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Have a “Cherry Time” in Traverse City, Michigan

The largest producer of tart cherries in the United States, Traverse City is where you can enjoy a week-long festival that features Cherries! So if you love cherries, you must head to Traverse City In July.

Located in the greater Northern Michigan region, Traverse City covers a total area of 8.66 square miles, and is inhabited by 14,572 people. Aside from being known as the “Cherry Capital of Michigan”, its surrounding area is billed as the one of the centers of wine production in the Midwest. U.S. News listed the city as one of the “10 best places to retire in the U.S.” in 2012, and was named by USA Today as among the “Top Ten Places for Local Wine”.  Its numerous attractions include The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Mission Point Lighthouse, Light of Day Organic Teas, City Opera House, Dennos Museum Center, and Michigan Artists Gallery. You can also enjoy tours of its wineries and breweries. You can reach the city by train, bus, and car. You can also fly into the Cherry Capital Airport which is served by American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Airlines.

The National Cherry Festival is a week-long festival held annually every first week of July. It was first held in 1926, and has since attracted thousands of cherry lovers from all over the country and the world. It has been named by USA Today as one of the “Ten Best Specialty Food Festival” in the United States. Bring the entire family and enjoy more numerous activities including picnics, cherry breakfasts, festival of farm food trucks, farmers markets,  arts & crafts fair, cherry pie eating contests, cherry pit spit contests, pets shows, air shows, concerts, and parades.

Interesting? Call your travel agent,  book a trip to Traverse City in July, and have a “Cherry Time”! 

Be Part of the Celebration at the Diyandi Festival at Iligan City, Philippines

Have you ever witnessed a festival in the Philippines? If not, then you're in for a feast for your eyes (and stomach)! The Philippines is known for its colorful festivals filled with merrymaking and lots of scrumptious food. If you're planning to head to Mindanao in September, you might want to schedule your trip during the Diyandi Festival.

Celebrated every September, Iliganons come together to honor their patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel, in a festival called Diyandi. During this time, locals and tourists flock to Iligan City as it comes alive and transforms into a huge and colorful stage where performers dance to loud and merry music and food is openly served in locals' homes. You will also find delight in purchasing unique items in the trade fairs as well as feast your eyes on spectacular art exhibits and entertaining beauty pageants.

Unlike the more popular festivals in the Philippines, the Diyandin Festival is quite new in the festival scene. However, although it has only been established in the early 2000s, it is still as festive as the more established festivals in the country. Perhaps one advantage is that since it is not as popular as other local festivals, you can expect a smaller crowd here.

Philippine festivals are truly one of a kind. Experience the Diyandin Festival in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Philippines! Book your Philippine holiday today.

Explore the Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations in Jamaica

When going to Jamaica, most vacationers think about the resorts that line the island's northern coast. It's not surprising that most travelers will head to that direction because Jamaica is known for exactly that: lounging in the pool, basking in the sun, or enjoying the buffets. But if you're tired of the usual Jamaican scene, why not try exploring the off-the-beaten-path destinations in the island?

It takes an adventurous spirit should you want to explore the other side of Jamaica. However, we can assure you that it's an adventure worth taking! Here are some of the destinations you can visit:

  1. Port Antonio: Located in the eastern side of the northern coast, you can enjoy a slow-paced stay in this local secret destination with lush and green secluded beaches. But, Port Antonio is not just about the beaches. You can try waterfall hikes here or go bird watching. You might also want to try dining on authentic jerk cooking.
  2. Southwestern Jamaica: Just a 90-minute drive from Montego Bay, Southwestern Jamaica is less isolated than Port Antonio, but can still offer you a less crowded vacation spot. Some of the activities you can join are a safari excursion on the Black River, a tour of the historic Appleton Rum Estate, and a relaxing dip at YS Falls. You might also want to visit Treasure Beach, which is the site of Lovers Leap where two Jamaican slaves were said to have leapt to their deaths.
  3. Pelican Bar: A 20-minute boat ride out on the sea, Pelican Bar stands on stilts. Guests can enjoy a frosty Red Stripe and some fresh-caught seafood here.
  4. Mandeville: When you think of Jamaica, you think of beaches. However, land-locked Mandeville is something else. Here you can find the Caribbean's oldest golf course, the Manchester Golf Club, which dates back to 1868. Expect an English vibe when you visit this place, with cricket games and English-style pubs all over the place.
  5. Flower Forest and River Head Adventure Trail: Go to this ecotourism attraction and enjoy a 130-acre tropical forest and 40 acres of landscaped gardens. Follow a hiking trail along Little River and feast on the beautiful sights that include dozens of tropical plants, flowers, and birds. At the end of your hike, you will find yourself in a 14-foot deep pool where you can relax and enjoy the view.

