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Posted in Family Travel, Travel, on 4 May 2018, by , 0 Comments

Now through September 2018, one of the Ingenious Travel partners is hosting a tour called The Nelson Mandela South Africa Experience. This tour features 9 days and 8 nights traveling through Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park and Greater Kruger National Park. To learn more about this exciting tour, read on.

Who was Nelson Mandela?

Nelson Mandela, for those of you who don’t know, is considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest patriot of South Africa. He was a non-violent apartheid activist, and South Africa’s first black president.

Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He was also imprisoned for 27 years for political offenses including his non-violent defiance of against the South African government and its racist policies. He is considered one of the greatest symbols of peace, and one of the best advocates for civil rights worldwide.

The highlights of the trip:

While on The Nelson Mandela South Africa Experience you’ll enjoy:

  • Visits to the Apartheid Museum
  • A stop in Soweto
  • A ferry ride to Robben Island
  • Witnessing the actual cell where Mandela was imprisoned
  • Multiple game drives throughout the Kruger region and more

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Adventures by Disney | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Cruises, Europe, Family Travel, River Cruising, Travel, on 27 April 2018, by , 0 Comments

We’ve been getting pretty excited learning all about the upcoming cruises by Adventures by Disney. They have certainly taken the idea of luxury of river cruising and given it the kind of upgrade any Disney star including Mickey himself would approve of. Today, we’re exploring the Rhine River itinerary Adventures by Disney is offering. We think you’ll find yourself wanting to hop aboard this exciting cruise vacation after you read more about it.

Overview:

You’ll travel to six destinations in four countries on this 8-day/7-night Adventures by Disney Rhine River cruise vacation. Your trip will begin in Basel, Switzerland and end in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with plenty of exciting experiences along the way.

  • Cruise departure: You’ll fly into Basel Airport where you’ll be transported to Basel, Switzerland – the city the cruise will depart from. Be sure to ask Ingenious Travel about early arrival activities and accommodations, attractions and dining reservations should you decide you would like to explore Switzerland before your cruise.
  • On-board cruise experience: You’ll enjoy 8 days and 7 nights aboard either the AmaKristina or the AmaMora river cruise boat (depending on when your cruise travel dates take place). Both boats feature spacious staterooms, a heated pool, a massage and hair salon, a gift shop and a specialty coffee station.  
  • Cruise arrival: On day 8 your cruise boat will arrive in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and you can either depart same day from Amsterdam Airport Schipol, or stick around another day or two to explore The Netherlands. Again, be sure to ask Ingenious Travel about late departure activities and accommodations, attractions and dining reservations should you decide you would like to explore The Netherlands before your flight home.
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Posted in Family Travel, Golf, Theme Vacations, Travel, Unique Getaways, on 20 April 2018, by , 0 Comments

The Titanic is perhaps the most famous ship to ever sink. Movies and books have been written about it, and it truly changed the game in terms of what it takes for a cruise ship (or any ship ofr that matter) to be considered safe for the passengers aboard it. The city of Belfast in Northern Ireland is the city where this famous ship was built, and visiting it is one of the most educational, and eye-opening experiences one could have.

Titanic | Ingenious Travel

The Titanic Experience

Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experiences. This award winning visitor center offers nine interactive galleries by which to explore the Titanic. You can explore the shipyard where the ship was built, view full-scale reconstructions of the state-rooms, and see replications of artifacts from the ships including their White Star China, launch day tickets and even the menu for the last luncheon.

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Danube River | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, Family Travel, River Cruising, Unique Getaways, on 9 March 2018, by , 0 Comments

There’s nothing quite as special as traveling at Christmas. Well, that is until now. Adventures by Disney has two very special upcoming cruises on the Danube River that offer you and your family a holiday experience you won’t soon forget. One cruise is scheduled to set sail in December 2018, and the other in December 2019. These exclusive sailings will sell out. In fact, the 2018 cruise already has limited availability and wait lists for some of the cabins. Here’s what you can expect if you decide to take the plunge and cruise the Danube for Christmas:

Overview:

You’ll travel to seven destinations in three countries on an 8-day/7-night Adventures by Disney vacation on the Danube River. If you choose the 2018 cruise, you’ll depart on December 23 and return December 30. The 2019 sailing dates are December 22 through December 29.

  • Cruise departure: You’ll fly into Munich Airport where you’ll be transported to Vilshofen, Germany – the city the cruise will depart from. Be sure to ask Ingenious Travel about early arrival activities and accommodations, attractions and dining reservations should you decide you would like to explore Germany before your cruise.
  • On-board cruise experience: You’ll enjoy 8 days and 7 nights aboard the stunning AmaLea river cruise boat. This boat was inspired by luxury yachts and provides spacious staterooms, elegant decor, a heated pool, a massage and hair salon, a gift shop and a specialty coffee station.
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Taking Kids Out of School | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, Travel, on 2 March 2018, by , 0 Comments

Today, going on a vacation at least once a year has become the norm in many families. Not just in the U.S., but around the world. The unfortunate reality is though, that during winter and summer breaks traveling is generally more expensive than it is during other times of the year. Because of this, some families are opting to go on vacation during slower seasons. The question then becomes – Should your kids miss school for a family vacation? Below are the pros and cons of taking kids out of school for travel.

