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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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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.

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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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Game of Thrones | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Theme Vacations, Travel, on 16 March 2018, by , 0 Comments

True Game of Thrones fans know, that if they want to see where the show is filmed, they need to get to Belfast in Northern Ireland. Why, because Belfast is home to Titanic Studios, aka the spot that many episodes are filmed in full. And, what isn’t filmed on set, is filmed closeby to the set. As Visit Belfast says, these film locations are “only a stone’s throw away.” Want to learn more about the filming locations? Below are a handful of them. Warning if you haven’t watched all the seasons, there may be some spoilers in this post.

Cushendun Caves

Grab your walking shoes and head to the village of Cushendun for a breathtaking journey through the Cushendun caves. You may recognize this spot from season two as a cove that was in the Stormlands.

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Murlough Bay

This bay is known for its remote location and its extraordinary beauty. Most visitors say the best views are worth what can only be described as a frightening drive that must be taken to get to it.   

 

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Bucket List | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Sports, Theme Vacations, on 26 January 2018, by , 0 Comments

You’ve heard of a bucket list, but what about a themed bucket list? Specifically one for your must see sporting events. Below you’ll find our personal bucket list of the top sporting events we’d like to see live in 2018 (or any year for that matter!). And, if you feel the way we do and want to attend some or all of these, we hope you’ll think of us when booking your getaway.

In alphabetical order, here are the top events we want to see:

  • Belmont Stakes – Held June 8-10 at Belmont Park in New York, the Belmont Stakes is the final and most demanding race of thoroughbred racing’s prestigious Triple Crown.
  • Canadian Grand Prix – Also held in June, this is one of Formula 1’s most anticipated races annually at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Sightseeing in Quebec plus racing? Count us in! Event dates are June 8-11.
  • Champions League Final – Slated for May 25-21 in Ukraine, the top two football (read soccer) teams in Europe will go head to head for the European Champion Clubs’ Cup.  
  • Daytona 500 – This race occurs on the Daytona International Speedway in Florida February 17-19. We’re certainly okay with flying south for the winter!
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North Island New Zealand | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Adventure Travel, Food, Golf, Theme Vacations, Wine, on 22 September 2017, by , 0 Comments

New Zealand features some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. But, there’s more to a vacation than gorgeous settings. With that in mind, here are a few of the things you can see and do while in North Island New Zealand:

  1. Try their award winning wines – Sauvignon Blanc is made here, and tourists and residents alike contend that there isn’t another country in the world that makes a better Sauvignon Blanc than New Zealand.
  1. Indulge in the fresh local produce. Some say that the food here is better simply because they are so good at farm fresh to table in terms of cooking.
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Harry Potter in the UK | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Authors, Books, Family Travel, Theme Vacations, Travel, on 2 June 2017, by , 0 Comments

Though the last “true” Harry Potter book was published in 2007, and the final installment of the original film series came out in 2011, it’s safe to say that Harry Potter fandom won’t be dying down any time soon. J.K. Rowling has released several complementary books, the London Warner Bros. studio hosts daily tours, and there’s even a hotel that has opened in the U.K. with Harry Potter themed “Wizard Chambers.” If you too have a thing for Mr. Potter, below are just a few things you might want to consider adding to you Harry Potter itinerary through the U.K.

Tour the original studios where Harry Potter was filmed

For more than 10 years the Leavesden Warner Bros. Studio in London was home to the film series. After production “wrapped on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2010, the production crew were left with a treasure trove of thousands of intricate and beautifully-made artifacts, many of which wouldn’t have been saved on a typical production.” What was left behind became part of the studio tour allowing fans of the movies to see costumes, props and sets, up-close and personal.

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Knitting | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Theme Vacations, on 5 January 2017, by , 0 Comments

Would it surprise you to learn that themed vacations are becoming more popular than ever these days? One such themed vacation that is growing in popularity that may surprise you is knitting tours. What exactly happens on a knitting tour? Do you just sit around in a fancy location knitting? If you’re as curious as we were, keep reading.

