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Cappadocia to revive ancient Churches, Mosques

Cappadocia to raise up a new project to attract millions to the area which includes restoring mosques, cave churches, and other remaining mansions.

Centuries-old historical structures over an area of 2.7 hectares will be restored to boost cultural tourism in Central Anatolia’s Cappadocia region, one of Turkey’s most popular tourism regions.

The “Kayakapı Cultural and Natural Environment Protection and Revival” project envisages the restoration of 1,215 houses carved from the rock, historic mansions, churches, mosques, as well as the historic Kayakapı neighborhood, where the house of Saint John is located.

Ürgüp Mayor Fahri Yıldız and the project’s manager, Kayakapı Tourism Investment A.Ş. General Manager Mustafa Dinler, organized a visit for press members in the Kayakapı neighborhood on Jan. 30.

Speaking at a press conference after the visit, Dinler said the project focused on Göreme Natural Park, which is on UNESCO’s cultural heritage list, and Kayakapı.

A significant part of the project will be directed toward a rural area that includes 20 structures such as fountains and historic Roman baths, said Dinler. The estimated cost of the project is 30 million dollars, according to officials.

He said that in the first stage of the project, mosques, rock churches, St. John’s Church, a handicrafts center, cafes, restaurants and agricultural fields in the skirts of Kayakapı would come into use.

“These places will be open to the public. When the project is done, it will not only be a profitable tourism investment but will also contribute to the social-economic and cultural life of Ürgüp and the whole Cappadocia region. The number of tourists and employment rate will also increase,” he said.

Mayor Yıldız said the region had been left to its fate in 1970s, when it was declared a “disaster area.” “The region was declared a disaster area because there is a danger that a big rock mass can fall. Those living in the area moved to houses built by the state in another neighborhood. Afterwards this place was left to its fate,” he said.

“Muslims and Christians had lived in peace in the Kayakapı neighborhood. “There is a centuries-old history in this neighborhood. There are traces of many civilizations, from Roman baths to Selçuk mosques and rock churches.

Thinking of a tour to Turkey – check out Treasures of Turkey from Insight Vacations.

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Walking in Bosnia & Herzegovina – 10 Days

 

  Welcome to the “other” Europe.  For clients who want to slow down and see some of Europe’s most untouched scenery at a human pace, this 10 day walking tour is just the ticket. Amazing value, undiscovered history, and a great introduction to a charming corner of Eastern Europe! This part of the Balkans will not disappoint any adventure client looking for an active holiday in while taking in surreal scenery, historic sites and delicious cuisine!.

Your clients will start their trip walking through Bosnia & Herzegovina, plus the beautiful renaissance city of Dubrovnik. The true highlight is the walking / trekking experience in Sutjeska which is Bosnia & Herzegovina’s oldest national park, encompassing 17,500 hectares of magnificent wilderness and one of Europe’s last primeval forests.

This itinerary includes some of the best trekking the region has to offer: ascending Bosnia’s highest peak, Maglic Mountain; passing hidden waterfalls and glacial lakes; and heading into the Perucica Forest with its thriving wildlife.  The trip starts and ends in the beautiful Croatian city of Dubrovnik, situated on the shores of the warm Adriatic.

 Highlights

  • Explore Sarajevo, Mostar and the history left by the Byzantine and Ottoman empires.
  • Sightseeing in Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Enjoy a beautiful peaceful walk through the ancient beech and spruce forest of Perucica.
  • Half day walk through the beautiful Rakitnica Canyon.
  • Explore Lukomir, Bosnia’s highest village.

Pricing: Land only
$1,840 – 22 Jun., 20 Jul., 3 Aug., 17 Aug.

 

Details:
Mode of travel: 6 days walking with vehicle support. Altitude maximum 2386m, average 1880m.
Group size: Normally 6 to 15, plus leader(s).
Accommodation: 9 nights hotels.
Food: All breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 4 dinners included.
Optional Single Supplement: from $192.50
Trip Reference: TVH