The PROS

  1. As much as working hard is important, taking time to rest is also very important. The brain too needs some time to recover and rest, and taking your child out of school for a vacation is a good way to help them relax. Chances of them performing even better in school after the vacation are very high.
  2. Knowledge is not limited to the classroom alone. During vacations, children are exposed to a lot of things that simply can’t be taught in school. In the “real world” they get to learn many things practically and with a hands on approach, unlike in school where most of the things students are taught are theoretical. In addition, children will get exposed to other languages, culture and ways of living outside of their own.
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New Zealand | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, New Zealand, Travel, Unique Getaways, Wine, on 16 February 2018, by , 0 Comments

What makes New Zealand so popular to visit by way of rail or road trip? Perhaps it’s the fact that while riding along in a train on a railway or on the road in your own vehicle you can view the spectacular scenery. Or maybe it’s the fact that you’ll see more of the countryside because you’ll be constantly moving from place to place. Visiting this destination and touring it in this fashion is certainly something you’ll never forget.

By Rail

When touring by rail, you have several options for where you’ll visit. Just three of the options available to you include:

  1. Northern Explorer: This is the longest running passenger service between Auckland and Wellington. You’ll enjoy views of fertile farmland, volcanic peaks, and the sparkling waters of the Kapiti coast.
  2. TranzAlpine: This route is considered one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys, and will take you 139 miles through 16 tunnels and viaducts from Christchurch to Greymouth and back.
  3. Coastal Pacific: This rail journey will take you up the Kaikoura Coastline, which are famous for views of the marine mammals, and whale watching. Bring your camera and a zoom lens for awesome shots of dolphins, seals and penguins.
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MSC Cruises | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Cruises, Europe, Family Travel, on 9 February 2018, by , 0 Comments

One of the most frequent concerns for cruise goers is what to expect when traveling with a cruise line they’ve not yet cruised with before. With that in mind, I thought it might be a good idea to do a spotlight on some of my favorite cruise lines, and I am starting with MSC Cruise Line. Continue reading to learn more about MSC Cruises.

About MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is considered to be the leader in Mediterranean cruises, but they also have voyages in to Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, North America, South America and South Africa. MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line. Their fleet is comprised of 12 ships that cruise year-round in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, and seasonally in other locations.

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Kids Choice Awards | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, on 19 January 2018, by , 0 Comments

Picture this – You and your best pals or gals in Los Angeles, California just feet away from the biggest celebrities in Hollywood getting slimed. Wait, what? This isn’t a dream – it’s the Kids Choice Awards, and you could be one of the lucky few at the show.

For more than two decades, Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards has been the event where celebrities can let it all hang out. Unlike those hoity toity Oscars and pesky Grammys – this is where they can get wild and crazy while watching their fellow celebs nab awards for the most popular television shows, films, music and video games of the year.

It’s not who you know, it’s what you know, and now you know that it IS possible to attend the show. Check out this exciting sample itinerary that you could enjoy:

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Skiing | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, Holiday, Resort Travel, skiing, on 15 December 2017, by , 0 Comments

Searching for a family-accommodating ski resort that won’t bore your younger downhill racers? You’re in luck because we’ve found some of the best kid-friendly ski resorts in the United States. Without further adieu, here they are in no particular order:

Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado

Just under two hours from Denver, Keystone is Vail Resorts’ budget and family-friendly mountain with some of North America’s best “backcountry” skiing. They’ve got a kids ski free program that allows kids 12 and under to ski completely free, and they’ve given away more than a hundred thousand complimentary lift tickets to families who book a two-night or longer stay in one of the resort’s three auto-free villages. The activities for children in these areas are virtually endless including snow play, adventure walks, pottery classes, cooking classes, skating and more. The best part? Most of the activities are also included with your stay!

Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah

Only a 35-minute drive out from Salt Lake City, Utah, sits Park City – a small town with Western flair. Not only does this spot host the Sundance Film Festival every year, it’s a ski-family favorite. Teens particularly like the area. Just a few of the features you’ll find here include Olympic-class slopes, fabulous ski lessons, a plethora of restaurants and shops, snowboarding, snowmobile tours and more.

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Caribbean | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Beaches, Caribbean, Family Travel, General Travel Information, Resort Travel, on 22 November 2017, by , 0 Comments

It’s no secret that 2017’s hurricane season wreaked havoc on the Caribbean. As a result, travelers worldwide have been canceling their trips left and right. Here’s the thing though, where you’re traveling might not be affected, and canceling your trips could be detrimental to their tourism industry.

Yes, it is true that the areas that were hit hardest by Hurricanes Irma and Maria are still recovering, and they have a long ways to go. However, according to a report in the New York Times, “nearly 70 percent were not damaged by the hurricanes and are eager to delicately tout that they’re open for business, according to Frank Comito, the chief executive officer of the Caribbean Hotel Association, an organization that represents hotels and tourism-related businesses in 32 Caribbean destinations.”

While the point of this travel update is not to dismiss or even overshadow how much the areas affected still need help, it is to let you know that you can still have a trip to the Caribbean if you would like to, and it will still help the economies of the surrounding areas. Bahamas, Aruba, Grand Cayman, St. Lucia, and Jamaica are just five of the destinations the Times reported on, but there are many other destinations open for business, and hoping you’ll visit soon. The Caribbean region consists of 32 countries, and spans over a million square miles. These destinations depend on travel dollars to keep their economies going, and many of them are hopeful you will visit them soon.

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