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Posted in River Cruising, Travel, Uncategorized, on 6 May 2016, by , 0 Comments

Rhine River Cruise | Ingenious TravelA Rhine river cruise is among the best ways to see some of the hidden delights that this beautiful stretch of water has to offer. The Rhine runs from the Alps to the North Sea and provides many great sights and sounds along the way. The advantage of a Rhine river cruise is that it will give you a taste of the life of the residents of different countries, something that a large cruise line generally cannot directly do.

Most of the river cruise liners traveling along the Rhine are small. They carry up to a maximum of 200 passengers. This gives it a cozy feel and is a great way to make some new friends on your trip. Whereas a liner cannot negotiate canals and rivers, a river boat can take you into unexplored territories to sample day-to-day life in many interesting locations. These cruise ships are well equipped with modern facilities allowing you to take a break, relax and enjoy exciting scenes on the way. Given the fact that they are smaller than their counterpart liners, these boats can navigate through narrower waterways such as rivers as able to take you to far destinations where the bigger liner can’t reach.

Many of Rhine river boats are equipped with luxurious cabins. Most also feature a balcony on which one can sit, relax and enjoy the sight of beautiful sights as the liner slowly navigates past them. Many cabins have televisions, telephones and showers for your convenience. Some even have fitness centers, hairdressers, and saunas for a truly relaxing river cruise.

For those who don’t like the thought of staring at endless miles of ocean, a River Rhine cruise is the perfect answer. The boat travels past interesting villages, forests, and many internationally important cities. You can spot famous landmarks, or simply admire the passing castles, vineyards, and wildlife as the boat speeds along.

Having said this river boats do not “whizz” past all of these beautiful spots and take you on a whirlwind tour. They are faster than the average canal boat, sure, but they are still able to travel at a slower pace than a traditional large cruise ship. It is safe to say that you will not miss any of the scenery while on your Rhine River cruises.

Rhine river cruises are the same as sea cruises in the respect that they still dock at certain stops to allow passengers to enjoy the onshore attractions. This can be small villages along the route or large cities that have international appeal. A Rhine river cruise, for example, may stop in the small village of Cochem for passengers to learn a bit of its local history, take pictures and interact with local people; it may then continue through the night to reach the major tourist attractions of the city of Cologne.

Deciding to take a Rhine river cruise will not leave you disappointed. Regardless of your travel style, you can rest assured that you’ll enjoy every moment of your trip from takeoff to arrival. Contact Ingenious Travel today to start planning your Rhine river cruise adventure!

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Posted in Girlfriend Getaways, Shopping, Travel, Uncategorized, on 8 April 2016, by , 0 Comments

Girlfriends | Ingenious Travel

Going on a vacation with your girlfriends is about so much more than just having fun. It’s about escaping daily responsibilities. It’s about the uninterrupted conversations and just doing what makes you happy. It’s about bonding in a place away from home to create memories that will last you all a lifetime. It’s about sisterhood! Planning a getaway with your girlfriends can be as simple or as extravagant as you want. Should you be thinking about going away with your closest besties, here are some tips that may help you along the way:

Begin by picking a destination: You all must agree on a place to go. You can research the most famous destinations online, or you can get together and simply discuss where you all would like to go. Make a case for your choice destination and if you can’t agree on the exact destination, at least discuss the elements you want out of the trip. Now might also be a good time to get your travel agent at Ingenious Travel involved because we might have an idea for you that fits your time, budget and meets all of your needs.

Book flights that arrive at the same time, but if possible book the same flight: In the event you’ll each be traveling from different places, at least try to arrive around the same time so you can share transportation to your hotel. Call us to coordinate your travel times and we can either get you all on the same flight if you’re traveling together, or if you’re traveling separately we can arrange those accommodations.

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Posted in Adventure Travel, Caribbean, Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Travel, Uncategorized, on 1 April 2016, by , 0 Comments

Exotic Travevl | Ingenious TravelAn exotic vacation means different things to different people. For some, it means a trip to a hot destination like Tahiti or the Seychelles. For others, it’s an adventure trip with nonstop thrills like sky diving and riding an ATV off the coast of Maui. An exotic vacation may entail lots of different and exciting activities that you would not have the chance to enjoy otherwise, but regardless of what you’re doing and where you’re going there are definitely some things you can do to make your exotic travel experience an easier one.

First and foremost, hire Ingenious Travel! When you hire a travel agent to handle all of your travel needs, your trip instantly becomes much more exciting and easier to plan because all of the legwork is handled for you! We can come up with an itinerary that suits your needs perfectly, and we can help you stay within your budget.

