Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Look at Cancun’s Ancient Ruins and Eco Theme Parks | Away Holidays

Customers of Away Holidays love to visit the city of Cancun in Mexico; it’s a beautiful destination, just minutes away from the warm Caribbean Sea. Although a lot of people come here to simply kick back and relax for a few days, there are lots of things to see and do.

Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city, is something which every history enthusiast should visit when they’re in Cancun. Now considered to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this place was once the economic and political hub of Mayan society. It is home to a spectacular pyramid, and a number of fascinating relics. Another attraction which focuses on Mayan culture and Mexican history in general, is Tulum. This is another Mayan city which was once a sea port. There are several ancient ruins here, and the area itself is stunning, with turquoise waters and white sands surrounding the walls.

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Cancun is also home to one of the world’s largest underwater museums. The structures are located on the sea bed, and were created by an artist called Jason DeCaires, with support from the National Marine Park. In total, this museum has over four hundred sculptures. They were created using special materials which will not disintegrate over time, or harm marine life. If you love diving, don’t miss out on an opportunity to visit this incredible attraction.

If, like many clients of Away Holidays, you intend to take a trip to Cancun with your family, we recommend visiting Xcaret. This is almost like an eco-friendly version of Disneyland; you can swim with dolphins, go snorkelling, take a tour of a bat cave, visit a butterfly pavilion, and stroll around an island of jaguars. There is also an orchid greenhouse, and a turtle nesting site here as well.

Another family-friendly spot in Cancun is Xel-Ha; this aquatic theme park stretches across twenty two acres, and is filled with underwater caves, emerald lagoons and swimming pools. Named after Xelha, a Mayan archaeological site, this theme park provides visitors with plenty of entertainment, in the form of kayaking trips, swimming sessions with dolphins, and nature tours.  If you’re feeling brave, and are not afraid of heights, you may also want to try diving off the Cliffs of Courage, or crossing the rope bridges of Trepachanga whilst you’re here.

 

Must-See Sights of San Francisco | Away Holidays

San Francisco is quite unique, in that whilst it is large, in terms of its many amenities and attractions, it is actually quite a small city, from a geographical perspective. This is great news for tourists, as it means that they don’t have to spend hours traipsing from one attraction to another, as many sights are within walking distance of each other.

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The Golden Gate Bridge is probably one of the most iconic structures in the USA; spanning over 1.7 miles, hundreds of thousands of vehicles travel across it each day. However, you don’t need a car in order to visit it, as there is a safe pedestrian pathway along the side. The views from the bridge are quite spectacular, and it’s certainly worth a visit if you love architecture and beautiful scenery.

Pier 39 is located in Fisherman’s Wharf; this waterfront marketplace is a favourite with many customers of Away Holidays. There are lots of shops and stalls to be found here, as well as street performers, dancers, live music, and even a community of wild sea lions, who reside in the waters by the pier. This is a lovely place to while away a few hours on a sunny afternoon and it’s just a short distance away from Ripley’s Believe it or not odditorium and the Wax Museum.

However, if you’re in need of some serious retail therapy, it’s best to head to Union Square; this is where you will find the top designer boutiques, including Powell, Stockton, Grant and Sutter, as well as all of the major departmental stores. Westfield shopping centre is home to some of the largest branches of Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.

If you find yourself missing Europe, then a trip to North Beach could be your best bet! This is San Francisco’s Italian quarter, and is not actually a beach, but rather a collection of charming European-style shops, restaurants and cafes, located around Washington Square. It is here that you’ll find the stunning Church of Stain Peter, as well as Coit Tower. If you climb up this tower, you’ll get to enjoy some beautiful views of the Bay and the city’s bridges. Away Holidays clients note that the tower itself is also quite beautiful, with murals which stretch from the floor to the ceilings, and depict scenes from the city during the 1930s.