Experience Jamaica differently by exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations. Book your holiday with a travel agent today and get the best deals!

Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica, your choice for an Eco Adventure Experience

Located in the northwest province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica, Papagayo Peninsula is perfect for people who want to enjoy an eco adventure experience. It is far enough to escape the daily grind of city living, yet it has world-class resorts such as Four Seasons, Andaz, Occidental Grand, Royal Club Grand, Occidental Grand, and Villas Sol.

Named as a top tourist destination in Costa Rica, Papagayo Peninsula has 15 miles of of coastline containing 31 separate pristine beaches. Although there have been a number of luxury homes and hotels that have been constructed over the years, the Costa Rican government has mandated that 70% of its land must remain natural, protecting it from over development. This is why it is still covered with  tropical dry forests, lush vegetation, unspoiled beaches, and beautiful sceneries. The land has been well kept and is home to more than 400 species of wildlife including the squirrel monkey and howler monkey.

Papayago Peninsula is known for its pristine beaches where you can enjoy activities such as swimming, windsurfing, kit surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving, water skiing and jet skiing. If you want to explore more, experience eco adventures, and be up close and personal with its wildlife, you must join one of the numerous tours offered by local tour operators. El Refugio Guanacaste Ecotours offers great sailing and scuba diving adventures on and underwater. You can also opt for a 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tour, Nature and Wildlife Tour, Boat Tour, and Sight Seeing Tour.

Enjoy a swim in the morning, a variety of tours during the day, watch the sunset, and  a drink or two before hitting the sack, sums up what is waiting for you in Papagayo Peninsula. 

10 Amazing Tips for Travel Budgeting in Hong Kong

Are you heading to Hong Kong soon but on a tight budget? Known as a shopping district, we're sure your first impression of Hong Kong is that it'll cost you...a lot. But, that's not the case because you can actually take a holiday in Hong Kong without breaking the bank.

  1. First of all, it's best to find affordable yet quality places to stay in during your holiday. One option is to go for a hostel. Hostels are cheaper than hotels but note that these are usually dorm-type so expect to share the room with other tourists.
  2. If you'd like a better place to stay in, your chance of scoring a nice room at a reasonable rate is to book early. Be aware that rates shoot up on weekends.
  3. Bring travel-size toiletries with you so you don't need to buy.
  4. Opt for more affordable dining options instead of eating at fancy restaurants.
  5. Take a walk. Really, you'll appreciate Hong Kong life when you take a stroll instead of taking a cab or riding the subway. Plus, it's free!
  6. Enjoy a short journey across the water to Hong Kong Central by taking a ferry. It's just a little over five HK dollars.
  7. Want to enjoy a beautiful sunset? You're free to enjoy the Hong Kong skyline from the Kowloon area.
  8. You can also get photo opportunities at the Avenue of Stars--for free, of course.
  9. Another free yet satisfying thing you can do around the Avenue of Stars is too the spectacle of lights that is Hong Kong. See the buildings light up the sky right across Victoria Harbour.
  10. Ever heard of the Central Mid-Level Escalators? We heard it's fun to ride...and free as well!

As you can see, by doing minor adjustments in your trip, you'll be able to cut the cost of your stay in Hong Kong.

Avoid sky high prices by booking your holiday in advance. Book a vacation with a travel agent today!

A Romantic Holiday at Dolphin Bay Resorts and Spa, California

Located in California's central coast, Pismo Beach is a famous destination for the long stretch of white beach and its spectacular sunset. It is also home to some fabulous wineries and a mix of activities for both the laid back and the adventurer. If you are looking for a romantic destination that's just within the United States, Pismo Beach is the perfect place to go.

Where can you stay for your romantic holiday in Pismo Beach? Ranked number 1 in hotels in Pismo Beach by TripAdvisor is Dolphin Bay Resorts and Spa. It is highly recommended by vacationers with their spacious and comfortable accommodations that overlook the Pacific Ocean as well as its topnotch restaurant. Add to that the exceptional service provided by the hotel staff and you'll definitely have the best romantic holiday you've ever had.

Make your romantic getaway with your partner extra special by booking a suite with a view at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa. Aside from sipping wine while you watch the sunset together from your suite's balcony, there are a lot of other things you can do like golfing, riding the dunes, horseback riding, surfing, body boarding, and fishing. You wouldn't want to miss this opportunity to bond, right?

To book a holiday at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa in Pismo Beach, call your trusted travel agent so they can set everything up for you!

