist Monasteries Attract Beer Fanatics From Around The World
Jan 23, 2013
By Graham Templeton   There are many in North America who would wilfully claim to take beer to the level of a religion, but their faith is almost always based in the imbibing side of the beer transaction. When it comes to brewing, even the most dedicated of micro-breweries cannot claim to...
Snapshots - Winter 2012
Jan 16, 2013
Himalayas Serious Biking Hearing the loud, dominant umpf from a 500cc Bullet Enfield really can awaken the hidden adventurer inside. Head out on the really, really open road with Extreme Bike Tours’ high altitude adventures through the Himalayan mountains. Led by Extreme Bike Tours founder, Zander Combe, bikers experience India on a deep...
Walking In English History - Oxford, Windsor & The Thames River Path
Jan 12, 2013
By Chris & Rick Millikan   Of England’s thousands of footpaths, the Thames River Path seems perfect for our self-guided adventure, including four days in medieval Oxford. We soon discover world-renowned Oxford University, established in the 13th century and now consisting of 38 distinguished colleges spread throughout town. Most are embellished with gargoyle...
10 Cities For Nightlife Fanatics
Jan 4, 2013
Travel is supposed to be relaxing, right? The golden rays of sunlight on a stretched (and impeccably toned) beach body, that’s what we all long for. But what happens after five hours of relaxation, after dinner and dessert? Here are 10 cities that have a tiring and inspiring answer to...
World Report - South Africa, Turkey, Cook Islands, Belgium, Oregon, Utah
Jan 2, 2013
South Africa Shy Antelope South Africa may be one of the most developed countries in Africa but it’s still Africa, which means it’s still teeming with opportunities for wildlife excursions. Mountains and jungles are often just a few minutes’ drive from civilization, and the safaris held there rival any in the world.
Ten Weird and Wonderful Christmas Traditions From Around The World
Dec 21, 2012
Christmas is one of the oldest traditions still active in the world today, and it has pervaded the cultures of countless countries throughout history. As a result, it has been changed - sometimes unintentionally - in some truly astonishing ways. In Austria, Christmas is not all fun and games. Canadians have...
Ten Spots For Music-Lovers (Part 1)
Dec 14, 2012
This one hardly needs an introduction, being the best-known rock destination in the world. However, the museum’s rapidly rotating menu of exhibits and special events make it a stop worth adding. Cliché or not, no self-respecting rock aficionado could pass up a chance to see special exhibits on everything from...
World Report - October 2012
Nov 27, 2012
  HONG KONG Visiting Asia’s World City Since it was reclaimed by China in 1997, Hong Kong has only become more important to Chinese-Western trade, making it a crucial bridge between cultures and one of the premier hubs for world travel. Any world-class metropolis will inevitably develop world-class attractions, and Hong Kong is...
New Tours, New Choices - Tour Operators Are Ready For Europe 2013
Nov 26, 2012
By Christine Potter   From Ireland’s “The Gathering” to tours of Monaco’s royal palace, from visits to the romantic castles of King Ludwig in Germany, to tea and cookies in the grand salon of “Downton Abbey” (a.k.a. Highclere Castle), choices from Canada’s tour operators to Europe are imaginative, fun, and based on...
Snapshots Fall 2012
Nov 21, 2012
  BELIZE Some Things AreWorth It The locavore dining movement has deep roots in Canada, but there are some daily indulgences even those...
10 Destinations For The Nerd In All Of Us - Part 2
Nov 16, 2012
For part 1, click here.   Pythagoras’ achievements may have been entirely his own, or they might have been the compiled findings of his entire order - we really don’t know. What we do know is that the name of Pythagoras was used to publish and popularize some of the most revolutionary...
The War Effort - Touring Canada's Military History
Nov 12, 2012
The marks of the First and Second World Wars are still visible in Canada today. Sometimes the marks are literal, the remnants of torpedo damage from U-Boats blockading Newfoundland harbours or sliding up and down the St. Lawrence River. Some of the marks are figurative, left in the family and...