Las Vegas’ Incredible Hotels with Away Holidays

Away HolidaysLas Vegas is one of the many American cities available for booking through Away Holidays. Situated in the desolate centre of the vast Nevada Desert, Las Vegas is one of the most eccentric cities on the planet. Las Vegas grew in popularity as a holiday resort and as the holiday industry grew, so did the entertainment become ever more lavish and over the top. Every year millions of people visit Las Vegas through travel agents like Away Holidays in order to experience the city’s infamous nightlife and many incredible hotels.

Las Vegas is particularly infamous for its incredible theme hotels. Most hotels have their own casinos, entertainment and usually some fantastically exotic and bold theme. Some of the heavily themed hotels available through Away Holidays include:

  • Excalibur

Inspired by the ancient Welsh legends of King Arthur, the Excalibur hotel is modelled after a medieval castle and all its entertainment is designed to make its customers feel like royalty. The result is an elaborate castle facade backed by huge skyscrapers complete with their own towers and crenulations.

  • Luxor Hotel and Casino

Modelled on the ancient cultures of Egypt, the Luxor is most notable for having its own replica of the Sphinx at Giza, a full scale Egyptian pyramid. Bizarrely however the Luxor’s ancient monuments emit their own spotlights high into the night sky.

  • New York New York

Complete with its very own fake New York streets and a New York themed rollercoaster, New York New York is raucously fun. With Away Holidays travellers can spend 3 nights experiencing New York New York from £695.

  • Monte Carlo Resort Hotel

The Monte Carlo Resort tries to mimic the style and sophistication of classical and renaissance Italy, the result is a fantastically gaudy cavalcade of arches, porticos and statues. Prices from Away Holidays begin at £695 for three nights.

Getting to and enjoying Las Vegas’ many wonderful hotels couldn’t be easier thanks to Away Holidays. The Away Holidays contains a wide range of information regarding destinations all across the world and for every destination Away Holidays provides fantastic deals on a range of hotel and travel options. Thousands of customers enjoy booking their holidays through Away Holidays every year thanks to Away Holidays’ dedication to extreme convenience, helpful customer service and affordable prices.

Away Holidays | Las Vegas: Growth of the Entertainment Capital of the World

Las Vegas is the self-proclaimed ‘entertainment capital of the world’, and it is exactly that characteristic audaciousness that has inspired the city’s unique array of bombastic hotels, glamorised gambling and over the top entertainment.

The success of Las Vegas sits isolated in the centre of the Nevada Desert, one of the USA’s most inhospitable regions. Most holiday hot spots tend to stick to temperate beaches, fascinating historical settings or beautiful national parks. Las Vegas has none of these natural attractions, yet still managed to become enormously successful.

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Until the 1940s Las Vegas remained an insignificant town in the middle of the boiling desert. It was however the completion of the Manhattan Project and the advent of nuclear weapons that started Las Vegas on the road to becoming a tourist capital. As nuclear weapons testing was carried out in the deserted Nevada desert, nearby Las Vegas was close enough to watch the fireworks whilst far enough way to stay safe. So it was to witness nuclear bombs that people first flocked out to Las Vegas, and from there its hotel industry began.

Thanks to New Mexico’s lax gambling laws each of the new hotels would include their own casino to give tourists extra entertainment. These casinos became popular with Americans who couldn’t gamble in other states and alongside the perceived glamour of gambling high stakes came a culture of drinking, dancing and showing off the fortunes people had won in the casinos. This is when the grandiloquent glitz of Las Vegas originated.

As time moved on the hotels grew, their casinos grew and so did the entertainment. No star could be too big and so hotels began spending vast sums on stars such as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, until the city also became synonymous with glamorous entertainment.

So today Las Vegas is a destination like no other. It has giant hotels, spectacularly gaudy furnishings, extravagant casinos and spectacular entertainment. A sophisticated city it may not be, but it’s certainly unique and bold enough to be worth visiting at least once.

Flights and hotels in Las Vegas can be booked through Away Holidays. Away Holidays offer great deals for a range of hotels across Las Vegas and, thanks to their dedicated staff; Away Holidays will always offer great prices.