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Caernarfon Castle, Wales – Visit Britain – Silvija Travel Tips

Caernarfon Castle, tucked in the northwestern corner of Wales in the UK is a magnificent example of medieval castle building. Work began on the site over 700 years ago. In 1283, the English King Edward the 1st built this castle to stamp his authority on the rebellious Welsh. Edward adorned the castle with imperial grandeur such as these carved stone eagles and stone heads mounted all along the battlements. To would be attackers, these heads may have looked like helmeted soldiers and hopefully acted as a deterrent. On permanent lookout, they symbolised the strength of the royal garrison within. The castle’s curtain walls were unique in Britain at the time because they contained passages that ran between the towers. They allowed guards to keep a constant lookout, and also offered valuable protection to archers. Running between the outer and inner walls, they are over six meters thick and were a unique innovation at the time. All the towers here at Caernarfon Castle perform specific functions: there was the well tower retrieving fresh water from the bedrock, one tower that stored and processed grain, another that housed the treasurery, and others such as the lookout towers that held more traditional defensive roles. But the greatest of all has to be the Eagle tower, which contains the royal apartments where King Edward intended to stay with queen Eleanor. Every thing about it was designed on a grand regal scale. King Edward brought his heavily pregnant wife to stay in this tower. He wanted the next future king to be born in Wales. He was later given the title prince of Wales, which has been conferred on each first-born royal son ever since. Our own Prince Charles was invested here at Caernarfon in 1969. Caernarfon Castle is a world heritage site, and it’s gone from being what would have been a palace to being part of Caernarfon itself: a thoroughly absorbed landmark in the fabric of Wales.

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British Airways Christmas Getaway – Silvija Travel Tips

British Airways is gearing up for the Christmas getaway and expects to operate more than 11,000 flights to and from London between Friday December 22 and Friday January 4, with the most popular destinations chosen by customers including New York, Rome and Geneva.

More than 60,000 Christmas dinners and 90,000 mince pies will bring some of the season’s spirit to customers on long-haul flights, and on short-haul flights a new M&S On-Board menu continues the celebration with Santa Percy Pigs and a seasonal Turkey Feast sandwich.

For the first time ever British Airways has created a dedicated Christmas channel on its in-flight entertainment system called ‘Festive Cheer’ showing a number of classic Christmas films including Home Alone and Elf. Television programmes include The Office Christmas Special and audio treats such as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Rachel Joyce’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas are gifted to customers.

To help bring some sparkle to the season, the airline has also added two English sparkling wines to its first class drinks menu. Camel Valley and Gusbourne will be available on board for six months.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “Christmas is obviously an incredibly popular time of the year for friends and families to travel and reunite, so we want to make the flying part of their travels exciting and special for them. To mark the season, we like to inject some fun and tradition with Christmas dinners, festive films and seasonal tipples.”

British Airways increase summer 2018 flights from UK regional airports to Europe – Silvija Travel Tips

British Airways is to increase flights from UK regional airports to some of the top European holiday hotspots in summer 2018.

In May this year British Airways launched seven new summer-only routes from Manchester Airport and four from Birmingham and Bristol airports.

From May 2018 there will be extra weekend flights from Manchester to Malaga, Ibiza and Palma, with Mykonos flights operating on Saturdays instead of Fridays,  an extra weekend flight from Birmingham to Palma and an extra weekend flight from Bristol to Malaga.

Additional summer routes include flights from Manchester to Alicante and Nice, from Birmingham to Malaga and Florence and from Bristol to Ibiza, Palma and Florence.

For snow and ski lovers, British Airways is also launching new winter-only services from Manchester to Salzburg and Chambery on December 15. 2017.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: “Following the successful launch of our regional flying this year we are delighted to resume flights from these three important UK airports next summer. We have looked at what our customers want and have altered our schedule to provide improved departure times and the extra flights and capacity on the most popular routes.”

Each way fares from Manchester and Birmingham start from £46 to Palma and from Bristol to Palma from £50. They are on sale now on

All flights operate on modern Embraer 190 jet aircraft, with spacious cabins and two abreast seating allowing every customer to have an aisle or window seat.