Count On Dracula For Halloween Thrills
Oct 31, 2012
  Count Dracula might be the most popular Halloween icon of all time. The bat-winged vampire has inspired everything from movies to muppets, and his iconic accent permeates pop culture. Yet few know the real historical underpinnings of Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula character. The Halloween legend is in fact based (loosely,
Inside A Fairy Tale - Discover The Joys & Traditions Of Christmas Markets Along The Danube
Oct 24, 2012
I’ve always secretly longed for an old-fashioned, traditional Christmas spent in the narrow cobblestone streets of a centuries-old European Christmas market, sipping hot mulled wine while the sounds of carollers mingle with the scents of roasted chestnuts and spiced lebkuchen. It was a fairy tale world I never knew existed...
World Report
Sep 21, 2012
  Fiji Adventure Ahoy! Fiji seems to have an endless choice of adventures, on land, at sea, and in the sky. Trek mountain trails culminating in a swim under a waterfall, and visit caves to hear stories of great chiefs and tribal wars. Fiji boasts one of the world’s top snorkeling and diving...
Walking in English History
Sep 21, 2012
We soon discover world-renowned Oxford University, established in the 13th century and no consisting of 38 distinguished colleges spread throughout...
Chicago Shopping Spree - Retail Therapy Here Includes Luxe, Fetish & Everything Inbetween
Sep 12, 2012
Chicago, the third largest city in the United States, has been called “Paris on the Prairie” in reference to its wide boulevards, abundance of green space, and proximity to water. Lakeview, the area referred to as Boystown has been the heart of Chicago’s thriving LGBT community since the 1970s, and...
A Night On The Town - Berlin's Nightlife Is Wild, Sexy & Offers Something For Everyone
Sep 5, 2012
Berlin is one of those European cities filled with history, culture and parties. It has also had a thriving gay scene for nearly a century, with the notorious Eldorado club attracting gay icons like Marlene Dietrich and Christopher Isherwood back in the 1920s. Berlin is one of those European cities...
Sun, Sand & Sitges - Spain's Sizzling Coastal Town Is The Place For Hot Beach Action
Aug 29, 2012
For many travellers, the epitome of a vacation is hours upon hours soaking up the sun and sights at the beach. Over the past several years, Sitges has secured a spot on the list of many in-the-know LGBT travellers. It’s proximity to Barcelona makes it a great city/beach destination, as...
For The Curious Traveller
Aug 13, 2012
They may not spring to mind as readily as Spain or Portugal when you think European vacation, but the following countries have fascinating things to share, showing many different faces of Europe.
Culturally Speaking - A Look At Vienna's Vibrant LGBT
Jul 30, 2012
Vienna, the capital of Austria, is well known for its grandiose architecture, cultural events and creative masterminds. It also boasts one of the most vibrant LGBT scenes in all of Europe, despite the fact it doesn’t define one particular area as the “gay village”. Here’s a brief overview of some...
In The Footsteps Of Famous Faces - Following The Lives Of Poland's Greatest Minds
Jul 2, 2012
Poland’s world-famous sons and daughters excelled in many fields such as physics, music, astronomy and film. Homage has been paid to iconic religious and political leaders daring to hold unpopular views and forging ahead with new ideas through monuments, museums, and tours that follow in their footsteps. Now you can...
Get Out There - Check Out The Hottest LGBT Travel Destinations
Jun 28, 2012
Who doesn’t want to travel? There are so many great places to go and we’ve covered the best of them on the pages of this Guide.
Bon Appetit Mes Amis! - In Montreal Dining Is A Requirement, Not An Option
Jun 28, 2012
Montreal, where there are 5,000 cafes and dining is a requirement not an option, has one of the biggest gay village areas in North America, stretching out along Ste Catherine Street East between Rue Berri and Papineau. During the summer months the roadway is closed to traffic creating a pedestrian...
