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Away Holidays’ USA Fly Drive Tours

For those of us who seek something outside of and removed from the usual, typical holiday stereotypes, you may want to consider a Fly Drive Tour. If a road trip feels like your idea of fun, but the planning and organisation sounds like a bore, then Away Holidays is the travel agent for you. For a holiday packed with variety, exploration and freedom, take a closer look at the Fly Drive Tours that Away Holidays has on offer.

Away Holidays’ range of Fly Drive Tours offer travellers a unique opportunity to explore a range of different places in just one trip. Away Holidays currently has a selection of Fly Drive Tours across the USA to choose from, encompassing all of the country’s diverse features and attractions.

Away HolidaysThe Southern Heritage Fly Drive Tour give travellers a perfect opportunity to experience America’s south; its history, rich culture, unique cuisine and famous sights. You will be granted the freedom to hit the road independently, and see the wonders that Orlando, Memphis, New Orleans, Nashville, and more, have to offer.

Beginning your trip in Orlando is perfect, particularly if you’re travelling with children. Spend the first days of your Fly Drive Tour enjoying Sea World and Disney World, plus the shopping, sights and bustling city centre. Orlando also boasts luxury hotels, spas and resorts, so you can also enjoy a pampering and bit of relaxation before launching off on your travels.

The Southern Heritage Fly Drive Tour will also see you visit New Orleans, Louisiana’s capital. New Orleans is an incredibly special and unique city, with its combination of European and Southern USA influences. Taste the mouth-watering Cajun cuisine, immerse yourself in traditional jazz and blues music, and explore the historic French Quarter of the city. New Orleans is an incredible city, and a melting pot of history, culture, and music.

Away HolidaysAway Holidays also offers the Music and Movies Fly Drive Tour for those of us fascinated by American cinema and musical culture. On this tour, you will visit some of the most famous and vibrant hubs of culture, including Nashville; the ‘capital of country music’, and Memphis; the ‘home of blues’. Wandering through the streets of Chicago, you’ll likely recognise the familiar settings, architecture, and cityscapes from many a Hollywood flick. In St. Louis, you can attend a film viewing like no other: on a four story screen.

If you crave an adventurous holiday, encompassing many locations and focused around your independence while travelling, then Away Holidays USA Fly Drive Tours are certainly for you.

Get the Most Out of Your Trip with Multi Centre Holidays | Away Holidays

Have you ever been unable to decide on a location for your next holiday? Perhaps you and your travel companions just can’t agree on where to go? Or are there just too many great destinations to choose from? Fortunately, reputable travel agent Away Holidays has the perfect solution: Multi Centre Holidays.

Multi Centre Holidays are custom made holidays which involve travelling between and visiting different places in one trip. Away Holidays currently has some excellent offers for Multi Centre Holidays on the table, allowing you to see different cities, countries, and even different continents in the same holiday package.

With a Multi Centre Holiday, you will be able to combine any and all aspects of otherwise separate holidays into one unforgettable, all-encompassing trip. If you want to jet off on a cultural city break, but your travel partner wants to relax at a luxury resort, there is no need for compromise, as now you can do both in the same trip.

Away HolidaysAway Holidays offers a first class service to its customers, always with your best interest in the foreground. Like many package deals that Away Holidays can provide, Multi Centre Holiday packages are custom built to your specific holiday requirements, and tailored to your travel needs and dreams. The travel experts at Away Holidays can craft bespoke holiday packages, and offer them to you at the best and most economical rates available, ensuring a truly unique and unforgettable holiday.

You can choose from a list of Away Holidays most popular Multi Centre Holiday package, or work with a travel expert to craft your holiday from scratch. See both the magic of New York and the glamour and lights of Las Vegas in the same trip, or experience the incredible natural beauty of Sri Lanka and the Maldives together. Why not jet to Thailand for two weeks without having to choose between the relaxation and tranquility of the island of Phuket, and the bouncing nightlife of Bangkok – with Away Holidays, you can see both!