Itinerary
Day 1 Start Dubrovnik. transfer to Trebinje.
Day 2 Transfer to Sutjeska N.P. Walk to tranquil lake of Donje Bare, then through beech forest to summit of Ugljesin Peak (1858m), with magnificent views of Zelengora peaks.
Day 3 Beautiful peaceful walk through the ancient beech and spruce forest of Perucica.
Day 4 Ascent of Maglic Mountain (2386m); walk over the border to Trnovacko Lake in Montenegro, before returning to the hotel.
Day 5 Transfer to Sarajevo; free time to explore the history left by the Byzantine and Ottoman empires.
Day 6 An ascent of Bjelasnica (2067m), the highest peak in the area and home of the 1984 Winter Olympics.
Day 7 Full day walk in the Bjelasnica mountains with time to explore Lukomir, Bosnia’s highest village (1496m).
Day 8 Half day walk through the beautiful Rakitnica Canyon, or optional rafting trip along the Neretva River; transfer to Mostar.
Day 9 Morning in Mostar, visit famous old bridge; afternoon transfer to Dubrovnik. 10 End Dubrovnik.
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Centara opens first stand-alone Spa Cenvaree in Goa

   From Tour & Travel News Jan 20, 2012
 

Centara Hotels & Resorts of Thailand will open its first stand-alone Spa Cenvaree during the first quarter of 2012, to be located at the Arcon Arcade in Goa, India.“Spa Cenvaree has been enormously successful in all of its in-hotel locations, and we are convinced this is the right time to introduce an independent branch,” says Gerd Steeb, president of Centara Hotels & Resorts.  “Goa presents us with the perfect opportunity.” Located at the beach resort of Candolim, in northern Goa, the new Spa Cenvaree is set within the lifestyle and shopping complex of Arcon Arcade.

The spa features 13 spacious treatment rooms and a couple spa suite with private en-suite facilities including a sunken Jacuzzi, a nail and hair salon, a Zen garden with tranquil relaxation lounges, and a wide array of water facilities including Vichy rain shower, steam bath and hot air sauna. As the premier spa in the region, the menu treatments place great emphasis on the innate wisdom of the body and blending the finest elements of native herbs with massage to provide guests a unique Thai spa experience. Amongst the range of experiences is the Spa Cenvaree Signature massage which brings together a blend of Ayurvedic, Thai, Swedish, Shiatsu and reflexology techniques paired with medicinal heat compress, resulting in a ritual that harmonises the body’s energies.

Other treatments on offer include Ayurveda healing, traditional Thai massage, hot-stone therapy and foot reflexology. For a more contemplative experience, guests may choose the multi-day spa retreats, focusing on detox, de-stress and emotional balance. Couples may share their experience in complete privacy with programmes personalised for him and for her. Seasonal therapies such as the Winter Recharge and Summer Best packages are created to counter the effects of seasonal change on the body, mind and spirit. As a post-treatment experience, guests are invited to relax in the Zen garden to sample a collection of fine Indian tea, brewed freshly with the finishing touch of local spices.

 Looking for a trip to India to experience Goa?  Join the Ladies on the Go as we spend 23 days, November 6 to 30, 2012 exploring India.  Spend two nights in Goa and indulge in the Spa Cenaree.  Check here for tour details

9 Destinations for 2012 -This Year’s Most Spectacular Destinations

–written by Sarah Schlichter
For travelers, it’s the eternal question: Where will you go this year? To help you decide, we’ve rounded up nine amazing hot spots to visit in 2012, both far-flung and close to home. Some destinations are returning to the limelight after years off the tourist map; others are celebrating special anniversaries or hosting world-class events you won’t want to miss. Click on any image to start browsing — and dreaming of your next trip.

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GREAT CANADIAN WAR MEMORIAL TOURS

 

Tours depart April 4, June 4 or September 9, 2012

This is a Canadian tour, designed by Canadians, for Canadians, to pay tribute to all who served their country in battle and particularly to those who gave their lives. From Paris to London, visit the many museums, memorials and special sitesthat commemorate Canada’s contribution to the Great War and World War II including Canada’s most impressive tribute, the majestic and inspiring Canadian National Vimy Memorial which overlooks the Douai Plain from Hill 145, the highest point of Vimy Ridge.  check out the full tour details and then call Travel Masters 604-659-4176 or 1-877-659-4176

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Winston Churchill
 

Floriade on a 2 for 1 Europe River Cruise

Have you thought of going to Floriade in 2012?  The last Floriade was in 2002 and I was fortunate to visit.  This is not just a flower show; it is a theatre in which you learn about nature and from nature. You realize how important flowers, plants, trees, vegetables and fruits are our daily life. And it only happens every 10 years – are you going to wait another 10 years

Floriade is a World Horticultural Expo held every ten years and visited by more than two million national and international visitors. Referred to as the “Theater of Nature,” this global spectacle, held only once every 10 years, has the world’s most exquisite and exceptional flowers, plants, trees, and more on display. There are five unique themed exhibits, each with its own décor, and cultural programs of music, dance, literature, theater, and visual art from all over the world.

