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Whether you are planning a corporate meeting or incentive trip, a destination wedding, family reunion, bachelor party or girls’ getaway weekend, our Group Specialists can customize a deluxe itinerary including flights from multiple departure cities, transfers, tours and activities. Add our deluxe hotels and tours to a pre- or post-cruise itinerary in many port cities.

We offer a variety of hotels, condos, all-inclusive resorts, villas and homes at some of the world’s finest destinations. We can also book tours for groups who are doing a pre- or post-cruise in one of our destinations, or in conjunction with one of our specialty products, like Paul Gauguin, Blue Lagoon, and Mooring Yachts in the Caribbean and Mexico, Endless Blue Yachts in the Mediterranean, and Orion Adventures Down Under. The options are endless.

 

Our Group Packages Offers These Important Advantages:

  • Customized group packages that deliver the best values and itineraries designed to meet your exact needs.
  • Expert recommendations for hotels and resorts that cater especially to group travel.
  • Travel insurance for cancellation protection.
  • Customer Service assistance throughout your entire trip.
  • A dedicated team of Group Specialists to ensure a seamless process, from the initial quote through post-trip.
  • Beautiful documents for each party (electronic documents are also available)
  • Rooming lists and accounting spreadsheets

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Amazing Thailand Romance Travel Guide

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Just because you didn’t steal Sean Lowe’s heart on this season of The Bachelor doesn’t mean you can’t plan an adventurous and refreshing Thai vacation!

Whether you’re a fan of ABC’s The Bachelor or just a fan of Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Travel Guide Northern Edition makes it easy for you to plan the vacation of a lifetime.

This season on The Bachelor, Sean Lowe took the final-three ladies to Thailand’s Trang province, then made his final decision in picturesque Chiang Rai. While looking for love, the women and Sean experienced many facets of Thai culture and enjoyed Thailand’s beautiful scenery. Our first travel guide for southern Thailand takes you through the Trang province and nearby areas, ensuring you have enough recommendations for a fun-filled vacation.

“Chiang Rai is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It’s really an amazing place and I really built a lifetime of memories in those few days.”
– Sean Lowe, The Bachelor

In the second guide of the two-part series, our northern Thailand journey recommendations take you through Chiang Rai, the first capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom, highlighting must-see activities, as well as some exciting hidden treasures not featured on The Bachelor.
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Sean’s first date of the episode with Lindsay started with a relaxing ride down the sacred Mekong River, bubbly in hand. But, a river float isn’t the only way to explore the Golden Triangle, kayaking and mountain biking tours will help you explore the beautiful terrain as well.

Nestled throughout the region you’ll find settlements of Thailand’s ancient hill tribes living much the way they have for hundreds of years.
If you want to learn more about Chiang Rai’s fascinating hill tribes, the best way to do it is to immerse yourself in their culture.

These Thai hill tribes migrated to the thick forests and mountains of Chiang Rai centuries ago. Typical trek itineraries visit Akha, Karen, Lisu and Lahu tribe villages. The Akha Hill House is a particular favorite trekking group, beloved for its affordability and friendly staff.

As their date drew to a close, Sean and Lindsay released paper lanterns into the sky with wishes for “love, happiness and family” written on them. Casting off paper lanterns is a famous Thai tradition, meant to bring good luck.

If you’re the kind of traveler who enjoys planning visits around festivals and events, Thailand’s Loi Krathong festival should be on your bucket list! Known by many as the festival of lights, this festival symbolizes good fortune for the year to come. In 2013, it’s scheduled for early November.

On the season’s final date, Sean and Catherine enjoyed an Elephant trek at Anantara’s Elephant Camp.

The Anantara Golden Triangle offers many options for those looking to learn more about these majestic animals, while supporting the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation’s mission to create an abuse free world for all elephants.

If you prefer the view from the ground, the Anantara Golden Triangle elephant camp has other activities for you, including a ‘forest living skills’ trek that teaches participants about edible plants and natural remedies.

As the final episode of The Bachelor drew to a close, Sean had an important decision to make. He couldn’t have picked a better place to propose to his future wife than picturesque Pa Sak Tong. This lush, tropical hotel defines Thai luxury.

