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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.

Away Holidays Customer Promise | Away Holidays

Away HolidaysAway Holidays is a leading UK travel agent, which over the past twelve months alone, sent more than 365,000 travellers away on the holiday of their dreams. So many customers rely on the services of Away Holidays because of their unique customer promise. The Away Holidays customer promise outlines the standards of service that all customers can expect when booking a holiday with Away Holidays.The Away Holidays customer promise covers these six distinct aspects;

Lowest Price

Thanks to their decades of experience providing the best holidays, Away Holidays is extremely well connected and is always able to find the lowest prices and best deals. They also promote an extensive array of special offers on the most special destinations, to make even the most luxurious holidays affordable.

User Friendliness

Away Holidays are dedicated to making the process of booking a holiday as simple as possible. Their state of the art website is clear and easy to navigate, making it a joy for many customers browsing through lists of great holiday deals.

Best Value

Away Holidays allows customers to tailor-make their holiday packages in order to save money. By using the impressive website, customers can find the most luxurious hotels and convenient flights at the lowest possible costs.

Security

All Away Holidays deals are fully ATOL Protected. ATOL protection is the Air Travel Operator’s License, provided by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). It is indicative of the credibility of the travel agent that sells air holidays. ATOL protection keeps customers financially protected in case the holiday company they booked their package collapses. Through the ATOL protection CAA ensures, if your holiday company collapses while you are on holiday, you can finish your trip and return home as per plan. If your holiday is booked but yet to be commenced, you will usually receive a refund under the ATOL protection.

Honesty

When travelling abroad, some unscrupulous companies will find ways to hide the full price of services to make their holidays seem cheaper. Away Holidays is dedicated to remaining honest and upfront about all their services, meaning customers won’t come across any nasty surprise expenses when they’re already abroad.

Best Service

As well as their extensive, user friendly website, they operate a new state of the art customer service centre. Their customer service centre is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Customers are able to call whenever they need, speak to a real person, and have any query or problem addressed and solved directly.

Where to go in Africa | Away Holidays

Africa is a vast and fascinating continent. Europeans can often make the mistake of thinking about Africa like its one giant country, Africa is however a varied land, home to a variety of totally unique nations, cultures, environments and wonders. Visitors to Africa need to decide what destination they want to experience, from the continent’s wide array of spectacular different environments.

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For advice on the best destinations in Africa to visit, as well as the most affordable deals on flights and accommodation, Away Holidays is an extremely popular UK travel agent. Away Holidays have been operating for many years and only provide the best deals and packages. They offer a wide range of special deals for travellers wishing to visit any of the best African destinations. All deals can be booked quickly and easily through their intuitive website.

The great African destinations on offer through the Away Holidays website include;

Cairo

Capital of Egypt, Cairo is a perfect blend of old and new. Within the city itself, visitors can experience Egypt’s vibrant modern and fantastically passionate culture. Cairo’s traditional bazaars are thrilling warrens of little shops, where canny travellers can route out and haggle for some great bargains. Outside of the city, travellers can explore the wider Egypt to find themselves face to face with some of the world’s most famous ancient monuments including the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza.

Johannesburg

Situated on the totally opposite side of Africa to Cairo, Johannesburg is in one of the main cities of South Africa. South Africa is home to a fascinating blend of cultures as European colonists have learnt to live alongside the area’s original aboriginal African tribes. Outside of Johannesburg, travellers can also witness some of Africa’s most famous creatures. Stepping out into the veld, travellers can spot lions, giraffes and all the most fantastic denizens of the African savannah.

Sharm El-Sheikh

A new Egyptian town built purely for tourists, Sharm El-Sheikh shows a different side to modern Egypt. The town is modern and sophisticated, and situated perfectly on the shores of the warm Arabian Sea.

Morocco

Morocco sits on the furthest north-west corner of the African continent. Morocco is home to the dramatic Atlas Mountains that lie between the epic Sahara Desert to the south, and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea to the north.

 

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.

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.

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.

Away Holidays | Statues of Liberty: Replicas around the World

The Statue of Liberty is one of the USA’s most famous landmarks. A colossal neoclassical masterpiece, the statue it stands boldly over the River Hudson representing American ideals of freedom and ambition. For such an iconic landmark it may come as a surprise to find that it’s in fact not unique. Replicas of the Statue of Liberty can be found all over the world and in fact the New York statue is not even the original.

Away HolidaysThe New York Statue of Liberty was constructed as part of a French project in 1886 in order to develop relations between the two countries. 1886 marked the centenary of the foundation of the United States, so to mark the event the French government wanted to dedicate a gift that represented their nation’s shared libertarian ideals.

Frederic Bartholdi was the architect asked to build the statue. He constructed the statue in Paris and the first original Statue of Liberty was used as a template to mould the pieces for the New York copy. So before the New York Statue of Liberty was taken to pieces and reassembled across the Atlantic, the very first Statue of Liberty was already standing proudly in Paris.