There are five areas or worlds to explore: 

Relax & Heal   This world puts you in balance with nature in an Oriental setting. Healing herbs, tea rituals, a barefoot path and a spa-like ambience gives every visitor a special Yin-Yang experience. Experience the special energies of the Feel Good Garden. This is an energetic garden: it has been designed in the knowledge that energy and aura play a large part in determining the atmosphere of a garden. All the elements in the energetic garden are specially harmonized to make you feel good in it. You experience the natural balance as a zest for life; it makes you feel good again!

Green Engine Nature and industry. Complete opposites, you might think. But as you’ll see here, they actually complement each other very well. Find out all about horticulture as a major economic engine. Designed specially for Floriade 2012, the ultra-sustainable Villa Flora is home to the biggest indoor flower show. Take part in an imaginary flower auction where you can bid on your own flowers. Or you can learn to make a stunning floral masterpiece. And why not plant a Dutch tulip as a permanent souvenir

Education & Innovation A world of clean lines and changing perspectives. Symbolic of the way we look at the future. Always from a different angle. As you walk around this area, you’ll understand how important it is to keep on learning and innovating. Be inspired by the impressive pavilions with their striking ideas and innovations. Taste unusual fruit and vegetable creations. Cook your own meal in a laboratory and go on a journey through the jungle greenhouse.

Environment Experience See how flowers, plants, trees, vegetables and fruit in your immediate environment can improve your daily life. Here you’ll find out about the importance of bringing green into the city; indoors and outdoors, at home and at work.  After you arrive, an imposing avenue of trees guides you to the central square. In the dome of the Dutch horticultural sector you can watch a special virtual tour video that will take you through the world of Floriade. Outside you’ll wander through gardens designed by famous landscape architects and creative artists.

World Show Stage Get to know other cultures and immerse yourself in a colorful melting pot of art, culture and entertainment. You will find places on the boulevard where you can sample world foods and where you can enjoy an international program of entertainment in the spectacular amphitheatre. You’ll not only feel like a spectator but like a participant too.

So are you coming to Floriade in 2012?  An easy way to combine Floriade with a holiday in Europe is to enjoy a leisurely cruise from Brussels to Prague.  Spend 14 days cruising and 2 nights in Prague. This is an all-inclusive holiday – all meals, 18 shore excursions, complimentary fine wines, choice of beer and soft drinks during lunch and dinner onboard. Enjoy one day at Floriade in Venlo.  

Call 604-659-4176 or 1-877-659-4176 for information on 2 for 1 pricing on the June 17, and the June 29, 2012 departures.  Looking to go solo – check out the June 17, 2012 departure where the single supplement is waived.  Book now as the air rates have never been lower to Europe.

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Insight Announces Single Traveler Departures for 2012

All Insight tours are popular with single travelers, but now they have designated a number of departures as singles traveler friendly (ST) to help identify travel dates that may especially suit solo travelers.  Not only will the guaranteed twin-share help you avoid the single room supplement, but you’re also more likely to meet like-minded people as potential friends and travelling companions. Ask about Insight’s single share program and avoid the single supplement.

 Single Traveler Tours:  

Best of Britain – May 20 or August 07, 2012 (13 days)
This tour is brimming with sightseeing and interesting places to visit, covering the length and breadth of England, southern Scotland and Wales.  Consequently, the tour pace is brisk, but this also means great value for money. The tour starts with two nights in London and ends with one night in London.  Add extra nights in London to enhance your tour.  Rate from $2657.00 land only

Elegance of Great Britain – July 9 or September 10, 2012 (15 days)
While you might not meet Mr Darcy on this tour, it certainly evokes a bygone age, imbued with archetypal villages, stately homes, historic castles and beautiful gardens. This tour features two-night stays throughout.  In each overnight destination there are expertly planned day excursions, or city tours, with faboulous visits designed to showcase each region in depth.  An engaging, yet balanced ititnerary. The tour starts and ends in London.  Rate from $3375.00 land only. 