6 Great World Cities
Jun 8, 2012
Bright lights, big personalities. These cities are proud, loud and absolutely must-see destinations. Venice Ahh, Venice. City of romance, city of...
5 Monumental Attractions
Jun 4, 2012
Some of man's most significant architectural and engineering feats stand witness to our enduring ingenuity. And our love of grandeur.
The Raising Of The Titanic - Built In Belfast, Celebrated In Belfast
May 31, 2012
For the millions of RMS Titanic lovers around the world April 15, 2012, is a significant date. On that day it will be exactly 100 years since the tragic sinking of the famed ship that changed so many lives and sparked one of the most captivating stories in human history.
Head To The Hills - A Villa Stay In Umbria Is All About Food, Fine Art & Good Living
May 28, 2012
It was a prescription for an excellent vacation: two weeks exploring Umbria, that landlocked Italian region east of the more travel-tried Tuscany, and staying in a rental villa surrounded by the beautiful Umbrian countryside.
6 Places To Explore - Culturally Speaking
May 25, 2012
We are not all alike. Never have been and never will be. Let’s celebrate our differences. Mardi Gras Leave the inhibitions and...
Finding Mozart - Looking For The Composer In Bavaria
May 24, 2012
A couple of years ago I had the good fortune to visit Bavaria on a tour that centred on the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I love his music and jumped at the chance to learn more about his life, his loves and his work.
2 Nation Vacation - London & Paris In One Week
May 16, 2012
The summer Olympic, the Royal Jubilee celebrations, it seems Britain is top of mind for travellers right now. And it got me thinking about my first visit five years ago. Our trip coincided with the opening of the movie version of The Da Vinci Code and on our first day...
Heroes, History & Chocolate - Unique Shore Trips Mark Baltic Cruises
May 8, 2012
Not so long ago, only the rich and those with time on their hands could cruise in the Baltic. Today, more cruise lines – big and small – offer itineraries with insight into the history, culture, and traditions of exotic Baltic destinations.
6 Places Savvy Travellers Have On The Radar
May 4, 2012
Once a destination gets too popular certain travellers move on to the next best thing. Here’s where they’re going.
A Study In Contrast - Storybook Castles & Towns Bracket Powerhouse Cities
May 3, 2012
Europe’s scenic Castle Road is a long one, stretching some 1,000 kilometres from Mannheim in Germany to Prague in the Czech Republic.
A Room With A View - Putting Your Clients' Heads In The Right Beds Makes Great Commissions
Apr 27, 2012
Flights are booked, now it’s time for the hotels, if you’re booking an FIT trip for you clients. Where to stay? There are limitless options. Check out these suggestions to get you started.
5 Places To Experience Local Flavour
Apr 27, 2012
What better way to experience other cultures than to do as the locals do? Worship, taste, listen and watch. You’ll be surprised what you can learn.
Join The Celebrations! - Festivals Galore Mark The Year Of Creative Scotland
Apr 11, 2012
This is the Year of Creative Scotland. There has never been a better time than 2012 for your clients to explore this stunning country and its heritage, and explore its warm welcome, magical beauty, and creativity.
Gather Your Clan - Then Gather Your Commissions Scottish Commissions
Apr 11, 2012
Ah, Scotland! Believe it or not my second cousin Ben and his wife Jo just named their daughter Isla after that very same place in Scotland!
Following The Word - A Stroll Through Scotland's Literary Places
Apr 2, 2012
The landscape of Scotland has inspired writers for centuries giving rise to some of fiction's most memorable characters from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to Sherlock Holmes to a boy wizard named Harry Potter.
What A Year! - Reigning Queens, Religious Protesters, Carnival & The Beautiful Game - There Is Just So Much To Celebrate
Mar 2, 2012
The Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II followed by the London Summer Olympics makes for a pageantry-filled year in the UK illustrating celebrations and festivals, pomp and ceremony are more evident than usual in Europe this year, despite gloomy economic news.