Since the original sister statues stood in their twin cities across the Atlantic, many more replicas have been made. All across the USA various replicas have been built to their favourite cultural icon. Celebrating their 40th anniversary, the Boy Scouts of America led an initiative called “Strengthen the Arm of Liberty” which encouraged clubs to build replicas of the statue, in California visitors can also find a complete Lego replica.

Across France there are also numerous replicas commemorating their original statue. The French statue was taken on tour to Tokyo in 1998 to develop international relations; the statue was so popular that Tokyo built their own replica that now stands by Tokyo Bay.

If any of these locations sound of interest or if you want witness any of these statues for yourself, Away Holidays is a great website for arranging travel. Away Holidays is an experienced travel agent who with whom you can book flights and accommodation to destinations around the world. Away Holidays are helpful and accommodating to whatever you need to make your holiday perfect for you.

Away Holidays | World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island destination beautifully perched in the south of India. Sri Lanka is a unique country that blends modern day wonders and traditional charms. It is an island of lush forestry, beautiful vistas and vibrant cities. Often considered to be the jewel in Sri Lanka’s crown however is the country’s incredible collection of World Heritage Sites. Visitors to Sri Lanka can easily lose themselves for months at a time discovering and exploring the monumental remains of Sri Lanka’s ancient Buddhist culture.

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World Heritage Sites across Sri Lanka include;

- Sri Dalada Maligawa

Sri Dalada Maligawa is also known as the Temple of the Tooth as it is home to the only surviving relic of Buddha: his tooth. Because of this most holy relic the outstanding temple built to house it has received the care of monks, the public and even great kings who believed the holy tooth was the key to sovereignty over Sri Lanka.

- Sigiriya

Considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world, Sigiriya is an awe inspiring rock that rises above the surrounding jungle and is home to an equally impressive 4th century fortress. Although much of the fortress lies in ruins, what remains of the monolithic architecture, including the striking Lions Gate, has survived well enough to still give the impression that the outcrop is one giant stone creature.

- Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa was capital of medieval Sri Lanka. Long since deserted, all that remains are fabulous temples and palaces beloved of ancient Sri Lankan royalty.

- Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Designated as a biosphere reserve, the Sinharaja Forest is a stretch of mystical virgin forest. Sinharaja’s wonderful biodiversity has made it a wonderland of tropical fauna and flora and an area of international interest.

For anyone interested in witnessing the World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka, Away Holidays offer a wide range of quality deals of flights and accommodation. Away Holidays is an acclaimed and popular luxury holiday operator that applies its time-honoured experience in the industry to delight its patrons and customers with superb holiday deals. Away Holidays offers dedicated customer service and, through its well-maintained website, is able to provide one of the most convenient and supportive travel services available.

5 Must Do’s in Egypt | | Away Holidays

Egypt is famous across the world for its natural desert beauty and the awe inspiring monuments left behind by their ancient ancestors. Egypt is perfectly equipped to welcome tourists, regardless of local politics; the Egyptian tourism industry is highly professional and always ready to welcome holiday makers. Egypt was in fact one of the first countries to become popular as a holiday destination outside of Europe. As the country historically enjoyed favourable relations with Europe, nineteenth century travellers fell in love with the majestic Nile and the modern concept of ‘tourism’ began.

To this day Egypt has remained popular and the country’s tourist services have done nothing but improve accordingly with its popularity. Five of the most iconic things to do on a trip to Egypt include;

-       Camel Riding

Experience the unique feeling of riding one of the most iconic animals of the desert. Camels are famous for their varying characters and bumpy rides, camel riding may not be the most comfortable activities, but it’s certainly something you will never forget.

-       The Great Pyramids

The only surviving wonders of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids of Giza sit alongside the equally famous and majestic Sphinx. For many years the Great Pyramids were the tallest structures in the world and within them is a fascinating world of ancient hieroglyphs and mythological artworks.

Away Holidays-       The Nile

The life water of Egypt, the Nile is impossible to miss. A boat tour up stream is one of the finest ways to witness the enchanting country.

-       Cairo

A taste of modern Egypt, Cairo’s sprawling streets and bazaars are the best way to experience the culture of Egypt today.

-       Luxor and the Valley of the Kings

Another land of ancient mysteries, Luxor is home to the Valley of the Kings and the incredible temple of Carnac. There are more archaeological marvels being discovered around Luxor to this day, a visit to Luxor is as fascinating as it is mysteriously thrilling.

To enjoy any of these brilliant activities it’s simple to book a trip to Egypt through the Away Holidays website. Away Holidays sends thousands of customers on their dream holidays every year and their dedication to hunting down the best deals means Away Holidays’ customers can go on holiday with extra cash in their pockets.