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Posted in Culinary, Europe, Food, on 17 December 2021, by , 0 Comments

There is much more to Greek cuisine than Greek salad. On the streets of Athens, souvlaki is a popular fast food of skewered pork with tzatziki, lettuce and tomato in a pita. In Crete, locally grown snails sautéed in olive oil and garlic are a popular entrée. Don’t forget the holy trinity of Greek spirits: ouzo, tsipouro, and mastic!

While you’re in Greece, here are a few things to be sure to try.

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Posted in Europe, on 12 November 2021, by , 0 Comments

A walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town is a must when visiting Scotland’s capital. Although the city boasts of a chic metropolitan vibe, its historic heart offers visitors the perfect place to set out on foot and discover the rich historical heritage along the country’s famous Royal Mile.  It is compact and easy to get around so you need no more than two hours to finish your exploration. However, if you are a history buff or an eager photographer, you will find yourself enjoying hours on end in the area.

Start your walking tour of the Royal Mile at the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle and finish at the scenic Holyrood Park. Getting to your starting point should not be a problem because it is well connected by bus to the rest of the city. You can also walk your way up the hill from the New Town. If you are coming from the east of Princes Street, just walk along the North Bridge, past the National Galleries all the way up the Mound to your destination. Make a short stop at the North Bridge to take in the view of Edinburgh’s stunning skyline. If, on the other hand, you are coming from the west end of Prince Street, then you can just hike your way up along Lothian Road.

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Posted in Africa, Australia, Europe, Mexico, Wine, on 29 October 2021, by , 0 Comments

As more travelers are looking for off-the-beaten-track destinations to visit, these ten wine destinations around the world are ripe for exploring! Here are some inspired vacation ideas for the boutique wine connoisseur.

Malta wine | ingenious travel

Malta

While wine production in Malta dates back over 2,000 years, only in recent years has Maltese wine become known outside of the country. Grape varieties include two indigenous varieties (Gellewza and Ghirgentina) as well as international varieties like Merlot and Chardonnay. Due to Malta’s hot and humid climate, grapes ripen much quicker and wineries are careful to grow varieties suited to the distinct terroir.

Visit: One of the most well-known wineries in Malta is the Marsovin Cellars, originally built in the 17th century by the Knights of St. John. Here you can taste the famous Marsovin Sparkling wine, produced in the “methode traditionelle.”

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Posted in Cruises, Culinary, Europe, Food, Golf, River Cruising, Theme Vacations, on 15 October 2021, by , 0 Comments

Do you have a hobby that you adore or an interest in something that keeps you excited?
Well, why not experience it in a different way by taking it to the sea or river.

This week we are highlighting some specialty/themed cruises that may just pique your interest. These cruise lines have taken care to curate voyages for enthusiasts from all walks of life. Food, wine, culture, wellness, sports, music are just some of the many options. So if you just want to be around like-minded people while cruising or if you belong to a special interest club or organization that is looking for a different meeting place or conference then let us know and we can arrange an amazing specialized voyage for you. It’s one of our favorite things for us travel tailors to do.

Wine Cruises | Ingenious Travel

1. AmaWaterways – Wine Cruises
AmaWaterways’ Celebration of Wine River Cruises allow you to discover the world’s most fabled wine regions. On your journey, you’ll be accompanied by a North American Wine Host, who will
guide you through the wonderful vineyards and wines of Europe.

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Danube River | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, River Cruising, on 1 October 2021, by , 0 Comments

In Central and Eastern Europe, you’ll find some of the most spectacular landscapes, wine, architecture—castles, churches, and war memorials—as well as some of the most colorful, inviting cultures in the world.  But what’s the best way to see it all? An AmaWaterways cruise down the Danube River, of course.

Vilshofen Germany | Danube| Ingenious Travel

Germany 

The journey begins with a guided tour through the beautiful medieval city of Nuremberg where you’ll see the Imperial Castle, the famous town wall, and the legendary fountain of the Market Square. For history buffs, there’s a guided tour of the city’s most significant WWII sites, including the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds, and the Nuremberg Trials Memoriam and Courtroom 600 (if the courtroom is not in session).

Next, you can savor traditional Franconian specialties including Nuremburger bratwurst, rotbier (red beer) and lebkuchen (gingerbread). While en route to the next destination, Regensburg, you’ll cruise through the man-made Main-Danube Canal.

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Aruba Golf | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Caribbean, Golf, on 17 September 2021, by , 0 Comments

Though much of Aruba is dominated by an arid landscape, there are still several stretches of green ideal for one of the world’s favorite pastimes. Despite the fact that the small island of Aruba has fewer golf courses than some other Caribbean destinations, the sport has long been a popular activity for locals and visitors alike. Beginning golfers and children can participate in lessons and golf clinics at a number of sites, while true enthusiasts can enjoy an 18-hole gem designed by one of the world’s leading architects. As you enjoy the sites in Aruba, consider taking a break to hit the links amongst some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.