Britain & Ireland  Discovery – July 8 or September 11, 2012 ( 26 days)
A well paced tour with a blend of two-night stays in key cities plus the change of pace with two different Irish ferry crossings and pleasant driving days with frequent stops. Rate from $5550.00 land only.  SPECIAL FOR APRIL26 DEPARTURE – SAVE $825.00PP – CHECK HERE

Focus on Ireland – May 26 or July 28, 2012 (9 days)
Well paced with three nights in Killarney, and overnight stays in Galway and Blarney.  The driving days are of a reasonable lenght with senic stops offering photo opportunities. The tour starts and ends in Dublin.  Rate from $2125.00 land only

European Spotlight – May 13 or September 2, 2012 (14 days)
The contrasts on this tour are remarkable, ranging from the low lying Netherlands to the Austrian High Alps and from the canals of Venice to the wide boulevards of Paris. This tour is moderately paced with two-night stays in the key cities of Amsterdam, Venice, Lucern and Paris, you have the choice of free time to relax or participating in optional excursions organised by your Tour Director. This tour starts in London and ends in Paris.  Rate from $4035.00 land only. 

Rome to London – May 11 or September 7, 2012 (10 days)
If you had to define Europe by just a handful of cities and sightseeing experiences, then look no further than this tour. This is your classic European itinerary. This dynamic tour showcases the historic and cultural variety of Europe in nine fabulous days. It’s vibrant, lively and feature packed.  The historical centres of Florence, Rome and Venice means much of the sightseeing is done on foot, but afternoons are generally at leisure for you to explore at your own pace. Tour starts with two nights in Rome and ends in Paris or London. Rates from $3299.00 land only

Romantic European – June 7 or September 15, 2012 (23 days)
Your love affair begins in Bruges. Unleash your spirit of adventure in Prague. Fall under Vienna’s spell, before being swept off your feet in Venice.  This is a well paced tour with two night stays in the eight key cities, allowing time for sightseeing, exploration at your own pace or optional excursions. Travelling days are well planned with plenty of stops for refreshment and photo opportunities. Tour starts in London and ends in Paris. Rate from $6350.00 land only.

Easy Pace Channel Islands – July 7 or August 3, 2012 (8 days)
The travel equivalent of a cosy fireside read! Enjoy the gentlr pace on this timeless outing as you wind your way across the islands, chatting with the locals and soaking up the charm. Three nights in Guernsey and three nights in Jersey.  Rate from $2225.00 land only.

Normandy, Brittany & the Loire Valley – July 8 or August 3, 2012 (10 days)
Investigate Normandy’s role in two invasions that changed the course of history, one in 1066 and the other in 1944. Add also the châteaux of the Loire and glittering Paris. This is an evenly paced tour with two-night stays in St Malo, the Loire Valley and Paris, plus one overnight stay in seaside Trouville. Travelling days are jam packed with interesting stops and great photo opportunities. While other afternoons have been left free for you to explore at your own pace. The tour starts and ends in Paris.  Rate from $2965.00 land only

Best of Spain & Portugal – May 11 or July 27, 2012 (16 days)
Combining some of Spain’s most popular attractions with the lesser known delights of Portugal, allowing for an insightful exploration of the Iberian Peninsula.  This popular tour consists of a majority two-night stays allowing time in these cities to take it easy, if you wish. Driving days are not too long and with well planned stops.  The tour starts in Madrid and ends Barcelona.  Rate from $3375.00 land only.

Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco – May 3 or August 2, 2012 (18 days)
A kaleidoscopic adventure that takes you from some of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities, to an exotic and vivid land of medinas and minarets. This tour moves at a comfortable, pace with two-night stays in five cities: Madrid, Lisbon, Seville, Fes and Marrakesh. The driving days are of a reasonable length with frequent stops.  This tour starts and ends in Madrid.  Rate from $3765.00 land only

Italian Intermezzo – May 18 or August 10, 2012 (9 days)
Italy’s three most famous and best loved cities reveal a treasure-trove of riches on this concise yet surprisingly diverse and delightful itinerary. This is an evenly paced tour with two-night stays in Rome, Venice and Florence, allowing time for sightseeing and people-watching from the comfort of sidewalk cafés. The driving days are of a reasonable length with frequent stops for rest and photo opportunities. Tour starts and ends in Rome.  Rate from $2585.00 land only. 

