Winter Holidays in Greece

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Don’t miss a chance to visit Greece in winter. This country offers a unique combination of insightful tours, active winter sports, and diverse entertainment that provide positive emotions and good mood.

The mild climate of this amazing country is a true gift for all fans of winter vacations. You will not feel bored in Greece, as this country is full of entertainment and diverse attractions.
It is no surprise that the number of tourists wishing to visit Greece in winter increases steadily. Winter in Greece is amazing. Despite the stereotype that Greece is worth visiting only from May to September, there are plenty of reasons to visit in the winter. The nature of Greece, its beautiful sites, and gorgeous atmosphere are particularly fascinating in winter. Clear mountain air, fascinating landscapes, and, of course, extensive infrastructure let you enjoy your rest.

Winter Holidays in Greece

If you like active sport, Greece can offer you first-class ski resorts. Although they don’t have the popularity of the European ones, the quality of trails and hospitality of staff are no less.

Greece will be extremely interesting for fans of insightful travel

There are plenty of fascinating tour programs, including visits to sites of archeological excavations and ancient cities. This is a captivating journey to the world of centuries-long culture and history, the world of myths and mysteries.

If you visit Greece in winter, you should visit traditional Carnivals, like Apokries. The abandoned hilarity of the holiday and fun masquerade will not leave you indifferent.
These festivals are held throughout the country and take place every February. This holiday has no age limits so that you can visit it with the whole family, friends. Don’t miss a chance to take part in a bright fancy-dress event. Though the festivals are held throughout the whole country, these are the most popular cities that bring in tourists from all parts of the world: Ksanfi, Naus, Grevena, Thebes and the island of Chios.

Winter Holidays in Greece. Mediterranean seacoast in winter. Nea Moudania, Halkidiki peninsula, Greece

Mediterranean seacoast in winter. Nea Moudania, Halkidiki peninsula, Greece

Of course, in speaking of Greece in the winter, it is necessary to mention shopping, the well-known sales, and, naturally, purchase of a fur coat in the most beautiful city of the country Kastorya – situated on the banks of picturesque Lake Orestiada. Similar “entertainments” are available throughout the year. In winter and summer, shop tours can be combined with any other type of rest, making your trip to Greece not only pleasant but also useful.

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Where are in-the-know travelers jetting to for the best holiday getaways this year?

Virtuoso’s Misty Belles shared the scoop on eight key destinations for holiday travel on NBC’s TODAY. The network’s managing director of global public relations also provided her insider tips on how to secure the best values for travel to these in-demand destinations.

Best holiday getaways: sun and sand destinations

If you’re hoping to go to Hawaii for the holidays, you’re not alone. “Everyone seems to be headed to Hawaii this year because Christmas Week is almost completely sold out,” cautions Belles.

To secure the best values, she suggests, “Go the two weeks prior to Christmas because you’ll save 50, 60 percent on your rate and they have availability.”

Another great warm-weather destination: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, highly recommended in particular this year because of its Zika-free status. “It’s this dry, arid environment so they don’t have a mosquito population,” says Belles, also praising its easy access, especially from the West Coast. “Going pre-Christmas is going to save you more but there are still some values to be had there during Christmas Week.”

Best holiday getaways: the American West

Belles is enthusiastic about two U.S. desert cities: Palm Springs and Scottsdale. “They have over 300 days of sun every year so you’re really assured a nice, sunny vacation,” she explains.

What makes the California city so much fun? “Palm Springs really embraces their sort of old Hollywood feel and they have some fine glamorous Rat Pack parties during the holidays,” says Belles.

8 PERFECT PLACES FOR THE BEST HOLIDAY GETAWAYS. Mountains behind downtown scottsdale, arizona, with palm trees in foreground

As for Scottsdale, it’s great for families looking for value. “The airfares to Scottsdale are really fantastic so it’s a good affordable getaway,” Belles elaborates.

Best holiday getaways: urban escapes

One city’s charms make it the perfect location for holiday celebrations: New Orleans. ”You have fun, festive and food all converging in this great destination,” Belles explains. “It’s wonderful for families, also for couples. The key to New Orleans is to go during the week because you’re going to save so much more on your hotel staying weekdays versus weekends.”

Any major center that caters to business travelers is also ripe for savings during the slower holiday season. Belles recommends three in particular: New York, London and Paris. “Christmas Week is actually a great time to visit those cities,” advises Belles. “When business travel goes soft during that week leisure travelers can go and save 25, 30 percent on their hotels and really enjoy the cities while they’re all dressed up for the holidays.”

Belles also offered other expert tips for securing great value for the best holiday getaways:

Hotel booking advice

• Look at the total value, not just the nightly rate. “We’re seeing some great multi-night promotions that have third, fourth, fifth night free, breakfast added in, some additional resort credits, so shop that way and you’ll really see some savings,” Belles comments.
• Consider prepaying your stay for extra savings.
• Book now. “Once we reach November those rates are going to go up and up and up until you get to Christmas,” cautions Belles.