Second, figure out what exotic means to you. Sometimes answering the question of what the best places and activities of a given destination can prove difficult, and varies from person to person. One person might want to climb scenic peaks by morning, look for sea turtle eggs on the beach at lunch and go on a zip line tour in the afternoon. This may be great for them, but what if you would prefer something not quite so strenuous or perhaps a little cheaper? To know your trip goals ahead of time and the goals of your travel companions will better help you design the perfect trip.

Don’t go in blindly. By this I mean don’t just choose a destination based on a brochure. Ask us, your travel agents about the areas you are considering. We can tell you about guided tours, historic sites, and about areas that you otherwise would not have a chance to see and experience.

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Posted in Family Travel, General Travel Information, Shopping, Sports, Uncategorized, on 4 March 2016, by , 0 Comments

If you are planning your first trip to beautiful Barcelona, Spain and still wondering with what you are going to fill your days with while there, consider the following fantastic options that you absolutely must not miss out on…

Casa Mila | Ingenious Travel

Explore Gaudi’s Many Marvels

No trip to Barcelona would ever be complete without exploring and discovering the many impressive works of Antoni Gaudi, a famous architect who certainly left his mark on the city. Begin by wandering through Parc Guell where you will get the chance to see some of the most unique and colorful architectural designs in the world. Next, visit La Sagrada Familia – Church of the Sacred Family – before heading right over to Casa Batllo, his apartment building masterpiece unlike anything you have ever seen before.

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Wander Down Las Ramblas

There is a big chance you have already considered doing this as it is the busiest and most popular neighborhood in all of Barcelona. Filled with a nearly endless list of booths, restaurants and bars that are perfect for making your rounds and filling up your appetite as well as shopping bags. Though busy at most times of the day – except siesta time – it is a must, even if it is just a one-time activity.

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Posted in Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 26 February 2016, by , 0 Comments

With the everyday stresses of full-time work, keeping up with the house, your children and anything else that takes up most of your day, sometimes it is simply time for some overdue rest and relaxation. If you’re nodding your head to that, then consider putting a pause on all those stresses for just a few days or so and heading to one of these top spas in the U.S. Say goodbye to stress and hello to rest…

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa | Ingenious Trael

  1. Cal-a-Vie Health Spa – California

Located just near San Diego in Southern California. Cal-a-Vie Health Spa spreads out over a total of 200 private acres where you can be assured complete solitude within an oasis that exudes balance and connection within its every inch. Focusing on the perfect combination of mind, body and spirit, this incredible spa allows its maximum guests of 32 to indulge in workouts such as Pilates and Zumba as well as meditation classes and of course treatments at its impressive spa. From a hot stone foot treatment to a relaxing oxygen facial, you may will soon begin to feel restored and refresh and possibly not wanting to ever leave this place.

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  1. Canyon Ranch Lenox – Massachusetts

Surrounded by lush and colorful trees at every turn, Canyon Ranch Lenox is both beautifully and professionally managed with a focus on personalized services tailored to meet your every need from the second you walk through their inviting doors. They offer an array of classes when you decide to make them your spa of choice, that include focuses on life management, preventative health care, nutrition, spiritual growth programs and fitness sessions along with outdoor activities. The lavish spa will be waiting for you after classes to enjoy one of their Euphoria body treatments.

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Posted in Caribbean, Cruises, River Cruising, Travel, Uncategorized, on 29 January 2016, by , 0 Comments

Ocean Cruise River Cruise | Ingenious Travel

 

For those of you who have become quite the well-seasoned ocean cruisers, you may have heard that ocean exploration isn’t the only option out there. Whether you are growing tired of the massive crowds that come along with ocean cruising or you simply want to switch things up a bit for your future cruise adventure, here are some of the main differences of both to help you make some decisions…

No Waves vs. Many Waves

If you have ever had to deal with sea sickness, then you may know exactly why this is such a big difference. Nothing is worse than having your entire vacation ruined by the bumpiness that seems to not sit so well with your stomach. With river cruises, the chances of this are slim to none, making your stomach happier and your trip possibly much more enjoyable. For those of you who never suffer from sea sickness, then this may be irrelevant but still nice to know.

Seeing & Touching Land Everyday vs. Every Other Day

For river cruises, you are able to see land every single day you are on board in addition to actually in port and stepping on land every single day as well. This is unlike ocean cruises as you may go an entire day without even seeing a speck of land. If you don’t mind staring out into the wide open ocean and seeing nothing but blue all around you, then ocean cruises may be great for you! However, if you prefer quite the opposite and enjoy being in port every day, then river cruises might just be your cup of tea.

