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American Holidays ultimate Christmas shopping breaks – Silvija Travel Tips

The ultimate Christmas shopping breaks with American Holidays

‘Tis the season to start shopping…. Yes, though Halloween may not have even arrived yet, now is the time to start booking that Stateside shopping trip to ensure you’re well stocked up for the festive season!

For some, Christmas shopping is a chore, trying to pick the perfect gifts for loved ones whether naughty or nice. So why not brighten up your shopping spree – while also saving on amazing USA deals and exploring one of America’s wonderful cities while you’re at it?

Nothing beats New York at Christmas. Shopping on 5th Avenue,taking in the extra festive lights of Times Square, ice-skating at Rockefeller Center. It literally is a Winter Wonderland! Add in the amazing post-Thanksgiving bargains to the mix and it’s a no-brainer! This is the perfect choice for a girls’ weekend away – shop ’til you drop by day, take in a Broadway show by night and be dazzled by the incredible NYC nightlife! A perfect pre-Christmas treat.

Boston is a city that is beautiful year-round but seeing it under snow really is something special. Out in the crisp air, wrapped up warm in a down jacket as you meander your way through the streets, the city just feels like Christmas! With many shopping outlets to choose from that transform into festive hives where you’ll not only make your purchases but also enjoy the extensive decor, displays and possibly even a touch of snow along the way.

If you’re looking for some serious shopping then look no further than Chicago’s Magnificent Mile – which you can rest assured is aptly named! With a wealth of both international and national brands on offer you’ll be spoiled for choice. If you want something more authentic then be sure to check out the markets further downtown where you’ll pick up some truly special handmade gifts.

If you want to add a bit of culture to your trip, or if you’re a bit of a politics buff, then combine your shopping break with a trip to the centre of political power, history and activity in America – Washington DC! Washington DC’s unforgettable skyline is marked by some of the world’s most iconic landmarks including the White House, the Capitol Building and the National Mall. Looking for a gift that will remind you of your time in the nation’s capital? Look no further than the White House Historical Association for their annual Christmas ornament.

Give both your loved ones and yourself an early gift this Christmas with these fantastic value shopping breaks from American Holidays.

New York
Spend 4 nights in the 3* Beacon Hotel from only €609pp.
Price includes: Return direct flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on four adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 1582238

Spend 4 nights in the 3* Midtown Hotel Boston from only €690pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on two adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 1576863

Spend 4 nights in the 3* Felix Hotel Chicago from only €699pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on two adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 51228823

Spend 4 nights in 3* Fairfax at Embassy Row from only €671pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on two adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 2007647893

Call American Holidays to book on 01 673 3804 or drop into their office at 18- 19 Duke Street – just off Grafton Street – where the expert staff will help you plan your holiday of a lifetime. For more information visit

Source: Press Release TravelMedia.ieAmerican Holidays

USA Summer Soirée 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

At the invitation of I attend the annual USA Summer Soirée 2018 event at The Shelbourne Dublin. Readers of my articles, Silvija Travel Tips online posts and my Twitter tweets will know I have a special place in my heart for the USA. Following a drinks reception the 200 members of the travel trade and media took there places in the ballroom for a fabulous dinner and interesting speeches.

The Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Reece Smyth, opened the event, speaking about the close links Ireland has with the USA. Claire Doherty, Visit USA Committee Ireland spoke about the organisation’s role to promote the USA as a tourist & business destination. Melanie Latham from VisitUSA showcased all America has to offer with a video promo called “America’s Musical Journey,” the film follows singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc as he explores the vast U.S. musical landscape.

Vincent Harrison from Dublin Airport spoke about developments at the airport and to the delight of all those present introduced a Brass Band with balloons and Dublin Airport Fast Track passes for everyone in attendance. Dave Cole from Universal Orlando Resort highlighted the new attractions and hotel accommodation at the resort. Kevin A. Dillon A.A.E from Bradley International Airport thanked Aer Lingus for their support with flights to Bradley and went on to outline what the airport has to offer for visitors to the USA. 

Greg Evans from Discover Philadelphia spoke about the city and the flight connections with Ireland. He was excited to announce the ITTA conference 2018 will take place in Philadelphia, USA, at the end of November. Bill Byrne from Aer Lingus gave an entertaining presentation on the airline’s routes to the USA and connectivity to Europe. Congratulations to Dee Burdock who won the prize draw and flights with Aer Lingus.  Once again thank you to brilliant event.