As is the case with most themed vacations, knitting tours are not solely about knitting. Rather they are about getting people who have an interest in it together in one location. Imagine going on your next trip with like-minded individuals who have the same interest as you do. In truth, this is the basis of a themed vacation, and why they are so popular. To know that you’re not alone in your love of something, and to be able to hang out with others who enjoy something you do too gives you an opportunity to bond in a whole new way, in a fun new place.

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Posted in Adventure Travel, Cruises, Theme Vacations, Travel, Uncategorized, Unique Getaways, on 13 May 2016, by , 0 Comments

Antarctic Photography | Ingenious TravelAntarctica might not be the first place you think of when you consider a photography expedition. However, we’re betting that by the time you’ve read through this post, you will be ready to don your warm clothes for an exciting trek through one of the most beautiful places in the world to snap a pic or two, or 1,000! Here’s a simple guide to what you need to know for an exciting photography expedition through Antarctica:

The first thing you’ll need to know is what to bring, where to stay and when to go. Regardless of the time of year you go, you’ll end up wanting to carry warm clothes. We recommend layered clothes so that you can bundle up or down where needed. Believe it or not, you should plan as far in advance as possible. Even Antarctica’s hotels sell out and the best rooms always go first. Know your budget as soon as possible so that you can plan accordingly as well. It might go without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway- know the expected weather conditions you will experience while visiting so that you’ll know just how many layers to bring with you.

Insider’s Tip: Everything we mentioned in the last paragraph are just a few reasons you will want to work with Ingenious Travel while preparing for your getaway! You’ll want advocates on your side working on your behalf ensuring you’ll have the best and safest trip possible.

What are the top things someone to do during your tour? Just a few of the exciting things you can enjoy on your trip include:

  1. Swim in Antarctica at the Deception Bay – Deception Bay is an amazing place with a caldera volcano offering a prime site for swimming in Antarctica. Swimming in frigid temperatures? YES! Just don’t go into deeper waters. Stick to where it’s warm and safe.
  2. Take a Zodiac Cruise in the Antarctica – A zodiac is a small boat that carries roughly 10 to 12 people. During your journey, you will see icebergs on a close up view while enjoying seeing many different seal types including leopard seals. This is one of those times your camera is highly recommended. Bonus points to you if you have one that is waterproof so that should any splashing occur your lens is protected.
  3. Send a post card right from the southernmost point – Port Lockroy hosts the southernmost post office still existing in the world. Send a postcard home and/or to family from there for the most unique of souvenirs. One word of caution, though. It could take up to 12 months before it arrives to it’s intended destination. Seeing this area along with the chance to send post from the place will be an amazing experience to say the least.
  4. Get Up Close and Personal With Penguins – This is Antarctica’s most popular tourist attraction and will definitely make for some fabulous photo opps! You’ll see thousands of penguins and get to walk among the massive colonies of them while taking your photos.

Other things you’ll want to photography include the natural beauty of the Lemaire Channel, the whales, the seals and even the birds. You might even want to do some kayaking and camping during your vacation. Want to learn more about all that Antarctica has to offer? Call Ingenious Travel today!

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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 Cruises, General Travel Information, Gift Ideas, Golf, Music, River Cruising, Theme Vacations, Uncategorized, on 4 December 2015, by , 0 Comments

Theme River Cruises | Ingenious TravelWhether you have been on a themed river cruise before or are contemplating on heading out on your very first one, you should know that there are plenty of great options out there to choose from. If you are debating what types are available or which one would best suite your preferences, consider the following…

Christmas Theme

Make this Christmas the most special one yet by heading out on a Christmas themed river cruise through some of the best parts of Europe. Imagine cruising through France, Germany or Austria and stopping off at each inviting town to explore the many Christmas markets. This seems to be a favorite amongst those who want to spend the holidays in a unique and unforgettable way.

Food & Wine Theme

For lovers of both food and wine, this would be the absolute best choice and guaranteed to have you enjoying some of the best of both worlds for up to two weeks on board a fantastic vessel. Some of the most popular regions to explore are France and Italy although there are some options throughout the US as well that take you through wine countries of the Lower Mississippi River.

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