They Said It - Selling Europe
Mar 2, 2012
Air Canada Vacations is one of Canada’s leading tour operators and we offer a full range of leisure travel packages to the world.
A Capital Idea - There's More Than One Europe In Your Commission Plan
Mar 2, 2012
As you read through this Europe Guide you’ll come to realize, as if you didn’t know, there’s more than one Europe to think into your plan. There’s all of Europe, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Euro Zone and the European Union! Hang on…nope, we’re good. Thought one more country had...
Small Nations Big Festivals - From Cat Throwing To Titanic Tragedy, Europe's Smaller Nations Offer Up World Class Celebrations
Mar 2, 2012
By Christine Potter Next year, 2013, is the Big One for the Irelands – Northern Ireland and the Republic – when anyone claiming Irish ancestry might feel the tug to attend The Gathering, a year-long festival celebrating Ireland and its people. Meanwhile, this year, Belfast honours the centennial of the Titanic...
Romancing The Rhine - A Jaded Traveller Falls In Love With River Cruising
Jan 27, 2012
Full disclosure: I was fed up with big cruise ships, bored by their ballroom-sized dining rooms and sick of their canned air. Most of all, I was overcome with ennui, not to mention mal de mer, from long days on choppy seas.
Ahh, The View - A Look At The Azores, Portugal's Atlantic Island Paradise
Jan 27, 2012
“The Azores are a nature lover’s paradise – as green as Ireland and as volcanic as Hawaii,” said Valerie Ward, business development manager with Total Vacations. “They’re big for hiking – you can walk for days.”
Here & There
Dec 21, 2011
Halong Bay in Vietnam has been named as one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature”. The dramatic bay studded with nearly 2,000 limestone karst islands over a 1,500-square kilometer expanse, won a coveted spot on the list, besting the likes of the Grand Canyon, the Maldives and Mt. Kilimanjaro.
C'est Magnifique - Exploring France's Wild & Wonderful Rhône-Alpes
Dec 21, 2011
Most travellers to France start in Paris. There’s the allure of the Louvre, shopping along the Champs Élysées, the one-of-a-kind Eiffel Tower and the wondrous Notre Dame Cathedral. But Paris is just a preview of what France has to offer, from marvelous alpine villages and pleasing plateaus to culinary delicacies...
Next Port, Next Chapter - You Never Know What To Expect On A Med Cruise
Dec 21, 2011
As if the Pope doesn't have enough problems… Now there’s a lady kleptomaniac running loose in the Vatican, striking in the Sistine Chapel itself where tourists are dazzled by the masterpieces of Michelangelo and are most off guard. And so far, the vaunted Swiss Guard can’t catch her.
Europe Bound - New Itineraries Add To Europe Choices In 2012
Nov 25, 2011
Special events like Floriade in the Netherlands and new tours offering private cooking classes, more relaxed travel, and innovative sightseeing make 2012 a bumper year for travel to Europe. As well as new offerings, perennial favourites remain, and choices are better than ever. Below is a far from complete list...
Have Faith Will Travel - Tap Into One Of The Fastest Growing Travel Niches
Oct 26, 2011
It is no secret that religious tourism is a fast growing niche in the world of travel. We’re not just talking about the devoted going on pilgrimages but normal folks interested in the history of a destination, which co-incidentally, is also associated with a specific religion. Then, there are the...
Wein, Wein Everywhere - And Always A Drop To Sip In Germany
Sep 30, 2011
Gone are the days when, if we thought about German wine, we thought of Blue Nun’s rather unsophisticated Liebfraumilch or the equally cheap and cheerful Niersteiner Riesling. They satisfied our undeveloped palates and our similarly undeveloped wallets a few decades back.
Magical Places - Bringing Home The Spirit From Europe's Christmas Markets
Sep 30, 2011
Visit any of Europe’s major Christmas markets and you’ll be spoiled for finding the seasonal spirit in your local shopping malls. “They’re magical places,” says Martha Chapman of Toronto. “I visited the markets in Germany and Austria, and it’s like stepping inside a Hans Christian Andersen story. OK, so it’s...