From America to Asia, the options are endless with a bespoke Multi Centre Holiday package from Away Holidays. Visit online or pick up the phone to find out more information, or to book your Multi Centre Holiday package today.

Away Holidays Reveals: Europe’s Best Kept Holiday Secrets

As travel becomes more and more popular, avid globe trotters are always on the lookout for new destinations to explore. When struggling for holiday or adventure ideas, seeking the expertise of a trusted travel company, such as Away Holidays, can really put you in the know. Europe, as well as other continents, has stunning holiday locations in each country, many of which are overlooked or largely undiscovered by hordes of tourists. Take the advice of many happy Away Holidays customers, and consider exploring some of Europe’s lesser known locations.

Portugal, although definitely a popular beach holiday destination, hides many unknown spots that make stunning holiday locations. There are many smaller fishing villages in Portugal’s Algarve, away from the larger and more popular resorts, that offer the same sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, as well as amazing cuisine and ultimate relaxation for holidaymakers. Portugal’s lesser known Azores Islands are also the perfect place for a sunny beach escape, where you can avoid the hustle and bustle of a tourist hotspot.

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For those who seek a city break; Bucharest is your place. Romania’s capital city has all the nightlife and entertainment as other European cities, as well as a darkly fascinating history and the luxury of the laid back Romanian lifestyle. Bucharest is also a great destination for those on a tighter budget. Romania is incredibly cheap for those of us coming from EU countries – a three course meal for two people in a decent Bucharest restaurant would cost the equivalent of around £20, and a bottle of water would be priced at well under 50 pence.

Croatia is another great location for those on a budget, but even if there’s less of a pinch on your pounds, you should still consider this amazing country as a holiday destination. Smack bang in the centre of the Adriatic Sea is Vis, a Croatian island unlike anywhere else you could go in Europe. Croatia is largely tourist free (with the obvious exception of capital city Zagreb), very inexpensive, and offers a wealth of culture and experiences to visitors, not to mention the stunning scenery and friendly, helpful locals.

If a location ‘off the beaten track’ is still too mainstream to suit your holiday desires, speak to a trusted travel expert, such as those at Away Holidays, about planning a trip to an alternative and lesser known holiday destination.

The World’s Strangest Souvenirs | Away Holidays

Souvenirs are a must for many travellers. Be it a postcard, figurine, or some form of food or drink, most holidaymakers bring something of their holidays back home with them. But, there are some places in the world, as customers of Away Holidays will tell you, that offer strange and bizarre mementos to visitors.

Scotland is one of those places with some strange souvenirs. Famous for its tartan, bagpipes and unique traditional attire, Scotland attracts many visitors, from the UK and worldwide, each year. But have the Scots gone a bit over the top with some of their souvenirs? For example, an air freshener; a bit of an odd keepsake anyway, but even stranger when it’s shaped like a bagpipe and plays a tune when you squeeze it. Or how about a miniature kilt built to go around a glass bottle? So you and your beverage can celebrate Scottish tradition together.

Away HolidaysIn Vietnam, you can pick up a little bottle of snake wine to take home with you. Consisting of real snakes steeped in grain alcohol or rice wine, snake wine is a popular take-home item to those who visit Vietnam. Whilst, to Westerners, the idea of snake wine may seem bizarre or even slightly off-putting, in Vietnam and other Asian countries, it is quite the opposite. Snake wine is considered to have healing properties, able to rid almost any ailment from a common cold to more serious diseases. Snake wine is not only a seemingly unique and peculiar souvenir, but also one that captures a slice of Vietnamese belief and culture.

Bavaria, in southern Germany, has an equally as unusual souvenir available to tourists; the wolpertinger. The wolpertinger is a creature, part of local folklore, which is said to inhabit the Bavarian forests. The creature is a mish-mash of several animals, usually including a squirrel, rabbit, bird and deer, amongst others. As an example, a wolpertinger may have the body of a rabbit, feet and wings of a bird, complete with a squirrel’s tail and teeth, and possibly antlers, too. There is nothing so strange about a made up creature as part of local legend, you might say, but what is weird is how popular the wolpertinger has become with taxidermists. Available in shops all over southern Germany, are ‘real’ wolpertingers. Stuffed parts of other animals are combined together to create taxidermy wolpertingers, which are sold to tourists in shops, airports and train stations all over Bavaria.

