Tuesday, 16 September 2014

the very best of Japan

Japan

Land of the Rising Sun

Prices from: £2699 PP Based on 2 sharing
Destination: Japan, Japan
Travel dates: 01/01/2015 - 22/10/2015
Nights Stay: 12
Board Type: Varied Meal Plan
Book offer by: 01/01/2015

Airport Name:Price from
London Heathrow£2699
Dublin£2699pp

Blue Skies Travel
029 2061 6540
info@blue-skies-travel.co.uk
Japan - an ancient culture of emperors, fierce shoguns, samurais and brutal martial arts. Yet it’s also a place of gentle geishas, colourful kimonos, exquisite garden design and Zen Buddhism. How did a country so deeply rooted in such diverse heritage become one of the most modern and advanced economies on the planet? Pondering such questions is what makes a trip to Japan so incredibly rewarding. Having travelled there once, you’ll feel almost hypnotically drawn back to this truly enigmatic country.

Fully escorted price includes:         
  • Discover the very best of Japan’s stunning temples and shrines, intriguing pagodas, manicured gardens, fast-paced cities, incredible cuisine and outstanding natural beauty
  • Return flights from London Heathrow
  • Stay in hand-picked four-star hotels, with daily breakfast and three meals
  • See the famous sights of Tokyo - the Meiji shrine, Omotesando Street, fashion-setting Harajuku and the Akihabara electronic town
  • Visit the stunning Nikko National Park, with its outstanding Shogun-era architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Take a scenic boat trip from Tokyo’s traditional Asakusa to the luxury shops of Ginza
  • Enjoy astonishing views of Mt. Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi and the hot-spring mountain spa resort of Hakone
  • See the volcanic Owakudani 'Boiling Valley' by aerial gondola
  • Travel at 189 mph on the incomparable bullet trains
  • Reflect on the horrors of war at Hiroshima's Peace Park and museum
  • Experience the spectacular 300-foot Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji, stunning examples of Japan’s world-renowned natural beauty
  • Tour Kyoto, former Imperial capital and essence of traditional Japan with wooden houses, geishas, stunning temples and Zen gardens
  • Guided tour of Nara, Japan’s first capital with its huge bronze Buddha
  • Opportunity to stay the night in a ‘Ryokan’, a traditional Japanese Inn
  • Opportunity to learn origami, traditional flower arranging or Japanese cooking
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Tipping abroad

      
A recent survey states we very often tip incorrectly while abroad. Each country has a different set of social customs and tipping etiquette can vary greatly between different cultures. For a full report download our global tipping guide here.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The 100 ft Waterfall Inside the Grand Canyon

Located near Supai and within the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Grand Canyon National Park is Havasu Falls; a picturesque, hidden gem featuring a main chute that drops nearly 100 ft (30 m) over a vertical cliff into a large pool of blue-green water.
Calcium carbonate and magnesium occur naturally in the waters of Havasu Creek. The pools and natural dams form when the calcium carbonate precipitates out of the water and deposits onto the rocks and branches, building up over time. Havasu Falls and Havasu Creek get their blue color from the magnesium in the water. As the pools deepen and the calcium carbonate is slowly released from the water, the bluer the water appears as the relative magnesium content increases. And since the creek originates from a spring, the water rarely deviates from 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21.1 C) year round.
There are several ways to reach this hidden gem, with varying levels of cost, travel methods and points of entry.
The cheapest option is a 10 mile (16 km) hike that starts at Hualapai Hilltop ($20 entrance fee). There are also guided tours from the local Havasupai tribe featuring horseback trips, luggage transfers and helicopter rides. There are also overnight lodges and camping grounds nearby.
While open year round, the best time to visit may be early Spring or late Fall when crowds are thinner. Summer months can be quite hot inside the canyon.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Luxury Dubai Twin Centre Offer

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Burj Al Arab

Prices from: £1759 PP Based on 2 sharing
Destination: Arabia, Dubai
Travel dates: 11/08/2013 - 30/09/2013
Nights Stay: 5
Board Type: Half Board
Book offer by: 31/07/2013


Airport Name:Price from
Birmingham£1759
Newcastle Upon Tyne£1759
Glasgow£1799
Guernsey£1835
Jersey£1835
London, GATWICK£1899
Belfast£1919
Manchester£1959

Blue Skies Travel
Tel: 0845 872 7283
info@blue-skies-travel.co.uk
  • Complimentary Half Board at both hotels
  • Stay at the world's most iconic hotel
  • Discounted rates at both hotels
Price includes:
  • Return flights with Emirates
  • 3 nights in a Deluxe Room at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
  • 2 nights in a One Bedroom Deluxe Suite at Burj Al Arab
  • Half Board daily
  • Return airport transfers
  • Airport taxes

Overview
This spectacular beach-side resort is located on the west crescent of the exclusive Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, and offers exhilarating views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s impressive skyline.
The hotel is lavishly decorated in exquisite style reminiscent of the magnificent era of the Ottoman Empire with spectacular hand painted ceilings and murals, crafted marble, crystal chandeliers and Orientalist art worthy of the finest galleries.
The resort offers the finest in dining experiences, stunning guest rooms and an array of leisure activities. Enjoy the spectacle of the Mehteran Theatre or embark on a journey of the senses at one of largest, most opulent spas that the world has to offer.

Prices based on two adults sharing. Valid for stays 11 August to 30 September 2013 on selected flights. Book by 31 July 2013. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply. Alternative travel dates and departure airports available at a supplement. Subject to availability. All flight inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL scheme.

Constance Le Prince Maurice Deal

Fantastic Summer Offer

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Prices from: £1945 PP Based on 2 sharing
Destination: Indian Ocean, Mauritius
Travel dates: 23/06/2013 - 15/07/2013
Nights Stay: 7
Board Type: Half Board
Book offer by: 09/07/2013
... Airport Name:
Price from
London, GATWICK
£1945
Manchester
£1989
Birmingham
£1989
London, HEATHROW
£1999
Glasgow
£2245

Blue Skies Travel
Tel: 0845 872 7283
info@blue-skies-travel.co.uk
•£100 per suite per night Resort Credit which can be used on drinks and the Spa
•Discounted room rates
•60 hectares of lush tropical gardens and secluded brilliant-white beaches

Information for customers travelling to Turkey


ABTA statement on the current situation in Turkey.
“Turkey is a popular destination for Brits attracting around 1.3M holidaymakers every year with July and August the most popular times to visit. The vast majority of tourist resorts are in coastal areas, hundreds of miles away from the cities where the large protests are taking place, so most people travelling to Turkey shouldn't be affected by the demonstrations. Foreign Office advice says that travellers to Istanbul should avoid central areas where the demonstrations are happening and abide by the instructions of local authorities.”