Just Do It In Spain - Where Sports Are A National Passion
Jun 17, 2011
When it comes to sports, Spain has it, does it, and often wins it. The nation has produced multiple champions of tennis, soccer, basketball, golf, Olympic gold medallists, winners of Tour de France…and the list goes on.
Regional Specialties - Travel Through The Country's Regions & Explore Spain's Colourful Culture
Jun 17, 2011
What we call provinces, Spain calls regions and, a tad confusing perhaps, regions have within them provinces. The Balearics The...
Madrid: The Pulse Of The Nation - Tapas, Flamenco & Royal Grace In Spain's Capital
Jun 17, 2011
Madrid is the gateway for most visitors from Canada, and it would be a shame not to spend at least a few days in this big, bustling capital (population 3.3 million). It sits, appropriately, in the country’s geographic heart. It’s the pulse of the nation’s business, the seat of its...
Viva Espana!
Jun 17, 2011
More things grow in the garden than the gardener sows, goes an old Spanish proverb. It’s an apt epithet for travellers to Spain, who invariably find more than we expect.
The Wonders Of Spain - A Look At Spain's Heritage Gems
Jun 17, 2011
From the medieval walls of Avila to the scallop shell and star symbols of Santiago de Compostela, images of Spain’s World Heritage Sites are well known around the world. The highlights mentioned here are only a few of the nation’s treasures, and a comprehensive list is available at www.spain.info/ca...
Barcelona: Catalan Capital - A Seaside City Of Gaudi, Gothic Wonders & Picasso
Jun 17, 2011
Barcelona was never out of the spotlight, but since 2009 when Penelope Cruz won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Woody Allen’s Vicki Cristina Barcelona, the city beckons more seductively than ever. Cruz’s work made the movie Oscar-worthy, but the scenery in and around Barcelona stole the show. Woody Allen...
Europe Report - June 2011
Jun 17, 2011
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises’ new ship, the Douro Spirit, sails an 11-day itinerary through the UNESCO World Heritage region. The Douro Valley that includes: three nights in Lisbon at a deluxe hotel with breakfast; a 7-night cruise in a stateroom with a French balcony onboard the new Douro Spirit; all...
I Need Spain - Need Commissions? Take Inspiration From Spain's Marketing Slogan
Jun 8, 2011
You have to hand it to Spain…they have created a wonderful website that will attract you, guide you and educate you, too, if you look beyond the words and read between the lines. Do that and you will discover more than enough tour ideas to turn into some serious money.
Past Perfect - Discover Poland's Salt Mines, Erotica, UNESCO Sites & Royal Residences
May 24, 2011
Poland, say those in the know, is underrated as a vacation destination. The former Soviet bloc country offers much to see and do from all kinds of sporty outdoor activities to action-packed city nightlife. Beaches are beautiful along the Baltic coast, where spa resorts dot the shores. In the north,
Heavenly Honeymoons
May 24, 2011
Want a honeymoon in the sun? Think outside the box, think Greece and her islands. Here are some highlights: Santorini: Exquisite...
They Said It - Sales Tips
Apr 20, 2011
ALBATours is known for offering the best in Italian vacations; we know Italy inside and out, having handpicked our entire product line from packaged holidays to do-it-yourself adventures. We provide everything your clients could want or need from airfare on Alitalia, coach tours and car rentals to our huge range...
Viva Italia! - Italy Celebrates 150 Years Of Unity
Apr 20, 2011
In the early 1800s, Italy as a nation did not exist. Enter Giuseppe Garibaldi, who travelled from Sicily to Turin convincing the separate kingdoms stretching from south to north that a unified nation would be a stronger nation. His success ousted the controlling Austrian Empire, and in 1861, Turin (or...
