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Travel Tips for Corfu and Crete, Greece 21 Nov 2014

Travel Tips for Corfu and Crete, Greece

Planning a Grecian holiday? Year 2014 will be over soon and I’m pretty sure you’ve started thinking about how you are going to spend the holidays. Staying in can be a good idea for the homebodies but it’s highly recommended that you take advantage of your vacation and go on a special trip.

Traveling to a different place can enrich your minds. You can be refueled and be reminded of the wonders of nature. If you want to explore and understand more of the ancient times, why not go to Greece and visit Corfu and Crete? Any Greek Island boasts of glorious traditions that are still evident in the modern culture of the country.

More than 15 million tourists go to Greece each year. These people experience the sun-soaked islands, scenic countryside, and the very vibrant cities. A holiday in Greece will make you experience and enjoy the blue sea, mainland coastline, sun-bleached ruins, sandy beaches, and the idyllic islands.

Gateway Destinations offers a very special travel package tour of Corfu and Crete in Greece. What makes the country more attractive to tourists? Beautiful landscapes, scrumptious food, and distinct architecture. It’s also affordable in Greece so you don’t have to worry about spending a lot while on a Greek holiday.

Corfu and Crete can be the ideal summer destination. Corfu is a beautiful lush island situated in the Ionian sea, west side of mainland Greece. The area boasts of inviting beaches and offers a variety of great dining venues and fine accommodations. Most travelers don’t know that Corfu has a lot to offer. Cruise travelers often ignore it but here at Gateway Destinations, we believe there is more to Greece.

After a trip to Corfu, drop by the Crete island—the largest among the 4,000 islands in Greece. The island offers a rich gastronomic culture, remnants of ancient civilizations, and varied topography.

All these and more can be discovered in Greek. Here are some more travel tips to Greece you can follow to ensure the best vacation ever:

ACCOMMODATION
A trip to Greece is said to be affordable. You won’t break the bank planning a trip to the islands because everything is just affordable there. Plan your trip well by looking for a very low-cost but nice accommodation. There are a number of budget hotels and hostels you can find in Greece. Just check the internet for really great deals.

FOOD
Greece is definitely known for its delectable food. There are many restaurants in the country that will perfectly prove what Greek cuisine is all about. Meals are affordable and they can easily fill you up because of the large portions that will be served. It is advisable that you eat super cheap while in Greece.

ACTIVITIES
You can do a lot in Corfu and Crete. Make sure you visit the ancient sites and enjoy different island activities like banana boating, parasailing, and kayaking. You can also enjoy diving trips and riding the ATV around the island.

EARLY BOOKING
As with any travel, it is advisable that you book early. If you plan on doing the inter-island route, you should book overnight ferries and book them early. Overnight rates are cheaper while doing an early booking would sometimes give you a discount.

TOURIST DESTINATIONS
Explore the past, visit the Acropolis, check out the beaches, attend the Hellenic festival every summer, and see the many popular tourist destinations like Meteora, Olympia, Melissani Cave, Mount Olympus, and more.

For all your specialty tours and travel needs, contact Gateway Destinations.

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Bask in the Beauty of Pays Basque & French Pyrénées 06 Nov 2014

 

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There are still so much to see in France aside from Paris, Alsace, and Provence. One of the most overlooked town in this beautiful country is the Pays Basque. Also known as the French Basque country, this town can be explored by you and your friends. Aside from Pays Basque, you can explore the Pyrénées Mountains as well.

If you like nature, you will particularly find the Pays Basque and Pyrenees Mountain tour very lovely. Your senses will be awakened in these tourist destinations as you taste the clean and salty air of the sapphire blue Atlantic ocean. For the nature lovers, you will particularly love gazing at the lush mountain valleys and smell the freshness of the green forests. The beautiful and vibrant building facades you’ll see along the road will leave you breathless.

For the artistic and creative ones, you’ll love the festive clothing unique to the Basque people. The region has unique traditions that are strong and deep you’d be interested to discover more about this place.

Pays Basque is where travelers can experience the super luxurious coast of Southwestern France. In this side of France, you’ll find the picturesque and charming mountain villages plus the historic beauty of the Languedoc region’s capital, Toulouse.

Gateway Destinations will be glad to plan a women-only tour for you and your girlfriends. Get ready to enjoy the following:

  • leisurely scenic walks
  • a visit to the sacred pilgrimage site of Lourdes
  • wine and cheese tastings
  • a divine chocolate demonstration and tasting
  • cooking regional cuisine

More information about the Pays Basque & French Pyrénées Tour here.

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Discovering the Alsatian Wine Route 30 Oct 2014

Discovering the Alsatian Wine Route

Alsace has always been known as a popular place where tasty beer and delicious wine abound. The Alsace region is rich in natural beauty. Because of the abundance and the richness of its soil, the most delectable varieties of grapes are grown there.

This little town in France was greatly influenced by its neighboring country, Germany. The Germanic impact actually extends to architecture aside from the food and the wine. When you go on a special tour, specifically an Alsatian Wine Route, you’ll be treated to some of the best wine and food in France. These will be served as you stay inside a beautiful timbered house that will be reserved just for you.