My dining experience of the week with a taste of Santa Monica – Silvija Travel Tips

My food of the week was experienced in Fade Street Social during a taste of Santa Monica, California evening. Santa Monica Travel & Tourism were in Dublin with their partners Fairmount Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Hotel Shangri-La and British Airways hosting an evening of presentations and food.

On the menu for Starters was a selection to share:
– Mini goat logs wrapped in ham brushed with balsamic and truffle honey.
– Salted popcorn with crispy free-range chicken cooked in tapioca flour, rolled in sumac with truffle butter.
– Cured salmon with truffle honey, yoghurt and lemon puree.

Mains was a selection to share of:
– Slow roast whole baby chicken with onion lyonnaise and peppered bacon.
– Point end steak with rosemary and bone marrow butter.
– Truffle pasta with charred asparagus and parmesan.

Sides, a selection to share:
– Potatoes cooked in beef dripping with hollandaise and herbs.
– Seasonal vegetables from the garden with chervil, hollandaise and truffle.
– Skinny fries with grated parmesan smoked bacon and brown onion puree.

To end the evening a selection of pastries and tea or coffee.

A very enjoyable evening. Thank You to Santa Monica Travel & Tourism and partners.

My Mountain Whitewater Rafting Adventure, Poudre River, Colorado – Silvija Travel Tips


Pasibaigus įspūdingai pasaulio turizmo konferencijai IPW 2018, kartu su viso pasaulio turizmo žiniasklaidos ir verslo atstovais turėjau galimybę 3 dienas keliauti po Kolorado valstiją, artimiau prisiliesti prie gamtos, kultūros, istorijos.

Vienas iš nepakartojamų nuotykių- tai raftingas , arba nusileidimas plaustais kalnų upe Poudre. Mes lėkėme pasitikdami didžiules bangas, šokinėjome bandydami apeiti sūkurius bei plaukti pasroviui. Mūsų plaustas kartu ne sykį buvo visiškai paniręs vandens pursluose. Ši tikrai ekstremali kelionė plaustais tęsėsi 2 val., mes įveikėme 12 mylių atstumą , įskaitant 3 ir 4 klasės slenksčius. Šniokščianti laukinė kalnų upė Poudre galinėjosi su mūsų plaustais, bet mes ją įveikėme sėkmingai . Nors ne visi.  Kai kas neatsilaikė bangų jėgai ir atsidūrė vandenyje, bet šalia plaukiančių profesionalių gelbėtojų buvo tuoj ištraukti iš vandens . O aš tai labai sušalau, nes nepaklusau gido patarimui užsimauti viską, ką Whitewater kompanija išdalino. Bet vis tiek ši kelionė paliko ko ne patį didžiausią įspūdį , visų nuotaika buvo puiki , buvo daug juoko, klegesio, bet ir išgąsčio šūksnių . IPW grupei vadovavo Ben Costello, turintis daugiau kaip 17 metų patirtį kaip Poudre upės gidas.

Jei norite raftingą šia upę apsilankykite “Mountain Whitewater Inc.” svetainėje

During IPW18 I participated in a FAM adventure with a group of travel media and travel trade professionals experiencing the wild waters of the Poudre River over a 12-mile section including Class 3 and 4 rapids. The IPW group was guided by Ben Costello, with over 17 years of experience as a Poudre River guide.

To experience the river for yourself visit the Mountain Whitewater Inc. website

The Home Ranch, Clark, Colorado – Silvija Travel Tips

Pasibaigus JAV kelionių asociacijos IPW 2018 Denveryje, vykau i triejų dienų pažintinę kelionę po Kolorado valstiją. Viena iš jų buvo
“Home Ranch”, Clark, įsikūrusi Šiaurės vakarų Kolorado valstijoje, 18 mylių į šiaurę nuo Steamboat Springs, vadinamame viršutiniame Elko upės slėnyje. Clark yra maža, retai apgyvendinta, vis dar klestinanti veislininkystės bendruomenė, visiškai apsupta vieno milijono hektarų neišvystytų viešųjų žemių.Tai įspūdinga vieta ne tik vasaros šeimos atostogoms , bet ir ištisus metus.

Atvykūs į Home Ranch ir pamačius gausybę žirgų užvaldė noras jais pajodinėti. Patyrusių kaubojų buvome pamokyti kaip elgtis jodinėjant ant žirgo.