Europe Report
Apr 20, 2011
Following refurbishment and extensive upgrades a new DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel will open in 2011 in Ploiesti, Romania. Featuring 242 guest rooms, two restaurants and a bar with a terrace, a Precor fitness centre, swimming pool and spa, the hotel will welcome guests with the caring, hospitable characteristics of the...
The Up & Comers - Off The Beaten Tourist Path These Countries Are Big On Celebration
Feb 24, 2011
Along the eastern Adriatic shores sit Slovenia (touching the Gulf of Venice), Croatia’s long, diverse coastline, Montenegro and Albania. Bosnia & Hercegovina, without ocean access but with interesting historical and cultural stops, miss out on sun-seeking beach-lovers. Croatia’s archipelago is a sailor’s delight, especially between the Roman town of Split...
Celebrating Europe - Festivals Honour The Oldest Traditions & The Best Of Modern Culture
Feb 24, 2011
With our Canadian dollar at its strongest ever against the euro and pound sterling, this is an excellent time to visit Europe. There’s plenty of excitement: women’s FIFA in Germany, Floriade in Holland and two European Cities of Culture – Tallinn, Estonia and Turku, Finland. You could become a goddess...
Endlessly Fascinating - There Is Always More To Discover In Turkey
Feb 23, 2011
If space travel is out of your range, try here. This is probably as close as it gets to the lunar surface, an “unearthly” setting worthy of anything that Speilberg or Lucas ever brought to the big screen. We are in central Turkey, in the region known as Cappadocia where...
Britain Calling - Highlights Of London, Edinburgh & Glasgow.
Feb 23, 2011
According to Meredith Pearson, media relations manager, Canada, VisitBritain, the Canadian market is the shining star in the Americas. In 2007 Britain welcomed 852,000 Canadian visitors, each averaging a 10-night stay, spending just over $1 trillion (up 11 per cent). A group of Canadian media, travelling to the first-ever Best...
Mid-Atlantic Magic - Step Back In Time In The Azores
Jan 25, 2011
Delightful to discover and away from much-trod tourist trails, this nine-island archipelago – an autonomous region of Portugal – sits in the mid-Atlantic almost 1,600 kilometres west of Lisbon. “Unspoiled” is the word that describes the Azores for me. The islands offer a unique culture, abundant plant life, and varied...
Europe Report
Oct 5, 2010
Join Blue Badge Tourist Guides on a walking tour of the newly constructed 2012 Olympic Park. The tour showcases the transformation of the 2012 area and describes plans for the games, views of iconic buildings and a glimpse of what’s to come. Tours last 90 minutes and start at Bromley...
Europe Report - August 2010
Aug 29, 2010
Canadians over the age of 66 can travel by rail in Northern Ireland for free thanks to the Translink NI Railway’s Golden Trekker Smartcard scheme. Passes must be booked a minimum of 48 hours before arrival in Ireland and are good for seven consecutive days. Passes must be booked by...
Cruising East Anglia - Discover Castles, Cathedrals, Cambridge & Bloody Ale
Aug 29, 2010
Vacationing in Britain is always a dream trip – exploring historic sites and lovely green spaces, wandering through picturesque villages, enjoying pub time and admiring illustrious gardens. All of this and more is possible in East Anglia, yet, aside from famed Cambridge, it is one of Britain’s less travelled regions.
The Little Ice Age Of The Netherlands
Aug 16, 2010
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam presents Hendrick Avercamp: The Little Ice Age, the first exhibition devoted to Hendrick Avercamp, the foremost painter of Dutch winter landscapes in the 17th century.
Maharaja At The Gate in Britain
Aug 16, 2010
Stay with 51 Buckingham Gate Taj Suites and Residences in London this fall and see the lifestyle of India’s maharajas at the V&A’s exhibit, “Maharaja: the Splendour of India's Royal Courts.” The Maharaja package includes tickets to the exhibit, on view through January 17, 2010, and one dinner at the...