Customers travelling in the airline’s Club Europe cabin receive complimentary food and drinks on board, a generous free baggage allowance and free seat selection and  online check-in.

British Airways currently operates up to 10 return flights a day between Manchester and London Heathrow and a weekly service to London City Airport.

Allianz Riviera Stadium Tour, Nice, France – Silvija Travel Tips

Allianz Riviera stadium (Stade de Nice) was one of the venues for the UEFA Euro 2016 event and hosted the following soccer matches:

12 June 2016 – 1800 Poland v Northern Ireland (Group C)
17 June 2016 – 2100 Spain v Turkey (Group D)
22 June 2016 – 2100 Sweden v Belgium (Group E)
27 June 2016 – 2100 Runner-up Group B v Runner-up Group F (Round of 16)

The multi-use stadium in Nice, France is used mostly for soccer matches of host team OGC Nice and also for occasional home matches of rugby union club Toulon. The stadium has a capacity of 35,624 people but it is capable of accommodating up to 45,000 spectators for concerts, operas and large-scale shows. The stadium’s opening was on 22 September 2013. The stadium also houses the Musee National de Sport a collection of greatest sporting exploits from each era displayed through an innovative and immersive indoor display. See the football used in the World Cup 1998 final, Marcel Cerdan’s gloves, Jean-Claude Killy’s skis, Yannick Noah’s racket and the Olympic torches. The exhibition includes atmospheric sound installations, film projections and interactive challenges included an F1 car to test your driving skills.

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Israel TV presenter Gil Hovav, Open Skies show on Lithuania – Silvija Travel Tips

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Israel’s favourite TV personality Gil Hovav has recently visited Kaunas. He loved the #kaunastic Devils’ museum and Yard Gallery!A full episode of Open Skies on Keshet12 was dedicated to Lithuania. Watch it here:

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Israel’s favourite TV presenter Gil Hovav  recently visited Lithuania to film a travel TV show for his Open Skies series. In Kaunas he filmed at the #kaunastic Devils’ museum and the Yard Gallery. A full episode of Open Skies on Keshet12 was dedicated to Lithuania.

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Tips for the perfect American Holidays Road Trip – Silvija Travel Tips

While the USA is home to some of the most famous routes in the world, only a modest number of Irish have actually undertaken an all-American road trip.

A recent survey by American Holidays showed that only 12% of their customers have taken a USA road trip.

Considering how accessible the United States are to Ireland, with more direct flights than ever to cities across the USA, and how iconic some of the road trip routes, such as the Pacific Coast Highway and Route 66, there has never been a better time to take the ultimate road trip.

To inspire Irish travellers to undertake a road trip for their next adventure, American Holidays have put together these tips for planning the ultimate road trip experience.

Get inspired – If you can’t decide which route you want to take, give the new Road Trip Recommender tool from American Holidays a test drive. Unique to American Holidays, this tool gives you tips from the already existing itineraries worked up by the experts or helps you put together your own tailor made trip.

Plot your route – The last thing you want is to get to the end of your route and realise that you missed something amazing along the way. Talk to the experts beforehand to make sure you have a comprehensive list of what to see en route.

Don’t forget your drivers license – Try to have more than one qualified driver on board. There is so much to see along the routes with such stunning scenery that it’s only fair – not to mention safer – to share the driving and allow everyone equal time to take it all in.

Why not start planning your own Route 66 adventure today? The newly launched Road Trip Recommender tool – unique to American Holidays – lets you plan the perfect road trip itinerary to suit you.

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Call American Holidays to book on +353 01 673 3804 or call into their office just off Grafton Street – 18- 19 Duke Street, Dublin 2 where the expert staff will help you plan your holiday of a lifetime.