Mount Carmel's Caves, a Study into Human Evolution The four caves of Mount Carmel include Tabun, Jamal, El-Wad and Skhul. The cave’s terraces are clustered next to each other on the southern side of Nahal Me’arot Valley which opens to the coastal plain on the western end of the Carmel range. read more
The Gelati Monastery and Bragrati Cathedral The Gelati Monastery features mosaics, wall paintings, enamel and metal work that make this monastery to rise above the status of being just a monastery but also a center of education and science. read more
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Four Seasons Resort Maui At Wailea The Maui branch of the world renowned Four Seasons Resorts flagship is set on an enchanting enclave whose charm and beauty are poised to give you a memorable holiday. The tropical gardens and the peaks of Haleakala form a spectacular backdrop read more
Its Time You Explored The Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan The surviving ensemble constitutes of 153 blocks on a 75 hectares piece of land. It is divided into 2 distinct sectors – the Spanish Quarter in the west and the Native Quarter in the east. The Spanish Quarter was large as opposed to the Native Quarter. read more
Do you want to be a globetrotting traveler? Start your adventure with the 10 cities listed in the vlog and you will have started with a bang. They are a representative sample of what you can expect when you travel the world. read more

October 2 @ 8:00 am - October 10 @ 5:00 pm
Guelph Museums is partnering with Frederick Travel Waterloo to offer In the Footsteps of John McCrae: Tour of France and Belgium. Participants will travel to Europe from October 2 to 10 with Guelph Museums’ curator and renowned John McCrae expert, Bev Dietrich. They will visit important First World War landmarks, and see the places where John McCrae served as a soldier and doctor, and where he was inspired to write In Flanders Fields. The cost is $3495 per person twin/double or $3980 per single room.

To register, contact Ingrid Nardella at Frederick Travel,, 519-745-1860, or 1-800-578-8958

Friday, October 2

Toronto – Paris (in-flight meals and entertainment)
This evening we board our non-stop flight to travel from Toronto to Paris. Air Canada 880 departing at 19:25.


Saturday, October 3
Paris (D)

08:30 arrival in CDG. Meet our bus driver and transfer to our central Paris hotel– the Mercure Porte d'Orléans (2 nights). This afternoon 3-hour city tour of Paris. Welcome dinner in a typical Parisian restaurant


Sunday, October 4
Versailles – Paris (B)

Half-day tour to visit the Versailles Castle. Mid-day return to Paris and an open afternoon and evening for individual exploration.

Monday, October 5
Paris – Ovillers-La-Boisselle – Vimy (B, D)

Morning transfer to Ovillers-La-Boisselle. Visit the Lochnagar Memorial Crater. Open for lunch in the region. Continue to visit the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Continue to Ypres (now known by its Flemish name of Ieper). Dinner at our hotel—Albion Hotel Ypres (5 nights).

Tuesday, October 6
Ieper (B, D)

We will walk (or transfer) to the IFF Museum and the square. The Museum shows how the First World War affected the lives of the thousands of people of different nationalities. Visit of the bell tower. The balance of this afternoon is left open for individual exploration and reflection. Dinner and departure for the Menin Gate where our group will lay a wreath. At 7:30 pm we will gather at the Gate as each evening at 8.00 pm the Last Post is sounded (depending on ceremony this day / date may be altered).

Wednesday, October 7
Ypres region (B, L)

Transfer to Essex Farm. Here we will have a guided visit of Essex Field Dressing Station and Essex Field Cemetery. The Canadian Medical Officer John McCrae served here. Lunch locally. This afternoon transfer to Sanctuary Wood and Hill 62 today a Canadian memorial which we will visit beside Sanctuary Wood on the top of Mount Sorrel.


Thursday, October 8
Ypres - Poperinge (B, D)

Visit to St. George Memorial Church. The church was built between 1927 and 1929 to remember the 250,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in one of the four Flanders battles. We then transfer to Poperinge where we will visit Talbot House now a 'living museum'. Early in the evening we will enjoy dinner in a local brewery restaurant.


Friday, October 9
Calais – Boulogne - Ypres (B, D)

Depart to the North Sea (Channel) and along the coast to the Boulogne region. On the way we will have many photo stops – by example at Calais where we can see the white cliffs of Dover. Today we will visit Wimereux Cemetery. Wimereux Communal Cemetery contains 2,847, Commonwealth burials of the First World War, two of them unidentified. Buried among them is Lt. Col. John McCrae, author of the poem "In Flanders Fields." Return to Ypres and enjoy a Farewell dinner.

Saturday, October 10
Lille – Paris (B)

Breakfast and hotel check out – transfer to Lille for our fast train at 07:17 to Paris Airport CDG 08:14 and our return to Ontario. On arrival at CDG, check-in and board our non-stop return flight to Toronto. Air Canada 881 at 11:00. You may also elect to extend your stay in Europe.


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