Leading up to the big night, The Bachelor’s finalists stayed at the Anantara Golden Triangle’s lavish suites. If you want to recreate their experience for yourself, check out the travel packages on Book Thailand Now.

Sean, Catherine and Lindsay saw many of Chiang Rai’s beautiful sights, but missed the chance to visit the city’s gorgeous temples. If you can’t get enough of ancient Thai history and appreciate amazing architecture, these locations are a must-visit:

White TempleWhile most Chiang Rai temples are rich in history, the stunning and popular Wat Rong Khun was recently built in 2008. This temple’s gleaming white architecture earned it the nickname, The White Temple.

Find your center at Chiang Rai’s most revered Buddhist temple, Wat Phra Kaew, originally called Wat Pa Yia. Legend is that lighting struck this temple’s octagonal chedi in 1434, causing it to split open and reveal the Emerald Buddha. Now this religious artifact is housed in a Bangkok temple bearing the same name.
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Many people journey to Chiang Rai to visit the White Temple, but they forget to visit its brother, the Black Temple. Created by Thai artist, Thawan Duchanee this temple is quite an architectural feat. The temple is made of 40 small black houses constructed from different materials, from concrete to glass.

Looking for a more adventurous Chiang Rai trip than The Bachelor finalists had? Head to Boomerang National Park where couples and friends can rock climb, zip line and explore caves together.

Phu Chi Fa SunriseOn the hunt for a more scenic view? Phu Chi Fa is known for its cool climate, sea of fog and variety of wildlife species. The Bachelor’s Sean even photographed this breathtaking view for his blog. It’s the perfect place to take in a sunrise with your love.

After an event-filled day of trekking in Chiang Rai’s jungle or mountains, relax at one of the “best spas in the world.” We recommend indulging in one of the great natural treatments offered.

And, if you’re more of a beach bum than an adventurer, don’t worry. Chiang Rai isn’t known for its beaches, but the park bordering the Mekong River comes close. Bring a picnic, kick back and enjoy the breathtaking views.

Whether you spend the day trekking through the jungle, relaxing in a park or floating down the Mekong, Chiang Rai’s night bazaar, located off of Phaholyothin Road, is the perfect place to take an evening stroll. Shop for souvenirs while feasting on Thai delicacies or take in one of their notorious free dance shows.

If our travel recommendations have you inspired to visit Thailand and you need help planning your trip, tourismthailand.org/us has all the information you need to plan a dream vacation, and our southern Thailand travel guide makes it easy to pinpoint activities to make your vacation throughout Thailand worth remembering.

On a budget? Don’t worry, our partner deals on Book Thailand Now can get you to Thailand without breaking the bank.

If you’re returning from a trip to Thailand, we want to hear about your experience! Find us on Facebook or Twitter and tell us about your Thai adventures.

For more information or to book your Thailand vacation with one of our elite specialists please call 757-240-6645.

Love is an adventure on our Romantic Routes

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Cupid has drawn back her bow and it’s heading straight to you with lots of Romantic Routes from Island Routes Adventures. 14th February is around the corner and while chocolates and champagne is always appreciated; adding adventure to the Valentine’s Day agenda creates an unforgettable experience of love.

Island Routes Northern Site Buggy Adventure

Let yourself explore the extent of your love on a two hour guided tour of St. Lucia’s rugged but picturesque Northern coastline in the Island Buggies Northern Adventure or on a six-hour guided tour that takes you from the North of the Island all the way to the Western Town of Soufriere to see its fascinating and famous features up close on the Island Buggies Soufriere Safari in St. Lucia.  You can take the wheel and take charge of your adventure while being ensconced in the unparalleled beauty of St. Lucia.

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Dune Buggy Safari

Or you can choose to get down and dirty with the Dune Buggy Safari adventure in Jamaica or on the Couples ATV Ride in Antigua. Both adventures offer you a trip to the islands’ lush and natural hinterlands where you can enjoy the dirt tracks, animal trails, scenic vistas and each other with very little distraction.  In Antigua these trails take you through old cane roads, rural lands and the historical Monks Hill. In Jamaica, this journey gives you glimpses of the verdant countryside and amazing coastline.