Gateway Destinations can plan your Alsatian journey, which will start in the picturesque and lively town of Strasbourg. This place is known as a World Heritage Site and can be found at the France-Germany border. As you begin the Alsatian Wine Tour, you’ll venture into the countryside and follow the wine route up to the beautiful and historic villages like the must-see Colmar.

In Colmar, you can view the different monuments and districts, as well as, museums that are popular in the country. Discover the tranquil waterways, mountain vistas, and the peaceful valleys in Alsace. You’ll be delighted to know that this simple and quaint town in France is so rich and abundant.

The Alsatian Wine Route is also known for its simple itinerary. Get to learn the greatest wine producers in the region. If you’re lucky, you can witness the wine festivals or the vineyard marathons.

Alsace is known as the second driest spot in France. It is also the white wine capital of France so you may want to take advantage tasting the numerous flavors of wine you can find.

More information about our Alsatian Wine Tour here

 

 

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Belle Provence Tour: Discover France’s Southern Jewel 23 Oct 2014

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You may have gone to Paris already but let me tell you one thing: it’s not the only beautiful town in France. The south of France is where you can find Belle Provence. The name perfectly describes the many things you can discover in this place: sunny skies, perfumed air, and multi-colored fields. These are only some of the many exciting discoveries in France.

The beautiful Provence is home to many charming medieval villages. You’re transported to centuries of the past as you explore this quaint town in Europe. The best way to explore this town rich in history and filled with varied cuisine and delectable wines is on a women-only tour with your favorite girlfriends.

Gateway Destinations can plan a custom women-only tour for you. This inviting countryside is one awesome travel destination that will make you appreciate southern France more. It’s a rich area displaying the abundant beauty of nature and its people.

The women-only journey will start in the Luberon area of Provence. It is where you will be greeted by a gourmet lunch prepared by a very famous chef in town. After a hearty meal, you can enjoy shopping in Belle Provence’s colorful outdoor market where local farmers bring their goods. You can shop fresh produce while exploring the surrounding countryside.

For a more special treat, taste the Rhone wines and chocolates that are so delicious. Enjoy the unique Provençal cuisine and then retreat to a 17-th century hotel in a medial village after a long day of tour.

A bilingual French guide will be your friend while on this trip to Provence, French. Explore Avignon and discover the old home of seven popes.

Gateway Destinations can plan a women-only tour for you and your girlfriends. If you’re searching for Provence tour packages, contact Gateway Destinations’ travel agents and we’d be glad to assist you.

Here’s a rundown of the tour inclusions:
• Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
• Superior room accommodations
• Transfers to and from Avignon train station, all local transportation
• Entrance fees to wine tasting and sightseeing activities
• Regional wine with dinners
• Cooking class with a well-known local chef
• Local bi-lingual guide and a full-time tour manager

More details on Belle Provence France tour HERE.

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Travel Guide to Tuscany 16 Oct 2014

Travel Guide to Tuscany

The hills are alive….in Tuscany! The rolling hills, vineyards, and olive orchards are only some of the highlights of our women-only tour to this side of Italy. The Tuscan lifestyle can be experienced with your best girlfriends if you go on this very special tour created just for you.

Discover the heart of Italy and explore the hidden regions of the region. Taste the world-renowned Chianti and Brunello wines and enjoy the regional authentic cuisines as part of the special tour.

If you want a more relaxed travel, then a trip to the Tuscany countryside would be perfent. Life is quiet and tranquil in the forested area of Chianti. See for yourself the endless views and beautiful vineyards.

To complete the experience, you’d be staying in a quaint, lovely farmhouse located at the Podere Ciona Vineyard. It will be your home for three nights. The hosts will be gracious to teach you how to cook the famous regional dishes in a cozy country kitchen.

For several days, you will travel to the nearby villages that are as picturesque as the rest of the country. A visit to the magnificent medieval city of Siena will also be part of this women-only trip.

To experience nature, you’ll venture south of Tuscany where a natural hot spring can be found. It’s situated in a small village of Bagno Vignoni. It will be another adventure you don’t want to miss. Enjoy another luxurious day at the Adler Spa Report where excellent fitness, relaxation, and spa services are offered.

MOVING AROUND TUSCANY

You can rent a car to go around town but it is more convenient to use the train as the stations are strategically placed. It’s quite affordable too so there really is no need to worry about gasoline and rental car rates.

WEATHER IN TUSCANY

Climate in Tuscany is mild. Summers are usually hotter in the valley and the coast compared to the mountains and the hills. The best months to visit Tuscany are April, May, October, and November. It’s sunny most of the time with occasional rainy days. During winter, nights can be cold but sunny during the day.

Here are some more places you can visit in Tuscany:

WINERIES. Visit any tourist-friendly wineries so you can meet the makers and get to taste wine in the region.

TOWNS. The towns of Siena, Lucca, Cortona, and San Gimignano are all enthralling and enchanting.

CHURCHS. The churches in Tuscany are considered iconic. You may start touring the Basilico di San Franceso in Arezzo.

SHOPS. Shopping in Tuscany will be fun. Check out the handmade paper products, gold, and leather goods. Shopaholics will love this town.

Gateway Destinations can customize a women-only tour for you and your girlfriends. Your tour will begin and end in beautiful Florence. If you’re interested to visit Tuscany, contact Gateway Destinations.

Learn more about our Chianti Cooking & Tuscany Spa Retreat Package HERE.

 

 

 

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