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Posted in General Travel Information, Holiday Weekends, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, on 22 January 2016, by , 0 Comments

Romantic Getaways | Ingenious TravelHave you and your special someone been lacking some much needed alone time for just the two of you? With so many incredibly stunning destinations around the world, it may be hard to narrow down your options. The following are here to help you do just that so that you can start planning your perfect romantic getaway…

Napa Valley – California, USA

Do you both fancy a glass – or several – of wine? Well, then Napa Valley of California known as ‘Wine Country’ may just be the perfect place for you. Not only are they able to boast some of the best and highly noted wineries of the states, there are also an array of fantastic restaurants, award winning hotels and a certain ambiance that seems to exude its every square mile. Decide which accommodation best suits your preferences, settle in and begin exploring all that the valley has to offer. Chances are, you will walk away with a new list of favorite wines, a feeling of rejuvenation and plenty of memories to last a lifetime.

Granada – Spain

Known as an Urban Retreat ideal for those looking to escape the typical hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse themselves into a mix of both historical and modern marvels, Granada is nothing short of the perfect romantic getaway for couples. Wander down the cobblestone streets, explore the many shops, markets and restaurants when not taking advantage of your chosen accommodation’s fantastic amenities. A place filled with rich history, culture and some of the best food you can imagine, you won’t regret making Granada your romantic destination.

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Posted in Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 15 January 2016, by , 0 Comments

Reindeer Sledding Norway | Ingenious TravelHeading to Norway in the near future and still not quite sure what to fill your days with while there? Well, consider something a little more unique that you can check off your bucket list and head out on a reindeer sledding adventure!

What Is Reindeer Sledding?

Reindeer sledding is the oldest form of transport in the north as well as a still important part of certain cultures throughout Norway. Known as a very “soft” adventure that is the perfect activity for people of all ages, ranging from little ones to older adults, reindeer sledding is an immensely unique and special opportunity of a lifetime.

When Can You Participate?

The typical season of reindeer sledding is around mid-November to the end of March. This is due to the weather and when the snow is falling, making it the perfect time to head out on a reindeer sledding adventure! If you happen to be heading to Norway during those early and late winter months, then you are certainly in luck and especially for those visiting in March, as your chances of experiencing the Northern Lights are even greater!

Where Do You Go Reindeer Sledding?

This adventure typically takes place in the northern area of Norway toward the white plains of Finnmark. However, there are other options throughout the rest of country. It just so happens that the most popular place to participate is in the north due to the cultural heritage and history of the activity to the Sami people.

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Posted in Family Travel, Travel, Uncategorized, on 8 January 2016, by , 0 Comments

If you are looking to spend some quality family time this coming spring break but not quite sure where to head, consider the following great destinations…

Family Vacations | Ingenious Travel

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort – Paradise Island, Bahamas

If you want to guarantee a fun, thrilling and truly unforgettable time that everyone will walk away from with memories of a lifetime, then this is the place to head to for Spring Break. Your kids will enjoy the fun activities all planned and created by Atlantis Kids Adventure (AKA) program where they will get to take part in water slides, moving making fun, arts and crafts, water activities, rock climbing and so much more! The adults will love the spa, sea kayaking, fabulous restaurants and overall superb amenities.

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Steamboat Springs – Colorado, USA

If you have had enough sunshine and are looking for a picturesque mountainous landscape for your Spring Break, then Steamboat Springs in Colorado is a great option. Take ski instructions, cruise down the snowy slopes, get cozy in the teepees and log cabins, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride and simply have some winter wonderland fun!

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Posted in Caribbean, Resort Travel, Travel, Uncategorized, on 1 January 2016, by , 0 Comments

If you are hoping to make some fun traveling plans for this coming year but haven’t quite narrowed down your options to where you want to go, consider keeping in mind these following destinations that should definitely be on your radar for 2016…

Cabo | Ingenious Travel

Los Cabos

Although Los Cabos was severely impacted by Hurricane Odile a little over one year ago, the area has bounced back incredibly and is now offering even more for guests than before. There plan to be over 2,500 new hotel rooms spread across multiple resorts including The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, JW Marriot, Park Hyatt, Hard Rock Hotel and Le Blanc amongst several others. With an abundance of new hotels springing up, Los Cabos is undoubtedly a fantastic travel destination for 2016.

Cuba | Ingenious Travel

Cuba

With immense growth, revealing of new changes and an ever-increasing positive relation with the U.S., Cuba is quickly becoming the place to head to for a fun and beautiful vacation. If you are in search of luxurious hotels, fantastic shopping, pristine beaches and endless fun activities to take part in, then Cuba is undoubtedly the place to head to. The embassy has now been reopened and it won’t be long before travelers start catching on to this incredible destination.

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