If you feel like expanding your souvenir collection outside of the ordinary, get in touch with a trusted and experienced travel agent, such as Away Holidays, in order to start planning your next weird and wonderful trip.

The Top Three Family Holiday Destinations | Away Holidays

It’s always rewarding and enjoyable for the whole family to get away on holiday together. There are so many options for family holidays available, that it’s often difficult to choose where to head to. Some suggestions, as recommended by many happy customers, for the best family holidays are as follows.

Amongst the many resorts of Spain is the Casiero Del Mirador in Alicante. The resort is a relaxing country retreat that not only welcomes children with open arms, but provides plenty of activities for them to enjoy. From swings and a climbing frame, to sandpits and trampolines, to a small petting zoo, there is plenty for children to enjoy at the resort itself. Combine this with the nearby beach location, and you can visit the Casiero Del Mirador assured that your children won’t be bored. With the kids happy and occupied, it gives parents the perfect opportunity to relax in the tropical paradise of this luxurious resort.

A crisp and wintry skiing holiday is also an ideal holiday for families with children. Even if your family have never skied before, ski schools are widely available for all age groups – and the process of learning itself can be a barrel of laughs! Alternatively, parents can always enrol children in ski schools for the day, allowing them to explore the slopes together, or even giving them time to peruse the small town and villages that ski resorts are often based close to. Aside from skiing, there are plenty of other snow-based activities that can be fun for the whole family, such as sledging or ice skating. Skiing holidays can take you all over the world, from France to the USA.

Away HolidaysOne of the classic family-fun destinations is Florida. With warm weather all year round, Florida is a great spot to soak up the sun and relax on gorgeous beaches, or explore its buzzing cities like Orlando and Miami. It’s also the home of Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World, which can bring out the inner child in everyone. With a range of resorts, some of the utmost luxury, Florida is the ultimate location to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a little closer to home, the UK has some great family holiday locations to offer. Consider camping in Welsh Snowdonia, or renting a holiday cottage in the South West. An experienced travel agent, such as Away Holidays, can advise you on a range of holiday locations, and can help you plan the perfect family trip.

Away Holidays, you won’t want to return home!

Having booked a trip to Adaaran Prestige Water Villas in the Maldives with Away Holidays, you’ll want to know what is available in terms of things to do, what to eat, and general facilities that are provided for your convenience. There is a wealth of opportunities to enjoy exercise and relaxation, wherever your interests lie. The food on offer is second to none, and it is served in relaxed surroundings that emanate class and sophistication. The resort also offers several facilities that will help to make everything about your stay as convenient as possible.

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If you enjoy swimming, your break to the water villas with Away Holidays will exceed your requirements. The lagoon is extremely inviting, and the swimming pool is beautifully appointed in a gorgeous setting. If you are looking for a bit more adventure on the water, you can have a go at water skiing. You’ll get a surge of adrenaline from this fun sport that is unlike anything you’ve felt before. If you’re a fan of racquet sports, you can play on the flood lit tennis courts or break a sweat on the squash court. Table tennis is also great fun, and an ideal game for those who aren’t feeling quite so energetic! You can also enjoy volley ball, sure to help you work up an appetite for your evening dining! Fishing is popular with many customers, who love being able to catch fish that they just wouldn’t come across at home. If you’re feeling exhausted after all that sporting activity, you can kick back in the spa, jacuzzi or steam room. There is also a massage centre on site to soothe those knotted muscles.

Staying at the Adaaran villas with Away Holidays, you’ll find that your airport transfers are automatically taken care of, leaving you to look forward to a magical break. There is a beauty salon and barber to help you to look your best during your holiday, though that won’t be difficult with your new tanned and sunny disposition! High speed internet comes as standard, so you can make contact with the outside world if you need to; it just might be a struggle to break away from the holiday bubble! There is a souvenir shop so you can buy little trinkets as mementos, and staff at the tour desk can help you plan fun days out. With all that’s on offer at the Adaaran villas with Away Holidays, you won’t want to return home!

