Click&Go Deals of the Week – Silvija Travel Tips

Deals of the Week  www.clickandgo.com

The Algarve is one of our top destinations for summer holidays, but it’s becoming increasingly popular for those who want a slightly warmer climate when Ireland is in the throws of winter.

4*Algarve Sun in December from €199pp
From €199pp for the 4* Quinta Pedra Dos Bicos Aparthotel. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in December 2018.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4* Quinta Pedra Dos Bicos Aparthotel, The Algarve, Portugal
• Standard Studio on a Self-Catering Basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2018-12-01/7/2::0/SC/DUB/0/7976/25401/205?search=all/The_Algarve/2018-12-01/7/2::0//DUB/0

4*Algarve Sun in January from €229pp
From €229pp for the 4* Muthu Club Praia da Oura. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in January 2019.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4* Muthu Club Praia da Oura, The Algarve, Portugal
• Classic Room on a Self-Catering Basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2019-01-26/7/2::0/SC/DUB/0/61/66203/229?search=all/The_Algarve/2019-01-26/7/2::0//DUB/0

4*Algarve Sun in November from €269pp
From €269pp for the 4* Estrela do Vau. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in November 2018.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4* Estrela do Vau, The Algarve, Portugal
• Standard Studio on a Self-Catering Basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2018-11-06/7/2::0/SC/DUB/0/2871/25401/267?search=all/The_Algarve/2018-11-06/7/2::0//DUB/0

5*Algarve Winter Sun in November from €289pp
From €289pp for the 5* Real Marina Hotel & Spa. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in November 2018.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 5* Real Marina Hotel & Spa, The Algarve, Portugal
• Double Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2018-11-24/7/2::0/BB/DUB/0/1556/66067/288?search=all/The_Algarve/2018-11-24/7/2::0//DUB/0

Visit www.clickandgo.com today or call (01) 539 7777 to talk to one of our experienced reservation agents today.

* Prices are ‘from’ prices, based on select departure dates from Dublin. Price includes return flights, specified accommodationand airport taxes and charges where stated. Prices are per person, based on 2 adults sharing. Prices for cruises exclude gratuities. Offers are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Prices exclude check-in luggage unless stated. Click&Gois fully licensed & bonded by the Commission for Aviation Regulation T.A 0700.

NOTE TO EDITORS:
Click&Go is Ireland’s fastest growing online travel company. They are aone-stop online travel shop making it quick and easy for you to book the holiday you want. Click&Go are holiday partners with Aer Lingus. Click&Go are the home of the €1 holiday deposit – book now and pay later with Ireland’s only genuine €1 deposit for holidays!

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Visit Santa – Silvija Travel Tips

Countdown to Christmas is on with Visit Santa!

With just over 100 days to go now is the time to get booking that trip of a lifetime to see Mr Claus himself in the magical world of Lapland!

A trip to Lapland is a dream for any family – both kids and adults! To give a wishlist to Santa in person is one memory they will never forget!

VisitSanta have released some amazing deals for this Christmas, ranging from one day trips to four day adventures.

Most popular are the three day trips which start from €1,119pp and give families plenty of time to do all the fun activities on offer. Those on a budget or who are tight on time can choose a one or two day trip from only €640pp. All packages includes flights, accommodation, thermal clothing and are jam-packed with exciting activities and, of course, some face time with the man himself!

  VisitSanta are also giving you the chance to win this magical experience for you and your family, with Canterbury Travel! Just click here to enter and you could win a trip for two adults and two children to Lapland where you can explore Santa’s village, go snowmobiling, take a sleigh ride, and meet Santa Claus himself.

Now is the perfect time to start planning and take advantage of these early offers! So book now and avail of fantastic value on these Lapland adventures for you and your little loved ones!

Enchanting Lapland 1 Day Trip
Take this mesmerizing day trip to the mystical resort of Enontekio where igloos, ice sculptures and of course Santa await from only €680 per adult and €640 per child.
Price includes: Return flights incl. taxes, transfers, thermal snow suits and boots, a visit to Snow Igloo, private meeting with Santa and his elves including gift, snowmobile, husky, tobogganing and sleigh rides, lunch, souvenir CD and licences.
Travel: 16th December 2018
For a full itinerary click here!