New Sales Manager For Germany
Jun 29, 2010
The German National Tourist Office announced the recent appointment of Vanessa Gromer as the new Sales Manager for Canada. Ms Gromer joins the GNTO’s Toronto office from Cologne where, for the past five years, she worked for the Belgian tourism representation in Germany. In her new GNTO position, Vanessa Gromer...
Frommer's Top Spots
Jun 28, 2010
The editors at Frommer’s have consulted their many author-experts to come up with the top destinations for 2008. The list of 13 of the best and most beautiful spots the world includes ranges from big-city hotspots to tranquil rural retreats.
Pleasures Of Parmukkale - And Other Sites On the Author's Turkish Wish List
Jun 25, 2010
It’s easy to imagine Ephesus at its peak: a population of 250,000 enjoying broad, columned streets lined with shops and imposing, marble-faced public buildings. The magnificent theatre (where Roman emperor Domitian fed Christians to the lions or where St. Paul preached to thousands of Ephesians) held 24,000. Today you might...
Beauty From The Ashes - Poland's Resilience Is Reflected In Its Historic Attractions & Its People
May 1, 2010
It is sometimes said that the greatest beauty arises out of the greatest pain. The case could certainly be made for Poland, a Phoenix country whose history is a litany of sorrows interlaced with moments of intense beauty and awesome heroism.
Best Of BOBI
Apr 1, 2010
London, England provided the sunshine and the Best of Britain & Ireland Travel Trade Forum shone. The event, which takes place annually in March as the centrepiece to British Tourism Week, was held March 17 and 18 for the trade; the following two days, consumers were welcomed. With some 400...
HopOn HopOff In Düsseldorf
Apr 1, 2010
Clients visiting Düsseldorf can now take in major city sights aboard a new HopOn HopOff double-decker bus tour. The 90-minute city tour includes eight stops, among them the shopping boulevard Königsallee, Historic Old Town and Rhine Tower, MediaHarbour, Aquazoo, and Castle Jägerhof.
Via At Helsinki
Apr 1, 2010
Finnair has opened Via Spa as part of its new modern Via Lounge at Helsinki Airport. Via Spa offers unique spa and wellness services that prove quite attractive to the carrier’s transit passengers travelling via Helsinki to Finnair’s more than 50 destinations worldwide, especially to Asia.
5-Star At Fairmont
Apr 1, 2010
The Fairmont St Andrews – a five-star cliff-top resort in St Andrews, Scotland has created the ideal summer vacation getaway to the iconic “Home of Golf.” The Summer Golf for Two package features two nights’ luxury accommodations in a newly remodelled Fairmont guest room; full Scottish Breakfast in the Squire Restaurant;
My Trip
Apr 1, 2010
We flew Club Class from Vancouver, direct to Barcelona with Transat Holidays who offer weekly flights to both Barcelona and Madrid June 19 to October 2 and weekly service from Toronto to Malaga April 6 to October 24; Barcelona May 1 to October 30; and Madrid May 23 to October...
The Art Of Spain - Artwork & The Art Of Living In Barcelona & Madrid
Apr 1, 2010
Picasso, Dalí, Miro, Gaudí. These are the artists of Spain, but there is also the art of Spain itself. Its vibrant cities, its intriguing past, its music, dance, and, of course, its cuisine. We had a taste of it all, and left wanting more after a two-city tour of Barcelona...
Meet You At The Agora - Bustling Athens Is A Must See & That's No Myth
Apr 1, 2010
Blue doors and window frames on white walls against a startling azure sky, red roofs patterning precipitous cliffs above an aquamarine Aegean Sea – such images colour my memories of the Greek islands. As does sunshine, warmth, and laid-back island welcomes.
Vive la France - Diverse, desirable, delightful.
Apr 1, 2010
France might just be the “go-to” nation for a broad spectrum of travel ideas. When clients ask for genres like romance, history and culture, luxury, independent exploration, adventure, or corporate getaways for example, France can fill the bill. And deliver. Let’s start with romance.
