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Hot new holiday tour: Cruise the Iberian Coasts!

If the idea of icy roads, frigid temperatures, and chapped lips doesn’t appeal to you for the holiday season, take heart. Along with our Mediterranean Highlights by the Sea cruise, we’re also christening an Iberian Coasts Cruise this upcoming holiday season!

FP_France.jpgOn the Iberian Coasts Cruise, travelers will visit fascinating ports of call in France, Gibraltar, Morocco, Spain, and Italy, while enjoying superior accommodations aboard the cruise ship M/V Louis Majesty.

Let’s get the nitty gritties out of the way first, shall we? The package includes roundtrip flights from New York, an eight-night Iberian Coast cruise, a two-night bonus stay in Rome, all meals aboard the cruise, and daily breakfast in Rome. Vacationers can explore the ports-of-call on their own, or take inexpensive optional shore excursions. For all of this? $1,399.

FP_Barcelona.jpgNow for some of the juicy details. After arriving in Genoa, Italy from New York, travelers board the M/V Louis Majesty and head for Marseilles, France. Vacationers can enjoy all the splendor of Marseilles by visiting independently its must-see sites, including the Old Port, the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde, Phare de Sainte Marie lighthouse, the Centre Bourse, and the adjacent rue St Ferreol district (the main shopping district in central Marseilles), just to name a few.

After a day at sea, the M/V Louis Majesty will then dock at the British colony, Gibraltar, and then continue on to Tangier, Morocco. Outside Tangier’s bustling port, vacationers can take in the city’s stunning environs: hills surrounding a broad bay with a long stretch of beach.

For travelers interested in learning more about Morocco’s diverse cultural heritage as the closest major African city to Europe, a visit to Tangier’s Museum of Moroccan Arts and Antiquities would be a fascinating stop. Another not-to-be-missed experience is a visit to the Grand Souk, where  bargaining skills are put to the test while shopping for treasures such as brass, leather, rugs, and silver.

The next morning, the ship docks at Casablanca, Morocco, the largest city and main port of Morocco. And a city that I have a feeling travelers might feel to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. 😉

After Casablanca, it’s back to the European side of things with Málaga, Spain. Málaga is one of the liveliest cities on the Costa del Sol, a 100-mile stretch of gorgeous Mediterranean coastline which boasts some of the best beaches in Spain.

FP_Barc2.jpgMálaga is also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and home to the renowned Picasso Museum. There’s time to explore independently, as well as an array of optional shore excursions. But of course, travelers must be sure to sample some of Málaga’s sweet wine and tasty tapas.

The cruise continues along Spain’s coast with two more stops at ports of call at Alicante and Barcelona, before finally arriving back in Genoa on the tenth day of the journey. From there, vacationers will be treated to two more bonus nights in Rome at absolutely no cost to them.

The season’s first Iberian Coasts cruise takes place Dec. 25 to Jan. 5, and promises to be a culturally rich, historically fascinating, and scenically beautiful holiday trip. There are four other departure dates throughout 2010, running from February to December.

Hot deal alert: Eight days in Morocco for $1,899

There’s little wonder why Morocco is one of Africa’s most popular travel destinations. The country offers a dazzling mosaic of Arab and Berber cultures, with a dash of African and European influence thrown in for good measure.

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From its beautiful Atlantic and Mediterranean beaches, deserts complete with oases and towering sand dunes, magnificent imperial cities, Islamic landmarks, Joujoukan and Gnaoua trance music, fantastic food, Roman antiquities, and mountain villages, even the most experienced globetrotter will find plenty to see and do in Morocco.

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Our eight-day escorted Discover Morocco tour includes non-stop flights, transfers, beautiful first-class and deluxe hotels, most meals, and comprehensive guided touring, all at prices that are as impossible to resist as the incredible places you’ll visit. But don’t wait too long to reserve your spot. With prices so low and value so high, this tour will sell out quickly.

Our Discover Morocco tour takes travelers through four of the country’s most culturally significant and breathtakingly magnificent cities: Casablanca, Fez, Marrakesh, and Rabat.

For $1,899 travelers get:

  • Round-trip, non-stop flights from JFK via Royal Air Moroc
  • All intra-Morocco ground transportation
  • Deluxe and first-class hotel accommodations
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Comprehensive touring with an English-speaking guide
  • For more information about Discover Morocco, please visit our Web site, or feel free to contact us with any questions or to book your trip.

    And stay tuned, because we’ll have even more information about Discover Morocco here on the blog.