Santa’s Sleepover – 2 Day Trip
A sensational sleepover in Santa’s hometown where you will be taken on whirlwind adventures by his reindeer and elves, and you’ll even get to meet the magical Mr. Santa Claus himself from only €1,097 per adult and €819 per child.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin or Cork, meeting with Santa, free gift for children aged 2-12 years, snowmobile, husky and reindeer sleigh rides, snow and ice fun activities, gingerbread decorating, a trip to Santa’s post office and village, thermal clothing for the duration of your trip and meals.
Travel: Between 7th and 21st December 2018
For a full itinerary click here!

Sleighbell Spectacular – 3 Day Trip
An activity-filled break to the snowy plains of Lapland, with everything from husky and reindeer sleigh rides to lessons at Elf School and a meeting with a very merry Father Christmas from only €1,309 per adult and €1,119 per child.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, thermal snow suits, 3 nights full-board accommodation, private meeting with Santa and his elves with gift, snowmobile, husky and reindeer sleigh rides, tobogganing, all meals including a Festive Gala dinner and show, souvenir CD and licences.
Travel: 3rd – 21st December 2018
For a full itinerary click here!

Lapland Lullaby – 4 Day Trip
An exhilarating 3 night trip to transport you to a world of magic, this package includes every festive activity you could hope for and more from only €1,575 per adult and €1,475 per child.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, thermal snow suits, 3 nights full-board accommodation, private meeting with Santa and his elves with gift, snowmobile, 90 minute husky and reindeer experiences, tobogganing, all meals including a Festive Gala dinner and show, journey to the magical post office, €25 gift allowance, souvenir CD and licences.
Travel: 3rd – 21st December 2018

All offers subject to change and availability. For more information or to book visit VisitSanta.ie  or call the experts on 01-6111048.

Make it a stylish September at Mount Juliet Estate with a break for two

Relaxed, luxurious and beautiful, Mount Juliet Estate is a wonderfully picturesque 500-acre country estate. This is where memorable times happen, full of style, fun and magical moments, where everyone is taken care of in the inimitable, thoughtful Mount Juliet Estate way.

Add a stylish sleepover to your Autumn wish list with an escape to Mount Juliet Estate, the cosy country estate, just 20 minutes from Kilkenny city.

As you arrive at Mount Juliet Estate, you’ll leave your busy schedule behind. Check-in and enjoy prosecco in your Manor House room, absorbing all the charm and character of your surroundings, as you melt into a cosy armchair, put your feet up as you flick through your complimentary copy of an Irish glossy magazine and start planning your Autumn/Winter wardrobe. Style your own stay at Mount Juliet Estate from spa treatments to afternoon tea, golf to equestrian there is lots to experience onsite.

With lots to explore on the estate, from the intriguing nooks and corners throughout the Manor House, in Hunter’s Yard and dotted through the substantial grounds – fabulous family portraits and historical images, ornate architectural details, fine specimen trees, hundreds of years old, magical stone bridges or tumbling waterfalls, thoroughbred horses grazing in the fields, delicious food and drink in the restaurants and bars – there is so much to inspire at Mount Juliet Estate.

The September Issue package costs from €250 per room and includes an overnight stay for two in the Manor House, a bottle of prosecco, breakfast in the Michelin Star Lady Helen Restaurant
and a Irish glossy magazine, available midweek this Autumn – an ideal break for fashionistas to indulge and those looking for 24 hours to rejuvenate and inspire.

Polished, cosy, elegant, Mount Juliet Estate is Irish country house living at its very best.

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Christmas and New Year Breaks from €429 Travel Department – Silvija Travel Tips

It may seem like the festive season is months away, but if you’re looking to get away then you need to start planning today. Travel Department have a great range of destinations for your Christmas or New Year holiday. Whether you’re looking for a magical festive adventure or a warm, sunny destination to welcome in the new year, you’re sure to find your perfect holiday with Travel Department.

With return flights, transfers, guided excursions and festive entertainment all included then why not let the Travel Department take care of all your Christmas and New Year arrangements for you.

Take the hassle out of the festive season with one of Travel Department’s Festive Escapes. For those looking to combine a holiday with their Christmas shopping the Travel Department offer trips to some of the best Christmas Markets around Europe. These are a great way to visit a new city and experience a taste of the local festivities at the same time.

If you prefer to escape the weather and bedlam of Christmas time, we offer journeys to a selection of warmer spots around Europe, where you’re sure to enjoy a relaxed Christmas holiday. Travel Department  even have dedicated New Year getaways, so you can really celebrate in style.

Enquire about the Travel Department all-inclusive Festive Escape Holidays online or call  Dublin 01 637 1650 to plan your next adventure. Alternatively visit Travel Department at their store in Arnotts, Henry St, Dublin.