Up & Coming
Mar 1, 2010
The Turks have known for centuries that their capital, Istanbul, is full of culture, but the European Union now gives it their stamp of approval as one of three European Capitals of Culture for 2010.
Industry News
Mar 1, 2010
Air France, KLM and Delta entered into a joint venture to jointly operate their trans-Atlantic business last May. For your clients this means more flight options and competitive fares. Like Air France’s new code-share operation from Vancouver and Calgary. Clients can now travel between these two cities and France, via...
Selling the Travelicious! - Europe Offers Some Very Tasty Commissions
Mar 1, 2010
Well this has to be a winner of an opportunity for all good travel agents. Wait for it. Thinking Europe. Thinking 2010. Thinking Germany. Holding a stein. Thinking Munich…you’re getting close. Yes, yes, yes – BEER…of course. It’s Oktoberfest 2010! Are you ready for it? Here are the dates: September...
The Main Attractions - There Is A Kaleidoscope Of Reasons To Visit Europe
Mar 1, 2010
This year – 2010 – is an exciting one to visit Europe, with new product from leading tour operators and three designated European Capitals of Culture: Istanbul, Turkey; Essen in Germany; and Pecs in Hungary. Whether your clients’ European trips are VFR, escorted tours, self-drive-self-catering, special interest, or a few days...
And Then There Are…A Rundown Of Europe's Other Great Destinations
Mar 1, 2010
Northern Europe appeals to curious travellers. Its variety encompasses the ancient Sami culture (Viking forebears formerly known as Laplanders) in Norway’s Arctic Circle, to summer fun in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens.
Golfer's Paradise
Mar 1, 2010
Tourism Ireland plans to make 2010 the year Canadians golf in Ireland thanks to its new golf offers booklet, which is full of amazing golf deals and includes a contest to win a golfing trip to Ireland. Participating Golf Partners: Druids Glen Golf Resort, home to two championship golf courses...
Azores Q&A
Feb 1, 2010
Miguel Cymbron, director of tourism for the Azores recently took part in a question and answer session on the Azores and the Canadian market. Here are his insights: What distinguishes the Azores from mainland Portugal? The Azores offer a much closer relation to the sea, and all the activities that can...
Azores Allure - Portugal's Atlantic Islands Bring Europe Closer
Feb 1, 2010
“The Azores are an unforgettable experience, which combines pure nature and a unique culture,” says Miguel Cymbron, director of tourism for the Azores. “Many visitors (including travel agents ) from around the world are astounded at the complete vacation package that is the Azores.” On the outskirts of Europe, the nine...
Transat Holidays' Europe
Jan 1, 2010
Transat Holidays launched its Europe 2009-2010 season with new products and destinations. From Toronto, clients can now fly to Lamezia and Pescara in Italy, and Lisbon and Porto in Portugal. In Quebec there are now flights from Montreal to Lamezia and Pescara in Italy, and Lisbon and Porto in Portugal,
Magic Cities, Magic Festivals
Dec 1, 2009
Germany’s ten “Magic Cities” – Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart – offer a wide range of festivals in 2010. Here’s a small sample: In Berlin, the “Long Night of the Museums,” is a special nocturnal experience when over 100 museums and galleries open their...
Istanbul is Center Stage
Nov 1, 2009
Istanbul has been named as a European Capital of Culture for 2010. In preparation, the city has completed major renovations to landmark attractions and opened new museums. These include refurbishing the Ataturk Culture Center and opening the Maslak Cultural Center as a new venue for performing arts; initiating a Frank...
Swiss Farmers Welcome You
Nov 1, 2009
Switzerland is proud of its rural traditions. And to show them off the country is inviting travellers to “Visit A Barn” as part of its “Swiss Farmers Welcome You” marketing campaign. More than 220 farms invite your clients to look over the milker’s shoulder, caress a calf, or collect some...