Flight booking advice

• Reserve air on weekends or early in the morning: “That’s when you get to see the best fares.”
• Book 21 days in advance.
• Fly on the holiday itself. As Belles points out, “You’ll actually save more flying on Christmas Day rather than Christmas Eve so if you’re willing to be flexible you’re actually going to see quite a bit of savings flying on the actual holiday itself.”
• Travel the week before Christmas: “We found some great airfares on Monday, December 19.”

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Summer Cruise. Early Booking Promotion

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Summer Cruise. Early Booking Promotion

Summer Cruise. Early Booking Promotion

Summer Cruise. Early Booking Promotion

Summer Cruise. Early Booking Promotion

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• *With the purchase of a cruise package, a non-transferable future travel credit of $50 per adult and $25 per child will be issued and must be redeemed by October 31, 2018.

• This promotion may change without notice and is subject to availability at time of booking. See complete Terms and Conditions in our 2016-2017 Cruise brochure.

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Australia’s Best Surfing Spots

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Australia is known as one of the best places for surfing in the world. With a vast 50,000km of coastline, Australia offers more beaches, bays, and inlets than you could possibly imagine.

Australia's Best Surfing Spots. Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Australia is recognized as one of the world’s famous surfing destinations. The reason is that its first-class waves make for the best surfing beaches. Besides world-renowned Bells Beach on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Byron Bay in New South Wales, and the aptly-named Surfers Paradise in Queensland – it’s the ‘off the beaten trail’ surfing destinations that often promise the best waves and conditions.

Everyone who comes to Australia is eager to surf, because it’s the most famous and popular activity in the country.  Along with a feeling of excitement, you might be terrified due to a natural fear of sharks and other things lurking in the ocean. You should not be afraid, however, as long as you have complete information about the bays you’re planning to surf in, the landscape of the coast and the depth of the sea in that  location, as well as information about its inhabitants.

What is a better activity than to get a true Australian experience? Sun, sea, sand and surf. It had to be done. The Pass at Byron Bay, New South Wales

Australia's Best Surfing Spots. Byron Bay beach, New South Wales, Australia

Byron Bay beach, New South Wales, Australia

Byron Bay in New South Wales

is a paradise for board riders. It offers  great variety of beaches to select from. Here everyone finds his perfect surfing place: from beginners to experienced professionals. Located at the end of Clarkes Beach, it is perpetually ranked as one of the main surfing destinations in Australia. Byron Bay takes in a cluster of surf beaches to the north and south of Cape Byron, the eastern most point in Australia. The town of Byron Bay became popular among surfers in the 1960s and has been a must-visit on the international surf-safari trail ever since.

Torquay – Bells Beach, Victoria

This is a truly historical spot for surfers all over the world. The reason is that Torquay is considered the home of Australian surfing. So, it is very special for anyone who cares about surfing culture. In fact, today it is still the site of the country’s oldest and most popular professional surfing event, the Rip Curl Pro. The winner of this contest receives the traditional clanging bell trophy. Swells from the Southern Ocean flow over the shallow reefs to become a fascinating surf that can rise up to five meters or more.

Crescent Head, New South Wales

 The coastline stretches from north of Port Macquarie to Crescent Head, and it is connected with Point Plomer Road, which stretches for 25kms along the coast. Crescent Head Point has stunning right-hand waves that break across 400 meters in perfect condition. Crescent Head Front Beach has a variety of left-hand barreling waves in a combination of north and  south swell directions. The Point and Front Beach are protected when there is a south wind. Every year in May, Crescent Head Point plays host to one of Australia’s major Malibu events.

Australia's Best Surfing Spots. Surfers catching big waves at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Surfers catching big waves at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Snapper Rocks, Queensland

One of Australia’s most well-known waves and still one of the best, crowds aside. It’s the place that gave birth to many of the world’s leading professional surfers, like Mick Fanning and Parko. The name was given to this spot due to its excellent fishing, but nowadays it has gained more popularity for its heavy takeoffs and world class tube sections. Approachability and good waves have made the breakers here very crowded.  Snapper Rocks, located at Rainbow Bay, is home to the world popular ‘Super Bank,’ a wave that is recognized as the longest and hollowest in the world. The swell here can easily reach six to eight feet and cover a distance of almost two kilometers. Some of the most prestigious world surfing events are held here, such as the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro, Rip Curl Masters, and MP Classic.

South Cape Bay, Tasmania

 Intense, clear waves, and cold-water breakers await you in South Cape Bay in Tasmania. Tasmania’s beaches offer visitors a great wide coastline, white sparkling sand, long waves, and an incredible opportunity (for many surfers this is the most significant issue in choosing the right place to surf) to catch waves in an absolutely uncrowded place. It is relaxed and calm, especially compared to other popular spots. Travelling to South Cape Bay, Australia’s southernmost surf beach, is part of the fun with a 7.7-kilometer trek through World Heritage-listed wilderness – which is the only way to access it.

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A Journey of Discovery

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Embark on the experience of a lifetime.

A Journey of Discovery

A Journey of Discovery

A Journey of Discovery

A Journey of Discovery

A Journey of Discovery

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