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Dublino Žirgų Šou 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

Vienas iš svarbiausių ir didžiausių vasaros įvykių Airijoje yra Dublino Žirgų Šou (Dublin Horse Show), vykstantis kiekvienų metų rugpjūčio mėnesį. Pirmą kartą Dublino žirgų šou įvyko 1864 metais ir šiemet jau šventė 144 metines. Parodą surengė ir organizavo “Royal Dublin Society” (RDS), šiais metais pritraukdama daugiau nei 100 000 žmonių .

“Dublin horse show” dalyvavo apie 1600 arklių iš viso pasaulio, kurie įspūdingai pasirodė įvairiose žirgų varžybose. Penkių dienų renginyje įvyko 134 konkursai, įskaitant 14 tarptautinių žirgų jojimo varžybas. Jų metu žiūrovai galėjo grožėtis įspūdingais žirgų šuoliais bei mėgautis žirgų grakštumu, žavesiu ir puikiu pasirodymu. Tai didžiausias ir aukščiausio lygio tarptautinis žirginio sporto renginys, vykstantis Airijoje.

Pasaulinės “Jumping Nations Cup” varžybos dėl “Aga Khan Trophy” airiams buvo skausmingos: pirmoji vieta ir trofėjus atiteko Meksikos komandai, kuri pasirodė iš tiesų labai puikiai ir tikrai buvo verta šio puikaus prizo. Airijos komanda finišavo kartu su Prancūzija ir Italija, ir buvo antri.

Viena iš spalvingiausių, madingiausių , gražiausių dienų šiame “Dublin Horse Show” yra “Ladies’ Day “( Damų Diena). Tai ypatinga vieta pademonstruoti savo stilių, kūrybiškumą ir eleganciją. Kiekvienais metais šimtai ponių ir panelių, unikaliai ir originaliai pasipuošusių šiai šventei, pripildo visą RDS . Tokio grožio ir tiek daug stilingų damų vienoje vietoje nėra tekę matyti. Būtinas aksesuaras- skrybėlaitė. O jau jų įvairovė! Stilistai čia turi kur pasireikšti. Visos moterys gali dalyvauti stilingiausios damos rinkimuose , tik reikia užpildyti prašymo formą ir laukti komisijos įvertinimo.

Nugalėtojos laukė puikūs prizai: €10000 vertės dovanų čekis, VIP kelionė keltu į Angliją dviems. Atvykus į Jungtinę Karalystę galimybė pasimėgauti 3 naktimis viešbutyje “5 * Lowry”, Mančesterio centre.Ir dar- “Longines Conquest” šveicariškas laikrodis, kuris yra subtilumo ir elegancijos derinys, apimantis ir pačias sudėtingiausias technines charakteristikas.

“Dublin Horse Show” yra laikomas vienu iš aukščiausio lygio žirgų varžybų visame pasaulyje. Ištisos kartos metų metais dalyvauja šiame kasmetiniame Dublino Žirgų Šou. Žmonės šeimomis, su draugais ir svečiais atvyksta į šį žirgų pasirodymą puikiai praleisti laiko, bendrauti, pamatyti ir save parodyti. Tai ypatinga šventė, kuri tęsėsi ištisas penkias dienas. Ir aš, dalyvaudama šioje šventėje , turiu tikrai unikalią patirtį, kurią gali suteikti tik “Horse Show”.

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Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood – Silvija Travel Tips

Tickets Now on Sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood. Including Exclusive R.I.P. Tour Featuring VIP Guide, VIP Trolley Access, Gourmet Buffet Dinner and Unlimited Universal Express Privileges. “Halloween Horror Nights” Begins on Friday 14th September 2018 and Continues on Select Nights through Saturday 30th November 2018.

Click Here for a Sneak Peek at the Horror that Awaits and Here to Purchase Tickets.

Universal City, CA, August 7, 2018 – Tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, Southern California’s most extreme and intensely immersive Halloween event. This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” dates are: September 14-15, 20-22, 27-30, October 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, 31, and November 1-3, 2018.

