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Posted in Europe, Family Travel, Gift Ideas, Groups, Tours, Travel, on 7 September 2018, by , 0 Comments

What is the difference between an escorted, hosted and an independent tour? This is a common question in the travel industry, and in this post we’re breaking down what they are, and the advantages of each. We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s dive right in!

Escorted Tours

An escorted tour is one that is conducted by a tour director. They will take care of everything from beginning to end. For example, your transportation to and from the airport, as well as transportation to and from your hotel for daily activities. You’ll also typically be with a group throughout your tour.

For some escorted tours it’s a one day affair where they will pick you up from your hotel in the morning, take you to see the sites, and then bring you back to your hotel in the evening. Typically there is a strict agenda with meal times, and places to visit set up for you as well.

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Scenic Eclipse | Ingenious Travel

Posted in All-Inclusive, Cruises, Luxury, on 24 August 2018, by , 0 Comments

Many people dream of a luxury vacation experience, but few people indulge in them. I’m not talking a first class vacation either. I mean beyond first class. Think celebrity status – white glove service, the kind of experience that makes you feel like the VIP you truly are. Enter the Scenic Eclipse yacht cruise vacation. This is the elite status getaway people salivate over, and you can have it for yourself.

Limited Guests, Unlimited Luxury

The trouble with many ocean cruise liners, even luxury ones, is that there are far too many guests on board. No matter how many staff there are, it’s easy to feel like you are just another number on those ships.

The Scenic Eclipse is a luxury yacht that limits the guest count to less than 230 people for an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio, promising an exclusive vacation with one of a kind service you won’t get anywhere else. That is, anywhere else short of booking a private yacht with your own staff where you are the only guest.

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Oberammergau Passion Play | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, Family Travel, Groups, River Cruising, Theme Vacations, Tours, on 10 August 2018, by , 0 Comments

If you are like most travelers, you are often looking for something unique to do when you’re visiting new places. Should Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany, or the surrounding areas, be on your list of destinations, the Oberammergau Passion Play is one experience you may want to add to your itinerary. You may be wondering what is the Oberammergau Passion Play, and what is so special about it? Keep reading to learn more.

The Origins of The Oberammergau Passion Play

Believe it or not, the origins of the Oberammergau Passion Play date all the way back to 1634, during the time of the bubonic plague. As the story goes, while this plague was ravaging Europe, the citizens of Oberammergau attempted to seal themselves off from the rest of the world in hopes the plague wouldn’t reach them. Unfortunately, a person carrying disease slipped through the cracks and dozens of people perished within less than a month.

As a result of these deaths, the town council came together and vowed to God that they would act out a play depicting the life and suffering of Christ for the rest of their lives if God would spare them. What the townspeople considered to be a miracle came to pass – no one else died of the plague. Therefore, the villagers stuck to their vow, and created and performed the Oberammergau Passion Play. They continue to do so today.

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River Seine | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, River Cruising, on 3 August 2018, by , 0 Comments

River cruises have grown significantly in popularity in recent years. One big reason is because they are more intimate than large cruise lines can offer. Another is that the ships are smaller so they can visit ports the bigger ships can’t quite dock at.

If you have been considering trying a river cruise, perhaps the fact that Adventures by Disney is offering exciting cruise vacations will inspire you to cast aside your landlubbing ways and hit the waters for a new kind of journey. One of the cruise itineraries Adventures by Disney offers is via the River Seine. Read onto learn more about this 10-day/9-night experience that will help you discover the true essence of many things that France has to offer.

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Travel with Kids | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, Travel, on 13 July 2018, by , 0 Comments

“One day…we’re going to take the kids to Hawaii!”, “We really want to travel over to Europe, but we’re waiting until the kids are older” ; “We really want to go out West and see the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, but our summers are just too busy”. Do any of those statements sound familiar to you? The average American family doesn’t think they spend enough time together. Between school, work, sports, and extracurricular activities it’s no surprise that we are all feeling disconnected and burned out. The best way to reconnect with your loved ones is to get away. No distractions and no excuses: just you and your kids (or Grandkids) spending “quality time”, enjoying each other’s company and maybe even experiencing an unfamiliar culture together. “Next Year, maybe” turns into the year after that…and so forth…until you “blink” and are sitting at their high school graduation wondering what the hell happened!

Travel is proven to be a wonderful learning tool for children. Seeing how people live in other countries can open their minds and hearts and expand their imagination exponentially. Here are a few things that travel can provide for your family:

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Adventure Travel | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Adventure Travel, on 29 June 2018, by , 0 Comments

Are you looking for something different for your next getaway? Then, perhaps an adventure trip is just what the doctor ordered. Ingenious Travel has partnered with Exodus Travels, and thanks to this partnership, we are proud to offer our clients:

  • More than 160 hiking itineraries
  • More than 90 cycling itineraries
  • Mixed activity trips featuring things like kayaking, canoeing and whitewater rafting
  • And so much more

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Cruising | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Cruises, Travel, on 15 June 2018, by , 0 Comments

Want to know the number one mistake travelers make when going on a cruise? That is aside from not hiring a travel agent? It’s over packing! You need less than you think you do while you’re on board. With this in mind below you’ll find things you simply should not pack for your next cruise:

Avoid bringing more outfits than the number of days on the ship. Only bring enough clothes for the duration of the trip. There’s no sense in bringing two weeks worth of clothes if you are going on a week long vacation. Speaking of too many clothes…

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New York City | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Family Travel, Weekend Getaway, on 31 May 2018, by , 0 Comments

Already done the “touristy” things on your last visit to New York City? Check out these off the beaten path favorites.

1. Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern art is another great place to see some incredible art. There are always new artists and exhibits being featured at the Museum of Modern Art – see what’s going on ahead of time to make the most of your visit. And be sure to check out MoMA on Friday evenings for free admission from 4pm to 8pm!

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Antarctica | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Travel, on 18 May 2018, by , 0 Comments

When most people think of a vacation, they probably don’t think of Antarctica. The frigid temperatures, the lack of amenities, the frigid temperatures, the somewhat remote access, and did I mention the frigid temperatures?

Still, Antarctica is one of those breathtaking destinations that more and more people are adding to their bucket lists because it’s off the beaten path, and so unique. And, one of the best ways to explore this continent is in luxury, of course. By luxury, I’m talking about none other than a Lindblad Expedition aboard a National Geographic ship.

Cruises Are Booking Now for 2018 and 2019

Lindblad Expeditions are now booking for November and December 2018, as well as January, February, November and December 2019. The itinerary to explore The White Continent is 14 days long, and includes a day in Buenos Aires, Argentina before transferring to Ushuaia, Argentina. In Ushuaia, you’ll embark on either the National Geographic Explorer or the National Geographic Orion heading to Antarctica. From there, you’ll enjoy a full five days exploring Antarctica. With nearly 24 hours of daylight during these cruises, you can expect to have plenty of time and flexibility with your schedule to see all that this stunning location has to offer.

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Posted in Travel, on 12 May 2018, by , 0 Comments

Think going on safari in South Africa is limited to only the rich? Think again. Just like all forms of travel are more accessible than ever to people these days, the same is true for the former elite’s playground – an African Safari. Read on if you are interested in getting a group of friends or family together for a small group safari tour of South Africa.

Multiple destinations available

Through Ingenious Travel’s partnerships, we have several destinations available for your small group safari. Each tour includes:

  • A safari vehicle with an English speaking tour guide
  • Group accomodations
  • Chefs that cater to your group’s unique dining needs
  • Evening entertainment
  • Village visits and cultural immersion experiences
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