Kiekvienas mūsų turėjome po žirgą , manojo vardas buvo Čili. Kiek padūkęs, neramus, sakyčiau linksmesnis išdaigininkas nei visi kiti- tai pakeliui žolę rupšnodavo, tai strimgalviais lėkti užsimanydavo. Buvo juoko visiems.
Teigiamos emocijos, malonus laikas, energijos antplūdis – visa tai mes patyrėme jodinėdami žirgais.

Grįžus į rančią mūsų laukė gardi vakarienė. Valgį , paruošta iš vaisių, daržovių ir mėsos iš savo gamtos ūkio patiekė išskirtinės virtuvės šefas Jonathon Gillespie ir jo talentinga kulinarijos komanda. Šiltas saulėtas pavakarys, gardus maistas, puikių žmonių kompanija- visa tai apvainikavo pažintį su Home Ranch.
Tikrai tai buvo nuostabi diena puikioje vietoje ir geroje draugijoje Elko upės slėnyje didingoje Rocky Mountain dykumoje.

The Home Ranch







Noel Irwin Hentschel, American Tours and Mike Gallagher, CityPass with Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips at IPW 2018

It was a interesting to meet two Brand USA Board members with a wealth of travel industry experience at IPW 2018. Noel Irwin Hentschel, of American Tours International and Mike Gallagher from CityPass.

Noel Irwin Hentschel is Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of AmericanTours International (ATI), America’s largest privately held, American-owned, visit USA tourism and marketing organization. Dually headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. and Orlando, Fla. with regional offices in New York City, N.Y., and Hawaii, ATI was founded in 1977 and today serves nearly one million visitors and generates over $3 billion into the U.S. economy annually.

Mike Gallagher is Co-Chairman and co-founder of City Pass, Inc., an innovative attractions marketing company that provides significant savings on ticket packages to the top attractions in 12 North American destinations. The idea sprang from the collaborative efforts of co-founders Mike Gallagher and Mike Morey. Beginning in 1996, the two combined their respective attraction marketing and industry research skills to launch a company whose products currently enjoy a 98 percent customer recommendation rating. From its initial 1997 debut in the cities of San Francisco, Calif. and Seattle, Wash. the CityPASS program has expanded to include New York City, N.Y; Southern Calif., Atlanta, Ga; Boston, Mass; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; Philadelphia, Pa; Tampa Bay, Fla; Toronto; and Southern Calif. The Southern California CityPASS card includes prepaid admission to four family-friendly theme parks: Disneyland®, Disney California Adventure Park, SeaWorld San Diego, and LEGOLAND California.

Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips

Noel Irwin Hentschel, American Tours International and Mike Gallagher, CityPass with Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips at IPW 2018

B-52 performing at Brand USA Luncheon – Silvija Travel Tips

For the IPW 2018 Luncheon on Monday 21st May 2018 sponsored by Brand USA the band B-52 provided the lunchtime entertainment. Guest were treated to songs including “Tell It Like It T-I_Is”, “Roam”. “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack”.


Press Brunch IPW 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

“Press Brunch”- tai priešpiečiai, skirti žiniasklaidai. Čia prasidėjo pirmoji diena Denveryje, kur įvyko jubiliejinis 50-tasis JAV kelionių asociacijos IPW2018 suvažiavimas. Gražioje, vienoje seniausių ir turtingų savo istorija kvartalų Denveryje, Larimer aikštėje susirinko apie 500 žiniasklaidos atstovų iš viso pasaulio. Renginyje buvo pristatyti geriausi “Mile High City” vietos kulinarijos, geriausių restoranų ,meno ir muzikos atstovai, žurnalistus atvyko pasveikinti “US Travel Association”, “Brand USA”, VISIT DENVER ir įvairūs kiti priimančiojo miesto ir valstybės aukščiausiojo lygio pareigūnai.
Denverio televizijos 7 kanalas renginį pristatė Kolorado Valsijai. Nors oras tą rytą buvo kiek vėsokas, visi susirinkusieji Larimer aikštėje buvo pakiliai ir džiugiai nusiteikę , su planais ateinančioms
dienoms.  Mane tą  ypatingą rytmetį šildė gardi karšta kava ir sumuštiniai su lašiša ir juodaisiais ikrais, prie kurių viso renginio metu buvo nusidriekusi didžiulė eilė. Tikrai viskas  buvo labai puiku!

Press Brunch IPW 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips