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5 Fantastic Fall Tours You Will Want To Take

Great Wall Of China

Do you like to travel?  Below you will find five different fall tours that you might want to experience:

  1. Greenland Fall Colors + Northern Lights – Explore and photograph fantastic landscapes of pristine beauty, exotic, arctic wildlife and northern lights. This fall tour demonstrates the beauty Greenland during a time of the year when warm fall colors contrast with the cool blues of icebergs and glaciers. October is also one of the best times of the year to see the magnificent Northern Lights. This 8-day/9-night adventure starts at $7,600 and is a splendid introduction to Greenland. http://bigchilladventure.com/trips/greenland-october-2015/
  1. Great Wall of China Beautiful Colors – In autumn, beautiful colors adorn Beijing and the forests surrounding nearby sections of the Great Wall of China. Smoke trees, maple, persimmon, and dozens of other species turn vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange, usually between mid-October and mid-November. Explore Beijing and its most popular attractions on this week-long China tour. Visit the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven. Hike along the renowned Great Wall, and try your hand at cooking Chinese cuisine. This tour starts at $1,635. http://www.adventure-life.com/tours/beautiful-beijing-the-wall-4336
  1. Blue Ridge Mountains Bike Tour – The quality of cycling routes in Brevard, North Carolina may very well be amongst the best in the country. Extreme elevations and more than 100 species of deciduous trees give the Blue Ridge Mountains one of the longest and most vibrant leaf seasons. This fall tour is the perfect opportunity to log some late season miles and witness the changing of the seasons through the beauty of the fall colors. The terrain offers amazing routes for cycling and will include valleys, winding mountainous roads, long elevated climbs and amazing descents. This 6-day/5-night tour starts at $2,195. http://thecyclinghouse.com/trip/north-carolina/
  1. Fall Trout Fishing in Montana – In Montana, dominant golden hues begin peaking in early October, with colorful trees including maples, larch and aspen. There also is no better time tofish Montana for large trout than October. The Big Hole Lodge, one of the great fly fishing destinations in North America, offers unmatched wild trophy trout fishing. This Orvis Endorsed lodge is nestled in a magnificent wilderness setting in the Pioneer Mountains of Montana with a beautiful trout stream at its doorstep. This 6/day/5-night tour starts at $3,675. http://www.frontierstravel.com/big-hole
  1. Tuscany Harvest Season by Bike – Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Italy. Crowds are thinning, prices and temperatures are dropping, harvest season is underway, and the food is fantastic.  Fall colors can be found in vineyards, foothills, and mountains in mid-October and into November. This bicycle tour savors the best of the incredibly rich and varied cultural wealth and natural beauty of Tuscany. It is an evocative time to travel to Italy, with hillsides cloaked in ready-to-pick grapes and a fragrance of fermenting wine permeating the air. http://ciclismoclassico.com/trips/bike-tour-tuscany-chianti-pienza-siena

Tips For Cruises To The Bahamas

Since the Bahamas is comprised of many islands and cays with a tropical climate, many vacationers visit the Bahamas throughout the year. If you are considering a visit to the Bahamas, perhaps a cruise would be the perfect way to travel.

Bahamas

There are many things that you will want to do and see when you are in the Bahamas.  Here are some tips for cruises you might want to know before you head out on your cruise.

Tips For Cruises

What You May Need

  • The wonderful idea behind a cruise is that you will not need to bring as much as if you were staying at a hotel. For the most part, a cruise includes all your basic necessities such as toiletries and does not have the same restrictions as air flight. Airlines have placed restrictions on goods that are more than a few ounces in weight. Check with your local cruise facility to see what, if any, restrictions may apply.
  • Be sure to dress properly for warmer climate. Sunscreen and a sunhat may be items you wish to bring along for your protection. Most cruise ships also have fewer restrictions on how much luggage you can bring aboard. Check with your cruise facility to see what their rules may be.
  • Your passport is essential for your travel to the Bahamas. Make sure that you have a safe place to keep it and remember where that place is. Many times we pack something away for safekeeping and have done such a good job securing it that we forget exactly where we have put it.
  • Be aware of fees associated with non-cash purchases. If you are purchasing a beverage plan with your cruise, you want to make sure that you have enough cash on hand for things such as excursions and island shopping. Often times, you will have a better negotiating handle when you are using cash.
  • You may also want to look into a calling plan that incorporates international usage. Check with your cell phone carrier to inquire what they offer and for what duration. Unfortunately, for some travelers, some business just will not wait. Check your carrier to see if they offer internet service in the cabin.

Travel Time

  • The Bahamas typically have a temperate climate all year round. Most of the activities center on the water in the Bahamas. Snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, and sunbathing are just among the few activities on the water.
  • Spring through fall have typically fine weather to enjoy the Bahamas, with winter being a bit more chilly. Some golf enthusiasts enjoy golfing in the winter in the Bahamas, as the weather is a bit cooler.

The Sea

  • Hurricane season is most prevalent from early spring throughout the end of November in the Bahamas. The peak for hurricanes is typically August and September. If you are not afraid of traveling and possibly having a change of plans, you will find rates much cheaper during this time of year.
  • Whether you have taken a cruise to the Bahamas before or not, being prepared as on any other vacation will ensure smoother sailing as you go along.

If you have ever been on a cruise to the Bahamas, feel free to leave a comment with your tips below.

Family Adventure: Travel to Egypt

Philae temple

Egypt has come a long way in regard to tourism. It is more than just pyramids and other ancient monuments (although those are incredible attractions). It’s becoming more popular as a family vacation area, because there is something for everyone there. Here are some ideas about what to do with your family in Egypt.

  • Entertainment – There is a thriving night life in Egypt. Dance clubs and other entertainments are available in the cities. Some hotels offer entertainment on site in the form of youth clubs. There are cafes, amusement parks, shows, dancers, and all sorts of entertainment for all ages. Golf lovers can play a round of golf with the beautiful pyramids looming in the background. While Dad plays golf, Mom and the kids can enjoy water sports, swimming pools, or shopping.
  • Water sports – Very thriving in Egypt! There is scuba diving, parasailing, and beautiful boat rides on the ancient Nile. There are seaside resorts that are child-friendly, too, taking the family beach vacation to another level.
  • Shopping – Beautiful shopping malls grace the cityscape of Egypt. Because there are so many other attractions in Egypt, one adult can take the kids to do something kid-friendly while another adult enjoys him or herself shopping.
  • History – The history of Egypt is still one of its main attractions, and for good reason. The Egyptian culture goes back thousands of years and was amazingly advanced in some ways. There are so many exciting things to do in this culturally and historically rich country. You can take camel safaris, donkey rides, and watch belly dancers. You can explore fascinating history and modern entertainments. Egypt truly is the total package.
  • Food – The local cuisine is exciting and enriching, but American chains abound as well. This is a boon for parents of young children who are picky about trying new fare, or who rely on cheeseburgers to get their kids to eat out.

Here are some recommended places to see:

  • Valley of the Kings – You and your family can take donkey rides above the area.
  • The pyramids – Go to Giza, Saqqara, and Dashur. Tours abound and are fascinating for everyone in the family. The low ceilings of the passageways leading into the pyramids are just the right height for children!
  • The museum at Cairo – Full of ancient Egyptian history. Mummies, artifacts, the entire Tutankhamen collection and much more are there for the viewing. If your children did not have an interest in Egyptian history before, they will after visiting the Cairo museum.
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