 

The Jumeirah Essex House in New York with Away Holidays, comfort and style in the ‘Big Apple’!

When you’re arranging a trip to New York with Away Holidays, you might think that five star luxury is out of your reach. However, it is possible to stay in five star accommodation for some impressive prices with Away Holidays. You can stay at the Jumeirah Essex House from only £749 per person, and you’ll be impressed at the facilities available to you for such a great price.  The hotel has 515 rooms and suites, many of which come with beautiful views of Central Park or the impressive sights of Manhattan.

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If you need to recline on arrival with Away Holidays, to try to keep that jet lag at bay, you can entertain yourself with the satellite television that comes as standard. Whether it is boiling hot or bone shatteringly cold outside, the temperature of your room will be adjusted accordingly, helping you to enjoy maximum comfort. Your room will be kept spotlessly clean with daily help from friendly housekeeping staff, who will be happy to make sure your bed is ready to just fall into after an exhausting day!

When you’re staying at the Jumeirah Essex House hotel with Away Holidays, you can enjoy a refreshing drink from the mini bar in your room. The perfect antidote to your long journey that you can enjoy while catching up with phone calls from the telephone that is equipped to accommodate several different lines.

If the reason for booking your trip to the Jumeirah with Away Holidays was a desire to alleviate stress, you should take advantage of the massage service. You’ll feel your stresses and strains literally melting away at the hands of a trained expert, and find yourself ready to enjoy all that New York has to offer!

You can have the holiday of a lifetime to New York with Away Holidays. You can stay at the Jumeirah from just £749 for 3 nights between February and March, and from only £1199 you can embrace a 7 night break. The hotel is very comfortable, with stunning views and first class service, and the ‘Big Apple’ is a gem well worth discovering!

Away Holidays, everything you expected and much more!

When you’ve decided to travel to the Bahamas with Away Holidays, you are making the choice to opt for luxury, fun and relaxation. With Away Holidays offering such competitive prices, why not crank your holiday up a notch and opt for five star opulence? You can travel to and stay at the Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant from only £1569 per person; and enjoy five star treatment from the moment you arrive. You have a choice of standard, luxury or deluxe rooms, or a suite; and not one of these will fail to impress you with their comfort and style.

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Picture this: you have just arrived at the hotel. You are greeted by courteous, smiling staff, who are keen to help make your stay as magical and enjoyable as possible. Having been directed to your luxury room, you find yourself admiring a gorgeous view of the garden or pool that glimmers in the sunshine. You find yourself feeling relaxed at a level you didn’t know possible, so recline on the inviting looking bed. Sinking into bedding that puts budget hotels to shame, you know you have made the right choice with Away Holidays.

Having rested, you take a look at your surroundings: the room is decorated in a tasteful Victorian theme and features a sleek modern television with free access to film channels. After choosing a film to match your ebullient mood, you cross the room to locate the mini bar. Pouring yourself a refreshing drink, you contemplate the evening ahead. Entering the bathroom, you find a bath tub that is invitingly deep. Using the complimentary designer toiletries, you run a bath like no other you’ve ever had before. After your bath, you slip on the soft bathrobe and slippers provided for your ultimate comfort. This is clear evidence that Away Holidays specialise in getting the details right.

Before you’ve even left your room, you’ll enjoy comfort beyond your imagination at the Graycliff Hotel with Away Holidays. For a fantastic price, you can start your holiday as you mean to go on; basking in opulent luxury. Everything is designed to be convenient and easy, so you’ll even be able to connect your laptop to the internet via free wireless access; and store it in the safe that has been designed to accommodate such important items. Once you’ve settled in, admired your surroundings, and prepared for the evening ahead you’ll find your stay with Away Holidays is everything you expected and so much more!

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.