Featured Deal: Discover Morocco

Morocco is one of Africa’s most popular travel destinations. The country offers visitors a dazzling mosaic of Arab and Berber cultures, with a dash of African and European influence thrown in for good measure.
From its beautiful Atlantic and Mediterranean beaches, deserts complete with oases and towering sand dunes, magnificent imperial cities, Islamic landmarks, Joujoukan and Gnaoua trance music, fantastic food, Roman antiquities, and mountain villages, even the most experienced globetrotter will find plenty to see and do in Morocco.
And with Friendly Planet Travel, you can see and do it all in eight days for only $1,999. Our sale prices include savings of up to $600 per couple if you reserve before July 9. Of course, that includes round trip flights from JFK International, all fuel surcharges, great hotels, transfers, most meals, guided touring, and more.
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Your adventure begins in Casablanca, the largest city and main port of Morocco. Your guide will take you through the city’s most important and historical mosques; most beautiful city and ocean views; and most splendid examples of architecture, the design style known as Mooresque, a combination of both Moroccan and French architectural elements.
From there, you’ll travel on to Rabat, Volubilis, Meknes, Fez, and Marrakesh, before boarding a plane back to the U.S. on the eighth day. Your days will be delightfully packed with bustling outdoor markets, Roman ruins, imperial cities, and busy night life.
And each night you’ll bed down in style and comfort, with some nights spent in five-star hotels. Have a look at the Friendly Planet Travel Web site for more information on our Discover Morocco vacation.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, no matter how small, about the Discover Morocco, or if you would like to talk to some folks who have enjoyed the tour.
If you would like to book now, simply visit our online booking engine, or call us at 1-800-555-5765.

Madagascar, here we come!

Where on Earth do you want to go next? That was the question we asked you earlier this year when we gave you the chance to vote for the next Friendly Planet Travel vacation on our Web site.
When the poll closed this month, a whopping 6,780 people had voted on 12 proposed exotic locations. WOW!
And the winner is …
Magnificent Madagascar, with 941 votes.
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Antarctica came in a close second, trailing by 31 votes at 910. In third place was the Ireland and Scotland tour, with 836 votes.
Madagascar is a naturalist’s paradise, home to more than 150,000 plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth. The Malagasy population is a diverse blend of African, Asian, Arabian, French, Indian, and Creole cultures, to name a few. This sets the country apart as a unique shopping, dining, and festival destination.
Of course, our Madagascar vacation will feature all the comfort and affordability you’ve have come to expect from Friendly Planet Travel, including roundtrip airfare, transfers, superior and deluxe accommodations, some meals, expertly guided tours, and more.
We’re already hard at work planning all the details of the Madagascar tour, and we’ll keep you posted as more details unfold. But you can expect to see Madagascar on the list of the affordable Friendly Planet Travel packages by early next year.

A customer’s thoughts on Kenya Wildlife Safari

I already told you how receiving positive feedback from our travelers is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. Traveling is my passion, and when I know that everything we’ve done at Friendly Planet Travel has made for an unforgettable life experience for one of our travelers, well, there’s nothing better than that.
Here’s another one from our files, written by an experienced traveler after her first Friendly Planet Travel vacation on our Kenya Wildlife Safari. As always, we’ve done no editing to the original letter.
“Traveling to East Africa has been a long awaited dream for me. Last November, I was finally able to realize my dream by going on Friendly Planet’s 2 week jeep safari to Kenya and Tanzania. The trip was organized locally by Vintage Africa. I cannot sing enough praises for Vintage Africa, and especially our driver guide in Kenya, James Mungai. James was an extremely knowledgeable and attentive guide. His ability to intelligently answer all of our sometimes unusual questions and spot wildlife from miles away never ceased to amaze us. James went out of his way to accommodate our needs and was always patient with all our requests, from stopping to photograph every sunset and tree cluster to positioning his vehicle for the perfect photo opportunity. As a seasoned traveler, I can truly say that this trip has been one of my favorites and having James as our guide contributed to making it so memorable. I can only hope that my next group excursion will be as enjoyable and well organized.
— Magda Laska”
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Frommer’s features Friendly Planet Travel

Frommer’s pointed to Friendly Planet Travel in their “Frommer’s 5 Deals” today. Thanks, Frommer’s!
Our Pyramids and Petra vacation got the nod as one of the best deals available for our eight-day tour of Egypt and Jordan for only $1799.
The tour takes Friendly Planeteers to the Pyramids of Egypt, the oldest and only Ancient Wonder of the World still standing, and the remarkable lost city of Petra in Jordan, one of the Seven New Ancient Wonders of the World. These two sites are testimony to the perfection of design, architecture, engineering, and artistry of two historic cultures.
Plus, the option of our Dead Sea extension gives travelers the opportunity to revel in the luxury of a 5-star spa hotel at the shore of the world’s lowest body of water.
For more information on the Pyramids and Petra tour, including the touring program, optional additional tours in Egypt and Jordan, and FAQs about the destination, take a look at the trip’s page on the Friendly Planet Travel Web site.

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