“Stranger Things” maze at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, beginning Friday, September 14, 2018

Tickets can be purchased at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com  Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out, including the exclusive R.I.P. Tour, the After 2pm Day/Night Combo Ticket with optional Universal Express™ add-on, choice of Frequent Fear Passes and must-have Universal Express pass. Following are the various tickets options:

  • All-new R.I.P. Tour  Groups of up to 12 can scare in style with all-new R.I.P.. – Tour featuring exclusive experiences with a VIP guide, trolley transportation, valet parking, a gourmet buffet dinner and drinks plus unlimited Universal Express privileges to mazes and attractions.
  • After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo Experience the park’s popular daytime attractions, including. “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™,” “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” DreamWorks Theatre Featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” and “Fast and Furious—Supercharged” on the world-famous Studio Tour by day and remain for the terror that awaits at “Halloween Horror Nights.”
  • Multi-Night Passes Choose from an array of Multi-Night Passes.  Visit

Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com for more details on these pass options:

Frequent Fear Pass – Visit up to 21 select nights.

 Ultimate Fear Pass – Allows guests to scare every single night of the event.

2 Nights of Fear Pass – Allows guests to scare for two select nights.

Universal Express™ The in-demand Universal Express pass enables guests to enjoy one-time express access to mazes, attractions, Terror Tram experience and new Jabbawockeez hip hop performance.

“Halloween Horror Nights” brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties.

Following is a partial list of this year’s wicked line-up, with more maze news to be announced soon: “Stranger Things,” based on Netflix’s critically-acclaimed television series

  • “The First Purge,” based on Universal Picture’s blockbuster thriller
  • “Trick ‘r Treat,” based on the Halloween cult classic directed by Michael Dougherty
  • “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s record-breaking television series
  • The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights”
  • Terror Tram featuring the return of serial killer clown, Hollywood Harry

In addition to this year’s maze line-up, Hollywood Harry, the notorious serial killer clown that terrorized Universal’s famed backlot, returns as the host of this year’s Terror Tram. In anthological fashion, “Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Dreadtime Storiez” will take unwitting guests on a frightening journey through five demented tales, featuring vicious dog-faced men, inbred cannibals, creepy clowns, sadistic scarecrows and a terrifying torture factory where nightmares come to life.

Unique to Universal Studios Hollywood, the Terror Tram enables “Halloween Horror Nights” guests to walk along an area of the famed movie and television studio, where such sets as the Psycho House and the Bates Motel from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller and Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, are located.

For exciting updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visitHollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow@HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat; and watch the terror come to life onHalloween Horror Nights YouTube.

First Asian MICE Cruise Conference Launches At IT&CMA 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

IT&CMA 2018 will debut the region’s first-ever Asian MICE Cruise Conference on 18 September as part of the show’s 3-day business, education and networking programme.

Confirmed key opinion leaders taking the stage include:

Dream Cruises’ President and Crystal Cruises Asia’s Managing Director, Thatcher Brown

Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Managing Director Angie Stephen

Worldwide Cruise Associates’ Co-founder and President, Steve Bloss

Genting Cruise Lines’ Senior Vice President – International Sales, Michael Goh

Silversea Cruises’ Vice President, Corporate & Incentive sales, Freddy Muller

Princess Cruises’ Southeast Asia Director, Farriek Tawfik.

Karen Yue, Editor of TTGmice and Group Editor of TTG Travel Trade Publishing said, “The cruise industry is booming and MICE is undoubtedly the next big thing for the sector. Market leaders are already capitalising on the potential, while many are still coming into the game. TTGmice is proud to put forth this first and only platform of its kind in the region – an open conversation with the world’s leading cruise executives.”

Kicking off IT&CMA’s education highlights on its first day, the half-day event will run from 0830 to 1430 hrs at the Bangkok Convention Centre, CentralWorld. The event will feature a CEO Cruise panel discussion and an experts’ exchange on making the case for MICE cruises, among other sessions. There will be networking opportunities at a hosted breakfast, coffee break and luncheon.

Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media said, “As a pioneer in the MICE industry, TTG is always at the pulse of key developments impacting the profession. Cruise offers a huge playing field for its many stakeholders, where its potential rests on the immense collaboration between the private and public sector across verticals and geographies to ensure that the right policies, infrastructure, facilities, producs and services are in place.”

Organisers expect 400 regional MICE stakeholders relevant to the cruise sector to attend, with at least half of attendees comprising of buyers covering corporate incentive, meetings and events, incentive trips, luxury travel, associations and academics. Hotels, resorts, airlines, destination management companies, government representatives from national tourism organisations, convention visitor bureaus and ports, and media professionals will form the remaining audience profile.