Luxury Transfer Packages, Jamaica

Whether you are just beginning or just ending your journey; a luxury private car transfer adds that extra special touch of romance. After all, what more can a girl or guy ask for than to be given the royal treatment on Valentine’s Day? Imagine being fast tracked through immigration and customs so that your holiday can start without delay, being whisked away by your personal butler-trained chauffeur in a full catered Audi A6 that takes you right to the lobby of your hotel. On the other hand if your are heading home; You can seal your vacation memories with a stamp of love by departing in style via our Luxury VIP Transfers. Not only will you arrive at the airport relaxed and refreshed but you can also have the luxury of awaiting your flight in the VIP Lounge.  For a bit extra, you can also customize your experience to suit your needs. Should champagne, chocolates or roses be needed, Island Routes will be happy to oblige.

Private Castaway Getaway

One of the best things about being in the Bahamas is that there are so many islands on which to play.  If you are there on this special day, decide to be a castaway. Island Routes Private Castaway Getaway is the perfect opportunity for you to live that Robin Crusoe dream with the one you love.  On our Private Castaway Getaway being deserted bad at all as it comes with a packed gourmet picnic basket, beach chairs, beach umbrella and perfect company.

Catamaran Cruises

Island Routes is the number one stop for choice catamaran cruises of the Caribbean. Our custom built Catamarans in Jamaica offer a uniquely luxurious experience on the Caribbean Seas that comes complete with an all-inclusive bar, appetizers and a dedicated D.J. You will want to have the experience of rocking to the rhythm of love on the Island Routes Lover’s Rock Catamaran Cruise especially for Valentine’s and so we are offering a buy one get one free deal on the Lover’s Rock Catamaran Cruise.

Evening Party Cruises

Not in Jamaica?  You can still toast to and cherish magical catamaran memories on the Evening Party Cruise or the Lovers Rock Sunset cruise in Saint Lucia, the Twilight Sunset Catamaran Cruise in Turks & Caicos or the Sunset Cruise, Antigua.

Heritage Horseback Beach Ride

Fancy a Heritage Horseback Beach Ride with your honey? We thought that you would too.  This adventure takes your clients on a fascinating trip through the annals of Jamaica’s history and then back to the present with a splash and plunge onto the Caribbean Sea on horseback. Original and fun and makes for great Jamaican vacation memories.

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Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar Africa

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Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar Africa Singles Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arusha, Tanzania
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative. He will introduce you to the group’s safari guides as well as our vehicles. Once everyone arrives the group will embark on a drive to Arusha and check in into our rooms.

Day 2: Arusha – Lake Manyara
Enjoy an early breakfast at the lodge before our pre – safari briefing. Then collect your picnic lunch box as we are on our way to Lake Manyara National Park for our first game viewing. Lake Manyara National Park spreads out across the Great East African Rift Valley, dominating a vast landscape. Often called Tanzania’s water due to the large number of birds and animals the lake supports, Lake Manyara NP is also famous for its’ tree-climbing lions.

Following our wonderful safari we drive to Migunga Tented Camp for dinner and overnight. Nestled in a quiet corner on the northwest of the lake, Migunga Tented Camp is only 5 minutes from the entrance of the park.

Day 3: Lake Manyara – Serengeti
After a leisurely breakfast we check-out of Migunga and drive to Serengeti National Park. Arriving by the Naabi gate about noon, we complete our check in procedures and enjoy our picnic lunch boxes. Our game safari begins as we drive towards Ikoma Tented Camp, set in the midst of an incredible vista of savannah and skies and sheltered in a grove of acacia trees.

Ideally situated along the path of the migrating wildebeest between Kenya and Tanzania, the camp is situated at the border of the world-renowned Serengeti National Park. We will find ourselves on one of the best game drives in the area – along the western corridor of the park, taking in Kirawira and the Grumeti river – home to the infamous wildebeest-eating giant crocodiles. There is no better place to take in one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles.

Day 4: Serengeti
Today we get to explore the vast Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park with both a morning and afternoon game viewing safari. The Serengeti, a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing.

Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.
Meals and Overnight at Ikoma Tented Camp

Day 5: Serengeti – Ngorongoro
A leisurely breakfast at the Camp before we depart the Serengeti and drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We stop at Oldupai Gorge for a short but nformative lecture, and at the same time we shall have a moment to enjoy our delicious picnic lunch boxes.

Then we continue on to Crater Forest Lodge, for our overnight stay arriving before dusk. We will have twilight dinners on the verandas while enjoying astonishing landscape views of the dense forest. Watch wildlife, like elephants, roaming through the forest, hear the lions roar and listen to the magical sounds of the tropical night.. It will be an experience you will never forget. The lodge, established on a highland coffee plantation called Kirin Coffee Estate, directly borders Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.

Day 6: Ngorongoro
After breakfast we collect our picnic lunch boxes and descend into the crater floor for our full day safari, The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (809,440 ha) spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests, from the plains of the Serengeti National Park in the north-west, to the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley. The area was established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing.

It includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world largest caldera, and Olduvai Gorge, a 14km long deep ravine. The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation in view of the presence of globally threatened species such as the black Rhino, the density of wildlife inhabiting the Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding areas throughout the year, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, Thompson and Grants gazelles and other ungulates into the northern plains.

In the evening after our full day crater experience, ascend out and return to Crater Forest Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7: Ngorongoro – Arusha – Zanzibar
A leisurely breakfast at the Camp dining facilities, Soon after drive to Arusha for lunch at a restaurant in town. We then transfer to Arusha airport for our scheduled 1 1/2 hour flight to Zanzibar at 3:00pm.

Upon arrival at Zanzibar airport, we will be met and transfered to our hotel in Stone Town, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the most unique cities in the world, blending Moorish, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African traditions and architectures, it is possible to spend days winding through Stone Town’s labyrinthine alleys; shopping; drinking tea; and visiting the city’s historic sites.Time to do some exploring before an optional dinner.

Day 8: Zanzibar
Today we discover the history and small shops of Stone Town. Made from Zanzibar’s coral stone, this ancient city with its narrow alleys and twisting streets is a trip into the past. Once the centre of the slave trade, Stone Town no longer smells of human flesh but of the fragrant spices that have been the island’s main export since the slave trade was abolished.

There are a number of historically important buildings and beautiful doors in Stone Town. The House of Wonders and The Arab Fort is worth a visit. The market in Stone Town is one of the largest, most vibrant open-air markets anywhere. Here, you can find several varieties of bananas, “elephant garlic” unique to the island, the largest avocados you’ll probably ever see. Even if you have no intentions of purchasing food, the spectacle alone is worth a stop.

Day 9: Zanzibar
An essential ingredient in a Zanzibari’s everyday life, is the island’s connection to spices and herbs. that dates back to the 16th century. Apart from being an important commodity on the trade routes, spices are used in traditional dishes, as cures for ailments and even for dyeing traditional ceremonial outfits for weddings and festivals. A spice tour just outside Stone Town is a fantastic way to see the countryside, take in rural Zanzibar and connect with its people.

Our spice tour is a sensory experience as we will be introduced to cinnamon, ylang-ylang, nutmeg and vanilla in their raw forms.

Enjoy some free time before our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 10: Zanzibar
Have breakfast at our hotel before beining transferred, according to your flight schedule) to the Zanzibar Airport, where our singles safari and Zanzibar tour ends.

Tanzania & Zanzibar Africa
March 22 – March 31, 2013
$2959*

Includes the following

  • 9 nights Accomodations
  • 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Air flight Arusha to Zanzibar
  • Transport in 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Experienced Driver/Guides
  • Park entrance fees
  • Complimentary mineral water during safari
  • Zanzibar Spice Tour
  • All transfers
  • All Taxes & Services charge.

Not Included

  • International Airfare
  • Tanzania Visa ($100 get upon landing)
  • Tips – $100 collected first day of trip

The price per person is for a double room. Free roommate matching is available so there is never a need to pay a “single supplement”. If you wish to room alone the cost is an additional $785.

For More Information Please Contact Elite Travel Consulting at 757-240-6645