Treasures of Italy – May 6 or July 26, 2012(12 days)
This tour certainly ticks a lot of boxes! Historic cities, idyllic fishing villages, islands, lakes, canals, a wealth of art and heritage buildings, not to mention the fabulous food, all complemented by a backdrop of breathtaking sceneryThis tour moderately paced – expertly planned with just the right combination of touring, sightseeing and leisure time. Use the free time to relax and soak up the atmosphere or, if you wish, add optional components to maximise your time in Italy. Tour starts in Rome and ends in Venice. Rate from $3985.00 land only. check here for full tour details

Country Roads of Southern Italy & Sicily – July 6 or September 7, 2012 (14 days)
This tour explores the unique ‘trulli’ houses of Alberobello and Sassi di Matera, complemented by the rich Greek, Roman and Norman heritage of Sicily. Lunch at Il Riccio on Capri caps it offAn evenly paced tour. Enjoy two-night stays in Alberobello, Palermo and the Bay of Naples, plus three exceptional nights in the popular resort of Taormina Mare.  Tour starts and ends in Rome.  Rate from $3475.00 land only.

Country Roads of Switzerland – May 19 or September 22, 2012 (15 days)
Well paced tour with three nights in Montreux, two-night stays in most of the other cities and no excessively long driving days. There is also the added bonus of travelling on the Glacier Express train to admire the scenery from a completely different perspective, with yet more wonderful photo opportunities. tour starts and ends in Zurich.  Rate from $4950.00 land only.

Eastern Rhapsody – June 8 or September 7, 2012 (12 days)From the bath houses of Budapest to the canals of Venice, venture through a diverse scenic landscape of lakes, mountains and islands, where the cultural traditions of Eastern and Central Europe, mix with the Mediterranean. With two-night stays throughout, your rhapsody has a wonderful rhythm. Comfortable touring days are augmented with interesting stops. The following mornings are more leisurely, beginning with a sightseeing tour to get you acquainted with the city and then free time to do as you please. Tour starts in Budapest and ends in Venice. Rate from  $3199.00 land only.

Country Roads of Dalmatia & the Adriatic Coast – May 12 or July 7, 2012 (16 days)
Join those in the know who are heading for the sun drenched islands of Dalmatia. Enjoy elegant cities, pristine wilderness, Roman remains, great food and scenery galore. A well balanced tour with two-night stays in Budapest, Zagreb, Ljubljana and an exceptional 3 nights in the “Adriatic gem” of Dubrovnik. While the scenic driving days offer frequent stops for refreshments and photos. Tour starts and ends in Vienna.  Rate from $3650.00 land only.

Easy Pace Russia – July 7 or September 1, 2012 (9 days)
From the grand baroque of St Petersburg to Moscow’s iconic treasures, Russia is an enigma that just has to be sampled by any serious traveller! This leisurely tour reveals all the main highlights of Russia’s two imperial cities. But being ‘Easy Pace’ it also provides plenty of opportunity for you to explore the onion-domed cathedrals, majestic palaces and fantastic museums at your own pace. Start from four nights in St Petersburg and end with three nights in Moscow.  Rate from $2675.00 land only.

Grand Tour of Scandinavia – May 19 or July 21, 2012  (21 days)
Sail the brackish Baltic Sea, cross rolling tundra and glassy fjords on your search for the Midnight Sun, all the while enjoying the local culture, history and pristine scenery.  This tour is well paced with two night stays in Copenhagen, Rovaniemi, Narvik, Geiranger and Oslo; there are one-night stays in the more northern regions. Magnificent driving days offer frequent stops for refreshments & photo opportunities.  Tour starts in Copenhagen and ends Oslo. Rate from$5975.00 land only.  check here for full tour details

Glories of Greece – May 25 or July 23, 2012 (8 days)
A classic journey back to the 5th Century BC, when the Athenians erected the Parthenon, Delphi was in its heyday and the games at Olympia was the talk of the Mediterranean. A classic journey back to the 5th Century BC, when the Athenians erected the Parthenon, Delphi was in its heyday and the games at Olympia was the talk of the Mediterranean. This feature packed tour of mainland Greece is well paced and expertly planned. In fact, it is so successful that it has operated, due to popular demand, for over 20 years. Tour starts and ends in Athens.  Rate from $1875.00 land only.

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