The finest of Aruba’s golf courses – Tierra del Sol – rests amongst the picturesque desert beauty of the island’s northwestern coast. Designed by world-renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tierra del Sol is notable for its harmonious integration with the natural landscape. With fairways weaving through patches of cacti and impressive rock formations, the course offers players a golf experience unlike any other in the Caribbean. One of Tierra del Sol’s signature holes – the perilous 3rd – lies atop an imposing cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Tierra del Sol is also known for its vibrant wildlife, including lizards and salamanders that spend their days basking in the sun and a community of elegant egrets that inhabit the salty marshes of the 14th hole.

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San Diego Zoo | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Baseball, Beaches, Family Travel, Food, Golf, Groups, San Diego, on 31 August 2021, by , 0 Comments

When we think of California, it’s not uncommon to fill our heads of images of the Hollywood sign, celebrities, and the infamous traffic jams of Los Angeles; however, the city of angels isn’t the only prime travel destination within the state. 

San Diego has a rich history and a laidback style to match. Not only is it the birthplace of California, but it’s also one of the first spots where Europeans stepped ashore on the entire west coast. Beyond its history, San Diego has a mass appeal that will allow everyone to find something within the city that they enjoy. 

So to help jumpstart your next trip to San Diego, here are ten must-see places you can quickly cross off your bucket list!

Ten Things To Cross Off Your San Diego Bucket List

  1. San Diego Beaches – You can’t make a trip to California and not visit the beaches, and San Diego is no exception. The water is perfect for swimming, surfing, and lounging around reading a good book. If you’re looking for relaxation, San Diego has the beaches for you. Pacific Beach, La Jolla Shores Beach, and Sunset Cliffs, to name a few.  

  2. LEGOLAND California – Let your creativity and imagination run wild with the whole family. Take in the movies, interactive rides, and Lego designs that overtake this popular destination. You can even try your hands at your own LEGO creations at any number of building activities. (Pictures are from my visit in October 2019.)

3. Balboa Park – The nation’s largest urban cultural park. There are plenty of trails, play areas for kids, as well as museums. Street performers line the streets to help give you a real sense of modern renaissance and entertainment.

4. San Diego Zoo – Who doesn’t love a zoo, and with more than 3,500 animals on-site, it’s easy to get lost in the jungle and enjoy a day with the animals. Learn more about conservation efforts, and the rare and endangered plants and species occupy the 100-acre zoo.

5. SeaWorld San Diego – Families flock far and wide to take in the wonders of SeaWorld. With its mixture of outdoor aquarium and theme park, there are plenty of rides, sights, and attractions for the entire family.

6. San Diego Bay Tours – San Diego Bay is the hub spot for major water-related adventures, so why not take in the harbor and book a tour by boat. This is a relaxing way to end your day or kickstart a day of exploring. Tours can be completed on Jet boats, Hornblower cruises, speed boats, and many others.

7. San Diego BreweriesBrewery tours are always a hit for those 21+, and San Diego has its fair share of breweries to wet your whistle. With nearly 200 breweries in the area, there’s always a fresh beer that you’ve probably never tried before.

8. San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park – This nearly 6,000-acre underwater park contains various habitats such as kelp beds, sand flats, and rocky reefs. The waves are calm and gentle enough to snorkel below the water’s surface for a day of swimming with sea creatures and exploring the surrounding sea caves.

9. Mission Bay – Mission Bay is another great locale for water sports. Not only are there boat rentals, paddle boarding, and other leisure activities, but there are also trails for walking and hiking, and a camping area to set up camp over a long weekend.

10. Annual San Diego Events – Like most major cities, San Diego hosts a variety of one day and weekend-long events that occur annually. These include things such as the San Diego County Fair, Comic-Con (see images below!), as well as the Padres Major League Baseball Season (Petco Park – you can do a tour or see a game!). Even if you’re not attending these events, you may want to plan accordingly because of increases in traffic and travel accommodations being few and far between.

Which of these bucket list items are you looking to cross off on your next trip to San Diego? Are there any other San Diego must-sees that didn’t make our list? Be sure to let us know when you call today to start planning your next vacation!

You can reach us by phone 727.748.4077, email: info@ingenioustravel.com or using our contact form. We’re ready to help you explore San Diego!

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Edinburgh |Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, on 20 August 2021, by , 0 Comments

There are plenty of things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland other than just walking around or running after poltergeists along Old Town’s Royal Mile.

If you are in the city, you are just minutes away from exciting activities. You can jump on a train and go beach-hopping or wildlife watching. You can also swim with sharks in gigantic aquariums, explore magnificent palaces or hike around scenic trails. Of course, don’t forget about playing a round of golf at striking world-class courses. These are just some of the many options available for enthusiastic tourists visiting Scotland’s capital.

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Ireland | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, on 16 July 2021, by , 0 Comments

Have you been to Ireland? Perhaps you were supposed to visit last year? Well, the good news is, Ireland is opening to US travelers again next week, July 19th!

You’ve put off visiting the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, and Blarney Castle long enough. It’s finally time to take that trip to Ireland! We applaud that decision, but before you book that brewery tour or get too excited about visiting Dublin’s Grafton Street, here are a few tips to make for a more enjoyable trip.

Consider Car Travel

The best sites in the Emerald Isle are seen via public transportation or tour buses, but renting a car is not a bad idea to get to those obscure sites. Be sure the vehicle you rent is a small one, as rural roads in Ireland are narrow. Oh, and the Irish drive on the left side of the road and pass on the right.

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