According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) 2017 Asia Cruise Trends, cruise capacity across all metrics (number of ships, voyages, operating days and passengers) has increased significantly since 2013 with greater uptrend expected in the foreseeable future. Asia remains at the heart of this growth with passengers from this region quadrupling over 5 years. Last year, passenger capacity was estimated at 4.24 million.

While leisure cruise demand has seen a revival, the concept of cruises as an appealing and viable option for business events is still relatively new. Shared panelist Tawfik of Princess Cruises, “Today, there is low awareness among organisers and companies that MICE events can be organised easily and held successfully onboard cruise ships. As a possible budget-saving, all-inclusive alternative to hosting a meeting at a luxury resort, cruises also offer plenty of interaction and teambuilding opportunities, as well as a unique experience to give delegates that “wow” factor, such as waking up in a new country every day while only needing to pack and unpack once. The advantages of a MICE event at sea are endless.”

Bloss of Worldwide Cruise Associates echoes the perspective that greater exposure is needed for MICE cruises, he said, “As a collective, we strive to foster understanding of what a modern cruise ship is, and make purchasers aware of how to buy cruises while embracing cruises’ different terms and requirements. Today, there are over 55 cruise lines, some 400 ships plus 100 new ships in the pipeline. It is possible to have an unbiased all-in-one cruise shopping experience with options that extend globally.” In addition to being part of the inaugural conference’s panel, the organisation is also exhibiting under IT&CMA’s cruise cluster.

IT&CMA 2018 will be held from 18 – 20 September 2018 at the Bangkok Convention Centre, CentralWorld. It is co-located with the CTW Asia-Pacific – The Leading Corporate Travel Management Conference for the Asia-Pacific.

For more information, log on to www.itcma.com www.corporatetravelworld.com

USA Summer Soirée 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

At the invitation of TravelMedia.ie 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 TravelMedia.ie brilliant event.

New family friendly attraction in Philadelphia – Silvija Travel Tips

Parents on the hunt for an exciting and educational break for the entire family should look no further than the US city of Philadelphia, which welcomes several new attractions this summer perfect for all children, big and small. Opportunities abound in the east coast gateway city, with four distinctive new attractions suitable for your family’s next holiday.

Inquisitive families can enjoy a close-up encounter of some of the world’s most thrilling insects at the new Xtreme Bugs Exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences, through a towering display of 20 gigantic bugs. For those looking for a high-flying adventure, Philadelphia’s first treetop obstacle course, Treetop Quest Philly, is now open through November.

At the Healthy Me, Healthy Family, Healthy Community gallery at the Please Touch Museum, children can unleash their curiosity by shopping in the supermarket, taking orders in the imaginative sandwich shop and making plastic pizzas in a faux wood-fired oven. Families looking to explore Philadelphia’s rich history are encouraged to visit the new In Franklin’s Footsteps: 275 Years at the American Philosophical Society exhibition showcasing materials from the Society’s renowned collections, including Benjamin Franklin’s library chair and Neil Armstrong’s signed copy of the moon landing transcript.

More information on Philadelphia’s newest attractions, including pricing and ticket options, is available below.

New Xtreme Bugs Exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences from 26 May 2018 – 21 January 2019
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is the oldest natural history museum in the Americas and from 26 May 2018, families can come face-to-feet with 20 giant, moving, hissing and clicking insects from around the world. Some of the larger-than-life creepy-crawlies on display include an 18-feet-long wiggling centipede, a fluttering oversized monarch butterfly and a 12-feet-tall hissing pink orchid mantis. Xtreme Bugs will allow inquisitive children to experience a bugs’-eye view of the world, dig for ancient arthropods, play a bug facts game, and inspect live insects until 21 January 2019. General admission to the Academy costs £14 ($17.95) for adults and £11 ($13.95) for children (aged 3 – 12) when purchased online. Tickets to Xtreme Bugs cost £5 ($7) for non-members and £3 ($4) for individual members and family members. For more information, visit www.ansp.org.

Treetop Quest in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park. Image courtesy of Treetop Quest Philly – Silvija Travel Tips

Treetop Quest Philly from April – November 2018
Those with a head for heights can enjoy a physical and mental challenge thanks to the city’s new Treetop Quest, Philadelphia’s first treetop obstacle course. With activities for kids as young as four-years-old and more challenging options for teenagers and adults, it’s an ideal outdoor activity for the whole family. Activities at Treetop Quest include tree-to-tree obstacles such as ziplines, monkey bridges, balance beams and complex courses. The experience is self-guided and uses a continuous safety system that is impossible to detach from the lifeline. In addition to the course, Treetop Quest has also introduced new hiking trails, a covered pavilion with picnic tables and nearby restrooms to the park which will be open seasonally on weekends from April to November, and daily throughout the summer. Tickets booked online cost from £13 – £37 ($17 – $49) per person, depending on age. For more information, visit www.treetopquest.com/philly.