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Oficialus Kalėdų Senelio turizmo partneris paslaugų centrą įkurdins Kaune -Silvija Travel Tips

Suomijos kelionių agentūra „Timetravels“ atidarys klientų aptarnavimo centrą Kaune. Per artimiausius dvejus metus oficialus kelionių į Kalėdų Senelio kaimelį organizatorius ir partneris Kaune planuoja įdarbinti apie 30 klientų aptarnavimo specialistų, dirbsiančių su pagrindinėmis agentūros rinkomis visame pasaulyje.

„Kurti padalinį Lietuvoje nusprendėme pamažu. Pradėjome bendrauti su lietuvių jaunimo organizacija „Youth Leisure Network“, kuriai vadovavo Kauno paslaugų centro vadovu tapsiantis Tomas Tamulevičius. Vėliau jis atvyko semtis žinių į mūsų biurą Suomijoje, kur iškėlė idėją dalį funkcijų vykdyti iš biuro Lietuvoje. Galutinėje analizės stadijoje mums padėjo „Investuok Lietuvoje“ komanda, užtvirtinusi sprendimą kurti klientų aptarnavimo padalinį Kaune“, – teigia „Timetravels“ generalinis direktorius Mikko Koistinen.

Pradinėje investicinio projekto stadijoje bendrovė įdarbins klientų aptarnavimo specialistus, projektų vadovus, dizainerius ir kitus specialistus, kurie aptarnaus pagrindines Suomijoje įsikūrusios bendrovės funkcijas. Dėl šios priežasties kelionių organizatorius ieškos puikiai anglų kalbą mokančių ir turizmo industriją išmanančių darbuotojų. Ilgalaikėje perspektyvoje planuojama, kad iš Kaune įsikursiančio biuro būtų vykdomi pardavimai Estijoje, Latvijoje, Lenkijoje ir aplinkinėse šalyse.

„Pagrindiniame bendrovės biure Suomijoje dirba daugybė žmonių, kurie karjerą pradėjo nuo savanorystės, darbo nevyriausybinėse organizacijose, todėl priimdami darbuotojus tokį darbą laikysime vertinga patirtimi. Be to, ketiname sudaryti sąlygas Šiaurės šalių kalbų studentams atlikti praktikas ir pasisemti darbinės patirties bendraujant su tais, kuriems tai gimtosios kalbos. Kaip ir Suomijoje, geriausius studentus po praktikos įdarbinsime“, – tikina M. Koistinen.

„Timetravels“ yra viena iš pirmaujančių kelionių agentūrų, siūlančių paketus Šiaurės regiono kryptimis (Laplandija, Norvegija ir kt.) ir didžiausias šio tipo paslaugų tiekėjas Kinijoje. Praėjusiais metais bendrovės pajamos siekė beveik 7 mln. Eurų ir metai iš metų auga po maždaug 20 proc.

„Timetravel“ yra oficialus kelionių į Kalėdų Senelio kaimelį partneris, teikiantis unikalias kelionių į Laplandiją paslaugas. Bendrovė yra gavusi tai patvirtinantį „Kalėdų Senelio antspaudą“

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Seychelles Tourism Board, Travel Trade Roadshow in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia – Silvija Travel Tips

The Seychelles Tourism Board, which strongly believes that the continuous training of travel agents working to sell the destination is a key and more cost-effective marketing tool has once again taken part in the Travel Trade Roadshow (TTR) Baltic.The roadshow took place in each of the three Baltic countries – Lithuania, Latvia, and  Estonia.

The 2017 edition of TTR Baltic was held from November 14 to 16, 2017, in the capital cities of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn. The Seychelles Tourism Board was represented by Senior Marketing Executive, Amia Jovanovic-Desir. Over the three days travel agents were invited to meet with representatives of tourism boards, airlines, destinations among others. Through workshops conducted in each country, the participants were able to obtain valuable information and they also had the opportunity to establish new contacts and business opportunities through business to business meetings.

Travel Agents in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia confirmed that there is great interest to push and feature Seychelles as a holiday destination. However, they highlighted a lack of knowledge about the destination and its products as one of the constraints, which makes it hard to better sell Seychelles to potential holidaymakers.

The Seychelles Tourism Board’s Senior Executive, Amia Jovanovic-Desir, said: “This showcases the need for us to conduct more training for trade agents, particularly in places where we do not have an office or representation, with the aim of broadening their knowledge and creating more demand to sell Seychelles.”

“It is worth mentioning, however, that there is a strong pool of agents who are creating awareness and promoting the various range of accommodations, ranging from small hotels and guesthouses to large hotels, which creates a perfect balance of what Seychelles has to offer,” she added.

Air connectivity remains the key to ensure the sustainability of the tourism industry. The TTR Baltic was hence an opportunity for the Seychelles Tourism Board to promote recently introduced flights and upcoming flights to the destination in 2018. While the news of more airlines serving the destination, especially from Europe in 2018, was very much welcomed, the majority of travel agents who attended the three city roadshow confirmed that Turkish Airlines was their clients’ preferred choice of airline.

Some of the travel agents conveyed their words of appreciation for having received ample knowledge about Seychelles, adding that they were enticed to visit the destination and were now more confident to promote the destination.

“Through her presentation, Amia brought me to Seychelles and I had the feeling that I was there for a while,” said Ortygia of Vanilla Travel. The travel agents were able to take part in a lucky draw, standing the chance to win exciting prizes, and the Seychelles Tourism Board also awarded a prize to a couple in Estonia who had shown great interest in the destination.

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L. Linkevičius susitiko su Lietuvoje gimusiu pasaulinio garso dailininku Samueliu Baku – Silvija Travel Tips

Lapkričio 20 dieną užsienio reikalų ministras Linas Linkevičius priėmė pasaulinio garso dailininką Samuelį Baką su žmona Heidy Josee Bak. S. Bakas šiuo metu gyvena ir kuria prie Bostono esančiame Vestone, Masačusetso valstijoje, o Lietuvoje lankosi jo muziejaus atidarymo proga. Vilniuje 1933 metais gimęs ir Holokaustą išgyvenęs dailininkas padovanojo Lietuvai per 50 itin vertingų savo paveikslų.

Susitikimo metu svečias papasakojo apie jo santykį su Lietuva, jo ir jo kūrinių sugrįžimą į Vilnių, apie netikėtus likimo vingius, padėjusius jam išsigelbėti ir vėliau atrasti kelią atgal į Lietuvą. Prie Samuelio Bako muziejaus atsiradimo Vilniuje prisidėjo ir Vašingtone bei Niujorke dirbantys Lietuvos diplomatai, skatinę S. Bako ryšius su Lietuva ir padėję išspręsti kylančias organizacines problemas.

Ministras papasakojo apie Lietuvos žydų paveldo paieškoms ir išsaugojimui skirtas iniciatyvas ir pabrėžė, kad pasaulio tautų teisuoliais galima vadinti ne tik tuos, kurie išgelbėjo gyvybes, bet ir tuos, kas gelbsti kultūros vertybes.

Už išgelbėtą gyvybę Samuelis skolingas trims kilniems asmenims, pasaulio tautų teisuoliams Marijai Mikulskai, Juozui Stakauskui ir Valdui Žemaičiui, kurie jam suteikė slėptuvę keliems mėnesiams Bernardinų bažnyčios archyvuose.

On 20 November 2017, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithaunia Linas Linkevičius received the world renowned painter Samuel Bak and his wife, Heidy Josee Bak. Bak currently paints and lives outside of Boston in Weston, Massachusetts. He is visiting Lithuania on the occasion of the opening of his museum. The painter, who has survived the Holocaust, donated over 50 valuable paintings to Lithuania. He was born in Vilnius in 1933.

In the meeting, the guest told Linkevičius about his relationship with Lithuania, his return and the return of his artistic works to Vilnius, also how the unexpected fate helped him escape death and later come back to Lithuania. Lithuanian diplomats, who work in Washington and New York, have contributed considerably to the establishment of the Samuel Bak Museum in Vilnius, to the promotion of Bak’s ties with Lithuania, and to the resolution of organizational issues.

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister told the guest about initiatives to search for and to preserve objects of Lithuanian Jewish heritage. He also emphasized that not only those who saved lives, but also those who saved cultural values could be called the Righteous Among the Nations.