The Please Touch Museum is a hands-on museum where adults and children can learn together. Photo courtesy of the Please Touch Museum – Silvija Travel Tips

Please Touch Museum’s New Permanent Exhibit: Healthy Me, Healthy Family, Healthy Community
For children who love to press every button, flick every switch, and pull every lever, Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum® is a wonderful place where such activities are not only allowed, they are encouraged. Since 1976, The Philadelphia Please Touch Museum has thrilled children and their families through hands-on interactive exhibits, including assembling and launching rockets in the Rocket Room and getting behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles in the Roadside Attractions exhibit. The museum’s newest permanent gallery, Healthy Me, Healthy Family, Healthy Community, encourages children to don aprons at the Bimbo Bakeries USA Bistro and Boboli Pizza Kitchen and craft sandwiches and pizzas for their parents. General admission to the museum costs £14 ($19) for adults and children when purchased online. For more information, visit www.pleasetouchmuseum.org.

In Franklin’s Footsteps: 275 Years at the American Philosophical Society from April – 30 December 2018
The American Philosophical Society was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin and its new exhibit celebrates the museum’s 275th anniversary by displaying materials from the Society’s renowned collections. In Franklin’s Footsteps: 275 Years at the American Philosophical Society focuses on the work of its elected members and the contributions they have made in astronomy, exploration, palaeontology and many other fields. Ideal for older children and teenagers, items in the exhibit include Benjamin Franklin’s library chair and personal library books, Neil Armstrong’s signed copy of the moon landing transcript and Darwin’s handwritten draft of the title page for the Origin of Species. The exhibit is on display until 30 December 2018. For more information, visit www.amphilsoc.org.

For more information on Philadelphia, visit the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website,
www.discoverPHL.co.uk

Kanale’s Rooms & Suites Boutique Hotel, Paros, Greece – Silvija Travel Tips

I had the pleasure to visit the Greek Island of Paros and stay at the Kanale’s Rooms & Suites a small boutique hotel located in Paros, within 5 minutes walking distance from the heart of cosmopolitan Naoussa village and its beautiful little fishing port.

The hotel is set on a hillside with rooms set on different levels, a minute away from Piperi beach, a prime location with amazing views of the Aegean Sea across to Mykonos.

Kanale’s Rooms & Suites has a wide range of facilities and services that aim to make your stay in Paros a memorable experience. The hotel has a uniquely shaped pool with comfortable sun beds to offer relaxation and total tranquillity. Piperatto, the roof-top restaurant offers a gastronomic experience accompanied by stunning sea views.

The hotel provides room categories according to your needs and budget. 34 rooms & suites blend Cycladic architecture and contemporary whitewashed minimal design, ideal for total relaxation.​ While staying in Kanale’s you will have easy access to the most of attractions and beaches of Paros island such as Kolimbithres, Monastiri & Santa Maria.

To book a stay at Kanale’s Rooms & Suites visit the hotel website: www.kanales.gr

Paros is one of the most popular Greek islands along with Mykonos and Santorini. Paros is famous for its many wonderful sun-drenched sandy beaches leading to crystal blue sea waters. Paros is an island of natural beauty, peace and quiet, nightlife, traditional picturesque villages with small white houses, traditional village life, memorable beaches, interesting sightseeing and numerous historical churches.​

• You can reach Paros all year round by ferries from Piraeus port of Athens. The boat trip varies depending on the ship type. It may last from 2 hours 30 minute to 4 hours

• There are direct flights from Athens & Thessaloniki Airport. Alternatively, you may fly to Mykonos and continue your trip to Paros with a ferry.

• There are ship routes from all major Greek destinations such as Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Crete. Paros is a destination that you can easily include in your island hopping experience.

More information about Paros visit:
www.paros.gr
www.parosweb.gr
www.paros-online.com

More information about ferries:
www.bluestarferries.gr
www.hellenicseaways.gr
www.openseas.gr

Kanale’s Rooms & Suites: https://www.kanales.gr

Kanale’s Rooms & Suites
naoussa paros 84401 greece
tel: +30 22840-52044
reservations@kanales.gr