Samuel owes his life to three noble people – the Righteous Among the Nations – Marija Mikulska, Juozas Stakauskas and Valdas Žemaitis, who had hid him for several months in the archives of the Bernardine church.

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Inga Romanovskienė, Director of VšĮ Go Vilnius – Silvija Travel Tips

The Vilnius City Tourism and Business Development Agency Go Vilnius is now headed by Inga Romanovskienė. I. Romanovskienė, winner of a public competition announced by the Municipality who had previously worked as Acting Director of the company, says that she perfectly understands the extent of the responsibility and is ready for the interesting, albeit not easy challenges.

“Go Vilnius is expected to take active actions that will help new multinational companies establish their branches in Vilnius, create high value-added jobs, support and care for the established companies and make sure that the guests of Vilnius include it in the list of must-visit cities. I will strive for the team of Go Vilnius to be strong, motivated, competent and result-oriented. Together with the team we will send the message about Vilnius to the world, take care of the incoming businesses, guests and residents and implement changes necessary for Vilnius to become a strong competitor among the European cities”, – says Inga Romanovskienė.

Currently, the agency has 34 employees in the tourism, business and marketing departments, with almost one third of them taking care of the tourists in the city’s tourist information centres.
Vilnius is an ambitious city; therefore, the agency needs a strong, demanding and responsible manager. Before, I. Romanovskienė worked as Go Vilnius Head of Marketing for almost a year, managed the image department of UAB Maxima Lt for four years and accumulated a lot of valuable work experience in the fields of commerce and marketing.

According to I. Romanovskienė, the immediate challenges and activities are to show the advantages of Vilnius in the targeted tourism channels, to improve the accessibility of Vilnius by air, to present Vilnius at the international tourism and business events and, of course, to attract as many tourists as possible during the winter holidays.

In the longer term the new director says she will work towards closer cooperation with partners, reducing the seasonality of tourism and increasing the competitiveness of Vilnius among the potential investors and talents.

Go Vilnius is the official Vilnius City Tourism and Business Development Agency established in May 2016, expanding the activities of Vilnius Tourist Information Centre and Conference Bureau. The main task of the agency is to ensure the international competitiveness of the city.

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Šv.Patriko dienos atgarsiai ≈ – Silvija Travel Tips

Šv. Patriko diena -tai nacionalinė šventė Airijoje ,kuri  minima kiekvienų metų kovo 17 dieną. Visas pasaulis  kartu su Airija paminėjo  pagrindinio Airijos globėjo  Šv. Patriko dieną. Šventės atgarsiai nuvilnyjo per visą pasaulį, nuo Niujorko iki Lietuvos. Pagrindinis šventės akcentas yra festivalinis paradas. Šv. Patriko dieną Airija  į gatves sukvietė šimtus tūkstančių vietinių gyventojų ir svečių, karnavalinės eisenos dalyvių. Didžiausias ir įspūdingiausias legendinis festivalinis  paradas vyko Dublino centre, kurio eisena tęsėsi net keletą valandų. Parado ceremoniją atidarė olimpinių žaidynių sidabro medalininkė Annalise Murphy , ji buvo pasirinkta vadovauti  Šv.Patriko paradui . Gatvės buvo  pripildytos daugybės spalvingų pesonažų, artistų, šokėjų , įspūdingų kaukių, plazdančių ir improvizuojančių eisenos sukūryje. Didžiuliai pučiamųjų orkestrai, kurių dauguma buvo atvykę iš JAV ,tarsi  sprogdino gatves savo triukšminga muzika.

Nepaisant nepalankaus oro ir lietaus visi, ir žiūrovai ir dalyviai, susirinkę į Šv. Patriko karnavalinę eiseną , su pakilia nuotaika ir puikiomis emocijomis paminėjo nacionalinę šventę – Airijos globėjo  Šv. Patriko  dieną.

Reporterė Silvija Zalepugienė, Silvija Travel Tips

(Photo © Michael Chester provided by St. Patricks Festival)